Caritas campaign: saving vegetables, fruit and herbs

With the ErnteZeit project, Caritas collects edible fruit, vegetables and herbs from gardens in Vienna and eastern Lower Austria. The donations are accepted in a total of four-day centres for people with disabilities and processed into jams, chutneys and juices. ‘We invite all people with their own garden to donate their surplus harvest. In doing so, we want to make a joint contribution to greater climate protection, waste avoidance and a more sustainable approach to our environment,’ said Klaus Schwertner, Caritas Director of the Archdiocese of Vienna, in the run-up…

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How often do we really sit in front of our smartphones?

Two opposing trends will continue to increase in 2024: the time we spend in front of screens and the intention to reduce it. How to keep track.In recent years, the average time we spend in front of screens has steadily increased. Various surveys confirm this, and the pandemic, in particular, has intensified the trend towards more screen time. At the same time, other surveys show that more and more people want to take a conscious break from digital media. Fortunately, both Android and iOS devices offer built-in features that give…

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‘Uninstall immediately’: 5 apps are secretly spying on you

Not only in the Google Play Store but also in Apple’s App Store, there are occasionally dangerous apps that can cause serious problems for users. These include the following apps, which you should delete: They can be dangerous in many different ways. Delete the app: Watch out for these 5 examplesIf you find a dodgy app on your mobile phone, it’s always a good idea to delete it. If you have an iPhone or iPad, you can generally feel a little safer, as Apple checks the apps in its App…

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UN Office for Outer Space Affairs and Japan join forces to support new space law missions to the Philippines and Thailand

As the exploration and utilization of outer space become increasingly important in today’s world, countries must have a strong understanding of the legal framework governing activities in space. The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Government of Japan have recognized this need and have taken a significant step towards promoting cooperation and capacity-building in the field of space law. The “Space Law for New Space Actors” project, established in 2021, aims to provide legal advisory services and capacity-building support to countries in Asia and the Pacific…

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WHO sounds the alarm: eight million syphilis infections per year

The World Health Organization (WHO) is sounding the alarm about setbacks in the fight against sexually transmitted diseases. Annual new infections with syphilis rose from around 7.1 million in 2020 to 8 million in 2022, the UN organization reported in Geneva on Tuesday. The largest increases were recorded on the American continent and in Africa. 230,000 people died from the bacterial disease in 2022. “The rising incidence of syphilis is a cause for great concern,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. According to his organization’s report, a total of more…

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Flowering chives: poisonous or edible?

Flowering chives look beautiful, but what does that mean for their use in the kitchen? Many people wonder whether flowering chives are still edible or even poisonous. According to an article on myHOMEBOOK, there is no need to worry: flowering chives are not poisonous and can still be used. Normally, chives are harvested regularly, so they rarely flower. However, if you forget to cut it, it blooms between May and August with pretty purple to red flowers. These flowers are not only edible but also a real eye-catcher in the…

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E-scooters – 15 frequently asked questions and answers. What are the regulations?

E-scooters can be found in every city, in popular travel regions, and even in rural areas; they are becoming increasingly common. They can be rented quite easily or bought for little money. What should you look out for, and what are the regulations for drivers of e-scooters? We have answers to some frequently asked questions. What is an e-scooter?An electric scooter is an electrically powered small scooter with a maximum permissible power of no more than 600 watts and a design speed of no more than 25 km/h. Where is…

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Filipino Nurses and Midwives in Austria: A Legacy of Excellence and Compassion

In the 1970s, the first wave of Filipino nurses arrived in Austria, marking the beginning of a long and fruitful partnership between the two countries. When Austria faced a shortage of hospital personnel, the Philippine government answered the call by sending skilled and dedicated nurses to fill the gaps in the healthcare system. Through a bilateral agreement between the two nations, Filipino nurses were given the opportunity to pursue their careers in Austria while also providing much-needed support to Austrian patients. Over the years, Filipino nurses have earned a reputation…

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Weekend weather in Austria

A weak low-pressure system will ensure unsettled weather in Austria until further notice. It will rain again and again in the coming days, with thunderstorms also on the cards. The sun will make an appearance from time to time, but only briefly. There will initially be some residual clouds and localised fog patches on Friday. These will clear in the morning, and the sun will appear. However, clouds will quickly form. The first rain showers will appear in the east in the morning. From midday, the probability of rain showers…

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