1. Typhoon Mangkhut has crossed into mainland China where it is expected to continue weakening after cutting a deadly swathe across the Philippines and causing chaos in Hong Kong. It approached the coast as a Category 5 storm — the strongest possible — with winds of up to 269km/h, killing 64 people in the Philippines. The scenes were apocalyptic. Watch as the storm smashed windows on office buildings and sucked out documents:
An office tower in Hung Hom. As I’m posting my own building is moving. The storm is screaming outside. I’m never this terrified. Hope everyone stay safe. ???????? #TyphoonManghkut #HK pic.twitter.com/fHkFpoqScD
— Jen Zhu (@jenzhuscott) September 16, 2018
2. Markets will start the week still braced for more US-China trade tensions. Reports over the weekend indicate that President Trump is still planning to follow through with tariffs on another $US200 billion worth of Chinese goods. China may reject new trade talks if the US imposes more tariffs, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday. The report quoted one senior Chinese official saying the country would not negotiate “with a gun pointed to its head”.
3. Elon Musk is building a spaceship that’s so ambitious, some experts call it “science fiction”. Here’s why.
4. The Herald Sun, the Australian newspaper that published the “angry baby” Serena Williams cartoon, ran a hit piece saying she is “no feminist hero”. Business Insider’s Alan Dawson explains why the paper is dead wrong.
5. Two people are dead and three others are in a critical condition after attending a Sydney music festival on Saturday night. 13 more went to hospital to be treated for drug-related issues. It’s prompted the New South Wales Premier to vow she will do everything she can to shut down Defqon.1.
6. Please cut your strawberries before you eat them. There have now been seven reported incidents of punnets of strawberries contaminated with sewing needles and pins across NSW, Queensland and South Australia. The latest was a punnet of Mal’s Black Label strawberries purchased from a supermarket in the Adelaide Hills. On Saturday, the Queensland Government issued a $100,000 reward for any information that could lead to the arrest of the culprit.
7. Jeff Bezos says the “secret sauce” to Amazon’s success is an “obsessive compulsive focus” on customer over competitor. The Amazon founder shared several insights into Amazon during a talk at the Economic Club of Washington on September 13. More here.
8. Some of biggest risks to humanity today include temperature anomaly events, terrorist attacks and obesity. Earth TimeLapse, an interactive platform created by global security expert Robbert Muggah and Carnegie Mellon University researchers, shows those risks in a new light using mesmerising maps. Here’s a quick look at obesity:
9. The epic event that is Burning Man.If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like attend the famous Burning Man festival in Nevada, this “virgin burner” tells it how it is on “the playa” from the lame orgies to the unforgiving sun.
10. Australia will drop to its worst ever seventh in the world rugby rankings after losing to Argentina 23-19 at Cbus Super Stadium on the Gold Coast. Check back here when the rankings are updated later today. Wallabies captain David Pocock summed up what everything was thinking after the match: “That’s a tough one to take.”
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