English sports clubs granted £300m emergency funding package

first_imgElite League: £4m Lawn Tennis Association: £5m James Warrington Funding breakdown The package does not include support for the English Football League, which is currently locked in negotiations with the Premier League about a bail-out package. Basketball: £4m Rugby League: £12m The government said its £300m funding package will help English sports clubs survive the winter Also Read: English sports clubs granted £300m emergency funding package National League (steps 1-2): £11mNational League (steps 3-6): £14mWomen’s Football (Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship): £3m Greyhound racing: £1m “Britain is a sports powerhouse, and this government will do everything we can to help our precious sports and clubs make it through Covid.” England Netball: £2mSuper League Netball: £2m The largest tranche of funding will go to Rugby Union, which will receive £135m, while Rugby League will be granted £12m. Racecourses: £40m Cricket also missed out on the funding. The funding, which is largely made up of loans, comes as sports clubs battle to stay afloat without spectators. The government said its £300m funding package will help English sports clubs survive the winter Rugby League and Rugby Union, horse racing and the lower tiers of National League football are among the beneficiaries of the support. The government provided a preliminary breakdown of how the £300m will be divvied up, based on needs assessment. Rugby Union: £135m by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeBigGlobalTravelCelebrities That Are Still Married TodayBigGlobalTravelPost FunGreat Songs That Artists Are Now Embarrassed OfPost FunAtlantic MirrorA Kilimanjaro Discovery Has Proved This About The BibleAtlantic MirrorGameday NewsMichael Oher Tells A Whole Different Story About ‘The Blind Side’Gameday NewsBleacherBreaker41 Old Toys That Are Worth More Than Your HouseBleacherBreakerLiver Health1 Bite of This Melts Belly And Arm Fat (Take Before Bed)Liver HealthExplored Planet40 Things People Should Reconsider Wearing On A PlaneExplored Planet Horseracing: £40m Ice Hockey: £4m Rugby Football League: £12m Netball: £4m Rugby Football Union: £44mPremiership Rugby clubs: £59mChampionship Rugby clubs: £9mRugby clubs below Championship: £23m whatsapp whatsapp Owners/operators of major circuits (Silverstone, Goodwood, The British Automobile Racing Club, MotorSport Vision): £6m Football: £28m The Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said the first tranche of funding will be distributed in the coming weeks. “We promised to stand by sports when we had to postpone fans returning,” said culture secretary Oliver Dowden. “We are doing just that by delivering another £300 million on top of existing business support schemes.”  Tennis: £5m The government said its £300m funding package will help English sports clubs survive the winter Also Read: English sports clubs granted £300m emergency funding package Share Basketball England: £1mBritish Basketball League clubs (including Women’s British Basketball League clubs): £3m Show Comments ▼ Badminton: £2m Badminton England: £2m Thursday 19 November 2020 1:05 pm Greyhound Board of Great Britain: £1m English sports clubs granted £300m emergency funding package Horse racing will receive £40m, while lower league football and women’s football will share £28m. The government has announced a £300m emergency funding package to help sports clubs in England survive ongoing coronavirus restrictions during the winter. 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Royal Bank of Scotland, Barclays, Lloyds, First Direct: Bank customer satisfaction survey shows that newcomers beat Big Four

first_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunMoguldom NationFather Of 2 Sues Los Angeles Hospital After Wife Dies During ChildbirthMoguldom NationComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday NewsEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity Mirrorzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.com Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Share Newcomers beat out big banks for customer satisfaction, as the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has been voted worst provider again, showing it hasn’t been forgiven for recent IT glitches.None of the Big Four claimed any of the top three spots, showing that satisfaction with big banks is way down, according to uSwitch, which polled 10,000 people on how they felt about their current account provider. RBS was voted least favourite for the second year running, but the bank isn’t the only one struggling. The Co-operative Bank had the biggest drop in popularity, sliding in a dispiriting eight out of 12 categories, and Lloyds, Barclays and HSBC’s customer satisfaction also suffered blows.First Direct, by contrast, was the most popular bank by far, sweeping the board winning nine out of 12 categories, including “best current account”, “most trusted” and “best customer services”.Nicolas Frankom, money expert at uSwitch said that although value for money is important, it isn’t everything:It’s important that the banks don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater and don’t take their eye off getting the basics right – customer service is key.  Many providers still have a long way to go when it comes to delivering here.With more challenger banks expected to shake things up even further in the future, the Big Four clearly have more to do if they want to be the big winners.No matter what bank you have though, customers are winning, as both trust and value for money were up across the board compared to last year. center_img whatsapp Clara Guibourg Wednesday 9 September 2015 5:10 pm Royal Bank of Scotland, Barclays, Lloyds, First Direct: Bank customer satisfaction survey shows that newcomers beat Big Four last_img read more

News / Schiphol airport charges to rise, but freighters pay less than passenger planes

first_img Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is to increase the charges for freighter flights by a minimum of 29% from April 1, while the minimum increase for passenger flights will be 44%.Yesterday it published its fee increases for the next three years: 2019 is set to see the highest increases at an average of 10.7%; 2020 charges will rise 8.7% on average; and 2021, by 4.2%.In a move that was widely welcomed, the airport has significantly increased charges for older aircraft, with freighter operators looking at a 249% rise for night take-offs in the noisiest aircraft and paying 83% more during the day. By Alex Lennane 01/11/2018 © Jan Kranendonkcenter_img Freighter operators must pay €1.96 per 1,000kg for a night time take off in the most modern aircraft, or €1.30 per 1,000kg during the day.Passenger flights using connected stands face increases nearly double that of freighters, but the airport said that, in fact, the raises were lower than its original proposal.“The decrease as compared to the proposal is caused by the decision of Schiphol to exclude the cost ofa possible hard Brexit, include the contribution of the Dutch government [for a project], decrease digital investments, slightly adjust the traffic and transport forecast as well as a slight adjustment of allocation keys,” it noted.The news follows progress on the ‘local rule’, which has the potential to offer freighter operators more ad hoc slots. The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Public Works reversed an earlier decision to make no objections to the implementation of the rule.It would give freighter operators priority for the first 25% of unused slots that are to be re-allocated, as well as the ability for airlines to adjust their schedules so as not to fall foul of a rule removing historical rights to slots for delayed flights, a particular challenge for cargo flights. Organisations such as Air Cargo Netherlands (ACN) have vigorously lobbied for the local rule.Airport Coordination Netherlands has until November 30 to carry out a feasibility study, before the ministry makes its final decision.“The ministry judges that there are no legal objections and the rule is effective,” explained Ben Radstaak, director of innovation and compliance for CAN. “The last step is an assessment by the slot coordinator, which will be done this month.“For all airlines, changing schedules will no longer lead to the loss of historic rights and there will be a better system of reallocating returned and unused slots during the season.“The latter will be in a 25:75 ratio for full freighters and other aircraft, respectively.”However, last month, Schiphol’s head of aviation marketing, Maaike van der Windt, told The Loadstar she doubted the local rule would make much difference.“There are not a lot of un-utilised slots, so it won’t necessarily make much difference, because we are almost at capacity,” she said.Mr Radstaak however was more optimistic: “It’s correct that the lack of slots is an issue, at least for the next two years, but the local rule would still be beneficial for freighters in particular, as their business model forces them to adapt their schedules to changes in demand. The local rule will make that easier, both in view of keeping historic rights and getting slots for additional (adhoc) flights.”Schiphol’s September cargo volumes were down 3% year on year.last_img read more

JOB VACANCY: Coolwood Carpentry Ltd are seeking a fully qualified Carpenter to join their team

first_img JOB VACANCY: Coolwood Carpentry Ltd are seeking a fully qualified Carpenter to join their team Pinterest Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ By LaoisToday Reporter – 8th February 2019 TAGSCoolwood Carpentry SalaryNegotiableTo Apply:Email: [email protected] ALSO – Check out the dedicated jobs section on LaoisToday.ie Full-time position, with immediate startThe successful candidate must be a fully qualified carpenter  and have a minimum of 3 years on-site experienceAll aspects of carpentry will be covered including 1st & 2nd fix carpentry and roofingEnjoy working in a fast paced environmentComfortable working as part of a teamInnovation and attention to detail highly valuedMust have own transport and toolsFlexible and hard workingSafe pass & manual handling desirableReferences required Pinterest Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Community Facebook Facebook Previous articleLaois Ploughing enters a new era while matches start up this monthNext articleGreat membership offers in place as Mountrath Golf Club celebrate 90th anniversary LaoisToday Reporter Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic year Home Jobs JOB VACANCY: Coolwood Carpentry Ltd are seeking a fully qualified Carpenter to… JobsSponsored Community WhatsApp Council New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Twitter Coolwood Carpentry Ltd are seeking a fully qualified Carpenter to join their team.We are a growing carpentry company that covers all aspects of carpentry including 1st and 2nd fix carpentry and roofing, with contracts in Dublin and Laois.  We pride our selves on providing our clients with the highest standards of quality and craftsmanship.Role and responsibilities:last_img read more

North Attributes 2:1 Win to the Marshal

first_img SHARE Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak News The South Korean women’s soccer team suffered a 1-2 reverse at the hands of North Korea in the East Asian Cup on Sunday at Seoul World Cup Stadium. South Korea went ahead in the first half with an opening goal by Kim Soo Yun, but then allowed Ho Eun Byul to score two and take the game for the North Korean side.Both sides conducted themselves in a fair manner throughout. Furthermore, the North Korean players waved to not only the Chongryon cheering squad after the game, but also that present for the South Korean side. Ho Eun Byul even gave a live-broadcast interview after the match finished. “I saw the unified power of our people,” she said. “It would be great if we could exchange our experiences and go forward to the World Cup together.”However, there was a somewhat uncomfortable atmosphere in the press conference after the match. It was requested that the term “North side” be used rather than “North Korea.” In addition, political questions were prohibited, and North Korean team members were not available for interview.Attending the press conference was North Korean coach Kim Kwang Min, who responded firmly to reporters’ questions. Kim said, “The love and consideration given to women’s soccer by the Marshal (Kim Jong Eun) is enormous,” adding, “We are training very hard to repay him, and from now on we will work hard to bring about good results.”He added, “In the remaining two matches all of our athletes must continue to win in order to give great joy to the Marshal.” By Daily NK – 2013.07.22 3:25pm Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News center_img News AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] North Attributes 2:1 Win to the Marshal There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

Development Plan for Manchester Completed

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Manager of the Manchester Parish Development Committee (MPDC), Sam Miller, has said that the organization has completed the development plan for the parish, which seeks to manage the local infrastructure.“The parish is rapidly developing and in partnership with the Parish Council, we are playing our part to ensure that the growth we are experiencing is sustainable. This growth will last and benefit future generations, if we have order and proper planning,” Mr. Miller told JIS News. He further noted that the plan is with the Parish Council, and expressed the hope that it would be approved by the end of April. The document, he said, contains corrective measures for the parking problems in the town of Mandeville, construction of a modern market, and marketing Manchester as the parish to gain valuable education. “We have a number of tertiary institutions and high schools in Manchester, and very soon Mandeville will be a university town. If all of these are pooled, and we tell the world of what we are offering in the area of education, I believe that it can be a great output in the parish’s economy,” Mr. Miller said.He told JIS News that members of the Committee envision a Manchester where all concerned would work responsibly and creatively in developing the parish. Mr. Miller explained that included in the plan are short and long term measures to be employed in relation to the use of water, land and other resources in the parish. RelatedDevelopment Plan for Manchester Completed Development Plan for Manchester Completed UncategorizedJanuary 21, 2008 RelatedDevelopment Plan for Manchester Completedcenter_img RelatedDevelopment Plan for Manchester Completed Advertisementslast_img read more

Only 30.4 % of Households in Lowest Category Received Remittances in 2006

first_imgOnly 30.4 % of Households in Lowest Category Received Remittances in 2006 UncategorizedFebruary 24, 2008 RelatedOnly 30.4 % of Households in Lowest Category Received Remittances in 2006 RelatedOnly 30.4 % of Households in Lowest Category Received Remittances in 2006 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The 2006 Jamaica Survey of Living Conditions (JSLC) indicates that only 30.4 per cent of households in the lowest category received remittances, compared to 54.9 per cent for the highest. Speaking at the launch of the report on February 20, at the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) Grenada Way office, Director General of the Institute, Dr. Wesley Hughes also said that mean per capita remittances increased progressively from the poorest quintile ($19,338) to the wealthiest quintile ($63,896). The use to which remittance was put, points to its impact, Dr. Hughes pointed out, as it was found that 68.7 per cent of households spent remittances on day-to-day expenses, while education and health received 10 per cent, respectively. Remittances were, therefore, used to supplement wages as opposed to being used for wealth creation, as only 5 per cent of households channeled their remittances into investment or savings, the Director General asserted. Turning to projections for the future, Dr. Hughes said these were made in the context of a low inflation environment. “However, given inflation of 15 per cent at year end (December 2007), fuelled by Hurricane Dean, the October flood rains, the rising food and oil prices, there may have to be an adjustment made with respect to the JSLC 2007, which will be published later this year,” he added.He said it was still expected that poverty, the most watched trend, would decline. However, he cautioned that such a decline would not be substantial as “it is more difficult to assail poverty when we have, through strategic interventions, alleviated poverty to the point where we have now reached those who are the extreme poor.”Dr. Hughes said the nation should therefore expect to see continued decline, but a slowing down of the rate of the decline. With this reality, he said it should be recognised that the economy and the nation has come a far way, as the highest incidence of poverty was 45 per cent in 1991, coupled with an inflation rate of 80 per cent.“A rise in the latter, therefore, will result in a rise in the former. These are realities that should not surprise, but rather incite us to be better prepared for change and suggests the urgency to not allow inflation to spiral,” he said.This special module on remittances, written by Dr. Dillon Alleyne of the University of the West Indies, Mona, Department of Economics, was included in the JSLC because of the prominence of remittance inflows in social and economic discussions.center_img RelatedOnly 30.4 % of Households in Lowest Category Received Remittances in 2006 Advertisementslast_img read more

Review of local restriction tiers 30 December 2020

first_imgReview of local restriction tiers 30 December 2020 Yesterday, we conducted the latest formal review of tier allocations across England. The allocations and a detailed rationale can be found below.The new variant means that most of the country is now in Tier 4 and almost all of the country in Tiers 3 and 4. This is absolutely necessary. Where we still can give places greater freedoms, we will continue to do so.As set out in the COVID-19 Winter Plan, there are 5 indicators which guide our decisions for any given area, alongside consideration of ‘human geographies’ like travel patterns.These are:case detection rates in all age groupscase detection rates in the over 60sthe rate at which cases are rising or fallingpositivity rate (the number of positive cases detected as a percentage of tests taken)pressure on the NHSThese are not easy decisions, but they have been made according to the best clinical advice, and the best possible data from the JBC.The regulations will require the government to review the allocations at least every 14 days. We will also take urgent action when the data suggests it is required.We will also deposit a comprehensive list and the data packs used to inform these decisions in the Libraries of both Houses.These changes will apply from Thursday 31 December 2020. This list has also been published on GOV.UK and a postcode checker will be available for the public to check what rules apply in their local area.Rationales for allocationsOverviewA novel variant of SARS-CoV-2 is circulating in England. The strain shows increased transmissibility. There is currently no evidence that the variant is more likely to cause severe disease or mortality, but investigations continue. The majority of the cases identified in London, the South East and the East of England are of the novel strain. Spread is increasing in the South West, Midlands and parts of the North West.The evidence shows that infection rates in geographical areas where this particular variant has been circulating have increased faster than expected, and the modelling evidence has demonstrated that this variant has a higher transmission rate than other variants in current circulation. Speed of case rate growth is closely correlated with presence of the new variant.Areas already under Tier 4 restrictionsLondonIn London the case rate in all ages and in people aged 60 and over continues to increase across all local authorities.The weekly case rate in London is the highest of the nine regions of England at 814 per 100,000 and increased by 53% in the last week. The case rate in people aged 60 and over also increased by 71% over the last week and is now 551 per 100,000.There is some variation across local authorities in London, with the lowest case rate in Kensington and Chelsea (524 per 100,000) and the highest in Havering (1290 per 100,000). Five local authorities now have case rates greater than 1000 per 100,000 (Havering, Redbridge, Bexley, Barking and Dagenham and Tower Hamlets). Across the London NHS Sustainability and Transformation Partnership areas (STPs) (South West London STP, South East London STP, North East London STP, North Central London STP, and North West London STP), the daily COVID bed occupancy is above the national average and continues to rise.The proportion of critical care beds or beds with mechanical ventilation occupied by COVID patients remains high and continues to rise. South East London STP is experiencing the highest current COVID growth rate in London, with pressure remaining particularly acute for North East London STP (though growth rates have reduced since prior week). Overall, the picture remains very concerning and warrants London remaining in Tier 4.East of EnglandIn the East of England, the picture has continued to deteriorate, with a significant increase in case rates in all ages (up by 52% to 581 per 100,000 per week) and in people aged 60 and over (up by 62% to 326 per 100,000 per week). The region has the second highest case rates of the 9 regions and case rates are continuing to increase across all local authorities. There are 10 local authorities with case rates greater than 1000 per 100,000 (Brentwood, Epping Forest, Thurrock, Castle Point, Southend-on-Sea, Basildon, Broxbourne and Rochford.Across the region case rates range from 182 per 100,000 in East Suffolk to 1510 per 100,000 in Brentwood. Across the East of England NHS STPs (Norfolk and Waveney STP, Cambridge and Peterborough STP, Hertfordshire and West Essex STP, Mid and South Essex STP, Bedford, Luton and Milton Keynes STP and Suffolk and North East Essex STP), the number of daily COVID hospital admissions is rising, with Hertfordshire and West Essex STP and Mid and South Essex STP in a critical position.The daily COVID bed occupancy has now risen to, or above, the national acute hospital average (apart from Cambridge and Peterborough STP which is still below national average) and continues to rise. The proportion of critical care beds or beds with mechanical ventilation occupied by COVID patients has risen sharply. The COVID demand on local NHS hospitals remains high, and has been increasing steeply and shows fewsigns of reducing.For the 2 critical STPs (Hertfordshire and West Essex STP and Mid and South Essex STP), the daily COVID bed occupancy is at critical levels, has risen well above the national acute hospital average in the last 7 days and continues to rise steeply. Overall, the picture remains very concerning and warrants all areas of the East of England remaining in Tier 4.South EastThe South East has the third highest case rate of the 9 regions of England; and the situation has continued to deteriorate across the majority of the region. Case rates have continued to increase in all ages (up by 36% to 476 per 100,000 per week) and in people aged 60 and over (up by 40% to 294 per 100,000 per week). Seven local authorities have seen case rates increase by over 100% in the last week (Eastleigh, Chichester, Worthing, Southampton, Adur, Horsham and Windsor and Maidenhead). Across the South East NHS STPs (Hampshire and Isle of Wight STP, Sussex STP, Frimley STP, Buckinghamshire STP, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West STP, Kent and Medway STP, Surrey Heartlands STP) the number of daily COVID hospital admissions and bed occupancy continue to rise.In Kent and Medway STP the daily COVID bed occupancy is above the national acute hospital average and continues to rise, with the proportion of critical care beds or beds with mechanical ventilation occupied by COVID patients remaining high and has shown no signs of reducing in the last 10 days. In Surrey Heartlands STP additional ICU capacity in Ashford and St Peters has been opened and support has been provided to the Kent system. Overall, the picture remains very concerning and warrants the South East remaining in Tier 4.Only areas which are being escalated to a higher Tier appear in the tables below.South WestAreaNarrativeGloucestershire (Tier 4)In the last week, the picture in Gloucestershire has further deteriorated with an increase in all epidemiological indicators in all 6 of the local authorities. The case rate for all ages is high across the area with the highest rates seen in Gloucester (304 per 100,000 per week), which is also showing the highest rates in people aged over 60 (246 per 100,000 per week). Increases in case rates of more than 60% have been seen in 3 of the local authorities in the past week, with the greatest increase seen in Cheltenham of 73% (to 175 per 100,00 per week). Test positivity is at or above 5% across the area with two local authorities above 8%. COVID admissions are high in the local NHS (Gloucestershire STP) and increasing whilst the numbers in bed is high and increasing, as is critical care. The rate of increase of the epidemiology indicators is concerning and warrants escalation to Tier 4.Swindon (Tier 4) and Wiltshire (Tier 3)In the last week, the picture in Swindon and Wiltshire has deteriorated, with an increase in all epidemiological indicators in the two local authorities. In Swindon, positivity (9%) and case rate in all ages are high and increasing (242 per 100,000, up 36% from the previous week). In addition, the most recent data continues to show a rapid increase in case numbers in Swindon. Wiltshire has seen a rapid increase in cases to 155 per 100,000 per week (up by 53% since the previous week). Both Swindon and Wiltshire border with current Tier 4 areas, where there is a rapid deterioration in epidemiology indicators. COVID admissions, numbers of patients in beds and critical care beds are all increasing in the local NHS (Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire STP). Within the area there is a difference in current rates and trajectories of the epidemiological indicators between Swindon and Wiltshire. The situation is of greatest concern in Swindon and therefore it warrants escalation to Tier 4. However, the rest of Wiltshire is showing increases in case rate for all ages and therefore now warrants escalation to Tier 3.Somerset (Tier 4)In Somerset, the picture has further deteriorated, with an increase in all epidemiological indicators in all four local authorities in the area. Most worrying are increases in cases seen in Sedgemoor (up by 80% to 275 per 100,000 per week) and Somerset West and Taunton (up by 58% to 248 per 100,000 per week). Case rates in people aged over 60 is also high in Somerset West and Taunton (170 per 100,000 per week) and Mendip (169 per 100,000 per week). Test positivity is above 5% for all local authorities in Somerset. COVID admissions in the local NHS (Somerset STP) are still high. Numbers in beds are stabilising after recent increases and critical care is stable. The rate of increase of the epidemiological indicators is concerning and warrants escalation to Tier 4.Bath and North East Somerset (Tier 3)In the last week the picture in Bath and North East Somerset has deteriorated, with an increase in all epidemiological indicators in the local area. The case rate in all ages has quickly increased by 52% (to 158 per 100,000 per week). Test positivity is 5% for the area. COVID admissions, numbers of patients in beds and critical care beds are all increasing in the local NHS (Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire STP). The rate of increase of the epidemiology indicators is concerning and warrants escalation to Tier 3.Dorset (Tier 3)In the last week the picture in Dorset has deteriorated, with a rapid increase in case rates in all ages (up by 74% to 120 per 100,000 per week), though from a relatively low base.Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (Tier 4)In Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole the epidemiological indicators have quickly deteriorated (from a higher base), with case rates in all ages increasing by 65% to 219 per 100,000 per week, and test positivity over 6%. The case rate in people aged over 60 is also high at 147 per 100,000 per week. Within the area there is a difference in current rates and trajectories of the epidemiological indicators between the two local authorities. The situation is of greatest concern in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole and therefore it warrants escalation to Tier 4. The rest of Dorset is showing increases in case rate for all ages and therefore now warrants escalation to Tier 3.Devon, Plymouth and Torbay (Tier 3)In the last week, the picture in Devon, Plymouth and Torbay has deteriorated. In five out of the ten areas the case rate is now above 150 per 100,000 per week. Case rate increases are particularly pronounced in Plymouth where case rate in all ages has grown by 102% to 179 per 100,000 per week and in West Devon where the case rate is 204 per 100,000 per week (an increase of 23%). Overall, the picture is concerning and warrants that Devon, Plymouth and Torbay be escalated to Tier 3.Cornwall (Tier 3)In the last week, the picture in Cornwall has deteriorated with overall cases across all age groups increasing 50% to 97 per 100,000 per week. Test positivity rates have also increased slightly to over 3% and the case rate in people over 60 has increased 16% to 47 per 100,000 per week. In the local NHS (Cornwall and Isles of Scilly STP), the number of patients in beds is stable currently. The continued increase in case rates is concerning and warrants that Cornwall be escalated to Tier 3.Isles of Scilly (Remain Tier 1)The Isles of Scilly will remain in Tier 1 as no cases have been recorded and the situation appears stable.South EastAreaNarrativeHampshire, Portsmouth, Southampton and Isle of Wight (Tier 4)In the last week, the situation in Hampshire, Portsmouth, Southampton and Isle of Wight has continued to deteriorate across the entire area. Local authorities currently in Tier 4 have seen continued steep increases in key indicators with areas such as Rushmoor seeing case rates increase 88% to 638 per 100,000. The Isle of Wight has seen an extremely concerning case rate increase of 268% in the last week, bringing it to 207 per 100,000 people. Test positivity has also increased to almost 8% across the area. While the New Forest still has the lowest rate within the area, sharp increases have been seen in case rates in all ages (a 63% increase to 147 per 100,000 per week) and in case rates in people aged over 60 (a 36% increase to 98 per 100,000 per week). In the local NHS (Hampshire and Isle of Wight STP), the number of daily COVID hospital admissions continues to rise steadily with increased numbers of COVID-positive patients in critical care, and in general beds. Occupancy is rising. The rate of increase of epidemiological indicators are concerning and warrants that the Isle of Wight and the New Forest are escalated to Tier 4.East MidlandsAreaNarrativeLeicester City (Tier 4)The overall picture in Leicester City remains concerning. The case rate in all ages remains high at 310 per 100,000 despite having been under restrictions for a very significant period of time. The case rate in people aged over 60 increased by 19% over the last seven days and is now at 290 per 100,000. Positivity is also high at 11%. In the local NHS (Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland STP), the daily COVID bed occupancy is above the national acute hospital average and continues to rise. The proportion of critical care beds or beds with mechanical ventilation occupied by COVID patients remains high. The level of the epidemiology indicators and bed occupancy is concerning and warrants allocation to Tier 4.Leicestershire (Tier 4)In the past week the picture in Leicestershire has deteriorated, with case rates in all ages above 200 per 100,000 in all local authorities. Case rates in all ages and in people aged over 60, and positivity are high and increasing in almost all local authorities. In Harborough, case rates in all ages increased by 75% over the last seven days. Oadby and Wigston has the highest case rate in all ages (372 per 100,000) and case rate in people aged over 60 (256 per 100,000). In the local NHS (Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland STP), the number of daily COVID hospital admissions is variable. The daily COVID bed occupancy is above the national acute hospital average and continues to rise. The proportion of critical care beds or beds with mechanical ventilation occupied by COVID patients remains high. The level of the epidemiology indicators and bed occupancy is concerning and warrants allocation to Tier 4.Northamptonshire (Tier 4)In the past week, the picture in Northamptonshire has further deteriorated, with case rates in all ages increasing in all areas between 30% and 80%. Case rates in people aged over 60 are high and increasing in all local authorities, with exception of Northampton where it decreased by 10% over the last seven days and is now at 235 per 100,000. The deterioration and high level of the epidemiology indicators is concerning and warrants escalation to Tier 4.Derby and Derbyshire (Tier 4)The situation in Derby and Derbyshire has deteriorated across the majority of the area. Case rate increases of above 20% have been seen in all local authorities apart from Bolsover and Derby and are most worrying in Derbyshire Dales and Erewash where there has been an 85% and 40% increase, respectively over the last seven days. Case rates in all ages are generally high and are of particular concern in Derby, Amber Valley, South Derbyshire, Bolsover and North East Derbyshire which are all over 200 per 100,000. Case rates in people aged over 60 are most concerning in South Derbyshire and Amber Valley where they are above 200 per 100,000 and increasing. In the local NHS (Joined Up Care Derbyshire STP), COVID admissions have been variable over the past 7 days, total number of COVID patients has increased, whilst occupancy is stable. The proportion of critical care beds or beds with mechanical ventilation occupied by COVID patients is higher than the national average. The deterioration and high level of the epidemiology indicators is concerning and warrants escalation to Tier 4.Lincolnshire (Tier 4)There is a worrying picture in Lincolnshire. While five local authorities (Lincoln, West Lindsey, Boston, East Lindsey and South Holland) have remained steady or seen minor improvements to case rates in all ages, these are from a very high level and within this group only East Lindsey and South Holland have a case rate below 300 per 100,000. South Kesteven and North Kesteven are the most worrying local authorities, having seen an increase of over 40% in the last seven days bringing their case rates in all ages to 314 and 280 per 100,000 respectively. Positivity remains high across the region, particularly in Lincoln and Boston where it is at or above 11%. The local NHS (Lincolnshire STP) reports COVID admissions are volatile, and bed occupancy is increasing. The proportion of critical care beds occupied by COVID patients remains very high. The deterioration and high level of the epidemiology indicators is concerning, as is the NHS situation, and so the area warrants escalation to Tier 4.Nottingham and Nottinghamshire (Tier 4)The past seven days have seen the overall situation deteriorate in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, although there is a mixed picture in some areas. All areas now have an overall case rate above 200 per 100,000 per week. Ashfield and Rushcliffe have seen the steepest rises in overall case rates of 50% and 58% respectively. Mansfield and Bassetlaw have seen stable case rates, yet numbers remain high. In the local NHS (Nottingham and Nottinghamshire STP), COVID admissions bed occupancy and critical care occupancy remain stable at elevated levels. The epidemiological situation is concerning and warrants that the region be escalated to Tier 4.Rutland (Tier 3)The overall picture in Rutland deteriorated over the last seven days. The case rate in all ages increased by 13% to 153 per 100,000. The case rate in people aged over 60 is low (79 per 100,000) but increased by 43% over the last seven days. In the local NHS (Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland STP), the number of daily COVID hospital admissions is variable. The daily COVID bed occupancy is above the national acute hospital average and continues to rise. The proportion of critical care beds or beds with mechanical ventilation occupied by COVID patients remains high. Rutland is surrounded by local authorities in Tier 4 and case rates are slowly deteriorating, warranting escalation to Tier 3.West MidlandsAreaNarrativeBirmingham and Black County (Tier 4)In the last seven days the situation in Birmingham and the Black Country has deteriorated and an increase in all epidemiological indicators in all five of the local authorities has been seen. Case rates in all ages are above 300 per 100,000 in each local authority and are of particular concern in Wolverhampton (419 per 100,000). Case rates in people aged over 60 increased between 15 and 40% over the last seven days and is the highest in Wolverhampton (268 per 100,000). Positivity is above 10% across the area. In the local NHS (Black Country and West Birmingham STP), there are high levels of activity. Increase in demand for critical care. The proportion of critical care beds occupied by COVID patients is high. In the Birmingham and Solihull STP, COVID admissions and COVID bed occupancy are increasing. Critical care occupancy remains high and increasing. The rate of increase of the epidemiology indicators is concerning and warrants allocation to Tier 4.Warwickshire (Tier 4)In the last seven days the situation in Warwickshire has deteriorated. Case rates in all ages have increased with prevalence most concerning in Rugby (365 per 100,000) where positivity is above 10% and increasing. Stratford-on-Avon has the lowest case rate in all ages at 182 per 100,000 but has seen a 30% increase in the last seven days. The percentage increase in case rate in people aged over 60 is the highest in Nuneaton and Bedworth (46% in the last seven days) and is now at a rate of 206 per 100,000. In the local NHS (Coventry and Warwickshire STP), the number of daily COVID hospital admissions is variable. COVID bed occupancy is increasing. The proportion of critical care beds or beds with mechanical ventilation occupied by COVID patients remains high. The rate of increase of the epidemiology indicators and bed occupancy are concerning and warrants allocation to Tier 4.Coventry (Tier 4)In the last seven days the situation in Coventry has deteriorated with all epidemiological indicators increasing. The case rate in all ages has increased by 27% in the last seven days and is now at 257 per 100,000. The case rate in people aged over 60 has increased by 49% in the last seven days and is now at 189 per 100,000. In the local NHS (Coventry and Warwickshire STP), the number of daily COVID hospital admissions is variable. COVID bed occupancy is increasing. The proportion of critical care beds or beds with mechanical ventilation occupied by COVID patients remains high. The rate of increase of the epidemiology indicators is concerning and warrants allocation to Tier 4.Solihull (Tier 4)In the last seven days the situation in Solihull has deteriorated with all epidemiological indicators increasing. The case rate in all ages has increased by 38% in the last seven days and is now at 260 per 100,000. In the local NHS (Birmingham and Solihull STP), COVID admissions and COVID bed occupancy are increasing. Critical care occupancy remains high and increasing. The rate of increase of the epidemiology indicators is concerning and warrants allocation to Tier 4.Herefordshire (Tier 3)In the last seven days the situation in Herefordshire has deteriorated with all epidemiological indicators increasing. The case rate in all ages has increased by 150% in the last seven days and is now at 198 per 100,000. Case rate in people aged over 60 is also concerning at 162 per 100,000 and with an increase of 267% over the last seven days. In the local NHS (Herefordshire and Worcestershire STP), bed occupancy is increasing. Critical Care occupancy has stabilised. The rate of increase of the epidemiology indicators is extremely concerning and warrants allocation to Tier 3.Worcestershire (Tier 3)In the last seven days the situation in Worcestershire has deteriorated and an increase in all epidemiological indicators has been seen in all six local authorities. Case rates in all ages are above 200 per 100,000 in Bromsgrove, Redditch, Wychavon and Wyre Forest. Concerning increases in the last seven days have been seen in Wychavon (53%) and Worcester (112%). In Worcester and Malvern Hills, case rates in people aged over 60 increased by over 100% in the last week and are now at 219 and 165 per 100,000. In the local NHS (Herefordshire and Worcestershire STP), COVID bed occupancy is increasing. Critical Care occupancy has stabilised. The rate of increase of the epidemiology indicators is concerning and warrants allocation to Tier 3.Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin (Tier 3)There is a mixed picture in Shropshire and Telford and the Wrekin. The local authority of Telford and Wrekin has seen increases in all the epidemiological indicators and the case rate in all ages is 167 per 100,000. In Shropshire the case rate in all ages (104 per 100,000), the case rate in people aged over 60 (69 per 100,000) and positivity (3.6%) remained relatively stable. In the local NHS (Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin STP), the proportion of critical care beds occupied by COVID patients is high. Despite the slightly less concerning epidemiological picture and NHS situation in Shropshire, leaving it as the only Tier 2 area in the West Midlands risks case rates increasing with increased mobility both within the area and across its borders. Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin therefore warrant escalation to Tier 3.Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent (Tier 4)In the last seven days the situation in Staffordshire has deteriorated and all local authorities now have case rates in all ages greater than 200 per 100,000 per week. Of particular concern is the high case rate in people aged over 60, which is now above 150 per 100,000 per week in all local authorities. The overall testing positivity rate has remained steady at around 9%. In terms of growth rates there is a mixed picture with relatively stable numbers in East Staffordshire, Cannock Chase, Staffordshire Moorlands and Newcastle-Under-Lyme. Stoke-on-Trent has seen a falling case rate. However, Tamworth, Lichfield, South Staffordshire and Stafford have seen pronounced rises in the last week (by more than 30%). In the local NHS (Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent STP), the number of daily COVID hospital admissions remains variable. The daily COVID bed occupancy is above the national acute hospital average and continues to rise. COVID occupancy in mechanical ventilated beds remains high. The situation is concerning and warrants that Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are escalated to Tier 4.North WestAreaNarrativeLancashire, Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen (Tier 4)In the last week, the picture has deteriorated. The case rates in all ages increased in 11 of the 14 local authorities. Burnley and Pendle have the highest case rates at 499 and 434 per 100,000. The case rates in people aged over 60 remain high with Blackburn with Darwen and Burnley having the highest rates at 374 and 338 per 100,000, respectively. The number of daily COVID hospital admissions in the local NHS (Lancashire and South Cumbria STP) has seen an increase over the past seven days and are starting to rise back towards wave 2 peak. General and acute bed occupancy remains high. Royal Blackburn and Royal Preston are operating in surge capacity. The rate of increase of the epidemiology indicators is concerning and warrants escalation to Tier 4.Liverpool City Region (Tier 3)In the last week, the picture in Liverpool City Region has deteriorated with an increase in all epidemiological indicators across all six local authorities. The case rate in all ages is high across the area with the highest rates seen in Wirral (210 per 100,000 population). Cases rates increased by more than 50% in five of the six local authorities over the last 7 days, with the greatest increase seen in Wirral (91%). Case rates in people aged over 60 are equal to or greater than 150 per 100,000 in St. Helens, Halton and Liverpool. COVID admissions to hospital remain broadly flat over the past seven days in the local NHS (Cheshire and Merseyside). General and Acute bed occupancy remains high, but static. The rate of increase of the epidemiology indicators is concerning and warrants escalation to Tier 3.Cheshire and Warrington (Tier 4)In the last seven days, the picture in Cheshire and Warrington has deteriorated with an increase in all epidemiological indicators across all three local authorities. Warrington has the highest case rate in all ages (304 per 100,000), case rate in people aged over 60 (217 per 100,000), and test positivity. In the local NHS (Cheshire and Merseyside STP), COVID admissions to hospital remain broadly flat over the past seven days. General and acute bed occupancy remains high, but static. The rate of increase of the epidemiology indicators is concerning and warrants escalation to Tier 4.Cumbria (Tier 4)Over the last seven days, case rates in all ages increased by more than 90% in Carlisle, Eden, Allerdale and Copeland. In South Lakeland and Barrow-in-Furness case rates in all ages are stable. The case rate in people aged over 60 decreased by 52% over the last 7 days in Barrow-in-Furness. The most concerning local authorities are Carlisle and Eden with case rates in all ages at 331 and 496 per 100,000, respectively. For these two local authorities case rates in people aged over 60 are high (219 and 330 per 100,000) and increasing rapidly (119% and 205%). In Lancashire and South Cumbria STP COVID admissions to hospital have seen an increase over the past seven days and are starting to rise back towards the second wave peak. General and acute bed occupancy remains high. Royal Blackburn and Royal Preston remain operating in surge capacity. In the North East and North Cumbria STP, COVID admissions, bed occupancy and critical care bed occupancy are all stable. The rate of increase of the epidemiology indicators is concerning and warrants escalation to Tier 4.Greater Manchester (Tier 4)In the last week, the picture in Greater Manchester has deteriorated with an increase in the majority of the epidemiological indicators. Case rates in all ages increased by more than 50% in Tameside, Stockport and Trafford. In Oldham, Bolton and Rochdale case rates in all ages are stable. Trafford has the highest case rate in all ages (246 per 100,000) and experienced the highest case rate change (69%). Case rate in people aged over 60 increased in eight of the 10 local authorities. Test positivity in the area ranges between 7% and 10%. In the local NHS (Greater Manchester STP) COVID admissions to hospital have seen an increase over the past seven days but are still lower than the wave 2 peak. Critical care position is stable, with mutual aid available as required. General and acute bed occupancy remains high and is an area of particular concern. The rate of increase of the epidemiology indicators is concerning and warrants allocation to Tier 4.North EastAreaNarrativeTees Valley (LA5) (Tier 4)The situation in the Tees Valley (LA5) remains concerning, with case rates in all ages remaining greater than 230 per 100,000 per week in four of the five local authorities in the area (except Redcar and Cleveland), with Hartlepool particularly worrying at 418 per 100,000 (up by 36% in the past week). Case rates in people aged over 60 remain very high (above 150 per 100,000 per week) in four of the five local authorities in the area, especially in Hartlepool (327 per 100,000 per week). In the local NHS (North East and North Cumbria STP), COVID admissions, bed occupancy and critical care bed occupancy has been stable, but are now showing signs of increasing. The rate of increase of the epidemiology indicators is concerning and warrants allocation to Tier 4.North East (LA7) (Tier 4)The overall picture remains concerning. Case rates in all ages and case rates in people aged over 60 remain greater than 100 per 100,000 per week in all local authorities in the area. Case rates in all ages are greater than 200 per 100,000 per week in four of seven local authorities (County Durham, Gateshead, Northumberland, South Tyneside). The situation is particularly concerning in County Durham and Gateshead where the case rates are 264 and 227 per 100,000 per week respectively (increases of 52% and 82%). The lowest case rate in all ages in the region is in Newcastle upon Tyne (144 per 100,000 per week). However, neighbouring areas remain high and the situation is still concerning. In the local NHS (North East and North Cumbria STP), COVID admissions, bed occupancy and critical care bed occupancy have been stable, but are now showing signs of increasing. The rate of increase of the epidemiology indicators is concerning and warrants allocation to Tier 4.Yorkshire and the HumberAreaNarrativeYork and North Yorkshire (Tier 3)In the last week, the situation in the York and North Yorkshire region has deteriorated with case rates in all ages rising in the majority of the region. Case rate increases in all ages are particularly worrying in York (131% to 218 per 100,000 per week), Ryedale (125% to 146 per 100,000 per week) and Hambleton (207% to 238 per 100,000 per week). In Scarborough the case rate in all ages is high (241 per 100,000) though stable. In the local NHS (Humber, Coast and Vale STP), COVID admissions and bed occupancy has increased. The situation is concerning, particularly regarding percentage increase in all ages, and warrants escalation to Tier 3. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. 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Green Party calls to end conversion therapy now

first_imgGreen Party calls to end conversion therapy now Green Party of Aotearoa New ZealandThe Green Party is calling on the Labour Government to urgently prioritise banning conversion therapy.At Big Gay Out in Auckland today, Green Party spokesperson for Rainbow Communities Dr Elizabeth Kerekere will launch a petition calling on it to be prioritised.“There is no place for conversion therapy in Aotearoa,” Dr Elizabeth Kerekere says.“Aotearoa should be a place where no matter who you love or how you identify, you are accepted, and no one should be allowed to force people to change who they are through this harmful and traumatising practice.“Over the years, there have been multiple petitions asking the Government to ban conversion therapy.“Many parties have committed to banning it, yet the Labour Party has indicated that any plan to prioritise is not urgent, with no plans to introduce legislation immediately.“We must have the legislation introduced as soon as possible. As the weeks and months roll by, we risk more rainbow New Zealanders being exposed to this harmful practice.“Conversion therapy includes a series of practices used in an attempt to change someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity through shaming, emotional manipulation and in extreme cases physical trauma.“Not only is it unethical, but it has been linked to serious long term mental health issues.“I’m calling on my Labour colleagues to stop the harm it’s causing to our Rainbow whānau now.“Labour has committed to banning it. Let’s not let more of our community be exposed to harm. We must get the legislation into the Parliament as soon as possible”. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Auckland, community, Force, Government, Green Party, Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand, identity, launch, legislation, love, mental, mental health, New Zealand, parliament, Petition, Rainbow, traumalast_img read more

Targeting of criminal networks reinvented under new Raptor Squad

first_imgTargeting of criminal networks reinvented under new Raptor Squad The NSW Police Force is bolstering its targeting, disruption and dismantling of organised criminal networks with the expansion of resources for the establishment of the new stand-alone Raptor Squad.As part of ongoing modernisation and the adaptation of policing models to effectively respond to the ever-changing crime environment, Strike Force Raptor will separate from the Criminal Groups Squad and become the Raptor Squad from Monday (22 February 2021).Since its launch in March 2009, Strike Force Raptor or the name ‘Raptor’ has been synonymous with the disruption and targeting of organised criminal networks, including OMCG, crime families and other gangs.NSW Police Commissioner Michael Fuller said the success of Strike Force Raptor over the past 12 years cannot be overstated.“The relentless, high-impact and in-your-face policing strategies have seen the arrest of 6290 people and more than 15,800 charges laid, along with the seizure of more than 2000 firearms and $15 million cash,” the Commissioner said.“Its success is no doubt due to its proactive targeting approach, but also its ability to evolve according to the criminal environment – and the Raptor Squad is the next stage of that evolution. We’re taking this from 100% to 200%.“The squad will eventually be made up of 115 staff, including 30 new police positions – ten of which start Monday – with the remaining 20 to be created on 1 July.“The team will be working under the strong leadership of Detective Superintendent Jason Weinstein, who has an extensive investigative background, boosted by 26 years of operational and field experience.“Under this new and significantly expanded model, the Raptor Squad will continue to use our full arsenal of capabilities and take every opportunity to bring criminal gangs to justice.”Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott said the increased boots on the ground and renewed tactics will mean that all criminal groups and networks will be targeted with similar strength as terrorists.“Anyone who thinks they can participate in organised crime in this state will now be treated as what they are, urban terrorists and therefore we will be looking at expanding the response to extend beyond our borders and strangle their every move inside and outside the state,” Mr Elliott said.“The NSW Police Force will not tolerate this type of criminal activity. Neither will the community. That’s why the NSW Government is delivering an additional 1500 officers over four years – these extra resources will strengthen the Raptor Squad.”“We have seen first-hand the recklessness of people who think it is okay to shoot into other people’s homes, cars or businesses, these incidents show a blatant disregard for community safety. Criminals who think they can flout the law should consider themselves put on notice – the Raptor Squad is watching.”Investigations and Counter Terrorism Deputy Commissioner David Hudson said the Raptor Squad will continue to build on their strategies to suppress public acts of violence and targeting the illicit activities that cause them.“Since its inception, Raptor’s methodologies and skills have been deployed across the state in support of countless investigations, and many successes can be attributed directly to the assistance they provided.“Raptor has been working diligently through strategies in recent months, which has seen 23 people charged as part of investigations into the current conflict in Sydney’s south-west.“The new Raptor model has been in the works for some time to change the focus back to short-term investigations and enhance proactivity to be in the faces of these criminals more often.“In light of recent events – where good, innocent people have been put in danger – we’re fast-tracking the re-allocations and I expect there’ll be a lot of criminals seeing a lot more of the Raptor Squad from next week.”The community can support the work of the Raptor Squad by reporting information directly to investigators online: https://www1.police.nsw.gov.au/Default.aspx?id=49 or by calling Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.Information provided to investigators will be treated in the strictest of confidence.KEY STATISTICS:Totals since SF Raptor inception 2009Arrests – 6290Charges – 15823Firearms seized – 2066Ammunition rounds seized – 159,123Knives seized – 513Explosives seized – 358Other weapons – 697Cash seized – $15,528,141Statistics during current conflict from 1 October 2020Arrests – 169Charges – 417FPOs – 85Search warrants – 138Firearms seized – 729Cash seized – $4,610,685Drugs seized – $11,229,570 (estimated potential street value) /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, Commissioner, community, conflict, Emergency, Emergency Services, environment, evolution, Government, leadership, Minister, New South Wales, NSW, NSW Police, police, resources, statistics, Sydney, terrorismlast_img read more