Squiz Today / 17 August 2023

Squiz Today – Thursday, 17 August

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“They have to put the brakes on. It’s too much. The beach is nature.”

Said one Greek local who joined a ‘beach towel movement’ to protest against businesses who are taking over entire beaches with their pricey sun lounges. Some are charging up to €120 a day for the privilege – which could be considered a bargain

Yay the Matildas are playing off for third in the World Cup

That’s the positive spin we’re putting on last night’s loss. Unless you did a Barnaby Joyce and watched the wrong game, you’ll know that the magnificent Matildas went down 3-1 to England in the World Cup semi-final in Sydney last night. It’s still a bit raw TBH…

We went to the halftime break behind after Lioness Ella Toone scored a beautiful goal. About 15 minutes into the second half, Matildas skipper Sam Kerr showed us why she’s considered one of the best in the world with a goal that started with her taking possession at the halfway mark. It lifted the team for a bit until England put themselves back in front, thanks to some messy defence from the Aussies. And the third goal for England – the one that sank the nation’s heart – came in the 85th minute. And that was that… England was tough and physical – they dominated play last night. Following the game, Matildas coach Tony Gustavsson said it was “one of those nights where they were more clinical than us in the finishing.” And sure, it’s disappointing, but as Aussie icon Cathy Freeman said for all of us: “So incredibly proud of our girls.”

As Sam Kerr said last night, the Matildas have to “pick ourselves up and hopefully not go home empty-handed.” They’re in the playoff for third against Sweden – that’s happening at 6pm Saturday night in Brissie. For the victors, England will face Spain in the final at 8pm on Sunday night – and both sides are playing out of their skins… As for players to watch in that final: 19yo Spanish sensation Salma Paralluelo has been one of the standouts of the tournament and English midfielder Lauren James is returning after she was red-carded and missed 2 games. It will be an absolute cracker for lovers of the beautiful game… And whoever wins will be holding the World Cup for the first time, which, as renowned sports commentator Bruce McAveney might say, will be special.

Australian News Sport

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Labor’s love-in kicks off

Red hot political nerd alert… It’s ALP National Conference time, and this one in Brissy is promising some policy action. The party faithful haven’t met in person since 2018 because of COVID, so this gathering of more than 2,000 people is a big deal. You can expect to hear about Labor’s priorities on the cost of living crisis, education and the environment – but remember the conference is always one to watch because delegates can put up motions opposing the decisions of their PM or ministers… Some of the biggies currently stirring controversy: AUKUS and our nuclear subs deal with the US along with stage 3 tax cuts and dealing with the housing crisis. On that front… National Cabinet has backed a deal to build 1.2 million homes (up from 1 million) over 5 years and has rejected a Greens’ plea for a freeze on rents.  

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AusPol Australian News

King of the North

North Korea says the American soldier who ran across its border last month was escaping “inhuman maltreatment” from the US Army. Private Travis King created a diplomatic storm when he broke away from a tour group and crossed the heavily fortified zone between North and South Korea. He had been on an army posting in South Korea but was about to be sent home for misconduct. State-run media in North Korea reported that King was escaping “racial discrimination” in the US and might “seek refuge” in the Hermit Kingdom or another country. The US Defense Department says it’s focused on bringing King home – and his mother has appealed to North Korea to treat him humanely. In 2016, US college student Otto Warmbier was detained for more than a year in the secretive country – and died not long after he was returned home.

World News

Suspected spies arrested in London

Police in London have busted an alleged spy ring working for Russia, with reports saying 5 people were arrested in February. Yesterday, 3 of the 5 were named – they’ve been charged with possessing IDs with “improper intention”. Bulgarian nationals Orlin Roussev and couple Bizer Dzhambazov and Katrin Ivanova are accused of having fake passports, identity cards and other documents for the UK and several European countries. If you’re wondering why this is a thing now – a trial date’s been set for the trio in January. Reports say they’ve lived at several addresses across the UK for over a decade, and their activities had caused a bit of a stir… One neighbour in west London recalled a dispute over Dzhambazov and Ivanova’s huge satellite dish that was “pointed in a different direction to all the other ones”. Talk about not blending in…

World News

A new twist on an old classic

It’s been 90 years since Tampax introduced the first modern tampon, and the design has barely changed. But the feminine hygiene industry is set to get its biggest shakeup since the launch of the menstrual cup with the US’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approving a new design. Patented by independent startup Sequel, the product uses a spiral design that is said to absorb more and leak less than what’s on offer today. Those of a particular vintage might remember reports of women contracting the rare but potentially deadly toxic shock syndrome after using super-absorbent tampons that were popular in the 70s and 80s. But Sequel says their design doesn’t change the product’s actual absorbency, and the FDA’s approval means they’ll be available to buy in the US later this year.


A perfect day to say g’day

Whether you’re a chatty Cathy or prefer to avert your eyes when a neighbour comes into view, listen up… A new Gallup survey has found that adults who regularly have quick chats with their fellow community members report higher overall wellbeing. If you want the numbers to back that up, this story breaks them down… But the gist is that wellbeing rose from 51.5 (out of a ‘perfect score’ of 100) for people who don’t speak to their neighbours to more than 64 for those who say g’day. If you’re wondering what you’d say to multiple neighbours each day, don’t fret – a passing smile/hello is enough to boost your connection with people you see often. As for the number of neighbours, you should say g’day to, Gallup’s research director Dan Witters reckons 6 is “the sweet spot”. “After 6, there aren’t any greater benefits from greeting your neighbours beyond that,” he said. Soz in advance to neighbour number 7…

Health Quirky News

Apropos of nothing

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock was forced to cancel her long-awaited trip to Oz after her ageing government plane broke down in Abu Dhabi. Her Aussie counterpart Penny Wong tweeted “We will see you next time” – though next time won’t include VIP seats for a highly anticipated World Cup clash…

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen says she was unknowingly fed a dish featuring hallucinogenic mushrooms while visiting Beijing in July. Luckily for her, they lose their potency when cooked correctly – and she said they were “delicious”.

And 2 American tourists snagged themselves a rare travel experience: they had an overnight stay in the Eiffel Tower after they got drunkenly stuck on the climb down. Good times…

Quirky News

Squiz the Day

7.45pm (AEST) – Men’s Basketball – FIBA World Cup warm up – Australia v South Sudan – Melbourne

Independence Day – Indonesia

Australian Labor Party national conference – Brisbane

Judgment for Hillsong founder/pastor Brian Houston on charges of concealing his father’s alleged child sex offence in the 1970s

ABS Data Release – Overseas Arrivals and Departures, June; Labour Force, July

Company Results – ASX; Xero; Blackmores; Domain Holdings Australia; Evolution Mining; Goodman Group; Inghams Group; Origin Energy; Seven Group Holdings; Sonic Healthcare; Southern Cross Media Group; Steadfast Group; Super Retail Group; Telstra

Birthdays for Robert de Niro (1943), Belinda Carlisle (1958), Sean Penn (1960), and Lil Pump (2000)

Anniversary of:
• Korea being divided into North and South Korea along the 38th parallel (1945)
• the Soviet Union’s launch of Venera 7 to Venus, which made history as the first probe to return data after landing on another planet (1970)
• the disappearance of Azaria Chamberlain (1980)

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