Support for Sweden’s coronavirus response falls: Poll

first_imgTopics : Confidence in the Swedish authorities’ ability to manage the coronavirus pandemic has fallen, a poll published on Tuesday showed, as the death toll has soared amid a highly-publicized light approach.Unlike most European nations, Sweden never closed society down, opting instead to keep schools for under-16s open, as well as cafes, bars and restaurants and most businesses.The Public Health Agency argued that lockdowns only work temporarily, insisting that drastic short-term measures are too ineffective to justify their impact on people. That compared with 56 percent in April, while those who had “little confidence” rose from 21 to 29 percent.And 57 percent now have “strong confidence” in the Public Health Agency, down from 69 percent in April.Support for the agency’s state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell, who has become the face of Sweden’s strategy, remains relatively strong although it has declined from 69 to 60 percent.Those who believed the center-left government was coping well with the crisis meanwhile dropped from 50 percent in May to 38 percent in June.Prime Minister Stefan Lofven’s support also dropped from 49 percent to 39 percent.”The differences are big enough that we can say with certainty that there has been a real change. The view of authorities’ capabilities has taken a clear negative turn,” Ipsos analyst Nicklas Kallebring told Dagens Nyheter.center_img The country of 10.3 million has reported 5,122 COVID-19 deaths, far exceeding the combined total of its Nordic neighbors which all adopted much stricter measures.As a result, many countries now opening up to tourism have barred Swedes from entry, including closest neighbors Denmark, Finland and Norway.Stockholm has also been slow to roll out mass testing.An Ipsos poll of 1,191 Swedes published in daily Dagens Nyheter showed that in June, 45 percent had “strong confidence” in authorities’ ability to handle the crisis.last_img read more

This $2.05m Brisbane home is like a personal country club

first_imgThe property is over 9,000sq m. The parking bay has the potential to be converted into a granny flat. There are many spots to put your feet up. More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019The tennis court has floodlights.The 9,000sq m block (over two acres) just over half an hour from the Brisbane CBD was like a private country club, complete with just about everything you could desire from a steam room that can take a dozen people at once, to a heated pool, floodlit tennis court, full theatre room and massive car parking for nine.Agent Brett Crompton of Ray White — Samford, who sold the home with Angela Galvin, said locals were driving the market in the area at the moment.“It was a local buyer. I believe the attraction was the size of the bedrooms, accessibility of separate living areas, car accommodation and the position.” Wonder if the chef will give cooking lessons? The home is understated but bursting with fun activities.center_img Way to stay in for the night.Another property sold in the same estate also went to Brisbane buyers.“Those higher end properties are attracting local, Brisbane-based buyers, but as time progresses we will see more Sydney and Melbourne interest.”He said the Spring season was “absolutely fantastic” at the moment. “The market’s strong, we have a good range of quality buyers and properties entering the marketplace have great value.”Samford Valley is considered a high demand market, with 711 visits per property compared to the Queensland average of 307. Perfect spot to entertain friends and family. 12 Sovereign Way, Samford Valley Qld 4520. Picture: SPRAWLING Brisbane home that has so much room you can have your own footy field has sold for twice the median price of its neighbourhood.The five bedroom home at 12 Sovereign Way, Samford Valley, which recently sold for $2.05 million has features that blow other Brisbane properties out of the water. It has its own gym with special flooring.last_img read more

Euthanasia debate: Is there dignity in death, or does palliative care kill?

first_imgStuff 3 December 2018Family First Comment:  For Dr Ian Gwynne-Robson, medical director of Te Omanga Hospice in Lower Hutt, the idea of having to kill someone flies in the face of the medical commandment “first, do no harm”. That’s why, since the End of Life Choice Bill was introduced, he has been a vocal opponent. debate rages about whether euthanasia should be legalised, a palliative care expert is urging MPs to spare a thought for doctors who would have to carry out the act.For Dr Ian Gwynne-Robson, medical director of Te Omanga Hospice in Lower Hutt, the idea of having to kill someone flies in the face of the medical commandment “first, do no harm”. That’s why, since the End of Life Choice Bill was introduced, he has been a vocal opponent.He says he is acting as a voice of the patients whom the legislation is most likely to affect.“[When] you’re given a diagnosis of terminal illness, you’re a vulnerable person … All patients referred to me are vulnerable, and it’s my job as a palliative care doctor to advocate for those patients and for their protection.“Those people are sick, they clearly have other priorities.”Gwynne-Robson has heard plenty of momentary requests to die.READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

3 injured in road mishap

first_imgPolice identified them as 21-year-oldSanny Claud, 31-year-old Argie Boy Sumugat and 18-year-old Tommy Agravante. Theyall sustained body injuries, a police report showed. The victims were brought to the LorenzoD. Zayco District Hospital in Kabankalan City but were later transferred to theCorazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital here for medicaltreatment. BACOLOD City – Three persons wereinjured in a road crash in Barangay Dancalan, Ilog, Negros Occidental. Pavillar, meanwhile, surrendered and wasdetained in the custodial facility of the Ilog municipal police station./PN According to police investigators, acargo truck driven by Alex Pavillar, 42, of Barangay Tabu, Ilog collided withthe motorcycle driven by Claud with Sumugat and Agravante as back riders around6 a.m. on March 28.last_img read more

Bayern Munich land PSG star on a four-year deal

first_img Read Also: Zidane wants Messi to stay in Spain despite Barcelona exit claims “We are very happy to have been able to sign Tanguy Nianzou Kouassi for FC Bayern,” sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said. “In our opinion, he is one of the best talents in Europe.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Advertisement Loading… Promoted ContentPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes8 Best Movies On Amazon Prime Video To Stream Right Now7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoTop 10 Most Famous Female Racers Of All Time5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth8 Ridiculously Expensive Things Bought By Keanu ReevesPretty Awesome Shows That Just Got CanceledInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtThailand’s 10 Most Iconic Landmarks Bayern Munich have made the signing of Tanguy Kouassi official after penning a four-year deal with the Bundesliga giants. Bayern Munich unveil Kouassi The 18-year-old youngster joins the Bundesliga side on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain and has signed a deal until June 30, 2024.last_img read more

Spirit matters to Pellegrini

first_imgManchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini felt his team had rediscovered the winning spirit after snatching a last-gasp victory over Aston Villa. But FA Cup finalists Villa quickly replied through Tom Cleverley and looked to have claimed a hard-earned point in their relegation fight through Carlos Sanchez five minutes from time. City needed to respond and, after with team and Pellegrini under heavy scrutiny following the collapse of their title bid, Fernandinho had the final word. Pellegrini said: “I don’t think it was fortunate. “We didn’t play well and I think Aston Villa played very well, especially in possession of the ball, but they didn’t have chances to score, just the two set-pieces (from which) they drew the game. “So, I don’t know why we are fortunate that we scored the third goal from a set-piece in the same way they scored their two goals. “It is very important to continue with the spirit we had today. It is not easy when you are winning 2-0 and then they draw 2-2 to go again for the match. We did it. “With this spirit, another game we don’t lose.” The victory lifted City into second place – for at least one night – and strengthened their grip on a top-four place. Fernandinho struck in the 89th minute as City killed off a Villa comeback at the Etihad Stadium to claim a 3-2 Barclays Premier League victory. City were not at their best but looked to have the game sewn up as they went 2-0 ahead with goals from Sergio Aguero – pouncing on a Brad Guzan blunder – and Aleksandar Kolarov. One downside was an injury to midfielder Yaya Toure, who was feeling his hamstring in the first half and withdrawn at the interval. Pellegrini said: “It is difficult to know today what will happen but it was not a precaution. It was a muscle injury. We will see tomorrow or Monday how important (an injury) it is.” Villa boss Tim Sherwood felt his side competed well after recovering from their poor start. City took the lead after just three minutes when Guzan gave the ball straight to Aguero. Sherwood said: “I thought we came here and performed very well even though we had a poor start. “We stuck to the plan and I thought we dominated possession, especially in the first period. The pleasing thing was we weren’t just passing for the sake of it. We actually opened them up a few times and created chances. “Brad knows he has made a mistake. It is probably not the first mistake he has ever made but he is a good character and he will get over it. “We went 2-0 down but came back in the game very quickly. We had real belief we could go on and get something out of the game.” There was controversy soon after the Sanchez equaliser when Christian Benteke was tripped by Joe Hart – only for the Villa striker to be ruled marginally offside. “It was onside,” Sherwood said. “It is a penalty and a sending off.” Villa are now just two points above the bottom three but Sherwood is confident in his players. He said: “We are running out of games but there are still enough games for us to look after our own destiny.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Florida Senate Tries to Block Local Sunscreen Laws

first_imgThe Florida Senate acted this week to prevent towns and cities including Key West from banning the sale of sunscreen items that contain chemicals which can potentially harm coral reefs.In a 12-4 vote on Wednesday, the Rules Committee sent a measure (SB 172) to the Senate floor that is intended to block local regulation of over-the-counter drugs and cosmetics, with a focus on sunscreens.According to Republican Senator and bill sponsor Rob Bradley, who also chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee, local governments should not be allowed to put restrictions on sunscreen, as it is needed to protect Floridians as well as tourists from getting skin cancer.He adds, “All sunscreen should be available throughout the state of Florida for people who buy it so that they can protect themselves. We should listen to those (skin cancer) experts and listen to that science, which is clear. We should not listen to junk science. That’s another thing I think our constituents expect of us.”The issue revolves around sunscreens containing the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate.Bradley cites findings by the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPAGA), the Legislature’s research arm, about the effects of the chemicals. The agency concluded that oxybenzone and octinoxate have negative effects on corals and marine life when they are exposed to “concentration levels generally not observed in nature.”The agency added that the chemicals could also be found in seawater from “wastewater effluent, leaching from plastics, and leaching from hull paints on ships.”Deborah Foote, director of government affairs for the Sierra Club Florida, says people can easily use sunscreens without the disputed chemicals.The use of chemical sunscreens is not worth the risk to the reefs in tourist destinations such as Key West, according to the Surfrider Foundation’s Florida policy manager director, Holly Parker Curry.She explained before the vote, “Coral reefs are immensely valuable not only to Florida’s economy generally but particularly to the Keys and Key West,” Curry said in her testimony before Monday’s vote. In addition, Curry cited estimates from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration which show that Florida’s coral reefs have an asset value of $8.5 billion and support around 70,000 jobs.Florida League of Cities legislative director Rebecca O’Hara advised the committee to postpone enacting the preemption until more research could be conducted on the impact of the chemicals on coral reefs. She cautions, “I think there is probably good science out there, but I think it’s fair to say there is probably not enough to convince everybody.”“Our visitors are not expected to understand or appreciate the various particularities of different cities or counties and know what the rules are,” says Republican Senator Kathleen Passidomo, of Naples.She continues, “As a local government passes an ordinance that is totally different than anywhere else in the state, how are we supposed to know about it? You can have visitors coming to Key West without sunscreen, without products that protect their skin and then they can’t buy them. That’s just one example of why sometimes it’s in the best interest of the state of Florida that we preempt certain activities.”An identical bill in the House (HB 113) needs to get approval from two more panels before it can go to the full House. The Key West ban is scheduled to go into effect in January of next year.last_img read more

Girls soccer Bees rebound from loss to New Hartford

first_imgEssentially, the 2019 season for the Baldwinsville girls soccer team commenced the moment it walked off the turf at Liverpool High School Stadium last October, soaked in both rain and disappointment.The Bees, favored to win the Section III Class AA championship, were upended by Fayetteville-Manlius, who hadn’t won a sectional title in 22 years. That defeat gave B’ville all the motivation it needed as it worked toward this fall, and a chance at redemption.B’ville got underway with two games before Labor Day weekend, the first on Aug. 28 when it hosted Colonie (Section II) at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium and had to work through overtime before beating the Garnet Raiders 4-2. After a week to rest, B’ville was home for two more non-league tests, starting Thursday against Whitesboro, who reached last year’s sectional Class A final before falling to Jamesville-DeWitt.But the Bees passed it, blanking Whitesboro 2-0 on first-half goals from Hannah Mimas and Simone Neivel. The defense took it from there, recording the first of back-to-back shutouts.Oneonta (Section IV) visited on Saturday afternoon, and B’ville handled them 4-0. Simone Neivel took over early, scoring just 4:30 into the game and adding another one midway through the first half.Mimas found the net two minutes after Neivel’s second goal, and B’ville led 3-0 going into halftime, cruising the rest of the way as Neivel, in the 62nd minute, converted the hat trick.Whitesboro already had knocked off a local side, having gone to Archie Hall Stadium last Tuesday night and upended Cicero-North Syracuse 3-1 in last Tuesday’s season opener for the Northstars.Having fallen to B’ville in last fall’s sectional AA semifinal, C-NS faced the daunting task of replacing 10 graduating seniors, including most of the 2018 starting lineup.Sophomore Ashley Evans got the Northstars’ lone goal against Whitesboro  and Avery Byrnes, taking over in goal for Olivia Haven, had eight saves. But Whitesboro won as Grace Stuhlman got a goal and assisted on tallies by Madison Keida and Elise Skermont.That same night, Liverpool debuted with a new head coach, Nikki Murphy, and immediately got a taste of the challenges ahead as it took a 5-1 defeat to Rochester Aquinas (Section V).Only Caroline Stevens’ goal broke up the shutout for the Warriors, with Alex Rancier earning the assist. Between them, goalies Brittany Burns and Mikayla Perry had five saves.A 2-1 defeat to Cortland followed on Saturday afternoon, with Rancier netting Liverpool’s lone goal. Purple Tigers goalie Marissa Gilmore made seven saves as Soleil Gutchess and Kaitlyn Pratt both scored to put Cortland in front.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: BaldwinsvilleC-NSgirls soccerliverpoolcenter_img Even with goals by senior Hannah Johnson and newcomer Leanna Mostrianska, the Bees only could build a 2-1 advantage, and Colonie tied it late in regulation.Not until the first 10-minute OT period, when sophomore Makealynn Neivel netted the go-ahead goal and her older sister, senior Simone Neivel, followed with a goal of her own, could B’ville put the game away.Following this, the Bees visited New Hartford on Aug. 30 and tripped up in a 1-0 defeat to the Spartans, who got a first-half goal from Willa Pratt and held on from there, though goalie Jenna Boutilier did finish with nine saves.last_img read more

Students revive international relations club

first_imgAfter a hiatus that lasted more than a year, a group of students have revived the International Relations Undergraduate Association to improve networking within the student body and provide avenues for students to publish their views on global affairs.The club was originally founded in the early 1990s as a representative body for undergraduates studying in the School of International Relations, offering students a weekly meeting and occasional seminars and dinners with professors. The club became dormant in 2006, when most of the senior members graduated and no one continued the club.In May, senior Julian Leuthold and sophomores Leah Mireles and Lindsey Patin decided that USC needed an outlet for students to meet and work with each other outside of the classroom, which led to the repurposed IRUA.“I noticed from the engineering school and the business school that there is a lot of organization and interaction,” said Leuthold, who is majoring in business, and urban planning and development. “The by-product of this is that everybody knows each other. That hadn’t been nurtured in the international relations department. We wanted to promote a tight network and friendship.”Patin and Leuthold said they wanted to avoid the gradual disinterest that caused the original club to stop activity, and are planning to achieve that through aggressive recruiting.“The reason the club died out is because all the officers who were seniors graduated,” Patin said. “The best way to avoid another collapse is to recruit younger students and tell them to recruit younger students so that so we can maintain a strong number of members.”In May, the group decided to hold an informational session to gauge interest in the club which saw more than 50 attendees — they said was enough to restart the club. Leuthold said they now have more than 150 people on their mailing list and regularly hold movie screenings, speakers and other events.The underlying shift in the club, according to Leuthold, is an added emphasis on interaction within the club, Leuthold said. The club will also be attempting to create crossover opportunities for students to meet people from other majors and gain contacts that could be valuable for the future.“First off, we want the social environment,” Leuthold said. “We want to create a platform in which students can interact with each other and develop relationships that will hopefully outlast their time at USC.”The club is currently exploring new activities to attract more members and provide what students want. According to Patin, it is considering co-sponsoring events with other groups such as Model United Nations, as well as taking advantage of the large international community at USC to help students better understand the issues facing the world.“I think the IRUA is really unique because if [students] want a social experience, we have that, and if they want a learning experience, we also have that,” said Clara Hill, a sophomore majoring in international relations, who is in charge of publicity and marketing. “International relations deals with the entire world, so many other disciplines fit into it.”The club is also exploring new modes of communication. In addition to the traditional monthly journal, it will utilize a blog to publish students’ perspectives. The club will also take advantage of social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter for the first time to keep members and those interested in international relations updated on upcoming club activities as well as campus events.Nina Rathbun, a lecturer in the School of International Relations and IRUA’s advisor, said she wants to leave the direction of the club up to the members.“The students are the ones who are running the club,” Rathbun said. “They are doing the real leadership to get the club off the ground. My goal is that students own it and take the opportunity to further their understanding of international relations and the role they can play in it.”Maggie Buckles, a USC alumna from the class of 2006 who served as IRUA president during the ‘05-’06 school year, said the use of social networking sites adds a different, interesting element to the club and may help generate more excitement about the major.“We never really used electronic tools very much before. We would send people emails before meetings but weren’t really focused on connecting with them.Students studying international relations who are members of the club said IRUA provided them an opportunity to talk to fellow students whom they would otherwise only see in class.“Back in the 1930s in Paris, there were cafes where political scientists, philosophers and writers would meet to talk,” said Miruna Barnoschi, a freshman majoring in international relations and an active member of the club. “I feel that is what the IRUA is like. We have different opinions and can debate issues.”Buckles said she suggested the club look to successful organizations on campus to see what people like and focus on leadership so the club doesn’t become dormant again.“I was kind of surprised to hear that there was a decrease in participation,” she said. “It’s important to have officers who are active and organized. There have to be people to do things like plan and collect fees. If people aren’t willing to do that, then the club won’t be active.”last_img read more