ND 04.02.2023: The US Davis Cup tennis team face Colombia; other world stories from Musk Viewer

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The US Davis Cup team for its match vs. Colombia on March 4-5th in Reno, Nevada includes Taylor Fritz, Sebastian Korda, Tommy Paul, Jack Sock, and Rajeev Ram. The team is composed of the sport’s top young rising stars and established Grand Slam champions. The first to win three out of five matches will advance to the 2022 Davis Cup Finals, a 16-nation competition to be held later this year. This is the first time Davis Cup has been played in Northern Nevada, and the US and Colombia have split their four Davis Cup meetings so far – Fritz, Korda, Paul Lead U.S. Davis Cup Team (Tennis NOW)

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The Kuala Lumpur Tower International Jump Malaysia (KLTIJM) is back after a three-year postponement due to Covid-19. Over 140 international and Malaysian jumpers will perform stunts from a height of 300 meters at the Sky Deck of KL Tower during the three-day event. KL Tower is offering a special package “Sitting on The Edge” to visitors, allowing them to see the jumpers up close during day or night time. This is the only time of the year when visitors are allowed to sit on the edge of the Sky Deck – Malaysia’s KL Tower International Jump returns after 3-year pandemic hiatus (The Sun Daily ~ Local)

Japan will restrict exports of advanced semiconductor manufacturing equipment to China in Spring after amending its foreign exchange law, as part of an agreement between Japan, the Netherlands and the US to stop China’s development of advanced chips that could enhance its military power. The new regulation will not mention China specifically to reduce the risk of retaliation. The US has acknowledged the existence of the deal, but has not released details of the equipment to be restricted – Japan to Restrict Chip Manufacturing Machine Exports to China – Kyodo (Reuters/U.S News & World Report ~ Money)

The latest Tweet by Reuters states, ‘Fashion designer Stella McCartney launched her sustainable sportswear collection at a party she hosted in Hollywood’ – Fashion Designer Stella McCartney Launched Her Sustainable Sportswear Collection at a … – Latest Tweet by Reuters (Latestly)

President Biden’s plan to forgive up to $20,000 in student loan debt is facing legal challenges and tied up in court, including the Supreme Court. The Administration’s decision to end the COVID-19 emergency in May could further hinder the plan’s legal justification, which relied on the HEROES Act that allows the Department of Education to modify provisions to alleviate financial hardship during national emergencies. Legal experts believe the Supreme Court may strike down the plan as the Administration’s argument is faulty, and the only excuse for not showing a causation or correlation from the emergency is if the emergency was still happening. The best path forward would be to create a new plan that could be justified under the Higher Education Act of 1965, which aimed to increase access to college. Student loan payments may also resume soon as the payment pause could run out as a result of Biden ending the COVID-19 emergency. The Administration is already considering structural changes to student loan plans to help borrowers, such as cutting monthly payments in half for the 10 million borrowers enrolled in an income-driven repayment plan – Why Biden Ending the COVID-19 Emergency Could Doom Student Loan Forgiveness (Time/Yahoo! Finance ~ Finance)


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