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XI No.7 - Sunday September 16 - Saturday September 29, 2012


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Happy 7th Birthday Chiang Mai Expats Club

By Shana Kongmun
Today the Chiang Mai Expats Club celebrated their 7th anniversary with Board Members led by Alan Hall cutting the birthday cake. Today’s meeting was held at the Shangri La but an announcement was made that next month’s meeting will be held for one time only at the River Market at 10 a.m. The following meeting will be held at the Shangri La as usual. The U.S. Consulate General was on hand taking absentee voter registration and announced that they will provide voter registration and ballot drop off service for all voters next month. October 1 at CMIS from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. October 5 at Grace International School from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and finally at Rimping Nim City on October 12 from 5-6:30 p.m.
More photos and the full story to follow in the print edition on September 30, 2012.


Health Fair on at Central Airport Plaza this weekend

Delegates from several Embassies in Bangkok travelled to Chiang Mai for the Health Promotion Meeting held at The Empress Hotel. Here Deputy Governor Yokying Worakarn (far left) is joined by the First Secretary of the Embassy of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar Aung Kyaw Linn, Director of the Office of Commercial Affairs Panjit Pisawong, Health Attaché from the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates Mohamed Al Jarwan, and Edgar Badajos, the First Secretary for the Philippines Embassy in Bangkok, Indian Consul for Chiang Mai Dhirendra Singh Garbyal and Mr. Rachan Veeraphan, Honorary Consul for Bangladesh.

By Shana Kongmun
The International Lanna Health Promotion Meeting opened at the Empress Hotel on Friday, September 21 and saw delegates from around ASEAN participate in discussion on various health issues facing the region’s residents. Additionally, the Japanese Consulate General supported a discussion in Japanese discussing health issues for the many long stay retired Japanese people.

Additionally a health fair is ongoing at the Central Hall at Central Airport Plaza this weekend with herbal products for sale, massages, blood pressure and eye checks as well as many health related products on sale.

The Fair ends Sunday, September 23, 2012 and is being held in cooperation with the Ministry of Public Health, the Lanna Spa Association as well as the Ministry of Commerce and Chiang Mai Health Service Promotion Association.

A nurse checks a visitor’s blood pressure at the Health Fair that runs through this weekend at Central Airport Plaza.

Traditional massage is also available at the fair.


Muslims rally at the U.S. Consulate

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
A couple of dozen local Muslim residents rallied at the U.S. Consulate on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 denouncing the controversial Youtube movie “The Innocence of Muslims”. Additionally Chiang Mai Islamic Committee adviser Mustafa Hassan, who led the group, read out a statement denouncing the movie and calling on the U.S. to remove was submitted in a letter to be presented to U.S. Ambassador Kristie Kenney.

Then again on Friday a small group of local Muslims paraded through Chiang Mai city streets to the U.S. Consulate where they dragged the U.S. flag along the street and called for the banning of the movie. The U.S. Consulate closed access to services for both incidents.
On Tuesday about 500 Muslims rallied in front of the U.S. Embassy in a peaceful protest that ended with heavy rain.


Chiang Mai dams safely below capacity

The Mae Kuang is currently below capacity and Director Wuttichai said it can easily absorb rainfall which will allow water to flow into the river at normal levels. (Photo courtesy of Chiang Mai Paramotoring Club)

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The Mae Kuang Dam is currently at 98 million cubic meters of water, or 37.5 % capacity which Wuttichai Rakasasuk in charge of maintenance at the dam, says is normal for this time of year and well within expected parameters. He added that the Mae Ngad Dam is also below capacity.

He noted that the dam has only overflowed twice in its twenty year history, once in the floods of 2005 and then again during the rainy season in 2011, a very risky situation the director pointed out. The Ping River basin has two major dams, the Mae Kuang and the Mae Ngad, both of which are nowhere near capacity and capable of taking overflow from the rivers.

He added that the Mae Kuang is expected reach around 130 million cubic meters of water and that the farmers should have plenty of water to plant 50,000 rai during the dry season.

He added that the dams are capable of containing the rainfall and allowing water to flow in the river at normal levels without causing the flooding that hit Chiang Mai last year when the dams were over capacity.

 


Cabinet approves transfer of Governor

Chiang Mai Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul expresses his love and admiration for the “magnificent city” of Chiang Mai.

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On September 4, 2012 the Cabinet approved the transfer of Chiang Mai Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul to the position of Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of the Interior effective October 1. The incoming Governor is the current Governor of Chiang Rai; Tanin Supasaen.

Governor Panadda is a highly popular governor among the people of Chiang Mai and both local media and social networking has seen an outcry requesting that the transfer be cancelled as it is felt that he has not been Governor long enough to effectively implement policy. Many say that Governor Panadda is well known for his humility and hard work on the behalf of the Chiang Mai people, with people calling for a petition to retain him as Governor. It is well known that the Governor meets with residents of Chiang Mai and an increase in grassroots activism has been seen to grow under his tenure.

M.L. Panadda Diksul told the media that through the course of his duties as the Governor of Chiang Mai he has focused on the youth and would like to see Youth Centers in every District as parents around Chiang Mai have requested. He added that helping the youth will increase social stability.

He added that it was important to continue the work combating the drug problem in Chiang Mai as drugs flow over the nearby border.

He called on the Chiang Mai people to maintain their cultural identity and to cherish their magnificent city.

“I love Chiang Mai and will miss it very much. My two year tenure as Governor here has served as a very valuable life lesson for me. I have made many dear friends in Chiang Mai and will leave my heart here,” Governor M.L Panadda concluded.


Tribal Festival at 3 Kings

A Tribal Festival was held at 3 Kings Monument on Sunday, September 9, 2012. The festival featured the Chon Pao, Thai Leu, Thai Kueng. Thai Yong and Thai Yai hilltribes. The event featured music, dancing and performances from the 5 tribes with members dressed in ethnic costume. Deputy Governor Ritthipong Techapun opened the event. (Photo courtesy of CityNow!)


Members of the Sikh community travel from Bangkok to visit new school

30 members representing the Sikh Community in Bangkok flew to Chiang Mai on Sunday, September 9, 2012 to travel to the newly built building at Ban Hoy Tom School in Lamphun that was built from funds raised by the Sikh community. The Sikh community began a program to build schools all over rural Thailand in 2007 with each project needing from 400,000-500,000 baht. They have funded new buildings or new schools at about 3 per year with the latest recipient in Lamphun.


Mae Teon and Monjong villagers want their own district

Chiang Mai Governor M.L. Governor met with a rowdy group of Mae Teon and Monjong villagers from Om Koi District to accept their letter requesting his support for a new district.

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Villagers from Mae Teon and Monjong subdistricts in Om Koi rallied at City Hall to ask Chiang Mai Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul to support their request for the establishment of the area as its own district named Nanthaburi which would be the 26th district in Chiang Mai province.

They also asked that the government fix the highway in their region as it has been damaged and portions of it unpaved for 20 years and has made travel in and out of the area very difficult. They noted it can take two hours for them to travel the 36km from their villages to Om Koi along the bumpy stretch of Highway 1099.

The President of Monjong Tambon Administrative Organization (TAO) said that the residents of the 2 sub-districts are located far from the District Office in Om Koi, 76 km away over high mountain roads and more than 290 km from the provincial head at Chiang Mai.

The Governor received their letter stating that it was the government’s duty to assist people by ensuring roads and bridges are passable. He added that he would pass their request on to the government and recommend that the requirements to establish a new district be studied by the Department of Local Administration and the Ministry of the Interior.


Payap Choir receives congratulations on Silver medals

Deputy Governor Ritthipong Techapun (5th left) joins Payap’s award winning choir on stage at the congratulations ceremony.

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Payap University’s Choir took two silver awards in July at the World Choir Games in Cincinnati, OH USA for Mixed Chamber Choirs and Musica Contemporanea. At a ceremony at Payap University, Mae Khao campus on September 8, 2012 Deputy Governor Ritthipong Techapun congratulated the choir members on their big win.

Payap University’s Choir is a part of the College of Music Arts and in 2006 they won two bronze medals in the World Choir Games in Xiamen in China in 2011, that year they also won the top spot at the University Choral Competition.

The College of Music Arts plays a large role in the school and the music program continues to grow with the Chiang Mai Youth Philharmonic Band & Symphony Orchestra Foundation: CPO) and the Payap Big Band Jazz which they intend to develop around the North.

Dr. Chaiyapruk Mekhara, Dean of the College of Music Arts, said that this may be the last time for some time that students will be able to compete overseas as a lack of funding is currently making a trip to the next competition in Latvia in 2014 up in the air. The school and choir will work hard to raise funds so they can compete in 2014.


Fireworks factory explodes, injures 3

Doi Saket fire and rescue were called to a fireworks factory at 11:30 a.m. in Baan Mai Samakee after an explosion injured three workers. Witnesses at the scene said that a house was being used for the production of fireworks and that 5 people worked there assembling rockets. A short circuit caused sparks and ignited the materials at the scene. The fire spread quickly and caused a loud explosion, leveling the house and injuring three women as they fled.


Farewell to the TAT Director

Chalermsak Suranant headed to Dubai

(from left) President of the Thai Hotels Association (Upper Northern) Phunat Thanalaopanich, New Director of the TAT office in Dubai Chalermsak Suranant and Warunee Khameru Deputy General Manager of the Centara Duangtawan Hotel Chiang Mai.

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Chiang Mai bid farewell to yet another popular face as Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s Chiang Mai office Chalermsak Suranant heads for Dubai to take on the position of Director of the TAT for the United Arab Emirates. On September 6 at Chiang Mai Hill Hotel, the President of the Thai Hotels Association (Upper Northern) Phunat Thanalaopanich and committee members hosted a farewell party for K. Tik and for Sobthana Anprasert, Assistant Director of the TAT Chiang Mai office who will move to Chiang Rai.

Chalermsak “Tik” Suranant bids a fond farewell to Chiang Mai offering his welcome to next year’s road show visitors.

Phunat Thanalaopanich said that the Hotel Association has been well supported by the TAT Chiang Mai office and offered congratulations to K. Tik for his promotion to Dubai. Next year the Northern Thai Hotels Association will organize a road show to Dubai to promote Chiang Mai.

In his farewell speech Chalermsak said that he believes the Middle East and Dubai especially offers a great opportunity to promote Chiang Mai and Thailand. He said he will carry the flag for Chiang Mai in Dubai, promoting the city’s many charms and attractions, and is looking forward to greeting many old friends in the road show next year.

Committee and members of the Thai Hotels Association (Upper Northern) group photo with Chalermsak Suranant and Sobthana Anprasert at the farewell party held at the Chiang Mai Hill Hotel


HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn to preside over Congress on Science and Technology

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HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn has graciously accepted the invitation of the Faculty of Science Chiang Mai University and the Science Association of Thailand under Royal Patronage to preside over the opening ceremony of the 38th Congress on Science and Technology to be held from October 17-19, 2012 at the International Convention Center at the Empress Hotel.

The Distinguished Scientist Award and Young Scientist of the Year Award will be handed out with CMU’s Dr. Nipon Chatthipakorn receiving the Young Scientist Award. Over 2,000 people are expected to attend the event which is under the theme “Science for the Future of Mankind” and will see Nobel Prize winning scientist Dr. Aaro Clechanover and winner of the L’Oreal-UNESCO Award for women in Science 2012 Dr. Lourdes Cruz will be speakers.


Bangkok Airways hits heights of fashion with new uniform

Bangkok Airways new uniforms picked as an outstanding airline uniforms of the world by Condé Nast Traveler Magazine.

Recently, Bangkok Airways’ new cabin attendant uniform was acclaimed as 1 of 7 most outstanding airline uniforms of the world by Condé Nast Traveler Magazine in the article - “7 Flight Attendant Uniforms That Make Fashion Statements”.

Mr. Cliff Muskiet, a well-known critic and blogger who runs Uniform Freak Blog, which collects flight attendant uniforms of more than 440 airlines throughout the world said in Condé Nast Traveler Magazine’s website “I like the different colors of blue they have used, and I like the variety. It looks fresh, modern, and feminine at the same time. I thank Bangkok Airways for keeping their uniforms so colorful. I think the blouses are great.”

Mr. Polpat Asavaprapha from ASAVA brand, who designed the new uniforms, said “Blue stripes representing blue wave and sky is inspired from the painting on Bangkok Airways’ aircraft. I then created stripe pattern with shades of blue and turquoise. Silk-Poly fabric has been chosen to give a feeling of lightness and comfort to the person wearing it. Especially for air hostess, I designed dress in pattern of skirt and trousers mixture which offers not only outstanding look, but also informality and flexibility.”

Condé Nast Traveler Magazine is an American magazine which is being run for almost 60 years and has total circulation around 1,000,000 copies each year. (PR)


Under the Spotlight: Chamnan Chanruang

Metropolitan status for Chiang Mai

By Shana Kongmun

It seems, sometimes, that Thailand is being overtaken by the color wheel with the newest color in Chiang Mai orange. But, as Chamnan Chanruang points out, it’s a combination of yellow and red. A group of people, both red and yellow shirts, started meeting after conflict broke out 3 years ago when then Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva was scheduled to visit Chiang Mai and protests broke out, scaring off tourists and damaging business in Chiang Mai.

Chamnan Chanruang is a former Interior Ministry of Interior official and a lecturer and writer as well as the Editor of the Rotary Thailand magazine.

Red and yellow sat down to talk together about the economics of Chiang Mai and how everyone was affected by this. They decided it was possible to meet and talk neutrally, to work out compromises and so the Peaceful Thailand Network was born.

This group began to realize that part of the problem in Chiang Mai was the centralization it, like every other province in Thailand except Bangkok, experiences. Taxes are sent to Bangkok and important decisions about the governing of the province are made there.

The group decided to draft a bill to establish ‘Chiang Mai Maha Nakhon’, or, to give it the same Metropolitan status that Bangkok enjoys. However, they want a slightly different system than Bangkok which is, again centralized under the Governor. They want two tiers, the executive in an elected Governor rather than one appointed from Bangkok, and a legislature that will pass bills and laws. Finally, there would be a civil assembly that will come from a broad selection of special interest groups in Chiang Mai; from the Chamber of Commerce to farmers’ organizations. The assembly would have no authority to remove the executive but would be empowered to investigate and report to the legislature.

The only thing that would remain under the control of the Central Government in Bangkok would be the military, foreign affairs, banking and the judicial system.

He admitted that there would be issues with corruption, but added those already exist and hoped that the civil assembly would help combat corruption in the new system.

Chamnan pointed out that currently not more than 25% of the taxes that come from Chiang Mai make it back to the Province. Under semi-autonomous Metropolitan status Chiang Mai would send 30% of its income to the central government and keep 70%. He added that he and other members travelled to Japan to study the system there and modeled their system after that.

Clearly an issue that Chamnan has thought out, he said that they have started circulating a petition to present to the government to move for the change in status. Any Thai national citizen can sign; he added, noting that they do not have to be registered residents in Chiang Mai to do so.

“We are giving ourselves 120 days to collect enough signatures. We need at least 10,000 to propose the bill but I am sure we can get much higher than that.”

Chamnan pointed out that there have been 7 governors in Chiang Mai in the last ten years, and now with the transfer of the current governor at the end of the month it will be 8.

He said other provinces are also looking at decentralization as well, noting that Chiang Rai has had 10 governors in 10 years, while Lampang has had 9. He added that this kind of constant change was commonplace throughout the country.

“The new governor comes in with fresh vision but has no authority to tackle real problems and is not here long enough to get anything accomplished.”

“In one year, Lampang had three different governors. There is no continuity,” Chamnan pointed out. “How effective can it be when the executive changes all the time?”


Irishman files assault charges against brother

Motorbike dispute escalates into fight

Mod Kennedy and his wife filed assault charges against his brother with the Sansai police.

Chiang Mai Mail Reporters

On September1, Satteerat Sukummee, age 42, and her husband, Irish resident Mod Kennedy, age 66 filed a formal complaint with the Sansai police in Chiang Mai reporting that his brother and some friends had physically assaulted him after a late night drinking session.

Satteerat told police that her husband had gone to his brother’s house, P.J. Kennedy at 78 in Tanachai Village in Sansai where he and his brother began drinking with Thai friends of his brother. She said that the group had been drinking heavily late into the night when her husband got into an argument with his brother over a motorbike that he had loaned to him for a long time. The argument escalated when the Thai friends joined P.J. Kennedy in hitting her husband.

She asked police to follow up on the assault charge as her husband had sustained injuries to his face and head after being trapped and beaten in the bathroom of his brother’s house.


Car thief caught in Hat Yai

Claims she did not use drugs on her breasts

Kittaya “Tam” Jomnoppakun told the Police Region 5 Deputy Commissioner that while she did steal the car she did not drug her victim.

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The woman arrested in the highly publicized case of a doctor whose car was stolen after meeting her at Warm Up Café was arrested in Hat Yai but told police that she did not smear drugs on her breasts to drug her victim as widely claimed in the media.

Police Deputy Commissioner Pol. Maj. Gen. Chamnan Ruwdrew met with the accused at the Chang Puak Police Station on September 2, 2012 after she was extradited from Songkhla Province on an arrest warrant issued by the Courts.

Kittaya “Tam” Jomnoppakun, age 28 of Lampang was arrested in Hat Yai after police investigation into the stolen car of a doctor from Tak who claimed he met the woman at Warm Up Café on August 11, 2012. He said she had come back to his hotel with him where they engaged in sexual intercourse and he passed out after being drugged by drugs smeared on her breasts.

The police were able to track the car to some of the accused’s friends at Chomdoi Condominium who cooperated with the police in revealing her whereabouts.

Kittaya confessed to stealing the car but said she did not have sex with the doctor and did not drug him. She said they went back to his hotel and she went into the bathroom. When she came out the doctor was asleep so she took his keys to sell the car to pay her gambling debts.


Bar girl robs Danish man

Siriluck Sukkaew, age 36 of San Patong confessed to police that she had robbed a Danish man and told police the goods were stored at her home on San Patong.

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A 35 year old Thai woman working in a beer bar on Loi Kroh was arrested by police after investigation into a theft after a Danish man at Galae Thong Towers reported many items stolen by a girl he picked up in a bar and brought home.

On September 1, 2012 Muang District police received a report from Ken Mortensen, age 34 of Denmark, that a girl he had brought home had stolen his things while he was asleep.

Police studied security tape and visited beer bars where they found the suspect, Siriluck Sukkeaw, age 36 of San Patong. They charged her with burglary and possession of stolen goods and uncovered a mobile phone, notebook, external hard drive and vcd player. Additionally police confiscated the Honda Scoopy I motorbike at her home in San Patong.


Police seize property from drug trafficking gang

Valued at more than 50 million baht

The police seized property valued at more than 50 million baht as profits from drug trafficking.

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The Office of Narcotics Control Board in Chiang Mai and relevant authorities announced the seizure of property valued at more than 50 million baht from gang members in the North.

The coordinated operation began in the early morning hours of August 30 with more than 300 police zeroing in on suspects in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai to enact arrest warrants. Police Region 5, the AMLO, ONCB, the Pha Muang task Force, and investigative police from Region 2 took part in the raid.

Warrants were issued by the Chonburi Court for Weera Jermthai age 38, Korawan Jermthai age 25, Sukanjana Poonphum age 45, Ong Longjai age 31 and the gang leader Sang Longjai or Jatuporn Jatupornphit who managed to evade the police hunt.

Thai law allows police to confiscate property of those accused of drug related offenses, the government seized property valued at 19 million baht as well as 7 cars valued at 4 million baht, 5 motorcycles, gold jewelry valued at 2.3 million baht, Buddha images, 3 guns, computers and electronic items as well as 627,485 baht in cash and 11 bank accounts.

Pol. Col. Teerapol Jindaluang, the Deputy Commander of Investigations for Police Region 2 said the arrest was an extension of the investigation into a drug trafficking group that has been operating in Chonburi. Since 2011 they have arrested many drug dealers in Chonburi and seized property valued at more than 30 million baht. He added that investigations led them to the ring leaders in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai.


7 million baht in cash seized from Lisu man

Lahu man arrested for selling Yaba

Chiang Mai Mail Reporters

On August 31, 2012 two Lahu men were arrested by Border Patrol police with 22,000 methamphetamine tablets and 20,000 baht in cash. This came after an investigation earlier in the month had led police to Japa Waretae’s house in Mae Rim where they found 789,300 baht in cash, 4 baht weight of gold jewelry, and a shotgun but Japa managed to escape from the police.

An undercover sting operation led police to apprehend the suspect two weeks later in Mae Ai with an accomplice. Police also confiscated their motorbike and phones.

On September 2, 2012 Police Bureau Region 5 Commissioner Pol. Lt. Gen. Suthep Dejraksa announced the arrest of 35 year old Lisu man Pairoj Duangmadee with 7 million baht in cash and 30 methamphetamine pills in Sansai.

Police arrested the suspect after a search at a police checkpoint on the way to Chiang Rai. The accused confessed to police that he had been hired to the car to Chiang Rai for 50,000 baht.

The police believe the cash was destined for purchasing more drugs and the 30 pills were simply sample goods.

On September 6, 2012 half a million Yaba tablets were found stashed in a pickup truck driven by two Hmong men from Mae Taeng. Sakthichai Jitkran age 38 and Sirachat Saethao age 28 were arrested when the pickup they were driving was stopped by the Pha Muang Taskforce at a checkpoint in Chai Prakan at 4 a.m. The police searched the truck as the two men were acting suspiciously, one man even reading the newspaper upside down as they waited for the police.

A search yielded half a million methamphetamine tablets packaged up and hidden in the body of the truck. The two men confessed to police that they had been paid 200,000 baht each to deliver the drugs to Taladthai in Pathum Thani.

A Lisu man was arrested driving a modified pickup truck to Chiang Rai with 7 million baht in cash destined for a drug network.


Stash of war weapons uncovered in Chiang Rai

Chiang Mai Mail Reporters

A major weapons trafficker was arrested by the Mae Fah Luang police in Chiang Rai province on August 31, 2012 and police uncovered a stash of war weapons in his car.

A stash of war weapons destined for the Red Wa Army were uncovered in Chiang Rai.

Acting on a tip off that a shipment of weapons was being transported from Mae Chan to Mae Fah Luang, the police set up a checkpoint checking cars and trucks along that route.

Police uncovered the weapons in a pickup truck and the driver confessed to carrying them for two men from Bangkok to be sent to the Red Wa Army of Col. Ja Lor Bo. This is the fourth such shipment the confessed accused to transporting through Chiang Rai.


Forecast for scattered heavy rains

The Municipality is installing more flood barriers along the Ping River near Nawarat Bridge as a precautionary measure to stave off potential flooding. (Photo courtesy of the Chiang Mai Municipality)

The Thai Meteorological Department is forecasting widely scattered showers with isolated heavy rain across the North in the next few days with the lower North. The Ping River is slowly rising with levels reaching 2.55 overnight. The river floods at 3.7m. Current levels can be found here: http://www.hydro-1.com/index.php?id=61&rivercode=0602.

Levels remain fairly steady and the Muncipality is putting into place concrete retaining walls and more sandbags as a precautionary measure. Rainfalls this year remain slightly below average and both Mae Ngad and Mae Kuang Dams remain well below capacity.

The TMD is forecasting showers and isolated heavy rains for the next few days as a high pressure area extends over the upper portion of Thailand affecting the monsoon trough.


CM Zoo wants you to name the baby marmoset

The Chiang Mai Zoo is calling on students and visitors to help name the baby Common Marmoset.

The Chiang Mai Zoo’s Common Marmoset or Callithrix jacchus has given birth and the Zoo is calling on locals to join the baby naming contest.

The Common Marmoset is a very small monkey with a relatively long tail that is native to South America. The Common marmoset is a small multicolored monkey, sprinkled with brown, grey, and yellow. The marmoset has white ear tufts and a banded tail. Their faces have pale skin and have a white blaze on the forehead. In the babies, the ear tufts develop later.

Marmosets feed on the gum, latex and resin of trees and their sharp claws reflect this diet, they also eat insects and fruits, seeds, flowers, fungi, nectar, snails, lizards, tree frogs, bird eggs and infant mammals. Marmosets live in large, stable groups of around 9 members and usually only a few are allowed to breed. However, every female will help take care of the infants.

Contact the Zoo for further information on helping to name the baby marmoset. http://www.chiangmaizoo.com/


180 million Baht in Yaba seized in Phrao

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Acting on a tip off, Chiang Mai police set up a checkpoint in Phrao where they seized a huge haul of methamphetamine from four hilltribe men.

The police stopped two pickup trucks and while one truck yielded nothing the other had 600,000 tablets of Yaba hidden in the body of the truck. The men claimed that they had only recently purchased the trucks and did not realize there were drugs hidden in the truck.

However, intelligence sources had told police that a drug trafficking ring had paid the suspects 500,000 baht to smuggle the drugs over border from Myanmar to Chiang Mai where the drugs would then be distributed on to Bangkok.
The drugs carry a street value of over 180 million Baht.


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Happy 7th Birthday Chiang Mai Expats Club

Health Fair on at Central Airport Plaza this weekend

Muslims rally at the U.S. Consulate

Chiang Mai dams safely below capacity

Cabinet approves transfer of Governor

Tribal Festival at 3 Kings

Members of the Sikh community travel from Bangkok to visit new school

Mae Teon and Monjong villagers want their own district

Payap Choir receives congratulations on Silver medals

Fireworks factory explodes, injures 3

Farewell to the TAT Director

HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn to preside over Congress on Science and Technology

Bangkok Airways hits heights of fashion with new uniform

Under the Spotlight: Chamnan Chanruang

Irishman files assault charges against brother

Car thief caught in Hat Yai

Bar girl robs Danish man

Police seize property from drug trafficking gang

7 million baht in cash seized from Lisu man

Stash of war weapons uncovered in Chiang Rai

Forecast for scattered heavy rains

CM Zoo wants you to name the baby marmoset

180 million Baht in Yaba seized in Phrao

 

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