ST KILDA ART CRAWL 21 – 24 Sept 2017

Born from universal art and culture. Inspired by California’s successful community strengthening Venice Art Crawl and fuelled by St Kilda’s passionate grass roots’ creatives.  The St Kilda Art Crawl has arrived.

Similar to St Kilda’s sister city of Venice Beach in California and like the Venice Art Crawl, St Kilda Art Crawl is a not for profit incentive for the people by the people.

It’s aim is to galvanise community spirit and co operation by proactively integrating the business world with the world of art and culture. The life blood of any great city.  This is a unified drive inviting St Kilda’s local artist, musicians, writers, poets and street artists to share and celebrate who they are with the world.

As well as combined effort and support from the local traders, artists will be supported by extensive media coverage through TV, Radio and online media.

The World is Your Oyster so get involved!

Last night Wilbur Wilde was MC at Acland Street’s Veludo Cafe host to the second Mixer for SKAC bringing together artists, enthusiasts and local traders in preparation for the next St Kilda Art Crawl on the 22 – 23 of September 2017 – a week before the grand final; and with a collaborative spirit SKAC and VAC will be streaming events via their mutual Facebook pages linking the sister cities in celebration.

Original SKAC member Mick Pacholli in Q & A

Original SKAC member Mick Pacholli in Q & A

Colonel Pietro Iodice chairman of SKAC in Q & A

Colonel Pietro Iodice chairman of SKAC in Q & A

Geoffrey Fry SKAC Creative Director in Q & A

Geoffrey Fry SKAC Creative Director in Q & A

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Enthusiastic brethren

Coin Talbot with partner Liz with Jean and Wilbur Wilde MC for the evening

Coin Talbot with partner Liz, friend  Jean and Wilbur Wilde MC for the evening

Film by MYnewsroom Tim & Simon Barnett & pationpics.com Photographs and promo byKerrie Pacholli

 

 

DELTA FLIGHT 191 – (Richard Laver – Survivor)

It’s August 2, 1985

Delta Airlines domestic flight 191 had originally taken off from Fort Lauderdale, Florida and is scheduled to complete it’s trip in Los Angeles after a brief stop over at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

The plane is a Lockheed L-1011-385-1 Tristar.

The Captain is Edward N. Connors, (57 years) and he had been flying with the airline since 1954. His First Officer is Rudolph P. Price Jnr, (42 years).

Other Delta Captains who had the pleasure of flying with Price, described him as a competent, above average first officer, possessing excellent knowledge of the Tristar.

The Flight Engineer is Nick N. Nassick (43 years). Again, his co-workers found him also very observant, alert and professional.

It was First Officer Price who was in control of the plane.

Onboard are 152 passengers and 11 crew.

Also on this particular flight is Mary Ann Estridge and her husband Don Estridge. Don was the driving force/developer behind the Original IBM Personal Computer. Jean Hancock, sister of Musician Herbie Hancock also had a seat, along with youngster Richard Laver and his father Ian, brother of Australian tennis legend Rod (Rocket) Laver.

The control tower gives the order for the flight to decend to 10,000 feet.

The controller suggests they fly a heading of 250 degrees toward the Blue Ridge approach, but Captain Connors replies that the route would take them through a storm cell.

Captain Conners: Well, I’m looking at a cell at about a heading of 255. It’s a pretty good sized cell and I’d rather not go through it, I’d rather go around it one way or the other.

After a brief conversation, they are assigned a new heading. The flight is given permission to go around the storm, rather than directly through it. Once clear of it, the plane will line up for a landing on runway 17L.

Three miles ahead of Flight 191 is a corporate Learjet flown by Captain Rufus Lewis. His plane is also on approach to Runway 17L.

Flight 191 is getting too close to the Learjet and is ordered to slow down to 180 knots.

 

Flight 191 is now only 50 km from the runway, so the cabin crew begin preparations for landing.

RICHARD LAVER – His own account of that day

It was the night before the accident, Richard sat down to dinner with his mother, and he recalls telling her that the plane was going to crash.

Richard had experienced many dreams leading up to the flight, and to comfort him, his mother told him that it was a one in a million chance that would happen.

Richard was a frequent flyer, having travelled all over the world, but this day was very different. He reluctantly headed off to the airport with his father. They were on there way to a tennis tournament. This time he was very nervous. Richard had never been scared to fly in his life.

He together with his father got onto the flight and he remembers the skies were blue and crystal clear. Conditions were favourable.

Richards father sat back in his chair and was soon transfixed on a John Wayne movie. Richard on the other hand was looking out to the right of him and through the window saw what appeared to be a storm cell. When he saw that storm cell, he immediately got worried and needed a trip to the bathroom. Whilst in there, he splashed water on his face and looked into the mirror and something came over him. He just knew that the plane was going to crash.

Richard then returned to his seat, sat down and left his seatbelt unhitched.

An announcement came over the PA from the pilot that they may have to circle around and possibly land at another airport. So the stewards began preparing the passengers for landing. A female flight attendant was approaching Richard to check that all people had their seatbelts fastened, and Richard purposely didn’t fasten his, rather grabbed a blanket and pulled it up and over the buckle so she couldn’t see it.

The next recollection Richard has is lying a field, having been thrown 50 yards clear of the plane. Both he and his father were seated right where the plane split. Later it would be determined that having his seatbelt un-buckled actually saved his life. Sadly everyone including his father in that row perished in the crash.

Richard found himself in shock, he couldn’t speak or move. People from the hwy nearby who ran over to assist were looking for survivors at the tail end of the plane near the water towers.

One passer by watched the plane hit a car and crash. He decided to go through the fence, got all cut up doing so and then saw Richards hand the only part of him visible as he was submerged under water. He grabbed his hand and pulled him out. That’s when his rescuer said, “Your going to be ok”.

Richard recalls, his physical injuries healed faster than his psychological ones.

Over the years, Richard has asked himself, Why did I survive? Why am I still here? In fact everyone asks themselves that question after a while, it’s part of the maturation process,” Laver said.

The plane touched down 6,000 feet short of the runway and 360 feet to the left of the runway centerline, became airborne again, struck a car killing the driver, crossed the highway and crashed into two water tank reservoirs.

The severed rear section of the plane is where most survivors are found although flight attendants at the front also survive.

Of the 163 passengers and crew 132 died upon impact, with 31 injured. Two passengers later died in hospital whilst receiving care.

 

This article is dedicated to them.

THE CREW (DECEASED)

ALFORD, Fran, Miami.

ARTZ, Freida, Miami.

CONNORS, Edward M., Atlanta, The Captain.

JOHNSON, Diane, Miami.

LEE, Alyson, Miami.

MODZELEWSKI, Joan, Miami.

NASSICK, Nick N., 44 Decatur, Ga Second Officer.

PRICE, Rudy P., 43 Atlanta, First Officer.

PASSENGERS (DECEASED)

AGELOFF, Scott, Miami.

ANDERSON, Carrie, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

ANDERSON, Curtis, Fort Lauderdale.

BAILIE, Ronald, San Fernando Valley, Calif.

BANNER, T., San Francisco.

BANNER (infant), San Francisco.

BARNES, Joanne, Del Ray Beach, Fla.

BARNES, Kara, Del Ray Beach.

BARNES, Moses, Del Ray Beach.

BATTISTI, Christine, Boca Raton, Fla..

BERNSTEIN, Sidney, Fort Lauderdale.

BHATTI, D., Fort Lauderdale.

BHATTI, R., Fort Lauderdale.

BHATTI, B., Fort Lauderdale.

BLOUCH, Mark, Fort Lauderdale.

BOEKELOO, Jack, Fort Lauderdale.

BOEKELOO, Pat, Fort Lauderdale.

BROWN, Cindy, Belleflower, Calif.

BROWN, Darlene, Chicago.

BROWN, G., Hollywood, Fla..

BROWN, J., Fort Lauderdale area.

BROWNSTEIN, Mrs. M., Margate, Fla..

CAPRIELIAN, Arthur, Oakland Park, Fla.

CAPRIELIAN, Mrs. Pransy, Oakland Park.

CASSEDY, Kevina, Los Angeles.

CHAPFIELD, V., Boynton Beach, Fla.

CHERKAS, M., address unknown.

CHERKAS, Anne, 74, West Palm Beach, Fla.

CLARK, James Paul, Atlanta.

COLLEY, Mary K., Dallas.

DAHL, Steve, Sandy, Utah.

DOUGLAS, Michael, Tulsa, Okla.

DOYLE, Deanna, 25, Amarillo, Tex.

EDELMAN, M., Fort Lauderdale.

EPSTEIN, Mike, Boston.

ESTRIDGE, Philip D., Boca Raton.

ESTRIDGE, Mrs. P., Boca Raton.

FABRIELLO, Joe, Atlanta.

FIELDS, Christopher, Los Angeles.

FIELDS, Rachel, Los Angeles.

FLANIGAN, Charles, Hollywood, Fla..

FLANIGAN, Roslind, Hollywood, Fla..

FRAZIER, B., address unknown.

GILLIARD, Zohniffer, Atlanta.

GOLDBERG, A., Fort Lauderdale.

GOLDMAN, Max, Fort Lauderdale.

GUFFEY, Glenda, Coconut Creek, Fla.

GUTERMA, Marc, Mesa, Colo..

HANCOCK, Jean C., Half Moon Bay, Calif.

HASSELHORST, Charles J., Hermosa Beach, Calif.. HIRONAKA, Aimee, California.

HIRONAKA, Anne, Monterey Park, Calif.

HOOKE, Ramone Robert, Tustin, Calif.

HUNTER, Kyle, Salt Lake City.

IBARGUENGCITIA, Fernando, San Antonio, Tex.

JONES, Larry, Los Angeles.

JOSHUA, Yamisse, Los Angeles.

JURKOWSKI, Pnuong, Fort Lauderdale.

KAISER, K., Fort Lauderdale area.

KATZ, Seth, Los Angeles.

KLEIN, Alex, Fort Lauderdale.

KLEIN, Mrs. A., Fort Lauderdale.

KNICHER, Jane, Deerfield Beach, Fla..

KOLE, Thomas S., Phoenix.

KRUGER, Earl, Los Angeles.

KRIEGER, Dennis, Los Angeles.

KUJAWA, John, Plantation, Fla..

LACKEY, William, Little Rock, Ark.

LAMBSON, Sylvia, Fort Lauderdale.

LARSEN, William Gale, Plano, Tex.

LAVER, Ian, Delray Beach.

LAWRENCE, Scot, Fort Lauderdale area.

LEVER, Evelyn, Fort Lauderdale.

MAHSEREJIAN, Mark, Fort Lauderdale.

MAHSEREJIAN, Susan, Fort Lauderdale.

MILLER, David, Miami.

MILLER, Nancy, Miamai.

McLAUGHLIN, D., Sandy, Utah.

MONBERG, Lawrence, Sea Ranch Lakes, Fla.

MOORE, Donald, Valencia, Calif.

MOORE, F., Sunrise, Fla.

MOORE, S., Sunrise.

NEEL, Kim, Los Angeles.

NIDA, Randall Lee, Davie, Fla.

O’RIELLY, K., Brisbane, Australia.

PACE, Thomas, Boca Raton.

PERDARIS, Peter, Olathe, Kansas.

PHILLIPS, Nikki, Fort Lauderdale.

PERRY, Jan, Fort Lauderdale.

POLK, Sabrina, Los Angeles.

PUGH, W.D., San Francisco.

REYNOLDS, Paul, Fort Lauderdale.

REYNOLDS, Brian, Fort Lauderdale.

SALMON, Paul B., 66, Pasadena, Calif.

SANDERS, Steven, Los Angeles.

SCHMIDT, Mary H., Boca Raton.

SCHWARTZ, Kurt, Oklahoma City.

SEGAL, F., West Palm Beach.

SHAVER, Lori, Fort Lauderdale.

SHAW, Edith, Boynton Beachh.

SHAWL, C., Boca Raton.

SHEARER, Vickie C., Bountiful, Utah.

SHEEHAN, Mrs. Robin, Danville, Calif.

SHEEHAN, Ryan, Danville.

SHEEHAN (infant), Danville.

SHOECRAFT, Milt, Los Angeles.

SILVERMAN, F., Palm Beach.

STANSBURG, Robert, Long Beach, Calif.

STRUSSER, Fran, Santa Monica, Calif.

SULKIN, Jameson, Colorado Springs, Colo.

SULMONETTI, Jayne, Houston.

THOMPSON, Jane, Boca Raton.

THOMPSON, Evan, Boca Raton.

VERDICCHIO, Bob, Dallas.

WARNER, Jeff, Fort Lauderdale.

WENER, Mrs. Leonard, Pompano Beach, Fla..

WHITE, Ron, Mesquite, Tex.

WILLIS, Angela G., Hollywood, Fla.

WILSON, A.W., Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.

WILSON, Cathy, Coral Springs, Fla.

WRIGHT, Deborah, Sherman Oaks, Calif.

ZARNT, Julie, Fort Lauderdale.

 

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SURVIVING CREW MEMBERS

AMATULLI, Jenny, 35, Miami.

CHAVIS, Vickie, 29, Miami.

ROBINSON, Wendy, 23, West Palm Beach, Fla.

 

SURVIVING PASSENGERS

COKE, Paul, 62, Phoenix.

DEWITT, Mark, Dallas.

EDWARDS, Annie, Pompano Beach.

FORD, Kathy, 35, Fort Worth.

FREEMAN, Gregory, 46, Boca Raton.

GARCIA, Anita, 23, Miami.

GOLDBERG, Jean, 75, Pompano Beach.

GOODKID or GOODKIN, Andrea, 16, Fort Lauderdale.

GREEN, Gilbert, Fort Lauderdale.

HARRIS, Ron, Oklahoma City.

KATZ, Debbie, 40, Fort Lauderdale.

KATZ, Robert, 42, Fort Lauderdale.

KELLER, Alvin, 36, Henderson, Nev.

LAPETTUS, Greg, 23, Miami Beach.

LEDFORD, Esther, Fort Lauderdale.

LAVER, Richard, 12, Delray Beach.

MALOY, John, 29, Redondo Beach, Calif.

MARSH, Elizabeth, Deerfield Beach.

MEIER, Christopher John, Temple, Tex.

MOORE, John K., Lookout Mountain, Tenn.

SEGAL, Sidney, 76, West Palm Beach.

SLUSHER, Jay, 33, Phoenix.

STEINBERG, Marilyn, Miami.

STEINBERG, Mike, Miami.

VISICH, Mark, 60.

WARNER, Leonard, 64, Pompano Beach.

WILLIAMS, Juanita, 55, Pompano Beach.

WRIGHT, Kathleen, 49, Fort Lauderdale.

 

 

 

PRINCE PHILIP (retirement comes at 96)

It’s official, as of today, Prince Philip, is stepping down from Royal duties. The Duke of Edinburgh announced that he will no longer accompany his wife on regular engagements, after seven decades of working together in public life.

The retirement of the Duke of Edinburgh will mark a new era for the Royal family, as now it will be expected that the younger royals will have to “step up” to support the Queen.

The Prince of Wales and Duke of Cambridge (his son and grandson) will continue to take on extra duties, as other Royals accompany the Queen on regular engagements. Kensington Palace announced plans for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to move back to London later his year, taking up residence with their family at Kensington Palace, as Prince William over a week or so ago retired from his job as a search and rescue pilot in Norfolk to become a full-time working Royal.

Last year, Her Majesty stepped down as patron of 25 national organisations, with the Duchess of Cambridge, the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry taking over.

For seventy years the Queen and Prince Philip’s support for each other, has been unwavering. Their team effort began before their marriage in 1947, when Prince Philip denounced his Greek and Danish heritage, to become British, with a life dedicated to Royal Duties.

Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark was born in Mon Repos on the Greek island of Corfu on 10 June 1921, the only son and fifth and final child of Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice of Battenberg. He had four elder sisters, Margarita, Theodora, Cecilie and Sophie.

In 1939, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth toured the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth. It was during this tour, that Earl Mountbatten asked a young, strapping Philip to escort the King’s two daughters Princess Elizabeth and younger sister Princess Margaret, Philip’s third cousins through Queen Victoria and second cousins once removed through King Christian IX of Denmark.

Thirteen year old Princess Elizabeth was smitten, and both her and Philip began to exchange letters. In the Summer of 1946, Philip asked the King for his daughters hand in marriage. The pending marriage was granted with stipulations. A formal announcement would have to wait until Elizabeth’s 21st birthday, the following April.  Philip then abandoned his Greek and Danish royal titles, and became a naturalised British citizen. He adopted the surname Mountbatten from his mothers family.

The day preceding his wedding, King George VI bestowed him the Title of His Royal Highness and on the morning of the wedding at Westminister Abbey recorded and broadcast by BBC radio to 200 million people around the globe, he was made the Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron of Greenwich.

The wedding didn’t go off without controversy. In post-war Britain, it was not acceptable for any of the Duke of Edinburgh’s German relations to be invited to the wedding, including Philip’s three surviving sisters, all of whom had married German Princes, some with Nazi connections.

Straight after the honeymoon, Philip returned to the navy.

After the marriage they took up residence at Clarence House, where their first two children were born, Prince Charles (1948) and Princess Anne (1950).

As consort to the Queen, Philip always walking a few paces behind her, supported his wife with her duties as sovereign. Philip knelt before Elizabeth, with her hands enclosing his, and swore to be her “liege man of life and limb”.

It was whilst on tour in Kenya in 1952, Elizabeth’s ailing father passed away and she instantly became Queen. It was Philip her husband who was given the task of breaking the news to her, at Sagana Lodge, and the royal party immediately returned to the UK.

Philip served in WW2 and by age 21, became one of the world’s first Lieutenants in the Royal Navy. He was also involved in the Battle of Crete, and during the invasion of Sicily in 1943, as second in command of HMS Wallace, he saved his ship from a night bomber attack.

Over the years he has donned many hats, whether he is a patron, president or member, he has represented over 800 organizations, particularly focused on the environment, industry, sport and education, and travelled the world extensively with over 600 solo tours.

The Prince is also known for his cheekiness and fun. He was also known to be a ladies man and over the years has been accused of being unfaithful to Her Majesty regularly. Their have even been reports of him fathering children outside of the marriage, though to date, their has been not one shred of viable evidence to support such claims.

In 1981, Prince Philip wrote to his eldest son Prince Charles, counselling him to either propose to Lady Diana Spencer or break off their courtship and find another suitable future Queen. Feeling pressured, he proposed and the two were married six months later and given the titles, Prince and Princess of Wales, even though he loved another already married woman, Camila Parker Bowles.

From the marriage came two beautiful boys, Prince William and Prince Harry. Also from the marriage came infidelity on both sides and by 1992, the marriage to the Prince and Princess of Wales had broken down. The Queen and the Duke held a meeting with both trying to encourage a reconciliation, but without success. The two separated and later divorced.

In the divorce, the Princess was stripped of all titles and this meant she had to go it alone, without the aid of bodyguards for protection. She had many suitors during the next year, and it was whilst with one of those, she was fatally killed in a car crash in Paris in August of 1997.

For five days after the crash, the Queen and Duke shielded their grandsons from the press, keeping them behind closed doors at Balmoral so they could grieve in private. To the publics dismay, they saw both the Queen and the Duke as completely heartless. Why wasnt their head of state saying anything? Why wasn’t she grieving with her loyal subjects? It was an outpouring of hostility directed at the Royals that forced the Queen to address the situation in a live broadcast on 5th September.

After the funeral, Mohamed Fayed, who also lost his son Dodi who it is believed was having a romantic relationship with Diana at the time, made claims that Prince Philip ordered the death of Diana after finding out she was pregnant and that the accident was staged. This claim was later investigated and there was no evidence to support any type of conspiracy. The coroner said the only evidence that Diana was pregnant, had come from Mr Al Fayed himself.

The Harrods tycoon has claimed that the fatal crash in a Paris tunnel was orchestrated by MI6 agents acting on orders from Prince Philip to prevent the couple marrying and having a Muslim baby.

In summing up the six month hearing into Diana’s death, Lord Justice Scott Baker, told the jury, there is no evidence that the Duke of Edinburgh order Diana’s execution, and there is no evidence that the secret intelligence service or any other government agency organised it.

There are not many men who can still fit into the suit they wore on their wedding day, but it is a measure of the Duke of Edinburgh’s astonishing good health and vitality that he can make such a bold claim.

Like any person his age the Duke has of course had the occasional health scare, but their rarity has only served to highlight his general fitness and longevity. Prince Philip appears to be in remarkably good shape for a man of 96, and his secret appears to be deceptively simple, regular exercise, a moderate diet, and good dose of sheer will power to carry on.

Those who know Prince Philip say he works at keeping fit and, in a reflection of his days serving in the Royal Navy, has remained determined never to let himself go.

The Duke prefers to walk and take the stairs wherever he can, and can still be seen behind the rains of a horse carriage in the grounds of Windsor Great Park.

In May 2014, the Duke had a “minor procedure” carried out on his right hand at Buckingham Palace and in June the previous year he spent two months convalescing after an exploratory operation on his abdomen.

In December 2011 he was fitted with a heart stent and has twice been treated for bladder infections, including during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee weekend in June 2012, when he fell ill after having to stand in the cold on a barge during the Thames pageant.

On leaving hospital, the day before his 91st birthday, the Prince Philip was asked if he was feeling better. He replied, in characteristic style: “Well, I wouldn’t be coming out if I wasn’t.”

Like all families, both Her Majesty and the Duke have gone through the full range of pleasures, and tribulations in bringing up their children. And being somewhat bias, I have to say I think they have done a splendid job, considering their sometimes difficult and demanding circumstances.

I’m sure we all wish The Duke well in his retirement, though I’m sure this isn’t the last we’ll be seeing of the dashing Prince.

 

CYBER BULLYING ( It’s a human disgrace)

Whether bullying is verbal, physical, or done online, aggressive, threatening, or deliberately hurtful behavior is an unfortunate but very real problem that can happen in anywhere, anytime.

People have been researching bullying for decades. Advanced technology means that bullying is no longer limited to schoolyards, street corners, bus/tram stops. Cyber bullying can occur anywhere, any time, at home, via email, text messages, cell phones, chat rooms, Facebook and various social media platforms.

For any person being bullied, the side effects can be devastating, possibly leaving a person feeling hurt, humiliated, isolated, helpless, angry, depressed or even worse, suicidal. No type of bullying should ever be tolerated.

Research shows, that most cyber bullying can be done anonymously, so to the person being bullied, there is no clarity as to who is targeting you. This can be more scary for the receiver of the taunt, while it emboldens the bully as they believe online anonymity means they are less likely to get caught.

Since the cyber bully can’t see your reaction or facial expression, research has shown that they often go that step further in their harassment or ridicule than they would if you were face to face.

Sadly, cyber bullying can be and often is witnessed by potentially hundreds if not thousands of people. Posts can be forwarded on and on and on reaching an audience beyond belief.

As a parent, what can you do to protect your child?

Children who are victims of cyber bullying may be reluctant to tell anyone about what is going on. But parents can look for signs such as refusing to go to school, sudden drop in school performance, becoming reserved, more teary, being very secretive, and so on.

Firstly if your child is being targeted it’s important not to respond, no matter how hurtful the post is. Responding will only make the situation worse, and provoking a reaction from you is exactly what they want, so don’t give them a stage.

It’s very important that your child doesn’t seek revenge on the cyber bully by becoming one themselves. It might escalate the problem, and could result in serious legal consequences for you, depending on law enforcement in your local area.

Save the evidence. Take a screenshot of the evidence and don’t forget to make sure the name of the person, their webpage, their email address, facebook profile name is clearly displayed.

Cyber Bullying is rarely limited to one or two incidents so if the bullying is getting out of hand or on going, its time to report it to the cyber police in your local area. You can do this through your local police station.

Bullies can be blocked of course, but if they are going to go to all the trouble to create a fake profile, chances are they will just return under another name, so that is why it is better to let them “post away” and not react online. It’s a police matter so let them deal with it. They will guide you into what needs to be done to achieve a positive outcome for you and your family.

Try a bit of reverse psychology with your child. Let them know that the cyber bully may come from a broken home, drug afflicted home, they clearly are frustrated, full of hate and anger, probably have no friends, and that no matter what the cyber bully says or does, it is them with the problem, not your child. It is also important that you reinforce in your child that it is not their fault.

Above all, you must keep the line of communication open with your child. You want them to feel that they can come to you in the event of such harassment. Show understanding, show empathy, show that you are supporting them, it is vitally important that they know they can come to you with any concerns when it comes to any form of bullying.

Don’t let your child dwell on it or allow them to read the posts over and over. Print off a copy and then delete them from the computer immediately.

The most important thing is limit your child’s access to such media platforms. Allow perhaps only and hour a day on the computer after school and on weekends. Remember the old saying, children should be seen but not heard. For years playing outside worked just fine for us, so get those kids outside again. Nothing beats fresh air.

Finally, make sure you have total access to your child’s password and check their account settings. Restrict who can and cant talk with them. If you know they have been on their computer, check what they are surfing, who they are talking too. You are the parent after all and should take a strong interest in who your child is interacting with. If your child has a problem with it, then they probably shouldn’t own a phone or computer in the first place.

Many may feel these tips may make your child feel like they are part of a home prison system. Well, better that, than dead. It’s to late to do anything or say I told you so when your child takes their own life. Or they end up running off with some sexual predator. They grow up so fast, so before you know it, they will have total control over who and what they do anyway.  Just remember whilst under your roof, their are rules and guidelines that must be adhered to, and you as the parent must set out those guidelines. It’s the responsible thing to do.

As a parent don’t feel bad about snooping on your children. It’s the total opposite. Your children should feel lucky to have a parent who cares and loves them enough to snoop. Regardless of how much your child resents it, you can only protect him or her by monitoring what they do online.

Monitoring your Childs technology use

  • Keep the computer in a busy area of your house so you can easily monitor its use, rather than allowing your child use a laptop or tablet in his or her bedroom, for example.
  • Limit data access to your child’s smart phone if he or she uses it to surf the web. Some wireless providers allow you to turn off text messaging services during certain hours.
  • Set up filters on your child’s computer. Tracking software can block inappropriate web content and help you check up on your child’s online activities.
  • Insist on knowing your child’s passwords and learn the common acronyms kids use online and in text messages.
  • Know who your child communicates with online. Go over your child’s address book and instant messenger “buddy list” with them. Ask who each person is and how your child knows them.
  • Encourage your child to tell you or another trusted adult if they receive threatening messages or are otherwise targeted by cyber bullies, while reassuring them that doing so will not result in their loss of computer or cell phone privileges.

How do you spot the warning signs of a cyber bully

Your child may be the victim of cyber bullying if he or she:

  • Becomes sad, angry, or distressed during or after using the Internet or cell phone.
  • Appears anxious when receiving a text, IM, or email.
  • Avoids discussions or is secretive about computer or cell phone activities.
  • Withdraws from family, friends, and activities they previously enjoyed.
  • Suffers an unexplained drop in grades.
  • Refuses to go to school or to specific classes, or avoids group activities.
  • Shows changes in mood, behavior, sleep, appetite, or shows signs of depression or anxiety.

How do you deal with incidents involving a cyber bully

  • Don’t reply to any incidents of cyber bullying but do save and document the threats (harassing messages, sexually explicit pictures, or threatening texts, for example) and report them to the police. Seek appropriate legal advice.
  • Report incidents of cyber bullying to the Cyber police, the cell phone company, and to any web site used in the cyber bullying.
  • Block the cyber bully’s email address or cell phone number, or change your child’s email address or phone number.
  • If you are able to identify the cyber bully, you could contact his or her parents or notify your child’s school if the cyber bully is also a student there. Many schools have established protocols for handling cyber bullying but check with your child first as he or she may prefer to resolve the problem privately.
  • Talk to your school about what teachers can do and about effective programs that are being used by schools to deter bullying. If you suspect that your child may be the victim of school bullying, you can tell your child’s teacher about your concerns and ask her to keep an eye out on the interactions between your child and his classmates. Ask the teacher to watch out for problems and notify the school principal about your concerns.

What do you do if your child is the cyber bully?

It can be difficult for any parent to learn that their child is bullying others but it’s important to take steps to end the negative behavior before it has serious and long-term consequences for your child.

If your child has responded to being cyber bullied by employing their own cyber bullying tactics, you can help your child find better ways to deal with the problem. If your child has trouble managing strong emotions such as anger, hurt, or frustration, talk to a therapist about helping your child learn to cope with these feelings in a healthy way.

Here are some tips for dealing with a child who is a cyberbully

As much as parents may want to ignore the distressing idea that their own child may be capable of acting like a bully, the reality is that almost any child can be a bully in certain situations and circumstances.

Nurturing emotional intelligence in kids is one of the most important things parents can do for a child. Empathy and emotional intelligence give children essential life skills for the future. And when children develop empathy, they are less likely to engage in bullying behavior.

Your child may not understand how hurtful and damaging their behavior can be. Foster empathy and awareness by encouraging your child to look at their actions from the victim’s perspective. Remind your child that cyber bullying can have very serious legal consequences.

Teach your child positive ways to manage stress. Your child’s cyber bullying may be an attempt at relieving stress. Or your own stress, anxiety, or worry may be creating an unstable home environment. Exercise, spending time in nature, or playing with a pet are great ways for both kids and adults to let off steam and relieve stress.

Let your child know you’ll be monitoring his or her use of computers, tablets, smartphones, email, and text messaging. If necessary, remove access to technology until behavior improves.

Make sure your child understands your rules and the punishment for breaking them. Children may not think they need discipline, but a lack of boundaries sends a signal that the child is unworthy of the parents’ time, care, and attention.

Read up on cyber bullying in your state or territory

  • Certain types of cyber bullying may violate school codes or breach anti-discrimination and sexual harassment laws.
  • While laws differ around the world, cyber bullying can warrant a misdemeanour, cyber-harassment charge or result in a charge of juvenile delinquency.
  • In some cases, if hacking or password and identity theft is involved, it can be considered a serious criminal matter under state and federal law.
  • In many states “sexting” or forwarding a “sext” (sexual messages) is punishable as is distributing or possessing child pornography.
  • If an adult becomes involved, cyber bullying becomes cyber-harassment or cyber-stalking,a serious criminal offense.

I can give you all the tools to keep your child safe, now it is up to you to enforce them. I hope this article has been of some help.

 

 

SHIVANATH & SHIVRAM (Spiderboys)

Shivanath and Shivram Sahu have survived to the age of 12 years attached to each other at the waist, and they wouldn’t have it any other way.

The pair were born in a tiny village near Raipur in central India.

They share two legs, four arms, and the same stomach. They have independent lungs, hearts and brains.

Despite serious disabilities, they have managed to beat the odds. With one out of 200,000 births being conjoined, chances of surviving birth are rare. Most conjoined twins are stillborn. Conjoined twins occur when the zygote, the initial cell formed by sexual reproduction, fails to completely separate.

The boys have learnt to work together in tandem to get around, often being referred to as spider-like when they drop to the floor and walk around on their 4 hands and 2 legs.

With practice, they have learned to do all their daily basic chores with minimal fuss, this includes showering, getting dressed, eating, and combing/grooming each other.

Shivanath often tires way before his brother, but Shivram is very patient and understanding. The boys never argue and love to play cricket and other games with the neighbouring children.

Both boys, no surprise to their father Raj, are considered among the smartest in their class.

The boys have five sisters and all are very protective of the boys, so much so the boys know that they are forbidden to leave the village where they are accepted and safe.

Doctors in India where the boys reside, believe they could be successfully separated, but the two are determined to stay together. An operation would give Shivram both legs and he would be able to be rehabilitated to live a normal life, however Shivanath would be left with no legs and needing full time care. Shivanath the weaker of the two would also be more susceptible to disease and infection.

Father Raj first must consider how it would affect the boys both psychologically and physically. Then they would have to consider rehabilitation and how long this would take. And of course cost is also a factor. Such surgery is extremely expensive.

The children appear to be fairly well adjusted and their organs are no immediate concern to their ongoing health.

For now, both the boys and their father are adamant that they will not be parted, however the boys doctor, Dr Chugh believes that over time, hopefully their attitude will change, so the boys can finally live independent lives.

 

 

 

PRINCE HARRY ONCE CRAVED NORMALITY

For the first time, Prince’s William and Harry, have joined together to open up about their late mum Princess Diana.

Diana Princess of Wales with her sons Prince William and Prince Harry at Highgrove in 1988.

The royal brother’s have commemorated their beloved mother, in honour of the 20th anniversary of her tragic death in 1997, in a new documentary entitled: Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy. Through the course of the interview, both William and Harry candidly discussed their mother and paid tribute to the influence she has had on shaping their lives.

It was during the interview with British journalist Bryony Gordon, that Prince Harry spoke candidly about his mental struggle, and coming to terms with his mother’s death in his late 20’s.

Prince Harry:  ” I can safely say that losing my mum at the age of 12 and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years, has had quite a serious effect on not only my personal life, but my work as well. My way of dealing with it was sticking my head in the sand, refusing to ever think about my mum. It’s only going to make you sad, it’s not going to bring her back”.

He added that he felt like he had been “very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions,” and finally sought professional counseling at the urging of his brother Prince William.

He also turned to boxing to help him punch out some of his bottled up anger as a way of dealing with his grief.

Prince Harry: “That really saved me because I was on the verge of punching someone, so being able to punch someone who had pads was certainly easier.”

Prince Harry has grown up under intense media scrutiny, having his personal tragedies as well as his antics and gaffes as the subject of numerous news reports.

The once cheeky royal has previously been in the spotlight for his personal antics, such as that infamous visit to Las Vegas in 2012, where revealing and deeply embarrassing pictures of his naked body spread across the internet after , taking six women back to his hotel room and engaging in a game of strip billiards.

In early 2009, Prince Harry once again faced criticism for his insensitivity. Videos of him from 2006 surfaced and depicted him using a derogatory term for a fellow Pakistani soldier as well as another offensive remark. Prince Harry apologized for his comments, and the army ordered him to undergo sensitivity training.

His excessive partying, drinking and smoking have also come under fire in the past, however it appears that these days, the young royal has put this erratic behaviour in the past, and has “stepped up” as Britain’s favourite royal.

Harry revealed that there was a time when he considered leaving public/royal life for good, in favour of a “Normal Life” like his cousins Zara and Peter, children of Princess Margaret.

Prince Harry: “I decided to continue my royal life and work out a role for myself”.

He said his grandmother, the Queen, helped him to continue his royal duties and find the right path.

Prince Harry served in the British Armed Services (Army) for ten years, rising to the rank of Captain and undertaking two tours of Afghanistan, ending operational duties in 2015. It was during his time in the army, he felt the most at ease, and still holds a deep resentment at having been removed from the front line, because his presence there was leaked to the press.

Prince Harry has campaigned to raise awareness of the ongoing challenges facing service personnel making the transition to civilian life. In particular, he has worked to bring wider public attention to the support that wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women need through their entire rehabilitation process.

That includes long-term support for each person and their family for both physical and mental injuries.His work in this area has seen Prince Harry take part in a number of projects and initiatives, including volunteering with the Army’s Personnel Recovery Unit in London, trekking with wounded servicemen and women to the South Pole and in the Arctic, supporting a number of adventure challenges through his Endeavour Fund, and creating the “Invictus Games”.

The Invictus Games is an international adaptive sporting event for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women, both serving and veteran.

The Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect of all those who serve their country. The first Invictus Games were held in London in 2014 followed by Orlando, Florida in May 2016. The next games will be held in Toronto in 2017 and followed by Sydney in 2018.

Prince Harry now spends his working life supporting a number of charitable activities and projects as well as carrying out public duties in support of Her Majesty The Queen.

All charities he and his brother have chosen to support were considered very carefully, because they didn’t want to be just another couple of celebrities putting a face to a cause.  They wanted to actively both take part in the charity and believe in the charity.

Their mother was a advocate to many causes.  She helped break down the stigma of HIV in the early 80’s by holding a dying AIDs victims hand at a time when many believed the disease could be transferred by touch, and she also brought the plight of land mine victims to the world’s attention by walking through an active mine field in civil war torn Angola.

Both Princes Harry and William believe that as younger royals, they have a responsibility to modernise the monarchy as they step in to the Queens shoes.

They want the monarchy to last, and are passionate about what it stands for.

In his private life, Prince Harry has found love with actress Meghan Markle, of the television show “Suits”. They met while Harry was attending the Invictus Games in Toronto, where Suits is filmed.

In November of 2016, Kensington Palace were forced to confirm the relationship and requesting privacy and respect for the couple after Markle became the target of racist and sexist rants by media trolls.

 

Exciting News From the CBAA – Funding Increased

 Keep Community Radio The Community Broadcasting Association of Australia has just announced an increase in funding for the following two years.

 

This morning, Minister for Communications Mitch Fifield announced an increased in funding for community radio totalling $6.1m over two years.

This extra funding is targeted at digital broadcasting (1.9m in 2017/18 and $2m in 2018/19) and to support stations affected by the reorganisation of the 803-960 MHz radio frequency band ($2.2m).

The additional funding for digital radio comes at a critical period for the sector and will assist to maintain metropolitan digital radio services and the planned extension of digital radio to Canberra, Darwin and Hobart. The sector will need this increased level of funding on an ongoing basis to support regional expansion of digital radio and we appreciate the Government’s commitment to supporting these next steps. 

The provision of funding to support a large number of regional and metropolitan community radio stations directly affected by the reorganisation of the 803-960 MHz radio frequency band will assist in covering the hard costs associated with this transition and alleviate pressure on these community-owned, not-for-profit organisations. This support is especially critical for regional and rural community stations in maintaining essential infrastructure. 

The CBAA has requested all supporters of Community Radio who are on Twitter to:If you’re on Twitter, can you please tweet your thanks to Minister Mitch Fifield @SenatorFifield? Make sure to use the #keepcommunityradio hashtag.

ERIN MORAN – dead at 56

Child star Erin Moran who shot to fame as the daughter of Howard and Marion Cunningham on “Happy Days” and its spinoff “Joanie Loves Chachi” has died overnight.

911 dispatchers got the frantic call just after 4pm from someone reporting an “unresponsive female”. When emergency services arrived, they found that Erin was already dead.

Erin Moran was born 18 October 1960 in Burbank California, USA. She is the youngest daughter of Sharon and Edward Moran who have five other children. She attended Walter Reed Junior High School for one year and North Hollywood High School for another year.

She first entered the world of television in a commercial. The was followed with a regular appearance in the television series ‘Daktari’ (1966) and guest appearances in ‘The Waltons’ (1971), ‘Family Affair’ (1966), ‘My Three Sons’ (1960), ‘The Courtship of Eddie’s Father’ (1969), ‘Gunsmoke’ (1955), ‘The Smith Family’ (1971) and ‘The FBI’ (1965).

Moran was just 12 when she signed on to play Joanie Cunningham, the feisty little sister of Richie Cunningham in the popular show ‘Happy Days’. But while child actor Ron Howard has gone on to become a A-listed Hollywood producer and director, his on-screen sister had fallen on much harder times.

Happy Days, started in 1974 and ran for almost a decade. She continued the role in 1982 in the short-lived spinoff ‘Joanie Loves Chachi’ alongside Scott Baio, until its cancellation the following year lasting only one season.

Since then, Moran’s career has all but stalled with the exception of several television guest spots and an appearance in the 2007 independent comedy feature ‘Not Another B Movie’.

Moran was one of six Happy Days actors who reached an out of court settlement with CBS over royalties for the continued use of their images in merchandising.

Moran, Donnie Most, Anson Williams, Marion Ross, and the estate of the late Tom Bosley each received $65,000. Scott Baio opted not to join the lawsuit as he felt the show was very good to him and was happy to keep a good line of communication between him and Paramount Studios.

After loosing her home to foreclosure, she and her husband Steve Fleishmann were forced to move into a run-down trailer park in Indiana with her mother-in-law. There have been reports that her mother-in-law fed up with her partying ways threw Moran and her son out of the trailer and they then began staying in low budget hotels.

According to a publication in The National Enquirer, Moran was reportedly on the verge of a split with her husband of 20 years. The article went on to say that Moran was sick and tired of being the sole breadwinner and that she felt that her hubby was riding her coattails.

Recent photos of a chain smoking Moran did nothing to expel the rumors that she has in fact hit skid row and not aged very well.

It has also been reported that her former Happy Days co-star Henry Winkler was said to be working on getting her a role in his current TV series ‘Arrested Development’.

Moran was 56. An autopsy is pending.

SERENA WILLIAMS and baby makes it game, set & match

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If you thought things couldn’t get any better for the superstar of tennis, think again ‘Baby”.

One of the greatest athletes of her generation, Serena Williams and fiancé Alexis Ohanian have just confirmed they are 20 weeks pregnant with their first child. That would indicate that Serina was already 8-9 weeks pregnant when she won the Australian Open earlier this year.

While Williams will not play again in 2017, she will miss the years remaining three grand slams The French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open.

After the announcement, Williams publicist was very quick to announce that she has every intention to make her tennis comeback in 2018, but at the age of 36, and a as a new mum, will she really want to return to the sport which gave her fame and fortune. I suppose with the right motivation, anything is possible.

Over the last 20 years, Serena has clearly established herself to be one of history’s finest champions, winning a total of 23 grand slams. . And she wouldn’t be the first player to return to the court after giving birth. Kim Clijsters triumphed at the US Open in 2009 to cement her as the third mother to win a grand slam following the footsteps of Aussie tennis mums Margaret Court and Evonne Goolagong.

Serena chose to announce her news to the world with a teasing snapshot posted to her snapchat account simply stating “20 weeks”. Williams, posted a side profile shot of herself in a yellow swimsuit, before it was promptly deleted.

This isn’t the first time Williams has surprised fans by sharing personal news in the form of a picture. In December, she and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian took to his site to announce their engagement with a cartoon of the moment he (or rather his avatar) got down on bended knee after 15 months of dating. He sealed the deal with a huge diamond ring, which Serena happily showed off in January.

The pair first met at a lunch in Rome and Alexis chose to return to the same restaurant where it all began to pop the question.

Serena has known pressure from a very young age. Even before she was born, her father Richard Williams was glued to the television watching in awe Romanian tennis player Virginia Ruzici walk home with a $40,000 cheque after winning a tournament.

Amazed that a female athlete could reel in that kind of cash, Richard who had no tennis experience himself, set about creating the sports next female superstar.

At first he tried training his ex wife, and his three stepdaughters from his marriage to Price, but it wasn’t until Venus and Serena were born, that Richard knew he had found his money magnet.

Children were always going to be a major force in Serena’s life, if all her dogs are any indication.

With marriage and family on the horizon, industry insiders are wondering if we have seen the last of Serena at Grand Slam events, and knowing her, they’ll likely be left wondering.

Serena loves competing and loves the trophy, but how will she cope with being a trophy wife and mum?

WANN-OBE VICTORIA BECKHAM receives her honour

Victoria Beckham has been recognised with an OBE in this years, Queens Honour’s list, after establishing herself as a powerful force in the fashion industry.

Victoria received her “Officer of the Order of the British Empire” (OBE) for her services to fashion and charity work at Buckingham Palace from the Duke of Cambridge on Wednesday, all be it under a cloud of speculation. Her husband David and her mother Jackie Adams watched proudly as Victoria walked up to accept the honour.

Posh came under fire from critics, after they accused her of ‘breaching protocol’ and therefore ‘discrediting the honors system’ by spilling the news, before it was published officially in ‘The London Gazette’.

Posh broke the news to kids Brooklyn (17), Romeo (14), Cruz (11) and Harper (5) whilst on a festive break in the Maldives.

Tory MP Andrew Bridge said: “Nominees are sworn to secrecy, so she has broken the first rule of being offered the honour. It is certainly a betrayal of etiquette, it is just not done. It is just wrong and I don’t understand why anyone would leak something like that. To get an honour is extremely important and it might well be for a very good reason but you just don’t leak it. Full stop.”

 Tory Councellor Peter Bone said : “It would appear to be a breach of protocol and perhaps raises questions over her suitability that she has leaked her own nomination. This further discredits our honours system.”

 Sources close to the ex-pop star say she is “delighted and humbled for the recognition”.

 The 42-year-old rose to fame in the 1990’s girl band “Spice Girls”, and was known for her sophisticated style, earning her the name “Posh Spice”.

Her first solo single after the break-up of the Spice Girls, a duet with Dane Bowers reached number two in the charts in August 2000, and was followed by three more top 10 hits. But Beckham, who later quit music, admitted that her singing career had been a mistake. She realized her true passion was fashion and defied critics as she forged a successful career in the industry.

The designer and entrepreneur made her catwalk debut in 2000 when she appeared as a model for Maria Grachvogel during London Fashion Week.

She went on to become the face of high fashion houses, Dolce & Gabbana, MarcJacobs and Roberto Cavalli.

Beckham launched her first fashion label – denim line dVb Style – in 2006 but her reputation as a designer soared following the release of high-end brand VB two years later. The couture collection debuted at New York Fashion week and won “designer brand of the year” at the British Fashion Awards in 2011. The former pop star launched a secondary label, Victoria by Victoria Beckham in 2012.

Her designs are worn by some of the biggest A-list stars including Cameron Diaz and Miranda Kerr.

She said recently: “I’d like people to think of me as someone that wanted to reach women, young or old. I want to empower women.”

Her honour comes after almost 17 years in the business and 13 years after her husband, former England and Manchester United player David Beckham, was awarded the same title for his services to football.

Victoria is currently a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Aids project. She is also a patron of the Elton John Aids Foundation and supports animal charity Peta and Save the Children.