Your speedy update on all the day’s stories, Monday, June 2 2014
1. Reluctant Grannies.
A study has shown that women in their 50s are increasingly becoming what is termed ‘reluctant grandmothers’.
“Women see their friends lumbered with the daily care of grandchildren and fear that happening to them, too,” says Lynn Chesterman, chief executive of The Grandparents’ Association told The Sunday Mail.
“Admitting you don’t want grandchildren is the new taboo,” says Chesterman. “In the same way that it was once frowned upon if a woman didn’t want children, now that stigma has shifted to women who’d rather not be grandparents. There’s little possibility of speaking out without being branded as selfish by your peers – and your own children. “
According to a study 39 per cent of grandmothers would prefer a life free from too many family duties, with a majority expressing anxiety about caring for their grandchildren to the extent that the youngsters become a ‘burden’.
2. Co-Founder of Nike settles how the famous athletic brand is said.
Knight was sent a letter from English advertising students, Kendal Peters and Ben Martin, asking whether it is "Nike" or "Nike-y"
And Knight's response? Nike-y.
“We had this friendly bet between us for a while now and decided to write to Philip Knight to once and for all settle one of life’s biggest unanswered questions,” the pair told the Daily Mail.
“We included a stamped addressed envelope inside the letter so that he could simply circle the answer and send it back to enlighten us all. We didn’t actually think that he would do it. But all credit to him, a few weeks later the letter returned.”
3. A warm winter ahead.
Australia has had its warmest start to winter in a decade, with minimum temperatures expected to be warmer than usual nationwide for winter.
Sky News chief meteorologist Dick Whitaker told The Australian there was a 75 per cent chance of an El Niño developing over the next three months.
“That is associated with warmer than average conditions for southern mainland Australia so it is shaping up to be a very warm winter indeed.”