Woman earns master's at 94
A 94-year-old great-great-grandmother who left school at 12 could be the world's oldest university master's graduate, her supervisor said yesterday as he urged her to continue her studies to a doctorate. University of Adelaide graduate Phyllis Turner was awarded a master's degree in medical science this week at a ceremony, surrounded by generations of offspring. Turner quit school to help her mother look after her siblings after the family was abandoned by their father. After raising seven children and two stepchildren, she completed her school education at nights because "I love study," she told Adelaide's SA-FM radio station this week.
Military moving kangaroos
Following public outrage at plans to shoot thousands of kangaroos on its bases, the military now plans to move them in air-conditioned comfort at a cost of over A$3,600 (US$3,000) a head. Local newspapers said the 3,200 eastern gray kangaroos would be trucked to a village more than an hour away from Canberra after protests over plans to employ professional hunters to shoot them. The Defense Department said in May the kangaroos were causing serious erosion because of overgrazing on two drought-ravaged military bases and endangering a local lizard species and the gold sun moth. Police later ordered a halt to the plan, saying bullets could ricochet and hit protesters who planned to trespass on defense land to save the animals.
Tidal wave kills four
A rising wave in a river known for its strong tides engulfed more than 30 swimmers and visitors walking along a levee, Xinhua news agency reported yesterday. At least four are known to have died. Seven of the 33 people who were swept away on Thursday remained missing, including a nine-year-old child, while the rest were rescue, Xinhua said. Authorities have recovered the bodies of two men and two women, it said. The Qiantang River in Zhejiang Province has long attracted tourists for its waves, which could rise up to 3.5m.
Briton wins barista contest
While some people enjoy their morning coffee with a cigarette or cookies, James Hoffman, crowned world barista champion in Tokyo on Thursday, proved that blending them all together makes the best espresso. The contest drew top baristas from 45 countries. Hoffman's signature drink combines biscotti foam, milk chocolate and a tobacco-infused cream. "I wanted to use ingredients that have an association with copious pleasure," the Briton said after winning the annual contest. Conditions were tough at the barista contest because Tokyo's humid summer heat can affect the coffee grind.
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Glasgow suspect dies
An Indian-born aerospace engineer who authorities say drove a burning Jeep Cherokee into a terminal at Glasgow Airport in a botched terrorism attack died on Thursday night in a hospital in Scotland, the police said. The man, Kafeel Ahmed, 28, sustained severe burns over 90 percent of his body and had remained in critical condition since the failed attack on June 30. The Jeep was loaded with gasoline and burst into flames as it hit the airline terminal. Ahmed had remained too ill to be interviewed by the police. He was never expected to survive, doctors said.
Mom cuts off allowance
A Sicilian mother took away her 61-year-old son's house keys, cut off his allowance and hauled him to the police station because he stayed out late. Tired of her son's misbehavior, the Caltagirone pensioner turned to the police to "convince this blockhead" to behave properly, La Sicilia reported on Thursday. The son told the newspaper that his mother did not give him a big enough weekly allowance and did not know how to cook. "He doesn't tell me where he's going in the evenings," the woman said. Police helped the duo make up and return home together, with the son's daily allowance restored.