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Lopburi Zoo to become a monkey park

Posted by hasekamp on 31 July 2002 at 16:39 PM
The Zoological Park Organisation (ZPO) of Thailand will give a female chimpanzee to the private Lopburi Zoo as part of a cooperative effort to turn the zoo into a special monkey park to promote tourism in the province.
Lopburi is an ancient city where monkeys traditionally freely walk and sit around as they please. The monkeys you will see everywhere in the streets are macaques and they are the provincial symbol. The provincial administration is now planning, in cooperation with the local private zoo, to build parks with various breeds and species of monkeys.
The Lopburi Zoo has a male chimpanzee, so the ZPO will give a 20-year-old female chimpanzee from the Khao Khiew Open Zoo as a mate for the present chimpanzee.
Furthermore Lopburi Zoo might also get a new male orangutan from Taiwan to replace the famous Mike, who recently died, as we reported extensively.
The ZPO will also give the zoo a white-cheeked gibbon and a pileated gibbon for the monkey park, as well as a camel, leopard and samba. (Source: The Nation)


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Thai medals at the academic Olympics

Posted by hasekamp on 31 July 2002 at 16:38 PM
Thailand has been successful at the academic Olympics this year. Veerapong Padungsak-anant has won Thailand's first gold medal from this year's physics Olympics contest.
The deputy Education Minister said that it was a historic victory, as physics was known as the toughest subject in the academic Olympics.
Two silver medals also went to Thai students, Thanes Pritiworasin and Sinit Witawasiri .
Pavit Sangchan won a bronze medal and Monsit Tanasitthikosol an honorary award. The physics Olympics were held in Bali, Indonesia this year.
Six Thai students at the mathematics Olympics in Glasgow, Scotland also won awards.
Two silver medals went to Tanasin Nampaisarn and Teerasan Khantawit. Bronze medals went to Nathee Pitiwan and Sira Srisawat. Pathompong Ungprasert and Pongpol Ruankong won honorary awards at the mathematics Olympics.
Thai students have been competing in the physics category since 1990 and have so far won one gold, two silver and five bronze medals, as well as 14 other honorary awards.
Thai participants from the mathematics Olympics since 1989 have won eight silver and 25 bronze medals, as well as 18 honorary awards. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Man with (second?) longest hair dies

Posted by hasekamp on 30 July 2002 at 13:48 PM
A hilltribesman from Northern Thailand, mentioned in the Guinness Book of Records for his long hair, has died, one year after the death of his brother, who held the world record for the longest hair.
Yee Sateow, who was 82, had hair that was measured as 4.8 meters long. He died yesterday from food poisoning, a grocery shop owner, who lived nextdoor the mountain village, said.
Yee was mentioned alongside his brother Hoo, whose 5.15 meters long hair was recognized by the Guinness Book of Records as the longest in the world. Hoo, the village medicine man, died in August last year at the age of 90.
Hoo and Yee lived in the village of Muang Nga in Chiang Mai province. (Source: Associated Press)


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HIV transmission reduced

Posted by hasekamp on 30 July 2002 at 13:37 PM
Siriraj hospital in Bangkok yesterday revealed a dramatic success in reducing the HIV transmission rate from mother to child to less than 3 per cent.
Doctors treated mothers with high doses of anti-retroviral drugs a few weeks before they gave birth. The previous rate of transmission using the standard treatment of AZT alone was 11.7 per cent. In the new procedure, from the 34th week onward, mothers are treated with a combination of AZT and 3TC, which reduced the transmission to less than 3 percent. A lower percentage seems very hard to realize. In the United States a percentage of 1 per cent has been reached, but that was by carrying out an early caesarian operation, in addition to using anti-retroviral drugs.
To prevent virus transmission via mother's milk, breast-feeding is not permitted.
The study of 109 cases was conducted over the past five years, he said, and was the largest sample trial ever undertaken, and is considered to be reliable. Side-effects from new the treatment were rare. The Public Health Ministry is considering to encourage the new procedure in all state hospitals.
As a next step, Siriraj, in conjunction with other organizations, plans to carry out a study on the use of a combination of three types of anti-retroviral drugs. (Source: The Nation)


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Revoking Tai nationality for terrorists

Posted by hasekamp on 29 July 2002 at 13:28 PM
Authorities are preparing to revoke the Thai nationality of dual citizens without Thai fathers, who are found to be involved in violence in the South, a senior police officer said yesterday. (Why this punishment should only be applied in the South is not clear to us at the moment).
About 100 people in the southern provinces hold dual nationality, mostly Thai-Malaysian.
The national police office would propose that the Interior Ministry cancel Thai nationality of people with dual citizenship deemed to pose a threat to national security. Under Thai law, a person receives Thai nationality automatically if he is born on Thai soil or if his father is Thai.
Legally the revoking of nationality will not be so easy. Canceling one’s nationality is something that should be based on solid legislation and we wonder if –as a punishment- this could be done within the Thai Constitution.
Violence has plagued the South for decades. In the most recent attacks, 21 police officers have been killed since December. Authorities blame several armed groups for the violence, but no one has been arrested so far.
Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has discussed the issue with his Malaysian counterpart during the latter's visit to Thailand in June. Mr. Thaksin has also asked Kuala Lumpur to revoke the Malaysian nationality of dual citizens fleeing Thai law enforcement. (Source: The Nation)


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Samak wants to persist

Posted by hasekamp on 28 July 2002 at 10:59 AM
As our regular readers will know, we are no admirers of Governor Samak Sundaravej of Bangkok. He has had many not so wise plans for Bangkok, to say it mildly. Now he has said that he wants to press ahead with two more controversial projects during the remaining two years of his term.
Despite opposition from government bodies and Bangkok residents, Mr. Samak said he would continue to pursue the construction of an underground parking lot at Sanam Luang and the relocation of Tha Tien market.
The plan to build a parking lot at historical Sanam Luang, adjacent to the Royal Palace, had been particularly criticized heavily and of course this is a silly plan.
The project is currently under consideration by a committee. Mr. Samak believes that the panel will make a decision on his proposal during a meeting with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration in August.
The second plan Mr. Samak wants to push through is a relocation of Tha Tien market, which he said is too near Wat Pho.
Mr. Samak further said he would also continue working on other (controversial) plans, including conservation, pollution control and public order projects.
We only can hope that Thai bureaucracy will be able to hold the plans from realization for two more years, when Mr. Samak will hopefully not be elected again. If we have been informed well, he is not popular (any ore) by a large part of the Bangkokians, so his chances to be re-elected do not seem prosperous. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Elephants out of Ayutthaya?

Posted by hasekamp on 28 July 2002 at 10:58 AM
Ayutthaya, the ancient capital of Thailand and major tourist attraction, also famous for its elephants, may soon be free of these animals.
Authorities are planning to ban elephants from the island area, known as Koh Ayutthaya, which formed the heart of the city in ancient times. Numerous complaints from residents have been made to the city authority about traffic jams caused by elephants, used in shows and tours on Koh Ayutthaya. Residents also complain about bad smells, that belongs to elephants is hygiene is maintained only marginally.
Although the proposed ban is for the island area only, all the elephant-related businesses in Ayutthaya are located in that area.
Elephant shows joined the list of Ayutthaya's major tourist attractions five years ago when the provincial authority decided to create jobs for elephants in a bid to tackle the problem of elephants and their jobless mahouts roaming the streets of Bangkok to beg.
The head of Ayutthaya Elephant Palace & Royal Kraal, a major elephant show operator, said his show business provides a big boost to the province's tourism and also helped alleviate the problem of stray elephants.
The camp is known internationally with its 107 elephants, who earn 27,000-35,000 a month for their master and the city, but still lose about one million Baht a year because of huge expenses on salaries, food and lodging for mahouts recruited from children of poor families. The camp also made fertilizers and paper pulp from elephant excrement. Our concern mainly goes to the elephants, which may fall back to begging and hunger if the Ayutthaya Kraal is terminated. Hopefully some animal organizations for animal care will protest successfully. We are no fierce supporters for elephant shows, but if the alternative is begging, we support them as the best available alternative. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Princess awarded researcher of the year

Posted by hasekamp on 25 July 2002 at 9:43 AM
Her Royal Highness Princess has been nominated by the National Research Council (NRC) for the award for an outstanding multi-disciplinary researcher for 2002 and has been chosen to receive the award. Minister to the Prime Minister’s Office Suwat Liptapanlop, in his announcement of the NRC decision, said Her Royal Highness had continuously produced a series of research in different fields useful to the promotion of welfare of rural villagers.
The Princess is the first member of the Royal Family to receive the award. She is one of the seven outstanding national researchers named by the NRC this year.
Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawarta will seek an audience with Her Royal Highness Princess on 11 September 2002 to present Her with the award, a 92-grams gold medal and 500,000 Baht in cash.
The Princess also has accepted to lead a number of projects initiated by His Majesty the King aimed at promoting public health and rural education. A lot of research work has been brought into practice through royal projects to lift the quality of life of the people.
From this official announcement we derive that the Princess is taking over some of the duties of His Majesty the King, related to the ongoing Royal Projects. We believe that she is the perfect choice for these duties. (Source: Public Relations Department)


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Phuket Aquarium will be modernized

Posted by hasekamp on 23 July 2002 at 16:25 PM
The Phuket Aquarium in Ao Makham, not so far from Phuket Town, has received 81 million Baht from the Department of Fisheries to renovate and expand. The new aquarium will include a glass tunnel that will allow visitors to walk through a fish tank. Officials hope that the improvements will bring half a million visitors to the aquarium a year, instead of the current 300,000. At the moment 70% of the visitors are Thais and the remaining 30% are foreigners.
Right now the aquarium contains 40 fish tanks, all made of cement with glass fronts. After renovation the place will have 70 to 80 tanks, all made of glass fiber.
The 10-meter-long glass tunnel that will also be built should be able to compete with similar tunnels elsewhere in the World and is expected to become the main attraction. In Asia there are similar tunnels in Singapore and Bali. People will be able to walk through it as if they are walking underwater.
The aquarium will be closed from August 1 to allow the work to be done. Work is expected to take about one year to complete. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


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33 years jail for raping a young girl

Posted by hasekamp on 23 July 2002 at 13:38 PM
Thai criminal sentences can be hard. This seems to help, however, to reduce crime.
A recent example is a sentence by the Criminal Court yesterday. A young man (20) was sentenced to 33 years and four months in jail for collaborating in a gang rape of a 14-year-old (!) Thai-American girl in 1999. The young man joined three teenagers in raping the girl after drugging her in a nightclub in June 1999.
Originally the sentence was a life sentence, but the court reduced it because the young man cooperated during the investigation and trial. The other two defendants are being tried in the Central Juvenile and Family Court.
But this is not all. A policeman is also being tried in relation to the case. He is charged with extortion and sexual harassment, after allegedly attempting to plant a methamphetamine tablet on the victim.
The girl said that the policeman threatened to file drug charges against her unless she gave him 50,000 Baht or slept with him. The girl had gone to the policeman for help.... (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Pangolin saved from killing

Posted by hasekamp on 22 July 2002 at 15:01 PM
We have reported before about pangolins (a kind of ant-eaters) being used in Chinese cuisine and for Chinese "medicines", mainly for increasing lust for sex.
Yesterday another 712 pangolins destined to become ingredients in Chinese menus and medicines were seized from smugglers and thereby saved.
Forestry police, acting on a tip-off, stopped and searched a six-wheel truck in Chumphon's Lang Suan district. The pangolins were hidden in 70 plastic crates surrounded by empty fruit baskets.
The animals would have fetched about 10 million Baht if sold abroad, police said.
Like the former time, it is believed that the creatures have been smuggled in from Malaysia.
The truck driver (26) and a friend (32), both from Nakhon Si Thammarat, denied any knowledge about the smuggling of pangolins. Luckily they were nevertheless charged with having protected animals in their possession. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Long distance trial

Posted by hasekamp on 22 July 2002 at 15:00 PM
The provincial court of Chiang Rai has installed a teleconferencing system to save the trouble and cost of moving prisoners back and forth from the jail to the courtroom.
Digital cameras and online computers have been installed, so that prisoners do not have to leave the jail. The judge will preside over the case from the normal location in court.
An additional advantage of the new system is (if you did not think of this yourself already) that it will also prevent possible escape attempts between the prison and the courtroom. Aqnd now one has to hope that the system will not fail and the connection will always be there. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Officials involved in attacks

Posted by hasekamp on 22 July 2002 at 15:00 PM
Police and politicians were involved in recent drug-related acts of sabotage in the South, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said yesterday, during his surprise visit to the South of Thailand.
Mr. Thaksin said the bombing of a train in Yala, earlier this month, was not a terrorist attack, as was believed earlier. Local politicians and policemen were involved, he said. Conflicts over drugs (in which –as said- politicians and police were involved) were the main reason behind the violence in the South. Another attack, a bomb found at a restaurant in Narathiwat's Muang district last week, was also the result of conflicts over drugs.
A special task force will he set up to evaluate the situation. Some security and military intelligence officers, however, still believe that Muslim separatists were responsible for the sabotage operations.
Mr. Thaksin also met Muslim leaders yesterday, who told him that senior police officials had been transferred from the South but nevertheless continued to possess great influence there. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Singing Crown Prince

Posted by hasekamp on 21 July 2002 at 22:52 PM
The Thai government will expand its program to give free HIV drugs from 3,000 to 10,000 patients, thanks to a cheap new anti-retroviral cocktail it started to produce this year.
The expanded program, called Access to Care, is expected to start in September, the director of the AIDS division at the Public Health Ministry said.
He said that the program now supports only about 3,000 people because an imported anti-retroviral drug cocktail is used. That costs 20,000 Baht per person, per month.
Thailand is the second country (after India) to make the cheaper cocktail, which represents the latest and boldest step in the country's fight against AIDS.
Official estimates are, that nearly 700,000 HIV-infected people live in Thailand, of which an estimated 50,000 people need anti-retroviral drugs in Thailand. (Source: Associated Press)


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Free HIV drugs for more people

Posted by hasekamp on 21 July 2002 at 22:51 PM
The Thai government will expand its program to give free HIV drugs from 3,000 to 10,000 patients, thanks to a cheap new anti-retroviral cocktail it started to produce this year.
The expanded program, called Access to Care, is expected to start in September, the director of the AIDS division at the Public Health Ministry said.
He said that the program now supports only about 3,000 people because an imported anti-retroviral drug cocktail is used. That costs 20,000 Baht per person, per month.
Thailand is the second country (after India) to make the cheaper cocktail, which represents the latest and boldest step in the country's fight against AIDS.
Official estimates are, that nearly 700,000 HIV-infected people live in Thailand, of which an estimated 50,000 people need anti-retroviral drugs in Thailand. (Source: Associated Press)


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Productions of methamphetamines shifts to Bangkok

Posted by hasekamp on 3 July 2002 at 14:54 PM
The production of methamphetamines, also known as ya ba or speed pills, has started to move from Burma to Bangkok, in so called "kitchen labs", Thai anti-drug officials said yesterday. This means that the police is also looking for these kitchen labs in Bangkok now, and is no longer concentrating only on smuggling efforts from Burma. Only last week two successful efforts were made to eliminate these small labs.
The officials also said that Thailand's drug problem is increasing despite suppression efforts.
Speed pills form 80% of drug-related problems in Thailand and its problem is increasing on all fronts.
Nevertheless also the amount of methamphetamines in"neighboring countries" (read: Burma), waiting to enter Thailand has increased at an alarming rate because Thailand's suppression efforts have disrupted supply routes.
Also because of this disruption to the supply routes, drug dealers prefer to turn to domestic production.
Bangkok is the country's largest market for illicit drug transactions, accounting for half of methamphetamines produced and sold in the country last year, the officials said. (Sources: The Nation, The Bangkok Post)


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Tamarine out of Wimbledon

Posted by hasekamp on 2 July 2002 at 16:58 PM
Thai tennis star Tamarine Tanasugarn is now out of the Wimbledon 2002 tournament. In the fourth round she was not strong enough to beat Monica Seles.
The Thai favorite lost 6-2, 6-2 from Seles.
So, another dream did not come true. But after all, having played in the fouth round made her one of the best 16 of the tournament, which is far from bad! (Source: Wimbledon site)


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Burma makes drug lord military chief

Posted by hasekamp on 2 July 2002 at 13:42 PM
In the scope of the continuing and intensifying friendship between Thailand and Burma, Rangoon has put drug warlord Wei Hsueh-kang in charge of a new military group, with the task to destroy the (Thailand based) Shan State Army's military bases.
In reality this means that the smuggling of illegal drugs from Burma into Thailand will reach a critical level. The (Rangoon supported) Wa militia is internationally regarded as the biggest drug traffickers group in the Golden Triangle.
Burma said it was reshaping its military strategy to deal with his forces, which had inflicted much damage on Burmese troops during the ongoing month-long battle. Wei would become directly responsible for recruitment of new militias from Burma's ethnic minorities, including the Kokang people.
So now it seems that Rangoon no longer wants to make a secret of its involvement of drugs smuggling, but openly wants to show its involvement to the world. This could mean that not only Thailand, but also Europe and the US will be affected. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Burma destroys Thai products

Posted by hasekamp on 1 July 2002 at 16:37 PM
In the continuing story of the "good relations" between Thailand and Burma (according to Mr. Thaksin), Burma has confiscated and destroyed three tons of monosodium glutamate (MSG) from Thailand.
Burmese authorities have banned the import of MSG on health grounds, by telling that the product is harmful to people.
However, at the same time Burmese smugglers are importing the product, that is widely used for cooking, illegally from Thailand into Burma.
Burma has banned this Thai product after the recent border tensions, in order to demonstrate its ideas about the Thai-Burmese relations. These ideas obviously differ sharply from those of Mr. Thaksin.
The junta also has tried to discourage the use of consumer goods in general from Thailand, ordering its state-run companies and ethnic Wa-controlled businesses to import more goods from China, despite higher costs.
We await the next chapter in these soap-like developments with interest. In the meantime it would be better for Thailand if its Prime Minister should develop more realistic ideas about the good Thai-Burmese relations. (Source: The Nation)


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