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XI No.8 - Sunday September 30 - Saturday October 13, 2012


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City prepares for Tropical Storm Gaemi

Chiang Mai Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn is joined by city officials in checking on the progress of cleaning out storm drains in preparation for heavy rains from Gaemi. (Photo courtesy of Chiang Mai Municipality)

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
The Thai Meteorological Department is warning residents of the lower North, North East and Central Thailand to watch out for strong rains and winds from Tropical Storm Gaemi that is forecast to make landfall in Vietnam later today. The storm is expected to weaken after it makes landfall and lose some of its strength as it passes over Cambodia and on to Thailand.
The Chiang Mai Municipality prepared for the storm on Friday by clearing out the waste water lines and storm drains so as to drain water from the streets faster in case heavy rains also strike Chiang Mai.


Kad Luang flooded by broken water pipe

Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Kad Luang or Waroros Market is seeing fast flowing water along the streets, flooding some low lying shops as a water mains has broken and has sent water surging into the streets. Wichayanon has seen the heaviest flooding and traffic is slowed to a crawl. Shopowners along the side of the road have had to set up sandbags in front of low lying doorways to stop water from flowing into their stores.
As of noon, the Water Authority had not yet started repairs, so the road is expected to be slow and difficult for some time. The main break appears in the road just before the turn off into Waroros Market.
Drivers are encouraged to find alternate routes as traffic is expected to back up even further once repairs are undertaken.


Chiang Mai works to solve annual smog

Last year saw thick, choking haze blanket the city as fires burned out of control in rural areas in Chiang Mai and around the North. The government hopes to reduce this problem with a concerted education program aimed at farmers.

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After last year’s choking smog and haze the Chiang Mai Provincial Government met to assess the situation and to meet with CMU researchers and authorities from relevant agencies to find solutions for the haze problem that plagues Chiang Mai nearly every year. The government plans to offer cash prizes to “Green Communities” that reduce the burning n their village.

Deputy Governor Chuchart Keelapaeng chaired the meeting to work on fire prevention programs with local governments and the public in the 25 districts of Chiang Mai. About 150 people attended the meeting to discuss fire prevention and to hear Chiang Mai University researchers present their findings.

CMU researchers have found that the largest source of the haze is fires within Thailand in rural areas. Farmers continue to burn their fields as it is a low cost way to clear the fields, noting that most farmers will not plough due to the much higher costs.

They added that it has been difficult to get farmers to change their ways and that change will come but slowly as they learn to use green crop manures and organic fertilizers instead of burning and pesticides. They added that it is vital that the Provincial government work with local governments to find the right approach and implement a focused campaign to change farmers’ behavior and stop the burning.
 


Thai-Muslims protest against movie that is making waves worldwide

Members of Chiang Mai’s Thai-Muslim community protested at the U.S. Consulate General and called on the U.S. to denounce the movie “The Innocence of Muslims”.

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Around 30 local Thai-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 it was submitted in a letter to be presented to U.S. Ambassador Kristie Kenney who visited Chiang Mai that day.

Then again on Friday, September 21 around 150 members of the Brethren Thai-Muslim neighborhood groups from Chang Klan Road led by Jirachai Srichandon aka Mohammad Kobtop rallied on over 30 motorcycles from Chang Klan Mosque to the U.S. Consulate where they held up signs protesting the movie and calling on the U.S. to stop insulting the Prophet Mohammed. They then burned the U.S. flag and shouted America and Israel shall perish. No violence occurred but around 200 police were on hand lining the streets and at the Consulate.
The group wants to show the United States that the movie is a serious insult to Islam and for them to find a solution. The U.S. Consulate closed access to services for both incidents.

U.S. Ambassador Kristie Kenney was in Chiang Mai on Wednesday when she spoke to the press saying that the U.S. and Thailand have very close ties and that Americans are very lucky to live in Thailand and receive their friendship and hospitality.

Ambassador Kenney noted that peaceful expression had to be respected, however the U.S. government does not support the film or the use of violence.

“I would like to extend my admiration to Thailand for respecting the liberty of all religions,” she said.


Lucky license plate numbers net 26.8 million Baht

Chiang Mai Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul presides over the launch of the “Super Number” license plate auction held September 15 and 16, 2012.

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The Chiang Mai Provincial Land Transport Department auctioned off 301 lucky number license plates at the Empress Hotel on September 15 and 16 netting a total of 26,834,610 Baht for the Road Safety Fund that assists victims of road accidents.
Chiang Mai Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul was joined by Chiang Mai Member of Parliament Surapon Kiatchaiyakorn, Somchai Sirichokewattana, Director General of the Department of Land Transport and Chanchai Keelapaeng, Chief of the Chiang Mai Land Transport Office to open the auction on September 15, 2012.
The last auction in May earned 23 million Baht in total, while in January the lucky license plate number 9999 sold under auction for 1,810,000 Baht.
Somchai Sirichokewattana noted that Chiang Mai leads the country for sales of lucky license plate numbers and earns the highest revenue from license sales. The revenue from the auctions goes to the Road Safety fund which has, in the past, used the money to purchase speed sensors, CCTV cameras and driving instruction projects as well as purchase equipment to help with road accidents.
Nationwide the auctions have earned more than 6 billion Baht since 2003 while the nation has seen a downward trend in accidents since 2004. He noted that while 2012 is still relatively high in the number of accidents it is lower than the same point in time from 2011.


Governor checks out composting program at San Sai

Chiang Mai Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul wheels a barrow of compost from the project to encourage the use of organic fertilizer and reduce burning of agricultural waste in San Sai

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Chiang Mai Governor shoveled the first spade of compost at an organic fertilizer project from Sannameng Tambun Administrative Organization (TAO) in San Sai and the Department of Agriculture at Mae Jo University.
The project which was implemented at the District Agricultural Technology Transfer and Service Center San Na Meng San Sai on April 23, 2012 through the work of HM the King, promotes the use of organic fertilizers to reuse agricultural waste instead of burning as part of the education program to reduce burning and the resultant smog.
Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul said that he was glad that the local government and people of San Na Meng could see the problems of smoke and haze that was caused by the burning of agricultural waste and were working for a sustainable and environmentally friendly way to cope with the waste. He encouraged farmers to follow the model and hoped that the government could implement this program in all 25 districts of Chiang Mai.


Wat Phranon Khonmuang suffers 5 million baht in damages from fire

Fire trucks from Chiang Mai Municipality joined local forces and soldiers from the 7th battalion in fighting the blaze at Wat Phranon Khonmuang.

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Mae Rim Police and fire were called to put out a fire inside Wat Phranon Khonmuang on September 20, 2012 at 11:40 a.m. The fire at the temple in Don Kaew broke out in a second floor office; officials believe the wiring in the 33 year old building caused a short circuit which started the fire.
The fire, which burned for 40 minutes, saw fire trucks from the Chiang Mai Municipality and 100 soldiers from the nearby 7th Battalion come to fight the flames. Villagers and monks helped to clear out the Abbots rooms below the fire. Abbot Phra Kru Sunthorn Pattanasit said that the fire started while the monks were eating lunch, they smelled smoke and then saw flames shoot out the windows on the second floor.
Damage to the building and loss of office equipment is estimated at around 5 million Baht.


Japanese residents establish Health Support Foundation

Kazuo Shibata, the Japanese Consul General and Mr. Toshio Higuchi, President of JT/ASH Thailand are joined by members of the Japanese community.

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The Japan-Thai Association Health Support Foundation (JT/ASH) was set up to help improve the health and welfare of the Japanese population in Chiang Mai. Mr. Kazuo Shibata, the Japanese Consul General presided over the opening ceremony for the establishment on September 13, 2012 at the Chiang Mai Orchid Hotel.
Mr. Toshio Higuchi, the President of JT/ASH Thailand said that many Japanese have been living in Thailand working as volunteers to help improve the health and welfare Thai people under the Foundation which was officially established in June. The many Japanese residents wish to contribute to society but additionally the aging long stay Japanese living in Chiang Mai. Many of the Japanese have a relatively high age, around 60-70 and are generally in very good health but in the next 5-10 years as they age this may change.
The goal of the Foundation is to help people without imposing on local society. Additionally helping residents contribute to society and promote a good quality of life here. The Foundation will also help expand opportunities to minorities, disadvantaged children and youth in the region to gain a living. The goal is to not only provide support to Thailand but to also to the lives of those who live here long term


The SUPPORT Foundation’s Exhibition of Hand Embroidery

If you find yourself in Bangkok be sure and drop by the Queen’s Gallery at 101 Ratchadamnoen Klang Road to view an outstanding collection of hand embroidered textiles.
The Exhibition showcases over 200 hand embroidered works, all side by side, with their art templates. All of the works are inspired by ancient Thai literature portraying lifestyles and natural habitats among people in rural areas with the aim of educating and encouraging embroiderers who are farmers and agriculturists from all over the country. They can then be proud of their supplementary occupations that were supported by Her Majesty the Queen to raise their income levels and elevate their families’ standard of living over the longer term. During this same process they can be encouraged to develop their artistic skills even further.
The SUPPORT Foundation’s Exhibition of Hand Embroidery is now open for the public at the Queen’s Gallery until November 13, 2012, from 10.00 a.m. to 7 p.m. everyday, except on Wednesdays.


Uniquely Lamphun; the Salak Yom procession

“Salak Yom” is an ancient merit making of Yong women who live in Lamphun province is celebrated annually only in Lamphun in September. This year, the first procession was held on Saturday-Sunday September 29-30, 2012 at Wat Phra That Hariphunchai, Lamphun from 09.00 a.m. – 10.00 p.m.
Salak Yom is only offered by women due to their beliefs. It is made by very long bamboo poles, that are decorated with colorful paper, house ware, cloth, food, fruits, and vegetables; the eight necessities of a Buddhist monk. In the past, silverware, gold or diamond was included in the Salak Yom.
Other temples will have their own fabulous processions; Wat San Rim Ping on October 13-14, Wat Aram Mai Pa Kham on October 27-28, and Wat Chang Mong Kon (Wang Mui) on November 10-11, 2012. For further information please contact TAT Chiang Mai at Tel. 66 (0) 5324 8604, 66 (0) 5324 8607 every day from 08.30-16.30 Hrs. (TAT)


Under the Spotlight

Martin Venzky-Stalling of CMCC

Beyond the billboards and ubiquitous stickers lies the concept of developing Chiang Mai as a creative city; more than handicrafts or traditional Lanna culture. Chiang Mai, feels Martin Venzky-Stalling, one of the driving forces behind the Chiang Mai Creative City Initiative, has so much more room to grow and develop.
Martin arrived in Chiang Mai three and a half years ago with his lovely wife and two small boys to take over the position of consultant with the Technology Development Center for Industry (TDCI) at Chiang Mai University; a long and winding road from his hometown near Hamburg in Germany where he attended school. He left Europe to go backpacking through Asia and ended up studying Thai at AUA in Bangkok and sitting in on classes at Silapakorn and Thammasat Universities. Bitten by the bug he returned to Hamburg to study Thai and Economics, from there he went to London to the famed School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London. However the Thai professor there pushed him into something different as his Thai was already quite fluent. He studied, instead, Economics and Geography which served him in good stead as an intern with the German-Tha Chamber of Commerce in Bangkok as a junior economist.
He met his wife at SOAS where she was studying for a PhD in Literature and Drama, he noted that at times they had a long distance relationship but they both knew that they wanted to wait to settle down. He was offered a job with Coopers & Lybrand (Now Price Waterhouse Coopers) in London where they ended up living for 6 years. Once she finished her degree he said they both knew they wanted to move to Thailand. “At the time, we were both very keen to move to Thailand”.
She ended teaching at Thammasat University in Bangkok and Martin, using his powers of persuasion, talked his employer into transferring him to Thailand. A few years later he started his own consulting firm in Thailand and worked with clients such as GIZ, Chiang Mai University, Major Cineplex, and TOT. However, after becoming a father of twin boys, he decided to accept a job offer with a firm in London and they moved back to London. “We love London and it is like neutral ground,” Martin pointed out “it’s another country for both of us.” After a few years in London he joined PCCW (Hong Kong Telecom) as Senior Vice President of the International Operations. In 2009 he received a call from a friend at Chiang Mai University to gauge his interest in working as on advisor to CMU on their Science & Technology Park project. One, he points out, that is now moving into its next phase with the recently approval by the Thai Cabinet.
In early 2012, the US Consulate General in Chiang Mai and US Embassy in Bangkok organized a Creative Economy Conference in Chiang Mai. It was then that Martin with several stakeholders and Martin started talking about developing the creative economy in Chiang Mai.
“It started out to be IT and software industry oriented but the creative economy idea meshed with bringing creativity and innovation to other sectors as well as the city itself. We wanted to maintain a strong link to innovation, not just art and culture but also scientific creativity and innovation.” Martin noted, adding “Creativity has many forms not only the artistic and cultural but also economic and scientific creativity.”
Martin noted that while 10-12% of Thailand’s GDP can technically be called “creative” he noted that if you removed the high value jewelry and gemstone industry, it would drop to around 5% of GDP. He said the Chiang Mai Creative City concept needs to appeal to a broader range than the cultural creative industries in Chiang Mai, that it needs to push creativity and innovation in all sectors, not just the cultural. He noted that the vision is to develop a suitable approach for Chiang Mai that balances between sustainability and the economy. He added that economic development and job creation is a focus of CMCC as is providing a think tank and network platform for companies, academia and the private sector. At the moment there is no entity, it is all voluntary without direct funding,” Martin added.
He added that while Chiang Mai may be the second city of Thailand it is not the largest and not the most economically advanced. The opportunities for the next generation are limited. He recently came back from a visit to several creative cities in the United States with other CMCC members learn from the approaches there and identify opportunities for collaboration. Austin in Texas he noted has, for example, has quite a lot in in common with Chiang Mai due to its strong cultural identity and arts background Oklahoma City was another city on the agenda as the group wanted to see a city that was still in the process of developing its creative economy the Creative Oklahoma initiative there started more recently whereas Austin is a decade or two ahead.
Martin noted that Thailand’s strongly centralized system creates challenges. He added that the problem with large central government investment often is that they then get involved and bypass the local groups. CMCC is not a government initiative though, it is a local bottom-up initiative led by the business and education sectors. However, without local and central government support it is difficult. Some key investments and policy decisions need to be made if regional economic development is to happen “I feel like Chiang Mai, and the regions in general, have been neglected. I don’t think it’s self-inflicted” he noted, “I think Chiang Mai people have aspirations and they have the creativity but we must rely on ourselves and move forward. But serious government support would allow Chiang Mai to catch and create an attractive city with the jobs and opportunities that the next generation is hoping for.”


Headed south? Visit the Phuket Vegetarian Festival

The Phuket Vegetarian Festival features a parade which includes not only traditional Chinese dragons but men and women who have pierced their faces and bodies as part of a purification ritual. (Photo by TAT. www.tatnews.org.)

The Phuket Vegetarian Festival has its origin in Amphur Kathu around 180 years ago when a Chinese opera company travelled to the area and got sick with a fever. They kept to a vegetarian diet to honor the gods and the sickness disappeared. The locals developed a strong faith in vegetarianism and the annual Vegetarian Festival started up and still continues today. It is believed that by refraining from meat consumption for 10 days during this event purifies mind and soul and brings good luck.
Before the festival begins, Ko Tengpoles, bamboo with lanterns attached to the branches, are erected at all the 18 shrines in Phuket to symbolize the presence of the deities. When the poles are raised on the first day, it is believed that the gods descend into the shrine at midnight signaling the start of the festival.
On the 6th day of the festival, a religious procession takes place around the city. Part of this procession involves acts of face- and body-piercing. Throughout this period, many of the locals wear white clothes to represent purity.
The Phuket Vegetarian Festival takes place from October 15-23, 2012. (TAT)


Flood prevention measures in place for the city

Flashflood damage reports from around Chiang Mai Province

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Chiang Mai Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul received reports on the Chiang Mai’s flood preparedness on September 17, 2012 from relevant government agencies regarding the construction of floodgates on the Ping River as well as reports on the Province’s dams.
The representative from the Royal Irrigation Department reported that Mae Ngat dam currently has 150.62 million cubic meters of water, or 56.84 percent capacity. Mae Kuang Dam holds 111.48 million cubic meters of water or 42.39 percent of capacity.
Assoc. Prof. Choochoke Ayurapong, Head of Natural Disaster Research at the Faculty of Engineering CMU said that the government needs ensure that the public has full access to information at times when there is potential for flooding. Additionally an evacuation plan has been put into place and the government has mapped flood risk areas of the city so as to faster implement a response plan and to be able to warn at risk communities. There is already a pillar in the water showing water levels as well as the board at Nawarat Bridge and an online gauge updated hourly. They have installed CCTV cameras in the high risk flood areas of the city, as well as installed four flood warning systems that will warn people in the area should it appear flooding is imminent.
The Chief of the Chiang Mai Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office reported earlier that Chiang Mai Province has seen flooding in 19 districts with 348 villages declared disaster areas affecting 74, 236 people since August 1, 2012. Chief of the Chiang Mai Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office Komsan Suwanampha reported that the 19 districts are Samoeng ,Phrao ,Om Koi, Galyani Vadhana, Fang, Chiang Dao, Mae Ai ,Mae On, Mae Jam, Sansai, Mae Taeng, Chai Prakan, Doi Saket, Mae Rim, Wiang Haeng, Mae Wang, Hang Dong, Chom Thong and Doi Lor.
During the first 9 days of September flash floods and landslides in 13 districts affected 134 villages. Most of the flash flooding took place in Fang hitting 30 villages, followed by Wiang Haeng, Mae Rim and Doi Saket. 21,773 people were affected by the flooding from September 1-9. 4,441 rai of farmland was damaged and one man died after falling into mudslide in Chiang Dao.
The situation is better but we still have until the end of the month. Two storms may be coming,” Komsan said. He noted that while the dams remain at safe levels and can hold the water, the risk of landslide remains. He added that after the dredging of the Ping and Kuang rivers he believes that Chiang Mai city will not see another flood this year.


Prostheses Foundation helped more than 30,000 people

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The Prostheses Foundation of HRH the Princess Mother has helped more than 30,000 people in need of artificial limbs for the past 20 years Dr. M.L. Puttipong Devakula, the Assistant Secretary of the Prostheses Foundation. Of HRH the Princess Mother recently reported. He said that they have supplied prostheses to patients around Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and other countries. He noted that they usually treat around 15-20 people per month.

The Prostheses Foundation collects aluminum to make low cost prosthetics for patients.

“We see a growing number of new cases from accidents and people with diabetes and embolisms. We find that we have more patients that need prosthetic legs,” Dr. M.L. Puttipong said.
He said that patients can often get service the same day without needing to pre-book as the Foundation strives to help the disabled. He noted that while a below the knee prosthetic can often be fitted in one day a prosthetic that starts above the knee will take 2-3 days. Once the prosthetic is fitted then they will check the harness. Several medical checks will be done before the patient will be sent home with their new prosthetic.
For those interested in obtaining prostheses or in donating please call 053-112271 or check their website for donation information www. prosthesesfoundation.or.th/original/eng/indexEn.htm.


New Zealand man arrested on filing a false police report

Chiang Mai Mail Reporters
Muang District Police arrested New Zealand native Ricki Hurst, age 24 on Monday, September 10, after he filed a police report earlier in the day stating that many of his belongings had been stolen after he brought a Thai girl he had met back to his room. He told police that he had fallen asleep and the girl stole his belongings overnight.
Police went to the Jinda Guesthouse on Ratchawithi Road to investigate the crime and upon viewing CCTV saw that the he had actually returned to his room alone the previous night. The questioned staff who said they had not seen any girls. Mr. Hurst finally confessed to police that he had made up the story to claim on his insurance.
The police uncovered the items he had reported as stolen after examining his room at the guesthouse. Police have filed charges against him for filing a false report.


Drug arrests around the North net over 1 million Yaba tablets

Samran Sanluang age 47, Pongsapak Laoyeepa age 41, and Nopporn Panasirisomboon age 22 were arrested in Mae Taeng with 600,000 methamphetamine tablets. Here they are Chiang Mai Airport with Chief of Police Pol. Col. Prewpan Damapong who flew to Chiang Mai to transport them back to Bangkok.

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Police arrested 10 people in 3 different arrests around the North this past two weeks, netting 1,026,000 Yaba tablets destined to be smuggled to Bangkok.
The first arrest took place on September 9, 2012 in Mae Ai when a car driven by two hilltribe men broke through a police checkpoint. Police gave chase as the car headed towards Phrao. Police caught up with the vehicle in Phrao and arrested two brothers from Mae Jam. There was nothing hidden in the car but police questioned Pak and Paruhat Laoyang and found four boxes containing 376,000 Yaba pills hidden on the side of the road
The second arrest occurred on September 11, 2012 in Mae Sai when a checkpoint search yielded 50,000 Yaba tablets. The two men confessed to police and led them to a drug smuggling ring where the police arrested a further 3 men from Lampang. The two Hmong men from Chiang Rai told police that they had been paid 200,000 Baht to smuggle the drugs. The police believe the men from Lampang were the ringleaders of the gang that was involved in smuggling drugs into Chiang Rai prison.
The final and biggest arrest saw 600,000 Yaba tablets seized in Mae Taeng on September 14, 2012. Acting on a tip off police set up a checkpoint in Baan Khun Jae. They searched two pickup trucks, the first one had nothing but the second one traveling with the first truck had the Yaba hidden inside in a backpack. 5 men from the same village were arrested and police believe they are involved in heavy drug trafficking that occurs in Pa Pae in Mae Taeng. The men have been charged with drug trafficking.


4-car accident leaves one dead in Mae Rim

The driver of the RID truck was injured after rear-ending a car in front that had braked suddenly on rain wet roads.

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Mae Rim Police and Rescue authorities were called to a four car accident in front of the Pa Tiew School in Sanpong on Chotana Road that left one person dead on September 14, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Police found the accident at a sharp curve where two large orange trucks from the Royal Irrigation Department had collided with the back end of a car after the driver braked suddenly. Police had to cut the car open to retrieve the driver of the car, Thong-In Kontrong, age 50, who was dead at the scene.
The drivers of the two RID trucks were also injured in the accident and taken to the hospital. Police believe the accident was caused by poor visibility on rain slickened roads.


Son of Police Superintendent arrested for theft

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The son of a Police Superintendent stationed in the South of Thailand was arrested on charges of theft after exhibitors at the IT Exhibition at CMU Convention Center on July 4, 2012 had filed complaints with police that someone had stolen phones and laptop computers.
The exhibitors reported the loss of mobile phones, laptop computers and Apple iPhone 4S, with a total value of 448,550 baht. Some of the stolen items turned up for sale at MBK Shopping Center in Bangkok. Police checked the CCTV camera at MBK and matched it up with a suspect from the CCTV camera at the Convention Center.
Police arrested Pattana Poonsathaporn and his girlfriend Angkana Tharin on September 11, 2012 near Maejo University. They confessed to police that they had stolen equipment from the IT Exhibition as well as from parked cars, schools and from shoplifting then would take it to a shop to sell. Police intend to prosecute the pair to the full extent of the law.


Fake police arrested after nationwide crime spree

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Police Region 5 Commander Maj. Gen. Chamnan Ruadrew announced the arrest of a couple accused of robbery and posing as police in part of a national crime spree that saw two other couples also involved in the scam arrested in Padaed on September 15.
Wasan Thamserbsak, age 28 and his wife Kanchana Tunsiri, age 25 were arrested on September 22 in conjunction with the arrests of Charoen Sopana, age 26 and his wife Jeeranant Sopana. The two couples worked together posing as drug buyers and as fake police. They would set up a drug buy, then the two posing as fake police would break in and steal the drugs and belongings of the dealers.
Police say the gang had run the scam in Suphan Buri, Bangkok and Chiang Mai before being arrested by police in Chiang Mai. The police believe there are two more men involved in the gang, both armed but they managed to flee before the police could catch them. Police said one of the men had been former police informant so was aware of police procedures.


Siam Cat Show this weekend

This lovely Korat Cat belongs to the Sri-Sawasdee Cattery of Issariya Rattanaweerawong. A non-pedigreed cat in Thailand can go for 20,000 Baht while a pedigreed cat is around 1500-2000 Euro.

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The Siam Cat Show is on at Central Airport Plaza and features breeds as diverse as Maine Coon Cats, Abyssinians, Persians, Korats and of course a few Siamese. The Korat Cat is the featured cat of the show and the highlight is the winner of the Queen’s Cup at Phimai belonging to Issariya Rattanaweerawong. Judges were flown in from the United States, and Russia while exhibitors hail from Thailand, Malaysia, China, Ukraine, Russia and Belgium. Mr. Richard Kallmeyer of the Cat Fanciers Association opened the ceremony. Judging continues through today and tomorrow, September 30. There are also many cat products on sale from premium cat food to cat trees, toys, cages and carriers.

Breeders line up with their cats at the opening.


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

City prepares for Tropical Storm Gaemi

Kad Luang flooded by broken water pipe

Chiang Mai works to solve annual smog

Thai-Muslims protest against movie that is making waves worldwide

Lucky license plate numbers net 26.8 million Baht

Governor checks out composting program at San Sai

Wat Phranon Khonmuang suffers 5 million baht in damages from fire

Japanese residents establish Health Support Foundation

The SUPPORT Foundation’s Exhibition of Hand Embroidery

Uniquely Lamphun; the Salak Yom procession

Under the Spotlight

Headed south? Visit the Phuket Vegetarian Festival

Flood prevention measures in place for the city

Prostheses Foundation helped more than 30,000 people

New Zealand man arrested on filing a false police report

Drug arrests around the North net over 1 million Yaba tablets

4-car accident leaves one dead in Mae Rim

Son of Police Superintendent arrested for theft

Fake police arrested after nationwide crime spree

Siam Cat Show this weekend

 

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