Kleinbrach: village life is on the brink of collapse

Kleinbrach: village life is on the brink of collapse

Commander matthias mahlmeister looks worried. The existence of his kleinbracher weir is endangered. If only because of the low team strength. Only eight active keep her at present the loyalty. The fire department association, which is also chaired by mahlmeister, has 70 members.

The fire department enriches village life. It organizes the mainbaumaufstellung, kesselfleischessen and federweibenabende; on all saints’ day, the comrades parade with torches at the cemetery. If there was no longer any of that, there was a lot missing in kleinbrach.

The framework conditions are difficult. The "schmankerlstube" guesthouse offered with its hall the only coarser event space in the kissing part of town. But the local only opens once a month, in the future maybe not even that anymore. The hall could no longer be available due to reconstruction work. And thus the only coarse event possibility in the place.

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A tough market: the reformers’ fight

A tough market: the reformers' fight

20 years ago, if you wanted to eat vegan, you had to go to a health food store. Neither were those who were dependent on gluten-free foods or simply wanted to live in a particularly health-conscious way. In the meantime, all this has become mainstream.

Healthy food and organic food are an unbroken trend. But of all people, the pioneers of yesteryear benefit little from it.

According to the reformhaus cooperative, the number of reformhausers in germany has more than halved over the past 20 years – from 2800 to around 1200 stores today. 900 of them are pure reformhausers, 300, for example, are pharmacies that, as licensees, are at the same time reformhausers and have a corresponding range of products. The industry’s turnover is around 670 million euros a year. "The reform house was forgotten a little bit at a time," says cooperative chairman rainer plum. "You lost sight of the customer."

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One in three wants to relax or abolish mandatory masks

One in three wants to relax or abolish mandatory masks

Another 14 percent of the 2056 respondents are in favor of a relaxation. To contain the coronavirus, it has been compulsory for weeks to wear a protective mouth-nose mask in public transport and when shopping. According to the federal center for health education, cloth masks offer no proven protection for the wearer, but can reduce the risk of droplet infection for others. Nevertheless, a minimum distance of 1.50 meters from other people should be maintained.

A clear majority of those questioned, however, was in favor of the obligation to wear a mask. 49 percent said the target should be maintained in its current form. 13 percent are in favor of extending it to other areas. More people in eastern germany advocated relaxation or abolition than in western germany.

Four out of five germans (81 percent) always comply with the mask requirement, according to their own statements, and a further 13 percent do so to some extent. Only two percent said they would not do it at all. Older people are more likely to follow the rules than younger people.

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Brexit: boris johnson wants ‘early christmas present’

Brexit: boris johnson wants 'early christmas present'

British prime minister boris johnson has warned of a further delay in the uk’s exit from the eu.

"Let’s deliver brexit"! Then we can concentrate fully on the priorities of the people of great britain," johnson shouted to his audience at the presentation of his conservative party’s election program in telford. The city in the west midlands had voted by a majority to leave the EU in the 2016 brexit referendum. Tory election manifesto offers a "vision for the future" of the country, the head of government says. The british elections on 12. December a new parliament.

Johnson promised billions in investment in the ailing national health service NHS, 20.000 additional police officers to fight crime and a points-based immigration system. He assured the british that he would not increase income tax, social security contributions or value-added tax to achieve it.

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Repair work on the “erh 5” wind turbine near hochstadt: work at a height of 140 meters

repair work on the 'erh 5' wind turbine near hochstadt: work at a height of 140 meters

It takes seven minutes for cem baydar to get into the elevator of the ERH 5 wind turbine driving all the way to the top in lonnerstadt. 140 meters into the air. From there, baydar and his colleagues reach the inside of the rotor blades. The rotor blade must be horizontal in the air so that the workers can walk into it. At the widest point – the blades are slightly tapered – the blade has a diameter of 2.40 meters. Two workers fit in the elevator, one keeps an eye on the ground. They are connected to each other via radios.

If the elevator fails, the workers climb up a ladder inside the wind turbine. For this, they secure themselves on the ladder rungs, and protective suits, helmets and safety shoes are mandatory anyway. Climbing takes a lot of strength and concentration. It takes up to 20 minutes for a worker to reach the top, depending on how fit he is. In between, there are always platforms where he can take a short rest.

For cem baydar and his colleagues serhiy kunst and dirk sperling, it’s a daily routine. They have been working onshore (wind farms on the ground) and offshore (wind farms in the sea) for many years. "If you are afraid, you can’t work", says dirk sperling, his colleagues nod. Every year they have to pass new training and health tests for the job.

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Hesse votes, berlin trembles

Hesse votes, berlin trembles

It’s another fateful election for the chancellor and her rough coalition. As much as angela merkel and andrea nahles have tried to steer the focus away from berlin in the final spurt to the hesse election.

When voters decide today whether merkel supporter volker bouffier (CDU) can remain prime minister, the future of the CDU leader and possibly her SPD colleague is at stake. And whether merkel’s fourth term in office will burst in its first year after two government crises – because the SPD no longer sees any future in the coalition.

After the bavarian elections two weeks ago, the coalition partners in berlin, the union and the SPD, were allowed to crash again in hesse – polls predict a drop of around 10 percentage points. It may well remain open for months as to who will be prime minister and which color constellation will lead the country in the future. Calls for renewal could not be silenced in either the union or the SPD. The most important scenarios after the hesse elections:

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The past in the frame

The past in the frame

Johannes schlereth the coincidence played eugen reiter from reichenbach a special memory piece into the hand. While cleaning up the attic, he discovered two rolls of parchment. The content: the war chronicle of his grandfather stephan back, who fought as a soldier in the first world war. An important memento for his grandson, since he only has a wedding picture from 1902 as a souvenir.

"The story of my grandfather has been on my mind since I retired", says rider. "That’s about ten years." During this period he went in search of clues. "My mother told me all about him back then", the reichenbacher names the starting point of his research. Because of the war experiences his grandfather did not tell anything all his life. Clarity about his military career and the various places of deployment was provided by the war chronicle.

Over 100 years old

The heavy paper neatly lists in black ink where back was and when on the western front. In january 1916, the military drafted the rhoner at the age of 38. After about six months of training, he was sent to the front. The late recruitment had a happy coincidence in store for him: it enabled him to avoid the mission in the blood mud of verdun.

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