1. Daughter of couple who mysteriously died on holiday says “something” in their hotel room is to blame.
Kelly Ormerod was holidaying with her parents, Susan Cooper, 63, and John Cooper, 69, at the Steigenberger Aqua Magic Hotel in Hurghada when the pair, from Burnley in Lancarshire, fell ill.
Ormerod went to check on the couple at roughly 11am Tuesday morning after they failed to show for breakfast.
“As I opened the door, I could see that my dad was extremely ill and he was staggering back to the bed,” she told the BBC.
Doctors attended to their pair at the hotel, where they performed CPR on rapidly deteriorating John.
“But nothing could help him, nothing could save him,” Ormerod said. “Mum had no idea what was going on – she was oblivious to what was actually happening because she was so poorly.”
Susan Cooper was rushed to hospital where she later died.
Speaking to Sky News, Ormerod described her parents’ deaths as “suspicious”.
“They had no illness, no stomach upset, no vomiting, no illness whatsoever – they were in perfect health when they went to bed,” she told Sky News.
“I believe something suspicious has gone on … something has happened in that room and caused them to be taken away from us.”
Local authorities have denied suggestions the couple succumbed to carbon monixide poisoning, with Attorney-General Nabil Sadeq asserting that the air-conditioning in their room was “working properly and had no faults”.
Investigations are continuing.
2. NAPLAN results show no sign of improvement after switch to online test.
Online testing has had little effect on initial NAPLAN results, with no significant change from last year in the literacy and numeracy tests.
However, the initial results released on Tuesday suggest some Australian schoolchildren are more proficient at typing than handwriting.
This year was the first of a three-year online testing rollout, with one in five students in years three, five, seven and nine taking the standardised tests online.
There may have been no significant change in any areas compared with last year, but writing test results for students in years five, seven and nine were “well below” the 2011 standard.
Outgoing Education Minister Simon Birmingham has praised the online roll-out and said future reforms in the sector should focus on equipping teachers with the right tools in the classroom.
Mr Birmingham says the eventual uptake of the online system will provide faster turnaround of results and more detailed feedback for students.