The Squiz Quiz – 28 August 2020
Call yourself a good Squizer? See how well you were across the news this week.
1. Qantas cut another 2,400 jobs this week in addition to 6,000 roles slashed in June thanks to the coronavirus downturn. What sort of roles were targeted in the latest round?
It’s expected to save our biggest airline $100 million a year to outsource roles including baggage handlers, tug drivers and cabin cleaners.
2. Soccer superstar Lionel Messi is looking to walk from his longtime club Barcelona after he didn’t gel with a new manager. How much does the club say another will have to pay for him to be released?
He’s one valuable athlete…
3. Which historical figure did Chinese embassy’s deputy head of mission Wang Xining cast his country as in his account of the relationship bumps with Australia?
He said in China’s mind, the Morrison Government’s call for an inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus was like “Julius Caesar in his final date when he saw Brutus approaching him.”
4. An issue was raised with 10 new ferries the NSW Government has bought to service the city’s river routes. What was it?
“Take a chill pill,” said Transport Minister Andrew Constance.
5. Name the chairman of AMP who resigned this week over the company’s handling of the promotion Boe Pahari, an executive who was promoted despite an accusation of sexual harassment against him that was settled for $500,000.
It was Murray who left. He previously ran the Commonwealth Bank and was chairman of the Australian Government Future Fund Board of Guardians.
6. Who won last weekend’s election in the Northern Territory?
And Labor will govern with a majority.
7. The Morrison Government announced it was moving to take what away from the states?
Morrison says “national interest”, others say “China”...
8. Who owns Australian-based Lion Drinks and Dairy - the business that was to be sold to Chinese dairy products company Mengniu? The deal fell over this week because Treasurer Josh Frydenburg said it wasn’t in Australia’s national interest.
Which left analysts scratching their heads because Australia has a non-discriminatory foreign investment policy.
9. Australia was collectively shocked/exasperated when America’s public broadcaster NPR confirmed its pronunciation of the word ‘emu’. How does it sound phonetically?
10. Sport and politics mixed in the US when which NBA team started the ball rolling by refusing to take to the court in protest over police brutality and racial injustice?
And plenty of others followed…
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