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Winter Storm "Jonas" hit Philadelphia and poured down up to 18" of snow

Winter Storm Jonas buried a large portion of the Northeast urban corridor with more than 2 feet of snow from the Washington, D.C. area to New York City. Heavy snow also impacted parts of the South and Ohio Valley Jan. 22, and the storm brought snow to the Plains on Jan. 21.

Starting on Friday evening (1/22) Winter Storm Jonas kicked off the weekend with some heavy snow fall. Later on Saturday Jonas turned into a major snowstorm in larger cities with up to 18" in Philadelphia and upwards 2 feet in Washington D.C. 

Governor Wolf also declared State of Emergency in Philadephia ahead of the snowstorm. 

Monthly board meeting

 
During our last board meeting the new corporate members Devicia, Accent Ventures and Larsson & Scheuritzel P.C. were introduced and welcomed along with the new proposed board members David Larsson and Julia Gilander. Our interns Emma Nilsson and Jonas Aronson met and introduced themselves to the board for the first time.

Potential events for 2016 were discussed and there are a lot of interesting ideas that we'll look closer into. Hopefully some of the events could become reality in the near future. 

The Year In Review has been completed as you could see in the last newsletter. Right now we're checking into the possibility of making hard copies of it. More information about this will come as we're unsure about how we will proceed with this at this stage.

Sweden tightens its boarder security, costing millions each week

A rigorous checking and controlling of photo identification was introduced on January 4th at the boarder in Skåne, the Swedish southernmost coastal state, facing towards the coast of Denmark. Commuters travelling by train between Sweden and Denmark have been continuously checked and the newly instated controls are costing Sweden millions of kronor every week. 

The checks themselves are said to be handled smoothly but has taken its toll on Skånetrafiken, the Swedish regional transport authority. Not only have the administration fees risen as well as additional staff costs but also the sales of railcards are affected. Purchases of season tickets the first two weeks of 2016 have gone down 3,6 % compared to the same time period last year. Many commuters are said to be put off by the newly instated boarder checks.

Travelers from Denmark who inevitably have to pass Öresundsbron by train (the bridge connecting Sweden and Denmark) have seen their regular trip time increase by 30 minutes as they have to go through dual controls, the first one in Kastrup, main train station at Copenhagen airport, and the second one in Hyllie, a train station in Southern Sweden.
Erwin and Britt Apell have escaped the cold winter in Philadelphia and are now enjoying the weather in the sunshine state, Florida. Here is a picture of them attending the showing of the Swedish documentary film "Every face has a Name" by the Swedish filmmaker Magnus Gertten (seen in the middle) together with the Honorary Swedish Counsel for Florida, Per Olof Lööf and hise wife, Åsa Lena Lööf.

Lunch with old and new interns

A picture from the first lunch in the beginning of January with the old interns at SACC and the Swedish Museum together with the new interns, Chairman Erwin Apell and, President David Engstrom.
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