Friday, 07. March 2014
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05. 07. 13. - 14:15
05. 07. 13. - 14:15
Helicopters are being used to fight the mosquito plague along the March River after warnings of a mosquito plague in the coming weeks.
For the first time in Austria, helicopters are being used to spray repellents against the million insects expected along the river in the next few days.
This year, almost 2,000 acres of land is being sprayed in nine municipalities along the 65-kilometre-long. The product used is a granulate with the active agent BTI.
The mayor of Hohenau an der March, Robert Freitag, forced the project after the floods in 2006. He opposed criticism from environmental organisations. He said: "We are only copying a project which is already being used in all of Europe, such as Germany, France, Italy and Scandinavia. We know that the product is bio-degradable within 48 hours.
The permission to use this method was already granted two years ago, but it is the first time that the plague is so problematic that the helicopters have to be requested.
Ladies skiing offer at Stuhleck this weekend
In celebration of International Women's Day on Saturday 8 March, the Stuhleck ski resort in eastern Austrian is giving female skiers discount prices on ski passes.
Rediscovered 'degenerate' painting on show at Belvedere
A painting that was rediscovered in 2012, decades after it was seized by the Nazi's for being 'degenerate', is on display at the Belvedere Palace in Vienna.
Austrian Airlines spellcheck mishap
The online copyeditor for Austrian Airlines will be getting a slap on the wrist after it was embarrassingly revealed that the English version of their website is riddled with spelling and grammatical errors.
Carnival firemen answer 999 call as giant bees with handbags
Ten Austrian fireman ended up answering an emergency call for a serious road accident dressed as giant bumblebees after they got kitted out for a fancy dress parade on a carnival float shortly before they got the emergency call.
FPOe former press officer cleared over Nazi SS posts
The former press spokesperson for the Freedom Party (FPOe) has been cleared by prosecutors in Austria after Nazi quotes appeared on his Facebook page.
South Park game held back due to 'unconstitutional symbols'
Austria will have to wait a little bit longer to get the new game South Park: The Stick of Truth after game publisher Ubisoft announces that it is holding back the release due to the game containing "an unconstitutional symbol".
Co-working initiative comes to Innsbruck
The cultural initiative "Die Bäckerei" has brought the American trend of 'co-working' to Innsbruck in Austria.
Controversial former lobbyist Hochenegger on spiritual journey in Brazil
A former powerful lobbyist in Austria Peter Hochenegger now appears to be 'finding himself' on a spiritual journey whilst living in sunny Brazil.
Air China to fly to Spain via Vienna
A new four times weekly Air China flight between Beijing and Barcelona will stop off in Vienna when the route is launched on 5 May this year.
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