Enjoyment with a drop of bitterness

The lake stage was a wonderful place for a summer serenade. The singing society liederkranz vestenbergsgreuth had invited to the idyllic garden of the culture cafe. Many listeners had accepted the invitation. The guests dispersed in groups at the cozy places. Under shady trees and pavilions, amidst flowers and greenery, it is pleasant to enjoy coffee and cake on this summer day. From the lake came the music of the village musicians and the guitar group "saitengwerch". From the neighboring communities, the lonnerstadt choir and the schornweisach choir had come to the concert. Classical choruses and beautiful old folk songs were mostly what fit so well in this environment. But also "money, money" from abba, sung by the schornweisach singing group, was well received by the audience.

Liederkranz chairwoman katharina fochler was pleased to be able to bury group chairwoman emilie meier and her husband manfred as well as group choir director ingrid geyer among the guests. Of course, mayor helmut lottes and his wife did not miss the serenade either.

How to go on now?

However, there was a drop of bitterness in the beautiful musical summer afternoon: it was the farewell concert for friedemann grau, the long-time musical director of the vestenbergsgreuth choir. "Yes, we no longer have a choir director", regretted the liederkranz chairwoman katharina fochler. The choir currently consists of 18 singers. 2007 already saw the celebration of the choir’s 100th anniversary.

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Terrorist group abu sayyaf kills dutch hostage

Terrorist group abu sayyaf kills dutch hostage

The 59-year-old was shot as he tried to flee during a firefight. His body was found in the municipality of patikul, about a thousand kilometers south of the capital manila. The dutchman had been in the hands of abu sayyaf since february 2012 – longer than any other hostage before.

The group has made headlines several times in the past decades with kidnappings and killings of foreigners, including germans. According to an army spokesman, the dutchman tried to escape during a firefight between militars and abu sayyaf members. Six suspected islamists were killed, the spokesman said. Two soldiers had suffered gunshot wounds.

The man from groningen was abducted together with a swiss and their philippine driver when the three wanted to go bird watching in the province of tawi-tawi. The filipino was able to escape shortly afterwards, the swiss two years later.

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Ba-chef calls for hartz iv reform

Ba-chef calls for hartz iv reform

This is what scheele told the "rheinische post. There should also be uniform rules for the imputation of assets. "This was going to make our job a lot easier and less money had to be shifted into the administrative budget," said scheele.

Scheele reminded the audience that the benefit is actually called basic security. "That’s exactly it: it’s the last safeguard that the state provides when someone can no longer help themselves."

Federal labor minister hubertus heil (SPD), meanwhile, wants to "detoxify" the debate about hartz IV, in his own words. "Both are wrong: both the occasional claim that all long-term unemployed people are lazy, which is still made, and the position that duties to cooperate violate human dignity," heil told the "berliner zeitung" newspaper. There will also be sanctions in the future. However, he advocated two changes. "The fact that the cost of housing is used for sanctions, unsettles many in times when housing is scarce. We shouldn’t do that," said heil. He also considers the tightened sanctions against young people to be wrong.

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Rhon dairy farmers demand fair prices

Rhon dairy farmers demand fair prices

The federal association of german dairy farmers (BDM) is sounding the alarm. On the occasion of today's milk day, numerous protest actions took place across germany on sunday, in which dairy farmers drew attention to the enormous drop in milk prices in particular. So too in the bad kissinger fubganger zone. The BDM district association held a vigil at the corner of ludwigstrasse and lower marktstrasse. "We want to inform and make people aware that a lot of things are wrong, says BDM district vice chairman alfred greubel. With a tractor, transparencies and a cow, they secured the attention of passers-by.

Less money in rural areas
The farmers complain that they have to sell their milk too cheaply on the market and they fear that the prices will rise even more further decline. "In january, we had a cost development similar to that of the terrible milk crisis of 2009", says the organic dairy farmer from elfershausen. To the 1. On april, the european union also scrapped the milk quota, which had previously regulated milk production and guaranteed stable prices for farmers.

The development also has an impact in the district. The current milk price is ten cents below the previous year's level, greubel calculates. 32 million liters are produced annually in the county. "That is 3.2 million euros that are missing in the rural area. The farmers here can't spend any more", the farmer says.
The price for a liter of conventional milk is currently 30 cents. That doesn't leave much for farmers, greubel says. Just to pay for the variable costs, such as the feed for the cows and the electricity for the barn, 26 cents per liter is necessary. "There is still no work paid", says greubel. "The dairies have already announced to go down by three to four cents." This is where things get critical for farmers.

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Gobweinsteiner discuss sud bypass

Gobweinsteiner discuss sud bypass

With around 50 burgers, the SPD event on the gobweinstein bypass in the scheffel inn was very well attended. SPD spokesmen jurgen kranzlein, georg bauernschmidt, bernhard vogel and ferdinand haselmeier said there was no alternative to the sudan bypass for further successful development.

Not all, but the vast majority of the participants in the meeting felt the same way after the presentation of the routes by mayor hanngorg zimmermann (BMG). First plans for sud bypass date back to 1974.

The architect franz neuner from hollfeld came to the conclusion more than 40 years ago that a bypass would solve all traffic problems in gobweinstein. At that time, neuner even planned a tunnel with underground parking under the basilica or a cable car from behringersmuhle to the main town.

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Highest penalty so far: gun handler sentenced for munich rampage

Highest penalty so far: gun handler sentenced for munich rampage

It is the climax of an emotional trial in munich: the man who sold the gun for the munich rampage was sentenced to seven years in prison on friday. It is, according to the munich public prosecutor's office, the highest penalty ever for an illegal gun trafficker. For the bereaved families of the nine fatal victims, this changes little.

Munich rampage: gun dealer confesses and apologizes to victims
for 21 days, the survivors of the nine victims of the munich rampage faced off against the 33-year-old man who had given the gun to the shooter for his bloody deed of 22 years ago. July 2016 sold. David S., the man who ran amok, shot himself shortly afterwards and thus escaped responsibility. For more than 100 hours, philipp K. Sat in the dock at the munich regional court., his gun dealer. Most of the time he remained impassive and silent.

He breaks his silence at the verdict

On friday, the day of the sentencing, the 33-year-old man from marburg breaks his silence: "i'm sorry, i never wanted this", he says in the direction of the survivors. But most of the 25 members of the jury do not hear these words anymore. They left the courtroom in unison, even before the two defenders of the native kolner had begun with their pladoyers. And so judge frank zimmer also speaks his verdict a few hours later in front of almost empty benches of the nebenklage.

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