Squiz Today / 04 March 2022

Squiz Today – Friday, 4 March

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Squiz Sayings

“These are good people in a bad situation under a kind of stress that you can’t begin to appreciate from the comfort of your couch.”

Said Pat Saja, the host of America’s Wheel of Fortune, after contestants were dragged through the mud after taking a whopping 10 attempts to guess the phrase ‘another feather in your cap’ despite most of the letters being filled out. There were no feathers for them…

Extreme weather blues harder to shake off than a wet week

Flood-affected parts of Australia’s east coast aren’t in the clear yet with predictions of wild weather ahead. And by ‘wild weather’, the Bureau of Meteorology says “potentially life-threatening” conditions are in store for communities in southeast Queensland with rain expected all the way down to NSW’s South Coast.

It’s bad news for Queensland’s southeast with heavy rain, damaging winds and damaging surf on the way today and tomorrow. Some flood-affected communities have started their clean-up, but in Brisbane, the ‘Mud Army 2.0‘ suffered a setback following an early morning mega-storm yesterday that caused flash flooding across the city. Today’s nasty weather system is also expected to hit already-smashed areas of NSW’s northeastern corner. Elsewhere in NSW, conditions west of Sydney are expected to ease today. Yesterday, flooding in towns along the Nepean and Hawkesbury rivers ranged from moderate to major as thousands evacuated. And parts of the Hunter region are bracing for rain, damaging winds and really high tides today.

It’s a good question, and you should come clean now if you’re the one who set the weather gods off… There will be time for a deep dive into what’s gone down when it’s over. But it’s not just these floods that are on weather watchers’ radars. There’s currently an extreme heatwave in Northern Australia, Perth (which just had its hottest summer on record) is heading back towards the mid-30Cs, and a cool change is coming for South Oz, Victoria, NSW and Tassie. Hosting the full range of weather conditions across Oz at one time is nothing new, but climate policy slow coach/Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce says climate change has changed the game when preparing for extreme weather events. “You can always plan for what’s happened in the past, but to plan for something that’s never happened before is impossible. But now we have a new high mark that we have to plan for,” he said yesterday.

Australian News

Squiz the Rest

Tough talk from Putin and Zelensky

Both Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky and Russian President Vladimir Putin have addressed their people this morning. Putin said his “special military operation” is “going according to plan“. Meanwhile, Zelensky has appealed to the West to do more to close the airspace over Ukraine to prevent Russian aerial bombers. “If you do not have the power to close the skies, then give me planes,” he said. Talks between Ukraine and Russian delegations are set to resume this morning, and Zelensky has challenged Putin to meet with him. “Sit down with me. Just not 30 metres away,” he said, referring to some extreme long-table talks last month. Russian fighters are progressing across Ukraine – except for the massive convoy that was zeroing in on the capital Kyiv – it remains stalled, reports say. The United Nations refugee agency says a million Ukrainians have fled the country in the week since Russia attacked. Also evicted was a pro-Russia audience member of ABC TV’s Q+A program overnight…

World News

Top End cop gives evidence at his murder trial

Zachary Rolfe hasn’t spoken publicly since he shot and killed Indigenous man Kumanjayi Walker in November 2019 while on duty in the remote community of Yuendumu. And yesterday, he took the stand in his murder trial and spoke about the moments leading up to the shooting. Rolfe was trying to arrest Walker for an alleged assault on police officers when he says Walker stabbed him in the shoulder with a pair of scissors. He says the then-19yo tried to snatch his gun, which he was able to prevent. Rolfe then believed his partner was being stabbed, and he decided to shoot Walker to protect his colleague. Crown prosecutors say Rolfe’s first shot may have been justifiable, but the 2nd and 3rd shots were murderous. Rolfe said the additional rounds were necessary because the teen wrestled with his partner on the ground after the first shot. The trial in Darwin continues…


UN approves landmark plastic treaty

The United Nations has approved the world’s first global plastic pollution treaty to drastically reduce the volume of plastic in our world. In what’s been described as the most significant environmental deal since the 2015 Paris climate agreement, it will create a legally binding set of protocols that puts restrictions on the oil and chemical companies that make it, and consumer goods giants that use single-use packaging. That’s likely to affect some nations’ economies more than others, with a special nod to the US, China, India, Saudi Arabia and Japan… Environmental groups say there’s an urgent need for the treaty because plastic puts marine species and ecosystems at risk. And check this out for a stat: approximately 7 billion of the estimated 9.2 billion tonnes of plastics produced between 1950-2017 is now waste. There’s some way to go before the agreement is put into action with the treaty due to be finalised by 2024.

Environment & Science

A big weekend of sport ahead

• If you’ve been mourning the end of the Beijing Winter Olympics, it’ll be welcome news that the Paralympics open tonight. Oz has a 10-strong team of athletes competing. And in light of the war in Ukraine, Russian and Belarusian athletes have been banned from the Games amid fears that other nations could pull out and a tense atmosphere at the athletes village. Russia is challenging the decision…

• The women’s cricket one-day World Cup bats off in New Zealand today, and the #1 ranked Aussie team are the favourites to win. Sure, we might have lost the warm-up match against the Kiwis. And all-rounder Ashleigh Gardner has tested positive for COVID. But c’mon Aussie… Our first match against is against England tomorrow.

• And on the other side of the world, our Aussie men’s team is looking to retain their #1 world ranking in the first Test match against Pakistan that starts today. It’s our first tour of Pakistan in 24 years, the first Test tour in 2 years (thanks COVID…), and it’s the first Test match since the dramatic departure of coach Justin Langer. So there are a few unknowns


Space junk set to collide with the moon

Don’t worry, the moon will be fine… Part of a rocket that has been floating around space for years is set to collide with the big cheese tonight (11.26pm AEDT) at 9,300km/hr. Scientists expect it to make a crater on the lunar surface. That won’t be visible from Earth as it’s set to occur on the far side of the moon, but NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter will take some pics. The rocket is believed to have come from a 2014 Chinese lunar mission, which China denies. Space junk stuck in low-Earth orbit is relatively easy to track, but no space agencies currently track it further afield. That could soon change after Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak launched a new venture this week to track rogue objects in space to help avert disastrous collisions.


Friday Lites – Three things we liked this week

If you watched Netflix’s Inventing Anna, it’s hard to shake the lead character’s German/Russian accent. One expert says actress Julia Garner, aka Anna Delvey/Sorokin, did a great job. The other thing we wanted to know about was how legendary TV creator Shonda Rhimes landed on the positive portrayal of the conwoman. If you wondered that too, here you go.

A new season of Grand Designs is out on Binge. It’s great to have Kevin McLeod back – until you get to December 2019 and you know the pandemic is coming and the bank is about to default on the special line of credit needed to waterproof the elaborate home… It’s high stakes TV.

And in the spirit of autumn, we dug out this Ottolenghi recipe for a 5-spice butternut pumpkin with cheesy custard. Before you recoil in horror, we can tell you hand-on-heart it’s amazing. And it makes for an impressive side dish, or serve it with some greens and carbs to make it a meal.

Friday Lites

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Squiz the Day

1.00pm (AEDT) – Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews gives his ‘State of the State’ address – Melbourne

1.40pm (AEDT) – Conservationist Dr Jane Goddall headlines a UN Women Australia event ahead of International Women’s Day – virtual

4.00pm (AEDT) – Men’s Cricket First Test – Australia v Pakistan – Islamabad

11.00pm (AEDT) – Paralympic Games opening ceremony – Beijing

A Senate committee into Australia’s engagement in Afghanistan delivers its final report

ABS Release – Retail Trade, Australia, January Additional Information)

Adelaide Festival starts (until 20 March)

Enlighten Festival begins in Canberra (until 20 March)

Sculpture by the Sea begins (until 21 March) – Cottesloe, WA

World Obesity Day

Anniversary of:
• the 2nd Battle of Vinegar Hill (aka Castle Hill rebellion) in NSW, when Irish convicts led the colony’s only significant convict uprising (1804)
• the publication of the song Happy Birthday To You by Claydon Sunny (1924)
• former Zimbabwe PM Robert Mugabe rising to power (1980)
• the marriage of Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall (2017)
• the death of actor Luke Perry (2019)

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