Squiz Today / 04 July 2022

Squiz Today – Monday, 4 July

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Squiz Sayings

“I think we’re well overdue with a reinvention of wine packaging.”

Said wine merchant Mike Bennie who’s full bottle on flat-pack vessels, made from 100% recycled PET plastic. Launched last week, the carbon emissions-friendly vino containers are lightweight – and you can get more in the fridge/cupboard. Cheers to that…

Drama and dreams for the Aussies at Wimbledon

As beloved/retired Aussie tennis star Ash Barty received yet another honour – this time as NAIDOC’s Person of the Year for her achievements on the court and with Indigenous youth off it – Nick Kyrgios had one of the biggest wins of his career, but it was not without controversy…

How you answer that probably depends on whether you’re a Kyrgios fan or not… But look, yesterday morning’s match against Stefanos Tsitsipas (aka the Aussie’s former doubles partner) was full-on. The world #5 player won the first set, but Kyrgios stepped up the skill and the antics, taking it in 4. The Aussie’s main gripe to the umpire, the supervisor and anyone who would listen was about a shot Tsitsipas hit into the crowd as his 2nd set unravelled. No one was hit, but Kyrgios was adamant that Tsitsipas should default the match. Tsitsipas called him a bully, saying “he has a very evil side to him.” Kyrgios was having none of it, saying “I’m actually one of the most liked. I’m set. He’s not liked. Let’s just put that there.” Some well-travelled commentators said it was one of the most toxic games of tennis they’d seen.

We’re getting to the pointy end of the iconic grand slam… Kyrgios faces American Brandon Nakashima for a spot in his first Wimbledon quarter-final in 8 years. That match is tonight, and pundits are eagerly waiting to see if he’ll advance or whether the chaos he creates will get him, too. But he’s not the only Aussie doing well… Nineteenth-seed Alex de Minaur is also through to the 4th round, and if he and Kyrgios win their matches, they’ll meet in the quarter-final. Can you imagine… Jason Kubler and Ajla Tomljanovic are also week 2 starters, which is unexpected – even by family members… It’s the first time since 1999 that we’ve had 4 through to the business end of the tournament. They all play tonight – fingers crossed…


Squiz the Rest

Albanese visits Ukraine

An invitation had been extended by Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky, and PM Anthony Albanese has made a final stop on a week-long visit to Europe. Visiting the war-ravaged towns of Bucha and Irpin (cities near the capital where Russia is accused of committing atrocities against local civilians), he was shocked by the damage to buildings and homes, calling it ” a war crime”. He’s paid his respects to the victims of MH17, visiting a plaque dedicated in their honour in Kyiv. And Albanese has met with the President at his official residence – Zelensky’s had a busy day with confirmation that the eastern city of Lysychansk has been taken by Russia. Details on Albanese’s visit will be released when he’s left Ukraine and the blackout on the Aussie media’s reporting is lifted. He will soon be on his way back to Oz after attending the NATO summit in Madrid last week and peace talks with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris over the weekend.

AusPol World News

A sad/wet song we’ve heard before

Swathes of NSW are flooding again after the rain that started falling on Friday morning refused to let up over the weekend. The east coast low is sitting across the Sydney region, up to the Central Coast, across to the Hunter region, and down to the Illawarra and South Coast – and it’s really brought the rain… Some areas have received as much as 360mm over the weekend, which is about a quarter of Sydney’s average annual rainfall. And it’s not just another flood – officials say the Hawkesbury and Nepean rivers could rise above the levels reached in March and April. Exhausted locals say it’s another tough blow after an already difficult year. “We have had so many of these floods. I know people who had just moved back into their homes after repairing them,” said local Federal MP Susan Templeman. Last night, authorities told thousands of people to leave their homes, and conditions are expected to worsen today.

Australian News Weather

The Taliban pushes for legit status

Next month we’ll be marking a year since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan. Since then, concerns about what the ultra-conservative regime would mean for the nation’s future have not been addressed. Still, those in charge reckon they’re worthy of international recognition despite ignoring demands – like opening the education system up to girls. Haibatullah Akhundzada, the Taliban’s reclusive supreme leader, joined a 3-day gathering of more than 4,000 men on Friday and called for the end of sanctions, along with releasing the country’s foreign reserves and support for the development of Afghanistan. US officials, who held top-level talks with the Taliban last week, said they continue to be concerned about “interference by the Taliban in the delivery of humanitarian assistance” and their ongoing poor record in women’s rights.

World News

COVID warning as death toll tops 10k

That happened yesterday with new deaths reported in NSW, Victoria and South Oz, taking the official death toll to 10,013. There were 1,340 COVID deaths reported in June, about 80 more than in May, and there have been 6.338 million deaths recorded internationally. That and the recent rise led Federal Health Minister Mark Butler to warn that a further wave of the virus is expected in the coming months. The BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants are taking hold across the country, dodging the immunity defences of vaccines and previous infections. “We’ve seen overseas that there is a greater risk of reinfection, so if you have had COVID earlier this year in the first wave over summer, there is a risk that you are open to reinfection,” he said. Butler also had some excellent news for Novak Djokovic – from Wednesday, foreign citizens coming to Oz will no longer have to declare their vaccination status. He said the change was based on advice from Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly.


Splitsville becomes a popular destination

COVID’s not been great for many married types either… New figures out yesterday show nearly 200,000 people across Oz have decided to divorce in the past 2 years – that’s the highest number in more than a decade. Stats from the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia showed it received 47,016 divorce applications in the 2021-22 financial year, preceded by 49,625 in the previous financial year. (Wondering how that adds up to nearly 200,000 people? Each divorce involved 2 people…) Experts say it’s probably double that if you add de facto couples. Sure, COVID brought sourdough baking and a lot of trackie time, but it also brought stress, conflict, and enforced togetherness that made many couples face problems that might have been “on a slow burn” previously. “Some couples and families did really well… Others felt like all the chips were really down, and they couldn’t rely on their partner and there was nothing left for them.” There are some things fresh bread can’t fix…

Australian News

Apropos of Nothing

Ukraine has had a win over Russia with the United Nations’ cultural agency placing borshch on the protected Ukrainian cultural heritage. Russia claims the traditional beetroot soup is its, but one Kyiv local said the invaders “need to develop their own culture, not just try to claim that of others”.

A 2.5yo Louisville toddler has become America’s youngest Mensa member after an IQ test that puts her in the top 1% of the population. Isla McNabb can read and write, but her parents say she’s a typical toddler who loves Bluey. And she has a cat called Booger, so that’s cool…

Another person to remember today is hot dog-eating whiz Joey Chestnut. Tonight he’ll line up for his ‘sport’s’ premier event – the 4 July Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest in New York. But he’s on crutches after rupturing a tendon but says he’ll stand up to eat. Last year, he ate 76 hot dogs and buns in just 10 minutes.

Quirky News

Squiz the Day

8.00pm (AEST) – Wimbledon – Alex de Minaur v Cristian Garín

10.00pm (AEST) – Wimbledon – Nick Kyrgios v Brandon Nakashima

10.00pm (AEST) – Wimbledon – Ajla Tomljanović v Alizé Cornet

11.15pm (AEST) – Wimbledon – Jason Kubler v Taylor Fritz

ABS Data Release – Building Approvals, May; Lending Indicators, May

Independence Day – US

Post Malone’s birthday (1995)

Anniversary of:
• Lewis Carroll creating the story of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland for Alice Liddell on a boat trip in Oxford (1862)
• the launch of hotmail.com, the first free web-based email service (1996)
• North Korea testing their first successful intercontinental ballistic missile (2017)
• the deaths of Thomas Jefferson (1826), Marie Curie (1934) and Barry White (2003)
• wedding anniversaries for Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne (1982), David and Victoria Beckham (1999) and Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis (2015)

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