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A score of journalists arrested, a similar number beaten by police

A score of journalists arrested, a similar number beaten by police

first_img RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” According to reports from Minsk, around 20 journalists were arrested and a similar number were the victims of police violence during the demonstrations that followed yesterday’s announcement of President Alexander Lukashenko’s reelection victory. The protesters and journalists arrested yesterday are being tried today. Ilya Kuzniatsu, for example, was sentenced today to 15 days in prison on a charge of “participating in an illegal demonstration.”Reporters Without Borders voices its support for the statement released by its partner organization, the Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ), condemning the police brutality against journalists. The two organizations also condemn the fact that the police did not distinguish between journalists and protesters, thereby deliberately obstructing the work of the media. Many of the journalists were properly accredited by the local authorities. We urge the authorities to publicly condemn the use of violence and to identify and punish those responsible. We finally also deplore the official media’s one-sided coverage of the events of the past few days, which has prevented the public from having an informed view of this key moment in Belarus’ political life.According to the information gathered by the BAJ, at least 20 journalists were arrested yesterday and a similar number were roughed up by police. The victims included foreign reporters (Ukrainian, Russian and German) and local reporters working for both Belarusian and foreign media such as Agence France-Presse and the New York Times.Several journalists covering the protests in the centre of Minsk were attacked by special forces at about 7 p.m. yesterday as they were some 50 metres from opposition candidate Uladzimir Niakliaeu’s headquarters and were heading towards Kastrychnitskaya Square. After throwing flash-bang grenades, the police forced the journalists to lie face-down in the snow. New York Times photographer James Hill was hit when he tried to show his press card. The police also seized equipment and deleted photos and recordings.Shortly after midnight, Novaya Gazeta reporter Irina Kahlip was hit by police as she was being interviewed live by the independent Moscow-based radio station Ekho Moskvy.Several BAJ members were arrested along with Niakliayeu supporters during a raid on Niakliayeu’s headquarters. Others (including Aliaksandr Fiaduta, Julia Rymasheuskaya and Sergey Vozniak) were arrested at their homes. Some were released a few hours later but the location of several others, including Vozniak, is currently unknown.Mobile telephone communications became extremely difficult at around 8 p.m. yesterday while many independent and opposition websites were rendered inaccessible as a result of Distributed Denial of Service attacks. Site visitors were also redirected to “counterfeit” pseudo-sites containing false information. Anyone searching for such leading websites as Charter97.org, Belaruspartisan and Gazetaby, or the site of the newspaper Nasha Niva was directed to a counterfeit site with a similar address but ending in the suffix .in. The very popular blog platform Live Journal did not work very well yesterday either. Special forces raided the Charter 97 office in the early hours of this morning and several of its members were taken to KGB headquarters. Charter 97 editor Natalia Radzina meanwhile sustained a head injury at the hands of the police during a street protest and is reportedly still detained. The website is still inaccessible today. BelarusEurope – Central Asia News Receive email alerts May 27, 2021 Find out more BelarusEurope – Central Asia News Organisation December 20, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 A score of journalists arrested, a similar number beaten by police to go furthercenter_img Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says May 28, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News June 2, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on Belarus Help by sharing this information last_img read more

Detailed guide: Booking and staying in a quarantine hotel when you arrive in England

Detailed guide: Booking and staying in a quarantine hotel when you arrive in England

first_img keeping your distance and observing social contact rules washing or sanitising your hands regularly wearing a face covering that covers your nose and mouth (this is required by law unless you’re exempt) planning ahead and avoiding the busiest routes, as well as busy times like the rush hour downloading the NHS COVID-19 app before you travel, if possible, and checking in where you see official NHS COVID-19 QR code posters limiting all non-essential stops (for example, refreshment, toilet stops) to a minimum and where you have to, always check in where you see official NHS COVID-19 QR code posters For those facing significant financial hardship as a result of this charge, there will be an opportunity to apply for a deferred repayment plan when booking. This is only available if you already receive income-related benefits, and you will be required to pay back your debt to the government in 12 monthly instalments.There will be an additional fee if your quarantine is extended. The additional day rate specified above is applicable for those who have already stayed in quarantine for 10 days.All package prices will be reviewed before the end of March and may change. While hotels normally set a zero fee for children aged under 3, we are setting this for children under 5 years old because they will not be tested. The proposed zero fee for children under 5 years old will mean that, for now, the government will bear the costs of additional food and drinks consumed by arrivals aged between 3 and 5 years old.You must not apply for deferred payment if you are not eligible. If you provide false information, or omit key information that has been asked for in your application, you will be committing fraud and may be prosecuted. Scotland Wales Northern Ireland quarantine for 10 full days in a managed quarantine hotel take a coronavirus (COVID-19) test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 of quarantining follow the national lockdown rules Additional rate for 1 adult (or child over 12) £650 £41 If someone tests positive, other people in the same room should be moved into another room if there’s space available in the hotel. This is as a precaution to help reduce the risk that the other people in the room would develop COVID-19. Heathrow Airport Gatwick Airport London City Airport Birmingham Airport Farnborough Airport DeliveriesIf you have items delivered to you during the quarantine period (such as food deliveries), they will be brought to the door of your room by the managed quarantine hotel staff.Staff will try to bring the items to you as soon as possible. However, given the need to maintain compliance with COVID guidelines, deliveries may not be able to be brought to your door immediately when they arrive at the hotel.Services available in your hotelThe hotel will provide you with information about the services available, including food, laundry and free wifi.The hotels selected for managed quarantine are able to meet the vast majority of requirements and will be able to accommodate dietary requirements.Medical care and prescriptionsYou should bring your prescription medicines with you. You will be able to access NHS healthcare via 111 (or your normal GP) to seek medical attention, including for repeat prescriptions and/or if you need to fill a prescription.Leaving your roomYou will only be allowed to leave your room in very limited circumstances including: You should follow separate advice if you arrive in: Rate for 1 adult in 1 room for 10 days (11 nights) £1,750 £152 Providing false or deliberately misleading information when filling out your passenger locator form is an offence punishable by imprisonment. Additional rate for a child aged 5–12 £325 £12 This guidance is for people arriving in England who have visited or passed through a country where travel to the UK is banned (sometimes called ‘red list’ countries in the 10 days before their arrival.You cannot travel to the UK if you’ve visited or passed through a country where travel to the UK is banned in the last 10 days, unless you’re: If you have not arranged a quarantine package prior to your arrival in England, you face a penalty of up to £4,000 and will still have to pay for your quarantine package on arrival. Rate Additional day rate (for more than 10 days of quarantine) If you break the quarantine rules you may face a penalty of up to £10,000. You could be fined up to £10,000, imprisoned for up to 10 years, or both, if you do not provide accurate details about the countries you have visited in the 10 days before you arrived in the UK. Other ports of entry may be added in the future.If you have a pre-existing booking to a different port of entry on or after the 15 February it’s your responsibility to change it to one of the ports of entry specified above. After 15 February carriers will not be permitted to carry anyone who has been in a red list country in the previous 10 days to any other port of entry than those specified. If you are required to quarantine in a managed quarantine hotel and do not arrive in England at one of the designated ports of entry, you may face a penalty of up to £10,000 and will be charged for the cost of transportation to the nearest designated port or entry. You will need to agree to pay for, and book, a quarantine package before you complete your passenger locator form and board your return journey to the UK.The package includes the costs of transport from the port of arrival to the designated hotel, food, accommodation, security, other essential services and testing.How much you’ll need to pay Use the booking portal to book your quarantine hotel package (this is administered by CTM) take a coronavirus (COVID-19) test and get a negative result during the 3 days before you travel. You must take the test in the 3 days before the service on which you will arrive in England departs. For example, if you travel directly to England on Friday, you must take the test on the Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday book a managed quarantine hotel where you will quarantine. Your quarantine package will include your managed quarantine hotel, quarantine transport and your travel test package for COVID-19 tests on day 2 and day 8 of quarantinecenter_img advising the funeral venue manager and other mourners in advance that you are in your quarantine period taking extra care to maintain distance and follow social contact rules wearing a surgical-grade Type IIR face mask to minimise any risk of viral transmission from yourself to others Visiting dying family members and funeralsYou may request permission to leave quarantine for a limited period if a close family member or member of your household is dying. You may also request permission to leave quarantine to attend a funeral. This is limited to the day of the funeral, or in exceptional circumstances where it is not possible to travel to the funeral and back within one day, it may be possible (with restrictions) to stay overnight elsewhere if you cannot stay in a nearby managed quarantine facilityYou will need permission from security staff to ensure that arrangements minimise the public health risks. This will include agreeing a specific time with the hotel for returning to your room. You should not use public transport.If you are permitted to leave to visit a close family member or member of your household who is dying, you should: Arriving and transport to a managed quarantine hotelWhen you arrive in England you will need to provide your completed passenger locator form to Border Force officers alongside your passport and negative COVID-19 test result.You will be escorted through the airport with other passengers who need to quarantine at a managed quarantine hotel. Your ‘quarantine package’ includes transport to your quarantine hotel (and back to the airport at the end of your quarantine to reconnect to your travel plans). Please follow signs and instructions for the Managed Quarantine Service.If you have a car parked at the airport, you will need to extend your parking period and pay the additional charges. If you need assistance with this, you can ask for that once you get to your hotel.Everyone will need to wear face coverings at all times (unless you’re exempt).A member of staff will make a note of where everyone is sitting on the bus, so that if someone later tests positive for coronavirus NHS Test and Trace will be able to identify who has been in close contact.You must only travel to your managed quarantine hotel by the transport specified in your quarantine package and not by public or private transport.If you are a child arriving to attend boarding school and you are unaccompanied, separate arrangements will apply.At the end of the quarantine period you will be transported to the airport you were collected from when you arrived in England.If you enter England and intend to continue your journey directly to a country outside of the Common Travel Area (UK, Republic of Ireland, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands) then you do not need to book a quarantine package or enter managed quarantine.If necessary, you may travel straight from your port of arrival to another port in England to catch a flight, train or ferry going outside of the Common Travel Area, but you must take precautions to prevent the risk of virus transmission. These include: to travel directly to leave the Common Travel Area – you will be given instructions when leaving on how to reduce the risk of infection while you travel through the UK to leave, if you are not taken directly to the port of exit by the hotel transportation to fulfil a legal obligation including attending court or satisfying bail conditions or to participate in legal proceedings to exercise but only with special permission from security. This is not guaranteed in exceptional circumstances, such as: Quarantining in a managed quarantine hotelWhen you arrive at the managed quarantine hotel you will be required to quarantine in your room for 10 full days. The managed quarantine hotel will provide your meals.It is not possible to select a particular room at the managed quarantine hotel or to seek a higher standard room when you arrive.You can quarantine with the people you travelled with and hotels will prioritise allocating larger or connecting rooms to families.If you’re the parent or guardian of an unaccompanied child arriving in England, you can join your child in quarantine.VisitorsYou cannot have visitors in quarantine, including friends or family, unless they’re providing: a British national an Irish national anyone with residence rights in the UK a high temperature a new, continuous cough you’ve lost your sense of smell or taste or it’s changed wear a face covering. In some specific circumstances this may need to be a surgical-grade Type IIR face mask wash your hands regularly maintain distance and follow social contact rules seeking medical assistance where this is required urgently or on the advice of a registered medical practitioner to avoid injury, illness or escape a risk of harm (for example situations such as fire or flooding, or cases where domestic abuse occurs within a group quarantining together) to access critical public services including social services or services provided to victims (for example critical access such as for a child to see their social worker) to access veterinary services where required urgently or on the advice of a veterinary surgeon (only service animals, such as guide dogs, can accompany you to managed quarantine) It is recommended that visits are limited to a single visit on one day. You should not leave if you have tested positive for COVID-19 during your quarantine period.If you are permitted to leave to attend the funeral of a close family member or member of your household, you should follow the guidance for attending a funeral during the coronavirus pandemic. This includes: Where you can arriveIf you’re required to quarantine in a quarantine hotel you can only arrive in England at certain ports of entry. Currently these are: emergency assistance care or assistance, including personal care medical assistance veterinary services certain critical public services Travelling from a country that is not on the ‘red list’You should follow separate guidance if you’re arriving in England and have not been in a ‘red list’ country in the last 10 days.Managed quarantine in a hotel: what it isEveryone who arrives into England must quarantine for 10 full days from the point of their arrival. The day of arrival in England will be treated as day zero.To stop the spread of potentially harmful variants into the UK, more stringent measures are in place for people who have travelled from or passed through a country on the list where travel to the UK is banned (the ‘red list’) in the last 10 days before arrival.From 15 February, you must quarantine in a managed quarantine hotel if you’ve travelled from or passed through a country on the list where travel to the UK is banned.Find more information about what to expect if you’re going into hotel quarantine, including help and support.Who has to go into managed quarantine in a hotelIf you’re a British or Irish national, or third country national with residence rights in the UK and you’ve been in or passed through a ‘red list’ country in the 10 days before your arrival, you will need to quarantine in a managed quarantine hotel, unless you’re exempt.See the jobs with travel and testing exemptions to find out whether you qualify for an exemption and what that exemption covers. You may need to show evidence at the border of the work you will be doing.Unaccompanied minorsChildren arriving in England from a red-list country should not be travelling alone. Arrangements should be made by the parent or guardian to travel with their child and to enter managed quarantine on arrival. If it is not possible to travel with the child, the parent, guardian or appropriate adult is expected to join their child in managed quarantine on arrival. You are asked to notify DHSC at [email protected] when making a booking for your child to enter managed quarantine and to set out which appropriate adult will be accompanying your child at that time.If you are the parent or guardian of an unaccompanied minor who is attending boarding school, they may be able to provide quarantine at their boarding school.What you need to do before you arrive in EnglandBefore you travel you must: complete a passenger locator form (PLF) with details of where you will quarantine when you arrive. You must provide a quarantine package booking reference number to complete your passenger locator form. From 15 February onwards, everyone allowed to enter England who has visited or passed through a country where travel to the UK is banned in the last 10 days must: GroupsIf you’re in quarantine with people you have travelled with, they will need to quarantine when you receive a positive test for 10 full days. In a group quarantining together this could mean: Leaving managed quarantineYou will be able to leave quarantine when you have received a negative result from your day 8 test and have quarantined for 10 full days from the point of arrival (the day of arrival counts as day 0).If you get a positive result from either of your tests, you will not be able to leave managed quarantine until 10 days have passed from the day after the date of the test.If, despite a negative test on day 8, you develop new coronavirus symptoms on day 9 or day 10, this would trigger a further test and extended quarantine for 10 days (see additional day rate above), if the new test is positive.You will not be able to end your managed quarantine early through the Test to Release scheme.People who do not need to quarantineA very small proportion of people arriving in England who have visited or passed through a red list country will not need to quarantine in a managed quarantine hotel or in private accommodation.See the full list of exemptions.The guidance on ordering a test if you develop symptoms still applies to exemptions.Circumstances not covered by this guidanceIf you’re intending to travel to the UK in the next 7 days and are facing a set of circumstances that are not covered by this guidance, please email you enquiry to [email protected] make sure you include your date of travel. If visiting a healthcare or residential setting, the healthcare or residential setting would need to be notified in advance and they should confirm they are content to the security staff in the hotel at the time of being given permissionTesting in managed quarantineDay 2 testYou will need to take a COVID-19 test on or before day 2 of your quarantine. The day you arrive will be treated as day zero. This first test is designed to help identify any potentially harmful variants of COVID-19 at the earliest opportunity. You will not be allowed to shorten your quarantine period if you receive a negative test result, as you may still develop COVID-19. Tests will be taken in your room in your quarantine hotel.If you receive a positive result from your day-2 test, you must continue your quarantine period restarting the 10 days beginning the day after the test was taken. If you’re in quarantine with people you’ve travelled with, they will also need to quarantine for 10 further days beginning the day after the test.If you receive a positive result from your day-2 test, you will not be required to take any further tests because you have been confirmed with infection and will isolate through the period when you may be infectious to others.Day 8 testYou will need to take a COVID-19 test on or after day 8, unless you received a positive result from your day-2 test. If you receive a positive test result from your day-8 test, you will be required to continue your quarantine period restarting the 10-day count beginning the day after the test.If you have quarantined for 10 days and received a negative result to both your day-2 and day-8 tests and are well, you may leave the managed quarantine site.Ending quarantine earlyYou will not be able to end your managed quarantine early through the Test to Release scheme.Children under 5Children under 5 will not need to take the day-2 or day-8 test but they and their family or carers should only leave quarantine if they are well.If you get symptomsYou should order a test here if you develop at least one of these 3 coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms at any point: If you do not take the tests you may face a penalty of up to £2,000. Person A: receives a positive test result on day 2 so must quarantine for 10 days starting from the day after they took their day 2 test (they do not need to take their day 8 test) Person B: as they are a close contact of Person A, Person B needs to quarantine for 10 days starting counting from the day after person A received their day 2 test result. If Person B is negative on day 2, they are still required to take a day 8 test. Person B then receives a positive test result on day 8 so they will need to quarantine for 10 days starting from the day after they took their day 8 test Person C: as they are a close contact of Person A, Person C needs to quarantine for 10 days starting from the day after person A took their day 2 test. If Person B is negative on their day 2 test, they are still required to take a day 8 test. Person C receives a negative day 8 test result, however, as they are also a close contact of Person B, Person C will still need to quarantine for 10 days starting from the day after Person B took their day 8 test. Person C still needs to quarantine to Day 19 as they are a contact of Person B as well as of Person A.last_img read more

GSM data link research completed

GSM data link research completed

first_imgImproved passenger information and emergency communications are in prospect following a research programme funded by Britain’s Department of Trade & Industry. Details of the Hiflirts project are to be unveiled by ERA Technology on January 24. The High Intensity data For Light Rail Transport Systems concept uses GSM radio links to transmit compressed digital audio and video signals and other data to and from moving vehicles. An on-train help point will provide communications between passengers, driver and control room staff, with video providing a back-up to the radio communications to enhance the perception of passenger safety. Multiple-channel radio operation offers enhanced bandwidth, conveying video images at 1 frame/sec. A demonstration unit has been developed under the initial programme, and the Hiflrts partners are now seeking further funding to help implement a trial operation on an existing light rail route.ERA Technology Ltd,Great BritainEnquiry Form Number 141last_img read more

Second Turbine Up at Nissum Bredning

Second Turbine Up at Nissum Bredning

first_imgThe second Siemens 7MW wind turbine was installed at the Nissum Bredning site on 17 December, with all the transition pieces now placed on their corresponding gravity jacket foundations.Image: Nissum Brednings VindmøllelaugThe first two turbines are now installed at positions M2 and M4 and, after the Matador 3 crane vessel installed the transition pieces at positions M1 and M3, local firm Østermark Grouting started grouting the foundations at those positions to prepare them for wind turbine installation.The project team hopes for weather conditions to be good enough these days to have all four wind turbines installed before Christmas, according to an update on project’s social media pages.Once all four turbines are installed at the site, they will be grid-connected using Siemens new cable and turbine concept with a 66kV voltage. Currently, Danish company JD Contractor is laying the cables.The turbine components are being transported out of the Port of Esbjerg and are being installed onto their foundations directly from the Osprey Valliant barge.Offshore WIND Stafflast_img read more