2005-12-25

The festival of lights.

Happy Chanukah!

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Morning in Hartford

After the matzoh ball.
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2005-12-22

Immoral equivalence

You've just got to be impressed with the way the Hollywood leftist attitude manages to infect everyone in the vicinity... sickened but impressed.

Munich is one movie I don't think I'll be seeing.


Immoral equivalence

2005-12-21

Hartford CT Matzoh Ball

I called Donna the other day and she told me that they specifically made sure the Matzoh Ball would be Kosher this year just for our group of Kosher Singles and groups like us!
 
She wants us to come so much that she offered to knock $8 off the pre-pay price, even if you've already registered with her!
 
We have to get at least a half dozen people to sign up to get the special rate. Just call her at the number below and mention that you're in the Kosher Singles group.
 
If enough people from the Kosher Singles come I may even make up a button or badge of some sort so we can recognize each other in the crowd!
 
Hoping you all come and let me know if you've signed up!

--
Elias Friedman, coordinator
Kosher Singles
 

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Ellington Shul: Chanukah Party, Just Jew It!

Hello everyone!
 
The congregants have asked that we have a Chanukah party, so we're having one!
 
I'm also forwarding this message to a few others who I think would be interested in getting it.
 
This Sunday, the 25th of December. (Hey, it's not like there's anything open or anything on TV worth watching!)
 
According to the rules in my siddur, in the synagogue Chanukah candle lighting is supposed to to take place between Mincha & Ma'ariv.
 
Accordingly we will daven Mincha at 4pm with the party at 4:30pm and Ma'ariv to follow the party.
 
Bring any treats, goodies, and fried foods you like, coordinate through me.
 
Also, bring your own menorah and candles too!
 
And don't forget the kids!
 
I'll be going through our telephone list and updating the website to let everyone know too.
 
Feel free to forward this message to anyone you think might like to come.
 
I've also attached a link to a nice little flash movie that Aish Ha'Torah put out for Chanukah this year, enjoy!
 
--
Elias Friedman, Co-President
Congregation Knesseth Israel

---------- Forwarded message ----------
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Date: Dec 21, 2005 8:08 AM
Subject: Just Jew It - Aish.com's new 1 minute Chanukah movie
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Just Jew It
Aish.com's new one-minute Chanukah movie.

(Based on a true story)

Just Jew It - Chanukah Movie

http://www.aish.com/a/JustJewIt.asp

---




2005-12-20

How fast can you learn Chinese?

"As it stands today, both China and Russia are closer to the moon than the U.S. and both possess a manned space vehicle capable of reaching the moon"



I find this statement to be absolutely chilling!

I've been saying for many years that we've got to get off our duffs and get back to the moon ASAP, because basically whomever owns the moon owns the Earth too.

As Robert A. Heinlein quite dramatically pointed out in his novel, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, the military advantages of being on the moon are enormous. A ship loaded with rock launched from the moon at the Earth would strike a city with the energy of a thermonuclear weapon!

If we don't want our grand-kids speaking Chinese and kowtowing to the communist commissars in Beijing, we'd better get our act together now!


Discovery Channel :: News :: SPACE 2006: China Plans Keep NASA on Edge

2005-12-18

Of crosses, crescents and crystals

The man is right.

Instead of making the "Red Crystal" optional for everyone *but* the Israelis to use, they should make it MANDATORY for all international aid missions.

Anything else is just rank bigotry.

-Eli

Ynetnews - Opinion - Of crosses, crescents and crystals

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Netanya man killed by accidental firing of his friend's handgun
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Editorial: Crystal compromise closes a moral issue
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... and bar it from membership in international organizations, some Arab and Islamic states have waged a petty battle to prevent Israel's Magen David Adom, the Red ...

Crystal red persuasion
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... Crescent. Israel's Magen David Adom is now to join the the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Inside ...

emergency medical services news

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Medical-Services Company Going Public This Week
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John Meaney Jr. To Teach EMT Curriculum
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... The state Office of Emergency Medical Services awarded the three-year accreditation after a thorough review of the planned curriculum and a November site visit ...

Inmate dies at county jail
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cyclist news

Go west, young cyclist
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Man faces charges in cyclist's death
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By JASON NARK and CAROL COMEGNO. A Pennsauken man appeared in court Tuesday to face charges in the death of a Mount Laurel cyclist. ...

Commonwealth Games cyclist pushes the envelope
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Champion cyclist Katie Mactier made the special delivery to the family of five. Everyone else will have to make do with their regular postie. ...

Belgian Fed fear losing World Champs
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ambulance news

Ambulance company looks for more funds
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Ambulance workers fear cuts will hurt
The Express Times - Easton,PA,USA
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County commission accepts contract with Care Ambulance service
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Council seeks meeting to discuss HACC options
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John Meaney Jr. To Teach EMT Curriculum
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North Adams -- The North Adams Ambulance Service was designated as an accredited emergency medical technician training facility on Dec. ...

PRCS condemns the attack on one of its medical teams

The PRCS is the Palastinian Red Crecent Society.

This sounds like a pretty bad incident.

However, as much as would prefer to stand by my fellow EMSers in this situation, the story has the ring of something missing to it.

It sounds a lot like those of my patients who try to tell me they were just walking along minding their own business when these guys beat them up for no reason.

It sounds unlikely to me that there wasn't any more provocation than was written about in the article.

Perhaps I will find a reference showing the Israeli point of view...

PRCS condemns the attack on one of its medical teams

EMT News

John Meaney Jr. To Teach EMT Curriculum
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Tuesday's South Carolina scores
Augusta Chronicle (subscription) - Augusta,GA,USA
... helpful. Pay... (more). $5,000 Sign On Bonus for EMT's Regional Ambulance Svc Great pay, medical & dental insurance, vacation, paid sick leave. ...

PRCS condemns the attack on one of its medical teams
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... The emergency medical technician (EMT) tried to explain to the soldiers the critical condition of the sick case and the urgency need to transport him to ...

West Valley news briefs
AZ Central.com - AZ,USA
... The class begins in January and will provide 40 credit hours. For information about GCC's paramedic program or EMT training, visit www.gc.maricopa.edu/emt. ...

Fire station 34 gains paramedic, EMT
Daytona Beach News-Journal - Daytona,FL,USA
ENTERPRISE -- Emergency workers at Volusia County Fire Services' Stone Island Station 34 are now licensed to provide advanced life support, officals said. ...

bicyclist news

Search goes on for driver who hit, killed bicyclist
Indianapolis Star - United States
Police continued to search Monday for the driver of a sport utility vehicle that struck and killed a man Sunday night. Marion County ...

Bicyclist dies after being hit by truck
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Man on probation for assault of bicyclist
The Express Times - Easton,PA,USA
EASTON | A 45-year-old Tatamy man will spend a year on probation for assaulting a bicyclist he struck outside the Palmer Township Home Depot earlier this year. ...

paramedic news

PROVINCE: Changes Paramedic plan upsets MLA Wyse
Williams Lake Tribune - Williams Lake,British Columbia,Canada
... They've come up short in addressing rural BC's paramedics issues of pay rates and training, and the root cause of paramedic shortages throughout the province.". ...

Paramedic encounters 'live' training
Marin Independent-Journal - San Rafael,CA,USA
An off-duty Marin County firefighter/paramedic en route to a training class in Point Reyes put her emergency skills to use Monday when the car in front of her ...

Fire station 34 gains paramedic, EMT
Daytona Beach News-Journal - Daytona,FL,USA
... support measures. Now, the station is staffed 24 hours a day with a paramedic and an emergency medical technician, said Capt. Susan ...

West Valley news briefs
AZ Central.com - AZ,USA
BUCKEYE - The town recently asked Glendale Community College to create a customized paramedic training class for its firefighters. ...

Paramedic arrested on drug-related charges
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EMS News

Fire and EMS Department reports better-than-average response time
Lynchburg News and Advance - Lynchburg,VA,USA
In a presentation to Lynchburg City Council on Tuesday, the Fire and EMS Department showed that the first engine arrived on scene in an average 7 minutes and ...

Robbery in Palmer Township; Potential problems for Upper Bucks EMS
Allentown Morning Call - Allentown,PA,USA
... The bank is closed. If Upper Bucks Regional EMS doesn't see more cash in 2006, Palisades residents could face long waits for an ambulance. ...

emergency medical service news

Emergency medical service boost for safety on roads
Cape Argus (subscription) - Cape Town,South Africa
An emergency medical service, including ambulance and medical rescue services, has been established at Leeu-Gamka along the N1 on the section known as the ...

Deputy, career firefighter honored by St. Jude Knights group
The Free Lance-Star - Fredericksburg,VA,USA
... "Upon arrival, Deputy Shull protected Emergency Medical Service personnel while they rendered aid and transported the victim to the hospital," Smith wrote. ...

bicycle news

Car Hits Boy On Bicycle In Melbourne
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A child riding a bicycle was shaken but not seriously injured after being struck by a car this morning, officials told Local 6 News partner Florida Today. ...

Professional musician plays bicycle horns
KOAA - Pueblo,CO,USA
Forget the guitar, piano and drums. Unique horn playing is the business plan for a Colorado Springs musician. Dave Enns makes his ...

BICYCLE PRODUCTION REMAINS STRONG WORLDWIDE
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... 42 million cars produced. During the 1950s and 1960s, bicycle and automobile production were nearly equal. In the decades following ...

Men's Soccer: Jason Garey
CNN/SI - USA
... moment of the 1987 movie Hotshot, in which Pelé stars as a former soccer star turned recluse, Jimmy (Pelé's protégé) successfully nails a bicycle kick. ...

'Smelly, noisy' trail wins approval
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emergency medical service news

Emergency service launched on 'death road'
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Ambulance ride costs on the rise
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'May we never travel this road again'
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... I must commend the Rivers State Ministry of Health, the State Emergency Medical Service (EMS), Fire Service, Red Cross, SOS International, Federal Airport ...

Paramedic arrested on drug-related charges
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... paramedic has been arrested on charges related to stealing morphine and other drugs from his job with the Wilkes County Emergency Medical Service and his ...

bicycle news

Police: Orange Park Man Seen Riding Bicycle With No Pants
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The bicycle thieves of Oxbridge
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Bicycle Man ready to hand out bikes
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... The giveaway will happen on December 23rd at 9:30 am at Mathis' warehouse on Blue Street. To learn more about how you can help, visit The Bicycle Man.com.

Massive trauma killed bicyclist in hit-run
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... Investigators said a man, whose name was not released, was riding a bicycle north on Holt Road when he was struck from behind and killed. ...

Maui gears up for bike debate
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Magen David Adom News

PRCS President; Signed Understating with MDA Implicitly Recognizes ...
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Lessons learned from the Red Cross emblem
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... The adoption of the new diamond emblem is thought to enable a third emergency medical and health aid group, Magen David Adom (Red Shield of David) of Israel ...

cyclist news

Woman Cyclist Killed While Crossing Train Tracks
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(AP) WIDEFIELD, Colo. A 36-year-old bicyclist from Widefield was killed when she was it by a train while crossing tracks near her home. ...

A high five for cyclist Josiah
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New MLB policy
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ambulance news

City to discuss new ambulance
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Bella Vista Ambulance Services Finds New Office
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... office. The corporation, organized in 1977, helps pay the expenses accrued by a patient who uses an ambulance during an emergency. ...

Ambulance district sought
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By P. KIM BUI. "I didn't know there was an issue," he said. "I figure you call an ambulance, and they take care of it.". ...

Air ambulance clips fence at Scott & White
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emergency medical services news

Fire Calls
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Govt denies fuel shortages
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... Western Cape emergency medical services have to get aircraft fuel from the police airwing over the weekend. The situation was "tight ...

EMT News

Health Briefs
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Pittsburgh,PA,USA
... The Indiana University of Pennsylvania Division of Emergency Services Training will offer its 2006 Spring Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B) Training ...

bicyclist news

Massive trauma killed bicyclist in hit-run
Indianapolis Star - United States
... behind and killed. The bicyclist's body was thrown to the pavement, but the bike was jammed under the SUV as it drove away. The SUV ...

Bicyclist Killed Crossing Railroad Tracks
TheDenverChannel.com - Denver,CO,USA
WIDEFIELD, Colo -- Police are investigating the death of a 36-year-old bicyclist from Widefield who was killed when she was it by a train while crossing tracks ...

Two accused of killing bicyclist plead not guilty
Kansas City Star - MO,USA
The two young men accused of idly gunning down a bicyclist Thanksgiving week pleaded not guilty in Jackson County court Monday to first-degree murder. ...

Teen Bicyclist Injured in Brooklyn Accident
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(1010 WINS) (NEW YORK) A 13-year-old bicyclist remains in critical condition after being hit in Brooklyn by a man who has been has been charged with drunken ...

EMS News

Couple thanks EMS crew who saved newborn's life
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EMS traffic control getting more support
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Lubbock Police Taser Stabbing Suspect
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... to 25th Street. There, police and EMS were called to the scene. While EMS was treating Chavarra, he attempted to flee. "He was just ...

Suspected Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Leaves 1 Dead, Several ...
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... occupants unconscious and called authorities. Etter said EMS officials arrived and found the front door open. He said one man was ...

paramedic news

Paramedic, Wife Arrested for Stealing from Accident Victim
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December 11, 2005 - A former paramedic and his wife have been arrested in the North Valley for stealing thousands of dollars from an accident victim. ...

Paramedic testifies at Coast Guard inquiry
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Testifying at the proceedings was Collis King, a paramedic with the Medical Department at the Coast Guard headquarters, Chaguaramas. ...

Fire crews to get paramedic skills
ic NorthWales - North Wales,UK
By Gareth Hughes, Daily Post. The retained crews would be called out alongside ambulance crews - with the first at the scene ready ...

Mother of six gives birth at busy intersection
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... A student paramedic assisted with the delivery in the back of an ambulance. The tired mother of six says she is thankful for the help. ...

Life starts in fast lane
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... officers were called to take her to hospital, but little Lara came more quickly than anyone expected especially for the rookie paramedic who delivered her. ...

2005-12-15

Matt Brooks Responds to Reform Movement's Letter

I think this is a very polite and well written response. If you want to see the ad that the RJC is running in newspapers, follow the link at the end of the letter.

-Eli


 
  December 15, 2005  
 

Today Matthew Brooks, Executive Director of the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC), responded to the letter he received from Rabbi David Saperstein of the Union for Reform Judaism's Religious Action Center, regarding the RJC's national advertising campaign.


 

Dear Rabbi Saperstein:

Let me begin by thanking you for the thoughtful attention you have given our ad and for your interest in engaging in a debate on our policy regarding Iraq. Despite our different perspectives over the war we both share a commitment to the Jewish people.

However, I do wish to address the following points raised in your letter. You asked several times that I consider the full resolution rather than "one line from a press release." Our ad was not intended as a response to the resolution. Rather, it was a direct response to the comments and pronouncement expressed in the URJ's press release, in which Rabbi Yoffie made this presumptuous and flawed statement:

"The sentiment was clear and overwhelming. American Jews and all Americans are profoundly critical of this War."

So now I ask you, do you continue to stand by the words of Rabbi Yoffie? Or, are you saying that Rabbi Yoffie misspoke? If so, the URJ should release a statement to clarify this and offer an apology.

Since you repeatedly referenced the URJ resolution on Iraq, I want to take the opportunity to raise with you an issue that troubles me greatly and should be equally concerning to you. The resolution expresses solidarity with the "Win Without War" coalition and highlights some of the "many mainstream American organizations" which are members of that group, including the United Church of Christ and the United Methodist Church General Board of Church and Society (UMC).

Since you took the time to denounce groups like ANSWER and United for Peace and Justice, which are known for their anti-Israel positions, I thought I would point out that the UMC has formally stated its opposition to the "continued military occupation of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, the confiscation of Palestinian land and water resources [and] the destruction of Palestinian homes." In addition, according to the UMC web site, the church's New England and Virginia Conferences have called for divestment of companies that support the "Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories."

And, with regard to the United Church of Christ, let me take this opportunity to point out that at their 25th General Synod they passed a resolution regarding Israel's security barrier that "calls upon the Israeli government to cease the project to construct the barrier, tear down the segments that have already been constructed and make reparations to those who have lost homes, fields, property and/or lives and health due to the barrier..."

Perhaps you were not aware of these positions. But now that you are, are you still comfortable with the URJ calling them "mainstream organizations" and aligning the Reform movement with them?

Let me conclude by responding to the point in your letter questioning where we could get the idea that Reform Judaism does not believe that "Freedom is Worth Fighting For." Let me direct your attention again to the URJ press release of November 18th in which you highlight a statement by Dr. Michael Rankin that says, "This is not a just war." We strongly beg to differ and so, may I add, will the millions of Iraqis who are risking their lives as I write this, simply by exercising their newly obtained freedom and the right to vote and choose their leaders.

It is absolutely inconsistent to argue that the freedom and democratization that we are fighting for in Iraq is an unjust war and then try to make the case, as you did in your letter to me, that the URJ does in fact believe that "Freedom is Worth Fighting For." Sorry, Rabbi Saperstein, but you simply cannot have it both ways. Where does the URJ really stand? If you don't agree with the comments in your press release that this is an unjust war, then clarify that publicly and offer an apology. If in fact you still maintain that this is an unjust war, then don't be offended by the message raised in our ad.

Rabbi Saperstein, reasonable people can differ on matters of public policy and a healthy debate on these issues within our community is vital. It is important, however, that organizations such as the URJ respect this diversity of opinion on the major issues of the day and refrain from claiming to speak out on behalf of an entire group. We strongly stand by the substance and message of our ads to counter the statements put forth by the URJ. Do you and the URJ still stand by Rabbi Yoffie's and Dr. Rankin's comments? If so, I'm interested in how you explain them in the context of this exchange, as well as the comments in the letter to me where you state that the URJ recognizes that they don't speak for all American Jews.

Thank you in advance for thoughtfully considering our views.

With best regards,

Matthew Brooks
Executive Director

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2005-12-12

Magen David Adom News

Jerusalem Post - Hiding behind a crystal
Judeoscope.ca - Québec,Canada
Finally, after much official rejoicing at Magen David Adom 's possible adoption in the Red Cross/Crescent movement, an Israeli media outlet denounces this ...

Man crushed by train after falling onto TA railroad track
Ha'aretz (subscription) - Tel Aviv,Israel
... A Magen David Adom paramedic, Haim Katlan, told Haaretz that the man was caught between the train and the platform, was crushed repeatedly, and there was no ...

cyclist news

Cyclist killed after collision with bus
Newstalk ZB - New Zealand
A police investigation is underway following the death of an American man in the Haast Valley on the West Coast. The 75-year-old ...

Memorial ride honors slain cyclist
Kansas City Star - MO,USA
By RUSS PULLEY. A memorial bicycle ride this morning was the perfect way to honor Robert W. Osborn of Kansas City, who was murdered ...

Charity ride raises $85,000
FOX SPORTS - Australia
A 1000km charity ride from Maitland to Brisbane has raised around $85,000 for a foundation set up in tribute to cyclist Amy Gillett. ...

Iranian into world cup cycling event
Iran Sports Press - Columbia,MD,USA
Iranian cyclist Mehdi Sohrabi wins the ticket for 2006 world cup cycling champinship in France, Iran's cycling federation announced. ...

emergency medical services news

Dial for Life aids first responders
2theadvocate.com - Baton Rouge,LA,USA
... Baton Rouge. And that can be a problem if the caregiver suddenly falls ill and requires emergency medical services. "Unfortunately ...

Aboite to see fire, ambulance changes Jan. 1
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette - Fort Wayne,IN,USA
... re not happy about additional costs residents will bear as taxes or fees, especially since many already pay for fire protection and emergency medical services. ...

EMS traffic control getting more support
Houston Chronicle - United States
... Using cell phones and computers, Emergency Medical Services director Dr. David Persse and colleagues in Montgomery County matched patients with available ...

ambulance news

Aboite to see fire, ambulance changes Jan. 1
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette - Fort Wayne,IN,USA
... The city fire department will take over much of the Aboite Volunteer Fire Department's turf while ambulance service will be administrated by Three Rivers ...

Drivers without insurance leave ambulance services, hospitals with ...
Greeley Tribune - Greeley,CO,USA
For a driver hurt in a wreck, one of the most comforting sights is the swirling emergency lights of a bright-orange and white ambulance coming to the rescue. ...

New ambulance to be based at hospital in Charity
Stabroek News - Georgetown,Guyana
Residents of the Pomeroon and other northern Essequibo communities will now have the services of a new ambulance which will be based at the Oscar Joseph ...

Police say Katrina evacuee took ambulance for joyride
abc13.com - Houston,TX,USA
(12/11/05 - KTRK/HOUSTON) - Police say a hurricane evacuee took an ambulance for a joyride after it was parked at a hospital. Medics ...

Nine children hurt as 'train' derails
Daily Telegraph - Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
Ambulance officers treated the nine after the incident at 9.30pm (AEDT) yesterday at Tongala. Rural Ambulance spokesman Paul Bird ...

EMS News

Sheriff's Office and EMS are offering help for older adults
Charlotte Observer - Charlotte,NC,USA
... Applications are available for Lifeline through Union EMS at (704) 226-2001 or at Council on Aging in Union County at (704) 289-5502.

CJ Systems Aviation Group upgrades four EMS bases to EC135 and ...
Rotorhub (press release) - Burnham,UK
... service area. · Quad Cities EMS (Burlington, Iowa) -- The previous BK aircraft was upgraded to the EC-135 helicopter, as well. CJ ...

Safety has always been on mind of airport officials
Charlotte Sun-Herald - Charlotte,FL,USA
... Runway three -- the airport's longest strip -- was closed for a short time while Charlotte County Fire & EMS workers doused the flames and cleared the area. ...

EMT News

Police say Katrina evacuee took ambulance for joyride
abc13.com - Houston,TX,USA
... lady walked out, walked around, walked around it, shut the door, said 'Hey, you want a ride?' She said 'No.' She got in and took off," said EMT Larry Landrault ...

bicyclist news

Bicyclist Killed by Train in Fountain
KOAA - Pueblo,CO,USA
A woman riding a bicycle was killed by a train in Fountain on Saturday. The victim has been identified as 36-year-old Lynnola Brown. ...

paramedic news

Drivers without insurance leave ambulance services, hospitals with ...
Greeley Tribune - Greeley,CO,USA
... Weld County Paramedic Services has increased its rates every year since the change and will do so again by 12 percent next year. ...

bicycle news

Thank Don Stathos for Bicycle Bill
OregonLive.com - Portland,OR,USA
AsI crumpled up the newspaper to assist igniting my first wood stove fire of the fall, an obituary headline caught my eye: " Bicycle Bill author Don Stathos, 81 ...

Cold comfort for bicycle couriers
The Copenhagen Post - Copenhagen,Sealand,Denmark
Bicycle messengers the Green Couriers risk turning blue as they whir through the city's streets this winter, as their employers disagree on who should see to ...

emergency medical services news

Leibovich new head of UAMS department
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (subscription) - Little Rock,AR,USA
... He was chairman of the Governor's Advisory Council for Emergency Medical Services and since 1995 has been medical director of the Arkansas Department of ...

cyclist news

Thai cyclist killed in road accident at Sungei Kadut Street 1
Channel News Asia - Singapore
... The impact of the accident flung the 34-year-old cyclist onto the kerb. He was pronounced dead at the scene 20 minutes later at about 1.40pm. ...

ambulance news

Ambulance worker stable after accident
Monterey County Herald - Monterey,CA,USA
AMonterey County ambulance worker hurt during a multi-car accident Thursday on Highway 1 near Fort Ord remained in a San Jose hospital Friday. ...

Pedestrian deaths prompt Christmas warning
ABC Online - Australia
The Victorian Ambulance Service is reminding Christmas revellers to be careful after a string of collisions across the state this week. ...

Police want court to return ambulance documents
Waterbury Republican American - Waterbury,CT,USA
SEYMOUR -- A day after applying for arrest warrants in the criminal investigation of the Seymour Ambulance Association, the Police Department on Thursday asked ...

Pedestrian hurt in East County
San Diego Union Tribune - United States
... Patrol. The victim was taken by ambulance to Sharp Memorial Hospital, California Department of Forestry Capt. Robert Ramirez said.

EMT News

Students train to become EMTs
MetroWest Daily News - Framingham,MA,USA
... But yesterday morning, Hall and two other EMT-Basic trainees from MassBay Community College put their skills to the test when their instructors called them ...

EMS News

Major Accident in Upshur County Forces EMS to Issue a Code Red
WBOY-TV - Clarksburg,WV,USA
... There were so many people injured, the Upshur County EMS had to call for back up. Upshur County rolled out all four of its ambulances. ...

bicyclist news

Bicyclist says he's OK but dies hours later
Greater Milwaukee Today - WI, USA
WAUKESHA - Police are investigating a collision where a truck struck a bicyclist who said he was fine but then died at the hospital only hours later. ...

Hit-run driver sought in death of bicyclist
Sun-Sentinel.com - Fort Lauderdale,FL,USA
A Pompano Beach bicyclist died in a hit-and-run accident minutes after leaving his Leisureville home Thursday night, the Broward Sheriff's Office said. ...

Man charged in connection with robberies
Bradenton Herald - FL, United States
... police said. Bradenton police say Avaughnte P. Cherry is suspected of being one of four men who robbed a bicyclist on Nov. 4. The ...

emergency medical service news

Davis honored for service
Bridgeton News - NJ, United States
... organization. Emergency Medical Service at that time was only basic first aid, but EMT training, now required by the state, began in 1981. ...

Police Officer Shot and Killed in Bronx
New York Times - United States
... Officer Enchautegui was found bleeding in his driveway at 3117 Arnow Place, and was taken by an Emergency Medical Service ambulance to Jacobi Medical Center ...

Concerns, doubts raised about attorney general's opinion
Tiffin Advertiser Tribune - Tiffin,OH,USA
... which, when applied to Commissioner Ben Nutter's participation, does not allow Nutter to vote nor discuss matters regarding the Emergency Medical Service. ...

bicycle news

Toys for Tots needs bikes, bicycle accessories.
Easton Journal - Milford,MA,USA
Every little bit helps. The Tri-Town Chamber of Commerce is continuing to collect bikes along with bicycle accessories for the local Toys for Tots Campaign. ...

Charge too lax in bicycle fatality
Hilton Head Island Packet - Hilton Head Island,SC,USA
Thank you for keeping us informed about the charges against the driver of the SUV that hit and killed the 64-year-old woman riding a bicycle on the shoulder of ...

De Kooning's Bicycle Artist and Writers in the Hamptons
San Francisco Chronicle - CA, USA
... eyelash. Robert Long's new book, "De Kooning's Bicycle: Artists and Writers in the Hamptons," is meant to go down without irony. ...

Norfolk Bicycle Officer Struck in "Hit and Run" At Janaf
WTKR Your NewsChannel 3 - Norfolk,VA,USA
A Norfolk Police Officer was struck by a motorist while he was doing holiday patrols on a bicycle at Janaf Shopping Center Saturday. ...

Christmas Story: Chattanooga Bicycle Man Gets Some Help
The Chattanoogan - Chattanooga,TN,USA
by Parker Smith, 96.5 The Mountain Radio. cried, believing some un-worldly "thing" had intervened on behalf of their children who would have had nothing. ...

cyclist news

Cyclist's African dream complete
Daily News (subscription) - KwaZulu-Natal,South Africa
By Linda Mbongwa. Riaan Manser has travelled 36 500km through 34 countries. His efforts haven't gone unnoticed, but yesterday he ...

Interviews with Legends: Bobby Julich (1 of 13)
Florida Sports - Florida,USA
... one bad. He feels his breakthrough as a cyclist can traced back to one day, one stage, one moment in the 1997 Tour de France. It ...

emergency medical services news

Local medical services firm to go public
Rocky Mountain News - Denver,CO,USA
By David Milstead, Rocky Mountain News. Greenwood Village-based Emergency Medical Services Corp. ... Emergency Medical Services Corp. ...

Volusia names new emergency medical services director
Daytona Beach News-Journal - Daytona,FL,USA
Dr. Peter Springer, an emergency physician at Halifax Medical Center, has been named the emergency medical services director for Volusia County. ...

Spansion, Suntech, Emergency Medical IPOs await
Investor's Business Daily (subscription) - USA
NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- Tech firms Spansion and Suntech, as well as ambulance operator Emergency Medical Services and REIT Republic Property Trust await ...

Non-emergency ambulance services could get the axe
Daily Miner and News - Kenora,Ontario,Canada
... "The land ambulance emergency medical services is not the avenue for Code 1 and Code 2 calls," Lif told the board, noting some municipalities in southern ...

Magen David Adom News

NYT cheerleading for shunning Jewish symbol
American Thinker - Berkeley,AZ,USA
... Red Cross finally succumbed to pressure from the American Red Cross to take the first steps to accept Israel's medical service, Magen David Adom , as a member ...

The Hate That Endures
New York Sun - New York,NY,USA
... releases were flooding the wires yesterday exulting in the news that a vote in Geneva had paved the way for the admission of Israel's Magen David Adom to the ...

ambulance news

Air ambulance service expands operations
Kansas.com - KS,USA
EagleMed, a major provider of emergency air ambulance service in a four-state area, continues to grow. EagleMed added Ardmore, Okla., to its locations Dec. ...

Air Ambulance appeal for new home
Lakeland Radio - Kendal,UK
The Great North Air Ambulance has issued an appeal for a home for its aircraft. The 30ft pride of Cumbria helicopter needs a roof ...

Ambulance district gets matching grant
In-Forum (subscription) - Fargo,ND,USA
LIDGERWOOD, ND -- The Lidgerwood Rural Ambulance Service District will receive a $125,000 matching grant from Dakota Medical Foundation to help fund a new ...

Female Critical After Collision With Ambulance
CBS 3 - Philadelphia,PA,USA
(CBS 3) RHAWNHURST Icy roads may have led to an accident involving an ambulance that left one woman in critical condition Friday evening. ...

Non-emergency ambulance services could get the axe
Daily Miner and News - Kenora,Ontario,Canada
... municipalities for zero increases to their costs in 2006, the Kenora District Services Board is looking at cutting some non-emergency land ambulance services. ...

EMS News

Surfside has barn-raising for EMS
Brazosport Facts (subscription) - Clute,TX,USA
SURFSIDE BEACH -- The community is pitching into an old-fashioned barn-raising to help restore the village's own EMS service. ...

Campaign Aimed at Young EMS Recruits
WNEP-TV - Scranton,PA,USA
It's getting more difficult to find, and keep, good emergency services personnel, according to EMS, and it's the reason behind a new ad campaign. ...

EMS workers were kind
Newton Kansan - Newton,KS,USA
I would like to extend my deepest thanks to the Newton Fire/EMS Department. ... I have found that the Newton fire/EMS workers are the best. ...

Fire Crews Called To Reports Of Smoking Manholes
NBC 4.com - Washington,DC,USA
... downtown. DC Fire and EMS spokesman Alan Etter said there was no visible fire, and they couldn't confirm any explosions in the area. ...

paramedic news

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CMCH nurse brings paramedic training home from the UK
Ludhiana Newsline - Ludhiana,India
Ludhiana, December 9: ANUPAM Rachana Singh, a paramedic and nurse from Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH), has returned home richer in knowledge and ...

bicyclist news

Bicyclist injured in hit-and-run accident
KTUU - Anchorage,AK,USA
Anchorage , Alaska - A bicyclist is recovering tonight after a hit-and-run accident in Midtown early this morning. The Anchorage ...

'Leisureville' Bicyclist Killed In Hit-And-Run
Click10.com - Miami,FL,USA
POMPANO BEACH, Fla. -- A bicyclist was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver in a retirement community Thursday night. Robert ...

Bicyclist dies in road accident
The Robesonian - Lumberton,NC,USA
By Matt Elofson - Staff writer. LUMBERTON - A 57-year-old Lumberton man who was riding a bicycle was killed Wednesday night when ...

Charge too lax in bicycle fatality
Hilton Head Island Packet - Hilton Head Island,SC,USA
... In Highlands Ranch, Colo., police say a 17-year-old boy was text messaging while driving when he hit and killed a bicyclist last week. ...

emergency medical service news

2 Austrians survive expressway mishap, get a taste of Pune's ...
Pune Newsline - Pune,India
Pune, December 9: ''I AM happy to be alive, to get excellent emergency medical service and treatment in a good hospital. I will ...

Assistant Chief Arrington to be next deputy city manager
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer - Columbus,GA,USA
David Arrington grew up in Valley, Ala., where he worked for a private ambulance service before becoming chief of Valley's emergency medical service in 1981. ...

E911 system emergency responders do job better
Eagle Tribune - Lawrence,MA,USA
... As the fire department's service continues to be dominated by medical calls -- emergency medical service makes up 70 percent of its work -- McArdle said they ...