Macron wants to defuse Iran crisis at g7 summit

With an explosive surprise coup at the G7 summit, french president emmanuel macron wants to bring new movement into the dangerous iran conflict.

Iran’s auben minister mohammed javad sarif arrived unexpectedly on sunday for the rich industrial countries (g7) meeting in biarritz, france, and met with macron. Visit throws three-day meeting of heads of state and government into turmoil. It was previously overshadowed by differences with U.S. President donald trump, even if everyone tried to present a unanimous image.

The invitation of sarif is delicate because the USA considers iran an enemy and does not maintain diplomatic relations. The u.S. President accuses tehran of aggressively interfering in regional conflicts, for example in syria or yemen. After pulling out of the nuclear agreement with iran, trump is now back to a policy of "maximum pressure" against tehran.

After only four weeks, the opportunity to submit comments on the 2030 network development plan (NEP) in the consultation process ended on tuesday. As of the reporting date, the coburg-land district association of the CSU and its members clearly formulated their objection to the P44 and p44mod power lines and sent it to berlin.
The route P44 was driven west of coburg from schalkau to grafenrheinfeld, p44mod east of coburg. The coburg-land CSU district association rejects both plans. "With the thuringer strombrucke through our region already enormous interferences in nature and landscape are to be registered", quoted district chairman martin mittag from the letter. The coburg region, especially agriculture, is already bearing a considerable burden from the energy transition. The coburg region must not only be a "flat donor" and "load space" to be a major contributor to transport and energy infrastructure.

Where is the benefit?

In general, the district association doubts the necessity of the plans, so mittag. The region is not responsible for satisfying the economic interests of the four electricity companies operating in germany. Member of the bundestag hans michelbach sees the federal network agency as having a duty here. It must carefully assess the needs in order to avoid "self-service" the grid operator to put a stop to this. "We hope for a cost-benefit analysis to make the sense clear to the citizens of coburg", said michelbach.
The district association is also critical of further-reaching plans up to 2050: according to the grid operators, technical developments, such as possibilities for storing electricity, are not at all "stepmotherly" considered. "But we are convinced that there will be opportunities by 2050", emphasized martin mittag.
The untersiemau mayor rolf rosenbauer, who signed as well as his two colleagues udo siegel (grobheirath) and sebastian straubel (lautertal), also sees research and science as having a duty in this respect. Instead of more and more "wires across the country other solutions had to be found. E-mobility, for example, is good and all, but more e-mobility also needs more electricity. Here, alternative methods of generating electricity urgently needed to be found.

"Fiscal insanity

The letter also refers to the coalition summit in july 2015 in the chancellor’s office: the NDP 2030 does not correspond in any way to what was agreed there, namely: no further planning in the coburg region. "The current legal situation is that the route is P43 – it cannot be shifted to a P44 or p44mod without further ado", emphasized hans michelbach.
In its statement, the CSU describes the fact that the p44mod line had to be removed and rebuilt from a pipeline that had only been in operation for a few months as "financially insane". A parallel route to the existing "thuringer strombrucke" is also out of the question in question, it says in the letter. The distance to residential areas would be far too small.
Apart from the impact on people, the landscape and nature, hans michelbach also fears for the economy. "The network fee is becoming more and more expensive." Costs for industry in particular have risen "extremely high. For the grid operator tennet, for example, the price per kilowatt hour has tripled in the last five years. "This puts a strain on jobs and companies and is a clear competitive disadvantage.", so michelbach.
Weidhausen’s mayor markus monch (no party affiliation) had criticized last week that contradictory statements by bavaria’s economics minister ilse aigner were circulating on the NEP 2030 (tageblatt, 23. February). Jurgen W. Heike therefore clarified once again on tuesday: "we have the full backing of the state government. They stick to keeping the expansion of the power grid to a minimum." What worries heike more is that no one has been able to explain to him why more roads were needed in the first place. "Also tennet not!"

Chef's duel: joachim schwab beats star chef lafer

When joachim schwab received an e-mail from ZDF a few months ago, he could hardly believe it. It was an inquiry as to whether he could imagine taking part in the new season of the cooking show "stadt, land, lecker" (city, country, delicious). "It was clear to me right away that i wanted to do this," says the owner of schwab’s landgasthof in schwarzach am main, germany. He also knew that beating a star chef was not going to be easy. "For me the cook-off is the ‘champions league’ of cooking."

As one of over 100 cooks from all over germany, the 55-year-old was finally able to prevail in a multi-stage application process. Eight chefs are competing in the current season against either nelson muller, alexander herrmann or johann lafer. On saturday the cook duel from schwarzach was broadcasted.

"No matter who it is, I have to grab him!"

"We didn’t know who i was going to be competing against until a few minutes before the shoot," says the man from schwarzach. But for him it was clear: "no matter who it is, I have to get him!"Finally, the austrian chef johann lafer came to his restaurant – which he was very happy about. "This is a star chef that every chef would like to compete against once."

On saturday, many people marched through bamberg and other cities in bavaria, protesting against the corona seizures. The fact that – not only here and not only on saturday – neo-nazis are joining in and abusing the protests for their own agitation does not seem to bother the organizers.

It is frightening how little conviction there is on the part of those involved in the "walk" to distance themselves from right-wing extremist ideas and the nazi party "der III". Away" distanced. This is taken cheaply or even buried to get even more people on the strabe against the government and the corona policy.

No one who was present at the protests on the weekend can seriously claim not to know who is actively participating in the mobilization and then just shows up there. On hard-hitting sites such as the homepage of the national socialist party "the III. Way" is called to participate in the corona protests.

asylum seekers show athiopian coffee ceremony

The smell of coffee may not have been as intense as in a tchibo store, but the athiopian coffee ceremony in front of the marienanstalt took the visitors into a completely foreign culture. The mild summer evening was just made for this excursion to faraway athiopia. For the asylum seekers it was an opportunity to present an important need of their home country. For the visitors it was a two-hour time-out – a small cultural vacation next to the munnerstadt marketplace.

Munnerstadt resident barbel furst initiated this ceremony. She voluntarily gives german courses for asylum seekers in munnerstadt. Nearly 20 asylum seekers from athiopia currently live in munnerstadt. And the women gladly accepted the offer. Coffee ceremonies, explained barbel furst during the coffee-making, is women’s or. Girl thing. Buna is the coffee in athiopia. And from there it is said to have started its triumphal procession all over the world.

But it was much more than a mere coffee ceremony that evening. The young women from athiopia explained that before the mocha is served, it is time to eat, and they did not miss the opportunity to prepare delicious local specialties for their guests beforehand. Lentils and meat, rice and salad were served – for some tender european palates the spicy sauces were quite a challenge – the food without cutlery anyway.

The beamer projects a homepage, display boards invite you to take a look, parish newsletters to read – 40 church leaders from the northern region of the evangelical deanery of kitzingen learned about the possibilities of public relations work at a workshop in albertshofen.

How to design a homepage? What opportunities do the new media offer?? What does an article have to look like to be read?? Inviting, informing, keeping in touch, taking a stand as christians – the possibilities of public relations work are manifold and should be used, says pastor doris bromberger about this day and writes: "the message of god’s love wants to radiate – in traditional and also in modern ways." This is how christine baumgart’s workshop "schaukasten" taught us that less is often more.

Pastor uli vogel pointed out that the parish newsletter is the most widely read mailing. Especially the front and back should invite you to read on. "The fish has to like the bait, not the fisherman": these words were used by pastor beate kramer to familiarize people with press work. She suggested creating a portrait of deserving members of the community and reporting on unusual activities. Pastor jan-peter hanstein as homepage representative of the deanery of kitzingen encouraged the use of groups on facebook. This facilitates contact with the younger generation. The church boards from albertshofen, schernau-neuses am berg-dettelbach, mainstockheim, kleinlangheim and buchbrunn-repperndorf agreed that public relations work was necessary and enriching.

devotional summer songs in the st.-moritz chapel

Long after nightfall, ottilie heid, petra geisler and otto rehm, better known as the torberg trio from neunkirchen, bid farewell to the many listeners who had gathered in the woods along the st. Germany’s main road with a softly intoned devotional yodel.-moritz chapel in leutenbach had held out. For more than an hour, they had created a deeply devotional mood in the packed historic chapel with a colorful array of soft summer songs.
Summer church in st. Moritz – time to reflect and enjoy, under this motto mesner eustachius kern from ortspitz led through the evening with many, partly cheerful, partly very serious contributions.

Thoughts for sunday

With "on sunday – where is god’s honor"? He addressed the ever dwindling "thou shalt hallow the holiday", that increasingly sunday is being abused as the seventh workday. Many thoughtful visitors met afterwards at the tables in the
forest, in order to work up in languages also this current development.
How deeply this meeting of the summer church at walberla touched the feelings of the participants was shown by the fact that no one wanted to go home early. Soon, over cold drinks and a small snack, one or the other of the evening songs resounded through the forest.
The wish "please do it again next year", the organizers could not have wished for more praise and incentive; the summer church has obviously found its way into the hearts of the visitors.

Wrecked trawler moves away from antarctic crust

The chinese fishing trawler wrecked off the antarctic coast is drifting towards open waters. The fire on board the "kai xin" has become weaker, the chilean navy announced on saturday. The 97 members of the ship’s crew were rescued on wednesday after the outbreak of the fire and transferred to a mother ship.

An explosion on board the trawler had thwarted an attempt to tow the ship on friday. A dinghy from the logistics ship skyfrost had approached to thaw the ship, but was forced to abandon its plan after a powerful explosion in the engine room.

The "kai xin" is slowly moving northeast out of the bransfield trabe, on the western coast of the antarctic peninsula, into the open waters of the drake trabe, said frigate captain juan villegas in a telephone conversation with the dpa news agency from the chilean navy’s antarctic base on king george island. The distance of the ship to the nearest coast point, the fildes peninsula of king george, is around 40 kilometers.

A wonderful, fruitful time

Leopoldine lucas, head of the senior citizens’ meeting in stadtschwarzach, looked back on a "wonderful and fruitful time" during the celebrations marking 20 years of existence in the arche. Lucas, who has been with the organization from the beginning as chairwoman, touched on the founding year 1992, among other things, in her review.

Right at the start, a big carnival party was held, the director reported. About 200 events followed, which brought variety into the daily lives of the seniors. Special services, retreats and many excursions that brought the members of the seniors’ meeting together were also discussed.

Over 8000 euros for the arche

Lucas also recalled the happy dance circle that was formed nine years ago and is currently attended by about 20 participants. The focus of the meetings was, among other things, "feeling good or not being alone". Lucas thanked all those who had worked for the seniors’ meeting place over the past 20 years. As she pointed out, it has been possible to contribute to the upkeep of the ark with a sum of 8386.20 euros through commitment and generous donations.

With a damage amount of presumably far more than 100.000 euros, the damage to property was nevertheless very high. In a large wood-processing company, the drying kiln, which was filled with 44 sterers of stove wood when the fire broke out, was on fire.

For local commander thomas geis and his father ronald geis, the district fire inspector, it was immediately clear that other fire departments would be needed, and so after the fire department from zahlbach, the brigades from burkardroth, stangenroth, lauter, stralsbach, and frauenroth also came out to help. About 120 helpers were at the scene of the fire a few minutes before five o’clock in the morning, because the volunteer fire department of bad kissingen had also come out with a tanker and a turntable ladder, as well as district fire officer benno metz, and the red cross, which was on the scene with several vehicles and a dozen helpers.

No easy task

When the first police patrol arrived at the scene, the hall was on fire, according to a press release from the police headquarters in lower franconia. A fire broke out in a drying kiln measuring around ten by ten meters, in which 44 stars of firewood were to be dried in lattice boxes. It was not an easy task for the fire department, which had to fight the fire by removing part of the full lattice boxes with firewood ready for the oven from the chamber that had caught fire, using a forklift truck and breathing protection.