GA-ASI Selected to Build CCA for AFLCMC

SAN DIEGO, CA / ACCESSWIRE / April 24, 2024 / General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) has been selected to build production representative flight test articles of the Collaborative Combat Aircraft (CCA) for the U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s (AFLCMC) Advanced Aircraft Division. This option contract award by the Advanced Aircraft Division exercises the critical design, build, and flight test on the existing CCA contract with GA-ASI following an initial six-month phase that culminated in a successful CCA preliminary design review (PDR) earlier this year.

The CCA program aims to be a force multiplier, developing a low-cost, modular, unmanned aircraft equipped with advanced sensors or weapons and operating in collaborative teams with the next generation of manned combat aircraft.

In February 2024, GA-ASI successfully conducted the maiden flight of the XQ-67A CCA prototype aircraft validating the "genus/species" concept pioneered by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) as part of the Low-Cost Attritable Aircraft Platform Sharing (LCAAPS) program. This program focused on building several aircraft variants from a common core chassis. Since then, this prototype for CCA has successfully completed two additional test flights, laying the groundwork for a successful production and flight test program. GA-ASI’s CCA production representative design is based upon the XQ-67A Off-Board Sensing Station developed by GA-ASI for the AFRL.

"The CCA program redefines the future of aviation and will shape the USAF acquisition model to deliver affordable combat mass to the warfighter at the speed of relevancy," said Mike Atwood, Vice President of Advanced Programs for GA-ASI.

"Throughout our 30-year history, GA-ASI has been at the forefront of rapidly advancing unmanned aircraft systems that support our warfighters," said GA-ASI President David R. Alexander. "The USAF is moving forward with GA-ASI due to our focused commitment to unmanned air-to-air combat operations and unmatched UAS experience, ensuring the production of the CCA aircraft at scale to deliver affordable combat mass for the warfighter."

To complement the CCA contract, GA-ASI will continue to conduct a series of autonomy and mission system tests on the MQ-20 Avenger® UAS and XQ-67A to accelerate the readiness of operational autonomy. These live flight tests will continue to demonstrate the readiness of the full mission capability to support the emerging U.S. Air Force Autonomous Collaborative Platforms (ACP).

About GA-ASI

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), an affiliate of General Atomics, is a leading designer and manufacturer of proven, reliable RPA systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems, including the Predator® RPA series and the Lynx® Multi-mode Radar. With more than eight million flight hours, GA-ASI provides long-endurance, mission-capable aircraft with integrated sensor and data link systems required to deliver persistent situational awareness. The company also produces a variety of sensor control/image analysis software, offers pilot training and support services, and develops meta-material antennas.

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View the original press release on Introduces Mission Control and New Brand Identity, Leading a New Era of Content Management

NEW YORK, NY / ACCESSWIRE / April 24, 2024 / In a digital-first world, content is a strategic asset. Yet organizations seeking to maximize returns on their content are facing greater demands on their content operations than ever before, such as demands for more relevant content, delivered in near real time through a range of channels and across many devices. That’s why has introduced Mission Control, the Content Management (CMS) industry’s first data-rich content operations dashboard that gives enterprise content teams complete visibility over their content and team workflows. Backed by a bold new brand, unveiled today, is leading a new era of content management, driving meaningful outcomes for organizations worldwide. is leading a new era of content management is leading a new era of content management
As content becomes a greater strategic business asset,’s product innovation and bold new brand identity speak to how we see the future of modern content management. delivers a powerful blend of insights and AI acceleration
Today’s content teams are expected to deliver relevant content, seamless experiences, and tangible results. This undertaking alone is challenging. Factor in the need to act quickly, while meeting strict regulatory requirements and protecting brand integrity-and that challenge becomes immense. For large organizations especially, moving content from planning to publishing can contain frustrating bottlenecks and inefficiencies. But you can’t fix what you can’t see. And you can’t optimize what you can’t measure.’s Mission Control, a first in the CMS world, is solving this black box of content operations. With actionable insights into workflow efficiency, team performance, author workload, and more, content teams can take targeted action to improve their processes and results. Mission Control is a critical complement to’s AI capabilities, another industry milestone. Leveraging AI to accelerate authoring, localization, translation, legal review, and ongoing maintenance and governance of content can deliver a radical step-change for organizations.

"Over the past six months, our teams have been developing a powerful suite of enterprise-grade capabilities, including Mission Control, designed to deliver transformational outcomes to our clients across their entire content operations," said Mark Ruddock, CEO of

As solves both long-standing and emerging gaps in content management-through central access to data insights and AI accelerators across the content value chain, matched by tight customers are already seeing tangible advantages, like:

  • Streamlined processes, with an 80% decrease in content administration costs
  • Exceptional digital experiences, leading to a 286% increase in customer engagement
  • A measurable return on their investment, of 320% or more

As Kieran McGuire, Platform Product Manager from British Red Cross, said, "Everything about has contributed to remarkable time savings for us. Their clear and user-friendly interface makes creating and publishing content easy, whilst their straightforward API and responsive support has made life easier for our developers. We have a great relationship and can trust that our feedback is heard and changing needs are adapted to. Overall, we’re thrilled!"’s new brand is a bold signal of what’s to come
Today also marks the unveiling of’s new brand identity and website, both clear expressions of how the software vendor sees the future of modern content management.

Refreshingly plain-spoken. A focus on real customer stories with quantifiable outcomes. Self-paced discovery of industry solutions, use cases, and product capabilities:’s website caters to audiences who want to deeply explore the power and possibility of the leading CMS, without having to talk to a salesperson from the get-go.

"At, our mission is to think differently-leveraging emerging technologies such as generative AI-to help our customers deliver a truly unparalleled return on their content," said Mark Ruddock. "Our new brand and website reflect this. We don’t want to look or sound like what you might expect from traditional players in our sector."

Discover what an unparalleled return on content means for leading organizations like University of Amsterdam, Gordon Ramsay Restaurants, and UNICEF on’s new website at:

About’s mission is to help the world’s leading organizations achieve an unparalleled return on their content. In the industry’s first AI-powered CMS, content teams plan, create, and optimize content and deliver it to any channel-quickly, securely, and flexibly. is designed to support organizations with exacting governance requirements, often in highly regulated industries and with complex content value chains. Tight permissions control all operations; enterprise-grade security and privacy keep content safe. With a demonstrated ROI of 320%, customers, including PPG, Elanco, Zurich Insurance, Cadbury, and Oxford University, benefit from a measurable step change in how their teams operate, increasing content velocity, mitigating risk, and maximizing yield. is a Microsoft partner, MACH Alliance member, and recognized vendor by Gartner and Forrester. Learn more at:

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EMGA ได้รับเงินทุน 15 ล้านเหรียญสหรัฐฯ สำหรับ Banco Improsa ในคอสตาริกา

ลอนดอน, April 24, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Emerging Markets Global Advisory LLP (EMGA) ที่จับมือเป็นพันธมิตรกับ Banco Improsa แถลงข่าวว่าได้รับวงเงินสินเชื่อมูลค่า 15 ล้านเหรียญสหรัฐฯ จาก Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

Sajeev Chakkalakal หัวหน้าฝ่ายวาณิชธนกิจและกรรมการผู้จัดการของ EMGA กล่าวว่า “แม้สภาพแวดล้อมทางเศรษฐกิจมหภาคทั่วโลกจะมีความท้าทาย แต่เรายินดีที่ได้มีส่วนช่วยให้ Banco Improsa สานต่อวิสัยทัศน์ที่ต่อเนื่องในการสนับสนุน SME ในคอสตาริกา และดำเนินการโซลูชันการจัดหาเงินทุนนี้จนเสร็จสิ้น”

Felix Alpizar Lobo ผู้จัดการทั่วไปของ Banco Improsa แสดงความคิดเห็นเกี่ยวกับการทำธุรกรรมนี้ว่า “การจัดหาเงินทุนครั้งนี้เน้นย้ำถึงความมุ่งมั่นของเราในการเสริมสร้างความแข็งแกร่งให้กับกลุ่ม SME ในคอสตาริกา” Banco Improsa ภาคภูมิใจที่จะแบ่งปันวัตถุประสงค์ของ JICA ในการส่งเสริมการเติบโตทางเศรษฐกิจและสังคมของประเทศที่กำลังพัฒนา”

Jeremy Dobson กรรมการผู้จัดการของ EMGA เสริมว่า “การบริหารจัดการที่แข็งแกร่งและสถานะทางการเงินที่มั่นคงของ Banco Improsa เป็นปัจจัยหลักที่ช่วยให้ทีมวาณิชธนกิจของ EMGA ได้รับเงินทุนในครั้งนี้ และโรงงานของ JICA แห่งนี้จะเสริมขีดความสามารถของ Banco Improsa ในการขยายบัญชีสินเชื่อเพื่อ SME หลักของบริษัท”


Japan International Cooperation Agency เป็นองค์กรของรัฐบาลที่ส่งมอบความช่วยเหลือเพื่อการพัฒนาอย่างเป็นทางการส่วนใหญ่ให้แก่รัฐบาลญี่ปุ่น กฎบัตรขององค์กรคือการช่วยเหลือด้านการเติบโตทางเศรษฐกิจและสังคมในประเทศกำลังพัฒนา และการส่งเสริมความร่วมมือระหว่างประเทศ


EMGA ซึ่งมีสำนักงานอยู่ในลอนดอนและนิวยอร์ก ได้ช่วยเหลือสถาบันการเงินและองค์กรต่าง ๆ ที่กำลังมองหาตราสารหนี้ใหม่หรือเงินลงทุนในทุนเรือนหุ้น (Equity Capital) ทีมงานในหลากหลายประเทศของ EMGA ได้ผสานรวมประสบการณ์หลายสิบปีที่จำเป็นต่อการบรรลุข้อตกลงการทำธุรกรรมในนามของลูกค้าภายในตลาดเกิดใหม่และเศรษฐกิจชายขอบของโลก รวมถึงคอสตาริกาที่ยังคงเป็นตลาดหลัก ด้วยประวัติผลงานที่ได้พิสูจน์แล้วในการสร้างสมทุนและการให้คำปรึกษาเชิงกลยุทธ์ในตลอดทั้งวงจรเศรษฐกิจที่หลากหลาย EMGA ยังคงขยายการดำเนินงานทางพื้นที่ภูมิศาสตร์และการเสนอบริการต่าง ๆ ซึ่งทำให้อยู่ในตำแหน่งที่แข็งแกร่งในตลาดในฐานะหนึ่งในธนาคารเพื่อการลงทุนเฉพาะกลุ่มที่มุ่งเน้นตลาดเกิดใหม่ที่มีความโดดเด่นทางอุตสาหกรรม


เป็นธนาคารพาณิชย์ที่มีประสบการณ์มามากกว่า 37 ปี โดยมีโมเดลธุรกิจเชิงสัมพันธ์และมุ่งเน้นที่ตลาดเฉพาะกลุ่ม ซึ่งเชี่ยวชาญด้านการจัดหาโซลูชันและบริการด้านการจัดหาเงินทุนให้แก่วิสาหกิจขนาดกลางและขนาดย่อม (SME) และอีกมากมาย Banco Improsa เป็นหนึ่งในธนาคารเอกชนแห่งแรกในคอสตาริกาที่เสนอบริการที่ไม่ใช่การเงินให้แก่ลูกค้า และมีประวัติอันยาวนานด้านการให้คำแนะนำและการสนับสนุนแก่ SME ปัจจัยสำคัญที่ทำให้ Banco Improsa ประสบความสำเร็จคือ ความมุ่งมั่นที่จะรักษามาตรฐานระดับสูงในการให้บริการที่คล่องตัวและยืดหยุ่น ซึ่งเมื่อรวมเข้ากับการนำเสนอโซลูชันการจัดหาเงินทุนที่ปรับแต่งได้ บริษัทจึงครองตำแหน่งที่มั่นคงในกลุ่มธุรกิจเหล่านี้

Banco Improsa เป็นบริษัทในเครือ Grupo Financiero Improsa (GFI)


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Steam from fires in industrial waste warehouses Causes irritation to the skin and respiratory tract.

Rayong,, The Energy Regulatory Commission revealed the results of monitoring the air quality from the fire at a warehouse storing hazardous waste and hazardous chemicals in the area of ??Ban Khai Subdistrict, Ban Khai District, Rayong Province. It was still found to be within standard limits. Does not cause any health effects But it resulted in skin and respiratory system irritation for nearby residents. Accelerate damage assessment in terms of pollution elimination and natural resource and environmental rehabilitation.

Ms. Preeyaporn Suwannakes, Director-General of the Pollution Control Department (PDC), said that she has received a report on the results of monitoring air quality from the fire at Win Process Company’s hazardous waste and hazardous chemical warehouse. Ltd. in Ban Khai Subdistrict Ban Khai District, Rayong Province, as of yesterday morning (April 23, 2024), the fire was extinguished, but there were still a number of officers and fire trucks on guard as there were still some spots in the ware
house with slight fires and smoke.

The DandC checked the amount of chemical vapors at the incident area and found that is at a dangerous level As for the air quality in the communities surrounding the factory area and surrounding communities, from a distance of 350 meters to approximately 4.7 kilometers, a slight amount of chemical vapors was found. It is at a level that does not cause harm to health. As for the area where the fire occurred, hazardous levels of chemical vapors were detected at approximately 8:30 – 9:50 a.m., it was found that the air quality inspection results were still within standard criteria. Does not cause any health effects The majority of people affected will suffer from skin and respiratory system irritation due to smoke, soot, and bad odor from the fire.

The emergency command center held a meeting to find ways to deal with the heat embers in the basement that were causing the smoke, which was assigned to the sheriff. As incident commander Make an appointment to discuss with relevan
t agencies to plan the use of machinery to spread the waste pile and spray water to completely extinguish fires and hot spots in the basement.

For the DandC will collect facts to assess damages, pollution elimination costs, and rehabilitation of natural resources and the affected environment, which will require legal action according to Section 96 and Section 97 of the National Environmental Quality Promotion and Preservation Act, B.E. 2535 (1992). next

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Industry coordinates with officers of the Natural Resources and Environmental Crime Suppression Division (Natural Resources and Environmental Crime Suppression Division), Ban Khai Provincial Police Station. and the Police Forensics Office Evidence Center 2 to hasten to investigate the cause of this fire. According to Ms. Pimpatra Wichaikul, Minister of Industry, he has ordered that the perpetrators be found and punished.

Source: Thai News Agency

Lao minister seeks Vietnamese tech solutions in logistics

Hanoi: Lao Minister of Industry and Commerce Malaithong Kommasith on April 24 led a delegation to FSI Investment and Trading Technology Development JSC (FSI) to explore Make in Vietnam technology solutions that could support Laos’ digital transformation in the logistics sector and, consequently, propel economic and trade cooperation between the two countries.

FSI General Director Doan Huy Thuan FSI presented the company’s extensive ecosystem, encompassing over 50 products, saying that FSI offers digital solutions for the logistics sector with outstanding advantages.

Vietnam and Laos share a borderline of over 2,330km with a total of 33 active border gates, including 9 international, 6 main and 18 auxiliary border gates.

Border trade plays a crucial role in bilateral economic relations, accounting for up to 90% of the total trade value between the two nations.

Despite this strong foundation, the overall trade turnover between Vietnam and Laos currently represents only a small fraction of their global trade
activity. Laos’ total import-export volume sees Vietnam contributing just 10%, while Vietnam’s global trade involvement reflects minimal engagement with Laos (0.2%).

One of the key constraints hindering expansion of bilateral trade is the high cost of logistics compared to competing countries.

Under the bilateral trade agreement signed on April 8, 2024, both countries agreed to adopt information technology in customs procedures and statistics collection. This presents an effective solution to address the high logistics costs, potentially leading to shorter processing times, reduced business expenses, and increased transparency./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Department of Disease Control keeps track of the summer disease-health hazard situation.

Ministry of Public Health, The Department of Disease Control issued a press conference to monitor the disease situation and health hazards that are problems. Highlight the issue of diseases and dangers found after the Songkran festival. Cadmium tailings problem and ammonia leaks in the factory Update on the COVID-19, influenza and dengue fever situation. Including the hot weather situation, watch out for heat stroke, along with advice on how to take care of yourself in the summer.

Dr. Jurai Wongsawat, highly qualified doctor Assistant Director General of the Department of Disease Control and Dr. Weerawat Manosutthi, a highly qualified doctor Spokesperson of the Department of Disease Control Participate in a press conference on the topic ‘Keep up with the disease and health hazard situation’ which are diseases that often occur during the summer. or other diseases that have an increased outbreak after the Songkran festival Including monitoring of potential health effects from cadmium waste. and ammonia leaks

admium residue is a heavy metal element that has a silvery-white color. It has the properties of being light, soft, and easily bent. and corrosion resistant Found mixed with other minerals such as zinc ore, lead or copper in zinc mining. Cadmium will be obtained as a result. And cadmium ore may be found in mining areas. Cadmium residue can also be found in paints mixed with houses or buildings. The dangers from cadmium can occur both acutely and chronically, especially the lungs, kidneys, and bones. Advice for the public in cases where cadmium waste is near areas. You should strictly refrain from entering the incident area. Organize your living environment by cleaning the area using a damp cloth. or a vacuum cleaner to reduce the spread of dust. Avoid eating food and water in at-risk areas. If inhaled, go to an open area immediately. fresh air Observe your own symptoms. If you experience any unusual symptoms, hurry to see a doctor and report the risk immediately.

Ammonia: In the case of an ammonia leak found
in an ice factory. Ammonia is commonly used in many industries. Ammonia is a colorless gas with a pungent odor if the concentration is high. Classified as a toxic substance and is harmful to various organs of the body such as the eyes, skin, and respiratory system. If touched or entered into the body, it will cause acute illness. When ammonia gas comes into contact with water, it causes a reaction. It has a corrosive effect on tissues and various linings of the body that contain water as a component. Causes patients to have eye pain, swollen eyes, watery eyes, dizziness, dizziness, vomiting, and skin irritation. Burning, itching on the skin, burns. If inhaled in large quantities, it can cause a burning nose and throat. Accidental ammonia leaks in Thailand. Most are caused by choosing equipment that is not suitable for use, damaged equipment such as leaky valves or broken gas pipes. An error occurred while storing or transporting ammonia. and lack of continuous maintenance

How to prevent ammonia gas leaks For
the public as follows: 1. Must keep an eye on abnormalities. If you see white smoke from the factory Please notify the relevant agencies immediately. 2. If an incident occurs, quickly evacuate in the upwind direction. and leave the incident area as quickly as possible 3. If the substance gets into the eyes or on the skin. Rinse with clean water. And immediately remove clothing contaminated with ammonia. 4. If you find an unconscious person, quickly move them to a safe place. Good ventilation and rushed to the hospital 5. People with congenital diseases related to the respiratory system Observe your own symptoms If you have more coughing Wheezing and have other abnormal symptoms You should immediately see a doctor.

Heat stroke: This disease is caused by the body being overheated to the point of affecting various systems. It is dangerous and can lead to death. The at-risk group is those who have to stay outdoors for a long time. In 2024, there were 30 reported deaths. People are asked to avoid being in areas w
ith continuous strong sunlight. Drink clean water often If you lose a lot of sweat, you should drink mineral salts. Don’t drink alcohol. Wear light-colored clothing that wicks heat well. And never leave anyone in a car parked in the sun. Cars parked in the sun without turning on the air conditioning The temperature can rise very quickly within 10-20 minutes.

COVID-19 disease after Songkran festival There is a trend of increased number of patients, 608 risk groups include the elderly. People with congenital disease Be careful. If you suspect you are sick, you should consult a doctor. In the past week (14-20 April), patients infected with COVID-19 were found. There were 1,004 people requiring hospital treatment, an average of 143 cases per day. More patients were found in Bangkok, surrounding areas, and tourist provinces. And found 292 patients with severe pneumonia, 101 were intubated, and 3 died. All the deceased were elderly people or had chronic diseases. Emphasize that people should continue to maintain s
trict personal hygiene. If going to a closed or crowded place You should wear a mask. And wash your hands often, especially in the 608 risk group if you need to enter an area with a large group of people. You should always wear a mask. And wash your hands often. If you are sick, go see a doctor immediately.

Influenza during this period continues to find patients. And infected people can be found in every age group. Since the beginning of the year, 128,156 patients have been found. It is recommended that the general public and at-risk groups include the elderly and those with underlying diseases. The influenza vaccine should be given once a year, emphasis is placed on the people. As with COVID-19, strict personal hygiene should be maintained. If going to a closed or crowded place You should wear a mask. and wash your hands often If you are sick, go see a doctor immediately.

Dengue fever: since the beginning of the year, 24,108 cases have been found. Most of the patients are children aged 5-14 years, and 22 d
eaths have been found. We ask the public to help survey and destroy Aedes mosquito breeding grounds according to the measure 3 Collect, Prevent 3 Diseases (disease dengue fever Chikungunya virus infection Zika virus disease (Zika virus) If you have symptoms of suspected dengue fever, such as a high fever Nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, rash, blood spots on the body. You should not buy medicine to take yourself. A safe antipyretic is paracetamol. NSAIDs such as ibuprofen, diclofenac, and aspirin should be avoided as well as combination medicines which may cause serious complications such as gastrointestinal bleeding and difficulty with treatment. treatment However, if you have taken fever reducing medicine or wiped yourself If the fever does not decrease within 1-2 days (from the day the fever started), you should see a doctor immediately.

Source: Thai News Agency

Completed legal framework helps better manage virtual assets

Hanoi: Vietnam needs to complete a legal framework to better manage virtual assets (VAs) as well as virtual asset service providers (VASPs), experts said at an annual forum on Blockchain and AI held by the Vietnam Blockchain Association in Hanoi on April 24.

Some 20% of the Vietnamese population own crypto assets which are developed by blockchain technology, they said, stressing without strict management and failure to comply with global taxing principles, VA transactions will pose great challenges for the country in the coming time.

As of the end of December 2023, 32 countries regulated crypto-assets in their jurisdictions, including ten nations of the G20 group officially issuing regulations on VA and VASP, the Alantic Council’s surveys on anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) and protection of users and the VASPs revealed.

Standing Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Blockchain Association Phan Duc Trung said 18 related documents have been issued in Vietnam so far. The notabl
e one being the national action plan to carry out the Government’s commitment to preventing money laundering and financing of terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction so as to lift Vietnam out of the Financial Action Tasks Force’s list of Jurisdictions under Increased Monitoring (grey list).

He said the plan has focused on the AML/CFT and VASP standard but neglected taxation of VA and protection of users. Therefore, a complete legal framework has not been shaped up yet.

The association hoped to collect opinions from the community and enterprises as well as have dialogue with state management agencies to develop a complete framework before May 2025.

At the event, the association announced the second Switch Up Accelerator, helping startups to call for funds, and highlighted an overview of the blockchain industry in Vietnam and the globe.

The Academy of Blockchain and AI Innovation was debuted on the occasion, aimed at providing blockchain and AI training strategies for 1 million people
by 2030, including 100,000 students in 30 universities across the nation./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Appoint municipal officials as officials to help solve the Lopburi monkey problem.

Bangkok, “Pacharawat” signs an announcement from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment appointing officials of local administrative organizations. Become an official in accordance with the Wild Animal Preservation and Protection Act 2019, unlocking support in solving the problem of “Lopburi monkeys” which are protected wild animals that cause distress to the people. National Park Department Confirming that they will be transferred as soon as the Lopburi Municipality has finished renovating the cages. Expected to be implemented in mid-May.

Pol. Gen. Patcharawat Wongsuwan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, signed the announcement of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment regarding the appointment of officials in accordance with the Wildlife Preservation and Protection Act, B.E. 2019, No. 2, with the content It is important to appoint officials under the provincial administrative organization, municipality, sub-district administrative organization o
r Pattaya City as officials according to the Wildlife Preservation and Protection Act, B.E. 2019, with duties and authority to solve the problem of protected wildlife. Create distress for the people within the area of ??responsibility by issuing an announcement on April 23, 2024 and effective from the announcement in the Royal Gazette.

‘Mercedes macaques’ are protected wild animals according to the Wildlife Preservation and Protection Act of 2019. Catching and hunting are prohibited. Therefore, the announcement of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. This unlocks the door for Lopburi Municipality officials to be able to fully support and solve the “Lopburi Monkey” problem. Both helping to capture and move and providing a budget to care for monkeys in the Pho Kao Ton Monkey Nursery. Mueang Lopburi District Lopburi Province

Mr. Phadet Laithong, Director of the Wildlife Conservation Office, said Was assigned by Mr. Atthaphon Charoenchansa, Director-General of the Department of National Parks, Wil
dlife and Plant Conservation, to hold a meeting to practice understanding with Lopburi Municipality. Including all officials according to the plan to capture and relocate the Lopburi monkeys.

Lopburi Municipality is currently rushing to complete the renovation of the shelter cages at the Monkey Nursery (Monkey Park), Pho Kao Ton Subdistrict. As soon as the municipality improves the cages to accommodate the monkeys, National Park Department We will mobilize officials to immediately move them to solve the problems of the people.

In the first phase, there will be three monkey cages at the Bodhi Kao Ton Monkey Nursery, which was a cage that was built a long time ago. But it is necessary to improve the connection lines of the strong steel mesh. The Lopburi Municipality expects that the third cage, which is the innermost one, will be completed first. Around the middle of May

National Park Department Set up a plan to trap and move monkeys in Lopburi Municipality for the first time with the goal of capturing 200 –
300 monkeys. The implementation period will be 4 days, with large cages prepared to be placed at 2 locations:

– In front of Asia Hotel, cage size is 1.80 meters wide, 1.80 meters high, 12 meters long.

– In the area of ??Seng Heng shop, the cage size is width 1.80 meters, height 1.80 meters, length 15 meters.

All monkeys captured will be health checked and sterilized. before being moved to be cared for at the Pho Kao Ton Monkey Nursery

As for macaques in the old city of Lopburi, there are 2,206 macaques after starting to catch monkeys at the first point. 200 – 300 monkeys in the area of ??Asia Hotel and Seng Heng Shop. When Lopburi Municipality completes the renovation of the remaining two cages, 300 additional monkeys will be caught in front and behind Chayowanich Shop, as well as 237 monkeys at Manohra Market, with the remaining 1,400 monkeys. It will be carried out in phase 2 because we have to wait and wait for improvements to the support facilities both at the Pho Kao Ton Monkey Shelter. Including may
be used at Wat Phra Bat Nam Phu and other places. More are being procured by Phase 2, which is expected to be done in 2025. In Phase 2, there is a plan to move 1,000 monkeys at Phra Prang Sam Yot, 300 at Phra Kan Shrine, and 100 in vans. It is certain that if Carrying out as planned in Phase 2, the Lopburi monkey problem will end. It will then be used as a model for operations in other areas where there are conflicts between humans and monkeys.

From March 25, the National Park Service Thirty-seven monkeys in Lopburi have been transferred, selecting 37 monkeys with aggressive behavior or ringleaders, of which 15 were taken to be cared for at Lopburi Zoo, another 22 were taken to be cared for at a wildlife clinic. Conservation Area Administration Office 1 or Conservation Area Administration Office 1, Saraburi Branch, veterinarians, health check and sterilization. If the cages at the Bodhi Kao Ton Monkey Nursery are completed, they will be moved there to take care of them.

There are 292 areas with conflicts be
tween humans and monkeys nationwide, covering 52 provinces. It is estimated that there are 68,960 monkeys causing problems nationwide, with the province with the most severe situation being Lopburi.

From a survey of the monkey population in Lopburi Province in 2018, 9,324 were found. In 2023, 5,709 were found. Only in the Lopburi Municipality area there were 2,206. The National Park Department has continuously sterilized both male and female monkeys since. From 2014 until now, 5,135 monkeys in Lopburi Province have been sterilized, of which 2,757 monkeys are in Lopburi Municipality.

In catching and moving monkeys Won’t catch them all. But the National Park Department will be integrated with various sectors To properly manage both the population and living conditions according to academic principles

Director of the Wildlife Conservation Office said that on April 28, the Director-General of the National Parks Department Will go to oversee the second capture of monkeys in Phetchaburi Province in the Phra Nakh
on Khiri (Khao Wang) area. The first capture was on December 27, 2023 by the National Park Department. Together with the Phetchaburi Provincial Public Sector Network and the Wildlife Friends Foundation, the project to solve the problem of monkey overpopulation in Phetchaburi captured 204 monkeys and took care of them at the Huai Sai Wildlife Breeding Station, Cha-am District, Phetchaburi Province.

According to the project which was created as a model for solving conflicts between humans and monkeys in Phetchaburi Province, Wildlife Friends Foundation supports the decoration of monkey nursery cages. By creating toys and play equipment (Enrichment) to reduce stress. Enhance quality of life and allowing the captured macaques to display natural behavior.

Source: Thai News Agency