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Canal renovation in grebhausen goes into the money

Big tasks must and/or would like the municipality Gadheim in the coming years to master. These include the village renewal in Ottendorf, the construction of a new building yard and a fire station for the newly formed Gadheim-Ottendorf Volunteer Fire Department in Gadheim, and the sewer renovation in Grebhausen. With all these topics the local council dealt on Monday evening.

As a "bitter blow described mayor Peter Kraus the realization that in Grebhausen the entire channel in the road from the fire pond to the chestnuts must be completely renewed. During the TV inspection of the sewers, not only "new" sewers were found Canal strands discovered. It also turned out that the damage to the sewer and house connections is enormous.

"This is a scenario that we did not expect in this way.", says Peter Kraus "but we have to tackle this task." The plan is to carry out the sewer renewal when the district renovates the county road.

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How serious journalism works

How serious journalism works

Manipulation of readers through publications has been around since there were written records. False news – fake news – as a means of politics is also not new. What is new is that rumors, like serious news, can spread quickly and unchecked on the Internet. Understanding and classifying how information is created, who checks what is correct, who decides what is disseminated in the major media and how, what happens on the Internet, is becoming increasingly important.

Klaus Ott, a member of the research team of the Suddeutsche Zeitung newspaper, at the invitation of the Trager- und Forderverein ehemalige Synagoge (Association for the Support and Promotion of the Former Synagogue) in the town hall in Obernbreit, gave a vivid demonstration of how serious journalism works. He describes his working style and that of his editorial team like this: Being curious, "asking a lot of people who know a lot of things. Study essays in which "experts" work on the respective field of work. "Many thousands of pages of investigation files get. And then, like a puzzle made up of thousands of pieces, put it all together piece by piece.

Start with the edge and then work your way inward, to the core, until a picture emerges, even if that takes years.". Uncovering irregularities and affairs is tedious, but not annoying, but exciting, also has "nothing to do with a frenzied reporter who breathlessly chases events; or conspiratorially arranges at dark hours in hidden places with informants wearing sunglasses and wigs. But exciting. Instead, meetings in the cafe or in the office with people who trust the reporter. Telling him something for a variety of motives; letting him read something.

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Asparagus season begins

Asparagus season begins

After Easter, asparagus season begins – with some delay due to cool weather in March.

"We are in good spirits that it will really start from the second week of April," says managing director Simon Schumacher of the Association of Southern German Asparagus and Strawberry Growers (VSSE) in Bruchsal.

The region around the town in the Karlsruhe district is one of the largest asparagus growing areas in Germany. "We had hoped to be able to offer more at Easter. But the offer is not yet exhilarating."Only in heated fields can the vegetables now be harvested in this country.

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1. Fc burk with a makeover

1. FC Burk with a makeover

Five points in 30 games: The relegation of the 1. FC Burk from the Kreisliga 1 came as little surprise. The team fell apart during the season. For the new season in Kreisklasse 2, however, FC will have a completely different face: In addition to the new department management around Michael Benning, the first team will also have little in common with the team from the relegation season. In the interview, Michael Benning talks about the rebuild and the goals for the near future.

Mr. Benning, FC Burk was washed out last season. That the relegation could not be avoided was clear at the latest in winter. The club started the season with optimism.
Michael Benning: The sadness was limited on the last match day, the relegation was foreseeable and anything but a surprise. The problems in the team started back in 2016/17, that has carried over seamlessly into next season. We had good names in the team, the playing quality was there to play in the top half of the table. Ultimately, it was a question of character of the players. With the exception of four or five players, all members of the first team left us during the season, and we played our last games in the district league with our reserve team. It is curious that we have done better in the second half of the season with a weaker squad than in the first half. In the second half of the season we managed to win at least one game.

Many protagonists of the past season are gone. With Rene Schweiger, he coached the U19 of TV 48 Erlangen, Burk has a new coach. How far has the rebuilding progressed??
I think we’re on the right track, especially since we’ve broadened our base within the department. Roland Sterzl is our new chairman for sports, Frank Welz and my brother Patrick are acting as game leaders. We are also well on schedule with the squad planning, but this is not yet completed. An important concern for us is that we no longer spend as much money on players as in previous years. In the long run, this has done us more harm than good.

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Twitter exceeds growth expectations

Twitter exceeds growth expectations

Twitter gives investors hope that the chronically loss-making short message service is gradually getting its business under control.

In the past quarter, Twitter exceeded analysts’ expectations for revenue and profit, increasing the number of monthly active users by four million. The share price rose by 14 percent at times in early U.S. trading.

However, Twitter also had to admit that since 2014 the user numbers were slightly overstated due to an error in the selection of data sources. That’s why in the second quarter, for example, there were 326 million active users instead of the previously reported 328 million. By the end of September, the number had risen to 330 million, according to correct calculations.

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Holzhauser: “investor model” lends itself to the project

Holzhauser: 'Investor model' lends itself to the project

In a guest article for the trade magazine "Kicker," the 70-year-old spoke out in favor of greater involvement by investors. "As is well known, in the crisis there is always also an opportunity. And the clubs in professional soccer should use this to put their financing on a long-term, and thus more solid and broader basis," Holzhauser wrote. "The "investor model" lends itself almost ideally to this, because it minimizes dependencies and enables security on a broader basis."

The current crisis scenario clearly shows how dangerous it is to take in short-term money alone when supposedly secure financial resources such as TV and sponsorship money do not come in, or only come in part. "Giving shares in the club to investors or advertising partners is a way to put the financial structure on a solid footing, as long as this complies with the association’s regulation, according to which no investor may have more than 49.9 percent (50+1 clause)," he stressed.

Due to the interruption of the season in the Bundesliga and the 2. Bundesliga until at least 30. April is the financial situation of many clubs strained. According to "Kicker", 13 of 36 clubs in the two highest divisions are in danger of insolvency. A continuation of the season with ghost games is being discussed. On Thursday, the 36 club bosses will talk to the German Football League about the further plans.

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The day after the kronach free shooting

The day after the Kronach free shooting

The shutters of the drink and food stalls are lowered. The beer benches lie folded on top of each other. The beer halls are closed and the Ferris wheel is only halfway there. In the far back on the right is the "Black Hole", a kind of roller coaster, disassembled, the individual parts are lifted by a crane onto a trailer. Where there was a party until ten hours ago, there is now packing up and cleaning up. "For us it goes further to Nuremberg to the people celebration", tells a young man with a foreign accent. The caravan of his boss is ready for takeoff. "Many are already gone, they have dismantled right yesterday, when it was over", he tells. Finally, one must hurry, so that one does not arrive too late at the next fairground and still has good place for setting up.

Immense power consumption

At the pavilion Andreas Munzel of the nursery Dorsch takes the green decoration off, Gerwin Lieb of the company Kaim Lieb comes in addition. Among other things, he took care of the power supply on the festival site – a challenge this year, after all, there had never been so many large devices at once. Between 90.000 and 110.000 kilowatt hours of electricity would be consumed during the free shoot. "For comparison, a normal four-person household needs in the year about 4000 kilowatt hours", explains Lieb.

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Rocket internet gets a billion dollars from investors

Berlin-based startup Rocket Internet plans to use fresh capital to massively expand its business in growth markets such as Latin America and Asia. The company, owned by the three Samwer brothers Marc, Oliver and Alexander, has attracted investments of around a billion dollars (just over 764 million euros) since the start of the year, co-founder Oliver Samwer told news agency dpa on Tuesday. Samwer also defended the company’s sometimes criticized business model.

Various investors put $650 million into individual Rocket startups. In addition, about 400 million for the parent company was raised last week from the two big backers Kinnevik and Access.

"The money will be used primarily for Rocket Internet’s international expansion," Samwer explained. "We are focusing primarily on countries outside the U.S. and China, where the greatest growth in Internet penetration is expected over the next five years.