Squiz Today / 15 September 2022

Squiz Today – Thursday, 15 September

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Squiz Sayings

“Please don’t call it an SUV, because it isn’t. It’s a Ferrari.”

Said Benedetto Vigna, boss of the luxury car brand, as he unveiled the long-anticipated $700,000+ SUV, sorry, Ferrari.

Standing up for Her Majesty

The Queen is getting closer to her final resting place after King Charles led a procession on foot behind her coffin from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall overnight. He was joined by his siblings, Anne, Andrew and Edward, and there was a rare outing together for Princes William and Harry. Queen Consort Camilla, Princess Catherine, Duchess Meghan and Countess Sophie (Prince Edward’s wife) made the 2km journey by car. They were accompanied by 500 members of the military marching in full uniform to the sound of classical funeral marches. The procession was slow and sombre, with troops rehearsing almost non-stop for 4 days to ensure perfection. On arrival, the Archbishop of Canterbury conducted a short service with the royal family.

They sure did, and here are some pics of it all to peruse. And the first people have started filing through the Hall to view the Queen’s coffin as it lies in state until 3:30pm our time on Monday. Authorities tried to deter people from camping overnight, but it has done little to quell what is now thought to be a 7km queue along the River Thames. There are 10,000 police in London trying to maintain order, and a system has been devised to give people numbered wristbands, along with online updates about queuing times and warnings that mourners will need to stand for hours. Authorities also say the queue could be closed anytime, so there are no guarantees. For those who make it in, there are a lot of rules, including a long list of prohibited items, a code of conduct, and airport-style screening checks. And anyone hoping for a royal selfie can keep dreaming… Photography and filming are banned.

It’s estimated that 1 million people have descended on London – that’s on top of the city’s 9 million residents, so it’s making for a seriously congested city… But there are more to come, including PM Anthony Albanese, Governor General David Hurley and their partners, who are flying to London today ahead of Monday’s funeral. And there are 500+ other world leaders and dignitaries who will join them – but there are some notable exceptions… Russia, Belarus and Myanmar have been excluded. Russian President Vladimir Putin was struck off the list over the invasion of Ukraine, which has been supported by Belarus. Myanmar was also snubbed as its ruling military stands accused of “depraved” acts of violence against democracy activists. Those nations’ leaders can probably bet they won’t receive a Christmas card from the new king either…

World News

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Putin and Xi to chew the fat

President Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping are set to have their first face-to-face meeting since the start of the Ukraine war today. The 2 leaders/’no limits’ besties are on a rare international trip to Uzbekistan, where they will chat on the sidelines of a trade summit held by the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation – a security grouping of Eurasian countries, including India and Pakistan. The meeting comes at a critical juncture for Russia and China as they face growing tensions with the West over their respective moves to muscle up in Ukraine and Taiwan – and neither country has condemned the actions of the other. The Kremlin says discussions of trade and economic cooperation will be “particularly important” due to the bite of Western sanctions, and some analysts say Moscow’s recent military setbacks in eastern Ukraine could give Beijing the upper hand in those discussions.#SquizShortcut

World News

A new twist in the NT police shooting death case

A coronial inquest into the police shooting death of Indigenous man Kumanjayi Walker heard yesterday that Zachary Rolfe – the constable acquitted of his murder – sent a series of racist text messages to his fellow officers. Earlier this year, the Northern Territory’s Supreme Court found Rolfe not guilty of murdering the 19yo during an attempted arrest in the remote town of Yuendumu in 2019. Now, a coronial inquest in Alice Springs is taking a broader look at Walker’s death and will consider whether racism played a part. Authorities downloaded thousands of messages from Rolfe’s phone after he was arrested – evidence that prosecutors unsuccessfully tried to include in his trial. Peggy Dwyer, the lawyer assisting the coroner, said they reveal “very disturbing attitudes towards Aboriginal people”. The inquest will hear from Rolfe as part of its hearings.

Australian News Crime

Iso payments until we’re living with COVID

Treasurer Jim Chalmers said it wouldn’t last, but PM Albanese has confirmed that pandemic leave payments will be extended indefinitely at the current rate following yesterday’s National Cabinet meeting. That’s the payment to COVID-struck workers who don’t have access to sick leave and are forced to stay home under mandatory isolation periods. The tap was to be turned off at the end of September, despite the 5-day iso requirement remaining in place. Sick people, “whether from COVID or from other health issues”, should stay home – and there’s a responsibility for the government to cover them financially “for the appropriate period which is designated,” Albanese said. The Feds and the states/territories are splitting the bill – so far, it’s cost taxpayers $2.2 billion. Next meeting, National Cabinet will look at shortening the iso period, with the PM noting other nations are “gradually a move towards COVID being treated like other health issues.”

Australian News Health

An inflation-fuelled stock market shock

They say when the US economy gets a sniffle, Australia catches a cold – and yesterday saw our stock market reach for the tissues… That’s down to the latest US inflation numbers, which showed inflation running at 8.3% in August. That’s down from 8.5% in July, but it shows inflation will be tough to crack, and wow-wee did the stock market react… On Tuesday, the 3 major Wall Street indexes – Dow, S&P and Nasdaq – posted their steepest one-day losses since 11 June 2020 over concerns that America’s central bank will raise interest rates by more than 0.5% next week. And in trading overnight, there’s been no rebound in sight… Our stock market got a taste of the fear yesterday, with the ASX200 falling 2.6%, wiping $60 billion off the value of Aussie shares. Analysts will pay close attention to what happens in the US next week and for a while to come…

Business & Finance

Hold me closer, tiny human

You can usually spot a new parent by the dark circles under their eyes from yet another sleepless night with a crying child, but help is here with researchers claiming they have found the best way of soothing an unsettled baby. After filming 21 mothers trying various methods with their crying children and analysing baby heart rate monitors, researchers said one strategy fared better than the others. They recommend picking up the bub, walking around the room while holding them for 5 minutes without stopping, and then sitting down and holding them for another 5-8 minutes before setting them down to sleep again. The findings build on previous research about ‘altricial’ mammals (aka those helpless at birth) that found young animals become more docile when carried by their mothers in what’s called the ‘transport response’. If you’re in the zone, good luck with that…


Apropos of Nothing

Thirteen Toronto restaurants have received a coveted Michelin star, marking the first time the high-falutin’ foodies have considered Canadian chefs worthy of the culinary prize. The Michelin Guide still refuses to review Aussie restaurants, which means more good food for us locals…

If you’re lamenting the rising cost and hassle of overseas travel, try looking closer to home because Australia’s top tourist towns have just been announced. Take a bow Mudgee in NSW – it’s been crowned the top spot for the 2nd year in a row. It must be all that good wine…

The Eiffel Tower is the shining beacon of French tourism, but it will be a little less bright from next week when its iconic light display will be switched off an hour earlier than usual. It’s a move to save power amid Europe’s energy crisis. So much for the city of lights…

Quirky News

Squiz the Day

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit begins, where Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin are set to meet in person for the first time since the start of the war in Ukraine (until 16 September) – Uzbekistan

ABS Data Release – Labour Force, August

Independence Days for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua

International Day of Democracy

World Lymphoma Awareness Day

World Afro Day

Prince Harry’s birthday (1984)

Anniversary of:
• the birthdays of explorer Marco Polo (1254) and author Agatha Christie (1890)
• Scottish bacteriologist Alexander Fleming discovering penicillin (1928)
• google.com being registered as a domain name (1997)
• the opening ceremony of the Sydney Olympic Games (2000)

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