1. WA Cyclone
Cyclone Christine is picking up speed as it heads towards Western Australia’s Pilbara coast.
Alarming figures over co-sleeping have raised concerns amongst experts with statistics showing that 25 babies in NSW alone died as a result of sharing a bed with their parents. We look at this in more depth in this post here “ Co-sleeping data cause for concern.”
3. Concerns over Abbotts $5 GP fee
News yesterday of a proposed $5 fee for bulk billing doctors to reduce unnecessary visits to GPs and save the government around $750 million a year.
This morning the president of the Australasian College Emergency Medicine Dr Anthony Cross has told News Limited that he is concerned anything that impeded access to a GP could increase demand in emergency departments and make it harder for them to meet government targets to treat patients within four hours.
4. Russian bombing
Six weeks out of the Winter Olympic Games in the city of Sochi a female suicide bomber has killed at least 16 people and injured dozens at the main railway station in the city of Volgograd.
A nine-year-old child is among the more than 40 people injured.
5. Third vessel sent
A third vessel is edging closer to rescue trapped passengers aboard the Russian ship Akademik Shokalskiy, which has been stuck about 1500 nautical miles south of Hobart since Christmas Eve.
On Christmas Day, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority requested the Aurora Australis and two other ships, a Chinese and French icebreaker, sail to assist the Akademik Shokalskiy.
The Australis, an Australian-flagged vessel, cut short its mission to resupply the Casey station in Antarctica and was due to reach the area today.
6. Michael Schumacher
In France former F1 champion racing driver Michael Schumacher has suffered serious head injuries after a skiing accident. The seven-time world champion in Formula 1 hit his head on a rock while skiing off piste in the French Alps.