Friday's news in 5 minutes.

1. Health scare for mum of quintuplets as one of her babies is hospitalised.

Perth mother of quintuplets, Kim Tucci, has told the followers of her popular Facebook page ‘Surprise by Five’ that one of her babies, Tiffany, had been admitted to hospital.

Ms Tucci said she rushed Tiffany to hospital with bronchiolitis and a possible twisted bowel.

She revealed that Tiffany hadn’t fed since 4am Tuesday.

“Being in a position watching your child struggle to breath is heart breaking.”

She spoke of her heartbreak: “Hours I have held Tiffany in my arms, she has ran out of tears so many have been shed.” “It’s safe to say I’m feeling absolutely defeated! I know tonight is going to be beyond hard for her.”

She told her followers: “Go and give your children an extra hug and kiss tonight, life is so very precious.”

Her news was met with an outpouring of support and kind words from her more than 335,000 followers on Facebook.

Tiffany is one of Tucci’s quins – along with Keith, Ali, Penelope and Beatrix.

She also has three older children.

2. Missing six-year-old boy found reading his book in the bush.

A six-year-old Victorian boy missing from his Beechworth home has been found after spending a night lost in the bush – wet and hypothermic but safe.

Ben, who has Down Syndrome, was found by rescuers John McLennan and Ben Hill on Thursday roughly one kilometre from his home.

“There he was,” Mr McLennan told Seven News, “Just sitting there, legs crossed reading his book.”

“He was surprised to see us.. I was worried I scared him a little bit on the bike the way I blasted up to him.”

“He had no shoes on. He was wet from the rain and he was shivering so thank God we found him.”

His mother told Seven News it has been a tough 18 hours.

“As the rain set in, it was two or three in the morning (and) we were starting to get pretty despondent … not knowing if he was okay, if he was scared,” she said.

She thanked the police and rescuers who assisted in the search.

3. One person missing and homes under threat after wild weather in Victoria and South Australia.

4. Addiction doctor says cannabis trials on children are unsafe.

A prominent doctor, who specialises in addiction has said medical marijuana should not be used for sick children, warning there’s no evidence it is safe for young brains.

“It shouldn’t be used at all on children or adolescents,” said Dr Philip Crowley, an addiction medicine specialist at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

“We now know cannabis is toxic to the developing brain in kids and adolescents. It leads to long-term damage to structures that are vital for memory, learning and thinking.”

Dr Crowley said several studies have found a link between early use and poor development outcomes.

There needs to be a lot more studies done on animals, there needs to be evidence that it’s not going to cause harm,” he said


Dr Crowley will present his views at a medical conference today.

Fairfax Media reports that in Victorian the Government has recently legalised medical marijuana and started growing its own crop, which is expected to be available to children with severe epilepsy in 2017.

In NSW, the government has already started giving children with epilepsy access to an imported cannabis drug, Epidiolex  and the Queensland Government recently signed a deal to import the same drug.

5. Women are continuing to experience a deep gender pay gap in sport.

A report has shown how top women sports players are earning a fraction of their male counterparts.

The Gender Balance in Global Sport Report shows that Australia’s top female cricketers earn a retainer of between $40,000 and $65,000 a year — 4-7 per cent of their male counterparts’ six-figure offering – around $900,000.

The Matildas, our national soccer team, receive a base pay of just $30,000-$41,000 — about half of Australia’s average full-time salary of almost $79,000, reports The Australian.

In AFL, while players such as Melbourne’s Daisy Pearce and Collingwood’s Moana Hope will be paid $25,000, most players will get only $5,000 for the eight-week season. The average male footballer earns $300,000 a year.

Claire Braund, the co-author of Women on Board’s Gender Balance in Global Sport Report, said the “general view” was that the pay gap was “an unavoidable by­product of the commercial nature of sport” but that improved media coverage and smart advertisers “were challenging the status quo.”

6. Debris found in Tanzania is from MH370.

A piece of debris discovered on the island of Pemba, off the coast of Tanzania, in June is from the missing Malaysia Airlines jet MH370 Malaysian authorities have confirmed.

The Boeing 777 aircraft disappeared in March 2014, with 239 passengers and crew on board, soon after taking off from Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital, bound for Beijing.

The debris, an outboard flap, will be examined further to see if it can yield any insight into the circumstances around the missing plane, said the Malaysian transport minister Liow Tiong Lai.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau report on the new wing flap said it “was confirmed as originating from the aircraft registered 9M-MRO and operating as MH370.”

7. The iPhone7 goes on sale this morning but the Plus is sold out globally.

Consumers wanting an Apple iPhone 7 Plus will have to put their plans on hold as new gadget is sold out globally – as is the jet black version of the iPhone 7, the company has said.

This morning the iPhone 7 goes on sale featuring improved cameras and with a new set of headphones that eliminate the traditional headphone jack.

Fairfax Media reports Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller said, “We sincerely appreciate our customers’ patience as we work hard to get the new iPhone into the hands of everyone who wants one as quickly as possible.”

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