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Swiss-Cantonese rebels bow to the whims of the government on the ski terraces | Instant News

(MENAFN – Swissinfo) Some Swiss cantons that have reopened ski resort terraces in violation of national regulations are now reluctantly turning around under pressure from the federal government.

This content is published on 26 February 2021 – 16:18 26 February 2021 – 16:18 Keystone-SDA / jc

The canton in central Switzerland as well as Glarus and Ticino said on Friday that they would close open terraces again at the weekend. Graubünden, who has also opposed the ban, announced earlier in the week that it was changing tactics under pressure.

Unlike neighboring countries, Switzerland opened ski resorts during the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, but with strict hygiene rules.

Shops, restaurants, bars, culture and ‘non-essential’ sports venues are currently closed across the country in a bid to contain the spread of the virus, particularly in connection with a new, more contagious strain. With the number of cases and hospitalizations now falling slowly, the government announced on February 17 that it would “carefully and gradually” ease the restrictions imposed on January 15.

Starting March 1, it plans to reopen shops, museums and sports facilities. The restaurant will have to wait until at least 22 March. There is intense pressure to accelerate easing measures, and when this is not being done, some cantons are defiantly reopening ski resort restaurant terraces to take home.




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Waihī shark attack: The beach reopens for swimmers after a teenager dies in a shark attack | Instant News

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A description of the fatal shark encounter that took place in New Zealand, and some expert advice from Surf Lifesaving NZ.

Waihī Beach has been reopened for swimmers, days after a teenager died from a shark attack.

A rāhui was imposed on the coast, 58 km north of Tauranga, after Kaelah Marlow died on Thursday.

The 19-year-old was injured by a shark while swimming at the end of Bowentown on the beach at around 5pm.

It is understood that the teenager was pulled from the water alive and paramedics desperately performed CPR on the beach, but could not save his life.

Kaelah Marlow, 19, from Hamilton died on Waihī Beach on Thursday.  It is thought he was the victim of a shark attack.  Photo / Provided
Kaelah Marlow, 19, from Hamilton died on Waihī Beach on Thursday. It is thought he was the victim of a shark attack. Photo / Provided

Further 73km to the north, Pāuanui Beach was closed and swimmers were told to get out of the water after seeing the sharks yesterday afternoon.

Surf Lifesavers ordered everyone – nearly 500 people – to stay on the beach by 1pm. They were still not allowed to enter the water at 3:30 p.m.

Patrols have found sharks on the popular Coromandel coast, and swimmers can only return to the water when 30 minutes have passed since the last confirmed sighting, a lifeguard said.

Rāhui on Waihī Beach is appointed for swimmers, hikers, and those who take part in other water activities – except fishing or seafood gathering – after hui Fridays among local parents, club officials, Bay of Plenty harbor chiefs, Surf Lifesaving New Zealand and representative of the Western Bay of Plenty District Council.

Rāhui, which runs along the coast from the northern end of Waihī Beach to Bowentown Heads, and includes ports to Ōngare, Tuapiro and Tanners Pt,
stay in place until 7:00 am Friday for those who want to fish or collect seafood.

Banning is customary after the water tragedy, said Māori warden and chairman of the Otawhiwhi Marae Trust Shaan Kingi.

Witnesses to Thursday’s tragedy described a heartbreaking scene, with a man being comforted by emergency services and then, after Marlow’s death, walking overboard and splashing water on himself.

“I can’t stop thinking about the tremendous sadness I saw on his face as he left the beach,” said eyewitness Matt Lawry.

People arrive at Waihī Beach all Friday to pay their respects to Kaelah Marlow.  Photo / George Novak
People arrive at Waihī Beach all Friday to pay their respects to Kaelah Marlow. Photo / George Novak

Marlow, who lived in Western Australia until moving to New Zealand five years ago with her parents and younger sister, is “a cute, lovely girl, always cheerful,” her aunt Kylie French told Western Australia.

He lives in Hamilton and has worked on a farm having previously studied a trade apprenticeship.

“I’m just in shock, everyone’s in shock. We can’t go there, Mum can’t,” French said.

“You hear about shark attacks, but never in a million years did you think it would become someone you knew.”

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A post-mortem examination was carried out on Friday, and it is not yet certain if any sharks were behind the attack.

Clinton Duffy, a marine scientist with the Department of Conservation, said many people have the wrong perception that sharks are unusual in New Zealand.

They do not.

However, attacks are rare – he has counted only 14 fatalities since 1840 – but one must always swim between the flags, and never alone on an unpatched beach.

Swimming should also be avoided at night, and where people are fishing or fishing.

High concentrations of fish in the water or the presence of dolphins can also indicate the presence of sharks.

“For the most part, sharks are completely uninterested in humans, I’ve seen them themselves swim past people … not at all interested.”


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