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  1. Rotweiler

    Odds Against Us?

    There seem be be many opinions regarding this subject. Here's some comparative facts. CDC estimates that at minimum each year roughly 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) gets sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and between 3,000 and 5,000 die of foodborne diseases are reported. (Source - CDC and FDA - no year provided). The FDA estimates are higher suggesting that approx 1 in 3 or 27.94% or 76 million people in USA have some form of food-bourne infection - most of which are not reported. The last official stats I could find for food poisoning rates in Thailand (2003) were: 126,185 reported cases; deaths: 11 (Source - Ministry of Public Health)
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    Main Chiang Rai-Chiang Mai highway cut by run-off

    It's open. Still slow around the new bypasses. Cars and pickups allowed on last night; large trucks and buses allowed on as of early this morning.
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    Main Chiang Rai-Chiang Mai highway cut by run-off

    This is Highway 118 (the Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai Highway). NO, this has not happened before because this is a unique situation - a 22km stretch of the highway through the worst of the mountain areas is under construction with about 17 km being totally rebuilt, and the remainder improved. The new construction includes (at last count) 9 new concrete bridges/culverts - that required a temporary rerouting or realignment of the streams/drainage routes through this mountainous area. Unfortunately, while waiting for the culverts to be completed, the heavy rains of Wednesday, Thursday and Friday tried hard to widen the temporary culverts - and succeeded in three areas. I drive this route at least once or twice a week so have been monitoring the progress with interest. Must say, I had not expected washouts since the temporary culverts appeared to be well made. Guess the governments roadway construction engineers didn't either.
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    Main Chiang Rai-Chiang Mai highway cut by run-off

    Middle of the night. Flash flood. Wonder how your reactions would be in that case.............
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    Main Chiang Rai-Chiang Mai highway cut by run-off

    Good grief! It was a flash flood in a construction zone. It is/was a temporary bypass around a new bridge over a storm culvert.