Fear of Covid Variant puts Brisbane under three-day lockdown

Reuters, Brisbane, January 8, 2021 Queensland will enforce a three-day lockdown in Brisbane from tonight (January 8, 2021), after a quarantine hotel worker tested positive for the more contagious variant of Covid-19 that has emerged in Britain. Restricted movements “We know that the level of infection is very high in this particular variant. We have to act differently to what…

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Liquor store owner fined $125,000 for worker exploitation

Supplied Content Wellington, January 8, 2021 The Employment Relations Authority (ERA) has ordered Nekita Enterprises Limited, a business that operated a number of bottle stores across Canterbury, to pay $90,000 in penalties for breaching employment laws. Alleged breach of law Its director, Harjit Singh has to personally pay a further $35,000 as a person responsible for the breaches. The penalties…

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Not a coup but violation of a fragile democracy

Clayton Besaw and Matthew Frank United States of America, January 8, 2021 Supporters of President Donald Trump, following his encouragement, stormed the US Capitol building on January 6, 2021, disrupting the certification of Joe Biden’s election victory. Waving Trump banners, hundreds of people broke through barricades and smashed windows to enter the building where Congress convenes. One rioter died and several police officers were hospitalized in the clash.…

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