• THE AUSTRALIAN • MARCH 20, 2015 10:55AMMalcolm Fraser in his office in Melbourne. Source: News Corp Australia
Malcolm Fraser and Gough Whitlam in 1976.Source: HeraldSun
MALCOLM Fraser, Australia’s 22nd prime minister from November 1975 to March 1983, has died at 84. A statement issued by Mr Fraser’s office confirmed he had passed away earlier today. “It is with deep sadness that we inform you that after a brief illness John Malcolm Fraser died peacefully in the early hours of the morning of 20 March 2015,” it said. “We appreciate that this will be a shock to all who knew and loved him, but ask that the family be left in peace at this difficult time.” Mr Fraser was born in May 1930 and entered politics at the age of 25, winning the Victorian seat of Wannon for the Liberal Party in 1955. He became Liberal leader in March 1975 and was appointed caretaker prime minister on November 1975 11 after governor-general Sir John Kerr dismissed the Whitlam Labor government, and won a landslide election in December that year.
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SEALS or Ninjas? 6-Year-Old Boy’s Letter Gets Admiral’s Response
By: ABC News Email
courtesy Blue Star Families
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Who’s quieter: a Navy SEAL or a ninja? It’s a question Walker Greentree, 6, just couldn’t get out of his head after his mom told him to, “Be quiet like a Navy SEAL.”
“Walker is very curious, deliberate, detail oriented and loves to take things apart,” his mother Vivian Greentree said.
Walker and his buddies, who had been playing outside their house in Alexandria, Va., quieted down after his mom’s rebuke, but one of Walker’s pals chimed in that ninjas are in fact quieter than SEALS.
“First I thought ninjas were quieter and then I wanted to change my mind,” Walker said. “Ninjas, they spy on people, and SEALs they save people.”
The debate was on. Walter, whose father is serving his fifth deployment overseas, kept asking family friends in the military community for their thoughts, so his mom suggested that he write a letter to Admiral William McRaven, a former Navy SEAL and commander of U.S. Special Operations Command.
“Dear Admiral McRaven,” he wrote in the letter which has gone viral online. “When I grow up I want to be a SEAL too but, can you tell me who is quieter — SEALs or Ninjas? Also, how long can you hold your breath for?”
After patiently waiting, a package came from the one of the nation’s top Navy SEALS, Admiral McRaven.
“I think ninjas are probably quieter than SEALs, but we are better swimmers, and also better with guns and blowing up things,” McRaven responded. “I can hold my breath for a long time, but I try not to unless I really have to.”
Walker’s favorite part of the package was the challenge coin he received from the admiral. In the military community, challenge coins symbolize unit identity and brotherhood among the US Armed Forces and can also be given as a reward.
“It’s my special coin, ” Walker boasted.
The letter is currently hanging on the fridge while it’s waiting to be framed, but Walker’s challenge coin goes everywhere he goes.
“He won’t let me frame the coin,” Vivian Greentree said. “He’s been making sure that he wears pants with pockets so that he can put the coin in the pockets.”
He even brought the coin to school to show his classmates and shared the news with his dad overseas, who explained the tradition behind it.
“My dad told me too that … when I lay it out, people at the bar can buy you a Sprite,” Walker said. ”[My classmates] thought it was cool, but nobody got me a Sprite.”
Vivian Greentree, who is the research and policy director for the Blue Star Families Organization for military families, said it’s great that Walker, and his brother, MJ, can share experiences like these with their dad while he’s serving overseas.
“Because it’s a way of life, I have to make sure that every deployment makes them stronger people and do it in a fun way,” she said. “It was very wonderful to see him engaging with his dad overseas, it’s priceless…”
When asked what’s the coolest thing about being a Navy SEAL, Walker told me, “This is going to be difficult, [but] it’s to save people.”
Helicopter drops $10,000 at Angler's Marina in Lewes
By Kara Nuzback | Aug 19, 2013
Source: Irish Eyes Cash dropped from a helicopter flying above Irish Eyes Pub and Restaurant and Angler's Marina in Lewes, Aug. 17. 2013
Lewes — Some luck of the Irish was bestowed on Irish Eyes Pub and Restaurant and Angler’s Marina in Lewes, Aug. 17, when a helicopter hovered over the gravel parking lot dropping cash.
Irish Eyes server Tina Chaippini said she heard the helicopter getting closer and worried it might crash into the parking lot. “And then I saw people running,” she said.
Chaippini said people were running towards the helicopter and returning with fistfuls of money.
Server Billy Anderson said it was a busy Saturday afternoon, and he suddenly noticed customers pointing at the sky. “I’m hearing, ‘Crash, crash.’ What they’re saying is, ‘Cash, cash,’” Anderson said.
He said people took off running toward the marina. “A helicopter swooped down and literally threw cash,” he said.
Anderson said everyone who came back with money had $20 and $50 bills.