Sport Man United's Young Boys European clash could be at neutral venue
World Cup play-offs to be one-off ties
FIFA has scrapped the two-legged inter-confederation play-offs so the Socceroos would face a one-off tie to reach Qatar if they fail to qualify automatically.The decision means the Socceroos will be denied a sold-out home tie were they to be forced into the play-offs. But they will also avoid a hostile away leg as has been encountered in the past.
Ralf Rangnick's firstmatch in charge of may not take place at Old Trafford as planned, according to reports.
The 63-year-old German wason Monday after he emerged as the man to be 's short-term successor last week.
The venue of his first European match at the helm has been thrown into doubt with uncertainty over whether Swiss outfit Young Boys can travel to Old Trafford on December 8 because of the Omicron .variant, according to
Brave cop saves boys being swept away in flood waters
Sergeant Joel Hunter will be recommended for a bravery award after saving two 11-year-old boys in a daring flood rescue in the swollen Lachlan River, near Condoblin, in the central west of NSW.Two 11-year-olds were swept away in the swollen Lachlan River, near Condoblin, in the central west of NSW on Saturday as weather conditions continued to deteriorate.
The report claims that UEFA are trying to find out whether the Young Boys squad would have to quarantine back in Switzerland for 10 days following the clash in the UK next week.
It reports that if the elite sport exemption rule does not apply then the originally planned home group tie would be changed to a venue in a neutral country, or postponed if a neutral venue cannot be found.
There will be chaos regarding tickets and travel costs if the match venue was to be moved with just over a week to go.
Switzerland uncovered its first 'probable' Omicron case on Monday, while Swiss voters backed the government's pandemic response plan in a referendum by a clear majority 24 hours earlier.
Can Facebook Be Contained?
Readers respond to stories in our October and November 2021 issues.The paramount value of the university has always been academic freedom, the freedom of university departments and professors to decide what to teach and how. But academic freedom cannot survive in an atmosphere of academic cowardice, where its beneficiaries—those who were assumed to have the courage to protect it from destruction by either governmental or ideological interference—are willing to sacrifice it to pacify their students.
It has paved the way for the continuation of exceptional measures to stem the rising tide of Covid-19 cases.
The government's tally of Sunday's vote showed a wider-than-expected majority of 62 per cent of voters support laws that require Covid health passes to enter bars, restaurants and certain events.
It came as Switzerland reported its first probably case of the Omicron variant on Sunday, as entry requirements were tightened to check its spread.
The case relates to a person who returned to Switzerland from South Africa around a week ago, the Federal Office for Public Health said on Twitter.
Testing will clarify the situation in the coming days, it added. Switzerland announced it has banned all Britons with immediate effect amid concerns of the rising cases of the Covid super-mutant Omicron.
United progressed to the knockout stages of the Champions League last week as caretaker boss Michael Carrick guided them to 2-0 win over Villarreal.
Atalanta tears a point on the wire to Bern
© provided by Sofoot Young Boys 3-3 Atalanta Goals: Siebatcheu (39th), Sierro (80th) and Hefti (84e) for YB // Zapata (10th ), Palomino (51st) and Muriel (88th) for the DEA Not Neutral, this Photo Finish . In a game of Tarats on the lawn of Young Boys, Atalarta does not come out unscathed and sounded at a time, enaching a point (3-3) which allows him to see clearly in the fight in the European spring .
What do we know about the Omicron variant?
Scientists have said they are concerned about the B.1.1.529 variant, named by the World Health Organisation as Omicron, as it has around 30 different mutations - double the amount present in the Delta variant. The mutations contain features seen in all of the other variants but also traits that have not been seen before.
UK scientists first became aware of the new strain on November 23 after samples were uploaded on to a coronavirus variant tracking website from South Africa, Hong Kong and then Botswana.
On Friday, it was confirmed that cases had been identified in Israel and Belgium but currently there are no known cases in the UK.
Professor Adam Finn, a member of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), told Good Morning Britain on Friday that sequencing is being carried out around the UK to determine if any cases have already been imported.
Work is also under way to see whether the new variant may be causing new infection in people who have already had coronavirus or a vaccine, or whether waning immunity may be playing a role.
Professor James Naismith, director of the Rosalind Franklin Institute in Oxford, has said the new variant will 'almost certainly' make vaccines less effective, though they would still offer protection.
Pfizer/BioNTech, which has produced a vaccine against Covid-19, is already studying the new variant's ability to evade vaccines.
As Merkel bows out, Europe seeks new leader .
Angela Merkel's departure from the political stage after 16 years as chancellor has not only ushered in a new era in Germany but also shakes up the power balance in the EU. Her successor-in-waiting to lead Europe's biggest economy, Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, as well as France's President Emmanuel Macron and Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi have all been touted as candidates to take over Merkel's mantle as the leader of Europe. Merkel'sHer successor-in-waiting to lead Europe's biggest economy, Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, as well as France's President Emmanuel Macron and Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi have all been touted as candidates to take over Merkel's mantle as the leader of Europe.