It took a little time. But now the structures are in place. And what is even better: the population is getting more and more used to the rescue dogs.

Iran is a troubled country. Politically unstable and geologically no less so. The arabian plate is shifting there under the eurasian plate. It’s no wonder that severe earthquakes occur again and again – most recently at the end of november 2017 in the province of kermanshah. The country is classified as a high-risk area for earthquakes.

Siggi hofer was in iran for the first time in 2003. The earthquake in the city of bam claimed around 40,000 lives at the time. Many victims were buried under the trummers. Were there still living? The red crescent – the iranian equivalent of the bavarian red cross – called for help from abroad. The beginning of a success story that has lasted more than 15 years. "The colleagues in iran realized how effective a search for missing persons with the help of trained dogs can be," recalls hofer, who has been working for the red cross since 1991. The idea came up to found an iranian rescue dog team. Before that, however, contractual and emotional limits had to be overcome.

Retterner have the racers fed up

The safety of pedestrians and cyclists in and around rettern interested the burghers who had gathered at the burgers’ meeting at the hubert inn. Even in places where the speed is limited, they speed, complained a burger.

The suggestion of the eggolsheimer mayor claus schwarzmann (BB), to limit the speed in the local passage and then also to flash, they agreed: "I’d rather pay a lecture fee than that my daughter is run over", argued one of them.

County is responsible

The district of forchheim is responsible for reducing the speed limit to 30 kilometers per hour as well as for a possible crossing aid at the entrances to the towns. Schwarzmann pointed out that the municipality itself could not take action here, and recommended civic engagement to the rescuers: "seek out the responsible people in the district, personal visits by burghers can be very efficient." If the district comes to a traffic inspection, the citizens can also participate and clearly present their views.

Automated column trucks save less fuel than expected

A saving of around 8 to 10 percent had been hoped for. At the end of last year, MAN truck& bus tested platooning for several months on a test track in bavaria together with DB schenker, a rail logistics subsidiary, and the fresenius university of applied sciences.

Trucks controlled by the computer drive closely behind each other in a convoy. Platooning is considered one of the development steps on the way to self-driving trucks, which are intended to make good transport on the road more favorable and safer. The ministry of transport is requesting almost 1.9 million euros for the project.

In the test with diesel trucks, the front truck consumed 1.3 percent less fuel than normal trucks. The following truck saved 3 to 4 percent because of the slipstream. A MAN employee explained that the convoy generates different wind vortices overall than a single truck and is therefore braked less.

Tonnies rejects criticism of new companies

Germany’s biggest meat processor tonnies has denied accusations that it is using new companies to circumvent the abolition of work contracts and temporary workers in the industry from 2021 onwards.

Mr. Tonnies recently had 15 so-called shelf companies entered in the commercial register at the gutersloh district court for rheda-wiedenbruck. "We have announced that we will directly hire all employees in the core areas of production. It remains unrestricted. We are already in the middle of this process, as we want to have permanently employed the first 1,000 former contract workers by mid-september," a company spokesman told the deutsche presse-agentur on thursday.

The establishment of these shelf companies is a completely normal procedure in an international group. "Legal foundations are needed for permanent employment. At the moment, it is still completely unclear what forms of organization the planned law will provide for. As a precaution, we have therefore founded these companies," the spokesman said. With these companies, tonnies could quickly implement direct settings at different locations and for the different companies in the group.

The drought causes farmers hardship

Eckehard kiesewetter a blessing! The rainy start of the week may be a nuisance for schools, but for nature it is a blessing. Garden owners have been longing for rain. Especially the farmers. They hope for insistent precipitation, preferably for one week. The durres summer has turned the region into a steppe landscape. Well, there were isolated thunderstorms in some places of the district during the summer months, but in large parts of the district it remained with merciless dryness. For weeks, even months. "Even to the left and right of the mains there are differences", says klaus merkel, chairman of the habberge farmers’ association: "where rain falls, it can be a matter of a few meters."

The ebern area in particular has been hit by the drought. According to hans-dieter hofmann, crop consultant at the office for agriculture and food in schweinfurt "there is a lack of rain without end, already since april". The situation in agriculture is "very tense, especially for farmers who keep livestock," says schwarzmann. For some it is a matter of existence for a long time.

Farmers’ chairman merkel speaks of "immense crop failures". In extreme cases, you have achieved just one-third of the normal harvest quantity. According to several interlocutors, this started with the winter barley and continued into the summer. Not so much the wheat, but rapeseed was quite bad, reports the agricultural engineer from mariaburghausen. The silage corn has also been hit hard. The special thing is that this year the industry as a whole is affected, i.E. Grain farmers as well as those who depend on fodder and pastures for their animals. "After a normal first cut, nothing is growing this year," says klaus schneider, confirms dieter reisenweber, cattle farmer from untermerzbach. "I was just in the field, says werner grell, who farms in treinfeld on the side: "it’s dusty as hell. Really extreme!"

On 29. June 1969 it all started – at that time still as a bird-pony-fairy park. After the mensinger family’s ara, matthias molter bought the park in 2017. Since then, the leisure park has undergone a major redesign. This will not change in the years to come – the new owner still has a lot of plans. The rough target: promotion to one of the top five amusement parks in germany.

Question: as an amusement park you are dependent on the weather – where do you get the best forecasts??

Matthias molter: many weather services offer quite reliable weather forecasts. Ultimately, however, you have to listen to your gut feeling, because unfortunately there is never 100 percent certainty.