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Swedes thrash Danes for third world hockey win

Co-hosts Sweden extended their winning streak at the world ice hockey championships by beating Denmark 6-4 in Stockholm Monday to claim three wins from as many matches.

Swedes thrash Danes for third world hockey win

Sweden, last year’s runner-up, started confidently and had gone 4-0 up in the opening period following a pair of goals each for Viktor Stålberg and Loui Eriksson.

Nichlas Hardt netted a consolation when the Danes were on a two-man powerplay.

Ottawa Senators forward and Sweden skipper Daniel Alfredsson put the Swedes

back in control only 43 seconds after the restart and Jonas Brodin added a fourth as Hardt scored his second powerplay goal of the match.

In the third period Denmark picked up steam, scoring twice through Lars Eller and Morten Green but in the end it was too little too late.

In the late match in Helsinki the United States, seeking their first world crown since 1960, failed to regain top spot in their group after succumbing to a 4-2 defeat at the hands of 2002 champions Slovakia.

Starting with no room for error after two opening defeats, the Slovaks got off to a flying start through Dominik Granak who scored after just 47 seconds.

Forward Branko Radivojevic and Buffalo Sabres defender Andrej Sekera added one apiece for Slovakia before the first interval, while Carolina Hurricanes rear guard Justin Faulk scored for the USA.

Paul Stastny of Colorado Avalanche reduced arrears further with 1:13 remaining in the second period when two Slovaks were in the penalty box.

In the third period the Americans stormed the Slovaks’ net seeking for an equalizer and substituted their goalie for the sixth field player with 1:04 remaining. The Slovaks responded through Miroslav Satan who scored into the empty net.

“Finally after losing in the first two games here we managed to play a good match and record points tonight,” Slovakian manager Vladimir Vujtek said.

“The first period was decisive in this game as we took an advantage, which allowed us to keep the play under control later in the match.”

In the early Stockholm group match the Czech Republic were pushed all the way by Norway, who took last year’s bronze medal winners into overtime before succumbing to a 4-3 defeat following a penalty shootout.

The Czechs dominated play but Norway took the lead through Mathis Olimb on 11:16 as two Czech players served minor penalties.

The Czechs pulled level with 3:19 remaining in the first period through Edmonton Oilers forward Ales Hemsky but Lars Erik Spets restored Norway’s lead 1:39 into the second period.

Boston Bruins’ David Krejci and Chicago Blackhawks’ Michael Frolik scored one apiece to put Czechs in the lead but they failed to keep it as Norway defender Jonas Holos made it 3-3 with a powerful slap shot.

After a goalless overtime it went to a shootout.

In the three-attempt series the Czechs scored once while the Norwegians squandered all three of their attempts.

“My team is still searching for its best hockey,” said the Czech coach Alois Hadamczik.

“We need time to fine-tune. We’re still alternating good periods of play with bad. Luckily, today we managed get two points against the brave Norwegians.”

In Helsinki’s earlier match Vancouver Olympic champions Canada were in complete command against minnows France, coming away 7-2 winners to jump into top spot of their table.

AFP/The Local

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Swedish politician condemns Denmark’s ‘shit sandwich’ sewage plan

Copenhagen's water utility has been asked to postpone a plan to dump 290,000 cubic meters of untreated raw sewage into the Øresund Strait in the face of outrage from citizens and politicians in both Sweden and Denmark.

Swedish politician condemns Denmark's 'shit sandwich' sewage plan
Swimmers taking part in the Øresund Challenge back in 2011. Photo: Dennis Lehmann/Ritzau Scanpix
After a meeting on Monday afternoon, Ninna Hedeager Olsen, Copenhagen's environmental mayor, said she had asked civil servants to ask Hofor postpone the release until the autumn. 
 
“There has been an opportunity for Hofor to postpone the test work they will be doing until October,” she told state broadcaster DR. “That is why I have asked the administration to demand it.” 
 
Politicians in both Denmark and Sweden were up in arms on Sunday when details of the plan became known, forcing the utility to first postpone the release by 24 hours, and now postpone it further. 
 
Niels Paarup-Petersen, a member of parliament for Sweden's Centre Party, told The Local that the plan was just the latest in a long list of insults Denmark had thrown at its Scandinavian neighbour. 
 
“We’ve been served shit sandwich after shit sandwich over the last couple of years, but we've never been served so much shit in one go as this,” he said.  
 
Jacob Næsager, a city politician with Denmark's Conservative party, said that it was astonishing that the plan had been approved. 
 
 
“Many people want to swim in the Øresund, and I think it is extremely disgusting that people literally have to swim in other people's shit,” he said. 
 
Finn Rudaizky, a city politician for the Danish People's Party on the city's environment committee, called the plan “completely crazy”.
 
After Olsen announced the decision to postpone the plan, Morten Østergaard leader of Denmark's Social Liberal party congratulated those who had spotted it and launched a protest. 
 
“Good God, that was hanging by a thread, but hats off for the action,” he said. “'Shit good', as Niels Paarup from our sister party wrote.” 

Paarup-Petersen told The Local that he recognised that the utility had to empty the sewer to allow construction to go ahead at Svanemølleholmen in Nordhavn.
 
But he said there was no need to dump so much sewage in one go right at the start of the summer swimming season.  
 
 
“They can spread it out over a longer period, they can do it in a better season when people won't be swimming and there might be better currents,” he said. “It would also be possible to plan it a bit better so it will be released over more days.” 
 
He said he planned to work together with the Danish Social Liberal party to put in place greater environmental protections around the Øresund. 
 
“In the long term we have to find solutions, because there are solutions that can mean that the Øresund no longer needs to be a sewer,” he said. 
 
In a memo to the mayor issued on Monday, city civil servants said that they could not withdraw the permit issued to Hofor, as it had been drawn up in accordance with the correct procedures. 
 
Hedeager Olsen said she would now launch ask a team of  external experts in law and the environment to investigate why the city's civil servants believed it was right to authorise the discharge. 
 
“When the administration today concludes in a note that they believe the case management has been correct, and at the same time you hear environmental professors and others say that it is not, it is important to get the case investigated at a fundamental level,” she told DR. 
 
 
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