As many as 72 players are confined to their hotel rooms for two weeks and are unable to train for the Feb. 8-21 Grand Slam after some passengers on three charter flights ferrying them to Australia tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Badosa, 23, arrived in Melbourne after playing in Abu Dhabi earlier this month and was on her seventh day in quarantine when she said her test came back positive.
Poland will be coached by former Portuguese international and Bordeaux coach Paulo Sousa at the delayed Euro 2020 finals this year, the head of the country's football federation (PZPN) said on Thursday.
Farmer leaders on Thursday rejected an offer from the Indian government to suspend contentious agricultural reform laws for 18 months and set up a committee to look into their concerns about the legislation that have triggered the biggest farmers’ protests in years. Tens and thousands of farmers have been blocking key highways connecting the capital with the country’s north for nearly two months and have threatened to intensify their protest by organizing a massive tractor rally in New Delhi during Republic Day celebrations on Jan. 26. Angry farmers say the legislation passed by Parliament in September will lead to the cartelization and commercialization of agriculture, make farmers vulnerable to corporate greed and devastate their earnings.
Goalkeeper Tom King's midweek goal for fourth-tier Newport County has been confirmed as the longest in football history.
Police in eastern Ontario warned residents to stay at home on Thursday, January 21, as heavy snow brought hazardous travel conditions.Environment Canada issued several winter weather warnings and alerts for Ontario on Thursday, including snow squall watches and winter weather advisories for Central Ontario and a snowfall warning for the north.This footage was shared to the Facebook page of Ontario Provincial Police, who said it was captured on Highway 11 in the North Bay area on Thursday morning.“I was driving 50km/h [30 mph] with a transport in front of me in the dark this morning. A moose ran out and the truck was able to get stopped in these conditions because of his speed!” an Ontario official wrote on Facebook, encouraging drivers to go slow. Credit: Ontario Provincial Police – North East Region via Storyful
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A large python was captured and removed from the garden of a Queensland family home on Tuesday, January 19.Footage shared to the Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7 Facebook page shows Stuart McKenzie removing the carpet python from a shrub at the home in Buderim before placing it in a cloth bag. Later in the video, McKenzie gently releases the snake into the wild.Writing on Facebook, McKenzie said it was one of the biggest carpet pythons they relocated in a long time, and added, “The family had a small pet…so they opted to have him relocated safely back to the bush! This definitely surprised us today once we were able to get him out!” Credit: Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7 via Storyful
A Beijing unit of Sinovac Biotech manufacturing a COVID-19 vaccine said it is facing difficulties in finding staff to expand production because of surging local infections and the imminent Lunar New Year holiday. Eleven people living in the Daxing district of the capital, Beijing, where Sinovac Life Science is based, were confirmed as COVID-19 patients between Sunday and Wednesday, forcing authorities to seal up some residential compounds and launch a mass testing scheme. "Many people dare not go to Daxing district to apply for jobs, nor do people outside Beijing dare to come to the city to work," said Ma Hongbo, recruitment manager of Sinovac Life Science, in an article published by the Beijing Talent Market News, backed by the city's human resources authority.
The U.S. House of Representatives has enough votes to approve a waiver for retired Army General Lloyd Austin to serve as defense secretary, a senior House Democrat said in a phone call on Thursday, CNN reported. Austin would require a waiver from Congress since he has not been out of uniform long enough, a rule meant to safeguard civilian control of the U.S. Armed Forces. CNN, citing unidentified sources, said House Majority Whip James Clyburn said in the phone call that the House, which is scheduled vote on the waiver later on Thursday, had enough votes to approve it.
The White House announced President Joe Biden would appoint Dave Uejio to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) on an acting basis after its director, Kathy Kraninger, resigned at the new administration's request. Uejio, whose appointment was announced late Wednesday, will run the watchdog agency pending Senate confirmation of Federal Trade Commission member Rohit Chopra as its permanent director. Uejio is a nine-year CFPB veteran and was most recently its chief strategy officer, according to his LinkedIn profile.
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte is under pressure from his coalition to quickly broaden his majority but has made little progress since narrowly surviving an attempt to sink the government, political sources said. After scraping through a confidence vote in the Senate on Tuesday thanks to abstentions, Conte appealed to centrist and liberal lawmakers outside the coalition to join his government's ranks. Next week the government faces a vote on an annual report on the justice system.
China's embassy in Washington has now had its Twitter account suspended, over a tweet in which it defends its policy toward Uighur Muslims in China. The decision by the tech giant came just a day after the outgoing Trump administration, in its final hours, accused China of genocide against the minority group - a label that the new Biden administration appears to agree with. The tweet posted earlier this month has been hidden from users. But it originally stated that in China's battle against extremism, the minds of Uighur women in Xinjiang province had been "emancipated," and that they were no longer "baby-making machines" - citing a study by Chinese media. Twitter says the statement was "dehumanizing" toward Uighurs, a violation of its policy. This was the response from the Chinese foreign ministry's spokeswoman, Hua Chunying: "There is a lot of false and ugly information out there about China. The Chinese Embassy in the United States certainly has the responsibility and obligation to clarify the facts and explain the truth. Therefore, we are puzzled that Twitter has imposed restrictions on the accounts of the Chinese Embassy in the United States for this reason. We hope that Twitter can uphold the principle of objectivity and fairness and not show double standards on this issue." China has repeatedly rejected accusations of human rights abuses in Xinjiang province. It says it's conducting rehabilitation and redemption programs for extremists, and allegations otherwise are groundless and false. The United Nations has said that at least a million Muslims are being detained in camps there. Last year a report by a German researcher and Washington think tank claimed that Chinese authorities had subjected Muslims in the province to forced sterilization, abortion, and other abuses. The Trump administration called the claims "horrific" at the time.
Lady Whistledown has made it official to her readers: “Bridgerton” is back for Season 2. To almost no one’s surprise, Netflix has renewed the hit Shondaland series created by Chris Van Dusen after teasing the news in its fourth-quarter earnings report Tuesday. The announcement, in the form of a cheeky little letter from Whistledown herself […]
European Union leaders meet online on Thursday to address the mounting challenge of new and more infectious coronavirus variants and the slow roll-out of vaccines. Germany has said it may need to close its borders if other EU countries are less firm in restricting the spread of the coronavirus, particularly the new more transmissible variants. Luxembourg, with nearly half of its workforce commuting in from other countries, does not want any border closures, while the European Commission says such closures would harm the bloc's treasured single market.
The 19-year-old smoking with friends in a poor district of Tunisia's capital had a simple explanation for night-time clashes between youths and police that have shaken the country - he has nothing to lose. A decade after mass protests toppled Tunisia's long-time president and sparked uprisings across the Middle East, anger is boiling over again amid economic stagnation, the global pandemic and a widening disconnect between people and their leaders.
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