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Ex-food worker smashes up cars at Lambeau Field

A man fired as a food worker at Green Bay, Wisconsin's Lambeau Field stadium tried to assault a..

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  • A man fired as a food worker at Green Bay, Wisconsin's Lambeau Field stadium tried to assault a former co-worker with his car on Friday
  • The embittered ex-employee then crashed it into a storage room near the playing field of the National Football League's Packers
  • The 40-year-old man, whose name was not released, was taken into custody a few minutes after the incident began
  • The Packers said the incident would not affect its game planned for Saturday against the Minnesota Vikings
  • No one was injured but several cars in the stadium's parking lot were damaged

By Reuters and Ariel Zilber For Dailymail.com

Published: 17:07 EST, 22 December 2017 | Updated: 00:47 EST, 23 December 2017

A man fired as a food worker at Green Bay, Wisconsin's Lambeau Field stadium tried to assault a former co-worker with his car on Friday and crashed it into a storage room near the playing field of the National Football League's Packers, police said.

The 40-year-old man, whose name was not released, was taken into custody a few minutes after the incident began and left no tread marks on the field dubbed the 'Frozen Tundra,' for its fabled football games in wintry conditions.

The Packers said the incident would not affect its game planned for Saturday against the Minnesota Vikings.

No one was injured but several cars in the stadium's parking lot were damaged.

Dozens of police rushed to the stadium after initial reports that there was an active shooter at one of the most visited tourist sites in northeast Wisconsin.

A minivan is shown on top of other vehicles after an incident in the Lambeau Field parking lot Friday in Green Bay, Wisconsin

A minivan is shown on top of other vehicles after an incident in the Lambeau Field parking lot Friday in Green Bay, Wisconsin

No weapon was found and no shots were fired, police said.

Police said that last month the suspect fought with the former co-worker he tried to run down, which caused him to lose his job.

Green Bay Police Chief Andrew Smith told WBAY-TV that the suspect appeared before the police on Friday to file a complaint alleging wrongful termination.

Twenty minutes after filing the complaint, he drove to Lambeau Field.

Police said that last month the suspect fought with the former co-worker he tried to run down, which caused him to lose his job. Investigators are seen above in the Lambeau Field parking lotPolice said that last month the suspect fought with the former co-worker he tried to run down, which caused him to lose his job. Investigators are seen above in the Lambeau Field parking lot

Police said that last month the suspect fought with the former co-worker he tried to run down, which caused him to lose his job. Investigators are seen above in the Lambeau Field parking lot

The 40-year-old man, whose name was not released, was taken into custody a few minutes after the incident began and left no tread marks on the field dubbed the 'Frozen Tundra,' for its fabled football games in wintry conditionsThe 40-year-old man, whose name was not released, was taken into custody a few minutes after the incident began and left no tread marks on the field dubbed the 'Frozen Tundra,' for its fabled football games in wintry conditions

The 40-year-old man, whose name was not released, was taken into custody a few minutes after the incident began and left no tread marks on the field dubbed the 'Frozen Tundra,' for its fabled football games in wintry conditions

Smith said that the suspect located the employee with whom he had the dispute.

The employee was standing in the southeast corner of Lambeau Field.

'That employee was seated in his vehicle. The suspect used his own vehicle to ram the victim's vehicle, driving that vehicle into another van that was parked in front of him,' Smith said.

The victim then got out of his car. He then fled through the parking lot as the suspect gave chase.

The victim kept running down a ramp that led to the loading dock area.

'At some point, the suspect drove his vehicle down the ramp – up a ramp that leads into Lambeau Field, not onto the playing field, but in the storage rooms nearby – and crashed his vehicle into a storage room,' Smith said.

The victim was not hurt. Police said they are interviewing him in order to understand the reasons behind the initial dispute.

Police summoned bomb squad technicians and Hazmat crews to inspect the suspect's car in case it had any dangerous materials.

A few hours after the incident, the suspect's car was removed on a flatbed truck.

The suspect is looking at charges that include assault with a deadly weapon as well as other crimes.

STATEMENT FROM PACKERS PRESIDENT MARK MURPHY

'The Green Bay Packers express our gratitude to our local law enforcement officials and our security staff for their quick response to the incident today at Lambeau Field, which was resolved safely.

'At no time during the isolated incident was the general public in danger and all the public areas of the stadium remained open for normal business.

'Preparations for tomorrow night’s Packers-Vikings game continue and all gameday operations will continue as planned.

'The safety of our employees and guests is a top priority. We will continue to work with all appropriate officials to review today’s event.'

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Sydney seaplane crash: Exhaust fumes affected pilot, report confirms

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The pilot of a seaplane that crashed into an Australian river, killing all on board, had been left confused and disorientated by leaking exhaust fumes, investigators have confirmed.

The Canadian pilot and five members of a British family died in the crash north of Sydney in December 2017.

All were found to have higher than normal levels of carbon monoxide in their blood, a final report has found.

It recommended the mandatory fitting of gas detectors in all such planes.

British businessman Richard Cousins, 58, died alongside his 48-year-old fiancée, magazine editor Emma Bowden, her 11-year-old daughter Heather and his sons, Edward, 23, and William, 25, and pilot Gareth Morgan, 44. Mr Cousins was the chief executive of catering giant Compass.

The family had been on a sightseeing flight in the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver plane when it nose-dived into the Hawkesbury River at Jerusalem Bay, about 50km (30 miles) from the city centre.

The final report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) confirmed the findings of an interim report published in 2020.

It said pre-existing cracks in the exhaust collector ring were believed to have released exhaust gas into the engine bay. Holes left by missing bolts in a firewall then allowed the fumes to enter the cabin.

“As a result, the pilot would have almost certainly experienced effects such as confusion, visual disturbance and disorientation,” the report said.

“Consequently, it was likely that this significantly degraded the pilot’s ability to safely operate the aircraft.”

The ATSB recommended the Civil Aviation Safety Authority consider mandating the fitting of carbon monoxide detectors in piston-engine aircraft that carry passengers.

It previously issued safety advisory notices to owners and operators of such aircraft that they install detectors “with an active warning” to pilots”. Operators and maintainers of planes were also advised to carry out detailed inspections of exhaust systems and firewalls.

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Australia unlikely to fully reopen border in 2021, says top official

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Australia is unlikely to fully open its borders in 2021 even if most of its population gets vaccinated this year as planned, says a senior health official.

The comments dampen hopes raised by airlines that travel to and from the country could resume as early as July.

Department of Health Secretary Brendan Murphy made the prediction after being asked about the coronavirus’ escalation in other nations.

Dr Murphy spearheaded Australia’s early action to close its borders last March.

“I think that we’ll go most of this year with still substantial border restrictions,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Monday.

“Even if we have a lot of the population vaccinated, we don’t know whether that will prevent transmission of the virus,” he said, adding that he believed quarantine requirements for travellers would continue “for some time”.

Citizens, permanent residents and those with exemptions are allowed to enter Australia if they complete a 14-day hotel quarantine at their own expense.

Qantas – Australia’s national carrier – reopened bookings earlier this month, after saying it expected international travel to “begin to restart from July 2021.”

However, it added this depended on the Australian government’s deciding to reopen borders.

Australia’s tight restrictions

The country opened a travel bubble with neighbouring New Zealand late last year, but currently it only operates one-way with inbound flights to Australia.

Australia has also discussed the option of travel bubbles with other low-risk places such as Taiwan, Japan and Singapore.

A vaccination scheme is due to begin in Australia in late February. Local authorities have resisted calls to speed up the process, giving more time for regulatory approvals.

Australia has so far reported 909 deaths and about 22,000 cases, far fewer than many nations. It reported zero locally transmitted infections on Monday.

Experts have attributed much of Australia’s success to its swift border lockdown – which affected travellers from China as early as February – and a hotel quarantine system for people entering the country.

Local outbreaks have been caused by hotel quarantine breaches, including a second wave in Melbourne. The city’s residents endured a stringent four-month lockdown last year to successfully suppress the virus.

Other outbreaks – including one in Sydney which has infected about 200 people – prompted internal border closures between states, and other restrictions around Christmas time.

The state of Victoria said on Monday it would again allow entry to Sydney residents outside of designated “hotspots”, following a decline in cases.

While the measures have been praised, many have also criticised them for separating families across state borders and damaging businesses.

Dr Murphy said overall Australia’s virus response had been “pretty good” but he believed the nation could have introduced face masks earlier and improved its protections in aged care homes.

In recent days, Australia has granted entry to about 1,200 tennis players, staff and officials for the Australian Open. The contingent – which has recorded at least nine infections – is under quarantine.

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Covid: Brisbane to enter three-day lockdown over single infection

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The Australian city of Brisbane has begun a snap three-day lockdown after a cleaner in its hotel quarantine system became infected with coronavirus.

Health officials said the cleaner had the highly transmissible UK variant and they were afraid it could spread.

Brisbane has seen very few cases of the virus beyond quarantined travellers since Australia’s first wave last year.

It is the first known instance of this variant entering the Australian community outside of hotel quarantine.

The lockdown is for five populous council areas in Queensland’s state capital.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the measure on Friday morning local time, about 16 hours after the woman tested positive.

Ms Palaszczuk said the lockdown aimed to halt the virus as rapidly as possible, adding: “Doing three days now could avoid doing 30 days in the future.”

“I think everybody in Queensland… knows what we are seeing in the UK and other places around the world is high rates of infection from this particular strain,” she said.

“And we do not want to see that happening here in our great state.”

Australia has reported 28,500 coronavirus infections and 909 deaths since the pandemic began. By contrast, the US, which is the hardest-hit country, has recorded more than 21 million infections while nearly 362,000 people have died of the disease.The lockdown will begin at 18:00 on Friday (08:00 GMT) in the Brisbane city, Logan and the Ipswich, Moreton and Redlands local government areas.

Residents will only be allowed to leave home for certain reasons, such as buying essential items and seeking medical care.

For the first time, residents in those areas will also be required to wear masks outside of their homes.

Australia has faced sporadic outbreaks over the past year, with the most severe one in Melbourne triggering a lockdown for almost four months.

A pre-Christmas outbreak in Sydney caused fresh alarm, but aggressive testing and contact-tracing has kept infection numbers low. The city recorded four local cases on Friday.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government has pledged to start mass vaccinations in February instead of March as was planned.

Lockdown interrupts ‘near normal’ life in Brisbane

Simon Atkinson, BBC News in Brisbane

At 8:00 today I popped to the local supermarket for some bread, milk – and because it’s summer here – a mango. I was pretty much the only customer.

When I went past the same shop a couple of hours later it was a different story – 50 people standing in the drizzle – queuing to get inside as others emerged with bulging shopping bags. “Heaps busier than Christmas,” a cheery trolley attendant told me. “It’s off the scale”.

Despite the “don’t panic” messages from authorities, pictures on social media show it’s a pattern being repeated across the city.

While shutdowns are common around the world, the tough and sudden stay-at-home order for Brisbane has caught people on the hop here after months of near normality.

But while such a rapid, hard lockdown off the back of just a single case of Covid-19 will seem crazy in some parts of the world, I’ve not come across too many people complaining.

And I don’t think that’s just because Aussies love to follow a rule. This is the first time the UK variant of the virus has been detected in the community in Australia.

And nobody here wants Brisbane to go through what Melbourne suffered last year. Even if it means going without mangoes.

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