Brekky Wrap: Toddler Tragically Killed By Air Conditioning Unit That Fell Eight Storeys
All the news you need to know this Wednesday.
A toddler has died after being struck by a falling air conditioning unit in Toronto, Canada. The two-year-old girl was in a pram being pushed by her mother when the unit fell from the eighth storey of a building on Monday. She died a short time later in hospital. Toronto Mayor John Tory called the toddler's death a "terrible tragedy". "My thoughts are with the family involved and the people in that building. I'm sure it is traumatizing for them." The building is run by the city's social housing agency. Police have launched an investigation.
Hundreds of firefighters have worked through the night as bushfires continue to rage across the state. There are 73 blazes burning, 37 are yet to be contained. At least a dozen homes were damaged or destroyed yesterday in ‘catastrophic’ conditions, while 13 firefighters were injured. Police believe several fires were deliberately lit and have launched investigations.
In Queensland, firies have a tough day ahead, with conditions forecast to deteriorate throughout the day. More than 50 blazes are burning across the state with the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services hoping the containment lines will hold. The Darling Downs, Scenic Rim and Granite Belt regions are of the most concern.
To other news, disgraced cardinal George Pell will learn whether he can appeal his child sexual abuse conviction in the High Court. The 78-year-old was found guilty of assaulting two choir boys in the 1990s and is serving a six-year jail term. He’s always denied any wrongdoing.
Legislation aimed at driving down power prices has passed the Senate.It gives the competition watchdog the power to name and shame energy companies, and hand out warning notices, fines and contracting orders. The laws were designed to force electricity retailers to pass on reductions in wholesale power prices and boost competition. The legislation will return to the House of Representatives later in the month for final approval.
The U.K.s opposition Labour Party has been hit with back-to-back cyber attacks. The attackers flooded web services with malicious traffic in a bid to force them offline weeks out from the election. The attack has been described as “large scale” but unsuccessful. An investigation is underway.
Katy Perry will perform at the Women’s T20 World Cup at the MCG in March. The pop superstar is hoped to bring in a record crowd. In a statement, Perry said she is excited to be part of the celebrations, particularly because it is being held on International Women’s Day.
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