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Auckland extends Covid-19 lockdown

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Deserted streets of Auckland's central business district, September 16, 2021.
New Zealand's largest city Auckland will remain in a Covid-19 lockdown for at least another two weeks, although some restrictions will be eased, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday (Sept 20).

Ms Ardern said the city of two million would move down to level three on New Zealand's four-tier coronavirus response system by late Tuesday, even as the authorities remain committed to eliminating a Delta variant outbreak.

"We're moving now because the advice we have is that we do not have widespread, undetected transmission in Auckland," she told reporters. She added that if everyone continues to play his part, "we can continue stamping out (the virus)".

The change means stay-at-home orders will remain in place but some businesses, such as takeaway food outlets, can open using contactless delivery.

New Zealand imposed a nationwide lockdown on Aug 17 when the first case of the highly transmissible Delta variant was found in the community. The cluster has been concentrated in Auckland, and the rest of the country moved out of lockdown earlier this month.


The vaccinated may enter: Alberta's COVID-19 vaccine passport system begins today

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The Alberta government has released more details about which businesses and institutions come under its new proof-of-vaccination program that allows some to operate without capacity limits and other public health measures.

Retail stores, libraries, hotels and post-secondary institutions don't have to take part in the United Conservative Party's so-called Restriction Exemption Program. Nor do worshippers at a church, employees on a worksite or students on a school trip.

Some restrictions will still apply. Stores must limit shoppers to one-third of normal capacity, for example.

Entertainment facilities from restaurants to nightclubs to art galleries are all eligible to participate in the program. They can operate normally as long as they require patrons to show proof of vaccination.

Eligible facilities that don't participate must work under public health rules that include capacity limits and mask requirements for indoor public spaces.

The program was announced last week by Premier Jason Kenney. Retail stores and libraries were initially on the list of eligible organizations but were removed over the weekend.

Comment: Another domino tips, soon to be a chain reaction.


Germany: Gas station employee killed over a face mask

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Police said the victim died after a fatal shot to the head
A gas station worker in the town of Idar-Oberstein, Rhineland-Palatinate, lost his life after a dispute with a customer over COVID-19 measures, police said Monday.

According to the police report, a 49-year-old man is suspected of having shot the gas station employee Saturday evening, over a mask-wearing requirement at the establishment.

What happened at the gas station?

The man is said to have entered the gas station to make a purchase without wearing a face mask and the 20-year-old employee asked him to comply with the regulation. The two allegedly got into an argument, which prompted the maskless man to leave.

But according to police, the man is said to have returned roughly an hour later. This time, he was wearing a mask but he took it off and the two men started another argument. The suspect then pulled a concealed revolver out of his pocket and shot the 20-year-old.

Senior public prosecutor Kai Fuhrmann told DPA that the victim died after a fatal shot to the head. After the incident, the suspect is said to have fled on foot.


Federal Nurse Goes Public: "Government Doesn't Want People to Know That The Covid Vaccine is Full of Sh*t"

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'Shove' adverse effect reporting 'under the mat'

Project Veritas released the first video of its COVID vaccine investigative series today featuring an interview with U.S. Health and Human Services [HHS] insider, Jodi O'Malley, who works as a Registered Nurse at the local Indian Medical Center.

O'Malley told Project Veritas founder James O'Keefe about what has been going on at her federal government facility. She recorded her HHS colleagues discussing their concerns about the new COVID vaccine to corroborate her assertions:

Comment: Instagram was quick to lead the way in banning Project Veritas' latest expose:


Melbourne freedom protest: What the TV didn't show you

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Melbourne has spent 228 days in lockdown since since March 2020.

The state is set to notch up a grim world record for the most days spent under stay-at-home laws when it passes Buenos Aires on September 23.

People have lost everything, and the past 12 months have seen unprecedented shifts.

Yet, despite spending more time in lockdown than most of the world, citizens of Melbourne are still unable to exercise their democratic right to protest.

Despite admitting there was no evidence that the last freedom protest spread any virus, Daniel Andrews turned the police against the public today and deprived them of basic services such as public transport, all in the name of 'public safety'.

2,000 police gathered in a large group, to prevent people gathering in large groups.

Melbourne's beating heart, the CBD and inner suburbs, became almost silent this morning — other than the sound of police and media helicopters. A Brave New World Order.

Melbourne is already in lockdown, so a 'double lockdown' zone applied across up to 360 square kilometres of the city. Tram, train and bus routes that transverse the CBD were shut down.

The agenda was to prevent protesters from gathering in the city.

However, this plan ultimately failed, with protesters determined to have their voices heard.

Demonstrators turned out in Melbourne to protest against lockdown measures, as they swarmed in front of traffic in Richmond, in the Victorian capital's inner-suburbs.

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Double-vaxxed Aussie gold medallist Madison Wilson hospitalised with Covid-19

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Double-vaxxed Olympic swimming champion Madison Wilson says she feels "extremely unlucky" to have been hospitalised with Covid-19.

Wilson is currently in Naples, Italy where she is competing with the Los Angeles Current in the International Swim League.

The positive diagnosis forced her out of the ISL and into a hospital bed.

Comment: Pay no attention to the obvious. Covid vaccines are safe and effective.

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'The numbers are skewed': Colorado officials warn of inflated COVID death statistics

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Health officials reportedly continuing to conflate deaths "from" and "with" COVID.

Multiple public officials in Colorado are warning that the state's official COVID-19 death count is skewed due to the practice of conflating patients who have died directly due to the disease with those who have merely tested positive for it prior to death.

Data experts and health officials have long struggled to separate out those two key data points in government tallies of COVID deaths, leading to accusations that the death rate for the disease is being inflated modestly or even significantly.

Comment: It's absolutely crazy that a year and a half into the pandemic they are still pulling this same stunt with the numbers. There's already been so many memes about it that you would assume the authorities would be shamed into be more subtle about pumping their Covid death numbers. But no; they have no shame.

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6 killed after gunman opens fires at Russian university, footage shows students jumping from windows, shooter posted plans online

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Six people have been confirmed dead, with 28 injured, after a shooting on the campus of a university in the Russian city of Perm. Police have apprehended the perpetrator. Terrified students were filmed escaping through windows.

The incident happened on Monday morning at Perm State University, one of the oldest universities in the Urals region, close to where Europe and Asia meet. The school's social media alerted everyone who was on campus to leave if possible, or lock themselves inside a room.

19 of the injured have received gunshot wounds, according to the Russian Ministry of Health, which published the figure of six deaths. Earlier, the Investigative Committee of Russia had reported eight fatalities.

Comment: RT reports how the shooter posted a detailed explanation of his plans online:

Bekmansurov, a first-year student, had been at the university for ten days, studying forensic science.

Speaking to the TASS news agency, a representative from the regional medical service said the shooter is alive but wounded and is currently in intensive care.

Prior to the attack, the killer wrote on social network VKontakte that his motivation was not religious or political, but a dream he had had for a long time due to his hatred of everyone around him, also noting that he considered using a car, bomb, or knife instead of a gun. He also detailed his purchase of a gun, and his firearm training, as well as the process of getting a license.

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According to the official spokeswoman for the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the attack was stopped by a junior police lieutenant, a traffic inspector, who was the first to enter the main building.

"Konstantin Kalinin saw an armed man in the room," Irina Volk said. "Noticing the policeman, he fired several shots in his direction. The state traffic inspector wounded the attacker with return fire, ran up to him and neutralized him, after which he began to provide first aid."

The actions of the junior police lieutenant are notable because, over in New Zealand recently, a knife attacker who was under 24/7 surveillance by supposedly specially trained 'elite' police officers was shot dead rather than neutralised: Knife attacker shot dead by police in New Zealand, man was under "24/7" police surveillance - UPDATE

According to an RT source, the alarm button at the university failed to go off because the security guard was one of the first to be killed.

In a video published by Russia's Investigative Committee, officials can be seen at the university photographing and collecting evidence.
ZeroHedge reports:
CNN reports that "A suspect in the shooting was arrested and wounded after resisting law enforcement officers, according to Russia's Investigative Committee, a state body that handles major crimes." Unconfirmed social media video appeared to show the shooter suffered multiple wounds and paramedics initiated life-saving steps at the scene.

The gunman reportedly said, "I've thought about this for a long time, it's been years and I realized the time had come to do what I dreamt of." The post was eventually taken down.

The Monday incident comes months after seven school children were killed and 16 injured at a school in Kazan. Similarly a young man went on a rampage and methodically murdered people as he strolled through campus.

After the Kazan shooting, Putin urged his government to impose more stringent gun ownership regulations and requirements.

Until these latest incidents, such mass shootings were relatively rare in Russia and Eastern Europe in general when compared to prior years in the United States, where multiple mass shootings would happen yearly.
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Croatian President Milanović: We're Fed up with COVID frenzy, life should go back to normal

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President Zoran Milanović said on Friday that the media frenzy over COVID-19 was grating on people's nerves and that things should start going back to normal.

"We should know the aim of all this frenzy. If anybody tells me that the aim is to completely eradicate coronavirus, I will tell them that this is insane. It is impossible. What matters now is adjustment and resumption of normal life," Milanović told the press in his office.

The story with coronavirus will be over the moment we have more vaccinated people than those who are not vaccinated, he said.

Comment: Bravo. If only more leaders would take the same attitude, we wouldn't be in the state we're currently in.

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'We want justice under US law,' father of 2yo daughter killed in Kabul drone strike tells RT

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Emal Akhmadi's baby daughter was killed when the US mistook his family for terrorists in Kabul. The bereaved father told RT an apology and compensation will not be enough and said those responsible must stand trial under US law.

Emal Akhmadi lost 10 family members, including his two-year-old daughter Malika and brother Zemari, on August 29, when a US Reaper drone destroyed a car in a busy neighborhood not far from Kabul's Hamid Karzai International Airport.

The Pentagon initially claimed the airstrike had killed a terrorist - only to admit two weeks later that it had targeted the wrong person. The surviving relatives, meanwhile, are still shaken by the tragedy.

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