first_imgState epidemiologist Anders Tegnell said Tuesday the country has been averaging an average of “a little over 40″ deaths a day. He added that Sweden saw a slight decrease in the number of daily new confirmed cases of the new coronavirus over the last few days, but said it was to early to say whether numbers had peaked.Sweden has not imposed extraordinary lockdown orders seen elsewhere in Europe to stem the spread of the virus, instead calling for citizens to take responsibility to follow social distancing guidelines. The government has also banned gatherings of more than 50 people and barred visits to nursing homes. Sweden on Tuesday reported another 114 coronavirus deaths, bringing the total to 591 in a country that has adopted a softer approach to containing the outbreak than some of its European neighbors. Sweden’s Public Health Agency said it had recorded a total of 7,693 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country of around 10 million people. It reported 114 new deaths on Tuesday, an uptick from preceding daily tolls, but cautioned that some of the fatalities occurred in previous days.  The Nordic country’s softer approach has drawn criticism and curiosity abroad and the been the subject of fierce debate domestically.Sweden’s government has rejected accusations it was passive in the fight to curb the virus.”It’s not business as usual in Sweden,” Health Minister Lena Hallengren told reporters last week.center_img Topics :last_img read more

first_imgInternational ‘legal action’ World powers accuse Maduro of violently cracking down on dissent over Venezuela’s economic collapse and on opponents in a political stand-off.Investigator Francisco Cox told reporters the team had found evidence the president had on some occasions personally informed the national intelligence service (SEBIN) who to place under surveillance and detain.”We have involvement and contribution to the crime by Mr. Maduro, either directly through the chain of command and sometimes circumventing the chain of command and giving the direct order,” he said.”What we have reasonable grounds to believe is that this is a state policy… It is a political decision to target political opposition, to quash opposition.”The investigators said Venezuelan authorities should conduct “independent, impartial and transparent investigations” into the violations.But they noted “an erosion of judicial independence”, and suggested the International Criminal Court “should also consider legal actions against individuals responsible for violations and crimes.”The report decried a vast array of abuses committed amid a gradual breakdown of democratic institutions and the rule of law.It highlighted soaring numbers of extrajudicial killings, lamenting that the vast majority of such killings by security forces had resulted in no prosecutions.The mission reviewed some 2,500 incidents since 2014 that led to more than 5,000 killings by security forces.It probed 140 so-called Operations for People’s Liberation, established purportedly to fight crime, but which between 2015 and 2017 resulted in 413 people being killed, shot “sometimes at point blank range”.The report said government officials had repeatedly praised such operations. Some of those violations, “including arbitrary killings and the systematic use of torture, amount to crimes against humanity,” said Valinas, whose three-person team was unable to enter Venezuela but relied on remote interviews with victims, witnesses and others, as well as analysis of legal files.”Far from being isolated acts, these crimes were coordinated and committed pursuant to state policies, with the knowledge or direct support of commanding officers and senior government officials.” The 411-page report identified the Venezuelan officials deemed responsible, citing “reasonable grounds to believe that both the President and the Ministers of People’s Power for Interior Relations, Justice and Peace, and for Defense, ordered or contributed to the commission of the crimes documented.” Venezuela’s president and top ministers are responsible for probable crimes against humanity including extrajudicial killings and the systematic use of torture, UN investigators said on Wednesday.In their first report, the team tasked with probing a slew of alleged violations  said they had found evidence that state actors, including President Nicolas Maduro, were behind serious crimes.The International Fact-Finding Mission, created by the UN Human Rights Council a year ago, “found reasonable grounds to believe that Venezuelan authorities and security forces have since 2014 planned and executed serious human rights violations,” mission chairperson Marta Valinas said. Topics : ‘Systematic’ torture “These extrajudicial executions cannot be attributed to a lack of discipline among the security forces,” Valinas said.”The killings appear part of a policy to eliminate unwanted members of society under the cover of combating crime.” The investigators called for Venezuela to dismantle its Special Action Forces (FAES), which along with SEBIN was responsible for well over half of the killings.UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet had called last year for the forces to be dissolved, but Valinas said they were “still active”.The investigators also decried the “systematic practice of torture” against people detained during anti-government protests or accused of rebellion and coup attempts.It listed techniques including rape, asphyxiation, beatings, electric shocks and death threats to extract confessions or as punishment.At least three people had died after being subjected to torture while in the custody.Cox stressed that commanding officers and high-level officials “had full knowledge of this pattern of crimes”.He said the investigators had drawn up a list of 45 officials within the two agencies “who should be investigated and prosecuted”.last_img read more

first_imgNine experimental vaccines are in the pipeline of the WHO’s COVAX global vaccine facility that aims to distribute 2 billion doses by the end of 2021.The two-day board meeting, which examined the global response to the pandemic, heard calls from countries including Germany, Britain and Australia for reforms to strengthen the U.N. agency.US President Donald Trump’s administration has strongly criticized the WHO’s role in the crisis, accusing it of being too close to China and not doing enough to question Beijing’s actions late last year when the virus first emerged in Wuhan.Tedros has dismissed the suggestions and said his agency has kept the world informed. Topics : Three independent panels reviewing WHO performance including its 2005 International Health Regulations – which set guidelines on trade and travel restrictions imposed during health emergencies – gave updates on their work.The Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response, led by former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark and former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, met for the first time last month.”We hope to get the real lessons that we can implement and prevent the same thing from happening,” Tedros said. “But I would like to assure you that WHO is ready to learn from this and change this organization.”During our transformation we promised this, we promised to keep change as a constant,” he said, referring to his program since taking the helm in 2017.center_img A vaccine against COVID-19 may be ready by year-end, the head of the World Health Organization said on Tuesday.WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called for solidarity and political commitment by all leaders to ensure equal distribution of vaccines when they become available.”We will need vaccines and there is hope that by the end of this year we may have a vaccine. There is hope,” Tedros said in final remarks to the WHO’s Executive Board, without elaborating.last_img read more

first_imgBriefing: Cyberwar without endDaniel Ben-Ami explores how financial institutions are faring in the cyber arms race against criminalsAsset managers urged to collaborate on cybersecurityInvestment firms should share resources and invest in new technologies, says the UK’s trade body for the sectorPensions industry underestimating threat of cyber crime, experts warnThe pensions industry worldwide is underestimating the risks posed by cyber crime, and too few experts are available to help tackle the problem The risk of data security incidents is increasing as pension funds insufficiently factor cybersecurity into their risk assessments, Dutch pensions supervisor De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) has warned.In its annual security monitor, the regulator said that financial institutions, including pension funds, insufficiently evaluated their risk management in this area, or failed to anticipate developments in data security.“As cybersecurity threats increase and change, evaluating and anticipating is crucial,” said DNB.It said it was remarkable that concrete threats – such as phishing, ransomware and hacking – received “little attention”. The watchdog also noted that pension funds often did not have sufficient knowledge of security measures at their outsourced service providers.“As a consequence, schemes are unable to show they are in control, or make clear that measures are effective,” DNB said.DNB added that sometimes a scheme knew how outsourcing partners had organised their security, but lacked insight into mutual dependencies.This raised questions about whether all measures combined would be sufficient for the entire investment chain.Last year, DNB warned that pension funds’ view on data security often fell short of the requirements, sometimes because of data stored in ‘the cloud’.The regulator also drew attention to access rights, highlighting that schemes often lacked formal procedures for processes such as authorisation of access to data.Further reading:last_img read more

first_imgFood & DiningLifestyle Butterflied leg of lamb with sherry and honey by: – February 23, 2011 For the marinade Share This simple Moorish roast lamb recipe is fragrant with warm spices and sweet with honey. For the bulgar wheat salad Share 162 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! 1.5-2kg/3lb 5oz-4lb 6oz leg of lamb (weight with bone in)vegetable oilcenter_img BBC FoodBy Paul Merrett 250ml/9fl oz dry sherry200ml/7fl oz clear honey2-3 sprigs fresh thyme8 cloves3 star anise2 cinnamon sticks, broken into pieces10-15 black peppercorns1 lemon1 orange Ingredients Share Preparation methodTo remove the bone from the leg of lamb, place the lamb on a clean, secured cutting board. Locate the ‘H’ bone (this is part of the pelvic bone) at the ‘top’ of the lamb leg. Using a sharp knife, carefully cut around the bone and remove it, cutting through the ball and socket joint connected to it.Starting at the ‘foot’ end of the leg bone cut along the bone and then cut along other side of it, pulling the meat away from the bone as you go.Once you’ve cut along one side of the bone, trim all the way around the bone, using short strokes, until it’s released. Remove the bone and discard.Trim away any cartilage. Make a final cut along the length of the thickest part of the meat to completely open it up, giving it a uniform thickness.For the marinade, pour the sherry and honey into a dish (not aluminium) large enough to comfortably hold the lamb and add the thyme, cloves, star anise, cinnamon and black peppercorns. Whisk the ingredients together to combine.Cut the lemon in half. Juice it and add the juice to the marinade. Halve and juice the orange and add the juice to the marinade.Place the lamb in the dish with the marinade. Tuck in the orange and lemon rinds. After 30 minutes, turn the lamb over. Cover with cling film, place in the fridge and marinate for 24 hours, turning the lamb over several times during that time.The next day, remove the lamb from the marinade. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6. Heat a large roasting pan until hot. Add the oil and, when hot, add the lamb, flesh-side down first, and sear until browned, about 3-4 minutes. Turn the lamb over and brown the other side.Place the browned lamb directly onto an oven rack and place in the oven, over a tray to catch the juices. Roast for about 35-45 minutes for medium meat. Remove the lamb from the oven and leave in a warm place to rest for at least ten minutes.Meanwhile, make the bulgar wheat salad. Place the cooked bulgar wheat in a large bowl. Chop the parsley leaves and stalks finely and add to the bowl.Quarter the spring onions lengthways, then chop finely and add to the bowl.Dice the tomato and add to the bowl.Halve and juice the lemon and add the juice to the bowl. Add the olive oil and season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Allow the flavours to infuse for 2-4 minutes.Serve generous slices of lamb with the bulgar wheat salad and some flatbread. 300g/10½oz cooked bulgur wheat (cooked weight – about 100g/3½oz uncooked)2 large bunches flatleaf parsley2-3 spring onions1 large tomato1 lemon, juice only50ml/2fl oz olive oilsalt and freshly ground black pepperflatbread, to serve Tweetlast_img read more

first_imgThe JCD Eagles Jr High Soccer team hosted the Madison Shawe Hilltoppers. The Eagles win 3-1.Scoring for the Eagles:  Morgan Sutton 1 goal, 1assist, 3 shot; Jordan Meyer 1 goal, 8 shots; Justin Swinney 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 shots; Kobe Darnold 3 shots; Dylan Swinney 1 shot; Grace Truesdell 1 shot; Caleb Simon 1 shot; Gage Cane 1 shot; and Conner Toops 6 saves.Courtesy of Eagles Coach Larry Hammond.last_img

first_imgThe St. Louis 6th grade boys basketball team continued their fast startwith the first away game at St. Mary’s Greensburg 29-14.The Cardinals were led by Cody Mohr who had a quiet double double. Five other hard working teammates joined in the scoring column with Adam Vogelsang, Luke Wilson, Abe Streator, CJ Grote and Joe Suttman.Defense again was the key to the success of the Cardinals and Ryan Reeder, Cayden Pohlman and CJ Grote were able to help hold St. Mary’s to 14 points while the Cardinals put up 29.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jim Mohr.last_img

first_imgBoys Area Basketball Scores.Tuesday  (2-9)North Decatur  69     Indian Creek  66Greensburg  52     Madison  43Lawrenceburg  57     Switz. County  46SW Shelby  72     Eminence  44Union County  73     Randolph South.  15Floyd Central  80     Jennings County  33last_img

first_imgConnie D. Wallace, 79, of Milan passed away at 6:50am, Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at Ripley Crossing in Milan. She was born in Cincinnati on February 8, 1941 the daughter of Herbert and Marietta Menny Craig and was raised by her foster parents James and Mary Rudd. Connie was married to Robert Wallace and he preceded her in death. Survivors include two sons Lonnie (Donna) Sparks of Holton, and Shawn (Vicky) Sparks of Clanton, Alabama; one daughter Michelle Sparks of North Vernon; two step-sons Bob (Pam) Wallace and Greg Wallace both of Indianapolis; one step-daughter Marsha Bowers of Oklahoma; 12 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her grandson Wesley Shawn Sparks, and her brothers Michael and Johnny Craig.Mrs. Wallace retired as the assistant manager of the Lawrenceburg Wal-Mart. Many years ago when she made her home in Holton she worked as a meat cutter at Paul and Hazel’s Abattoir in Holton. Connie was well known in the Dabney and Holton community as an expert seamstress and made many clothes for her neighbors and friends. She also made doll clothes which she would sell and was always blessed to return that blessing by giving the proceeds to the youth of the Hopewell Baptist Church. Connie was a member of the Dabney Baptist Church and attended church at Hopewell as long as she was able.Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family with burial in the Dabney Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday from 4pm to 7pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorials may be given to youth programs at the Hopewell Baptist Church in care of the funeral home.DUE TO THE MANDATE ISSUED BY THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE CONCERNING THE CURRENT PANDEMIC, WE WILL ONLY BE ALLOWED TO HAVE A MAXIMUM OF 50 PEOPLE IN THE FUNERAL HOME AT ONE TIME. WE APOLOGIZE FOR THIS INCONVENIENCE AND APPRECIATE YOUR UNDERSTANDING AS WE ALL WORK TOGETHER THROUGH THIS CRISISlast_img read more

first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Foxes attack Burnley EPL: Underdogs tackle Leicester City EPL: Newcastle hammer West Ham away Wigan Athletic crashed out of the FA Cup at the first hurdle thanks to a 2-0 defeat at Premier League high-flyers Leicester City. Leicester were in front with their first real attack – and it’s a goal Latics debutante Tom Pearce will want to forget in a hurry. There looked little danger when ex-Wigan loanee Marc Albrighton crossed from the Leicester left. But Pearce succeeded only in steering the ball beyond the helpless David Marshall and into the corner of the net from 12 yards. Only the brilliance of Marshall prevented Leicester doubling their lead within two minutes, the Scotland star racing off his line to block Harvey Barnes’ effort. Latics came agonisingly close to equalising six minutes before half-time, with only the fingertips of Leicester goalkeeper Danny Ward stopping Gavin Massey’s cross reaching Josh Windass at the far post. The ball fell to Kieran Dowell, also making his debut for Paul Cook’s men, whose shot was blocked, with the rebound falling to Joe Williams, who appeared to catch his studs in the turf. Leicester took the opportunity to break and, within 20 seconds, the ball was in the Latics net, with Barnes’ shot taking a massive deflection off Chey Dunkley to wrong-foot Marshall. Wigan’s miserable first-half was compounded with the loss of Dujon Sterling just before the interval to injury, with Jamal Lowe coming on in his place, and Massey dropping to right-back. Credit the visitors for starting the second-half well, with Windass seeing a shot blocked before Dennis Praet headed wastefully wide at the other end. The Latics fans had something to cheer just after the hour mark when Young England star Joe Gelhardt came off the bench, to take over from Windass. But the home side were well on top by this stage, with Cedric Kipre needing to make a fabulous defensive challenge to prevent Demarai Gray going in on goal, There was huge controversy – and a Latics quiz question of the future – with 17 minutes remaining, when a delightful move down the left saw Gelhardt and Lee Evans get Pearce away.Tags: FA CupLeicester CityMarc AlbrightonTom PearceWigan Athleticlast_img read more