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Exemption, detention and expulsion – The Australian Open saga of Novak Djokovic


Novak Djokovic will not defend his Australian Open title after his visa was upheld.

The nine-time champion’s torrid stay in Melbourne will end with him being deported from the country following a ruling by the Federal Court of Australia not to overturn Immigration Minister Alex Hawke’s decision.

Here, the PA news agency takes a look at how the saga unfolded.

January 4: Djokovic reveals he is on his way to the Australian Open under a medical exemption. He writes on Instagram: “Had some fantastic quality time with my loved ones over the break and today I’m heading Down Under on a waiver clearance. Let’s go for 2022!!”

January 5: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison warns Djokovic that he will be on the “next plane home” if his medical exemption is deemed insufficient, and is adamant. Djokovic will not receive preferential treatment.

January 5: Djokovic’s visa is canceled upon his arrival in Melbourne. The Australian Border Force announces that the player “has not provided the appropriate evidence to meet the requirements for entry into Australia”.

January 6: Djokovic is sent to the Park Detention Hotel in Melbourne, which is used to house refugees and asylum seekers. He launched an appeal, which was adjourned until 10 a.m. on January 10. Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic claims Djokovic is the victim of “persecution”.

January 9: Documents show Djokovic was granted a vaccine exemption to enter Australia because he registered a positive Covid-19 test in Serbia on December 16. However, social media posts reveal that he attended a number of social events in the days following his diagnosis.

January 10: Djokovic’s visa cancellation is overturned by Judge Anthony Kelly, who orders the Australian government to pay court costs and release Djokovic from custody within half an hour. Djokovic says he is “satisfied and grateful” and wants to “stay and try to compete”.

January 11: Djokovic’s title defense remains uncertain as the immigration minister debates whether to overturn the court’s decision.

January 12: Djokovic admits having made an “error in judgment” by attending an interview with a French journalist when he was positive for Covid. He adds that although he attended a children’s tennis event the day after the test, he did not receive the notification of the positive test until after the event. He also attributed an inaccuracy on his declaration form to an error by his agent.

January 13: Djokovic is drawn to face fellow Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic in the first round.

January 14: Immigration Minister Alex Hawke canceled Djokovic’s visa for a second time, saying in a statement it was “for reasons of health and good order”.

Novak Djokovic sits in the back of a car arriving at a migrant detention hotel in Melbourne (AP)

January 14: Djokovic immediately launches another legal challenge and in a hastily arranged hearing, it appears Hawke made his decision due to the possibility that Djokovic would stoke anti-vaccination sentiment in Australia.

January 15: Djokovic is once again officially detained and taken back to the Park Hotel.

January 16: Three judges of the Federal Court of Australia unanimously reject the challenge of Djokovic and he decides not to go further in his fight and accepts the expulsion.

Joint statement following the visit of the President of COP26 to Egypt


Following an open and constructive exchange of views on climate change issues, priorities and areas of collaboration, as a follow-up to COP26 and in preparation for COP27, COP26 President Alok Sharma and COP27 President-designate Sameh Shoukry issued the following statement:

As current and future UNFCCC COP Presidencies, we affirm our shared commitment to accelerating the fight against climate change during this critical decade. In this context, we agreed that the UK and Egypt would strengthen their bilateral cooperation to tackle climate change and to maintain and build on the current momentum for global climate action.

We will work together in 2022 and beyond to drive ambitious implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Paris Agreement, and to deliver on the outcomes of the Glasgow Climate Pact to keep 1.5 degrees within reach and support developing countries in adapting to the impacts of climate change. The UK will fully support Egypt to deliver ambitious results at COP27, including ensuring it delivers on its promises for those most vulnerable to climate change.

We underscore the urgency of the action required to close the gaps in mitigation, adaptation, loss and damage and finance ambition, and the importance of responding to the best available science in this regard. respect. We recognize that significant progress has been made at COP26, but much remains to be done, in particular to implement the commitments made. We aim to continue a lasting legacy that ensures the UNFCCC process continues to drive ambitious action to address climate change and its impacts.

Through our partnership, we will lead and support key processes, activities and initiatives to increase ambition and implementation to achieve the goals of the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement. We will work together to encourage all Parties to meet their mitigation, adaptation, loss and damage and financing commitments; requesting that by the end of 2022, parties review and strengthen their 2030 emissions target to align with the Paris temperature targets, including by improving long-term NDC strategies and strengthening the ambition, securing accelerated delivery of the $100 billion and making progress towards doubling adaptation finance to 2019 levels, as set out in the Glasgow Climate Pact.

We also recognize the importance of our own national climate action, to demonstrate global leadership. We further recognize the opportunity offered by our partnership to enhance our shared prosperity through green trade and investment opportunities.

To achieve our goals, we will share our experience and expertise and work closely with key partners, including the UNFCCC Secretariat and Chairs of subsidiary bodies. We will pursue inclusive leadership and engagement that leaves no issue or person behind, and enables the voices of all Parties, civil society and vulnerable groups, including youth and indigenous peoples, to be heard.

To this end, we agree to continue close consultations in the coming months, both at the ministerial level and at the technical level.

Restaurants fill staff shortage in Somerset County


Many restaurants in Somerset County are being forced to close – or close early – because they can’t find enough workers. Other restaurants have found ways to keep their employees.

Restaurant employees wanted

Fox’s Pizza in Somerset announced last month that its location would close. The restaurant’s Facebook page cited staff shortages, rising prices and product issues as the main reasons for the closure.

“It is with great sadness that we say this, but today is our last day of business,” the December 23 post said.

“With staff shortages, rising prices and product issues, it has become (too) difficult to stay operational. Our surrounding sites will still be able to meet the needs of those of you who wish to receive our product. In the meantime, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and keep your eyes peeled for something new coming to the site.”

A few days later, on December 27, the Facebook page changed its name to “Somerset Skill Games” and announced that the pizzeria would now be a small gambling venue.

Also in Somerset, signs outside Taco Bell indicate that the location is sometimes closed due to a lack of staff. The fast food chain opened on this site less than a year ago.

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In Rockwood, the Rock City Cafe is also experiencing a staff shortage. Owner Stacey Coleman said the small business is doing well with the help of her family.

“We have posted many (ads) looking for kitchen help with no response,” she said in a written response to the Daily American.

“We are looking to hire at least one part-time kitchen helper at this time and to apply, all you have to do is stop by Rock City and fill out an application. Our pay rate is discussed during the interview based on experience.”

The cafe sells wings, pizza, fries, and other foods from their location along Main Street in Rockwood. They also have live entertainment some nights.

“I think small businesses have had a tough job keeping their employees,” Coleman said. “At one time it was nice to work for a family business, but now big companies are able to pay more for employees, which puts small businesses in difficulty.

“As far as Rock City is concerned, we do our best to take care of our employees in every way possible and to the best that we can under the circumstances given to us.”

The big resignation

According to the US Department of Labor, the number of workers quitting their jobs hit a record high in November. The number of workers who resigned fell from 4.2 million to 4.5 million in October.

The hardest hit industries are restaurants, hotels, health services and trades.

Employers posted 10.6 million job openings. Yet nationally, there were 6.9 million unemployed Americans in November, which left 1.5 jobs for every unemployed person.

The trend of people quitting their jobs amid the pandemic has become known as “The Great Quit,” a term coined by Anthony Klotz, a professor and psychologist at Texas A&M University.

How do restaurants keep their staff?

At Tailgatez in Somerset, manager Tony Latuch said the popular bar/restaurant had been able to keep its 57 staff.

“We held up pretty well,” he said. “We now have good employees.

“At the beginning of the year (2021), yes, it was difficult. We have increased salaries and people are fine.”

He declined to say how much Tailgates pays.

“We work with them and have given out little Christmas bonuses,” Latuch said. “We try to treat them well. We know how important they are.

“I think we haven’t had a lot of turnover lately. At the start of 2021 there was quite a bit, but with COVID it’s understandable.”

He said leaders are important to keep as they are difficult to replace.

“People can apply, but I think we have everyone we need for the kitchen,” he said. “That’s the main thing. That’s where we can’t afford rotation. Right now it’s good.”

“We have good employees and we are happy to have them.”

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Provident, Greenwood and Satsuma’s four million payday and door-to-door loan customers must file for refunds NOW


MORE than four million payday and home loan customers are being urged to request refunds they may be owed.

If you were wrongly sold a Provident, Greenwood or Satsuma loan, you could expect compensation even if you have already repaid it.


Provident, Greenwood and Satsuma customers receive small payouts as compensation

Some Provident and Greenwood doorstep loans, Satsuma payday loans, and Glo guarantee loans were sold to cash-strapped borrowers who could not afford them.

Thousands of borrowers had their repayments written off late last year after Provident shut down its doorstep lending business.

Now, payouts are being offered by lenders as part of a program to pay back borrowers — even if they paid off their debt years ago.

Customers who mis-sold loans at prohibitively expensive prices have just weeks to claim a share of a £50million compensation pot.

The claims window closes at the end of February and it is better to apply sooner rather than later.

Here’s what you need to know:

How much compensation could I get?

You’re unlikely to get back as much as you’re owed by the company, but it could still be in the hundreds.

And you can also get bad grades from your Schufa.

debt camel Blogger Sara Williams told The Sun: “Provident loans were only meant to be used for short-term borrowing – that’s why the interest rate was so high.

“But Provident did not properly screen the borrowers. Hundreds of thousands of people have taken loans from Provident for years without interruption.

“You have a good chance of getting a ‘bad loan’ claim approved – even if you made all repayments on time.

“If you win, you’ll get back some of the interest paid – it’s worth making that claim.”

If you took out a loan from Provident, Satsuma, Greenwood or Glo between April 6, 2007 and December 17, 2020, you may be eligible for a payout.

How much you get back depends on how much you borrowed and for how long, as well as how many others are requesting a refund.

The cash will be paid out after the refund system ends at 5:00 p.m. on February 28, 2022.

However, the payout is not instantaneous as each claim is checked individually.

Where do I request my refund?

If you think you’ve gotten an unaffordable loan from Provident, Satsuma, Greenwood or Glo, come see us scheme.providentpersonalcredit.com.

You can submit a claim online or by calling 08000 568 936 – or you can download a form to mail.

Submitting a claim is free.

But beware of claims adjustment firms who say they will do this on your behalf as they will withhold some of the money you get back – and it’s easy to do it yourself anyway.

You will need a Scheme ID to submit your claim, which should be sent to you by email or letter.

Call the number above if you don’t have it.

You don’t need details of your loan to make a claim, Sara says, but you may need to provide evidence of default or court judgments.

These will appear on your credit report if they are within the last six years.

It’s better to file a claim sooner rather than later – just in case there’s a problem submitting information just before the deadline.

What else should I consider?

Sara also advises you to reapply if you previously declined a refund or accepted a low amount.

This is because lenders have previously rejected too many complaints.

Your Guide to Claims also notes that you can make a claim regardless of whether you paid the loan on time, defaulted, or the loan was resold to a collection agency.

None of the four companies are currently lending to new customers.

If you are a former customer of The Money Shop, Payday UK or Payday Express you could be set for compensation today (14 January) or Monday.

And if you think you’ve been mis-sold you an unaffordable loan from one of the lenders still operating, you can file an affordability complaint here.

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No 10 employees drink weekly during pandemic on ‘wine hour Fridays’, report says


Staff at Number 10 celebrated ‘wine Fridays’ during the Covid pandemic, it emerged in another damaging revelation – and they even invested in a £142 fridge to keep their drinks cold.

Boris Johnson is believed to have witnessed the rallies, been programmed into the electronic calendars of around 50 No 10 staff between 4pm and 7pm each week and encouraged aides to ‘let off steam’.

It happened despite indoor socializing being banned under lockdown rules.

A photo shows the £142 cooler – used to store white wine, Prosecco and beer – delivered through the back door of Downing Street on December 11, 2020, reports The Mirror.

Sources said the gatherings sometimes went on until midnight with up to two dozen helpers drinking wine and beer and playing games like Pictionary.

The Prime Minister is said to have attended a ‘handful’ of gatherings at times when indoor socializing was banned under lockdown rules.

A photo has emerged of a wine fridge being delivered to Downing Street

These include an event on November 13, 2020, the day Dominic Cummings walked out of No 10, when he stayed for a glass of wine and chatted with the team.

It was previously reported that staff brought a suitcase to a supermarket to stock up on alcohol ahead of a party on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral.

Sources said aides took turns visiting the local Tesco Underground in Westminster on Fridays with a wheeled suitcase to fill the 34-bottle capacity fridge.

Today (Friday January 14), Downing Street apologized to Buckingham Palace over revelations that two going away parties were held in Downing Street on April 16, the day before the Duke of Edinburgh was buried.

One was for Mr Johnson’s top spin doctor, James Slack, and another for the Prime Minister’s photographer.

‘Wine Fridays’ are a Downing Street tradition, The Mirror said, and have happened under previous administrations, but have continued even after lockdown restrictions were introduced.

It was organized by Press Office No. 10, but periodically councilors from other parts of the building joined.

Sources said a regular attendee when strict mixing rules were in place was Captain Steve Higham, then the Prime Minister’s defense adviser.

The Royal Navy officer now commands the new aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales, the UK’s largest warship.

The Ministry of Defense declined to comment.

A photo has emerged of a wine fridge being delivered to Downing Street
A photo has emerged of a wine fridge being delivered to Downing Street

“Wine hour” would have been particularly popular from fall 2020 to spring 2021, sources said.

No 10 insiders said the Prime Minister often witnessed ‘wine hour Fridays’ on his way to the Downing Street flat.

A source said: “Boris used to stop and chat while they had a drink.

It was on the way to her apartment and the door was usually open. He knew it and encouraged it.

Another added: “He could see everyone sitting there drinking while walking.

“He would walk in and say ‘Hello everyone had a rough week? Let off steam? Oh great.’

“The idea that he didn’t know there were drinks is complete nonsense. If the Prime Minister tells you to ‘chill out’, he’s basically saying that’s fine.”

Whitehall Ethics Officer Sue Gray is conducting a party inquiry in Downing Street.

A No 10 spokesperson said: “An investigation is underway to establish the facts regarding the nature of the gatherings, including attendance, setting and purpose by reference to compliance with the guidelines at the time. The conclusions will be made public in due course. »

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Coveney wants NI protocol deal by end of February


Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said he wanted an agreement on the protocol to be reached by the end of February.

Mr Coveney said he did not want the Northern Ireland Assembly election in May to be dominated by the ‘polarising’ issue.

It comes after British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss held her first meeting with European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic since she resumed Brexit talks following the resignation of Lord Frost.

Speaking on Friday, Mr Coveney said the meeting marked a ‘reset’ in relations between the EU and UK teams, which are now ‘in a better place than we have seen in a moment”.

He said: “From my conversations with both parties, I think this process will be very serious.

“I think in people’s minds, really, we would like to see if possible these issues resolved by the end of February, so that the Northern Ireland election can go ahead without being dominated by protocol issues. , until the ballot. daytime.

“Elections in the North often polarize enough business without having the added complexity and tension around the protocol and its implementation.

“So I think everyone is aware of their responsibility in terms of trying to bring some stability and certainty to Northern Ireland in the context of Brexit and the Northern Ireland Protocol.”

Ms Truss said there was a ‘deal to be made’ following her meeting with Mr Sefcovic.

However, she refused to rule out the possibility that the UK could invoke Article 16 – suspending part of the protocol’s provisions – if they could not agree on a way forward.

Mr Coveney insisted the protocol is here to stay and he does not expect the UK to remove the threat of Article 16 until a deal is struck.

He told RTE Radio One: “The Protocol is there. It’s part of an international treaty, it’s part of international law.

“And so the real focus on the EU side is how do we implement this protocol in a pragmatic and flexible way, and take into account the real concerns that have been raised in Northern Ireland?

“I think if both sides work on that basis, there is a landing zone that can be agreed over the next six or eight weeks.

“From the perspective of the Irish Government, we will work to try to help this process.”

Mr Coveney said he did not expect the UK government to follow through on its threat to trigger Article 16.

He added: “I don’t expect the UK side to take something like the use of Article 16 off the table until there is an agreement. It’s just the nature of negotiations

“But I have to say that I think the consequences of triggering Article 16, in a way that sets aside big pieces of the protocol, would be extremely damaging to the relationships that we are now trying to build to resolve these issues through the negotiation and good politics.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s future looks uncertain, amid controversy over alleged lockdown-breaking parties at 10 Downing Street.

But Mr Coveney said these issues could not distract from the task of resolving the dispute over the Protocol.

“Who knows what will happen in British politics in the coming weeks,” he said.

“But my goal and that of our staff is to solve problems that have existed for too long.

“And to allow Northern Ireland to emerge with certainty from this ongoing debate around the implementation of the Protocol which has caused such polarization of opinion and tension in Northern Ireland.

“I think that’s why Liz Truss is here. I think it is a good thing that Brexit issues and Protocol issues are back in the Foreign Office in London, rather than a separate unit, headed by Lord Frost.

“There are big issues right now that Britain and the EU should be working on together and I think Liz Truss sees that.”

Woodbridge woman plans wedding as COVID delays cancer surgery


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Against all odds, Cassandra Dimaria remains calm and understanding.


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The Woodbridge woman, 30, had had cancer surgery postponed multiple times due to the COVID chaos, and recently her cousin Vanessa Pilieci went public with her story.

Pilieci went to social media in frustration at the delays her beloved relative has endured in recounting Dimaria’s ordeal over the past 15 months.

“I’m posting this to shed light on a story of how Ontario canceled life-saving surgery for a stage 4 cancer patient,” she wrote. “My 30-year-old cousin, who is scheduled to marry in April 2023 and has a WHOLE life ahead of her, will die thanks to the reckless decision to cancel and postpone ‘non-urgent’ surgeries.”

“When will Canadians, who have done their part by getting the vaccine and staying at home, be considered PRIORITY? When will my cousin battling stage four cancer be as important as a Covid-19 patient?”


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Dimaria only hopes that her story will help other patients and raise awareness of the delays.

In November 2020, Dimaria was diagnosed with colon cancer and immediately operated on. She had been in severe pain for a few days but otherwise had no previous symptoms.

17 chemo cycles followed.

A second operation was planned for November 2021, but it didn’t happen. Another date was scheduled for January 2022 but was cancelled. It was postponed and then canceled again.

Now there is no date.

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She had to stop chemo in preparation for surgery. Her concern now is that the cancer will continue to grow and spread while she manages without chemo or surgery.

Arriving home on Thursday, Dimaria said: “I wanted to send the message that I recognize that COVID is very serious and everyone’s lives matter – but we deserve to get the treatment that is needed.


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“I would say there were some flaws in the way things were handled and that added to the chaos I’m facing.”

The healthcare response to COVID needs to be re-evaluated, ‘for me and for others in the same position’.

COVID has overshadowed every stage of her illness. Health protocols mean she had to face all appointments and treatments completely on her own.

“I’m trying my best to keep a positive attitude,” Dimaria said. “It’s difficult sometimes. Mental health issues are a factor. Nobody wants to be in that position.”

She said she couldn’t do it without the support of family, friends and her fiancé, Stefan Cescon.

When her waist-length hair fell out during chemo, she said her cousin Vanessa shaved her own head in solidarity.


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“My family was incredible. That’s a bit of an understatement. You and my fiancé took really good care of me.”

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Dimaria and her fiance are planning to get married on April 1, 2023 and she is still trying to work on her wedding plans.

“I’m doing my best and I hope this is all over so I can move on,” said Dimaria. “I do as much as I can.”

“I get tired easily, but it takes my mind off this craziness,” she added.

Dimaria said she doesn’t blame anyone for what happened to her.

“It’s nobody’s fault. And I know the nurses and surgeons are doing their best. Unfortunately, people like me are still suffering. Hopefully they will reassess what is considered urgent.”

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Christine Lee: Britain’s MI5 says a woman linked to the Chinese Communist Party is ‘seeking to secretly interfere in British politics’


MI5 alleges in an alert that Christine Ching Kui Lee ‘acted covertly in coordination’ with the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) United Front Work Department (UFWD) and is ‘deemed to be involved in political interference activities in the Kingdom’. -United “. ”

MI5’s ‘interference alert’, obtained by CNN on Thursday, said: ‘We believe the UFWD is seeking covert interference in British politics by establishing links with established and aspiring parliamentarians across the country. political spectrum.

The alert also added that Lee facilitated “financial donations to political parties, parliamentarians, aspiring parliamentarians and those seeking political office in the UK, including facilitating donations to political entities. on behalf of foreign nationals”.

The UK Companies Registry lists Lee as a British citizen.

MI5 said that although Lee said his UK-based activities are “to represent the British Chinese community and increase diversity”, these activities were “undertaken in covert coordination with the UFWD, with funding provided by foreign nationals located in China and Hong Kong. Kong.”

CNN contacted Lee for comment but did not receive a response.

When CNN visited Lee’s offices on Thursday, they were empty, and seemed so for a while. A note on the door said the office had been closed due to the pandemic. No one answered the door or the phone number posted on the door and an email to the generic address of the advertised office went unanswered.

The London offices of Christine Lee and Co.

Ian Duncan Smith, a high-ranking British lawmaker and former leader of the ruling Conservative Party, sounded the alarm in parliament on Thursday, saying MI5 had warned Speaker of the House Lindsay Hoyle that a “government agent Chinese” was actively working to “subvert” the processes of Parliament.

“This is a matter of grave concern,” Duncan Smith said.

Lee is closely linked to “individuals across the UK political spectrum, including through the now disbanded Chinese All-Party Parliamentary Group in Britain, and they may aspire to establish other APPGs to advance the agenda. of the CCP,” MI5 said.

CNN has contacted the Chinese Embassy in London for comment.

Duncan Smith demanded that in light of the incident parliament consider stepping up security and expelling the Chinese agent. Duncan Smith said he heard the individual would not be deported and wondered why further action would not be taken against “an agent of a despotic and despicable foreign power”.

Duncan Smith is a vocal critic of the Chinese government. He was sanctioned by Beijing last year for his comments on the treatment of Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang and is barred from entering the country. Chinese companies and citizens are also prohibited from doing business with him.

“It sure ain’t good enough,” Duncan Smith said Thursday.

MI5 said anyone contacted by Lee “should be aware of their affiliation with the Chinese state and committed to advancing the CCP’s agenda in British politics”, and to contact the Director of Parliamentary Security if she received “a worrying or suspicious contact”.

Cops Save 2 From Drug Overdose With Naloxone In Raritan


RARITAN, NJ – Two men suffering from drug overdoses were rescued by officers in Raritan earlier this month.

At 2:46 p.m. on January 4, Raritan patrol officers were called to the Liquor Saver on West Somerset Street with a drug overdose, according to the police blotter.

Officers administered naloxone (Narcan) to a 62-year-old man from Raritan. The man was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

The next day, at 2:54 p.m. on January 5, Raritan agents were called to PNC Bank on West Somerset Street for an unconscious man.

The Somerville man, 35, suffered from a drug overdose and was administered naloxone (Narcan) by officers. The man was taken to a local hospital for treatment, police said.

Other Police Desk Pads:

January 4 at 6 p.m .: A 76-year-old man from Raritan said he was the victim of theft. the
the man reported receiving an email from someone claiming to be a friend who was sick and needed
money. The man then purchased three $ 100 Google gift cards for the person and emailed them the serial numbers of the cards. We remind you to be aware of fraudulent emails and phone calls.

January 5: Kevon Fletcher, 30 from Paterson, Lamont Ellis, 21 from Newark, Nekeda Gilchrist, 39 from Newark, and Danielle Mitchell, 35 from Newark, have all been charged with shoplifting. The charges stem from an investigation opened on November 3 when they stole items for $ 4,200 from the Burlington Coat Factory on Route 28. Detective Benjamin Griffin investigated the incident.

January 5 at 10:16 pm: Raritan patrol boats were dispatched to Raritan’s Own Laundry on
West Somerset Street for an obscene report. The business owner reported that a male was at the business committing an obscene act while other customers were at the business. On site, the agents
identified the man as 22-year-old Odell Warren from Raritan. Charges of obscenity are pending following the incident.

January 6 at 7:50 p.m.: Raritan patrol officers, as well as members of Raritan Borough Fire
Department and Somerville Fire Department, responded to Raritan’s Own Laundry on West Somerset Street with a fire. At the scene, Raritan officers were able to contain the blaze with their extinguishers and firefighters extinguished all remaining pockets of fire. The Raritan Borough fire official said the fire started in a clothes dryer due to excessive lint buildup or mechanical malfunction. The fire was contained in a small part of the company.

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Avon and Somerset Police say staff absence “thankfully low” despite covid pressure


Staff absence rates remain “relatively low” in Avon and Somerset Police despite the spread of the Omicron covid variant, the force said.

The news comes as several trusts across the country have declared critical incidents since early 2022 – including both in Bristol – amid growing staff absences caused by covid.

The two city trusts declared the critical incidents over the New Year’s holiday weekend to open additional beds and service spaces, as well as requesting additional staff.

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A total of 905 people were absent from work due to illness or self-isolation in the city’s two trusts, according to NHS data available from December 26, with covid-related absences accounting for just over one-third (317).

Avon and Somerset Police said members of the public can be reassured. The force’s ability to provide services is currently not significantly affected by the virus, despite the impact on colleagues in the other 999 services.

A spokesperson said: “The health and well-being of all of our employees is paramount.

“Measures remain in place to manage the spread of COVID-19 in all of our offices and stations and, where possible, staff continue to work remotely.

“Frontline officers and staff also continue to wear personal protective equipment to ensure their safety and that of the public.

“We have been monitoring absence rates within our organization very closely throughout the pandemic and thankfully they remain relatively low.

“Members of the public can be reassured that our ability to provide the services they expect from us are not currently significantly impacted by the virus.”

Bristol University Hospitals and Weston NHS Foundation Trust – whose hospitals include the Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children and Weston General Hospital, among others – had 479 people absent from work on December 26.

The North Bristol NHS Trust – which covers Southmead Hospital and Cossham Hospital, among others – had 426 staff members absent from work due to illness or self-isolation that day.

A spokesperson for the health and care system in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire – the Healthier Together Partnership – said last week that the entire health and care system is extremely busy and remains in its poor condition. highest alert.

He said: “The most important thing the public can do to protect themselves and support local services is to get their first, second or booster dose of Covid-19 vaccines. For a full list of Covid-19 vaccine sites, visit www.grabajab. report.”

The spokesperson gave a list of other ways the public can help the NHS, including calling 999 only in a serious or life-threatening emergency.

He said people should call or click 111 if they need urgent medical help and don’t know what to do, adding their extended team to 111 will get them to the most appropriate place.

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