Online car-sharing agency blablacar launches in germany

This is the tenth country in which the company, founded in france in 2006, is active, managing director olivier bremer told the dpa news agency.

Blablacar also wanted to benefit from the decision of the german market driver mitfahrgelegenheit.De profit to charge an agency fee. "It would be a shame for the idea of the carpooling service if people only used long-distance buses in the future because of it," bremer said.

Blablacar now wants to build a community in germany that connects drivers and riders so that people with the same interests can get together for shared rides. The name of the provider is an allusion to the language in the vehicle: the users indicate whether they are rather taciturn or talkative.

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Three more arrests after boston attack

Three more arrests after boston attack

Two men from kazakhstan are accused of taking evidence from the younger brother’s room three days after the attack at the marathon. The third, an american, is alleged to have made false statements to investigators. But they are not accused of any direct involvement in the crime.

In the attack on 15. April, three people were killed and well over 200 injured. Dzhokhar was captured a few days after the attack, seriously injured, and is in custody. His older brother tamerlan was shot dead in a police chase. Both have roots in chechnya. U.S. President barack obama had warned of the attack as a single act of extremism – they are particularly hard to catch.

The arrested, all three are 19 years old, were in the hands of the federal police FBI, it was reported in U.S. Media. They were to be brought before the magistrate on wednesday (local time). The two kazakhs allegedly removed a laptop and a backpack containing fireworks from dzhokhar tsarnaev’s room. They could face up to five years in prison. American man allegedly lied to investigators, for which maximum prison sentence of eight years could be imposed.

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One in five cars fails the tuv

one in five cars fails the tuv

These are the findings of the tuv report 2013, which was presented by the federation of technical inspection associations (vdtuv) in berlin on thursday. Overall, the deficiency rate rose again slightly compared to the previous reporting period – from 19.7 to 20 percent. Since 2008 there has been a steady increase. On the positive side, however, the proportion of defect-free vehicles again increased – 55.1 percent passed the main inspection without complaint.

According to the report, cars from german manufacturers performed particularly well – among the young vehicles, the VW polo had the lowest defect rate. "The polo shows that a high level of safety does not have to be a question of price," stressed association head klaus bruggemann. The last places were taken by the dacia logan and the chrysler PT cruiser in all age categories. Among the german brands, porsche, ford, audi, mercedes, opel and smart also occupied the upper range.

Between july 2011 and june 2012, more than eight million main surveys were analyzed for the report. Remarkable: many young cars have already failed the test. Bruggemann also described the consistently high lighting deficiency rates over the years as particularly astonishing. Also, problems with steering and lack of front and rear axles had been frequently noted by the auditioners. But it’s not just drivers and garages who have a duty: many defects could also be design-related.

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Backing for wagner sisters

Backing for wagner sisters

"There were service contracts with a term of 30 years or for productions whose realization lay in the distant future", schmid told the "nordbayerischer kurier" newspaper (SATURDAY.). "And for this reason alone, the criticism that is repeatedly leveled at katharina wagner and eva wagner-pasquier is unfair and unobjective."

In the fall, there will be talks with the two festival directors about the future. The contracts end in 2015. Schmid did not comment on other possible candidates. Representatives of the federal government, the state, the city and the "society of friends of bayreuth" sit on the festival's board of directors.

The festival is in the spotlight this year – 200 years after the death of the composer richard wagner, the festival is presenting a new production of the "ring of the nibelungs" in the anniversary year. In recent years, new productions at the grunen hugel in particular have repeatedly come in for criticism. Some historians also accused the great-granddaughters of the composer of a lack of interest in coming to terms with the history of the festival and the family during the nazi era, and the federal audit office objected to the allocation of tickets.

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Death overshadows joy at garden show

Death overshadows joy at garden show

After the first investigations, the criminal police no longer assumes that the accident was an accident.
It happened on tuesday evening in the immediate vicinity of the state garden show land: right opposite the former spinning mill building, which is newly inhabited by many students, a young man fell off the scaffold. The emergency doctor who was called in could only pronounce death. It was a 25-year-old man from the new federal states, who was employed by a ground cover company. Apparently the man fell from a height of 15 meters into the depth. The five-story house is completely rusted in at this point.

The investigation by the bamberg criminal police was unable to substantiate the assumption that the incident was an accident. "The man did not have to work on the gerust for professional reasons. There are many indications that the man committed suicide", said the spokeswoman of the police prasidium bayreuth, anne hofer, on wednesday.

The new campus building for the ottofriedrich university is located in the immediate vicinity of the state garden show. It will be opened on thursday in the presence of minister-president horst seehofer.

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Art exhibition in the home

Art exhibition in the home

Under the title "art meets living(t)space"!" The property of the metz couple in the lindenstrabe in langenleiten is presented in the brochure of the kreuzberg alliance.

The art couple heike and klaus metz use the former barn of the present, after extensive reconstruction today as a living and exhibition space for their own artworks. The bright and friendly, yet warm and cozy ambience provides the ideal backdrop for effectively showcasing the art they have created in their own homes. The works of art are created in a workshop on the same plot of land. The parents and klaus metz live in the front building, a historic half-timbered house dating from 1912. Thus, the property also fulfills the function of a modern multigenerational house.
The metz couple is also one of the winners of the kreuzbergallianz redevelopment prize. Three particularly successful examples of redevelopment that correspond to the guiding principle of inner development were honored by the kreuzbergallianz. The award winners received prize money and a plaque to display on their building in recognition of the exemplary nature of their presence. The other prize winners are: brigitte zirkelbach and christoph kebler from schonau, viktor and claudia schuhmacher from ginolfs.

Informative brochure

All three prize winners are also featured in the latest brochure on inner city development. 24 pages show the advantages of not building your dream home on the edge of town on the "green meadow", but in the settlement or in the. To realize in the inner town. This decision not only makes a significant contribution to the preservation and attractiveness of the home towns, but the owners of the properties also benefit from advantages that are not offered in the new construction area. From a unique residential ambience with individual charm, to fast and good accessibility of utilities, to financial requirements for remodeling and renovation measures.
All in all, ten positive examples from all alliance communities show the many possibilities for realizing the dream of living in the inner city. All owners have allowed a look behind the scenes, so there are not only appealing photos but also impressions and impulses to the implemented tree removals. Whether it's an old half-timbered house, a vacation home or a barn conversion – it's always a question of preserving old buildings and combining them with modern elements to create attractive and contemporary living comfort.
"A new building was never an option for us, we need a living space that also inspires us artistically", metz explained. They are willing to show their property to interested people and also to give tips and hints to those who want to rebuild. "We appreciate the high quality of life, the unobstructed view into the nature and the good neighborhood. We have paradise here, the metz are in agreement.
The interior development brochure is available free of charge at the town halls of the member communities and at the kreuzbergallianz office. 

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Loch defeats curse from konigssee

Loch defeats curse from konigssee

"That’s just super. It could not have gone better. For me it was very important to finally win at home," enthused the olympic luge champion after his triumph in the snow roulette on his home track.

With his third success of the season, the 22-year-old not only ensured the first victory of the german manner in konigssee in ten years, but also crowned the almost perfect performance of the german skating aces. In addition to loch, tatjana hufner and the doubles’ team of tobias wendl and tobias arlt had underlined their claims for the home world championships in five weeks’ time. In the team relay alone, the germans had to give way to the italians.

"It was very, very difficult," the berchtesgadener confessed, referring to the snow race. On his way to the first german victory since georg hackl in december 2001, the two-time world champion defied the borderline conditions and set the best time in the first run. Veteran armin zoggeler from italy attacked again in the second run. Loch didn’t let the 38-year-old’s attack rattle him and claimed his seventh world cup win. Third place went to loch’s teammate johannes ludwig.

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France switzerland: two climbers injured in crash on the “eibenwanden

france switzerland: two climbers injured in crash on the 'eibenwanden

To the so-called “yew walls a climbing accident occurred near gobweinstein on sunday evening. A 49-year-old climber fell from a height of about four meters, tore his belays out of the rock and collided with the 45-year-old belayer on the ground.

Both suffered serious injuries and were taken to hospital, as reported by the ebermannstadt police department.

The erlangen mountain rescue team was on the scene after their report at 17.30 o’clock to the climbing accident were alerted. She drove from her base in veilbronn with three rescue workers. A climber had presumably fallen in the lead and his intermediate belays had failed, causing him to fall on his belay partner. One of the climbers injured his back, the other his ankle.

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