Squiz Today / 28 January 2022

Squiz Today – Friday, 28 January

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Gets your fab Friday started. 

Today’s listen time: 9 minutes

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Squiz Sayings

“For those asking: yes, an old Falcon 9 second stage left in high orbit in 2015 is going to hit the moon on March 4. It’s interesting, but not a big deal.”

Tweeted Harvard astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell, who is nonplussed about an out-of-control SpaceX rocket that’s set to collide with the moon in just over a month. Probably because it’s not quite a moon landing…

Aussie tennis stars shine bright in Melbourne

It’s all happening at the Australian Open… With Aussie finalists up the wazoo playing their matches today and over the weekend, it’s going to be a hectic 72 hours… on the couch.

• Let’s start with the doubles because a lot is going on… For the men, it’s an all Aussie final – the first in 42 years – with Nick Kyrgios/Thanasi Kokkinakis taking on Max Purcell/Matt Ebden tomorrow night. The ‘Special Ks’ are guaranteed to make it loud… And don’t forget the ‘Double Js’ – Aussies Jaimee Fourlis and Jason Kubler play in today’s mixed doubles final. The wildcard pair had never won a match together before entering the Open – they play 5th seeds Kristina Mladenovic/Ivan Dodig at 2.30pm this arvo.

• The women’s singles final is on tomorrow night at 7.30pm. Last night, Ash Barty had a straightforward win against American Madison Keys. She’ll face 27th seed/American Danielle Collins. Barty is the first Aussie woman to reach the Open final in 42 years. As the Queenslander said last night, “it’s unreal.”

• And the tournament wraps with the men’s singles final on Sunday night. We’ll find out who will be in it today after 2 semi-finals. Sixth seed/crowd favourite Rafael Nadal takes on Italian Matteo Berrettini at 2.30pm, and top-seed/crowd protagonist Daniil Medvedev plays 4th seed Stefanos Tsitsipas at 7.30pm tonight. 

So good. He was in high spirits after receiving his Australia Day award on Tuesday night. “Sh*t, I gotta play tennis tomorrow, don’t I?” he remarked… And it was that kinda vibe from Alcott yesterday after his defeat by Dutchman Sam Schröder. Alcott is the most successful men’s quad tennis player of all time. He accumulated 3 US Open, 2 Wimbledon, 3 French Open titles, and 7 Aussie Open titles. And last year, he became the first male player to complete a Golden Slam – a clean sweep of the major tournaments + Paralympic gold in a calendar year. The Logie winner/disability advocate/Roger Federer man-bits admirer now moves on to the next phase of his life. “I’m really the luckiest guy in the world, and I didn’t need to win today to realise that,” he said.


Squiz the Rest

Mo’ money for the reef

Last year, the United Nations’ World Heritage Committee of its Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef could be put on the dreaded ‘in danger’ list because of the impact of climate change. UNESCO backed off after some political manoeuvring by Environment Minister Sussan Ley, but the Morrison Government owes it a status report next month. That’s the background to today’s announcement that an additional $1 billion will be put towards improving water quality, reef management and research over the next decade. The Coalition says it’s the “single largest investment” in the reef and adds to $2 billion already committed. And according to PM Scott Morrison, it’s now “the best-managed reef in the world”. This is new this morning, so reaction is yet to come through, but Labor committed $163 million to protection projects earlier this month.


Afghanistan ‘hanging by a thread’

That’s what United Nations chief Antonio Guterres told the Security Council yesterday, with the country at risk of economic collapse and widespread starvation as it pushes through a harsh winter. After years of drought, Afghanistan’s humanitarian situation has deteriorated since the Taliban took control last year. The UN says up to 97% of Afghans could be living in poverty by mid this year unless immediate action is taken. And with international aid drying up over concerns the Taliban will seize and use funds for dastardly deeds, Guterres implored countries to “suspend rules and conditions” like economic sanctions to get much-needed financial support flowing. That point has been the focus of renewed peace talks between the Taliban and Western officials this week. Despite the UN promising to work with countries to ensure funds are not misused, donors are still reluctant to free up funds due to lingering uncertainty.

World News

Prince Andrew said Maxwell was not a mate

The legal wrangling in the civil case against the Duke of York took another step yesterday, with his lawyers filing a response to his accuser’s claims. Perth-based Virginia Giuffre, who met Andrew through convicted child abusers Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell when she was 17yo, says he sexually assaulted her in London, New York and the US Virgin Islands. And in the document made public yesterday, Andrew denied the specifics of the allegations. One aspect that garnered some attention yesterday was his position that he and Maxwell were not close friends. But in his disastrous BBC interview from 2019, Andrew said his relationship with Epstein was a product of his long-standing friendship with Ghislaine Maxwell. And last week, a former Buckingham Palace Royal Protection Officer said the pair were very close. Both Giuffre and the royal have requested the case go before a jury. That will likely happen in New York in the second half of the year unless settled beforehand.

World News

Drinking study nothing to cheer(s) about

Before you reach for a vino/spritz/brew to mark the end of the week, here’s some food (or booze…) for thought… About 21% of Aussie women between 45-60yo drink at ‘binge’ levels, which is 5 or more drinks on one occasion. That’s up from 13% in 2001. The same group is also doing more long-term risky drinking, defined as putting away more than 2 drinks a day. The researchers of the paper published yesterday said the drinking habits of young people and men are usually in focus, but it’s women who have “a higher susceptibility to alcohol-related health consequences”. That includes things like heart disease, immune and infectious diseases and cancer. And the kicker: women don’t need to drink as much or for as long as men to reach the high risk category. If you’re considering a booze embargo, experts say to focus on short term benefits, like enjoying better sleep.


Picasso goes digital

The heirs of famed Spanish artist Pablo Picasso are the latest to jump on the non-fungible token (NFT) bandwagon, revealing plans to auction off 1,010 digital art pieces. Picasso’s granddaughter Marina and her son Florian unveiled only a glimpse of the item to be featured – it’s a large ceramic bowl the artist made in 1958, and it has never been viewed publicly before. They’ll auction the actual bowl in March, but the NFTs on offer will include images of the bowl and music put together by Florian, songwriter John Legend and rapper Nas. The artist’s great-grandson hinted the sale could be the first of many to feature the family’s extensive collection. “We’re trying to build a bridge between the NFT world and the fine art world,” he said. Let’s hope they have more luck than Melania Trump

Quirky News Technology

Friday Lites – Three things we liked this week

Whether you have a love of dogs or a love of mustering, we’re confident you’ll enjoy ABC TVs ‘reality show’ Muster Dogs. Squiz favourite Lisa Millar narrates this challenge where 5 pups need to learn the ropes in 12 months. Adorable and a great showcase of regional Australia.

Ash Barty might be in the final of the Aussie Open, but she’s said she is more interested in being a good person than winning any tennis tournament. In this Vogue profile, she goes into hows/whos of that – and the fancy clothes look good on her too.

Fancy fish fingers with a crispy coating, spicy tartare and green salad? Yes, please. We’ll be dusting this one off for Saturday night. From memory, we ditched the cornflakes last time and upped the panko crumbs, but you do you.

Friday Lites

Do the Squiz Quiz

Reckon you know what the name of the album was that turned the late singer/actor Meat Loaf into an icon? Have a crack at the Squiz Quiz.

Squiz the Day

10.00am (AEDT) – Cricket – Day 2 of the Women’s Ashes Cricket Test – Australia v England – Canber

12.00pm (AEDT) – Tennis – Australian Open – Mixed Doubles Final – Jaimee Fourlis and Jason Kubler v Kristina Mladenovic and Ivan Dodig – Melbourne – broadcast on Nine

7.40pm (AEDT) – Cricket – Big Bash League Final – Perth Scorchers v Sydney Sixers – Melbourne

ABS Data Release – Producer Price Indexes, December 2021

Mona Foma festival continues (on until 30 January) – Hobart

International Lego Day

Anniversary of:
• the publication of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice in the UK (1813)
• the explosion of USS Space Shuttle Challenger just over a minute after takeoff, killing all 7 crew members (1986)
• Roger Federer becoming the first man to claim 20 Grand Slam titles after winning the Australian Open for the 6th time (2018)

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