HSBC to close another 62 branches this year

whatsapp HSBC to close another 62 branches this year Shruti Tripathi and Shruti Tripathi HSBC is set to close another 62 branches across the UK this year, the banking giant announced today.This takes the total number of branches closing this year to 117. In November, the bank reported an 86 per cent slide in statutory pre-tax profits. The bank took one-off hits, including the disposal of its business in Brazil, which set it back $1.7bn.Francesca McDonagh, HSBC head of retail banking and wealth management for UK and Europe, added: The move marks the end of “HSBC’s branch restructuring programme”, Antonio Simoes, chief executive of the banking giant, said.“We now feel we have the right branch network that complements the other ways in which customers now choose to interact with us. We will continue to invest for the benefit of our customers as we build HSBC UK, a better bank for our people and customers.”The bank has closed 340 branches over the last two years. By the end of this year the bank will have 625 branches.Earlier this month, HSBC chairman Douglas Flint told MPs the bank was considering moving 1,000 investment banking jobs to Paris before the end of the Article 50 process – this is so that HSBC doesn’t suffer due to the current Brexit deal being negotiated.Read more: HSBC boss: Jobs will be moving out of London to Paris Tuesday 24 January 2017 12:17 pm whatsapp Share “The decision to close these branches ensures a more sustainable branch network for the future as we continue to invest in our digital platforms and our people. We will have fewer but better branches, with more empowered front line colleagues using a greater range of technology to support all our customers’ needs.“Our priority now is to work with our colleagues, our customers and the communities impacted by today’s announcement. We are contacting customers to explain the decision and help them with alternative ways to bank with us. We will offer customers individual sessions to help explain their options or provide help in setting up telephone, mobile or internet banking.” read more

Destiny gamers have spent collective 100,000 years playing most-expensive game of all time

first_img Destiny gamers have spent collective 100,000 years playing most-expensive game of all time Tuesday 23 December 2014 5:07 am whatsapp whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Humanity has been walking and populating this earth for around 200,000 years. It has also spent roughly half that time playing Destiny, the video game released last September. According to the game’s developer Bungie, gamers have collectively spent over 872m hours ridding malignant aliens from the solar system in Destiny’s dense universe. That’s equal to 99,523 years. Bungie claims that 12.9m people across the world have played Destiny on various platforms since its release. If they all got together for a game, the meet-up session would have a larger population than Scotland, Mumbai, Moscow, Tokyo, London or New York. By one interpretation, that could mean the average Destiny player has spent an unhealthy-sounding 67.8 hours playing as a “guardian” in the game’s sci-fi universe. Those numbers are set to get even bigger after Christmas, with Destiny sure to have been written into many letters to Santa. In a blog post, Bungie asked the more seasoned gamers to go easy on the “Christmas Noobs”.  Back in October, Bungie said that the early adopters of the game were averaging around three hours of in-game time every day. Those “noobs” could be in for a tough time. Destiny reportedly cost $500m (£321m) to develop, making it the most expensive game of all time. To the relief of both Bungie and publisher Activision, sales have been strong – Destiny broke a UK games record for number of copies sold within the first week of release.  center_img Joe Hall Share Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Winners and losers pound dollar euro exchange rate movements

first_img whatsapp Winners and losers pound dollar euro exchange rate movements Show Comments ▼ by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailzenherald.com20 Rules Genghis Khan’s Army Had To Live Byzenherald.comNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableyDiscovery29+ Fascinating U.S. Navy WarshipsDiscoveryMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan TimesComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyDefinitionThe Most Famous Movie Filmed In Every U.S. StateDefinitionGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday News whatsapp Tags: NULL The tale of two central banks has seen monetary policy diverge this year, taking their respective currencies with it.Exporters:When a country’s currency strengthens, the effect that generally receives the most immediate attention is that on exports and profits. A strong sterling will also have an impact on companies’, who have a strong internaitonal footprint, when their profits when they’re translated back into pounds.However, despite adverse currency movements, there are a number of factors which will help companies.  Tourism industry:What’s more it’s bad news for euro-earners visiting our shores Airliners:Europeans will find that their own carriers’ flights are cheaper compared with British Airways or Virgin.However, across the Atlantic, Americans will find that British carriers actually offer better value for money.– Take into account falling oil prices, cheaper fuel etc. & dollar impact of this. The treasury: – current account balance:”Sterling’s appreciation could could affect overall demand through several channels: lower reported profits (which translate into lower equity valuations and dividends, thereby affecting spending), lower exports, and lower domestic production in import-competing sectors.””Another effect could be lower reported income on prior investments in foreign bonds, equities, and other forms of investment – whether made by individuals, pension funds, or companies.””Any reduction in thi sinvestment income – even if it just resulted from currency translations and not real changes in income – would reduce the current account balance.” Holidaymakers:– Tourism figures – Euro vs. United States. Consumers:Shop prices will see some downward pressure as retailers find they came buy more goods with their money.While it’ll take a while filter through to the high street people will eventually start to see even lower prices.Another force driving this is inflation, which is being dragged lower by oil prices, taking it to a record low.– How much do we import from Europe?– How much do we import from the US?… if you’re buying anything linked to or directly from Europe then this will get cheaper.… if you’re buying anything linked to or directly from the United States then this will get more expensive. Drivers:A global supply glut and the waning appetites of once ravenous emerging economies like China and India means Brent oil prices have However, as the pound continues to depreciate against the dollar, it’ll put a ceiling onto some of these gains. This is because oil is priced in dollars, and when the exchange rate rises, this actually pushes up oil prices.  center_img Tuesday 17 March 2015 9:43 am Share More From Our Partners Killer drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Jessica Morris last_img read more

UK freelancers optimistic on the economy

first_imgThursday 23 July 2015 8:59 pm Express KCS Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe Wrap’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Arrested in Ohio on Attempted ChildThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The WrapWatch President Biden Do Battle With a Cicada: ‘It Got Me’ (Video)The WrapNew England Patriots’ Cam Newton says no extra motivation from Mac Jones’SportsnautPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap Tags: NULL FREELANCERS are feeling more upbeat on the economy and their business, survey data released this morning by the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE) reveals.IPSE found that 41 per cent of freelancers are confident in their business performance improving in the next 12 months, versus 25 per cent who are not.“It’s great to see people who work for themselves are confident in their business prospects even as they report their business costs increasing,” said IPSE chief executive Chris Bryce. whatsappcenter_img UK freelancers optimistic on the economy by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUnify Health LabsRandy Jackson: This 3 Minute Routine Transformed My HealthUnify Health LabsSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbesGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday Newszenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Show Comments ▼ Share whatsapplast_img read more

News / China-Europe rail boom as forwarders latch on to cost advantage for customers

first_img China-Europe rail services are set to triple within three years as demand grows and shippers “catch on” to the advantages.Asian media reports that during the recent ‘Belt and Road’ conference, China plans to increase the annual number of trains from 1,800 last year to 5,000 in 2020.Meanwhile, this week three forwarders developed their services on the route and another city was added.Shenzhen is now connected to Minsk, with the first train arriving in the Belarusian capital next week, with 41 feu on board, including mobile phones and automotive parts. © Alphaspirit By Alex Lennane 26/05/2017center_img The route is managed by DHL Global Forwarding in conjunction with logistics provider China Brilliant, and offers both full-container-load (FCL) and less-than-container load (LCL) services. It offers real-time GPS tracking of containers and customs clearance.Demand from Eastern Europe is accelerating, according to the forwarder, as economies in the region grow.Panalpina is to open a second consolidation point in Shenzhen in July, it said yesterday. The forwarder currently consolidates cargo in Shanghai for a weekly train service.“More than 150 customers have used the service so far, moving over 5,000 cubic metres of cargo, such as automotive parts for tier-2 and -3 providers, tablets, equipment for manufacturing lines as well as clothes and shoes,” said Antonio Pacciolla, regional head of overland Europe at Panalpina.“We expect these volumes to grow further as more of our customers in Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Sweden the Netherlands and Belgium are now considering this transport option.”Nippon Express this week also launched new services: six westbound FCL destinations in China and 18 LCL and eight eastbound services from Europe.The rise in rail has divided opinion in the freight business on whether it will most affect air or sea. One shipper believed “hundreds of tonnes a month” were being stripped from air routes. He said his company was looking at the services as a viable alternative to air freight into China, as well as air-sea into Dubai-Singapore-China.Marie-Christine Lombard, CEO of Geodis, told The Loadstar: “Rail is an attractive option to ocean.”But she also noted that for shippers and forwarders, modal competition is irrelevant.“Clients want the most competitive costs in the supply chain. So you take into account your customers’ needs. On any tradelanes they want the best solution.“Rail for some flows is very appropriate. If you have regular volumes which need speed, and you have the right flows, you add rail into that solution. And it’s also very competitive against air. We see an opportunity there.“Geodis is a logistics company operating a network, but we are not focused on one mode. We can design a multimodal solution that fits the underlying flows of the customer. You always look at how to build a robust solution which is cost-effective.”And rail appears to be.Mr Pacciolla added: “The rail service is one-third the cost of air freight and twice as fast as ocean freight. It’s an interesting proposition that is catching on.”last_img read more

Multistate salmonella outbreak tied to backyard chickens, CDC says

first_imgAdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Advertisement Young children, older adults or people with weakened immune systems could experience more severe illnesses that may require medical treatment. AdvertisementTags: Backyard chickenssalmonella RELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementPeople who were infected in the outbreak ranged in age from less than a year old to 87 years old. The CDC said 58 percent of cases are female, and of the 109 people with information available to health officials, 34 have been hospitalized.No deaths have been reported in connection to the outbreak.Most people infected with salmonella experience fever, diarrhea, and stomach cramps, the CDC said. Symptoms typically start around six hours to six days after consuming the bacteria. People usually recover after about a week. CDC investigates multistate salmonella outbreak tied to bearded dragons, hedgehogs October 2, 2020 AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Advertisement Sabra issues hummus recall amid salmonella scare March 31, 2021 Salmonella infections in 8 states could be linked to sick, dead songbirds April 5, 2021 Lee County officials vote against allowing residents to have backyard chickens October 28, 2020 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating a multistate outbreak of salmonella infections that are linked to backyard chickens.On Thursday, the health agency said that a total of 163 people were infected across 43 states, including one person in Florida. Health officials said the total number of infected people is “likely much higher.”Illnesses started around Feb. 12, 2021, through April 25, 2021, the CDC said. Epidemiologic and laboratory data claims that contact with backyard poultry is making people sick.The highest number of salmonella cases from backyard poultry were reported in North Carolina and Iowa, followed by California, Virginia and Georgia.last_img read more

Fee cutting accelerates

first_imgBusinessman calculating and checking articles of agreemen bacho12345/123RF OSC and CSA disagree on deferred sales charges Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Momentum fuelled fund gains Mutual fund fees in Canada are trending lower. Heightened cost disclosure and intense competition from a rapidly growing range of low-cost ETFs have triggered waves of fee reductions by mutual fund companies in recent months.“Since January 2015, firms representing 90% of assets under management [AUM] in the [mutual fund] industry have announced fee cuts,” says Paul Bourque, president and CEO of the Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC) in Toronto. “It’s a very broad trend.” Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords MERs and management fees,  Mutual funds Finding enduring patterns Megan Harman Although this trend has been underway for several years, it has accelerated since December 2017. That month, three Toronto-based mutual fund companies – Sun Life Global Investments (Canada) Inc. (SLGI); RBC Global Asset Management Inc.; and Manulife Investments, a division of Manulife Asset Management Ltd. – and Montreal-based Desjardins Investments Inc. announced cuts in management and/or administrative fees on certain mutual funds. The amount of the reductions varies among funds and series, ranging from five basis points (bps) to 55 bps.The latest round of cuts to fees builds upon previous reductions. A report that IFIC released in October 2017, which was based on research conducted by Toronto-based research firm Strategic Insight Inc., states that the average cost of owning units in an actively managed mutual fund dropped by six bps to 2.14% between 2014 and the end of 2016.The downward shift in fees is good news for clients, says Mimi Lee, financial advisor with TruFinancial Consultants in Markham, Ont., which operates under the umbrella of Mississauga, Ont.-based Carte Wealth Management Inc. “It’s always good to have lower fees,” she says. “If companies can trim whatever they are spending and put that money back into consumers’ pockets, that’s always a good thing.”Many factors are contributing to the decline. For one, the growing regulatory focus on fee disclosure and transparency has led to greater awareness of fees among investors. That’s prompting many companies to re-evaluate the fees they charge.“People are seeing how much they’re paying more clearly than ever before,” Bourque says. “We believe that’s generating more discussion between clients and advisors around fees and what clients are getting for the fees they pay.”New cost-disclosure requirements recently mandated under the second phase of the client relationship model (CRM2) pertain only to distribution costs rather than to management fees and other fund costs.However, Rick Headrick, president of SLGI, anticipates that the disclosure requirements eventually will be extended to include the full cost associated with an investment product. Accordingly, the recent fee cuts probably have been motivated, in part, by fund companies’ efforts to prepare for that new reality.“I do believe that the industry needs to get to a place in which the entire management expense ratio is disclosed on the statement,” Headrick says.The proliferation of lower-cost ETFs also has been a key factor in the decline of mutual fund fees, says Dan Hallett, vice president and principal with Oakville, Ont.-based HighView Financial Group. Specifically, actively managed and factor-based ETFs have emerged, and these products look similar to mutual funds yet carry considerably lower fees.“[The new ETF categories] really are trying to do the same thing [as mutual funds] at a high level,” Hallett says, “but one [asset class] is significantly cheaper.”With so much more competition in the investment fund space, Hallett says, “it’s not as easy [for mutual fund companies] to get inflows as it used to be, even in a long, extended bull market.” Cutting fees, he adds, is one way for companies to attract AUM in such a highly competitive landscape.Hallett says he’s encouraged to see mutual fund companies competing on price. Although price wars have been common among U.S. mutual fund companies, fees in Canada haven’t seen much movement historically.“Until the past five years, there was almost zero price competition among retail mutual funds in Canada,” Hallett says.For some mutual fund companies, the ability to reduce fees has stemmed from growth in AUM, as strong market performance and industry consolidation have helped to enhance economies of scale.“If you look at most of the fund companies that have made moves [on fees],” Headrick says, “a lot of them have enjoyed [AUM] growth because markets have been friendly.”In SLGI’s case, the recent move to reduce mutual fund fees was triggered by economies of scale that materialized when the company’s AUM recently surpassed the $20-billion mark, he says.“In the asset-management business, a lot of your costs are fixed. So, as you grow your AUM, your expenses aren’t increasing at the same pace,” Headrick adds. “So, there’s an opportunity to share [the cost savings] with investors.”More cuts in mutual fund fees could be forthcoming – especially if consolidation in the industry continues, Headrick adds: “I wouldn’t be surprised if there are more [fee reductions]. With acquisitions comes increased scale. So, you may see [the resulting cost savings] being passed along [to investors].”These cuts to mutual fund fees could trigger a higher level of inflows into mutual funds, Headrick says. However, he points out, fees should not be the only factor advisors and their clients consider when selecting an investment vehicle.“I would hope that investors and their advisors are not just chasing lower fees,” Headrick says, “because, ultimately, it’s the investment performance and meeting your objectives that count.”Lee agrees that clients should avoid getting too fixated on fees and that the overall level of returns should be a more important consideration. “If you have a product with really low fees, but it’s not making you money, does that make sense?” she asks.Although lower fees are a positive development for clients, Lee is concerned about the impact that declining revenue could have on the resources that mutual fund companies have to spend on research and talent.“I’m hoping that [fund companies] are maintaining the level of services and research necessary to maintain strong products,” she says.In Hallett’s opinion, the cuts to fees haven’t been substantial enough to have any detrimental impacts on the quality of products. In fact, further cuts are feasible, he says: “The very large companies may have some room to squeeze more efficiencies out of their cost structure.”last_img read more

Govt. Committed to Building New Public Morgue – Dr. Phillips

first_imgRelatedGovt. Committed to Building New Public Morgue – Dr. Phillips RelatedGovt. Committed to Building New Public Morgue – Dr. Phillips Govt. Committed to Building New Public Morgue – Dr. Phillips UncategorizedJune 14, 2007 RelatedGovt. Committed to Building New Public Morgue – Dr. Phillipscenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of National Security, Dr. Peter Phillips has emphasised that the Government was committed to building a new public morgue. “I can report that the design and specifications for a new public morgue is now completed and consultations are underway with the KSAC and the National Environment and Planning Agency to expedite the approval process. We expect to be issuing invitation for tenders before the end of July, with work to commence before the end of this year,” Dr. Phillips added. The Minister was making his contribution to the 2007/08 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, yesterday (June 13).Dr. Phillips pointed out that some delays were experienced in concluding the transfer of the land for the morgue from the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC), as well as the need to make extensive modifications to the design, in order to respond to current realities and to make provision for the incorporation of modern technology.The Minister also noted that some $60 million would be invested by the Ministry to buy additional equipment, a Genetic Analyser, for the Forensic Laboratory.He pointed out that the genetic analyser was the most modern DNA analytical equipment available.Critical scientific and technical devices have been supplied to the forensic laboratory to improve its analytical capabilities. These include, 28 new digital cameras, scanning electronic microscopes, computers and DNA sampling equipment. The Minister also informed that the Ministry would be spending $150 million to acquire 20 breathalyser machines to equip highway police patrol officers with an essential tool to improve safety on the roads. Advertisementslast_img read more

Chief Health Officer advice: AstraZeneca vaccine rollout

first_imgChief Health Officer advice: AstraZeneca vaccine rollout As Western Australia’s Chief Health Officer, I would like to reassure you of the continued safety of the vaccination program and indeed the AstraZeneca vaccine.My advice follows that of Australian Government Chief Medical Officer, Professor Paul Kelly confirming the Australian Government remains confident in the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine and there is currently no evidence that it is linked to blood clots.More than 11 million people have been vaccinated in the United Kingdom with the AstraZeneca vaccine to date, without evidence of an increase in blood clots.The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) undertook a rigorous assessment of COVID-19 vaccine prior to use in Australia and approved the use of both the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines.Stringent vaccine safety monitoring and reporting processes are also in place across Australia to detect and respond to any vaccination safety concerns. To date, no data from Australia or any other international jurisdiction can confirm that the AstraZeneca vaccine has caused blood clots.We will continue to monitor the situation.It is important that all Western Australians continue to get vaccinated when they are eligible to do so. Making safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines available to all Australians is a key component of Australia’s strategy for protecting the Australian community from COVID-19.By getting vaccinated, you can help to reduce the spread of infection and severity of illness if you are infected. You will also be providing vulnerable people, especially those with compromised immunity, protection against the illness.Dr Andrew RobertsonChief Health Officer /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, Australian, Australian Government, community, Government, health, immunity, infection, Pfizer, Professor, Robertson, Therapeutic Goods Administration, United Kingdom, vaccination, Vaccines, WA Health, Western Australialast_img read more

WA border controls strengthened as QLD risk rating elevated

first_imgWA border controls strengthened as QLD risk rating elevated Health advice updated following further information from QueenslandAdjustments under WA’s controlled border arrangements is effective immediately and applies to arrivals from today, 12.01am Saturday, March 27, 2021Low risk category means all travellers from Queensland to be tested for COVID-19 and self-quarantine for 14 days People who have visited exposure locations must get tested and quarantine for 14 daysLatest adjustment to controlled border based on expert health adviceDue to the evolving COVID-19 situation in Queensland, additional steps are being taken to keep WA safe.The Emergency Management Team, including the Premier, Health Minister, Police Commissioner and Chief Health Officer, was convened late this afternoon to review new information from Queensland.Effective 12.01am Saturday, March 27, 2021, all arrivals from Queensland will now need to complete 14 days of self-quarantine.These new Directions also apply to those people who arrived from Queensland earlier today.Under Western Australia’s controlled interstate border travel will only be permitted from or via Queensland under strict conditions:self-quarantine for 14 days in a suitable premise;present for a COVID-19 test on day 11;all Perth Airport arrivals to undergo a health screening and temperature test;be prepared to take a COVID-19 test at the airport COVID clinic, if deemed necessary by a health clinician (voluntary asymptomatic testing available for all airport arrivals); land arrivals to be met at the border checkpoint, for a health screening and to have their G2G Pass declaration checked before proceeding to self-quarantine premise; complete a G2G Pass declaration, stipulating they do not have any COVID-19 symptoms and which jurisdictions the traveller has been in over the previous 14 days.The transition is based on the latest health advice from the WA Chief Health Officer, who has been in contact with his counterpart in Queensland.As indicated earlier, further border control measures would be introduced, based on updated health advice.Directions issued yesterday, Friday, March 26, 2021, remain in place for those relevant people who arrived in WA, and continue to apply to anyone who visited the nominated locations since March 20, 2021.For this group of people, they need to be tested immediately and self-quarantine for the full 14 days from the time they were at the high-risk location. These travellers will also be required to undertake a day 11 test.Anyone who develops symptoms must get tested immediately and self-quarantine.The list of locations continue to be updated as contract tracing in Queensland progresses and people can view them here: WA Chief Health Officer will continue to monitor the situation closely and determine if any further adjustments are required based on the circumstances in Queensland.WA’s border arrangements are enacted under the Emergency Management Act and failure to follow these directions will be enforceable by law, with penalties ranging from $1,000 infringements to up to $50,000 fines for individuals.More information on WA’s controlled borders is available at stated by Premier Mark McGowan:“Based on further information from Queensland, the WA Chief Health Officer has recommended their risk rating be adjusted from ‘very low risk’ to ‘low risk’.“The situation continues to be monitored regularly and the State Government will not hesitate to reintroduce the hard border with Queensland if the health advice recommends that course of action.“I understand this will cause some inconvenience however my priority is to ensure the health and safety of Western Australians and we will do what is necessary to protect the community.“I thank everyone for their patience and understanding during this time.”As stated by Health Minister Roger Cook:“Being careful and cautious has served WA so well and kept us safe from COVID-19.“The situation continues to evolve as Queensland Health continues their contract tracing and it’s more important than ever that people familiarise themselves with the specific locations listed by the QLD Government, they are getting updated regularly and if people fit this category, they must go get tested and remain in self-quarantine for 14 days.“Be COVID safe and if any symptoms present, people should go get tested immediately.“It’s important we all heed the health advice to keep ourselves, our families and our communities safe.”Premier’s office – 6552 5000 /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, Commissioner, Cook, Emergency, Emergency Management, Government, health, health and safety, health minister, Perth, QLD, quarantine, Queensland, Queensland Health, WA, Western Australialast_img read more