Start your day off right with five things you need to know this morning.
Five things you need to know
1. It’s the 17-year anniversary of 9/11
Today, people all over the world are remembering where they were on Sept. 11, 2001 and honouring the memory of the thousands of lives lost on that fateful day. In total, 2,977 innocent victims died in the attacks that day and more than 6,000 others were injured. All 19 hijackers were also killed, while five men accused of planning the deaths remain in Guantanamo Bay awaiting trial.
Love. Hope. Resilience. Tuesday marks the 17th anniversary of 9/11. Share your message of love and remembrance with #Honor911. https://t.co/AjC1V0GOhA #911Memorial #911Museum pic.twitter.com/KsvnypDwRN— 9/11 Memorial (@Sept11Memorial) September 8, 2018
2. Harry and Meghan will soon make their first royal tour
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, are preparing for their first tour as a royal couple. The tour will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 16 in Sydney, Australia and make its way through Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand for 16 days. It will end in Rotorua, New Zealand on Wednesday, Oct. 31.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will undertake an official visit to Australia, Fiji, Tonga, and New Zealand. Here's a look at their itinerary: pic.twitter.com/5Uph4cjq1T— TicToc by Bloomberg (@tictoc) September 11, 2018
3. Australian cartoonist condemned for depiction of Serena Williams
Serena Williams didn’t look very good when she berated the chair umpire multiple times during the U.S. Open final over the weekend. However, artist Mark Knight is now receiving quite a bit of criticism for his cartoon depicting Williams’ outburst, which was published on Monday. Even Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling responded, describing it as “racist and sexist tropes.”
4. A rare corpse flower is set to bloom in Toronto
A few months ago, a corpse flower bloomed in Vancouver and it became quite the popular tourist attraction. Now, the same is set to happen in Toronto as the flower, called a titan arum, will bloom years ahead of schedule, bringing a putrid smell and surely plenty of visitors along with it. The plant is located at the Toronto Zoo and will only bloom for a day or two.
We are closely monitoring Pablo’s temperature which was 64.94 degrees Fahrenheit this morning. When blooming, the flower will heat up to 95 degrees F (avg human body temperature is 98.6 degrees). He will continue to monitor the temperature and colour throughout the day. pic.twitter.com/uvj5auZJJu— The Toronto Zoo (@TheTorontoZoo) September 10, 2018
5. Japan wants to end a 33-year old ban on whaling
Japan wants to start hunting whales again and are trying to end a 33-year ban on the practice. The country claims that some species have recovered enough to be killed sustainably. Protesters and representatives from other countries have voiced their opposition to the idea. Although whale hunting has been banned for 33 years in Japan, it’s still done for scientific research purposes.
Japan wants to end a 33-year old ban on whaling but is running into opposition from conservationists pic.twitter.com/dkDkQV8LcI— TicToc by Bloomberg (@tictoc) September 11, 2018
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