Castle meeting attracts many segnitzers to the schutzenhaus

Castle meeting attracts many segnitzers to the schutzenhaus

For the last time in her term of office, marlene bauer, the mayor of segnitz, held her annual meeting last thursday evening at the schutzenhaus. Around 70 of the 800 or so residents accepted bauer’s invitation, who is no longer running in the local elections in march for reasons of age.

First of all, the citizens were informed in detail about the figures of the municipality from the previous year. The high level of debt compared to previous years was particularly noticeable here, but this can be explained by the village renewal, which was realized in 2019. At the same time as the pavement was renewed, the water connections and gas pipes were also renewed. And after consultation with the adjacent house owners, fiber optic cable was laid for faster internet access. During the excavations for this, parts of the old city wall were found.

Some streets, such as bruckengasse, are so narrow that no rough machines could be used there and much of the work had to be done by hand, which drove up the costs. According to bauer, the municipality wanted to rehabilitate further sections of the road, but this came at too high a cost and must now be done in the following years.

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Journal retracts controversial study on genetically modified corn

There were concerns that the number of animals used in the experiments was too low and that the rat strain used was not suitable for the experiments, the publisher responsible, elsevier, announced in cambridge (USA) on thursday evening.

A research group led by gilles-eric seralini from the university of caen in western france reported in november 2012 that the genetically modified corn NK603 from the manufacturer monsanto caused cancer in rats. The scientists had fed the animals with the genetically modified corn for two years and also exposed them to the associated pesticide glyphosate. Seralini blames genetically modified corn for rats’ early deaths.

Numerous scientists and the european food safety agency (efsa) had found the study, which appeared in the journal food and chemical toxicology, to be seriously flawed. The editor-in-chief of the U.S. Trade journal stressed that the data published in the study was correct, but not conclusive enough.

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Controversy over study on young muslims

Controversy over study on young muslims

Interior minister hans-peter friedrich (CSU) warned immediately after the publication on thursday against placing young muslims under general suspicion of terrorism. Justice minister sabine leutheusser-schnarrenberger (FDP) questioned the validity of the study. There is a danger that it will only produce headlines, she said. The opposition also attacked friedrich over the study.

The figures about young muslims who reject integration in germany caused particular excitement. According to the study, 22 percent of german muslims between the ages of 14 and 32 are reluctant to integrate. They rather emphasize their own culture of origin. Among muslims without a german passport, as many as 48 percent had a strong tendency toward separation.

Willingness to use violence was also investigated. The study included "strictly religious people with a strong aversion to the west, a tendency to accept violence and no tendency to integrate". In the group of young muslims, this applies to 15 percent of germans and about 24 percent of non-german youths.

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Report: next xbox won’t support today’s games

Report: next xbox won't support today's games

Microsoft wants to change the processor of the new xbox from the previous powerpc architecture to the classic x86 standard of the PC world, reported the financial news agency bloomberg, citing informed persons.

The supplier of the new chip systems is AMD, the smaller rival of the semiconductor industry leader intel, it was announced on monday. For the company, which has been going through a dry spell for years, the consoles thus become an extremely important pillar of the business: AMD is also rushing out the next playstation 4, which, like the new xbox, is expected for the christmas shopping season this year. The change in playstation also means that previous game discs will not be compatible with the new generation of the console. The japanese company wants to make these games playable via the internet.

The powerpc architecture developed by IBM is thus still on the decline. Apple moved into the intel world with its mac computers as early as the middle of last decade. With the transition of sony and microsoft’s consoles to the same platform, game development has become less expensive because less work has to be duplicated. The industry needs this: the classic computer games industry is under increasing pressure from online games and cheap games for smartphones and tablets.

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The farmers have to wait for building land

The farmers have to wait for building land

Weisendorf’s mayor heinrich sub (UWG) had bad news for the members of the building committee: the invitation to tender for the development of the "buch – im grund" building area had been cancelled on the land of the former inn sub had to be lifted.
As the mayor reported, three companies submitted bids, two of which were evaluated. On the recommendation of the office GBI kommunale infrastruktur from herzogenaurach, the tender was cancelled at the meeting. In the opinion of the engineering office, the bids were significantly higher than the cost estimate, by up to 41 percent. The municipality and the investor are hoping for more favorable prices in the next restricted tendering procedure, because the developers are already eagerly awaiting the development.

Too dense?

There was a small discussion about an application for the construction of a new multi-family house with four apartments on goethestrabe. Ludwig paulus (SPD) and norbert maier (grune) were surprised at the dimensions of the planned multi-family house. "Densification yes, but not so much", was criticized. The plot of land at 2259 staatsstrabe is around 1400 square meters in size, and ten open parking spaces are to be built alongside the multi-family house. Since the location lies outside the established building limits and the cultivation-free zone to the state road is undercut, the road construction office must also be involved in the procedure. A cost agreement is to be concluded with the applicants for the construction of an additional water connection and, if necessary, a sewer connection. Norbert maier ultimately voted against the building application.
The installation of a liquefied natural gas tank on siedlerstrabe also required an exemption from the "auracher berg" development plan. Because in the development plan subordinate ancillary facilities are inadmissible, but may be permitted by way of exception if they serve the purpose of use of the properties located in the general residential area itself and do not contradict their character. The applicant justified the location outside the established building limits with the filling and maintenance.
Since the distance to the sidewalk is less than five meters, stefan sub (CSU) asked about the safety distance, especially in the case of filling. "The location of the gas tanks and safety distances are at the discretion of the installing company and will also be checked", answered the mayor.

Farmer allowed to build hall

There were no objections to the roofing over of an existing machine yard in the eaves area of kairlindach, especially since the project is privileged. In addition, the area is shown in the land use plan as a flat area for agriculture. The floor space of the new hall is around 200 square meters and is to be added to an existing hall. A total of around 940 square meters will be built over and the drainage is to be carried out by means of a trough seepage system in the site.
All other applications, such as the construction of a new single-family home on erlanger strabe, were either dealt with in the approval exemption procedure or the municipal consent was granted without discussion.

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Lightning tournament at sk mitwitz: pfadenhauer wins again

There were no major surprises at the internal christmas blitz tournament at the mitwitz chess club. All players were challenged in the blitz tournament – a special form of the royal game with only five minutes of playing time per player and game.

Narrow victory

Last year’s winner, uwe pfadenhauer, won by a narrow but well-deserved margin with six points out of seven. Closely followed by friedrich burger, who performed strongly and only suffered one defeat.

Third place was shared by willibald zitzmann, who was on the rise, and hubert konradi, who was expected to do even better.

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Haunted castle gets creepier

haunted castle gets creepier

The glaring red face with the torn open mouth jumps out at you formally. Tip teeth and claws stand out. The monster face with its googly eyes nevertheless triggers a smile as my first reaction. If i found that funny, then he must have done something wrong, says manfred popp – and then smiles himself. He is currently putting the finishing touches to several two-meter-high paintings on blockboard in one of the halls of the building yard. The motives are from his imagination. They show, besides the said red monster, a green one and a three-eyed one, and are supposed to move into the interior of the haunted castle in the lichtenfels marchen forest. Only one photo is allowed by the idea giver, because scary moments live from the surprise after all.

In addition, there will be new sound images, with chain rattling or howling, suitable to scare the visitors of the gloomy present. Womoglich movement-abhanging steered. The sound technology has improved since the opening of the marchenwald in 2000. Back then, he recorded various noises himself, which were played back on a CD player, remembers the former city employee, who has not let go of the marchenwald even in his retirement. He didn’t lack ideas, they came "like when you turn on a tap". It fits in with the city administration’s intention to offer something that is cherished in the marchenwald, but also something new every now and then. In the past year, a witch’s broom, on which children can ride, and a rapunzel tower have been purchased. In the spring of this year, the renovation of the haunted castle was envisaged. This has been one of the attractions of the marchenwald from the beginning, and the years have left their mark. Already in the middle of september, popp has started to build the approx. 20 square meters of rough "masonry", to give a new coat of paint to a height of 2,50 meters (without the battlements), and to redesign the interior. He is meticulous about it, the effect is important to him. Over the years, he has enjoyed observing how differently the spectators have approached the matter, some of them not wanting to let go of their father’s hand.

Between buckets of paint and wooden frames there is also a box containing a pin and other "equipment" are. With my inquiries I admit that my visit to the haunted castle was many years ago and I do not remember the details. "All children know the skeleton in the dungeon" says manfred popp, at least with the lichtenfelser he is sure there. For him, this also explains why, in contrast to the early years, nothing is demolished in the marchenwald anymore. The little ones get rough and remember. "This is a piece of your own childhood. You don’t destroy that."

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Integration through training in the green professions

Integration through training in the green professions

At the end of november, 17 students from one of the vocational integration classes at the vocational school center (BSZ) in ochsenfurt took the train and bus to the LWG in veitshochheim to learn about the professions of gardener and winemaker. According to a press release, the trip was organized by the office for food, agriculture and forestry (AELF) kitzingen in cooperation with margit stuhler, the coordinator of the vocational integration classes at the BSZ ochsenfurt.

A look at the practical side is indispensable

"Many of those who are cursed don’t even know what vocational training opportunities exist here in horticulture," says mathilde batz, educational advisor for horticulture at AELF kitzingen. "In practice, everything is a little different than in theory. It is therefore important for the students to learn about materials, machines and work processes in horticulture through visits to companies and construction sites in addition to the vocational information they receive at the vocational school," says batz. The presentation of the gardening professions is intended to arouse young people’s interest in an apprenticeship in the green industry.

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The beginnings of football in france

The beginnings of football in france

Actually, otto strunz, a merchant's assistant from hofen, was sent to england by his company for further training and to improve his language skills. But when he returned home in march 1893, what did he have in his bag?? A brand new fubball, made of leather, with a rubber bladder – the latest thing in ball technology at that time. And with fubball also the knowledge of the rules of a new sport, which enjoyed increasing popularity on the british islands. Whether his clients already knew the sentence: "what allow strunz?"
Probably not. Nevertheless, it was quite an impertinence for the sports scene of the time to introduce a new sport in french without being asked. Because nothing else happened in hof at the time, as the hirschaider art historian and "anpfiff"-in his lecture on the beginnings of the sport of fubball in upper franconia at the heimatkundlicher verein/CHW scheblitz, staff member robert schafer explained. The occasion was the 150th anniversary of the scheblitz gymnastics and sports club (TSV) of 1862, which is being celebrated this year.
Schafer impressively showed how revolutionary the sport of soccer was at that time as a team sport with a competitive character, using photos of the sporting activities that had been practiced up to then. The rows of gymnasts dressed in uniformly female clothing were well-ordered, disciplined and presumably following their exercises on command, without getting into competition with each other.
The situation was quite different when playing on the then not quite so green turf. A disorderly confusion, each player did what he wanted, without order, without direction – an operation that was called "gymnastics" could not be reconciled and therefore under "sport" company. Clubs that did this were "gymnastics and sports clubs".
In front of a large audience, robert schafer gave an expert and very lively account of how things progressed against this backdrop in upper franconia in 1893. In the hofer gymnastics club, to which strunz belonged, the committed leader of the gymnastics team introduced the innovative game to his young trainees aged between 14 and 18. The lovers were infected by the enthusiasm of the england returnee and called the "football department of the TV hof e.V." The later spvgg hof and at the same time the first football club in the kingdom of bavaria came to life. The "fublummelei, so the designation in a gymnastics writing, had arrived in franconia.

Waiting for the opponents

However, the french fubball pioneers were faced with a very important problem, schafer continued. For a long time there were no opponents with whom one could measure one's strength. It was to take a full five years before the hofer kickers were able to play their first competitive match. On 23. In october 1898, the soccer team of TV hof defeated ATV plauen 7-0. It was the first official soccer match in franconia! It was only thanks to the diplomatic skill of otto strunz that the gymnasts had allowed the founding of a soccer department in their club.
Despite the massive reservations on the part of the gymnasts, from the beginning of the 20th century onwards the "club" was founded. At the beginning of the twentieth century, soccer teams were also founded in the other towns of upper franconia. In bamberg, three young men from the catholic mercantile association "merkuria" were involved, who founded a fubball club in life. Together with seven companions and a ball full of money, heinrich stoffel, franz romer and josef nagengast founded the fubball club on the 3rd of march. March 1901 in the inn "goldene schwane" the 1. FC bamberg. With this, fubball had arrived in the city of the domreiter, and even a first playing partner was soon found: the 1. FC nurnberg, founded in 1900, was ready to offer the newly formed club the opportunity for practical exercise. The front part of the "schutzenwiese" in bamberg was chosen as the venue for the game. On 29. September 1901, the 1. FC bamberg the 1. FC nurnberg to its first betting match. For the "club from central franconia the meeting also meant the competition premiere.
Not much is known about this first soccer game in bamberg, schafer recalled, not even the result is known beyond doubt. The only thing that is certain is that nurnberg won – 2:0 according to some sources, 3:1 according to others. But after all: even the bamberger "tagblatt" the event was worth a report. In the style of the time, the local press informed its readers about what it called a "peculiarly interesting spectacle", the "friends of physical sports" had been offered. The reporter continues: "a very large audience had gathered, which followed the mutual matches with great interest. The two opponents showed their strength in an exhausting ball game that lasted almost 2 hours, and the nurnbergers, who managed to get the ball through the goal twice, emerged victorious".
But even if the guests decided the game in their favor, the best man on the pitch, according to the reports of the players involved, was the bamberg captain carl weisschnur. An impressed eyewitness reported on weis schnur's playing skills: "his balls go so high that you have to wait a long time for them to come back down to earth again."
In the following years, the first flyball clubs were also formed in the other larger towns in the region: 1904 in forchheim, 1906 in lichtenfels and neustadt, 1907 in coburg, 1908 in kronach, 1909 in selb, 1910 in bayreuth and munchberg, 1911 in kulmbach. In the german empire, the first soccer club was founded in hannover in 1878 (deutscher fubballverein zu hannover). On 28. January 1900 in leipzig, 86 clubs joined together to form the german fubballbund, the dfb. The first german soccer champion was vfb leipzig in 1903, who won the final against DFC (german soccer club) prague 7:2.
From 1920 onwards, a real wave of football clubs was founded, even in the villages. In many places in upper franconia, the first clubs were formed, for example in sassanfahrt, bischberg, memmelsdorf, oberhaid, buttenheim, schlusselfeld, zapfendorf, viereth, scheblitz, burgebrach, erlach and hirschaid, to name just a few examples from the bamberger land.

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Learning to live with the beaver

Learning to live with the beaver

"The beavers will be permanently native to our region", confirmed the graduate biologist uli meblinger, who gave a lecture on the topic "the beaver – landscape designer in the field of tension between nature conservation, water protection and land use" at the invitation of the bund naturschutz held. How beavers change the landscape can be seen, for example, between bad konigshofen and grobeibstadt, where there are three territories on the saale, or on the haubach toward aubstadt, where there are four inhabited territories.

Meblinger reported on the "media star", who constantly makes negative headlines. You could fill just as many articles with wild boar damage – but damage produced by europe’s coarsest rodent was new and therefore more interesting. The biologist made it quite clear: it must not be that the farmers pay the bill in the end. They must be compensated, which is why bavaria has a "beaver fund". Riparian strips can also be established along the water with the help of demand programs and riparian strips can be bought up and left to the animals. These move mainly in the vicinity of their waters and renaturalize river courses better than a human could.
Meblinger has proven through years of observation and mapping that the beaver is a true keystone species. Where they produce dams, castles, transport trenches, slides into the water, food rafts and deadwood, insects, fish, amphibians, birds and even the black stork multiply. The diversity of species is increasing, the beaver lakes offer a last refuge in times of drought, and the groundwater level is also rising as a result of water retention. Dragonfly species threatened with extinction reappear "beaver protection is not just about the beaver", meblinger made clear.
Luckily, vegan animals often live in areas where they do not stork. "Problem beaver" are a "bavarian specialty, said meblinger, in part because there is no regulation in this state that prohibits farming as close to the shore as possible. If there were uncultivated shore strips everywhere, the conflicts between the rodents and the farmers were less frequent. In other european countries, the free landscaper is most welcome.
There are, of course, cases in which the beaver commissioner or the lower nature conservation authority must be informed because the damage is unacceptable.
Trapping or even killing beavers is only allowed with the permission of the authorities, because the beaver and its structures are strictly protected by law.
"We must learn to live with the beaver", said the speaker. Regina vossenkaul

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