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Man leaps from hotel balcony after police find 3 children dead over 2-day period

Man leaps from hotel balcony after police find 3 children dead over 2-day period


KAGOSHIMA (TR) – A man plunged from the balcony of a hotel room in Kagoshima City on Friday after police found the bodies of his three children over a span of two days, reports the Yomiuri Shimbun (Feb. 27).

At around 7:00 p.m., police working off a tip entered the room on the fourth floor of the hotel and found the bodies of a boy and a girl, aged around 3 and 2, respectively.

Upon their arrival, the man, believed to be in his 40s, leaped from the balcony and plunged to the ground. He was transported to a hospital with serious injuries, police said.

Abandoned vehicle

The incident began in Kushima City, Miyazaki Prefecture the day before. That morning, an employee at a commercial facility reported an abandoned vehicle with a Fukuoka Prefecture license plate to police.

Police later discovered that the vehicle had been rented by the man, aged in his 40s and living with his three children in a public housing unit in Iizuka City.

At around 3:00 p.m. that day, police entered the unit and found a boy, aged around 9, dead inside.

A boy was found dead inside a residence in Iizuka City on Thursday (Twitter)

Whereabouts unknown

The results of an autopsy revealed that the boy died sometime around the middle of this month, police said.

After police entered the unit in Iizuka, located about 230 kilometers from the hotel, the whereabouts of the man were not known. However, they later learned that he was staying at the hotel in Kagoshima City.

Police believe the man is the father of the three children. They are planning to question him about their deaths upon his recovery.





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Adeje hotel in line for top award for coronavirus response

Adeje hotel in line for top award for coronavirus response


The mayor of Adeje is to propose the municipality’s gold medal for the H10 Costa Adeje Palace hotel and its staff.José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga visited this tourist facility and also announced that the street where the hotel is located will be called Calle 24 de Febrero Adeje council considers that the management of the director and the workers of the H10 Costa Adeje Palace hotel during the 14 days that its closure lasted, with almost 900 tourists staying inside, because of Covid-19 is the best example and the most important message that the tourist destination of Costa Adeje, Tenerife and the Canary Islands can send to the world as a guarantee that the islands are a safe place, of good coexistence and with exemplary health and social practices.For this reason, the mayor announced this Wednesday to the director of the hotel, Jesús Oramas, that he will propose to the municipal plenary session the delivery of the municipality’s Gold Medal in recognition of the effort “of all the men and women who make up the hotel staff and who were the architects, together with the health workers, the security forces and all the professionals who supported the device a year ago, that we give a global example of how to manage a crisis, of unknown dimensions , in an almost perfect way .

The mayor will also propose to the municipal plenary session that the street on which the hotel is located will be called Calle 24 de Febrero in memory of the exact day on which the hotel’s confinement began, as a sign of remembrance of what happened there and of the great work that was developed by all the professionals who intervened in the crisis.Rodríguez Fraga, together with the councillors of Security and Social Services, Mercedes Vargas Delgado, and Health, Amada Trujillo Bencomo, visited the hotel on the occasion of the first anniversary of the confinement, together with its director, Jesús Oramas. During the visit they had the opportunity to personally thank many of their workers for the work they carried out during the 14 days of total confinement that they suffered just a year ago. Likewise, Oramas and his team thanked the mayor and the councillors for the work carried out by the city council in that crisis. It should be remembered that Adeje provided coverage and infrastructure to all the health, humanitarian and security deployment that took place inside and outside the hotel.

“Adeje is proud of the work carried out by all the people and professionals who, inside and outside the hotel, carried out their work. Also of the implication beyond their obligations of all those people and of the municipal personnel that collaborated in the aid tasks,” commented Rodríguez Fraga. From procuring food and beverages for health workers and the police, to lodging for some reinforcements of medical nursing personnel, to a significant stockpile of pharmaceutical supplies, basic necessities and toys and entertainment for hotel guests.

The cleanliness of the hotel and its surroundings and security were also reinforced through the local police, closing streets and redirecting traffic from the entire area surrounding the hotel.Adeje council and the hotel have also reached an agreement that this site will become an essential and pioneering part of the project of good sanitary practices guaranteed against covid-19 that the Adeje city council is promoting together with the University of La Laguna and the Canarian Institute of Tropical Diseases. Part of that idea was born, precisely, from what happened at H10 and from the subsequent analysis carried out together with Jesús Oramas, the hotel’s director. The agreement implies that this infrastructure will be one of the first to submit to the protocols established by the team of scientists headed by Basilio Valladares and that it will also have the analysis and control of a public building, a shopping centre and the most significant beaches in the municipality. 





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Adeje mayor proposes Municipal Gold Medal for H10 Costa Adeje Palace Hotel and staff

Adeje mayor proposes Municipal Gold Medal for H10 Costa Adeje Palace Hotel and staff


José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga visited the hotel this week and also announced the renaming of the street the hotel is located on to Calle 25 de Febrero

The Adeje
council has been very open in its praise of how the directors and staff of the
H10 Costa Adeje Palace hotel worked during the 14 difficult days, with 900
guests closed in, as a result of the first outbreak of Covid 19 on
Tenerife.  The council and mayor have also stated that the handling of
this outbreak was an excellent example of good practise internationally,
showing at a global level that these islands are safe, and promote social
harmony and good health practices.

Given the above
reasons, the mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, has informed the hotel
director, Jesús Oramas, that he will be bringing a proposal to the next council
meeting that the hotel be awarded the Municipal Gold Medal, in recognition of
effort made “by all the women and men who are part of the hotel staff, and
those who played a key role, alongside health workers, security personnel and all
the professionals who were there this time last year, who together were an
example to the rest of the world in showing how we managed the crisis, in
unknown circumstances, in a near perfect way”.  The mayor is also
proposing that the street on which the hotel is located be renamed Calle 25 de
Febrero, in memory of what happened here and the great work that all those
involved carried out.

José Miguel
Rodríguez Fraga, accompanied by the councillors for safety and social services,
Mercedes Vargas Delgado, and for health, Amada Trujillo Bencomo, visited the
hotel this week to mark the first anniversary of the shut-down, and to speak to
director Jesús Oramas.  During the visit they also had an opportunity to
thank many of the staff personally for how they worked during those 14 days one
year ago.  Oramas and his staff took the opportunity to thank the mayor
and the councillors for the ongoing work the council has been involved in since
the crisis began, mentioning the fact that the council were on hand to cover
security and health concerns from the moment the first Covid guests were
diagnosed,

“Adeje is very
proud of the work that all the staff and other professionals, inside the
outside the hotel, have carried out, going above and beyond their obligations,
as well as of the municipal workers who collaborated in the work that needed to
be done”, commented the mayor. From sourcing food and drink for the health and
security workers, offering accommodation to those who were needed near the
hotel, offering important pharmaceutical materials, goods of primary needs for
guests, games and books for children, people stepped up. The team also
reinforced the cleaning protocols, and the local police were on hand to deal
with any security issues, closing streets, dealing with traffic and the general
public in the immediate area”.

The
council and the hotel agree that that this became a centre and pioneer for good
health practises in the starting battle against Covid 19, now being supported
by the council, the University of La Laguna and the Canarian Institute for
Tropical Illnesses.  The kernel of this project arose due to what happened
in the H10 Costa Adeje Palace, and an agreement reached will see the hotel as
one of the first to adopt the new protocols that are being rolled out by a
scientific team  headed up by Basilio Valladares.  The protocol will
be introduced  in public buildings, commercial centres and the boroughs
beaches.





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Tongan returnee in isolation at Tanoa hotel denied chance to see dead wife – Kaniva Tonga

Tongan returnee in isolation at Tanoa hotel denied chance to see dead wife – Kaniva Tonga


The family of a returnee in managed isolation who was denied exemptions to see his deceased wife said they accepted the decision.

‘Anau Ki he Sina Pateta Fakena. Photo/Facebook

Alatini Fakena was one of more than dozen returnees and Tongan applicants in overseas countries who have been denied seeing their dead loved ones since the kingdom went into lockdown since March 2020.

The rejection of his compassionate exemption application was reported by Radio FM 89.5 this morning.

 

 The broadcaster quoted Ministry of Health Deputy CEO  Dr Reynold Ofanoa saying the decision to decline the application was made after thoughtful considerations.

As Kaniva News reported last week, ‘Alatini, who was currently being isolated at the Tanoa Hotel after arriving from New Zealand, has pleaded with authorities to allow him see his deceased wife. 

Meanwhile, a status posted to ‘Alatini’s Facebook page which appears to have come from a family member said they accepted the decision by the authority.

It said they did not want the community to perceive ‘Alatini as a person who is posing a public health safety risk.

“And no — we don’t need anyone to say anything about the MOH and all essential workers about this matter . We would not want Alatini to come out and to be labeled as a “coronavirus carrier” or later pronounced as a positive case !” the post said.

‘Ānau Ki he Sina Fakena passed away peacefully at Vaiola Hospital on Thursday 11.

She is survived by her husband ‘Alatini and their three children.





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Calls to deport Australian woman who refused Covid tests in New Zealand hotel quarantine | Australia news


There are calls to deport an Australian woman who has spent four weeks in New Zealand hotel quarantine because she is refusing to be tested for Covid-19.

Last month, Lucinda Baulch travelled to New Zealand from Victoria with three foster children who were moving into the care of local families in a trip arranged by the country’s child protection authorities.

While the children spent two weeks in quarantine and were released following negative test results for Covid-19, Baulch refused all tests during her two-week stay and so was required to remain in isolation for 28 days.

The Australian woman has since been in isolation at the Grand Mercure Hotel in Wellington, a facility that is part of New Zealand’s managed isolation or quarantine system (MIQ).

Baulch is expected to be allowed to leave on Tuesday following approval from health authorities but news of her imminent release – and her steadfast refusal to be tested over the course of the month – has been met with calls for her immediate deportation by New Zealand’s National Party leader Judith Collins.

“How is it that we have an Australian woman in MIQ who refused to be tested – what is going on here? What is this soft approach doing?” Collins told reporters.

“If a New Zealander went to Australia and refused to get tested in a MIQ facility, what do you think would happen to them? They’d be back on a plane to New Zealand.

“So unless this woman is a New Zealand citizen – actually, we shouldn’t put up with this behaviour from anybody. And frankly, the Australian government needs to take back their own person if she’s one of theirs.”

Travellers to New Zealand are required to be tested for Covid-19 on days three and 12 of their stay. Some may also have an additional test performed on arrival or the first day.

If a test is refused, authorities are allowed by law to keep the person in quarantine for “at least” an extra 10 days.

Where others have refused a test in the past, they have been required to stay in isolation for an additional 14 days, making for a maximum stint of 28 days in quarantine to ensure a person is Covid-free.

At a press conference Tuesday afternoon, New Zealand’s Covid-19 response minister Chris Hipkins said those staying in the country’s quarantine system have a right to refuse testing.

“Ultimately when someone refuses to be tested – which people are entitled to do – they’ll find that they’ll be having a much longer stay in managed isolation than they necessarily needed to,” Hipkins said.

Hipkins added that Baulch planned to immediately return home to Australia so she did not need to be deported.

Baulch, who has been speaking to various media outlets during her stay, told reporters she believed she was exempt from routine testing as she had always intended to immediately return to Australia. However, she has since filed legal proceedings against her detention which may now mean she can no longer return straight away as originally intended.

The Australian also revealed to reporters she took part in an anti-lockdown protest in Melbourne last year and had researched exemptions to avoid having to wear a mask.

When Baulch does return home she may be required to quarantine for a further 14 days as part of Australia’s system for managing returned travellers.



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Tokyo luxury hotel offers month-long stays with free breakfasts, might be cheaper than apartment

Tokyo luxury hotel offers month-long stays with free breakfasts, might be cheaper than apartment


Shinjuku Keio Plaza starts its “live at the hotel” promotion.

Like with most big cities, rent in Tokyo gets higher the closer you get to the city center. As a result, most people tend to live in apartments pretty far outside of downtown, from which they commute in to their offices or schools. But right now there’s a respected luxury hotel in central Tokyo’s Shinjuku district that’s offering month-long stays that, once you add up the various perks, might actually be cheaper than renting an apartment in that part of town.

The Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo (shown in these photos), which is within walking distance of Tokyo’s most convenient rail hub at Shinjuku Station, is kicking off its “Kurasu@The Hotel” program. Kurasu means “live” in Japanese, and that’s just what the promotion is: an offer for long-term guests to essentially live at the hotel, with a substantially discounted rate.

Under the program, guests staying in a Standard Room for 30 nights will pay 210,000 yen (US$2,030). While that’s far more than a studio apartment out in the suburbs would cost you, the 23.5-square meter (253-square foot) Standard Room can accommodate two people, which would make the per-person “rent” 105,000 yen for the month. As a hotel guest, you obviously don’t need to pay for utilities such as water and electricity, and Wi-Fi is included too, as is twice-a-week housekeeping service.

Oddly enough, shampoo is not provided beyond the initial bottle you get when you check in, so you’ll have to procure your own refills. On the other hand, that tiny expenditure pales in comparison to the money you’ll save thanks to the free breakfast every day in the hotel restaurant which is part of the Kurasu@The Hotel package. Each guest can also have two free drinks daily from the guest lounge, and you’re also allotted two hours each day to use one of the hotel’s compact conference rooms, if you’re teleworking and want a change of scenery.

If you want more spacious accommodations, the Kurasu@The Hotel package can be upgraded to a 33.7-square meter Superior Room or 35.2-square meter Deluxe Room, for an additional fee (an extra 30,000 or 60,000 respectively). The program is available between February 22 and May 15.

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This live-in caregiver got COVID after her employer fell sick. As she isolated at a hotel, she was fired via text-message

This live-in caregiver got COVID after her employer fell sick. As she isolated at a hotel, she was fired via text-message


A few days after her boss fell sick, the live-in caregiver started having an itchy throat and tested positive for COVID-19. She was dropped off at a hotel for self-isolation at her employer’s expense.

Alone in her hotel room, the Filipino nanny took Tylenol and vitamins as well as ginger and lemon supplements, to fight off the coronavirus, alone.

Fearing she was contagious to others, the woman, who came to Toronto in 2018 under Canada’s foreign caregiver program, told the housekeeping staff not to enter her room. She said she would only order food through Uber Eats.

Then, one week into her self-isolation this month, she said, her boss terminated her through a text message, apologizing for the “financial decision” they had to make for the family. The next day, they had a friend drop off all of her belongings at the hotel lobby.

“I was shocked. I didn’t see it coming. I was still cleaning their house after my boss got sick and they were checking on me to make sure I was OK,” said the woman, who asked not to be identified for fear it would prevent her from finding another job and a place to live. She must check out of the hotel Sunday.

“I don’t have a job anymore. My friends and relatives don’t want me to go to their house because everyone is scared of COVID-19. I have nowhere to go.”

Advocates say they are seeing a growing number of foreign caregivers in precarious employment situations amidst the pandemic, exposed to the virus in their shared quarters with employers. Some have lost their jobs after contracting COVID-19 at work, which is also, of course, their home.

“The number has been increasing because incidents of COVID have increased,” says lawyer Nicole Guthrie of the Don Valley Community Legal Services, which serves the caregiver community.

“Caregivers don’t know if there’s someone in the (employer’s) family with the virus or are told they still have to come to work. If they’re going to be off for a while, they don’t have sick-day coverage. The employers don’t want to deal with that. It’s not one or two, but quite a few (cases).”

The pandemic, said Guthrie, further exposes the imbalance of power between employers and foreign caregivers, who can earn permanent residence in Canada if they can accumulate a minimum of 24 months of full-time caregiving experience over three years.

Although Canada’s new Home Child Care Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot allow foreign caregivers to live outside of their employers’ homes, advocate Evelyn Calugay says many families since the onset of the pandemic have required their caregivers to move in with them and to stay indoors to reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure.

Advocate Evelyn Calugay of PINAY Quebec says many families require foreign caregivers to move in with them during the pandemic and stay isolated at homes to reduce potential risks of exposure to COVID-19.

“The pandemic has given even more power to employers, who use it to their advantage,” said Calugay, whose group, PINAY Quebec, offers support to Filipino women, domestic workers in particular, and has more than 2,000 members on its Facebook page.

Since the pandemic, PINAY Quebec has delivered emergency relief kits — filled with over-the-counter medications, groceries and personal support equipment such as masks and sanitizers — to members in distress. At least a couple of them have lost their jobs after they tested COVID positive and needed emergency shelter.

“They fear they would get the virus from their employers who go out to work, see friends and shop. But what they fear most is losing their jobs and their immigration status,” said Calugay.

“Employers are under no obligations to inform their caregivers of their COVID status. Even if the employers do tell them, they can’t refuse work.”

Caregivers affected by the pandemic are eligible for Canada’s emergency financial support, but it’s not easy to change employers during the pandemic and their pathway for permanent residence hinges on their employment, advocates said. (The caregiver at the beginning of this story was offered a job in remote Ontario but she only qualifies to care for children, not elderly.)

On top of that, the COVID-19 crisis has caused significant processing delays in applications for permanent residence and work permits for migrant workers, including caregivers, prolonging their precarious status.

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Another caregiver who spoke to the Star is waiting for her permanent residence papers and said she only accidentally found out one of her employers had tested positive for COVID-19 when she happened to be cleaning his office and saw the test result one day in December.

The family did not officially share the information with her until almost a week later when she begged to go for a COVID-19 test after she fell sick, having a husky voice and losing her sense of smell.

She was found to have the virus even though she said the only people she had interacted with since the beginning of the pandemic were her employer and his family.

“I suffered from shortness of breath even just from climbing up the stairs from the basement. I had headaches and dizziness,” said the woman, who took a total of six days off from work while fighting off the coronavirus.

“I didn’t talk to my husband and children in the Philippines for two weeks because I was so sick that I couldn’t talk for long without coughing. I was afraid they would find out and worry I was sick with COVID.”

She said employers have an obligation to inform their caregivers if they have contracted the virus so more protection and precaution can be taken, even though social distancing may still be hard when caregivers also share their living and workspace with the host families.

“I had to take care of myself. I had to take care of my employers, who, too, were sick,” recalled the woman. “The whole time I was sick in my bed, I was thinking of my family. I didn’t want to die in Canada without seeing them.”

MP Jenny Kwan, immigration critic for the opposition New Democrats, has raised the women’s stories to Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino in a letter.

“There has never been a time where child care has been more important in order to mitigate the disproportionate effects the pandemic has had on women in the workforce, as well as caregivers who provide support to older vulnerable Canadians,” said Kwan, calling Canada’s treatment of caregivers “appalling.”

Although the federal government does have a special program that grants open work permits to vulnerable foreign workers who are victims of abuse, she said it doesn’t prevent mistreatment of caregivers before the fact and may not apply to the two caregivers who spoke to the Star.

Kwan said Ottawa should count caregivers’ work hours lost due to layoffs in response to government lockdowns toward their permanent residence applications that have been upended by the pandemic.

Eligible caregivers include their spouse and dependent children in their applications, but there’s a cutoff age of 22 for dependent children. Kwan also said that, in light of the pandemic challenges, Ottawa should “freeze” the considered age of dependant children back home for the time being.

“If someone is good enough to work in Canada, they are good enough to stay here,” Kwan said.

Nicholas Keung is a Toronto-based reporter covering immigration for the Star. Follow him on Twitter: @nkeung





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