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Shaping Minds and Bodies

by on Aug.10, 2014, under Education, Health, Kids

You expect the school where you send your kid to shape young minds. Ballina High School in northeast New South Wales, Australia boasts in their description: "The school's culture reflects a commitment to strong discipline and a pride in belonging, as reflected in the wearing of school uniform and respect for the rights of others." ballina_high With annual events like Remembrance Day, Senior Formal, Swimming Carnival, ballina_remember Recognition of major art works and wood projects cameron_corkhill Volunteers, the Toke Visit ballina_toke And Slave Day ballina_slaveday You would expect an environment of safety and respect for every student. ballina_swim 12 year-old James Webb, a Year 7 student at Ballina High, had his arm broken while at school. A spokesman for the Department of Education, on behalf of Ballina High School, said the boy was “pushed over and fallen on by another boy” during a game of grab football, a game that had been repeatedly banned. ballina_webb01 James’ mother Vikki Webb has been told by fellow students her son was swung around by his arm, and then jumped on by a fellow Year 7 student. Ms Webb said one student told her the attacker laughed afterwards. ballina_webb02 “The principal told me the kid didn’t deliberately do it but I think the school is trying to sweep it under the carpet,” she said. Year 12 student Shoni Reilly posted on the Northern Star’s Facebook page that the behaviour of James’ attacker was not the fault of the school or its teachers. “The acting principals and teachers at Ballina High have the best interests of all children at heart,” she wrote. “They can’t physically control the actions of each student and their actions in response to this incident would follow the precedent set for all students.” ballina_webb03 School captain John Parker posted that teachers had warned students against playing football. “If you believe the school has not given this ‘attacker’ long enough, don’t blame the school when they can only interpret the rulings regarding these actions that are given to them from higher up,” he wrote. “Ballina High School is a fantastic school, with great facilities, great teachers and great systems of working things.”
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The Man Inside

by on Jan.26, 2013, under Animals, Food, Miscellaneous, Nature


"Give me a hand over here. It's still armed."

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Matt After Medication

by on May.30, 2012, under Family, Health, Kids

"I just farted. You know what I'm sayin?"
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by on Dec.22, 2011, under Health

Most people don't have time to think about it when they lose a limb. A brief moment of distraction or carelessness is all it takes. A lawnmower can be just as dangerous ... ... as farm machinery. A day at the beach can turn bloody. And so can a Sunday drive. For these people, the sudden loss of a limb was unexpected and unpleasant. It might cause you to wonder what went through the mind of a Bellingham, WA man who cut off his own arm. According to the City of Bellingham police report: Bellingham police were called to a medical clinic in the 300 block of Birchwood Avenue late Thursday morning after a man walked into the clinic with a severed right arm. Employees from the clinic called for an ambulance and police. Statements made by the man to police indicate that the injury was self inflicted. Officers checked a wooded area near the clinic and discovered a camp believed to be the temporary home of the individual. At the camp, officers located the severed arm and a homemade Guillotine. The arm was transported to the hospital in the hopes it could be reattached. The Guillotine will be dismantled. The condition of the victim is not known at this time only that he was being airlifted to Harborview in Seattle for further treatment. The elaborately constructed guillotine appeared to be made from discarded items, and appeared to be very effective. The man has not explained his reason for amputating his arm. BPD Public Information Officer Mark Young revealed, "We suspect he was suffering from mental issues."
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Lending a Hand

by on Aug.16, 2011, under Health, Kids, Recreation, Technology

Matthew James, of Wokingham, Berkshire, was born without a left hand. Like a lot of other people, he was fitted with a prosthetic with a claw, but it was his dream to have a sophisticated bionic limb. What he really wanted was the i-Limb Pulse from Touch Bionics, a firm in Scotland. His family had raised some money, but nowhere near the £30,000 needed. The National Health Service only covers the cost of basic prosthetics. A Formula One racing fan, Matthew wrote to Ross Brawn, boss of F1 team Mercedes GP Petronas, asking for £35,000 to pay for a top-of-the line artificial limb. He even offered to have his hand sponsored by Mercedes in exchange for help.
Matthew was invited for a tour round the Mercedes factory, while a member of the F1 team got in touch with Touch Bionics. The two organisations agreed to share technology which is used in both the cars and the bionic arm. As part of the deal, the £25,000 fee to fit the hand and train Matthew to use it was waived. Mercedes is helping to fund-raise the rest.

Matthew said his old hand was "a simple open and close mechanism, like a claw" while the new one "has five individual motors in each finger and therefore each finger can move individually".

The arm was fitted on Friday and he is still getting used to it, but can already open jars and carry cups of tea. "Unfortunately there's one downside to it, I'm having to do more chores," he said.

Ross Brawn said: "Matthew's letter to the team was very touching. Meeting Matthew, and hearing first hand how the new device would improve his quality of life, was a pleasure and I am delighted that our initial contact has now led to such a positive conclusion."

Matthew's ultimate goal

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