Squiz Today / 16 November 2022

Squiz Today – Wednesday, 16 November

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Squiz Sayings

“Go get ‘em, boys!”

Tweeted Ted Lasso… Yes, he’s a fictional character, but he’s also put billboards up in the hometowns of US men’s soccer team members to inspire them to do their best at the World Cup, which kicks off on Monday. Wonder if he also sent them some homemade shortbread?

When Albanese met Xi…

It wasn’t the 3-hour marathon US President Joe Biden had with Chinese President Xi Jinping, but PM Anthony Albanese’s 32-minute meeting saw the men acknowledge the difficulties in the Australia-China relationship and agree that it’s important things improve. Kicking off the get-together on the sidelines of the G20 leaders’ summit in Bali, Albanese said “We have had our differences, and Australia won’t resile from our interests and values.” And he touched on the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between our countries, saying the agreed principles of mutual respect and peaceful coexistence “remain important today”. For Xi’s part, he told Albanese that they should “improve, maintain, and develop the relationship between the 2 countries” because it “deserves to be cherished”.

Albanese says the sit-down meeting was progress enough. The last Australian leader to hold formal talks with Xi was Malcolm Turnbull in 2016 – and a lot of dirty water has gone under the bridge since then… Last night, Albanese said that it was “not realistic” to expect any “immediate declarations” but he did lay out Australia’s concerns to the powerful Chinese leader. “I put forward Australia’s position when it comes to the blockages in our trading relationship. I put forward the differences that we have on human rights issues, including Xinjiang. I put forward specifically, as well, the cases of Cheng Lei and Dr Yang.” Meanwhile, Xi said he knows that our PM has made “a number of remarks on China-Australia relations on a number of occasions, and have repeatedly said that you will deal with China-Australia relations in a mature manner.” And with a line any boss/parent should earmark for future use with errant underlings, Xi told Albanese: “I attach great importance to your opinion.”

Cue the topic du jour: Russia’s war on Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin isn’t in Bali, so with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov watching on, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the meeting via videolink. He’s called for G19 leaders (aka everyone except Russia…) to back his proposed peace plan.  And not long after the address, Russia fired about 100 missiles at cities across Ukraine… There was no mass walkout when Lavrov spoke – which is something that has happened to Russian officials at other big meetings. Earlier yesterday, Indonesian President/host Joko Widodo called for unity and action from those present to address the big issues. “We have no other option – collaboration is needed to save the world. We should not divide the world into parts. We must not allow the world to fall into another cold war,” he said. #SquizShortcut

AusPol World News

Squiz the Rest

Forbes braces for a flood record

Residents of Forbes, NSW have been ordered to evacuate as it faces its 2nd major flood in as many weeks – and this time, it’s likely to be the biggest in its history. The Lachlan River rose faster than expected after huge amounts of water spilt from the Wyangala Dam near Cowra after heavy rain. In total, there are 17 flood warnings in place across 25 locations in the state. Yesterday, Premier Dominic Perrottet said 14 aircraft, 100 Defence personnel, and emergency workers from New Zealand, Singapore and the US were assisting with rescue efforts, mainly in the Central West. The State Emergency Service said it’s been one of the biggest operations in NSW’s history, performing 222 rescues and receiving 909 requests for help in the 24 hours to yesterday morning. Things aren’t set to improve – more heavy rain is forecast for many parts already flood-stricken over the weekend. Boo…

Australian News Weather

Harsh punishment in Iran

The first death sentence linked to the recent nationwide anti-government protests has been issued. To recap: there have been massive protests across Iran after the death of 22yo Mahsa Amini while in custody after morality police said she wasn’t wearing her head covering properly. Now, an unnamed protestor has been convicted by a Tehran court for setting fire to a government facility and found guilty of “enmity against God” and “spreading corruption on Earth”. Human rights groups believe it’s the start of what’s to come and expect authorities to carry out “hasty executions” on other convicts. Keep in mind that the UN estimates 14,000 people have been arrested over the demonstrations… Most of Iran’s politicians have demanded the execution of those who “have harmed people’s lives and property”. Amnesty International says Iran ranks second in the world for the death penalty, behind China.

World News

Don’t roll up your sleeves just yet…

A 5th COVID jab is off the cards for now despite a recent uptick in cases, according to Australia’s official vaccine experts. After considering international and local data, the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) said any reductions in transmission from a 3rd booster shot would “likely be minimal”. Health Minister Mark Butler said booster recommendations would be reviewed again early next year and urged over-30yos to get up-to-date on their vaccinations. As for under-30yos, a 4th jab remains under review due to the increased risk of heart inflammation. Meanwhile, a new Omicron-specific Pfizer vaccine is set to be rolled out in Oz next month after a similar Moderna jab became available last month. Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly said that while there has been a 47% increase in COVID cases in the past week, he expects the latest wave will “peak soon and drop quickly”. Wouldn’t that be a Christmas treat…


Djokovic to ace his visa application

Tennis champ Novak Djokovic will be allowed back into the country for the Oz Open next year after Immigration Minister Andrew Giles overturned the 3-year visa ban he copped after he was deported. The Serbian’s visa was kicked out of the country in January because he didn’t qualify for an exemption to the requirement for visitors to be vaccinated. That led to a lot of back and forth between the federal government and Djokovic’s lawyers while the tennis star sat it out in immigration detention in Melbourne. As visitors are no longer required to be vaccinated, Djokovic’s lawyers were able to successfully campaign for his re-entry in 2023. It’s now up to the world #8 player to reapply, but Australian Open Director Craig Tiley says the 21-time Grand Slam champion “loves Australia” and wants to “get back to competing”.


Trackies and takeaway for the win…

If you’ve ever toyed with the idea of getting your friends over for a classy dinner party… before quickly deciding you can’t be bothered, you’re not alone. A UK survey has found people are increasingly opting out of formal gatherings and instead want to rock up at their mates’ places in their trackie daks, ready for a takeaway binge – or even just a packaged microwave meal. About 80% of the 2,000 people surveyed even thought the phrase ‘dinner party’ was old school. “I once served an avocado for a starter, baked beans on toast for a main and a bowl of ice cream for pudding. It took me all of 10 minutes,” said one respondent. Offt… It’s a shame for anyone hoping to recreate the well-cooked fish recipes that Israeli scientists reckon our early ancestors whipped up 780,000 years ago – we’re 99% sure microwaves weren’t around then…

Quirky News

Apropos of Nothing

How much would you pay to walk in Steve Jobs’ shoes? Someone’s forked out more than $325,000 at a US auction for the Apple pioneer’s old Birkenstocks from the 1970s… It’s said they “retain the imprint” of his feet, which isn’t weird at all.

Move over paint ‘n’ sip, there’s a new hobby in town: underwater drawing. A group of divers have headed into the waters of the Great Barrier Reef with graphite pencils and waterproof paper to sketch what they sea. Sea what we did there?

Daniel Craig’s got moves… The actor has donned a singlet, gold chain and leather jacket and channels Christopher Walken while grooving to a Rita Ora track in a new vodka ad directed by Taika Waititi. There’s no word on how much of the product he consumed to loosen up…

Quirky News

Squiz the Day

12.30pm (AEDT) – Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Tony Burke, addresses the National Press Club – Canberra

5.04pm (AEDT) – NASA’s Artemis 1 moon rocket set to finally launch after multiple delays – Florida

ABS Data Release – Wage Price Index, September; Omicron deaths January-July 2022

Company AGM – Medibank Private

Company Results – Aristocrat Leisure

AIHW Release – Australian Defence Force suicide deaths, 1997-2020

World Sanfilippo Awareness Day

International Day for Tolerance

Anniversary of:
• the foundation of Havana after Cuba moved its capital to avoid mosquito infestations (1519)
• New Zealand officially becoming a separate colony within the British Empire, severing its link to New South Wales (1840)
• the founding of Qantas (1920)
• the founding of UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (1945)
• Milli Vanilli being stripped of their Grammy Award because they did not sing on the Girl You Know It’s True album (1990)
• the first case of SARS virus recorded in China, though it wasn’t identified until later (2002)
• the debut of Lionel Messi for FC Barcelona (2003)

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