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Australian Open: 47 players In quarantine after positive Covid-19 tests on two charter flights   7%

Preparations for the Australian Open hit a major stumbling block on Saturday after 47 players were told they couldn't train or practice after some passengers on two charter planes arriving in Melbourne returned positive Covid-19 test results.

'Still finding his groove': Green searching for maiden Test wicket   -29%

Cameron Green has shown plenty of promise with the bat but is wicketless through four Tests, reinforcing how tough it is to find an all-rounder in the mould of an Ian Botham and Ben Stokes.

Coronavirus: WHO investigator cleared for China as quarantined team starts work online   -4%

China is arranging for a WHO coronavirus investigation team member to fly to Wuhan after the scientist tested negative in a second round of antibody checks.The expert was one of two scientists on the team who were not allowed to board a flight from Singapore to the central Chinese city on Thursday after returning a positive result to an initial antibody test.Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said on Friday that the second scientist was still positive in the second round of tests…

Dubai to test launch iconic London Taxi vehicles using hybrid cabs  

Dubai announced it will be test launching the London Taxi version service using hybrid (electricity and fuel) cabs next month, according to a statement from the Roads and Transport Authority.The new

Dark and stormy plight for Australia   -10%

Play on the second day of the fourth Test was abandoned due to a storm in Brisbane on Saturday, frustrating an Australian side that must win to reclaim the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

Here Are the U.S. States With Travel Restrictions   -16%

Nearly half of the states have measures in place for visitors, from testing to quarantine requirements.

Three reasons a negative coronavirus test doesnt necessarily mean youre not infected   10%

Many people are getting tested for the coronavirus before they visit family and friends, but a negative result doesn't guarantee that you're not infected.

N.B.A. Postpones Heat-Celtics Game   -4%

A game between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics was postponed and several teams have been left without key players because of players’ testing positive for the coronavirus and contact tracing.

Good Weekend Quiz: January 16   70%

Trivia buffs: test your knowledge with this week's Good Weekend quiz.

All UK travel corridors to be closed, says Boris Johnson video   -25%

The prime minister announced a dramatic tightening of the UK’s borders, with all international arrivals to be forced to quarantine as well as demonstrate they have had a negative Covid test. The new restrictions will come into force at 4am on 18 January. The closure of travel corridors was to protect the UK from the risk of 'vaccine-busting' Covid variants coming into the country, Johnson added.

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Home-built helicopter carrier & frigate join Iranian naval drill in Indian Ocean, amid tensions with US  

Iran has launched a naval exercise in the Indian Ocean, to test out two of its newest domestically-built warships. The drill takes place amid tensions with the US, and days after Iran seized a South Korean tanker.
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Andy Murray Tests Positive for Coronavirus   22%

Murray reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus just before he was to leave for Melbourne, where strict quarantine rules await all players.

'Locked Down' turns quarantine into a romantic heist movie for the Covid time capsule   -3%

Anyone who has felt their relationship tested by quarantine (no need to raise hands, we see you) will at least partially relate to "Locked Down," which takes the idea of a couple trapped by those circumstances, then builds an improbable heist plot around it. Thanks to Chiwetel Ejiofor and Anne Hathaway it's mildly watchable, but mostly an artifact that might look better after a few years in the Covid time capsule.

Federal government lists COVID-19 testing services abroad after new rule strands many travellers   -50%

Transport Canada is offering more details this week about where travellers can get a COVID-19 test abroad — and what happens if they're caught using a fake one — after a new testing rule for passengers flying to Canada caused widespread confusion and anxiety.

Fragile batting has made India-Australia series 'enthralling': Ian Chappell  

Former Australia skipper Ian Chappell believes that fragile batting line-ups of both India and Australia have made the ongoing four-match Test series between these two sides "enthralling".

Experts remain divided over merits of mass Covid tests in schools   4%

Analysis: some say lateral flow tests could help cut outbreaks, but others argue they offer false reassurance

The education secretary, Gavin Williamson, has put mass testing for coronavirus at the heart of his strategy to reopen schools after the lockdown. It is a controversial strategy that has divided scientists. Some believe mass testing can help reduce outbreaks at schools, while others argue it could make matters worse by giving teachers and pupils false reassurance.

Mass testing relies on lateral flow tests, or LFTs, which contain antibodies that bind to the virus. When a nasal swab is tested in an LFT, any virus present in the sample sticks to the antibodies and produces a dark band, a bit like a pregnancy test’s indicator. LFTs are not as accurate as the standard NHS lab-based PCR tests, but they are cheap and produce results fast – within 30 minutes.

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Schools in N.Ireland get more time to decide admissions  

Post-primary schools get extra time to decide how they will admit pupils after transfer tests are cancelled.

NASA cuts short ground test of its giant moon rocket   11%

The test is a vital step in NASA's Artemis programme to put the first woman and the next man on the moon in 2024.

Letters to the Editor: One solution for schools: After the pandemic, students choose their grade level  

A teacher who says she allowed students to re-take tests believes parents and students should decide what grade level they start at after the pandemic.

DNA test can help identify pneumonia in Covid patients: Study   3%

A team of scientists and doctors from the University of Cambridge and Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have developed a DNA test which they claim will quickly identify secondary infections in Covid-19 patients, who have double the risk of developing pneumonia while on ventilation.

Australian Open players in stricter Covid isolation say they risk injury if not allowed to train   -15%

Some affected players say they they were misled about rules and organisers had promised this situation would not happen

Australian Open tennis players who have been forced into stricter quarantine have said they were misled about the rules for the tournament, were promised they would be allowed to train, and are risking injury ahead of the competition.

On Saturday 47 players and 143 travellers were confined to their rooms for 14 days after one flight attendant and two passengers who were not players tested positive for Covid-19 across two charter planes coming into Melbourne.

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Nearly 50 players to lose Australian Open practice time due to Covid-19   7%

Forty-seven players were barred from practising for a fortnight Saturday in a major setback to their Australian Open preparations after passengers on two charter flights that brought them to Melbourne tested positive for Covid-19.

Battered and bruised, defiant India earn dramatic draw in Sydney test   33%

A battered and bruised India team batted resiliently through the final day to snatch a remarkable draw in the third test against Australia on Monday, leaving an engrossing series tied at 1-1 heading

Michigan State basketball's Joshua Langford out with COVID-19   11%

Senior shooting guard Joshua Langford is the third member of Michigan State basketball to test positive for COVID-19 this week.


France introduces tougher Covid-19 restrictions for non-EU travellers   1%

People traveling from non-EU countries to France will no longer be allowed enter by presenting a negative result from a quick COVID-19 test, but cross-Channel truck drivers will be exempt, the French government said on Friday.

2 WHO experts stuck in Singapore for more antibody tests as rest of team arrive in Chinas Wuhan for fact-finding mission   -50%

The World Health Organization (WHO) says two of its investigators have been unable to enter China, after a coronavirus test found antibodies in their systems. The agency has sent a team to study the origins of Covid-19 in Wuhan.
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Coronavirus updates LIVE: NSW records six new local COVID-19 cases as Australian Open players forced into lockdown after more positive tests   -1%

Dozens of Australian Open players will be forced to quarantine for 14 days – without training – after new tournament arrivals tested positive for COVID-19.

China makes new progress in major space programs   10%

BEIJING, Jan. 7 -- At the beginning of 2021, China published a series of new developments in its major aerospace programs. According to China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), the various modules, spacecraft, and rockets of the engineering space station under China’s first space station developed by the CASC are under final assembly and testing as planned. The core module of its manned space station is scheduled to be launched this spring. Besides, China’s Mars probe Tianwen-1 is expected to implement its braking at periareon in February this year.

At present, China’s manned space program has entered mission preparation phase for its space station construction. During 2021 and 2022, China’s manned space program is expected to conduct a total of 11 launches including the core module, two experiment modules, four crewed spacecraft, and four cargo spacecraft to complete the construction of the space station. China’s space station project has completed all the tests specified in the overall outline.

In terms of China’s spacecraft system, the final assembly of the Shenzhou-12 spacecraft’s recovery and landing subsystem has been completed.

Three launch vehicles, namely Long March-2F, Long March-7, and Long March-5B carrier rockets, will send the crewed spacecraft, cargo spacecraft, and core module into space. They are under final assembly and testing in an orderly manner in China’s Beijing and Tianjin. The launch of the core module by the Long March-5B Y2 carrier rocket, among others, is planned to be carried out at the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in China’s Hainan Province this spring.

In terms of planetary exploration, as of 6 a.m. on January 3, Tianwen-1, China’s first-ever Mars probe, has been in space for about 163 days with a journey of more than 400 million km. The spacecraft was around 130 million km away from Earth and about 8.3 million km from Mars.

Next, Tianwen-1 is scheduled to implement the braking at periareon when approaching Mars around February 10, then enter the Martian orbit and prepare for its landing on Mars.

China’s carrier rocket Long March-5B is being tested.
The selfie of China's Mars probe Tianwen-1 en route to Mars







Vancouver care home where 41 died saw minimal risk when staff member caught coronavirus, letting visits and group activities continue   7%

A Vancouver care home where 41 residents died in British Columbia’s deadliest Covid-19 outbreak initially told relatives there was “minimal” risk when a staff member first tested positive, so it was letting visits and group activities continue “without pause”, a leaked memo reveals.It was not until two days after the November 20 memo that the first resident tested positive to the virus and an outbreak was officially declared at Little Mountain Place, a facility that caters largely to the city’s…

Massachusetts is launching 'pooled' coronavirus testing for schools  

The method involves testing swabs in batches, instead of one at a time.

Botswana: Letshwiti Passes Integrity Test  

[Botswana Daily News] Gaborone -- Botswana Football Association (BFA) president, Maclean Letshwiti has passed the integrity test, which have paved the way for him to tussle it out for one of Confederation of African Football (CAF) executive commitee position.

PSG beat Angers to go top of Ligue 1 without Pochettino   3%

A rare Layvin Kurzawa goal was enough for Paris Saint-Germain to beat Angers 1-0 on Saturday and go top of Ligue 1 despite coach Mauricio Pochettino testing positive for Covid-19 before the game.

Soccer team looking to get a high-tech kick out of Israeli startups   -20%

Working with sports-tech firm Hype, Maccabi Haifa is providing a testing ground for innovation and investing in firms

Covid testing is key to reopening schools   10%

Millions of additional tests expected by spring — Fresh warnings for colleges

SLS: Nasa's 'megarocket' engine test ends early   5%

A critical engine test for Nasa's new "megarocket" - the Space Launch System (SLS) - ends early.

Cricket: India players allegedly suffer racial abuse from crowd in Sydney test   -3%

India’s players were allegedly subjected to racial abuse from a section of the crowd at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) in the third test against Australia on Saturday, local media reported.India

Which miracle was performed in Bethany? The Weekend quiz   25%

From ballonists to bombs, test your knowledge with the Weekend quiz

1 Who was actually a balloonist from Omaha, Nebraska?
2 Founded in 1903, what was the WSPU?
3 Which miracle was performed in Bethany?
4 What is Africa’s most populous country?
5 Lord Bute’s government provoked riots with a tax on what drink?
6 What are illustrated on TV by Tom Hovey?
7 Against the rules, how did Romain Gary win the Prix Goncourt twice?
8 Which bird’s scientific name means “goat milker”?
What links:
Jonquil; Lincoln; tan; sapphire; coral; jet?
10 R100 airship; Upkeep, Tallboy and Grand Slam bombs?
11 Argentinos Juniors and SSC Napoli (since December)?
12 Carl von Ossietzky; Aung San Suu Kyi; Liu Xiaobo?
13 Insomnia; Into the Wild; Grizzly Man; The Grey; Hold the Dark?
14 Squirrel; spider; howler; tamarin; capuchin?
15 Petrol, 1939; clothes, 1941; soap, 1942; bread, 1946?

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