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Hot Air Balloon ‘crash’ story was a lot of hot air

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Reports of a hot air balloon crash and injuries earlier this week in Chiang Mai were, well, a lot of hot air.

Chiang Mai News has clarified a story about a hot air balloon crashing and causing damage and injuries in Doi Saket on Monday morning were just fake news, according to a Sanook report.

This was confirmed by aviation officials and a private company that operates balloon trips for tourists in the area. The company said that the uninformed stories were damaging for tourism and were simply incorrect.

An aviation official has confirmed that the that the balloon descended and landed normally, in a field. It landed near some houses and he speculates that it might have caused home owners to believe there had been an accident.

The Manager of  Balloon Adventure Thailand, Sasilaporn Withee, says the company had been operating for 15 years and always informed the authorities about its activities and had an excellent safety record.

On this occasion they had arranged for the balloon to come down in a field and everything was normal with no injuries or damage to property.

According to the Sanook report, the balloon had obtained permission to ascend to a height of 350 metres and tourists are always taken up with an experienced pilot.

She complained about the damage to Chiang Mai tourism and the good name of her operation.

SOURCE: Sanook

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Chiang Mai policeman caught accepting bribe on Facebook post

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A Chiang Mai traffic policeman has been transferred “to inactive duties” (whatever that means) after allegedly being caught on a Facebook post accepting a 200 baht bribe from a Chinese tourist. The tourists’s motorcycle had been locked up for parking illegally.

The post appears to show the policeman pocketing the 200 baht and then unlocking the tourist’s bike on Phra Pokklao Road in front of Wat Chedi Luang Worawiharn.

The policeman didn’t write out a receipt for the cash, leading Facebook commenters presuming it could have been a bribe.

Pol Lt Col Supachai Chantra, an inspector in Chiang Mai police traffic control, has declined to identify the policeman in the video, but says the traffic police chief had ordered him transferred to an inactive post pending an investigation.

Supachai confirmed that officers shouldn’t be collecting fines on the spot after 6pm. This incident happened around 10pm.

“The procedure is for violators of downtown parking laws caught before 6pm to pay their fines promptly, and after 6 they get tickets and must pay the fine the next day. Only then are their vehicles unlocked.”

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Company rolls out new computers for Chiang Mai school

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Top executives from Thailand property development company Boutique Corporation recently visited the Intanon Wittaya School in Chiang Mai and presented them with ten desktop computers to the school.

Inthanon Wittaya School is located in Amphur Mae Jam, 111.2 kilometers from Chiang Mai, with 192 kindergarten and primary school students. The school offers a computer class but only had 11 computers available in the classroom before the donation.

Some of the students plan to participate in a computer competition, for which they had an inadequate number of computers with which to practice and prepare. Hearing of this, Boutique Corporation PCL chose Inthanon Wittaya School for its 2018 corporate social responsibility activity.

Mr. Chatchawan Wisetkhoon, the director of Intanon Wittaya School, said, “We thank Boutique Corporation for donating these computers. Inthanon Wittaya School is very grateful. Through teaching and learning activities, our school will use the computers for the maximum benefit of our students.”

The presentation was made by Prabsharan Thakral, President and Group CEO; Ekanut Ungphakorn, Chief Operating Officer; Nattaya Huatsoontorn, Chief Financial Controller; and Pornpimol Chaichanakajorn, Senior Vice President – HR Business Partner.

President and Group CEO Prabsharan Thakral commented, “Boutique Corporation PCL appreciates this opportunity to support Thailand students. It is essential for them to develop computer skills in preparation for almost any future profession. We’re pleased we can help further their education.”

This is the first donation Boutique Corporation has made to Inthanon Wittaya School. Last year, Boutique made donations to causes including “To Be Number One Under Princess Ubolratana”; the Charity Shield Golf Cup, arranged by the Fund for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities; The Department of the Interior of Krathu District, Phuket Province, to plant marigold flowers for the Royal Ceremony; and the Bowling Charity by CRMC Royal Thai Air Force Alumni.

Boutique Corporation is a leading asset developer in Thailand. The group currently operates hospitality assets under the brands Citadines, Oakwood, and its self-managed brand Journeyhub. The group is expanding its hospitality development platform across Thailand; in particular, in Pattaya, Phuket, and Chiang Mai; where Novotel Chiang Mai Nimman Journeyhub is already confirmed.

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Eight year wait for Chiang Mai’s proposed Light Rail

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Whilst Phuket has got a tentative go ahead for its Light Rail system (for a start of contraction in 2020), people in Chiang Mai will have to wait eight years for their local version of a modern public transport system.

The Chiang Mai News reports that a ministerial level government meeting in Lampang this week reported on the latest developments.

The main decision is that the Red Line will be worked on first. This will go from Nakorn Ping Hospital to the Mae Hia Saman Sammakhee intersection. It has yet to be decided what sections will be above ground and what will be below. Further studies will start this month.

It is hoped that a plan to pay for the multi billion baht project will be presented to the government by November this year.

According to update briefing, construction will take 69 months with the expected completion date by 2027!

SOURCE: Chiang Mai News

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