World number one tennis player Novak Djokovic has been denied entry to Australia over an issue with his visa. Djokovic arrived in Melbourne on Wednesday where authorities noticed a mistake on his application. 

He was due to play in the Australian Open, after being exempted from vaccination rules. It is now expected that he will be flown out of the country later on Thursday but his lawyers will challenge the decision, Australian media has reported.

No Contest

The Erin Arts Centre has announced that it having to cancel this year’s Young Singer and Musician competitions.

2020 winner, Evie Skillicorn alongside Emma Callin who presented the award.

A statement said: ‘We want the competitions to be a source of enjoyment and don’t feel that it’s an appropriate climate in which to make extra demands of young people, their teachers, or our staff and patrons.”If it is possible to reschedule the competitions without disrupting other events, exams etc, we shall endeavour to do so, otherwise we’ll go again next year.

‘We’d like to thank all the applicants for their imaginative entries; we’ve tried to run events wherever possible but this feels like the right thing to do. It’s not the start of the year we wanted but thank you for your understanding.’

Sailing Fundraiser

Rushen Silver Band will be performing at a fundraising concert on behalf of Sailing for the Disabled later this month.

The concert is on at St Columba’s Church, Port Erin from 8pm on Monday, January 24.

Space Race

Sixth-form students can win scholarships to represent the Isle of Man at the 2022 United Space School in Houston, Texas. The annual United Space School takes place from July 24 to August 8 with the ManSat Group awarding up to three scholarships to Year 12 and 13 students in the Isle of Man. The successful scholars will travel to Houston and work alongside peers from around the world to plan a space mission, with support from NASA astronauts, engineers, and scientists.

The scholarships are awarded in cooperation with the Department of Education, Sport and Culture, with the first recipient, in 2000, being Dr Jennifer Stone, who is now Chief Technical Officer for ManSat.

Jennifer said: ‘ManSat has run this competition every year since 2000, with 44 Isle of Man students having attended Space School. Because of the pandemic, the 2020 and 2021 space schools were both held online. We hope the 2022 edition will be back in Houston, with a final decision on whether it will be held in-person or online to be made by the end of March. Usually, our scholarships are open to Year 12 students, but this year we are extending our competition to both Year 12 and 13 so that all sixth-form students will have had the opportunity to apply to go to Houston during their school career.’

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Surely Not!

The Welsh Rugby Union is considering playing home Six Nations games in England because of Covid crowd restrictions in Wales. First Minister Mark Drakeford imposed restrictions on sporting events in Wales, effectively meaning professional games are behind closed doors. There is no date set for when measures could be eased, with the next review scheduled for January 7. Wales are due to host Scotland in Cardiff on February 12.

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