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Heavy duty, toxic steam

Heavy duty, toxic steam

"It was not a routine game", city fire chief michael weich summed up the situation on wednesday at around 11 a.M. The exertions of the past six hours are clearly visible on the face of the firefighter and his 25 colleagues from the kulmbach and melkendorf fire departments. Since five o’clock in the morning, an unusual operation at the mullumumladestation in the von-linde-strabe demanded them. There, a fire had broken out in a container loaded with around 20 tons of compressed bulky mull, which was waiting to be picked up on a railroad car, for reasons that are still unclear.
A worker who was on his way to his company by car in the industrial area had noticed the smoke developing in the refuse transfer station and sounded the alarm.
The firefighters from the kulmbach and melkendorf fire departments, who arrived shortly afterwards, discovered that the object of the fire was one of two containers on a wagon ready for pickup. "The container is loaded with compressed gauze, so you can’t get to the source of the fire", city fire chief michael weich described the problems of the firefighting operation.

The population was warned

Due to the toxic fumes – fortunately the container did not contain any hazardous special waste – the firefighters could only approach the burning container with their jet pipes wearing heavy breathing protection. However, the flames in the container do not love to extinguish only with cool water from auben. Only the smoke development could be diminished thereby somewhat. As chief inspector volker puttner of the police inspection kulmbach said, the population was warned by appropriate radio announcements.
Already at 7 o’clock it was clear that the container must be emptied to eradicate the fire nests. Therefore, a crane truck of the company klug was requested, with which the container was hoisted to the free space in front of the building of the mull reloading station. The salvage equipment of the technical relief organization was also used, with the help of which the barrier gauze was unloaded for the final extinguishing of the flames. The work of the THW then dragged on a bit, because a hydraulic hose of the gripper arm burst.
The wagon with the two bulky mull containers had been loaded at 8.30 o’clock should be picked up by a diesel locomotive, which had then dragged him to schwandorf. The police, who ruled out the possibility of foul play yesterday, estimated the damage at around 30,000 euros, as the managing director of the zweckverband mullverwertung schwandorf, thomas knoll, says. "Every member of the association has at least one vehicle burn out a year, so the damage can run into the hundreds of thousands.", according to knoll, who also names a possible cause of the fire:

Charcoal, sprays, batteries?

"There are always people who throw barbecue coal and spray cans into the mull or lithium-ion batteries that can explode." After all: in the kulmbach transfer station, this is the first fire since 1982.
A large part of the damage was caused by the work of the company klug, there was little to be seen on the container and the railroad wagon. In addition, according to waste consultant detlef zenk from the district office of kulmbach, the household waste that was generated that day had to be weighed and temporarily stored at the company veolia.
Also present were uwe angermann, chief executive of the city of kulmbach, and district administrator klaus peter sollner, who in his capacity as deputy chairman of the special-purpose association also praised the fire departments and the BRK for their "outstanding efforts" thanked.
Due to the work, the von linde road was completely closed for several hours, and road users had to take detours.

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The best “iflder” gshifts

The best 'iflder' gshifts

Sometimes bizarre things happen in uehlfeld. A trash can burns here, someone rides naked on a bicycle in the neighboring village of demantsfurth, or a nighttime returnee hits a wall and then calls the police. When unusual stories happen, the local boys from uehlfeld write them down for the whole year. At the parade on kerwasunday the best of them will get their own float.

Since the beginning of august, the boys and girls have been building the trailers that tell the various stories. But local boys’ capo dominik stoll admits: "in the first four weeks we only played cards." During the week they met every day for two hours – even in spite of distraction by card games the boys and girls got a move on sunday.

The boys love among other things a garbage can burning on a cart. A uehlfelder threw a party, to which he channeled a campfire. The next day, he cleaned up, dumping the ashes from the fire bowl into the bio garbage can. Not a good idea, as it should turn out a little later. The barrel started to burn. "I knew what the iflder had against the mulldonna, almost every year a mulldonna burns with us", jokes simon zwanzger, who recited the stories. Zwanzger is no longer a local boy, because he has been a member for ten years and is getting married soon, but he still doesn’t miss the opportunity to give the prologue at the parade.

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Kab members demonstrate in front of the chancellor’s office

Kab members demonstrate in front of the chancellor's office

KAB district chairman gunter romig and his deputy friedrich jakob bang the drum proverbially on this friday evening. Several times they hit coarse pots with pot lids at the nordhalben parish center. "Fired up be accompanied by your KAB colleagues, who met there for the district association committee meeting under the topic "the alarm of the empty pots – food speculation kills life" met.

They are protesting against speculation in food commodities such as corn, soy and wheat on commodity exchanges, which are strongly suspected of contributing to poverty and hunger in the world.
"When people have to spend 80 percent of their income on food, rather than the ten to 20 percent spent in rich industrialized countries, increases in the price of cereals, bread and other staple foods pose an existential threat to them, according to KAB executive director ralph korschinsky, who has dealt very intensively with the – as he admits – complicated topic.

You do not play with food

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The “saline” floats above the saale river

The 'saline' floats above the saale river

Bad kissingen has its own autumn start. This one coincides neither with the meteorological nor with the calendrical one. Autumn is in the spa town when the two steamers come out of the saale river. For this purpose, employees of saaleschifffahrt gmbh used a crane to hoist the boats out of their wet beds. The ships now go into dry dock, which is housed in the former coffee shop neptun. Between splendid ornaments and mediterranean wall paintings you spend the winter in the neo-renaissance building, which was built in 1891.

For this a heavy truck-mounted crane is on site. "We can hook up to 100 tons of load", says armin weidner. The gauaschacher is a crane driver for the company commissioned to do the work. To bring the two boats safely to shore, not only a good eye is important, but also communication. The employees of saaleschifffahrt gmbh first direct the "kissingen" with shouts and hand signals and then the "saline about the boat trolleys. Only when the keel of the boat is in alignment with markings on the car can weidner take it off the hook. The employees secure the ships from slipping with wedges. Then an old oak tractor drags boat after boat to the dry dock. There they are made fit for the coming season.

Not everything went smoothly last season. The weather in particular posed problems for the traditional company in bad kissingen. "At times it was too warm for the guests to ride the boats", says dr. Helmut fischer, the owner of saaleschifffahrt gmbh bad kissingen. His family has been running the business since 1882. The heat and drought had also affected the level of the saale river. "That’s why we even had to stop driving on one day."

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Fighting the plastic muller

Fighting the plastic muller

Bamberg- after successfully passing her high school diploma at the franz-ludwig-gymnasium in bamberg in 2017, lila behr traveled to indonesia. There she was confronted for the first time with the extreme pollution caused by plastic gauze. Bamberg woman so shocked by mulluber flooded beaches that she decided to get involved with the environment.

Into the fountainhead of the father

She has put this decision into practice. After the aforementioned drastic experience, lila behr started her first plastic projects on the indonesian islands of sumatra and lombok and is organizing an environmental event in bamberg for the first time on sunday.

With her commitment, the 19-year-old is following in the footsteps of her late father, a native of costa rica. He had founded the environmental organization "gaia protection" there founded. Lila behr now wants to revive this organization. Therefore, she is currently planning to found a non-governmental organization in costa rica as well as an environmental association in bamberg.

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Building yard employees join the fire department

building yard employees join the fire department

"The mayor didn't tell us to do it, but we know he wants us to do it", the manager of the building yard, wolfgang schmidt, explained the reasons why the men from the building yard underwent the training.

The combination of firefighting and building yard work is already a given in many cases, schmidt continues, and will now be further strengthened by the training of the manner. The deputy commander of the fire department sandberg sebastian friedel took over the training of the five construction yard men. "Fire department and building yard benefit from cooperation", schmidt and friedel are sure. When, for example, sewers or culverts have to be reeled in, this can now be done by the fire truck from the building yard itself.

A specialist company is no longer necessary for this purpose. "At the same time, this has the advantage that the building yard workers are familiar with the pump, which in turn is necessary for fire department operations", friedel explained.

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Arnt-uwe schille replaces monika faber

Arnt-uwe schille replaces monika faber

The reports of the outgoing chairwoman, monika faber, and the five department heads, as well as the election of the new board of directors, were the focus of the general meeting of the city partnership committee in the city palace.

The school exchange with cournon is currently experiencing problems, while the school partnership with the irish city of shannon could be intensified. It is absolutely necessary to strengthen the public relations work, especially the homepage has to be activated. The addition of young people has reduced the average age of the current 419 members to 57 years. Monika faber recalled that she had been a member of the twinning committee since 1992. After this long period, they now want to make room for younger people. Mayor andreas hugerich emphasized the importance of the city partnership. The corona pandemic had brought everything back to national borders. As soon as possible, the aim is to make these interrupted bridges to cournon, ariccia, prestwick, vandalia and perhaps also shannon passable again. The round of the individual divisions was started by roland dier for the prestwick division. The burns night planned for january 2021 has to be cancelled due to corona. The visit to the scottish friends planned for 2022 could hopefully be carried out. Stefan gerstner, chairman of the vandalia section, reported on the vandalia trip last year, while the return visit next year depends on the development of the corona pandemic. After a group from cournon had visited the basket market in 2019, the 4. Until 10. September 2021 under the motto "in the footsteps of the fortress builder vauban the return visit to auvergne planned, noted allmut schuhmann, who handed over her office to her daughter karen.

Gunter reinlein, chairman of the ariccia committee, said that the visit to the twin city, located south of rome in the albanian mountains, originally planned for this year, will now be made up for in 2021 at whitsun.

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Help for young founders

Until now, students, employees and alumni of the university of bamberg who wanted to set up their own business or start their own company had one contact person to turn to for advice. That will change starting in spring 2020: the university is significantly expanding its advising and service structures for undergraduate projects. Federal minister of economics peter altmaier announced in berlin that the otto friedrich university is one of the 142 universities that have been selected for the "exist-potentials" program demanded.

The university of bamberg has funds of 1.6 million euros in the research focus "raising potentials which will enable small and medium-sized universities to build up structures that require a foundation. "In the long term, we want to establish the university as a central developer of science-based business ideas in the region", reports university president prof. Godehard ruppert in the press release of the university.

"Our strong point is that in the last few years we have built up an extensive network with the most important foundation-oriented partners in the region and within the university", according to henriette neef, commissioner for knowledge transfer and livelihood at the university of bamberg. Through the cooperations, it has been able to offer a variety of support services, such as basic consultation hours or seminars and workshops for those interested in starting a business. Within two years, around 300 people have attended such qualification and counseling programs. Five additional employees will bring in different amounts of money over the next four years. Mentors accompany promising business ideas

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How to keep housing affordable?

How to keep housing affordable?

The rules of our series "everyone against everyone" for the federal election, it’s as simple as can be: each candidate is allowed to ask one question of every other candidate. After the interviewee’s answer, the questioner still has the opportunity to respond to it. Today alexander arnold (FDP) wants to know something from michael eckstein (grune).

Alexander arnold: ever stricter climate protection regulations are making the construction and renovation of housing (not only) for families almost unaffordable. What would you like to do to make housing affordable for families?

Michael eckstein: even if the investment in energy-efficient building or renovation may seem a bit higher at first, in the long and medium term these additional costs will be recouped through energy cost savings.
We also want to introduce comprehensive incentives for fair warmth: two billion euros a year for the renovation of entire neighborhoods, affordable even for low-income households, a tax bonus for owner-occupiers who modernize their buildings to make them more energy-efficient, support for ecological building and insulation materials, and renewable warmth systems.

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The way is clear for the new elevator in untersteinach

The way is clear for the new elevator in untersteinach

Rough station at untersteinach train station: after years of waiting, the elevator systems are now working. The elevators are an addition to the modern staircase system. They have been fitted into the hypermodern glass boxes and are a real relief for travelers with mobility impairments, for cyclists, for travelers with heavy packs and or passengers with strollers and also for wheelchair users.

Six million euros have been invested in the expansion of the untersteinach train station in recent years. Untersteinach station got a second track. Two trains can now stop at the station at the same time. This increases the capacity of the lichtenfels-kulmbach-bayreuth line. Track 1 was completely renewed in two construction phases, then track 2 and the staircase were added.

But equipping the new station with an elevator was not included in this immense sum. The reason: fewer than a thousand passengers a day use the untersteinach station – and the railroad is therefore not obliged to equip the station with an elevator system. But CSU member of parliament emmi zeulner has fought like a lowin for precisely this feature: relentless, stubborn, not taking no for an answer. The people in charge called it "annoying," says, the member of the bundestag was more in favor of "assertive" at the opening. And zeulner’s persistence has paid off. Although almost all of the stations that have been rebuilt wanted an elevator, only 13 in the whole of bavaria have been equipped with such an elevator system: untersteinach was one of the few selected. Across germany, 108 small train stations have benefited from the program. The expansion was demanded by the federal government’s future investment program. The state of freestate has also contributed its share to the equipment. This special program is especially for small stations, emphasized ministerial director helmut schutz of the bavarian state ministry of housing, construction and transport. But he also openly admitted: "there are hundreds of train stations that are still in the same condition as they were a hundred years ago."