cyclist news

Hundreds pay respects to star cyclist
Norwich Evening News - Norwich,England,UK
Final respects were paid to champion cyclist Zak Carr as hundreds of people celebrated his life at his funeral. Mr Carr, 30, was ...

National Nine News reporter
Ninemsn - Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
... "They should just remember how big and powerful a car is and how small fragile and unprotected the cyclist is.". "The cyclist will always come off second best." ...

Shanks continues remarkable ride
Stuff.co.nz - Wellington,New Zealand
... Shanks took up cycling as a way of spending more time with her then boyfriend, world champion cyclist Greg Henderson. She had been ...

1A helps the helpers
Colorado Daily - Boulder,CO,USA
... Eamon said one of his most memorable recent rescues happened in July during the Boulder Peak Triathlon, when a cyclist lost control around a corner on Old ...

bicycle news

Hit-And-Run Driver Strikes Teen On Bicycle
KOIN.com - Portland,OR,USA
JEFFERSON, Ore. -- Police are searching for a driver who fled after hitting a teenage bicyclist. Shawn Homchick was riding home ...

Blue Ridge bicycle ride breathless
Richmond Times Dispatch - Richmond,VA,USA
... The fall foliage will not be with us always. It's fading fast, which meant a bicycle ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway was in order. ...

Santiago Times (subscription) - Chile
... social equity. Some efforts have been made by the municipalities of Providencia, Nuñoa, and Santiago to build bicycle paths. During ...

Tour de RB? TV bicycle race to end in area
Daily Breeze - Torrance,CA,USA
By Kristin S. Agostoni. It's official: A professional cycling tour spanning 700 miles of California roadways plans to make its last ...

Bicycle safety reminders
Yarmouthport Register - Yarmouthport,MA,USA
The Yarmouth Police Department reminds drivers that, in accordance with Massachusetts law, bicyclists have the same right to use the roadway as car drivers do. ...

UConn Hillel MDA Event

Hey, I wish I could've known about this BEFORE it happened! My synagogue is only a twenty minute drive from UConn's Storrs campus, I would've been happy to help promote the event. Oh well.
The Daily Campus - News
Issue: 11/3/05

Hillel Goes All In For Charity
By Freesia Singngam

The sounds of clinking poker chips and chatter filled the room as player registration began at 5 p.m. for the Hillel's first charity poker tournament held Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. to benefit Magen David Adom, the Israeli Red Cross.

According to Danielle Selber, tournament director and 5th-semester English major, this is the first year the tournament took place at UConn. Selber heard about charity poker tournaments at the Hillel International Leaders Assembly she attended last summer and decided to hold one at UConn because "there are other campuses that do it," such as the University of Florida, and they have been very successful, she said.

The Magen David Adom is a volunteer-based organization in Israel. According to their web site, www.magendavidadom.com, they have been "supporting Israel's only official emergency medical, disaster, ambulance and blood bank service since 1956."

"[Magen David Adom] rely purely on donations," Selber said.

"I decided to organize [the poker tournament] because [the Magen David Adom] is something I am passionate about," Selber said.

Selber and the assistant tournament director, David Levy, from the Jewish Campus Service Corps, JCSC, which gives one-year fellowships to facilitate Jewish campus life, organized the event for two months with a few other students who are often at the Hillel. They set the rules, which were stated on a sheet of paper that every player received.
Each player received a starting chip count of $1,500 and played No-Limit Texas Hold 'em with eight players at each table.

Fifty people registered online for an initial count of how many people would play, but walk-ins were welcome. By 5:35 p.m. about 50 players had already shown up, and there were even more to come.

"A lot of people here play at least once a day," Selber said. Selber said she plays a few times a month.

Greg Post, a 9th-semester history and political science major, said Selber "is one of the best poker players on campus." She did not agree with that statement, but said she plays a lot of poker.

Post, in a bright blue jersey with matching shorts and flip flops, stood out with some other players who dressed up for this tournament. As seen on televised poker tournaments, some players "wear bright outfits to distract other players," Post said.

The suggested donation was $10 to play in the tournament, which ran over time as players with expert game faces vied for the top three prizes, worth well over the initial $10 each person paid. The first place winner received his or her choice of an iPod Mini or iPod Nano, second place received a $40 gift certificate to the Co-op and third place received a UConn sweatshirt.

Hillel took $200 from the pool of money from donations for the iPod purchases in order to create more incentive for more people to come. The Co-op donated half of the $40 gift certificate, and the Hillel paid for the other half as well as the sweatshirt. The rest of the money goes directly to the Magen David Adom.

"I hope it is very successful," said David Harris, Hillel activities director. "By the look of how many people are here, it looks like we'll raise a lot of money for a good cause."

emergency medical services news

Localities to Receive $5.4 Million for Emergency Medical Services
Business Journal of Tri Cities - Blountville,TN,USA
By - Staff Reports. RICHMOND, VA. -- Virginia cities and counties will receive $5,429,010 this year for emergency medical services (EMS), a funding increase of ...

EMT News

Twin Township's key issue is EMT, fire response time
Chillicothe Gazette - Chillicothe,OH,USA
By JANELLE RUCKER. Candidates for the two open Twin Township trustee seats are focusing their attention on the residents in the eastern part of the township. ...

Magen David Adom News

Hillel Goes All In For Charity
Daily Campus (subscription) - Storrs,CT,USA
... as player registration began at 5 pm for the Hillel's first charity poker tournament held Wednesday from 6 pm to 11 pm to benefit Magen David Adom, the Israeli ...

EMS News

Tax breaks possible for volunteer firefighters and EMS workers
News 10 Now - Syracuse,NY,USA
... Sweetland. Volunteer firefighters and EMS workers in Onondaga County could see a break in their property taxes before the years out. ...

City growth puts strain on EMS
Jacksonville News - Jacksonville,AL,USA
... "We're a combination fire department," said Daugherty, explaining that many of the paid workers serve dual roles to include EMS training. ...

Legislature approves bill extending death benefits to firefighter ...
Boston Globe - United States
... The bill requires cities and towns to provide death benefits for volunteer firefighters and part-time EMS workers and police officers. ...

ambulance news

NTSB: Ice On Air Ambulance Wings Before Crash
cbs4denver.com - Denver,CO,USA
Federal investigators say more than an inch of ice was on the wings of an air ambulance plane that crashed earlier this year, killing three people. ...

Unicycle rider charged for failing to yield for ambulance
Salem News - MA, USA
SALEM -- A Salem man riding a 6-foot unicycle refused to get out of the way of an ambulance bringing a stabbing victim to the hospital Monday night, police ...

Air ambulance grounded
This is Local London - UK
LONDON'S life-saving air ambulance was left damaged in a freak incident after being called to a road accident. One of the rotor ...

Government to curb 'ambulance chaser' law firms
Guardian Unlimited - UK
A new law to prevent "ambulance chasers" who encourage people to make compensation claims is being set out today. Companies using ...

Ambulance stations take heart in new equipment
ABC Regional Online - Australia
Volunteer ambulance stations in Robe and Kingston will take delivery of new state-of-the-art heart equipment this month. More than ...

paramedic news

Boy Hit by Shotgun Pellet
WJXX - Jacksonville,FL,USA
... afternoon is rare. "I have to say, I've never seen anything like this happen," said Matt Collins, Nassau County Paramedic Engineer. A 4 ...

Killed like 'a caged animal'
Comet 24 - Herts,UK
The horde armed with baseball bats and iron bars ferociously clubbed rival Romanian Eugen Breahna, 26, about the head in front of a horrified paramedic. ...

emergency medical service news

Officials interview for fire chief
Cullman Times Online - Cullman,AL,USA
... Both candidates agreed that emergency medical service calls far outnumber fire calls, indicating the importance of trained emergency medical technicians within ...

Sudden Cardiac Arrest: Are You Prepared to Help Save a Life?
Newswise (press release) - USA
... The AHA strongly advocates the use of AEDs by emergency medical service first-responders and ambulances and also supports their use in targeted public areas ...

bicyclist news

Teen bicyclist seriously injured after van hits him, flees scene
Salem Statesman Journal - Salem,OR,USA
A 16-year-old Jefferson High School soccer player riding his bike was seriously injured Wednesday when he was hit by a car that then fled the scene, state ...

Fremont bicyclist hit by train despite gates
Toledo Blade - Toledo,OH,USA
FREMONT -- A Fremont man was hurt seriously yesterday when, police said, he rode his bicycle into the path of a train at the State Street crossing at the ...

Torrance man hit by taxicab driver dies
Daily Breeze - Torrance,CA,USA
... Wilfredo Oswaldo Ortega, 24, of Los Angeles sped away from the scene Sunday morning after hitting the bicyclist on Harbor Drive. ...


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paramedic news

Mayor's budget proposal to mean lower taxes
Mukilteo Beacon - Mukilteo,WA,USA
... The mayor said it proposes to continue on the city's path of hiring paramedic/firefighters, which is part of a plan to fold paramedic services into the city ...

emergency medical service news

Commissioners meet with ambulance providers
Ironton Tribune - Ironton,OH,USA
... It would be an excellent opportunity for anyone who gets it (the contract)," David Rotter, chief operations officer of Patriot Emergency Medical Service, said ...

Highway worker injured by rock
Cleveland Plain Dealer - Cleveland,OH,USA
... reported. Emergency Medical Service took the victim, whose identity and condition were not available, to MetroHealth Medical Center. ...

bicyclist news

Teenager indicted in death of bicyclist
Mobile Register - Mobile,AL,USA
BAY MINETTE -- A Spanish Fort teen has been indicted on a manslaughter charge in connection with the hit-and-run death of a well-known Baldwin County bicyclist ...

Bicyclist struck by car and killed was 16
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - Rochester,NY,USA
(November 2, 2005) -- Rochester police have identified the teenager killed yesterday after his bicycle was struck by a car. Slade ...

Truck hits, kills teen bicyclist
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Pittsburgh,PA,USA
By The Tribune-Review. An Indiana County boy was killed Monday when he was struck by a truck while attempting to cross Route 22 on ...

cyclist news

Cyclist hurt in crash
Gulf Daily News - Manama,Bahrain
By VINITHA VISWANATH. A 75-YEAR-OLD Bahraini cyclist was said to be in a critical condition yesterday after he was hit by a car. ...

Cyclist killed, CATS driver let go
Charlotte Observer - Charlotte,NC,USA
Charlotte Area Transit System says the driver involved in a fatal collision with a bicyclist last month is no longer working with the company. ...

Spanish Fort teen faces trial as adult in cyclist's death
Tuscaloosa News (subscription) - Tuscaloosa,AL,USA
A 17-year-old boy faces trial as an adult on manslaughter charges in the hit-and-run death of a bicyclist. Patrick Young Ballard ...

Former cyclist Sánchez Gil dies in bike accident
Cyclingpost.com - Alicante,Spain
MURCIA, Nov 2 (CP) - Former cyclist León Sánchez Gil, who once rode for the youth team of ONCE, died after a quad bike accident on Sunday, October 30th. ...

bicycle news

Chandler girl, 11, walking bicycle is hit by car
AZ Central.com - AZ,USA
... Couch said in the last two weeks, Chandler firefighters have had to respond to a bicycle accident every day, all involving bicyclists without helmets. ...

Bicycle trail would link Meyers, city
Tahoe Daily Tribune - South Lake Tahoe,CA,USA
... businesses. Lira's market manager Russell Van Hooser commutes four miles one way on his bicycle from Sierra Tract to the Meyers store. ...

Equestrian and Other Nonmotorized Use on Bicycle and Pedestrian ...
Community Dispatch (press release) - USA
... Section 217(i) states: Transportation Purpose.--No bicycle project may be carried out under this section unless the Secretary has determined that such bicycle ...

Police seeking armed shoplifting suspect
Topeka Capital Journal (subscription) - Topeka,KS,USA
Police are seeking a shoplifting suspect who is said to have displayed a gun before leaving a southwest Topeka grocery store on a bicycle . ...

emergency medical services news

Commissioners meet with ambulance providers
Ironton Tribune - Ironton,OH,USA
Representatives of the companies that are interested in submitting a bid to replace Southeast Ohio Emergency Medical Services (SEOEMS) as ambulance service ...

Gay Marriage

You know, I've been musing on this one for a while.
Up here in Connecticut the General Assembly (Legislature) passed and Governor Rell signed a Civil Unions Law... which is really no real difference from marriage except in name. Governor Rell insisted that the bill include language defining marriage as between one man and one woman before she'd sign it- and she got that addition over the objections of several gay groups.
Now all that hubbub got me to thinking about why it is that the state is involved in recognizing any marriages at all- heterosexual or gay or even polygamous for that matter. What benefit is there to the state to officially recognize and define a relationship between individuals? Why do they make it their business anyway? They don't recognize other religious institutions like First Communions or Bar Mitzvahs.
I believe that what the state got out of marriage was well adjusted citizens. Until very recent times, it was pretty much necessary for one parent to stay at home raising the kids while the other worked for the family's upkeep. Anything that could be done to make it easier for parents to raise children in a stable environment was to the benefit of society, so the state recognized marriages.
My opinion is that in this day and age, perhaps government should get out of the marriage business altogether. Leave marriage to churches, synagogues, mosques, & temples. That way the radical gay rights movement wouldn't have anything to complain about anymore.
That's just one man's opinion, anyway.

The Dead End of Jewish Culture

This article is so, so true.
I live in rural Ellington CT and our little community has been melting away. I see it as being due to a lack of observance.
Religion, while I grew up, was a thing for home and for school. My mother kept a strictly Kosher home and made sure we kept the Shabbos and I went to Orthodox day schools until the death of my mother when I was ten. My dad, sadly, never took me to shul very much. I have vague memories of Purim and maybe Simchas Torah; but most of my recollections are of Rosh Hashonah and Yom Kippur- interminably long services for a child. My father never taught me the beauty of the daily Shacharis, Mincha, & Ma'ariv prayers, and we rarely if ever went to shul on Shabbos.
They say you reap what you sow, and in my family we reflect our upbringing. We all keep Kosher homes and at least celebrate Kiddush on Friday night, but most of my siblings aren't big shul attendees. I only discovered the pleasure of the connection to my creator and my community after my father died and I was trying my darndest to fulfil my obligation to say the Kaddish for him daily.
 A big thing I see that keeps new Orthodox families from moving into town and helping to revive the shul is that we don't have daily or weekly services. It's hard enough to get people to come for a twice monthly Shabbos service much less daily Shacharis or Micha & Ma'ariv.
Of course, living out here with almost no Jewish community makes our young people vulnerable to intermarriage and assimilation. Out of all my siblings (four sisters and one brother) only two married Jews. Both my brother's first and second wives converted, but his sons still had to convert to Orthodox before their Bar Mitzvahs because their mom had a Conservative conversion. My sister, Becky, only married a Jewish man on her third try- and they've had no kids. My sister, Sylvia, married a Ba'al Teshuva Jewish man right off the bat, but unfortunately they've never had any kids...
I don't know where, if anywhere, this rant is taking me. But this article really raised some issues with me.
Read on and enjoy!

The Dead End of Jewish Culture One-quarter of American Jews have rejected watered-down Judaism in favor of full-strength Christianity. Why?

One December afternoon, my precious four-year-old niece Jodi* walked into my mother's suburban New Jersey kitchen and asked, "Bubbie, are you Jewish?"

"Yes, I am," my mother answered proudly.

"So am I," Jodi confided, "but don't tell Santa Claus."

I laughed when my mother told me this story, and I chuckled every time I thought of it --for twenty-two years. Last week, Jodi got married, in a Catholic church, kneeling in front of a huge gilded cross. I stopped laughing.

Apparently, Jodi's perception of Judaism as a liability grew with the years. At the age of four, being Jewish made her a persona non grata to Santa Claus. At the age of sixteen, growing up in a town whose century-old bylaws stipulated, "No Jews or Negroes," Jewish identity must have been a social non-starter. At the age of twenty, as a sophomore at Boston University, being Jewish must have threatened her budding romance with a handsome Catholic senior.

But was there nothing on the asset side to balance Jodi's Jewish ledger? After all, her Bubbie and Zeydie were committed Jews. Her Zeydie was a life-trustee of his Conservative synagogue, an ardent check-writing Zionist, a lover of everything Jewish, from Mollie Picon to Bernard Malamud. Her Bubbie spoke Yiddish, made blintzes from scratch, and devoutly attended Friday night services every Shabbat. Was there nothing of nostalgia or Jewish tradition to stay Jodi's knees from kneeling before the cross?

Was his grandmother's mince pie more delectable than Jodi's Bubbie's knaidlach?

Jews who defect to the religion of secularism are not a shanda, a disgrace. Why couldn't Jodi and Brian* have celebrated their nuptials in the neutral precincts of City Hall, or at the Botanical Gardens, or on horseback?

Obviously Brian felt strongly enough about his Catholicism to insist on a church wedding. Was his grandmother's mince pie more delectable than Jodi's Bubbie's knaidlach? Were their Christmas dinners more festive than our Pesach seders? Was his catechism class less boring than her Hebrew school? How were Brian's parents able to transmit to their son an allegiance to Catholicism which washed away Jodi's loyalty to her own Jewish heritage like a wave dissolving a sand castle on the beach?


Nearly 1.4 million American Jews say they are members of a non-Jewish religion.

The problem is not idiosyncratic to my family. According to the American Jewish Identity Survey 2001, out of approximately 5.5 million American adults who are either Jewish by religion or of Jewish parentage and/or upbringing, nearly 1.4 million say they are members of a non-Jewish religion.

We are not talking here about secularism, not about Jews who opt out of going to synagogue in favor of a baseball game or the movies, but rather in favor of church. Since the vast majority of American Jews are of Ashkenazic descent, this means that 25% of the descendants of European Jews who resisted the blandishments and threats of Christianity for some sixty generations, often at the cost of their lives, are now voluntary apostates.

American Jews have been occupied for four decades in a desperate attempt to stay the tide of assimilation and intermarriage (not to even speak of their more hideous confrere: conversion). I remember as a teenager in the early 1960s sitting through sermons where our rabbi pontificated on the various solutions to The Problem. Yet exactly what is the Jewish leadership trying to perpetuate? Jewish genes? Jewish culture? A fondness for kreplach and klezmer and Isaac Bashevis Singer?

No one is ready to sacrifice one's life -- nor the love of one's life -- for a culture.

If so, no wonder the Catholics are winning. They don't strive to inculcate in their children a love for Catholic culture. They don't try to whip up enthusiasm for the celebration of St. Patrick's Day nor spend millions to make sure that every Catholic child decorates an Easter egg. They are propagating a religion, complete with God and soul and afterlife. We are pushing a culture, complete with Sholem Aleichem and dreidels and lithographs of the Western Wall. But for a culture, no matter how engaging, no one is ready to sacrifice one's life -- nor the love of one's life. Against Christianity we have pitted not Judaism, but Judaica.

History shows that substitutes for halachic Judaism have a shelf life of four generations or less. Reform Judaism's founder Moses Mendelssohn had nine grandchildren; eight of them were baptized as Christians. Zionist founder Theodore Herzl's children were not only not Zionists, they were not Jews. How many of the grandchildren of the great Yiddish writer I.L. Peretz married under a chupah? How many of his great-grandchildren know what a chupah is?

To perpetuate Jewish culture, outside of museums and university courses, at the very least you need Jews. But Jews, as all the population surveys prove, are rapidly disappearing. The first step in the multi-million-dollar enterprise of passing Jewish culture on to the next generation is to ensure that there will be a next generation.


The "cut-flower phenomenon" illustrates the predicament of Jewish culture. Cut flowers are doomed to die in because they are severed from their roots, just as Jewish culture has been severed from its roots in the Jewish religion. The solution is obvious: reclaim the religious roots of Jewish culture. But roots are not the only thing a plant needs to survive.

During the decade and a half I lived in New England, my favorite hobby was horticulture. I particularly loved the arresting fragrance of gardenias; in early spring, I couldn't resist buying gardenia plants, laden with two or three beautiful white flowers and a dozen buds, usually offered for $3.95 at Woolworths. I would take my plant home, position it in a window with eastern exposure, water it copiously, and wait for the buds to open.

After one glorious, fragrant week, the open flowers would turn yellow and dry up, and the buds, reacting to the dryness in my heated house, would turn brown at their necks. I would labor to rescue them, misting the plant with a green plastic spray bottle every time I passed, a dozen times a day. One at a time, the buds would fall off. I would be left with a plant with shiny green leaves. After about six weeks, the leaves would start to turn yellow. I would run to the local nursery, buy iron granules, and scratch them desperately into the soil in the gardenia's pot.

In three months, the plant would be dead. Every time.

Not to be daunted, I invested in a small greenhouse, where the conditions would be optimum for growing gardenias. I also grew hibiscus and jasmine. I assiduously fed my plants with a solution of liquid fertilizer, meticulously regulated the temperature and humidity, and valiantly battled white fly and scale. Despite the gigantic expense of heating the greenhouse all through a snowy New England winter, I was proud of my yield: four or five hibiscus flowers a week and a couple dozen sprigs of jasmine in season. (The gardenias didn't bloom, but they didn't die either.)

About five years into my greenhouse enterprise, I took my first trip to southern California. There, in Laguna Beach, I saw hibiscus hedges eight feet tall, with solid masses of large red and pink flowers, and sprawling banks of white and yellow jasmine. To add to my envy, no one was lavishing care or expense on them. They were flourishing on their own, in their own natural environment.

To really flourish, Jewish culture needs its natural environment: authentic Jewish life.

"Jewish culture" is a greenhouse enterprise. At best, after all the energy and money is spent, it will produce a few prize specimens, like Cynthia Ozick and Andy Statman. But to really flourish, Jewish culture needs its natural environment: authentic Jewish life.

Authentic Jewish life is characterized by the study of Torah, the observance of Shabbat and Kashrut, and the thrice-daily worship of God. Not Shabbes leichter as museum pieces, but a generation of Jewish women who light their candles to usher in the holy Shabbat. Not klezmer concerts to evoke nostalgia for the shtetl, but Jewish bands playing Jewish music at Jewish weddings where Jewish communities are celebrating the beginning of a new generation of a Jewish family.

I wish my niece Jodi had had such a wedding.

*Names have been changed for privacy.

Published: Sunday, July 28, 2002

Elias Friedman A.S., NREMT-P
& Pongo the Spotted Wonder!

A New EMS movie's in the works

One wonders whether we're going to see yet another negative depiction of EMS in the movies.
Helmer is lord of 'Flies'
Aronofsky in talks for 'Black' pic
Darren Aronofsky
Lorenzo di Bonaventura
Di Bonaventura
Paramount Pictures Paramount Pictures has made a preemptive acquisition of the Shannon Burke novel "Black Flies," and the studio is negotiating with Darren Aronofsky Darren Aronofsky to direct it.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura Lorenzo Di Bonaventura will produce with Eric Watson, Aronofsky's partner in Protozoa Protozoa.

Novel, which has not yet been set with a publisher, revolves around a young man who becomes an emergency medical technician in Harlem, a temporary stop before he enters medical school. There, he experiences a range of crises and stressful misadventures, including a mentor who has been numbed to the point that he makes a wrong decision in a life-and-death situation.

Burke is a former EMT in Harlem whose experienced previously informed her novel "Safelight."

ICM packaged the deal.

Paramount co-president of production Brad Weston Brad Weston brought in the book and will supervise with Par Par-based di Bonaventura.

"The book is a good match for Darren because he likes to explore the depths of human emotion, and he is unsparingly honest," di Bonaventura said.

The studio is looking for a scribe to adapt the book under the supervision of Aronofsky, who is in post-production on his passion project, the Hugh Jackman Hugh Jackman starrer "The Fountain."

Date in print: Tue., Nov. 1, 2005, Los Angeles

EMT News

It's Emergency for Darren Aronofsky
/FILM - Natick,MA,USA
... misadventures. As was Burke's previous novel, Safelight, this one is based on her experience as a former EMT in Harlem. Lorenzo ...

Magen David Adom News

Red Cross To Accept Magen David Adom Israel
Magen David Adom - Skokie,IL,USA
The International Red Cross has agreed to accept Magen David Adom as a member after a long-standing policy of shunting Israel's ambulance and rescue service ...

Palestinian youth stabs woman in central Jerusalem park
Ha'aretz (subscription) - Tel Aviv,Israel
An Magen David Adom ambulance rushed the lightly wounded 28-year-old woman to Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Karem, for treatment. ...

Two mortar shells land in western Negev
Ynetnews - Israel
... community Wednesday. Two people were lightly injured in the attack, and treated by Magen David Adom paramedics on the scene. One ...

EMS News

Localities to receive $5.4 million for EMS
Richmond.com - Richmond,VA,USA
... registration from $2 to $4. The money from the surcharge is dedicated entirely to the state's EMS system. By law, 26 percent of ...

EMS rescues woman in accident
Russellville Courier - Russellville,AR,USA
... Pope County Emergency Medical Services (EMS), EMS Rescue, London Rural Fire Department, London First Responders, Pope County Sheriff's officials and Arkansas ...

District to take part of EMS tax
Gateway Newspapers - USA
By Joey DiGuglielmo, Staff Writer. The tax is $5 a year, but it was a factor for members of Gateway School Board, who discussed the ...

EMS company must find new home soon
Carlisle Sentinel - Carlisle,PA,USA
CV EMS directors say they must find temporary quarters for their ambulances and personnel in the next 60 days or face a budget-breaking monthly lease payment ...

City stays with same EMS billing company
Corsicana Daily Sun - Corsicana,TX,USA
If it ain't broke don't fix it, was the underlying message by the city council in a majority vote to continue EMS billing and collecting services with ...

ambulance news

Addicks welcomed on board air ambulance
Bexley Express - London,England,UK
A PREMIERSHIP football club is teaming up with the county's air ambulance to help fund the life-saving service. Charlton Athletic ...

Mayors discuss countywide ambulance vote in Oologah
Claremore Daily Progress - Claremore,OK,USA
... some are concerned about sales tax as the funding source for a countywide service and double taxation of residents in Oologah's existing ambulance district. ...

Rep. Allen Announces $17,100 Firefighter Assistance Grant to ...
American Chronicle - Beverly Hills,CA,USA
... Government Coordination and Preparedness (SLGCP) has awarded a $17,100 Operations and Firefighter Safety Program (OFSP)grant to the Thomaston Ambulance Service ...

North Ambulance , county explain changes
Burnett County Sentinel - Grantsburg,WI,USA
SIREN--A 64 percent proposed increase in the cost of ambulance service for next year left the Burnett County Towns Association with a lot of questions and not ...

Commissioners meet with ambulance providers
Ironton Tribune - Ironton,OH,USA
... of the companies that are interested in submitting a bid to replace Southeast Ohio Emergency Medical Services (SEOEMS) as ambulance service provider to the ...


Update: Hartford Dinner & Movie Event

Hi again everyone;
First off, I'm changing the date of the event to Saturday night, November 26th.
The reason for this is due to some confusion about when Ushpizin is playing in Hartford.
As you can see for yourself at http://www.ushpizin.com/screenings/localdates.html  the movie's website says clearly that it's opening in Hartford on Friday the 4th of November.
However, when I called the Crowne Palace Theatre (where they had the sneak preview on Monday) to get show times, they denied that they would be screening the movie again this week.
After several phone calls I actually ended up talking to Picturehouse Film Distribution and they told me that the website is in error.
They do plan to have a release of the movie in Hartford, but they're not sure when at this point.
I'm pushing the date forward to allow them time to have the movie open in Hartford. I figure that if Ushpizin isn't open on the 26th, I figure we'll still have the dinner and just see some other movie.
More details will be coming as soon as I get them all set. I just wanted to give you this important news.
Be Well & Be Safe.

Elias Friedman A.S., NREMT-P
& Pongo the Spotted Wonder!

Ellington Shul: Services Canceled

I know I already telephoned most of you, but this is just a reminder that the services schedueled for this Saturday, November 5th, have been cancelled.
Saul Levine, our usual leader, is on vacation in Europe; and other folk I asked to lead services won't be available. Therefore, since I myself can't lead & lain, I have to cancel this Shabbos Services.
The services scheduled for Saturday, November 19th will still take place as scheduled.
My apologies for taking this step. I wish you all a Gut Shabbos.

Elias Friedman A.S., NREMT-P
& Pongo the Spotted Wonder!

paramedic news

Camacho's demeanor 'absolutely normal' after shooting, paramedic ...
San Diego Union Tribune - United States
... shooting an Oceanside police officer following a traffic stop was "absolutely normal" during an ambulance ride to a hospital, a paramedic testified Tuesday. ...

FM paramedic, EMT return from La. after two weeks
Fort Morgan Times - Fort Morgan,CO,USA
... John Kopetzky, a paramedic with the Morgan County Ambulance Service, and Arrahya De La Cruz, an emergency medical technician with the ambulance service ...

SPEAK OUT: Vote Independent Team!
East Hartford Gazette - East Hartford,CT,USA
... The Independent team will not charge you for paramedic services. The Republican and Democrat candidates have made no attempt to ...

Ambulance victim 'died fleeing migrant turf war'
Times Online - UK
... Punches were thrown. "The victim scrambled into the rear. The paramedic saw others following him in, grab and pull him backwards," Mr Jafferjee said. ...

Helicopter delay was unavoidable - Police
Radio New Zealand - Wellington,New Zealand
... dedicated rescue helicopter in the Te Anau region. He says the paramedic and pilot had to be called out from home, and that takes time.

Magen David Adom News

International Red Cross Weighs Inclusion of Magen David Adom
Israel Hasbara Committee (subscription) - Brooklyn,NY,USA
By Amihai Zippor. (IHC News, 1 November 2005) The International Red Cross (IRC) is considering whether Magen David Adom (MDA), Israel's counterpart ...

Media Line - Israel
... 4. ISRAEL'S MAGEN DAVID ADOM APPEARS ON WAY TO RECOGNITION FROM INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS… The Swiss foreign minister has told her Israeli counterpart that ...

MDA Reports Large Response to Hypertension Awareness Effort
Arutz Sheva - Israel
(IsraelNN.com) Magen David Adom officials reported on Tuesday evening that the turnout to the national Hypertension Awareness Day was a good one, stating ...

EMS News

EMS Expert To Speak At WSC
Yankton Daily Press - Yankton,SD,USA
WAYNE, Neb. -- Gary Brown, emergency management expert from Sioux City, Iowa, will present "Prepare for Crash Landing" at Wayne ...

Fire and car accidents keep EMS hopping on Halloween
Idaho Mountain Express and Guide - Ketchum,ID,USA
Blinking like hyperactive fireflies between 8 pm and 10:30 pm Monday night, lights attached to the breathing apparatuses of area firefighters flashed and ...

ambulance news

Ambulance victim 'died fleeing migrant turf war'
Times Online - UK
A MAN was clubbed to death in the back of an ambulance where he had taken refuge during a turf war between Eastern European gangs, a court was told yesterday. ...

PV to stay with SW Ambulance
Newszap Arizona - AZ,USA
Southwest Ambulance will continue as Paradise Valley's emergency ambulance provider despite another ambulance company making its mark on the region, Town ...

Scary ride for ambulance crew and patient
DesMoinesRegister.com - Des Moines,IA,USA
No one was seriously injured Monday when a Des Moines Fire Department ambulance collided with a sport utility vehicle and flipped over in the 4000 block of ...

Air ambulance called after driver hits deer
Lawrence Journal World - Lawrence,KS,USA
Dennis D. McPhail, 56, was taken by helicopter ambulance to University of Kansas Hospital, Kansas City, Kan. No condition report was available Tuesday night. ...

Toddler dies after scalding
NEWS.com.au - Australia
... died last night. A Queensland Ambulance Service spokeswoman said today the burns were caused by scalding water. Toowoomba police ...


bicyclist news

Hit-run crash kills bicyclist
Press-Enterprise (subscription) - Riverside,CA,USA
SAN JACINTO - Authorities continued searching Monday for a motorist they say killed a bicyclist Saturday in a hit-and-run collision. ...

Bicyclist hit by car dies from wounds
Tallahassee Democrat - Tallahassee,FL,USA
By James L. Rosica. If a noncriminal traffic infraction has caused or resulted in the death of another, there will be a mandatory ...

For the Record
Salt Lake Tribune - United States
... The man's name was being held Monday night pending the notification of family. Driver's trial to begin Nov. 16 in death of bicyclist in canyon. ...

ambulance news

Scary ride for ambulance crew and patient
DesMoinesRegister.com - Des Moines,IA,USA
Four people escaped serous injury today when a Des Moines Fire Department ambulance collided with a sport-utlility vehicle and flipped over in the 4000 block ...

Fatal military ambulance crash under investigation
Toledo Blade - Toledo,OH,USA
MILAN, Mich. -- The Monroe County Sheriff's Office is looking for witnesses who saw a military ambulance crash on US 23 on Friday, killing the driver. ...

Ambulance Call Leads To Arrest
LTVNEWS.COM - Sault Ste. Marie,ON,Canada
... with the Sault Ste Marie OPP detachment ended up arresting a man over the weekend after being called to the Batchawana First Nation to assist the ambulance. ...

For ambulance mogul, business stays personal
Arizona Republic - Phoenix,AZ,USA
The night before, the Scottsdale City Council had granted a five-year, $30 million contract to his ambulance company, Professional Medical Transport, choosing ...

Air Ambulance Service Will Be Audited
KIROtv.com - Seattle,WA,USA
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- After two helicopter crashes in a month, local air ambulance service Airlift Northwest is looking for answers. ...

emergency medical service news

Waco pastor electrocuted during service
Waco Tribune Herald - Waco,TX,USA
... Church members called 9-1-1 and efforts were made to revive him by administering CPR before emergency medical service personnel arrived, Dudley said. ...

Union: Paramedics certified to fight fires shouldn't have to fill ...
Vero Beach Press-Journal (subscription) - Vero Beach,FL,USA
... first bargaining session since the County Commission two weeks ago voted to merge the separate Fire Rescue and Emergency Medical Service divisions, despite ...

Council discusses extending city limits by 5 miles
Daily Home Online - Talladega,AL,USA
... Murphree said the city contracts with the health care authority for the ambulance service. Sylacauga doesn't operate its own emergency medical service. ...

Magen David Adom News

Switzerland to Press for Recognition of Magen David Adom
Arutz Sheva - Israel
(IsraelNN.com) Switzerland's Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey said that her country would promote the acceptance of Israel's Magen David Adom (MDA; Red ...

EMS News

Mon Valley EMS crew aided hurricane victims
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Pittsburgh,PA,USA
... Margarcelli, Terry Foster, Mike Gaydos and Russell Morgan, all of Mon Valley EMS, joined the Pennsylvania EMS Task Force 2 contingent that traveled to Louisiana ...

bicyclist news

Police charge Anderson man with DUI in bicyclist's death
WIS - Columbia,SC,USA
... 31, 2005 - Police have charged a 55-year-old Anderson man with felony drunken driving after investigators say the car he was driving hit and killed a bicyclist ...

Bicyclist dies after hit-and-run
Press-Enterprise (subscription) - Riverside,CA,USA
A 26-year-old San Jacinto bicyclist died Saturday night when he was struck by a hit-and-run driver, police said. Police responded ...

EMT News

EMT finds $30,000 in bag outside tanning salon
Indianapolis Star - United States
... "I never saw that many hundred-dollar bills banded in my life," said McIntire, an EMT instructor, whose family owns Cycle Sport Yamaha in Hobart. ...

EMT protection at stake in Ross
Chillicothe Gazette - Chillicothe,OH,USA
... Ten minutes pass and the sound of sirens still isn't heard. What would happen if there were no township fire and EMT volunteers? ...

Truman EMT's help with Rita rescues
Fairmont Sentinel - Fairmont,MN,USA
TRUMAN -- Never have 15 days felt so long as they did for the Truman EMT workers who helped out with rescue efforts after Hurricane Rita last month. ...

On a bicycle built for four ...

I guess you could call it a tandem squared...
For the family that likes to do things together!

For the "long haul" ... Wanganui's (left to right) Grant Wilson, Jon Iliffe, 10-year-old Jack Stewart and team captain Robert S


By David Ogilvie

CYCLING: It's pretty good at going down the hills – but try going up them!

It's the Wanganui Motors "Quadrapeed" , a mixture of bikes, innovation and hope put together by the local team in recent weeks and aimed at the around Lake Rotorua and Lake Taupo bike races coming up in the next few weekends.

The four-seater is an increase on the three-seater produced by the same outfit two years ago and ridden the 160kmh around Lake Taupo by Robert Stewart, then eight-year-old son Jack Stewart and Grant Wilson. Jon Iliffe joins them for the campaign.

"This time we thought we would go one better," said Robert Stewart yesterday.

The new bike has been strongly tried on the road – around 500km in fact – without mishap other than blown tyres and broken spikes.

That's a worry but one of the sponsors WD Open was producing new tyres this week to try and stop that problem. And the Bike Shed has put in new spokes to help counter the roughly 300kg of weight on the five-metre long bike. The frame is steel – "and we haven't had any trouble with the frame yet, believe it or not," says Stewart. "And we don't want any either."

The bike has clocked 90kmh down hills.

This weekend's race is twice around Lake Rotorua (80km), and the 160kph around Lake Taupo is several weeks later.

Stewart says there's sense in their entry.

"You can enter as a team – and a lot of teams ride relays, one after the other – but our whole team is sitting on the one bike. That'll be something different, I'm sure."

Robert Stewart has done the Lake Taupo ride five times now, but never with an extra six legs to help.

"The whole thing is an enjoyment factor – with four of us on that bike it's quite a hoot.

"Except when we get to a hill, that is. It is hard work up hills, very hard work. But when you get to the other side and come down, you're okay."

That's where the 90kmh potential comes in.

The other sponsors are Axiam Engineering and Wanganui Motors.

Elias Friedman A.S., NREMT-P
& Pongo the Spotted Wonder!

bicycle news

Monsanto Fund gives $10,000 bicycle grant to Faith, Hope & Charity
Storm Lake Pilot Tribune - Storm Lake,IA,USA
... such as this. "Riding a bicycle is something many of us take for granted," said FH&C Development Director Mary Ludwig. "It's an ...

DWI bust in bicycle death
New York Daily News - New York,NY,USA
BY JESS WISLOSKI and MELISSA GRACE. A drunken driver with a vehicular assault conviction in his past allegedly struck and killed ...

Lee Quinones: Artist Riding Bicycle from New York to Miami
Yahoo! News (press release) - USA
Lee Quinones, world-renowned contemporary painter and star of the 1981 cult classic film Wild Style, is riding a bicycle from NYC to Miami to raise money for ...

Bicycle bomb in Afghan city kills a civilian and wounds five ...
China Post - Taipei,Taiwan
A bomb attached to a bicycle blew up Monday in an eastern Afghan city, killing a civilian and wounding five others, police said. ...

On a bicycle built for four ...
Wanganui Chronicle - Wanganui,New Zealand
By David Ogilvie. CYCLING: It's pretty good at going down the hills -- but try going up them! It's the Wanganui Motors "Quadrapeed ...

cyclist news

Cyclist left for dead as driver flees
NEWS.com.au - Australia
By Greg McLean. POLICE are searching for the driver of a white ute who hit a cyclist and left him on the side of the road with life-threatening injuries. ...

Probe into death of cyclist in open road pit
Bangkok Post - Thailand
The Saphan Sung district office will investigate and punish staff held responsible for public safety if police conclude that a cyclist found dead in an open ...

Cyclist Seriously Injured in Accident
580 CFRA Radio - Ottawa,Ontario,Canada
A collision between a cyclist and a vehicle has landed a 34-year-old Ottawa man in hospital. The ... hurt. The cyclist has serious injuries. ...

Cyclist who went to shop falls, dies
News Today - India
A 50-year-old man on a bicycle fell down dead at Koyambedu here yesterday. The man identified as Sivaraman, was an auditor in a ...

emergency medical services news

Mon Valley EMS crew aided hurricane victims
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Pittsburgh,PA,USA
... "You think you've seen it all until you get into something like that," said Margarcelli, Mon Valley Emergency Medical Services operations manager. ...

Employees At Suburban Business Sickened
NBC5.com - Chicago,IL,USA
... Itasca police dispatcher. An Emergency Medical Services Plan was instituted at about 7:35 am, the dispatcher said. About 20 persons ...


ambulance news

ICE cards can help air ambulance
Norfolk Eastern Daily Press - Norfolk,England,UK
MARK NICHOLLS 30 October 2005 22:07 The East Anglian Air Ambulance is set to reap thousands of pounds a year thanks to a new service launched on Friday. ...

Ambulance Knocks Off One In Dang
NewsLine Nepal - Kathmandu,Bagmati,Nepal
One person was killed on the spot when an ambulance hit him at Bijauri, Dang on Saturday evening. ... The ambulance with the registration Ra. ...

Two badly injured in arson attack
BBC News - UK
... started the fire. Firefighters helped give the casualties first aid until Sussex Ambulance crews took them to hospital. Three fire ...

Slashed man lashes out: police
NEWS.com.au - Australia
... Officers allege the man became violent and abusive when ambulance officers attempted to help him. Police escorted the man to Royal ...

Autopsy on Gorokan toddler this week
ABC Online - Australia
... weekend. Police and ambulance officers went to a house at Gorokan late on Saturday night and found the toddler with serious injuries. ...

paramedic news

Mason Residents Will Decide Hospital Race
Bremerton Sun (subscription) - WA, United States
... years. He is opposed by Mike Greene of Belfair, whose wife, Barbara, is a firefighter and paramedic with the Olympia Fire Department. ...

'Crestview Hills Town Center Square: Our New Downtown'
ChallengerNKY.com - Covington,KY,USA
... We have agreements with Fort Mitchell and Edgewood for Fire and EMS protection services. This year, we joined seven other cities for paramedic services. ...

emergency medical service news

Mason Residents Will Decide Hospital Race
Bremerton Sun (subscription) - WA, United States
... the hospital's revenue stream. He also wants to create a countywide emergency medical service system. And he proposes redistricting ...

9-year-old hunter hurt in ATV crash
Clarksville Leaf Chronicle - Clarksville,TN,USA
... Timothy James drove his son to CK Outfitters on Dover Road, where they were met by Montgomery County Emergency Medical Service. ...

Virginia council candidates speak on issues
Mesabi Daily News - Virginia,MN,USA
... Ambulance Service to brain-storm on mutually agreeable arrangements that would assure a reliable, efficient, and rapid emergency medical service response, 24 ...

bicyclist news

Local man dies in bicycle accident
Anderson Independent Mail (subscription) - Anderson,SC,USA
... A 2005 Chevy Impala was traveling south on SC 81 at about 8:30 pm when a bicyclist entered the roadway from the shoulder trying to cross the street, according ...

cyclist news

Anderson cyclist dies in collision
Anderson Independent Mail (subscription) - Anderson,SC,USA
By HEIDI CENAC. An Anderson man is facing a felony DUI charge in an early morning collision that killed a bicyclist on SC 28 Bypass Sunday. ...

"Free spirit" cyclist , 14, dies after being hit by car
Asbury Park Press - Asbury Park,NJ,USA
An active 14-year-old, the freshman at Brick Memorial High School would ride around the township on one of his bikes, sometimes with friends, sometimes by ...

Teen cyclist hit by Bibb sheriff's patrol car
Macon Telegraph - Macon,GA,USA
A teen, biking his way home with a sack of hamburgers and fries, was hit by a Bibb County Sheriff's Office patrol car at 4:18 pm Saturday on Plantation Drive ...