Partisan divide on COVID policy widens in state legislatures

I’ve never doubted their ability but they always needed more players than Joe Root to come forward and score the runs. They bowled very well in the last Test, too, and if they can combine the two now, they can end this difficult series on a high note.

‘The news that Novak Djokovic did not tell one of our members — and the rest of the L’Equipe team on the day — that he had tested positive for Covid-19 is deeply concerning,’ an ITWA statement said on Thursday.

‘I felt obliged to go ahead and conduct the L’Equipe interview as I didn’t want to let the journalist down but did ensure I socially distanced and wore a mask except when my photograph was being taken,’ Djokovic said. 

in light of the size of the record in this case, and the logistical burden on the Court and government associated with the upcoming trial in United States v. Balwani,’ the joint motion to Judge Edward J. Davila said.

The rest are relegated to participating remotely. Senators and staff must test negative for COVID-19 before entering Senate rooms, regardless of whether they are vaccinated. Since Friday, at least five senators have tested positive.

A motion filed Tuesday, and endorsed by both prosecutors and defense attorneys, proposes the 37 year-old swindler’s sentencing date be set for September 12, following the Labor Day weekend, which traditionally signals the end of summer break. 

‘This was submitted by my support team on my behalf – as I told immigration officials on my arrival – and my agent sincerely apologises for the administrative mistake in ticking the incorrect box about my previous travel before coming to Australia,’ Djokovic said in a statement on Wednesday.

In response, unions said they had called the strike not against a virus but over disorganisation caused by the test and contact-tracing rules, heightened contagion risk and a shortage of face masks for staff.

The political divisions that began over government-ordered shutdowns, social distancing and mask mandates in the early stages of the pandemic have progressed as governments have shifted to vaccinations as a primary means of a combating a virus that has killed more than 835,000 in the U.S.

As lawmakers in some Democratic-led states meet remotely because of renewed COVID-19 concerns, their counterparts in many Republican-led legislatures are beginning their 2022 sessions with an aggressive push to outlaw vaccine requirements in workplaces and schools and roll back the government’s power to mandate pandemic precautions.

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PARIS, Jan 13 (Reuters) – French teachers will walk off the job en masse on Thursday over what they say is the government’s failure to adopt a coherent policy for schools to manage the COVID-19 pandemic, or properly protect pupils and staff against infection.

We said our goodbyes to Sam Billings when he left Sydney Thunder after our Big Bash game on the Gold Coast.

But I thought Billings was heading to the Caribbean via London, rather than taking a detour to Hobart for the fifth Test.

That wasn’t through a lack of trying to include him but at the time, as is still the case, competition for places was fierce and Billings was up against Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow for that white-ball keeper-batsman place.

This, should he make his Test debut on Friday, is a fantastic opportunity for him and he has headed to Tasmania, via a 10-hour drive to Sydney, full of confidence because he has been going very well for the Thunder and was our leading runscorer.

I’ve not been to Hobart’s Bellerive Oval for a while, but I’m told the wickets have been a little more in favour of the batters in the last few years.

The pink ball may even that up a bit and it will be interesting to see if more grass is left on the pitch, as it has been already in this series.

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Sam always made it clear, too, that he wanted to play Test cricket and never gave up on those ambitions. I know it’s a different game, but his Twenty20 success with us over the last few weeks can only stand him in good stead — scoring runs is a habit.

That has meant many schools have been hard pressed to keep teaching anyway, partly because of infections among pupils and staff but also because each positive case has resulted in dozens being sent to labs and pharmacies for testing.

Now Spanish police and immigrations authorities are investigating Djokovic as it’s understood he did not request special permission from the Spanish Embassy or Ministry of Foreign Affairs to enter the country unvaccinated.

The differing approaches highlight a persistent partisan gap in pandemic policy as states begin a third year of legislative sessions amid a virus outbreak that many had assumed would be waning but is instead surging to near peak levels of hospitalizations because of the omicron variant.

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