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  2. Nice try, but don't show her how to use it. The first thing that she might make is a baseball bat and use it on you!
  3. been to hua him immigration today no tm30 asked for and I havent been asked by them ever in 5 years of marriage extensions
  4. Insert foot in mouth, Mr. President. Trump is every lawyer's nightmare client. There's much importance about keeping your mouth shut or, at least, paying close attention to what you are saying and limiting what you say. I get the feeling that this guy, having been for a long time a con artist real estate man, casino owner, and whatever else, is so used to rambling on and on with his BS and getting away with it because there used to be little or no media fact checking him. He just cannot help himself. How about that interview Trump gave to NBC's Lester Holt in which he said the following regarding his firing of the FBI Director Comey: Trump: "And in fact, when I decided to just do it, I said to myself -- I said, you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story. It's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should've won." https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2017/05/11/president_trumps_full_interview_with_lester_holt.html Foot in mouth again! Didn't the president have anyone around who could explain obstruction of justice to him? Did he even care to find out?
  5. Brazil arrests eight Vale employees in alleged cover-up in dam disaster By Eduardo Simões and Marta Nogueira FILE PHOTO: A helmet with a logo of Vale SA is seen in a collapsed tailings dam owned by the company, in Brumadinho, Brazil February 13, 2019. REUTERS/Washington Alves SAO PAULO/RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazilian police arrested eight employees of mining firm Vale SA on Friday, accused by state prosecutors of covering up weaknesses at a dam that collapsed and likely killed more than 300 people. Police also executed 14 search warrants as part of the probe of the country's deadliest mining disaster, prosecutors in the mining state of Minas Gerais said. The arrests and search warrants targeted employees of Vale as well as German auditing firm TÜV SÜD, which had certified the dam as stable. The arrests deepened a festering crisis for Vale, the world's largest iron ore mining company, whose share price has tumbled 18 percent since the disaster and subsequent civil and criminal probes. The dam in the town of Brumadinho, which contained tailings, the mud-like byproducts of mining, burst on Jan. 25, killing at least 166 people. Almost 200 more are still missing. "The eight Vale employees .. had full knowledge of the situation of instability in the dam and each one of them, as part of their job, also had the power and ability to adopt measures for either stabilizing the structure or evacuating areas at risk," a judge in Minas Gerais wrote in an arrest warrant, issued in response to a petition from the state prosecutor's office. Vale said in a securities filing it was cooperating with the investigation. The latest warrants followed the arrest last month of five Vale and TÜV SÜD employees, who were released by a higher court ruling on Feb. 5. The most senior Vale employees arrested on Friday were Joaquim Toledo, Vale executive director of geotechnical operations, who led the team given the task of monitoring the dam's stability, and Alexandre Campanha, Vale executive corporate director of geotechnicals. No top Vale executives have been arrested. Prosecutors alleged that Campanha pressured Makoto Namba, a TÜV SÜD engineer who was arrested and later released, "to sign a declaration that the dam was stable, or risk losing the contract." Minas Gerais prosecutors also sought the arrests of four TÜV SÜD employees, but the judge denied the request. The prosecutors alleged "the four employees of TÜV SÜD participated in a scheme, sponsored by Vale, to make up technical numbers, and falsely pledge the stability of the dam, which allowed for the situation of risk to be perpetuated." Neither Campanha nor Toledo could be reached immediately for comment. TÜV SÜD declined to comment. Chief Executive Officer Fabio Schvartsman said on Thursday, in response to questions from lawmakers, that the company's safety procedures had not worked. Reuters reported earlier this week that Vale had seen an internal report last year that the dam had a heightened risk of rupturing. Chief Financial Officer Luciano Siani said on Tuesday that Vale senior management were never shown the documents. -- © Copyright Reuters 2019-02-16
  6. Also forgot to add I have never done a TM30 or TM28 ( cant remember which is which) and Hua Hin have never mentioned it in 5 years......thankfully,making Hua Hin one of the better immigration centres
  7. blah, blah, blah.... Amazon won the contract, that's all. All this 'humanitarian' malarkey, & 'helping communities'? Tax advantage. Nice, gumpy comment to start the day....na?
  8. Don't you get bored of posting sneering, condescending, self opinionated responses ?
  9. I can wire the dude 1100 baht, if that's all it's going to cost. No payment expected. It 's a free gift. Need details from the "experts" on how to do this.
  10. While this was true some years ago, medical treatment here isn't the bargain it used to be - mostly to do with the industry increasingly pushing prices towards western levels, coupled with an absurdly strong baht. The best option for more serious medical treatment in the wider region (especially where expensive procedures are involved) is probably India.
  11. One of my very favourite actresses from times gone by, although not a child star, she could sing, act & dance. Loved her in 'Calamity Jane' & 'Move over darling' was a lovely song. Still alive at 95 years.
  12. Its a matter of personal choice and their relationship.Who is anyone to crticize or judge on what should or shouldnt be. Each to their own and whatever works for them. You couldnt possibly know what "asset" either posseses.
  13. India's PM Modi warns Pakistan of strong response to Kashmir attack By Fayaz Bukhari and Sanjeev Miglani Activists from Hindu Sena, a right wing Hindu group, burn portraits of Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan and Maulana Masood Azhar, head of Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad which claimed attack on a bus that killed 44 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel in south Kashmir on Thursday, during a protest in New Delhi, India, February 15, 2019. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis NEW DELHI/SRINAGAR (Reuters) - India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned Pakistan on Friday to expect a strong response to a suicide attack that killed 44 paramilitary policemen in Kashmir, ratcheting up tension between the nuclear-armed neighbours. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1084578-indias-pm-modi-warns-pakistan-of-strong-response-to-kashmir-attack/
  14. Yup, many moons ago I was crossing Asoke in BKK at the light near Rutnin hospital (they were working back then). Two lanes of cars in both directions had stopped. Safe to cross? Of course not I just got to the middle of the road when a bike taxi (with passenger) buzzed up the middle. He just clipped me leaving a nice bruise, however the resulting direction change made him hit the front of a taxi waiting at the light. I fled the scene just as the taxi driver had the moto chap in a headlock.
  15. India's PM Modi warns Pakistan of strong response to Kashmir attack By Fayaz Bukhari and Sanjeev Miglani Activists from Hindu Sena, a right wing Hindu group, burn portraits of Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan and Maulana Masood Azhar, head of Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad which claimed attack on a bus that killed 44 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel in south Kashmir on Thursday, during a protest in New Delhi, India, February 15, 2019. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis NEW DELHI/SRINAGAR (Reuters) - India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned Pakistan on Friday to expect a strong response to a suicide attack that killed 44 paramilitary policemen in Kashmir, ratcheting up tension between the nuclear-armed neighbours. The car bomb attack on a security convoy on Thursday was the worst in decades of insurgency in the disputed region. India said it had "incontrovertible evidence" of Pakistani involvement, a statement quickly rejected by Islamabad. "We will give a befitting reply, our neighbour will not be allowed to de-stabilise us," Modi said in a speech, after meeting security advisers to discuss options. The attack comes months before national elections in India. The Pakistan-based Islamist militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) claimed responsibility soon after a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden car into a bus carrying police personnel. India has for years accused Muslim Pakistan of backing separatist militants in divided Kashmir, which the neighbours both claim in full but rule in part. Pakistan denies that, saying it only offers political support to the Himalayan region's suppressed Muslim people. The White House urged Pakistan "to end immediately the support and safe haven provided to all terrorist groups operating on its soil". Pakistan is due to host peace talks next week between the Afghan Taliban and the United States as part of efforts to seek a political settlement to the Afghan war, but escalating tensions with India could divert Pakistan's attention. As outrage and demands for revenge flooded Indian social media, Arun Jaitley, one of the most senior figures in the Hindu nationalist-led government, told reporters India would work to ensure the "complete isolation" of Pakistan. The first step, he said, would include removing most favoured nation (MFN) trade privileges that had been accorded to Pakistan - though annual bilateral trade between the countries is barely $2 billion. The last major attack in Kashmir was in 2016 when Jaish militants raided an Indian army camp, killing 20 soldiers. Weeks later, Modi ordered a surgical strike on suspected militant camps across the border in Pakistan Kashmir. When he swept to power in 2014, Modi vowed to pursue a tough line with Pakistan. The two countries have gone to war three times since independence from Britain in 1947, twice over Kashmir. The Line of Control, the de facto border dividing Indian- and Pakistani-held Kashmir, is widely regarded as one of the world's most dangerous flashpoints, especially after the two countries became nuclear armed states in 1998. CALLS FOR REVENGE Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale summoned Pakistan's ambassador, Sohail Mahmood, and issued a demarche demanding that Islamabad take verifiable action against Jaish. India also recalled its ambassador in Pakistan for consultations, a government source said. Pakistan's foreign ministry also summoned the Indian deputy High Commissioner in Islamabad to reject New Delhi's "baseless allegations," a Pakistani official said. Crowds gathered in Jammu, the Hindu-dominated part of Jammu and Kashmir state, to demand stronger action against Pakistan. A curfew was briefly imposed in Jammu after crowds overturned and set fire to some vehicles. Protesters were also marching to the Pakistani embassy in New Delhi. The attack comes at a difficult time for Pakistan, which is struggling to attract foreign investment and avert a payments crisis, with its swiftly diminishing foreign currency reserves at less than $8 billion, equivalent to two months of import payments. The escalating tension risks overshadowing a visit to the region by the Saudi crown prince, who is due in Islamabad over the weekend and New Delhi next week, with both governments hoping to attract Saudi investment. On Friday, Islamabad said the two-day visit had been put back by a day until Sunday but the programme would remain unchanged. It gave no explanation for the change. India's Home Minister Rajnath Singh flew into Srinagar, the main city in Indian Kashmir, and joined mourners carrying the coffins of the dead policemen, before they were sent to their homes across India. Hundreds of thousands of Indian troops are deployed in Kashmir. Singh said civilian vehicles will be stopped if there is a major movement of military convoys on the main highway following Thursday's attack. The separatist insurgency has waxed and waned since the late 1980s, but began to pick up in the last five years as a fresh generation of Kashmiris was drawn to militancy. Soon after Thursday's attack, Jaish released photographs and a video of a young Kashmiri villager, Adil Ahmad Dar, who it said had carried out the suicide attack on the convoy. In the video, Dar warned of more attacks to avenge human rights violations in Kashmir. On Friday, hundreds of people gathered at his village of Lethipora to mourn his death. His parents told Reuters the 20-year-old took up the gun after he was beaten by troops in Kashmir three years ago. Suicide car bomber kills 44 policemen in Kashmir IMG - Jaish is one of the most deadly groups operating in Kashmir. In 2001, it mounted an attack on the parliament in New Delhi that brought India and Pakistan to the brink of war. Indian efforts to add Jaish leader Masood Azhar to a U.N. Security Council blacklist of al Qaeda-linked terrorists have been blocked by China. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang expressed "deep shock" at the latest attack and said Beijing hoped "relevant countries in the region" could cooperate to combat the threat. -- © Copyright Reuters 2019-02-16
  16. Best not to smear all Thai women just because of your and others negative experiences. Some people don't have good outcomes with their relationships, some do not. From memory divorce rates in Oz is approx 50%. Personally I have lived with my Thai partner for 23 years, mainly in Oz, but four years in Thailand. I know others who are in long term relationships.
  17. Can't wait to try it for the next Fireworks competition. It was truly disgusting last year, parts under construction and full of litter.
  18. The general consensus on many threads for years is to send £
  19. I too live up in the 'rice paddies' and a motorcycle 'BAN' would be really hard to enforce. The police can't enforce the laws of the highways as it is without taxing them even more.
  20. Nigeria bolsters security on eve of presidential election By Lanre Ola People move on a street of Marina in Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria February 15, 2019. REUTERS/Temilade Adelaja MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Nigeria bolstered security in much of the country on Friday on the eve of a presidential election in Africa's largest democracy where past ballots have been marred by violence, voter intimidation and vote rigging. The two leading candidates in Saturday's vote are President Muhammadu Buhari, who took office in 2015, and Atiku Abubakar, a businessman who served as vice president from 1999 to 2007. The country, which has Africa's largest economy, is dealing with pockets of instability: authorities are trying to tackle a decade-long Islamist insurgency in the northeast and communal violence between farmers and nomadic cattle herders in central states, along with banditry and kidnappings in the northwest. Dozens of combat policemen and members of other security forces were deployed from police headquarters in Maiduguri, capital of Borno state that has been worst hit by Boko Haram and its off-shoot, Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP). "There are about 14,000 security personnel deployed for the election purpose. This deployment also includes 11,000 policemen," said Borno's police commissioner, Damian Chukwu. Military vehicles and soldiers were seen moving toward volatile parts of the state, which has seen an uptick in attacks by ISWAP in recent months. The group said it carried out an attack on the convoy of Borno's governor earlier this week. In an outbreak of violence in the northwestern state of Kaduna 66 people were killed by gunmen on Friday, including 22 children and 12 women, the Kaduna government said. The killings did not appear to be election-related. The state government gave no motive for the attack but local residents, speaking on condition of anonymity, said it was a reprisal attack following violence last year. The United Nations ordered its staff not to travel to the parts of Kaduna affected by the violence. In neighbouring Kano, a hotly contested state that is the economic hub of the north, police said at least 15,000 officers would be deployed for the election with a further 5,000 from other services. That compares with just over 10,000 officers on duty on a normal day. Muhammad Wakili, commissioner of police for Kano state, promised a "violence-free" poll. Kano is the most populous state in the northwest, a region that accounts for nearly a quarter of Nigeria's voters. It has been a Buhari stronghold in the last three elections and his posters outnumber those of Atiku. In Adamawa, Atiku's northeastern home state where he will vote, a police spokesman said more than 7,500 officers had been deployed, significantly more than the usual number on the streets. Atiku spent much of the day in meetings with members of his party in Yola, the state capital of Adamawa. Buhari worshipped at a mosque in Daura, his hometown in the northwest, which sits near the border with Niger. -- © Copyright Reuters 2019-02-16
  21. All BB is talking about here is an embassy letter confirming residence. It's provided by the embassy yes, but a completely different thing to an income letter or affidavit.
  22. Wasn't it 2 young women on a motorcycle? The mixer wanted to come off the roundabout, they were on it's inside and wanted to go further round. It became a nuisance now as Naklua Rd no longer allowed you to get to the Beach Rd, and I got a few ticket trying to U-Turn on the bike at the pedestrian crossing there. To be honest I have been avoiding that area since T21 opened.
  23. 1: Correct - I have fortunately never had need to go to a medical marijuana dispensary -very fortunate as I have never lived in a country where such a facility exists yet. However all the information I seem to find points to medical marijuana having a higher CBD than THC ratio. Just a couple of such examples: https://www.greenrelief.ca/blog/medical-marijuana-get-me-high/ https://docmj.com/2017/06/05/difference-medical-recreational-marijuana/ Of course maybe the info in such sites is BS, and you are right in inferring that medical marijuana is higher in THC than CBD. 2: The light 'cycle' is everything about hours of dark vs light, and nothing at all to do with light spectrum. The clue is in the word 'cycle'. Metal Halide (blue) and Sodium (red) are, as you say, the best choice of bulbs to use for artificial indoor light solutions wrt the growing and flowering stages. In an outdoor situation though, sunlight has the full spectrum of wavelengths that a plant requires to complete it's life cycle. That spectrum is not changed by the light\dark cycle. 3: I use the word skunk as a generic term for any strain of weed, as do a lot of people I know. A bit like everyone calls clear sticky tape Sellotape
  24. U.S. raises pressure on Maduro via sanctions, aid airlift By Andy Sullivan and Idrees Ali FILE PHOTO: Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro holds a copy of the Venezuelan constitution while he speaks during a meeting with members of the Venezuelan diplomatic corp after their arrival from the United States, at the Miraflores Palace in Caracas, Venezuela January 28, 2019. Miraflores Palace/Handout via REUTERS WASHINGTON/MUNICH (Reuters) - The United States ratcheted up pressure on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Friday by sanctioning some of his top security officials and the head of the state oil company, and unveiling plans to airlift over 200 tons of aid to the Colombian border. The U.S. Treasury said it sanctioned PDVSA chief Manuel Quevedo, three top intelligence officials and Rafael Bastardo, who U.S. officials say is the head of a national police unit responsible for dozens of extrajudicial killings carried out in nighttime raids on Maduro's behalf. Separately, a U.S. official said U.S. military aircraft are expected to deliver more than 200 tons of humanitarian aid to the Venezuelan border in Colombia, with the shipment likely to take place on Saturday. The steps are part of a wider effort by the United States to undermine Maduro, whose 2018 election it views as illegitimate and whose government it has disavowed, and to strengthen opposition leader and self-declared president Juan Guaido. U.S. military aircraft are likely to deliver the aid to the Colombian side of the border with Venezuela on Saturday, said the U.S. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, adding the State Department planned to make an announcement on Friday. Another U.S. government source who asked not to be named said the food and medicine would go to the Colombian border town of Cucuta. A State Department spokeswoman did not address whether there would be an aid delivery on Saturday but noted the United States had pre-positioned relief supplies in Colombia last week and was coordinating with Guaido to mobilize aid for Venezuelans. However, it was unclear if any of it would reach Venezuelans. Maduro, who has overseen an economic collapse in the oil-rich country that has left millions struggling to buy food and medicine and fuelled an unprecedented migration crisis in the region, has refused to allow supplies in. An aid convoy dispatched by the United States and Colombia arrived in Cucuta last week, where it is being held in warehouses. "This man Maduro has created a humanitarian crisis," U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters in Reykjavik. "As soon as this weekend we will continue to deliver massive humanitarian assistance. Hopefully Mr. Maduro will allow that in to his country.” Guaido invoked constitutional provisions to declare himself interim president last month, arguing that Maduro's 2018 re-election was a sham. Most Western countries, including the United States and many of Venezuela's neighbours, have recognised Guaido as the legitimate head of state. Maduro retains the backing of Russia and China and control of Venezuelan state institutions including the military. The U.S. Treasury took aim at some of Maduro's allies with its sanctions on Friday. "We are sanctioning officials in charge of Maduro's security and intelligence apparatus, which has systematically violated human rights and suppressed democracy, including through torture," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement. Also targeted was Ivan Hernandez, commander of Maduro's Presidential Guard, which Treasury says has tortured Maduro's opponents and carried out other human rights abuses. Manuel Cristopher, director general of Venezuela's Sebin intelligence agency, and Hildemaro Rodriguez, first commissioner of the service, also were sanctioned. The Treasury's action freezes all property in the United States belonging to the five sanctioned officials as well as that of any entities in which they own 50 percent or more. In a sign that the Trump administration may be trying to split the men from Maduro, the Treasury Department noted in its statement that "U.S. sanctions need not be permanent; sanctions are intended to bring about a positive change of behaviour." "The United States has made clear that we will consider lifting sanctions for persons ... who take concrete and meaningful actions to restore democratic order, refuse to take part in human rights abuses, speak out against abuses committed by the government, and combat corruption in Venezuela," it said. -- © Copyright Reuters 2019-02-16
  25. Thai courtesy doesn't normally extend to Farang or other outsiders. You're absolutely right. It says it all.
  26. It is up to the sender to initiate any investigation. Your mother needs to report the issue/loss to Royal Mail.
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