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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Caution trap: ‘Refund from ÖGK’ (Austrian Health Insurance) is a phishing email

When it comes to money, people get reckless. An adage that practically every phishing attempt is based on. A warning about fraudulent phone calls by criminals pretending to be PayPal employees was issued just yesterday. Refund of the ÖGK?The next warning today: Mails are currently doing the rounds that appear to be about a refund from the Austrian Health Insurance Fund ÖGK. You should click the link to receive a refund of just over 100 euros. ‘Caution! These messages are an attempt to defraud you. Do not open the link…

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400-year-old mystery of our sun solved

An international team of researchers has dedicated itself to solving a puzzle about the sun that already occupied Galileo Galilei. The background is the formation of our star’s magnetic field. Astronomers have always had difficulties locating it. New calculations by a NASA supercomputer now show that the magnetic field is probably generated around 32,000 kilometers below the surface. This is significantly less deep than originally assumed. Previously, there were indications that the origin was around 210,000 kilometers below the surface. The new results were published on Wednesday in the scientific…

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Austria: Diasporas have a pull effect

A Viennese research team has investigated the extent to which existing immigrant communities in different regions influence the choice of residence of other migrants. The result: diasporas have a pull effect. In Austria, one hundred people attract around twelve new arrivals per year. The team led by lead author Rafael Prieto-Curiel from the Complexity Science Hub (CSH) wanted to find out to what extent the principle of ‘birds of a feather flock together’—a mechanism known in science as ‘homophily’—can be understood on the basis of data from Austria and the…

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