A Sad But Avoidable Story…

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From Hastings, New Zealand… A 47 year old Black Belt dies during sparring match with a 10 year old Girl…

Around 100 friends and acquaintances of Hastings security guard Tony Caldwell turned out for his funeral last week. But one of his biggest admirers was not there to bid farewell to him. The 10-year-old girl, a student in his karate classes, was kept home by her father.

Mr Caldwell, 47, died last week after a sparring session with the girl, who was being graded for a black belt in kyokushin, a form of karate. Although coroner Peter Dennehy ruled that the martial arts instructor died of a heart attack, the girl’s father says she is still deeply traumatised by the death. “She had no sleep at all that night; nightmares all the next night and a few every night since then,” the girl’s father said. “When she was punching him and then he went down like that, clutching his chest … she’s connected it.” She had wanted to go to Mr Caldwell’s funeral last Wednesday, but her father thought the sight of an open casket would have been too upsetting. He said his daughter had gone to stay with her grandmother and had been off school for a few days. He wasn’t sure whether she would now return to the sport she loved. “She’s now getting private counselling because she’s really not dealing with it,” he said, adding the family was trying to keep her mind occupied with other things. The girl’s father said that although Mr Caldwell had looked very tired during the sparring session, the instructor had urged the girl: “hit me harder, hit me harder”. “That’s when he sort of … as he went down he was grabbing his chest with one arm. [My daughter] started freaking out.” The father bundled the shocked juniors from the room as two nurses and three first aid-trained corrections officers tried in vain to resuscitate Mr Caldwell.

Mr Caldwell’s friends say he had dangerously high blood pressure and cholesterol levels and flushed so badly when exercising that he was nicknamed “Pinky”. His best friend, fellow kyokushin fighter Tom Kupa, had encouraged him to resume instructing a few months ago. Mr Caldwell began training in his late teens at the Hastings International Kyokushin Karate Club. He won two national titles and was a member of the “thin white line” of kyokushin fighters who, in the 1980s, fought the best in New Zealand. He ran his own karate club in Hastings until five years ago, when he retired to concentrate on his job as a store security guard. His death was attributed to a heart attack. The coroner said Mr Caldwell had been “a fool to himself” for continuing to fight. “We didn’t have a post-mortem because he had a medical history [high blood pressure and cholesterol],” said Mr Dennehy. He had wanted to sit the girl down and explain that her punches did not kill her instructor. She was not to blame, “apart from forcing the fellow to do the exercise. He entered the fight. He was basically the author of his own misfortune”. On the day of his death, Mr Caldwell fought about 20 90-second bouts against black belts. Overseer Solomon Purcell said he had been knocked down a few times, but performed with “competency and professionalism”.

Mr Caldwell spent the past 13 years as a security guard at Hastings Pak’N Save but had never told his bosses about his medical problems. “He used to eat a jumbo sausage every day for breakfast, tomato sauce, everything – that was his ritual,” said store owner David Smith. “If I’d known he had health problems I would have had him up about it.” Mr Smith had never seen Mr Caldwell use his martial arts skills but said having him around made staff feel safe.

The funeral was packed, with Pak’N Save staff dressed in green-and-gold on one side and karate club members in black-and-gold on the other. Mr Caldwell was cremated last Wednesday, and sisters Glenis and Kerry buried his ashes in Hastings Cemetery last Friday, alongside their parents and another sister. “We’re struggling a bit,” Kerry said. “We’re trying to put the family back together.” The sisters said they had given Mr Caldwell’s newly-earned Yondan (fourth-degree black belt) and certificate to the Kupa International Martial Arts Club, to hang on the wall in the TV room they had dedicated to him.

To anyone who knows Mr. Caldwell, please post a comment here in his memory…
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What’s wrong with this picture?

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So what is wrong with the following picture?
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I came across this picture when surfing the Internet. I do not recall the site it came from. Aside from that I was amazed at what this photograph shows at this belt advancement ceremony. Now there were many other pictures just like this one, one for each participant actually and every photo showed the same thing. So what is wrong, why am I so fired up? Post a comment with what you think is wrong…

EBay falls for false EBay email!!

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From the you can never be to careful category… Ebay tricked by phony e-mail. A sophisticated phishing attack has proven to be so successful, it has tricked eBay Inc.’s own fraud investigations team into endorsing it as legitimate, according to an independent security consultant who reported the attack to eBay. In late November, Richi Jennings received a fraudulent e-mail message containing the subject line “Christmas is Coming on ebay.co.uk.” Offering him “great tips for successful Christmas selling,” the message directed him a Website that asked Jennings to enter his eBay user name and password, as well as the name and password for his e-mail account. Jennings reported the site to eBay on November 25, and four days later he got a note back from the company’s investigations team claiming that the e-mail message was, in fact, “an official e-mail message sent to you on behalf of eBay.” On Monday, December 5, eBay spokesperson Amanda Pires confirmed that the e-mail message was indeed part of a fraud, but she could not explain why it had
initially been identified as legitimate. Pires said that eBay had been working to take down the phishing site since November 8.
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Hackers using Camera Phones!

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Hackers steal sensitive data using digital cameras. Following a spate of reports about Bluetooth and iPods devices being used to steal sensitive data from organizations, businesses are now urged to be vigilant as hackers use digital cameras to sidestep security measures. “Camsnuffling,” is being used by computer attackers to extract and store data with the help of digital camera. The digital camera device, just like iPod and Bluetooth, is a simple digital storage device. Hence, simply plugging it into a computer’s USB can allow
hackers to obtain sensitive data. “This is a very difficult issue to manage and a real threat to business continuity and data security,”
according Ian Callens, of computer services company Icomm Technologies. “There are, however, steps that can be taken to reduce rogue behavior,” said Callens. “Firstly, regularly change system passwords that employ both letters and numerals. Secondly, issue internal memo’s to ask all to be vigilant, stating that observations are being undertaken. Thirdly, consider adopting specific software to monitor activity to actively manage the access rights to removable storage devices. This should ensure that business productivity is not affected, while actively guarding against the removal of data or the introduction of inappropriate or malicious content to the network,” said Callens.
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Warner Robins, Georgia, USA Activities

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Warner Robins, Georgia, USA
The following activites are available in Warner Robins, GA. To see Martial Arts related events from your area appear here contact Sensei @ KaratTraining.org
Tae Kwon Do instruction Mon.-Sat. for men, women and children. Call 218-7766. Private lessons in a 6-week course are available for ages 4-up. Cost is $88, which includes a uniform. Call 474-3500. For Kids instruction in Tae Kwon Do will be offered in a 4-week session for ages 4-up. Cost is $59, which includes a uniform. Call 475-1117. The Gold’s Program offers instruction in Tae Kwon Do at Warner Robins facility will be Tues. 7:30-8:15 p.m. and Fri. 6:30-7:15 p.m. (youths) and Tues. 8:30-9:15 and Fri. 7:30-8:15 (adults). Call 256-8715 or 477-5366. Mon.-Sat for ages 3-up. Enrollment includes uniform. Call 477-5366.
Ninjutsu available at Self defense school at Bukinkan Macon Dojo, classes Wed., Thur. and Sat., cost is $65 per month. Call 284-1269. Enjoy moving meditation and stress relief from the activity of Tai Chi Lessons. Classes Thursdays at 6 p.m. Cost is $20 monthly. Call 738-0206. Macon Tai Chi Kung-Fun Club offers a program in Shuai Chiao (Chinese Wrestling) and Chang Style Tai Chi Chuan. Call 477-6419. Olympic Judo instruction is offered to youths ages 8-12 Thur. at 6 p.m. Cost is $20. Call 477-8526. Judo Class available at the Warner Robins Recreation Department offers instruction for ages 6-up. Classes are 6:15-7:45 p.m. on Mon. in the McIntyre Room. Cost is $24 per month. Call 922-8683 or 929-6946.

University Computer’s Breached

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Two university computers’ security breached. Two recent security breaches of computers at the University of Delaware may have exposed the names and Social Security numbers stored in databases, university officials said. A School of Education computer was attacked in late August by a hacker whose intent appears to have been to establish an illegal movie sharing system. The computer contained a database that included Social Security numbers of 772 students registered in online education courses. A Department of English computer also was hacked in August in an apparent attempt to log on to and control one server, and then gain control over other campus servers. In both of the unrelated cases, the objective of the intruder seemed to be unrelated to the fact the databases contained personal information, officials said. To date, there has been no indication that any identity theft has occurred as a result of these incidents. The University of Delaware is located in Newark, DE.
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IRS Email Scam

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Internal Revenue Service – IRS warns of e-mail scam about tax refunds. The Internal Revenue Service on Wednesday, November 30, issued a consumer alert about an Internet scam in which consumers receive an e-mail informing them of a tax refund. The e-mail, which claims to be from the IRS, directs the consumer to a link that requests personal information, such as Social Security number and credit card information. This scheme is an attempt to trick the e-mail recipients into disclosing their personal and financial data. The information fraudulently obtained is then used to steal the taxpayer’s identity and financial assets. The fake e-mail, which claims to come from “tax refunds@irs.gov,” tells the recipient that he or she is eligible to receive a tax refund for a given amount. It then says that, to access a form for the tax refund, the recipient must use a link contained in the e-mail. The link then asks for the personal and financial information.
The IRS does not ask for personal identifying or financial information via unsolicited e-mail. Additionally, taxpayers do not have to complete a special form to obtain a refund.
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SlickDeals.net listing!

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Wow we are making it to the big time!! One of our customers posted a coupon code we are running in the KT Store. What’s better is two more of customers posted glowing reviews as well! It is always nice to be recognized for good work, great service and of course keeping prices affordable. 🙂 If you have not shopped and compared our prices (all of our prices) yet you really should, if you find lower prices on the Internet please let us know immediately so we can stay competitive.
Remember 10% of all profits go to the KT Scholarship fund. This is not a scholarship for Martial Arts classes, it is a Scholarship for High School and College bound children who have the Budo spirit but come from finacially challenged homes. If you don’t want to make a purchase you can just make a donation! Help give a Student with Heart the assistance they need and deserve! Donations can be made directly through the storefront under the Donations category.