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first_imgSweden will adjust a key corner of its strategy for dealing with COVID-19, after the death rate at care homes spiraled out of control.The government of Prime Minister Stefan Lofven plans to spend about 2.2 billion kronor ($220 million) on ratcheting up staff levels to help protect the country’s oldest citizens. Another 2 billion kronor will go toward compensating local authorities for the extra costs they’ve incurred in dealing with the pandemic, the government said on Tuesday.Like elsewhere, Sweden’s COVID-19 related deaths have disproportionately hit the elderly. But critics argue that many of those fatalities could have been avoided if the authorities had taken more steps to focus attention on the most vulnerable demographic. Topics : Sweden’s top epidemiologist, Anders Tegnell, says fighting COVID-19 is a long-term undertaking, meaning temporary lockdowns will ultimately backfire. He says once they’re lifted, infection rates will again rise.Instead, Tegnell says moderate restrictions that allow much of normal life to continue are more likely to help guide a society through a pandemic that has a protracted lifespan.The Danish wayBut the strategy remains controversial. Within the Nordic region, contrasts have been drawn between Sweden and Denmark, which opted for a strict lockdown early on.Denmark is now in the second phase of reopening its economy. What’s more, recent data even suggest its infection rate is falling, and its death rate so far is less than a third Sweden’s.Denmark opened large swathes of its economy in mid-April, including primary schools and hairdressing salons. This week, Danish shops opened for the first time in two months, with museums and cinemas set to follow.center_img Earlier this month, Sweden said prosecutors had started an investigation into the high death rate at a care home. Half of those over 70 years old who have died from COVID-19 in Sweden lived in nursing homes, according to national statistics at the end of April. As of Monday, the country had registered 3,256 COVID-19 related deaths.Controversial approachSweden’s approach to handling the coronavirus pandemic has become a topic of international debate after it opted for a much laxer lockdown, and instead relied on its citizens to follow social distancing guidelines.Swedish gyms, schools, restaurants and shops have all remained open throughout the spread of the pandemic. The strategy has so far helped shield the economy from the worst, but Sweden’s death rate is about 32 per 100,000, compared with 24 in the US. and roughly 9 in neighboring Denmark.last_img read more

first_imgBig issue: Now what? The Nets did the hard work of building up a hard-working culture over the past three years and probably arrived at this point — in the playoffs, coming off a competitive, albeit five-game, series — ahead of schedule.Now the Nets have the opportunity to make a leap. This is the next phase of the rebuild, and it can be more difficult than the teardown that takes place in the first phase. Bad decisions in the coming months could reverberate for years and set back the progress the team has made. The Nets have an acre of cap space, and some fans have idly mused about having two max-contract slots, a notion would require the team to make a trade and get rid of point guard D’Angelo Russell. So it’s likely that the team will have one max spot on the docket.The Nets could make a push for a max guy, a star who wants play in New York for a team that is building toward contender-hood. Or the Nets could look to spend on two or three good young players, players who would slide easily into the ethic that coach Kenny Atkinson and general manager Sean Marks have already established.That’s the dilemma. A star player gives the Nets the talent upgrade they need to compete in the East. But there’s some wisdom in holding off on that type of move and continuing to develop what the Nets have established. Signing Jimmy Butler, for example, might seem to be a no-brainer, but what if his addition slows the growth of Spencer Dinwiddie and, especially, Caris LeVert, who has shown star potential?The Nets have put themselves into a position to be a major player in free agency. But just because they can sign a max-contract player does not mean they should.OFFSEASON PREVIEWS:Lakers | Knicks | Bulls | Pelicans |Mavericks | Pacers | Pistons | ThunderFree-agent outlook: The play of Russell this season has altered the Nets’ approach to free agency. He is a restricted free agent and put together a surprising breakout year, averaging 21.1 points and 7.0 assists and earning an All-Star spot.At the outset of the season, conventional wisdom held that the Nets would be happy if Russell played well enough to be a trade candidate at the deadline. He’s not a good defender and struggles to get to the rim.Still, he earned himself a hefty contract this year and the Nets — who have Dinwiddie on a team-friendly contract — just might be willing to pay Russell and keep him in the fold. Otherwise, they risk losing him for no return, and that’s just no way to treat a young asset.But the Nets still need more. Butler has been the name most connected here, mostly because he included Brooklyn on the list of destinations for a trade back in September. LeVert, though, is a cheaper option at small forward and does not come with the team-smashing baggage that Butler has.What Brooklyn really needs is a power forward, though it’s unlikely to find one on the free-agent market. They could bring back both DeMarre Carroll and Ed Davis, which would at least give them some continuity, but would be a missed opportunity to get better.Julius Randle is a young option, though he lacks the defensive toughness this Nets team values. Signing a veteran like Paul Millsap on a short contract — allowing some time for Rodions Kurucs to develop — might wind up being the best option. It’s not a Butler signing, but don’t expect the Nets to use all their cap space just because they can.The young folks: Russell is only 23, which makes him that much more of a must-sign for the Nets. Even if he is trade bait later, he is just too young and too talented to let walk for nothing. Russell is a 6-5 point guard who is an excellent playmaker but has developed into a reliable shooter, too, from the 3-point line and midrange.The Nets have two other players who recently turned 21, both of whom — center Jarrett Allen and Kurucs — were contributors this season. Allen started 80 games this season, averaging 10.9 points and 8.4 rebounds, shooting 59.0 percent from the field. He has a limited offensive repertoire, though he has developed a hook shot that still needs work. But he is a good defensive center who figures to grow into his role.Kurucs showed tremendous potential over the course of the season, a 6-9 forward with a 7-2 wingspan who can shoot from the perimeter and defend multiple positions. He wore down as the season progressed, but better conditioning and a year or two of development should make him a starting-quality big man and a steal of last year’s draft, when he fell to No. 40.Brooklyn didn’t see a lot of rookie scoring wing Dzanan Musa, who played in only nine games. But he averaged 19.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 36 G-League games, at 19 years old, and he should be a rotation player in the coming years.This June will also present an unfamiliar prospect for fans at Barclays Center — when the draft comes along, the Nets will have their own pick in its rightful spot (No. 17). As a bonus, the Nets also have the Nuggets’ pick (27th), their reward for taking on Kenneth Faried. It’s a young group that will continue building with youth.    NBA PLAYOFFS 2019:Full schedule | Picks from first round to FinalsWait till next year: There’s a lot to be excited about in Brooklyn, even if the Nets fail to land a top-shelf free agent. The team’s top players are all in their early or mid-20s, and there is more youth being developed on the roster.They survived a spate of injuries and an 8-18 start to finish 34-22 and earn a playoff spot. The young players will improve, and there will be the chance to build in both the draft and free agency. It’s been a rough three years, but the Nets are finally back on track.last_img read more

first_imgMost read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’NICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsRashford’s second came from the spot after VAR confirmed Moussa Sissoko had tripped the United striker.Mourinho added: “I didn’t see it, but I think what happened inside of the box is a consequence of what happened before.”I think when Ashley Young had the ball we have to be alert immediately, we were not, we gave space to Rashford to receive the ball, it was only when he received the ball that we woke up.” JOSE MOURINHO tore into former club Manchester United after losing on his return to Old Trafford.Marcus Rashford’s double earned under-fire Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a huge victory over the man he replaced at the helm nearly a year ago.1 Jose Mourinho came up short against his former employers at Old TraffordCredit: EPAAnd as he tries to steady the ship at Spurs, Mourinho accused the Red Devils of milking injuries to see out the game.The gutted Portuguese, 56, told beIN Sports: “We started bad, they started well.”They scored the first goal, could have scored the second and for the first 30 minutes they were not just better than us, they were much better than us. For the last 15 minutes, the story was different.”I thought the second half we’d be back to normality and normality was to have control of the game but when you concede a goal like we did it’s difficult.”They took a few steps back, started to block low and they were clever in the way they were getting fouls and pretending injuries and controlling and then still dangerous on the counterattack.”We were punished by our mistake for the second goal. The reason I want to say clearly they deserved to win the game was because in the first 30 minutes of the game they were much better than us.”It was not just today, if you look to our previous matches it was the same. Against Olympiacos we didn’t start well, against Bournemouth it took time, rather than being proactive we are a little bit more reactive.”last_img read more