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Australian wheelchair rugby team wins gold at London Paralympics

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Australian wheelchair rugby team wins gold at London Paralympics

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

2012 Summer Paralympics

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The Earl of Wessex presents the gold medal to Ryley Batt
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Wheel change during the game
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London, England — The Australia national wheelchair rugby team defeated Canada 66–51 to win Australia’s last gold medal of the 2012 Summer Paralympics.

The Canadian team had no answer to Ryley Batt, who scored 37 goals. Ryley out-paced, out-maneuvered, and out-scored his opponents. Before the game he skylarked by riding his wheelchair on one wheel. The commentator called him “Houdini” for escaping any attempt to restrain him. He did share the ball with the rest of the team. Australia’s Chris Bond contributed 15 goals towards Australia’s scoreline.

By contrast, the Australian defenders held Canada’s Garett Hickling to just seven goals. At one point two Australian defenders trapped him in a corner, unable to move, which he appeared to find very frustrating.

Spectators included the Australian Chef de Mission, Jason Hellwig, and his deputies, Michael Hartung and Kate McLoughlin. The rugby team’s gold medal brought Australia’s count to 32, and the total medals to 85, putting Australia in fifth place.

The team’s gold medals were presented by HRH The Earl of Wessex. The Canadian team received flowers from Stephen Fry.



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Brother and sister team, raise awareness of safety in Thailand by helping young Australian recover after horrific attack.

Irish entrepreneurs and family team, Grainne and Cathal Farrell, from Belfast N.Ireland, are helping raise funds to provide essential medical treatment for an Australian man beaten and left for dead on Phuket Island, Thailand.

Grainne and Cathal Farrell, owners of Lotus Medical International, a UK based Medical Tourism Company, operating in Thailand, are running a fund raising campaign for a 21 year old Australian allegedly beaten and left for dead. Top Muay Thai fighter, Daniel Ketley, suffered extensive and, in some instances, life-threatening injuries in what police are reporting as a motor bike accident on June 8th 2012. However, hospital records show that Daniels injuries are not consistent with those of a motorbike accident and family and friends believe he has been the victim of a vicious attack.

Daniel is a young Australian who has been living in Phuket, Thailand, with his family for more than three years. On June 8th he left a friend’s house in the early hours of the morning and stopped at a manual petrol pump only to wake up in hospital three days later with left threatening injuries and no memory of what happened. This is only one of a number of recent attacks on both British and Australian.

Daniel was picked up by an ambulance at 2am and was admitted to hospital with a fractured skull, requiring 45 stiches, with hemorrhaging and compression on the brain. Medical reports indicated there were no signs of injuries one would expect to see from a motorbike accident.

He also had a shattered eye socket, jaw broken in three places, four lost teeth, a fractured vertebra, nerve damage to his neck and shoulder and a fracture in the skull between his nose and upper lip. He spent five hours in surgery undergoing facial reconstruction. The hospital carried out a toxicology test and Daniel’s levels were found to be normal.

“I know I can’t have crashed. I know the roads very well, and the damage to my body … if I had crashed I would have put my hands down for sure but they aren’t grazed,” said Daniel.

Daniel is a long established Muay Thai fighter and the Doctors believe that had it not been for his training and body conditioning, his injuries would have been considerably worse.

His parents received a call early the following morning informing them that Daniel was in hospital and had crashed his motorbike. When they arrived at the hospital they found his clothes were not dirty, ripped or damaged in anyway. The motorbike was taken to a local police station and had no scrapes as one would expect to find from an accident. The bike did however show signs of damage to the front and the rear view mirrors were broken.

Steve Ketley, Daniel’s father, said he almost wishes his son had crashed the bike so his family could feel more at ease.

“I would like to think it was a motorbike accident because we live here and this is our home,” he said.

Daniel has been fitted with a plate in his right cheek and jaw and has no feeling in his right arm.

While Thai police maintain the 21-year-old crashed his motorcycle into a pole his family, friends and doctors all believe Mr Ketley was assaulted. The group is also campaigning about the dangers of riding alone at night in Phuket. Which in light of a recent explosion of attacks on British and Australian tourists on Phuket, could not have come at a more suitable time.

There have been a number of attacks similar to Daniels in the area and recently, a British tourist was stabbed while driving his motorbike and an Australian woman was killed when she was stabbed in the heart while resisting a robbery. Daniel had medical insurance cover but his care at a Government hospital has run out and the Ketley family have launched a Facebook page to try and raise money to help pay for Daniel’s care.

Grainne and Cathal have stepped in to help with Daniels medical advice and fundraising. Their company, Lotus Medical International, has a history of charity work on the island of Phuket. Last year, in just ten days, they helped raise over $65,000 for a 6 month old baby dying from a rear liver condition. Their exploits attracted the attention of Mr Dana White, President of the Ultimate Fighting Campion (UFC), who helped by contributing $50,000 as well as getting featured on many international news channels including CNN.

Daniels medical costs are extensive and the family is unable to pay for his care. So far the group has raised almost £5,000 but this only a dent in the amount needed for the extensive medical treatments that Daniel needs.

It has been one month since the initial incident, due to lack of funds, Daniel has spent that time in the family home. However on Sunday, Daniel was flown from Phuket to Bangkok where he will attend Bangkok Hospital. He is scheduled to see an eye specialist, plastic surgeon and neurologist. Further treatments cannot be started until a full evaluation has been done.

“So far brain scans show the air bubbles in Daniel’s brain have disappeared, but he still cannot move his right arm. The neurologist believes this is from his spinal injury, rather than nerve damage” said Deborah Ketley, Daniels mother.

“As for permanent damage, the doctors don’t know. It all depends on how the area heals on its own. In a few more weeks we should know the extent of the damage. At this stage not even the doctors can tell, it’s just time.”

The Daniel Ketley fundraising Facebook page can be found by searching on Facebook under “Daniel Ketley Fund” and donations can be made via PayPal by following the link from the Facebook page.



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Northern Ireland police arrest man over 38kg cannabis seizure

Northern Ireland police arrest man over 38kg cannabis seizure

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An unidentified 28-year-old man has been taken into custody after police in Northern Ireland seized a large amount of cannabis upon the planned police raid of a house in the town of Magherafelt Tuesday. The seizure, which contained 38 kilograms (84 pounds) of cannabis resin, reportedly had an estimated street value of £380,000 (US$612,000 or 474,000).

A later police search of a vehicle also uncovered a large quantity of money. The cannabis is to be examined by forensic investigators.

“This is another brilliant success in the fight against drugs for the Magherafelt area,” said Chief Inspector Sam Donaldson, Magherafelt’s area commander. “This seizure was as a result of information received from the public and I am extremely grateful to the community for their assistance in this investigation.”



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