Washington, December 12, 2016: A Korean Presbyterian church in the US state of California has been vandalised with swastikas and German phrases in an apparent hate crime, local media reported on Monday.
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The incident happened at the True Light Christian Church in Buena Park city of California. Church members said they found Nazi symbols and messages such as “toxic love” and “my honour” written in German on the building, the RT online reported.
The police were called to the church and they were investigating the vandalism as a possible hate crime.
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“Unknown suspects had used spray paint to deface an outside wall with swastikas and other markings… based on the nature of the vandalism and the proximity to the church, this is being investigated as a possible hate crime,” Buena Park police Sgt. Mike Lovchik said.
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The church had previously been targeted by similar acts of vandalism with member Peter Lee saying that they have already spent over $1,000 cleaning up the church after similar acts in 2016. (IANS)
Researchers have created a web application that provides an overview of the coronavirus(COVID-19) pandemic across the globe, in a way that is more interactive than other maps and statistics.
The app titled ‘COVID-19’ is based on data from Johns Hopkins University in the US, the Danish National Serum Institute in Denmark, World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations.
“We began working on the app as a pet project, to deal with our boredom and inability to physically meet up. While Skyping one day, we wondered why we couldn’t find a graph that portrayed the evolution of coronavirus cases in Denmark,” said Phillip Bredahl Mogensen from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, one of those behind the app.
According to the study, the app provides an overview of how COVID-19 is spreading and the number of people who have both passed away and recovered.
Statistics from every country on earth are available and readily compared. For example, in only a few clicks, one can see how Spain or Italy are faring with the pandemic compared to Denmark. They also said that this is the first app that attempts to estimate suspected numbers – as opposed to reporting back confirmed positives from the test result.
“With the help of Danish and South Korean mortality statistics, we are able to provide an estimate of how many people were actually infected 20 days ago,” explained Bredahl Mogensen.
“For example, on March 9, there were 92 confirmed cases in Denmark. We estimate that there were actually between 1,163 and 3,615 people infected. In other words, 10 times the number of people were infected as compared to the official statistics,” he added.
The researchers used South Korean COVID-19 mortality data because the country has been dealing with the epidemic for a longer period of time and because South Korea has broader and more precise data sets than other countries.
“Even though the method is under development, and has yet to be validated, it presents an incredibly interesting estimate of the unknown extent of this virus,” the authors wrote. (IANS)