Australian shot in Thailand

Australian shot in Thailand

Friday, June 30, 2006

An Australian has been shot in the abdomen in Thailand. The 22-year-old man from Wagga Wagga, Lee Burkinshaw, was shot in the Chantaburi province during a drive by shooting. He was evacuated to Bangkok hospital after receiving some treatment at a local hospital. An operation is needed to remove the bullet from his abdomen. He is expected to make a full recovery.

His spleen was removed but no vital organs have been damaged.

His father received a call at 2 a.m. AEST.

Lee went to Thailand to study the gem cutting.

“It is the gem capital of the world, and a lot of the rough cut gemstones come into there to be cut and styled,” Mr. Burkingsaw said.

He is undeterred from revisiting Thailand.

“This is purely a one-off incident … Thailand is a wonderful country, it’s just an unfortunate incident,” said Lee.

This is the second incident in recent weeks in which an Australian had been shot in Thailand. Last week a nurse was killed when she was shot in the neck near a bar.

Chicago chef invents edible menu

Chicago chef invents edible menu

Sunday, February 13, 2005Cordon-bleu chef Homaru Cantu has announced a technique which allows him to create dishes made of edible, inkjet printed paper. Cantu, a head chef at the Moto restaurant in Chicago, has modified an ink-jet printer with the help of computer specialists from local firm Deep Labs and loaded it with cartridges containing concoctions of fruit and vegetables. Using this modified printer Cantu then prints onto edible sheets of soybean and potato starch tasty images downloaded from the web.

“You can make an ink-jet printer do just about anything,” says Cantu. Once the items have been printed they are dipped into a powder made of soy sauce, sugar and vegetables before then being further processed by frying, freezing, or baking them.

Cantu has applied the technique to the printing of menus so that diners can further flavor their soups by ripping up the menu and adding it to the dish.

He hopes that his idea may find its way into popular media. “Just imagine going through a magazine and looking at an ad for pizza. You wonder what it tastes like, so you rip a page out and eat it,” says the chef who is working at perfecting the flavors and has applied for a patent on the technique.

Cantu also has plans for further culinary innovations. He plans to cook steak using a handheld laser that will sear the inside of the steak well done whilst leaving the outside medium rare. He also plans to use the laser to produce bread baked from the inside out thus producing a crust on the inside.

Our Litigious Society: Finding Your Personal Injury Attorney In Wilkes Barre, Pa


In today’s contentious world, the inevitability of facing a legal situation during the course of your life is a staunch reality. Most people tend to abide by the old adage “It probably won’t happen to me,” but this is a notion to avoid at all costs.

More than 80% of the world’s lawyers live in the United States, a country that features over 15 million civil lawsuits per year. Additionally, there are approximately 100 million outstanding criminal cases in the States as well, ranging from minor traffic violations all the way to cold-blooded murder. As a result, it’s important to know your local lawyers and how they can help when the inevitable arises, especially when it comes to finding a personal injury attorney in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Visit website to know more.

The Most Common Legal Situation Today

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, upwards of six million personal injury cases are filtered through the nation’s court systems each year. From car accidents and workplace injuries to assault claims and product liability situations, almost every personal injury attorney in the country has a full slate of cases year-round. As our modern justice system tends to be very dense, complex, and nuanced, handling a legal situation is never something to undertake by yourself. Instead, finding the best local personal injury attorney to represent you is a much wiser decision.

Finding a Lawyer for Your Situation

Whether you have sustained an injury on a factory floor or because of a homeowner’s negligence, it’s time to begin conducting research to find the most reputable local personal injury attorneys. Seeking out trustworthy lawyers such as John T. O’Malley, attorney at Law is much easier nowadays with the advent of the Internet. As many of these firms rely heavily on positive word-of-mouth to grow their client bases, creating a shortlist using past customer testimonials is a great way to get started.

Jet Blue airliner lands with broken nose gear

Jet Blue airliner lands with broken nose gear

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

JetBlue Flight 292, en route to New York’s JFK Airport from Burbank, California, encountered nose gear malfunctions shortly after takeoff. It safely landed three hours later at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) with no apparent injuries.

The pilots first realized something was wrong when the landing gear failed to retract; television footage showed that the plane’s front wheels were pointing sideways, perpendicular to the plane’s body. The plane was diverted to Long Beach Airport, where it tried and failed to land, and then on to LAX, which has better emergency facilities. The aircraft circled near the airport for several hours to burn fuel; the Airbus A320 aircraft is not designed to dump fuel.

Commentators predicted that the nose gear would either snap off, immediately twist to parallel upon touch down, or withstand the friction from the landing while remaining at a 90 degree angle.

At approximately 6:19PM local time, almost three hours after takeoff, the aircraft successfully managed to touch down. The pilot landed the plane first on its two rear wheels, keeping its nose in the air as long as possible until it slowed enough that the nose could be safely lowered. The front tires remained at a 90 degree angle and were incinerated through the friction. A cloud of white smoke and sparks burst out from behind the nose gear as the plane traveled down the runway. As the airplane finally stopped, the pilot had managed to keep the plane no more than 6 inches from the runway’s centerline. Officials were prepared with a brigade of fire engines as well as fire retardant foam in case the front wheel ignited. The plane was evacuated a few minutes later.

Reports indicate that the pilots acted in a “calm and professional manner.”

JetBlue flight 292 was in a unique situation as each seat in the plane was equipped with live TV through DirecTV. Several of the stations carried on the LiveTV system had cameras trained on the plane and were monitoring the situation. It has been established that the televisions were operating as the plane circled the airfield, though there are conflicting reports on whether or not the televisions were in operation during the landing. For a time, passengers on board were able to watch their own airplane circle the airfield in a precarious situation.

139 passengers and 6 crew were on board Flight 292.

Mashrafe Mortaza to start rehabilitation after Eid al-Adha

Mashrafe Mortaza to start rehabilitation after Eid al-Adha
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Monday, August 5, 2019

Mashrafe Mortaza, Whose entire career has been a struggle with injury. He suffered a hamstring injury from a tri-series in Ireland. The 2019 Cricket World Cup is played with that. It also has an impact on the performance of Mashrafe Bin Mortaza. At the last moment he removed himself from the Sri Lanka tour. Finally, after the Eid, the one-day captain will struggle to return to the field.

The rehabilitation of Bangladesh One-Day captain Mashrafe Mortaza will begin in full swing after the Eid holidays. The pacer was dropped from the recently-concluded Sri Lanka tour due to a hamstring injury. At this time Mashrafe was sent to rest for three weeks. At rest he is advised to abstain from any risky activity.

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) chief physician Dr. Debashish Chowdhury told , “He has to be fully rested for 20 days. Right now it is completely forbidden for any type of exercise. You will not be able to participate in any rehabilitation program. Even physio therapy is off. We advise him to be completely free from pain. Even Mashrafe has been advised to refrain from doing anything that may cause back pain.”

As well as being in regular contact with the BCB medical team, the Tiger ODI captain has been asked. He is working as advised and regularly communicates the condition to the medical team.

“He is in regular contact with us. Right now he is not feeling any pain. He also tells us that he does not feel any difficulty in his daily work. So it’s time to send him to rehab. We will start rehabilitating him after the Eid holidays”, said (BCB) chief physician Dr. Debashish Chowdhury.


U.S. manufacturer General Motors seeks bankruptcy protection

U.S. manufacturer General Motors seeks bankruptcy protection
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Monday, June 1, 2009

United States automobile manufacturing firm General Motors filed for bankruptcy and Chapter 11 protection from its creditors at 12:00 UTC Monday, in a Manhattan, New York federal bankruptcy court. This was the largest bankruptcy filing for a U.S. manufacturing company, and with declared assets of $82.29 billion and a debt of $172.81 billion, and the fourth largest bankruptcy filing in recent U.S. history — after the bankruptcies of {{w|Lehman Brothers|| ($691.06 billion), Washington Mutual ($327.91 billion), and WorldCom ($103.91 billion).

The filing, expected to be the first of many, was for a New York GM affiliate, Chevrolet-Saturn of Harlem Incorporated. Numbered 09-50026, it named GM as a debtor in possession, and was filed before judge Robert Gerber.

GM is to be represented throughout the filing process by Weil Gotshal & Manges, a New York law firm specializing in bankruptcy.

The chief restructuring officer, named in the filing, is to be Al Koch, a managing director at AlixPartners LLP in New York, who will report directly to Fritz Henderson, the Chief Executive Officer of General Motors.

In its bankruptcy petition, GM listed its primary creditors as:

Name Amount owed (USD millions)
Wilmington Trust 22,000
United Auto Workers union (UAW) 20,560
Deutsche Bank 4,440

The amount owed to UAW excludes “approximately $9.4 billion corresponding to the GM Internal VEBA”. USD22,760 millions are owed to bondholders.

Analysts have observed that the effect of the bankruptcy filing on the U.S. economy is not expected to be as major as it once would have been. One such voice, Mark Zandy, an economist at Moody’s, commented that “Bankruptcy now is irrelevant in terms of the economic consequence of what’s happening to GM.” Such analysts believe that the economic impact of GM’s problems has already been felt, with its effects on parts suppliers and employment. They also believe that GM’s programme of accelerated payments, and its participation in a U.S. Treasury program to ensure prompt payments to parts manufacturers, will have cushioned the effect of the bankruptcy itself.

Speaking on Bloomberg Radio, David Cole, chairman of the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, stated that the fragility of the parts suppliers, the loss of whom would threaten the entire automobile manufacturing industry, was of more immediate concern than the GM bankruptcy.

Also filing for chapter 11 protection today were Saturn LLC and Saturn Distribution Corporation, subsidiary companies of General Motors.

As a consequence of the bankruptcy, General Motors Corporation (GM.N) was removed from the Dow Jones Industrial Average, and was replaced by Cisco Systems (CSCO.O), these changes scheduled by Dow Jones & Company to take effect from the opening of trading on June 8.

Should You Buy A Condo In Las Vegas?

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byAlma Abell

There are a number of new condos for sale in the Las Vegas area. If you have ever thought about moving into the city, the time may be right for you. Before you start looking for Las Vegas new condos for sale, however, you will want to make sure that they are right for you. There are a number of advantages to living in a Las Vegas condo, but also a number of considerations. In order to find out if this is right for you, keep the following in mind:

Storage Space

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One of the things you need to consider when it comes to possibly living in a Las Vegas condo is if you need storage space. Most condos will not offer a lot of space for storage and if they do, it is often a small space. For some people, this won’t be a big deal at all. For others, they may be concerned about this. The nice thing about this, however, is even if you don’t have a lot of storage space available in a condo, there are other storage areas for rent throughout the city.


Many condos in Las Vegas will allow you to have pets, but there may be restrictions on the type of pets you are allowed. For instance, there may be a weight limit on pets or you might find that you have a pet that is not accepted in the condo, such as an exotic pets. The good news is, those that do accepts pets may offer your furry friend special treats and many even offer dog walking and pet sitting services.

HOA Dues

Finally, you will need to consider HOA dues when you buy a condo. These dues will be on top of any mortgage payment or financing you may have in place. Some people may choose to stay away from condos because of these HOA dues, but in truth, paying these dues are definitely worth it in most cases. For instance, your HOA dues will go to things like maintenance of the grounds as well as amenities like pools, spas, fitness centers and more.

These are just a few of the considerations that you will need to keep in mind when it comes to buying a condo in Las Vegas. For more, speak with a realtor or start doing your own research.


Pennsylvania man named in alleged terror plot

Pennsylvania man named in alleged terror plot
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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Michael Curtis Reynolds, 47, from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, is accused of trying to work with al-Qaeda, according to the FBI.

The Phildelphia Inquirer has reportedly obtained court transcripts from Reynold’s Rule Five hearing, before a federal magistrate judge in Pocatello, Idaho that revealed a “convoluted plot” that also includes cyberspace intrigue, an FBI sting, and then an exchange of money in Idaho. Reynolds was represented by Federal Defender, Nick Veith, at the hearing.

According to the transcripts, FBI agents say that Reynolds was plotting to blow up the Alaska pipeline, another pipeline in Pennsylvania and a refinery in New Jersey, with a person who he thought was an al-Qaeda operative. It is also reported that he had planned an attack against Standard Oil Co. in Perth Amboy, New Jersey and Williams Refinery in Opal, Wyoming. However, the Standard Oil refinery, now Chevron, does not exist anymore. The refinery had closed more than a decade ago. All that remains in its place is an empty field. Armada Hess is the only active refinery in Perth Amboy.

So far, Reynolds has not been charged with terrorism.

However, a prosecutor in Reynolds’ December hearing said that, “he tried to provide material aid to al Qaeda.” The prosecutor also said the case “involves a federal offense of terrorism.”

A municipal judge from Conrad, Montana, Shannen Rossmiller, 36, led the FBI to Reynolds by posing as an al-Qaeda operative. Reports say that Rossmiller was looking through terrorist websites when she came across a post by Reynolds who was seeking $40,000 that he would use to buy fuel trucks that would blow up refineries in New Jersey, Wyoming and part of the Alaska Pipeline. After six-weeks of e-mailing each other, Rossmiller agreed to pay the money, and set up a meeting with Reynolds in Pocatello, Idaho. It is reported that after the plans were made, Rossmiller then contacted the FBI who then set up a sting operation, two months ago, against Reynolds. “I feel compelled to do what I can and I know that I have an ability to do something. I’m out for the hunt,” said Rossmiller.

Rossmiller started to look through terror websites just after the September 11 terrorist attacks in NYC. She has read the Koran, studied the radical Islamist lifestyle, and learned just enough Arabic to lurk around in terrorist related chat rooms and “ensnare” the extremists. She also said that he has “assumed several the identities of more than two dozen male personae on the Internet,” and was also part of “a large number” of cases involving the hunting of terrorists. Court records also show that Rossmiller had posed on the Internet as an Algerian terrorist to “befriend” Ryan Anderson, a Muslim convert and a member of the National Guard from the state of Washington, who wanted to hand over information to al-Qaeda on how to destroy Army tanks and humvees.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John C. Gurganus Jr. said, according to transcripts, “he (Reynolds) was doing it as a plan to disrupt governmental function, to change the government’s actions in foreign countries, and to impact on the national debate about the (Iraq) war.”

Reynolds denies trying to work with al-Qaeda and stated that he was “a patriot seeking to expose an al-Qaeda cell inside the United States.” Philip Gelso, Reynolds’s attorney, has not commented on the case.

Authorities searched Reynolds’ home and took his computer as evidence, and some documents allegedly spelling out his terror plots. According to Gurganus, in e-mails on his computer, Reynolds “described what explosives should be used (in the attacks) and where they should be placed.” Gurganus also told the judge that Reynolds, “knew the plots could get him the death penalty as a traitor and that he would have to leave the country immediately once they were carried out.”

According to the British The Inquirer, Microsoft was issued a subpoena last month to allow the Department of Justice access to Reynolds’ hotmail account.

Reynolds has been in Lackawanna County jail, held without bail, since December 5, 2005, when he was arrested about 25 miles from the Thunderbird Motel in Pocatello, Idaho for an unrelated weapons charge. He was charged with possession of an unregistered explosive device when authorities found a grenade in a duffel bag that was inside a home in Pocatello that Reynolds was staying at before he came to Idaho. The grenade charge carries a minimum sentence of three to seven years, to be served in a federal prison. On December 20, a jury indicted and charged Reynolds with two counts of unlawfully possessing hand grenades.

Reynolds pleaded guilty to attempted arson in 1978, a misdemeanor and menacing. He was sentenced to a conditional discharge. He has also been previously convicted of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and breach of the peace.

The Times-Tribune received a letter on the 13th that used Reynolds’ return address at the Lackawanna County Prison and bears a rubber stamp as used to mark outgoing mail from the jail that detailed Reynold’s denial of ties to al-Qaeda. The letter is postmarked with a date of February 10th, before the Philadelphia Inquirer story was published.

Titled “Patriot Games,” the letter’s content addresses the charge regarding the grenade found at his residence in a comment stating that it was planted there “by someone known to myself and to the FBI.” In denial of work for and also in denial of any desire to work for al-Qaeda, Reynolds wrote that “I know what losses terrorists inflict on people. I would never work to assist them or harbor any,” referring to his claim of a colleague being killed in the September 11 attacks on the Twin Towers.

In the letter Reynolds explains the investigation that he claims to have been working on to track “a person that I had believed to be a terrorist” and to expose them “once I had solid proof of who or where they operated from.”

Reynolds claims that his family founded Bedford Hills, New York in 1676. He further claims that he personally has given military service in the US Army, written a Military police handbook, trained SWAT and drug enforcement teams. He further claims to have been an engineer with military clearance and to have taught in Thailand as a first grade teacher and also an English teacher to Buddhist monks.

As an explanation for his prosecution, Reynolds has written that he believes it to have been due to his military service and that he believes the case would be dismissed provided a hearing in front of a judge.

When questioned as to the authenticity of the letter, prison warden Janine M. Donate said that the letter appeared to be from the prison.

Questions raised about McCain’s choice of Palin, aides insist “thorough vetting” process

Questions raised about McCain’s choice of Palin, aides insist “thorough vetting” process
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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Various questions have been raised about the choice of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as Senator John McCain’s choice for Republican vice presidential running mate. There have been doubts over how thoroughly McCain had examined Palin’s background before announcing that he had selected her to be his running mate on August 29. McCain’s advisers insist that Palin was “thoroughly vetted,” a process that would have included a review of all financial and legal records as well as a criminal background check.

Palin is the Republican Party’s first female candidate for Vice President. In 1984, Geraldine Ferraro was Walter Mondale’s running mate on the Democratic Party ticket.

Yesterday, Palin and her husband issued a statement saying that their 17-year-old unmarried daughter Bristol is five months pregnant and that she intends to marry the father of the baby. The statement came after media speculation and internet rumours that Palin’s 4-month-old son, Trig, was in fact her grandson, and that the mother is Bristol.

Senator Barack Obama, McCain’s opponent in the 2008 election, was asked to comment on Palin’s family situation:

“Let me be as clear as possible… I think people’s families are off-limits, and people’s children are especially off-limits. This shouldn’t be part of our politics. It has no relevance to Governor Palin’s performance as governor or her potential performance as a vice president,” said Obama.

Obama further told reporters to “back off these kinds of stories” and noted that he was born to an 18-year-old mother himself. Obama became annoyed when asked about a news report that quoted an unnamed senior McCain campaign aide saying that Obama’s name appears in liberal blogs speculating about Trig’s parentage. “I am offended by that statement… There is no evidence at all that any of this involved us.”

“We don’t go after people’s families; we don’t get them involved in the politics. It’s not appropriate, and it’s not relevant,” Obama added. “Our people were not involved in any way in this, and they will not be. And if I ever thought that there was somebody in my campaign that was involved in something like that, they’d be fired.”

The McCain campaign said that Senator McCain was aware of Bristol Palin’s pregnancy before he asked her mother to join him on the ticket. McCain reportedly did not see the pregnancy as a detriment to Governor Palin’s selection as the vice presidential candidate.

McCain told reporters that he was satisfied with his campaign’s vetting process: “The vetting process was completely thorough and I’m grateful for the results.”

Governor Palin has hired a private lawyer in a legislative ethics investigation in Alaska into whether she abused her power in dismissing the state’s public safety commissioner, Walter Monegan. The investigation is checking into whether Palin dismissed Monegan for his reluctance to fire Palin’s former brother-in-law, Mike Wooten.

There is no sign that Palin’s formal nomination this week at the Republican National Convention was in jeopardy. The controversy adds anxiety to Republicans who are worried that Democrats would use the selection of Palin to question McCain’s judgment. Republicans were quick to note that Palin has “more executive experience” in elected office than does Obama and have gone on the offensive.

McCain’s choice of Palin came as a shock to some, after it was expected that McCain would choose Joe Lieberman, Tim Pawlenty, or Tom Ridge for the vice presidential nomination. McCain had reportedly met Palin only twice before her selection, and had his first face-to-face interview with her on August 28. McCain offered Palin the vice presidential spot just moments after their meeting concluded. The two appeared at a campaign rally event the following morning in Dayton, Ohio.

Injury Is Possible In Any Sport; Including Volleyball

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byAlma Abell

If you have ever been seeking a medical clinic; or, even an alternate medicine such as chiropractic clinic; you might have noticed how often the treatment of “sports injuries” is included in their portfolio. You might even conclude that playing sports is inherently dangerous – even golfers appear to suffer from golf induced back and joint problems and, not as you might think, being hit by a flying golf ball.

Because of their high public profile; football player injuries receive a lot of publicity; but, again, not as you might think from heavy body contact injuries; far more common are foot, ankle, hamstring, knee and leg injuries of many types. Our bodies are fairly well designed for walking along at a comfortable pace while taking care where we place our feet. Once we start to run; jump; leap about and make sudden stops or changes of direction we put additional strain on the joints within our feet and legs – particularly the ankles and knees and can easily strain muscles; tear tendons; or, do other internal injuries. In extreme cases; bone fractures are also possible.

Volleyball Is Not A Full Contact Sport

Players can get “excited” and accidentally collide with each other but this is not a common cause of injury in volleyball. Likewise, especially when playing indoors on a wooden floored court, accidental falls will occur from time to time. These collisions and falls may, sometimes, result in direct contact injury such as bruising; but a bigger risk is, again, to the leg bones and joints.

Volleyball Protection

The chances of you being seriously hit in the face by a fast moving ball are considered slim; so protective headgear is not part of volleyball equipment. Beach players usually play barefoot; but an indoor player will need shoes and these should be specifically designed so as to give the best support and grip for the movements the wearer is likely to make during a game.

To lessen the blow when falling accidentally; or deliberately going down on a knee to get at your shot; most indoor players will wear protective knee or elbow pads. Some may even wear a support wrapped around the knee (often in the form of a nylon reinforced; sponge neoprene sleeve) to reduce the risk of moving the knee beyond its limits. For similar reasons; many players choose to protect their ankles with special Volleyball Ankle Braces which, in their simplest form are similar to the knee wraps. For players with weaker ankles; or, with past ankle damage; Volleyball Ankle Braces are also available in an engineered version; made of plastic or light weight metal with hinges for limited movement. These braces are, effectively, an artificial, external ankle joint with a prescribed limitation on its movement; so as to take the strain away from the wearer’s natural ankle.

For basic elasticized wrap around; through to stirrup style hinged Volleyball Ankle Braces you should take a look at what is on offer from the on line store of