Naomi Hunt

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Naomi Hunt is a managing editor at Metropole, with roots in the U.S. and Malaysia that have long been buried under Austrian soil. She previously served as a program manager at the International Dialogue Centre (KAICIID) and was a Senior Press Freedom Adviser at the International Press Institute (IPI).
measles

Measles Keeps Rearing Its Ugly Head

Nearly twice as many cases were reported by mid-August as in all of 2019 – a quarter of which have resulted in hospitalization.
homeless

North Vienna Gets Its First Daytime Shelter for the Homeless

Nord_light in Vienna’s 22nd District will provide shelter, beds, food, laundry and showers – the first such offer north of the Donau.
wolves

The Return of Wolves and Bears in Austria

The reappearance of apex predators in the alps have some calling for a cull; but environmentalists decry the “scaremongering” and call for more electric fences.
retail

Tough Times for Austria‘s Retail Sector

One in three Austrian retailers booked losses in 2017/2018, new research shows – as did every second book, jewelry and watch dealer. Still longer-term trends are positive.
blood

Red Cross Sanguine in Blood Drive Dispute

The Austrian Red Cross has called for a law to be lifted that requires a medical doctor to be present at blood drives; the Medical Chamber disagrees
e-scooter

E-Scooter Troubles

Electric scooters offer a fast and affordable means to zip around town – but as with other new tech, there are growing pains.
innsbruck

Bomb Threat Leads to Shootout Near Innsbruck

A caller’s threat to the Altstadt in Innsbruck on Wednesday led to a wide-ranging evacuation and shootout between the alleged caller and police.
uber

Uber’s Last-Ditch Petition to Avoid Taxi Rules

A new law would impose standardized cab fares on ride-hailing services Uber and Holmi – which they and the NEOS say undermines fair competition.
WKÖ

Creative Bookkeeping at the WKO

The Vienna Chamber of Commerce has been “hiding” payments to retirees as non-profit contributions, while the Chamber says the auditors knew about it all along.