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2022 World Cup: Australia, a very political outsider


First opponents of the Blues this Tuesday, November 22, the Australian “Socceroos” are not among the favorites of the World Cup. But as early as last October, their stand against Qatar shed light on this little-known team.

Far behind rugby and its local variant, Australian football, the round ball sport, locally called soccer, did not experience a strong rise in Australia. Few international players have broken into the major European championships.

Tim Cahill, living legend and top scorer of the selection, had remarkable passages in England, like attackers Mark Viduka and Harry Kewell. Too few, however, to consider the land of Oz as a breeding ground for great talent.

“The suffering of migrant workers cannot be ignored”

Several young binational players are also reluctant to accept a national team selection, for fear of definitively giving up a more attractive offer from their second country. For the World Cup in Qatar, coach Graham Arnold recently received a refusal from young Cristian Volpato (19), author of a promising start to the season with his club AS Roma. The midfielder hopes to one day join the ranks of the Squadra Azzurra, the Italian selection.

It is in the non-sporting field that Australia, 38e world nation in the FIFA rankings, stood out by becoming the first team to qualify for the 2022 World Cup to openly criticize Qatar. “We recognize the significant progress and legislative reforms that have taken place in Qatar in recent years, said the Australian federation last October. However, we have also learned that the tournament has been associated with the suffering of migrant workers and their families and this cannot be ignored. »

Players will no longer speak during the competition

The press release was accompanied by a video in which appear sixteen players of the selection. “For the past two years, we have been dedicated to understanding and getting to know the situation in Qatar better,” explain them there. “We are not experts but we have listened to groups such as Amnesty, Fifa and, more importantly, foreign workers in Qatar,” they continue, deploring the working conditions of the workers.

While there are several thousand deaths on World Cup construction sites, Australia can boast of having been the first to speak out, before being followed by others, such as the United States. United or Denmark. On the other hand, on their arrival in Doha, Monday, November 14, the Australians made it known that they would no longer speak on the subject.

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UAE plays play-off with Australia – VnExpress


Having won 1-0 against South Korea in the final match of the third qualifying round of the 2022 World Cup, the UAE ranked third in Group A and won the right to the play-off round.

Score: Abdalla 54′.

Before the last match of Group A, the UAE (9 points) and Iraq (8 points) competed for the third place in Group A. While the UAE received South Korea, Iraq as guests on the Syrian field. Rodolfo Arruabarrena’s teachers and students made good use of their right to self-determination, when they beat Korea 1-0 thanks to Harib Abdalla’s only goal in the 54th minute.

Abdalla (No. 7) brought the UAE into the play-off against Australia. Photo: Gulf News.

The match was somewhat unlucky for Korea, when they held the ball 77%, hit the bar twice and enjoyed all 16 corners in the match. In the last minutes, Son Heung-min took a dangerous free kick, but goalkeeper Khalid Elsa saved the UAE.

Son Heung-min and his teammates lost the only match in the qualifying round, thereby losing the top position of Group A to Iran – the team that won Lebanon 2-0 in the last round. However, the representative of East Asia is still the 10th time in a row to participate in the World Cup.

UAE, with 12 points, ranked third with three points more than Iraq – the team only drew 1-1 against Syria. The UAE will play a play-off with the third team of Group B – Australia on June 7. The winner of this match will play one more play-off match with the fifth-placed team in South America, to compete for a place in the 2022 World Cup.

Asia has identified four teams directly into the final round, namely Iran, South Korea, Saudi Arabia and Japan. Four South American teams entered the World Cup straight: Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador and Uruguay. The fifth place is a competition between Peru, Colombia and Chile.

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The school gives students the freedom to choose their experiences


AustraliaAccording to Mr. Mathew Disher – Principal in charge of Secondary School, Scotch College Adelaide, the school allows students to choose subjects, experience, develop a balance.

Freedom to choose subjects

Mathew Disher shared, the focus of the secondary school curriculum is to focus on developing knowledge, thinking ability, laying the foundation for later life, including: self-study, critical thinking, and creativity. , approach and problem solving.

As a result, students can apply in many different environments, especially after graduating and working. “Middle school age is a great time to develop these skills,” said Principal Disher.

Following this general orientation, giving students the right to choose subjects can ensure the harmony between each person’s academic program, ability and interest.

Mr. Mathew Disher – Principal in charge of Middle School, Scotch College Adelaide. Photo: Scotch College Adelaide

In addition to the ability to master the foundational knowledge of Math, English and Science, students can study and try many other subjects, belonging to different majors. Scotch College Adelaide designs a curriculum that includes subjects that breathe life such as agriculture, sport, nutrition and psychology. This diversity can help students have a rich experience in each module.

“When entering high school, students can confidently make decisions about choosing the most suitable major for them,” added Mr. Mathew Disher.

Balance knowledge, health and spirit

Principal Mathew Disher said that expanding experiential subjects is a process of great effort on the part of the school. First, teachers must be experienced people, mastering approaches to equip students with comprehensive background knowledge, understanding of multicultural environments, grasping current issues…

From understanding, teachers need to put problems and perspectives from simple to complex for young people to practice thinking ability. The thought formation process is a lengthy process.

The approach to each student with different learning abilities and starting points also requires flexibility and personalization. “This is quite a challenging goal because it is beyond the scope of mere subjects from the curriculum,” said Mr. Mathew Disher.

Second, he believes that educational institutions must have the right investment in building facilities and organizing activities. For example, Scotch College Adelaide spends a great deal of money building farms, theatres, art galleries, laboratories, kitchens, workshops…

Scotch College Adelaide encourages students to experience, practice and apply theoretical knowledge.  Photo: Scotch College Adelaide

Scotch College Adelaide encourages students to experience, practice and apply theoretical knowledge. Photo: School Scotch College Adelaide

“These are the necessary conditions for students to experience the true meaning. It is not possible to practice skills and expand thinking if they simply study around four walls,” he affirmed.

At Scotch College Adelaide, students often participate in excursions and excursions to grow quickly. Many modules here always pose challenges and motivate students to overcome. This is also the subject standard set forth.

Scotch College Adelaide students on a field trip.  Photo: Scotch College Adelaide

Scotch College Adelaide students on a field trip. Photo: School Scotch College Adelaide

Third, the school needs to pay attention to the balanced development of mind – body – spirit. Each student needs to participate in many programs such as sports competitions, art, community activities to have a healthy body in both “body” and “mind”.

According to Mr. Mathew Disher, health and spirit are very important factors for middle school students, who are in the stage of mental and physiological development. Through physical activities, children will develop perseverance and perseverance. Or with sessions aimed at spiritual development, students will feel the meaning of happiness and value in life.

Principal Mathew Disher will participate in the “Talk with Scotch” webinar series organized by AGS International School of Monolinguals at 7pm, April 6. Here, he will share more about educational methods for secondary school students that bring about sustainable results.

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Scotch College Adelaide – a school with more than 100 years of establishment and development in Australia is about to appear in Vietnam, starting with the launch of Scotch AGS International School in 2022. Scotch AGS training program for students students in grades 1-12 with the globally recognized Australian Baccalaureate – SACE.
With the orientation of training each student to become a global citizen, possessing leadership capabilities and lifelong learning capabilities, Scotch AGS focuses on exploiting the full potential of academic, cultural, musical and intellectual intelligences. sport.
Students will develop in an environment where mental health is always cared for, encouraged to learn, and raised awareness of community values. Scotch AGS will also empower students to self-study and prepare them for further study at top universities around the world.
For information on Scotch AGS, see more here.

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Lost vacation $3,000 because of moldy passport


Bronte Gossling was shocked to have to cancel a nearly 3,000 USD trip to Bali due to a moldy passport that has not been used for a long time.

Bronte Gossling, an Australian tourist, came to Bali for a holiday, after the island opened to guests and was exempt from isolation from March 14. She spent nearly 3,000 USD on plane tickets, hotel reservations and the cost of Covid-19 tests. As planned, Bronte went to the airport to leave.

At the check-in counter, she was told she could not board the plane. “The Jetstar ticket counter staff said that the passport page with a portrait of me had a bit of mold on it. So I couldn’t get on the plane. I was in shock,” she said. Bronte was explained that, even if she got on the plane, the customs in Bali would not allow entry with such a passport.

Bronte (black shirt) shares her incident with the hope that everyone will not make this mistake again and have a happy trip. Photo: Instagram/bronte.png

Bronte has kept the afternoon safe in the drawer for the past two years due to the epidemic. She said the passport was barely used, plus the high humidity when Australia was flooded, causing the documents to be damaged. Despite having to cancel the holiday and lose money, Bronte still feels lucky. If she went to Bali on purpose, she could get stuck there and incur additional charges, before being deported.

Under regulations from 2019, the Indonesian government can fine airlines more than 4,300 USD if they allow passengers to enter the island with damaged passports. Passengers may also be detained at the airport and deported.

Bronte is not the first person to have trouble with a passport when visiting Bali. In 2019, Australian football player Sam Kerr was not allowed to board the flight because his passport was frayed. Two other tourists, Richard and Ann Lane from Lincolnshire, England, accepted to lose nearly 10,000 USD for booking services for Bali and Malaysia tours because there was a small hole in their passport.

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Australian Open: Rafael Nadal the man of all records



Once again, the Russian Daniil Medvedev almost deprived one of the great elders of a historic record. In September 2021, during the US Open final, he blew Novak Djokovic on the 21stand Grand Slam trophy that the Serb was aiming for then. Four months and an ejection from the Australian Open of the world number one later, the number two almost prevented Rafael Nadal from reaching the same magic number of 21 titles in the four majors.

Led two sets to nil

Winner in 5 hours 24 (2-6, 6-7 (5/7), 6-4, 6-4, 7-5), the man from Manacor won and now alone holds this record which has almost escaped him after two first lost sets, the first without a shadow of a match as he was dominated and the second a little stupidly after leading 4 games to 1. At two zero sets, we feared the case folded, but it was without counting on the energy of the Spaniard.

He entered the court with the sign of world number five, after half a 2021 season spent away from the courts treating a nasty foot injury. Taking advantage of a drop in concentration from the Russian in the third set, playing a dangerous game with unusual drop shots, he disrupted his opponent’s mechanics to win in the following sets and finally make history. .

He was already known as a world fair play champion, having apologized to his opponent for winning in his first victory at the Australian Open in 2009. At the time the other runner-up, a certain Roger Federer, was chasing Pete Sampras’ record of 14 Grand Slams. The then 22-year-old had kind words for his opponent. He waited thirteen years to lift his second trophy in Australia, becoming the only one with Novak Djokovic to have won each of the four Grand Slams twice.

Serena Williams and Steffi Graf still ahead

Seventeen years after his first Grand Slam tournament, in 2005 at Roland-Garros, he signed Sunday in Melbourne his 1,038and victory out of a total of 1,247 games played, an unmatched ratio given the inevitable losses at the start of his career. He is now alone on the roof of the Grand Slams with a 22 in his sightsand possible victory in his garden of Roland-Garros which he has already won 13 times.

On grounds other than the major tournaments, he shares the supreme title with three other tennis glories: Andre Agassi, Steffi Graf and Serena Williams who form with him the so-called “golden” Grand Slam quartet, comprising the four tournaments plus the medal. Olympic gold. It should be noted that since the beginning of the so-called Open era (1968), the player has only been preceded in history by two players, Serena Williams (23 Grand Slam titles) and Steffi Graf (22).

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Tennis, Ashleigh Barty wins her first Australian Open



The first Australian to win in Melbourne since Chris O’Neill in 1978, world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty won her first Australian Open on Saturday January 29. The young woman thus won, at 25, her third major title after Roland-Garros in 2019 and Wimbledon in 2021, and the first at home.

She also becomes the only active player with Serena Williams to have won Majors on all surfaces (hard, grass and clay).

Four match points

Without really playing well or dominating as much as in the first six rounds, she won the final against the American Danielle Collins, world No. 30, in two sets (6-3, 7-6). In the first set, she saved the only break point she conceded and converted the only one she created for herself, packing the set in 32 minutes. She then went through a slump at the start of the second inning and twice gave up her faceoff.

Trailing 5-1 by committing an unexpected number of unforced errors and double faults, they still managed to recover to come back to 5-5. Danielle Collins managed to take the match to the tie-break but Ashleigh Barty quickly took the advantage, offering herself four match points and concluding from the first.

Ashleigh Barty was attending her 9and Australian Open and had never made it past the semi-finals. To win the title, she defeated four Americans in her last four matches: Amanda Anisimova in 8and, Jessica Pegula in the quarters, Madison Keys in the semis and Collins in the final. To win her first Major in 2019 at Roland-Garros, she had beaten the same four players.

Saturday, during the final, a thousand T-shirts “Where is Peng Shuai? » were also distributed by activists to spectators, in order to draw attention to the fate of the Chinese tennis champion, who has not appeared since December 22.

→ ANALYSIS. China: where is Peng Shuai?

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Shapovalov accused the referee of favoring Nadal


AustraliaDenis Shapovalov was upset because Rafael Nadal was not penalized for prolonging the time between the balls, in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open on the afternoon of January 25.

After losing the first set 3-6, Shapovalov delivered the first game of the second set. He got into position and was about to toss the ball but Nadal turned back to the back of the court. The 25-second limit for Shapovalov was running out and the Canadian tennis player approached referee Carlos Bernandes to complain.

Nadal and Shapovalov talked at the beginning of the second set, which the Canadian player lost 4-6 4-6. Photo: Fox

“The clock is running long, but he’s still not ready for the ball,” Shapovalov told referee Bernandes. “You need to punish him.”

The referee replied: “He didn’t play because you came towards me to talk”. Shapovalov said, “You are all spoiled.” The Canadian tennis player then requested punishment for the 36-year-old senior. “For what?”, Mr. Bernandes asked and said there was no reason to penalize Nadal.

In the next game, Shapovalov continued to show his disappointment because his senior took a long time to prepare for the serve. With a few seconds left on Nadal’s serve timer, Shapovalov put his hands on his hands and shook his head at the referee. Mr. Bernandes stopped the match and asked the 22-year-old talent: “What are you doing? He still has eight seconds and you look at me. Why are you looking at me? What do you want? You have to play. We have a stopwatch. “. The two tennis players then went up to the net to talk. Nadal seems to be trying to appease the anger of his juniors.

Shapovalov accused the referee of favoring Nadal

During the post-match press conference, Shapovalov apologized for using the word “spoiled” to refer to the referee and Nadal, but believed he was being treated unfairly. When a reporter asked if Nadal was favored for being a famous name, Shapovalov replied: “Yes. 100% of it is.”

Nadal has a different view of juniors. He said in a press conference: “I don’t think I’m treated any differently than the rest of the players, when we’re on the court together. Shapovalov got it wrong. He’s young, it’s hard to accept defeat after five sets. like this. I respect Mr. Bernandes, but I get no favors.”

The 25-second shot clock limit was introduced at the 2018 US Open, which Nadal opposed when the rule was passed by the ATP Tour. The 20 Grand Slam owner belongs to the group of players who spend the most time serving the ATP.

Nadal won Shapovalov in the first two sets, but lost the next two sets. At the end of the fourth set, the Spaniard asked the referee to enter the dressing room. He spent a few minutes in it, then returned to the field and won the set 6-3, closing a game that was over four hours long.

In the semi-finals, Nadal faced Matteo Berrettini, who also took five sets to beat 17th seed Gael Monfils. The remaining two quarter-finals will take place on January 26, Jannik Sinner vs Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev vs Felix Auger-Aliassime.

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Alizé Cornet: round of 16 as a birthday present in Australia



This January 22, the French Alizé Cornet has just been offered a nice birthday present for her 32 years: a qualification for the round of 16 of the Australian Open. Giving, however, is not the right word. The one that is ranked 61and world player had to mobilize all her energy to reverse a very compromised situation against the Slovenian Tamara Zidansek, 29th world player.

The Frenchwoman had indeed lost the first set 4-6, trailed 4-1 in the second, before reversing the course of the match to finally win 4-6, 6-4, 6-2. “It was survival! I didn’t miss the Melbourne heat”, exclaimed Alizé Cornet, radiant after her victory. “I couldn’t find a solution in the first set, but I kept fighting and it’s magic to have won”, she commented before adding: “Thirteen years after my first round of 16 at the Australian Open, I’m back! »

Three Consecutive Eliminations

The French can be all the more satisfied that she remained on three consecutive eliminations in the 2nd round in Melbourne where she had not reached 8ands final than in 2009. Monday, January 24, she will try to qualify for the quarter-finals by facing the Romanian Simona Halep, ranked 15and world player.

At 32, Alizé Cornet is participating in Australia in her 60and consecutive Grand Slam tournament. She has already reached 8ands finals in each of the four major tournaments but has never played in a quarter.

A set against Tsitsipas

That same day, the fate was not so favorable to his compatriot Benoît Paire, eliminated in the third round of the Australian Open against the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, 4and global. However, the Frenchman managed to take a set from the Greek before finally losing 6-3, 7-5, 6-7 (2/7), 6-4.

“Benoît is one of the most difficult players to beat because he has a lot of talent and he feels tennis very well. So I’m really happy.”, greeted Stefanos Tsitsipas, semi-finalist last year in Melbourne.

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Osaka becomes a former Australian Open champion


AustraliaDefending champion Naomi Osaka missed two match-points, before losing against American opponent Amanda Anisimova 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 on January 21.

Osaka did not show bravery at the crucial moment, and Anisimova played the best match of her career when she saved two match-points in the game 10 sets of three. At the time of being 4-5 behind, the 20-year-old player could not maintain the feeling of holding the serve, but was still mentally strong when he was close to failure. She equalized 5-5 after a tug-of-war game, then pulled her senior into the tie-break series.

Osaka started the season by reaching the semi-finals of the Melbourne Summer Set but was unable to progress deep at the Australian Open. Photo: WTA

Missing two match-points caused Osaka to lose her rhythm in the brainstorming series. The Japanese player lost the first serve, went 0-3 and could not equalize for the rest of the tie-break. A 5-10 defeat in this series caused the defending champion to stop early in the tournament she won twice in 2019 and 2021.

Anisimova showed high form from the beginning of the season. She won the Melbourne Summer Set warm-up, then defeated Olympic champion Belinda Bencic in the second round of the Australian Open. In 2019, Anisimova once reached 21st WTA thanks to reaching the semifinals of Roland Garros. The American tennis player’s next opponent in the fourth round of the Australian Open is number one seed Ashleigh Barty.

“I just enjoy my tennis,” Anisimova said after the match. “I knew she was very strong and was looking to put pressure on the returns. We played well, everyone deserved to win when the game entered the decisive tie-break set.”

Osaka did not play much in the second half of the 2021 season due to poor mental health. She dropped out of Wimbledon, lost early at the Tokyo Olympics and stopped in the third round of the US Open. The defeat at the hands of Anisimova caused Osaka to be deducted 1,760 points and likely to fall out of the top 80 in the world, although she is currently ranked 14th.

Seven of the top 15 seeds in women’s singles were eliminated. In addition to Osaka, the other seed to be eliminated was Elina Svitolina, with a loss at the hands of veteran Victoria Azarenka.

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Tennis: Novak Djokovic loses appeal and leaves Australia


The decision definitively buries Novak Djokovic’s hopes of winning a record 21st Grand Slam title at the Australian Open which begins on Monday January 17. The Australian Federal Court on Sunday rejected the appeal of the 34-year-old Serbian tennis player against his expulsion from the country, ordered by the government which considered that the world number one, not vaccinated against Covid-19, represented a “health risk”.

→ CONTEXT. Novak Djokovic returned to detention in Australia

At midday, Novak Djokovic left Melbourne on a flight to Dubai. “Extremely disappointed” by the Court’s decision on his expulsion, he had a few hours earlier said in a statement that he respected the verdict and was preparing to leave the country.

“Civil Unrest”

Allowed to leave the detention center where he was placed on Saturday, Novak Djokovic followed the hearing online, which lasted four hours, from the offices of his lawyers in Melbourne.

In his conclusions filed on Saturday before the Court, the Minister of Immigration Alex Hawke had maintained that the presence of Novak Djokovic in the country was “likely to represent a health risk”. According to him, she encouraged “anti-vaccination sentiment” and could deter Australians from getting their booster shots, as the Omicron variant spreads rapidly across the country. The presence in Australia of the champion could even “lead to an upsurge in civil unrest”, added the minister.

→ READ. Antivax, esotericism and mysterious pyramid: Novak Djokovic, follower of pseudosciences

Although he had described the risk of the player himself infecting Australians as “negligible”, the Minister had estimated that his “contempt” Passing health rules against Covid was a bad example.

Sufficient evidence

Sunday before the Court, the tennis player’s lawyers described the detention of their client and his possible expulsion as“illogical”, “irrational” and “unreasonable”.

The government “don’t know what Novak Djokovic’s opinions are at the moment”, pleaded lawyer Nick Wood, saying that his client has never publicly supported the anti-vaccination movement.

Government lawyer Stephen Lloyd responded that the champion’s failure to be vaccinated nearly two years into the pandemic and his repeated disregard of health rules, including failing to isolate when he knew he was infected, constituted sufficient proof of his position.

This twisty soap opera took place in a country whose inhabitants have endured for almost two years some of the strictest anti-Covid restrictions in the world, and where elections are scheduled for May. Hence a charged political context. Pressure had intensified in recent days around Conservative Prime Minister Scott Morrison, accused of“incompetence” by the Labor opposition.

“A loss for tennis”

The Australian government thus welcomed its legal victory on Sunday. ‘Australia’s strong border protection policy has kept us safe during the pandemic’, Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said in a statement. “Australians have made great sacrifices to get here and the Morrison government is firmly committed to protecting this position” he added.

→ ANALYSIS. The Djokovic case raises the question of the vaccination status of athletes

In Serbia, where Novak Djokovic is revered and considered a national hero, Australia’s decision unsurprisingly went down badly. “They humiliated themselves, Djokovic can return to his country with his head held high and look everyone straight in the eye”, President Aleksandar Vucic got carried away about the Australian leaders.

The ATP, which manages the men’s professional circuit, estimated for its part that the decision of the Australian justice “put an end to a series of deeply regrettable events”. “Judicial decisions on public health issues must be respected”, she added, recalling that she “continues to strongly recommend vaccination to all players”. Before recalling that Djokovic “is one of the greatest champions in our sport and his absence from the Australian Open is a loss for tennis”.

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