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Japanese government helps respiratory patients in Uttaradit

Mr. Shinya Aoki, Consul-General of Japan in Chiang Mai, and Mr. Songwut Subthawisin, Director of the Uttaradit Hospital signed the funding agreement for respiratory equipment for Uttaradit Hospital to provide home medical care.

The Government of Japan, under its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects Scheme (GGP), is providing funds amounting to 2,738,000 baht for “the Project for Procuring Medical Equipment for Patients with Chronic Respiratory Disease in Uttaradit Province”. On 16 July, 2015, Mr. Shinya Aoki, Consul-General of Japan in Chiang Mai, and Mr. Songwut Subthawisin, Director of the Uttaradit Hospital, jointly signed the funding contract at the Consulate-General of Japan in Chiang Mai.

Uttaradit Province lies about 500 km north of Bangkok and about 250 km South of Chiang Mai. The population of the province is about 460,000 people, mostly engaged in agriculture. The eastern part of the province consists of mountainous areas which border Laos for 135km. Most of the farmers in this area and in the neighboring areas are engaged in slash-and-burn agriculture, so forest fires break out every dry-season and result in serious problems such as respiratory disease from haze.

Uttaradit Hospital is a public hospital in Uttaradit Province under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Public Health. The hospital plays a role as a medical center of the province which receives and treats serious case patients sent from the district level hospitals. Ideally, patients with severe chronic respiratory disease need to receive inpatient treatment in the hospital, however, the most of the patients don’t have enough financial capacity to pay medical costs for long-term hospitalization. At the same time, the medical ward of the hospital is always full of hospitalized patients, so the department of internal medicine has established a home medical care system.

Now the department lends medical oxygen tank sets for patients cared for at home through the system, but there are only 25 sets which are not enough for the number of patients. Moreover, as poor patients barely pay the cost of replenishing oxygen to the tank when the tank is empty, some patients are sent back to the hospital again, or even lose their lives. If there were oxygen concentrators, the patients wouldn’t need to pay the cost of replenishing oxygen and this would make a contribution to improving the quality of life and fighting against illness of the patients.

In response to a request from the Uttaradit Hospital, the Government of Japan will bear the costs of purchasing oxygen concentrators and related medical devices which will be lent to patients with chronic respiratory disease in home care. It is expected that this support will contribute to ensuring the improvement of the home medical care system provided by the hospital.

The Japanese government intends to continue supporting projects which contribute to improving the medical and healthcare services through its Grant Assistance for Human Security Projects scheme (GGP).


New Immigration office opens at Promenada Resort Mall

Consuls, Honorary Consuls, government officials and business leaders joined Immigration officials at the grand opening party of the new Immigration Office at Promenada Resort Shopping Mall on July 17, 2015.

Shana Kongmun
Chiang Mai Immigration has moved services from the old office near the airport to the ground floor of Promenada Resort Shopping Mall effective July 20, 2015. The grand opening of the new office was held on July 17, 2015 and was presided over by Commander of Immigration Region 5 Pol. Maj. Gen. Banthit Tungkhaseni, Chief of Chiang Mai Immigration, Pol. Col. Rutjapong Saravanangkool, and Marc Vermeulen of Promenada Resort Shopping Mall.

The new office will cover extensions of stay based on retirement, as well as medical cases. Also 90 day reporting will be done at the new office, re-entry permits and extensions of tourist visas. The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and has separate stations for each service.

The new office is on the ground floor of Promenada in Building A, there are separate desks for each service. The office is open Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and closed holidays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Pol. Col. Rutjapong Saravanangkool, Chief of Chiang Mai Immigration Office said that they plan on moving extensions for marriage and business to the new office later on. The old office will be demolished and a new one built on the same location. Re-locating services to Promenada is part of the reconstruction process.

The Commander of Immigration Region 5 Pol. Maj. Gen. Banthit Tungkhaseni said the new office welcomed the new office noting that it will make Immigration visits easier on residents with increased parking and allow for people waiting for their turn to have a coffee, go shopping or have lunch in the mall.

Marc Vermeulen of Promenada noted that there will be a free shuttle bus from the old Immigration office to the new one for the first month as well as the usual Promenada shuttles from downtown hotels.

The shuttle bus will depart the old Immigration office beginning at 7 a.m. and every half hour until 11:30 a.m. The return trip will also depart every half hour beginning 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. but regular shuttle buses to hotels will operate until nighttime.

The new office will support the queue system for retirement extensions which can be done here 100 days in advance. http://chiangmaiimm.com/th/queue-online.html. Pol. Col. Rutjapong also encouraged residents to use the 90 day online system. Instructions for the 90 day reporting are here on the Chiang Mai Mail


How to do a 90 day report online

It is now possible to make your 90 day report online. You can only apply online from 7-15 days before the expiration of your current 90 day report.
You must access the following link with Internet Explorer. Firefox and Chrome both have IE extensions that you can install if you prefer.
https://extranet.immigration.go.th/fn90online
There will be a security warning but you can click OK.
Then you must accept the Immigration Bureau’s Terms of Service –tick the box at the bottom of the Terms and then click Accept. You will then be taken to a page where you choose Notification of staying in the Kingdom over 90 days. You may also check the status of your submission on this page later on.
First, use all CAPITALS
Fill out the form as required – on the date field use their calendar.
When you reach the address portion, fill in your street address and then choose the drop down menu for the Province. Chiang Mai is spelled CHING MAI but don’t worry, it still works.
Once you choose CHING MAI from the drop down menu then go to AMPHUR and choose your district from the drop down menu. Finally go to TAMBON and pick the correct sub-district.
These fields do give you the option to type it in but do not type anything, use the drop down menus.
You will receive an acknowledgement email. When the 90 day report is approved you will receive a second email with the form stamped APPROVED and the actual 90 day report. Print this out and put it in your passport.


Immigration Bus Map

A free shuttle will run from July 20 to August 20, 2015 from the old Immigration Office near Chiang Mai International Airport to the new office at Promenada Resort Shopping Mall. The shuttle will depart from the old office every half hour from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and depart Promenada every half hour from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Promenada also runs shuttle buses to downtown hotels.


Princess opens Math Olympiad

HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn visited Chiang Mai to open the International Math Olympiad at Chiang Mai University Auditorium on July 9, 2015. This is the 56th International Mathematics Olympiad to be held and the first to be held in Thailand. More than a thousand students from 104 countries took part in the event from July 4 -16, 2015. Students came from as far as Russia, the United States, Canada, Britain and nearby China, Hong Kong and Japan among many others. The event was brought to Thailand by the cooperation of three educational institutions; the Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology, the Mathematical Association of Thailand under Royal Patronage and the Foundation for the Promotion and Development of Science Olympiad academic study under the patronage of HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana.


World Forestry Congress sees community leaders discuss sustainable forestry

Members of forest communities from Chiang Mai and around South East Asia met in Bangkok for the World Forestry Congress recently.

“Invest in us for sustainable forests” say community forest members, indigenous peoples and smallholders from Asia.
Local people from forest communities in Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Lao PDR, Thailand and Nepal came together in Bangkok recently to discuss forest issues that are priorities for them and to prepare for the upcoming XIV World Forestry Congress. The Congress is the largest and most significant gathering of the world's forestry sector, to take place in Durban, South Africa in September 2015.
“If you want your country to be green, you need to invest in local communities,” said Mr. Krirk Meemungkit, a forest farm smallholder from Thailand. “I make my livelihood from a sustainable forest plantation, and I’m using my knowledge to benefit other local people so they can also develop sustainable forest plantations, and in turn they are teaching other local people how to do this.”
“Local people can and want to protect forests, especially because climate change is already making our lives more difficult,” said Ms. Theya Chaw, an indigenous community member from PeinNeiKone, a remote area of Myanmar, who traveled for more than seven days to reach the meeting in Bangkok. “But to do this effectively we need resources.”
At the meeting, participants identified four priority areas, from local perspectives, that forest decision-makers must invest in for forests to be managed sustainably:
• Participatory processes for policy and enabling regulatory framework development
• Formalizing tenure rights and the establishment of community forests
• Funds and resources for community forest implementation, and livelihoods/enterprise development
• Capacity development for leadership empowerment, information access, network advocacy
Under the four areas, solutions and best practices were identified, along with specific actions and investments needed to scale these up – to be shared and influence forest decision-makers on the global level at the World Forestry Congress.
At the end of the meeting, the local people participating in the meeting voted and elected four local people to represent them on the global level at the upcoming World Forestry Congress in South Africa in September 2015. These
The four local people include Mr. Em Sophoan, CF ChrosSvay, Cambodia; Mr. Krirk Meemungkit, Small holder, Sa Kaeo Province, Thailand; Ms. Theya Chaw, Indigenous representative, Myanmar and Ms. Hoang Thi Chuyen, Member of Women's Union of Vietnam.
RECOFTC, which focuses on empowering local people through participatory processes and promoting forestry from local peoples' perspectives in Asia, conducted the meeting with simultaneous translation in seven languages. The process enabled local people, who are often time not directly included in regional meetings (as they are frequently conducted in English) to participate fully.
“When we have the capacity, we can do anything,” said Mr Em Sohorn, manager of a sustainable bamboo enterprise in Chrous Svay community forest, Cambodia.


2 million Yaba and 50 kg of Ya Ice seized in Chiang Mai arrest

Pol. Lt. Gen. Tanitsak Teerasawat and Region 5 Police with the two suspects arrested with 2 million Yaba pills and 50 kilograms of Ya Ice on July 8, 2015.

Nopniwat Krailerg
The Commissioner of Region 5 Police announced the arrest of two suspects and the seizure of 2 million methamphetamine pills and 50 kilograms of crystal methamphetamines on July 9, 2015.
Commissioner Pol. Lt. Gen. Tanitsak Teerasawat and Chiang Mai Deputy Governor Chana Pangpibul announced the arrest of Somchai Theptim, of Chonburi and Mongkol Chamto, of Samut Sakhon. The two men were arrested in an undercover buy operation by police at Big C Extra on July 8 at 10 p.m.
The two men confessed to police after the arrest that they had been hired by someone to carry the drugs from the border to Central Thailand.


46 projects for Chiang Mai proposed at mobile Cabinet meeting

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and government officials review water management solutions for Chiang Mai.

Nopniwat Krailerg
Chiang Mai Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya and government officials met with Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha at the mobile Cabinet meeting held at the Chiang Mai International Convention and Exhibition Center (CMICE) on June 30 to propose necessary and needed infrastructure projects for consideration.

Forty-six projects were prosed including waste management, water management, mass transit, road improvements, a second airport, a new reservoir, and rehabilitation of the Mae Kha Canal.

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha talked about the ongoing water issues that Chiang Mai and Thailand face and expressed his opinion that finding solutions to water shortages and drought required better management from the agriculture and consumer sectors. He noted that the agricultural sector will need to change its growing and production practices and change to crops that use less water.

The Damrongdhama Center also established a temporary complaint center for members of the public at CMICE and twenty complaints were filed with the Center. These will be sent on to the Prime Minister for review.

Governor Suriya Prasatbuntitya told the Chiang Mai Mail that the proposals are being passed on to the relevant Ministries and expressed optimism that they would be approved for Chiang Mai.


100,000 Yaba pills seized in Pha Muang Task Force ambush in Chiang Rai

Col. Prapat Phopsuwan of the Pha Muang Task Force, Chiang Rai and Worayan Bunarat, Mae Fah Luang District Chief with the 100,000 Yaba pills found after Pha Muang Task Force officers tried to intercept smugglers in Mae Fah Luang District in Chiang Rai.

The Pha Muang Task Force in Chiang Rai announced the seizure of 100,000 methamphetamine or Yaba pills in Mae Fah Luang District of Chiang Rai on June 27, 2015 after rangers ambushed drug traffickers in a remote village.
Col. Prapat Phopsuwan of the Pha Muang Task Force, Chiang Rai and Worayan Bunarat, Mae Fah Luang District Chief, held a press conference to announce the seizure.
Rangers had received a tip off that drug traffickers would be moving Yaba through the area and set up an ambush to intercept the group at 10:30 p.m. on June 26, 2015. Officials encountered a group of around 2 – 4 men carrying sacks and called on them to stop. One man opened fire on the officers who returned fire. After a five minute firefight the men fled the area leaving behind a sack with 100,000 methamphetamine tablets.
 


Three drug arrests in Chiang Mai yield 37,000 Yaba pills

Chiang Mai Provincial Police arrested four men and two women for drug dealing in Chiang Mai province in one day.

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Chiang Mai Provincial Police announced the seizure of 37,000 methamphetamine or Yaba pills in three separate arrests in the province on one day alone on July 3, 2015.
Pol.Maj.Gen.Montri Sambunnanont, Commander of Chiang Mai Provincial police announced that six people had been arrested for trafficking and dealing of illegal drugs and that the police had seized a total of 37,000 methamphetamine pills in the arrests that took place in Doi Tao, Chiang Dao and Mae Rim.

The first case saw Doi Tao Police working with the Provincial Police to arrest three people suspected of dealing drugs and seized of 15,150 Yaba tablets hidden in a cooler.

In the second case Chiang Dao Police arrested a man and woman with 10,000 Yaba tablets in a sting arrest. The police had arranged with the suspects to deliver the drugs in front of the Chiang Dao Wittayakhom school.

The final case in Mae Rim also involved a sting arrest with police arranging to buy drugs at the parking area near the 7-11 Pong Yang Nai Branch in Mae Rim where they arrested a Chiang Mai man with 12,000 Yaba tablets.

 


 
HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Update July 13, 2015

Japanese government helps respiratory patients in Uttaradit

New Immigration office opens at Promenada Resort Mall

How to do a 90 day report online

Immigration Bus Map

Update July 13, 2015

Princess opens Math Olympiad

World Forestry Congress sees community leaders discuss sustainable forestry

2 million Yaba and 50 kg of Ya Ice seized in Chiang Mai arrest

Update July 4, 2015

46 projects for Chiang Mai proposed at mobile Cabinet meeting

100,000 Yaba pills seized in Pha Muang Task Force ambush in Chiang Rai

Three drug arrests in Chiang Mai yield 37,000 Yaba pills


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