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Sweden’s former prime minister just dragged Bernie Sanders for this Soviet love fest

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) loves Sweden. One of its former leaders doesn’t exactly love him.

The 2020 contender has spent a lot of time praising Sweden and other Nordic countries for their policies focused on the working class. But in a Monday morning tweet, Sweden’s ex-prime minister Carl Bildt took direct aim at a 1988 speech, in which Sanders lauded a far more socialist nation.

In the speech, then-congressman Sanders touted the “very very effective” transportation system, “chandeliers that were beautiful,” and puppet shows he saw on a visit to the Soviet Union. The conservative Bildt sarcastically called out these “stunning socialist achievements” in his tweet, before mentioning that the socialist state later “collapsed under the weight of its own spectacular failures.”

During the 2016 election cycle, Sanders’ Scandinavian praise prompted then-presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) to suggest Sanders would be “a really good candidate for president — of Sweden.” He’s only running for U.S. president right now, but it looks like he doesn’t have Bildt’s endorsement for either office. Kathryn Krawczyk

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Local footballer jets off to Sweden

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spiring soccer star, Orlin Petersen from Southfield, is excited to be heading to Sweden to participate in the Gothia Cup in July.

For Petersen, this is the fruit of his love for soccer that he has carried in his heart for years.“I am blessed with very good support, with my family encouraging me at all times. I can say it all took hard work, discipline, focus and determination to get here.”

He is currently training hard and is even taking advantage of the Argus Cycling Tour taking place next month to stay fit and ready for the overseas game.

Petersen also praised his team, Tramway FC, which has made it possible for him to fulfil his passion and share “love to win.”

His love for soccer was inspired by his father who used to play and at a later stage became a coach and chairperson of a team.

“It started at an early age. I used to attend all sessions and training with the soccer team my father used to coach.”

However, Petersen said, another reason to stay committed in soccer is to keep away from social ills and he is hoping to be a good example in his community. He has even taken it upon himself to help his family raise the R25 000 needed for the overseas trip. For the past few months, they have been hosting a series of events to this end. The next event coming up is a disco that will take place on Friday 8 March at Square Hill Hall in Retreat from 19:00.

“Due to crimes in our community, I want to encourage other youngsters to see that anything is possible, but I can only achieve this with the support of the community. And I thank all those that have come out to support me so far.”

V For more information about supporting Petersen, call 076 348 4202.

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Sweden’s grid operator plans $1.4 bn investments in 2020-2022

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OSLO: Sweden‘s grid operator Svenska Kraftnat plans to spend 13 billion Swedish crowns ($1.40 billion) on electricity grid investments over the next three years, it said on Tuesday.

The grid’s business plan, for the years 2020-2022, was submitted to the Swedish government and the investment budget it contains is devoted to strengthen its backbone network and transmission capacity.

“The core network needs to be expanded in step with the development of society and so that political ambitions can be fulfilled without the network constituting a strong limiting factor,” said its acting director Lotta Medelius-Bredhe.

About 4.35 billion crowns of the suggested investments relate to 2020, said the firm, adding that the plan will include an increased proportion of projects with large information technology content.

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7,000 foreign soldiers ready for exercise in northern Sweden

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The exercise takes place in Sweden’s northeastern area where a possible land-attack from the Soviet Union was expected to come during the Cold War. From the border area to Finland at Haparanda towards Överkalix and Boden north of Luleå.

A total of 10,000 personell is participating, of which about 7,000 are foreigners.

Norway will join with about 4,500 soldiers, while Finland sends 1,500. Both Great Britain and the United States are participating with soldiers and aircraft.

The exercise and joint training is part of the development of defense cooperation between Finland and Sweden and never before has such substantial exercise been conducted between the two armies so far, the Finnish Army informs.

About 500 military vehicles from four of Finland’s brigades will cross the border from Tornio to Haparanda as the exercise happens during the week from March 18 to 27. The four brigades are the Armoured Brigade, the Jaeger Brigade from Sodankylä and Rovaniemi, the Kainuu Brigade and the Pori Brigade.

Norway sends its only army brigade from Bardu in Troms, including armored vehicles and some support units and helicopters, newspaper Aftenposten reports. The Norwegians will move in to the exercise area via the border-crossing road from Narvik via Kiruna

Norwegian tanks from Troms. Photo: Ole-Sverre Haugli / Forsvaret

Last autumn, Sweden and Finland participated in the large-scale Trident Juncture NATO exercise in southern Norway.

The Swedish 192nd Mechanized Battalion from the Norrbotten Regiment is the largest Swedish contribution to the exercise with its 800 soldiers.

Swedish Armed Forces says the exercise will develop the ability to give support to and receive support from other nations.

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