Squiz Today / 10 March 2022

Squiz Today – Thursday, 10 March

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Today’s listen time: 9 minutes

SYD
16 / 23
MEL
14 / 21
BNE
22 / 28
ADL
14 / 26
PER
22 / 37
HBA
10 / 20
DRW
27 / 33
CBR
9 / 22

Squiz Sayings

“Grizzly Bear Conflict Manager”

Is the official job title of a new position being advertised by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. But it has nothing to do with intraspecies fights – they will be responsible for preventing bear-human interactions in the Montana wilderness. It’s not one for the faint-hearted… 

A soggy national emergency

PM Scott Morrison has toured Lismore, the regional city that was hit by catastrophic flooding last week, and declared a national emergency in northern NSW and into Queensland. That gives the Federal Government the ability to deploy money and resources like Defence personnel faster. He also announced an aid package totalling $91 million for emergency accommodation and food relief, business and legal support, and mental health programs. Residents of the worst affected parts of the Richmond Valley, Lismore and Clarence Valley local government areas will also be able to access disaster support payments of $2,000 for adults and $800 for kids. All in all, Morrison says “Australia is becoming a harder country to live in due to these natural disasters.”

HOW DID THAT GO DOWN?

Look, it was a tense trip… Morrison met privately with locals, but he was accused of hyper stage management in an attempt to avoid a repeat of past totes awks moments. But to the nub of local’s concerns, and Morrison said he got that some locals felt abandoned, but he said that’s a common reaction. “This happens in every national disaster. I feel deeply and empathise absolutely with how people feel when they find themselves in this situation,” he said. And the flood’s severity (it was 2m over the previous record) and damage to 3,000 of the city’s 19,000 homes was a nasty surprise, he added. Morrison also wouldn’t allow criticism of the Defence Force’s response saying it was “unrealistic” to expect they could help out in disaster zones immediately when they occur. Labor’s disaster spokesman Murray Watt responded: “No one is blaming the ADF, Mr Prime Minister. Lismore locals are blaming you.” So, yeah, things are tense…

AND WHAT’S THE LATEST WITH THE FLOODS?

Things remain serious in parts of NSW and yesterday police found the body of 50yo delivery driver Xianbin Liu who’d been missing in Sydney’s west. The torrential rain has now stopped but gosh did it bucket down… Sydney’s rain gauge is already sitting at 70% of the average annual rainfall, and we’re not 25% through the year. Of particular concern now are the Hawkesbury and Nepean rivers which are sitting at flood levels equal or greater to last March’s big floods. And Queensland’s not out of the woods yet with severe thunderstorms hitting the state’s sodden southeast late yesterday, with the heaviest falls of about 100mm recorded near Cairns in the far north.

Australian News

Squiz the Rest

Russia strikes children’s hospital in Ukraine

There’s more grim news from the war in Ukraine this morning with a hospital in the southern city of Mariupol the latest to be struck by Russian bombs, leaving people dead and children buried under the rubble. The city’s deputy mayor told the BBC “we don’t understand how it is possible in modern life to bomb a children’s hospital”. The casualty figures are not yet known. Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky tweeted a video of the wreckage with a caption that read “atrocity! How much longer will the world be an accomplice ignoring terrors?” British PM Boris Johnson said “few things are more depraved than targeting the vulnerable and defenceless” and said he was exploring “more support” for Ukraine to defend against airstrikes.  Earlier, Ukraine and Russia agreed to hold a 12-hour ceasefire in 6 cities, but the continued shelling in Mariupol stopped many from leaving. Locals say the city is running short on food, water and power.

World News

More Aussie troops for an uncertain world

Speaking of war and national security, the Federal Government will today announce that Australia’s military will grow by 20,000 troops over the next 20 years. The proposed $38 billion expansion would see the full-time Oz Defence Force grow by a third to 80,000 troops – its biggest size since the Vietnam War. The massive expansion will be unveiled today by PM Scott Morrison and Defence Minister Peter Dutton at Brisbane’s Gallipoli Barracks. The extra troops are needed to operate the promised nuclear-powered submarines and to bolster the country’s cyberwarfare ranks. The announcement comes as the PM has identified national security as a key battleground for his re-election bid, arguing the “first priority of my Government is to keep Australians safe.” “Our world is becoming increasingly uncertain so it’s important we take steps now to protect our people and our national interest over the coming decades,” he said. In the short term, 800 more uniformed personnel and 250 public servants will be added to the ranks over the next 2 years.

Australian News

South Korea gets its vote on

If you watched Squid Game (the terrifying South Korean survival drama) or Parasite (the terrifying comedy-thriller that won 2019’s Oscar for best film), you’d have a sense that something’s going on in South Korea… Which means you won’t be surprised to hear that its presidential election is about some serious voter concerns like bleak job opportunities, a housing crisis and a growing generational divide. President Moon Jae-in could not run again – the prez gets a single 5-year term. When polls closed late last night, candidate Yoon Suk-yeol from the conservative opposition People Power Party was forecast to win by a nose over Lee Jae-myung from Moon’s Democratic Party. If those predictions are right, commentators say it’ll herald a geopolitical shift in Asia, which will have implications for Oz given we’ve become mates in recent years.  The result will also cap off a divisive month-long Presidential campaign, with some voters calling it “a contest between the unlikable.” Doesn’t sound too good, does it…

World News

Patience pays with Endurance

Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ship that sank in the Weddell Sea off Antarctica has been found and filmed 107 years after it went under. The famed Irishman’s expedition to the South Pole in 1914 struck disaster when the Endurance became trapped for 10 months in the ice where it was slowly crushed before sinking. What happened next was an incredible story of survival as the crew escaped on small boats. A huge search effort started last year with sorts of hi-tech underwater detection equipment. Hopes of actually finding it weren’t high due to searchers’ battle with “constantly shifting sea-ice, blizzards, and temperatures dropping down to -18C,” Dr John Shears from the Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust said. But they’ve done it and they say the Endurance is in remarkably good condition despite being underwater for more than a century. Not that anyone can touch it – it’s protected under the international Antarctic Treaty.

Australian News World News

Sheeran serenades the court

Pop superstar Ed Sheeran has used an unusual defense tactic in the London High Court as he denies claims he copied parts of his 2017 hitShape of You from another artist. Sheeran has been taken to court over accusations he stole his song’s “Oh I, oh I, oh I” hook from UK songwriter Sami Chokri’s 2015 single Oh Why. Despite being characterised as an “obsessive music squirrel” who consumed music “voraciously”, Sheeran says he hadn’t heard Chokri’s song before his song was written. He acknowledged Shape of You bore similarities to Oh Why, but he backed up his case by singing parts of Nina Simone’s Feeling Good and Blackstreet’s No Diggity to show how the melody is commonplace in pop music. “If you put them all in the same key, they’ll sound the same,” he explained. It isn’t every day a court gets a free Ed Sheeran concert…

Entertainment

Apropos of Nothing

Those not tempted by Apple’s latest offerings may be interested in an auction of items connected to the company’s co-founder Steve Jobs. It includes high school memorabilia, early iterations of Apple products, and a job application featuring Jobs’ “very rare” signature. You can check out the catalogue here

After an “incredibly rare” fossil of a 10-armed, ancient octopus was uncovered in Montana, scientists decided to name the new species Syllipsimopodi bideni in honour of US President Joe Biden. It’s the oldest known ancestor of the vampire squid, so we’re not sure it’s a compliment…

And thanks to weeks of heavy rain and humidity, many are now dealing with rotting gardens. Some of the fun organisms that are thriving right now include ​​slimy mould that resembles dog vomit, smelly stinkhorn fungi and a type of blue-green algae known as snot. Charming…

Quirky News

Squiz the Day

12.30pm (AEDT) – Ukrainian embassy’s head of mission in Australia Volodymyr Shalkivskyi addresses the National Press Club – Canberra

12.30pm (AEDT) – Labor leader Anthony Albanese addresses the Lowy Institute – Sydney

8.05pm (AEDT) – NRL Season Opener – Penrith Panthers v Manly Sea Eagles – Sydney

ABS Release – Building Approvals, January (Additional Information)

World Kidney Day

International Bagpipe Day

Anniversary of the Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 crash that led to the grounding of all Boeing 737 MAX planes (2019)

Anniversary of the birthdays of NZ suffragette Kate Sheppard (1847) and Osama Bin Laden (1957)

Birthdays for Chuck Norris (1940), Sharon Stone (1958), Prince Edward (1964), Jon Hamm (1971), Robin Thicke (1977), Carrie Underwood (1983) and Olivia Wilde (1984)

Anniversary of:
• the birthday of NZ suffragette Kate Sheppard (1847)
• Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 crash that led to the grounding of all Boeing 737 MAX planes (2019)

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