New plot to murder investigative reporter Gonzalo Guillén

first_img ColombiaAmericas RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Reports Receive email alerts RSF_en to go further Help by sharing this information May 30, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New plot to murder investigative reporter Gonzalo Guillén April 27, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is concerned about new threats to independent journalist Gonzalo Guillén in connection his coverage of the now imprisoned former governor of the northeastern department of La Guajira, Juan Francisco “Kiko” Gómez, and Gómez’s involvement with organized crime.Guillén, who reports for the Miami Herald and two Colombian newspapers, El Tiempo and El País de Cali, was notified by the prosecutor-general on 22 May of a new plan to murder him, the second in just over a year.He is said to have been in Gómez’s sights ever since writing about his close links with a “bacrim” (criminal gang formed by former paramilitaries) in La Guajira for the 4 May 2013 issue of the magazine Semana.After two armour-plated vehicles chased Guillén nine days ago, on 21 May, the number of bodyguards assigned to him by the interior ministry’s National Protection Unit was immediately increased from two to nine.“We recognize the authorities’ efforts to provide Guillén with adequate protection and we urge them to deploy all possible resources in order to identify those behind these threats,” said Camille Soulier, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Americas desk.“The work of independent journalists is essential at a time when corruption is affecting politics at all levels in Colombia,” Soulier added.Guillén’s reporting helped to secure Gómez’s arrest and subsequent conviction in October 2013 for masterminding three murders. Several of Guillén’s sources were murdered last year and he fled the country temporarily.Guillén works closely with two other independent journalists, León Valencia and Ariel Ávila, who wrote a long report last year about the relations between Gómez and the local bacrim and were the targets of the same murder plot. After a spell in self-imposed exile, they are now back in Colombia and are also getting interior ministry protection.Colombia is ranked 126th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.center_img ColombiaAmericas News Follow the news on Colombia News May 13, 2021 Find out more Organisation News RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia October 21, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Action Group are to meet with Council officials to discuss the commencement of the…

first_imgNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – October 9, 2013 Help sought in search for missing 27 year old in Letterkenny Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitter Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Facebookcenter_img Twitter Previous articleLifebelts thrown off Peace Bridge in Derry into River FoyleNext articleGardai find that many school buses in the county are not road worthy News Highland Facebook 448 new cases of Covid 19 reported today Pinterest NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly The Dungloe Action Group are to meet with Donegal County Council officials tomorrow to discuss the commencement of the Dungloe sewage scheme.At the beginning of August this year, Donegal South West Deputy, Dinny McGinley said the work would begin within a fortnight.But two months on and works have still not begun.Spokesperson for the Dungloe Action Group, Michael Mac Giolla Easbuig says there is a real fear, that if the work doesn’t start soon, then the money will be lost:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/mee1pm.mp3[/podcast] Action Group are to meet with Council officials to discuss the commencement of the Dungloe sewage scheme Google+ Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector publishedlast_img read more

Detailed guide: NHS Test and Trace service in the workplace

first_imgCollecting contact details for NHS Test and Trace and NHS QR code check-inCertain organisations are legally required to request contact details of customers, visitors and staff and display an official NHS QR code poster. Organisations within the hospitality sector are required to take reasonable steps to prevent entry to those who refuse to provide their details or scan the NHS QR code.This applies to establishments in the following sectors: See the full list of organisations within scope in these sectors.Venues should ask every visitor to check in to their venue using the NHS COVID-19 app if they have it, or by providing their contact details. The NHS COVID-19 app is a quick and simple way to check in to a venue, and it means that visitors can receive public health information as soon as possible if necessary.Find out more about these requirements and what you need to do to comply with the rules.Guidance for workersWorking from home is essential to limit household mixing. You should continue to work from home, unless it is not reasonably possible to do so. If necessary, you can travel for work purposes.If you develop symptoms, you should order a free test as soon as your symptoms start.If the test is positiveIf you get a positive test result, you are legally required to self-isolate for 10 days from the day your symptoms started. You will be asked by NHS Test and Trace to provide details of anyone who you have been in close contact with. This will not automatically be all of your co-workers, but anyone who meets the definition of a close contact.NHS Test and Trace will notify those you had close contact with and instruct them to self-isolate. When NHS Test and Trace notifies contacts to self-isolate, it does not tell them the identity of the person who has tested positive. If you are identified as a close contact of a positive case, then you are legally required to self-isolate for 10 days beginning from the last time you were exposed to the positive case.If you are an NHS COVID-19 app user, please share your result anonymously with other app users so that people you have been in close contact with recently will be alerted.If you are told to self-isolate you must stay at homeIf you are told to self-isolate and are due to work somewhere other than your place of self-isolation, you have a legal duty to inform your employer as soon as possible before you are next due to work. Failure to do so could result in a £50 fine.If you need to provide evidence to your employer of a positive test result, or the fact that you have been in close contact with a positive case, you can request an isolation note from the NHS.If you are self-isolating because you are a close contact but you develop symptoms while you are self-isolating, then you must order a test as soon as possible.A negative test result does not mean that you can stop self-isolating as you may still be in the incubation period (the time between exposure to the virus and symptom onset), and you could go on to develop COVID-19 in the following days. Do not order a test if you do not have symptoms.Find out more about employment rights if you need to self-isolate or cannot attend work due to coronavirus.Financial support for people self-isolatingStatutory Sick PayIf it is not possible for you to work, you may receive Statutory Sick Pay, provided you meet the eligibility criteria.Some employers choose to offer more than the statutory minimum and provide additional financial support to their workers while they are unable to work. This is known as ‘contractual’ or ‘occupational’ sick pay.If you are not eligible for Statutory Sick Pay, you may be able to claim for other welfare support, such as Universal Credit or New Style Employment and Support Allowance.Further guidance is available on what to do if you are employed and cannot work.NHS Test and Trace Self-Isolation Support Payment SchemeIf you are told to stay at home and self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or the NHS COVID-19 app, you may be eligible for a payment of £500 from your local authority through the Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme. This scheme is for people who are employed or self-employed, on a low income, unable to work from home and losing income as a result.More information on the scheme and eligibility criteria.You will need an NHS Test and Trace Account ID to submit an application.If you have not tested positive but are a close contact, your employer should call the Self-Isolation Service Hub on 020 3743 6715 to obtain an NHS Test and Trace Account ID for you.Your employer will need to provide the NHS Test and Trace Account ID of the person who tested positive and your name as a close contact. If you have not been registered with the Self-Isolation Service Hub you will not be able to claim for the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme.Financial support for the self-employedIf you are self-employed, you must continue to work from home if you can. If you cannot, you should follow the sector-specific advice.If your business has been affected by COVID-19, you may be eligible for a grant through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme.Using the NHS COVID-19 app as a workerOnce you have downloaded the app, it should be left on as much as possible to ensure you and your community are protected. If contact tracing is turned off then the app will not work as intended and you will not be notified if one of your close contacts later tests positive for coronavirus.However, there are some specific workplace scenarios when you should pause the contact tracing feature. These are: get a coronavirus test guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection been within 1 metre for 1 minute or longer without face-to-face contact How workers should use the app has tested positive for COVID-19 if you store your phone in a locker or communal area, for example while working not knowingly allow workers who are required to self-isolate to attend the workplace hospitality, including pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes gets in touch with anyone who has had a positive test result to help them share information about any close contacts they have had sexual contacts services provided for social, cultural and recreational purposes in community centres and village halls may consider giving them the option to use their paid leave days making workplaces as safe as possible (if working from home is not possible) Further guidance: alerts those contacts, where necessary, and instructs them to self-isolate has had any of the following types of contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19: Employees in self-isolation are entitled to Statutory Sick Pay for every day of work missed for their self-isolation period, provided they meet all the eligibility criteria.Small and medium employers (with fewer than 250 employees) may be able to reclaim their costs for Statutory Sick Pay. NHS Test and Trace will provide evidence to your employee that they have been told to self-isolate, and how long for. You may ask your employee to follow the instructions on getting an isolation note if you require further evidence.Find out more about employment rights if someone needs to self-isolate or cannot attend work due to coronavirus.Action cardsThe managing and outbreak action card resources have now closed down. Please search GOV.UK for the guidance you need for your setting.The action card section of this page will be removed on 30 April 2021.Guidance linksConfirm: travelled in the same vehicle or a plane Check: This guidance explains how employers and businesses can support NHS Test and Trace and play their part to slow the spread of the virus, protect the health and care system and save lives.Guidance for employersIt’s critical that employers take steps to keep workers and visitors safe. By following the COVID secure guidelines, employers can reduce the risk of co-workers having to self-isolate if a member of staff tests positive for COVID-19, or is identified as having had close contact with someone who has tested positive.Working from home, where possible, is essential to limiting mixing between households. People should work from home, unless it is not reasonable to do so. If necessary, workers can travel for work purposes and stay away from home.It is vital that employers play their part by: face-to-face contact including being coughed on or having a face-to-face conversation within 1 metre close contact services, including hairdressers, barbershops and tailors lives in the same household as someone with COVID-19 symptoms or who has tested positive for COVID-19 Download the app if you are a worker in health and social care and are wearing medical grade PPE such as a surgical mask when you are working behind a fixed Perspex (or equivalent) screen and are fully protected from other people NHS Test and Trace will not usually consider someone to be a contact if their interaction with a positive case took place through a Perspex (or equivalent) screen as long as there has been no other contact such as those in the list above.The wearing of personal protective equipment (PPE) will not be considered as a mitigation when assessing whether a recent contact is likely to have transmitted the virus. Only full medical-grade PPE worn in health and care settings will be considered.If any of your workers test positiveEmployers should call the Self-Isolation Service Hub on 020 3743 6715 as soon as they are made aware that any of their workers have tested positive.Employers will need to provide the 8-digit NHS Test and Trace Account ID (sometimes referred to as a CTAS number) of the person who tested positive, alongside the names of co-workers identified as close contacts. This will ensure that all workplace contacts are registered with NHS Test and Trace and can receive the necessary public health advice, including the support available to help people to self-isolate.If workers cannot work from homeIf a worker cannot work from home, you: supporting staff to work from home should pay contractual sick pay, where appropriate Contact tracing can be paused within the app by moving the contact tracing toggle on the home screen. It’s important you turn the contact tracing toggle back on as soon as you are not in one of the above scenarios, for example, when you retrieve your phone from your locker. To help you, you will be given the option to pause the feature for different time periods – after which you will receive a reminder to turn the contact tracing feature back on. This NHS guidance sets out how long an individual must self-isolate for.If you know that a worker has been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, it is your legal duty to not allow them to come into work or work anywhere other than where they are self-isolating (usually, their home) for their full self-isolation period. Failure to do so could result in your firm facing a fine, starting from £1,000.If a worker has received a notification to self-isolate via the NHS COVID-19 app, they should not attend the workplace as the individual may be infectious and could spread the virus.Close contactsA close contact is a person who has been close to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. You can be a contact anytime from 2 days before the person who tested positive developed their symptoms, and up to 10 days after. This is when the virus can be passed to others.A contact can be anyone who: Contacts: encouraging employees to download and use the NHS COVID-19 app How businesses should use the app and NHS QR code poster guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person COVID-19: cleaning in non-healthcare settings coronavirus (COVID-19): safer travel guidance for passengers Call: find your local health protection team in England You are legally obliged to self-isolate as soon as you show symptoms of COVID-19, and must book a test within 5 days. If you get a positive test result, you must self-isolate for 10 days from the day your symptoms started. By self-isolating when told to do so by NHS Test and Trace, you are protecting your family, friends and local community, and helping to stop the spread of the virus.See further information on how NHS Test and Trace works.NHS COVID-19 appThe NHS COVID-19 app is an important part of NHS Test and Trace. App users can check symptoms, order a test, receive results and advice and check in to venues. The app sends anonymous alerts if the user has been in close contact with another app user who has tested positive and will notify them that they should self-isolate, thereby helping to break chains of transmission and keep people safe. has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive and they have received a notification to self-isolate from NHS Test and Trace should make workers aware of the support available to help them to self-isolate tourism and leisure, including hotels, museums, cinemas and amusement arcades if you are a healthcare worker working in a healthcare building such as a hospital or GP surgery Employers must continue to ensure the health, safety and welfare of their employees and other people in the workplace. This includes, but is not limited to: workers, agency workers, contractors, volunteers, customers, suppliers and other visitors.Ensuring your workers self-isolate where necessaryIt is an offence for you (as an employer) to allow a worker to attend the workplace if you are aware that the worker: NHS Test and TraceNHS Test and Trace: working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person The government has published the COVID-19 response – spring 2021 setting out the roadmap out of the current lockdown for England. This explains how restrictions will be eased over time.From 12 April 2021 some businesses are permitted to reopen.The rules on what you need to do when a group enters your venue have changed. You must ask every customer or visitor to scan the NHS QR code using their NHS COVID-19 app, or provide their name and contact details, not just a lead member of the group.This is to ensure that everyone receives the necessary public health advice in a timely manner. must ensure they receive Statutory Sick Pay as a minimum, provided they meet the eligibility criteria been within 2 metres of someone for more than 15 minutes (either as a one-off contact, or added up together over 1 day) provides free testing for anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus to find out if they have the viruslast_img read more