Squiz Today / 17 February 2022

Squiz Today – Thursday, 17 February

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Squiz Sayings

JMPU: Sydney perhaps doesn’t quite have the same ring to it…”

Said former Navy Officer/ABC TV’s News Breakfast weatherman Nate Byrne after his colleague Casey Briggs tweeted that Oz doesn’t have a Naval Criminal Investigative Service – therefore, NCIS: Sydney doesn’t technically make sense. Which is a long way of saying that the crime/drama franchise is coming Down Under

Games(s) on for regional Victoria


The Commonwealth Games may have been hosted by the Gold Coast just 3.5 years ago, but they are set to return to Oz in 2026 with the Victorian Government confirming it’s in exclusive talks to bring the event to the state’s regional centres. The deal isn’t done yet, but it’s almost certain that it will be Victoria’s event (leaving Tassie out in the cold…). But Australia’s hosting track record is a strong one… We are the Comm Games champs having hosted them the most times (2026 would be the 6th time), and we’ve won more gold medals than any other nation.


Eleven cities in regional Victoria have been earmarked to host events. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo are “self-starters” because they already have the facilities required to host events. But if we’re to see netball in Nagambie, table tennis in Traralgon and weightlifting in Wodonga – or whatever combination of sports-to-cities – funding will be needed to build the facilities. “That infrastructure is then there as a lasting legacy,” Andrews says. Hosting the Games is no small undertaking… At this year’s Games in the UK’s Birmingham in July-August, 4,500 athletes from 72 countries are scheduled to compete across 26 sports. That’s a lot of, well, everything that will be needed for those cities to be good hosts.


It is. As a benchmark, the Gold Coast Games in 2018 cost state and local governments $1.5 billion to build and run. But supporters say that investment paid off because the Games boosted the Queensland economy by $2.4 billion. The venues that were built and upgraded had plenty of use after the games and participation in sport also increased, a report following the Games found. That’s why Andrews says he is confident that sort of return can happen in Victoria, even if the event is spread across the state. On this issue, Labor and the Coalition are aligned. State Coalition leader Matthew Guy yesterday tweeted that he was offering “100 per cent support for Comm Games bid.”


Squiz the Rest

NATO says Russia threat is the “new normal” for Europe

The NATO western military alliance says it continues to see Russian troops massing on the Ukraine border rather than pulling back as claimed by President Putin yesterday. Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that Russia’s assertiveness had become “the new normal” for Europe. As a result, NATO commanders are being told to figure out how to deploy troops to new locations in central and south-eastern countries like Romania, which are closer to the Russian border. Yesterday US President Joe Biden said that an invasion is “still very much a possibility“. He also welcomed Russia’s commitment to more talks, saying he wanted to “give the diplomacy every chance” to prevent an invasion. Ukraine Government says the country’s 2 largest banks and the Defence Ministry are among a number of institutions that have been hacked in the country’s worst-ever cyber-attack. Russia has denied involvement.

World News

A landmark settlement for Sandy Hook families

For the first time ever, a gun manufacturer has been held liable for a mass shooting in the US. Gunmaker Remington and its insurers have agreed to pay US$73 million (A$102 million) in compensation to the families of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut in 2012 when 20 students aged 6-7yo and 6 adults were killed by Adam Lanza, who was using a Remington rifle. It’s been a long haul for victims’ families in their efforts to hold the company responsible. They launched the legal action in 2014 despite laws protecting firearms manufacturers and dealers from most civil lawsuits. But prosecutors successfully argued that Remington’s marketing to young men contributed to the massacre. The families’ attorney Josh Koskoff said the settlement should be “a wake-up call” for gun manufacturers and insurance companies.

World News

Human remains found following shark attack in Sydney

A swimmer has been mauled by a shark off Sydney’s eastern beaches in the first fatal attack in the city for almost 60 years. His remains were found by rescuers about 6pm yesterday off Little Bay, just south of Maroubra. 1.5 hours earlier, rock fishermen watched on in horror as the shark attacked the man, thrashing about on the surface before dragging the body underwater. NSW Police will liaise with the NSW Department of Primary Industries to investigate the death and a report will be prepared for the Coroner. Randwick Council has closed beaches from Coogee south to La Perouse for 24 hours and directed lifeguards to patrol the waters looking for the shark. Mayor Dylan Parker said the community is in shock. “Little Bay is normally such a calm, beautiful place enjoyed by families, to lose someone to a shark attack is chilling.” Back in 1963, local actress Marcia Hathaway was mauled by a bull shark in Middle Harbour.

Australian News

Vale PJ O’Rourke

Author, journalist and political satirist PJ O’Rourke has died at 74yo from complications from lung cancer, his publisher confirmed yesterday. Born into a family from Toledo, Ohio, who he said were “so normal as to be almost a statistical anomaly”, he flirted with the hippy movement in the 1960s before finding his feet as a libertarian conservative. After stints as a foreign affairs reporter for Rolling Stone’s foreign affairs desk and editor-in-chief of the satirical magazine National Lampoon, his acerbic wit that was directed at both sides of politics helped make him a household name in the US. A talk/game show regular and prolific writer with 20 books to his name, he was remembered as a funny and clever man with more citations in The Penguin Dictionary of Humorous Quotations than any other writer. A selection of them are here.

World News

Two glasses of wine is your daily dose of sugar

Scroll on past if you quaffed a couple of vinos last night… But in some unfortunate news, a new study from the UK has revealed that 2 glasses of wine is enough to reach the recommended daily sugar limit. The UK’s Alcohol Health Alliance commissioned an independent lab to analyse popular wine brands of all colours which found some bottles had up to 59g of sugar. The UK’s national health service recommends a maximum of 30g of ‘free sugars’ per day (the WHO says no more than 50g, or 12 tsp). So at 2 glasses, you’re getting up there. The chair of the body which commissioned the study, Professor Sir Ian Gilmore, said it’s “absurd” that the volume of sugar isn’t listed on the bottle, given that wine “fuels obesity and cancer”. But not to fear, sugar-free wine now exists. Great.


Apropos of Nothing

‘Barkitecture’ – or pet-first architecture – is the latest home design trend, according to a new Pinterest Predicts report. From luxury cat condos to purpose-built dog showers, apparently there are endless ways to help Fluffy/Fido feel at home…  

An AirAsia flight in Malaysia was forced to reroute after passengers noticed a snake slithering around the plane. Which begs the question: where is Samuel L Jackson when you need him?

And the makers of the DeLorean – the car made popular by the Back to the Future franchise – are set to release an all-electric version of the beloved classic later this year. Great Scott…

Quirky News

Squiz the Day

12.30pm (AEDT) – Winter Games Women’s Freeski Halfpipe Qualifications. Watch out for Aussie Abi Harrigan

 3.10pm (AEDT) – Winter Games Women’s Ice Hockey Final – USA v Canada – Beijing

6.10pm (AEDT) – Winter Games Women’s Ski Cross Final – Beijing. Watch out for Aussie Sami Kennedy-Sim

9.00pm (AEDT) – Winter Games Women’s Figure Skating Final – Beijing. Watch out for Russian Kamila Valieva

ABS Data Release – Labour Force, January 2022

Company Half-Year Results – Newcrest Mining; Tabcorp; Magellan Financial; Star Entertainment Group; South32; Goodman Group; Transurban; Wesfarmers; Crown Resorts; Origin Energy; Telstra

Independence Day in Kosovo

Birthdays for Michael Jordan (1963), Paris Hilton (1981), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (1982), and Ed Sheeran (1991)

Anniversary of:
• the birthday of Banjo Patterson (1864)
• the world’s first superhero The Phantom making his first appearance in comics (1936)
• General Motors announcing it will be retiring the Holden brand (2020)

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