The installation of two large trampolines and their fall protection mats is in full swing. The foundation for the pavilion stand has also already been laid. A bench is built around the pavilion as a seating area. In addition a large raft. A newly planted tree will soon provide shade on warm days, while new plantings will literally green up the grounds: The girls’ cafe’s new favorite spot on Kronach Avenue is taking more and more shape. It won’t be long before this enchanting little place is filled with new life and becomes an open-air meeting place for young people.
"In Kronach there are many favorite places", second mayor Angela Hofmann of the working group family-friendly Kronach showed up in her greeting certainly. There are several reasons why the students of the girls’ cafe chose the area on Kronach-Allee: It is located in the immediate vicinity of the city center, but is still quiet and you can hardly hear any noise. Nevertheless it is not boring or desolate and besides also by much green surrounded.
In 2015, under the guidance of the Family-Friendly Kronach working group, the girls had set out to find a public place in Kronach that would be suitable for them. After dismantling the artwork on the building, which was in need of renovation, they finally chose the area in front of the Lucas Cranach School in 2016. The students developed models for a possible use and design of the area.
The Eckstein Ladies Open in the hall of TC RW Bad Kissingen came to an end with the hoped-for final match of the two top-seeded players. In the final, the Czech professional player Petra Krajsova (German ranking 48), seeded at position 1, defeated local player Anne Knuttel from Fuchsstadt (German ranking 64 and seeded at position 2) by a very narrow margin of 7:5, 2:6 and 10:8. Knuettel was already leading 7:4 in the deciding set, but could not save the lead due to the experienced play of the Czech player.
Both players had worked their way relatively clearly and without losing a set to the final, in which they delivered a high-class fight at eye level for over two hours. In the end, experience and a little luck made the difference for the 28-year-old winner from. And so the latter was able to fend off the youthful onslaught of the 17-year-old challenger.
Despite all this, tournament director Torsten Voll was highly satisfied with the course of the competitions. So he could present the four top-seeded players in the semifinals – and thus offer the numerous spectators tennis on a high level. "Unbelievable, which level was shown this weekend by the girls. Too bad that it was not enough for our Anne to win the title. But she played an insanely good match against a current world-ranked player and in the end only a few points decided the match. She can be very proud of her performance", says the tournament organizer.
"There’s always a certain kick to it", says Hedwig Dworazik when she talks about playing her bassoon. "Everybody hears the deep voice and I mustn’t play around", adds the 23-year-old. She began her career as a bassoonist rather involuntarily at the age of 14. Actually she played the flute in the youth wind orchestra Podeldorf. But when the place on the bassoon became free, Hedwig was to fill it. At first, she preferred to stick with the flute – a flashier instrument with bigger solo parts. "Only my mother could persuade me", she reveals today.
The switch between flute and bassoon was not difficult for her. However, once she had her secondary school diploma in her pocket, she had to make a final decision about one of the instruments. She had already set her sights on becoming a professional musician at that time. "I then decided on the bassoon. Fewer people play it, she explains her choice. Today she likes to stand out from the crowd. "The bassoon usually takes the bass part and that is the most important one. All the other instruments can be carried on it", explains Hedwig.
After secondary school she graduated from the vocational school for music in Kronach and could now consider studying music.
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.
Not everyone was enthusiastic. "Where are our schools headed??" Bernhard Schwab (CSU) wanted to know in the city council meeting on Thursday evening. When the new construction areas on the Herzo Base and elsewhere in the city are occupied, at least 2,000 new citizens are to be expected. And their children should all go to Carl-Platz-School? For the CSU faction leader, it would be a good idea to think about other solutions as well. The meeting dealt with the size of the replacement building for the now demolished pavilion on the site of the Carl-Platz-School. The city wants to meet an increasing number of students there with a massive new building. This is to be provided already now with a second upper floor. This is not yet necessary, but the settlement of the Herzo Base district will require more space for the foreseeable future. Mayor German Hacker (SPD) assumes about five years until the new school building can be fully occupied. Therefore, after the end of construction in 2018, it will not be long before the reserve is also occupied. This refers to the second floor of the new building, which is already under construction but will not be used until later. This would provide space for four more classrooms. The city council agreed with a clear majority (19 to eight) to the proposal of the administration to choose the larger variant. The cultural committee had already recommended this. The planning explained by the architect Friedrich bear would have accommodated the rooms demanded in the space program admittedly in a lower building. But then one would have stood probably in a few years before the problem of an extension. But the new building will already be correspondingly large. The majority in the city council found this reasonable. For Sandra Wustner (SPD) the large solution saves a soon renewed rebuilding and thus annoyance. Because then the children would have to be temporarily relocated to containers. Also Peter Simon (Greens) held instruction during the rebuilding for extremely difficult, why one should avoid that.
Against changing the sprinklers
The fact that the soon-to-be 1800 new residents of Herzo Base should all send their children to Herzogenaurach was not understood by several city council members during the discussion. One should prefer Niederndorf instead. The students could use the new bike path from the Herzo Base, said Ille Prockl-Pfeiffer (CSU), and there would be room for an extension. A change of the school district "across the Herzo Base" held mayor Hacker however for fatal. The students of the first construction phase attend the Carl-Platz-School, and the new residents a few meters further on should then go to Niederndorf? You can’t do that with Hacker. He did not let thereby also reservations apply that the location Carl place school has already very much traffic. The fact that the new 13 meter high building impairs the local recreational value of the neighboring Wiwaweiher, noted in addition CSU parliamentary group leader Schwab. And also the idea of Christian Schaufler (free voters) to think about an own school on the duke base is not practicable. Hacker: "It is too small for that." Hacker found it difficult to make predictions about the exact number of students in the future. However, it could be assumed that this new building, together with a possible expansion of the school in Niederndorf (three classrooms would be possible there), would provide sufficient space for the next ten to 15 years. Only then could the city council perhaps discuss again whether a school on the Herzo Base would not be appropriate after all.
With unexpected short work, tournament favorite Novak Djokovic reached the semifinals of the Australian Open. After only 51 minutes, his Japanese opponent Kei Nishikori retired at 6:1, 4:1 for the world’s number one tennis player.
As sorry as Djokovic was for the exhausted former US Open finalist and the crowd in Melbourne, the 31-year-old was glad to have saved energy. "That’s exactly what the doctor prescribed for me – not to spend too much time on the court," said Djokovic, who was challenged for a good three hours in his round of 16 match on Monday.
Nishikori needed more than five hours for his victory over the Spaniard Roberto Carreno Busta and had to go into a fifth set for the third time in the tournament. In Wimbledon and at the US Open Djokovic had won in the previous year also in each case against Nishikori and then won the titles.
In their fourth Bundesliga game away from home in 14 days, the Brose Bamberg basketball team face the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg on Easter Sunday (6 p.m.). Should this game also be lost – it would be the fifth defeat in the last six games – coach Federico Perego’s team will have to focus on securing fifth place in the table in the final spurt of the main round. Rank 4 and with it home rights in the first play-off round are no longer attainable in the form in which the cup winners have presented themselves in the past 14 days.
Perego: We work hard
"For us it is not the best phase of the season. We work hard every day to eliminate our mistakes. We are still in the middle of a process. The most important phase of the season is now coming. We are still in all competitions, have many games ahead of us and want to have a say everywhere", said the 34-year-old Brose coach after the defeat in Frankfurt on Maundy Thursday. In Ludwigsburg, his proteges were to back up their words with deeds.
Like the Fraport Skyliners, the MHP Giants still have a small chance of making the playoffs. With the 98:93 victory in Giessen, the Swabians have returned to the track of success after previously three defeats in a row. As tenth in the table, they are four points behind Wurzburg, who are in eighth place and thus in the last play-off spot.
"When Hitler came to power in 1933, I was ten years old", Samuels tells. At the time, he said, he didn’t understand what was going on. As a native of Hammelburg, he had his circle of friends and also got along very well with the teachers. Until 1933, the question of religious affiliation was a minor issue. "Just because I was Jewish, I suddenly had no friends anymore", he reports. Three years later, his family had to give up their grain business in Kissinger Strasse and moved to Hamburg. From there they managed to emigrate to the USA in 1937. In World War II, he fought as an American soldier against Germany, Samuels says. Alfred Stuhler, also a native of Hammelburg from Kissinger Strabe, had a similar experience. "Overnight the youth was incited by the Nazis against us Jews and against system critics who thought differently", he reports. He went to the sports field with military drill. "When the blood of the Jews spurts from the knife", one had sung at that time. "But some of my classmates continued to be good to me", Stuhler remembers. On the night of the pogrom he got a punch in the eye. "In 1938, my parents hurriedly sold the house and we emigrated to Palestine", Stuhler continues. After 16 years of farming there, he landed in Austria after the war with his wife, a Viennese woman. Return took a long time Two worlds meet in the auditorium: the 1930s meet the 1930s and the 1930s meet the 1930s The present. With their questions, the students from the 11th grade set out to find out more. Year class on the traces of the Zeitgeist of that time. History teacher Claudia Albrecht-Schubel acts as moderator and leader of the discussion. "Can one be proud of being a German today??", Rebecca asks. "It has become a different people in the meantime", answers Stuhler. "When were you inwardly ready to visit Germany after the war??", Lorenz wants to know. "That lasted until 1960, but many of those affected had not made it at all", says Stuhler. "Were there regrets and apologies from old acquaintances when you saw each other again?", asks Anna-Lisa. Stuhler shrugs his shoulders. Rather not. Misery up close Samuels reports a warm reunion with his old childhood friend Markus Hofstetter. After several decades, they recognized each other in a fraction of a second during his visit to Hammelburg. And then the high school students are interested in whether Samuels fought in American army uniform out of hatred for the Germans. "I was 21 and an American citizen, I fought for my country USA., after Hitler’s Germany threw me out", Samuels explains. And then he tells about the Holocaust Auschwitz and Dachau, where he was active as an American soldier in the camp liquidation after the end of the war and saw the misery of mass extermination at close quarters. The students still have many questions. For example, they want to know whether a Jew had a chance during the Nazi era to publicly deny his faith and thus escape with his skin intact. "No, in the country people know each other", answers Stuhler. "Was the hatred of Jews not questioned back then??", the students want to know. Everyone had accepted it, confirms Stuhler. And Samuels adds: "We were so young then and could not have imagined what terrible war crimes the Totenkopf SS committed. It is of great importance to ward off the beginnings of such dangers by democratic choice and to be wide awake against renewed excesses, especially now in the days of the NSU trial. Everyone in the auditorium was in agreement.
Across the country, 23 people have been killed by the regime’s forces, including two mentally disabled brothers, it said. Tanks belonging to government forces had shelled residential neighborhoods in the rebel strongholds of Homs and Daraa.
The Syrian regime had agreed to a ceasefire on Monday nearly 13 months after protests against President Bashar al-Assad began. The so-called revolutionary committees then declared that they had decided, together with the Free Syrian Army, that the deserters would also lay down their arms if the regime actually stopped its attacks and ordered the troops back to the barracks. They also demanded that political prisoners be released. Journalists should be allowed to move freely.
The United Nations planned to send some 150 to 200 observers to Syria to monitor the cease-fire, a Western diplomat in Baghdad said. According to UN figures, more than 9,000 people have died in the conflict so far.
Whether he would do it again? There comes from Obernbreits mayor Bernhard Bruckner a clear yes. Although he said a few sentences earlier: "They were hard years." But after all, it’s about Obernbreit, about his Obernbreit, about which he says: "If I don’t see the church tower for more than ten days during my vacation, I get very anxious."
Bruckner, the "big club man", Bernhard Bruckner, who has been a member of all the local associations, has also been politically active for 42 years. Although the start was anything but easy at that time: Two of four lists failed at the local council election in 1978 due to formal errors, which caused great unrest in the town that reverberated for a long time.
Elected mayor with two votes more
In 1984, he finally succeeded in becoming a member of the town council for the CSU, whose local branch had been founded shortly before. After 18 years, he ran for mayor and won in a runoff election with a very close result: Bruckner had a lead of only two votes over Reinhard Baier.