Israelis – Three Israelis Risked Their Lives To Save Drowning Kids

Three Israelis Saved Eight Children Who Were In Danger Of Drowning

Three Israelis Risk Their Lives Saving Drowning Children In Hawaii

Three very brave Israelis were hailed as heroes by the parents of children who watched helplessly from shore as their children were being swept out to sea.

Israel’s Channel 2 television station reported that the three Israeli surfers went to the aid of eight children struggling in the waters off Hawaii on Saturday, February 9, 2012.

After huge waves began surging toward the coast, the three Israelis, Tzvika Elias, Yair Naftali and Gabi Liptz, were hailed as heroes by the children’s parents.

What Happened

"We had gone to a remote beach half an hour from Honolulu. The waves there were high, huge breakers about four meters high, and as the minutes passed, the waves got stronger and even higher".

Said, 30-year-old Elias, who lives in New York.

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GPS – Beware Of Its Sometimes Dangerous Shortcomings

GPS – And When To Use It With Caution

Travelers have been losing their way in Death Valley, often fatally, since 1849, when pioneers began using it as a shortcut to California’s gold fields.

Recently however growing numbers have been led astray by their GPS devices, whose databases for remote areas such as Death Valley may include maps that haven’t been updated for decades.

Three Women Survive Death Valley In Spite Of Their GPS Failure

Three women Donna Cooper, 62, her daughter Gina, 17, and a house guest visiting from Hong Kong, 19-year-old Jenny Leung, set out on Thursday July 21, 2010 at around 11:00 a.m. from Pahrump, Nevada, to take a tour of Scotty’s Castle in Death Valley and be home in time for dinner.

* Pahrump is 60 miles west of Las Vegas Nevada, and 60 miles east of Death Valley.

Relying On Their GPS

There are very few road-signs in Death Valley and once you’re lost, you’re very lost, so Donna had no choice but to follow her GPS which is what she did.

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Raped – She Was Gang Raped But Came Out Fighting

Mukhtar Mai Was Gang-Raped On The Orders Of A Tribal Council

Mukhtar Mai Was Gang Raped But Came Out Fighting For Women's Rights

 

Mukhtar Mai is a woman from a village in the Muzaffagarh district of Pakistan.

In 2002, she was gang-raped on the orders of a tribal council as part of a so-called "honor" revenge.

While tribal tradition dictates that a woman should commit suicide after such an act, Mukhtar defied convention and fought the case.

No Men Were Convicted

Although her rapists were never convicted, her story was picked up by domestic and international media, and she later become an iconic advocate of women’s rights.

And despite constant threats to her life, she later opened a girls’ school, and a women’s crisis center in Muzaffagarh.

An Interview With A Very Brave Woman

The following is from an interview with Mukhtar Mai that was carried out at her shelter, by Samira Shackle.

Q. "There has been a huge public response in Pakistan to the shooting of Malala Yousafzai. What do you make of it?".

*Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani school pupil and education activist from the town of Mingora in the Swat District of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, and the youngest nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize in history.

A. "I feel so good about the response to Malala. She’s a young girl, a child, and yet she’s fought for a nation, not just for her school. Malala is a beacon. Her light has been shone on all corners of the country, in the heart of the nation. When they shot her, it was not just Malala who fielded the bullet, thousands of Malalas were wounded".

"Today it was her turn for the bullet; tomorrow it could be some other. It could be me. I pray for her. May the poor child be completely healed".

Q. "Do you think Malala’s quest is similar to yours?".

A. "Yes, but look, the start of my journey was different. It was a very painful path. My wound is one that can never heal, it injured me beyond the body. Thankfully, Malala’s wound, though very serious, is physical. God willing, hers will heal".

Q. "Were you aware of the risks when you set out on your quest for justice?".

A. "Often when you stand up for your beliefs, even your family is not on your side. When I first raised my voice, the uneducated people were against my taking the case to the police. They said: "you’ll be disgraced; your reputation will be soiled". I wanted to do something about it. So I went ahead".

Q. "Were you afraid for your safety?".

A. "There is always danger but I told myself that the work I needed to do was more important than my life. Once I discovered that I wanted to achieve something in my life, wanted to ‘do’ something before I died, then fear receded. I set aside the fear and got on with my goals. My life is in God’s hands".

Q. "You’ve opened a girls’ school. How did you make the shift to education?".

A. "When I reported my rape, it was very hard. It was confusing, thumb-prints, papers, statements. People had to read things out to me. I met educated people and they agreed with the course I had chosen to take. They encouraged me. It was then it occurred to me that education is important. It brings enlightenment".

Q. "How do you feel about your achievements now?".

A. "I feel very good, very grateful that God gave me the capability. Our school began as a primary and just grew and grew. There was no education in the area. Now we have girls who pass metric, go to college. Maybe one day they will be in district councils, in government and other strong positions".

Q. "Has the wider society changed in recent years?".

A. "Absolutely. It’s not just the girls who want to study but their parents are finally behind them. These were parents who were abusive about educating girls, they were frightened about its effects. Look, if you allow fear in, you do nothing. You become ineffectual. But parents are very anxious about their daughters. There are many more Malalas in this society. But he who heals is more powerful than he who wounds. It is disappointing that though Islam permits women to be educated, we have this ignorance – this resistance to girls studying. Today women take to the streets to proclaim their problems, to shout about their pain. That is a massive change".

Q. "So there’s hope?".

A. "Great hope. The future is brighter. Women have a voice. They use it in public to ask for their rights. You see now, even a child like Malala has the courage to speak out. There are dangers, but placed against the need to achieve something, to express yourself, the threat is diminished. We have to keep moving ahead".

Q. "You recently held a press conference where you said you had been receiving death threats and your school had been attacked".

A. "It was to bring attention to the lack of protection given to those at risk. The authorities have reduced the security at our school. The risks have increased. I continue to receive threats that I’ll be attacked etc. I have requested help from the Punjab Government, but there’s been no response".

Q. "Do you think the authorities are responsible for the rise in extremism?".

A. "Our laws are made, but they’re never acted upon. It is our government’s fault, the fault of our legal institutions, the police, that they don’t enforce these laws. Why would anyone be bothered by the law when it’s never actioned? No one is ever punished".

"I get calls, every couple of weeks. They ring on three telephone numbers. There’s one phone I just don’t answer. They ring and say obscene things, then they make threats. If I don’t answer that number they ring others until I do answer. I’ve passed the messages on to the police, not a thing is done. What’s the deterrent for these people?".

Q. "How do you think this could be improved?".

A. "There are women in the force. But don’t just give them the uniform, give them some powers. They will understand the needs and vulnerabilities of women. When women go the police station about rape, they have to deal with men. The men ask foul, humiliating questions that we can’t answer. Why can’t women deal with women? They would know how to ask questions in a proper way. Put a woman in every police station with the necessary powers, not just the uniform. That would help the causes of women".

Q. "Do you think they would try to put some of those laws into action?".

A "They would, if they were given some power. Why would men stop when they don’t fear punishment? They’re wolves – wild beasts. Let them at least be punished so they know their crime".

Q. "So there’s more work for you?".

A. "As long as I live, I will keep fighting for the rights of women. The women here are fighting for release from their pain. Rape and cruelty happens everywhere, but here there is no justice for women when they fight from their pain. I pray to God to keep my courage alive, to keep it strong".

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Nancy Bird – Australia’s Youngest Female Pilot Was A Hero

Nancy Bird-Walton Was A War Hero And More Besides

Australias's Nancy-Bird Didn't Just Want To Fly

Nancy Bird-Walton AO, OBE, DStJ (October 16, 1915 – January 13, 2009) was the youngest Australian woman to gain a pilot’s license, and was the founder and patron of the Australian Women Pilots’ Association.

* AO – Order of Australia: OBE = Order of the British Empire: DStJ = The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem

Australia’s Youngest Female Pilot

In the 1930s, defying the traditional role of females of her time, Nancy Bird-Walton became a fully qualified pilot at the age of eighteen, and became the youngest Australian woman to gain a pilot’s license.

Nancy’s Background

Born in Kew, New South Wales, Australia on 16 October 1915 as Nancy Bird, she is said to have wanted to fly almost before she could walk.

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Dolphins – A Dolphin Saved A Boy’s Life In Italy

A Young Non-Swimmer Fell From His Father’s Boat

One of many locals dolphinss saves young  boy from drowning!

A fourteen year old boy by the name of Davide Ceci fell into the Adriatic Sea in Manfredonia, and didn’t know how to swim.

He was within a minutes or seconds of drowning when a local and well known celebrity dolphin, that the locals call Filippo, came to his rescue.

From Local Attraction To Hero

Before the incident, Filippo had simply been just a friendly 850 pound popular tourist attraction off Manfredonia in south-east Italy for around two years.

But after saving Davide, who fell from his father’s boat, he’s now a local hero!

The Father Didn’t Know His Son Had Fallen

The boy’s father, Emanuele Ceci was unaware that his son had fallen into the waves, but Filippo wasn’t, and he was pushing the boy up out of the water, and to safety.

Davide said:

"When I realised it was Filippo pushing me, I grabbed on to him".

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