Restaurants. Chaos installed around closing time

Restaurants that are licensed after 11 pm may continue to operate as long as customers have entered the space until that time. The guarantee is given to i by the secretary general of Ahresp when admitting that there have been “great confusions” in recent weeks, with the PSP forcing the owners to close their establishments, regardless of the time of their license. “The police have made a clean slate of all restaurants and there have been several complaints from restaurant owners who, despite being licensed to continue operating after 11 pm, are forced to close doors at this time. This is a result of the lack of clarity with which the resolutions and the respective implementations of them have come out. What is at stake is the entrance and from 11 pm no more customers can enter, but those inside can finish their meals without an hour limit, that is, until the time the establishment has to stay active ”, Says Ana Jacinto.

However, leave a note: these establishments can continue to operate as long as they do not become bars, which are not yet authorized to open (see page 4). “Ahresp has been confronted with situations in which establishments and terraces in the Metropolitan Area of ​​Lisbon are ordered to close by security forces, due to ignorance of the law or due to misinterpretations about it”, he guarantees.

An opinion shared by João Teixeira, partner in the litigation area at Antas da Cunha ECIJA, admitting that the diplomas are complex to analyze and you enter a dark area that requires common sense. “What the resolution of the council of ministers says is that from 11 pm new customers cannot be admitted, but those inside the restaurants can naturally finish their meal. This is the rule. The owners will not close after 2am or 3am. What is normal to happen is that from midnight, with more or less margin, the spaces close. If we are going to toughen up and look at these standards without common sense, who’s going to a restaurant? And who can’t have dinner before 10:30 pm or 10:45 pm? It is that we are applying a law in a blind manner, damaging the economy, “says the lawyer to i, adding that” clients must have a reasonable time to finish their meal, make the payment with some tranquility. I would say that we have a range of 1h or 1h30 to make this happen at the most ”.

João Teixeira says that this clarification is now more urgent, since the contraordenacional regime has already come into force and the police can provisionally close a space. “From the point of view of the impact that this can have on the entrepreneur, it is terrible”.

I know that this has been a recurring practice mainly in Lisbon, with the police tightening the siege on restaurants without taking into account the time of their license and distributing information leaflets that, according to the sector association, are not enlightening ( see side column).

In view of this scenario, Ahresp has already asked the Ministry of Economy for clarification regarding this situation and had the following response. “The closing of the establishment at 11 pm means that no new customers can be admitted after that time, assuming, however, that the establishment can operate until the service provided to clients who have entered until 11 pm ends”, explains Association.

Ana Jacinto guarantees that, at this moment, there must be “common sense, training and better clarity” of the rules to avoid this type of situation.

Other inconsistencies

The task is no longer simple in the case of take-away, home delivery and drive-ins. Here too, according to the official, there is “enormous confusion and there have been more and more frequent situations in which the police force the closure of these spaces after 8pm. For Ahresp, there is no doubt: “Catering establishments can operate in the take-away, home delivery and drive-in modalities without being subject to the 23-hour hourly limit, since this limit applies exclusively to new admissions for consumption in the establishment itself ”.

The same scenario is repeated on the terraces. And, once again, Ana Jacinto says that chaos is installed. “Complaints came to us that, on Friday, many restaurants with a terrace were forced by the police to close at 8 pm because they were serving alcoholic beverages, but those drinks were being served as part of a meal. It doesn’t make sense ”, refers to i. And he recalls: “The sale of alcoholic beverages is prohibited, but as long as they are sold alone. If they are accompanied by a meal, they cannot be prohibited ”.

The confusion gains greater contours when it comes to pastries and snack bars that serve meals but, as they do not have catering CAE (code that frames the economic activity of companies), they cannot operate beyond 8 pm. “We have been encouraging the owners to have terraces, encouraging the owners to negotiate with the cameras on these spaces because it is considered safer for people to be on the street instead of being indoors. Many made these investments, but now they say that it is necessary to close at 20h. The owners are totally disoriented and this is chaotic for those who have a business ”, he adds to i.

For the sector association, there is no doubt: “An establishment that has a secondary CAE as an activity that can work and that clearly distinguishes itself from an activity forced to close, such as, for example, a traditional restaurant and bar can open the part from the traditional restaurant to serve meals. The same can no longer happen if the differentiation of activities is not evident (for example, bars that also serve snacks ”).

It is no longer the first time that the Prime Minister, António Costa, has come to guarantee that, if it is necessary to take steps backwards in the lack of definition, he will do so, but that he prefers to control the situation, considering that the best form of solidarity and recovery is all comply with the rules.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs has also been hinting at the idea of ​​tightening security on the streets by security forces in order to comply with the rules and has already admitted that it can reinforce the police’s inspection capacity by calling in agents from other regions. The idea is to control alcohol consumption in open spaces accessible to the public and on public roads. Hence, supermarkets and hypermarkets cannot sell alcoholic beverages after 8 pm.

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Restaurants. Chaos installed around closing time

Restaurants that are licensed after 11 pm may continue to operate as long as customers have entered the space until that time. The guarantee is given to i by the secretary general of Ahresp when admitting that there have been “great confusions” in recent weeks, with the PSP forcing the owners to close their establishments, regardless of the time of their license. “The police have made a clean slate of all restaurants and there have been several complaints from restaurant owners who, despite being licensed to continue operating after 11 pm, are forced to close doors at this time. This is a result of the lack of clarity with which the resolutions and the respective implementations of them have come out. What is at stake is the entrance and from 11 pm no more customers can enter, but those inside can finish their meals without an hour limit, that is, until the time the establishment has to stay active ”, Says Ana Jacinto.

However, leave a note: these establishments can continue to operate as long as they do not become bars, which are not yet authorized to open (see page 4). “Ahresp has been confronted with situations in which establishments and terraces in the Metropolitan Area of ​​Lisbon are ordered to close by security forces, due to ignorance of the law or due to misinterpretations about it”, he guarantees.

An opinion shared by João Teixeira, partner in the litigation area at Antas da Cunha ECIJA, admitting that the diplomas are complex to analyze and you enter a dark area that requires common sense. “What the resolution of the council of ministers says is that from 11 pm new customers cannot be admitted, but those inside the restaurants can naturally finish their meal. This is the rule. The owners will not close after 2am or 3am. What is normal to happen is that from midnight, with more or less margin, the spaces close. If we are going to toughen up and look at these standards without common sense, who’s going to a restaurant? And who can’t have dinner before 10:30 pm or 10:45 pm? It is that we are applying a law in a blind manner, damaging the economy, “says the lawyer to i, adding that” clients must have a reasonable time to finish their meal, make the payment with some tranquility. I would say that we have a range of 1h or 1h30 to make this happen at the most ”.

João Teixeira says that this clarification is now more urgent, since the contraordenacional regime has already come into force and the police can provisionally close a space. “From the point of view of the impact that this can have on the entrepreneur, it is terrible”.

I know that this has been a recurring practice mainly in Lisbon, with the police tightening the siege on restaurants without taking into account the time of their license and distributing information leaflets that, according to the sector association, are not enlightening ( see side column).

In view of this scenario, Ahresp has already asked the Ministry of Economy for clarification regarding this situation and had the following response. “The closing of the establishment at 11 pm means that no new customers can be admitted after that time, assuming, however, that the establishment can operate until the service provided to clients who have entered until 11 pm ends”, explains Association.

Ana Jacinto guarantees that, at this moment, there must be “common sense, training and better clarity” of the rules to avoid this type of situation.

Other inconsistencies

The task is no longer simple in the case of take-away, home delivery and drive-ins. Here too, according to the official, there is “enormous confusion and there have been more and more frequent situations in which the police force the closure of these spaces after 8pm. For Ahresp, there is no doubt: “Catering establishments can operate in the take-away, home delivery and drive-in modalities without being subject to the 23-hour hourly limit, since this limit applies exclusively to new admissions for consumption in the establishment itself ”.

The same scenario is repeated on the terraces. And, once again, Ana Jacinto says that chaos is installed. “Complaints came to us that, on Friday, many restaurants with a terrace were forced by the police to close at 8 pm because they were serving alcoholic beverages, but those drinks were being served as part of a meal. It doesn’t make sense ”, refers to i. And he recalls: “The sale of alcoholic beverages is prohibited, but as long as they are sold alone. If they are accompanied by a meal, they cannot be prohibited ”.

The confusion gains greater contours when it comes to pastries and snack bars that serve meals but, as they do not have catering CAE (code that frames the economic activity of companies), they cannot operate beyond 8 pm. “We have been encouraging the owners to have terraces, encouraging the owners to negotiate with the cameras on these spaces because it is considered safer for people to be on the street instead of being indoors. Many made these investments, but now they say that it is necessary to close at 20h. The owners are totally disoriented and this is chaotic for those who have a business ”, he adds to i.

For the sector association, there is no doubt: “An establishment that has a secondary CAE as an activity that can work and that clearly distinguishes itself from an activity forced to close, such as, for example, a traditional restaurant and bar can open the part from the traditional restaurant to serve meals. The same can no longer happen if the differentiation of activities is not evident (for example, bars that also serve snacks ”).

It is no longer the first time that the Prime Minister, António Costa, has come to guarantee that, if it is necessary to take steps backwards in the lack of definition, he will do so, but that he prefers to control the situation, considering that the best form of solidarity and recovery is all comply with the rules.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs has also been hinting at the idea of ​​tightening security on the streets by security forces in order to comply with the rules and has already admitted that it can reinforce the police’s inspection capacity by calling in agents from other regions. The idea is to control alcohol consumption in open spaces accessible to the public and on public roads. Hence, supermarkets and hypermarkets cannot sell alcoholic beverages after 8 pm.

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Boeing receives ″ green light ″ to start testing the controversial 737 MAX model

Boeing has received approval from the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to begin testing the controversial 737 Max model, to demonstrate that it can fly safely with new flight control software.

The flights, which may start this Monday, according to local media, represent an important step in the company’s efforts to ensure that its best-selling planes fly again.

The model stopped flying in March 2019, after some fatal accidents in Indonesia and Ethiopia, which killed a total of 346 people.

The crisis cost Boeing several billion dollars, including compensation to victims and airlines. The case also led to the dismissal of the company’s executive director, raised doubts about the company’s solvency and suspicions regarding supervision related to the speed with which MAX was approved.

Certification flights, carried out by FAA pilots, are likely to take place in the Seattle area, where the plane has undergone changes.

One of Boeing’s top test pilots will also integrate the flights.

“The tests are expected to take several days and will include a wide range of flight maneuvers and emergency procedures to allow an assessment of whether the changes meet FAA certification standards,” the agency said in an email sent to the commission Sunday. supervision of the Senate and the House of Representatives.

If the flights are successful, it may still take months for the aircraft to return to the skies, not least because if the FAA identifies more problems, Boeing may still need to make additional changes.

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THE BALL – Filipe Nyusi extends State of Emergency for the third time (Mozambique)

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BALL – Iran asks Interpol for help to capture … Trump (Iran)

Tehran prosecutor Ali Alqasimehr accused the President of the United States, Donald Trump, and more than 30 others, for his involvement in the air strike, with a drone, on 3 January, which killed General Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad, Iraq.

According to the state news agency IRNA, Alqasimehr asked Interpol for a red warning to Donald Trump and the rest, which represents the highest level of urgency for the court order.

The United States carried out an air strike in Baghdad on January 3, which killed Qassem Soleimani, the general who oversaw operations in Iraq for the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, increasing tensions between the two countries, which prompted Iranian forces to retaliate. with a ballistic missile attack against American troops present in the region.

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THE BALL – Africa with 12,140 more positive cases in 24 hours (Africa)

According to the African Union’s Disease Control and Prevention Center (Africa CDC), the number of people infected in Africa is 371,548, plus 12,140 cases in the last 24 hours, with an additional 201 deaths, bringing the total number to 9,484, It should be noted that another 5,350 people were recovered (totaling 178,407).

Southern Africa has the highest number of cases: 137,028 and counts 2,477 deaths, while North Africa leads in the number of deaths: 4,007 in 94,388 cases. West Africa accounts for 1,248 deaths out of 71,969 infected, East Africa reports 1,041 fatalities in 35,249 cases, while in Central Africa there are 711 deaths in 32,914 infections.

Egypt, the African country with the most fatalities, accounts for 2,708 deaths and 63,923 positive cases, followed by South Africa and Algeria, with 892 fatalities and 12,968 infected. Nigeria has 558 dead and 24,077 infected, and Sudan 572 deaths in 9,257 positive cases.

As for the Portuguese-speaking African countries, Guinea-Bissau has more infections: 1,614 and 21 fatalities. Cape Verde has 1,091 infections and 12 deaths, while Mozambique counts 839 infected patients and five dead (no changes in the last 24 hours).

São Tomé and Príncipe accounts for 713 cases and 13 deaths and Angola has 259 confirmed cases of covid-19 and 10 deaths.

Equatorial Guinea, which is part of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP), has 2,001 cases and keeps 32 dead.

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the Medicine that will come after Covid-19

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The manager of the Mario Dealessi department takes stock of the future of the structure

by Pier Luigi Rollino

It has been a really difficult and demanding three months for Italian Healthcare and for the communities involved in this complex fight against coronavirus. Even Casale Monferrato was not spared by the epidemic and experienced one of the most difficult periods of its recent history on its own skin. It is now a history known to all and the hospital of our city has been directly involved in this battle by demonstrating by the medical, nursing, technical and administrative staff a truly commendable reaction and organization force. Mario Dealessi, head of Medicine of the Holy Spirit, thus reconstructs the terrible period of the emergency. «By now the emergency phase is over and the primary objective is to restore the various services for an increasingly attentive and demanding user but also not to let down the guard to avoid the risk of a dangerous back-front whose idea scares everyone. And from this period just passed, the desire to get back on track more convinced than ever to treasure mistakes, technical acquisitions and experience gained in the field to create the conditions for a better and more attentive medicine to prevention and needs arises spontaneously. of people”. The spotlight has gone out on the pandemic (but we must not let our guard down), the time has come to rethink, reorganize, share solutions, carry out efficient paths hoping that we still won’t have to run into the cuts.

Dealessi explains that in this area the Internal Medicine Division wanted to reread the commitment made: under the pragmatic guidance of the Health Director dr. F. Nardi – currently becoming Health Director of the Company precisely for the merits acquired in the covid-19 period – various Departments have been dedicated to the care of the patients who have arrived at the hospital, each guided and coordinated by a doctor of Internal Medicine: Dr. A. Graziano in Traumatology, Dr. B. Bernardi in the Department of Internal Medicine totally converted into a covid hospital stay, dr. A. Gerardi to coordinate Neurology also home to patients waiting for the outcome of the notorious swabs, the same dr. M. Dealessi in the restored Infectious Diseases. What remained of the team, dr. P. Aceto and Dr. F. Massaro dedicated themselves to the management of the remaining patients not declaredly affected by this disease. The whole organization was also coordinated by Dr. M. Girino, former Director of the Division who, although retired from 1 May, has given help to the organization allowing not to waste energy in many streams of staff scattered around the whole hospital. Alongside the professional figures of Internal Medicine, practically all the doctors of the hospital have cared for to guarantee guards active 24 hours a day 7 days a week: gynecologists, ophthalmologists, surgeons, oncologists, physiatrists, endocrinologists, diabetologists, ENT, neurologists, urologists, gastroenterologists, dieticians. Each one has made a concrete contribution allowing to face the emergencies of the epidemic with a will and a spirit of solidarity rarely found within the medical class.

The organization of the Departments was also assisted by invaluable specialist consultants in the management of this disease: pulmonologists, infectious disease specialists, radiologists, laboratory technicians: all dealing with the emergency with their own professionalism. And even the nursing staff took on grueling shifts made worse by the psychological burden of the first few weeks of seeing many patients in serious difficulty. And alongside them a further effort was managed by the staff who dedicated themselves to less direct but equally important tasks: the cleaners and the disposal of tons of organic waste. After the initial confusion, Dealessi says: “This organization has made it possible to make a common front in supporting the impact of this disease and to be able to cure and often heal many people who have arrived in serious conditions. Currently, no seriously ill patients have arrived and the hospitalization is dedicated exclusively to 4 chronically ill patients awaiting rehabilitation ». After this period, it is natural to think about how to best reorganize the various structures: the Divisions of Traumatology, Neurology, ENT, Physiatry, Internal Medicine (the latter on Wednesday 24 June) have been rehabilitated to the previous functions. Concludes Dealessi: “At this stage, therefore, cautious optimism is justified for the resumption of full activity and for planning an Internal Medicine capable of meeting the needs of the population based on previous experience”.

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The last-minute runner shading Andrzej Duda

Rafal Trzaskowski is the liberal Warsaw mayor who opposes Europeanism to the ruling party’s populism.

None of this was foreseen: the Polish president, Andrzej Duda, supported by the conservative party that governs Poland, Law and Justice (the PiS of Jaroslaw Kaczynski), saw an opponent rise up out of nowhere who shuffled the accounts. Duda’s favoritism remained, but eroded, and yesterday’s vote resulted in the need for a second round. And the enthusiasm became such that the turnout at the polls was 48%, in the middle of the afternoon, 14 points more than in 2015. A record.

He is 48 years old, called Rafal Trzaskowski and is the center-right mayor of Warsaw, who runs for the Civic Coalition (KO), led by his party, the Civic Platform that ruled Poland between 2007 and 2015 (namely with Donald Tusk , who has since become President of the European Council).

And, in the space of just over a month, it won 30% of the voting intentions, against 41% of Duda (down from 60%), confirmed yesterday in the projections at the bottom of the ballot box (30.4% against 41.8% ), and therefore the second round on 12 July. And there, the polls are tougher: the final difference could be a few thousand votes, to one side or the other.

One month campaign

Trzaskowski showed up for the race on May 15 after KO candidate Malgorzata Kidawa-Blonska saw his popularity fade to below 5% for calling for a boycott of the election before it was postponed. The covid-19 pandemic had prompted PiS to announce the maintenance of the consultation for May 10, but by correspondence. Postponed in extremis, elections were by post only in areas most affected by the disease.

The mayor of the Polish capital again made KO “a potential threat”, according to analyst Ben Stanley, from the University of Social Sciences and Humanities Warsaw, quoted by “El País”. Because? Because the president, although with limited powers, can veto legislation from the parliament, controlled by PiS, which, among other reforms, implemented one that makes the executive’s judicial power dependent. And it has been widely contested by the European Union, which has highlighted the risks to the rule of law.

Nor did Duda’s visit to Washington, on the first visit of a foreign head of state to the White House since the pandemic began, guarantee victory at the first. Not even with the idea left in the air of installing in Poland part of the US military contingent that Trump announced he wanted to remove from Germany, in a maneuver considered internationally risky given the proximity of Russia.

Liberal, pro-European and cosmopolitan – the KO has more strength in urban areas, while PiS controls the rural world -, Trzaskowski defends sex education and prefers to leave the doubt about same-sex marriage. That is why he is classified as “extremist” by PiS. On the contrary, Duda said for days that the LGBT community advocates “an ideology more destructive than communism” against which it is imperative to “protect children”.

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Northern Europe detects high levels of radioactivity and suspected Russian plant

The Nordic authorities announced this month that they had detected slightly increased levels of radioactivity in northern Europe, with the Netherlands having advanced power due to the malfunctioning of a Russian nuclear power plant.

The possibility was, however, rejected by a spokesman for Russian nuclear energy operator Rosenergoatom, who assured, in statements to the Tass news agency, that no problems were reported.

The Leningrad plant, near St. Petersburg, and Kola, near the northern city of Murmansk, “are operating normally, with radiation levels within the norms,” ​​he added.

Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish nuclear security watchers said this week they had detected small amounts of radioactive isotopes that are harmless to humans and the environment in parts of Finland, southern Scandinavia and the Arctic.

The Swedish Radiological Safety Authority said on Tuesday that it was not possible, for now, to “confirm the source of the increased levels” or the origin of a cloud containing radioactive isotopes that will be over the skies of northern Europe.

Finnish and Norwegian authorities have also not speculated about the possible source of the altered levels of radioactivity, but the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and Environment said on Friday that the data show that “radionuclides (radioactive isotopes) come from towards the west of Russia “.

“Radionuclides are artificial, that is, they were created by humans. The composition of the nuclides may indicate damage to a fuel element in a nuclear power plant,” said the Dutch organism, adding that “the specific origin cannot be identified due to the limited number of measurements “.

The executive secretary of the Total Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization, Lassina Zerbo, said in a message posted on Friday via Twitter that the organization’s radiation monitoring sensors in Sweden detected a slight increase in several harmless isotopes in the northwest European airspace.

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Child among five killed by shooting at party in Rio de Janeiro

At least five people died, including a 10-year-old boy, and seven others were injured when a group of strangers shot at a street party organized by neighbors in Rio de Janeiro.

The multiple homicide occurred on Saturday night in a residential complex in Anchieta, a neighborhood in the north of Rio de Janeiro. The neighbors organized a “junina” party, as some traditional popular festivals are known in Brazil, during June and July.

According to the witnesses, the participants in the party, including whole families with children, were shot by at least four armed men, which fired from a moving vehicle.

There are records of 12 people shot who were transported alive to the nearest health center, where four did not survive the injuries and died.

A fifth injured man, the most serious of all, was transferred to the public hospital Getulio Vargas, but he also did not survive.

In addition to the 10-year-old boy, fatalities also include three young adults between 20 and 22 years of age.

The police work on the hypothesis that the snipers will be members of the criminal organization that controls drug trafficking in the Complexo do Chapadão, a set of slums close to the crime scene.

Several favelas in the most emblematic city in Brazil are dominated by drug traffickers and in Rio de Janeiro armed clashes between rival groups and between criminals and police are common.

According to the latest official statistics, although measures of social distance imposed to slow the progress of the covid-19 pandemic have slowed homicides in May, the shootings in disputes over control of drug sales in the city have not changed.

Homicides in Rio de Janeiro fell from 345 in May 2019 to 273 in the same month this year, representing a reduction of 21%, according to the latest bulletin from the Secretariat of Public Security.

According to the report, the number represents the lowest homicide rate registered in May since 1998, a reduction possible thanks to social isolation.

One of the measures of social distancing against the pandemic in Rio de Janeiro is precisely that which prohibits the “June” parties.

Brazil is the second country in the world most affected by the new coronavirus, with 57070 deaths and more than 1.3 million cases.

The covid-19 pandemic has already claimed more than 498,000 deaths and infected more than 10 million people in 196 countries and territories, according to a report by the French agency AFP.

The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late December in Wuhan, a city in central China.

After Europe succeeded China as the center of the pandemic in February, the American continent is now the one with the most confirmed cases and the most deaths.

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