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  1. katana

    Italy shuts out another migrant rescue ship

    There do seem to be quite a few of these videos on Youtube:
  2. You can hear some of the interview in English with John Volanthen here @ 8.34 where he's asked by a Thai female reporter, "What do you want to say to the kids?" and he quips back: "Don't go into caves when it's raining!" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlEUGODHJBk
  3. Interesting info at 3:09 in the Thai Navy Seal video in the OP, where they film the marker board giving the breakdown of the number of divers and support staff from each country taking part in the cave rescue.
  4. katana

    Mission chief hits out at errant media

    I would imagine some of the divers had small waterproof GoPro cameras attached to their masks and some footage of the rescue will emerge at a later date, as it did when the boys were first discovered alive.
  5. katana

    Need Help Identifying Pills

    It seems unusual to mix pills like that in a pharmacist's sachet, but here seem to be 2 different pills in there, a white oblong one and a circular yellow one. ฟีแน็ค as mentioned, is likely diclofenac. However ไพริดีน (pyridine) as written is toxic and not used as a medicine. Additionally, diclofenac contains no pyridine ring structure. Maybe it's short for ฟีนาโซไพริดีน (Phenazopyridine), a drug used to alleviate the pain, irritation, discomfort, or urgency caused by urinary tract infections, surgery, or injury to the urinary tract. ฟีนาโซไพริดีน certainly comes up as the first Google hit for ยา ไพริดีน. Phenazopyridine has the trade name ไพริเดียม which could be confused with ไพริดีน.
  6. They'll also need to learn how to equalize the pressure in their ears.
  7. Video of the rescuers Rick Stanton and John Volanthen from 2011. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNX5eo2Ja1g
  8. Many people in Europe originated from somewhere else 3 or 4 generations ago. 50 yrs ago I worked for a short time in Fords Dagenham, in my department was a Serbian, a Frenchman, a German and even a real native of the Brazilian jungle ( he married a British missionary ) they were all well integrated. 14 yrs ago In my office in Germany were an Austrian, 2 Englishmen, a Spanish woman and 2 second generation Turks, the secretary was a hungarian woman. The CAD (computer aided design) department had a number of Pakistanis and Iranians, again, all fluent German speakers and well integrated. Germany and Italy need immigration due to falling birth rates, indeed the pension funds in Germany would have collapsed without them. Yes, you will have trouble at first but it settles down. It's often claimed the immigrants are needed due to Europe's low birthrate and it's justified in this way. However, why don't countries just increase child benefit payments for their native populations, which was done previously? There is a long history in Europe of using the tax and welfare system to modify social behaviour eg after World War I, many countries were left with dwindling populations. In an attempt to solve this problem, Sweden began a program called "family allowance". These were government funds given to families with children to encourage them to bear more children and increase the birthrate. In the UK after World War II, bringing up several children was encouraged to restore the birth rate: in 1945, Family Allowance was introduced in the UK to provide benefit for second and subsequent children.
  9. The Thai Workpointnews.com website reported the story today. Apparently his wife is 70 years old. They posted the below picture, uncaptioned. Presumably she's the lady in red. They also said the Thai Tourist police arranged for and paid for his airfare over.
  10. I think this also touches on Africa. People sometimes cite Africa's random borders drawn up there by former colonial powers for some of its deeply troubled hotspots and for why such a vast country with abundant natural resources has not developed to its full potential. If you look at a map of Africa, a lot of the borders there are straight, while in Europe and other parts of the world they tend to follow natural barriers such as rivers and mountain ranges which constituted serious obstacles to movement of peoples. In Africa in the 19th century, the colonial powers arrived in the lands of the indigenous peoples there and drew straight line borders dividing their colonies chiefly in order to avoid conflict with other colonial powers.They could not care less about tribal and ethnic bonds between Africans. This meant that two villages consisting of people belonging to the same tribe and speaking the same language could find themselves in two different colonies and under two drastically different administrations. Likewise, hostile tribes with different cultures could find themselves grouped together, leading to conflict, division and civil war.
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    Goats hired to help prevent deadly wildfires in Portugal

    I thought the fires were caused by eucalyptus trees, so not sure how much good the goats will do. This invasive species, originally native to Australia, has surpassed pine as the dominant tree in Portugal in the last ten years. On warm days, eucalyptus forests are sometimes shrouded in a smog-like mist of vaporised volatile organic compounds (terpenoids); the Australian Blue Mountains take their name from the haze. Eucalyptus forests tends to promote fire because of the volatile and highly combustible oils produced by the leaves, as well as the production of large amounts of litter high in phenolics, preventing its breakdown by fungi and thus accumulating as large amounts of dry, combustible fuel. Consequently, dense eucalyptus plantings may be subject to catastrophic firestorms eg in California's Oakland Firestorm of 1991. [Source Wikipedia]
  12. Lots of posts on the Facebook page in the OP from Thai girls (jokingly) offering to take him back to live with them.
  13. katana

    helmet with built in camera

    Only if you left it on there when you parked the bike. It takes a few seconds to unscrew it from the mount and take the camera with you. You could also try a chest mount. I've used them before, they work fine.
  14. katana

    helmet with built in camera

    I guess the whole point is to have a "eye" view when filming. Go pro is boxy, but I prefer that camera that involves alot of water, but there is som few other cams you can choose from, and connected to a power bank in your pocket or so, you will have quite a few hour of action. GoPros have such a wide field of view I suspect there would not be much difference in the video between helmet or handlebar mounted. Typical Gopro battery life for eg the 5 is about 2 hours.
  15. katana

    helmet with built in camera

    Why not just mount a GoPro on the handlebars with a handlebar mount?
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