2005-11-26

ambulance news

Pittston Township donates $30,000 to ambulance unit
Citizens Voice - Wilkes-Barre,PA,USA
PITTSTON TOWNSHIP - The township supervisors decided to give the volunteer Pittston Township Ambulance Association $30,000 to pay for residents' ambulance ...

Patient dies in ambulance accident
abc13.com - Houston,TX,USA
Firefighters were transporting a patient in an ambulance when another car hit them. ... The three firefighters inside the ambulance received minor injuries. ...

Ambulance head fears for future
CBC Prince Edward Island - Charlottetown,Prince Edward Island,Canada
The president of Neil's Ambulance in Charlottetown says he's afraid for the future of his business, but he admits the province is on the right track with plans ...

Squabbling ends;sides agree to pursue ambulance contract
Muskegon Chronicle - Muskegon,MI,USA
The North Ottawa Community Hospital Ambulance was taken off the critical list Tuesday after a special committee of representatives from seven area ...

Grant for Bolgart ambulance crew
Avon Valley Advocate - Northam,Western Australia,Australia
STAFF and volunteers at the Toodyay-Bolgart St John Ambulance sub centre have received a generous grant from the Shire of Victoria Plains 2005/6 budget. ...

EMS News

County working on change to EMS service
Northwest Arkansas Times - Fayetteville,AR,USA
... Hugh Earnest, facilitator for the EMS study, said he is delivering reports to all the city councils in the county and will be holding meetings with city ...

NWFD handles far more EMS calls than fires, report notes
Arizona Daily Star - Tucson,AZ,USA
... The emergency medical services calls, referred to as "EMS," accounted for 85 percent of all emergency calls district crews handled in the first nine months of ...

Davidson County tries for better EMS
Winston-Salem Journal - Winston-Salem,NC,USA
... Although the EMS system claims response times that are better than the national average - nine to 12 minutes - a recent study shows that the county will grow ...

Carlisle: Officials may OK Fire/ EMS research
Middletown Journal - Middletown,OH,USA
... to place a continuing, 3.8-mill replacement levy on the November ballot to expand its fire department to add round-the-clock staffing and an EMS medic unit. ...

Man charged in Bicycle Commuter's murder

I hope they lock this guy and his partner up for a long time.
 
The guy they caught, anyway, besides being amoral, is obviously too STUPID to be allowed to live without supervision.
 
Hey officers! I know you didn't arrest me for it, but wasn't that a pretty cool murder the other day?
 
Doh!
 
-Eli
 
 
 
Posted on Wed, Nov. 23, 2005


Man charged in random murder


The Kansas City Star
 

Authorities this morning charged a 19-year-old Kansas City man with murder for what police are calling a random, senseless killing.

Rapheal L. Willis is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the shooting death of Robert W. Osborn, who was killed early Sunday while riding his bike home from work. Police still are searching for another man believed to be the shooter.

Police first contacted Willis on Monday night after arresting him on unrelated charges. While in custody, Willis started talking about the Osborn murder, and police thought he may be a witness.

"As other information came in, we figured out that he was there," Sgt. David Bernard said.

Police obtained a warrant, and early Tuesday tactical officers were called to a home near 39th Street and Oakley Avenue to search for the suspected shooter. The man was not in the home, however.

Late Tuesday night, police arrested Willis for killing Osborn. Police said it appeared that the killers didn't even take anything from Osborn.

"This was a completely random murder, and they were jut looking for someone to kill," Bernard said.

Osborn, 43, had left his job at a Hy-Vee grocery in Independence and was riding home when he was killed near East 47th Street and Blue Ridge Boulevard. A co-worker spotted Osborn lying on the ground, and an off-duty paramedic stopped and tried to revive him. Osborn was pronounced dead at the scene.


To reach Kevin Hoffmann, call (816) 234-7801 or send e-mail to khoffmann@kcstar.com. See the Kansas City Star on Thursday for more community news.


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paramedic news

Paramedic's fall on climbing trip left her paralysed
ic NorthWales - North Wales,UK
By Carl Butler, Daily Post. A PARAMEDIC was left paralysed after a climbing accident on a North Wales adventure weekend. Lisa Brennin's ...

jockey thanks award-winning lifesavers
Wrexham Evening Leader - Wrexham,Wales,UK
By Selina Phillips. A TEENAGE jockey who was nearly crushed to death by his horse, has been reunited with a Flintshire paramedic who helped to save his life. ...

Man charged in random murder; second suspect sought
Kansas City Star - MO,USA
... A co-worker spotted Osborn lying on the ground, and an off-duty paramedic stopped and tried to revive him. Osborn was pronounced dead at the scene. ...

Cameras installed into emergency vehicles

I actually think this is a good idea.
 
The way I figure it is that if an accident (or crash or impact or whatever you want to call it this week) should happen, then the camera would show that it (hopefully!) wasn't my fault.
 
-Eli
 
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
 
 

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EMS camera

Andrew Russell/Tribune-Review 
By Genea Webb
FOR THE TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Thursday, November 24, 2005

Baldwin Emergency Medical Service technicians are not only life savers, but now some are video stars as well.

Video cameras have been installed in three of the Baldwin service's emergency vehicles to monitor drivers, patients and accident scenes as part of a regional safety initiative of the Emergency Medical Service Institute in Point Breeze.

"The public wants everyone to be accountable for their actions and the cameras allow for that," said Lt. Todd Plunkett of the Baldwin service.

He said three people benefit from the cameras: the ambulance driver, the patient and "the person driving on the other side of the street."

The cameras, which cost $1,200 each, log a 20-second video clip when activated by sudden starts and stops, sharp turns or hitting potholes, said institute Director Tom McElree. They capture the inside of the vehicle and accident scenes, making it easy to monitor the driving habits of technicians and the safety of passengers and patients.

McElree said the cameras are part of a safety initiative funded with a $350,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Health's Office of Emergency Medical Services. He said plans call for 289 cameras to be placed in ambulances -- each vehicle will have one camera.

"There is typically one ambulance crash per day in the state of Pennsylvania and our goal is to teach technicians to be safer drivers," he said.

The state health department designated the Institute to serve as a regional emergency medical service council for Pittsburgh and Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington and Westmoreland counties. The Institute serves 147 emergency medical services, two medical flight programs, and more than 5,000 emergency medical technicians.

Units participating in the camera program besides Baldwin include emergency medical service units in Cranberry, Elizabeth Township, Jefferson Hills, McCandless-Franklin Park, Munhall, Ross-West View, Saxonburg, White Oak, and Tri-Community South, which serves Bethel Park, South Park and Upper St. Clair.

Tim Butler, deputy administrator of the McCandless-Franklin Park Ambulance Authority, said there are currently cameras in two of the five vehicles the authority operates.

"We are currently in the evaluation process," Butler said. "The cameras point out things like vehicle maintenance and to help us with things like driver safety."

The program has been so successful in Baldwin the past two months that the service plans to install them their remaining seven vehicles, Plunkett said. The cameras will come from municipalities that decide not to participate in the ongoing program, with three due by the end of the month, he said.

"We absolutely love the cameras," he said.

emergency medical service news

Cameras installed into emergency vehicles
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Pittsburgh,PA,USA
By Genea Webb. Baldwin Emergency Medical Service technicians are not only life savers, but now some are video stars as well. Video ...

Teams staffed for emergency
Toronto Star - Canada
... But Leafs GM John Ferguson said team doctors -- as well as trainers and on-site emergency medical service (EMS) units -- could administer care in the advent ...

Three-vehicle wreck sends Clinton man to hospital
Oak Ridger - Oak Ridge,TN,USA
James Murray, 41, was taken by the Anderson County Emergency Medical Service to Fort Sanders Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville, complaining of injuries ...

bicyclist news

Weather contributes to death of bicyclist, 15
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - Rochester,NY,USA
(November 23, 2005) -- STAFFORD -- A 15-year-old bicyclist was killed last night when he was struck by a car near the intersection of Route 5 and Sanders Road ...

Bicyclist killed in Fremont hit-run
The Argus - Fremont,CA,USA
By Ben Aguirre Jr., STAFF WRITER. FREMONT -- Police are looking for the driver of a vehicle that struck and killed a 55-year-old bicyclist early Tuesday. ...

Police seek tips to find hit and run driver
San Jose Mercury News - CA, USA
Alameda police are seeking leads to help them identify a driver who hit a bicyclist on Island Drive Saturday, leaving the victim in critical condition with a ...

Taxi Cab Surprise!
7Online.com - New York,NY,USA
... When the suspect, whose name was not released, hopped into her cruiser, Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Deputy Esther Beckman was questioning a bicyclist on the ...

Santa Lives!

For all my Christian friends, do enjoy this VidLit in the lighthearted spirit it's written in:
 
 
Of course, being Jewish myself, I have to toss in the classic Yiddish with Dick & Jane...
(wouldn't want the kiddies to get Christmas Jealousy) :-)
 
Best wishes for a Merry Christmas, a Happy Chanukah, a content Kwanzaa, a wonderful winter solstice, or whatever it is you're celebrating! Oh yeah, and a Happy New Year!

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Interesting Story

How random things are.
 
I came across the story of Joey Torres while playing with Google Earth after looking up Vacaville CA for the story of the cyclist who's facing a DUI charge.

 
It is an inspiring story of decisions and consequences.
 
Here's a man who plead guilty to a charge of first degree murder and got a sentence of twenty-five years to life. Obviously even then he understood and accepted the consequences of what was obviously a very poor decision.
 
Then while in prison he had another decision to make, whether to defend that guard from the men beating and raping her. This time his decision was a good one. It may have led to some short-term bad consequences (vengeance from the prison gangs), but in the longer term ended up rehabilitating him and shortening his sentence (by a whole three years! I hope he didn't pay his lawyer much!)
 
Obviously, one can never do teshuva for murder since the dead person can no longer forgive you. However if you live the rest of your life in an upright manner, the books may balance out in the end, who knows?
 
This is a story to think about.

Cyclist Faces Possible DUI Charge

I feel kind of sorry for the poor lady who hit this old drunk. I'll bet she was pretty upset.
 
I do love the fact that they're going to bust him for DUI! I hope they don't forget to charge him with failure to drive to the right and crossing the center line as well.
 
If you look at the intersection, you can see that this is a pretty stupid place to be crossing traffic while going the wrong way, it's obviously a pretty major road.
 
Vacaville is off of I-80 between Sacramento and San Francisco, in case you're wondering.
 
-Eli
 
 
 
 

VACAVILLE BICYCLE RIDER MIGHT FACE DUI CHARGE

11/23/05 12:55 PST

VACAVILLE (BCN)

A bicycle rider might be prosecuted for riding while intoxicated, Vacaville police said today.

Police said Larry Newton, 56, of Vacaville, is suspected of being intoxicated when he was struck by a vehicle Tuesday afternoon at Depot and Bush streets.

Donna Rey, 49, of Vacaville, was driving a 2001 Hyundai northbound on Depot Street when she struck Newton, police said. Newton was riding his bicycle southeast against the flow of traffic, police said, and he was ejected and fell onto the roadway.

Newton also was not wearing a helmet. He suffered facial injuries and was admitted to VacaValley Hospital, police said.

Police have referred the case to the Solano County district attorney's office for review and possible prosecution of Newton.



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EMS News

County working on change to EMS service
Northwest Arkansas Times - Fayetteville,AR,USA
Following the recommendations of an emergency medical services study, Washington County officials are moving forward with a plan to form a public utility model ...

Public School Emergency Drill on Wednesday
Arutz Sheva - Israel
The nationwide effort is being conducted in conjunction with a number of agencies, including the Education Ministry, Magen David Adom emergency medical service ...

Selectmen appoint full-time firefighter
Fitchburg Sentinel - Fitchburg,MA,USA
... abbreviated meeting Tuesday. Jones has served as a call firefighter for 13 years and spent seven years as an EMT. He also worked ...

Chain reaction of battered bodies
The Age (subscription) - Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
By Andrea Petrie. A ROUTINE attendance at an accident left a paramedic pinned between an ambulance and a removals van driven by a policeman. ...

Deeper Look Into Doctor Who Performed Hardy Autopsy
WTVC - Chattanooga,TN,USA
... Their suit against a paramedic who treated Hardy has been dismissed. Hamilton County has spent almost 46 thousand dollars of taxpayer ...

Lufkin playoff tickets available now
Lufkin Daily News - Lufkin,TX,USA
EMT INTERMEDIATE/PARAMEDIC or LVN needed to work 40 hours a week in a st....(more). Now hiring Residential & Commercial Serviceman ...

Merrillville may tap bond to pay firemen
Gary Post Tribune - Gary,IN,USA
... He said the problem began several years ago when the Town Council voted to staff each ambulance with two full-time paramedics instead of one paramedic and one ...

Paramedic level licensing sought
The Republican - Springfield,MA,USA
SOUTH HADLEY - The town's ambulance service is in the process of seeking permission from the state to upgrade its service to the paramedic level with the idea ...

Commissioner: EMS job to be filled
Basehor Sentinel - Bonner Springs,KS,USA
The Leavenworth County Commission apparently is close to making a decision on a new director for Emergency Medical Service. The ...

Public School Emergency Drill on Wednesday
Arutz Sheva - Israel
... effort is being conducted in conjunction with a number of agencies, including the Education Ministry, Magen David Adom emergency medical service, Israel Fire ...

Hundreds pay tribute to slain officer
Newport Daily News - Newport,RI,USA
By Meaghan Wims/Daily News staff. NEWPORT - "Nothing fancy," Scott Orton instructed his group of young Charlestown emergency medical service volunteers. ...

Push for public health services
Tuncarry Great Lakes Advocate - Forster-Tuncarry,New South Wales,Australia
The community is still waiting for a decision from the State Government to a proposal seeking emergency medical services and public hospital beds at Cape Hawke ...

Emergency medical centre now in Linstead
Jamaica Gleaner - Kingston,Jamaica
A BRANCH of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is now located in Linstead, St. Catherine , Jamaica. The centre which has been ...

After decades of exclusion, MDA expects change
Canadian Jewish News - North York,ON,Canada
NEW YORK -- Magen David Adom (MDA) appears to be on the verge of securing full member status in the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent ...

Hospital buys Grantsville new ambulance
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin - Tooele,UT,USA
Grantsville was never totally been without medical assistance, emphasized Grantsville Police Chief Dan Johnson, who is also an EMT. ...

Lack of volunteers is a cause for alarm
Newsday - Long Island,NY,USA
... living. Two: I know a lot of EMTs and their families. Three: I would like to make the cut as a volunteer EMT myself someday. That ...

999 trio lose jobs battle after ambulance 'taxi' called from ...
Glasgow Evening Times - Glasgow,Scotland,UK
THREE 999 operators who were fired after one of them was taken home from a nightclub in an ambulance have lost their unfair sacking claims. ...

Hospital buys Grantsville new ambulance
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin - Tooele,UT,USA
... has been an occasion or two in the recent past when a Grantsville resident needing medical assistance has had to wait a few minutes for an ambulance to arrive ...

Chandler splits ambulance service
East Valley Tribune - Mesa,AZ,USA
Chandler, in an effort to be fair to competing ambulance companies, is offering to let each provide service to half of the city -- temporarily. ...

Rhea County Commission Tables Ambulance Issue Again
The Chattanoogan - Chattanooga,TN,USA
Commissioner Terry Broyles made a motion to the Rhea County Commission to let Professional Medical Transport of Spring City provide ambulance service in the ...

Ambulance service gets $20,000 grant
Allentown Morning Call - Allentown,PA,USA
... The cost of a heart monitor for an ambulance has gone from about $7,000 to $24,000 over the past five years, according to Kermit Gorr, executive director of ...

Bicycle News

VACAVILLE BICYCLE RIDER MIGHT FACE DUI CHARGE
CBS 5 - San Francisco,CA,USA
... Newton was riding his bicycle southeast against the flow of traffic, police said, and he was ejected and fell onto the roadway. ...

Members of Sumter Landing Bicycle Club do it for the exercise
Villages Daily Sun - The Villages,FL,USA
... Members of the Sumter Landing Bicycle Club took cover beneath the front porch roof at Bridgeport Center as they gathered for their Monday ride. ...

Riding in style: Park Rangers cut costs with bicycle patrols
Naples Sun Times - Naples,FL,USA
By Arlene Colcombe. The next time you are enjoying a day at the park, don't be surprised if a friendly park ranger pedals right over to your picnic. ...

Bicycle program proposed
Evansville Courier & Press (subscription) - Evansville,IN,USA
That's the question Lauren Rickelman is raising about a free-bicycle program, seen as a way to make biking convenient along the Pigeon Creek Greenway and in ...

Cyclist Heras's future hangs in balance
Reuters - USA
MADRID (Reuters) - Roberto Heras's future as a professional cyclist will be decided on Wednesday when he is informed of the result of a 'B' test for a ...

Cyclist dies in lorry crash
Highbury & Islington Express - London,England,UK
A WOMAN cyclist was killed in a horror smash with a lorry at a notoriously dangerous junction. Harriet Tory, 37, died in the Friday ...

Suspect Pleads Guilty in Cyclist's Murder
WJLA - Washington,DC,USA
Alexandria, Va. (AP) - An Alexandria (website - news) man has pleaded guilty to the Memorial Day weekend murder of a bicyclist on Dangerfield Island. ...

Cycling for a cause
Swainsboro Forest Blade - Swainsboro,GA,USA
Don Boehly, center, a 50-year-old handyman and cyclist from Grayson, Ky., has been on a 911 tour since Sept. 1, 2004. He has visited ...

Cycling Changes Mohd Yusof's Life
Bernama - Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia
That is the answer provided by national cyclist Mohd Yusof Abdul Nasir when asked why he chose cycling. The 24 year old cyclist ...

Bicyclist injured, motorist hurt in Hillsboro crashes
kgw.com (subscription) - Portland,OR,USA
HILLSBORO -- A bicyclist was hit and a motorist was entrapped during two nearby accidents in Hillsboro on Tuesday morning, authorities said. ...

Police report leads in bicyclist's death
Kansas City Star - MO,USA
Kansas City police said they had a few "good leads" in the shooting death of Robert Osborn but announced no arrests Tuesday. ...

Man arrested after trying to hail a police cruiser
San Jose Mercury News - CA, USA
... on Saturday soon after he let himself into Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Deputy Esther Beckman's car while she was out of the vehicle questioning a bicyclist. ...

Bicyclist criticizes auto drivers, police
2TheAdvocate - Baton Rouge,LA,USA
... laws. 1) A bicyclist is entitled to use the city streets. 2) A bicyclist is put under the same traffic laws as a motor vehicle. ...

UPDATE: MAN DIES AFTER FREMONT BICYCLE ACCIDENT
CBS 5 - San Francisco,CA,USA
An unidentified man died this morning at Eden Hospital in Castro Valley after a bicycle accident in Fremont that investigators are calling a possible hit-and ...

Police identify man shot while riding bicycle
Blue Springs Examiner - MO, USA
By The Examiner staff. The man shot while riding a bicycle near 47th and Woodside Sunday has been identified as Robert W. Osborn, 47, of Kansas City. ...

WHAT'S NEW: A bicycle made for your two legs
Detroit Free Press - United States
... ground? Problem solved with the Electra Bicycle Townie model, which features a comfy lower seat and pedals that are moved forward. ...

Cyclist hopes to enhance bike safety
Danville Advocate - Danville,KY,USA
... As a recently-appointed member of the Kentucky Bicycle and Bikeway Commission he hopes to help local planners and elected officials work towards that goal. ...

Cyclist hopes to enhance bike safety
Danville Advocate - Danville,KY,USA
... we build or improve infrastructure.". Boyle County Health Director Roger Trent, also an avid cyclist, agrees. He says he has given ...

Elderly cyclist eager to get back on his bike
Shanghai Daily - Shanghai,China
AN elderly man who was the first person in the country to cycle across 30 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions including the Taklimakan Desert ...

Witnesses sought after sudden death of cyclist
National Post - Canada
... Emergency Services were notified and the cyclist was transported to North York General Hospital. At 12:45 pm, the victim was pronounced dead. ...

Cyclist Shah in Germany
Nepali Times - Kathmandu,Nepal
Pushkar Shah, who is on a world tour on a bicycle spreading the message of peace in the world reached Berlin, Germany from Poland on Sunday. ...

Stars back Gillett charity ride
FOX SPORTS - Australia
... "If you are behind the wheel of a vehicle and you see a cyclist imagine they are a member of your family and take the same care you would of your loved ones. ...

If you've ever wondered whether you can make a difference...

The headline may be a bit inaccurate, and I don't ask me what the heck a "shower engineer" is, but this article does highlight the reason we're out there .
 
I was gratified when in the final paragraph they quoted a cardiologist as stating what was obvious to me from the beginning, "If it wasn't for the paramedics he wouldn't have made it. The advice to call for an ambulance saved his life" 
 
Keep on doing what you're doing! Be Safe & Be Well.
 
-Eli
 

The Times November 26, 2005

 

Still smiling, man who had 28 heart attacks in one day

By Nigel Hawkes, Health Editor

 

 

 

 

 

AN ENGINEER has survived 28 cardiac arrests in a single afternoon, after he was resuscitated on each occasion using a defibrillator.

 

Jeff Kerswell, 54, from Whipton, Devon, remembers little about it but his doctors and paramedics certainly will. "The consultant took pictures and X-rays of his chest and a picture of the two of us together to show there was a happy ending," Heather Kerswell, the patient's wife, said yesterday.

 

"He couldn't believe it. He wants to use [the picture] in his research and teaching."

 

Mr Kerswell, a shower engineer, was at work when he began having chest pains. "I finished work, came home at about 2.30pm and they started again, so I lay down upstairs," he said. "They got worse, so I phoned Heather and she said, 'Phone for the ambulance'. The last thing I remember is being carried down the stairs on a chair by the paramedics. They said it was shortly after I got to the ambulance that I had my first cardiac arrest. I don't remember anything until the next evening, when I came off the life-support machine."

 

He suffered five cardiac arrests during the journey of a mile to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and another 23 inside the building. To the increasing surprise of doctors, they were able to bring him back on each occasion using a defibrillator, which is a device that delivers a controlled electric shock through the chest wall to the heart, in order to restore a normal heartbeat.

 

Mrs Kerswell, 51, said: "It's a miracle that he is here. We were told that this was very unusual."

 

A week on, Mr Kerswell has returned home and is able to walk. He is expected to be off work for three months. "I just want to thank all the doctors and paramedics involved," he said yesterday. "There is no doubt that without them I wouldn't be here."

 

Adrian Midgley, a local GP, said: "This is highly unusual — this guy was very lucky. Recovering people is fairly successful with the equipment, but usually you would then be able to calm the heart down."

 

Manish Gandhi, a consultant cardiologist at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, said: "If it wasn't for the paramedics he wouldn't have made it. The advice to call for an ambulance saved his life. Soon after the paramedics arrived his heart stopped beating. The public health challenge is to raise awareness about how to recognise symptoms of angina or a heart attack and to seek medical help without delay."

 

 



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Who's to blame for the fighting in the North


 

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BORDER CLASH OR UNPROVOKED ASSAULT

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Monday, November 21, the Hizbollah terrorist organization unleashed a broad offensive in a number of places along Israel's border with Lebanon. Following a rocket and border barrage against Israeli military positions, terrorists crossed the border with the objective to kidnap Israeli soldiers. These unprovoked attacks resulted in thirteen Israeli soldiers being wounded, two seriously. Israel responded with artillery fire against the Hizbollah positions. An Israeli soldier was able to shoot four terrorists who were intent on carrying out a kidnapping .

"Blown" coverage by the BBC?

 

The BBC ran this picture to accompany the article. They did not give its source and we are left wondering what exactly we are looking at.

Despite what actually happened, a reader gets a very different picture from the BBC's description of the events.

 

HEADLINE: DEADLY CLASH ON LEBANESE BORDER

Headlines are very important. They immediately introduce the story and define its direction. The BBC deliberately choose a "neutral" headline that could be interpreted by a casual reader to indicate that both sides were to blame for the battle instead of  something more accurate like "Israel attacked on northern border" . Compounding its misleading reporting, the BBC's first paragraph, in bold, was:

Israeli troops have killed three Hezbollah fighters during a guerrilla attack near the Lebanese border, which also left several Israelis wounded.

The wording gives no sense of how the men died after infiltrating Israel with a goal to kidnap Israeli soldiers. It also gives no clear acknowledgement over which side initiated hostilities. According to the U.N. under-secretary for political affairs, Ibrahim Gambari:  "from all available information, the incident had been instigated from the Lebanese side.

In addition, as usual, terrorists are not referred to as terrorists, but rather "fighters," which lends them credibility. Did the BBC ever refer to members of the Irish Republican Army as "fighters? " (See our affiliate site "Terror Petition.com" which urges all media to use the term "terrorist" when referring to Arab terror groups.

Hizbollah is a terrorist group. American officials consider Hizbollah one of the most dangerous terrorist groups in the world �D one that has killed more than 300 Americans  over the past 20 years, and served as a model for world terror. ( See more on Hizbollah)

METULLA IS FAR FROM THE SHEBAA FARMS

The largest error is the BBC's reporting that the conflict took place in the "disputed" Shebaa Farms area. Shebaa Farms is a small collection of farms on the slopes of Mount Hermon. However, Israel's withdrawal from Lebanon was recognized by the U.S. and the U.N. as being 100% complete.

As reported in "Myths and Facts":

Despite the UN ruling that Israel completed its withdrawal from southern Lebanon, Hizbollah and the Lebanese government insist that Israel still holds Lebanese territory in eastern Mount Dov, a 100-square-mile, largely uninhabited patch called Shebaa Farms. This claim provides Hizbollah with a pretext to continue its activities against Israel. Thus, after kidnapping three Israeli soldiers in that area, it announced that they were captured on Lebanese soil.

In January 2005, the UN Security Council adopted a resolution condemning violence along the Israel-Lebanon border and reasserted that the Lebanese claim to the Shebaa farms area is "not compatible with Security Council resolutions."
 

But what is more disturbing about the BBC report is that they never mention that the attack took place over a wide area, very far from the isolated Shebaa Farms. The Hizbollah attacks hit Israeli targets all along Israel's Northern border, including Metulla, over 20 kilometers away form Mount Hermon. The terrorists had infiltrated through the border village of Ghajar, 15 kilometers from Shebaa Farms area!

Unfortunately, the BBC's style of reporting can be found in many new reports of the events:

Hezbollah fighters, Israeli troops clash, CNN

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Israeli Troops Kill Four Hizbollah Fighters, Washington Post

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Israeli Jets Raid Lebanon, Reuters

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Israel responded to a wide ranging, unprovoked attack across it borders by terrorists attempting to kidnap its soldiers. Yet many in the media reported this event as a "border" clash and insinuate that both sides share responsibility for the attacks and the casualties.

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Jacko: Jews are ‘leeches’

As if sleeping with little boys wasn't enough, now we've got this.
 
There's absolutely nothing to respect about this sicko.
 
 
-Eli
 

The Anti-Defamation League accused Michael Jackson of having an "anti-Semitic streak" after he called Jews "leeches" in a voicemail message. In tapes aired Tuesday on ABC's "Good Morning America" program, the singer says Jews "suck" and that "it is a conspiracy. The Jews do it on purpose."

The ADL blasted the statements. "Michael Jackson has an anti-Semitic streak, and hasn't learned from his past mistakes," said Abraham Foxman, the ADL's national director. "It seems every time he has a problem in his life, he blames it on the Jews."

Jackson removed anti-Semitic lyrics from his song, "They Don't Care About Us," in 1995.



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Hevron Arabs Ask Jews For Help in Banishing Leftist Activists

Heck, even the Muslims are getting sick of the Leftists!
 
If the Libs here in the USA only knew...
 
-Eli
 
12:24 Nov 24, '05 / 22 Cheshvan 5766
By Ezra HaLevi


Arab leaders in Hevron have contacted the city's Jewish leaders for help in getting rid of self-proclaimed anarchist volunteers who, they complain, are destroying their traditional way of life.



The anarchists, many of whom are members of the International Solidarity Movement, flock to flashpoints throughout Judea and Samaria, ostensibly to help PA Arabs contend with IDF closures and protect them from harassment. In actuality, many of the volunteers seek confrontations with IDF soldiers and local Jewish residents, taking advantage of their Western passports to cause havoc – knowing that, at worst, they will be deported, not jailed.

The local Arabs in the Hevron region whom the activists claim to be helping are now complaining that the American and European students behave in a provocative and offensive manner in Hevron's public areas. The Arabs say the activists disrespect the moral norms and standards of the local population.

Several local Arab residents told the Kol Ha'Ir newspaper that the activists have been exposing the local youths to drug use and sexual promiscuity.

One interviewee told Kol Ha'Ir that the volunteers show a disregard for the religious norms of the local villages and teach the local youth to reject and disrespect the traditions of their forefathers. "These anarchists come here and undermine the education we give our children. At first we took them in with hospitality - after all, they claimed they wanted to help us, so why kick them out? But very quickly they infuriated me with their lewd behavior."

In a bid to rid the region of the anarchists, local Arab leaders approached representatives of the Jewish community in Hevron – a rare, but not unheard of occurrence – in order to find a solution. The two sides agreed to have Arabic-speaking Jewish observers along Hevron's main thoroughfares to replace the anarchists in ensuring calm between the city's Jewish and Arab populations. The left-wing activists would then be informed by the local Arab population that they appreciate their offer to help, but that they are no longer needed.

Hevron spokesman Noam Arnon confirmed the arrangement to Arutz-7, saying that the new replacement observers will be acceptable to local Arabs. He added that the international anarchists came to Hevron come from Western cultures steeped in sexual lewdness and depravity, permissiveness, and drug use. "Their presence in Hebron serves to inflame violence because they are seeking to create provocations and encourage violence," Arnon said.

He added that the observers end up causing more trouble for the local Arab population, by antagonizing soldiers and brazenly leading local Arabs in between Jewish homes.

Arnon recalled a specific incident in which an Arab woman tried to stab an IDF soldier with a knife. The soldiers grabbed her, but were attacked by a group of anarchist volunteers who tried to free the woman and take the knife out of her hand and hide it.

In recent months, Jewish organizations have also come to Hevron to stand up to the anarchist activists. The Jewish activists investigate the anarchists regarding their entry to Israel and strengthen the morale of the soldiers in withstanding attacks by leftist extremists.

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RJC Political Update

And they said he would cause trouble at the U.N....
 
-Eli
 

 
For RJC Members
  November 23, 2005  
 
Bolton Stands Strong at the United Nations

The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) applauds U.S. Ambassador John Bolton for his commitment to improving the United Nations and for insisting on full and timely reforms.

On Tuesday Ambassador Bolton threatened to delay the two-year U.N. budget process if management reforms are not approved by the end of the year.

"Ambassador Bolton has shown tremendous determination in his effort to enact reforms at the United Nations," said RJC Executive Director Matthew Brooks. "The fact is, he understands the significance of overhauling the world organization, and he will not sacrifice the interests of the American people to please international leaders."

Among the many reform proposals on the table, there are a few central to the United States. These include the creation of an ethics office, an oversight body, and enhanced auditing and investigation and independent external evaluations.

When speaking to Reuters, Ambassador Bolton charged, "Americans are a very practical people and they don't view the U.N. through theological lenses. They look at it as a competitor in the marketplace for global problem-solving and if it's successful at solving problems they'll be inclined to use it."

The RJC supports Ambassador Bolton's conviction and his effort to reform and improve this important problem-solving international body.

Read the full Reuters article here

 


Sabrina Schaeffer
Republican Jewish Coalition

 

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Bicyclist criticizes auto drivers, police

Wow, this letter written by Vera Taylor to the editor of her newspaper really hits a home run in my book!
 
I especially like the part about the cops, having been pulled over myself several times and even getting a summons that one time.


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The 2006 EMS Memorial Bike Ride

I have wanted to do this for the last three years, but something ha always come up.
 
I AM going to do it this year!
 
The deadline for registration is the end of January, barely more than two months away, so don't delay in signing up if you want to participate or help out.
 
-Eli
 
 
 

In May of 2006 EMS professionals from the Northeast will once again embark on a six day, six hundred mile bike ride from New York City to Roanoke, Virginia.  The ride will conclude as part of the annual EMS Memorial events.  For the fourth year we will be riding to honor the memory of those EMS professionals being inducted at the memorial service as well as in support of the "To The Rescue" Museum.

The route is currently being developed.  As with past rides, we have depended on EMS and fire departments along the way to host meals and water breaks.  Meeting our brothers and sisters along the way makes this an incredible experience.  Hosting the ride in your community is a great way to not only support the riders, but you will also be honoring those of whom we are riding for.  The route is tentative but if you feel your service is along the general route and you would like to host the ride, please contact EMSBIKERIDE05@aol.com.

            

 

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2005-11-24

Turkey Day Toasted Tootsie Tale


Well, it's been a couple of days since my last post about my burn, so I guess it's time for another update!

Today's Thanksgiving Day and I had some adventures.

But let me start instead with a little blurb about yesterday.

Wednesday was the first day I've spent without taking any painkillers because the pain had dropped down to tolerable levels finally. I did a little bit around the house and I went to the vet to pick up antibiotics for Pongo, who does indeed have a urinary tract infection as I had suspected. I also swung by Manchester Cycle Shop to pick up my new Trek L300 that I had modified to be a perfect winter bike. They've had in it the shop for a little while they were making the modifications I wanted done- changing out the front caliper brake for an internal hub roller brake and adding studded winter tires. They told me at the bike shop that everyone who came in really loved that bike... it's too bad that Trek was so stupid as to pull it out of production after only giving it maybe a year and a half to catch on... Anyways they wanted to tweak it and test it a bit before I took it home so I didn't pick it up that day.

Every year I volunteer to man the EMS bicycle response team for the annual Manchester Road Race that's held on Thanksgiving morning (well I didn't last year because I was precepting). Of course this year I could neither ride nor could I provide patient care of any sort because of my burn. I was very frustrated not only because I couldn't combine two of my favorite things, paramedicine and bicycling, but also because today was the first snowfall of the season here in Connecticut and I'm an avid IceBiker. I wanted to stamp my feet in annoyance at missing the first Ice Biking opportunity of the season... of course stomping would just make my foot hurt so even that was out! I even had to lend my own bike to a volunteer who didn't have a bike of his own to ride. He did like the race so much that he's likely to buy a bike of his own for next year- if he's around that is; he's a National Guardsman and he just volunteered to be deployed to Afghanistan...

Well, I had already volunteered to organize the Bike Team before I got burned, so I've been recruiting riders and setting up assignments etc. I went to the race this morning, lent my bike to Mike and got the teams all set up with their gear and some advice about riding in the snow and got them going. Then I got to play "supervisor" to the EMT students who man the pole stretcher crews at the "chute system" that's after the finish line. I hadn't been able to fit into my boots, so I had put on my boat shoes that morning, and they promptly soaked through in the slush I was walking in. The good part was that I couldn't feel any pain in my foot despite the workout, the bad part was that I couldn't feel my toes very well after a little while!

The race, quite unusually, went without a hitch this year. One or two folks felt woozy after the run but nobody required transport. I've done this race six or seven times now and I've never seen that happen before. Good for all the runners!

I retrieved my bike, went home and put my shoes up on the heater to dry for a little while before I went over to my brother Alan's for A Thanksgiving Dinner That Couldn't Be Beat , magnificently and lovingly prepared by his wife, Marianne. Also in attendance at dinner was Marianne's brother, David; Alan's Older son, Adam; my sister Adelle with her Husband John and their younger daughter, Sheena. Sheena's big sister, Marrissa, telephoned from Israel where she had just gotten home from a Thanksgiving dinner at the home of another expatriate family. It was nice to actually hear her voice instead of just exchanging emails and I.M.s. I also got to enjoy a spirited debate between my niece and nephew about the nature of religion and faith.

My foot had behaved pretty well for most of the day except for the occasional twinge. However, when I got home it started to burn and itch very intensely. Intensely enough, in fact, to be nearly unbearable. Luckily I had some Bacitraycin Plus that I had bought in the first day of my burn after I went to the E.D. but before I went to my own doctor. That stuff's got a topical anesthetic incorporated in it so I finally got some relief.

So, that's where the situation stands. I'm going to go out tomorrow and pick up my new bike and drop off my Trek 7500 for cleaning, tune-up, and repairs. I'll have to be sure to route myself to avoid the shopping areas, I suppose...

A new post in a few days. Be Safe & Be Well everyone!

-Eli