EU Parliament buildings evacuated after bomb alert as man found with gun and chainsaw

first_img Jeff Misenti Share whatsapp Belgian police have detained a Slovakian man dressed in camp gear close to the European Parliament. The man was said to have a gun and a chainsaw in his car. Part of the European Parliament building in Brussels was evacuated earlier today following a bomb alert. Belgian police took the precautionary measure as a result of a suspicious vehicle parked in nearby Motoyer street.A police robot was photographed apparently investigating the vehicle. The robot was deployed close to 11am local time.In total three buildings were evacuated, all of which were part of the EU parliament’s complex. The buildings involved in the incident were the communication, training and human resources departments.Roughly 500 had to leave their work stations but two of the three buildings have now been declared safe.Bystanders tweeted pictures from the scene. Déminage en cours Rue Montoyer a Bruxelles pic.twitter.com/uiqZ7WR5Vd— José Manuel Hidalgo (@toro_bravo99) February 2, 2015Earlier in the day a false alarm was triggered because of another car near the US embassy in Brussels. According to enikos, a man was seen running from the car. whatsapp Show Comments ▼center_img Tags: NULL Monday 2 February 2015 7:24 am EU Parliament buildings evacuated after bomb alert as man found with gun and chainsaw last_img read more

Reviving an old book to tell a new story about OxyContin, Purdue, and the Sackler family

first_img [email protected] Privacy Policy By Brian Meier June 6, 2018 Reprints Secret trove reveals bold ‘crusade’ to make OxyContin a blockbuster Book buyers didn’t agree and I was given an opportunity every author dreads — the chance to buy remaindered copies of the book for $1 apiece. There wasn’t even interest in a paperback, and the book’s original publisher returned all rights back to me. (In time, that proved to be a blessing, but it sure didn’t feel like it then.) According to the release, at a planned press conference Brownlee would personally thank me for writing about OxyContin, both as a New York Times reporter and as the author of “Pain Killer.” I was flattered, but asked him to delete the reference because I was reporting on the story and didn’t want to be part of it.The draft of attorney John Brownlee’s press release thanking reporter Barry Meier. Courtesy Barry MeierStill, I was happy that my work had had an impact, and after leaving the restaurant, I made a long drive to Abingdon, Va., a quaint town in the far western part of the state. It is home to the federal courthouse where the three Purdue Pharma executives would enter their pleas the following morning. Defense lawyers had asked Brownlee not to alert the news media to the plea deal until the three executives were back on a corporate jet returning to Stamford, Conn., where Purdue Pharma is based. But he had made one exception. As the three executives approached the courthouse, a New York Times photographer and I popped out from behind parked cars. The trio and their lawyers did not look happy to see us. Authors try to avoid writing the same book twice. I couldn’t.My book “Pain Killer” first came out in 2003. It was the first one to tell the story of OxyContin; its maker, Purdue Pharma; and the company’s wealthy and secretive owners, the Sackler family. The book appeared at the dawn of the opioid epidemic and the sun quickly set on it. A year after publication, it went out of print.To say I was disappointed is an understatement. I thought “Pain Killer” told an important story about the chaos unleashed when the best intentions of doctors to solve a problem — in this case, pain — get hijacked by the drug industry. The book’s account alone of Raymond Sackler, a little-known but pivotal figure who transformed drug marketing and compromised medical practice in the process, struck me as worth the price of admission.advertisement Trending Now: A decade later, lawmakers are now proposing that drug company executives found guilty of illegally marketing painkillers should be imprisoned. States and cities have filed lawsuits against Purdue Pharma and other opioid makers. Museums and institutions that received donations from members of the Sackler family involved with Purdue Pharma are facing scrutiny over those gifts.It struck me that the information unearthed by the Justice Department prosecutors can help inform those efforts. The mountain of evidence contained in the report also brings the story of OxyContin and Purdue Pharma full circle by providing an extraordinary inside look at the secretive drug maker’s early knowledge about OxyContin abuse and addiction. What prosecutors believed they had unearthed was a corporate cover-up with massive public health consequences.Given all this new information, it was clear to me that I had to write “Pain Killer” again. Like I said, authors would rather avoid writing the same book twice. But sometimes you have to.Barry Meier is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the author of “Pain Killer: An Empire of Deceit and the Origins of America’s Opioid Epidemic” (Random House, May 2018). Tags addictionopioids Newsletters Sign up for First Opinion A weekly digest of our opinion column, with insight from industry experts. A visitor photographs the “Prescribed to Death” memorial in Washington. The memorial consists of 22,000 engraved white pills. Each one represents the face of someone who died of a prescription opioid overdose in 2015. Mark Wilson/Getty Images Leave this field empty if you’re human: The cover of “Pain Killer,” 2003 (left). The cover of “Pain Killer: An Empire of Deceit and the Origins of America’s Opioid Epidemic,” 2018 (right). Courtesy Barry MeierIn the years that followed, the pace of the opioid epidemic accelerated and morphed. No longer was it limited to prescription painkillers like OxyContin but increasingly included heroin and deadly counterfeit versions of fentanyl. A wave of new books about the crisis appeared, most notably “Dreamland,” by Sam Quinones. “Pain Killer” became a touchstone often cited in these accounts. Some people even began describing the book as “prescient,” which I can assure you I am not.During those years, I turned my attention to a range of other subjects, including the case of a CIA consultant who had mysteriously disappeared in Iran. But not long ago, I came into possession of a document about Purdue Pharma and OxyContin that changed everything, including what I thought I knew about the story.It was a confidential 120-page report written by the U.S. Department of Justice team of prosecutors working for John Brownlee. Their investigation of OxyContin had culminated in the 2007 plea deal.Under that agreement, the three Purdue Pharma executives had pled guilty to a misdemeanor that held them liable only as the drug maker’s “responsible” officers and did not accuse them of any wrongdoing. But the report showed that prosecutors had recommended charging the men with serious felonies. It was also filled with a treasure trove of internal Purdue Pharma emails and records that offered a detailed look at what Purdue knew about OxyContin’s abuse and when the company knew it.Sadly, all that evidence was buried when top Justice Department officials in the George W. Bush administration refused to back prosecutors’ calls to indict the Purdue officials. Comparing the Covid-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson Brian Meier About the Author Reprints First OpinionReviving an old book to tell a new story about OxyContin, Purdue, and the Sackler family Fast forward several years to a May night in 2007. The scene is a Mexican restaurant in Roanoke, Va. Over dinner, the local United States attorney, John Brownlee, shows me the draft of a press release he plans to issue the next day, announcing a development that will make the front page of newspapers like the New York Times. Purdue Pharma and three of its top executives had agreed to plead guilty to charges in connection with the company’s deceptive promotion that OxyContin was less prone to abuse and addiction than traditional opioids.advertisement Please enter a valid email address. @pbmeier Related:last_img read more

Appeal for witnesses after shop break-in

first_imgHome News Crime Appeal for witnesses after shop break-in NewsCrime A shop in Ballyroan has been broken into overnight, with local gardai appealing for witnesses.The Gala shop was targeted by thieves at around 3.30 am on Monday morning.It is believed that two males were involved.Nothing was taken during the incident.Gardai area appealing to members of the public who passed the location between 3 and 4 am if they saw anything suspicious to contact Abbeyleix Gardai on the matter.BrawlMeanwhile, in a separate and unrelated incident two men were arrested with  more charges expected to follow after a street brawl in Portlaoise involving up to 20 people in the early hours of Sunday morning.The large-scale incident took place at approximately 1.20am on Main Street in Portlaoise outside the Courthouse.It is believed the row was between two distinct groups.A number of Garda units from Portlaoise attended the scene with support also called in from Abbeyleix.The men arrested were detained in Portlaoise Garda Station.There were no reported injuries during the incident.SEE ALSO – Government’s ‘incompetent’ handling of broadband roll-out will cost Laois Twitter Appeal for witnesses after shop break-in Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining WhatsApp WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Twitter Pinterestcenter_img Laois County Council team up with top chef for online demonstration on tips for reducing food waste Previous articleGovernment’s ‘incompetent’ handling of broadband roll-out will cost LaoisNext articleOver €500,000 digital technology investment for Laois schools David PowerA journalist for over 20 years, David has worked for a number of regional titles both as journalist and editor. From Tullamore he also works as a content editor for Independent.ie. His heroes include Shane Lowry, Seamus Darby and Johnny Flaherty Council RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By David Power – 5th February 2018 Facebook Rugby Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Community last_img read more

Laois County Council decide to ‘pause’ pedestrianisation of Main Street in Portlaoise

first_img Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Facebook TAGSMain Street Home News Laois County Council decide to ‘pause’ pedestrianisation of Main Street in Portlaoise News Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Twitter Laois County Council have announced that they are to pause the pedestrianisation of Main Street in Portlaoise with immediate effect.The Council says that due to the slow nature of the reopening of some businesses, they have made the decision.They will pause the move until Monday July 27 when further details will be announced.A statement said: “Laois County Council recently commenced the temporary, periodic pedestrianisation of Lower Main Street, Portlaoise.“The date of introduction (2nd July, 2020) was targeted to coincide with key dates, identified in the Government’s Roadmap for the Reopening of Society and Business.“The rate at which some businesses are reopening is slower than anticipated.“Largely in recognition of this and having consulted with key stakeholders, Laois County Council will pause the pedestrianisation of Lower Main Street with immediate effect and reintroduce pedestrianisation week commencing Monday 27th July, 2020.“Further details will issue closer to 27th July, 2020.“Please note the existing one way vehicular system on Railway Street (i.e. Main Street to Tower Hill) will remain in place as previously advertised until 30th August 2020.”SEE ALSO – Former Laois footballer transfers to Munster club ahead of championship Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date News Previous articleLocal Senator to make new school for Portarlington her top priorityNext articleCoronavirus: One new death and 25 new cases as mask wearing to become mandatory Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Pinterest Electric Picnic Twitter WhatsApp Electric Picnic Facebook By Alan Hartnett – 10th July 2020 Laois County Council decide to ‘pause’ pedestrianisation of Main Street in Portlaoise Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival last_img read more

County Final Memory: Annanough return to top tier with intermediate football success in 1978

first_imgHome Sport GAA County Final Memory: Annanough return to top tier with intermediate football success… SportGAAGaelic Football Electric Picnic Twitter Pinterest Previous articleTime out nor retirement never appealed to long-serving O’LoughlinNext articleAll the recent job vacancies as advertised on LaoisToday LaoisToday Reporter Pinterest Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGS1978AnnanoughAnnanough v Park-RatheniskaCounty Final MemoryParkPark-Ratheniska County Final Memory: Annanough return to top tier with intermediate football success in 1978 WhatsApp Twitter Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 months Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival Electric Picnic Council Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date By LaoisToday Reporter – 4th April 2021 WhatsApp The Annanough team that won the Laois intermediate football title in 1978 Annanough 2-9 Park 1-41978 Laois IFC FinalAnnanough and Park-Ratheniska have a strong rivalry, one that included senior county final battles in the 1950s and an intermediate final showdown in 1978.While both had won two senior titles each in the 50s, by the late 70s they both found themselves back in the intermediate grade.Annanough made the drop in 1977 but under the guidance of Athy-based Christian Brother they made an immediate return.Wins over Graiguecullen and Ballyfin got them going and they then scraped by Ballyroan in a thrilling semi-final in Emo.Waiting in the final were Park, who had beaten St Joseph’s, Portarlington and Portlaoise to reach the decider. Indeed it was a busy time for many of the Park players, who were also playing senior hurling with Ratheniska having won the intermediate title a year earlier.It took a replay to separate the sides, with the first game finishing level of Annanough 1-7, Park 2-4.Annanough had led 1-4 to 1-2 at half time, their goal coming from full-forward Pat Miller after JJ McDonald had earlier given Park the lead.Park’s second goal from Martin Wall with ten minutes remaining had them three up on and on the home stretch.But points from Pat Miller and captain Martin Stapleton earned Annanough a draw and a second bite at the cherry. It finished 2-4 to 1-7.The sides met again three weeks later but there was to be no denying Annanough on this occasion, despite kicking nine wides in the first half.A goal from Willie Coleman helped them to a 1-5 to 1-2 lead at half time and the same player grabbed a second goal with nine minutes remaining to make sure of the win.By 1982 Annanough would make the senior final, only to be well beaten by a Portlaoise side en route to All Ireland club glory.They’d reach senior semi-finals again in 1985 and 1988 though they dropped to intermediate in the mid 1990s and haven’t been back to senior since, losing intermediate finals in 2000, 2001, 2006 and 2015 before dropping to junior which they won at the first attempt in 2018 though they were relegated again last year.Park would again lose the 1981 final after a replay – to Clonaslee-St Manman’s – though they made their return to senior by beating Graiguecullen in the 1988 intermediate final.They too returned to intermediate in mid 1990s and to junior in the mid 2000s, which they won in 2006. They have since returned to the junior grade again and they will hoping to win the 2020 title which was postponed last year due to Covid restrictions when it was at the semi-final stage.ANNANOUGH: Pat Coleman; Robert Miller, Chris Miller, Sean Miller; Joe O’Toole, Richard Miller, Liam Stapleton; Martin Stapleton, Dan Stapleton; James O’Connor, John Miller, Willie Coleman; John Roe, Pat Miller, Dominic Stapleton.PARK: Michael Morrin;  Michael Cushen, Murty McDonald, John Wall; Sean Cushen, Liam Wall, James Brennan; Larry Cushen, Brendan Delaney; Liam Greene, Martin Wall, John Kelly; Murt Lyons, Gerry Maher, Tom Cushen.REFEREE: Leon de Barra (Mountmellick)SEE ALSO – Check out more from our County Final Memory series here Facebooklast_img read more

Roger Mortimer joins Harbour Advisors team at CI

Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Toronto-based CI Investments Inc. Tuesday announced the addition of veteran portfolio manager Roger Mortimer to the Harbour Advisors investment team and the retirement of Gerry Coleman after 16 years of leading the Harbour team. Coleman has the distinction of being one of the few portfolio managers to be honoured twice as Morningstar’s Fund Manager of the Year, in 2001 and 2008, and being named money manager of the decade by the Globe and Mail in 2010. NEO, Invesco launch four index PTFs Effective October 1, Mortimer has been appointed lead portfolio manager of Harbour Growth & Income Fund, Harbour Growth & Income Corporate Class and Harbour Global Growth & Income Corporate Class. He will be based in Toronto and work closely with Stephen Jenkins, senior vice president and senior portfolio manager, and other members of Harbour Advisors. Jenkins will continue as lead portfolio manager of Harbour Fund and Harbour Corporate Class, and will become lead portfolio manager of Harbour Global Equity Corporate Class. Jenkins will be backed up on his funds by Mortimer and, at the same time, Mortimer will be backed up by Jenkins. Mortimer has 18 years of investment experience, including managing Canadian and global equity and income portfolios at Capital Group and AIM Investments (now Invesco). He is best known for his management of AIM Canadian First Class (now Trimark Canadian Class), which significantly outperformed the benchmark S&P/TSX Composite Index and its peer group during his tenure. Prior to joining CI, Mortimer was managing director of Parador Asset Management, a company he founded in 2009. From 2005 to 2009, he was a vice president and portfolio manager in the Canadian operations of Capital Group Companies, a Los Angeles-based investment management firm. From 1997-2005, Mortimer was a senior vice president and portfolio manager at AIM Investments and a Global Partner of its parent firm AMVESCAP, where he managed in excess of $2 billion. He was the lead manager of several mutual funds for Canadian and U.S. investors, including Canadian equity, Canadian income equity, global equity, and global energy equity. Harbour Advisors was founded in 1997 and has been led since inception by Coleman and Jenkins. The team manages seven funds with a total of $12.6 billion in assets under management. In addition to the hiring of Mortimer, portfolio managers Aleksy Wojcik and Phil D’Iorio will take on increased responsibilities in assisting the senior portfolio managers on the funds. Wojcik and D’Iorio also will continue as portfolio managers of Harbour Voyageur Corporate Class, while Doug Cooper has been promoted to portfolio manager of Harbour Voyageur. Mortimer will be employed by CI Global Investments Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of CI. CI Investments is a subsidiary of CI Financial Corp. (TSX: CIX), an independent, Canadian-owned wealth management firm with $108.8 billion in assets. Franklin Templeton renames funds with new managers IE Staff FSRA appoints new board member Keywords Fund managers,  AppointmentsCompanies CI Financial Corp., CI Investments Inc. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news read more

Manulife Investments launches two new products

first_img Keywords Fund launchesCompanies Manulife Asset Management Fidelity Investments unveils new climate-focused fund suite Share this article and your comments with peers on social media “Strategically designed to give exposure to two of Manulife Investments’ most prominent portfolio management teams in one fund, the bundle solution gives investors, who are looking for a balanced approach, an excellent solution,” says Derek Saliba, assistant vice president, Manulife Investments, in a statement. The second new product, Manulife Canadian Growth and Income Private Trust, is an investment pool that seeks to provide mass affluent investors with a flexible Canadian balanced product, the announcement states. Marie-Eve Savard and Steve Belisle, portfolio managers with MAM, are managing the equity component of the investment pool while the fixed-income team, which now includes Jean-Pierre D’Agnillo, managing director of Canadian fixed-income, will manage the fixed-income component. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Related news Wealthsimple launches Sharia-compliant ETF Toronto-based Manulife Investments, a division of Manulife Asset Management Ltd. (MAM), announced on Monday the launch of a new mutual fund and an addition to its private investment pool lineup for investors seeking a balanced approach in their portfolios. The new mutual fund, Manulife Strategic Dividend Bundle, is a single investment product for investors looking for exposure to tax-efficient Canadian dividends and a range of fixed-income assets through a flexible global portfolio, according to the firm’s announcement. The bundle, or “fund of funds,” normally provides investors with 60% exposure to Manulife Dividend Income Fund and 40% exposure to Manulife Strategic Income Fund. BMO to launch six new mutual fundslast_img read more

Police Commissioner Moves To Transform JCF

first_imgRelatedPolice Commissioner Moves To Transform JCF RelatedPolice Commissioner Moves To Transform JCF RelatedPolice Commissioner Moves To Transform JCF Advertisementscenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Police Commissioner, Rear Admiral Hardley Lewin, has said that he will be seeking to transform the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) into an organization that is corrupt-free, professional, and citizen-focussed.Speaking at the Jamaica Employer’s Federation’s (JEF) Chief Executive Officers breakfast at the Hilton Kingston on March 11, he informed that a strategic review of the JCF, aimed at transforming the organization, is being conducted, and his task will be to drive that transformation process.“One of the things that I have found is that the police force is not short of many wholesome rules and regulations. Some are archaic, but much of it has been modernized. But guess what? Nobody follows the rules; everybody does their own thing, and we’ve got to arrest that and turn it back,” the Police Commissioner said.Noting that corruption is endemic in the force, Rear Admiral Lewin alluded to a case of two policemen, on interdiction for disciplinary matters, who were arrested last week while on a robbery spree in Montego Bay. “There are criminals within the force,” he stated.The Police Commissioner said further that under his watch, the necessary steps will be taken to ensure that at the end of his tenure, the Police Services Commission (PSC) had viable options for succession.Turning to his decision to reduce the number of high powered weapons being used by the police, Rear Admiral Lewin said this is part of a range of measures arising out of the last week’s death of an 11-month old baby by a policeman’s bullet.“I spoke on a range of issues to assure the public of all the measures that have been taken before my time, some of which are works in progress, and what I have introduced, in order to bring about a greater sense of accountability in the use of force and in the use of firearms. No policeman is going to be asked to go out there and put their lives in danger (but) you have to use your head (and think),” the Commissioner stated.He expressed concern over the decision by some members of the force to impulsively opt for firepower in response to situations rather than contemplating the necessary action to be taken. “Well, if one is going to be so cavalier about their own security, that is your business; but you have to use your heads. Why should we have a force that is fragmented because people are protecting their own little turf, their own little division, (or) their own areas, because you are unwilling to accept changes. It won’t work under my watch,” Rear Admiral Lewin warned.The Commissioner said efforts are being made at building a police force that is citizen-focussed, where community policing will be one of the primary tenets. He added that the Mobile Reserve is the only unit “that will retain any type of para-military posture”.“Because, make no mistake, criminals (and) gunmen are not just going to roll over and hand over their weapons and there are persons who are still bent on creating mayhem, and we have got to have the capability to deal with them. But, we are going to have to bridge that gap between the citizens and the police,” Rear Admiral Lewin pointed out.He advised that a two-pronged approach will be used to demilitarize the JCF, these being through the training programme at the police academy, as well as retraining those already in the system. “As enormous as the task looks, I feel very confident of (achieving) the vision of the type of police force that we want,” Rear Admiral Lewin said. Police Commissioner Moves To Transform JCF UncategorizedMarch 12, 2008last_img read more

COVID-19 restrictions to impact Bass Coast over New Year

first_imgCOVID-19 restrictions to impact Bass Coast over New Year Bass Coast Shire Council’s end of year fireworks displays will not go ahead in 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Displays would usually occur at the Cowes Christmas Carols event and on New Year’s Eve in Coronet Bay, Inverloch and Cowes.Bass Coast CEO Ali Wastie said the decision was in step with COVID-safe requirements set by the State Government and necessary for the community’s ongoing safety.“I know a lot of people, young and old, will be disappointed, but unfortunately there’s no way to keep attendance within the restricted gathering limits, which are currently in place for everyone’s safety,” Ms Wastie said.“Each year our fireworks displays attract thousands of people and under the current circumstances, and in close consultation with emergency services, these crowd numbers are just not acceptable or safe.Ms Wastie explained that there is still lots happening to help get communities into the festive spirit.“We’ve got new Christmas decorations going up in Wonthaggi, Cowes and Inverloch this year and we’re also holding a Christmas decoration competition for both the community and businesses. I look forward to seeing everyone getting into the spirit and celebrating what has definitely been a challenging year,” Ms Wastie said.To get involved with the competition visit www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/christmas.Local community Christmas Carols celebrations have also been cancelled this year, however you can get still into the spirit of Christmas by attending the virtual Bass Coast Community Christmas Carols event, run by the churches of Wonthaggi and Inverloch at 7.00pm on Saturday, 19 December. For more details, search for ‘Bass Coast Community Christmas Carols’ on Facebook. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Bass, Bass Coast, Bass Coast Council, community, coronavirus, Coronet Bay, council, covid-19, Cowes, Emergency, Facebook, Government, Impact, Inverloch, local council, Safety, visit, Wonthaggilast_img read more

Updates to COVID-19 Directions 8 January 2021, South Australia

first_imgUpdates to COVID-19 Directions 8 January 2021, South Australia Two COVID-19 Directions have been updated in South Australia in response to the recent Queensland COVID-19 outbreak.Updates have been made to the Cross Border Travel and Residential Aged Care Directions. These updates provide prohibited entry for those travelling from Queensland requirements for mask wearing inside Airports and on all flights.It is important that anyone intending to travel from Queensland reads the following information.Cross Border Travel Direction No 27The Cross Border No 27 Direction comes into effect as of 12.01am on Saturday 9 January 2021.The changes are as follow:MasksMasks (covering the nose and mouth) must now be worn on all airplanes an in all airport terminals. Exemptions apply if a person has a relevant medical condition with evidence, they need to see a person mouth for essential communication including people who are deaf or hard of hearing, when eating or drinking or is a child under the age of 12High Community Transmission Zone is now defined as the following:New South WalesThe Greater Brisbane Area which includes local government areas of Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan, Moreton Bay and the Redlands.Entry from the Greater Brisbane AreaPeople who arrive in South Australia from 12.01am on Saturday (9 January 2021) morning, having been in Greater Brisbane must self-quarantine for 14 days at a suitable location and receive a COVID-19 test on days 1, 5 and 12.People who have arrived in South Australia between Saturday 2 January and Friday 8 January 2021 (inclusive) and have been in the Greater Brisbane Area any time since 2 January 2021 are not required to self-quarantine but must receive a COVID-19 test within 24hrs and on 13 January 2021. People are encouraged to remain isolated until returning their first negative result.Note- People who are classified as a Greater Brisbane Arrival cannot attend an event in South Australia with more than 1000 people until they have received a negative COVID-19 test result after the test conducted on the 13 January 2021.People can travel through the Brisbane airport if they have been in a Low Community Transmission Zone (ACT, NT, TAS, VIC, WA, NZ or QLD other than the Greater Brisbane Area), they wear a face mask which covers the nose and mouth and is present for no longer than 2 hours without the need for self-quarantine or COVID-19 testing upon arrival in SA.People can travel through the Greater Brisbane Area from a Low Community Transmission Zone providing they do not stop in the area, wear a face mask when in contact with the public and travel via the most direct and practicable route stopping in unless for emergency/respite/essential purposes.Entry from New South WalesPeople are not permitted to travel into South Australia if they are travelling from New South Wales or have been in New South Wales 14 days prior to entry exceptions apply to Essential Travellers and exempt arrivals.People can travel through the Sydney airport if they have been in a Low Community Transmission Zone, they wear a face mask which covers the nose and mouth and is present for no longer than 2 hours without the need for self-quarantine or COVID-19 testing upon arrival in SA.People can travel through New South Wales from a Low Community Transmission Zone the they do not stop in Greater Sydney Region, they wear a face mask when in contact with public and travel via most direct and practicable route not stopping in any other part of New South Wales unless for emergency/respite/essential purposes.Essential TravellersEssential Travellers status is not required for people who have been in Low Community Transmission Zone (ACT, NT, TAS, VIC, WA, NZ or QLD other than the Greater Brisbane Area) for the previous 14 days.Essential Travellers are now classified as people who have been in NSW and Greater Brisbane Area. Essential Travellers must apply through the Cross Border Travel Registration and must be approved before entering South Australia. https://www.police.sa.gov.au/online-services/cross-border-travel-applicationCommercial Transport and freight services workers must receive a COVID-19 test on days 1, 5 and 12 upon arrival in South Australia.For Essential Traveller requirements please refer to the Essential Traveller Requirement Table located on the covid-19.sa.gov.au website.Residential Aged Care Facilities Direction No 22The Residential Aged Care Facilities No 22 Direction comes into effect as of Saturday 9 January 2021.The only change to the Residential Aged Care Facilities Direction is:People from Queensland are not permitted to enter an aged care facility (unless they have an exemption and prior approval from the facility and SA Health as a pre-approved essential traveller).A person who has entered SA and completed 14 days of quarantine is free to move around SA and also enter a Residential Aged Care Facility.Other existing requirements remain. The information above only highlights the changes key made to the Directions and does not reflect all requirements. Members of the public are encouraged to see the full Directions for further information.The Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 26) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 has been revoked and replaced by the Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 27)(COVID-19) Direction 2020. The Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 21)(COVID-19) Direction has been revoked and replaced by the Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 22)(COVID-19) Direction.All existing directions, frequently asked questions and other information can be found here: https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/emergency-declarationsIf you require further information you can call the SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787 between the hours of 9am to 5pm 7 days per week or go to the SA Health website at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au or www.sa.gov.au/covid-19 /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, communication, community, Emergency, Government, New South Wales, NSW, NZ, police, QLD, Queensland, SA, SAPOL, South Australia, South Australia Police, TAS, Transport, VIC, WAlast_img read more