Austria stages international hostage rescue exercise on Danube cruiser
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Special forces police officers stand guard at an entrance of the main train station, following a shooting rampage at the Olympia shopping mall in Munich, Germany July 22, 2016. (Reuters)
Special police units from Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Germany on Monday took part in a joint anti-terror exercise in the Vienna Marina on the Danube.
The exercise simulated a major hostage simulation on a 134-metres long Danube cruiser. A total of 135 officers raided the ship from boats and helicopters, emulating possible real-life situations.
“Such cross-border exercises are required for an adequate reaction to the fast-moving terrorism of today,” said Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz.
“As today’s exercise showed, situations requiring cross-border cooperation may arise quickly, because terrorists can move across borders very quickly with airplanes, boats, and vehicles,” he added. — Jovic Bermas | UNTV News and Rescue
MANILA, Philippines – The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has increased the demand for health workers all over the world.
In the Philippines, the national government put in place a deployment cap of 5,000 health workers for 2021 to make sure that the country will have a sufficient number in case the COVID-19 infection worsens.
But the governments of the United Kingdom and Germany appealed to the Philippines to deploy more health workers given that the country is one of the top exporters of this field and expertise.
According to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), there is an ongoing negotiation on this request.
The Philippine government, however, has several conditions before approving the matter.
One is that the requesting countries, in return, should give the Philippines COVID-19 vaccines.
“Ang nire-request ni Secretary Bello ay para sa ating mga OFWs. So ito ang mga OFWs na na-repatriate na dito including yung mga OFWs din na papaalis,” explained DOLE Director for International Labor Affairs Alice Visperas.
The official said there are around 600,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who were repatriated and some of them were redeployed.
“Karamihan sa mga bansa ngayon na kumukuha ng workers. Gusto nila may vaccine na yung kukunin nilang workers. Darating din ang panahon baka hindi na sila kukuha pag hindi pa nabibigyan ng vaccine,” Visperas noted.
Another condition is the renegotiation for Labor agreement in favor of OFWs in the said countries.
DOLE said the matter is now on the ministerial level and is, so far, receiving a possible response.
But the Filipino Nurses United seemed offended with the way the government is treating the country’s nurses.
“Sa FNU na turn off kmi, disgusted na parang commodities o export products trato sa amin ng gobyerno,” the group said in a statement.
“Two separate issues iyon. Kung gustong mag-abroad ng nurses karapatan nila iyon. Huwag gamiting trade off. Kung kailangan natin ng bakuna, mag procure,” it added.
The Philippine Nurses Association, on the other hand, supports the government on the matter but as for the number, there should be a careful study first as to how many nurses will be allowed to leave.
“Kung manggagaling yan sa government and merong benefit ang Pilipinas with that I think we should welcome yung idea,” noted PNA President Melbert Reyes.
“But it should make sure sana na may maiiwan dito sa Pilipinas to take care of our people,” he concluded. –MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)
MANILA, Philippines – Passengers coming from or have been to Austria 14 days prior to arrival in the country shall be prohibited from entering the Philippines.
This brings the total number of restricted countries to 28.
“The restriction for those coming from Austria will start at 12:01 midnight of January 10, and will be in effect until January 15,” said the Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Jaime Morente announced.
Earlier, the government imposed a travel ban on travelers from the United Kingdom, Denmark, Ireland, Japan, Australia, Israel, The Netherlands, Hong Kong SAR, Switzerland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Lebanon, Singapore, Sweden, South Korea, South Africa, Canada, Spain, and the United States.
The latest additions are Portugal, India, Finland, Norway, Jordan, and Brazil.
However, Morente clarified that Filipinos coming from said countries will be allowed entry, but will be referred to the airport’s one stop shop to “undergo an absolute facility-based 14-day quarantine period, notwithstanding a negative RT-PCR result.”
Those who will be merely transiting in the said 28 countries will not be required to undergo the 14 day quarantine, but will still have to undergo regular protocols for arriving passengers.
“They will be considered transiting if they merely stayed in the airport, were just there for a layover, and were not cleared for entry by immigration authorities in the said countries,” said Morente.
The expanded travel restrictions have been directed by Malacanang following the reported new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) variant from South Africa.
Five fishermen were rescued on Monday (September 14) by navy troops in the sea waters off San Mateo Point, Sinunuc, Zamboanga City.
The navy troops, onboard BA492, noticed four fishermen standing on a boat that capsized due to bad weather.
After rescuing the four, the troops were informed that the boat master was still inside the capsized boat.
The boat master was recovered and rushed to the Zamboanga City Medical Center. He was declared dead on arrival due to Asphyxiation secondary to accidental drowning.
“We provided the necessary assistance to the victims of the sea mishap and communicated with their respective families,” said Rear Admiral Erick Kagaoan, Commander, Naval Forces Western Mindanao.
The Philippine Navy extends their sympathy to the family of the boat master identified as 55-year-old Enricky Brocka. The Navy also assured they will provide assistance to victims of the accident. -AAC
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