EXPLAINER: Why was Novak Djokovic not let into Australia?
Novak Djokovic came within one victory of sweeping all four of last year's Grand Slam tennis tournaments and entered 2022 needing one title to set the men's record of 21 major championships. He might not get the chance to pursue that mark at the Australian Open when play begins in Melbourne on Jan. 17. That's because, even though Djokovic, a 34-year-old from Serbia, was granted a medical exemption to get around a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for all players and their support teams at the hard-court tournament, his visa for entry into Australia was revoked in the early hours of Thursday, local time, after he was detained at the airport for about eight hours.
© Frédéric Dugit the thermometer reaches records in western Australia. (Illustration) LP / Frédéric Dugit
Australia undergoes again
of temperature records. He did more than 50 ° C, Thursday, in the north-west of the state of Western Australia. This threshold was crossed in Onnlow and is a record for several reasons, as Etienne Kapikian
explains, forecasser to Meteo France. With 50.7 ° C precisely, this locality equals the level reached in 1960 in Oodnadatta, in the state of South Australia. This is a record for all of Australia and therefore for the state of Western Australia. But this is also the highest temperature in the southern hemisphere and a world record for one month of January. Etienne Kapikian also notes that two other meteorological stations recorded more than 50 ° C on Thursday, while this period of the year corresponds to the summer in the southern hemisphere. This is Mardie and Roebourne, where he made 50.5 ° C in both cases. Argentina also concerned Australia is not the only country in the South of the Earth currently suffering from stifling heat that can become dangerous for humans. In South America, Argentina is particularly concerned. In a wide part of the country has been more than 40 ° C for several days. More than 42 ° C are expected this Friday in Buenos Aires, the capital, while some regions could experience temperatures above 45 ° C. With respect to these extreme heat waves, the Director of the Climate Council, Martin Rice, said the AFP that the Australian record is part of a long-term trend of global warming induced by the combustion of coal, oil and the gas. According to him, these extreme temperatures already have "deadly catastrophic consequences". "Heat waves kill silently, they cause more death than any other extreme weather event. »
Djokovic's deportation exposes Australian border debate .
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Weary after two years of some of the harshest COVID-19 border restrictions in the world, many Australians wanted Novak Djokovic kicked out of their country for traveling to a tennis tournament in their country without being vaccinated. But the backdrop to the government's tough line on the defending Australian Open champion — and Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s description of the expulsion as a “decision to keep our borders strong” — dates to nearly a decade ago. It also shines a light on Australia's complicated, and strongly criticized, immigration and border policies.