Hansen secures 5th World Cup win******
BEIJING, Dec. 18 (Xinhua) -- Norway's Gyda Westvold Hansen secured her fifth victory in the fifth FIS Women's Nordic Combined World Cup in Ramsau, Austria on Friday.。
Under sunny conditions, the Norwegian registered the furthest distance with 95 meters for 129.1 points and first to start into the 5km cross-country race.。
The silver went to Ema Volavsek from Slovenia, who landed at 91 meters and got 121.8 points and went into the course 29 seconds after Hansen. Yuna Kasai from Japan placed third in ski jumping.。
In the end, the top three stayed the same. While Hansen defended her yellow jersey confidently and reached the finish 46.6 seconds ahead of Volavsek, the Slovenian was able to pull away from Kasai on the last lap. The Japanese crossed the finish line 1:01 minutes behind and secured third place. Enditem。
New Zealand opens borders with tears, hugs******
New Zealand officially opened its borders on Monday, lifting the COVID-19 border restrictions after two years.
Monday's border reopening was the first stage of New Zealand's five-step reconnecting plan, which allowed fully vaccinated Kiwis and other current eligible travellers from Australia to enter the country without the need for managed isolation.
According to Auckland International Airport, four Air New Zealand flights and one Qantas flight arrived from Australia's Melbourne, Sydney and Perth on Monday, with more than 900 passengers arriving.
More than 300 flights will be available between New Zealand and major Australian cities in March alone, said an Auckland airport spokesperson.
The airport's arrival terminal was full of tears and hugs. Families who have not seen each other for over two years reunited on Monday.
John Davis, a New Zealander returning from Australia, told local media that all he wants to do was to spend time with his family, including his granddaughter who was three years older than last time he saw her.
Under New Zealand's requirements, all passengers are required to have a negative pre-departure test, and undertake two rapid antigen tests on arrival and at day 5/6.
Meanwhile, the government is removing the self-isolation requirements for vaccinated travelers to New Zealand and Kiwis returning from the rest of the world from Thursday.
"That means all Kiwis coming home and tourists entering the country will be able to step off the plane and immediately connect with family and friends and enjoy all New Zealand has to offer," said COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins.
Travelers will still be required to be tested. If anyone returns a positive result, they will be required to report it and isolate for the same period of 10 days as a community case, Hipkins said.