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by Euro Reporter
2008-02-29 09:00:10
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Only Austria, Denmark meet EU carbon deadline

Of the five EU countries issued EU Allowances (EUAs) only Austria and Denmark have successfully met a deadline to allocate their industry permits to emit carbon dioxide, the European Union's executive Commission said, likely delaying a 2008 carbon spot market. Britain and the Czech Republic have said they will not allocate EUAs, while the Commission said it was unsure about Finland's plans.


The EU's carbon trading scheme is the 27 nation bloc's main strategy to fight climate change, and sets an overall cap on permits to emit the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) to energy-intensive industry, but allows companies to trade these EU Allowances (EUAs) among themselves.

Once again it is positive to see countries taking pro-active steps to combat climate change, but it is a shame that the steps resemble more of a drunken shuffle.

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Schwarzenegger Reclaims Army Tank for the Kids


According to the Associated Press, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will offer inner city children in the Los Angeles area an opportunity to ride in an Austrian army tank, as an incentive for being drug-free and staying in school.

Schwarzenegger asked Motts Military Museum in Groveport, Ohio to return the tank to him for this reason. The Governor originally acquired the M47 American-made tank from the Austrian government. He had it shipped to Florida, where it was then transported to a shopping mall in Columbus, for the opening of a Planet Hollywood in 1999. The tank was placed in the museum in 2000.

A tank! The solution to school safety in the US has been sitting in an Ohio museum, although it's unclear whether the tank uses more or less fuel than Governor Schwarzenegger's Humvee.

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Match replayed after referee error


An Austrian football league match will be replayed after the referee made a mistake in whistling for a penalty kick to be taken before the goalkeeper was ready.

Rapid Vienna, who lost 2-1 to Altach last weekend, contested Altach's first goal, as their goalkeeper had his back to goal as the ball flew into the net, contravening FIFA rule 14.
The league said the referee had admitted his mistake and a new date would be set for the rematch.

I couldn't believe my eyes when I read this, it is extraordinary and I don't think I've ever seen it before - a referee admitted his mistake!

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Vienna turns Ferris wheel into giant Euro promo


Exactly 100 days before the kick-off of the Euro 2008 football championships, Vienna covered its Riesenrad, a giant Ferris wheel, in a 2,000-square-metre net sporting tournament logos. Organizers said they hoped to raise the anticipation of the event by branding the 65-metre wheel, one of the Austrian capital's most famous sights.

Covering the wheel in the burgundy signature colours of the Euro is only one of many measures aimed at raising the still lacklustre atmosphere in the capital. It remains to be seen whether those truly gigantic efforts can fire up Austrian Euro-sourpusses in time for the tournament kick-off on June 7.

It's unlikely that covering London's Millennium Eye in a 2,000-square-metre net with a naked photo of Jessica Alba would trigger any English interest in this year's Euro Championships.

    
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Emanuel Paparella2008-02-29 12:30:55
Schwarzenegger's ploy is reminiscent of Roberto Benigni's movie Life is Beautiful. Benigni should sue him for plagiarism .


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