Squiz Today / 16 July 2018
Squiz Today – Monday, 16 July
Humpty Doo local Desi Friend says aliens are responsible for taking her good ducks leaving her with just two birds - Squawky Duck and Old Duck, “who is a bit senile.” Authorities will need a quack squad to scan the universe for the culprits…
MOTHER AND TWO KIDS MURDERED IN PERTH
A 1.30am phone call to police from a convenience store in Ellenbrook, Perth led them to discover a "horrific" scene at a nearby house. A woman and her son were found dead inside the home while her daughter was found with critical injuries in the back garden. Sadly she died on the way to Royal Perth Hospital. The call to authorities was made when a 19yo man entered the store and requested police attendance yesterday morning. He is in custody and is said to be assisting the investigation. No charges have been laid.
Police have not shared much information. The ABC says a large pair of scissors was found by investigators in a garden bed about 30 metres from the house. Commissioner Paul Steel said it is a complex case and it would take some days to process the scene. “A senior Homicide Squad investigating officer said to me today that it is potentially the most horrific crime scene that he has ever been called to,” he said.
Not a lot at this stage. Police said the victims were part of a family and the man lived with them. However, the man’s relationship to the family has not been clarified.
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TRUMP/PUTIN SUMMIT TODAY
The long awaited meeting between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin is on today in Helsinki, Finland. They’ve met before, but this is the first big official pow-wow between the leaders. And things haven’t been so chummy of late. No doubt America’s indictment of 12 Russian agents in the hacking of the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton presidential campaign will be on the agenda. What happens next in Syria is also a hot topic. But the general hope is today’s meeting is like a good weekend away (ie a relationship resetter). Let’s hope there’s no queen in Finland for Trump to walk in front of…
TURMOIL IN PAKISTAN
A suicide bomber killed more than 130 people at an election campaign event in southwestern Pakistan on Friday. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the deadliest attack in almost four years. With a general election on 25 July, reports say there is a growing sense of unease. Former PM Nawaz Sharif was arrested after flying home from the UK – he was kicked out of government last year after corruption investigations and was sentenced in absentia to 10 years in prison last week.
MORE OF THE SAME FOR NEWSPOLL
Coming in at 49:51, Labor has maintained its two-party preferred lead over the Coalition. It's the 36th consecutive Newspoll the Coalition has lost to Labor. However, there was a shift in the better PM numbers with PM Malcolm Turnbull picking up a couple of extra points to lead Bill Shorten 48:29. The upcoming by-elections will be a test for Labor in Longman (Queensland) and Braddon (Tassie) with the incumbents under pressure to hold their seats.
TELLING CAVE TALES
Craig Challen, the dive partner of Richard “Harry” Harris, has spoken of his fears of getting the 12 boys and their coach out of the northern Thai cave alive. He said the group had to be sedated to save them from panicking with part of the challenging journey out of the cave requiring them to be underwater for more than two hours. Incredible. ABC’s Four Corners airs an interview with Challen tonight. Reports say the boys are doing well and they’ve recorded video messages from hospital. Some of them are so little…
QUICK SPORTS WRAP
LES BLEUS TAKE THE WIN - France has claimed the soccer World Cup with an ‘it's raining goals' 4-2 win over Croatia. The picture of French President Emmanuel Macron celebrating in front of Putin is gold.
WIMBLEDON WRAPS UP - Novak Djokovic took out the men's title against Kevin Anderson in three sets. It's his first grand slam title win for a couple for years. Angelique Kerber prevailed over Serena Williams to win the women’s title. Williams’ said she was doing it for the mums with her remarkable comeback from complications after having her baby Olympia in September last year.
NOW ONTO THE TOUR DE FRANCE... - In a sad case of déjà vu, Richie Porte (Australia’s most fancied rider for the yellow jersey) crashed heavily during Stage 9 overnight and has abandoned the race. He crashed out during Stage 9 of last year’s tour also. Porte’s teammate Belgian Greg Van Avermaet is in the lead.
VALE NANCY SINATRA
The first wife of legendary singer/actor/ratpacker Frank Sinatra, Nancy died on Friday at 101yo. Married well before Frank hit it big, he once said; “I was a poor, lonely and discouraged kid when I met her. In Nancy, I found beauty, warmth and understanding.” The couple stuck at it for 12 years and had three children, but actress Ava Gardner captured his wandering eye. Which didn’t last... Nancy never remarried and the New York Times said she remained his close friend “displaying a fealty that was noteworthy even for a woman of her time.” Her daughter Nancy (of These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ fame) said she made a difference.
And for a smile on a Monday… Here’s the latest dance craze.
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US President Donald Trump to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin - Presidential Palace, Helsinki, Finland
ABS Data Release - Overseas Arrivals and Departures, May
Anniversary of the deaths of John F Kennedy Jr, his wife Carolyn and sister-in-law Lauren Bessette in a plane crash (1999)
Anniversary of the execution of Russian Czar Nicholas II, his wife and their five children by Bolsheviks (1918)
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