ITS ALMOST THAT TIME AGAIN!!!

Next weekend, the team will be competing at the USMTA Tournament in Ardmore , Oklahoma. We are excited to take part of this Muay Thai event not so far from home where many of our students, families and friends are able to watch the fight team do what they do best. We look forward to meeting all the Nak Muays, coaches and Muay Thai fans. Thank you for all your support and stay tuned as we keep you posted throughout the event!!

**Please don’t forget that the gym will be closed on Thursday, November 14th to Saturday, November 16th. There will be no Kid’s Muay Thai, Evening Muay Thai, Open Gym and Lunch Thai on those days. All classes will resume back on Monday, November 18th.**

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AMBASSADOR LETTER

ROYAL THAI EMBASSY WASHINGTON

Dear USMTA,

On behalf of the Thai government, the Ambassador of Thailand wishes to convey his thanks for your condolences and offers of assistance.

Here is his letter to you :

“I am writing to inform you about the development in Thailand in the aftermath of the Tsunami waves that struck the western coast of Thailand. Six Provinces, Phuket, Trang, Krabi, Phang Nga, Ranong, and Satun were severely affected by the Tsunamis which resulted in great loss of lives and damage to properties.

The Royal Thai Government has made it a top priority to assist all those affected by this catastrophe. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has set up a 24-hour Coordinating Centre for Foreign Nationals affected by the Tidal Waves. The Ministry of Interior has also set up coordinating centres in Bangkok and the 6 affected provinces. The contact details appear in the enclosed Royal Thai Embassy’s Press Release of 27 December 2004.

The Royal Thai Government has announced national days of mourning from December 28 to 30, 2004 to honour the victims of the Tsunami, including Mr. Poom Jensen, the Grandson of His Majesty the King Bhumibhol Adulyadej.

Over the past few days we have been touched by the concern and generosity of the American people wishing to help in the relief effort. I would like to request your kind contribution to the relief efforts. The donations shall be sent to the Royal Thai Embassy in Washington, D.C. or to the bank account that the Embassy has set up for this purpose. Those who wish to contribute items should send them to the Royal Thai Embassy’s annex at 2300 Kalorama Road, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008. Details of the needs appear in the Royal Thai Embassy’s Press Release of 28 December 2004 as attached hereto.

I would also like to encourage you to monitor the Embassy’s website at http://www.thaiembdc.org for regular updates on the situation in Southern Thailand.

Thank you for your kind assistance and cooperation, I am,

Sincerely yours

Kasit Piromya
Ambassador”
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Volunteers need

Volunteers need now are forensics experts, but your offers are also needed. Also, we have been advised by USAID and INTERACTION NGO group that individual volunteers wishing to assist in the aftermath in Thailand can work through the Center for International Disaster
Information (contact Suzanne Brooks at 703-243-8900 or cidi@cidi.org) They are funded by USAID.

Concurrently, volunteers can contact DEPARTMENT OF DISASTER PREVENTION AND MITIGATION 3/12 U-TONG NOK ROAD, DUSIT, BANGKOK, 10300 THAILAND TEL 1-662-243-0020 UP TO 243-0027 FAX 1-662-241-7466 AND 1-662-241-7499 WWW.DISASTER.GO.TH and other Thai agencies such as Health Ministry (for medical volunteers) by calling the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24 Hours Coordinating Centre for Foreign Nationals Affected by the Massive Tidal Waves at 66-2643-5262 or 66-2643-5000 Ext. 5003 or 5502 Fax. 66-2643-5256 and in Phuket 66-7622-0459 Fax 66-7622-0361 See www.mfa.go.th and www. thaiembdc.org for more contacts.

Donations directly to the Thai government, can be made through Embassy’s account : ROYAL THAI EMBASSY’s DONATION ACCOUNT Routing # 054001220 Account # 2000020745479, SWIFT CODE : PNBPUS33 Wachovia Bank, 1300 I Street, N.W., 11th Fl. Washington, DC 20005 and for personal checks or money order payable to: Royal Thai Embassy 1024 Wisconsin Ave., N.W. Washington, DC 20007Remark : Donation Fund

Attached are our needs and contacts for volunteers.

Best,

Natapanu Nopakun
Royal Thai Embassy
Washington
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Inter-agency Cooperation – The coordinating centre in Phuket, which comprises the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Interior Ministry, Public Health Ministry, Royal Thai Police and diplomatic representatives, will set up a “One Stop Service” for search and rescue and body retrieval at the temporary offices of diplomatic representatives in Phuket, which contain a list of the injured, missing and dead, categorised according to hospital. An official will be assigned to facilitate matters. – The Minister of Public Health will set up a “One Stop Service” at Khao Lak, and has requested that officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs be stationed there. In addition, the Minister of Foreign Affairs has asked Foreign Ministry officials to coordinate with
diplomatic representatives in Phuket to send representatives to Khao Lak, and try to bring in forensics experts to Khao Lak as well. At present, 2 Foreign Ministry officials from the coordinating centre in Phang-nga have been dispatched to the Ministry of Public Health’s centre in Khao Lak.