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Do mozzies help more than harm?

Guides learn to rescue tourists

National Science Week 2005

US Consulate celebrates completion of The Wall

Swiss National Day celebrated in style

Budding thespians to bide their time

Do mozzies help more than harm?

One researcher believes so

Preeyanoot Jittawong

The 420 known species in Thailand are kept at the Museum of World Insects and Natural Wonders.

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.

The 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.

Wonders 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 5321 1891.)

Guides learn to rescue tourists

Preeyanoot Jittawong

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.

Junnapong 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

Sandy Clark
Photos: by Nopniwat Krailerg

Ambassador 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 Consulate.

To mark the end of construction, monks prayed and US Ambassador Boyce sounded the gong to mark the new beginning.

Swiss National Day celebrated in style

Reinhard Hohler

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.

As 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.

The Swiss 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 Thailand

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.