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Avalanche danger in several places in the mountains
today at 02.14 Johan Edgar
Recent snow storms create a significant avalanche danger in the southern Jämtlandsfjällen and in the western Härjedalsfjällen, reports P4 Jämtland.
“Avalanches can be triggered by the weight of a scooter or skier, which can become large and therefore dangerous,” writes the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency on its site for avalanche forecasts.
Dangerous conditions also prevail in Abisko/Riksgränsfjällen, Kebnekaisefjällen, western Vindelfjällen and in southern Laplandfjällen, according to the authority. (TT)
Ten million children in “extreme danger”
Ten million children in the Sahel region of West Africa are in extreme danger, according to the UN. The children are in dire need of humanitarian aid due to the increased violence.
In Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, the number of children in need is twice as large compared to 2020, Unicef states.
In Burkina Faso, three times as many children were killed in the first nine months of 2022 compared to the same period in 2021, according to UN figures. (TT)
Pandemic report: Strengthen preparedness
Crisis preparedness must be strengthened, decisions about responsibility must be made more quickly and messages from government authorities must be coordinated. These are the conclusions that Sweden’s municipalities and regions (SKR) draw after the corona epidemic.
In autumn 2021, eight politicians were commissioned by SKR to evaluate the municipalities’ and regions’ experiences of the pandemic. Now the political preparation is finished with its final report.
Those who are normally responsible for operations must also do so in times of crisis, according to the report. However, no actor had sufficient preparedness, and it now needs to be further strengthened, states the preparation.
They also call for a principle of urgency, which means that the government is responsible for quickly deciding on the distribution of responsibilities and funding in a crisis. (TT)
Risk of new avalanches this weekend
After the recent snowstorm, the Environmental Protection Agency warns of significant avalanche danger in the southern Jämtlandsfjällen and in the western Härjedalsfjällen, reports P4 Jamtland.
The warning is a three on a five-point scale.
Wind and snowfall have created dangerous drift snowdrifts.
The weight of a scooter, skier or snowboarder can trigger avalanches that can be large and therefore dangerous.
New unrest in Paris
Protesters roll a cable drum into a burning barricade. Photo: Lewis Joly/AP
The protests against France’s new pension law continue.
During Friday evening, around 2,500 people gathered at the Place de la Concorde in Paris, not far from the Palais Bourbon where the National Assembly meets.
According to Le Monde live reporting, it’s tense at the site.
Several hundred people have clashed with the police and thrown bottles and set off fireworks.
The police have responded by firing tear gas, trying to disperse the crowd gathered in the rain.
By 9 p.m., 12 people had been arrested.
According to French BFM TV, 61 people had been arrested by 10:30 p.m.
After Thursday’s violent protests, 310 people were arrested across France, including 258 in Paris.
Serbia and Kosovo meet after years of conflict
Serbia and Kosovo have been rocked by conflict in recent years. Photo: Darko Vojinovic/AP
On Saturday, the leaders of Serbia and Kosovo will meet to try to solve the problems that exist between the countries, reports Reuters.
The countries then meet after years of conflict. The background is a new agreement drawn up by, among others, France and Germany.
The agreement contains several points such as that Kosovo should become a member of various international organizations.
At the same time, various conservative parties and some far-right parties called for demonstrations in Serbia’s capital Belgrade on Friday, reports Echo.
Blood red on Wall Street
Wall Street was in the red at Friday’s opening.
The leading stock exchanges closed in the red after a new wave of concerns about American niche banks left a mark on trade, writes TT.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average was the worst performer, retreating 1.2 percent. The S&P 500 index also retreated 1.1 percent and the Nasdaq composite index fell 0.7 percent.
The worst loss was First Republic Bank, which fell roughly 32.6 percent.
Even in Stockholm, things went smoothly. The OMXS index fell 1.8 percent.
Among the Stockholm Stock Exchange’s most traded shares on the OMXS30 index, the big bank Swedbank was the punchline, with a price decline of 3.8 percent.
Other major banks – Nordea, Handelsbanken and SEB – also retreated between 1.4–2.5 percent.
Car and bus in accident
A passenger car and a bus collided in Hedemora shortly after 7 p.m.
Emergency services, police and ambulance were sent to the scene.
According to the police, ten people are said to have been affected. One person had to be taken to hospital with unclear injuries.
A traffic accident report will be made.
The US pressures Turkey about Sweden
White House Security Adviser Jake Sullivan. Photo: Susan Walsh/AP
Turkey has said yes to Finland’s NATO application but not Sweden’s.
Now the US is pressuring Turkey and urging them to quickly ratify Sweden’s application, reports Reuters.
White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said in a statement:
“Sweden and Finland are both strong, capable partners who share NATO’s values and will strengthen the alliance and contribute to European security. The United States believes that both countries should become members of NATO as soon as possible.”
Here you can read more about the tours around Sweden’s NATO application.
Bottom figure for C in new measurement
The Center Party falls under the parliamentary blockade according to a new survey from Sifo, writes SvD.
In the survey, the Center Party gets 3.8 percent. However, the margin of error is 0.5 percentage points.
According to Sifo, the explanation may be that the party has not been seen very much and that voters know too little about what is important to the party.
Trump gets his YouTube account back
Donald Trump Photo: Ron Johnson/AP
Donald Trump, the former president of the United States, gets his account back on Youtube.
His YouTube account was pulled about two years ago, after the storming of the Capitol.
Earlier this year, the former president got his Facebook and Instagram accounts back.
Andersson: Not good for Sweden
S leader Magdalena Andersson. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT
Social Democrats party leader Magdalena Andersson comments on Turkey’s announcement about Finland’s NATO application.
At a press conference, she said that Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson has a hard job ahead of him.
– The message is not good for Sweden and not good for NATO and it also makes it more difficult for NATO to defend Finland, Andersson said.
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There is information from, among others, Wolfgang Hansson that now even Hungary seems to have problems with approving Sweden’s NATO application, but that Finland’s is going for a vote on March 27th, do you have any more information about this?
Hm.. It’s hard to know that much more.
What we know about can be read in the articles here.
Good evening! Wondering if you know what it means for Putin regarding the arrest warrant.
I think it sounds like a good idea to go to Russia and destroy the madman.
Hello! It is not possible to storm into Russia and do nothing.
But ICC has 123 member countriesPutin travels to any of them, he can be arrested.
Which countries stand behind/support the ICC?
There are 123 pieces, here you can see a list.
In a way, it might be more interesting who isn’t. For example the USA, Russia, Israel and Sudan.
If Turkey is arguing that we are lax about those they think are terrorists, why aren’t we pushing as hard for them to do the same to the so-called Kurdish fox?
Tired of the NATO business
Hello! It is difficult to know what was said in these negotiations, but in short it can be said that it is Turkey that has the upper hand and can make demands as it is they who must approve Sweden – not the other way around.
Hi, what’s going on Ang the snipe case, will there be any APPEAL to HD???
Hello! The Attorney General has so far not said anything about it, but an appeal must be submitted by March 23 at the latest.
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