Djokovic’s father free to attend Open finalThe Australian Open’s tournament director, Craig Tiley, has given Novak Djokovic’s father the green light to attend the Australian Open final, AAP reports. Srdjan Djokovic watched his son’s semi-final win over Tommy Paul off-site to avoid becoming a disruption, following the emergence of a video of him with Vladimir Putin fans last Wednesday night. Whether he will or won’t be back courtside as Djokovic bids to claim a 10th Open crown with victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas has been a huge talking point in the lead-up to Sunday’s night’s title match. But Tiley has revealed Djokovic’s father is free to take his place at Rod Laver Arena after accepting the Serb had inadvertently been swept up in the flags drama.
She added:If RATs are near their expiration date, you have to make sure that the other countries can actually use them because otherwise they’re just going to expire there. Many jurisdictions distribute tests for free in heathcare settings and certain public spaces. However, they are also widely available to buy privately in pharmacies and retail stores. There were 366 Covid-related deaths reported in Australia last week and diagnosed cases have dropped to about 3, 100 per day.
Mundine, a leading organiser of the no campaign, said it will run on a slogan of “recognise a better way”, proposing to insert an acknowledgment in the preamble of the constitution, via another referendum. Czech Republic’s Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova successfully defend Australian Open women’s doubles titleCzech pair Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova have defended their Australian Open title, continuing their dominance of the women’s doubles circuit. The top seeds accounted for Japanese first-time finalists Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara 6-4 6-3 in Sunday’s championship decider at Rod Laver Arena.
It also wraps Australia’s preparations for their Women’s T20 World Cup defence, set to begin in South Africa on 12 February. Australia had cruised to a pair of eight-wicket wins in the first two games against Pakistan in Sydney and Hobart, with a five-wicket haul from Megan Schutt and an unbeaten half-century from Ellyse Perry the standout performances. Ellyse Perry on her way to an unbeaten half-century in the match against Pakistan at North Sydney Oval on 24 January Photograph: Jeremy Ng/CA/Cricket Australia/Getty ImagesThey’ll now head to Sydney for Monday night’s Australian Cricket Awards before flying to South Africa on Tuesday for the World Cup.
Michael McGowan reports on Chris Minns, the man aiming to seize the premiership of NSW in two months’ time …Reuters reports…Heavy rainfall continued to batter New Zealand’s north island, causing landslides, flash floods and knocking out roads, with the death toll rising to four after a person who had been missing was confirmed dead.
Burke also shouts out “really good quality” local shows such as Wentworth and Heartbreak High, and says he enjoyed watching The Twelve over summer. Burke added:Once again, we’ll get back to what we want, which is to make sure that we see our own stories there on the screens in our own home. Millions of RATs to expire in coming monthsMillions of Covid rapid antigen tests bought by state and territory governments will expire in coming months, prompting debate about what to do with them. AAP has the story:Analysis by the ABC showed about 5. 5m tests are due to expire in the next three months in Queensland and Western Australia alone. Between one-third and two-thirds of tests bought by state and territory governments have not been distributed, although figures are unknown in NSW and South Australia, as they did not participate in the analysis.
Battered by rain since Friday, Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city of 1. 6 million people, remained under a state of emergency on Sunday. The nation’s weather forecaster, MetService, warned of more severe weather on Sunday and Monday for the north island. Intense rainfall could also cause surface and flash flooding, it said. The focus of the emergency has since moved south, with Waitomo District – located about 220 kms (137 miles) from Auckland – declaring a state of emergency late on Saturday.
A couple of days ago in Auckland…The nation’s ageing and neglected railways are one reason trucking has seen major growth in spite of rising fuel costs and carbon emissions, Elias Visontay reports. Australia takes T20 match against Pakistan after rain stops playRain stopped play; Not a ball was bowled in the Australia-Pakistan T20 match. Photograph: Mick Tsikas/EPAAustralia’s T20 series against Pakistan has wrapped up in an underwhelming fashion, with Sunday’s match in Canberra rained out without a ball being bowled. Light yet persistent rain at Manuka Oval meant the players never took the field for the dead rubber encounter, leaving the hosts to claim the three-game series 2-0.
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Their opening game is against New Zealand in Paarl on 12 February. Donna LuThanks for following along today – it’s now time to hand over the blog reins to my excellent colleague Ben Doherty, who will take you into the evening. Ciao! Staying with the tennis, Barbora Krejčíková and Kateřina Siniaková have won the opening set of the women’s doubles final at Melbourne Park. The defending champions have an impressive track record: in addition to the 2022 Australian Open, they are also 2022 Wimbledon and US Open champions, won Roland Garros in 2021, and also took out Olympic doubles gold at Tokyo.
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