Squiz Today / 14 March 2019

Squiz Today – Thursday, 14 March

SQUIZ SAYINGS

“The majority of death metal fans are intelligent, thoughtful people who just have a passion for the music."

Said death metal band Bloodbath's lead singer Nick Holmes. Their track about cannibalism (appropriately titled Eaten) is being used by Macquarie Uni in psychological testing to gauge the emotional effects of music. Turns out the heavy tunes inspire joy rather than violence. The news will be music to the ears of parents and the churches…


CARDINAL PELL SENTENCED TO SIX YEARS

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Cardinal George Pell was yesterday jailed for a maximum of six years for the abuse of two boys in 1996 when he was the Archbishop of Melbourne. He has a non-parole period of three years and eight months. Pell’s appeal hearing starts on 5 June.

WHAT’S THE THINKING BEHIND THE SENTENCE?
Peter Kidd, the Chief Judge of the County Court in Victoria, said he’d weighed up an appropriate punishment for the “brazen” and “arrogant” acts Pell had been found guilty of with the fact that a significant jail term would likely take up a big portion of the rest of the 77yo’s life. He also wanted to make it clear that Pell's sentence was not punishment for the collective trauma suffered by survivors of abuse by other clergy. "You are not to be made a scapegoat for any failings or perceived failings of the Catholic Church," Judge Kidd said. (The full judgement is here.)

WHAT DID PEOPLE SAY?
Judge Paul Kidd - “The choirboys were the least powerful and the most subordinate individuals at the cathedral. The full weight of your authority and position of power must have been very obvious to your victims and to you.”

The surviving victim (via a spokeswoman) - “I appreciate that the Court has acknowledged what was inflicted upon me as a child. However, there is no rest for me. Everything is overshadowed by the forthcoming appeal.”

Father of the deceased victim - “He got six and really? My son’s got a lifetime sentence. He’s dead.”

Louise Milligan, journalist and author on Pell - “In the end, he was just an elderly, grey-faced man in the dock. Not a prince of the church, not a cardinal, but a man convicted of and sentenced for terrible crimes against children.”


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RISTEVSKI PLEADS GUILTY TO MANSLAUGHTER

You can Squiz the full background to the case that’s riveted Melbourne for the last couple of years. But just quickly, since the disappearance of Karen Ristevski in June 2016, her husband Borce Ristevski maintained his wife had gone for a walk to clear her head after a fight and never came back. He played the part of the concerned husband in the appeals for her return while his brother put it about she'd fled overseas on a false passport. But Borce was arrested in December 2017 after police pieced together mobile phone data from the day of her disappearance to where her body was found. And yesterday Borce pleaded guilty to manslaughter and will return to court later this month. The maximum penalty for manslaughter in Victoria is 20 years.


BREXIT BASH AND CRASH

Sounding like a posh pirate, UK PM Theresa May yesterday not only lost her voice, she also lost the vote on her Brexit deal. And not by a small margin either - by 149 votes - with 75 of her MPs voting against the government. MPs are now debating whether the UK should leave the European Union without a deal, and will vote on that this morning (our time). If MPs agree a deal needs to be in place for Brexit to proceed, they will then look at delaying the start date of 29 March. May said even after all those steps, the core issue of how the UK leaves the EU has still not been dealt with. Labour is calling for a new election.


MORE NATIONS SUSPEND BOEING PLANE

Air safety regulators in US, Canada, India, New Zealand, and a bunch of European countries are the latest to suspend Boeing 737 Max 8 flights temporarily. And airlines to ground their fleets yesterday included Fiji Airways, Canadian carrier Sunwing Airlines and Russia's S7. Yesterday Ethiopian Airlines boss Tewolde GebreMariam said the pilot of the ill-fated flight on Sunday was having “difficulties with the flight control of the airplane” that the company believes were similar to those experienced by the Lion Air flight that crashed last October. The investigation continues.


CALIFORNIA EASES UP ON THE DEATH PENALTY

Newly-minted Californian Governor Gavin Newsom has vowed no prisoner will be executed in the state while he is in office. California has not carried out any executions since 2006, not because there have been issues of conscience, but because there have been legal battles over execution methods. Following up on an election promise, Newsom said he believes that capital punishment is discriminatory and "inconsistent with our bedrock values." Three quick stats:

• More than 900 people have been sentenced to death in California since 1978.

• Thirteen people have been executed in the state in 41 years.

• California currently has the most prisoners on death row with 737.


HEARD SOMETHING ABOUT A COLLEGE ADMISSIONS SCAM?

Long story short… The scam that came to light in the US yesterday had three parts and centre around a bloke named William Singer.

• The first was the falsifying of aspiring students’ entrance exams. Singer would do this by having his people sit the exam, or mark the papers.

• The second was using the connections Singer had with university coaches. They were allegedly bribed to allow kids into schools using fake athletic credentials.

• And third was to disguise the bribes as charitable payments.

Prosecutors say it’s the largest fraud of its kind in the US with 50 defendants (including high profile parents, like actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin) across six states, millions of dollars, and a handful of the country's most selective universities (like Yale, Georgetown and Stanford). As comedian Paul Reiser said about parenting; “Having a baby dragged me kicking and screaming from the world of self-absorption.” Wait, what?


QUICK TECH NEWS WRAP

GMAIL GOES DOWN - If like us, your Gmail went down yesterday, we weren’t the only ones…

WEBSITES IN THE 90s - So ugly… So much fun.

ALL HAIL THE SAUSAGE ROLL - And not just any sausage roll - a vegan sausage roll. This is a fun tale about how one business became an unlikely social media and commercial success.

SQUIZ THE DAY

7.50pm (AEDT) - NRL Season 2019 Opener - Storm v Broncos - Melbourne

ABS Data Releases - Household and Family Projections, 2016 to 2041; Corrective Services, December quarter; Industrial Disputes, December

World Kidney Day  https://www.worldkidneyday.org/

Birthday anniversary for Albert Einstein (1879)

Read the email every day this week and a $100 gift card to spend at Woolworths could be yours. Good for your news sense, good for your pantry.

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