Brekky Wrap: Young Girl Awarded $250K After Being Injured On Steep Slide
All the news you need to know this Thursday.
A young student has won a $246,000 settlement after she was injured going down a slide on school grounds during recess. The then-kindergartner from New Jersey suffered injuries to her hand and arm in October 2014. The slide in question was angled at 35.2 degrees to the ground, despite a federal standard of 30 degrees. Lawyer Ciro Tufano told the New York Post the injury will last a lifetime. “People think I’m a swarmy lawyer making something out of nothing but this was a significant injury … she suffered some scarring,” he said. “It is going to affect her for the rest of her life, in one way or another". It's not clear if the slide has been removed.
Air quality has reached hazardous levels in parts of NSW as bushfires continue to burn in the states north. The Hunter and Central Coast are among the worst areas. The air quality is listed as ‘poor’ in Sydney this morning and 'very poor' in the CBD and eastern suburbs.
Some good news across the border, with rain soaking some of Queensland’s most drought-affected regions. Parts of the central west have recorded up to 70mm of rainfall since Tuesday, with more on the way. Drier weather is expected to set in again tomorrow.
Qantas will inspect 33 of its Boeing 737’s after structural cracks were found in one plane during a scheduled maintenance check. The airline says the entire fleet will be checked by the end of the weeks and stressed that there are no immediate safety risks.
Mental illness is costing Australia $500 million each day. The Productivity Commission estimates that while close to four million people have a mental illness, a quarter are not accessing support and services. It has recommended sweeping policy changes in the health system, workplaces, housing and the justice system.
Retiring NRL star Sam Burgess has been charged with intimidation following an alleged dispute with his father-in-law. Officers were called to a property near Bowral earlier this month and later applied for an AVO on behalf of the 63-year-old man. Burgess will front court in December.
Survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire that killed 71 people are calling for London’s Fire Brigade chief to resign. It comes after an official inquiry found that fewer people would have died if the building was evacuated quicker. Britain’s Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn has labelled the incident an ‘avoidable tragedy’.
In sport, Australia has thrashed Sri Lanka by 9 wickets at the Gabba to seal the T20 series. Needing just 118 runs to win, Steve Smith and David Warner combined for their first partnership on home soil since 2017 to get the hosts home with 41 balls to spare.
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