Squiz Today / 09 September 2022

Squiz Today – Friday, 9 September

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It’s Friday. We did it. 

Today’s listen time: 9 minutes

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Squiz Sayings

“If you do start waving your arms and yelling, that drives home the fact that you’re a threat.”

Said ecologist Carly Campbell with some solid advice on how to deal with magpies as swooping season starts up again. The key: don’t run, just “quickly and calmly” move out of their space. The same applies if you see us before a morning coffee…

Reserve Bank boss holds firm

After this week brought a 5th consecutive interest rate hike, the scrutiny on the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) and its leader Dr Philip Lowe is intense. But yesterday, Lowe defended himself and the decisions he and the board have made. And he said he has no plans to resign after some say he broke a promise to keep record low interest rates of 0.1% on hold until 2024. What he said last year was they were “unlikely” to rise, and critics say many Aussies took on mortgages on the assumption that repayments would be stable for a while. But the opposite has happened… “Interest rates are higher, I know people don’t like that, but you should be welcoming the stronger economy, and that’s what I’d say to people who are kind of unhappy with the promise – wasn’t a promise,” he said yesterday. The Treasury is leading a review to determine whether the central bank has and continues to act in the nation’s best interests. The findings of that review won’t be released until March 2023.

Business & Finance

Squiz the Rest

Canada manhunt draws to a close

A 4-day search for the final suspect in a stabbing attack that killed 10 people and injured 18 others in Canada’s Saskatchewan province ended yesterday. Myles Sanderson died shortly after being detained by police following a car chase around 100km southwest of where the stabbings occurred. Reports say he was taken to hospital with self-inflicted injuries, and a knife was found inside his vehicle. The 32yo and his 31yo brother Damien – who was found dead on Monday with wounds police say were not self-inflicted – had both been charged with murder. It also emerged yesterday that Myles had been released from prison in February and had 59 prior convictions and a long history of violence. Canadian authorities said there would be an investigation into why he was granted parole and released from prison.  

Crime World News

Raising the Voice

Working groups of First Nations leaders have been pulled together and tasked to work out the pre-referendum details to secure an Indigenous Voice to Parliament. The first is the Referendum Working Group – it includes 22 Indigenous Australians and will be co-chaired by Indigenous Australians Minister Linda Burney and Labor Senator Pat Dodson. And its mission is “guide the big questions” about the proposed vote, like the timing, the form of words, and a public education campaign. But wait, there’s more… A 2nd group will focus on engagement with First Nations communities and building support for the ‘yes’ campaign more broadly. So that’s the organised push, but Burney says it’s “everyone’s responsibility to get this done.” Labor and the Greens will support the proposal for the referendum when it arrives in Parliament, while the Coalition wants more details. PM Anthony Albanese has said that he wants to hold the referendum during this term of government – so between 2023 and mid-2025.

And while we’re talking about parliamentary goings-on, the legislation supporting the Albanese Government’s emissions reduction target of 43% from 2005 levels by 2030 and net zero by 2050 passed yesterday.


Navigating a weekend of top sport

So to start with, we’re at the pointy end of the US Open… We’ll find out this morning who will make Sunday morning’s women’s singles final out of Iga Świątek/Aryna Sabalenka and Caroline Garcia/Ons Jabeur (who beat Ajla Tomljanovic). Świątek is the top seed and the favourite to win the trophy. As for the men, it’s a contest between Casper Ruud/Karen Khachanov (who beat Nick Kyrgios) and Carlos Alcaraz/Frances Tiafoe for Monday morning’s final. Spain’s 19yo Alcaraz is ranked highest, but he played an epic 5+ hours quarter-final match against Jannik Sinner yesterday. Yikes… As for the footy, it’s finals fever… The NRL starts the process with 2 elimination finals and 2 qualifying finals. And in the AFL, there are 2 matches in the round featuring Melbourne vs Brisbane tonight and Collingwood vs Fremantle tomorrow night. The winners advance and the losers end their season. No pressure…


A surprising new kareer change

She rose to stratospheric levels of fame through her family’s hit reality TV show, but from Kim Kardashian’s bestselling beauty and shapewear brands to her announcement that she was pursuing a career as a lawyer, she is no stranger to a career pivot… Still, some were surprised when she revealed her latest venture: private equity investing. Kardashian has co-founded a new firm SKKY Partners with industry veteran Jay Sammons, who has previously backed the likes of streetwear brand Supreme and audio giant Beats by Dre. Few details have been shared, but the focus is “high-growth market-leading consumer and media companies” and will see ‘momager’ Kris Jenner serve as a partner. Kardashian already has a lot on her plate, including managing a recent eyebrow bleaching event

Business & Finance Entertainment

Friday Lites – Three things we liked this week

Florence Pugh has been mentioned a lot this week in reference to the Don’t Worry Darling drama, which prompted us to find out more about this rising star. This is a good read on her for those wanting to stay on top of their entertainment talking points.

Squizers are a diverse group, including when it comes to their degrees of interest in sport. But we reckon we’ve found a show that bridges the divide and brings sports nuts and the disinterested together. It’s Welcome to Wrexham on Disney+, it’s about Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynold’s purchase of a Welsh soccer club, and it’s great. Give those men a humanitarian award…

TBH, this spiced baked fish/olive/tomato/rice recipe is all we’ve thought about for the last couple of days, so we might even whip that out tonight. We’ve recommended it before, but it’s been a while since we’ve trotted it out. And so you’re not feeling ripped off for new content, here’s our go-to lemon cake – it’s a classic.

Friday Lites

Do the Squiz Quiz

Reckon you know which actor was set to play the lead role in Don’t Worry Darling before he was replaced by pop star Harry Styles? Having a crack at the Squiz Quiz. 

Squiz the Day

11.45am (AEST) – President of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste José Ramos-Horta addresses the Lowy Institute – Sydney

7.50pm (AEST) – NRL Qualifying Final – Penrith v Parramatta – Sydney

7.50pm (AEST) – AFL Semi Final – Melbourne v Brisbane Lions – Melbourne

North Korea’s National Day

Braveheart’s White Balloon Day

A 10th wedding anniversary for actors Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds (2012)

Birthdays for actors Hugh Grant (1960) and Adam Sandler (1966), singer Michael Bublé (1975), and actor Michelle Williams (1980)

Anniversary of:
• 9-month-old Mary Stuart being crowned Queen of Scots (1543)
• Congress officially renaming the United Colonies the United States of America (1776)
• the birthdays of explorer William Bligh (1754), author Leo Tolstoy (1828), KFC founder Colonel Sanders (1890) and musician Otis Redding (1941)
• Tibet becoming an autonomous region of China (1965)
• the death of Mao Zedong (1976)
• Queen Elizabeth II becoming our longest-reigning monarch at 63 years and 7 months, beating the previous record set by her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria (2015)

Squiz the Day

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