Dutch kpn considers selling e-plus

Dutch kpn considers selling e-plus

On friday, the company’s management announced in the hague that it would examine all strategic options for its subsidiary e-plus in order to disclose the values of its german operations. What exactly that could mean, however, was not said.

"We have carefully examined america movil’s offer and have come to the conclusion that it is not in the interest of the shareholders," explained KPN CEO eelco block. The declarations triggered new speculations. KPN wants to sell its successful german subsidiary to spain’s telefonica, media reports said, which the spanish telecom giant rejected. From other sources, it was reported that both companies wanted to merge their german mobile communications activities.

This in turn, in a market with only four suppliers, would call the antitrust authorities in bonn or brussel to the scene. Such a case would in any case entail a competitive review, says a cartel expert. The german federal network agency, which had to decide in such a case whether the companies had to return a UMTS license, which they had bought at auction almost twelve years ago for around 8 billion euros each, was also on board. "We’ve been looking into that," a spokesman said, but declined to elaborate.

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Catering for the pilgrims is assured

Catering for the pilgrims is assured

The pilgrimage season in vierzehnheiligen has begun. Especially in may many pilgrims are expected from all directions. And they need something to eat and drink after the strenuous walk. But the inn "goldener hirsch is currently a construction site. The building will undergo general renovation for about a year, as will the three adjacent buildings of "haus frankenthal. But a remedy has been found. In the adjacent diozesan house there is enough capacity to supply and accommodate the pilgrims and tourists.

"We have already made a lot of progress", says raimund hummer, the manager of the vierzehnheiligen education center. All over the "golden hirschen and the three adjacent buildings are craftsmen busy with the reconstruction. "The restaurant and the beer garden will probably not be opened this year", says hummer. The hospitality is however daily from 10 to 18 o’clock in the diozesanhaus ensured.

400 to 500 lunches were needed daily during the high season. Normally this is done by the staff in both cakes. Now, however, they are set up to prepare these meals in the one kitchen. In addition to the house and conference guests of the diozesanhaus, there were now also pilgrims and tourists. The dining rooms in the diozesanhaus are well suited to accommodate the pilgrims, the 51-year-old continues, because they were recently redesigned.

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A family of swallows living in the inn: quite normal in zeil

A family of swallows living in the inn: quite normal in zeil

He has loudly announced. "Wid", it sounds from the sky. "This is bibi", says ibolyka pickel. That’s how she christened the little swallow man who, together with his partner, ribi, lives in the "kuli" pub in zeil coarsens its young.
Ibolyka pickel runs into the corridor behind her inn. Upstairs, on the power cable of the hall lamp, six young swallows are sitting in a row, already in slumber mode. The mother squats on a copper pipe behind it. The father has not joined yet. "He is in the beer garden", says ibolyka pickel and laughs. The 61-year-old points to the red-throated birdman sitting on a light garland under the pavilion and looks a little perplexed because someone is stalking him to within a meter with a strange clicking device. "He doesn’t mind", says the hostess. But to be on the safe side she asks again: "or, bibi?" – "wid wid." (probably: "photos? If my wife finds out!" – but the female it langst, she sits only a few meters away from it and thinks her part).

Red throat, forked tail

The guests of the inn often take photos when they notice the family of swallows, the hostess tells them. The animals remain sitting there quite cool. "Such behavior is normal", explains dietmar will. Swallows are used to people, as cultural successors they even seek their proximity, says the biologist and bird expert from habfurt.
Based on the photos he identifies the species: "it is indeed the rarer barn swallow". Well recognizable by the metallic-red throat and the deeply forked tail", he explains. Rarely, because the number of nesting places for the animals has steadily declined in recent years. "Barn swallows like it warm. With the old cowsheds most of their nesting places disappeared", explains dietmar will. It’s all the better when they find nesting sites like the beer garden in the "kuli" pier can use.

Regular guests for 17 years

The swallows have been here for 17 years, says ibolyka pickel, and the animals come back every year. Even if it is long several generations, which are in the "kuli" the landlady always keeps the names: ribi and bibi she calls the parents in every new breeding season.
In spring, the migratory birds from africa return to their ancestral nesting places, they are faithful to their location and "very industrious", ibolyka has observed pimples. With the sunrise the birds fly out and go hunting. In the evening, around 9 pm, they come back to their shelter one by one, in bad weather also earlier.
They use clay and straw to build their nests, and they look for both in the surrounding area. "Mudpuppies are a rarity today, not only because of the frequent drought", explains dietmar will. "As a substitute, smoke swallows like to take the sediment of streams such as the altach. This, however, lacks the clay content, so that many nests are not stable enough." They feed mainly on insects such as snails and other bipeds, which the agile swallows catch in flight.
Speaking of flight: in the fall, the birds once again make the long journey to africa. For ibolyka pickel a wistful moment: "i am then sad for a whole week." But she knows: her friends will come back.

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Carports replace garages at the fire station

Carports replace garages at the fire station

The three garages at the firehouse, which are rented out, will be demolished and replaced with two carports with a steel base structure. Cost: around 30.000 euro. That’s what the council’s building committee decided on tuesday evening.

The access to the parking areas will be in the future through the side road to the old waterworks and no longer through the forecourt of the fire department. This way, car owners and firefighters will no longer get in each other’s way. The latter hold on the forecourt again and again exercises. In addition, garages are expected to become available not far from the old waterworks, which the tenants will be able to use.

Construction engineer heiko schiwatsch from altenkunstadt presented the committee members with two demolition options for the garages, which are suffering from the ravages of time. They are rented and belong to the municipal apartments, which are located in the fire department building. The members of the committee decided on the following slogan. Since the existing garages were built into the slope, the yard used by the fire department will be secured against slipping off the slope by means of an angular retaining wall. How the transition to the courtyard will be designed, is to be determined at a local meeting.

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Biathlete dahlmeier believes in recovery in olympic winter

biathlete dahlmeier believes in recovery in olympic winter

Soon laura dahlmeier wants to be the same again. "I’m sure that now it will go forward again peu à peu", said germany’s rough olympic gold hope before the departure from hochfilzen.

At the last world cup of the year in annecy-le grand bornand, it’s all about dahlmeier and the other german biathletes on thursday (14.15) off with the sprint competition. Saturday will be the pursuit and sunday the first mass start of the season.

For the seven-time world champion, it will be a really stressful time afterwards. After the last world cup race of the year, it’s off to baden-baden to vote for athlete of the year. And after her five gold medals at the world championships in hochfilzen in february, dahlmeier is the top favorite for the women’s title. She was then the successor of tennis-queen angelique kerber. And she became the first biathlete after record world champion magdalena neuner to be crowned athlete of the year.

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Bavarian state forestry operation in bad bruckenau: 387 wild boars killed in pressure hunts

bavarian state forestry operation in bad bruckenau: 387 wild boars killed in pressure hunts

Already in the hunt year 2017 one obtained 372 wild boars in the pressure hunt season, it heibt in a press release of the bayerischen staatsforsten.

African swine fever

According to the friedrich loffler institute (FLI), the federal research institute for animal health, african swine fever (ASF) is a viral disease of domestic and wild pigs, but is not dangerous to humans. The ASF originates from the sahara and sardinia and found its way to eastern europe through georgia and the caucasus. In germany, however, no traps have yet been reported.

While ticks are blamed for transmission in the mediterranean region, they play a minor role in the northern latitudes here. However, the main vector of the disease is the human being, since the virus, which is not dangerous for humans, can be transmitted via food waste. For example, a carelessly discarded sausage sandwich with infected pork can potentially become a problem for the omnivorous wild boar. This theory is held responsible for central europe’s so far only ASP case in belgium.

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Into the new year with god by your side

Into the new year with God by your side

For the catholic parishes and the city of herzogenaurach, 2017 was an eventful year. In the city parish church st. The parish priest helmut hetzel looked back on the old year, but also looked forward to the new one.
In the well-attended church, hetzel celebrated the year-end service with chaplain sebastian schiller, father moison michael, father justine paul palimattom and pastoral advisor thomas matzick, supported by 20 altar boys from the entire pastoral area.

Three towers festival as high point

Hetzel advised in his introduction to look at the past year with the "eyes of the heart" to reflect. In his introduction, he addressed, among other things, the good and bad sides this year. But it was not only necessary to look back, but also to look forward, because we had god on our side. Hetzel advised that when looking back, one should also reflect on the people who are important to one or what has happened to each person personally.
The review of life in the pastoral area covered the four years of the joint pastoral area. The "miteinander" information booklet appears with a thematic focus with two issues per year. It informs about dates and church services. There are "focal point services", says on new year's eve or at whitsun, in the past year also at the herzo base. The parish offices are now so well networked that a contact person can be reached at any time. Particularly noteworthy in the pastoral area is the three towers festival of 2016, which was "unforgettable moments" for all three parishes had kept ready. All groups of the parish went in a procession to the weihersbach, where a festive service was celebrated.
The past year was also looked back on. The 94 departures were offset by four rejoins. 126 deceased were laid to rest, and 85 children were baptized. 102 children received the sacrament of first communion, 63 the sacrament of confirmation, and 27 couples were married.
Pastoral counselor matzick drew attention to the upcoming restructuring of the pastoral areas. In many places there were fears and anxieties. However, it is necessary to enter into a dialogue with hannberg, weisendorf and grobenseebach. "Jesus gives courage to be in the same boat with the new parishes", says matzick. Hetzel concluded the mass with a blessing and dismissed the congregation for the new year's eve.

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Opel plant in bochum facing closure

Opel plant in bochum facing closure

This is what the head of the works council, werner einenkel, told the dpa news agency on saturday, confirming statements made by WDR. Although discussions were still underway with the state government about alternatives, these were made even more difficult by the planned closure of the transmission plant in 2013. "The situation has never been so serious and threatening," said einkel. Speculation about the end of the opel site in bochum has been rife for months now.

It was not quite clear whether the communication thread with the management was finally broken. But according to einkel, the management seems determined to close down the traditional plant. No reasons were given in the announcements, the head of the works council complained. As long as cars were still being built in bochum, he still saw a chance of preserving the location.

Next monday, the works council will hold a staff meeting to inform employees about the situation. The management has been invited and asked to comment on the plans and to explain the closure plans, he says. The zafira family van is manufactured in bochum.

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Impatience grows in forchheim

impatience grows in forchheim

Werner schaup sits in front of a revolving shelf and takes out a folder on the subject of flood protection. Since the catastrophic rain in the summer of 2007, nearly 20 folders have accumulated. Schaup, head of the civil engineering office in forchheim, pays for: design plans, further plans, plans for "preventive flood protection in kersbach, ground surveys…

Everything is ready to start with the construction of protective measures. But the crucial question has not been answered: will the municipalities of forchheim, baiersdorf, langensendelbach, effeltrich and poxdorf succeed in joining forces to form an association?? In other words, if the five potential partners in a special-purpose association can agree on who will pay what share of the 30-million-euro flood protection project, it will be up to them to decide?
Flood protection is difficult to communicate to the public, says werner schaup: "you can’t make people understand that we’re working on it because they can’t see anything."

Mayor franz stumpf understands the impatience of the population. It "worries" him, he recently told the city council that no "solution for flood disposal" had yet been found for kersbach and burk found.

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U.s. To resume death penalty at federal level

u.s. to resume death penalty at federal level

For the first time in more than 15 years, the U.S. Wants to carry out the death penalty again at the federal level. Attorney general william barr has initiated a corresponding change, the u.S. Justice department in washington announced.

The execution of five prisoners against whom the death penalty had been imposed had already been ordered. These were all convicted of murdering children and juveniles, among other things, it said. Their executions are planned for december and january. Further executions were scheduled at a later date. Human rights and civil liberties organizations reacted with disgust

In recent years, several US states had abolished the death penalty or suspended its execution. According to the death penalty information center, the death penalty no longer exists in 20 of the 50 U.S. States. In march, california – the u.S. State with the largest number of death row inmates – also suspended the death penalty by decree, drawing criticism from u.S. President donald trump.

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