Rolling Stones set for high-priced Oslo gig

The Rolling Stones are planning to perform in Oslo this summer as part of their latest 14 On Fire world tour.

Rolling Stones set for high-priced Oslo gig
Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones in concert at Valle Hovin in Oslo on Wednesday evening. Photo: Stian Lysberg Solum / Scanpix
The ageing band of rockers are set to appear at the Telenor Arena in Bærum on May 26, in their only appearance in Norway, concert organizers confirmed on Monday.
Featuring 70-year-olds Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, 72, and Ron Wood, 66, the band is still commanding hefty admission prices for their performances.
Tickets, which go on sale at 9am on Friday, could cost a whopping  2,500 kroner ($417) for those seeking a seat, based on  the price reported for tickets in Switzerland 
Based on these prices, standing room tickets could go for more than a thousand kroner. 
The band recently postponed until the autumn concerts in Australia and New Zealand scheduled for this month and in April following the suicide last week of Jagger’s girlfriend L’Wren Scott in New York City.
Jagger flew to the US from Australia to make arrangements for the funeral of L’Wren, a fashion designer with whom he had a 13-year relationship, in Los Angeles.
The leader singer had earlier commented on the Rolling Stones website about how he was looking forward to the European leg of the tour from May to July, which includes dates in Berlin (June 10th), Düsseldorf (June 19th) and Rome (June 22nd).
“I can’t wait for the tour to hit Europe,” Jagger said.
“It’s great time of the year to be playing and tour is a good mix of festivals, stadiums and arenas.”
Concerts at the Pinkpop Festival in Langraaf, the Netherlands (June 7th) and the TW Classic Festival in Werchter, Belgium (June 28th), have already sold out.
Others have been announced for Lisbon (May 29th), Zurich (June 1) and Tel Aviv (June 4th). 
The Tel Aviv date will mark the first time the Stones have performed in Israel.
The Rolling Stones have played eight concerts in Norway before, most recently in August 2007.

Band members have publicly acknowledged disappointment over the disruption to the world tour caused by Scott’s death.
“This is such terrible news and right now the important thing is that we are pulling together to offer Mick our support and help through this sad time,” guitarist Wood said in a statement on the band’s website.
“Without a doubt we intend to back on that stage as soon as we can.”

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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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