“This doesn’t mean that you have to give up red and processed meat altogether…”
Said Victoria Taylor from the British Heart Foundation of an Oxford Uni study released yesterday that found eating 50g per day of processed meat, including bacon, ham and sausages, increases the risk of heart disease by 18%. Mmm bacon…
AND THE WINNER IS BRISSIE!
Sadly Juan Antonio Samaranch isn’t around anymore to deliver the iconic line about who’s won Olympic/Paralympic hosting gigs. But Australia will settle for the next best thing – International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach last night confirming that Brisbane has won hosting duties for the 2032 Games. The city becomes the 3rd Aussie city to host the sporting spectacle after Melbourne in 1956 and Sydney in 2000, and Australia becomes the 2nd nation after the US to host the Olympics in 3 different places.
ONYA SONIA. SO HOW DID THEY PULL THAT OFF?
It’s been a long time in the making… Brissie had made an unsuccessful bid for the 1992 Games all the way back in 1986. With those lessons learned and a successful Sydney Games under our belt, this time around seems to have been about securing a host that would be no muss, no fuss. And then we seduced the IOC with an irresistible promise: a 3-tiered government financial guarantee and good weather. That means the Federal and Queensland Governments and Brissie City Council are putting their money where their mouths are to the tune of $5 billion. Note: the Tokyo Games will likely cost more than US$15 billion thanks to COVID complications. But there is one thing we can save money on – a mascot’s already sorted…
ANY DETAILS ON HOW IT WILL GO DOWN?
Here are 3 quick things to note:
• When: the Olympic Games will run from 23 July to 8 August. The Paralympics will follow immediately after. Unless they’re COVID delayed. OMG could you imagine…
• Where: more than 30 venues across south-east Queensland in Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Logan, Ipswich and Redlands. The Gabba will be improved to become the Games’ centrepiece.
• The vibe: Australian Olympic Committee President/IOC Vice President John Coates said they will be “the together games”. “Asking for this honour, I assure you Brisbane and Australia understand the Olympic Games are not won, they are served, and the service to Olympic ideals is raising yourself to be the best you can be,” he said during his pitch last night.
Go you good thing…
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CATCHING UP WITH COVID
As NSW (110), Victoria (22) and South Oz (6) reported new local cases of COVID yesterday, PM Scott Morrison came under pressure to apologise for delays to the vaccination rollout. Speaking to the press pack outside The Lodge in Canberra where he’s under restrictions after travelling from Sydney, Morrison said the program is running about 2 months behind and expressed frustration over the limits that have been put on the AstraZeneca vaccine by the official immunisation experts. However, “I take responsibility for the problems that we have had, but I am also taking responsibility for the solutions we’re putting in place and the vaccination rates that we are now achieving,” he said. On that, he said the program’s pace is picking up with a steady supply of Pfizer shots starting to arrive. And a new milestone was marked yesterday: one million jabs went into arms over the last week.
COVID MAKES THINGS LUMPY
Australia’s retail sector took a hit in June after Melbourne and Sydney shut up shop. In June, sales fell 1.8% compared to May – the biggest drop this year. And with 13 million Aussies now in lockdown across NSW, Victoria and South Oz, economists say July’s retail figures will suck. But Aussie retailers aren’t the only ones feeling the pandemic pinch… Streaming giant Netflix yesterday revealed its worst subscriber growth figures in 8 years as much of the world emerges from lockdown. The company says it added 5.5 million subscribers through the first 6 months of this year – its weakest first-half performance since 2013. But it’s hoping to lure some new subscribers by adding free video games to the streaming platform, as well as continuing to focus on producing its own content.
SUBWAY SCARE AS CHINA’S HENAN FLOODS
At least 25 people have died after a flooding disaster in China’s Henan province after including 12 when a subway station in the capital of Zhengzhou was inundated with water yesterday. More than 100,000 people have been evacuated to safety following what local weather forecasters say is the region’s heaviest rainfall in 1,000 years after the area received a year’s worth of rain in a day. Several branches of the Yellow River basin have broken their banks, causing chaos in the city of 12 million people. And relief may still be a few days away, with rain forecast into the weekend. While flooding is common in China, President Xi Jinping said flood prevention efforts “have become very difficult” in extreme circumstances like this.
TIME FOR A NEGATIVE DIPOLE EFFECT…
Speaking of weird weather… Much of Oz is in for a wetter than average spring as a climate phenomenon dubbed the Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) enters a negative phase for the first time in 5 years. The Dipole what now? It’s when unusually warm conditions in South East Asia combine with unusually cold conditions in the Indian Ocean over the equatorial line, delivering a big dump of the wet stuff on Western Oz and our southern states. The last time it happened was in 2016 when we recorded our 2nd wettest winter and wettest ever spring. While the weather phenomenon isn’t expected to be as severe this time around, farmers and ski bunnies will likely enjoy some extra rain and snow. And we should take it while it’s on offer… Researchers say positive IOD phases – which reduce rainfall and last hit Oz in 2019, exacerbating the drought – may become more common in the future.
WHAT A STAR...
“I hope this can give everybody around the world hope and believe in their dreams,” said Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo yesterday after scoring a record-breaking 50 of the team’s 105 points to take out the NBA championship. His side beat the Phoenix Suns on 98 points in game 6 of the finals series. Standing 211cm tall, the Greek-born 26yo with Nigerian heritage is now the king of Wisconsin after bringing home the team’s first title in 50 years. And to give you some context on how epic yesterday’s game was, 20 of Antetokounmpo’s points came in the third quarter. The last player with 20 points in a finals quarter was Michael Jordan in 1993. So you’d forgive him for not being 100% humble…
APROPOS OF NOTHING
A new Swedish study has found that blokes create more climate emissions than women. The reason? Men tend to spend more money on petrol and diesel for their cars. And we’ll leave that one right there…
A Romanian woman is in British court after stealing $7.8 million in diamonds from a jewellery store after she replaced the stones with pebbles. And we’re no experts, but pebbles don’t look like diamonds…
Had she got away with it, she could have put a deposit on a fleet of passenger jumbo jets. Malaysia Airlines is selling 6 of its Airbus A380s to make some space for some newer, more fuel-efficient models. You can find them on LinkedIn for $400 million…
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ABS Data Release – International Merchandise Trade, June
Birthdays for Willem Dafoe (1955), Selena Gomez (1992) and Prince George (2013)
• Dick Smith making the first solo helicopter flight around the world (1983)
• attacks in Norway carried out by far-right extremist Anders Breivik that killed 77 people (2011)
4.30am (AEST) – Cricket – ODI series Game 2 – Australia v West Indies – Barbados
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