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1. Two-year-old crushed to death by a TV.  Her mother’s plea: “If it gets your child in the wrong spot it can be lethal.”

Megan Cammilleri’s daughter Jasmine was a climber. She liked getting into things and on top of them, just like any adventurous two-year-old.

She says that Jasmine had started climbing on the television cabinet a couple of months before the fatal accident that killed her but she never imagined it was a problem as the 94cm (37-inch) TV was so heavy.

In February 2013 Jasmine was playing near the TV in their Perth home. Her mother has described how she left the room for a moment to send an email and make a phone call when she heard a scream and a loud thump when she rushed back to the room, there her daughter Jasmine was lying on her back, unresponsive, with the TV lying on top of the two-year-old.

The ABC reports that an inquest into Jasmine’s death has found that the TV was not attached to the wall as the family did not realise it was necessary.

Mrs Cammilleri said that she bought the TV with part of the baby bonus the family received after the birth of Jasmine.

She was informed at the time that there “brackets” for the television but she thought it “sounded just like aesthetics”.

“We just thought ‘we’ll do it later’,” she said.

“It wasn’t of concern or a problem.”

Her daughter was breathing but unresponsive when she found her, she was rushed to hospital but died soon after.

Mrs Cammilleri she said she hoped the inquest would lead to sales assistants making “more of an effort” to explain the need to televisions.”

“It’s not just an aesthetics concern, it’s for safety,” she said.

“It says it in the booklet, but not everybody reads that.

“If it’s mentioned [that] straps or brackets are highly recommended, that would be a good thing.”

“If I can stop it happening to someone else then I will,” she said outside the inquest.

“I just urge people to either put the TV on the wall or use the straps that you can purchase at the shops.

“You could say the TV itself is not particularly heavy, but if it gets your child in the wrong spot it can be lethal.”

In Australian there are non-mandatory standards related to the safety requirements of electronic apparatus, which requires items weighing seven kilograms or more to have adequate stability.

2. Schools ban students from posting pic of others online.

Schools are increasingly banning students from posting images of other children, teachers or school buildings to social media.

The Herald Sun reports that St Kevin’s College in Toorak is just one of many that has directed its primary students to sign an agreement specifying that no photographs, videos or sounds bites of students, staff, school buildings, sports teams or other identifiable images are to be posted online.


Cyber safety expert Susan McLean said the initiative was a good one.

“I’m forever dealing with ­issues involving photography, whether it’s taking pictures of other people’s kids in the background at sports day without permission, or pictures being taken of other students, then posted online with nasty comments,” she said.

“I’d like to think that in junior school, social media would be prohibited, as you have to be 13 to set up an account.”

3. Midwife suspended over home birth that resulted in stillbirth.

A Melbourne midwife has been suspended for six months after admitting to professional misconduct during a botched home birth.

News Limited reports that Nicola Dutton, who actively promotes home births was investigated by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal after she failed to seek advice or discuss with a patient the possible complications of her request for a home birth. The woman had previously undergone an emergency caesarean.

Dutton was found to have also unnecessarily delayed getting the pregnant mother to a hospital.

The baby was then delivered stillborn in an emergency caesarean.

VCAT made eight adverse findings against Ms Dutton in relation to the 2011 birth.

“In the tribunal’s view, Ms Dutton comprehensively failed to recognise obvious risks and also failed to take every reasonable possible step to avoid those risks. In consequence, a foetus died who might otherwise have survived,” the finding says.

It was found that Ms Dutton failed to consult with a medical practitioner, that she did not transfer the patient to hospital in a timely manner or recommend she be sent to the nearest hospital rather than to the Royal Women’s Hospital.

The Herald Sun reports that Ms Dutton was ordered to undergo additional education; work under supervision for two years after her six-month suspension; undergo audits; and, until approved to return to private practice, is restricted to working in a public hospital which provides a home birth program.

4. Fake oregano found in food fraud investigation.

An investigation has revealed that many consumers are buying what they believe is dried oregano but is in fact olive and sumac leaves.

Choice says laboratory tests of packs of the herb has revealed one product contained less than 10 per cent oregano, while other brands had just 11 to 50 per cent.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will now investigate and there are calls for other imported herbs and spices checks.

Tom Godfrey, from Choice told The Advertiser that seven of 12 individual samples bought from supermarkets, grocers and delis in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth, and analyzed by a world-renowned Irish lab, were adulterated.

“Retailers, suppliers, producers and enforcement agencies need to increase and improve checks so consumers can trust they are getting what is on the label.” He said.


The Master of Spices oregano leaves sample contained less than 10 per cent oregano.

Hoyt’s was 11 per cent; Aldi’s Stonemill was  26 per cent; Spice & Co 35 per cent; Menora 36 per cent; Spencers 40 per cent; and G Fresh 50 per cent. MasterFoods, Woolworths Select, Coles, Herbie’s Spices and McCormick recorded 100 per cent oregano.

5. Cancer patients given wrong dose of chemo drug.

A Sydney hospital has apologised to cancer patients after a doctor gave the wrong dose of chemotherapy drugs to cancer patients.

A report into oncologist Dr John Grygiel’s under-prescribing of the chemotherapy drug carboplatin to St Vincent’s Hospital cancer patients been highly critical of the hospital’s reaction to the incident and has said that more patients may be affected.

Dr Grygiel under-prescribed carboplatin to 78 head and neck cancer patients between 2012 to 2015.

Twenty-three of those patients have since died of cancer.

An interim report found nearly all those affected were only told about the under-dosing after it was revealed in a media report.

“The response by St Vincent’s, when it realised there was an issue, failed to demonstrate an understanding of the distress this issue was likely to cause to patients and their families,” said the report.

The report said St Vincent’s showed no urgency to review affected patients, and took too long to responded to concerns about Dr Grygiel once they were escalated.

The authors said the full extent of his prescribing was still unknown. In a statement St Vincent’s said it apologised “deeply and unreservedly” to affected patients and their families.

“We are sorry you’ve had to go through this, and we are sorry for letting you down in this way,” the statement said.

6. Iceland PM resigns over Panama leaks.

Iceland’s prime minister has offered his resignation, just days after he said he “certainly” wouldn’t be resigning after being accused of hiding millions of dollars in the wake of the Panama Papers scandal.

Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson faced calls to resign and protests outside the Icelandic parliament over claims he stored away millions of dollars of investments in his country’s banks behind an offshore company.

Overnight Gunnlaugsson tried to call an early election but his attempt was blocked by the Iceland president.

Instead the 41-year-old has offered his resignation.

No replacement has been named, and Iceland’s president has not yet confirmed that he has accepted the resignation.

7. North Korea threatens US with a ‘final war.’

An article in a North Korean newspaper the country has threatened war with the US saying they will cause more deaths than the September 11 attacks.

The country’s state-run publication DPRK Today writes that their weapons are trained on the White House, the Pentagon and other vital US locations.


“If three civilian aeroplanes’ attacks from 15 years ago resulted in 3000 deaths and brought a nightmare to life for the US, the outbreak of our final war will wipe the country from history, leaving no time [for them to] even regret or have nightmares about it.”

Meanwhile a South Korean official has said that North Korea can mount a nuclear warhead on a medium-range missile.

Sky News reports that said last month  North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said his country had miniaturised nuclear warheads to mount on ballistic missiles.

A South Korean official, with knowledge of South Korea’s assessment of the North’s nuclear program has confirmed this saying  “We believe they have accomplished miniaturisation of a nuclear warhead to mount it on a Rodong missile.”

8. “Run Fatty Run..” Woman shamed by passerby challenges stranger to a fitness challenge.

A woman who has gone from a size 24 to a size 18 in a year and a half has faced up to a stranger who yelled ‘run fatty run’ at her from their car window.

Rebecca Ruse from Toowoomba was working out when two men in a bright orange Commodore began circling her and screaming the abuse at her.

She told The Chronicle that instead of being shamed she decided to try and find her bullies on a car website.

“How about you put your money where your mouth is and join me in a training competition,” the 34-year-old mother-of-two wrote.

“If you win I will pay for a personal training session with the trainer of your choice at Zenon Fitness.

“If I win you have to make a public apology.”

“I thought there is no way these people should get away with this, they need to be named and shamed,’ she told The Daily Mail.

“This stuff happens too much, not just here, but right around Australia and it needs to stop.

‘It is not fair for someone to say something like that to someone who is training so hard.

‘”Doing things like this can be a major setback for lots of people” Mrs Ruse said.

Her Facebook post has had its supporters.

One writing “Good on you girlfriend.”

“You could have been at home curled up on the couch but no you were out working your butt off.

“Just ignore the people that have no respect.”

Mrs Ruse said that a fitness challenge would be devised by her trainer and include weight lifting, boxing and skipping and running.

But so far the men in the orange car have not come forward.

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