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Lachlan Nally Saved His Father’s Life On Monday

Matthew and his 11 year old son Lachlan Nally of Australia were in a car wreck on January 21, 2007. Matthew is alive because of the quick and fearless action young Lachlan took.

The car the two was in rolled several times before coming to a stop. Lachlan quickly checked on his father who was not breathing. Using first aid skills he had learned in school Lachlan known to friends as Lochie performed mouth to mouth resuscitation until his father started to breath on his own. Knowing that in the remote area that they had wrecked would not likely be receiving quick traffic Lochie ran through the wilderness barefoot and hurt himself to get help for his father.

Lochie ran to the only place he knew of in Koolunga where he and his dad had just been, an old tin roofed pub. His persistent knocking at the door woke the owners who called for help.

Kim March, Lachlan’s mother found out about the ordeal at 3 a.m. when the police brought her son home.

He jumped out the window and he ran for help and that just blew me away,” Ms. March said. “For 3 kilometers and it’s pitch dark by yourself . . . for a little boy it’s, like, amazing, so I told him he’s saved his Dad’s life.”

Lachlan was given a bravery award for saving his father’s life. Lachlan suffered seat-belt burns to his neck, two lumps on his head and a graze on his lower back.

Matthew Nally is still in critical condition at Royal Adelaide Hospital where he was taken by helicopter.

The local police chief said Lachlan would receive a bravery award.

“We think it’s one of the more heroic acts we’ve seen here and the police will certainly be recognising that in some form.”

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A Mailing From Heaven

Some guys just can’t let go. Chet Fitch passed away in October at the age of 88. Thirty four of Mr. Fitch’s friends received their Christmas cards from their joking friend last week.

Fitch was known for his sense of humour. His friends were able to remember their friend with his last Christmas card this week with the return address of “Heaven.”

“I asked Big Guy if I could sneak back and send some cards. At first he said no; but at my insistence he finally said, ‘Oh well, what the heaven, go ahead but don’t (tarry) there.’ Wish I could tell you about things here but words cannot explain.

“Better get back as Big Guy said he stretched a point to let me in the first time, so I had better not press my luck. I’ll probably be seeing you (some sooner than you think). Wishing you a very Merry Christmas. Chet Fitch”

For the past two decades Fitch and his barber Patty Dean worked on the joke. Mr. Fitch kept updating his mailing list and adding additional postage as the rates went up. This fall as she cut his hair he let her know that he thought this would be the year for her to send out the cards.

“You must be getting tired of waiting to mail those cards,” he told her. “I think you’ll probably be able to mail them this year.”

The next week he died. Heaven must be smiling a bit more with F


Why is the birth rate in Japan declining?

Japan is facing a crisis when it comes to their birth rates. With a national average of only 1.26 live births per mother the population may not be able to sustain the aging members in the near future.

Last January Japanese Health Minister Hakuo Yanagisawa made some comments that reflected negatively on Japanese women when it came to the declining birthrate in Japan. With a bit of crudeness the Health Minister made a valid point for all that Japan has done of late to boost fertility it hasn’t worked.

Arresting the decline would be difficult, Mr Yanagisawa said, because “the number of birth-giving machines and devices is fixed”.

“All we can ask for is for them to do their best per head,” he said.

There are multiple reasons why the birth rate has become so low in Japan. Worldwide the marriage age has increased as women are more independent and a competing force in the workplace. That though can not be used as a viable factor since other countries have the same issues and still a higher birth rate.

The Japanese people when asked blame money worries, working and raising a family and lack of support for mothers.

In Japan pay is linked to age. Many young adults deal with temporary contracts that pay little. The allowances for child care are low and housing costs are high. Add in the costs of educational loans and you have a generation who are barely making ends meet.

Once a family decides to have children in Japan the mother often ends up at home with the child. This is not always because she wants to but because there is pressure in the workplace for her to do so. Jobs are not left open for mothers to be in many small and medium sized firms. Dr Kuniko Inoguchi says that 70% of pregnant women quit their jobs.

To keep the job can be difficult. The struggle to find a day care centre that keeps infants in their budgets is difficult. Others have found that they are passed by for promotion once they have given birth.

“Many women want to work and have kids,” said Mitsuko Kamaya, a housewife.

“But it’s still the case that it is either work or kids. Women feel that they have to throw one dream or the other away,” she said.

“If there was a system that guaranteed women could get back to work, I think more would feel secure enough to have kids.”

In many ways Japanese child-rearing has not changed in decades with fathers working long hours and mothers at home dealing with household tasks and taking care of baby. In previous generations though families lived together with the generations helping one another. In rural areas this is still true but not in the larger cities. That could be part of the reason that the birth rates in rural areas are above the national average.

Tokyo and Osaka City have the lowest birth rates in Japan. Recently the government has tried to bring in family friendly policies. They have added more day care centres for working families with later hours. Schools are running after school programmes. Stay at home mothers can even use pay-per-hour sitting services to have some time for themselves.

So far that hasn’t changed the plunging birth rate.

“We can try to publicise the idea that having a child is a good experience, and work to create an environment in which women feel secure enough to have one,” said Yasuko Baba of the city’s Children and Youth Bureau.

“But we can’t say ‘please have a child’. Ultimately it is up to them.”


Boston Police Set To Search Teen’s Rooms Without Warrants

Does the term civil liability exist in Boston? In the next two weeks police who are assigned to the cities school system will begin going door to door of students they suspect own guns.

The police will be visiting the homes in packs of three dressed down in plain clothes.
Without warrants they are going to be searching those children’s bedrooms while their parents look on. If the parents say no they say they will leave. While the parents do have the right to say no it is feared that there will be some so intimidated by the police that they will allow for the search even though they would rather not have the police in their homes

If the police do find a gun though the teens will not be charged unless that gun has been used in a crime.

While gun violence in Boston is at an all time high what about the right of homeowners to be able to demand search warrants?

“I just have a queasy feeling anytime the police try to do an end run around the Constitution,” said Thomas Nolan, a former Boston police lieutenant who now teaches criminology at Boston University. “The police have restrictions on their authority and ability to conduct searches. The Constitution was written with a very specific intent, and that was to keep the law out of private homes unless there is a written document signed by a judge and based on probable cause. Here, you don’t have that.”

Would the police searches honestly help reduce the number of guns that flow through the hard streets of Boston? Chances are not. A gun removed is quickly replaced by another one.

The police have no intentions of going to a home where they believe a teen has been involved in a crime would live. Without warrants any gun found would not be able to hold up in a courtroom jury trial.

“In a case where we have investigative leads or there is an impact player that we know has been involved in serious criminal activity, we will pursue investigative leads against them and attempt to get into that house with a search warrant, so we can hold them accountable,” Davis said.

What about drugs? Well if the police find a joint they say they will simply confiscate it and turn their head but if they find a large haul, yes arrests may be made.

“A kilo of cocaine would not be considered modest,” said Elaine Driscoll, Davis’s spokeswoman. “The officers that have been trained have been taught discretion.”

The troops of school cops are hoping to target those kids whose parents are afraid of them. This could give them an out to get the tools of the gangs out of their house. What will happen remains to be seen though. The program is based on another one that operated in St. Louis from 1994 until 1999 when the funding ran out.

At least one parent of a child who died in the crossfire though seems to be behind the program.

Ronald Odom – whose son, Steven, 13, was fatally shot last month as he walked home from basketball practice – was at yesterday’s meeting and said the program is a step in the right direction. “Everyone talks about curbing violence,” he said, following the meeting. “. . . This is definitely a head start.”

Would you want the police searching your children’s rooms? What about profiling? Will children’s homes of all races be targeted or just minorities?


Scattering Ashes 101

 

When it’s time to scatter ashes of a loved one to the wind you should be sure that it’s alright to do so. Not all places will allow for your loved one to hang out for eternity. There are several ways to scatter ashes from ringing to Aerial scattering.

Earlier this week there was a report out that someone scattered their ashes at Disneyland. Disneyland is one of those places that shouldn’t be Aunt Vera’s final resting spot even if it’s part of a growing trend.

The sea on the other hand is great for someone who wishes to be part of the world forever. The ashes will blow all over. Aerial scattering is done by a professional in a private plane with the same results as sea scattering. There is always the old stand by of casting one’s ashes to the wind to see where it takes them. That of course is the cheapest one of the above three choices.

Trenching is done with the use of a hoe. Simply make a trench in the soil that is legal and where your loved one would want to be. Raking is when the ashes are poured on the soil and gently raked into the ground. Ringing is done when the ashes form a circle around something. This could be a favorite rose bush or a fancy memorial.

If your loved one was into the Green movement they may want to be buried in a biodegradable scattering urn. This can often be done on top of another burial so that family ashes and remains can be together.

Was your loved one into something that you’d want the ashes to have a special scattering memory? There are many services out there for you to use.


Thousands of Elves At The Ready

It’s that time of the year again when young children scribble out their dreams to Santa. Thousands of elves are readied with pen and paper to respond to the tykes dreams and forward the requests on to the big guy in the North Pole.

Canada Post “elves” have been activated as children across Canada and the world begin their yearly ritual of Dear Santa letters. Post Canada is expecting a record year of young writers with visions of toys dancing in the heads.

Santa himself was greeted by excited first graders at a midtown post office in Toronto on Friday. Santa arrived at the postal office in a modified postal truck. He revealed that the letters that touch his heart the strongest are of children that make requests for others.

“It’s not so much ‘give me, give me,”‘ he said in an interview. “I have so many letters that wish other people good things.”

Since the Canada Post launched it’s Santa program 26 years ago more than 15 million letters have been answered by their special postal elves. That was enough to get the Canada Post’s “Letters to Santa” program a certificate from Guinness World Records.

In case you are wondering the postal code for the North Pole and Santa’s workshop is H0H 0H0. Letters sent will be read and responded to by the elves and Santa will be aware of what the tykes want under the tree this year.

The post office is requesting that the kids save the treats for Santa until he visits their homes. If your youngster is more prone to email instead of snail mail there is a website they can visit.

Last December, Canada Post delivered more than 900 million pieces of mail, with 50 million pieces entering the mail stream on December 19 alone.