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New(s) to Korat town and/or this forum? / Moved to Korat and ready for tennis
« Last post by Heinz on November 15, 2017, 12:53:09 AM »
Hello everybody,
as you can see from my name (Heinz) I am German and happy to be in this forum for good informations about my new environment.
I came to Thailand after my retirement 4 years ago and stayed in Udon Thani so far.
2 months ago my girlfriend, who comes from a small village north of Korat, and me moved to here.
Now our new home in Phoklang is almost set up and I would be happy to find somebody to play tennis with.
Looking forward to responses!!!
Official Stuff & Laws / Re: 90 days report time frame
« Last post by Johnnie F. on November 13, 2017, 04:22:05 PM »
Hi Koratian,,

welcome to the forum!  :cheers

I would agree with you, that you should not have been fined. This is quite a tricky question, a boderline case. It depends upon the definition, what the 7 days are. Are they an extension of the deadline, or are they a grace period "in calendar days", in which you just are not punished for the offense? In the latter case there is no right for having this grace period also moved to the next workday. The officer has the authority to make a decision on the spot, whether he extends it for you. It does not seem arbitrary to me, if he doesn't. He just could have been tolerant.

If he does not, you can accept that decision and pay, what you have done. Or you can challenge the decision instead. It might be interesting to hear of somebody, who has challenged such a borderline decision with a value of 2,000 baht, spending a multiple of money and a lot of time on that.

Challenging a decision like that would require claiming that the officer misused his discretionary leeway. You'd need a lot of good arguments for that.

What do others say? Maybe we get a good collection of arguments here, for the case that this happens to any of our readers.

The Nation reports of two more found killed yesterday:
Official Stuff & Laws / 90 days report time frame
« Last post by Koratian on November 13, 2017, 03:49:21 PM »
Hi guys,

today I was fined THB 2,000 "for being late" on the 90 days report  by an officer at Nakhon Ratchasima Immigration Office. The due date was Nov. 05, a Sunday. Usually, when the limiting date of something to be officially done falls on a Sunday, the due date is the next workday. So the 7 days a 90 days report can be filed late would have counted from Tuesday, Nov. 07, on as day 1, therefore ended on Monday, Nov 13. Though I filed my 90 days report on Monday, Nov. 13, I was fined THB 2,000 for allegedly being 8 days late.

I paid the 2,000 Baht on the spot and received a receipt. But I have doubts, that this fine was justified. Can you please help me to understand?

Thank you very much in advance for any useful information.
Animals & Wildlife / Police investigating farmers for death of wild gaur near park
« Last post by Johnnie F. on November 11, 2017, 06:27:06 PM »
An ongoing police investigation suggests that angry farmers might have shot dead a wild gaur, a species of cattle, whose carcass was found riddled with five gunshot wounds near a national park in Nakhon Ratchasima’s Wang Nam Khieo district earlier this week.

The gaur was about 15 years old and weighed nearly one tonne.

“The animal might have invaded their farm or eaten their crops,” Wang Nam Khieo Police Station’s superintendent Pol Colonel Meechai Kamnerdprom said yesterday.

He said that if the guar had been killed by a hunter, its meat and horn would probably have been removed.

The owner of a cassava plantation where the gaur carcass was found had been taken to the police station for questioning.

“But he has denied any wrongdoing. He has maintained that the gaur was shot elsewhere but succumbed to injuries in his compound,” Meechai said.

He said the gun used in the gaur’s killing was of a type widely used by farmers to scare away animals.

“Normally, hunters use a more powerful type of guns,” Meechai said.

Khao Yai Foundation’s secretary Thongchai Saengprathum said wild animals favour several crops grown in the area.

“Gaurs love cassava leaves. Elephants love sugarcane and corn,” he said.

Thongchai added that hunting in the area had been reduced but more wild animals had strayed on to farms in the past few years.

“Farmers have to scare away wild animals every single day,” he said.

Thongchai agreed with Meechai’s theory that the gaur had been shot because it was on farmland.

Khao Phaeng Ma conservation group coordinator Boripat Sunthorn said four to five guars had been killed every year over the past three years, compared to only one or two cases four years ago and earlier.

Boripat attributed the increase in fatalities to more people farming near the national park’s forest at the same time that the population of wild gaurs was on the rise. After being evicted from their herd, some gaurs are forced to seek new territory and find food in corn or tapioca plantations. This triggers an angry response from the farmers, who resort to various methods to drive the animals away.

He urged the Natural Resource and Environment Ministry to tackle the issue.

The Nation
Animals & Wildlife / Invasive flatworms spreading their territory to Korat
« Last post by Johnnie F. on November 10, 2017, 07:55:10 PM »

The Platydemus manokwariis or New Guinea flatworm is rapidly expanding its territory, threatening earthworm extinction and national park ecology. (Photo via

A continued slew of discoveries of New Guinea flatworms, on the list of the world's 100 worst invasive alien species, has been reported in several provinces and the capital.

The New Guinea flatworm, also known as Platydemus manokwariis, is a species of large, predatory land flatworm. It has been accidentally introduced to the soil of many countries around the world, including the US and now Thailand.

The flatworms also were found at a farm in Nakhon Ratchasima's Wang Nam Khieo district, raising fears the species might invade the Unesco World Heritage site of Dong Phayayen-Khaoyai Forest Complex.

Nonn Panitvong, the founder of the Siamensis Biodiversity Conservation Group, said Thursday he has received more information from members of the group about discoveries of the flatworms.

"I am concerned over the report of New Guinea worms being discovered at a farm in Wang Nam Khieo district which is not far from Khao Yai National Park.

"There is a strong possibility they might get into the park, posing serious problems to the ecological system and ruining the forest's fertility," he said.

"The discovery of New Guinea flatworms in several locations means they arrived in the country many years ago and no one realised."

He said the worms have spread further than had been expected after the first was identified in Pathum Thani province last month.

Mr Nonn said the reports he obtained stated the worms had been found in Kasetsart University in Bang Khen district, near Krungthepkreetha Golf Club in Saphan Sung district and in some places on Charoen Krung Road in the capital.

In the provinces, apart from Nakhon Ratchasima, they were also found at Prince of Songkla University in Songkhla's Hat Yai district, Sattahip district in Chon Buri and Saraphi district in Chiang Mai.

Mr Nonn said the flatworm likes eating earthworms and shells, with many international studies finding this could lead to its prey going extinct. This is the reason why it has been categorised as one of the world's 100 worst invasive alien species.

The flatworm's natural habitat is New Guinea in the Pacific Ocean, and the shipping of plants and wood is assumed to have caused their spread to Thailand.

Bangkok Post
Korat Schools / Student group appeals to PM to shut down beer garden
« Last post by Johnnie F. on November 10, 2017, 06:56:00 PM »

Thirty university students from the Youth Network Against New Drinkers on Thursday urged Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha as head of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to prevent Central Nakhon Ratchasima mall’s beer garden from opening in December.

Theerapat Khahawong, coordinator of the network, which has pushed for a ban on alcohol sales near academic institutions for years, said the mall had asked the provincial governor to review the alcohol-free zoning near academic institutions by citing economic reasons.

As a result, authorities have considering allowing new businesses selling alcohol at the mall.

 Theerapat said the mall, built after NCPO order No 22/2558 banned alcohol licences to new business operators in alcohol-free zones, opened last Friday and announced a beer garden would be opened in December based on confidence that the provincial government would approve the request.

The network urged state officials to summon mall representatives to explain about their case.

Theerapat claimed that if the province bent to the business’s request, students at three academic institutions in the area, Nakhon Ratchasima Rajabhat University, Rajamangala University of Technology Isan, and Vongchavalitkul University, would be at risk.

If the zoning exception was allowed, other business would also seek to open new venues selling alcohol, undermining the NCPO order, he said.

The Nation

Wow, I just realize the danger I had been exposed to, when across the street of my school there was a restaurant serving beer even to us 16-year olds, when we came in after class on Saturdays to wash that week's accumulated information out of our heads with a "Schöppchen" (halfpint). It felt more like a reward to us for having endured a whole week in that grey old schoolbuilding again, meant freedom until Monday morning. But we could have turned alcoholics for the rest of our lives. No fellow students tried to protect us. Worse even, some teachers then sat with us without warning us of the danger. I guess, something not forbidden is not tempting much, either.  ;)
Half as serious and less / Re: Anyone seen my little willy
« Last post by jivvy on November 10, 2017, 04:13:31 PM »
Energy & Environment / New island rises up in Phung River
« Last post by Johnnie F. on November 08, 2017, 12:09:30 PM »

The uplifted land which has formed a new island in the Lam Nam Phung, Sakon Nakhon, since early Saturday morning. (Photo by Pratuan Kajhonvuttinun)

SAKON NAKHON: A new island 100 metres long has appeared in the middle of a stretch of the Phung River, and believed to be composed of uplifted river sediment.

The strip is about 15 metres wide, with about 80 centimetres visible above the water, and was first noticed  by nearby residents on Saturday morning.

It is in a section of the river at Ban Lao Malong in tambon Dong Chon of Muang district, which borders tambon Tong Khob in Khok Si Suphan district.

Sansonthi Boonyothayan, an independent earth sciences scholar, said the Phung River - also known as Lam Nam Phung - is a natural waterway with its source on Phu Phan Mountain. The uplifted land was likely to be riverbed.

He said it was an accumulation of sediment that had built up in the area. It would be very soft and it was not safe to walk upon it.

It was likely the heavy rains in Sakhon Nakhon had led to an accumulation of water, both on the surface and underground. When the underground water reached a certain level the upwelling pressure also pushed the land upwards.

Another possibility for the island's sudden appearance was a mild movement of the earth.

“People should not walk on or attempt to survey the island because it is still not known what lies beneath it. It may be a water channel that could collapse. It would be even riskier if it is a gas bubble,” he said.

A sign has been erected to warning people to stay off the new island.

Bangkok Post

I think there were a lot of undergroud water movements this rainy season. In our pond, that has been dug about 3 m deep into the grown soil, just a couple of weeks ago nearly all fish died without any apparent reason. I think that was due to movements of the salty groundwater, caused by salt farming, and the fertilizer they put on the rise fields that got washed into the groundwater by the rains.

I can imagine, that there will also be a lot of sinkholes and broken houses due to these earth and groundwater movements.

Meanwhile in the USA / Re: Trump wins presidency
« Last post by Johnnie F. on November 08, 2017, 11:34:55 AM »
Hallelujah, BigD doesn't need to restrain his "thoughts" to 140 characters anymore; he can mess up with twittering 280 at a time now! :-[
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