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Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz (2006)

24 May 2024  |  MobyGames
In Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz, players control one of six characters, including two new ones, to recover stolen golden bananas. The game involves navigating through ten worlds using the Wii remote, avoiding obstacles, and collecting bananas for points and lives. For the first time, the game features boss battles and unique character attributes. Additionally, it offers 50 party mini-games, including returning favorites from previous titles, playable solo or in multiplayer mode.

Corps waives day use fees at recreation areas in observance of Veterans Day

07 May 2024  |  DVIDS
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District will waive day-use fees at its 16 reservoirs on Veterans Day, covering boat launch ramps and swimming beaches. The waiver does not extend to camping services or specialized facilities. The initiative, which began in 2006, is part of the corps' efforts to honor military service members. The corps also offers fee-free days on other occasions, such as Martin Luther King Jr. Day and National Public Lands Day. As a major federal provider of outdoor recreation, the corps encourages visitors to check with reservoir projects for open recreation areas and provides resources for locating sites.

USACE to host virtual public meeting, comment period for Tar Pamlico River Basin feasibility study

04 May 2024  |  DVIDS
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District is hosting a virtual public meeting and comment period for the draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Assessment for the Tar Pamlico River Basin flood-risk management study. The meeting aims to gather community input on proposed federal actions to mitigate flood damage along the Tar River and its tributaries. It will include a presentation and a Q&A session, with options to join online or in-person in Nashville, NC. Community feedback is sought to shape the corps' operations and initiatives.

Uber’s Driver Advisory Council expands to 9 cities

Long-term organic farming and floral diversity promotes stability of bee communities in agroecosystems

04 Apr 2024  |  besjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com
The study investigates the impact of long-term organic farming and floral diversity on the stability of bee communities in agroecosystems. It compares organic farms with conventional ones, suggesting that organic practices promote biodiversity and pollination services. The research focuses on 36 diversified organic farms in the Puget Lowland region of Washington State, USA, and uses species abundance models and beta diversity equations to analyze data over three years. The findings indicate that long-term organic farming leads to more stable bee communities, with less species turnover and enhanced pollinator conservation. The study also highlights the influence of landscape context and plant diversity on pollinator community composition and stability.

The Irish bTB eradication programme: combining stakeholder engagement and research-driven policy to tackle bovine tuberculosis

23 Nov 2023  |  BioMed Central
The Irish bTB eradication programme aims to address bovine tuberculosis (bTB) in Ireland, a significant animal health challenge with substantial financial and emotional costs. The programme, required under EU legislation, has evolved since its inception in 1954, integrating scientific research, stakeholder engagement, and policy development. Recent strategic changes include addressing the role of badgers in bTB transmission, improving diagnostics, and managing disease outbreaks. Research has informed policy on badger culling, vaccination, and cattle movement surveillance. Despite achieving a low bTB herd incidence in 2016, the expansion of the dairy sector led to increased bTB levels. The programme adapts to new scientific understanding, tools, and economic concerns, with ongoing research into diagnostics, wildlife management, and molecular epidemiology. The Covid19 pandemic necessitated temporary adaptations to the programme, emphasizing the importance of flexible policy-making and stakeholder communication.

President’s 2025 Budget Request: $122 million for Pittsburgh District

05 Oct 2023  |  DVIDS
The President's Fiscal Year 2025 Budget request includes over $122 million for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District's civil works program. This funding aims to maintain the reliability of the region's inland waterways, enhance the environment, and reduce flood risks in the upper Ohio River Valley. The budget allocates $40 million for the operation and maintenance of 16 flood risk-management reservoirs and $78 million for navigation on the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio rivers. Additionally, $3 million is designated for the Kinzua Dam Safety Modification Project. The budget reflects a decrease from the previous fiscal year due to completed maintenance projects. The Pittsburgh District covers 26,000 square miles, including parts of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, and New York, and manages various water resource and infrastructure projects.

Rescue ships to be impounded as EU’s big-hearted welcome shrinks

04 Oct 2023  |  www.thetimes.co.uk
234 migrants disembarked from the MV Lifeline in Malta, marking the end of a journey that highlighted Europe's shift towards stricter migration policies. The ship's captain, Claus-Peter Reisch, faces legal action, and the vessel may be impounded. Maltese authorities are investigating whether the captain disobeyed the Libyan coastguard. This incident follows recent EU summit decisions on migration.

Corps announces early campsite openings, recreation opportunities for solar eclipse

02 Oct 2023  |  DVIDS
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District is offering recreation opportunities at select reservoirs in eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania for the April 8 solar eclipse. Activities include an interpretive program at Michael J. Kirwan Reservoir and additional parking at Mosquito Creek Lake in Ohio. In Pennsylvania, Shenango River Lake and Tionesta Lake will open specific camping areas. The district emphasizes safety precautions for visitors, especially around water. The Pittsburgh District manages extensive water resources and facilities across multiple states.

Uber’s Driver Advisory Council (DAC) expands to 9 Cities

01 Oct 2023  |  Chandigarh City News
India’s first Driver Advisory Council (DAC), led by Aapti Institute in collaboration with Uber, has expanded to nine cities, including Jaipur, Guwahati, and Kochi. The Council, representing tens of thousands of driver partners, aims to improve dialogue between drivers and the platform. Uber has implemented several changes based on DAC recommendations, such as advanced payment disbursement and enhanced trip transparency. The initiative is praised for its participatory governance model and potential to shape gig work regulations.

Trends and factors associated with dairy calf early slaughter in Ireland, 2018–2022

01 Oct 2023  |  Frontiers
The study examines the trends and factors associated with the early slaughter of dairy calves in Ireland from 2018 to 2022. It highlights that a small cohort of dairy herds, particularly larger and recently established ones, are responsible for the majority of calf slaughters. The practice has increased over the years, influenced by factors such as herd size, breed type, and bovine TB breakdowns. The study underscores the socio-ethical concerns and economic implications of early calf slaughter, suggesting that targeted policy interventions and industry engagement could mitigate the issue.

PM ‘caves in’ to Spain over Gibraltar trade

01 Oct 2023  |  www.thetimes.com
Theresa May faced accusations of capitulation as Britain conceded to Spanish demands over Gibraltar to secure approval for her Brexit deal. Sir Tim Barrow, Britain's EU ambassador, clarified that Gibraltar would be included in a future trade deal with the EU only with Spain's consent. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez threatened to veto Brexit and called for joint sovereignty talks over Gibraltar. May pledged to support Gibraltar's citizens.

Uber’s Driver Advisory Council (DAC) expands to 9 Cities

01 Oct 2023  |  G7 Newz
India's first Driver Advisory Council (DAC), led by Aapti Institute in collaboration with Uber, has expanded to nine cities, including Jaipur, Guwahati, and Kochi. The council aims to improve the platform experience for gig workers by facilitating dialogue between drivers and Uber. Recent changes based on DAC recommendations include advanced payment disbursement times, increased transparency in earnings, and a pilot feature called 'Extra Choice' to give drivers more trip options. Uber executives and various labor experts participated in discussions to further enhance the gig economy's regulatory framework.

Michel Barnier warns UK against ‘pointless’ delay to Brexit

01 Oct 2023  |  www.thetimes.com
Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, has cautioned against a 'pointless' Brexit delay, reflecting a tougher EU stance on extending the deadline. While EU leaders are open to a deadline extension if justified, there is growing opposition to a short-term extension that may only extend uncertainty. As the March 12 vote on Theresa May’s deal approaches, the EU remains firm on the Irish backstop, and discussions continue on the terms of a potential delay beyond the March 29 deadline.

EU watchdog mauls promotion of Jean-Claude Juncker’s ‘Monster’, Martin Selmayr

01 Oct 2023  |  www.thetimes.co.uk
Emily O’Reilly, the EU's independent watchdog, has sharply criticized the European Commission's handling of Martin Selmayr's promotion to secretary-general. Her report condemns the process as an ambush orchestrated by Jean-Claude Juncker, which has been met with staunch resistance from the Commission. The controversy highlights significant concerns about transparency and governance within the EU's top echelons.

Uber’s Driver Advisory Council expands to 9 cities

14 Sep 2023  |  www.passionateinmarketing.com
Uber's Driver Advisory Council (DAC), India's first platform for gig workers to voice issues and improve their experience, has expanded to nine cities. The DAC, a collaboration between Aapti Institute and Uber, now includes Jaipur, Guwahati, and Kochi, alongside six existing cities. The council, now with 45 members, aims to facilitate dialogue between drivers and Uber. Recent changes implemented by Uber, based on DAC feedback, include daily payment settlements, more transparency for drivers, and increased trip choice. The DAC, which has been operational since March 2022, is considered a global best practice, with similar models in other countries. Uber remains committed to supporting gig workers' rights on its platform.

Uber’s Driver Advisory Council expands to 9 cities

14 Sep 2023  |  www.passionateinmarketing.com
India’s first Driver Advisory Council (DAC), led by Aapti Institute in collaboration with Uber, has expanded to nine cities, including Jaipur, Guwahati, and Kochi. The Council, representing tens of thousands of driver partners, aims to enhance transparency and ease of use on the Uber platform. Recent changes include advanced payment disbursement times, cash-free parking at nine airports, and features like upfront destination and estimated fare visibility. The DAC, which includes 45 members this year, facilitates dialogue between drivers and Uber, addressing issues such as earnings, social security, and app experience. Uber remains committed to supporting gig workers' rights.

Woodridge High Wins Resilient Australia Award

23 Aug 2023  |  Logan City News & Lifestyle
Woodridge State High School won the Resilient Australia School Award, recognizing their community resilience efforts. Principal Kathleen Janecek, Deputy Principal Andrew Walsmley, and Business Manager Andrew Byrne attended the awards ceremony, expressing excitement and pride in their achievement. The award highlights the school's collaborative and innovative approach to building resilience.

Youghiogheny River Lake hosts 75th Anniversary Celebration

19 Aug 2023  |  DVIDS
Youghiogheny River Lake celebrated its 75th anniversary with various activities including speeches, a time capsule and tree planting ceremony, dam tours, and rock painting. The event highlighted the dam's historical significance since its completion in 1943 and operational status from 1948, emphasizing its contributions to flood protection, pollution alleviation, recreation, and improved navigation on the Monongahela and Ohio rivers.

Youghiogheny River Lake hosts 75th Anniversary Celebration

19 Aug 2023  |  DVIDS
Youghiogheny River Lake celebrated its 75th anniversary with various activities including speeches, a time capsule and tree planting ceremony, dam tours, and booths hosted by partner organizations. The lake, operational since 1948, has provided significant flood protection, alleviated waterway pollution, and offered recreational opportunities, saving downstream communities over $716 million in flood damages.

How to Scream Safely

11 Aug 2023  |  www.backstage.com
To scream safely without damaging your voice, use less air, open your throat in advance, make extra noise in your soft palate, stabilize your neck, engage your back muscles, bend your legs, and always warm up and cool down your voice. Seeking vocal training from a professional is also recommended to protect your vocal cords.

Pittsburgh District welcomes new commander

04 Aug 2023  |  DVIDS
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District will hold a Change of Command ceremony on August 4, where Colonel Adam Czekanski will transfer command to Colonel Nicholas Melin. The ceremony, presided over by Major General William Graham, symbolizes the transfer of responsibility and authority. Colonel Melin, who has an extensive educational and professional background, will lead the Pittsburgh District in managing the region's water resource infrastructure and flood-risk management. The district covers the upper Ohio River Basin and supports commercial navigation and flood-damage reduction.

Woodcock Creek Lake celebrates Golden Jubilee

14 Jul 2023  |  DVIDS
Woodcock Creek Lake Dam, constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District, celebrates its 50th anniversary. The dam has successfully prevented flooding in Saegertown and Meadville since 1973, saving over $38 million in flood damages. Community leaders and residents, including Charles Lawrence and Mayor Jaime Kinder, commemorated the event, highlighting the dam's role in flood prevention and community recreation. Future projects aim to enhance the lake's facilities, including the restoration of the Bossard Nature Center. The celebration included placing items in a time capsule to be opened on the dam's 100th anniversary.

Bulletin from the annual general meeting 2023 in Kollect on Demand Holding AB (publ)

20 Jun 2023  |  www.tradingview.com
The annual general meeting of Kollect on Demand Holding AB (publ) took place on June 20, 2023, in Stockholm. Key resolutions included the adoption of financial statements, profit allocation, discharge of board members from liability, and re-election of board members and auditors. An incentive program for employees and authorization for the board to issue new shares and other financial instruments were also approved.

Genomic epidemiology of Mycobacterium bovis infection in sympatric badger and cattle populations in Northern Ireland

25 May 2023  |  microbiologyresearch.org
Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) is a complex, multi-host disease with significant economic impact. Whole-genome sequencing of 619 Mycobacterium bovis isolates from badgers and cattle in a Northern Ireland hotspot revealed that cattle are the primary drivers of the local epidemic, with more frequent transmission from cattle to badgers than vice versa. Genetic analysis of badger populations showed no significant correlation with the spatial distribution of M. bovis genetic diversity, indicating limited badger-to-badger transmission. The study suggests that while badgers play a minor role in disease transmission, their involvement may still be crucial for disease persistence. The findings highlight the context-dependent nature of M. bovis transmission dynamics and the challenges in generalizing the role of wildlife in disease spread.

Headwaters Highlights: Dam Safety Team Conducts Regular ‘Doctor Visits’ to Prevent Flooding Disasters

19 May 2023  |  DVIDS
Margaret Pelcher, a civil engineer, inspects the spillway tainter gates at Berlin Dam in Berlin Center, Ohio, as part of the Pittsburgh District's multidisciplinary dam safety team. This team, consisting of various engineering specialists, conducts regular inspections and maintains emergency action plans to ensure community safety in potential dam risk scenarios.

Dam Safety Team Conducts Regular ‘Doctor Visits’ to Prevent Flooding Disasters

19 May 2023  |  www.dvidshub.net
The Pittsburgh District's multidisciplinary dam safety team, which includes various engineering specialists, performs periodic inspections at all 16 reservoirs and 23 locks in the district. Civil engineer Margaret Pelcher was involved in an intermediate inspection at Berlin Center, Ohio, on May 19, 2023. The team also develops and maintains emergency action plans and collaborates with emergency managers and first responders to ensure community safety in dam risk scenarios.

Dam Safety Team Conducts Regular 'Doctor Visits' to Prevent Flooding Disasters

15 May 2023  |  DVIDS
The Pittsburgh District's multidisciplinary dam safety team, including engineers from various specialties, conducts periodic inspections at all 16 reservoirs and 23 locks in the district. On May 15, 2023, civil engineer Alex Diciro inspected Braddock Locks and Dam in Braddock, Pennsylvania. The team also develops and maintains emergency action plans and collaborates with emergency managers and first responders to protect communities against any dam-related risks.

Dam Safety Team Conducts Regular ‘Doctor Visits’ to Prevent Flooding Disasters

15 May 2023  |  dvidshub.net
The Pittsburgh District's multidisciplinary dam safety team, which includes engineers from various specialties, conducts periodic inspections at all 16 reservoirs and 23 locks in the district. Civil engineer Carolyn Wehner inspected the middle wall gallery at Braddock Locks and Dam on May 15, 2023. The team also develops and maintains emergency action plans and collaborates with emergency managers and first responders to protect communities against any dam-related risks.

EU gets cold feet over top job for Laura Codruta-Kovesi, scourge of Romania’s corrupt politicians

15 Jun 2019  |  www.thetimes.co.uk
Laura Codruta-Kovesi, Romania’s former top corruption prosecutor, who jailed numerous corrupt officials, faced significant backlash from the ruling elite, including being fired and banned from leaving the country. Despite these challenges, she continues to fight for her appointment as the European Union’s first chief prosecutor, highlighting the EU's hesitance in her appointment.

Battle for top EU jobs ‘like Game of Thrones with ugly people’

25 May 2019  |  www.thetimes.co.uk
The European Union is set to undergo a significant leadership change, with five key positions to be filled in the coming months. The process, described humorously as a 'Game of Thrones' scenario, is expected to be contentious, especially with the rise of populist parties in the European Parliament elections. The most notable appointment will be the successor to Jean-Claude Juncker as president of the European Commission.

Matteo Salvini is frontman of populist band ready to rock Europe

18 May 2019  |  www.thetimes.co.uk
Matteo Salvini, the Italian far-right leader, positioned himself as the head of Europe's growing populist movement during a rally in Milan's Piazza del Duomo. Representatives from ten different radical right parties across Europe joined him, advocating for anti-immigration policies and criticizing French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The event, marked by slogans like 'Italy first' and 'Common sense in Europe,' drew tens of thousands of supporters and passed peacefully through Milan's commercial center.

Hungary’s Viktor Orban faces ban from EU’s centre-right club

10 Mar 2019  |  www.thetimes.co.uk
Viktor Orban, Hungary's leader, is at risk of being expelled from the European People's Party (EPP) after a motion was forced onto the agenda of an upcoming EPP assembly. The move comes after Orban's Fidesz party launched a state-funded poster campaign in Hungary that accused Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, of being pro-migration. This has led to internal EPP factions considering at least a suspension of Fidesz, which could signal the formation of a new right-wing alliance within the EU.

Europe’s leaders may block extra time for Brexit

27 Jan 2019  |  www.thetimes.com
As the UK approaches Brexit day on March 29, EU leaders are considering how to respond to a likely British request for an extension. Some EU diplomats believe a delay is almost inevitable to avoid a no-deal exit, but there is skepticism about whether an extension would lead to a viable deal in the Commons. The article highlights the uncertainty and strategic considerations surrounding the Brexit deadline.

Romania corruption in spotlight as its EU presidency begins

20 Jan 2019  |  www.thetimes.co.uk
Liviu Dragnea, Romania's most powerful man and leader of the ruling Social Democratic Party, was conspicuously absent from the launch of the country's presidency of the European Union. Despite a public approval rating of only 5% and being a convicted vote fraudster barred from holding formal public office, Dragnea has maintained his influence, outlasting five prime ministers in five years. His absence at the EU presidency launch is seen as a defiant act by critics.

Ghost towns of Latvia try to woo young expats back

30 Dec 2018  |  www.thetimes.co.uk
Marciena, a small town in Latvia, has become a ghost town as young people have left since Latvia joined the EU and free movement became possible. Ausma Zarina, an 81-year-old retired teacher, reflects on the exodus from her hometown, spending Christmas away from her family who now live in Britain.

German elections: Greens dance into the light as Angela Merkel stumbles again

27 Oct 2018  |  www.thetimes.co.uk
Tarek Al-Wazir, a candidate with Yemeni heritage and local leader of the Greens, could become the minister-president of Hesse in the regional elections, signaling another setback for Chancellor Angela Merkel. The Greens are experiencing a surge of support in Germany, indicating a significant shift in the political landscape, particularly in regions like Hesse, known for Frankfurt and its cultural heritage.

Michel Barnier in control as EU27 agree obstacles are all in London

20 Oct 2018  |  www.thetimes.com
Michel Barnier's position as the EU's chief negotiator remains strong, with EU27 leaders expressing full confidence in his leadership during a recent summit. The leaders, including Donald Tusk and Angela Merkel, emphasized unity and the urgency of the Brexit situation, while Mateusz Morawiecki called for creative thinking to address the challenges.

Macedonia votes on turning to Europe amid Moscow meddling

30 Sep 2018  |  www.thetimes.co.uk
A referendum in Macedonia could result in the country being renamed North Macedonia, resolving a long-standing identity dispute with Greece and paving the way for EU and NATO membership. The deal faces opposition from nationalists in both countries and is influenced by Russian interests. The historical context of Alexander the Great and the ancient Greek province of Macedonia underscores the complexity of the issue.

Martin Selmayr’s Brexit no-deal doomsday plan

29 Sep 2018  |  www.thetimes.com
EU diplomats are expediting plans to manage potential chaos from a no-deal Brexit, fearing that upcoming summits may not yield an agreement with Britain. Martin Selmayr, the EU’s top civil servant, briefed ambassadors on contingency plans to maintain essential trade and travel if Brexit talks fail, particularly due to deadlock over the Irish border. The plan includes granting the European Commission special powers to coordinate emergency efforts within five days.

‘Brussels Monster’ Martin Selmayr lurks as successor to Jean-Claude Juncker is picked

08 Sep 2018  |  www.thetimes.co.uk
Martin Selmayr, known as the 'Brussels Monster', is a potential successor to Jean-Claude Juncker as European Commission president. Angela Merkel, who raised concerns in 2013, now seeks a German for the top EU job. The upcoming year will see a shift in leadership across four key EU institutions, influencing the bloc's approach to Brexit, migration, and internal tensions.

Liam Fox says there is a 60‑40 chance of no-deal Brexit

04 Aug 2018  |  www.thetimes.co.uk
Liam Fox, the international trade secretary, warns that Britain is likely to leave the European Union without a deal, estimating the chances at 60-40. He criticizes the European Commission for prioritizing EU rules over economic wellbeing, which he believes will result in a no-deal Brexit. Concerns are growing over the potential failure of negotiations, and Downing Street has not disclosed the outcomes of Theresa May's recent meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron regarding her Chequers plan for post-Brexit relations with the EU.

Mati fire: ‘I found the Irish bride, covered in ash in a Greek car boot, but alive’

28 Jul 2018  |  www.thetimes.com
Manos Tsaliagos, a 51-year-old firefighter, is celebrated for his heroic efforts in rescuing survivors during the wildfires in Mati, Greece, which claimed at least 87 lives. Among those he saved was Zoe Holohan, an Irishwoman on her honeymoon, found unconscious and covered in ash in the boot of a car. The article highlights the bravery and quick actions of Tsaliagos amidst the devastating fires.

Pressure to hire 10,000 guards for EU’s borders

07 Jul 2018  |  www.thetimes.com
EU ministers will be urged to expedite plans to deploy 10,000 border guards to manage migration at a summit in Austria. The 'axis of the willing,' comprising Italy, Austria, and Germany's interior minister, Horst Seehofer, will advocate for immediate action. Austria's vice-chancellor, Heinz-Christian Strache, emphasizes the urgency of strengthening Frontex, the EU border agency, which currently has 1,500 guards.

Angela Merkel on the brink in asylum stand-off

16 Jun 2018  |  www.thetimes.co.uk
Germany faces a potential political crisis as a significant rift within the conservative alliance may lead to the collapse of the government and the end of Angela Merkel's 13-year tenure as chancellor. The conflict centers around a disagreement over migration policies between Merkel and her interior minister, Horst Seehofer, who is considering implementing border controls in defiance of Merkel's more open refugee policy.

Slovenia scuttles right after election shock from ‘the Scorpion’, Janez Jansa

09 Jun 2018  |  www.thetimes.co.uk
Slovenia's recent elections have shifted the political landscape, with the Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) led by Janez Jansa, known for his anti-immigrant stance, winning 25% of the vote. This victory positions Jansa to initiate coalition talks and signals a potential rise of another radical right-wing government in Europe, as traditional conservative parties see a decline. Despite Slovenia's history as a peaceful nation, largely unaffected by the Balkan wars, it is now experiencing a populist movement.

Italian vow to eject migrants and break budget rules rattles EU

19 May 2018  |  www.thetimes.co.uk
Italy is poised to present a significant challenge to the European Union by planning to defy its budget regulations and expel half a million illegal migrants. These radical proposals, unprecedented in western Europe, have been endorsed by the Five Star Movement through an online poll and are being promoted by the right-wing League at public meetings. This development represents a potential shake-up of EU policy frameworks established since the 2008 financial crisis and the 2015 migrant crisis.

European leaders set to defy Jean-Claude Juncker by vowing to expel Russian agents

25 Mar 2018  |  www.thetimes.co.uk
European leaders are set to expel Russian spies across the continent in response to the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury. Despite initial resistance from figures such as Jean-Claude Juncker, Theresa May secured promises for concerted action during a summit that also addressed Brexit and Donald Trump's steel tariffs.

Austria in uproar after right‑wing police commander orders raids on intelligence staff

18 Mar 2018  |  www.thetimes.co.uk
Wolfgang Preiszler, a leading member of the right-wing Freedom Party (FPO) and head of a police unit, ordered raids on Austria's domestic intelligence agency BVT, leading to political uproar. The raids, which included seizing computer hard drives from BVT offices and staff homes, have sparked concerns that the FPO is attempting to control key parts of the intelligence service and weaken scrutiny of right-wing groups. This has resulted in a political scandal for Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, only three months into his tenure.

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