Squiz Today / 13 May 2022

Squiz Today – Friday, 13 May

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Setting the tone for a fab Friday.

Today’s listen time: 9 minutes

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Squiz Sayings

“He tasted so many apples he used to get stomach complaints…”

Said Helen Cripps, daughter of the inventor of the Pink Lady apple John Cripps, who has died at 96yo. Since its release in 1991, the variety has become beloved around the world for its crisp texture and just-tart taste. At least John didn’t have to endlessly taste Red Delicious

The Shark is hunted over Saudi stance

Aussie golfing great Greg Norman is in hot water over his defence of Saudi Arabia, saying “we’ve all made mistakes” when asked about the gruesome murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi agents. Norman, who is at the forefront of setting up a rebel golf tour backed by Saudi Arabia, said he’d heard about the killing, but he “just kept moving on.” Overnight, Khashoggi’s fiancée Hatice Cengiz asked“Would you say that if it was your loved one? How can we go forward when those who ordered the murder are still unpunished and continue to try to buy back their legitimacy?” And the company Norman heads tried to mop things up with a statement saying: “The killing of Jamal Khashoggi was reprehensible. Everyone agrees on that, including Greg”.

Umm, there’s a lot going on there…
There sure is. Let’s start with a reminder on the Khashoggi case… He was the journalist who entered a Saudi consulate building in Turkey in October 2018, where he was killed and dismembered. American intelligence concluded that the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was behind the killing – a claim he continues to deny. As for Norman, he is the chief executive of LIV Golf, which is the company that’s attempting to disrupt the major professional golf tours in the US and Europe. Yesterday, he announced more money for the competition from Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund controlled by the Prince. It will be used to fund an 8-tournament series – each worth circa $255 million in prize money – with the first teeing off in London early next month. The development of the comp has seen the Saudis accused of ‘sportswashing’ – aka when a government uses sport to take the attention away from their poor human rights record.

What happens next?
This week, the organisers of the US and European tours again said they will suspend players who defect to Norman’s LIV Golf series. That hasn’t stopped Norman from targeting golf’s best-known players to join the tour, and he says that 19 of the top 100 players have committed to play in the first tournament. Golfing heavyweight Phil Mickelson is on the starting list, as is former world #1 Lee Westwood – but most have distanced themselves from it. Norman’s series is offering the richest purses in pro golf history, so it’s a lot for some to walk past…

Sport World News

Squiz the Rest

Queensland shrugs off drought with flooding rains

Heavy rain has eased in northern Queensland, but the weather bureau warns it’s still a “very much evolving situation” as the severe weather system moves on to hit central and southeastern parts of the state, affecting communities like Gympie and near Toowoomba. The Bureau of Meteorology has issued flood warnings across the region – including the Lockyer Valley’s Laidley Creek and the Mary River, with “very saturated” catchments rapidly filling up after intense rainfall. Large swathes of the state have received 10 times their monthly average of the wet stuff, and conditions aren’t forecast to ease until tomorrow. So it might not come as a surprise that Queensland’s drought has been officially declared broken… About half the state has been in drought for a decade, but a solid wet season powered by La Niña has ended that.

Australian News Weather

Superyacht tour operator charged over drug bust

Queensland superyacht tour operator James Blee has been charged with multiple drug offences connected to a South American diver who drowned in Newcastle’s port this week. It’s alleged he was attempting to retrieve 54 kilograms of cocaine worth an estimated $20 million from the hull of a cargo ship that arrived from Argentina on Sunday. Blee was arrested in Cairns as he attempted to flee to Singapore on Wednesday night – it’s believed he was nearby when the “very professional” drug smuggling operation was foiled after the unidentified diver drowned. NSW investigators have been searching for the drivers of 2 boats seen near the cargo ship on Sunday night, along with at least one other diver who was assisting the dead man. Last night, investigators said they believe the total haul was up to 300kg, with 179kg of it linked to Indonesia’s record seizure on Sunday. Blee is expected to be extradited to NSW today.

Australian News Crime

A high-profile death causes election delays in PNG

Papua New Guinea’s deputy PM/Transport Minister Sam Basil died in a car accident in the country’s northern Morobe province on Wednesday night, prompting a delay in the nation’s general election. He was taken to hospital with 3 others, but later died of his injuries. PM James Marape and Basil weren’t from the same party, but the national leader said his death was a “big loss” for his colleagues and the country. Basil is the 8th MP in PNG to die during this parliamentary term, and it came just hours before nominations were due to open for the upcoming election. PNG Electoral Commissioner Simon Sinai said that process has been delayed until 19 May, and voting has been delayed by two weeks to start on 16 July. Police have appealed for witnesses to come forward as they investigate the crash.

World News

COVID officially reaches North Korea

The Hermit Kingdom has confirmed that the Omicron eagle has landed. The government has ordered a strict national lockdown after confirming the first infections, although observers believe COVID has been in the country for a while. Kim Jong-un has vowed to eradicate the virus, with state media calling the situation a “severe national emergency” with the virus breaching the country’s “quarantine front”. Experts say the nation’s 25 million population is particularly vulnerable because the government hasn’t distributed a vaccine, even rejecting offers of millions of AstraZeneca and Chinese-made Sinovac jabs last year. North Korea’s primary defence against COVID has been its closed borders – but that also stopped essential supplies from entering the country and caused more economic hardship for its people. South Korea has renewed its offer of humanitarian assistance.

Health World News

Eurovision heats up

The 2nd round of the Eurovision semi-finals kicked off this morning, with The Voice star Sheldon Riley representing Oz with his song Not the Same. The 23yo wrote the power ballad years ago as a message to his younger self about the struggles of dealing with Asperger’s Syndrome. Still, this morning’s performance was a more glammed up affair than when he won the Aussie competition in February. ”I realised my song isn’t a sad song … it has a lot of hope,” Riley said. Ukrainian folk-rap band Kalush Orchestra are the favourites to win the competition after receiving a standing ovation for their song Stefania in yesterday’s semi-final, with the UK’s Sam Ryder also in the running. Eurovision buffs can tune into the grand final from 5am (AEST) on SBS this Sunday – or 7.30pm for sleep-in enthusiasts.


Friday Lites – Three things we liked this week

Confession time: we enjoy a cracking romantic comedy. Like, a lot. And just when we thought we’d seen all the good ones, this new list from Vanity Fair put some watching on our list. 

We’ve not even made it to winter and already our skin is getting dry. These masks help*. They come in at a bit over $10 a go, but it’s cheaper than a pro-facial with good results. 

What to cook this weekend… We’d had a craving for beef tacos all week, so we’re scratching that itch. This recipe is a notch above the supermarket bought kit, but there are elements of it like store-bought shells/wraps. There’s no need to be a martyr…  

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Friday Lites

Do the Squiz Quiz

Reckon you know which actor will play the new Doctor in the long-running British series Doctor Who? Have a crack at the Squiz Quiz. 

Squiz the Day

12.30pm (AEST) – Foreign Minister Marise Payne and Shadow Foreign Minister Penny Wong debate foreign affairs policy at the National Press Club – Canberra

NT Labor caucus to elect a new leader after the resignation of Chief Minister Michael Gunner

Winner of the 2022 Archibald Art Prize announced

The winner of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee pudding competition announced

International Hummus Day

Birthdays for muso Stevie Wonder (1950), PM Scott Morrison (1968), and actors Lena Dunham (1986) and Robert Pattinson (1986)

Anniversary of:
• Captain Arthur Phillip leaving Portsmouth, England with 11 ships of criminals bound for Botany Bay (1787)
• the first-ever race of the Formula 1 World Drivers Championship (1950)
• the death of actor Ruth Cracknell (2002)

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