Squiz Today / 05 July 2022

Squiz Today – Tuesday, 5 July

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“Glenn Glamour”

Is the alter-ego crocodile hunter Steve Irwin took on on to disguise himself from fans, according to his now-18yo son, Robert. The self-described “fashionable Irwin” stepped out of his trademark khakis for his first fashion shoot, which has seen some liken him to a long-lost Hemsworth brother…

A NSW flood emergency with added drama

A dramatic rescue operation off the coast of NSW’s Royal National Park, south of Sydney, ended late last night with a stranded cargo ship successfully towed out to sea for repairs. Authorities had attempted to airlift the 169-metre bulk carrier’s 21 crew to safety after it lost engine power and started drifting towards the rocks south of Wattamolla, but the 8m swell and wild winds made it too dangerous. But 3 tugboats came to the rescue, and after they recovered 2 steel anchor cables that were dropped to hold the Hong Kong-flagged Portland Bay in place, they made their way to calmer/deeper water for the onboard engineers to get to work. Ports Authority incident controller John Finch said: “The tug crews are unsung heroes today. They have gone above and beyond the call here”.

That’s an understatement… It’s been raining across the region since Friday, affecting a 500km stretch of coast from Newcastle south to the South Coast’s Bateman’s Bay. The Hawkesbury, Nepean, Georges and Colo rivers have flooded, leading to 74 evacuation orders across affected communities. NSW’s State Emergency Services said officers have responded to more than 4,200 requests for help and launched 140 rescues. Overall, about 32,000 people have been impacted by the flooding – and even though forecasters say conditions are easing, Commissioner Carlene York said the conditions are dangerous. “It can change quite dramatically. Just because it’s not raining doesn’t mean the catchments aren’t filling up,” she said.

Forgive us, but our long-term weather/climate prediction powers are on the blink at the moment… But it is a fair question – particularly for those wading through their 4th flood in 18 months. Federal Emergency Management Minister Murray Watt has laid the blame squarely on climate change while also acknowledging La Niña’s soggy role in recent floods. “The fact that we are seeing these kinds of natural disasters happen at such a scale so frequently in so many different parts of the country is a sign that things are changing – and that’s why we need to change,” he said. Last week, changes were afoot as he confirmed the departure of Shane Stone as head of the National Resilience and Recovery Agency. Stone was a Liberal-aligned operative appointed by former PM Scott Morrison – he was in the news earlier this year for saying that people who chose to “live among the gum trees” in flood-prone areas shouldn’t blame the government for losing their homes.

Australian News Weather

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Charges over aged care COVID deaths

The outbreak of COVID in St Basil’s aged care home in the Melbourne suburb of Fawkner and how it was handled was a big deal in July 2020. The virus infected 94 mostly Greek-speaking residents and the same number of staff – things got so bad the Victorian Government stepped in until the facility was evacuated 4 weeks later. In total, 45 residents died from COVID, making it one of the biggest clusters of deaths of the pandemic in Australia, and it’s thought that another 5 died from neglect during the month. After 23 months of investigations and the home’s managers refusing to explain what happened, Victoria’s workplace safety agency has laid 9 charges for breaches of staff safety. Each carries a fine of up to $1.49 million, and a hearing kicks off next month. A separate coronial inquest into the residents’ deaths is ongoing.

Australian News Crime Health

On the hunt for a gunman

Police in Chicago are trying to find a white man who they think is about 18-20yo after shooting Fourth of July paradegoers from a rooftop in the affluent suburb of Highland Park. At least 6 people are dead and 24 are being treated in hospital. “This is an active incident,” Commander Chris O’Neil of the Highland Park Police said, advising those in the area to “shelter in place.” He confirmed a rifle was found on the rooftop. One bystander said he heard 20-25 shots in quick succession, “so it couldn’t have been just a handgun or a shotgun.” Highland Park is about 40km from Chicago’s downtown area and has been featured in many movies, including the 1986 classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. “On a day that we came together to celebrate community and freedom, we’re instead mourning the tragic loss of life,” Mayor Nancy Rotering said this morning.


Chris Dawson’s trial winds down

In his closing address in the murder trial of Chris Dawson, prosecutor Craig Everson has told the NSW Supreme Court that the former teacher/rugby league player had 3 motives to kill his wife Lyn. The 73yo denies involvement in her disappearance in January 1982, but Everson claims that Dawson strongly resented his wife. He also had an “utter infatuation” with a teenage student who became his 2nd wife and an unwillingness to deal with the financial consequences of divorce, the prosecutor said. That’s why he says it’s “extraordinarily unlikely” Lyn simply went missing and several alleged sightings of Lyn were unreliable. Yesterday also saw Justice Ian Harrison dismiss the testimonies of several witnesses, including conman Robert Silkman, who claimed Dawson had approached him about getting rid of Lyn. The trial is now in its closing stages after entering its 9th week.

Australian News Crime

Two out of four ain’t bad

Ajla Tomljanović and Nick Kyrgios have made it through their 4th round matches at Wimbledon to become quarter-finalists. It wouldn’t be a Kyrgios match if it wasn’t a rollercoaster… He beat American Brandon Nakashima in 5 sets 4-6, 6-4, 7-6, 3-6, 6-2 as the Aussie struggled with shoulder pain. Kyrgios has a 6-0 win record in 5-set matches at Wimbledon. “That is what I was thinking about. I have been here before, and I have done it again,” Kyrgios said afterwards. It might be his first grand slam quarter-finals berth since 2015, but it will be Tomljanović’s 2nd consecutive start after beating Alizé Cornet 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. The last set was a nerve-wracking affair as the Frenchwoman fought back in the final set. “I didn’t think I could do it,” the Aussie said – but she did. Meanwhile, Alex de Minaur didn’t get there after relinquishing a 2-sets-to-love lead against Cristian Garin. And Jason Kubler was eliminated by Taylor Fritz in 3 sets. A great effort, one and all…


BTS fire up military conscription debate

The surprise hiatus announced by K-pop supergroup BTS last month has renewed the debate about mandatory military service in South Korea. Men aged between 18-28yo must serve for at least 18 months in the country’s military as part of the nation’s defence against its hostile northern neighbour. Professional athletes and classical musicians have been given military exemptions in recent years, and a 2019 change to the law saw internationally-renowned K-pop stars able to delay their service until they reached 30yo. But with South Korea now producing global hitmakers, South Korea’s parliament will debate an amendment that could see them complete a vastly scaled-back 3-week course. Last month, BTS cited the need for some R&R and space to focus on their solo careers as the reasons for taking a break.

World News

Apropos of Nothing

Former AFL legend Adam Goodes has been shortlisted for the inaugural Karajia Award for Children’s Literature, highlighting First Nations authors and illustrators. His picture book Somebody’s Land: Welcome to Our Country was co-written by Ellie Laing and explores the history of Indigenous Aussies.

For blokes wanting to up their fashion game, recent menswear shows in Milan and Paris have debuted a few new looks, including exposed jockstraps, leather shorts, and little bikini tops. Something to think about for the next big social outing, perhaps?

The votes are in, and the worst big thing in Australia is the Big Potato in Robertson, NSW. We respectfully disagree… We’re Team Spud, and there are plenty of other big things to hate on

Quirky News

Squiz the Day

2.30pm (AEST) – The Reserve Bank announces its decision on interest rates

8.24pm (AEST) – NASA conducts a 2nd rocket launch from the Arnhem Space Centre – Northern Territory

ABS Data Release – Australian new car sales results for June

Venezuela’s National Day

Independence Day in Algeria

Anniversary of:
• the launch of famous luncheon meat Spam (1937)
• the launch of the modern bikini (1946)
• the premiere of Seinfield (originally titled The Seinfeld Chronicles) (1989)
• the founding of Amazon by Jeff Bezos (1994)
• the WHO announcing the containment of SARS after affecting 26 countries and resulting in 774 deaths (2003)
• the release of Somebody That I Used to Know by Gotye featuring Kimbra (2011)
• the release of an FBI report stating Hillary Clinton was “extremely careless” handling classified emails, but doesn’t recommend prosecution (2016)

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