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Daimler begins software updates for diesel vehicles

Daimler begins software updates for diesel vehicles

According to the company, new programs for several hundred thousand mercedes vehicles in europe have now been approved by the authorities, so that customers can have them installed in the workshop.

For about 700.000 daimler diesels the federal motor vehicle authority (kba) had ordered a recall because of an illegal defeat device in the exhaust gas purification system. According to the company, this only includes some of the cars that are now to be the first to receive the new software. The others are part of a voluntary action.

Daimler had initially made improvements to almost 300 vehicles.000 diesels in europe announced to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions via software update. In the meantime, a rough part of this has been dealt with. The number was then increased to around 3 million in the summer of 2017 – shortly before the "diesel summit". However, no software update had yet been approved for the additional 2.7 million cars.

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Government at odds over constitutional protection reform

Government at odds over constitutional protection reform

Federal interior minister hans-peter friedrich on saturday rejected justice minister sabine leutheusser-schnarrenberger’s call for a downsizing of the domestic intelligence service. "That’s a very sweeping demand that i can’t quite understand," the CSU politician said of the advance by his FDP colleague. The challenges would rather increase, the constitutional protection must therefore become more efficient. "That’s the real mission, it’s not about quantitat."

Leutheusser-schnarrenberger had previously called for the merging of offices for the protection of the constitution and the reduction of the range of tasks. Currently there is one federal office and 16 state offices for the protection of the constitution. "The number of authorities must be significantly reduced," the minister told the "tagesspiegel" newspaper. In addition, the secret service must concentrate on the few tasks where there is a real threat to the basic order. "The structure of the agencies and the distribution of tasks among the offices for the protection of the constitution must be examined from every angle."At the same time, it must be avoided that the police creep into taking over the tasks of the constitutional protection agency. "The separation requirement is indispensable for the FDP."

A reform of the secret service was already being discussed before the investigation breakdowns in connection with the neo-nazi murders. But now the debate has clearly gained momentum. The SPD interior ministers want to regain the people’s diminished trust in the constitutional protection agency through more transparency and better parliamentary control. A broad political dialogue is needed to develop viable concepts, north rhine-westphalia’s interior minister ralf jager told the dpa news agency. Together with the other SPD ministers, he has drawn up a position paper calling, among other things, for better cooperation between the federal and state governments and the central pooling of information.

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“This arouses ghastly fear”

For 150 years, in addition to electricity, the schottersmuhle has also had an inn, which was very well frequented during the tourist heyday of the last century, and even served as a pub for a student community in erlangen.

1599 for the first time written as "schadermul 150 years ago today, on the 27th of this month, the muhle was given a new lease of life. February 1869, the "concebionsurkunde" from the royal borough of ebermannstadt, thus the permit to operate an inn. The document had the following wording: "from the royal district office of ebermannstadt it is hereby certified that by resolution of 15. This month the owner of the mill johann stengel von der schottersmuhle was granted a personal concession to serve beer, wine, coffee and other hot and cold drinks, as well as food and other refreshments for the community of engelhardsberg".

Echo broke on rocks

The fact that schottersmuhle was also called schaudermuhle is due to its lonely location in the wiesent valley and the fact that the echo broke on bare rocks. So you could hear the patter of horses long before the carriage was in sight.

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Look who’s hatching!

Look who's hatching!

One child holds the egg in his hand, another holds a kind of flashlight to the bubble of the egg. "Now we are looking for the baby", explains stefanie hellmann of the diaconal work bamberg-forchheim. "You can hardly see anything", calls one of the five children. "But you can recognize the veins", replies hellmann.

She has made it possible that at present 20 goose eggs and a brooder are in the kindergarten. Johannis are accommodated. The whole action is called "new life begins". Initiated by the diaakonisches werk bamberg-forchheim in cooperation with the st.-johannis kindergarten forchheim.

Busy springtime
"In the context of this project, for example, we went out into nature and looked around to see where new life was being created", reports karina gutjahr, the director responsible for the kindergarten. The background is the lively activity that can be observed in the springtime.

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3000 Hikers walk the tunnel fire rock

3000 hikers walk the tunnel fire rock

The scenario resembled a people's hike. "We had expected 500 to 1000 visitors", says ilse preb, who took over the task of the mine protection saint barbara as tunnel godmother during the construction work. "I am surprised by the interest of the citizens." On saturday, local residents and railroad fans were informed about the progress of construction work on the feuerfelsen tunnel and along the new line. By the end of the day, the railroad estimates that about 3,000 people had ridden their bicycles. They came not only from rodental or the coburg region, but also from the neighboring counties of sonneberg, lichtenfels and kronach. A family from neuhaus am rennweg had arrived by train. And cycled on to the kiengrund over the new construction road.

The "burgerwandertag demands perseverance. About five kilometers of distance have to be covered to get from the local connection road, which is used as a parking area, via the descent to the future overtaking station to the north entrance of the tunnel project feuerfelsen and further to the kiental bridge on foot. The clever ones had brought their bicycles.

The DB safety concept
"Should anything unusual happen in everyday operations from the end of 2017, deutsche bahn has taken precautions with an extensive safety concept", explains the project engineer in charge arno kryszohn. This applies in particular to the 22 tunnels along the 105 kilometer new line branching off from the existing bamberg-lichtenfels line at ebensfeld in the main valley to the rail junction in the thuringian state capital of erfurt.

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Hero in pajamas

Hero in pajamas

It is quiet as a mouse in the druid’s grove. Idyllic peace. Only the rustle of the forest. Final discussions are underway. Full concentration. "And please", the director suddenly shouts loudly, and the seven-meter-long camera crane starts moving. Eight-year-old dennis runs across the foliage and through the rocks, fast towards the cave. A terrifying monster is close on his heels.
But of course it does him no harm. For the monster in the thick, black fur is just a stuntman, the mystical forest scenery blob a film set of some students of the film academy baden-wurttemberg. And the film is shot in the middle of the "france". Nico kreis, born in forchheim, is the producer of the 60-second commercial film "dont’ be afraid of the dark, brought the production to its home.
"I used to walk here with my dad. The place has simply a uniqueness", he enthuses, watching the 35-strong film crew go about their business. Nico seems relaxed and tense at the same time. As a producer, he has the overview. His tasks are manifold. "Everybody is in a twirling frenzy. It’s good to have someone who has time and peace for everything", says the 23-year-old. Since 2009 he is at the filmakademie baden-wurttemberg in ludwigsburg, studying film.
Four days of shooting are planned for director denis parchow’s graduation film. It should be ready by august. Yesterday and on thursday the team shot from 7 o’clock in the morning until nightfall. Now at the weekend they film in a specially equipped studio in ludwigsburg. This is where the real hero, the teddy bear, makes his grand entrance. He hurls the monster in the children’s room against the wall, so that it dissolves into smoke. And that’s what the film is supposed to convey: the teddy as a valuable companion and protector. "In the meantime, the game console has become every child’s daily companion", nico regrets. A teddy bear, on the other hand, is timeless. "You have a stronger bond with him than with any other toy." The "steiff" brand supports the project as an advertising partner.
Nico, meanwhile, is concentrating on his work again. For him, the film business has become routine, but it’s always fascinating anew: "there are moments when you just enjoy everything. But as cool as it is, you still have to function." After all, he says, the film lives from teamwork. "You must never say: I made this film. Many filmmakers forget this."
And also dennis makes his first turn spab. "I’ve had to run so much today, I can’t even pay for it anymore", he jokes. Meanwhile he stands with director parchow. He shows him the last picture on the monitor. "Run a little faster", he asks the bright young. The chemistry between the two is right. And then all of a sudden it gets quiet again. Fog and snow particles slowly drift through the lush green of the trees, sun rays mingle with them. Dennis is running again for all he’s worth. "And out", the director stops him. The scene is in the can. At least ten seconds. Now it’s time to dismantle everything. A change of scene, just a few hundred meters away in the dreamlike marchenwald of the druid grove.

The film team got plenty of support from the surrounding area:
market wiesenttal, farm streitberg, bakery brandes from gobweinstein, bakery kalchreuther from gobweinstein, butchery wehrfritz from muggendorf, butchery richter from gobweinstein, butchery lamm from gobweinstein, public utilities ebermannstadt, burghotel burggaillenreuth, robert geibler wines, eagle distillery schutz, spa distillery, mr. Nutzel

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A “witch memorial” for bamberg

A 'witch memorial' for bamberg

Witch hunt in bamberg? "There are more important topics. We have lived in the grove for 30 years and the traffic congestion is just terrible." Letters with such content are sent to city councillor sabine sauer (SPD) in her function as chairwoman of the bamberg-mitte burgers’ association.

"Of course, the traffic problem is an issue", says sour. "The witch hunt should also be. Especially because many victims came from the island area."

At least 1000 people were burned to death in the 17. Century as witches and witchers in bamberg pursued, tortured and murdered. "The witch burnings are part of our city history. Nevertheless, there is still no memorial. We want to change that", sour explains.

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Politicians and doctors under pressure after organ donation scandal

politicians and doctors under pressure after organ donation scandal

The german hospice foundation, a patients’ association, called on federal health minister daniel bahr (FDP) to intervene on friday. The latter called a crisis meeting for the end of august, other politicians demanded tough punishments, while the president of the federal chamber of physicians, frank ulrich montgomery, in turn accused government and justice in bavaria of failure. The transplant center eurotransplant in leiden, the netherlands, called for more controls.

Bahr wants to discuss consequences at a crisis meeting with representatives of all parties involved: "I expect proposals on how manipulations and other violations can be better prevented in the future." To the appointment on 27. On august, the association of health insurers, the german hospital association, the german foundation for organ transplantation, the foundation eurotransplant, the german transplantation society, the federal medical association, the standing commission on organ transplantation and the monitoring and review commission at the federal medical association have been invited to the meeting.

Meanwhile, the procedures in gottingen and regensburg are steaming up the willingness to donate organs. In five cases in the past two weeks in germany, patients had explicitly refused an organ removal with reference to this scandal, said the spokeswoman of the german foundation for organ transplantation (DSO), birgit blome, to the news agency dpa in frankfurt am main.

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Birnbacher wins mass start at antholz

Birnbacher wins mass start at antholz

Birnbacher provided the high point from the german point of view. The man from schlechingen had an unbelievable fight man against man with the second placed russian anton schipulin and martin fourcade from france. From the top, the 30-year-old went down the home stretch and clenched his winning fist after his furioso finale. "This is the hammer, unbelievable even if i wobbled last shot into the target", cheered birnbacher.

In terms of running, he is in the best shape he has ever been in, and he only made one mistake in the push stand. In the high 1600 meters, he repeatedly attacked on the final lap and dictated the tempo. "I knew it would be decided in the sprint," said birnbacher, who ended up 0.1 seconds ahead of schipulin and 0.3 seconds ahead of fourcade.

Florian graf came in 15th after two penalty laps, sprint world champion arnd peiffer was only 27th after five misses. Three-time olympic champion michael greis and michael rosch missed the qualification for the mass start after their weak sprint results.

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Saint nicholas post office: even “rude children” get an answer

saint nicholas post office: even 'rude children' get an answer

Not only children, but also adults of all ages can write to santa claus: "even "coarse children" will get an answer from the santa claus post office," announced the festive committee st. Santa claus in the saarland with.

In the corona pandemic, the intention was also to address older people – also in senior citizens’ homes – who would like to receive mail from santa claus. The answers will be sent from the end of next week, the post office is from the 5. December to geoffnet.

7000 letters so far