Brekky Wrap: Thai Cave Rescue Dilemma And Leyonhjelm Comment Saga Continues
All the news you need to know this Wednesday.
Rescue efforts are underway to save 12 Thai school boys and their coach after they were found alive in a cave. The process of bringing the boys to safety could take months as rescue teams face a difficult choice: teach the boys how to dive through the complex cave system, or wait months for the flood waters trapping them to recede. For now, diving lines have been established so food, supplies and basic comforts can be sent to the boys so they might stay in a stable condition. Each person will also be trained to dive in the interim, until rescue services determine which is the best way to bring the team to safety.
Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has vowed to fight back against workplace sexism saying she's "absolutely over it." Hanson-Young has accused fellow Senator David Leyonhjelm of "slut-shaming" her with comments he made in parliament about her private life. Hanson has called for the Liberal Democrat to resign, saying he is unfit for parliament.
The situation continued to escalate on Tuesday, when Leyonhjelm took aim at Ten's own Angela Bishop over Twitter calling her a "bigoted bitch," claiming she wasn't listening to co-host Jo Hildebrand explain the meaning of the word misandry. Leyonhjelm has agreed to a live interview on Studio 10 on Wednesday morning, where he will come face-to-face with Bishop to discuss his comments. Studio 10 airs 8.30am weekdays.
Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson has come under fire for refusing to resign from his position following his sentencing on Tuesday. Wilson was given a 12 month sentence, with a six month non-parole period to be served as home detention. Court was adjourned so his eligibility for home detention could be assessed. While Wilson has stepped aside from his duties as archbishop, he is still refusing to vacate the role, leaving the decision to the Pope to sack him. Philip Wilson is the most senior catholic in the world to have been convicted of concealing child sexual abuse.
Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has been arrested on corruption charges after $4.5 billion from the state investment fund has gone missing. Razak himself founded the fund nearly a decade ago and it was supposed to be used for the public benefit. While he was PM, Razak was cleared of corruption charges, but following the shock victory of 92-year-old Mahathir Mohamad in May's election, the investigation was relaunched. Razak is expected to be charged on Wednesday, however he has denied any wrongdoing.
When speaking in parliament, UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson was subject to an unlikely interruption. He was delivering a statement regarding the terrorist group ISIS, when his voice accidentally caught the attention of voice-assistant Siri. She interrupted the speech, informing Williamson that she had found information about the Syrian Democratic Forces and the house erupted into laughter. Williamson apologised for the interruption, saying it was "very rare to be heckled by your own mobile phone".
Australia has had a stellar first round at the Wimbledon tennis open, with Ash Barty, Daria Gavrilova and Samantha Stosur progessing to the second round. Nick Kyrgios, John Millman and Bernard Tomic have also played their way into the second round at the All England Club.
Sweden have secured a spot in the FIFA World Cup quarterfinals after defeating Switzerland 1-0. Sweden will play in their first quarterfinal since 1994 thanks to a goal from Emil Forsberg in the 66th minute. Sweden will meet the winner of the clash between England and Colombia.
Sandra Sully writes for ten daily ahead of meeting her sponsored daughter for the first time. Sully describes Srey Nait's childhood of poverty and destitution in post-Khmer Rouge Cambodia and how it's a sheer miracle that she has lived to see her 15th birthday. Sully will travel to Cambodia next week to meet Srey Nait -- the first time she will meet the girl that has became part of her family. She says she's a little nervous, but also full of love, excitement and hope. Read the full story here.
And a three-year-old cancer survivor has played the role of flower girl in her bone marrow donor's wedding. Hayden Hatfield Ryals got a call a few years ago that a baby girl desperately needed her bone marrow for cancer treatment. Ryals said it was an easy decision to help and she later found out the child's name was Skye Savren-McCormick. Little Syke is now three-years-old and cancer free, making her the perfect candidate for the part of flower girl at Ryals' wedding. See all the pictures here.
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