Finance

Mannheim public prosecutor’s office takes aim at enbw

mannheim public prosecutor's office takes aim at enbw

The preliminary investigation was triggered by a lawsuit filed by a russian lobbyist who is contesting the repayment of 120 million euros to the energy supplier before the karlsruhe regional court.

According to "handelsblatt", the issue is that the enbw paid two companies owned by russian lobbyist andrey bykov a total of 120 million euros between 2005 and 2008 – and is now demanding the money in arbitration proceedings. The group argues that the agreed services, including the "supply and safeguarding of uranium," were never provided. On the other hand, the lobbyist argues that it has not provided the services mentioned by enbw in the agreement. Because the company had actually paid the money for lobbying work.

The enbw did not want to comment on the preliminary investigations due to lack of knowledge. "We can’t comment on what we don’t know," said enbw spokesman ulrich schroder. In addition, the company referred to a statement from january, in which the view of the russian contractual partner was refuted. The enbw considers the actions of the bykov companies to be "exclusively tactically motivated and without justification". The plaintiff’s argumentation is "apparently only intended to justify the failure to perform contractually agreed obligations."

Finance

Habberge district council election: wilhelm schneider triumphs in runoff election

habberge district council election: wilhelm schneider triumphs in runoff election

The applause lasted for minutes when wilhelm schneider entered the coarse meeting room of the district administration office in habfurt on sunday evening. At his future place of work he was buried by several guests, many cheered him on. The acting district administrator rudolf handwerker (CSU) spread his arms, walked up to schneider and pressed him firmly against him.

The successor for his office comes from his own party, schneider has won quite clearly against bernhard rub from the SPD: 53.59 percent of the voters had him on their side in the runoff election yesterday, sunday. That's almost 3000 votes more than she got rub. "I assume that there will be a bit of celebration", said a beaming wilhelm schneider when asked what was in store for him this evening in his home town of maroldsweisach, where he is mayor.

The defeated sander mayor bernhard rub was admittedly disappointed by the result, and seemed dejected when it became increasingly clear that the votes for him would not be enough. "When you compete, you naturally want to win," he said, said rub. The two weeks of additional campaigning took a lot of energy. Because in the district council elections on 16. Marz of the total of six candidates, none was able to win an absolute majority, so the election went to a run-off vote.

Finance

The cereals are doing badly

the cereals are doing badly

"When I saw what had happened, I didn't know how to react at first." Eberhard schnaz first asked his father, who has several years more experience in agriculture than the 39-year-old. "But even he had never experienced anything like it." In february, a farmer from iffigheim lost around one-third of his winter cereals to frost – and almost all farmers in lower franconia suffered the same fate. Schnaz was faced with the decision to plow up the crop and replant the fields or hope that the crop will recover some time. "I have tried both." One way or another, farmers are suffering from yield losses due to the snow-free cold period. That's why the bavarian ministry of agriculture has now launched an aid program – but not everyone will be able to benefit from it.
"It is difficult to meet the criteria", explains wilfried distler, technical advisor to the bavarian farmers' association (BBV) kitzingen. A subsidized loan is intended to mitigate the additional costs and yield losses. For each hectare turned over and replanted, a lump sum of 1,000 euros is credited, and for each hectare of arable land with at least 30 percent damage, 700 euros. "But you need ten hectares or more to get to the minimum amount of 10,000 euros. Many small companies are not able to do that." Moreover, the approval of the loan is dependent on the granting decision of the office for agriculture.

High administrative costs

However, according to erwin martin, the head of the claims department at the kitzinger amt, this is not a problem. "Of course, we check the damages that someone claims. These are also easy to follow. And then nothing stands in the way of a permit." He justifies the lower limit with the high administrative costs for the relatively low subsidy value per hectare. "If we had to do that for every hectare that was damaged, we couldn't afford it." He admits, however, that the aid has not been used much so far – possibly for this reason as well.
Eberhard schnaz has also not considered applying for the loan: "there are certainly companies that have it more urgent", he says. Five to six hectares of winter barley and wheat had to be turned over and resown – with corn, because other seed was in short supply. For him as a dairy farmer this is not a big problem, because he can eat the corn. But those who depend on cereals – such as arable farmers or pig farmers – sometimes had to accept high seed prices.Schnaz has left a further five hectares standing, but expects these to produce at most half the normal yields.
"The cereals were affected very differently, woman distler. Triticale and rye coped with the frost better than winter wheat and barley. "And even within the individual species there were differences." Most of the farmers were even penalized twice, because the stock, which was particularly well developed, offered more attack surface to the frost. "The poorer stands with less leaf mass have withstood the temperatures better." And when the farmers realized what was going on, there was the seed problem: "the landhandlers were not prepared for this situation." They don't have that much summer cereal in stock, because it's grown far less than the higher-yielding winter cereal. "Each farm now has to cope with additional costs for new seed and inputs, as well as yield losses." Not to mention the additional workauand. Per hectare, the damage amounts to around 500 euros.

Finance

Aschach: police action at the bookstore

Aschach: police action at the bookstore

The police jolted into action at the aschach bookstore. This time in a special mission: to read aloud. With lots of police (factual) stories on the subject table, the team at the aschach bookstore had prepared its little readers for a special reading session. 31 children between the ages of four and ten found their way to the bookstore.

They listened intently to the stories that police chief (PHM) jennifer heuss had brought with her: on the one hand, there was the story of a school robber who takes the break money from smaller schoolchildren. But two brave girls inform the parents and the police, respectively, and the boy is caught. In another story, three boys are unmasked who misused the emergency number 110.

Blue light on, and rehearsal sitting

After the stories, the children went out into the churchyard and took a close look at the police car. Everyone was allowed to take a test drive in the vehicle. Jennifer heuss turned on the blue light especially for the little listeners. The policewoman answered many questions about the car, the uniform and much more. But for the very small guests the bobby car in police design was the absolute highlight. At the end of the lesson, the children received some great gifts, such as graduation tags, coloring and riddle books, and handicraft sheets for their own police car.

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