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1. Child among those hurt by a Thermomix.

As law firm Slater and Gordon explores a class action against Thermomix it’s been reported that a child is among the many hurt. It has also been reported that the local distributor made a profit of $40 million last year.

News Limited reports that Melbourne mother Heidi Brennan was cooking in a TM31 when it started to make a “strange sound”.

When she turned it and released the lid, the Thermomix exploded – all the while she was carrying her 16-month-old daughter Caitlin on her hip.

“The lid hit the roof and the Thermomix sprayed boiling hot water all over us,” Mrs Brennan said.

Mrs Brennan, a paramedic, immediately put her daughter in the shower to lessen the damage. Mrs Brennan had deep burns to both shoulders and an eye, her little girl burnt her arm. They were taken to hospital by ambulance. The next day, after they were released, Ms Brennan contacted Thermomix.

“They didn’t really care,” she told News Limited.

The mother and daughter had three weeks of treatment in a burns clinic.

The Herald Sun reports that Melbourne-based lawyers Slater and Gordon  want to help take on a class action after it was revealed 87 people have been injured by the Thermomix.

Lawyer Barrie Woollacott said he was shocked by the number of reported injuries allegedly caused by Thermomix.

“We didn’t really have any concept as to those sorts of numbers. It increases the prospects of a class action going ahead.”

2. PM backs Immigration Leader a day after Mr Dutton said refugees would take jobs.

The Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has defended Peter Dutton’s performance as immigration minister after Mr Dutton said on Tuesday that unemployment would rise if Australia increased its humanitarian intake of refugees.

“For many people they won’t be numerate or literate in their own language let alone English… these people would be taking Australian jobs and there is no question about that,” Mr Dutton said.

Yesterday the PM said Mr Dutton is an “outstanding minister”

“Everybody that comes to Australia, we want to be able to seek employment. We want to be sure that they have got the skills to do so,” he said.

Meanwhile Labor Senator Sam Dastyari told Sky News he was offended by the minister’s comments, saying that when he came to Australia near the end of the Iran-Iraq War he could not speak a word of English.

“Time and time again the prime minister is not prepared to stand up to the right wing tin-foil hat brigade within his own party,” Senator Dastyari said.

3. Nine-year-old girl battling ovarian cancer.

The family of a nine-year-old girl with ovarian cancer say she is their “little battler.”

Fairfax Media reports that Dakota Rose from Queensland was diagnosed only two weeks ago after she felt a pain in her side with a hard lump. Within days she was discovered to have ovarian cancer – usually found in women five times her age.

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On Friday she had a 13-centimetre tumour that had spread throughout her abdomen removed and is now undergoing chemotherapy.

According to Ovarian Cancer Australia, four out of five ovarian cancer sufferers are older than 50 and just 3 per cent of affected women are under 30.

LCCH paediatric and adolescent oncologist Dr Rick Walker told Fairfax Media cases in someone this young were “few and far between”.

Dakota may have another 18 weeks of chemotherapy.

A GoFundMe page started by her sister says “My 9 year old sister has recently been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, she had an operation to remove the tumor on Friday and she is starting chemotherapy tomorrow 16/5/2016.”

My family has to relocate to Brisbane for at least 6 months as she undergoes her treatment. My parents have had to leave their jobs behind and Dakota and our family will be very greatful for all the support we get.”

4. Nigerian schoolgirl found after two years.

One of the missing Chibok girls kidnapped by Boko Haram two years ago has been found, the Nigerian army have confirmed.

YaKubu Nkeki told the Associated Press his 19-year-old niece Amina Ali Nkeki was found wandering in the forest on Tuesday.

He said: “She is fine. She is pregnant but suffering a trauma problem.”

She has since been reunited with her mother, but her father died while she was held captive.

Lawan Zannah, secretary of an association of parents of the missing girls, said he saw Ali sitting in a military vehicle at the area commander’s residence in Chibok

“She was carrying a baby but I do not know whether it is a boy or girl,” Zannah told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone from Chibok.

The rescued girl said all the other kidnapped girls are under heavy Boko Haram guard in Nigeria’s Sambisa Forest – but that six of them had died.

5. Jogger photographed man who flashed her.

Police released this image. Via Victoria Police.

A woman jogging in Melbourne has confronted a man who flashed his genitals at her by taking a photo of him and giving it to police.

The woman, aged in her 40s, was jogging at Ruffey Lake Park in Doncaster when she spotted a man sitting on a bench. As she ran past the man he allegedly exposed his genitals to her.

The woman ran back and took a photo of the alleged offender which Victoria Police have released in a bid to identify the man.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

6. OJ Simpsons’ first words after his verdict finally revealed.

Robert Shapiro, the former defense attorney for O.J. Simpson has finally revealed what his client whispered to him after a jury pronounced him not guilty in 1995.

"'You had told me this would be the result from the beginning,'" Shapiro told US TV Simpson told him.

Simpson then added, "'You were right.'"

Host Megyn Kelly asked Shapiro whether he truly believed Simpson was innocent.

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He said he believes more than one person was involved in the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.

"As far as moral justice, I haven't discussed it with anyone, including my wife," Shapiro said.

"If you look at it from a moral point of view a lot of people would say, 'He absolutely did it.' I deal in legal justice, as you did as a lawyer,"

“The legal system isn't always fair. Our system of justice is one that's balanced. We hope and pray that innocent people are never convicted," he said.

"And the price we pay is that sometimes guilty people can and do go free."

7. School offered female students “bikini body” fitness classes.

A British school has been forced to apologise, after promoting ‘bikini body’ fitness classes for young female pupils.

The after-school sessions at The Ripley Academy prompted outrage from parents.

"Isn't it bad enough to have impressionable girls to already be worrying about the state of their bodies?” said one parent.

"I am all for healthy lifestyle but this is sexualising the fitness class. Surely this is not what the Government had in mind for academy schools?"

The classes, at the school for girls aged 11 to 18, were cancelled after one of the school’s teachers contacted a local newspaper about posters they had seen advertising for pupils to attend and achieve “bikini bodies”.

The Independent reports a spokesman for The Ripley Academy said: ”As soon as we were made aware of these after-school classes they were cancelled as they did not reflect the values of the academy."

“We would like to sincerely apologise for any offence caused. They were organised by a supply teacher, who is covering a member of staff on maternity leave, without permission from the principal and this issue will be dealt with internally."

8. Man who live streamed his partner’s birth on Facebook didn’t mean for the world to see it – he just thought it was going to his family.

The California dad who live streamed his baby’s birth on Facebook didn’t intend for the world to see it. In fact he has told PEOPLE he intended to share the video on Facebook just so that his family in Tonga could share in his joy but when his cousin chimed in "keep pushing" he realised.

"That's when I saw the viewer count,"

Kali Kanongata'a, 36, told PEOPLE. "I thought it was just going to my family and friends!"

He says he thought about stopping when he noticed the number of viewers was in the thousands but then decided he would be happy to share his family's joy with the world.

"There's a lot of negative stuff on Facebook and so I thought this would be positive,"

I figured as long as I kept it PG – this is a birth – it's something to be happy about."

The 45-minute video has now been viewed more than 120,000 times.

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