Swedish climate activist Thunberg wins ‘Alternative Nobel’

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg speaks during a news conference in New York. (Reuters)
Updated 25 September 2019

Swedish climate activist Thunberg wins ‘Alternative Nobel’

  • The annual Right Livelihood Award honors efforts that the prize founder, Swedish-German philanthropist Jakob von Uexkull, felt were being ignored by the Nobel prizes
  • The prize foundation said Thunberg is being recognized “for inspiring and amplifying political demands for urgent climate action reflecting scientific facts”

COPENHAGEN, Denmark: Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg is among four people who have won a Right Livelihood Award, also known as the “Alternative Nobel.”

The prize foundation said Wednesday that Thunberg is being recognized “for inspiring and amplifying political demands for urgent climate action reflecting scientific facts.”

The foundation said that the 16-year-old, who has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, “personifies the notion that everyone has the power to create change. Her example has inspired and empowered people from all walks of life to demand political action.”

Created in 1980, the annual Right Livelihood Award honors efforts that the prize founder, Swedish-German philanthropist Jakob von Uexkull, felt were being ignored by the Nobel prizes.

The four winners will each receive 1 million kronor ($103,000).


6 dead after man opens fire in Czech hospital waiting room

Updated 10 December 2019

6 dead after man opens fire in Czech hospital waiting room

  • The attacker opened fire at people’s heads from close range
  • Police published a photo of the suspect, having withdrawn an earlier photo of a different man

PRAGUE: Six people were killed in a shooting in a hospital in the eastern Czech Republic Tuesday, the prime minister said. Police said the suspect is at large and described him as armed and dangerous.

Prime Minister Andrej Babis told Czech public television the shooting took place around 7 a.m. in a waiting room. The attacker opened fire at people’s heads from close range, Babis said.

He said he was heading for the site, at the University hospital in the eastern city of Ostrava, 350 kilometers (220 miles) east of Prague.

Police said the man left in a silver-grey Renault Laguna car and called on the public not to try to stop him.

Police published a photo of the suspect, having withdrawn an earlier photo of a different man. They said that man was now considered to be a witness.

Video footage and pictures published by public radio showed police arresting a person at the site but that person did not appear to be the shooting suspect.

Officials say people have been evacuated from the clinic. Police are boosting security across the country.