A NSW high school principal has used his entire column in the school newsletter – normally 800 words – to send one simple message. In large font he simply wrote: Get your kids off Facebook. This verbal sewer is harming your children. Nothing else. Just that over half a page. He said he was spurred into doing it after helping a 16-year-old deal with terrible abuse and said the feedback from the community was ‘overwhelmingly positive’. Do you reckon he was on the money?
Just one in 40 of today’s Gen Y will own properties when they retire. That’s the latest grim forecast, according the an Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute survey. The survey’s co-author said the results were “more alarming than we expected”. Only five years ago, 40 per cent of over-65s owned their homes outright. Overpriced property markets, high rates of divorce and rising personal debts and cost of living were said to be the reasons behind the results.
Yes it’s another abandoned baby animal story. But this one story has a happy ending. And look how cute the little guy is! This baby penguin’s chances of survival looked grim after it was abandoned by its parents just days after it’s birth. But keepers from an aquarium in China’s Liaoning Province set up a group to care for the feather-less youngster and eventually – and successfully – reintroduced it to its family. And the story gets even better – the penguin has since grown ‘fur’. [Which is, of course, technically known as down. Before the proper feathers come in].