Free and outside in bad kissingen

Free and outside in bad kissingen

Since last autumn the planning for the admission-free open-air is running. "After the festival is before the festival, says stierstorfer, who is now in charge of organizing the festival for the second time – since the retirement of long-time head tobias schneider. And there is a lot to organize: the logistics have to be planned and countless band applications have to be listened through. People have to be organized, work plans have to be drawn up, and – very importantly – the financing has to be in place.

Worry about the weather

"it is already difficult to finance all this only by some sponsors and the beverage sales. And if the weather is as bad as it was last year, things look very bleak", says stierstorfer – at the time, hail and thunderstorms had pushed visitor numbers down significantly. In 2013, the responsible person and his helpers hope for better weather and thus for significantly more visitors.

A colorful program

in any case, the program is a colorful mix. As usual the lineup consists mainly of bands from the lower franconian region. The band soundladen comes from bad kissingen and had their first gig at the u&d last year. In the meantime, the boys and girls have already played a lot of gigs and were able to survive several rounds of the newcomer band contest emergenza, which led them to the batschkapp (that’s a rock club) in frankfurt.

Also taking part are, for example, the ska-punkers from rafiki, the rockabilly band surfin’ safari or the munich four-women-indie-rock-band candelilla. The "godzilla was a friend of mine" formation are old veterans and have played the u&d stages several times already. In addition to the bands mentioned above, 21 other bands will play on the two "umsonst-und-drauben" stages – so there should be something to suit almost every musical taste.

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Winter road maintenance and church renovation keep theinfeld people busy

In theinfeld took place this year the first of the citizens’ meeting of the municipality of thundorf. Mayor egon kloffel was pleased with the great interest in the event, which was held in the musikheim.

The most important topic was the clearing and gritting plan of the municipality. "What’s got into you ?", a citizen asked the councillors. The plan envisages that in the event of light snowfall, which according to some visitors may well vary from one part of the municipality to another, only intersections, slopes and access to public buildings will be cleared by the winter road clearance service. If necessary, the remaining roads, paths and squares should also be cleared and gritted when the snow reaches a height of eight centimeters or on the orders of the municipality.

"Even the bus driver who takes the children to school complains that the bus stop is not cleared", says erich thain. The fact that this winter it has mostly snowed a lot on the weekends, as kloffel points out, is not accepted by the citizens as justification. Another question on this subject was the sensitive issue of liability for damages in the event of accidents on uncleared public areas.

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Focus on the elderly

At the meeting of the stockheim municipal council on monday, which was again held in the zecherhalle in neukenroth for corona reasons, the spokespersons of the recently newly founded senior citizens’ working group (ag) presented the team, their approach and their working style in cooperation with the municipal council.

Mayor rainer detsch affirmed that the seniors’ working group is a body that has been elected by the municipal council and is made up of very committed idealists with members from all seven districts, some of whom can look back on decades of voluntary work and thus have a feeling for where the shoe pinches. The two senior spokespersons, hans parnickel from burggrub and rainer kraus from stockheim, both over 80 years old, presented their ideas for future cooperation with great self-confidence.

Leaders

Parnickel was a teacher and served from student representative to the national executive board of the education and science union. Rainer kraus, former self-employed management consultant and chairman of tsv stockheim for a quarter of a century, also made clear his desire not only to put wishes or demands on paper. He wanted, as he was accustomed to in his job, to have the discussed matters translated into action as quickly as possible. This must also be possible in a municipality.

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Volkach budget stands at 25.3 million euros

Volkach budget stands at 25.3 million euros

The brooding was worthwhile – and this does not mean feathered offspring in view of the spring weather, but the preparation of the volkach city council for the 2019 budget at the seminar in schley . Over the weekend, the men and women had worked out the figures, which they passed without much excitement at the meeting on monday evening. Only the members of the citizens’ list refused to vote for the budget, which – similar to 2018 – has a volume of 25.3 million euros.

A good 19 million euros are planned in the administrative budget, into which, among other things, tax revenues (trade, land, income) flow and from which current expenses such as the contributions for the district (3.6 million euros), personnel costs (3.7 million euros) and for the administrative community and school association (1.9 million euros) are paid. In addition, almost 2.4 million euros are transferred from the administrative budget to the property budget, which comprises 6.3 million euros. Among other things, the city wants to use this money to buy land for possible new construction areas (2.6 million euros), to start the village renewal in krautheim (400,000 euros) or to expand the kindergarten in obervolkach (500,000 euros).

Tourism levy called for again

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500 Million euros more for train stations and bridges

500 million euros more for train stations and bridges

To this end, unused funds will be reallocated to new construction projects that would otherwise have been used for roads, as federal transport minister peter ramsauer (csu) and railroad boss rudiger grube explained in berlin on friday. In order to be able to use the money quickly, preliminary plans have already been made in some cases.

In view of the great need for modernization in its nearly 34,000-kilometer network, the federally owned group is basically pressing for more money. "Only if we succeed in investing more money in the existing network will we be able to maintain and increase the competitiveness of the rail system," said grube. According to earlier figures, the railroad would need at least 1.2 billion euros more per year.

Grube has brought up the idea of setting up a fund into which profits from the rail network subsidiary and a larger share of the dividend of more than 500 million euros that bahn pays to the federal government each year would flow. Ramsauer and grube did not comment on this on friday. However, the rail boss explained that he wanted to achieve more transparency. This could also counter accusations that the railroad would use profits from the network to buy terminals in china, for example.

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City council decides to demolish the cemetery barn in marktbreit

City council decides to demolish the cemetery barn in marktbreit

"The cemetery barn has been with us for years, and there are very different views on it," argued, marktbreit’s mayor erich hegwein initiated the discussion about the building. Just as the opinions of the citizens differed, so did the motions submitted by council members werner hund (spd) and harald damm . While hund had big plans for the old building, damm applied for its demolition.

Hund wanted to preserve and gut the building, create rental apartments and possibly rooms for the town, and a parking garage on the first floor. He also felt it was the city’s responsibility to preserve the historic structure. Years ago, an architect estimated that it would cost 400,000 euros to strip the building down to its foundation walls. That would be a lot of money for "just a few parking spaces and something around it", argued dog.

Opposing motions

Damm thought that the parking spaces for visitors to the cemetery made sense, but did not want to spend enormous sums on rebuilding them. Herbert biebelriether judged the building substance as not particularly good and wanted to invest only in the parking lots, which should be available only for the cemetery visitors, but not for tenants.

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Russia also wants to label media as “agents

Russia also wants to label media as 'agents

Many newspapers, magazines and internet portals are “interfering in politics and spreading propaganda on behalf of foreign powers,” two deputies from the ruling party united russia told the newspaper izvestia.

The “agent” stigma is to apply to media that receive more than 50 percent of their funding from abroad. The state duma in moscow will discuss the initiative in september, it said. Kremlin opponents criticized the plan as a further step toward undermining freedom of opinion and speech.

“unfortunately, the initiative fits the scheme,” a senior employee of a german publishing house told the dpa news agency in moscow. After recent steps against non-governmental organizations, action against the critical press would be “the next logical step,” stressed the man, who did not wish to be named.

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Air filters are in demand

Air filters are in demand

With the onset of the cold season, ventilation becomes more difficult as an important weapon against the spread of the coronavirus. Several federal states therefore want to promote high-quality mobile indoor air filters for classrooms. There are also corresponding demands from federal politics. For restaurants or offices, such devices could also be interesting. Demand is increasing, but could the industry supply at all, or are shortages looming, as with protective masks and respirators in the spring?

Since the beginning of the corona pandemic, several companies have developed mobile air filtration systems to combat viruses. These also include trotec from heinsberg in north rhine-westphalia and wolf from mainburg in bavaria. Both companies have noticed a clear increase in demand and rising delivery times.

The waiting time at trotec was three to four weeks, at wolf three. Alexandra goertz, managing director at trotec, is confident that the industry will be able to meet demand even in a boom – albeit with some waiting time, as she says. At wolf, the production capacity is expected to be around 1,000 units per week, with an estimated potential demand of 40,000 to 50,000 for schools in germany alone.

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Eight up-and-coming actors from the hacker stage earn great applause

Eight up-and-coming actors from the hacker stage earn great applause

What do young people do when they’re bored in a small town?? They hang around, a disco visit is considered, but without a pick-me-up this does not work for some of them. The youth ensemble of the hackerbuhne took on this problematic topic with "freitagnacht" by stephan greve, directed by karin bohm. The eight performers in the german carnival academy showed their skills in a brilliant and carefree manner.

The audience was carried away by the story: david (tim braunbeck), the only one with a car, drives the friends tanja (franziska jenkner), biene (britta neuerer), nina (tatjana jensen), tom (erik neuerer) and sven (nico theib) to the "air", a disco nearby, and beforehand he got some pick-me-ups from a dealer (lia kunze).

When they have an accident on the way home and a police officer (also lia kunze) finds out that they have a high alcohol content, the mess really starts. Nina, the only one seriously injured, ends up in hospital. Friends blame david for everything and want to sue him. Only eva (anna-lena schwab) sticks to it.

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Ecb lowers key interest rate to record low in fight against crisis

ECB lowers key interest rate to record low in fight against crisis

"We are ready to act if necessary," ecb president mario draghi reiterated on thursday after the foreign affairs meeting of the central bank’s governing council in bratislava, slovakia.

This makes central bank money in the euro area cheaper for banks than at any time since the introduction of the common currency in 1999. In addition, banks can borrow unlimited amounts of fresh money from the ecb until at least the beginning of july 2014. The interest rate for money that banks park overnight at the ecb remains unchanged at zero percent.

Monetary watchdogs hope that the financial industry will pass on the cheap money in the form of loans to businesses and consumers. So far, this has not worked to the extent expected – even though interest rates in the euro area have been extremely low since july 2012 and the ecb has also been helping banks with long-term loans at extremely favorable conditions. The other side of the coin for consumers: low central bank interest rates are also associated with very low interest rates for savings accounts, for example.

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