Do mozzies help more than harm?
One researcher believes so
420 known species in Thailand are kept at the Museum of World Insects and
Many people fear the rainy season because diseases spread
more easily, especially hemorrhagic fever, malaria, elephantiasis and
Japanese encephalitis. The carrier of these is the mosquito that breeds well
in the rainy season. Many consider the mosquito a cruel thing that is
capable of taking the life of anyone at any time. But how many know the
truth? The mosquito has been more beneficial than harmful to humanity
through the ages.
From data provided by Manop Rattangrithikul, of the
Museum of World Insects and Natural Wonders, informed that there are over
420 known species of mosquito in Thailand, but only 10 proven carriers of
disease that are harmful to humans, those being: Anopheles dirus, Anopheles
minimus, Anopheles maculates (carriers of malaria), Mansonia annulifera,
Mansonia Indiana, Mansonia uniformis (carriers of Filariasis elephant foot),
Culex gelidus, Culex tritaeniorhynchus, Culex vishnui (carriers of Japanese
encephalitis) and Aedes aegypti carrier of Dengue hemorrhagic fever.
Museum of World Insects and Natural Wonders is a source of knowledge on all
kinds of insects.
If we go back 10,000 years, there were no hospitals or
doctors, so how has humanity survived until today? There were no medicines
to treat us when we fell ill, but we still managed to increase in numbers.
That is because nature created everything and made it balance out in the
ecological system. It is believed that the female blood sucking mosquito
acted as a vaccine giver - injecting minute doses of disease into us humans
and animals to beef up the immune system.
including the vector species for disease transmission.
The 400 species of harmless Thai mosquito are nature’s
vaccine givers, preventing the spread of disease, illnesses and death
amongst humans and animals; nature’s way as it has been through the ages.
If there were no mosquitoes, humans and animals would be infected with all
kinds of diseases and maybe we would not be here today. Nature has its way
of balancing things out. So we should not fear illness or mosquitoes, we
need to consider nature’s way. (Data provided by the Museum of World
Insects and Natural Wonders, 72 Nimmanahaeminda Rd, Soi 13, Chiang Mai Tel.0
Guides learn to rescue tourists
Certificates were given to the 17th General Guides
(Overseas) Group after they completed their training. Junnapong Saranak,
director of Tourism Authority of Thailand Northern Office Region 1 presented
the certificates at the Novotel Chiang Mai on July 29.
Saranak, Tourism Authority of Thailand Northern Office Region 1 director
congratulates guide trainees.
Assoc. Prof. Chayaporn Cheunroongroje, deputy dean of
Faculty of Humanity and Society, Chiang Mai University, said that Guides
play important roles in the tourism industry, assisting tourists at all
times at tourism venues.
The Faculty of Humanity and Society, realizing the importance of guides,
held a seminar on April 18 to July 10 at Chiang Mai University. Theory
training took 169 hours and field practice took 13 days. Trainees also
learned how to rescue tourists who get into trouble and how to live in the
wild at a military camp in Mae Rim, Chiang Mai. Seventy-one trainees passed.
National Science Week 2005
Chiangmai Mail Reporters
The Faculties of Science will organize regional National
Science Week 2005, titled “Science is knowledge reaching to success” on
August 18-20 at the Faculty of Science, Chiang Mai University.
The event is to recall the contribution of King Rama IV,
the Father of Thai Science, and to respect his work and abilities because he
introduced applied science to improve the lives of Thai citizens. He
encouraged research works that were beneficial for society, built up
cooperation networks in relation to science and technology among
universities, government and the private sector and encouraged Thai youths
to be interested in science and technological advances.
An exhibition about the works of King Rama IV will be
held and science projects awards, young scientist competition, science
knowledge exhibition and other interesting activities will be staged.
Chiang Mai University in cooperation with the Ministry of
Science and Technology, the Science Society of Thailand (under the Patronage
of H.M. The King), and several organizations both in the government and
private sectors including education institutes are involved in the
organization of this National Science Week.
US Consulate celebrates completion of The Wall
Photos: by Nopniwat Krailerg
Boyce unveils the plaque.
To mark the end of the wall construction at the US
Consulate (except for ongoing landscaping), a party was organized on Friday,
July 29. US Ambassador Ralph Boyce presided over the official end to the
eight-month long construction, which provides the Consulate with a new wall
and entry areas.
The Consular community, Vice Governor Prinya Panthong,
Thai officials, military, police, and members of the former royal family of
Chiang Mai were present for the re-dedication of the consulate sala, after
which Ambassador Boyce unveiled a commemorative plaque.
The new construction will ensure on-going safety for all at the US
the end of construction, monks prayed and US Ambassador Boyce sounded the
gong to mark the new beginning.
Swiss National Day celebrated in style
Swiss National Day dates back into history to 1291 A.D.
(five years before the founding of Chiang Mai). The mountainous region of
today’s Switzerland belonged to the Holy Roman Empire, but with the
opening of a new important north-south trade route across the Alps in the
early 13th century, the Empire’s rulers began to attach more importance to
the remote Swiss mountain valleys, which were granted some degree of
autonomy under direct imperial rule. Fearful of popular disturbances flaring
up following the death of the Holy Roman Emperor in 1291, the ruling
families from Uri, Schwyz, and Unterwalden signed a charter to keep public
peace and pledging mutual support in upholding autonomous administrative and
judicial rule. The anniversary of the charter’s signature (August 1, 1291)
is today celebrated as Switzerland’s National Day.
multi-cultural as Switzerland were the guests at the Amari Rincome’s Swiss
National Day Dinner. (Back row from left) Luxami Utaipol-Dumur, Kim and
Rudolf Grieder, Marc Dumur, Pinkaew and Wim Fagel; (seated) Saengdao and
Hans Banziger and Willy Steck.
There are three official languages in Switzerland
reflecting the three main national identities: German (74 percent of the
population), French (21 percent of the population) and Italian (4.5 percent
of the population). In practice, many documents also appear in English,
which is widely spoken throughout. Most Swiss speak at least two, if not
three, languages with one generally being English. Raeto-Romansch is spoken
by a very small (0.7 percent) part of the population in the eastern
mountains. Spoken Swiss German or Schweizerdeutsch, is very different from
the “High” German spoken in Germany, or Hoch Deutsch.
flag, a white cross on red background.
The Swiss national character seems to fit well with the
tourism and hotel industry, with many in hoteliers and restaurateurs in
Thailand coming from Switzerland. It would seem timely to announce a Swiss
Honorary Consul for Chiang Mai too.
On Monday August 1, 2005, a myriad of Swiss nationals and friends, who
call Chiang Mai and the North their second home gathered at the Amari
Rincome’s La Gritta Restaurant to celebrate “their” day in style.
Budding thespians to bide their time
Non Jungmeier, Casting
The proposed August 15 start of shooting of the film
“Little Dieter needs to fly” aka “Rescue Dawn” has been postponed
for between 1-2 weeks. Audition tapes, and/or pictures are still in the
hands of the director.
The producer, director and the casting department thanks
everybody who applied, and begs your patience.