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Dealers sell fewer bicycles

Dealers sell fewer bicycles

Fewer bicycles sold in germany in the first half of 2017. Compared with the same period last year, sales fell by 2.2 percent to 2.64 million bicycles, according to the german bicycle industry association (ZIV).

"We are watching this with a certain amount of concern," said managing director siegfried neuberger before the eurobike bicycle trade show in friedrichshafen on lake constance. At 1.44 million wheels, production was also 2.7 percent below the previous year’s level.

One of the reasons for the decline was the already high stock of bicycles in germany. So 80 percent of households owned at least one bicycle. In addition, the bicycles have been manufactured to a higher quality and are therefore more durable.

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The okodemocrats feel on the upswing

the okodemocrats feel on the upswing

"We are well anchored in local politics in bavaria. I therefore see a good chance of breaking the five percent barrier in the state elections in the fall." A newly formed executive committee with coburg city councilor klaus klumpers at the helm is to contribute to this.
The slightly increasing number of members in recent years was seen by the okodemocrats as proof that the party is on the rise. "Since 2008, we have gained three to five new members every year. Last year, the number of members in upper franconia rose from 160 to 165", martin eichler from heiligenstadt in the district of bamberg, who had handed over the chairmanship to klumpers for professional and private reasons, was delighted. Thomas muller, chairman of the host district association of lichtenfels-kulmbach, also reported an upward trend: "ten years ago, we had 22 members in our area, but today we already have 33." Furthermore, they were pleased that more and more white spots on the odp map are disappearing in upper franconia. "The bayreuth district association has been reestablished, and the one in bamberg is being revived," he says, noted eichler, who will remain with the odp as deputy district chairman. He was particularly pleased that the odp will be represented by a direct candidate in all voting districts in the state elections. The party also wants to take part in the district elections and obtain the necessary support signatures by mid-july. The local elections on 16. March 2014 is firmly in the odp's sights: with thomas and carita muller as well as reinhard englert and erwin schroder, four odp members want to enter the city council in burgkunstadt via the list of a non-partisan electoral grouping.

Unconventional proposals
The small party could score points with some unconventional proposals. To prevent "ruinous competition between the municipalities, as muller put it, the odp wanted to reorganize the payment of trade tax. It should be paid directly to the county and charged to the municipalities via the county levy. "I think it makes more sense for the county to coordinate the settlement of new companies and finance the necessary infrastructure from the business tax revenues than for each municipality to cook its own soup."
The odp also supports a ban on prostitution based on the swedish model. You can't make an honorable profession out of mercantile love, you have to punish the freer, said muller. Family policy, the development of the countryside, the protection of natural resources, and the restoration of trust in the legal system were other issues addressed. What are the ideas of the new chairman? Klumpers wanted to win over young people to work for the odp and show them the connection between a minimum wage set by law and a decent pension: "with a minimum wage of eleven euros an hour, we have to be able to pay a minimum wage of no one has to worry about their age any more."

The election result
The board elections produced the following results: chairman klaus klumpers (coburg), deputies thomas muller (burgkunstadt) and martin eichler (heiligenstadt), treasurer ernst egelkraut (oberkotzau, district of hof), secretary bernd runge (glashutten near bayreuth), treasurer erwin schroder (burgkunstadt) and konrad bachmeyer (trebgast/district of kulmbach).

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The calm before the test

The calm before the test

The paths of the water are underground. This applies – at least for the moment – to the dam in mauthaus. Wednesday marks two months since the automatic control system sounded an alarm and reported leaks in the area of the two supply pipes – and one of the pipes has been out of service for just as long. It is still unclear how the accident could have happened. But that will soon change.

Because an inliner – an inflatable plastic hose that seals the pipe from the inside – has been installed inside the defective pipe. If everything goes according to plan, in a few days the water could again flow through the channel that was originally intended for this purpose. But before that, there are extensive tests to be carried out. Those responsible for this decisive step do not want to leave anything to chance.

"We want to put the inliner into operation as soon as possible", confirms the head of the kronach water management office, hans hemmerlein, at the request of the frankischer tag. Because it can still be seen that around 25 liters of water per second are escaping somewhere in the dam. "This is a very small quantity, which we measure constantly. The trend is downward. But of course we have to look closely at where it comes from."

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Breeding show at the dachshund club rhon/saale

"Who is the most beautiful in the country?" At least once a year the 70 members of the dachshund club rhon/saale ask themselves this question. The question is answered professionally at the breeding shows, as was the case this time when the local club invited to the deckel breeding show at klaushof.

One of the dog owners made it clear that this was not a performance show, but a test of the breed. Purely the appearance of the long, short and rough-haired dachshunds is checked according to precise, internationally prescribed guidelines. Anja busch, a performance judge from ahorn near coburg, took on this task this weekend.

Each of the 20 or so dachshunds presented was examined, measured, weighed and the gait assessed. The fur and teeth were examined. Those who did not like to be looked in the mouth had bad cards, because the evaluation of each presented dog took place after a form evaluation: from the age of nine months the animals can be presented, whereby a pedigree and the membership in the association are not necessarily necessary.

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