Monthly Archives: January, 2022

After defeating David Goffin at the Australia Open, Dan Evans laments the lack of depth in British tennis. Dan Evans knocked out former world No. 7 David Goffin to join Heather Watson in making Britain’s best second-round showing in five years at the Australian Open. With victories for Andy Murray and Emma Raducanu, a quartet of British athletes made it through the early rounds, though Evans warned them to be cautious. He will now face France’s fast-rising Arthur Rinderknech, and he admitted that more depth in the UK was required to back up some of the eye-catching performances at the…

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The federal government will rebate visa application fees for backpackers and international students heading to Australia in an attempt to address the workforce shortage.Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Wednesday the (dollar)630 fee for international students would be covered for the next eight weeks.He said there are 150,000 international students and 23,500 backpackers with visas and his message was clear – “come on down”.”We want you to come to Australia and enjoy a holiday here … move all the way around the country,” Mr Morrison said.”At the same time, join our workforce and help us in our agricultural sector, in…

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Ralf Rangnick says Paul Pogba will be determined to return with a bang for Manchester United and suggested the chance to earn a new deal elsewhere could even form part of his motivation.Having left for Juventus in 2012 and rejoined for a then world record fee four years later, the midfielder will again be leaving Old Trafford this summer unless he signs an extended contract.Pogba has been the subject of widespread speculation throughout his time at United, with the midfielder saying he could be ready for a new challenge in 2019 and agent Mino Raiola making numerous comments about his…

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BRIGHTON, England, Jan 18 (Reuters) – Chelsea’s winless run in the Premier League stretched to four matches on Tuesday, as a 1-1 draw away to Brighton and Hove Albion saw their slender titles hopes suffer yet more damage.Hakim Ziyech’s opportunist strike gave Thomas Tuchel’s side the lead against the run of play in the 28th minute.But Brighton were rewarded for their endeavour when Adam Webster thundered a header past Kepa Arrizabalaga on the hour after some intense home pressure.Chelsea began to dominate late on but could not force a winner as Brighton dug deep to preserve their point.Having been title…

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By Andrew MacAskillLONDON, Jan 18 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will meet with his Cabinet on Wednesday to review restrictions to tackle the spread of COVID-19 in England as he seeks to move attention away from parties held at his residence during coronavirus lockdowns.The restrictions, known as “Plan B” measures, were introduced by the government last month as the Omicron strain spread rapidly across Britain. They included guidance to work from home where possible, masks for indoor settings and vaccine passports for mass events.Johnson will address parliament on Wednesday and hopes to reset his agenda following criticisms after…

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A torn elbow ligament could sideline Clippers forward Paul George into February.ESPN reported George’s torn right ulnar collateral ligament remains a concern and Los Angeles will keep him idle “a few more weeks” alongside Kawhi Leonard, who is rehabbing from a torn ACL and hasn’t played this season.Sidelined since Dec. 22, George was expected to be evaluated after three weeks for a potential return, the team said last month.But the Clippers reportedly want George’s elbow to be closer to fully healed when he gets back on the court.Head coach Ty Lue said Monday there were no updates “we’re able to…

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By Mark GleesonJan 18 (Reuters) – Four-time champions Ghana were eliminated from the Africa Cup of Nations on Tuesday in a stunning upset, while Morocco and Senegal won their respective groups but without backing up their status as pre-tournament favourites.Just two days after Equatorial Guinea shook up the tournament by beating defending champions Algeria, equally tiny Comoros humiliated Ghana with a 3-2 win in their Group C clash in Garoua in one of the competition´s biggest surprises so far.The small Indian Ocean island archipelago are making their Cup of Nations debut and registered not only their first goal of the…

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DETROIT (AP) – A Michigan professor who was suspended after making a profanity-filled video for his students is threatening to file a lawsuit if Ferris State University doesn’t quickly lift the sanction.An attorney for Barry Mehler warned the school in a letter Tuesday, saying the history teacher is protected by the First Amendment and a contract between Ferris State and its faculty.”The university should be celebrating and defending Dr. Mehler, not summarily disciplining him,” attorney Matthew Hoffer wrote.”Dr. Mehler has been inundated with letters of support from current students, former students, and university faculty as well as students, educators, and…

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Boris Johnson is expected to announce an easing of England’s coronavirus restrictions as he battles to save his premiership.The Prime Minister and his Cabinet will examine the latest Covid-19 data on Wednesday morning before making a statement in the Commons on Wednesday afternoon.England’s Plan B measures – which include guidance to work from home, the use of the Covid pass and mandatory mask wearing in shops and on public transport – are set to expire on January 26.Health Secretary Sajid Javid told MPs on Tuesday that he was “cautiously optimistic that we will be able to substantially reduce restrictions next…

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WASHINGTON, Jan 18 (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Energy said on Tuesday it had approved an exchange of 400,000 barrels of crude oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve for release to Atlantic Trading and Marketing Inc, an arm of French company TotalEnergies.This latest swap is the fifth since the Biden administration in November announced the release of up to 50 million barrels of oil from the SPR, a series of heavily guarded caverns on the Texas and Louisiana coasts, to help control oil prices that hit seven-year highs.Companies that receive SPR crude oil through the exchange agree to return…

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