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Breivik applies to study political science at Oslo University

Norway's homegrown terrorist Anders Behring Breivik has applied to study politics at the University of Oslo, triggering fevered debate among university staff, who look likely to be forced to accept him.

Breivik applies to study political science at Oslo University
Breivik in court: Scanpix
During his trial last year, friends of the far-Right extremist pointed to his decision to drop out of high school before graduating,  despite higher than average grades, as a key turning point in his pathway to extremism. 
 
Knut Bjarkeid, the director at Ila Prison, where Breivik is serving a 21-year sentence, said he would encourage such a move. 
 
"The prison will always try to pave the way for inmates to get a formal education, so that they are able to get a job when they come out," he told Norway's TV 2 channel. 
 
However, several members of teaching staff at the department of Political Science, who wished to remain anonymous, told the channel that they would refuse to teach the far-Right extremist. 
 
Ole Petter Ottersen, the University's Rector, said:  "I understand that there will be reactions. It is human."
 
But he explained that the University would assess Breivik's application on its own merits. 
 
"We cannot refuse anyone the chance of studying at the University of Oslo," he said.  "We have to follow the technical rules for admission." 
 
Thomas Hylland Eriksen, a professor of Social Anthropology at the University, who Breivik demonises as a leading "cultural marxist", said he believed the terrorist should be allowed to study. 
 
"It is Breivik's right to get an education just like everybody else's, but that it should by no means be obvious that he should be allowed to leave the prison where he is incarcerated in order to attend lectures," he said. 
 
Breivik killed 77 people and wounded 242 others when he detonated a bomb in central Oslo and then opened fire at a Labour party youth camp in July 2011. 
 

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Have Oslo’s new electric scooter rules reduced accidents?

New rules were brought in to combat the sharp rise in accidents and injuries involving electric scooters in Oslo. But, one month later, have the new regulations done the job?  

Have new rules had an impact on the number of accidents involving scooters in Oslo. Pictured it two e-scooters parked outside a

New rules brought in to cut down on the number of e-scooter accidents in Norway’s capital appear to have had the desired effect as incidents were more halved in September, when the rules were introduced, compared to the month before. 

This is according to figures from Oslo University Hospital’s (OUS) emergency department that have been obtained by newspaper Aftenposten

The Emergency Medical Service in Oslo registered 143 injuries in connection with electric scooters in September. In August, the month before measures were brought in, there were 301 injuries.’

Compared to the peak of accidents in June, where 436 injuries were recorded, incidents are down by almost two-thirds. 

“We are very happy. This is what we hoped for,” Henrik Siverts, chief physician at OUS’s emergency department, told the newspaper Aftenposten

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Among the new stricter rules introduced for rental scooters, which included significantly cutting the number of devices in the city, was a curfew that prevented people from using them between 11pm and 5am. 

Siverts said that the curfew had a dramatic effect in reducing accidents at night. 

“Unsurprisingly, accidents have gone down at night time. What injuries we do get at night are probably people who privately own their scooters. But accidents have also gone down during the day, too,” he explained.  

Just eight injuries were recorded in September at night, compared to just under 100 in August. 

Over the summer, a surge in accidents meant accident and emergency departments in Oslo were forced to have more staff on during weekends. Still, as a result of the reduction in scooter accidents, staffing has now returned to normal. 

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