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Gang of four in front: most exciting league in 20 years

Gang of four in front: most exciting league in 20 years

"FC bayern is the rough loser," said fubball emperor franz beckenbauer on sky 90 while looking at the standings. Defending champions borussia dortmund had just stormed to within four goals of leaders munich, who were level on points, thanks to an impressive 5-1 gala at hamburger SV. FC schalke 04 is third with also 37 payers, and only one payer behind lurks already bayern-bezwinger borussia monchengladbach (36).

"This is not a solo effort by the bavarians, but a gang of four. But it’s still exciting – and that’s good," beckenbauer added. The last time it was this close at the top was in the 1991/92 season: eintracht frankfurt, vfb stuttgart and borussia dortmund went into the final matchday tied in this order. Frankfurt lost in rostock, dortmund won in duisburg, but was caught seven minutes before the end when guido buchwald headed his vfb to victory in leverkusen and thus to the title win.

Now even three bavarian youngsters are within striking distance – and are more or less openly challenging the star ensemble. "Bayern is and remains the favorite," said BVB international kevin grobkreutz after the twelfth game in a row without defeat. To add almost at the same moment: "with this, we have set a clear sign for ourselves. We just have to keep doing our thing. And if we continue like this, it will be very difficult to beat us."

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From the crane to the cross

On the route from grobwenkheim to grobbardorf there is a visible change. After extensive restoration, the sandstone wayside cross that was damaged in an accident in 2018 is there again.

A regional workshop was responsible for the restoration. "We have tried, as far as it was possible and reasonable, to use the old parts again. But some had to be made new", said philipp zimmer from the natural stone company halbig from mellrichstadt, who together with his colleague thilo hildebrandt put up the cross again.

New meets old

Among the new parts pay a side part of the pedestal, the cross trunk and the crossbeam. The body of christ, from which the arms and legs had been broken off, was restored by the mellrichstadt workshop using special materials. A lot of feeling, exact eyesight and patience were needed, because the erection of the cross required millimeter-precise work. The spirit level was the most used tool in the process.

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Report: north korea moves two new missile launch pads

Report: north korea moves two new missile launch pads

This was reported by the sudkorean news agency yonhap on sunday, citing military sources. The recent relocation could be a sign that the communist country is pressing ahead with preparations for new missile tests.

After recent U.S. Offers of dialogue, north korea affirmed it was basically ready for disarmament negotiations, but would not talk about its nuclear weapons under any circumstances. There could be talks with washington about disarmament, wrote the official newspaper "rodong sinmun" (saturday). But a nuclear-free korean peninsula is not to be dreamed of, he said. The U.S. Had recently signaled a willingness to talk, but demanded that north korea take concrete steps toward nuclear disarmament.

The U.S. And south korean militaries have long had indications that north korea could launch new missiles, possibly including one or two medium-range musudan missiles with a range estimated at 3,000 to 4,000 kilometers. The missile is untested. The launch of a ballistic missile in north korea would be an intensification in the conflict over the north korean nuclear and missile program.

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Shadow banking operations more coarse than before the financial crisis

Shadow banking operations more coarse than before the financial crisis

According to the report, these so-called shadow banks, such as hedge funds, had a global business volume of 67 billion dollars at the end of 2011. Growth thus continues unabated, albeit at a slower pace than in the period before the financial crisis, states the FSB in its report published in basel on sunday. According to the report, shadow banks had an estimated business volume of 26 billion dollars in 2002; in 2007, it was already 62 billion dollars.

However, the share of shadow banks in all financial transactions has declined since the beginning of the crisis, as the FSB notes. It will remain at around 25 percent in the period 2009 to 2011, "after a peak of 27 percent in 2007".

Shadow banks" are financial institutions that are active in the banking business but operate outside the actual banking system and are therefore not subject to its rules. They operate in a gray zone or shadow world, hence the name. These include, for example, hedge funds, or private equity firms (external investors who provide companies with equity capital on an exorbitant basis).

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Scholz dampens hopes for significantly higher defense budget

Scholz dampens hopes for significantly higher defense budget

German finance minister olaf scholz (SPD) has dampened hopes that the defense budget could benefit greatly from the additional revenue forecast in the tax estimate.

"We are investing the ten billion euros for the next five years primarily in the expansion of the digital network and to relieve incomes that are suffering from the cold progression," he told the newspaper "bild am sonntag". "Of course, by the time we get all this done, there won’t be too much of the extra revenue left over for the defense budget, development aid and other coalition projects."

Defense minister ursula von der leyen, with the support of chancellor angela merkel (both CDU), is calling for a much larger increase in the size of the bundeswehr than previously planned. In the coalition agreement, the CDU/CSU and SPD had agreed to prioritize additional funds that would be freed up for the armed forces and development policy. Defense budget already second largest item in federal budget. Scholz had rejected von der leyen’s demands, but had held out the prospect of higher spending on the federal armed forces after the tax estimate – without, however, naming an amount.

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Crash landing in san francisco: racism joke causes trouble

crash landing in san francisco: racism joke causes trouble

"Sum ting wong, wi tu lo, ho lee fuk, bang ding ow" was the headline on the KTVU news, next to a picture of the burned-out machine. Pronounced aloud, the names resemble a witty description of the accident: "something wrong, we too low, holy fuck, bang ding ow", in german: "etwas falsch, wir zu tief, heilige scheibe, bumm krach aua."Quickly the emporten comments piled up in the internet about the racist joke.

It was only during the current reporting that the station noticed the blunder and apologized to its viewers. Several mistakes were made, said moderator frank somerville. KTVU had neither spoken the names aloud nor asked for the exact position of the U.S. National transportation safety board (NTSB) employee who had confirmed the names to the station by phone.

The NTSB reacted a short time later and apologized for the "wrong and insulting" names in a press release. An intern had acted beyond his authority and confirmed the dubious names to the broadcaster. However, a spokeswoman for the NTSB told dpa on saturday that it was not clear which of the two sides had come up with the names.

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Without the filigree, the glamour is missing

Without the filigree, the glamour is missing

The new bad kissingen city champion in indoor soccer is the FC 06. In the final, the district league team defeated the A-class team SV albertshausen 3:2. Third place went to the host team, tsvgg hausen, which moved into the field after TSV reiterswiesen pulled out at short notice. Too many players of the district classist were on skiing vacation.

In group A, TV jahn winkels surprised with a concentrated style of play, with coach uwe wende using mainly young players. He was "absolutely satisfied with the performance of his boys, even though we lost the semifinals due to two stupid mistakes and didn’t have the necessary amount of luck in the seven-meter shootout for third place". The second semifinalist from this group was tsvgg hausen, which improved after the clear opening defeat against the jahn team. A single disappointment was defending champion SV garitz. The district league team fielded a predominantly inexperienced squad and only avoided total disgrace thanks to its better goal ratio against FC poppenroth.

In group B, FC 06 bad kissingen did not manage more than a 3:3 against SV albertshausen at the start, but then things went well for thomas freund’s proteges. He had newcomers in the squad, whereby adrian mann only arrived in the bayernhalle shortly before the start of the tournament, but immediately impressed with his technical prowess. In goal for the female blue team was bjorn rader, a new goalkeeper who switched from djk wasserlosen to the frank saale. Second place in the group went to the A-class team from albertshausen, which relegated TSV arnshausen, which was also not complete, to third place. Without a chance was the post-SV, which was at the end of the table without a goal and a point. Two reasons for the unsatisfactory eighth place were named by chairman reinhold kutzer: "we hardly had a hall specialist and certainly not a goalkeeper with any experience."

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Dance lime tree: mayor hofmann is appalled

dance lime tree: mayor hofmann is appalled

The limmersdorfer lindenkirchweih is a crowd puller that attracts visitors from all over the region to the thurnau suburb every year at the end of august. This year, the traditional event is already making headlines in the spring, after the municipal council, in its most recent meeting, decided against commissioning an expert opinion required for the renovation of the dance lime tree. BR asked mayor dietmar hofmann (SPD/OL) about it.

Mr. Hofmann, in the district of kulmbach, people are surprised that the market is investing a huge sum in the pottery museum, but does not want to invest 2800 euros for an expert opinion on the renovation of the limmersdorf dance hall.
Dietmar hofmann: you can’t compare one with the other. In the case of the pottery museum, we have succeeded in obtaining a demand of almost 90 percent. So the market’s own contribution is not huge. As far as the renovation of the dance lime tree is concerned, which I personally fully support, only about 33 percent of the estimated costs of 75,000 euros are currently covered. Further demands are still outstanding. The municipal council has always been unanimous in its support for the renovation of this unique monument. In the past, damage was only ever repaired. Now we want to forge an overall concept that includes the renovation of the sandstone columns and the replacement of the beam structure of the dance bridge.

The administration has submitted a proposal to the committee to commission the structural analysis report. You didn’t chair the meeting, learned on vacation that the council voted 8-4 against it. Were you surprised, especially since opposing voices have come even from your faction?
I was not only surprised, I was really angry. And I was appalled how this in itself harmless topic in the public was inflated unnecessarily. I wonder who benefits from this unobjective discussion in retrospect – the cause certainly not. Back to the meeting: the reference by parts of the SPD/open list to the not yet approved budget is incomprehensible to me, as the budget was already covered by the promised grants. The criticism that the kerwa association categorically refused to make even a symbolic financial contribution is more understandable. On the other hand, I cannot understand at all the CSU’s reason for saying no in the municipal council.

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Scandal at pk of doping victims’ support group

scandal at pk of doping victims' support group

The doctor threw the professor out: a heated argument between two men overshadowed the press conference of the doping victims’ association (DOH).

When anti-doping expert werner franke tried to gain access to the conference room at the federal foundation for the reappraisal of the sed dictatorship, DOH chairman michael lehner jumped up and forced the 79-year-old out of the room. The two men scuffled, a reporter rushed in to mediate, and some feared an escalation. But then franke grudgingly gave in.

The professor of molecular biology, who had traveled from heidelberg to berlin, finally gave in. But before franke went off the rails, he issued an invitation to a counter-event: "if you want to hear the truth, you have to come to maximilians" an hour later and 100 meters away, the number one german doping investigator spoke in the restaurant about his views on the long-smoldering dispute between DOH critics and the aid association, which was founded in 1999.

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In search of happiness

In search of happiness

Under the title "the search for true happiness the city library and cultural initiative (KIS) offer on friday, 12. April, an event and reading by the bestselling author ulli olvedi from seefeld near munich.
Ulli olvedi has been involved in the theory and practice of buddhist teachings since 1970. She first worked for a long time as a science journalist and translator. Today she writes mainly novels with a buddhist background such as "the cry of garuda", "like in a dream" and "the voice of twilight". Through publications and seminars, she conveys the contents of the buddhist spiritual world and teaches, among other things, at the academy "panta rhei" in seefeld. In the tradition of her highly successful novels, ulli olvedi has created "zanskar" another wonderful tibet story written – an exciting and driving search for true happiness.

From tibet to switzerland
To the content: as a small child dolma loses her parents in the flight from tibet and grows up with adoptive parents in switzerland. She is a quiet, well-behaved child, marries a man with an academic career, has a daughter – everything according to plan. Then her life falls into depression, only her longing for "home" keep it up. When her daughter pema-marie reaches the age of majority, she flees to tibet – from her family, from depression, from a life that seems wasted to her. It will be a journey of no return. Ten years later, dolma's diaries are found in kathmandu. Pema-marie, a natural scientist and far away from everything tibetan, flies to kathmandu with her husband to receive her – and gets lost in the accounts of the auber and inner dramas her mother experienced on the trip: in lhasa, dolma falls in love with a tibetan, but she finds it hard to love and chinese tibet scares her off. A friendship with a nun eventually leads her to a nunnery in zanskar, an extremely high region in the western himalayas, where time has stood still and the real old tibet still seems to be alive.

Legacy of the mother
For dolma, a difficult and dramatic year begins, full of hardships, but also full of miracles that give her hope. Her mother's legacy, the account of her spiritual development and her sincere attempt to know and understand herself, open pema-marie's eyes: like her mother, she submits to the rules of her environment, with which she feels so uncomfortable. And like her mother, she embarks on a journey into a whole new world that leads to an unexpected turn in her life.
The event in the old darre begins on friday, 12. April, at 19.30 o'clock.

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