Squiz Today / 19 October 2022

Squiz Today – Wednesday, 19 October

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“It’s like when you learn the special pet name your partner has for you is the same one they had for all their exes.”

Said one observer of fresh claims about actor/director Olivia Wilde’s split from Ted Lasso’s Jason Sudeikis. Reports say he knew it was over when she made a salad with a special dressing for Harry Styles. And they say you don’t win friends with salad…

More sports embroiled in sponsorship controversy

Aussie men’s Test cricket captain Pat Cummins added the one-day international cricket captaincy to his CV yesterday. And as he fronted the media, he denied reports he’d pressured Cricket Australia to cancel a $40 million sponsorship deal with power company Alinta Energy. The company will not extend the relationship when it runs out in June next year. Cummins is known for his environmental advocacy, including his Cricket for Climate, and reports said he’d raised “ethical concerns” over Alinta’s coal-fired power plants. Cummins says he didn’t pressure officials, but he did own up to holding views about the sport’s commercial partnerships and won’t feature in any ads for Alinta over the summer. “It is a balance when you make decisions about who you are going to welcome into the cricket family,” he said. And cricket hasn’t been the only sport caught up in controversy this week…

Some players with the Diamonds – Australia’s netball side – don’t want Hancock Prospecting’s logo on their official kit over concerns about the company’s record on Indigenous and environmental issues. It’s a big deal because the sport is in $7 million of debt, and rich-lister Gina Reinhart’s injection of $15 million over 4 years would help with their financial woes. Reinhart’s company sponsors several other sports, including Volleyball Australia, which has released a statement criticising the Diamonds’ stance. Marina Go was the chair of Netball Australia – she stepped out of that position this week as the pressure built, although there were denials it was because of this issue. Diamonds captain Liz Watson said she hopes it will be sorted out soon.

It’s on with the game… Tonight, Australia take on the Kiwi Silver Ferns in game 3 of the Constellation Cup. The Aussie women need a win tonight and in Sunday’s closing match after losing the first 2 of the 4 game series. As for the cricket, the big thing is the Men’s T20 World Cup that’s being hosted here in Oz and kicked off on the weekend. FYI Pat Cummins does not captain that side – that’s Aaron Finch’s job. Australia plays its first game against New Zealand in Sydney on Saturday.

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Investigating use of drones in Ukraine

The US has joined France and the UK in calling out Iran for providing the so-called ‘kamikaze’ drones that Russia has used in attacks on Ukraine this week, saying it breaches United Nations sanctions. The unmanned drones are thought to be Iranian made, and they’re relatively cheap to buy – those in the know say they cost about $31,700 each. That sounds like a lot but it’s a fraction of the cost of full-size missiles, which can be up to US$1 million each. The drones were used on Monday to bomb critical infrastructure and residential areas in Kyiv and the city of Sumy in the northeast, killing at least 8 people. If Iran did supply the weapons – which it denies – it would have breached a rule linked to its nuclear agreement with the UN. The US is gathering evidence of the use of those drones now and says it will go harder on sanctions if need be.

World News

Oz backs out of West Jerusalem

The Albanese Government has reversed a previous decision to recognise West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and Australia’s embassy will remain in Tel Aviv. In 2018, then-PM Scott Morrison followed former US President Donald Trump’s decision to overturn established policy. It’s controversial because Jerusalem’s status remains a key sticking point in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine – Israel regards the entire city as its capital, while Palestine wants occupied East Jerusalem as the capital of a future state they hope to establish. Last night, Israel’s PM Yair Lapid said he was “deeply disappointed” by the “hasty” move and summoned Australia’s ambassador to lodge a complaint. Foreign Minister Penny Wong says the matter should be resolved as part of peace negotiations in which Israel and a Palestinian state coexist.


Wrapping up the Lehrmann trial

The summing-up process has started, and the 2 sides of former Liberal staffer Bruce Lehrmann’s rape trial have very different versions of what happened on the night of 22 March 2019… ACT prosecutor Shane Drumgold said Lehrmann’s former colleague Brittany Higgins’ claim of assault was credible and pointed to inconsistencies in his account of why he wanted to go to Parliament House after a night out drinking. He told security he was collecting documents but told police he was collecting keys and told his boss he had returned to drink whiskey. What he wanted was to get Higgins there “to get the drunk and vulnerable complainant alone in a room,” Drumgold said. Lehrmann’s lawyer Steven Whybrow started their closing statement, saying he wanted to do it “in the kindest way” to Higgins. “We can’t be satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt that she knows what happened” and that there was “no sex. It didn’t happen,” Whybrow said. His closing submission will conclude today.

AusPol Australian News Crime

And the Booker prize goes to…

Sri Lankan author Shehan Karunatilaka for his 2nd novel, The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida*. Set in 1989 during Sri Lanka’s 26-year civil war, the supernatural satire is about a man who wakes up dead and has a week – or 7 moons – to lead his loved ones to a hidden collection of photos that will expose the war’s atrocities. The 5-person panel of notable bookish types praised the novel for the “ambition of its scope and the hilarious audacity of its narrative techniques”. The prestigious £50,000 prize was initially only awarded to Commonwealth, Irish or South African authors before being expanded in 2014 to include authors of any English-language novel published in the UK or Ireland. But this year marked the 6th in a row that no Aussies were nominated. Why? Politics, according to some – isn’t everything…


The BOM by any other name

The Bureau of Meteorology has asked the media to stop referring to it as the ‘BOM’ or ‘weather bureau’. It has requested that its full name be used first in any reporting, followed by ‘the Bureau’… The BOM, sorry, weather bureau, sorry, the Bureau says it’s important because it wants its updates to have authority and be “shared, understood and acted upon” by the public. Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek – the minister with oversight of the BOM, sorry, weather bureau, sorry, the Bureau – was among those questioning why the rebrand went ahead. “During this time of severe weather and flood disaster, I’m not focused on the name of the agency,” she said. But the BOM, sorry, weather bureau, sorry, the Bureau hasn’t addressed whether it wants the public to stop referring to it as the BOM. Explosive stuff…

Australian News Weather

Apropos of Nothing

Speaking of changed names… Rapper Kanye West, who now goes by Ye, is in talks to buy right-wing social media website Parler. Ye’s in the bad books with Instagram and Twitter and became interested in Parler after the mainstream platforms blocked him.

Fans of South Korean boy band BTS face a long wait for any new tunes – the members say they’ll bow out to serve their mandatory military service over the next couple of years. Talk about Dynamite

Next year’s Eurovision Song Contest will go ahead without Montenegro and North Macedonia – they’ve canned their entries due to the cost. With Russia’s ban, entrants have to pay more to go on stage and kill some cheesy pop songs to cover the shortfall…

Quirky News

Squiz the Day

12.30pm (AEDT) – Australian human rights lawyer and barrister, Jennifer Robinson, addresses the National Press Club on ‘Julian Assange, free speech and democracy’ – Canberra

5.15pm (AEDT) – Men’s Netball – Australia v New Zealand – Melbourne

7.00pm (AEDT) – Women’s Netball – Constellation Cup Game 3 – Australia v New Zealand – Melbourne

Evaluate Your Life Day

National Ride2Work Day

International Gin and Tonic Day

Anniversary of:
• the Russian Politburo throws out Leon Trotsky and his followers (1926)
• the death of businesswoman Elizabeth Arden (1966)
• the release of Cher’s Believe – the song that introduced Auto-Tune to the mainstream (1998)
• then 37yo Jacinda Ardern becoming New Zealand’s youngest leader in 161 years after the Labour Party formed a coalition government (2017)

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