Brekky Wrap: School Closes After Flu Outbreak And Apple Worth $1 Trillion
All the news you need to know this Friday.
The father of a student at St. Claire of Assisi Primary School in Canberra has died after a vehicle exploded the school's car park. Police were called to the explosion in the Conder area on Thursday afternoon and emergency services treated the man at the scene. He was taken to Canberra Hospital where he later died. The school will remain closed until Monday and police have launched an investigation into the incident.
A Brisbane primary school has urged parents not to send their children to school on Friday after an extraordinary outbreak of the flu. 182 students and 15 staff have been absent with the illness amounting to one third of the Middle Park State School's population. On Friday, school cleaning staff will be taking on extra shifts and teachers will be available to supervise the children, but no formal lessons will be held.
At least five former Victorian Labor Party Field organisers have been arrested in a dawn raid as part of a police investigation into the misuse of tax payer funding their the 2014 state election campaign. Police have said that 17 people will be questioned across Victoria, New South Wales and the Northern Territory however no charges have been laid and no Labor MPs were arrested. The dawn raid has been labelled unnecessary as such a measure is unusual for this type of investigation.
Apple has become the first company to hit $USD1 trillion in market value. This is quite a turnaround from the company's near bankruptcy in 1997 where many attribute the unveiling of the iPhone in 2007 as the Apple's saving grace. Apple has sold over a billion iPhones and has seen a growth in Mac computers despite there being a industry-wide downward trend.
Pope Francis has changed the Catholic Church teaching on the death penalty saying that it can never be sanctioned. He said the death penalty "attacks the inherent dignity of all humans". The Vatican said on Thursday that Francis has changed the Catechism of the church that previously didn't include recourse against capital punishment. Before Thursday, the Catholic teaching said that the death penalty would be tolerated only if it was they only possible way to defend "human lives against the unjust aggressor".
Food delivery service Foodora has announced it will be ceasing operation in Australia on August 20. In a statement Foodora said the reason for the move was to focus on business in other markets where there is higher potential for growth. Foodora is leaving Australia amid claims that it mistreats its riders. The company is currently facing two legal cases against it and says it will work to resolve these despite leaving Australia.
An Australian man trapped on a mountain in New Zealand has been found alive. The 29-year-old had been stranded for nearly a week after he failed to return from a solo hike of Mount Aspiring on the country's south island. Rescue services confirmed he had been found live on Thursday with a small amount of frostbite. Search coordinator Mike Roberts said it was "extraordinary" to find the man standing and waving after such a long time missing.
Pop star Pink has postponed her first of nine Sydney shows due to illness. The singer took to social media on Thursday explaining her frustration about the situation. She also asked the people of Sydney for advice about where to get wellness shots and fresh juices to speed along the healing process. The rescheduled date for the concert will be announced once arrangements have been made and Pink is feeling a little better.
The Matildas will meet Japan in their next Tournament of Nations match and they are seeking one thing -- revenge for April's Asian Cup final where they were defeated 1-0. The Matildas have already beaten Brazil 3-1 on Friday and drew 1-1 with the USA. If they win with enough points against Japan, they will retain their title in the four-team friendly tournament. The Matildas kick-off against Japan 7.45am AEST.
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