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District of forchheim: savings bank closes three branches

Three branches of sparkasse forchheim schlieben as of 1. August. For older citizens in particular, this is tantamount to a catastrophe. The associations were informed in writing by the sparkasse that personal service in the branches in reuth, dormitz and hiltpoltstein will be discontinued as of 1 january 2009. August is no longer offered like this on site, but in the nearest branches, tells gisela geldner of the french-swiss association. Harald reinsch, a member of the savings bank’s board of management, cites the steadily increasing use of the internet and digital communication channels as a reason for this. The personal service in the branches is being used less and less."In addition, the current framework conditions created by covid-19 mean that our customers are making even greater use of our additional service offerings such as telephone customer service, the internet branch with our online banking and the savings bank app", says harald reinsch. "Online banking is a thing of the past. For the young people, this is no problem, but the older people are not familiar with it. You’re pressing a wrong button", counters geldner and leaves the end of the sentence open. Geldner cites the money transactions as the next example. As association chairwoman, she also picked up cash or paid in and got to the branch by fub or by bike. But in the future, doing business at the club will mean driving to grafenberg. "The older people first have to find someone to bring them to grafenberg. An environmental problem it is too", finds geldner. So far everything for the local supply is available in the village. The doctor, a dentist, a small supermarket, the post office and pharmacies deliver to homes. Now one branch after the other seems to be going bye-bye. "If the savings bank is at least open for business on a daily basis like the raiffeisenbank", says geldner. The cooperative bank is staffed on two days. This is what the citizens can adapt to. "You can ask and get help. The older people come to the counter with their bills and the employees fill them in", woman the local councillor of the free choice. However, the savings bank branch will not be manned for some days. Chairman of the board ewald maier summarizes the new orientation of the sparkasse: "the long-standing customer and advisor relationships will of course remain in place. Our customers will continue to be served by their existing advisor. Consultation takes place in the nearest competence center or, at the customer’s request, in the original place of business or at the customer’s home. The self-service areas will also remain and can still be used by our customers around the clock." The spontaneous completion of monetary transactions is therefore not possible. So there is only the trip to forchheim, to grafenberg or to neunkirchen am brand for the dormitzer burger.

Recently renovated

Gisela geldner is surprised, since the savings bank branch in hiltpoltstein was renovated only half a year ago. There used to be a cafe there, but it has been demolished. Then the savings bank built a house in which the rooms for the banking business and employees are downstairs and an apartment upstairs. The managers of the savings bank call the decisions about their business outlet network a special challenge. "In addition to various key figures, we always take local characteristics into account", explains michael gobwein, head of the sales management and communications division. The fact that hiltpoltstein is rather remote and isolated from local traffic is known to the responsible parties. "This is another reason why we did not close the hiltpoltstein branch, but on the contrary modernized it only a short time ago. The self-service area will continue to be available to our customers around the clock, and we will continue to offer older people in particular the opportunity to receive advice on site, says gobwein. Hiltpoltstein mayor gisela schulze-bauer (BFH) has a completely different opinion: "the savings bank is a corporation under public law and is geared toward public benefit." The fact that the savings bank has to think economically is something it understands to a certain extent. "But a small part of public utility should remain. I see the responsibility in the care of the rural population. At least the counter could be manned for a few hours," says the artist, says schulze-bauer, who also expresses this in a letter to the bank’s managers. "The savings bank should not concentrate where it makes the most money. Otherwise, it is no different than other banks.", finds the mayor. She hopes for a reconsideration of the plan of the savings bank.


With 31 locations, sparkasse forchheim will continue to have the densest branch network of all financial service providers in the city and district of forchheim. It has 24 staffed business units, including twelve so-called competence centers, comprehensive service offerings and seven self-service locations.

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Sweden “happy and proud” after victory

Sweden 'happy and proud' after victory

After a successful start to the world cup, the relieved swedes immediately set their sights on another goal. "Germany is the next opponent we want to beat," coach janne andersson said after his charges’ 1-0 start against sudkorea.

Saturday’s duel with the stumbling world champions in sochi is taking on an explosive quality not thought possible: the swedes can knock out the defending champions with a win. This would have been the first first-round exit for germany in its glorious world cup history – and the second win in the second match would probably mean a safe qualification for the eighth finals for the three-crowned team.

"They have to win now, it won’t be easy," warned matchwinner andreas granqvist, who scored the winner with a penalty kick (65 minutes) in a low-scoring match against very weak asians. Minute) the decision was made by. "It’s wonderful that we won. But mexico’s win makes the group a little tougher for us," said the 33-year-old captain, who also impressed as a tackler and leader.

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Merger of karstadt and kaufhof becomes more likely

merger of karstadt and kaufhof becomes more likely

The owners of karstadt and kaufhof have made progress in their talks about a merger of the two department store chains.

The canadian department store owner hudson’s bay company (HBC) and the austrian karstadt owner rene benko signed a declaration of intent on tuesday, as the "wirtschaftswoche" reports.

It envisages bringing kaufhof, karstadt and karstadt sport into a joint venture. This was confirmed to the german press agency on wednesday from negotiating circles.

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Nordhalben first rough appearance

Nordhalben first rough appearance

Three months from now. On 27. September brings director michael "bully herbig after numerous comedies and satires such as "the shoe of manitu with "balloon his first thriller in german cinemas – and with him nordhalben.
The kloppelgemeinde was one of only four filming locations last october, along with munich, berlin and modlareuth, and plays a central role in the film as a backdrop for the thuringian town of pobneck. In 1979, the strelzyk and wetzel families assembled a balloon in which they made a spectacular escape from the former GDR. What the film team shot in nordhalben in the almost three weeks can be seen since thursday in the first official trainer of the film. Because in the two and a half minutes cut together, which are supposed to make people look forward to the start of the movie, several corners were allowed to look familiar to the residents – even if trabbis and wartburgs roll over the streets and the facades of the houses show clear signs of age. In order for the film to be as realistic as possible, set builders and scenographers were on the move in several corners of the market.

Popular motif

The garden vine appears in the trailer particularly often. Not only was an extra garage built, but two house facades were completely redesigned as well. From the bird's eye view you can also see the former bakery in the curve next to the town hall. But in the film it has become a pharmacy. The premiere can come.

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Hochstadter put girlfriend in “absolute mortal fear

Hochstadter put girlfriend in

The policeman on the witness stand left no doubt about his opinion: "the woman was absolutely scared to death." his testimony was decisive for the verdict: one year and four months imprisonment for the defendant in the end. The prison sentence was not suspended because the convicted person has a criminal record.
At the continuation of the court hearing on domestic violence that had taken place in july and on christmas 2017 in hochstadt, everything then happened quite fast. At the last meeting, about two weeks ago, the injured party had put the incident into extreme perspective. Judge hagen forster had been very upset because her statements hardly coincided with those she had made to the police immediately after the incident.

The descriptions were plausible

On thursday, the officer from the hochstadt police department, who was on duty both times, gave a detailed account of what had happened. After the argument in july, the victim had cursed her way into a corner bar opposite the shared apartment. The host had called the police. When the witness arrived on the scene with his colleague, the defendant "aggressively shouted out of the window". Then he put on a silly grin, cracked his fingers and said that he was waiting for the police in the apartment, he would not let himself be arrested. When the time came – the officers had requested reinforcements for safety's sake – the man then accepted the punishment without resistance.
When the police officer went into the apartment with the victim because she wanted to pack some things, he discovered clear evidence of a "physical altercation" in the living room and bathroom. Everything matched the woman's description: that her partner threw a cup at her and locked her in the bathroom, where he then forced his way in. "The broken pieces of the cup were lying on a small table, the lock of the door was broken out and the door itself showed fresh splinters." also that she had protected herself with her wrist when he tried to hit her head against the mirror was plausible because of the swelling of the joint.
He also described the christmas incident as a traumatic experience for the victim, who, as he repeatedly emphasized, was "absolutely scared to death" had had. "I"ve only seen this kind of upset behavior in serious accidents where it was a matter of life and death." in such circumstances, in his opinion, no one can make up a story.
"Especially since I later questioned them back and forth at the police station. There were no inconsistencies, everything was conclusive." Besides, the corresponding injuries had been visible and had been photographed: hamatomas in the face, worm marks on both sides, a bloodshot eye, hamatomas on the back and in the chest area.

Problematic relationship

He was aware of the "problems of the relationship" between the two but quite aware of it, the policeman put on record. He himself had seen that the woman had moved back in with the defendant barely a week after the second incident. "And it was at this time also quite normal." He had also noticed that with a certain time interval the interest in prosecution was lost each time.
This was probably also the case at the last hearing, when the witness was supposed to testify in court. She downplayed everything extremely, the events were, according to lawyer thomas skapczyk, not provable with her testimony. He therefore pleaded for acquittal.
The prosecutor saw it differently – as did richer forster. The detailed and credible testimony of the police officer, as well as the photos that clearly document the injuries, both love to conclude that the accused must have mistreated the woman. If also not abschliebend could be clarified, what exactly had happened.
In addition, he had demonstrably insulted the policemen and the host of the corner pub. Whether he had also thrown a bottle at the host, could not be clarified. The host had not appeared as a witness, but this, according to judge forster, would not have been of further importance. The verdict is not yet legally binding. 

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Anna prohaska celebrated at balcony concert

Anna prohaska celebrated at balcony concert

At a corona concert on the balcony of her apartment in berlin, the famous coloratura soprano anna prohaska was celebrated by her neighbors.

"I found the most appreciative audience of all. The people shouted at me to sing one song after the other until I was almost hoarse at the end," said the musician in a video interview with the director of the festival europaische wochen passau, carsten gerhard, which was published on tuesday.

"You can see how people long for classical music. I hope this radiates beyond the corona crisis and people remember what music meant to them at that time."

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On the tracks of luther through eisenach

The local hosts are already "lutherfinders", the guests want to be: in mid april, participants in the training course of the same name, which is run by the evangelical adult education program in thuringia and supported by the rodachtal initiative, set off from ahorn on their way to eisenach and wartburg castle. Their goal: to learn even more about the reformer at these two of his former homes.
As is well known, martin luther translated the new testament at wartburg castle in 1522. A good 20 years earlier, from 1498 to 1501, he attended latin school in eisenach and lived in the house of the patrician cotta family while there.
Their home, which is now known as "lutherhaus a museum is, formed one of the stations of the extensive city tour. However, it started at the luther monument, where guest driver ina conrad buried the group. She led her budding colleagues as well as tourism experts from the coburg and heldburg region first to the memorial and museum for johann sebastian bach. Bach set to music 30 of 37 songs of luther. "No luther, no brook, heibt es. Other stops included the georgenkirche, the lutherhaus and of course the wartburg castle. This excursion was the high point in the extensive training of the "lutherfinders" so far, all participants agreed on this when they started their way home in the early evening, somewhat exhausted but highly satisfied. 

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Nasa probe to take sample from asteroid bennu

Nasa probe to take sample from asteroid bennu

Osiris rex" is the first probe from the u.S. Space agency nasa to take a sample from an asteroid – and later deliver it to earth.

In a complicated manover lasting several hours, the probe is to approach the asteroid bennu to within a few meters and then take the sample with a kind of robotic arm.

The robotic arm, called "tagsam" (touch-and-go sample acquisition mechanism), will touch the surface of the asteroid for about five seconds and eject nitrogen under pressure. This is supposed to make the surface swirl. Then a sample of about 60 to 2000 grams is to be sucked up before the entire probe moves away from bennu again.

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Forest owners are “in the middle of a disaster”

Forest owners are 'in the middle of a disaster'

"We must not give up fighting for our forest." With these clear words, birgitt ulrich, the managing director of the habberge forestry association (FBG), informed the numerous forest owners and interested parties attending the hartleb inn in maroldsweisach about the state of the local forest. And he is suffering.

With 880 members, the FBG is an association of private and municipal forest owners who own a total of 21,600 hectares of forest. So far, the annual cut has been 32,000 solid cubic meters, but this is changing due to the calamitates. "We are now at a point where forest conservation comes first", ulrich made clear, further sharpening her previous words. During a forest inspection in april of this year in the hofheim area, she was still talking about an imminent catastrophe. Even though the event, which was attended by federal member of parliament anja weisgerber, among others, shook up the political scene and the federal parliament is considering what to do, the FBG managing director has now spoken of the fact that "we are in the middle of a catastrophe". Ulrich urged those present to write letters to their deputies so that they continue to advocate for the forest and its owners.

Forester patrick valtenmeier showed what kind of damage spruce has to contend with. While last year there was an increase in the number of copper engravers in the region, which destroyed the forest, this year there was also the book printer. These two species attack the bark of the mainly weakened trees and multiply rapidly. Among the wood-breeding pests, the striped bark beetle has already been spotted, and even the douglas fir is no longer spared from pest infestation. On the other hand, the beech is particularly hard hit by the heat. There is deep drought damage, especially in south-exposed areas. Cracks in the soil cut through the vital dark roots of the trees. The oak tree, on the other hand, is suffering from the oak moth and the oak moth. When asked about alternative tree species, the forester could only answer that almost all tree species are infested by pests due to the heat damage.

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Baseball hitter misused as a weapon

baseball hitter misused as a weapon

In order to decide the impending dispute in his favor, the 40-year-old, who has since been "incarcerated," brought in kai havertz, a baseball bat from his car. But he had not reckoned with the skill of his 51-year-old opponent, who took his sports equipment from him. But the opponent was not a professional baseball player either, he also failed to hit the ball.
The subsequent scuffle was so little relevant in terms of criminal law that the simple bodily injury against the hit man was discontinued. What remained was an attempted dangerous bodily injury, because a baseball bat is not only suitable for knocking balls out of place.
The 51-year-old’s criminal record was astonishing, with eleven convictions. Including traffic offences of all kinds, thefts and offences under the narcotics act. But his opponent also has some experience with the courts. He was handcuffed and fubfesselt. Narcotics offences had landed him in jail.
Since attorney ralph pittroff read out a declaration for his client in which the attempted dangerous bodily harm was admitted, the prosecution witness in prison clothing did not have to be questioned.
The verdict then fully corresponded to the request of prosecutor michael hoffmann. Judge sieglinde tettmann sentenced the defendant to a fine of 900 euros. A high price for a failed hit with the baseball hit, but a mild sentence for a notorious offender.

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