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Novak Djokovic has just won his legal battle to enter Australia and defend his Open tennis title after a judge overturned the government’s decision to revoke the player’s visa when he arrived in the country last week. After a dramatic day of legal arguments in Melbourne’s Federal Circuit Court, Judge Anthony Kelly also ordered the government to pay the player’s fees and release Djokovic from the detention hotel where he has been languishing since last Wednesday. You can read the latest reaction and how the day went on our live blog.

The world No.1 player was denied entry to Australia last week due to confusion over the validity of a Covid vaccine exemption granted by Tennis Australia. After hearing arguments from the player’s lawyers earlier today, Kelly asked “what more could the player have done to prove his medical exemption given that it had been provided by a qualified physician and supported by an independent panel of the Victorian government “. Kelly also criticized the Australian government for backing off a deal to give Djokovic more time to defend his visa against cancellation. The judge’s ruling means Djokovic will meet tomorrow’s deadline to participate in the tournament he has already won nine times.

Cladding call – Michael Gove must spend billions more on fireproofing homes across England, campaigners will say today as they warn his £ 4bn decision to replace all Grenfell-style siding does not resolve other risks faced by tenants in towers. People living in dangerous properties have been disembarked with bills of up to £ 200,000, and activists say residents may still have to scramble to fix faulty fire doors, flammable balconies and cut them – missing lights. As part of Gove’s plan, which aims to force developers to foot the £ 4bn bill but could require funds to be diverted from existing government budgets, only the costs of paving remediation will be covered. the plaintiffs want a change in the law to protect them from all costs caused by fire safety faults that are not their fault. It comes as 19 people have died in a tower fire in New York City in one of the city’s worst fires in recent times.

Vaccine surge – The UK government is urging all pregnant women to get vaccinated with their first, second or third vaccine, as it highlights the risks of Covid-19 for mothers and babies. One study showed that 96.3% of pregnant women admitted to hospital with symptoms between May and October were not vaccinated. Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi called on the UK to show the rest of the world how to go from a pandemic to an endemic Covid, and suggested that it would be useful to reduce the isolation period to five days to alleviate labor shortages. But there are still deep divisions within the scientific community over what “living with Covid” might entail.

Power play – Ed Miliband says he “seems to believe” government opposes windfall tax on oil and gas companies on grounds that they are in trouble, after Labor proposed $ 1.2 billion levy of pounds sterling on producers to help households and businesses with skyrocketing bills. As the political battle intensifies over cost of living issues, the shadow climate secretary said ministers’ rejection of the idea showed they were “weak and incompetent.” With a greater reliance on renewables, the UK will need more storage solutions. Here are four new technologies that could help lead the way.

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Dog day – The power of the dog and the succession were the big winners at the Golden Globes, which took place overnight in Los Angeles without stars or an audience after years of diversity controversy that led to the celebrity boycott. Acclaimed Netflix drama The Power of the Dog was named Best Picture in the Drama category, while Jane Campion became the third woman to win the Best Director Award. Will Smith was named Best Actor in a Drama for King Richard, while Nicole Kidman won Best Actress in a Drama for Being the Ricardos. Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story remake topped the musical / comedy categories, while on television, HBO’s Estate took home Best Drama, Best Actor for Jeremy Strong, and Best Actress in a second. role for Sarah Snook.

Here are dragons – A gigantic prehistoric ‘sea dragon’ found in the Midlands has been described as one of the greatest fossil finds ever made in Britain. The ichthyosaur, which is around 180m years old and around 10m long, is the largest and most complete fossil of its kind ever found in the UK. The skeleton was found during routine drainage of a lagoon island in the Rutland water reservoir in February 2021.

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Joe Root hailed a ‘small step forward’ for his injured England team after clinging to a breathtaking Sydney draw nine wickets down and avoided the ignominy of a milk lime Ashes in Australia. Mikel Arteta lamented his side’s lack of “goal and determination” after Arsenal were sent off from the FA Cup by an impressive Nottingham Forest. Liverpool beat Shrewsbury 4-1, with an equalizer from Kaide Gordon followed by two for Fabinho sandwiching the effort from Roberto Firmino, while a strike from Manuel Lanzini in the first half and a save in time from Jarrod Bowen gave West Ham a 2-0 victory over Leeds United. The Hammers will face Kidderminster after the fourth round draw. Arsenal manager Jonas Eidevall admitted that the women’s Super League leaders’ shock 2-0 loss to Birmingham City was “100% my responsibility”. Host country Cameroon defeated Burkina Faso in the opening match of the first Africa Cup of Nations to be held there for 50 years.

The Wasps beat Premiership leaders Leicester 16-13, with opening half Jimmy Gopperth kicking the hosts to victory and depriving Leicester of a record-breaking 16th straight win. Cameron Smith defeated world number one Jon Rahm in a tournament match of the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii to win the opening event of the year on the US PGA Tour in record fashion.


UK manufacturers say Brexit will increase soaring costs thanks to additional customs delays and red tape behind the UK’s departure from the EU. Make UK said a survey of 228 companies found that Brexit had moderately or significantly hampered their business. The pound is over $ 1,359 and € 1,970, while the FTSE100 appears to be starting the week flat.

The papers

the To post shows the direction of the trip to the conservative press with a headline saying ‘Save us from cost of living crisis, Boris’, and the Express a “the PM urged: act now on reducing the cost of living”. It’s a different story in the Mirror, which says the government’s leveling plan is “Fail at all levels”. the Guardian leads with ‘Gove’s £ 4bn coating plan’ far too little to end fire safety crisis ”.

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The Guardian, Monday January 10, 2022

Covid occupies several other titles, with the Time reporting ‘We will avoid the Covid crisis, say optimistic NHS leaders’ and the Telegraph leading on “Sunak dos calls for 5 day isolation”. the I claims that “the PM is expected to announce his ‘living with Covid’ plan by March,” while Metro a “Go, go, Cron”. the Scottish report “Students face months of uncertainty about exams” and the Yorkshire Post warns “’15 years of rail chaos for the North ‘”. the FT Splash is “NATO stands ready for conflict in Europe, alliance leader warns Russia”. the from the sun The common thread is “Bake orf” about the competition to make a pudding for the Platinum Year of the Queen.

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