Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Today, the Constitutional Court of Thailand (Supreme Court) issued the sixth arrest warrant for Thailand’s deposed premier, Thaksin Shinawatra. Following on from a string of corruption charges, the latest centres on the country’s telecommunications industry. The former Prime Minister was removed by a bloodless military coup in September 2006 while at the United Nations in New York. Prior to the coup the country experienced widespread unrest, demonstrations, and allegations against Thaksin and his Thai Rak Thai party of corruption and vote buying.

The warrant is over Thaksin’s failure to appear in court on charges relating to conversion of concession payments in the country’s lucrative telecoms market to excise tax during 2003; a move that is estimated to have cost the country’s exchequer 40 billion baht (US$1.2 billion). The deposed PM remains in self-imposed exile in London, having been there since August. At that time he and his wife left Thailand whilst on bail related to the charges surrounding the Ratchadaphisek land purchase deal. The deal saw Thaksin’s wife, Khunying Potjaman purchase what is considered a prime piece of real estate for 772 million baht ($22.7 million) at auction; this price was described as a bargain. At this point the ex-PM has not been convicted on any of the charges, although his wife, Khunying, faces a jail sentence.

Next Tuesday, will see the trial over the Ratchadaphisek land case again come before the Supreme Court—this time with a verdict possibly to be read. This could be deferred due to the defendants’ absence, but a guilty verdict could see Thaksin facing jail time should he return to Thailand.

Last month, saw other warrants issued against Thaksin, in relation to the country’s numbers lottery. Malfeasance allegations led to charges over the sale of two and three digit numbers during the 2001-2006 period of his time in office as Prime Minister. The trial, currently suspended by the Criminal Division for Holders of Political Office, will resume and examine further evidence in December.

The ongoing controversy surrounding Thaksin has seen calls for his diplomatic passport to be revoked. The movement for the coveted red passport to be withdrawn started in mid-September with Thai air force chief, Chalit Phukpasuk, referencing the then-outstanding warrants and widespread lack of respect for the former PM stated, “he has now fallen from grace, he no longer deserves such an honour”. The general, who retired at the end of September, condemned Thaksin for failing to appear in court and defend himself. The newly appointed Foreign Minister and deputy PM has washed his hands of the diplomatic passport issue, preferring to pass this off as an issue for the Prime Minister himself. The military junta of Surayud Chulanont had revoked the passport, but this decision was revoked by the democratically elected Foreign Minister when civilian government was restored.

Adding to the public pressure on the former PM, Thailand’s armed forces’ supreme commander, Boonsrang Niempradit, called on the current Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat to ensure appropriate justice was meted out to Thaksin. Boonsrang asserted the prime minister must, “dispense justice to everyone, ensuring justice does not necessarily mean offering assistance. Sometimes, justice involves meting out punishment as well”. Current PM Somchai, brother-in-law of exiled Thaksin, has his own legal worries that could see him removed from office and parliament; charges against him centre round a share scandal. His holdings in a telecoms company which does business with the state are allegedly in contravention of several constitutional articles.

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byAlma Abell

The quality of plumbing services in your home is one of the most important determiners of the hygiene levels of the home. When the systems are in the proper working order, you will enjoy efficient water supply in the home and drainage of waste from the home. On the other hand, when the plumbing systems have a problem, you will have problems with the supply of water and drainage of wastes from the home. Here are some of the tips that can help you get the reliable plumbing services for your home.

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Installation of plumbing systemsWhen installing the systems, you need to make sure that aspects such as the diameter of the water supply pipes, the material used in making the faucets, sinks and shower heads are of a superior quality. If you are not sure about the right sizes, brands and materials, you should work together with a plumbing expert when buying the supplies. Note that when you buy inferior quality supplies, the lifespan of the plumbing systems will be greatly reduced. Buying good supplies is just half of the equation; the other half is making sure that they are installed in the right manner. When you involve a competent plumber in the process of installation, it will take a long time before you need plumbing repair services.

The maintenance of plumbing servicesIt is important to have your plumbing systems checked for flaws regularly. You should hire an expert plumber to do the maintenance. Instruct the expert to keep checking for issues like blockages in the drains, and accumulation of lime scale. If the problem is discovered, repairs will be done before the systems start leaking or falling apart, causing water damage and other problems.

Repairs and replacementIn case you have problems such as leaking faucets, blocked sinks and problems with the hot water supply systems, you should contact a plumber for repairs. Besides the repair of the ruined systems, plumbers will help you with advice that will prevent further problems.

These are some of the things that you should know about getting Reliable Plumbing Services. M.A. Williams of Inc. Drain Cleaning & Plumbing is one of the best plumbers in town. He will help you with proper installation, maintenance and repairs.

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Saturday, June 4, 2005

Overnight Friday a Southerly storm brought snow to both the Southern Alps and the central North Island mountains of New Zealand for the first time this year, closing major roads and stranding travellers at the start of the Queens Birthday holiday weekend. Police and the AA urged motorists to drive with extra care and to the conditions this weekend.

In the North Island, State Highway 1 between Waiouru and Rangipo, the Desert Road was closed by deep snow at 3 PM on Friday afternoon. Other roads in the area, including other parts of State Highway 1 between Bulls and Turangi, State Highway 4, via National Park, and 49, via Ohakune, were closed at 8 PM.

These road closures stopped all traffic through the centre of the North Island. About 200 travellers were reported to have spent the night at the Waiouru Army Camp, being accommodated in the Marae and the Barracks. Grit trucks and snow ploughs worked overnight to clear the snow and reopen roads, with the Desert Road finally being reopened about 12:30 PM Saturday.

Together with a slip threatening to close State Highway 3 in the Manawatu Gorge and damage to State Highway 2 after floods in the Bay of Plenty a couple of weeks ago, the only reliable alternative route for travellers around the North Island was via Wanganui and Taranaki.

In the South Island, Police and the AA advised that chains were essential when travelling over the mountain passes.

Yesterday, Mount Hutt skifield announced it would be opening Saturday morning. Early Saturday morning, skiers were reported to be queuing at the gates of Mount Hutt skifield, eager to get the first opportunity to hit the slopes in 2005. Other South Island ski fields were also indicating June opening dates.

The weather outlook is for cold southerly winds and rain over the Queens Birthday holiday weekend, with snow down to 400m in the South Island.

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Friday, September 2, 2005

A man from North London is currently training for an attempt at flying a hang glider across the UK from land’s End to John O’Groats.

Shola Ogunlokun a 41 year old married father of 3 who had never flown a hangglider before taking up this challenge said yesterday “I aim to fulfill a dream offlying, use the challenge as an opportunity to meet the people of Britain andencourage people of similar ethnic backgrounds as me to pursue their dreams”.

Shola is on stage 2 of a 3 stage training programme, and has flown a glider offa 2000ft mountain on completion of stage 1 of his training. He is currentlylooking for sponsors and in talks with a TV production about making adocumentary of his attempt.

The flight attempt is currently planned for around Autumn next year, should takebetween 5-7 days, and Shola would like to spend the night of each flight at thehome of a local in the town he lands. If successful, Shola will be the firstperson to have flown a hang glider across the UK over this distance.

Shola has an online diary charting his progress at http://mbchallenge.blogspot.comFor further details, or to contact Shola, please visit his website:http://www.meet-britain.org.uk

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byAllyson Allyn

Thousands of Toyota fans maximize the value of the well-made vehicles when they buy quality used models. Many smart shoppers searching for a pre-owned Toyota for sale in Salt Lake City get even more benefits when they deal with quality dealerships.

Dealers Offer Easy Shopping

Auto dealers help clients find exactly what they want as quickly as possible A customer can visit the lot and view vehicles or begin a search for a Toyota for sale in Salt Lake City without leaving home. Online inventories allow them to narrow down searches to the models, prices, and accessories that they want. Websites offer photos, specs, prices, and may include vehicle history information. Buyers can then make an appointment and test drive the vehicles they choose.

Dealers Maximize the Value of Vehicles

Used car fans often enjoy buying late-model styles that are already loaded with accessories. Extras can cost a small fortune when a car is new, but add little to the cost of pre-owned models. Dealers will help clients locate trucks, coupes, sedans, min-vans, SUV’s, and other vehicles that have all the amenities they want. In many cases, staff members will search for cars that are not on their lots. In addition, every vehicle is carefully inspected and repaired before it is offered for sale, and many include warranties or other guarantees. Quality sales staff finds out what their clients’ needs are, and help them locate cars that fit their lifestyles and budgets.

Dealers Make Vehicles Affordable

Dealerships help buyers afford their cars by offering promotional pricing and excellent values for trade-ins. Financing experts typically work with several institutions, and will shop around to get the best rates for clients. Dealer websites may include online applications that allow customers to get pre-approved for financing, so they know how much car they can afford when they begin shopping. Experts also determine their clients’ needs and help them decide whether leasing is a better option to meet their needs.

Used Toyotas are great values, and dealerships help clients get the best deals. They also offer easy shopping, a range of quality vehicles, and financing options.

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Monday, September 15, 2008

A helicopter went down in the Kimberley region of Australia killing four civilians. The pilot, who was male, died along with three female passengers. The crash happened at the Purnululu National Park. A bushfire was started by the crash but authorities say it will be contained. The accident occurred 6.2 miles from the Bellburn airstrip serving the town of Argyle, where there is a diamond mine.

The helicopter went down in the Purnululu National Park.

The helicopter was owned and operated by Slingair Heliwork.

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Thursday, October 12, 2006

The Blunkett diaries, being serialised in the Guardian, claim that Gordon Brown opposed the war against Iraq. Only at the last minute did he give in, according to the diaries, when he realised that Blair would sack him otherwise.

Gordon Brown, interviewed by the Guardian, said he did not think Blunkett had ever said such a thing and that, if he was reported as having done so, he was being misquoted.

The diary entries are contemporary with the events and were recorded shortly after the Cabinet meeting on Iraq.

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Where Can You Get Help For Your Bathroom Cabinets

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JasonH

Unlike a couple of years ago, people do accord some priority to the designing and overall functioning of their bathrooms. It works almost like a sanctuary for people with hectic life. This is one room where they can pamper themselves and get some relief from the stress due their lifestyle. The trend for the present day master suits is to have a large bedroom that includes a master bath, which is as large as any other bedroom in the house. When the homeowners have an unlimited budget, they have a large variety of bathroom mirrors to choose from, extending their options of choosing from larger range of bathroom cabinets.

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These are rather expensive but make a good investment for your house as they surely add value to your property and you can expect a better price when you decide to sell the house. They provide enough space for including cabinets and countertops. They are convenient for storage of medicines, toiletries and a lot other items needed in house. Decorating small bathrooms poses its typical challenges. The most difficult and tricky part is its design and layout. It necessitates having a larger storage area. At the same time, you have to have sufficient access to make cleaning possible. Many prefer to buy the complete package, thinking that it works out economical. But others look out for the best items and buy these as individual pieces. Bathroom cabinets designed for UK market that impart larger looks to the bathroom are already there. Despite your best intentions and the measures you may take, steam in any bathroom will sooner or later seep thru the board and disintegrates the same. Ultimately, you save money by opting for a vanity cabinet of good quality that is properly fitted, as it is sure to last for a long time. You just need to sand it to apply a new finish and it continues to look like a new one for long. While remodeling or upgrading your bathroom, you would like to consider buying custom made bathroom cabinets. Since you are going to use it and you realize the kind of relaxation you expect it to provide, you have to make the choices without overlooking your personal hygiene requirements on a daily basis. If you like the bathroom to look neat and organized, you can’t help investing in quality furniture like cabinets and vanity sets for the bathroom. It’s not a difficult proposition and any homeowner can take care of that without hiring the services of a professional. See that the doors, drawers and boxes of the cabinets are not damaged because of water leaking thru any pipes. They add to the dcor and style of your bathroom. When ordering new cabinets online, look for some ultramodern designs. They add to the overall style and looks of the space. While it’s true that you should be looking for designs offering large storage, don’t overlook the fact that you are going to leave some access for cleaning the area around them. Usually, this furniture is made from using MDF board with either the foil wrapped or veneered variety of board. You need to take the precaution of measuring the existing hardware used for the cabinets to ensure that the new one fits there easily. You can get bathroom cabinets suited for UK market with appropriate designs that make the bathroom look large. Custom bathroom cabinets are available over a wide range of prices. Look for accessories that add to the dcor while remaining functional, especially in case of smaller bathrooms. You get bathroom cabinets incorporated with mirrors. They look very stylish and you may have them with a single door or two doors. Bathroom cabinets with two doors come with mirrors fixed inside, thus offering the additional advantage of allowing the user to look at the back of their head, as also the upper part of their body.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

A Scottish woman who set out before Christmas to purchase a turkey finally made it home on Monday, after being cut off by snow for a month. Kay Ure left the Lighthouse Keeper’s cottage on Cape Wrath, at the very northwest tip of Great Britain, in December. She was heading to Inverness on a shopping trip.

However on her return journey heavy snow and ice prevented her husband, John, from travelling the last 11 miles to pick her up. She was forced to wait a month in a friend’s caravan, before the weather improved and the couple could finally be reunited.

They were separated not just for Christmas and New Year, but also for Mr Ure’s 58th birthday. With no fresh supplies, he was reduced to celebrating with a tin of baked beans. He also ran out of coal, and had to feed the couple’s six springer spaniels on emergency army rations.

“It’s the first time we’ve been separated”, said Mr Ure in December. “We’ve been snowed in here for three weeks before, so we are well used to it and it’s quite nice to get a bit of peace and quiet.”

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

A judge in the High Court in Aberdeen, Scotland has criticised the care doctors gave to baby Alexis Matheson. Lord Uist made the comments while sentencing Mark Simpson, who was yesterday convicted of murdering the six-week-old girl.

Simpson, 29, will serve at least twenty years of his life sentence after he attacked Alexis — the child of his then-girlfriend Ilona Sheach, who he blamed for Alexis’s wounds — over the course of a month. The child suffered broken ribs and brain damage. Lord Uist said staff at Woodside Medical Group might have been able to prevent the death but failed to realise the baby was being hurt deliberately.

Whether the death of baby Alexis could have been prevented had she been so referred is a matter which, in my opinion, merits a very full inquiry

Sheach had initially been unable to get an appointment at Aberdeen-based Woodside for her daughter; instead, Dr Mohammed Athar spoke on the phone with Sheach and prescribed three drugs without seeing the infant. When she did see a doctor the following week despite being, said Lord Uist, “seriously concerned” for Alexis’s health, the doctor she saw — Linda Mackay — believed Sheach’s explanation the baby was constipated. She felt Alexis’s blood-red eyes were due to straining; a consultant neurosurgeon testified at trial that this did not explain the subconjunctival haemorrhages in the eyes.

That consultant felt a referral to a paediatrician would have been approrpiate. A consultant paediatrician told the court if Dr Mckay had phoned one Alexis would have been urgently hospitalised. These circumstances have led to calls for legislative changes, according to The Scotsman, which compared the death to the recent Baby P case in neighbouring England. Lord Uist also made this comparison, saying “Scottish health authorities have to treat this case with a similar degree of importance and urgency” to “[t]he Baby P case down south”.

Lord Uist was “very disturbed” that “nothing was done” following Dr Mackay’s assessment. He also criticised the delay in seeing a doctor, saying “[i]t is my opinion the appointments system operated at this surgery may require urgent review so as to ensure children requiring urgent attention receive it by being seen by a doctor.”

He continued “[w]hether the death of baby Alexis could have been prevented had she been so referred is a matter which, in my opinion, merits a very full inquiry. The training of GPs, and also health visitors, to detect signs of non-accidental injury may be a matter that requires further consideration.”

The same day as these comments, Crown Office announced that a fatal accident inquiry will occur. “These are very serious criticisms by Lord Uist of the way the health services operated,” said Scottish Conservatives health spokesman Murdo Fraser. “Clearly, there were serious failings in relation to this baby’s treatment and lessons have to be learned from this case.”

The health board stated “NHS Grampian and the Woodside Medical Practice would like to extend their condolences to Alexis’s family. We understand that Lord Uist has issued a statement that it is critical of perceived failings in the care given to Alexis. We will consider these comments very carefully.”

The Scottish Government has also taken note. “We extend our deepest condolences to the family of Alexis Matheson,” according to a spokeswoman. “We continue to monitor the situation very closely, and will await the findings of the fatal accident inquiry. Following this we will work with the health board to determine any necessary changes and ensure that any lessons are learned.”

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