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September 8, 2018

US rapper Mac Miller dies at home Los Angeles

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Saturday, September 8, 2018

Mac Miller in 2017.
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On Friday, rapper Mac Miller was found dead in his bedroom at home in San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, California, United States, according to reports. He was 26.

According to news website TMZ, a friend called emergency services from Mac Miller’s apartment, in regard to a cardiac arrest. According to the coroner, Mac Miller was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigation was ongoing to identify the cause of the death.

Reports said Mac Miller previously abused drugs, which reportedly affected his two-year relationship with singer Ariana Grande. They broke up in May this year.

Mac Miller was an US rapper, singer and record producer. He was born Malcolm James McCormick in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US in 1992. In 2007, at the age of fifteen, he released his first mixtape under the nickname “EZ Mac”. He later switched to name “Mac Miller”.



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September 7, 2018

2014 hostage in Sydney Lindt cafe

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Map indicating the location of the incident in Martin Place

The cafe where the hostage happened

Police stormed the building after explosions and yelling were heard about 2:10am. Lindt cafe manager Tori Johnson and barrister Katrina Dawson have been killed in the 16-hour Sydney siege. Tributes flow for slain hostages.

Authorities were not able to confirm whether Tori Johnson and Ms Dawson were shot by the gunman or killed in crossfire, but several sources have told the ABC that Mr Johnson tried to grab the gunman’s weapon when he appeared to be falling asleep.

Authorities would not confirm whether Tery and Katrina Dawson were shot by the gunman or killed in crossfire. Seventeen people were taken hostage by self-styled Iranian cleric Man Haron Monis shortly before 10:00am on Monday morning, but five people were freed later that afternoon.

Police said three female hostages, aged 75, 52 and 43, sustained gunshot wounds and all were in a stable condition on Tuesday. A police officer, 39, was treated for a minor gunshot wound to his face and released from hospital.

Previously, Monis, 50, had been seated, talking to Johnson, the Monday-morning hubbub of the cafe all around them. The first anybody in the Lindt cafe knew something was wrong was when the manager of shop, Tori Johnson, had a gun pointed at him by customer Man Haron Monis.

Also in the cafe were two Indian-born software engineers – Pushpendu Ghosh and Viswakanth Ankireddy, who were working on a project for nearby bank Westpac. Marcia Mikhael and Selina Win Pe, two more Westpac employees, were also customers.

Joel Herat, Jarrod Hoffman, Harriette Denny, Fiona Ma, Elly Chen, Bae Jieun and supervisor Paolo Vassallo were workers behind the counter. Scant attention was paid to Monis, who sat with a bag at his feet. Then, almost without warning, Monis was standing. He drew a gun – which, however uncorfirmed by police, has been reported as either a short barrelled or sawn-off shotgun – and bellowed at customers to stand with their hands up.

Tony Abbott said that Monis was known to state and Commonwealth authorities for his history of violent crime and conviction for sending abusive letters to the families of Australian soldiers killed in action. Prime Minister Tony Abbott addressed the media about 8.30 am, offering the families of the victims his condolences.

Six hostages were seen running free from the cafe, 16 hours after they were first taken captive shortly before police entered the building. Another hostage was freed seconds later.

Their release has been followed seconds later by a dramatic police raid that was shown live on television. Six hostages were seen running free from the cafe shortly before police entered the building, six hostages were seen running free from the cafe, 16 hours after they were first taken captive. Seconds later, another hostage was freed. Their release was followed seconds later by a dramatic police raid that was shown live on television.



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September 6, 2018

Saucer Tennis

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September 5, 2018

First year of female Cub Scouts for Boy Scouts of America begins

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This week, as the new school year begins, girls across the United States, including over 100 girls in western Washington State alone registered to become Cub Scouts, form dens and begin their activities as part of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). Last year, the Boy Scouts decided to admit girls to their organization in response to a poll of Cub-Scout-aged girls and to a multi-year trend of decreasing enrollment in Scouting.

“I wanted to be a scout because I wanted to do everything my brother did,” said 7-year-old Marlee Perez.

“She’s growing up and she’s getting these skills she probably wouldn’t get anywhere else. It’s just amazing to watch her grow and smile and have a good time and make friendships, some friendships for life,” said Marlee’s father, Lee Perez. “I look at it is this way, what part of the scout oath, scout law can any youth not learn from, whether it be a boy or a girl, you talk about scout oath scout law, you talk about being reverend, being kind obedient, cheerful, being kind, those are great things that even our young ladies can learn.”

Last year, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) polled girls aged 6 to 10 and 87% of these respondents expressed interest in joining the Boy Scouts. “Families with both boys and girls want something where they can participate as an entire family,” says Brian Falin, senior district executive of the Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA) Sequoyah Council. “Families want their daughters to be able to earn BSA rank awards, even to the Eagle Scout level.” The Boy Scouts have a history of including girls in some of their events, but only official members are eligible to earn badges or awards.

In October of last year, the Boy Scouts of America announced that their board of directors had unanimously decided the century-old children’s organization would begin accepting girls as Cub Scouts and allow them to apply for and earn Eagle Scout status. This has raised questions about the future of an independent but related organization, the Girl Scouts.

A young man at his Eagle Scout Court of Honor in 2006. The Boy Scouts of America have announced they will begin allowing girls to earn this award starting in 2019.
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The decision does not mean there will be mixed groups, called dens, of male and female Cub Scouts: “Cub Scout dens will be single-gender — all boys or all girls,” the Scouts said in a statement, and it will be up to local scouting organizations to decide whether to establish girls’ dens. These dens can be combined with others to create larger groups, called packs.

The Boy Scouts already admit girls to some of their programs but this move would allow them to become full members of the organization, so long as they are young enough to become Cub Scouts. A new program, slated to begin in 2019, is designed to allow older girls earn the Eagle Scout Award, which is the Boy Scouts’ highest honor.

“I just want to do what the Boy Scouts do — earn the merit badges and earn the Eagle Award,” aspiring Eagle Scout Sydney Ireland told NBC News. “The Girl Scouts is a great organization, but it’s just not the program that I want to be part of. I think girls should just have the opportunity to be a member of any organization they want regardless of gender.” Ireland has been an unofficial member of her local Boy Scout den since she was four and authored a Change.org petition requesting that the organization admit girls.

The National Organization for Women approved of the decision but the Girl Scouts of America did not. Membership in both the Boy and Girl Scout organizations has dropped by millions since the early 2000s, and this measure may bolster membership in the Boy Scouts. The president of the Girl Scouts has accused the Boy Scouts of poaching girls in the past.

“We’ve had 105 years of supporting girls and a girl-only safe space,” Lisa Margosian, chief customer officer for the Girl Scouts, told the press. “So much of a girl’s life is a life where she is in a coed environment, and we have so much research and data that suggests that girls really thrive in an environment where they can experiment, take risk and stretch themselves in the company of other girls.” Margosian also said the Girls Scouts were “blindsided” by the Boy Scouts’ announcement.

“The problem with the Girl Scout curriculum is that it’s very focused on who your leader is for your particular troop,” said Rebecca Szetela, one mother of four from Michigan. “If you have a mom who’s really into crafts and girlie stuff and being a princess, then that’s what your Girl Scout troop is going to be like. If you have a daughter who’s more rough and tumble, it’s not going to be a good fit.”

Girl Scouts working on the Mission Ocean Challenge during the USS California Science Experience at Naval Surface Warfare Center in 2010.
Image: U.S. Navy photo by Greg Vojtko.

A 2011 study in the journal Gender and Society found the Boy Scouts were less likely to engage in artistic projects and the Girl Scouts less likely to engage in science, though the Girl Scouts have made attempts to foster science programs since then.

“I wanted to join Cub Scouts because they didn’t do the same things as Girl Scouts. I wanted to do more camping and stuff like that,” said Remi Stewart, age 8, who told the press this week she plans to participate in both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts this year.

The Boy Scouts of America was incorporated in 1910 and the Girl Scouts shortly later. The organizations also differ from each other with respect to politics and progressivism. “In some very fundamental ways the Boy Scouts was always backward-looking. It harkened back to a time when men were men, when they were apt in the woods, when they were muscular and strong,” says Arizona State University women’s studies professor Mary Logan Rothschild. “[With Girl Scouts] all the things they were doing were not backward-looking, but forward-looking. These were new things for girls: to be adept at making fires, marching, and doing all these outdoor things. […] It’s my profound belief, based on academic research, that they really have fundamentally different visions.”

Earlier in 2017, the Boy Scouts announced they would accept trans boys as members. In 2013 and 2015, it lifted its ban on openly gay members and leaders, respectively, after years of public debate. The organization still bars entry to atheists and agnostics, and about 70% of Boy Scout organizations are affiliated with religious groups of some kind. In 2015, a Washington State Girl Scout troop returned a $100,000 donation because the donor had stipulated it could not be used to support trans girls.

“The Girl Scouts see it as a threat to their territory and the Boy Scouts are saying ‘we are offering another option,'” New York Times reporter Niraj Chokshi told NBC News. “Depending on how it plays out, we will see how targeted it was at the Girl Scouts.”



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September 1, 2018

The Fantabulous Contraptions of Matthias Wandel

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Matthias Wandel is living the twenty-first-century dream. In 2007, he quit his engineering job at Research in Motion, turned his attention to his website, and now makes most of his living doing what he loves, tinkering in his workshop and posting his creations online. Over the last few years, Wandel’s innovative and beautifully crafted wooden machines have become viral sensations: his YouTube videos alone have been watched almost ten million times. This week, Torontoist had the opportunity to talk to Wandel about his machines, the success of his website, and some of his other projects.

According to Wandel, his fascination with woodworking began at a young age in his father’s workshop. “My dad also used to make custom furniture for people,” he explains on his site. “This has always been lucky for me, as it meant having access to a large and well equipped workshop, as well as lumber.”Today, he has his own workshop in his basement in Ottawa, and although other materials might be better suited for some of his projects, he still prefers to work with wood. “I have wood and you can make things out of wood a lot faster than you can make things out of metal,” Wandel told Torontoist. “You can also cut wood a lot faster than you can cut metal, so it’s quite logical.”While some of his machines, like his combination lock, were built to drive traffic to his website, others were born from necessity. In 2003, when a neighbour’s apple grinder was unavailable for his parents to use, Wandel decided to construct his own, and in 2009, he built a marble run track out of wooden blocks to give to his nephew for Christmas. Wandel admits that the gift was probably too complex for a three-year-old, though he reports that his nephew’s parents had “a blast playing with the blocks.”

One of Wandel’s most time-consuming projects was his pipe organ, which he was inspired to build after taking an introductory music course in his final year of university. “The organ was also quite a challenging project,” said Wandel. “I wanted some kind of keyboard instrument and I didn’t really feel like buying one, so I started experimenting…It’s a good conversation piece for whenever I have visitors here.”In addition to woodworking, Wandel has also built Lego marble machines, domino stackers, a digital camera from the components of a flatbed scanner, and a few online games, including an eyeballing game that tests geometric perception. (Warning: If you start playing the eyeballing game you won’t get anything else done today.) “I always felt that some people are better at [eyeballing] things than others,” explained Wandel. “So I thought, well, wouldn’t it be neat to write a little test for that?”

So far, working from home has been pretty lucrative. In October 2008, after receiving dozens of emails from fans wanting to buy plans for his machines, Wandel started selling some of his schematics online. “If you have a customer base, and the customer base keeps asking for something, they’re telling you there’s an opportunity,” he said. “A year ago I was selling one or two plans a week. Now I’m selling about thirty to forty plans a week.” From ad revenue and design sales, his site pulled in more than three thousand dollars in December 2009, and he expects to make around $3,500 this month.Wandel told us that he’s still somewhat amazed by his site’s success, but added that while he appreciates feedback from his fans, he’s sick of people suggesting that he build a wooden clock. “Why would I build a wooden clock?” asked Wandel rhetorically. “That’s been done before.”



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Garfi, the worlds angriest cat on the internet

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Saturday, September 1, 2018

Garfi, a Persian cat that lives in Turkey, has attracted attention on internet due to his angry expression. His owner Hulya Ozkok has uploaded more than 100 photos of her cat’s angry expression

This fierce-looking Persian lives in Turkey, where his owner, Hulya Ozkok, snaps some incredibly entertaining photos of him. Ozkok posted the pictures to Flickr, and the Internet went angry for this mad-looking cat. His album has been viewed more than 50,000 times.

Garfi, a Persian cat that lives in Turkey, has attracted attention on internet due to his angry expression. His owner Hulya Ozkok has uploaded more than 100 photos of her cat’s angry expression.

The account of Garfi was created by Hulya Ozkok’s son. He has achieved more than 50000 followers on instagram due to his angry face photos.

Garfi, the cat with a hilariously furious face, became an online sensation when pictures of him were posed in ironically cheerful outfits spread like wildfire.



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Garfi, the world’s angriest cat on the internet

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Garfi, a Persian cat that lives in Turkey, has attracted attention on internet due to his angry expression. His owner Hulya Ozkok has uploaded more than 100 photos of her cat’s angry expression

This fierce-looking Persian lives in Turkey, where his owner, Hulya Ozkok snaps some incredibly entertaining photos of him. Ozkok posted the pictures to Flickr, and the Internet went angry for this mad-looking cat. His album has been viewed more than 50,000 times.

Garfi, a Persian cat that lives in Turkey, has attracted attention on internet due to his angry expression. His owner Hulya Ozkok has uploaded more than 100 photos of her cat’s angry expression.

The account of Garfi was created by Hulya Ozkok’s son. He has achieved more than 50000 followers on instagram due to his angry face photos.

Garfi, the cat with a hilariously furious face, became an online sensation when pictures of him were posed in ironically cheerful outfits spread like wildfire.

Garfi has gone viral because a woman named Ms. Ozkok was convinced by her son to post photos of him on a Flickr album. Thit pet’s owner already has released 2 books, while Grumpy Cat will be starring in a Lifetime’s live-action movie titled “Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever.”

Hulya Ozkok, 46, from Istanbul, said: “Garfi is a wonderful cat. But he has his own rules. If you don’t follow his rules, he is quick to get angry.”

You’ve heard no doubt of Grumpy Cat – meet I’m Absolutely Raging Cat. But looks can apparently be very deceptive. Hulya Ozok says her nine-year-old Persian is just a great big ball of fluffy loveliness, despite looking like he is staring into your soul and not liking what he sees.

It would appear that Garfi’s owner’s cruelty, sorry imagination, knows no bounds. Although if your owner chose to dress you up in stupid outfits and then posted the resulting pictures on the internet then you might be feeling a bit testy yourself.



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Creativity celebrated at Fan Expo Canada in Toronto

Creativity celebrated at Fan Expo Canada in Toronto

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Saturday, September 1, 2018

Fan Expo Canada ran in Toronto last weekend, from Thursday to Sunday, spread over both multi-storey buildings at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The event is one of North America’s largest pop culture events, with panels, product unveilings, screenings, an artists’ alley, and celebrity autographs.

Featured programming included reunions of cast members from 2001: A Space Odyssey, Back to the Future, Xena: Warrior Princess, and Degrassi: The Next Generation. Other cast panels included Star Trek Discovery, Adventure Time, Steven Universe, and Grand Theft Auto. Attendees could have their portfolios reviewed by staff from Marvel and DC Comics, speed date others of the same sexuality, or try a Doctor Who escape room.

The end-of-summer event is one of three held in Toronto by Informa, a list that also includes the springtime Tornto Comic Con.

Wikinews was there, and captured some of the cosplay creativity and booths full of products new and old.



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August 29, 2018

Brisbane, Australia Magistrates Court charges two cotton farmers for $31m fraud

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

On Tuesday, two officers of cotton farming conglomerate Norman Farming in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court for alleged fraud of the government. Queensland Police alleged over the past seven years the farmers submitted fraudulent claims to receive funding from Queensland’s Department of Natural Resources, resulting in an approximately AUD20M dishonest personal financial gain. The Court laid charges and released the defendants on bail.

According to the results of the investigation by Police, the two men allegedly falsified documents, including invoices, misrepresenting work from contractors as earthwork supposedly in aid of improving water irrigation efficiency. The two allegedly presented farming-related work on their property on six projects as aimed at improving the efficiency of water irrigation at their property near Goondiwindi.

Police arrested the chief executive officer (CEO) of the conglomerate, 43-year-old John Norman, and the conglomerate’s chief financial officer, 53-year-old Stephen Evans. They appeared in Court represented by their lawyers. In the Court they were charged, Norman with six and Evans with four counts of aggravated fraud, Norman with six and Evans with four counts of fraudulently producing or using a false record. Police opposed bail, however the Magistrate released the two on bail conditionally, requiring they surrender their passports.

According to reports by Australian Broadcasting Corporation and The Guardian, neighbours of Norman Farming had complained to the authorities about Norman Farming’s work resulting in excessive removal of floodwater from the McIntyre river, leading to reduced availability of water for the farmers downstream.

Queensland’s Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy provided the funding as a part of its Healthy Head Waters scheme. Detective Inspector Mick Dowie said the Department did not have the authority of police to compel provision of documents, leading to difficulty with verifying the invoices which the two submitted in their application.

Dowie said the investigation took over a year to complete, including analysis of accounting reports.



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August 9, 2018

New South Wales, Australia government says entire state in drought

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On Wednesday, the New South Wales, Australia Department of Primary Industries (DPI) reported fifteen percent of New South Wales, Australia (NSW) was in “intense drought”, and the rest of the state “in drought” or “drought-affected”. Farmers were reportedly running out of food for cattle and had to make difficult decisions about the collection times for their crops; food for cattle became harder to get, and more expensive.

The report from DPI indicated “up to 48% of the state as Drought Affected, 37% in Drought and 15% in Intense Drought”. The areas of intense drought included “parts of Western, North West, Central West, Central Tablelands, South East, Hunter, Greater Sydney and Northern Tablelands LLS regions”, according to the report. The drought indicator was based on agronomic data, remote sensing, and field reports, including soil moisture and pasture conditions.

The report from DPI named “the southern alpine zone, the greater Hilltops (Young) region and parts of the south and north coast” as areas with better conditions.

Furthermore, according to ABC (the Australian Broadcasting Corporation), the chair of the Australian Fodder Industry Association, Frank McRae, said many farmers in NSW had barely any food for their cattle. He said, “There’s pretty much virtually nothing in NSW and supplies are rapidly drying up in southern Victoria [state bordering NSW on the south] […] You have to go back to 1981–1982 to see a drought this widespread and so severe.”

The BBC reported Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull saying some farmers bought hay for animal feed for as much as AUP 10,000 per truckload.

NSW Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair remarked many people were hoping for rain to come and farmers were needed to make difficult decisions about the best viable time for crops collection. He said, “This is tough, there isn’t a person in the state that isn’t hoping to see some rain for our farmers and regional communities […] Producers are now faced with some very difficult decisions on whether to graze sown crops or rely on potential rainfall in the next two months in order to increase yield production.”

According to ABC, Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) meteorologist Jane Golding said these conditions were unlike previously observed climatic conditions in NSW with rain in June, July and August. He said, “This year we haven’t really seen either of those and last year as well we didn’t really see too much of the either of those rain-bearing systems making their way into NSW […] It is unusually dry and also unusually warm which exacerbates the problems, so the warm temperatures dry out the soils even more.”

According to BBC, Queensland, north of NSW, was also experiencing dry conditions, as well as parts of South Australia and Victoria. The report from DPI mentioned last autumn’s failed growing season.

About the forecast conditions and risks, the report from DPI said dry and warm conditions were “likely” to continue in the next three months, with an El Niño 50% likely in NSW in spring, which would mean depressed rainfall. The Australian forecasting services have an El Niño Watch on the region according to the report.



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