Squiz Today / 19 July 2018
Squiz Today – Thursday, 19 July
“I am in total awe of this young man!"
Said home-mover Jenny Lamey of rookie removalist Walter Carr’s decision to walk more than 30km to get to her home after his car broke down. Long (and lovely) story short, his boss gave him a car for his troubles. How’s your commitment to work faring this winter’s morning?
“VERY STRONG INSIDE”: CAVE BOYS GO HOME
The 12 Wild Boars soccer kids and their coach have been released from hospital and returned home. The group fronted a press conference last night and gave an account of their time stuck in the Northern Thai cave. “Magnificent” was the word Adun Sam-on, the multilingual boy who greeted the British divers, used to describe what it was like to be found.
GIVE ME THE KEY POINTS
• Coach Ekkapol ‘Ake’ Chantawong said it was meant to be a quick reccie for a future visit to the cave. They didn't intend on staying for long because one of the boys had to get home for his birthday party.
• But they were unable to get out because the water level inside the cave rose too quickly. The group tried to dig a passageway to help the water escape and made plans to stay the night. But the water didn't recede, and they were stuck.
• They found water to drink from dripping stalactites. They drank to help keep the hunger away.
• They paid tribute to Saman Gunan, the retired Navy SEAL who died in the rescue. Ake said the boys would spend time as novice Buddhist monks to honour the diver's memory.
• Looking forward, many of the boys spoke of their dreams of becoming professional soccer players and/or Navy SEALs.
WHAT SHAPE ARE THEY IN?
It was hard to believe it could be the same boys who had been through this dangerous ordeal. They looked bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. “Well spirited and strong inside” was how the doctor in charge of treating the group described their condition. One of the doctors asked their families to give them some space to fit back into normal life, and the media was also asked to give them time. One of the boys’ main concerns was being reprimanded by their parents. But their families looked pretty happy to have them back.
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BANKING ON DIGITAL
Commonwealth Bank-owned Bankwest yesterday announced it would close two-thirds of its east coast branches shedding 200 jobs in the process. That will leave 14 branches open across NSW, Victoria and Queensland. A spokesman said more and more customers are banking online. The financial services union said it was alarmed by the number of branch closures across the banking sector.
EU BOWLS UP A GOOGLE-Y
Google has copped a record $A6.85 billion antitrust fine for the company’s Android device strategy and dominance of mobile web search functions. The European Commission could have imposed penalties of A$15 billion, which is 10% of annual global revenue. The action follows a complaint by Fairsearch - a group that included Microsoft, Oracle and Nokia. Google says device-makers do not have to preload any of its apps. Android devices account for almost 75% of handsets used in Europe.
QUICK HEALTH NEWS WRAP
FRONTING UP TO MENTAL HEALTH - Former Destiny’s Child member Michelle Williams took to Instagram to say she was proud to lead by example after seeking treatment for mental health issues. She didn't disclose the nature of her condition, but she has spoken about suffering depression in the past.
PUTTING THE ‘NO’ IN MELANOMA – Gee our medical researchers punch above their weight. The clever people at Perth’s Edith Cowan Uni say they’ve developed a blood test that can detect melanoma in the early stages. A blood test that can deliver more accurate results than skin examinations would be huge for our sunburnt country, and people around the world. It’ll now undergo a clinical trial.
SOMETHING’S FISHY… – Experts say the evidence that omega-3 fish oil supplements protects your heart is flimsy at best.
LIZ CAMBAGE - SUPERSTAR
The Aussie basketball legend has set a new US Women’s league record scoring 53 points of her Dallas Wings’ 104 total to win over New York Liberty yesterday. Her previous WNBA career high was 37 points which she set just a couple of weeks ago. The woman is on fire… “I don’t know. I just was feeling it, I guess,” she said.
And while we have you… Former Aussie netball captain Sharni Layton yesterday announced she was retiring from the game at the end of the season. Gifted and popular, Layton has been upfront about her mental health struggles. Her next gig? She’d like to be a backup dancer for Pink…
SQUEEZING THE BEST OUT OF YOUR AVO
Are you one of the monsters you find in the supermarket/fruit and veg shop squeezing the avocados? We are too… Although we use the palm squeeze method (never the fingertips) which makes it ok, right? Well, the produce industry body has come up with a better way to match consumers with their ideal home purchase inhibitor. A trial separated the fruit into ‘eat now’ and ‘eat later’ sections that stopped a lot of unnecessary squeezing and boosted sales by 30%. Wonder if it would work for mangos (which hit Sydney markets yesterday)?
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Benedict Cumberbatch's birthday (1976)
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