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Emergency aid for students comes to an end – 60 million euros paid out

Emergency aid for students comes to an end - 60 million euros paid out

In the past few months, the state has paid a total of around 60 million euros in so-called "uberbruckungshilfen" to students who have got into financial difficulties because of corona.

This figure was announced by the federal ministry of education and the deutsche studentenwerk (DSW) on friday. 135.000 applications for emergency assistance have been approved, 80.000 rejected. The funds can still be applied for until the end of the month. The aid was limited to the months of june, july, august and september.

"This made it possible to help many students who had lost their student jobs as a result of the pandemic or whose family support could no longer be provided," announced state research secretary michael meister (CDU). Two-thirds of the students were supported with the maximum amount of 500 euros. It remains unclear how many students have actually claimed the aid, as it had to be applied for again every month and many of those affected were allowed to apply several times accordingly.

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This chapel transcends boundaries

this chapel transcends boundaries

After the fall of the berlin wall in 1989, the gates between burggrub and neuhaus-schierschnitz opened after decades of brutal cordoning off by the GDR rulers, on 24. November 1989. New friendships were formed after total isolation. Joy and gratitude fill the citizens of both communities. And this gratitude is visible and has a name: the first german border and peace chapel in burgggrub.

It was built by volunteers at the former german-german border between burggrub in bavaria and neuhaus-schierschnitz in thuringia, which was secured by barbed wire, minefields, firing ranges and watchtowers. This exemplary initiative caused a sensation throughout germany and continues to do so to this day. Finally, messages of peace were more important than ever, especially today in a world in crisis, said pastor michael foltin.

However, the well-attended church festival service at the border and peace chapel in burggrub took place under difficult conditions because of the corona pandemic. For the organizers, this was a special challenge. Invited by the burggrub chapel building association with its chairwoman angelika rosenbauer-chukwu. Among the visitors were also citizens from the large municipality of stockheim and from neuhaus-schierschnitz. For 28 years, the 44-member interest group has been in charge of this symbolic structure, which commemorates the peaceful reunification at the former iron curtain. Willi bischoff chaired the club for 26 years. Since 1992, men and women have invested a lot of free time in the maintenance, care and finally also in renovation work.

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Matthias goerne: culture faces bankruptcy

Matthias goerne: culture faces bankruptcy

Star baritone matthias goerne sees the existence of the german cultural landscape threatened by the current corona restrictions. "Culture is on the brink of bankruptcy. And for no reason at all," the 53-year-old told "welt am sonntag".

He criticized what he saw as overly strict requirements for concerts and other cultural events. Nowhere on public transport, trains or planes were minimum distances observed. "Everything there is 100 percent full, often even more so. In the cultural institutions, on the other hand, where only a laughably small proportion of the audience is allowed to visit, i feel like i’m in an intensive care unit."

Politicians ignore the concepts of the organizers as well as positive experiences abroad, for example at the salzburg festival. "There, because all ticket holders were checked, 50 percent of the capacities were allowed to be filled according to the chessboard principle with a one-meter gap. Why is this not taken note of in germany?If the car industry was treated the same way as culture, there wouldn’t have been a single car coming off the assembly line for a long time," he said.

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Discussions about photovoltaic system

Discussions about photovoltaic system

"You get to know people on the market." According to this motto, the joy of the people in and around marktzeuln could be great. Because: according to mayor gregor friedlein-zech (ubmz), it is planned to hold the monthly market again starting in july. Of course, only if the corona pandemic does not worsen. The theater performance of "A midsummer night’s dream" has been postponed until spring 2021 as well as the celebration of the 950th anniversary of the historical village of "marktzeuln leuchtet". This became known at the meeting of the market town council on monday evening in the TSV gymnasium.

In addition, municipal councillor jutta stark (ubmz) addressed the planned lighting in bayernstrabe. According to the head of the community, the contract has been awarded, and it will be necessary to ask when the work is to begin. In the context of a discussion with the wastewater association marktzeuln-michelau, it should be clarified whether the pipes for the wastewater should also be pumped over when the water pipes are renewed. Erwin grunbeck (CSU) asked why it takes so long for the town council’s meeting minutes to be available to citizens on the internet. Burgermeister friedlein-zech spoke of the fact that at the moment a digital renewal is being considered. In addition, the access of citizens to the municipal website has been limited.

Luthard suggests mahen

With another request stefan luthard (CSU) approached the municipal council: "from the road schone-aussicht to the kulbitzfelsen it would be already, if again times gemaht were and hineinhangende aste be gekurzt." In addition, the council again discussed in detail the preparation of the development plan for the special area "regenerative energies II". Christine bardin from the office of konig und kuhnel in weitramsdorf presented the comments submitted by the public interest groups and the draft resolution to the market town council. Suggestions had been received from the kronach water management office, the lichtenfels district office and the lichtenfels working group of the bavarian nature conservation association. The driven piles, which were driven into the ground up to 1.90 meters, did not increase the amount of seepage water. According to bardin, no compensation was required under nature conservation law, as the site was a brownfield and contaminated site. Nevertheless, a compensation area of 2800 square meters is to be created in order to do justice to environmental protection and nature conservation. So a free growing hedge and in the north a field wood are planned. The lichtenfels district group of the bavarian nature conservation association said: "we prefer photovoltaic systems on the roof." However, they were also aware that such plants were important pillars of the energy supply.