Austrian apples and pears make best vodka

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Culinary Guide

The best vodka does not come from Russia – it comes from Austria according to judges at the “International Wine and Spirits Competition” which was held at the Guildhall in London recently. They judged the award-winning vodka produced by Josef Farthofer from Öhling in the Mostviertel as the prize-winning worldbeater – and it achieved top […]

Russian banking top dog about to grab VBI

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Finance

A Russian institute has got one step closer to acquiring the international branch of one of Austria’s biggest banks. Bosses of Volksbank AG (ÖVAG) and Moscow-based Sberbank signed a declaration of intent about a takeover of Volksbank International (VBI) yesterday (Thurs). The teams of negotiators refused to reveal an envisaged takeover price. Business newspapers claim […]

Flopped bank robbery in Upper Austria

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General News

Five would-be bank robbers were arrested after courageous clerks challenged them.Staff at the branch in Oberwang, Upper Austria, got involved in a scuffle with the gang, police said today (Fri) about yesterday’s failed robbery.The wannabe bank robbers aged between 17 and 24 – were caught a few minutes after the incident only a few kilometres […]

Bungling bank robber nabbed

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A hapless criminal was collared as he tried to rob a bank – while police attended the branch on other grounds.Police officers called by clerks after the handbag of an elderly woman was stolen moments after she had left the bank in Vienna’s Mariahilf district with a large amount of cash yesterday afternoon (Thurs).When checking […]

BA to offer SmartBanking

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Finance

Bank Austria (BA) bosses have revealed plans to introduce a service based on the functions of mobile phones of the latest generation.BA private customer’s head of agendas Rainer Hauser said today (Tues) customers will be able to use the programme called SmartBanking with their smartphones over the internet, but also via post and fax.The model […]

Bogus inspector fools landlords

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A fake gastronomy industry official has tricked several publicans into handing over fines, it has emerged.The elderly man – who claims to be an inspector assigned by the Burgenland branch of the Federal Economy Chamber (WKO) – succeeded by ordering bar owners and restaurant bosses in the district of Güssing to pay 150 Euros each […]

Firemen free kid from tree

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General News

A four-year-old boy had to be rescued by fire-fighters after he had climbed up an oak tree in St. Marien near Linz, Upper Austria, yesterday (Thurs).The kid cried for help after his foot got stuck in a forked branch. His worried mum called firemen who cut off one branch to free the child.The boy was […]

Robbers blow up cash machine

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Criminals may have escaped with thousands of Euros after blasting a cash terminal in Vienna-Favoriten this morning (Mon).Authorities in the federal capital said today that a woman living nearby called the police after she was woken up by the blast at around 3am. Policemen found the entrance of the Raiffeisen branch smashed and the cash […]

Massive damage as Advent wreath catches fire

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Around 20,000 Euros of damages were caused at a bank branch in Gödersdorf, Carinthia, when an Advent wreath caught fire at the weekend.Staff forgot to turn off the plastic wreath’s electric candles when going home on Friday evening. A patrolling policeman noticed the smoke coming out of the building the next day. He called the […]

Politician ‘threatened son with rifle’

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A Freedom Party (FPÖ) official has been arrested for threatening his son with a rifle, according to reports.Viennese newspaper Heute reports today (Tues) that Valentin Silberstein, head of the rightist party’s branch in Traismauer, Lower Austria, was put in custody for firing shots with his Winchester rifle at a company estate in Grafenwörth in the […]