Swedish virus deaths top 1,000, fueling criticism over strategy

first_imgSweden just passed a grim milestone, as Scandinavia’s biggest economy reported more than 1,000 deaths from Covid-19.The development adds to controversy surrounding Sweden’s decision to ignore the lockdowns being imposed elsewhere, and instead leave schools, bars, cafes and restaurants open to the public. Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has said that stricter measures may be needed going forward.In all, 1,033 Swedes have died from Covid-19, official figures showed on Tuesday. Though still well below fatality rates in Italy and the U.K., it’s far worse than in any of the Nordic countries with which Sweden usually compares itself. The Swedish mortality rate is almost 10 times higher than in Finland, more than four times higher than in Norway, and twice Denmark’s. The academics writing in Dagens Nyheter urged the government to adopt a number of specific measures to save lives.“Close schools and restaurants in the same way that Finland has. All people working with elderly must wear adequate protective equipment. Start mass testing of all personnel that treat patients and test for antibodies so that those who have immunity can go back to work.” The latest development has prompted 22 academics to entreat the government to alter its course. “The approach must be changed radically and swiftly,” they wrote in an opinion piece published in the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.Lofven’s hands-off model has drawn criticism from across the globe, including from U.S. President Donald Trump. But in Sweden, government agencies and policy makers say their approach is built on the idea that voluntary social distancing measures are most effective, rather than a total lockdown. They argue the Swedish model is more sustainable when it comes to fighting a lasting pandemic.Like elsewhere, most of Sweden’s Covid-19 deaths have hit the elderly–a demographic Lofven has admitted they should have done more to protect.“We have had an unfortunate development, especially compared to our neighboring countries, with an introduction of the virus at many elderly care homes,” Sweden’s top epidemiologist Anders Tegnell said at a press conference on Tuesday. “We have started working hard on this, in coordination with other government agencies.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

Hatenboer-Water Installs Fresh Water System on German Offshore Platform

first_imgDutch water technology company Hatenboer-Water has completed delivery of a customised fresh water system for a recently installed unmanned offshore platform on one of the wind farms in the German North Sea.The project included the design and engineering work, construction, and installation of a complete water treatment package. With this commission, Hatenboer-Water installed its first water treatment system in the unmanned platforms market, the company said.Hatenboer-Waters’ fresh water system distributes water on site using a two-step disinfection process from its tank to end users or industrial application.The company’s sales engineer Bart Friso said: “It is an interesting project since the platform is unmanned and therefore our clients have specific requirements in terms of fresh water. We managed to complete this project within an impressive time frame. The system was engineered, constructed, supplied and made operational within an eight week period. This was all the more challenging considering its robust yet unusually compact frame.”Unmanned offshore platforms operate independently and require water supply for technical applications such as oil and water separation, deck cleaning and sanitary facilities including the required emergency shower, the company said.last_img read more

Largest Conventional Geared Bulker in Canada Now Operates for CSL

first_imgEarlier this year, Montreal-based shipping company Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) welcomed to its fleet MV Ferbec, a conventional geared bulk carrier equipped with four cranes and grabs, which is now fully operational in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence.The vessel, which previously operated in CSL’s Australian fleet as CSL Melbourne, became the largest vessel of its type in the Canadian domestic shipping market.Upon arrival in Québec City on May 13, 2017, the 49,502 dwt vessel underwent modifications to adapt to its new operating environment.Ferbec is now operating under Canadian flag in the Havre St-Pierre to Sorel corridor for Rio Tinto.Built at Nantong COSCO KHI shipyard in China in 2002, the Handymax bulker features a length of 188 meters and a width of 31 meters.“It is by design and with great pride that we revived the name Ferbec for this vessel. Like the original Ferbec – a 56,000 dwt ocean bulk carrier – the new Ferbec is plying the same trades along the same Saint Lawrence routes… Unfortunately, just like its predecessor, the new Ferbec will never be seen on the Great Lakes. Built as an ocean-going vessel, its hull is too wide for the locks of the St. Lawrence Seaway,” Louis Martel, President and CEO of The CSL Group, commented.The arrival of Ferbec in the Canadian fleet is part of CSL’s fleet optimization and capacity management program, which has seen the introduction of six new Trillium Class vessels to the Canadian fleet and the retirement of older, less efficient ships, including most recently the 33,197 dwt bulk carrier, Pineglen.Canada Steamship Lines, a division of the CSL Group, currently operates a fleet of 18 vessels, according to the company’s website.last_img read more

Jamaican PM calls for special regime for indebted middle income countries

first_imgPrime Minister Bruce Golding (second right), receives a warm welcome from US Senate Foreign Relations committee member, Senator Robert Mendez (right), on his arrival at the US State Capitol on June 9, where he held talks with eight US senators. Sharing in the occasion (from left) are: Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Audrey Marks and US senator, Christopher Coons.By Derrick ScottWASHINGTON, USA (JIS) – Jamaica’s Prime Minister Bruce Golding has emphasised the need for multilateral financial institutions to create a special regime for indebted middle income countries.Addressing a high powered team of United States senators at a special meeting called in his honour on Capitol Hill, on June 9, the prime minister said it is a long-standing concern of the government that Jamaica be accorded more “space” by the multilateral institutions, given its inherent vulnerabilities as a small, heavily indebted country.“Although being one of the most highly indebted countries in the world, Jamaica is classified as a middle income country, which meant that it is not eligible to receive many of the concessions or considerations available to countries which are classified as poor, even though the combined effect of the high indebtedness and the vulnerabilities, create many of the same effects as those experienced by ‘poor’ countries,” Golding told the senators.He said that Jamaica is not asking to be included in the Least Developed Country (LDC) category; rather, “We have been making the case at the international level, for middle-income countries like Jamaica not to be penalised for their successes.”The prime minister also raised with members of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, as well as the Vice Chair of Homeland Security, Senator Frank Lautenberg, a proposal he made to both President Barack Obama during the G8 Summit last year and Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, which urged the US to come up with creative ways to effectively stem the flow of weapons into Jamaica.Golding told the meeting that the illegal gun trade has contributed to the major challenges of security in Jamaica and the region.Democratic Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey noted the concerns highlighted by the prime minister and enquired how the US could assist with the other challenges related to security.The prime minister welcomed the request and noted that due to resource limitations, the government is in need of assistance in a number of areas, for example, satellite tracking technology, which could improve the country’s anti-narcotics efforts.He said this assistance would facilitate more information being shared on the movement of drug traffickers, particularly in Jamaican waters.While agreeing that this concern needed further consideration, Democratic Senator, Tom Udall of New Mexico asked whether the tourism sector had been negatively affected by the security concerns being discussed.In response, the prime minister pointed out that the sector had performed well, in spite of the recession and security concerns. The prime minister also noted that approximately 70 percent of stop-over tourists to Jamaica came from the US, followed by Canada and Europe.The prime minister explained that tourism had significant scope for investment and singled out heritage tourism for particular mention. He also noted that the government has embarked on an investment drive in this area, and expressed a desire for more US investors to take advantage of the opportunities in the sector.Menendez, who is current Chairman of the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps, and Global Narcotics Affairs of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, chaired the meeting.Among the senators of the Foreign Relations Committee in attendance were Senator Christopher Coons (D, Delaware); Senator Marco Rubio (R, Florida); Senator Benjamin Cardin (D, Maryland); Senator Robert Casey (D, Philadelphia) and Senator Udall. Senate majority leader, Harry Reid (D, Nevada) also attended the meeting.Golding, who was in Washington on a five-day visit, held talks with president of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Luis Moreno; president of the World Bank, Robert Zoellick and the deputy managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Naoyuki Shinohara. He also held bilateral talks with Clinton.The prime minister presented a lecture at the Brookings Institute, held talks with several high-level US-based investors, and attended a reception in his honour, hosted by Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Audrey Marks. Golding also launched the IDB’s art exhibition, which featured works of nine Jamaican artists.Caribbean News Now Share Share Tweet 17 Views   no discussionscenter_img NewsRegional Jamaican PM calls for special regime for indebted middle income countries by: – June 15, 2011 Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

HotSports cautions FG on sports broadcast rights, urges backing for NTA

first_imgRelatedPosts FG seeks collaboration with agric stakeholders to curb post-harvest losses Strike: Group urges FG, ASUU to embrace dialogue COVID-19: JOHESU issues seven-day warning strike notice to FG Nigeria’s leading sports marketing and broadcasting company, HS Media Group, has urged the Federal Government to strategically support the local industry in line with its recent reforms, which is aimed at competitiveness in sports broadcasting in the country. HS Media Group, which provided live broadcast for the Africa Cup of Nations held in Egypt last year, said the government should empower and position the nation’s public broadcaster, Nigerian Television Authority, to bid for sports broadcast rights of premium tournaments, including the English Premier League and Spanish LaLiga in addition to the existing partnership with the Federation of International Football Associations and the Confederation of African Football. According to HS Media Group President/CEO, Taye Ige, NTA has the competences, equipment and reach to provide viewing experience for Nigerians in every corner of the country, while other stations would benefit from the rights. He said the liberation of the Nigerian economy has worked positively for the country in several aspects, making reference to the telecommunication sector where opening up the industry has encouraged competitiveness among players and multiple choices by the consumers. Ige however urged the government to be cautious by not breaching the spirit of liberalisation through an immediate review of ongoing broadcasting right. “In the case of SuperSport for instance, the exclusive right to air the English Premier League for sub-Saharan Africa is expected to run till 2022,” he stated. “The government should allow that contract to run its full course while preparing the Nigerian broadcast sector for the next bid round. The government should remember that right issues are purely economic decisions that cannot be regulated by fiat but by market forces.” Ige advised that the government should encourage broadcast operators in Nigeria to become competitive with their foreign counterparts in line with the pronouncement by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, to reposition the industry. In his words: “It is gladdening to hear the Minister of Information and Culture say that the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) would immediately implement measures aimed creating jobs, promoting local content, boosting the advert industry and bringing the broadcast industry up to par with the best practices from around the world. I will therefore expect the government to follow its words with action by aggressively supporting local broadcast entities in all ways.” NTA and HotSports, the leading subsidiary of HS Media Group, jointly provided live broadcast for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. Not only was HotSports the Official Marketing Agency for NTA’s AFCON transmission, the company also produced all AFCON 2019 matches from its Lagos studios on terrestrial stations of NTA across the country. Founded in 1996, HotSports has exciting and authoritative sports broadcasting packages that offer brand owners a vehicle to the widest sports loving audience in Nigeria. It is the Official Media Partner as well as marketing consultants to the Nigeria Football Federation and has become reputable as a go-getting company committed to adding value to clients’ sponsorship investments. It has provided activations for leading brands around major continental and global sports events.Tags: FGHS Media GroupntaTaye Igelast_img read more

Robson: Van Gaal must keep Giggs

first_img There is a growing feeling within the dressing room that Giggs should be given the job full-time, but the United board want a more experienced candidate so they have turned to Van Gaal. The Holland coach is expected to be appointed this week, and Robson feels the 62-year-old must include Giggs and his former ‘Class of ’92’ graduates in his plans. “I think it would be very disappointing for those lads not to be kept on, in whatever role, as they are part of Manchester United,” Robson told MUTV. “The fans would be very disappointed if they don’t have a future in the club. “I have read that Van Gaal wants to bring in a goalkeeper coach, a fitness coach, and (Patrick) Kluivert as his assistant. “If you are talking about bringing all these people in you have to make sure that you are making the right decision and you are not allowing them too much rope. “It is up to the board to step in and say ‘you can have leeway with this, but there are definitely restrictions on this part of the club’. “That has to come from the club rather than the new coach. Sometimes I think when you go into a new club, why not give the staff a chance?” With Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Carlo Ancelotti having all ruled out joining United, Van Gaal remains the only obvious choice to lead the club next season. United have always maintained the fact that Van Gaal will not be able to take over fully until after the World Cup is not a problem. Giggs has been placed in temporary charge of United following the dismissal of David Moyes, who was fired just 10 months into his six-year contract. Although Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Sunderland reminded United fans of the current squad’s faults, the interim appointment of Giggs, along with coaches Paul Scholes, Phil Neville and Nicky Butt, has raised morale at the club. Press Associationcenter_img Louis van Gaal should be forced to keep Ryan Giggs and his coaching staff at Manchester United next year, according to former captain Bryan Robson.last_img read more

April and May Honor Flights to Washington, D.C. Cancelled

first_imgFears over the coronavirus have led Stuart-based Southeast Florida Honor Flight to announce Sunday that it is cancelling its two spring flights from Palm Beach International Airport that treat war veterans to visit memorials in Washington, D.C.“This was difficult for us, knowing that for a lot of these veterans, their clock is ticking and they’ve been waiting to go for so long,” says Kathy Sreenan, spokeswoman for the Southeast Florida group.“A lot of them even say that: ’I don’t know if I’ll even make it to the next one,” she adds. “But their health and welfare comes first.”Honor Flight takes veterans of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War to their wars’ memorials on the National Mall, and to the Air Force Memorial and to a Arlington National Cemetery changing of the guard ceremony.Each flight, which happens on a chartered American Airlines A321 Airbus, carries 80 volunteers, 80 of their guardians and 22 additional volunteers.The Southeast Florida group cancelled its April 11 and May 30 flights but will take those veterans on its fall flights, which are set for Sept. 26 and Oct. 24, according to Sreenan.“The Southeast Florida Honor Flight Board of Directors determined their best course of action based on risk assessment and averting the possibility of exposing their older, vulnerable veterans to the COVID-19 virus,” Sreenan says. “Honor Flight trips include constant handshakes and hugs by appreciative Americans throughout the day, which, although typically very appreciated, are currently not advised to avoid possible infection.”“Furthermore, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s suggestion that people over 60 years of age and those with underlying health problems “strongly consider avoiding activities that involve large crowds, such as traveling by airplane…” added to the prudent call to cancel the two Spring 2020 flights, as well as the associated Operation Homecoming events at Palm Beach International Airport.”Southeast Florida Honor Flight is one of nine Honor Flight hubs in the state. Based in Stuart, it serves veterans in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, Okeechobee and Palm Beach Counties, all of whom fly out of PBIA.last_img read more

Six MMA athletes earn NAC honors

first_img Schoodic Grange hosting sale – October 30, 2014 Latest posts by Fenceviewer Staff (see all) Six Maine Maritime Academy athletes were named to the North Atlantic Conference All-academic Team for the winter and spring seasons.Winter season honors went to senior basketball players Ben Russell of Farmington, Kari Jones of Nobleboro, Courtney Dufour of Augusta and Leah Jackson of Dedham.Spring season honors went to senior softball player Ashley Burnett of Danville, N.H., and junior lacrosse player Gavin Cote of Arundel.To be honored, student athletes must have reach junior academic standing, have completed at least two years of varsity competition and maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5.Find in-depth coverage of local news in The Ellsworth American. Subscribe digitally or in print.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text Fitness trainer is now cancer-exercise expert – October 12, 2014 Biocenter_img Fenceviewer Staff Town report wins award – October 11, 2014 Latest Postslast_img read more

Former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt gives $100M to Georgetown University

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error WASHINGTON >> Former Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank H. McCourt Jr. is giving Georgetown University $100 million, the largest donation in the school’s history, to create a public-policy school.The Washington Post first reported the gift by McCourt, who graduated from Georgetown in 1975. McCourt, who lives in New York City, sold the Dodgers last year for a reported $2.15 billion after taking the team into bankruptcy in 2011.The donation surpasses the previous record gift to Georgetown — $87 million — in 2010.The new school, which launches in October, will be named the McCourt School of Public Policy. It will focus on analysis of massive data files from government agencies and other sources to research education, health, poverty and other subjects.last_img read more

Women’s World Cup 2019: Marta breaks record to guarantee Brazil’s spot in next round

first_imgHaving replaced the suspended Formiga, Andressinha went close to marking her first appearance of the tournament with a stunning goal seven minutes after the restart, but her exquisite free-kick clipped off the crossbar.But Brazil went up a gear, and after Kathellen and substitute Beatriz had both gone close, they were gifted the chance to make a breakthrough when Linari clumsily brought down Debinha.Marta made no mistake, calmly sending Laura Giuliani the wrong way to claim victory, though Australia’s 4-1 win over Jamaica meant Brazil progressed as one of the best third-placed sides, while Italy qualified as group winners. https://t.co/ZoHQo5GKTA— FIFA Women’s World Cup (@FIFAWWC) June 18, 2019Italy looked to have gone ahead when Girelli brilliantly took in a cross before dispatching a composed finish into the top-left corner, only for the offside flag to cut her celebrations short.Barbara came to Brazil’s rescue six minutes before halftime, reacting sharply to keep out Barbara Bonansea’s close-range volley. And it was Marta who took the glory on Tuesday, scoring from the spot in the 74th minute for her 17th World Cup goal and overtaking Miroslav Klose’s previous record, which she had matched with a spot-kick in the defeat to Australia on matchday two.Cristiana Girelli had a goal ruled out for Italy in the first half, but Brazil’s improved performance in the second half was rewarded when Marta converted from 12 yards after Elena Linari had barged into Debinha. Related News Marta made history as Brazil beat Italy 1-0 to guarantee their place in the last 16 of the Women’s World Cup.Brazil knew that a point in Valenciennes would be enough to confirm its progression from Group C regardless of Australia’s result with Jamaica. Women’s World Cup 2019: Sam Kerr scores four to book Australia’s last-16 placelast_img read more