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Vol. XIII No.22 - Sunday November 2, 2014 - Saturday November 15, 2014


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HRH Princess Soamsawali presents robes to monks in Phrao

HRH Princess Soamsawali presents robes to the monks at Wat Ban Luang in Phrao District on October 20, 2014.

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
HRH Princess Soamsawali traveled to Wat Ban Luang in Phrao District, Chiang Mai on October 20, 2014 to present robes there as part of an effort to raise funds for the construction of the study center for Wat Phra That Doi Wiang Chai Mongkol so that it may be a center of education for monks, novices and students.
Wat Ban Luang is an ancient temple, formerly known as Wat Long Khod that Khruba Laung Thawirapikkhu recorded in the Palm Leaf Manuscripts in 1873. Later, donors gave land to build a temple and it was renamed Wat Ban Luang. The temple was granted the Wisungkhamasima or land for establishment of central hall by the King in 1989, housed the image of Luang Por Molee Pireepinas and Luang Por Saen Chai. There is a center for the study of Buddhism on Sunday and the center for community learning, the temple also provides professional training of the elderly, women and children. The abbot, Phra Kru Worrawanwiwat, who is Dean Monk of Long Khod Subdistrict, is also president of the restoration of Wat Phra That Doi Wiang Chai Mongkol, a 700 years old Buddhist site.
Later, the princess travelled to Wat Nong Sae in San Kamphaeng District for the ceremony of the casting of a Buddha Image; Phra Buddha Metta Singh, which Abbot Phra Kru Uthai Upakaro, had created to honor HM the King on his 87th birthday. The image is a replica of the principal Buddha image at Wat Nong Sae and after casting will be installed at the Wat Nong Sae Dharma Center.
 


Chiang Mai readies for Loy Krathong Festival

Floating lanterns banned in three locations in the city

The City will ban the launching of hot air balloons or Khom Loy at the Governor’s Residence, Three Kings Monument and Tha Pae Gate as they are a fire and aviation hazard and have called on people to not launch them but light the small candles called Pang Pratheed.

Nopniwat Krailerg
Chiang Mai is readying for the popular Loy Krathong Festival that draws thousands of visitors to launch Khom Loy or floating sky lanterns in the air and krathongs in the water as well as fireworks. The city has banned the use of Khom Loy or the floating lanterns and alcohol in three key locations; the Governor’s Residence, Tha Pae Gate and Three Kings Monument in a bid to tackle safety concerns.
Deputy Mayor Sunthorn Yamsiri said that the city does not support the launching of the floating lanterns as the lanterns are not a tradition of Chiang Mai and also cause fires and can be hazardous for aircraft. The government has asked for cooperation from hotels and tour agencies to not sell such floating lantern events to tourists. Instead people are encouraged to light small clay candles called Pang Pratheed which is more traditional. The city has also ordered the police to arrest those who sell fireworks on the sidewalks without permission and to check fireworks stores for illegal and dangerous firecrackers.
The event this year, which begins on November 1 and ends November 7 with the main festivities taking place from the 5th to the 7th and has the theme of no giant firecrackers and no alcohol. Signs will be posted at Three Kings Monument, the Governor’s Residence and Tha Pae Gate prohibiting floating lanterns and giant firecrackers.
Viroon Phantevee, Chief of the Chiang Mai Governor’s Office said that the release of the floating lanterns has a severe impact on aviation and electricity. Lanterns often cause shorts in power and fires when falling on electric lines and during Loy Krathong airlines are forced to suspend all flights after 5 p.m. due to safety concerns.
The Royal Irrigation reported that every Loy Krathong more than 300 tons of waste must be removed from the Ping River. The krathongs and other items cause blockages in the floodgates and pollutes the river. It takes the Municipality up to a week to remove all the leftover krathongs and ensure that the river runs smoothly again.


Officials pay homage on Chulalongkorn Day

Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya led Lanna royal family, foreign consuls, Members of Parliament, government officials, police, military, students and the public in paying homage to HM King Chulalongkorn on October 23, 2014 at Chiang Mai City Hall on Chulalongkorn Day which commemorates the death of King Rama V on October 23, 1910. Governor Suriya began the ceremony by laying a wreath and flowers and lighting a candle at the statue of King Chulalongkorn, he was followed by the assembled group in honoring Thailand’s great king. The Governor reminded everyone of King Chulalongkorn’s many accomplishments including the emancipation of all slaves, reformation of land administration, postal, electricity, water and sanitation services and establishment of a modern government.


Royal Rainmaking Center continues operations

Low humidity and farmers requests extend rainmaking

The Royal Rainmaking Center extended operations due to the low amount of water in the dams.

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This year’s lower humidity and less than average rainfall plus farmer requests in Ko Kha and Sobprab districts in Lampang due to inadequate water has meant that the Royal Rainmaking Center has extended operations until October 31, 2014.
Sinchai Pungtambol, of The Northern Royal Rainmaking Centre, Chiang Mai said that the amount of water of the main dams in northern areas is low due to an early winter season and lower humidity which is a hindrance to rainmaking. Because of this the Department of Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation has revising work plans to comply with the weather. The Director General of the department has assigned the Northern Royal Rainmaking center to increase operations in a bid to increase the amount of water in reservoirs in the North such as Bhumibol Dam, Sirikit Dam, and Mae Kuang Dam which are low. The center has increased water in these dams to a satisfactory level, although less than last year. In addition, there has support request for Royal Rain by farmland in the north where shortage of water such as Ko Kha and Sobprab districts in Lampang.The Northern Royal Rainmaking Centre has operating units available for rain making at Chiang Mai Airport, Wing 46 Airport in Phitsanulok and Tak airport.
The Royal Rainmaking Center will re-start operations in February in a bid to decrease smog in the smoke season.


Protest group calls for halt to petroleum concession bidding

A group of about 30 people filed a letter with the Chiang Mai government to call for a halt to petroleum concession bidding, after the Governor received their letter they left City Hall.

Nopniwat Krailerg
A group of about thirty concerned citizens, led by Nittayaporn Suwanchin, came to the Damrongdhama Center at City Hall to file a written request to Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha to delay the opening of the 21st round of bidding for petroleum concessions. The National Energy Policy Council (NEPC) approved the bidding for petroleum concessions in 29 fields in 16 provinces the week before.
The group filed their request on October 22, 2014 asking that the bidding be delayed until the structure can be reformed to benefit Thailand and that Thailand’s oil resources would not be sold out to large foreign interests. On October 28 an injunction was filed in Bangkok to halt the bidding until reform could be sorted out.
Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya, Deputy Chiang Mai Governor Navin Sintusa-ard and Chamnan Kayparsidc, Head of Chiang Mai Office of Ministry of Energy received the letter and thanked them for having a genuine concern about the energy situation and will forward the letter to their superiors.


Chiang Mai Health Office ready for Ebola

Drill held to ready officials

Provincial Public Health officials learn measures to prevent the transmission and spread of the Ebola virus at a drill held in Chiang Mai Orchid Hotel on October 14, 2014.

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The Chiang Mai Provincial Public Heath Office held a drill for the prevention and control of the Ebola virus in Chiang Mai at the Chiang Mai Orchid Hotel on October 14, 2014. The tabletop exercise, which simulated three levels of security, was overseen by Dr.Surasing Wisarutrat, Deputy Chief of the Chiang Mai’s Public Health Office.
The exercise was held to give officers experience and understanding of the spread of the virus, how to screen at risk people, and prevent the spread of the virus.
The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has killed 4,922 out of 10,141 recorded infections, with three West African countries accounting for most of the cases through October 23. Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone account for most of the deaths with a few cases surfacing in Nigeria and Senegal, now determined to be Ebola free and a single case in Mali recently. Fifteen African countries are at risk of Ebola and recently a few cases of returning medical workers with Ebola have been reported in Spain and the United States.
The outbreak is a major health crisis in Africa and poses a public health risk for all countries. The exercise was held to simulate various scenarios including an Ebola victim on an airplane, at a health control checkpoint at the airport, in the community and in the hospital and ways to deal with confirmed cases and halt the spread of the disease.
According to the U.S CDC Ebola is spread through direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes in, for example, the eyes, nose, or mouth) with blood or body fluids (including but not limited to urine, saliva, sweat, feces, vomit, breast milk, and semen) of a person who is sick with Ebola or objects (like needles and syringes) that have been contaminated with the virus. Ebola is not spread through the air or by water, or in general, by food and there is no evidence it can be spread by mosquitos. The spread of Ebola can be prevented by the sterilization of all equipment and by medical personnel ensuring they do not come into contact with the bodily fluids of infected people.


Survey of Doi Suthep cable car proposal sees 70% approval

Opponents vow to take it to court if passed

Nopniwat Krailerg
According to a survey of 12,000 people nearly 70 percent approve of the controversial proposed Doi Suthep – Doi Pui cable car project. The Pinkanakorn Development Agency organized a public meeting for comments at the Chiang Mai Phucome Hotel on October 16, 2014 on the proposed project which should have a budget of 2,345 million baht for the 12 km long line.
The public meeting was presided over by Chiang Mai Deputy Governor Chana Pangpibul and saw heads of government agencies, the provincial administration, schools, voluntary organizations and the public attend, in all 250 people attended the meeting.
This is the third such public meeting after Kasetsart University and Tesco Co Ltd were hired to prepare an environmental impact assessment of the route that would start at the Chiang Mai Night Safari and have four stations at Ban Thung Pong, Doi Pha Dam and Doi Pui.
Anuchat Thananchai, a lecturer from the Faculty of Education, Chiang Mai University and the representative of the group opposed to the project, said that it is not necessary to have the cable car to create a selling point for tourism in this area. The cable car construction project is located in the area of Doi Suthep – Pui National Park, with abundance of watershed forest that delicate of the a delicate eco-system and vital watershed. He informed the organizers that the group will appeal to the Administrative Court to suspend the project if it is approved.
Adul Issalam, the project manager, said that the Mono Cable Detachable Gondola-MDG car with 8 seats and a speed of 22 kilometers per hour has been chosen. It can accommodate 600 people per hour. The said that the EIA report found that the environmental impact would not be great and that measures can be implemented to protect and care for the environment.
The EIA will be completed and presented to the relevant authorities to consider. The process to consider the project has taken over a year with public meetings and the environmental impact assessment.


RID set to deal with potential drought situation

Rainfall less than normal average this year

The Royal Irrigation Department prepares for potential drought situation as rainfall is less than average this year and has resulted in less water in Mae Ngat and Mae Kuang dams.

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The Royal Irrigation Department reported on the Regional Irrigation Office’s preparations for the potential drought that could occur next year due to less than the normal average rainfall this year.
Kuakoon Manasumphunsakul, Head of Water Allocation of Regional Irrigation Office 1, Chiang Mai reported that due to a high pressure system the North has received less than the average amount of rain from April to September. The cumulative monthly stream flow at the P1 Station at Nawarat Bridge has seen less than normal of accumulated water flowing. Mae Ngat and Mae Kuang Dams currently have 187.686 million cubic meters of water or 35.54 percent of capacity while the 12 medium basins have 25.228 million cubic meters, accounting for 29.112 percent. There is currently 423.04 million cubic meters for all sectors including agriculture.
The head said that they have surveyed small basins that can be used in times of drought and are cooperating with the PAO to dredge waterways and store water as possible as well as publicize the issues.


Chiang Mai Mail celebrates 12 years of service to Chiang Mai

The Chiang Mai Mail at its launch 12 years ago at the Chiang Mai Orchid Hotel. From left, Cheevin Sattha and Saijai Jaiprom, reporter and news presenter at TV Channel 11, Siripong Patanakitikul, editor of Post News Center, Lek Sarakarm of the Empress Hotel, Monchai Tesapaet, editor of Thai News daily, Michael Vogt, MD of Chiangmai Mail, Norachai Prasertmanuktich, chairman of the board of Chiangmai Mail, Daniel Dorothy, president of Chiangmai Mail, Police Senior Sergeant Major Vinai Vipattakarnkul of Chiang Mai Police Division, Pratheep Malhotra, general manager of Chiangmai Mail, Christina Dodd, MD of Incorp Training Associates, and Phitsanu Thepthong, editor of Chiangmai Mail.

Managing Director of the Pattaya Mail Media Group introduces new Managing Editor Shana Kongmun five years ago at a Networking One event held at the Shangri La Hotel.

Shana Kongmun
As the Managing Editor of the Chiang Mai Mail I have had the privilege of seeing over a newspaper that strives to serve its community by offering local resident expats and Thais a view into the happenings of Chiang Mai. Chiang Mai boasts a large expat community and while we work to serve their interests we also want to ensure that the foreign and Thai community integrates on a basic level. We hope to offer our readers a platform for their concerns and cover their causes and interests.
This month not only celebrates the 12th anniversary of the establishment of the Chiang Mai Mail but also the 5th anniversary of my arrival in Chiang Mai to take over the helm. I hope that my contributions to this fine newspaper will continue for many years to come. Particular thanks must be given to Nopniwat Krailerg, without whom this paper would suffer greatly, his 25 years of experience reporting in Chiang Mai have helped this paper to grow and improve. The biggest thanks of all to our readers, you have given us the opportunity to serve you and for that we are grateful.
Below are some excerpts from a few of our readers:


I am pleased to extend my congratulations to Chiang Mai Mail, the Chiang Mai’s First English Language Newspaper, on the occasion of its 12th Anniversary in October 2014.
Chiang Mai Mail has been playing a very unique and important role in media of Chiang Mai, which allows the world to get to know Chiang Mai and also acts as a bridge to connect Chiang Mai people to the world. Besides, it also provides useful comments and suggestions for the city for further development.
I wish all personnel of Chiang Mai Mail to meet with happiness, success and prosperity in the years to come.
Congratulations!!!!
Tussanai Buranupakorn,
Mayor of Chiang Mai Municipality


To the wonderful staff at Chiang Mai Mail,
I can’t thank you enough for your 12 years of service to the Chiang Mai community. You continue to keep me informed and up to date on what’s happening in the city as well as in the country. Your paper is informative and interesting….an all around good read! Keep up the good work and I hope to be reading you in another 12, 24, 36 years!!
Happy Anniversary,
Tim McGuire
Director - Davids Kitchen @ 909
President - SKAL Chiang Mai & North Thailand


Congratulations on Your 12th Anniversary!
Chiang Mai is a richer, more interesting place to live because of the Chiang Mai Mail.  I appreciate your devotion to detailed reporting AND analysis of events of importance to the local expat community.  It helps us to understand and appreciate a culture which can often be very different and overwhelming.  I started to read the Chiang Mai Mail regularly before moving here and have continued to look forward to every issue.  Please keep up the great work!
Nancy Lindley
President, Chiang Mai Expats Club
Coordinator, Lanna Care Net


Best wishes and congratulations on your 12th year anniversary !!!
I know I join many others in expressing a sincere “thank you” for providing Chiang Mai with a reliable English language coverage of local news and interesting features. My own particular favourites are “Recipes by Noi”, “How Does your Garden Grow?” together with Community Happenings, the Grapevine and Ask Emma.
Keep up the good work !
Sopha Tatun


Princess Mother Day celebrated at Sri Sangwan School

Support for the disabled in Thailand

Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya was joined by teachers, students and area residents in honoring HRH Princess Srinagarindra on the 114th anniversary of her birth.

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
HRH Princess Srinagarindra, the Princess Mother is a highly revered figure in Thailand for her dedication and support for Thai people and her significant contributions to the development of the disabled. On October 21, 2014 Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya presided over the opening ceremony of activities celebrating the beloved “Somdet Ya” on the celebration of the 114th anniversary of her birth at Sri Sangwan School in San Sai District.
Sri Sangwan School was established fourteen years ago and works with disabled students was the scene of a Lanna parade and a merit making ceremony.. The event was organized by the Universal Foundation for Persons with Disabilities, Sangwan Chiang Mai School Branch, the Committee of the Basic Education Commission, Chiang Mai Province, government agencies, local government and village headmen in Chiang Mai to honor the Princess Mother.


Northern Digital Craft Awards from SIPA

The College of Art, Media & Technology at Chiang Mai University (CAMT) and the Software Promotion Industry (SIPA) organized the Northern Digital Craft Awards to encourage entrepreneurs in software and digital content in the region to develop products to compete on the international market. The ceremony was attended by Peerapong Duangrat, the head of the project from SIPA and Asst. Prof. Dr. Pitipong Yodmongkol, Dean of CAMT, students in the North and IT professionals. There were cash prizes in two categories, the winner get a prize money of 100,000 baht, 50,000 baht for the second, and 25,000 baht for the third and Popular Vote.


Tesco Lotus security guard uncovers drug smuggling shoplifter

Fang Tesco Lotus security guard Chanchai Chaiwong uncovered a drug smuggling shoplifter, enabling police to arrest the man later that day.

Nopniwat Krailerg
Chanchai Chaiwong spotted a man he suspected of shoplifting diapers at the Tesco Lotus in Fang on October 21, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. and detained him. The man refused to show him the contents of his bag but the guard pulled him into the security area telling him he would get other guards to search his bag. The man pulled away, leaving his bag behind and fled the store.
That is when Chanchai discovered 12,000 methamphetamine tablets in the bag and called police. Investigation of the CCTV at the store gave police a description of the suspect and the car he was driving.
Police broadcast the suspect’s description and the suspect was discovered at a police checkpoint in Tak that same day at 3:15 p.m.


Bag snatchers targeting tourists arrested at internet café

Two men confess to ten thefts

Korrawik Thimaket age 18 and Thanwa Seesai age 21, allegedly stole the property in snatch and grab bag thefts from tourists around the moat and in the Nimmanhaemin area.

Nopniwat Krailerg
Police arrested two young men on charges of theft after police discovered the two men at an internet café not far from the site of the snatch and grab of the bag of a Chinese tourist. On October 15 at 6:30 p.m. Li Jun Lu reported the snatch and grab theft of a bag containing a passport, camera and credit cards to police, the theft occurred on Prapokklao Road.
The pair were discovered in an internet café on Prapokklao Road later after police searched CCTV footage of the area. The pair confessed to police that they had stolen property from Chinese tourists on the 6th and 9th of October and from a French tourist on October 11. The alleged thieves also told police that they had stolen bags on Nimmanhaemin Road and Sirimangkalajarn Road.
Upon the arrest the two men were found with the bag, passport, camera and ID belonging to Li Jun Lu as well as a pawn ticket. The Acting Commander of the Provincial Police said that the police had been working to reinforce measures to protect the property and safety of foreign tourists in Chiang Mai in preparation for the high season.


Smash and grab thief caught near Region 5 Police headquarters

Police arrested a man of breaking into cars and stealing valuables after CCTV camera footage led police to his car parked behind Police Region 5 Headquarters.

Nopniwat Krailerg
A man accused of breaking into cars by smashing windows and grabbing valuables inside was arrested by Region 5 police on October 17, 2014 in his car parked on the road behind Region 5 Police headquarters.
Police received reports from several victims that someone had smashed their windows and stolen valuables inside, on October 13 three cars were broken into at a restaurant near a CCTV camera on the 2nd Ring Road. Police were able to determine the license plate of the car used in the crimes and searched until the car was spotted parked on the road behind Police Region 5 offices.
The suspect confessed to police that he had broken into several cars, especially ones parked near restaurants or bars at night.


Shoplifter caught in Tops says he has no money to pay

Nopniwat Krailerg
A forty-two year old man named Chakapat Ranchai of Chaiyaphum was arrested on October 21, 2014 at the Tops Supermarket at Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Center and charged with theft.
The man was arrested after security noticed suspicious behavior on the CCTV and stopped him. They found he had a backpack and had been putting items in it such as hair gel, shampoo, body spray, cookies and other items valued at more than 6,330 baht.
The supermarket manager had the police charge the man with theft, the suspect confessed to police that he had stolen the items because he did not have enough money to buy them.


Couple robs mobile phone store at knifepoint

Nopniwat Krailerg
Police arrested 24 year old Chartchai Saenthabang and his girlfriend 21 year old Darunee Bunpeng on charges of robbery after the suspects allegedly robbed a Green Com mobile phone store in Padaed Sub-district.
Allegedly the couple parked their motorbike in front of the store and Chartchai entered the store and threatened the clerk with knife at 3:35 p.m. on October 20, 2014. He allegedly stole electronics and fled on his motorcycle with the girl.
The police tracked down the couple using CCTV footage and found them in their room in Nong Hoi Sub-district where they found the couple in possession of three mobile phones, a tablet and a 24cm long knife.
The couple confessed to police that they had also stolen items at three other shops, once at the Smile Phone shop near San Pakoi Market, a mobile phone shop near Payap University, a mobile phone shop in Saraphi.


Police crackdown on entertainment venues

Illegal liquor smoothies, shisha sales

Police are checking entertainment venues to ensure they are correctly licensed and following regulations regarding alcohol and tobacco sales.

Nopniwat Krailerg
Police investigated several entertainment venues for violations including serving alcohol without a license and shisha tobacco.
Pol. Col. Montree Sambunnanon, Acting Commander of Chiang Mai Provincial Police presided over the ceremony to kick off the criminal clearance on drugs, crime and social order at 8.30 p.m. on October18, 2014 at Chiang Mai Provincial Police Headquarters,. Later military, police and excise officials inspected entertainment venues, the first they checked was Tha Chang Café on Assadathorn Road where the officers found the café was serving mixed alcohol smoothie drinks without the proper licenses, a penalty with a fine of not more than 5,000 baht.
Next they investigated De Garden Café and Restaurant on Nimmanhaemin Road Soi 9 as police had been informed the restaurant was selling shisha tobacco. Police found equipment similar to that used for shisha but the owner stated there was no tobacco involved only a natural mineral. However the officers asked them to suspend sales and bring the equipment in for testing.
Pol. Col. Montree Sambunnanon said that due to the high season and high numbers of tourists the police are more pro-actively enforcing government policies to maintain the safety of tourists, especially entertainment venues. The government had asked venue to stop selling the liquor smoothies and shisha two years ago and so were checking again


Governor visits Kengtung to seal sister city deal

Thai Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha and President of Myanmar Thein Sein witness Chiang Mai Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya and Shan State Chief Minister Sao Aung Myat sign the sister city MOU.

Nopniwat Krailerg
Chiang Mai Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya joined Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to visit Kengtung in Shan State of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar to ink the sister city agreement on October 9 and 10, 2014.
Governor Suriya and Sao Aung Myat, Chief Minister of Shan State signed the agreement on October 9, 2014 where it was witnessed by the leaders of both countries.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) allows the sister cities to cooperate in various fields consistent with government policies and international obligations. The cities will work to exchange visits of officials of the two countries and formulate a roadmap for cooperation.
The initial implementation of establishing Kengtung as a sister city began in July 2013 and was developed by former Governor Tanin Subhasaen who traveled to Kengtung to build relationships between public and private sectors in Kengtung. Then former Governor Wichien Puthiwinyoo traveled to Kengtung on November 22, 2013 to join the 7th Thailand– Myanmar Joint Commission on Bilateral Cooperation meeting and signed a memorandum of understanding of the cooperation then.


Chiang Mai Beach Party raises funds for disadvantaged kids

A fundraising party was held at the Chiang Mai Beach Club in Mae Jo on Saturday, October 25, 2014 and saw many people turn out for tubing fun, volleyball, raffles and more all for a good cause. Money raised from the event reached over 81,000 baht and proceeds will go to the Foundation for Developing and Supporting Children, started in 1997 and dedicated to providing educational opportunities for all ages, as well as targeted programs to address the emotional and physical needs of rural Thailand’s youth. The FDSC offers university scholarships, mentorship residencies, helping orphanages with food and education, assisting kids whose families have been affected by HIV/AIDS and working with Northern Thailand Special Olympics. http://www. familycare.org/network/fdsc/


70 year old tourist suffers heart failure after ziplining

Nopniwat Krailerg
A seventy year old Israeli tourist died of heart failure after riding a zipline in Mae Taman, Mae Taeng Sub-district. The man’s wife told police that the deceased had a history of heart disease and suffered congenital heart disease as well as diabetes.
On October 22, 2013 70 year old Rafael Gon was taken to Mae Taeng Hospital after fainting at a zipline facility. He later died at the hospital. His body was taken to Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital to coordinate the return with the Israeli Embassy.
The police checked the scene and found no instance that would cause suspicion and given the man’s medical history and age determined that the man died due to his congenital illnesses.


Suan Dok emergency medicine team takes home three awards

The Emergency Medicine team at Chiang Mai Maharaj Hospital took home three awards from a competition at Bhumibol Adulyadej Hospital on October 18 – 19, 2014.

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The medical team from the Department of Emergency Medicine at Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital took home three awards in the 3rd Thailand Emergency Medicine Awards held at the Bhumibol Adulyadej Hospital in cooperation with the National Institute for Emergency Medicine. The awards ceremony took place on October 18 and 19 saw the team take their first ever awards home in the competition that saw fourteen teams from around the country take part.
Teams took part in a simulation virtual assisting a patient in an emergency within 10 minutes. Each team consisted of 1 doctor and 3 nurses. The Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital team consisted of Dr. Phawita Laohakul and 3 nurses, Weeraphon Kaewpangchan, Saowanuch Somsri and Nattapoom Nuchpong. The team won in Station Hazmat leaching toxins in patients infected with Ebola, Station Advanced Trauma Life Support and Station Obstetrics and neonatal resuscitation.
Lecturer Baworn Wittayachamnankul, Lecturer of Department of Emergency Medicine as the team trainer of team of Department of Emergency Medicine of Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital expressed his pride in the hard work of the team.


Bike for Children 2014 cycles form Bangkok to raise funds

Charity for AIDS affected kids

Nopniwat Krailerg
Around 100 cyclists joined in the Bike for Children charity ride from Bangkok to raise funds to provide scholarships, bicycles and education for children affected by HIV/AIDS in the North.
The cyclists were welcomed by Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya at McKean Rehabilitation Center on October 25, 2014 along with Mananya Prasatbuntitya, President of the Chiang Mai Red Cross.
The cycling fundraiser was organized by the Thailand Business Coalition on AIDS (TBCA), Thai Cycling for Health Association (TCHA), Tourism Authority of Thailand and Thai Health Promotion Foundation. The Thai Health Promotion Foundation also arranged rides to Wiang Kum Kam, Conservation bike path in Suthep Subdistrict, and Wua Lai Walking Street, and the group was joined by cyclists in Chiang Mai to ride up to Doi Suthep and Bhubing Palace on October 26, 2014.


Young filmmakers tackle human trafficking

Short films from teens

Young filmmakers from Dara Academy took first prize in the Young Filmmakers Against Trafficking” short film competition.

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Teen filmmakers joined in a competition to produce a short film on the prevention of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. The award ceremony was held at Chiang Mai Orchid Hotel on October 22, 2014 by the Chiang Mai Provincial Social Development Office as part of the project to raise awareness in young people about the dangers of sexual exploitation and human trafficking.
Mayuree Yoktree, Head of the Chiang Mai Provincial Social Development Office said that the students had worked at Banpak Tassanajorn Chiang Mai from September 8 to 11 to produce the short films. The production seminar was attended by 30 Matthayom students who produced all aspects of the short films by themselves with help from lecturers.
The groups of students produced five short films and each was required to publish the work on Facebook and You Tube where they were judged by the number of likes received.
Dara Academy took first prize with “Puzzle” while students from Prince Royal’s College took second with “Friendship”. Third place went to Hangdong Rathrath Upathum School Team 2 with “Escape” and consolation prizes to Hangdong Rathrath Upathum School Team 1 with “Malai”, and Montfort College with “The Last”.


 
HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

HRH Princess Soamsawali presents robes to monks in Phrao

Chiang Mai readies for Loy Krathong Festival

Officials pay homage on Chulalongkorn Day

Royal Rainmaking Center continues operations

Protest group calls for halt to petroleum concession bidding

Chiang Mai Health Office ready for Ebola

Survey of Doi Suthep cable car proposal sees 70% approval

RID set to deal with potential drought situation

Chiang Mai Mail celebrates 12 years of service to Chiang Mai

Princess Mother Day celebrated at Sri Sangwan School

Northern Digital Craft Awards from SIPA

Tesco Lotus security guard uncovers drug smuggling shoplifter

Bag snatchers targeting tourists arrested at internet café

Smash and grab thief caught near Region 5 Police headquarters

Shoplifter caught in Tops says he has no money to pay

Couple robs mobile phone store at knifepoint

Police crackdown on entertainment venues

Governor visits Kengtung to seal sister city deal

Chiang Mai Beach Party raises funds for disadvantaged kids

70 year old tourist suffers heart failure after ziplining

Suan Dok emergency medicine team takes home three awards

Bike for Children 2014 cycles form Bangkok to raise funds

Young filmmakers tackle human trafficking

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