Squiz Today / 29 June 2018
Squiz Today – Friday, 29 June
"Big dick energy”
It's the phrase of the moment. Brace yourself...
HAY ELECCIONES EN MEXICO
That’s what they’re saying down Mexico way where there’s a big election on Sunday. And it’s looking like a big change is on the way. Despite a recent poll finding 53% of voters have little faith in the electoral system, reports say the country is expected to vote against the major parties.
WHAT ARE THE ISSUES?
• Widespread violence and a growing murder rate. The election campaign has seen the killing of an estimated 130 candidates and politicians.
• Drug gangs that have murdered more than 100,000 people over the last decade.
• Problems dealing with US President Donald Trump. He’s threatening to ditch a free trade agreement that is crucial to Mexico’s economy.
WHO’S GOING TO WIN?
The hot money is on 64yo Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (known as Amlo) of the Morena party. He’s a left-wing anti-corruption campaigner who’s been described by his critics as populist, autocratic and fiery. He's run for president twice before, and while he’s been criticised for not giving voters a lot of detail on how he’s going to clean up Mexico, he’s got a big lead on his opponents. Still haven't got a handle on him? He sees Fidel Castro as “a giant”. One to watch this weekend.
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There's been shooting reported in the newsroom of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland in the US. Updates will come through here.
BODY IN A BARREL MANHUNT GRIPS QLD
Queensland Police last night issued warnings for residents of the state’s south-east to be on alert for a man wanted for questioning over the discovery of a woman’s body found inside a barrel. Police choppers and the dog squad swarmed a Gold Coast Woolies after what proved to be a false sighting of 34yo Zlatko Sikorsky. Sikorsky took flight after police stormed a property in the Gold Coast hinterland on Wednesday as part of an investigation into the disappearance of a 16-year-old Brisbane girl Larissa Beilby. Police tracked the man’s ute to a caravan park in Logan where they found a decomposing body in a barrel in the back of the vehicle. Sikorsky is said to be armed and dangerous.
THE CURIOUS CASE OF WITNESS K
The story of the day out of our nation’s capital wasn’t that Team Turnbull postponed a vote on corporate tax cuts so it can play it out past the Super Saturday by-elections. It was revelations that lawyer Bernard Collaery and his client, a former spy known as Witness K, have been charged with breaching the intelligence act. Witness K ran an operation to bug East Timor’s cabinet room around the time they were discussing a mega-gas royalties deal with Australia. He later “raised concerns” about it. Collaery, a former ACT Attorney-General, was East Timor’s legal adviser at the time of the operation. Supporters say the prosecution is an attack on freedom of speech. The government said it’s a matter for the courts.
TICKETMASTER CUSTOMERS EXPOSED
Ticketmaster customers were left saying “what the fluff” as the company became the latest to be caught up in an ugly data breach. Customers who bought or attempted to buy tickets between September 2017 and June 23 2018 could have had their personal and payment details stolen. The company says it’s emailed everyone it believes could have been exposed in the breach. But if you have an account, log on and change your password. See? Having no social life and never going out does have some advantages…
QUICK WORLD NEWS WRAP
BALI VOLCANO GOES OFF AGAIN – And thousands of travellers are stranded. Volcanic ash from Mount Agung has forced Jetstar and Virgin Australia, AirAsia and Qantas to cancel flights.
TICK-TOCK FOR MAY – Brexit is scheduled to start in less than nine months, and it’s about three months until the details need to be sorted out with the European Union. But UK PM Theresa May is a long way from getting a plan past her colleagues. Finding solutions to deal with undocumented immigrants is also on the agenda for the EU Leaders Summit that's on today and tomorrow.
TRUMP/PUTIN SUMMIT – It’s on like Donkey Kong. The long-delayed meeting will happen in Helsinki, Finland on 16 July.
ABC journalist and presenter Liz Jackson has died at 67yo. Her family said she was much loved and would be missed. Jackson had Parkinson's Disease and won a Walkley Award last year for a documentary she made on her struggles with the disease. “Her enormous talent, fearless integrity and unflinching courage will serve as a beacon for many generations of journalists and storytellers to come," said ABC boss Michelle Guthrie.
FRIDAY LITES – THREE THINGS WE LIKED THIS WEEK
If you’ve ever wondered what your data on Facebook looks like, here’s a guide on how you can download and understand it.
We love it when The Strategist does a mega collection. Here are all the best things for summer. Sandals, togs, sunscreens – the lot. You’re welcome.
Ok. Because we're really good friends we'll share this recipe. It takes a bit of commitment, but it's worth it. Our tweaks: we use oxtail instead of beef ribs (same weight). We don’t soak the oxtail in wine, just go straight to browning it. And we serve it with pappardelle instead of gnocchi. Nom nom nom…
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ABS Data Releases - Private Hospitals, 2016-17; Pregnancy and Employment Transitions, November 2017
HIA New Home Sales Report
Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer on this day (1981)
Social Media Day
Former AFL player Ben Cousins’ 40th birthday
7.30pm (AEST) – 60th Annual Logie Awards (on Channel Nine)
Start of the new financial year
Coles supermarkets go plastic bag free
Anniversary of Princess Diana’s birthday (1961)
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