Morning Briefing – Tuesday, July 30

The Copenhagen Post’s daily digest of what the Danish press is reporting

Record number of applications for continuing education

Over 88,000 students will find out today if they have earned a place in their first choice for further education at the nation’s universities and technical schools. With some of the most popular courses of study like international business and microbiology accepting only students with the very highest grades, over 20,000 students will be disappointed when they open their envelopes. Educators pointed out that for those students who do not receive their first choice, there are many other disciplines with open spots available come September.

Man stabbed, crooks take off on his moped

A 42-year-old man is in hospital after being stabbed in Copenhagen last night. Police are looking for three men who attacked the victim in northwest Copenhagen late last night and then fled the scene on the victim’s moped. The man was stabbed twice, once in the stomach. The man was treated for his injuries and police said that he is in stable condition. Police said that the men fled in the direction of Tingbjerg and that they had no reason to believe at this time that the incident was gang-related. – Jyllands-Posten 

Coke full of more than just bubbles

Coca-Cola may be world-class at marketing its product, but it has a hard time complying with Danish and European marketing rules while doing so. Forbrugerombudsmanden, the consumer ombudsman, found that the soft drink giant had committed nine violations of marketing standards. Among them were misleading customers, making false claims and not making changes after being made aware of violations. The ombudsman focused on Coke’s claims that it had reduced its CO2 footprint by making changes to its iconic bottle, saying that the company provided no documentation to back up its claim and then refused to remove it from advertising materials when requested to do so. – Berlingske

Screaming seagulls annoying city dwellers

The growing number of seagulls moving into urban areas is garnering complaints from residents who say that the noise of the screeching birds is keeping them awake and the mess that they leave behind is making them sick. A Facebook group called 'Gulls out of Aarhus' gained 1,500 likes in a short time and the gulls are seen as a growing problem everywhere. Until now, only homeowners, housing associations and companies could apply for permits to do battle with the winged nuisances, but the environmental agency Naturstyrelsen has now given some councils permission to deal with the problem.  The Danish Ornithological Society said that cities bring the gull problem upon themselves by building more and more along coastlines and harbours and by not keeping the streets free of the garbage that seagulls feed on. – DR News

Former Mohammed cartoon protester apologises

One of the one of the most vocal and strident voices during the Mohammed cartoon crisis in 2006 said that he now regrets his role in the controversy. Ahmed Akkari, the former spokesperson for the Muslim faith group Det Islamiske Trossamfund, now says that he regrets his trip to the Middle East in which he encouraged violence in response to the cartoons. Akkari, who now works as a private consultant, distanced himself from what he said was Islam’s negative view of women and its approach to grabbing power in the Middle East. – TV2 News