• Community News and Information

    by Published on 05-20-2010 07:53 AM  Number of Views: 2665 
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    2. Thailand Travel

    May 19, 2010

    This warden message alerts U.S. citizens traveling to and residing in Thailand that the Royal Thai Government through the Center for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation (CRES) has announced that a curfew is in place from 8:00pm to 6:00am starting tonight, Wednesday, May 19. This curfew applies to the Bangkok metropolitan area and to all Thai provinces under the State of Emergency (see details below). Early morning flights may be impacted because of the curfew and the inability of crews and passengers to arrive at the airport before their scheduled flight. If you will be flying out of Bangkok in the next several days, we recommend that you confirm your flight with your airline before you leave for the airport. Reports indicate that troops have authority to shoot on sight in response to acts of inciting unrest. American citizens should maintain a low profile and refrain from nighttime outside activity until the situation improves.

    The U.S. Embassy, including visa operations, will be closed Thursday, May 20 and Friday, May 21. American Citizen Services (ACS) will be available for emergencies by phone only at 02-205-4049. For after-hours emergencies, please call 02-205-4000. The U.S. Embassy recommends against coming to the area near the U.S. Embassy.

    ACS has opened a temporary location at the Westin Grand Sukhumvit. Please see details in our recent announcement.

    U.S. citizens should avoid travel to and lodging in the area of the U.S. Embassy and the areas in and around all demonstrations, if possible. If U.S. citizens must travel to these areas, they should exercise special caution and remain vigilant with regard to their personal security. U.S. Embassy personnel who live around this area have been given the option to relocate to housing outside of the affected area until the situation is resolved. U.S. citizens are reminded to exercise caution and vigilance at all times.

    A State of Emergency has been declared in the following provinces:

    • Bangkok metropolitan area
    • Chiang Mai
    • Chiang Rai
    • Lampang
    • Nan
    • Nakhon Sawan
    • Samut Prakan
    • Chon Buri
    • Nonthaburi
    • Pathum Thani
    • Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya
    • Khon Kaen
    • Udon Thani
    • Chaiyaphum
    • Nakhon Ratchasima
    • Si Sa Ket
    • Kalasin
    • Mukdaharn

    U.S. citizens are reminded that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence with little or no warning. U.S. citizens are urged to avoid the areas that may be targeted for demonstrations and to exercise caution in their movements around Bangkok.

    Since May 15, 2010, the Department of State has advised U.S. citizens to avoid all travel to Bangkok and all non-essential travel to the rest of Thailand. You should review the Department’s most recent Travel Warning for Thailand.
    by Published on 05-16-2010 01:33 AM     Number of Views: 2974 
    1. Categories:
    2. Forums

    The new Forum / Library is here. There are many additions to this new area, on top of a fully upgraded forum area. The new main sections are as follows:

    • Downloads: In this section you can upload and download various types of files, including hard to find audio and book files.
    • Media: The Media section organizes all sorts of different online streaming videos from YouTube, Vimeo, and other types of sites. You can easily post links to your favorite videos in this section so that the rest of the community can easily find them. These videos are hosted on other servers, and are not kept by us.
    • Blogs: All registered users have access to the russbo.com Blog section. Each individual Blog area is yours, to upload whatever thoughts you might want to record and share with our community.
    • What's New?: This section will direct you to all the various different forum posts and articles that have been uploaded since your last visit.
    • Gallery: The long standing Photo section of russbo.com, now with upgraded software, more pictures (on top of the thousands that are there already), and easier use. Create your own user gallery, or add photos to the multitudes of categories that we already have.
    • Album: Listed in the Forum section sub menu as "Gallery", registered users can create small photo albums that are linked directly to their forum user identity. It's a small section; don't confuse it with the larger, more comprehensive Gallery found in the navigation tabs.
    • Classifieds: A new updated section that allows you to share the stuff that you want to try to sell to other members of our community.
    • russboTV (Videos): The video section of russbo.com, the videos that you find here are hosted by our own servers in a YouTube type fashion. And now, one log in gets you access to all parts of the site; register or log in to the forums, and you continue to use the same log in information in our video section.
    • Chat: A site wide chat system; log into the Forum with your usual user name, and you can then be automatically logged into our Chat system.
    • Support: If you need help from the russboTeam, you can submit a support request ticket in this section. You also might find answers to questions that you have, as other people's support tickets are sometimes made available if they provide some sort of educational value.
    • Community News and Information: Actually, this section that you're reading, here. You can create articles that show up on this page (or as we call it, the CMS, Content Management System section) that are readily available to other members of our community. If needed, we can create a section specifically for you. All materials are reviewed by the russboTeam prior to publication. Educational materials are always desired.
    • Wiki: An extremely powerful production and editing device which allows you to collaborate, create, edit and publish articles, e books, help or instruction manuals, anything that you might want to add of educational value. It functions as a genuine wiki, though it is fully integrated into our forums, and therefore, separate registration is not required. It is just another tool that we at russbo.com present to you, to help further our educational goals concerning all things Shaolin.
    • Arcade: It just wouldn't be russbo.com if we didn't have our play time. And in a sub menu of the Forum, you'll find access to the Arcade, with hundreds of online games that you can use to waste your time. Have fun! Hundreds more games are on the way.

    Lots of new features. Much work went into these upgrades; we hope that you enjoy them and find them to be educational. Feel free to spend some time bouncing around the site, and explore all the new features.

    Let me know if you find anything that "doesn't work right". I'll fix it as soon as I can. I've tried to make everything "bug free", but given the complexity of the new Forum / Library area, I may have missed something.

    by Published on 05-08-2010 05:00 AM  Number of Views: 17240 
    1. Categories:
    2. CMS,
    3. Article

    Welcome to the new CMS. Here's a quick guide of the different areas of this page.

    1. Section Navigation Widget. This widget allows you to go to different sections. The "plus icon" means that this section has sub-sections. Clicking on the "plus icon" will display the sub-sections.
    by Published on 05-03-2010 03:20 AM
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    2. Shaolin
    Article Preview

    I have quite a few copies of Shi Xing Hong's Three Tiger's book, printed sometime in the late 1990's. I don't know how "rare" ...
    by Published on 04-29-2010 06:51 AM  Number of Views: 3024 
    1. Categories:
    2. Thailand Travel

    On April 26, 2010, United States Ambassador Eric G. John convened a Town Hall meeting for American citizens in Bangkok. ...
    by Published on 11-09-2009 12:00 PM
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    2. CMS,
    3. Article

    Here's a quick Visual Guide on how Manage Sections in the new CMS.

    1. Editing a Section: If you have permissions to manage a Section, as you hover over the Section title, a pencil icon will display.

    After clicking the pencil icon, you will be taken to the Section Edit page. Here's what you will see:

    2. Section Name:
    Enter the Section Name
    3. SEO URL Alias: This is the SEO Friendly URL. By default, if this is blank, the system will automatically copy the section title.
    4. Section Layout: For each section you can define an individual section layout.
    by Published on 11-06-2009 06:00 AM
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    2. CMS,
    3. Article,
    4. Blogs,
    5. Forums

    One of the innovative new features on vBulletin 4.0 Publishing Suite is the cross-publishing "Promote to Article" ...

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