Friday’s news in only two minutes.




1. The parents of a 22-year-old man who died when he lost control of his car while texting have released an image of the incomplete message that took his life. Twenty-two year old Alexander Heit was driving in Colorado when he veered into oncoming traffic and flipped his car. His parents released the image of the text he as a warning to other drivers.

His mother Sharon Heit said: “I can’t bear the thought of anyone else having to go through something like this… Please, vow to never text and drive. In a split second you could ruin your future, injure or kill others, and tear a hole in the heart of everyone who loves you.’”

2. Qantas has faced criticism on social media after it opted to stop serving pork products on flights in and out of Dubai. The move (which was to respect Islamic beliefs) came after Qantas partnered with Emirates – and it meant that meant planes would no longer stop in Singapore and fly through Dubai instead. The airline has been called “the flying Mosque-a-roo” and there have been calls to boycott its services. But Qantas says it will not reverse its decision.

3. A woman who was found guilty of throwing a quiche at a police officer says she was just trying to protect her baby. Forty-one-year-old Franklin Jane Bugmy appeared in a Broken Hill court yesterday. The court heard Bugmy was approached by police in August to give her an apprehended violence order (which turned out to be the wrong paperwork). Police say Bugmy rammed her pram at officers and threw the quiche in their direction.  Bugmy said: “The quiche was thrown down to save my baby from tipping out of the pram.”

4. Essendon coach James Hird is expected to admit he received two injections from former Essendon sports scientist Stephen Dank – but only because he was feeling unwell. The Herald Sun is reporting that James Hird will say he thought the drugs were harmless and only injected for health reasons. In an exclusive Fairfax report today, Dank – who is being investigated by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency – said he injected Hird with the blacklisted-drug hexarelin. Hexarelin increases human growth hormone.

5. A 10 year study of women living on the east coast of Australia has found obesity levels have increased by around 30 per cent. Associate Professor Yeatman from the Public Health Association of Australia told The Age that the message of healthy eating and exercise was not getting through to the average Australian. “I think that people are not really aware of what normal weight is any more,” she said. ”If you have got 60-plus per cent of people overweight or obese that has become normal viewing these days, not only for children but for parents as well.”

6. Australian Medical Association federal president Steve Hambleton says he believes students who aren’t vaccinated shouldn’t be allowed to go to school during outbreaks. ”We should certainly make it difficult for [unvaccinated] children to get to school,” he told Fairfax. “And we should certainly have plans available to send all those children home if there are outbreaks.” His advice comes after the release of a national report which found that more than 77,000 children are not fully immunised across Australia and that upwards of 1 in 5 children (20 percent) in some Australian communities have not had all the jabs they need.

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