Update on coronavirus and its global effects

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:

A waiter wearing protective face shield to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus delivers dishes to customers at a seafood restaurant on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, June 10, 2020. As Indonesia’s overall virus caseload continues to rise, Jakarta has moved to restore normalcy by lifting some restrictions this week, saying that the spread of the virus in the city of 11 million has slowed after peaking in mid-April. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:

— Virus pummels global economy, jobs – even without 2nd wave

— In Pakistan, COVID-19 is just the latest epidemic in areas struck by chronic poverty, malnutrition and violence

— Easing restrictions in Indonesia’s capital triggers concerns

— It’s an issue that’s been argued about for months, both by experts and by people strolling through parks all over the world: Can people who don’t feel sick spread the coronavirus, and if so should we all be wearing masks to stop it? Even the World Health Organization can’t seem to get it straight. On Tuesday the U.N. health agency scrambled to explain seemingly contradictory comments it has made in recent days about the two related issues.

— Moscow emerged from a strict lockdown with the city government citing a slowdown in the coronavirus outbreak and critics expressing concerns over the potential for a new wave of infections in the Russian capital. It comes weeks before a nationwide vote on the constitutional reform that would allow President Vladimir Putin to stay in power until 2036 and was condemned by Kremlin opponents as politically motivated.

— Experts worry that a further surge of the coronavirus in under-developed regions with shaky health systems could undermine efforts to halt the pandemic. Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, India and Pakistan are among the countries easing lockdown restrictions before their outbreaks have peaked and without detailed surveillance and testing systems in place.

HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING TODAY:

BERLIN — Germany is prolonging its travel warning for more than 160 countries outside Europe until the end of August.

The government agreed Wednesday to extend the guidance introduced on March 17 due to the coronavirus pandemic to almost all non-EU countries, with the exception of some that have successfully contained the outbreak.

Last week, Germany downgraded its travel warning for the rest of the 27-nation EU, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland and Britain.

Also Wednesday, the government announced the end of border controls for EU citizens coming to Germany. Almost all German states require travelers arriving from countries that have 50 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the past seven days to quarantine for two weeks. This is currently the case for fellow EU member state Sweden.


JOHANNESBURG — Africa’s confirmed coronavirus cases have surpassed 200,000.

That’s according to the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The 54-nation continent has 202,782 cases and 5,516 deaths.

While Africa still represents a tiny percentage of the world’s total COVID-19 cases, well under 5%, officials in South Africa and elsewhere have expressed concern because the number of infections continues to climb.

South Africa leads the continent with 52,991 cases, with almost two-thirds of them in the Western Cape province centered on the city of Cape Town.

Egypt has 36,829 cases and Nigeria has 13,464.


ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s coronavirus infections soared past 5,000 as the World Health Organization urged the government to impose a two-week lockdown to stem the relentless spike in new cases.

Pakistan has recorded 113,702 confirmed cases and 2,255 deaths.

Until now, Pakistan’s daily testing rate has hovered around 25,000, but the WHO says it should be double that.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has come under criticism from political opponents and health professionals for easing lockdowns despite soaring numbers and no progress in tracking COVID-19 outbreaks.

Khan, who has reprimanded Pakistanis for not wearing masks and keeping social distance, says the economy cannot survive a total lockdown and the poorest in Pakistan would be the hardest hit.

Pakistan was slow to rein in radical religious leaders who were initially allowed to invite Islamic missionaries to attend a massive gathering in mid-March, which was blamed for spreading infection as far as the Gaza Strip.

Khan also refused to shut down mosques during Ramadan and eased restrictions ahead of the Eid-al Fitr holiday. Since then the number of cases has continued to rise and medical workers worry the weak health system that has barely 3,000 ICU beds for a population of 220 million will be overwhelmed.


MOSCOW — It will take the Russian capital about two months to lift all coronavirus restrictions, Moscow’s mayor said Wednesday.

The situation in Moscow is improving, but the outbreak hasn’t been completely eradicated, Sergei Sobyanin said at a government meeting. “We still have restrictions related to mass events -– attending theaters, cinemas, concert halls and sporting events. Decisions (to lift these restrictions) will mostly likely be made in the beginning of July,” Sobyanin said.

This week the mayor announced the ending of the strict lockdown in the city that has been in place since late March. Starting from Tuesday, Moscow residents are no longer required to stay at home or obtain electronic passes for traveling around the city. All restrictions on taking walks, using public transportation or driving have been lifted as well. Beauty parlors also reopened Tuesday. Outdoor terraces of cafes and restaurants, as well as museums and dental clinics, are to open on June 16. Kindergartens, gyms and indoor spaces at cafes and restaurants will be allowed to operate starting June 23.

In recent weeks, the officially reported daily number of new coronavirus infections in Moscow has dropped from over 6,000 to under 2,000. On Wednesday, health officials in the city reported a record low of 1,195 new infections. In total, Moscow has registered 199,785 confirmed cases, 40% of Russia’s caseload of over 493,000 contagions.


TIRANA, Albania — Albanian authorities on Wednesday reported 42 new coronavirus cases, the highest number ever, more than two weeks after the country relaxed its total lockdown.

Authorities called on the people to avoid mass gatherings, but a new virus cluster reported Wednesday involved people participating in a funeral ceremony.

Health Minister Ogerta Manastirliu said the number of cases has increased due to “community transmission” of the virus.

Very few people continue to wear masks in the streets. Sports are being held without fans and no concerts or other cultural activities are allowed. Public transportation will resume on Monday.

As of Wednesday, Albania has had 34 confirmed deaths and 1,341 confirmed cases.


VIENNA — Austria on Wednesday announced the opening of its borders to all European neighbors from June 16 with the exceptions of Spain, Portugal, Sweden and Britain.

Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg also said that the border with Italy to the south would be open without conditions but that a travel warning for Austrian citizens is in place for Lombardy.

The northern Italian region is the epicenter of Italy’s epidemic which has been showing triple-digit growth in daily infections while much of the rest of the country counts a handful or fewer.

While Italy opened its borders on June 3, Austria’s reluctance to open their shared border has been a sore spot between the neighbors, especially as the tourism season gets under way. Austria’s opening means that visitors from a total of 31 countries no longer are required to undergo a two-week quarantine.


COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka’s health officials say places of worship that have remained closed for the past three months can reopen starting Friday subject to social distancing guidelines to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Director General of Health Services Anil Jasinghe said Wednesday that up to 50 people can congregate at any place of worship but must keep their distance from others both indoors and outdoors.

If there is no space to accommodate 50 people, such places of worship can admit half their normal capacity, he said.

Sri Lanka has reported not cases outside known clusters for the past month. The country has confirmed 1,859 patients with 11 deaths.


NEW DELHI — India reported a new rise of nearly 10,000 coronavirus infections Wednesday, with a total caseload of 276,583, the fifth highest in the world.

The Health Ministry confirmed 9,985 new cases and 274 deaths in the last 24 hours. Total fatalities have reached 7,745.

Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and New Delhi are the worst-hit states.

The spike comes as the government reopened restaurants, shopping malls and places of worship in most of India after a more than 2-month-old lockdown. Subways, hotels and schools remain closed.

India has so far tested more than 4.9 million people with a daily capacity crossing 140,000.

The number of new cases has soared since the government began relaxing restrictions. There has also been a surge in infections in rural India following the return of hundreds of thousands of migrant workers who lost their jobs during the lockdown.


SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported 50 new cases of COVID-19 as officials begin requiring nightclubs, karaoke rooms and gyms to register their customers with smartphone QR codes so they could be easily located when needed.

The figures from the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday brought national totals to 11,902 cases and 276 deaths. At least 41 of the cases were reported from the densely populated Seoul metropolitan area, where officials have struggled to trace transmissions linked to entertainment venues, church gatherings and low-income workers who couldn’t afford to stay home.

Since late May, the country has been reporting around 30 to 50 new cases per day, a resurgence that has threatened to erase some of the hard-won gains against the virus as people begin to ease on distancing.

The nationwide requirement of QR codes at “high-risk” venues come after a trial run in the cities of Seoul, Incheon and Daejeon, where some 300 businesses used an app developed by internet company Naver to collect the information of some 6,000 customers. The government is also encouraging churches, libraries, hospitals and movie theaters to voluntarily adopt the technology.

South Korea has aggressively mobilized technological tools to trace contacts and enforce quarantines.


Source: Associated Press

Update on coronavirus and its global effects

J. Jay Samuel Davis – Western Australia Australia the Worst For State for Racism

William Buckley
“The whole system is rotten in Worst Australia. I was imprisoned for a parking offence and I didn’t own the vehicle. I never received a parking ticket, never received notification from Council about a fine, never received notification of a Court Action. The Police came to my home and carted me off to the lock up. No telephone call, no lawyer and when I complained they incited the prisoners to threaten me. I did complain to the Ombudsman but the Police investigated the complaint and covered it up. When I perused the matter further they send a Counter Terrorist Unit after me and they threatened to lock me in a mental institution. Lucky for me my wife and many of my friends were physiologists and the Head of the Mental Health Division was at my wedding. After 12 months of getting nowhere I chained myself to the Town Hall to protest the Injustice of the Court, the Police and the Government.”

J. Jay Samuel Davis – Western Australia Australia the Worst For State for Racism ⚜️⚜️⚜️

J. Jay Samuel Davis – Western Australia Australia the Worst For State for Racism

J. Jay Samuel Davis – Western Australia Australia the Worst For State for Racism

North Korea to cut off all communication with South Korea

North Korean youth and students march from the Pyongyang Youth Park Open-air Theatre to Kim Il Sung Square during a protest demonstration to denounce South Korean authorities policy against North Korea and defectors from the north, in Pyongyang, North Korea Monday, June 8, 2020. The signs read ” Give us an order (to punish South Korea).” (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

North Korea said it was cutting off all communication channels with South Korea on Tuesday, a move experts say could signal Pyongyang has grown frustrated that Seoul has failed to revive lucrative inter-Korean economic projects and persuade the United States to ease sanctions.

The North’s Korean Central News Agency said all cross-border communication lines would be cut off at noon in the “the first step of the determination to completely shut down all contact means with South Korea and get rid of unnecessary things.”

When South Korean officials tried to contact their North Korean counterparts via several channels after the North’s announcement Tuesday, the North Koreans didn’t answer, according to the South Korean government.

North Korea has cut communications in the past — not replying to South Korean phone calls or faxes — and then restored those channels when tensions eased. North Korea has been accused at times of deliberately creating tensions to bolster internal unity or to signal its frustration over a lack of progress in nuclear talks with Washington.

In its announcement, North Korea said Tuesday’s move was a response to South Korea’s failure to stop activists from floating anti-Pyongyang leaflets across their border.

“The South Korean authorities connived at the hostile acts against (North Korea) by the riff-raff, while trying to dodge heavy responsibility with nasty excuses,” KCNA said.

South Korea’s liberal government, which seeks improved relations with North Korea, said that cross-border hotlines must be maintained as they are the basic means of communication between the two Koreas. The Unification Ministry said South Korea will strive to promote peace while abiding by inter-Korean agreements.

For years, conservative South Korean activists, including North Korean defectors living in the South, have floated huge balloons into North Korea carrying leaflets criticizing leader Kim Jong Un over his nuclear ambitions and human rights record. The leafleting has sometimes triggered a furious response from North Korea, which bristles at any attempt to undermine its leadership.

South Korea has typically let activists launch such balloons, citing their rights to freedom of speech, but has halted some attempts when North Korean warnings appeared to be serious. In 2014, North Korean troops opened fire at propaganda balloons flying toward their territory, triggering an exchange of fire that caused no known causalities.

North Korea began taking with issue with the leafleting again last week.

Kim’s sister Kim Yo Jong called defectors involved in recent leafleting “human scum” and “mongrel dogs,” and she threatened to permanently shut down a liaison office and a jointly run factory park, both in the North, as well as nullify a 2018 inter-Korean military agreement that had aimed to reduce tensions.

North Korea’s latest moves will further set back South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s push for inter-Korean reconciliation.

“The North Koreans have been trying to find something they can use to express their dissatisfaction and distrust against South Korea. And they’ve now got the leaftleting issue, so I don’t think we can simply resolve (tensions) even if we address issues related to the leafleting,” said Kim Dong-yub, an analyst from Seoul’s Institute for Far Eastern Studies.

He said the North Korean statement also appeared aimed at strengthening internal unity and signaling the North’s resolve not to make concessions in nuclear talks.

Moon, who met Kim Jong Un three times in 2018, facilitated a flurry of high-profile meetings between Pyongyang and Washington, including the first summit between Kim and President Donald Trump in June 2018.

But North Korea has increasingly turned the cold shoulder to Moon and suspended virtually all inter-Korean cooperation since a second Kim-Trump summit in early 2019 fell apart due to disputes over U.S.-led sanctions.

North Korea has urged Moon’s government not to meddle in its diplomacy with Trump and slammed Seoul for failing to break away from Washington and revive joint economic projects held up by the sanctions.

Critics of Moon’s engagement policy say North Korea had initially expected Moon to help it win sanctions relief but eventually got angry with him after Kim returned from the second Trump summit empty handed.

How far Kim is willing to go in stoking tensions is unclear. Some experts say he could take additional steps targeting South Korea, such as shutting down the liaison office or short-range weapons tests. However, they say Kim may be reluctant to do something like stage a nuclear or missile test due to concerns it could completely scuttle diplomacy with Washington.

Some see Tuesday’s move as a sign that North Korea is feeling the pinch financially and that its already battered economy perhaps deteriorated further when the coronavirus pandemic forced it to shut its border with China, the North’s biggest trading partner.

North Korea said the decision to sever communications was made by Kim’s sister and former hard-line military intelligence chief Kim Yong Chol. Some experts say this shows the elevated political standing of Kim’s sister.


Source: Associated Press – HYUNG-JIN KIM

North Korea to cut off all communication with South Korea

Destroying the environment to save it

Pseudo-green energy will wreak devastation, pretending to prevent exaggerated climate harm

Paul Driessen

“We had to destroy the village in order to save it.” The infamous Vietnam era quotation may or may not have been uttered by an anonymous US Army major. It may have been misquoted, revised, apocryphal or invented. But it quickly morphed into an anti-war mantra that reflected attitudes of the time.

For Virginians and others forced to travel the path of “clean, green, renewable, sustainable” energy, it will redound in modern politics as “We had to destroy the environment in order to save it.”

Weeks after Governor Ralph Northam signed Virginia’s “Clean Economy Act,” which had been rushed through a partisan Democrat legislature, Dominion Energy Virginia announced it would reach “net zero” greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. To do so, the utility company will raise family, business, hospital and school electricity bills by 3% every year for the next ten years – as these customers and state and local governments struggle to climb out of the financial holes created by the ongoing Coronavirus lockdown.

Just as bad, renewable energy mandates and commitments from the new law and Dominion’s “integrated resource plan” will have major adverse impacts on Virginia and world environmental values. In reality, Virginia’s new “clean” economy exists only in fantasy land – and only if we ignore “clean” energy CO2 emissions, air and water pollution, and other environmental degradation around the world.

Dominion Energy plans to expand the state’s offshore wind, onshore solar and battery storage capacity by some 24,000 megawatts of new “renewable” energy by 2035, and far more after that. It will retain just 9,700 MW of existing natural gas generation, and only through 2045, build no new gas-fired units, and retire 6,200 megawatts of coal-fired generation. This will reduce in-state carbon dioxide emissions, but certainly won’t do so globally. The company intends to keep its four existing nuclear units operating.

To “replace” some of its abundant, reliable, affordable fossil fuel electricity, Dominion intends to build at least 31,400 megawatts of expensive, unreliable solar capacity by 2045. The company estimates that will require a land area some 25% larger than 250,000-acre Fairfax County, west of Washington, DC. That means Dominion Energy’s new solar facilities will blanket 490 square miles (313,000 acres) of beautiful croplands, scenic areas and habitats that now teem with wildlife.

That’s almost half the land area of Rhode Island, eight times the District of Columbia, 14 times more land than all Fairfax County parks combined – blanketed by imported solar panels. Still more land will be torn up for access roads and new transmission lines. All this is just for Dominion Energy’s solar panels.

The panels will actually generate electricity maybe 20-25% of the year, once you factor in nighttime hours, cloudy days, and times when the sun is not bright enough to generate more than trifling electricity.

Dominion and other Virginia utility companies also plan to import and install 430 monstrous 850-foot-tall bird-chopping offshore wind turbines – and tens of thousands of half-ton battery packs, to provide backup power for at least a few hours or days when the sun isn’t shining and the wind isn’t blowing. The batteries will prevent the economy from shutting down even more completely during each outage than it has during the Corona lockdown. Similar policies across America will impact hundreds of millions of acres.

Most of these solar panels, wind turbines and batteries – or their components, or the metals and minerals required to manufacture those components – will likely come from China or from Chinese-owned operations in Africa, Asia and Latin America … under mining, air and water pollution, workplace safety, fair wage, child labor, mined land reclamation, manufacturing and other laws and standards that would get US and other Western companies unmasked, vilified, sued, fined and shut down in a heartbeat.

It is those minimal to nonexistent laws and regulations that govern most of the companies and operations that will supply the “clean” technologies that will soon blight Virginia landscapes and serve the new “clean” Virginia economy. As Michael Moore observes in his new film, Planet of the Humans, other states that opt for “clean” energy will face the same realities.

Thus far, no one has produced even a rough estimate of how much concrete, steel, aluminum, copper, lithium, cobalt, silica, rare earth metals and countless other materials will be needed. All will require gigantic heavy equipment and prodigious amounts of fossil fuels to blast and haul away billions of tons of rocky overburden; extract, crush and process tens of millions of tons of ores, using acids, toxic chemicals and other means to refine the ores; smelt concentrates into metals; manufacture all the millions of tons of components; and haul, assemble and install the panels, turbines, batteries and transmission lines, setting them on top of tens of thousands of tons of concrete and rebar. All of it beyond Virginia’s borders.

No one has tallied the oil, natural gas and coal fuel requirements for doing all this “Virginia Clean Economy” work – nor the greenhouse gases and actual pollutants that will be emitted in the process.

Nothing about this is clean, green, renewable or sustainable. But Virginia politicians and Dominion Energy officials have said nothing about any of this, nor about which countries will host the mining and other activities, under what environmental and human rights standards.

Will Virginians ever get a full accounting? Just because all of this will happen far beyond Virginia’s borders does not mean we can ignore the global environmental impacts. Or the health, safety and well-being of children and parents in those distant mines, processing plants and factories.

This is the perfect time to observe the environmentalist creed: think globally, act locally. Will that be done?

Will Dominion and Virginia require that all these raw materials and wind, solar and battery components be responsibly sourced? Will it require independently verified certifications that none of them involve child labor, and all are produced in compliance with US and Virginia laws, regulations and ethical codes for workplace safety, fair wages, air and water pollution, wildlife preservation, cancer prevention and mined lands reclamation? Will they tally up all the fossil fuels consumed, and pollutants emitted, in the process?

Science journalist, businessman and parliamentarian Matt Ridley says wind turbines need some 200 times more raw materials per megawatt of power than modern combined-cycle gas turbines. It’s probably much the same for solar panels. Add in the millions of wind turbines, billions of solar panels and billions of backup batteries that would be required under a nationwide Green New Deal, and the combined US and global environmental, human health and human rights impacts become absolutely mindboggling.

If you ignore all the land and wildlife impacts from installing the wind turbines, solar panels, batteries and transmission lines – you could perhaps call this “clean energy” and a “clean economy” within Virginia’s borders. But not beyond those borders. This is a global issue, and the world would likely be far better off if we just built modern combined-cycle gas turbines (or nuclear power plants) to generate reliable electricity – and avoided all the monumental human and ecological impacts of pseudo-renewable energy.

When it’s time to select sites for these 490 square miles of industrial solar facilities, will Virginia, its county and local governments, its citizens, environmentalist groups and courts apply the same rigorous standards, laws and regulations that they demand for drilling, fracking, coal and gas power plants, pipelines, highways, timber cutting and other projects? Will they apply the same standards for 850-foot-tall wind turbines and 100-foot-tall transmission lines as they demand for buried-out-of-sight pipelines?

Virginia’s Clean Economy Act will also plunge almost every project and jurisdiction into questions of race, poverty and environmental justice. Dominion Energy and other utility companies will have to charge means-tested rates (even as rates climb 3% per year) and exempt low-income customers from some charges. They will have to submit construction plans to “environmental justice councils” – even as the companies, councils and politicians ignore the rampant injustices inflicted on children and parents slaving away in Chinese, African and Latin American “clean energy” mines, processing plants and factories.

Government officials, utility industry executives, environmentalists and anyone else who promotes wind, solar, battery and biofuel energy need to explain exactly how they plan to address these issues. Future town hall meetings and project approval hearings promise to be raucous, entertaining and illuminating.  

Paul Driessen is senior policy analyst for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (www.CFACT.org) and author of books and articles on energy, environment, climate and human rights issues.

Destroying the environment to save it

Child Abuse 😌😌 Time4Change #Kindness

I recently read the book “Matthew Flinders’ Cat” by Bryce Courtenay. It’s an absorbing tale of child abuse, addiction and homelessness but I’m not here to plug a book as such. Rather, I wanted to share with you a quote from pages 578-579 of that book. The tale itself is fiction, though many parts of it are certainly true – such as this speech from the character Chief Justice Marcus Eisenstein;

“Imagine a society, any society, with one-quarter of its daughters and one-seventh of its sons struck down by a plague, a virus that isn’t immediately fatal but which has an incipient result that leads to suicide, persistent lifelong nightmares, intractable psychiatric disorders, drug and alcohol abuse, anorexia and depression, all of which requires lifelong treatment.

What do you suppose that society’s response should be? Yet that’s what we have here and nothing is done about it.”

He then goes on to say “Sexual abuse of children probably accounts for more misery and suffering than any of the great plagues of history, if for no other reason than that it lasts a lifetime. That, my dear old friend is what we are up against. That is truly why the law is an ass! A massive public-health problem like child sexual abuse demands a massive social response, yet there is no shout or even a whimper of indignation.

There is no National AIDS Council equivalent, no National Heart Foundation, no National Quit Smoking program, no Anti-Cancer Council! Despite the glaringly obvious evidence in front of us, we do nothing! And evil men are allowed to trample the young seedlings of our nation underfoot!” (Courtenay, Bryce Matthew Flinders’ Cat pp 578-579. Penguin Books 2002).

Charities and other groups such as ours are committed to bringing about an end to this “plague” – we will not stop fighting until all Australian children can be safe from all forms of abuse. Yes, we recognise that that commitment means a very long fight but the children of yesterday, today and all of our tomorrows are worth the battle. We need politicians and others to be made aware that society will not tolerate their indifference any longer, that this issue reaches into every part of our societies and indeed our economy.

Help us to be the change.
(GE)

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Katie Anne Castel who murdered her husband Jarred in front of their 4 year old son, has had her sentence slashed and could be out after serving just …

Katie Anne Castel who murdered her husband Jarred in front of their 4 year old son, has had her sentence slashed and could be out after serving just 3 of her 9 year sentence.

What an absolute farce !
Why is our system so lenient on murders involving domestic partners?

There is a 4 yr old little boy out there who has lost both of his parents, after watching his Mumma throw a knife at his Daddy and kill him. He has to live with that for the rest of his life.

A Brisbane woman who was jailed for stabbing her husband to death because she was “angry and annoyed” he got home late from work, could be out of jail by Christmas.

Katie Anne Castel, 38, admitted killing her husband Jarred Castel by throwing a 20-centimetre kitchen knife which hit him in the chest.

She first scratched her arm twice with the kitchen knife blade, saying she wanted to kill herself. According to reports her arms did not show evidence of a serious suicide attempt.

She then threw the knife, hitting Mr Castel in the chest. He died from blood loss caused by the 4cm-deep wound.

Ms Castel’s action was “deliberate and very dangerous”, a Brisbane judge said in sentencing her to nine years’ jail in March last year.

However Appeal Court Justice Debra Mullins noted Ms Castel’s apparent and immediate remorse and that she pleaded guilty.

She said the jail sentence without any mitigation was manifestly excessive in the circumstances.

What about the fact that this murder occurred in front of a 4 year old child !

The successful appeal means Castel will be eligible for parole on December 20 after serving a third – rather than half – of her manslaughter sentence. On that date it will be exactly three years since Mr Castel was fatally stabbed.

Ms Castel was charged with the domestic violence offence of manslaughter.

This decision was made as the nation marked National Domestic Violence Remembrance Day.

We can’t help but wonder if Judge Mullins knew this and went ahead and slashed the sentence of a domestic violence murderer anyway ?

Why slash her sentence by a third ?
Because she said she was sorry ?

When there is no chance of being found innocent, most offenders say they’re sorry and enter a guilty plea, because they don’t want to lose the significant sentence reduction !
That is not a reason for a further reduction in sentence.

The killing of Jarred Castel is a terrible loss, especially for his family and friends and our thoughts go out to them.

Our thoughts and love are also with Jarred’s little boy, so innocent and now forever scarred after watching mummy throw the knife at daddy.
No child should ever have to live with that, ever !

Our appeals court needs to stop being so easily swayed by murderers apologies. Of course they will tell you they’re sorry, they are sorry….. they’re in prison and they want out !

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https://www.9news.com.au/national/husband-killer-katie-anne-castel-eligible-for-parole-by-christmas/d2c02583-c2aa-43cb-9eaa-9da731266326

Katie Anne Castel who murdered her husband Jarred in front of their 4 year old son, has had her sentence slashed and could be out after serving just …

South African Business Wants Virus Lockdown Ended Within Weeks @sunshinysa

The effect of the lockdown in South Africa…

South Africa needs to end a lockdown within weeks or Africa’s most industrialized economy could hemorrhage as many as four million jobs and contract by 16% this year, the nation’s main business group said.

The country lacks the financial resources to withstand the extended closure of companies, said Martin Kingston, head of the economic work group at Business for South Africa, which represents the country’s biggest business organizations. Safety protocols must be put in place and commerce must restart, he said in an interview.

The government compelled most businesses to shut on March 27 in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Restrictions were marginally eased on May 1, with a move to so-called Level 4 from 5, and key industries such as mining are only operating at partial capacity. Borders have been closed except for limited cargo and the number of people queuing for food parcels is growing.

South Africa has won praise for limiting known infections, the first of which was confirmed on March 5, to 7,808 so far. The lockdown has helped buy time for the health services to prepare for an expected surge in cases. The government has said its risk-adjustment approach to reopen the economy spans six to eight months.

Come what may, one thing is certain, lives and lifestyles have changed. Change is guaranteed and life will never be the same again.

Read the entire article here

Credit : MSN

South African Business Wants Virus Lockdown Ended Within Weeks

Clarification of Personnel Access Authorization Requirements for Non-Immigrant Foreign Nationals Working at Nuclear Power Plants – Comment Deadline …

Basically this appears to be a reminder that foreigners shouldn’t be illegally working at US nuclear power stations, and that it is the responsibility of the nuclear power station owner to not take the word of the contractor and check for themselves, well before the worker arrives. It is a good opportunity for Americans to tell the NRC that you don’t want foreign nationals working in nuclear power stations, and any exceptions should have high security clearance. This is especially true for unescorted access.

The deadline was extended to June 15, 2020:
“Clarification of Personnel Access Authorization Requirements for Non-Immigrant Foreign Nationals Working at Nuclear Power Plants Due Apr 30 2020, at 11:59 PM ET ID: NRC-2020-0073-0001 Comment here: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=NRC-2020-0073-0001

Foreign Nationals shouldn’t even be allowed unescorted access to nuclear power stations, and really no access. And, yet, we learn that foreign nationals have been allowed unescorted access, apparently to work, who don’t even have a work permit! Any foreign nationals who work at a nuclear power station should have high security clearance. The NEI document upon which some background check is based is apparently not made public. We hope that this is because it involves using intelligence sources to check out foreign workers, along with Interpol checks. https://www.nrc.gov/docs/ML1120/ML112060032.pdf https://www.nrc.gov/docs/ML1120/ML112060028.pdf

Furthermore, those who already have unescorted access should be double checked, and not grandfathered in.

Now is a good time to remember that the US has a sitting US Senator whose uncle – up until very recently- advised the Goverment of India on nuclear defense matters, and who -God forbid- risks becoming VP: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2019/06/28/why-did-kamala-harris-lie-and-tell-biden-that-her-uncle-was-a-journalist-mathematics-when-he-advises-the-government-of-india-on-defense-especially-nuclear-matters

“The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is seeking public comment on a draft regulatory issue summary (RIS) to reinforce the existing requirement that prior to granting or reinstating unescorted access (UA), or certifying unescorted access authorization (UAA) to non-immigrant foreign nationals for the purpose of performing work, licensees shall take reasonable steps to access reliable, independent sources of information, in addition to the information provided by the applicant, to verify the applicant’s claimed non-immigration status…

The NRC, in collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security, has identified several instances where a licensee has failed to appropriately verify, in the case of foreign nationals seeking UA and/or UAA, that the claimed non-immigration status that the individual has provided is correct. Consequently, foreign nationals have been granted UA and UAA at United States nuclear power plants for the purpose of work using visa categories that do not permit foreign nationals to work in the United States.
The NRC issues RISs to communicate with stakeholders on a broad range of matters. This may include communication and clarification of NRC technical or policy positions on regulatory matters that have not been communicated to or are not broadly understood by the nuclear industry.” https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=NRC-2020-0073-0001

One comment:
“RE: FR Doc No: 2020-06473
II. Background
The NRC, in collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security,
has identified several instances where a licensee has FAILED to
appropriately verify, in the case of foreign nationals seeking UA and/
or UAA, that the claimed non-immigration status that the individual has
provided is correct. Consequently, foreign nationals have been granted
UA and UAA at United States nuclear power plants for the purpose of
work using visa categories that DO NOT permit foreign nationals to work
in the United States.

The NRC and DHS cannot allow this!
Foreign nationals do not necessarily care about the health and safety of the United States. Such foreign nationals are highly susceptible to being enticed to imperil the US nuclear industry for monetary or political gain. aka, espionage.

These “licensees” should loose their status, be fined and imprisoned for so callously jeopardizing the safety of the United States’s nuclear industry, its citizenry and its mere existance. https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=NRC-2020-0073-0003

The problem:
“REGION II FACILITY
A joint investigation by OI and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, substantiated an allegation that an access manager at a Region II facility deliberately violated NRC regulations and licensee procedures by granting a foreign national unescorted access to the Region II nuclear facilities and deliberately created incomplete and inaccurate access records that are material to the NRC.

The evidence also showed that another foreign national deliberately submitted inaccurate information on the personal history questionnaire, causing the licensee to submit incomplete and inaccurate unescorted access authorization records that are material to the NRC.

The results of this investigation remain under regulatory review by the NRC staff.” https://www.nrc.gov/docs/ML2005/ML20054A170.pdf

The original pdf without highlights is found here: https://www.regulations.gov/contentStreamer?documentId=NRC-2020-0073-0002&contentType=pdf

https://www.regulations.gov/contentStreamer?documentId=NRC-2020-0073-0002&contentType=pdf

NB: This goes in the general direction of our suspicions that illegal workers could have been used to clean up the WIPP nuclear waste accident and then thrown back across the border.

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