Squiz Today / 25 July 2022

Squiz Today – Monday, 25 July

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“Guess he wasn’t cheering for the Dogs!”

Said one Twitter wag after a picture of a guy attending Saturday night’s Western Bulldogs v Melbourne AFL match with his cat got around. With many clubs offering pet memberships, it was only a meowter of time…

Stepping it up on a couple of nasty viruses

Australia’s border to Indonesia will remain open, with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese saying it would jeopardise 2-way trade worth $20 billion. He also criticised senior members of the Coalition, including former Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce, for advocating for the border to be closed when farming groups have rejected the suggested move. Instead, Albanese says the government is implementing the “strongest ever” biosecurity measures to keep foot and mouth disease (FMD) out of the country. Travellers from Indonesia will be directed to comply, including walking over sanitation mats (which aren’t in place yet), and they could be questioned by officers. It’s the first time the 2015 Biosecurity Act powers have been used in Australia.

FMD is a nasty viral disease that’s spreading through Indonesia. It affects cloven-hoofed animals – we’re talking about cows, sheep, pigs and goats – and it’s devastating. We haven’t had an outbreak here in modern times, but the number from Australia’s official agricultural researchers is that it would cost $80 billion over 10 years if it did arrive. Long story short, farmers would be required to destroy their animals if it’s detected in just one. And it’s a tricky virus to manage because it sticks to clothing, footwear, cars and feed. So when FMD spread to Bali, alarm bells rang because we have a lot of tourists coming and going from there. Travellers are being asked to bring home freshly cleaned clothes and to dump the thongs they’ve schlepped around in. And to be really honest about the food they’re bringing back into Oz. So far, viral fragments of FMD have been found here, but not the live virus. Cross everything and hope it stays that way…

Yep. Yesterday, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a global health emergency. That’s come because cases rose to more than 16,000 across 75 countries, and there have been 5 deaths. There are only 2 other health emergencies like it at present – COVID and continuing efforts to eradicate polio. There’s a bit of nuance to note about the declaration: the WHO says the risk of monkeypox is moderate globally – except in Europe, where the risk is high. So why make the declaration? To speed up the development of vaccines and to get support for measures to limit the spread. Here in Australia, 42 cases have been reported in NSW, Victoria, the ACT, Queensland, South Oz – and last week, the Northern Territory recorded its first case. Most are people returning from overseas, and our officials think they can head off the spread.

Australian News Health

Squiz the Rest

And they’re back…

It’s been 2 months since the federal election was run and won by PM Albanese – and our federal pollies have started to arrive in Canberra for the start of the 47th Parliament. The newbies have already been schooled in the mysterious ways of the upper and lower houses, and today, the major parties will regroup before the first sitting day tomorrow. The first day is all about pomp and ceremony. After that, Labor says it’s ready to go with more than a dozen bills, including legislation for Labor’s emissions reduction target – but they will have to be patient… The House has 35 new members who will make their first speeches. Another thing to look out for: Treasurer Jim Chalmers will make a “confronting” statement about the state of the Budget on Thursday. And for the political junkies, the likely new Speaker is Milton Dick from Queensland. In the Senate, Sue Lines is expected to take up the President’s chair. #SquizShortcut

AusPol Australian News

One step forward, one back in Ukraine

Russian and Ukrainian officials signed a deal to resume Ukraine’s grain exports on Friday, and by Saturday, Russia was accused of “barbarism” after a missile attack on the port of Odesa. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said it shows that Russia can’t be trusted, and he has vowed to acquire air defence systems to stop those attacks in the future. Under the deal hailed a significant breakthrough, Russia agreed not to target ports while grain shipments were in transit. It’s been a big issue to resolve because about 20 million tonnes of grain are in silos at Ukraine’s ports, unable to leave because of the war. It’s a major economic issue for Ukraine that’s also led to food shortages/price rises across Africa. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says the West’s sanctions on his nation have caused the food crisis

World News

The male biological clock

Movies, books, conversations, media appointments – an unmeasurable number of hours have been spent on female fertility and age. In contrast, blokes have not been subject to the “tick-tock” comments and side eye from that aunt at the family BBQ who always asks the loaded question about whether you’ve found a partner yet. Now a study of nearly 19,000 IVF cycles in the UK has shown that paternal age on live birth rates could play a bigger role than previously thought. For women under 35yo or over 40yo, the age of their male partner made little difference to their chances of giving birth. But for women aged 35-40yo, there was a “significant drop” if the male partner was 40yo and older. “A woman’s age obviously plays a large role, but not all the focus should be on her biological clock,” said one fertility expert.


Winning ways with a javelin

Good on ya, Kelsey-Lee Barber – she has joined Cathy Freeman as the only Australians to successfully defend a world athletics title. She claimed that incredible achievement on Saturday when she threw her javelin an almighty 66.91m at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, to win gold. Barber also joins Cathy Freeman, Jana Pittman and Sally Pearson as the only Aussies who have won more than one gold medal at the World Championships. “I’ll be honest in saying I wanted to do it, I’ve wanted it for a really long time. It’s part of my dreams within this sport,” she said. Also on the winners’ list is Jonas Vingegaard – he’s taken out the 2022 Tour De France overnight. “It means everything to me,” he said. Australia’s top finisher was Nick Schultz, who came in 23rd.

Australian News Sport

Kate Moss explains and complains

Supermodel Kate Moss doesn’t do interviews, so fans were buzzed yesterday – and not in an inappropriate way – when the English icon popped up on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs program. It’s a simple concept – guests are asked to nominate 8 ‘discs’ (aka tracks/albums), a book and a luxury to take with them to a mythical desert island, and during the interview, they explain their choices. Overnight, Moss has talked about feeling “vulnerable and scared” as a teenage model who was pushed to do nudity. She’s now an agent and said she always makes sure someone’s on hand to say “I don’t think that’s appropriate” if a shoot is going off script. She also said it was essential to speak in former boyfriend Johnny Depp’s defence at his defamation trial because “I believe in the truth and I believe in fairness and justice.” Sadly, the music festival queen had no tips for those slip-slidin’ through Splendour in the Grass… You can find the interview here.


Apropos of Nothing

Shyja, a one-named woman from Kerala, India, has an epic moustache and wants to be a role model for women. “I can’t imagine living without it now. When the COVID pandemic started, I disliked wearing a mask all the time because it covered my face,” she said.

China launched another massive Long March 5B rocket, taking pieces of its Tiangong space station into orbit yesterday. The problem is no one knows where/when the 10-story, 23-tonne rocket booster will land back on Earth. Watch your head…

A chess robot has broken a 7yo boy’s finger at a tournament in Moscow. And here we were thinking chess wasn’t a contact sport…

Quirky News

Squiz the Day

Puerto Rico Constitution Day

Republic Day in Tunisia

Company Results – Apple; Alphabet (Google); General Electric; Tesla

Start of National Pain Week (until 31 July)

Anniversary of:
• scientists announcing the first human stem cells to be cultured in a laboratory (1997)
• Lance Armstrong winning the first of seven consecutive Tour de France titles (but is later disqualified for drug cheating) (1999)
• WikiLeaks publishing classified documents about the war in Afghanistan, one of the largest leaks in US military history (2010)

And Merry Christmas in July…

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