1. Two teenage girls have been arrested in Florida overnight after one of them admitted in an online post of bullying twelve-year-old Rebecca Sedwick, who killed herself last month. The 12 year old had been “terrorised” by as many as 15 girls who ganged up on her and picked on her for months through online message boards and texts.
Two girls, ages 12 and 14, were identified as Rebecca’s main tormentors. They were both charged with aggravated stalking in connection to Rebecca’s suicide. On Saturday the 14-year-old tormentor posted this message on social media:
“Yes ik [I know] I bullied Rebecca nd she killed her self but IDGAF”
That message ended with a heart symbol.
The 14-year-old instigated the bullying after she started dating Rebecca’s ex-boyfriend. The 12-year-old girl was once Rebecca’s friend. But the 14-year-old girl turned her against Rebecca. The girls admitted to the abuse. They were charged with aggravated stalking. They were handcuffed, booked and jailed for a few hours and released to their parents.
2. Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced plans to present his carbon price repeal legislation this year. It will be the first order of business when parliament resumes on November 12.
Asked about Labor’s vow to block the repeal of a carbon price, Mr Abbott said he was confident public pressure on the opposition not to defy “the mandate of the Australian people at the election” would be “irresistible”.
If the bills are not passed by July 1, and the government is forced to wait for the new Senate, the carbon tax repeal bills will apply retrospectively to that date.
The Prime Minister said the abolition of the carbon tax would leave households $550 a year better off.
The government estimated that power prices would go down by 9 per cent and gas prices would go down by 7 per cent.
The move increases the chances of another election in the first half of 2014 if the eight bill package is rejected.
3. Time is left for politicians to work out a deal to raise the borrowing limit and avoid an unprecedented US debt default. But overnight The White House rejected a new proposal from House Republicans for reopening the government and extending the debt ceiling.
The proposal, which included a two-year suspension of a tax on medical devices aimed at funding President Obama‘s signature healthcare law, was immediately rejected by the White House. The deadline looms as the government shutdown enters its third week.
4. Concerns are being raised over the sexualisation of women’s avatars in video games. A study from Stanford university has shown that women who use sexy avatars in video games are more likely to objectify themselves in real life.
Even more alarming it showed embodying the virtual life of characters like Lara Croft made women more likely to accept the ” rape myth” . This is the idea that a woman is in some way to blame for her rape. With 46 per cent of gamers now women experts say it’s cause for concern. Time magazine reports that playing Lara Croft might actually be worse for women’s body image than watching Miley Cyrus twerking in a bikini.
5. Teenagers are being warned they risk a heart attack or stroke by consuming energy drinks. The drinks can cause heart attacks, strokes, fainting, increased heart rate and raised blood pressure. The nation’s medicine safety watchdog ( TGA) has warned teens ahead of schoolies celebrations starting next month.
Products marketed as energy supplements, weight loss drugs and legal highs have been linked to cardiovascular toxicity when used with alcohol. Banned from sale in Finland, Denmark and Sweden, oxedrine and caffeine products are also restricted in Canada and the TGA yesterday announced it was is reviewing their safety here.