Archive for November, 2019

Older people over 75 years old are those who mostly resort to emergency care for domestic accidents

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

Nearly 20% of home and leisure accidents that required emergency use in the first half of this year occurred in seniors over 75, mostly at home (67%), according to official figures.

According to data from the EVITA − Epidemiology and Surveillance of Injuries and Accidents, coordinated by the National Institute of Health Doctor Ricardo Jorge (INSA, IP), between January and June this year 60,000 domestic accidents were recorded in the emergency room of health services, mostly in men (31,176).

The EVITA system collects and analyses data on home and leisure accidents that have led to the emergency of health units of the National Health Service (NHS).

Data from January to June this year, 14% of people who resorted to the emergency response for domestic leisure accidents, were between 10 and 14 years old and that the majority occurred in schools / public places. (60%).

One in ten cases of emergency use for domestic accidents was with elderly people between 65 and 74 years old, most (62%) at home, as well as one in ten adults between 20 and 34 years old (45 % at home).

According to figures recorded by EVITA, accidents involving children under the age of four who had to resort to emergencies occurred mostly at home (66%), but from that age on and up to 19 years the largest weight goes to accidents in schools. or in public places.

The age group 0-4 years was the one that least resorted (7%) to the urgencies of public services for domestic and leisure accidents, followed by people between 45 and 54 years (8%), mostly for accidents at home. (61%), outdoors (13%) or in transportation areas (10%).

Data from the EVITA system also indicate that more than half of accidents requiring emergency public health care occur at home (53% in women and 42% in men) and that workplace accidents account for only 2%. % (women) and 4% (men).

In the first half of the year, May was the month in which most domestic and leisure accidents (12,526) forced to resort to emergencies, while the month with the fewest records was June (9,189).

As for the distribution of the number of domestic and leisure accidents by day of the week, Tuesday was the day with the most emergency resources for this reason (9,157 cases). At the opposite end is Sunday, with 8,129 records.

The EVITA surveillance program, created in 2000, is part of the IDB Network (Injury DataBase), together with organizations from 25 countries of the European Association for Injury Prevention (EuroSafe).

The system is based on the registration of home and leisure accidents in a sample of NHS emergency services. These accidents are defined as all whose cause is not illness, car accident, work accident or violence.

 

PSP Lisbon Metropolitan Command reports of 238 cases of police assaulted this year

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

Chief Superintendent of the Lisbon Metropolitan Command of the Public Security Police (PSP), Jorge Maurício, warned on 19th November about the cases of assaults on police, revealing that 238 incidents were registered between January and September this year.

“We must not forget that the police are the visible face of state authority,” said Jorge Mauricio, arguing that the institutions, particularly the judiciary, should intervene in the situation of aggression against security forces.

Attending the PSP’s 152 anniversary commemorative ceremony of the Lisbon Metropolitan Command, the Minister of Internal Affairs considered that “aggression against a police officer is an aggression against the democratic rule of law that must be exemplarily repressed”, pointing out that personal integrity and the image of respect for police forces are at stake.

Recalling that Portugal was recently distinguished as the third safest country in the world, Eduardo Cabrita praised the contribution of the “most demanding standards of police action”, with technical and operational capacity to know how, when and how to intervene.

“It is a police for the defence of the rule of democratic law, a police that tolerates neither domestic violence nor racism nor xenophobia, a police force that is an active force for inclusion”, reinforced by the Minister.

In addition to the 238 assaulted police cases recorded in the first nine months of this year, PSP’s chief superintendent of the Lisbon Metropolitan Command made known “the other party”, in which 1,215 police cases have been filed from 2014 to September this year.

Of the total cases brought against police, 876 were filed, which corresponds to 72%, 177 are awaiting decision (14%), 23 were decided with penalty and seven were appealed against, according to data from the PSP Metropolitan Command of Lisbon.

For crime, operating results, comparing 2018 to 2019, point to a reduction of overall crime by more than 5.5% and a 16% decrease in violent and serious crime.

“Very good numbers for what is, at this moment, the issue of human resources”, considered Jorge Maurício, revealing that there are today 1,255 fewer police than in 2011.

On operational concerns, the Chief Superintendent listed the incidence of crimes against the most vulnerable groups, such as scams against the elderly, of stab wounds, which this year saw a sharp increase, and the sale of pressed laurel (sold as fake drugs), which creates a very strong image of unpleasantness of the city and accounting for around 600 case reports in 2018.

Regarding operational “success”, the head of PSP’s Lisbon Metropolitan Command indicated the issue of pickpockets, where there was “more than 30% reduction in crime in this typology”, and “many preventive arrests”, including in cases of domestic violence.

PSP Lisbon Metropolitan Command reports of 238 cases of police assaulted this year

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

Chief Superintendent of the Lisbon Metropolitan Command of the Public Security Police (PSP), Jorge Maurício, warned on 19th November about the cases of assaults on police, revealing that 238 incidents were registered between January and September this year.

“We must not forget that the police are the visible face of state authority,” said Jorge Mauricio, arguing that the institutions, particularly the judiciary, should intervene in the situation of aggression against security forces.

Attending the PSP’s 152 anniversary commemorative ceremony of the Lisbon Metropolitan Command, the Minister of Internal Affairs considered that “aggression against a police officer is an aggression against the democratic rule of law that must be exemplarily repressed”, pointing out that personal integrity and the image of respect for police forces are at stake.

Recalling that Portugal was recently distinguished as the third safest country in the world, Eduardo Cabrita praised the contribution of the “most demanding standards of police action”, with technical and operational capacity to know how, when and how to intervene.

“It is a police for the defence of the rule of democratic law, a police that tolerates neither domestic violence nor racism nor xenophobia, a police force that is an active force for inclusion”, reinforced by the Minister.

In addition to the 238 assaulted police cases recorded in the first nine months of this year, PSP’s chief superintendent of the Lisbon Metropolitan Command made known “the other party”, in which 1,215 police cases have been filed from 2014 to September this year.

Of the total cases brought against police, 876 were filed, which corresponds to 72%, 177 are awaiting decision (14%), 23 were decided with penalty and seven were appealed against, according to data from the PSP Metropolitan Command of Lisbon.

For crime, operating results, comparing 2018 to 2019, point to a reduction of overall crime by more than 5.5% and a 16% decrease in violent and serious crime.

“Very good numbers for what is, at this moment, the issue of human resources”, considered Jorge Maurício, revealing that there are today 1,255 fewer police than in 2011.

On operational concerns, the Chief Superintendent listed the incidence of crimes against the most vulnerable groups, such as scams against the elderly, of stab wounds, which this year saw a sharp increase, and the sale of pressed laurel (sold as fake drugs), which creates a very strong image of unpleasantness of the city and accounting for around 600 case reports in 2018.

Regarding operational “success”, the head of PSP’s Lisbon Metropolitan Command indicated the issue of pickpockets, where there was “more than 30% reduction in crime in this typology”, and “many preventive arrests”, including in cases of domestic violence.

Portugal calls on Portuguese Students in Hong Kong to submit personal data for support if required

Tuesday, November 19th, 2019

The Consulate General of Portugal in Macao and Hong Kong has asked Portuguese students in Hong Kong to send their personal data for support at a time of violent clashes in universities of the territory. Details can be found here.

The diplomatic representation “requests all Portuguese-speaking students in Hong Kong to send us via email to macau@mne.pt the following information: name; Citizen’s card or passport; telephone contact; email; university where they are studying”, reads a statement issued on Facebook by the Portuguese consulate.

“This information is essential for the consulate to be able to provide any support if the need arises,” he said.

In an emergency, the Consulate added, students can “seek support by calling +853 28356632 or macau@mne.pt or the Consular Emergency Office (24-hour call) at +351 217929714 / +351 961706472 or from the address gec@mne.pt“.

Hong Kong’s universities have since Monday, 11 November, become the scene of violent clashes for the first time.

At least 11 higher education institutions have announced that classes are suspended, according to broadcaster RTHK.

More than 80 mainland Chinese students from CUHK have been pulled off campus due to clashes. These Chinese students were transported to the neighbouring city of Shenzhen, the SCMP reported. Several hundred rioters still remain on the CUHK campus.

At a press conference, Hong Kong police accused CUHK of becoming a “weapons factory”. The forces said 400 Molotov cocktail bombs were dropped against authorities on Tuesday, 12 November, and “several hundred” were dropped on the university’s campus. On the police side, 1,567 shots of tear gas were fired on Tuesday and 1,312 rubber bullets.

The protests, now in their sixth month, have led to the arrest of 4,491 people, the youngest aged 11. Masked radicals have besieged roads, set fires on streets, vandalised MTR stations, businesses and banks, and occupied universities. Mobs have attacked police officers at the front line, hurling petrol bombs and bricks, and shooting at them with bows and arrows.

Police have responded by firing more than 10,000 rounds of tear gas and 18 live rounds. About 1,700 people have been injured, including 450 officers.

More than 1,200 signs placed around critical quarries

Tuesday, November 19th, 2019

Lisbon, 18 Nov 2019 (Lusa) – Until September four municipalities concentrated one third of the quarries in critical situation, with need for signs in the surrounding area, according to the Intervention Plan presented today by the Government, which involved the placement of more than 1,200 traffic signs.

The Critical Quarry Intervention Plan is the result of a survey by the Mining Development Company following the accident of November 19, 2018, when a section of road between Borba and Vila Viçosa collapsed, causing five fatalities.

Between March and April, the authorities visited the 150 quarries identified as being in critical condition and needing traffic signs in the surrounding area.

Signage plans were then sent to the managing bodies of the roads and, between May and September, the signs were placed on these roads.

According to information distributed today at the presentation of the implementation of the Intervention Plan in Lisbon, the placement of road signs was completed on 25 September.

A total of 1,253 signs were installed, of which 151 are directional (44 specific to persons, seven for heavy vehicles and 72 are general) and 1,102 unspecified signs, in an investment of around 196 million euros.

The municipality of Vila Viçosa (Évora district) had the largest number of quarries in need of signage in the surrounding area (19), followed by the municipalities of Alcobaça (Leiria district), Borba (Évora) and Ponte de Lima ( Viana do Castelo), with 13 quarries each.

Mondim de Basto and Penafiel appeared next, with eight quarries each.

As a precautionary measure, the plan stated that quarries had to signal the danger of sloping fronts or steep slopes, including the creation of safety zones, and to signal danger in quarry access.

It was also identified the need to signal the danger of lagoons, where drowning accidents or exposure to other depth factors may occur, and to signal the danger of collapsing or downgrading of roads, including conditioning and interdictions of traffic and installation. of protection systems.

Of these 150 quarries identified, 36 are dedicated to marble exploration, 34 to granite, 19 to sands and clays and many to ornamental granite. Ten quarries are dedicated to the exploitation of ornamental limestone and six to shales and slates, while another 26 quarries refer to the exploration of other unspecified ores.

Regarding the particularities of the signage plans, 78 isolated quarries were identified – which corresponded to 78 plans – and 72 sets of quarries located in contiguous exploration areas (quarry core), corresponding to 20 plans.

The Intervention Plan made it possible to identify 191 quarries in critical situation (including the 150 requiring signage).

Regarding the geographical location of the 191 quarries, 77 are in the northern region (where there are 460 class 1 and 2 quarries), 32 in the Centro region (where there are 321), 24 in the Lisbon and Tagus Valley regions (with 297 quarries), 55 in the Alentejo (with 308) and three in the Algarve (with 40).

According to statistics from the Directorate-General for Energy and Geology, in 2018 the amount produced in the quarries was around 48 million tonnes, with a production value of approximately 350 million euros, in an activity that employs 5,389 workers.

 

Woman jailed for 18 months for making illegal claims worth £70,000

Sunday, November 17th, 2019

The Jersey Evening Post have reported that on 15th November a Madeiran emigrant Laurentina Da Conceicao Baptista Martins Gouveia (64) had appeared in the Royal Court after pleading guilty to knowingly furnishing false information or withholding information to obtain an award and obtaining an award knowing that it was not payable.

Requesting a two-year jail sentence, Crown Advocate Chris Baglin, prosecuting, told the court that on 3 April 2008 Mrs Gouveia had submitted an application form for income support as she had stopped work because of a medical condition, but failed to declare that she was living with her husband or that she owned property in Madeira.

It was only in March 2018, after being sent a change-in-circumstances form, that she admitted she had been living with her partner for three years. However, when asked if she owned a property overseas, she ticked the ‘no’ box.

She also revealed that her husband had a savings account at HSBC which she had not previously declared.

Besides the income support payments, Gouveia also claimed £1,520.05 in ‘special payments’ from the government for carpets, a fridge and cooker, glasses and dental work.

In total she claimed £70,128.61. She has since begun making repayments but £66,499.29 remains outstanding.

Sir William, in sentencing, said that Jurats Charles Blampied and David Hughes had been split about sending the defendant to jail.

‘The amount of time that the court spent outside shows that we have considered this very carefully,’ he said.

‘I have sided with the Jurat who thought a prison sentence is appropriate but I also take very much of the fact that the defendant has pleaded guilty and had good character, which is to her credit. I have also taken account of her age.’

Person detained by PSP for crime of “mistreatment of a pet animal”

Sunday, November 17th, 2019

The Police Division of the Chamber of Wolves of the Regional Command of the Public Security Police of Madeira arrested a person caught in the act of the crime of mistreatment of pet animals.

The arrested person killed a small cat and abandoned the body on a public road. After the autopsy of the cat, it turned out that he had died of a head injury.

The detainee was constituted defendant and presented to the Judicial Court of the District of Ponta do Sol for 1st Judicial Interrogation. A measure of coercion of Term of Identity and Residence was applied.

 

MAI willing to “solve police problems”, but promises do not cancel planned demonstration

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

Lisbon, 14 Nov 2019 (Lusa) – The Minister of Internal Affairs (MAI) said today “available to talk” and to “solve a set of issues” related to the PSP and the GNR, and does not invalidate the joint demonstration planned for 21 November.

Eduardo Cabrita had a first meeting in this legislature today, where he was reappointed as Minister of Internal Affairs, with the Association of Police Professionals (ASPP / PSP), Independent Union of Police Officers (SIAP), Union of Police Professionals (SPP), the Unified Public Security Police Union (SUP) and the National Union of Police Officers (SNOP), those who “have bargaining power” since the PSP Trade Union Law came into force.

Following the first meeting at MAI in Lisbon, which lasted about an hour and a half, Paulo Rodrigues, president of ASPP / PSP, told reporters that the minister said he was “available to talk and settle a range of issues” and that, including, “made some schedules to discuss some matters” which for unions “are very important.”

“He is ready to schedule in a short time to debate proposals for its resolution, namely those that are the basis of the joint demonstration of PSP and GNR scheduled for November 21”, including the remuneration table, said Paulo Rodrigues.

The union leader said that among the pressing issues were the law that monitors the working conditions, health, hygiene and safety at work of the police, which is a project that comes from the previous legislature and should be implemented as soon as possible.

“With regard to updating supplements or remuneration updating it is also available to do so (…) and there is another solution that has to do with the payment of vacation time supplements that have been withdrawn since 2011,” he said, adding that in 2018 the Supreme Administrative Court considered this cut illegal.

According to Paulo Rodrigues, Eduardo Cabrita said he is available to return these values ​​to the police, in a phased manner, and willing to present a proposal to that effect.

However, the trade union leader considered that these proposals of intention are not yet sufficient to make clear the manifestation of agents of the authority in Lisbon, reiterating that this prime minister and MAI himself during the four years of the legislature had time to analysze and study problems and that now is the time to act as soon as possible.

“We are available to talk and find solutions, but it has to be as soon as possible,” he said.

As for the demonstration on the 21st, focusing on the Marquês do Pombal, in Lisbon, and parade to São Bento, convened by ASPP / PSP and the Guard Association of GNR (APG / GNR), but which already has support From other trade union and associative structures, such as the so-called Zero Movement and whose composition is unknown, Paulo Rodrigues expressed the desire and the conviction that “it will be peaceful” and “very participated”, as there is much dissatisfaction within the Security Forces.

“We want the strength of this demonstration to be due to the quantity of PSP and GNR elements present and not for something already mentioned that there may be changes in public order. What we want is for the manifestation to run with all possible reason. We entered it rightly, with reasons to do it, and we want it to be completed for the same reason that led us to do it, ”he said.

Judicial Police dismantled organization that recruited women for convenience marriages

Sunday, November 10th, 2019

The Judicial Police (PJ) have detained three members of an international criminal organization responsible for the illegal introduction of immigrants into Portugal and Europe, which recruited women for convenience marriages, it was announced on Saturday 9th November.

“Relevant evidence, mainly of a documentary nature, was seized and three persons suspected of being linked to this international criminal structure, specialized in recruiting women for marriages of convenience , were arrested” according to the PJ”.

According to the police, detainees are between 28 and 30 years old and it was the National Counterterrorism Unit (UNCT) that carried out search and arrest warrants and arrest warrants

PSP seize weapons and drugs in operation in Lisbon neighbourhoods

Sunday, November 10th, 2019

Lisbon’s PSP seized several weapons this week, from shotguns, sabres, slashes and daggers, in three Lisbon neighbourhoods, where some people live in “scenarios of extreme violence,” the Metropolitan Command said on 10th November.

Last Thursday 7th November, PSP carried out a special crime prevention operation in the Lisbon parishes of Beato, Marvila and Penha de França.

The operation was based on “a series of firearms disorders and aggressions in the vicinity of specific neighbourhoods of these Lisbon parishes, focusing on the detection of firearms, ammunition, their components and other prohibited material under the Arms Law”, announced PSP press office today.

Police carried out more than 20 home and non-home searches that resulted in the seizure of a wide-barrelled shotgun, a carbine and two air-rifle guns for sport shooting.

Four sabres, one rattle and eight daggers were seized, as well as more than half a hundred rounds of ammunition and about two thousand air pellets.

PSP also found 38 doses of hashish and a mill with cocaine residues, according to the statement sent to newsrooms.

Under this operation, the police detained two people, and under a “pending warrant of arrest and conducting the prison for serving a two-year prison sentence” for drug trafficking.

Three other people were constituted as defendants and were subject to identity and residence for possession of firearms, ammunition and components.

PSP believes that “in addition to the objective results already listed, it will have been able to reinforce the security levels of the population living in these residential areas”.