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  2. Chief Cheetah

    Coronavirus: Multi Merged Thread

    Coronavirus: New Zealand locks down Auckland after cases end 102-day run 11 August 2020 Related TopicsCoronavirus pandemic Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Restrictions had been lifted in New Zealand after the country virtually eliminated the virus New Zealand has put its largest city back into lockdown after recording four new Covid-19 cases, ending a 102-day streak without a local infection. A three-day lockdown was swiftly imposed in Auckland after the cases were confirmed. The four new cases are all members of a single family. None had travelled recently. The restrictions will come into effect on Wednesday, as authorities scramble to trace contacts of the family. Auckland residents will be asked to stay at home, large gatherings will be banned, non-essential businesses will be shut, and some social-distancing restrictions will be reintroduced in the rest of the country. New Zealand has fared better than other countries, recording 1,220 confirmed cases and 22 deaths since the virus arrived in late February. New Zealand gets its coffee back How NZ's 'team of five million' took on Covid-19 New Zealand went 'hard and early' to beat Covid-19 Before Tuesday, New Zealand had gone 102 days without recording a locally transmitted case of Covid-19, one of the few countries to reach such a milestone. All 22 active cases of the virus before Tuesday's announcement were among returning travellers quarantined in isolation facilities. Praised internationally for its handling of the pandemic, the country's government had lifted almost all of its lockdown restrictions, first imposed in March. An early lockdown, tough border restrictions, effective health messaging and an aggressive test-and-trace programme have all been credited with virtually eliminating the virus in the country. But as infections continue to rise across the world, surpassing 20 million globally on Tuesday, New Zealand officials have warned against complacency. Announcing the lockdown, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said it was necessary to go hard and go early to stamp out the virus. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption"I did a little dance": Prime minister confirms New Zealand is free of Covid-19 Auckland - a city of around 1.6 million people - would move to level three restrictions from 12:00 local time (01:00 BST) on Wednesday as a "precautionary approach", she said. The prime minister said the rest of the country would move to level two of New Zealand's 4-tier alert system of measures against Covid-19. "This is something we have prepared for," Ms Ardern said at a news conference. "We have had 102 days and it was easy to feel New Zealand was out of the woods. No country has gone as far as we did without having a resurgence. And because we were the only ones, we had to plan. And we have planned," she said. Director-General of Health, Dr Ashley Bloomfield, said at least three days of lockdown were needed in Auckland to trace the source of the new cases. "We're expecting to see other cases," Dr Bloomfield said. "We want to find those other cases as soon as possible and identify or isolate any contacts." Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Shoppers were seen queuing at supermarkets after the lockdown was announced In anticipation of a pre-lockdown rush to supermarkets, Ms Ardern and the mayor of Auckland, Phil Goff, called for calm, saying there was no need to panic-buy. Despite their pleas, large crowds of shoppers were seen queuing at supermarkets on Tuesday night, as they attempted to stock up before lockdown. One video posted to social media shows customers streaming through the door of a supermarket as a security guard tries to prevent them from entering. Skip Twitter post by @MattManukiaTVNZ Report End of Twitter post by @MattManukiaTVNZ The World Health Organization (WHO) had hailed New Zealand as an example to others for having "successfully eliminated community transmission". But other countries have had early success in suppressing the virus, only to see infections rise again after lifting lockdown restrictions that damaged the economy. Vietnam went 99 days with no community transmission until July, when a 57-year-old man in Da Nang tested positive for the virus. By the end of July, Da Nang was the epicentre of a new coronavirus outbreak, leading to the country's first coronavirus death since the pandemic began. Australia, too, has seen a resurgence of Covid-19 in some states, including New South Wales and Victoria, where a strict lockdown has been imposed. GLOBAL TRACKER: The world's hotspots VACINE: When will we have one? RECOVERY: How long does it take to get better? View the full article
  3. Beirut explosion: City to fall silent to remember victims 11 August 2020 Related TopicsBeirut port explosion Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe BBC's Quentin Sommerville speaks to the fiancé of Sahar Fares, a firefighter medic who died in the blast People in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, are to hold a minute of silence for the more than 200 people believed to have been killed by an explosion a week ago. The commemoration will take at 18:09 (15:09 GMT), the exact time when 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored unsafely at the port detonated. The blast flattened nearby buildings and caused extensive damage elsewhere. On Monday, the government resigned amid mounting anger at a ruling elite many accuse of corruption and negligence. Prime Minister Hasan Diab's announcement failed to pacify protesters, who clashed with police in central Beirut for a third consecutive night. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionStarting with the epicentre, we follow how the blast ripped through the city, bringing life to a halt The demonstrations have been the biggest since last October, when an unprecedented economic crisis led people to demand a complete overhaul of the political system. Before Tuesday's explosion, almost half of Lebanon's population were reportedly living below the poverty line and a third had lost their jobs. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLebanese government resigns as public anger grows Mr Diab, a university professor who took office in January with the support of the Iran-backed Hezbollah movement and its allies following the resignation of the previous government, blamed last week's blast on the entrenched elite. "Their corruption created this tragedy," he said in a speech on Monday night. "Between us and change stands a thick wall protected by their dirty tactics." Mr Diab said that his caretaker administration would "follow the will of the people in their demand to hold accountable those responsible for the disaster". Image copyright Reuters Image caption Anti-government protesters launched fireworks at riot police The BBC's Tom Bateman in Beirut says it is unlikely the mass resignation of the government will remove much heat from the protests, as Lebanon's problems are only deepening. A new prime minister will have to be chosen using the same system of sectarian politics at the root of many people's complaints, our correspondent adds. More on the explosion in Beirut The inferno and the mystery ship Beirut explosion: Before-and-after images 'We don't have dreams any more' What we know about the blast Meanwhile, the recovery operation is continuing on the ground in Beirut. The UN said on Tuesday that the World Food Programme would be sending 50,000 tonnes of wheat flour to Beirut to "stabilise the national supply and ensure there is no food shortage in the country", with 17,500 tonnes arriving within two weeks. The head of the agency, David Beasley, warned on Monday that he was very concerned that Lebanon could run out of bread in about two-and-a-half weeks because 85% of the country's grain was usually delivered through Beirut's port. Mr Beasley said it was urgent to get the port up and running, and that he believed it could be temporarily operational in two to three weeks. A port official noted that the container terminal suffered "minimal damage" and that on Monday night a ship docked there for the first time since the explosion. Image copyright EPA Image caption Makeshift clinics have been set up to help treat the 6,000 injured by the explosion At least 15 medical facilities, including three major hospitals, also sustained partial or heavy structural damage last Tuesday. The UN has called for additional support to ensure those still functioning can continue to treat the estimated 6,000 people injured by the blast, and also manage the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. On Sunday, a total of 294 new Covid-19 cases were recorded, a new record for Lebanon. "The emergency in Beirut has caused many Covid-19 precautionary measures to be relaxed, raising the prospects of even higher transmission rates and a large caseload in the coming weeks," the UN said. View the full article
  4. 11 August 2020 Image copyright PA Media Image caption Students had protested after many saw results downgraded from the estimates of their teachers Tens of thousands of school pupils are to have their exam results upgraded after the Scottish government agreed to accept teacher estimates of scores. The government u-turn follows an outcry from pupils after a moderation system saw 125,000 estimated results being downgraded. All results that were downgraded will now be withdrawn and replaced by the original estimates. The move affects about 75,000 pupils across Scotland. There had been claims that many pupils had their results downgraded because they were from less affluent areas. Education Secretary John Swinney said he was sorry for the "feeling of unfairness" caused by the downgrading, adding that it was "deeply regrettable we got this wrong". Mr Swinney said the government hoped to learn lessons for the futures. Opposition parties in the Scottish Parliament are pushing for a vote of no confidence in Mr Swinney Holyrood, with Labour and the Conservatives calling for him to quit. Sturgeon 'sorry' over Scottish exam results Live: Latest on coronavirus in Scotland The coronavirus lockdown saw all of Scotland's school exams cancelled for the first time ever, with the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) drawing up a new system to calculate results. This was to be based on teacher estimates for each of their individual pupils, based on their work during the school year. But these estimates were then fed through an SQA moderation" system, which downgraded the marks handed out by teachers to bring them closer in line with previous years. This sparked an outcry from students, particularly when it emerged that the pass rate for pupils sitting Highers in the most deprived areas was reduced by double the rate of those from the most affluent backgrounds. Mr Swinney accepted there was "clear anger and frustration from young people and their families" about this, saying it had "left many young people feeling their future had been determined by statistical modelling rather than their own ability". He said he would direct the SQA to reissue grades "based solely on teacher or lecturer judgement", saying fresh certificates would be issued and the university admissions body informed so applications can be processed. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon had previously said that accepting teacher estimates without moderation would lead to an exceptionally high pass rate compared to previous years, which she said would not be "credible". She said a jump of 20 percentage points in the pass rate for pupils from the most deprived backgrounds could "run the risk of undermining the integrity of the whole system". However, at her coronavirus briefing on Tuesday, she said this concern was "outweighed" by the risk of students thinking the system was "stacked against them". Mr Swinney echoed this, saying: "We were concerned that grade inflation through accepting the original estimate from teachers would run the risk of undermining he value of qualifications in 2020. "In light of events and listening to young people, we now accept that concern - which is not without foundation - is outweighed by the concern that young people, many from working class backgrounds, may lose faith in the education system and form the view that no matter how hard you work, the system is against you." View the full article
  5. Belarus election: Opposition leader Tikhanovskaya 'safe' in Lithuania 11 August 2020 Image copyright EPA Image caption Ms Tikhanovskaya says she won the election Opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya has left Belarus and is "safe" in Lithuania, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius says. Ms Tikhanovskaya's departure came as protests went on for a second day over Sunday's disputed presidential poll. Her campaign team said she was avoiding the protests because of "possible provocations". Election results gave President Alexander Lukashenko 80%, but Ms Tikhanovskaya refuses to accept them. A lack of scrutiny, with no observers present, has led to allegations of widespread vote-rigging in the poll. The US and EU have condemned the vote. How protests shook up Belarus presidential election Europe's longest serving ruler facing unfamiliar pressure Mr Lukashenko, in power since 1994, has described opposition supporters as "sheep" controlled from abroad. Police in Belarus's capital Minsk fired rubber bullets for a second night to quash protests, and officials say one demonstrator died when an explosive device went off in his hands - the first confirmed fatality since the clashes began. Skip Twitter post by @LinkeviciusL Report End of Twitter post by @LinkeviciusL View the full article
  6. Chief Bakes

    Coronavirus: Multi Merged Thread

    UK employment falls by biggest amount in over a decade 11 August 2020 Employment in the UK fell by the largest amount in over a decade between May and July, official figures show. Employment decreased by 220,000 on the quarter, said the Office for National Statistics. This was the largest quarterly decrease since May to July 2009, it added. Unemployment has not surged as much as feared, because large numbers of firms have put employees on the government-backed furlough scheme. But economists say the full effect on employment will not be felt until the scheme ends in October. View the full article
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  8. Belarus election: Second night of clashes over disputed poll 11 August 2020 Image copyright EPA Image caption Demonstrators say the election result was rigged Police in Belarus's capital Minsk have fired rubber bullets for a second night to quash protests following Sunday's disputed presidential elections. Officials say one demonstrator died when an explosive device went off in his hands - the first confirmed casualty since the clashes began. Autocratic President Alexander Lukashenko won 80% of the vote. His main rival Svetlana Tikhanovskaya refused to accept the results, saying she was the real winner. A lack of scrutiny - no observers were present - has led to allegations of widespread vote-rigging in the poll. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionOn Sunday, people were detained in cities across Belarus The election was held amid growing frustration at Mr Lukashenko's leadership, with opposition rallies attracting large crowds. The preceding days saw a crackdown on activists and journalists. Mr Lukashenko, in power since 1994, has described opposition supporters as "sheep" controlled from abroad, and vowed not to allow the country to be torn apart. How protests shook up Belarus presidential election Europe's longest serving ruler facing unfamiliar pressure Mr Lukashenko won 80.23% of the vote, according to election officials, with Ms Tikhanovskaya receiving 9.9%. Ms Tikhanovskaya entered the election in place of her jailed husband and went on to lead large opposition rallies. What's the latest from Minsk? Riot police fired rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades to disperse thousands of demonstrators rallying in the capital. Polish-based broadcaster Belsat TV aired footage of the police charging into the crowds. Image copyright EPA Image caption Protesters clashed with riot police in Minsk Image copyright Reuters Image caption A number of people were arrested Reports say some of the demonstrators fought back, throwing Molotov cocktails. Protesters also tried to build barricades. A number of people were arrested. One journalist was injured, her colleagues and eyewitnesses said. Later on Monday, the interior ministry said a protester died when he "tried to throw an unidentified explosive device at members of law enforcement". "It exploded in his hand," the ministry said in a statement. Several metro stations in the city had been closed and the internet was mostly unavailable for a second day. Protests were also being held in other Belarusian cities. What did Ms Tikhanovskaya say? The opposition candidate said that the election results published on Monday morning "completely contradict common sense" and the authorities should think about how to peacefully hand over power. "We have seen that the authorities are trying to hold on to their positions by force," she said. Image copyright Reuters Image caption Ms Tikhanovskaya says she wants the authorities to hand over power "No matter how much we asked authorities not to turn on their own people, we were not listened to." Her campaign said it would challenge "numerous falsifications" in the vote. The political novice challenging an authoritarian president "The election results announced by the Central Electoral Commission do not correspond to reality and completely contradict common sense," her spokeswoman Anna Krasulina said. But Mr Lukashenko poured scorn on Ms Tikhanovskaya's comments. The president said: "So Lukashenko, who is at the top of the power structure and the head of state, after getting 80% of the vote, must voluntarily hand over power to them? The orders are coming from over there [abroad]." "Our response will be robust," he added. "We will not allow the country to be torn apart." What has the international reaction been? Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated his Belarusian counterpart on his victory, despite friction over accusations of a Russian plot, which Mr Lukashenko has tried to link to the opposition. The leaders of China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Moldova and Azerbaijan have sent messages of support. But the German government said it had "strong doubts" about the election and that minimum standards were not met. The US said it was "deeply concerned" by the election and urged the government to "respect the right to peacefully assemble and to refrain from the use of force". European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen called for the election results to be published. "Harassment and violent repression of peaceful protesters has no place in Europe," she said. What's the context? President Lukashenko, 65, was first elected in 1994. Image copyright EPA Image caption Mr Lukashenko cast his ballot at a polling station in Minsk In the last vote in 2015, he was declared winner with 83.5% of the vote. There were no serious challengers and election observers reported problems in the counting and tabulation of votes. The campaign saw the rise of Ms Tikhanovskaya, 37, a former teacher who became a stay-at-home mother until she was thrust into the political spotlight. After her husband was arrested and blocked from registering for the vote, she stepped in to take his place. President Lukashenko has dismissed Ms Tikhanovskaya as a "poor little girl", manipulated by foreign "puppet masters". As people voted on Sunday, internet service was "significantly disrupted", according to online monitor NetBlocks. Opposition supporters say this makes it harder for evidence of election fraud to be collected and shared. There were already concerns over a lack of scrutiny because observers were not invited to monitor the election and more than 40% of votes were cast ahead of the election. Tens of thousands defied an escalating crackdown on the opposition last month to attend a protest in Minsk, the largest such demonstration in a decade. Anger towards Mr Lukashenko's government has been in part fuelled by its response to coronavirus. The president has downplayed the outbreak, advising citizens to drink vodka and use saunas to fight the disease. Belarus, which has a population of 9.5 million, has reported nearly 70,000 cases and almost 600 deaths. View the full article
  9. Chief Bakes

    Coronavirus: Multi Merged Thread

    Coronavirus: Pupils begin return to the classroom 11 August 2020 Related TopicsCoronavirus pandemic Image copyright PA Media Image caption Most pupils return to the classroom this week for the first time since March Scotland's pupils will begin returning to their classrooms later for the first time since the start of the lockdown nearly five months ago. Schools in the Borders and Shetland will be first to reopen with most local authorities following on Wednesday. Physical distancing among students will not generally be required but hygiene and safety measures such as one-way systems have been put in place. Most of the country's 700,000 pupils have not been at school since 20 March. Is it safe for Scotland's schools to reopen? What's your council's plan for the return to school? While councils have been given some flexibility over the back to school timetable, the Scottish government wants all schools fully open by 18 August. All age groups will return in the Scottish Borders on Tuesday - a week earlier than the normal start of term - but most councils have opted for a phased approach, for instance by having youngest pupils return first. Image copyright Reuters Image caption First Minister Nicola Sturgeon visited West Calder High School on Monday to see for herself the preparations While there is no requirement for physical distancing between pupils, teachers should remain 2m apart from students or other adults. Older secondary pupils are also encouraged to maintain distancing where possible if this does not hinder the return to full-time learning. There is no general requirement to wear face coverings although staff and pupils can do so voluntarily. School buses are treated as part of the school building, so normal distancing or face covering rules do not apply to pupils, but they will have to sanitise their hands prior to boarding. At her coronavirus briefing on Monday, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon acknowledged that some teachers, parents and pupils would feel anxious, but said the guidance was carefully worked through and informed by scientific advice. "The importance of getting young people back into education can't be overstated," she said "Schools have worked really hard to support pupils through lockdown but we know the impact on education, on wellbeing, on happiness has been negative for young people so to get them back into full-time education has to be a priority." How have schools prepared for pupils' return? Image caption Kelso High head teacher Jill Lothian says it's the new procedures that represent the biggest change Kelso High School in the Scottish Borders will be one of the first in the country to welcome pupils back to full-time learning. Head teacher Jill Lothian says for young people, it's the procedures rather than the building itself that have changed most. "How they enter the building - we're using different entry and exit points for them," she explained. "I'm also mindful of our new first years coming in. That's going to be a whole different ball game for them. "Then they're going to go for their registration classes, their home rooms and they'll stay there for two periods to allow us to make sure they know all the plans and procedures in place." Every classroom is equipped with sanitiser and a cleaning station for pupils to use as they enter, and they begin by wiping down their desks and chairs. One way systems are in place and they will be encouraged to spend break times outdoors, with controls to ensure they don't all leave the building at the same time. Shona Haslam, leader of Scottish Borders Council, believes they have done everything they can to make the return to school as safe as possible "Additional cleaning, additional ventilation, children not walking around the school quite so much, one way systems in place, school transport being an extension of the school estate - we've done all of those measures that are in the Scottish government guidance and we are as confident as we can be," she said. Image caption Scottish Borders Council leader Shona Haslam says they have implemented the Scottish government's guidance in full At Inverclyde Academy in Greenock, the school's fresh cohort of S1 pupils will be the first to encounter the new normal of schooling when they arrive on Wednesday, with other year groups returning in the following days. There will be no sharing of equipment such as stationery or headphones. They can bring equipment from home but there is no need as individual stationery packs and calculators will be issued. Desks and seating have been arranged so that pupils are facing the front of the classroom and not each other. They can sit in pairs with a "shoulder partner" but there is a strict seating plan to keep students in "bubbles", limiting the number of close contacts. Head teacher Denise Crawford explained: "At interval times and lunch time there will be designated areas outside for outside play, there will be designated areas in the cafeteria so the year group will remain with its own year group and the class will remain with its own class throughout the school day." The teacher's workstation is a measured 2m distance from the desks. A teacher is allowed to approach a child to give them individual help, but such contact must be kept to a minimum and for a maximum of 15 minutes. Hopes and fears Image caption Inverclyde pupils Layla, Eddy, Rachel, Andrew and Emily spoke of their hopes and concerns over the return to school New Inverclyde Academy first year Emily,12, said she can't wait to see her friends again when she starts back at on Wednesday. "We've not seen each other for so long, we'll be so happy to see each other and we'll just talk for hours on end - and it will just be great." Layla, 11, is also excited but thinks there will be some catching up to do. "I'm quite good at English and things and I don't think I've missed too much on that because I'm quite confident but definitely maths, I'll need to revise some things." S5 pupil Eddy has found it difficult to motivate himself during lockdown but has some concerns about the return to school. "Going back is definitely a step in the right direction but I don't know about all these spikes happening everywhere. There's just going to be another case in Inverclyde, one kid's going have it and give it to the rest of the school," he said. "That's what I'm quite worried about because I've got my gran who is in shielding. I need to keep her safe. That's what I'm worried about." Rachel, 15, has concerns she won't be fully prepared for her higher exams next year. "I think because we haven't sat the exams in fourth year, that going into fifth year and then sitting highers will be a bit of a shock. I don't know how I'm going to cope with it because it's obviously a lot harder than doing your Nat 5s. For 12-year-old Andrew starting his secondary school years is a chance for some much missed social interaction. "There hasn't been much to talk about - during lockdown we were communicating but eventually there was just nothing to talk about because nothing was happening," he said. "I hope we'll be able to talk about something other than Covid once we get back into school" SCHOOLS: Which are re-opening, when? RULES: Which lockdown rules will change next - and when? FACE MASKS: When should you wear one? TESTING: Who can get a test and how? LOOK-UP TOOL: How many cases in your area? View the full article
  10. Chief Bakes

    Coronavirus: Multi Merged Thread

    Eat out to help out: More than 10.5 million meals claimed in first week 10 August 2020 Image copyright HM Treasury Diners used the "eat out to help out" scheme more than 10.5 million times in its first week, the Treasury has said. Under the scheme, which is intended to boost the struggling hospitality sector, the government pays for 50% of a meal eaten at a cafe, restaurant or pub on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. The discount, which is due to run through August, is capped at £10. Treasury estimates put the average claim at close to £5, making the cost of the policy around £50m so far. HMRC said that, as of 9 August, it had received 10,540,394 claims under the scheme. Chancellor Rishi Sunak described the figures as "amazing", adding those using the scheme were helping support the hospitality sector. How can I use the 'eat out to help out' scheme? 'We've had 15,000 bookings for eat out to help out' The government has set aside £500m to fund the scheme. And the policy has already led to an increase in the number of people visiting High Streets across the country, according to Springboard, which measures footfall figures. It said the number of people in retail destinations after 18:00 BST last Monday, the first day of the scheme, was 19% higher than the week before. Meanwhile lunchtime visits were up 10%. However, visits to High Streets are still down significantly compared to the same time last year. The Treasury said that 83,068 restaurants had signed up to the scheme. They include fast-fast food chains like McDonald's and KFC as well as lots of local, independent pubs, restaurants and cafes. Image copyright Getty Images Government figures show that 80% of hospitality firms stopped trading in April and that 1.4 million workers were furloughed - the highest proportions of any sector. "Britons are eating out to help out in big numbers," said Mr Sunak. "And they aren't just getting a great deal - they're supporting the almost 2 million people employed in this sector," he said. The discount is only on food and soft drinks eaten on the premises, so it does not apply to takeaways. There is no limit on how many times the discount can be used in August, or for how many people, including children. View the full article
  11. I did wonder how the old Royal Hong Kong contingent would play out in all of this mess...
  12. IrateShrike

    Drink driving

    Don't worry about a set speech. If you are doing a breath test, make sure the roadside machine is in your hand if possible when talking to them. Allow the subject to see you take the tube out of the sealed wrapper without you actually placing your bare skin on it. Tell them that you require them to provide a breath specimen and why (suspicion, RTC or moving traffic offence). Tell them that if they don't cooperate with the test they may be arrested. Ask them if they've recently smoked, eaten or consumed alcohol (there are different times to wait dependent on the device but even if you get it wrong it won't effect the investigation). Tell them to blow steadily not fast. That's about it really.
  13. Off-topics posts removed. Warning pointe to be issued including potential permanent bans from the forum. If members don’t want to read the viewpoints of certain members put them on your ignore list and move on, getting involved in petty slanging matches is not acceptable.
  14. Reasonable Man

    Forever Family Force - A Political Militia

    A problem around BLM is the vast number of people, particularly in this country since the George Floyd incident, do not know the difference between black lives matter - I.e. it matters that black people are not killed and Black Lives Matter - the political movement. Two quite different things. While I am amazed that some US police officers display open discrimination, and disgusted by some of the violence used them against blacks people I have taken time to find out what BLM actually is, and it is not something I support. https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/revealed-what-black-lives-matter-really-stands-for This is why police officers should not be taking a knee.
  15. Britons in senior policing roles in Hong Kong are facing a private prosecution in the UK over allegations of torture against pro-democracy protesters. The Times ( Subscription Required) Free Version
  16. Where have I laughed? Maybe you should improve your use of written English as your quote implied that the Met hadn't been banned from taking the knee.
  17. Well yes I'm well aware of that, however we were discussing officers taking the knee, zulu22 stated that the met have been banned from taking such position I merely pointed out that there is plenty of other forces that can.
  18. Please point out where I laughed at anything? Secondly you said 'what makes you point out that the Met have been banned from taking the knee,' so I linked an article on the PO website which pointed out that the commission said that officers shouldn't take the knee.
  19. I'm not sure what your laughing at maybe you couldn't keep up with the convo, Zulu said that MET offices are banned, I was simply pointing out that there are many other forces that are not band.
  20. Sounds depressingly similar to my old force. Short of maybe bringing live PAVA onto the mats, I honestly can't think how someone could fail OST. It was that much of a box ticking exercise.
  21. Just for the sake of Jacob I again ask the question "Have you ever been in the position of arresting someone who is extremely violent, spitting biting, trying to head but you, or even have been armed and in possession of an implement which could do serious harm? If you ever were an officer, and in that position then you might have a different view. Perhaps you mean that it is shocking that a football fan should use such violence that measures are required to subdue and arrest them.
  22. Those facts and the article have been posted on here before but some of the general public (Includes PCJacob) just will not acknowledge the fact. They have a Pay Pal account for donations which go into a Company with only two people Rachelle Emanuel and Gut Adams, very dubious. FFF and BLM are interlinked by many associations. FFF are using BLM as a vehicle to spread their virus of hate.
  23. THIS is the incredible moment a police officer takes down two suspects – by swiping the legs of a man before Tasering a woman to the ground. https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/uknews/12355077/police-officer-man-woman-taser-wales / Good move and arrest by the officer.
  24. What chance have you got, if that's what you're up against.
  25. This guy? https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8605455/GUY-ADAMS-Forever-Family-Force-leader-revels-anti-Semitic-abuse.html The one you said "they do not discriminate against any religion" who is in the national press doing just that? Which has been pointed out to you several times and you've ignored everytime.
  26. Seriously sometimes I wonder if you just make this stuff up, she is not one of the leaders of the FFF neither does she claim to be. There is one leader and his name is Khari McKenzie AKA rapper "Raspect"
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