Mar 25, 2019, 08:02 am

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This is still mainly a testing forum; but due to the data base problems of koratfart.com it might be used as an alternative instead. At the moment I cannot guarantee that it will remain; the software is a first release candidate (RC1) only. And it also depends upon how things are going on with koratfart.com.


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General Discussion / Re: Weather Forecast for Korat
Last post by Johnnie F. - Mar 17, 2019, 09:22 am


Date 17/03/2019

From 12:00 A.M. Today - 12:00 A.M. Tomorrow

Day hot with isolated thundershowers mostly in Loei, Chaiyaphum, Nakhon Ratchasima, Surin and Buriram. Minimum temperature 23-25 °C. Maximum temperature 34-36 °C. Southeasterly winds 10-20 km/hr.
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General Discussion / Re: Weather Forecast for Korat
Last post by Johnnie F. - Mar 16, 2019, 12:18 pm


Date 16/03/2019

From 12:00 A.M. Today - 12:00 A.M. Tomorrow

Day hot. Isolated thunderstorms with gusty winds and hail mostly in Bueng Kan, Sakon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom, Mukdahan, Amnat Charoen, Ubon Ratchathani, Si Sa Ket, Surin, Buri Ram, Nakhon Ratchasima and Chaiyaphum. Minimum temperature 18-24 °C. Maximum temperature 34-39 °C. Southeasterly winds 10-20 km/hr.
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General Discussion / Re: Weather Forecast for Korat
Last post by Johnnie F. - Mar 15, 2019, 09:46 am


Date 15/03/2019

From 12:00 A.M. Today - 12:00 A.M. Tomorrow

Day hot to very hot. Isolated thundersorms with gusty winds and hail mostly in Bueng Kan, Sakon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom, Mukdahan, Amnat Charoen, Ubon Ratchathani, Si Sa Ket, Surin, Buri Ram and Nakhon Ratchasima. Minimum temperature 17-24 °C. Maximum temperature 37-40 °C. Southeasterly winds 10-20 km/hr.
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General Discussion / Re: Weather Forecast for Korat
Last post by Johnnie F. - Mar 14, 2019, 09:30 am


Date 14/03/2019

From 12:00 A.M. Today - 12:00 A.M. Tomorrow

Partly cloudy with day hot to very hot. Isolated thundersorms with gusty winds and hail mostly in Bueng Kan, Sakon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom, Mukdahan, Amnat Charoen, Ubon Ratchathani, Si Sa Ket, Surin, Buriram and Nakhon Ratchasima. Minimum temperature 18-24 °C. Maximum temperature 35-40 °C. Southeasterly winds 10-20 km/hr.
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General Discussion / Re: Weather Forecast for Korat
Last post by Johnnie F. - Mar 13, 2019, 08:55 am
Date 13/03/2019

From 12:00 A.M. Today - 12:00 A.M. Tomorrow

Partly cloudy with day hot to very hot. Isolated thundershowers. Minimum temperature 17-23 °C. Maximum temperature 37-40 °C. Southeasterly winds 10-20 km/hr
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General Discussion / Re: Weather Forecast for Korat
Last post by Johnnie F. - Mar 12, 2019, 08:18 am


Date 12/03/2019

From 12:00 A.M. Today - 12:00 A.M. Tomorrow

Partly cloudy with day hot. Isolated thundershowers mostly in Chaiyaphum, Nakhon Ratchasima and Khon Kaen. Minimum temperature 17-23 °C. Maximum temperature 37-39 °C. Southeasterly winds 10-15 km/hr.
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Expats' Home Connection / The Brexit
Last post by Johnnie F. - Mar 12, 2019, 08:16 am
Before today's vote:

German newspapers report there were a breakthrough in the negotiations regarding the backstop, but don't explicitly explain details. The Guardian explains:

Here's a little more detail on what the cabinet secretary, David Lidington, has told MPs about the negotiations in Strasbourg:

  • We will be laying two new documents in the House: A joint, legally binding instrument on the withdrawal agreement and protocol on Northern Ireland; and a joint statement to supplement the political declaration.

    The first provides confirmation that the EU cannot try to trap the UK in the backstop indefinitely and that doing so would be an explicit breach of the legally-binding commitments that both sides have agreed.

    If - contrary to all expectations - the EU were to act with that intention, the UK could use this acceptance of what could constitute an explicit breach as the basis for a formal dispute, through independent arbitration, that such a breach had occurred - ultimately suspending the protocol if thew EU continued to breach its obligations.

    On top of this, the joint instrument also reflect the United Kingdom's and European Union's commitment to work to replace the backstop with alternative arrangements by December 2020, setting out explicitly that these arrangements do not need to replicate the provisions of the backstop in any respect.

Reactions seem to be mixed.
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General Discussion / Human trials for 16 marijuana-...
Last post by Johnnie F. - Mar 11, 2019, 10:28 am
THE THAI Traditional and Alternative Medicine Department (TTAMD) is planning to try 16 cannabis-based medicines on selected subjects in a research project starting in July.


"Participants will get the medicines for free," Dr Khwanchai Visithanon said recently in his capacity as director of the TTAMD Thai Traditional Medicine Institute.

He expects 1,000 people who have sought treatment based on Thai traditional wisdom to sample each medicine.

Thailand recently legalised medical marijuana, paving the way for qualified organisations and individuals to grow cannabis, conduct research and facilitate the use of cannabis for medical purposes.

The TTAMD will ask the Narcotics Control Committee to approve 16 formulations of traditional medicines that contain cannabis.

"We have more than 90 formulations with marijuana as an ingredient," Khwanchai said, "but we're going to first focus on 16 that can be used to help people with several afflictions, including cancer and paralysis."

The TTAMD has already started cultivating cannabis to speed up production of medicine, he said.

"We plan to grow the hang krarok variety on two properties in Sakon Nakhon covering about 1,400 rai [224 hectares]," Khwanchai said.

He said Kasetsart University's Chalermphrakiat Sakon Nakhon campus and the Rajamangala University of Technology Isaan would help the TTAMD with the farming.

"It will be organic farming and fully comply with laws and with regulations issued by the Food and Drug Administration," he said, adding that cultivation should begin next month.

Sakon Nakhon-based Arjaro Hospital has been contracted to make the medicines because it meets World Health Organisation standards for manufacturing practices.

"We should get the first lot of medicines by July," Khwanchai said. Participants will be given the medicine for free, but once commercial distribution begins, prices will apply.

"But I can assure you they will not be expensive," he said.

Khwanchai said the TTAMD was also considering growing the kaeng krachan variety of cannabis in Phetchaburi province. "We will contact educational institutes there about possible collaboration."

The TTAMD planned to only grow Thai varieties of cannabis because that's what traditional medicine uses, he said.

The Nation
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General Discussion / Immigration officers dismissed...
Last post by Johnnie F. - Mar 11, 2019, 10:04 am
Two immigration officers at Suvarnabhumi airport have been dismissed from the force for colluding in forging visa stamps for foreigners entering the country illegally. Their dismissal followed the arrest of a 22-year-old Cameroon man, Clinton Naseli, in Songkhla province on Feb 15, immigration chief Pol Lt Gen Surachate Hakparn told reporters on Tuesday.

Mr Naseli had been charged with using fake visa stamps and official documents to enter the country.

Investigators found that three people were involved in the scandal. All had been detained.

The trio are Pol Snr Sgt Maj Noppadon Booyawan, 38, Pol Sgt Maj Somyos Fumfongfu, 38, and Pannita Sruayngam, 37, the fixer. Ms Pannita confessed to charging foreigners 50,000 baht to arrange fake visa stamps.

The investigation was extended and three more Cameroon men apprehended.

Pol Lt Gen Surachate said the two police officers were dismissed from the immigration police force and also face charges.

Since taking over at the immigration bureau, he had arrested 5 immigration police and 37 brokers involved in providing fake visa stamps, he said. More than 200 foreigners involved had their visas revoked.

He said no immigration officer found involved in visa skullduggery would be let off. All would face drastic action.

Bangkok Post

Right so!
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General Discussion / Re: Weather Forecast for Korat
Last post by Johnnie F. - Mar 11, 2019, 10:02 am


Date 11/03/2019

From 12:00 A.M. Today - 12:00 A.M. Tomorrow

Partly cloudy with hot to very hot and isolated thundershowers mostly in Nakhon Phanom, Mukdahan, Amnat Charoen and Ubon Ratchathani. Minimum temperature 22-25 °C. Maximum temperature 37-40 °C. Southeasterly winds 10-15 km/hr.
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