SA police reveal 99 security guards stood down or sacked for coronavirus medi-hotel breaches

Police records show 99 security guards were stood down or terminated for coronavirus medi-hotel breaches in South Australia.

SA Police Commissioner Grant Stevens provided a list of all the breaches to an SA parliamentary committee last month and it was released by the Opposition today.

One of the security guards was terminated for falsely claiming to be “a member of ‘Defence’ to enter [a] parking facility associated with the medi-hotel”, the records show.

One was “observed to be smelling of alcohol” while on duty; another was caught posting a video on social media, taken inside a medi-hotel while on duty; another “became disorderly” when found using a mobile phone on duty.

That security guard was one of 31 disciplined for using a mobile phone while on the job.

A further 23 security guards were caught sleeping while on duty.

Only one of those was terminated, with the other 22 “stood down” from duties.

Of the remaining breaches, 35 were for failures to properly use personal protective equipment and seven were labelled “other (miscellaneous)” breaches.

SA Labor Opposition health spokesperson Chris Picton described the breaches as “shocking”.

“Every precaution must be taken to ensure that our state stays safe,” Mr Picton said.

Changes should prevent further breaches, Chief Health Officer says

SA Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier said she was confident in the safety of the system.

She said “significant improvements” had been made to medi-hotel protocols since the Parafield cluster briefly sent South Australia into lockdown late last year.

“When we previously had security guards sitting for long periods of time — up to 12 hours — you can appreciate how somebody might have nodded off,” Professor Spurrier said.

“But we have redone our security model and we have much more roving security, we’ve got state of the art CCTV and infrared sensors.

Chief Public Health Officer Professor Nicola Spurrier says she is very confident in South Australia’s hotel quarantine system.(ABC News: Michael Clements)

SA Health believes that COVID-19 outbreak started in the Peppers Waymouth Hotel in Adelaide’s CBD, but likely because of poor ventilation rather than an individual breaching infection controls.

“I’m very confident about the way the medi-hotels are currently being run,” Professor Spurrier said.

“We want to know every single time that somebody might have touched their face when they’ve had their mask on, or perhaps didn’t use hand sanitiser or the like.

“So I’m actually pleased to see we’ve got a high level of reporting … if we don’t have that reported then we can’t do something about it.”

Acting Health Minister Rob Lucas said he was encouraged by level of reporting and the disciplinary action taken in response.

“I think the fact that we’ve seen regular reporting of incidents such as use of mobile phones or inappropriate wearing of PPE …. is an example of the system working, and working effectively,” he said.

South Australians urged to rethink travel to Victoria

Meanwhile, Chief Public Health Officer Nicola Spurrier said South Australians should reconsider travelling to Victoria as the state’s health authorities worked to contain a COVID-19 outbreak.

But she said SA’s border with Victoria would remain open for now.

Professor Spurrier said the Victorian situation was “relatively stable” and two close contacts in SA were in quarantine and had tested negative.

A medical worker in PPE wearing a mask and visor talks to a disembarked passenger at an airport
Travellers arriving at Melbourne Airport have been getting tested for COVID-19.(AAP: Tim Carrafa)

“I am very hopeful the situation in Victoria will come to an end, and obviously we will be looking at the border, but that’s not necessary at the moment,” she said.

“It is important we take a proportionate response … and be very mindful of the great work Victoria is doing with their contact tracing.”

People travelling across the border are being sent text messages urging them to check the Victorian health website for exposure sites.

South Australia has recorded zero new cases today, but a second returned traveller has been shown to have the UK’s highly infectious coronavirus strain.

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COVID-19: US health worker sacked after deliberately spoiling 500 vaccine doses | US News

A health worker in Wisconsin has been sacked after deliberately spoiling 500 doses of a coronavirus vaccine.

Police, the FBI and the US Drug Administration are all investigating after the worker removed the doses from where they were being refrigerated at the Aurora Medical Center on the outskirts of Milwaukee.

Detectives said they had been told about the tampering on Wednesday evening. As of Thursday there had been no arrests.

In a statement, the Aurora centre said the employee involved had “acknowledged that they had intentionally removed the vaccine from refrigeration”.

The statement made no mention of a motive.

It said: “We continue to believe that vaccination is our way out of the pandemic. We are more than disappointed that this individual’s actions will result in a delay of more than 500 people receiving their vaccine.”

The number of coronavirus cases in Wisconsin is on the rise, following a brief slowdown at the start of December.

Johns Hopkins University states that there have been 516,226 total cases of the virus in the state, with 5,192 deaths.

Around 47,157 people have been vaccinated in Wisconsin, out of a total population of around 5.8million.

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Tony Pulis sacked by Sheffield Wednesday after only 45 days in charge

The Owls announced the departure of the experienced former Stoke, Crystal Palace, West Brom and Middlesbrough boss late on Monday evening and less than 24 hours before their next Championship fixture against ‘Boro at Hillsborough.

Lying one place off the foot of the second tier, Wednesday appointed Pulis to succeed the sacked Garry Monk on November 13, but have won just one of 10 league games since then – the 1-0 home victory over Coventry on December 19.

They suffered five defeats and secured four draws during that short-lived spell, with Pulis’ final game in charge being the 1-1 draw at Blackburn on Boxing Day that saw Adam Reach’s first-half goal cancelled out by an impressive late solo effort from Joe Rothwell.

Wednesday – who began the season with a 12-point deduction for breaching the EFL’s profitability and sustainability rules that was later reduced to six – remain 23rd and just one point off the bottom, three adrift of safety with a little under half the season played.

“The performances and results have not been of the level expected since Tony Pulis was appointed. There are also other issues which have had a bearing on this decision,” Wednesday chairman Dejphon Chansiri told the club’s official website.

“On the pitch, seven points from a possible 30 is not acceptable. It is vital we maintain our Championship status and I feel I must make a change now with over half of the season remaining to give us the best possible chance of doing so.”

Wednesday have placed first-team coach Neil Thompson in temporary charge while they seek their third manager of a testing 2020/21 campaign.

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PSG coach Thomas Tuchel sacked, Maurico Pochettino contract signed

Paris Saint-Germain have sacked coach Thomas Tuchel with the club’s former defender and ex-Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino lined up as his replacement, according to various media reports on Friday.

The French champions shock Christmas Eve axing was revealed by L’Equipe newspaper, news outlet RMC and German tabloid Bild.

Pochettino, who spent two years and a half as a player at the club, could take his first training session on January 3 after the winter break.

Tuchel, 47, arrived at the Parc des Princes on a two-year contract in 2018, and guided the Parisians to their first Champions League final last season.

But now, if the reports are confirmed, less than three months on from the final defeat to Bayern Munich in Lisbon, the German has become the first PSG coach to leave mid-season since Antoine Kombouare was replaced by Carlo Ancelotti in December 2011.

Tuchel, who is set to depart six months before the end of his deal, guided PSG to a last 16 date with Barcelona in this season’s Champions League despite being plagued by injuries, suspensions and coronavirus infections.

And in contrast to his predecessors, Tuchel appeared adept at man-managing his band of superstar players, giving Neymar back the smile that was missing during the Unai Emery era.

The Qatari-backed club however are thought to be unhappy with recent comments in the press by Tuchel, the most recent an unauthorised interview which appeared in the German media on Wednesday.

“We missed winning the Champions League by one match. And we never had the feeling that we had convinced people and that they recognised our performance. Sometimes that makes you a little sad or angry,” he told Sport1.

He also complained about the demands imposed upon him: “During the first six months I was asking myself ‘am I still a coach … or a minister of Sport?’”

He was reportedly given his marching orders less than 24 hours after Wednesday’s 4-0 win over Strasbourg which left them a point off the top of the table in Ligue 1 ahead of the winter break.

If his dismissal is confirmed he leaves PSG with two Ligue 1 titles, a French Cup and a League Cup.

In 2017, he lost his job as Borussia Dortmund boss three days after guiding the Bundesliga side to the German Cup and reportedly fell out with the club’s hierarchy.

The new man in the PSG dug out when the season resumes in the New Year will be Pochettino, RMC suggest.

The Argentine, a popular PSG centre-back between 2001 and 2003, left his position as Tottenham boss in November 2019, six months after leading them into their maiden Champions League final.

The 48-year-old transformed Spurs’ fortunes during his five-and-a-half-year reign but failed to win a trophy.

He has been heavily linked with a return to the Premier League with Newcastle if their proposed Saudi Arabia-backed takeover goes through, while speculation over the Manchester United job has never gone away.

But now it appears he will be leaving his London home and finding fresh accommodation across the channel.


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AFL news 2020: Sydney Stack arrested, broke quarantine, court date, Richmond, sacked, video, fight, Mick Ablett

AFL recruiting guru Michael Ablett believes Sydney Stack may’ve played his last game for Richmond following his alleged breach of Western Australia’s quarantine laws.

Stack will spend Christmas behind bars after being arrested on Saturday and refused bail, with police alleging the 20-year-old breached the state’s quarantine laws, which were triggered when his flight from Victoria made a stopover in Adelaide.

Ablett, who served as the AFL National Talent Football Manager for six years before becoming WA’s Talent Pathway Manager in 2018, and helped make Stack a member of the national academy before he was drafted in 2019, said the Tigers faced a difficult call.

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Sacked Eton teacher LOSES appeal: College UPHOLDS decision to axe tutor in ‘toxic masculinity’ row

A sacked Eton College tutor at the centre of a free speech row has today lost his appeal.

The governing body of the £42,500-a-year Berkshire college has upheld the decision of school chiefs to sack Will Knowland.

The English teacher was dismissed over an online lecture tackling radical feminism and the concept of ‘toxic masculinity’.

His dismissal, for reportedly refusing to take down his lecture from his personal YouTube channel, sparked outrage among students, who immediately launched a petition for Mr Knowland to be reinstated.  

It also plunged the private school, which is currently closed due to a Covid-19 outbreak, into a row over its supposedly ‘woke’ values under current headmaster Simon Henderson. 

However the school governing body has now upheld the decision to sack Mr Knowland, following an appeal hearing chaired by Princes William and Harry’s ex-housemaster.

The Free Speech Union, of which Mr Knowland is a member, described today’s ruling as a ‘betrayal’ of the school’s history and vowed to take the fight to Parliament.

Eton teacher Will Knowland, who was sacked in a row over free speech is taking the fight for his job to Parliament – hoping to call on an unusual type of legislation not used for decades to save his future

Eton College CLOSES due to Covid outbreak among students and staff 

Eton College has temporarily closed due to a coronavirus outbreak among students and teachers.

The £42,500-a-year school’s headmaster Simon Henderson wrote a letter to parents saying ‘a number of symptomatic boys and staff tested positive’ for the virus.

Mr Henderson said there is a ‘real danger’ the number could spiral out of control this weekend if action isn’t taken in a letter seen by MailOnline. 

He did not specify how many pupils tested positive at the boarding school – which houses boys between the ages of 13 and 18.

Students will continue to learn remotely until the end of term. 

A letter sent last week said: ‘Having been largely Covid free since Long Leave, a number of symptomatic boys and staff have tested positive in the past few days. We are awaiting results on several others, with more scheduled to be tested. 

‘We also now have a significant number of boys and staff self-isolating as close contacts.’

He said it was clear there is ‘Covid within the school’.

He added: ‘Having taken medical advice, we believe there is a real danger that the number of cases could increase significantly over the weekend and into next week unless we take action.

‘The health and well being of the school community is my top priority.’

In a statement, the union said: ‘The Free Speech Union is disappointed to learn that Eton’s governing body has decided to uphold the decision to sack our member Will Knowland.

‘No teacher should lose his or her job for challenging ideological orthodoxy, least of all a teacher at Eton.

‘This is a betrayal of the school’s 580-year history of encouraging its pupils to think critically and independently about difficult questions.

‘The Free Speech Union will be referring Eton’s trustees to the Charity Commission and the Attorney General for failing to discharge their duty to protect Eton’s reputation and to ensure it is pursuing its charitable object, which is to advance education for the benefit of its students.

‘In addition, the Free Speech Union will be working with its supporters in the House of Commons to amend the Equality Act 2010.’

The row started after Mr Knowland posted a lecture online, named the ‘Patriarchy Paradox’, which questioned radical feminists and praised the historical and societal impact of men.

The lecture, which was not shown to students, was prepared as part of the school’s Perspectives Classes for older pupils to consider different viewpoints.

He was refused permission to screen it directly to pupils after concerns were raised about its content, which it was later revealed included incorrect statistics about rape.

Mr Knowland responded by posting the video on his personal YouTube site, and was fired after he repeatedly refused to take it down.

He has attracted widespread support from current and former pupils ever since with many writing directly to the school to protest and criticising the school’s apparent lurch towards pursuing a ‘woke’ agenda silencing opposing views.

Last week it was revealed that Eton theology teacher Dr Luke Martin had quit his role as head of Perspectives classes in a move seen as a gesture of support for Mr Knowland.

Dr Martin, who is still at the school, accused headteacher Mr Henderson of presiding over an atmosphere where deviations from conventional thinking could lead to mockery or ‘formal discipline’.

The row has put Eton at the centre of a storm of protest over its supposedly 'woke' values under current headmaster Simon Henderson (pictured)

The row has put Eton at the centre of a storm of protest over its supposedly ‘woke’ values under current headmaster Simon Henderson (pictured) 

Old Etonians have lent their support to the English teacher - whose fate could be sealed by the end of the week - as one described 'political correctness and wokeness as an evil'

Old Etonians have lent their support to the English teacher – whose fate could be sealed by the end of the week – as one described ‘political correctness and wokeness as an evil’

His letter of complaint to vice provost Dr Gailey, warned that pupils were being forced to adopt a ‘so-called progressive’ ideology that pretended to be ‘inclusive, tolerant and kind’ but was akin to ‘religious fundamentalism’.

An online petition calling for Mr Knowland to be reinstated has also been signed by more than 2,700 current and former pupils as well as other supporters.

One old boy said on the online petition: ‘I regard political correctness and wokeness as an evil which is making a mockery of free speech and attempting to turn the history of this great Country upside down.

‘No respectable educational establishment should have any truck with it, and should resist firmly.’

Another said: ‘I am an Old Etonian from many years back and I remember the free intellectual atmosphere in those days, which sadly seems to have evaporated to the great detriment of the school.’

However other criticised the lecture, in which Mr Knowland appeared to argue sex attacks were overstated by feminists for political reasons, saying ‘rape, is not a unique claim for male oppression of women because male-on-male rape in jails dwarfs male-on-female rapes outside them’.

When challenged on his comment in remarks beneath the video, he stated ‘that the only serious scientific studies ever done on the subject estimate that … 40-60 per cent of rape accusations are false’.

Most experts believe that the proportion of false rape allegations in the UK is no more than 3 to 4 per cent. The FBI puts the level of unfounded reports in the US at 8 per cent.

Sarah Green, director of the End Violence Against Women Coalition, said Mr Knowland was guilty of ‘extremely selective and incorrect use of rape statistics’.

A fundraising appeal set up by Mr Knowland to help pay his legal fees at an employment tribunal if the loss of his job is confirmed, has so far raised more than £59,000 from 1,110 donors in the 11 days since his case became public.

The £60,000 target of the appeal on was recently raised to £100,000 to reflect the growing support he is receiving from many Old Etonians.

Mr Knowland makes no mention of Eton on the fund-raising page, but states he and his family face losing their home.

He says on the page: ‘I have been dismissed from my employment. My wife and I will be made homeless, along with our five children.

‘I am raising money to challenge my dismissal in the Employment Tribunal if necessary.’

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AFL 2020: Tyson Stengle drink driving, suspended, stood down, sacked, Adelaide Crows, Matthew Nicks, three strike policy

Adelaide forward Tyson Stengle has been stood down from all club duties effective immediately after the club confirmed it had become aware of an “off-field matter”.

The 22-year-old, who in October was fined more than $1600 after pleading guilty to drink driving and other offences, has played 14 matches for Adelaide since moving across from Richmond at the end of 2018.

In September, Stengle and former teammate Brad Crouch were allegedly found in possession of an illicit substance by South Australian police, who referred both players to a counselling process.

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ABC chair Ita Buttrose will not be sacked over response to Federal Government’s Four Corners questions, Paul Fletcher says

Communications Minister Paul Fletcher has rejected suggestions he plans to sack ABC chair Ita Buttrose if he is unhappy with her response over a Four Corners investigation.

Mr Fletcher wrote to the ABC board on December 1 with more than a dozen questions about the program, Inside the Canberra Bubble, which centred on alleged misconduct by ministers Alan Tudge and Christian Porter.

He told ABC Insiders he was expecting a “serious and substantive” response from the public broadcaster but was not considering firing Ms Buttrose over the spat.

“Ita Buttrose is a very experienced media figure and I do have confidence in the way that she is operating in her role,” Mr Fletcher said.

“I certainly have no intention of sacking the chair of the ABC. She does an important job.”

The Four Corners probe raised questions about Attorney-General Christian Porter’s attitude towards women, alleging a history of sexism and inappropriate behaviour.

The episode also revealed Acting Immigration Minister Alan Tudge had an affair with a former adviser in 2017. Mr Tudge has apologised for his behaviour.

ABC chair Ita Buttrose and the board are expected to respond to the Federal Government’s questions in the coming days.(AAP: Dan Himbrechts)

The Communications Minister has asked Ms Buttrose to explain why it was appropriate for the ABC to air such detailed aspects of the lives of Mr Porter and Mr Tudge, questioning whether it was in the public interest.

One of the 15 questions Mr Fletcher put to the ABC was: “Why, in the judgement of the board, are the personal lives of politicians newsworthy?”

“The basis for my letter was that … the ABC’s journalism needs to be impartial according to the recognised standards of objective journalism, and it is entirely appropriate that those judgements and decisions sit with the board and with management,” Mr Fletcher told Insiders.


The ABC is expected to respond in the coming days, but Mr Fletcher has refused to commit to making the broadcaster’s response public — despite publicising his complaints on social media.

“Well, what I will do is I will look at her response. I’m expecting a serious and substantive response … I will make a judgement when I receive it,” he said.

Mr Fletcher again “disagreed” that his letter to Ms Buttrose was a retaliatory measure to defend his frontbench colleagues.

“I’m the minister charged with overseeing the ABC. It’s very clear they have editorial independence, but this is an entirely appropriate question for me to be asking,” he said.

Insiders host David Speers asked Mr Fletcher what his next move would be if he was unsatisfied with the ABC’S reply, but the minister would not be drawn on suggestions the board would strongly defend the episode.

“I won’t respond to a paraphrased version of what might be in there put to me by you or anybody else,” he said.

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AFL 2020: Josh Mahoney, Essendon head of football role, Dan Richardson sacked, Melbourne, Alan Richardson, coaching panel

Melbourne’s former footy boss Josh Mahoney has moved across to become Essendon’s new head of footy, replacing Dan Richardson.

Mahoney had been Melbourne’s GM of Football since 2013, but was shifted into another role at the end of 2020 as ex-St Kilda coach Alan Richardson took on more responsibility.

Essendon confirmed on Tuesday that Mahoney had been appointed as the club’s new footy boss, with Mahoney releasing a statement via the club website.

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AFL 2020: Elijah Taylor sentence, Sydney Swans sacked, Lekhani Pearce, domestic violence, sentencing hearing, arrested

Former Sydney Swans player Elijah Taylor has received a $5000 fine and a spent conviction for an incident where he “lost his self-control” and assaulted his ex-girlfriend in a Perth hotel room in September.

Taylor was this week sacked by the Swans, with the club saying the 19-year-old’s actions could “not be reconciled”.

After pleading guilty to aggravated assault in Perth Magistrates Court on September 30, Taylor was sentenced in court on Wednesday, where details of his brutal treatment of Lekahni Pearce during a September 13 incident came to light.

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The court heard the pair crossed paths at a nightclub and then returned to Taylor’s hotel room, after which Taylor woke to Ms Pearce punching him after discovering a Snapchat message from another woman on his phone.

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