Morning Buzz, August 21, 2017 | Missing boy confirmed killed in Barcelona terror attack

Good morning and welcome to the Morning Buzz for Monday, August 21. It’ll be cloudy today with the slight chance of a shower and top temperatures of around 19 degrees. Enjoy your day!

Australian boy Julian Cadman killed in Barcelona attack

Australian boy Julian Cadman was killed in the Barcelona terrorist attack, his family has confirmed. Photo: Facebook

Australian boy Julian Cadman was killed in the Barcelona terrorist attack, his family has confirmed. Photo: Facebook

Seven year-old Australian boy Julian Cadman was killed in the Barcelona terror attack, his family and Spanish officials have confirmed.

The Ministry of the Interior said Julian, an Australian and British dual national, had been identified through DNA.

The Cadman family released a statement through the Australian government, mourning the loss of their "funny and cheeky" boy. Read more

Families believe cleric to blame for Barcelona attacks

Families of the men believed responsible for the Spanish terrorist attacks gather with the local Muslim community in Ripoll to denounce terrorism. Photo: AP

Families of the men believed responsible for the Spanish terrorist attacks gather with the local Muslim community in Ripoll to denounce terrorism. Photo: AP

 In the Spanish mountain town where the Barcelona terror attacks were born, people want to know how it all had started.

The Spanish interior minister boasted on Saturday that the terrorist cell that had carried out attacks in the capital and a nearby seaside village has been "completely dismantled".

But at the centre of the mystery there are questions: how did a dozen young men from a small town - some friends since childhood - come together to plot in secret and carry out the deadliest terrorist attack in Spain in more than a decade, considering some were barely old enough to drive and most still lived with their parents. Read more via SMH

Sydney's water catchment faces rising loss to mining, contaminants

Warragamba spillway releases water into the Hawkesbury Nepean river system after the East Coast Low brought floodwaters into the catchment . Photo Nick Moir

Warragamba spillway releases water into the Hawkesbury Nepean river system after the East Coast Low brought floodwaters into the catchment . Photo Nick Moir

Coal mining in Sydney's catchment is having a "cumulative and possibly accelerated" impact on water flows but its full effect is unknown because of a lack of monitoring.

These are among the findings of the 2016 Audit of the Sydney Water Drinking Catchment, a study required by law every three years, that the Berejiklian government quietly tabled in parliament this month. Just a single copy of the report was available to borrow.

The audit, which covers the 16,000-square-kilometre catchment that stretches from Lithgow in the Blue Mountains to near Cooma and stores as much as 2.6 million megalitres of water, found "reduced water availability" compared with the 2013 report. Read more

Housing affordability: Is Airbnb to blame?

An estimated 6000 homes have potentially been taken out of Sydney's permanent rental housing market as landlords list properties on home-sharing websites such as Airbnb.

New data from the University of Sydney's Urban Housing Lab suggests the home-sharing website may be worsening housing affordability particularly in Sydney's inner city and coastal suburbs as well as the NSW North Coast.

An analysis of property listings in April 2017 found about 28 per cent of Airbnb listings were entire properties, while 70 per cent were rooms and shared rooms. Read more

The case for working 15 hours a week

A 15-hour work week sounds too good to be true. Especially when many Australians work excessive hours, often for no additional pay, and struggle with the cost of living.

Yet economist John Maynard Keynes suggested in 1930 that the work week would be whittled to 15 hours by 2030, according to Dutch writer and historian Rutger Bregman. A United States Senate committee report in the mid-1960s predicted the work week would be down to just 14 hours by 2000, with at least seven weeks off a year.

"I think it's just extraordinary," Bregman said. "Until the 1970s almost all the economists, sociologists, philosophers, you name it, believed we'd be working less and less and less. Read more

Comedian Jerry Lewis dead at 91

Jerry Lewis, pictured in 2016. Photo: AP

Jerry Lewis, pictured in 2016. Photo: AP

Jerry Lewis, the high prince of low-brow comedy on stage and in movies as well as a fundraising powerhouse with his annual Labor Day telethon in the US, died on Sunday.

"Famed comedian, actor and legendary entertainer Jerry Lewis passed away peacefully today of natural causes at 91 at his home in Las Vegas with his family by his side," a statement from the Lewis family said. Read more via SMH

Aussie Aaron Mooy scores his first Premier League goal

Aaron Mooy's journey from being shown the door at Western Sydney Wanderers to the starting in the Premier League has reached a dream culmination, with the Aussie midfielder scoring his first goal for Huddersfield Town on Sunday.

With Huddersfield locked 0-0 with Newcastle in their first home game in the EPL, Mooy played a neat one-two with Elias Kachunga before unleashing a curling effort just inside the right upright, giving the visiting goalkeeper Rob Elliot no chance.

The score remained 1-0, handing the Terriers their second straight win to retain equal first on the ladder. Read more

Panthers win seven in a row and kill the Raiders' season

Fatal moment: Canberra's season was almost certainly ended by this late Tyrone May try. Photo: AAP

Fatal moment: Canberra's season was almost certainly ended by this late Tyrone May try. Photo: AAP

There's an argument the NRL's home-and-away season is far too long and it needs to be shortened by a month – but you won't be hearing that from Penrith.

A season that starts in the first week of March and climaxes on the first day of October is just enough time to start as equal premiership favourites, lose a handful of matches, dump players for off-field misbehaviour, deny theories about a "crisis", shuffle on players to other clubs mid-season and then suddenly strike form and win seven straight just as the finals loom. Read more

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