In the morning ticker: New hope is germinating for a possible preservation of the Havelberg Clinic, because the district is to buy back the house. And: defeat for the state government in court – millions paid to ex-IBG managers. In addition, the BUND is suing the construction of the B6n to close the gap.
Friday looks cloudy outside, which doesn’t mean that it can’t be a nice rest of the day. In any case, I wish you every success in whatever you have planned. Very happy until Monday, if you have the time and inclination. I am already looking forward to being able to contest the morning here for another week (until then you can read everything that is important here, of course). But for today I say goodbye for the weekend and don’t think it’s so bad that the alarm clock can ring a little later tomorrow.
Since the lockdown in spring due to the pandemic with the new type of coronavirus, logistics has shown that there is a need for more showers for truck drivers that they can use on the route. For example, a shower container was recently installed at Finsterwalder Transport und Logistik in Lutherstadt Eisleben. Behind this is the #Logistikhilft initiative, which includes the Federal Ministry of Transport, the support association for truck drivers “DocStop” and the Federal Association of Goods Transport (BGL). As the initiative also announced, showering in the cabins is free, which is rarely the case at rest stops.
That’s a nice thing that got going when you consider that many truck drivers were able to shower far less often during lockdown times. After dragging down a load, at least the larger hauliers usually still had a shower. But many drivers reported that in order to contain the virus, these companies temporarily stopped letting the drivers into their rooms. Since then, the initiative has been running to set up such containers.
A man from Magdeburg was run over by his own mobile home in an accident and was fatally injured. The 57-year-old had stopped the vehicle on Thursday evening at the entrance barrier to a campsite near Göhren on the island of Rügen and got out. As a police spokesman said on Friday, he probably forgot to put the handbrake on. The motor home rolled backwards as the terrain was sloping. When the driver tried to run back to pull the handbrake, he slipped and was run over by his own vehicle. The victim came by rescue helicopter with life-threatening injuries to a clinic, where he died a little later. The man had been out with his wife. She was unharmed. The investigation was still ongoing.
The largest folk festival in our state is returning to the Hanseatic city of Stendal. The city in the Altmark will host the 23rd Saxony-Anhalt Day. Before it rises, a bit of water has to flow down the Elbe, because Saxony-Anhalt Day is back in 2022. A big hit for Stendal: It will be the first city to organize this festival a second time. The city says the preparations are already in full swing.
The winning poster for the 23rd Saxony-Anhalt Day has now been decided. From 77 entries in the poster competition, there was initially a top three selection before the winner was shortened. But in the end there can only be one – tadaa:
In Saxony-Anhalt, customs have struck a blow against undeclared work in the delivery industry. According to the main customs office in Magdeburg, there was a large-scale control of courier, express and parcel service providers. The audits were carried out in 38 companies, and in 42 cases the customs officers found irregularities. Among other things, the controls concerned compliance with the statutory minimum wage, obligations under social security law and the illegal employment of foreigners. The inspection took place on September 17th and was part of a nationwide campaign.
Business documents were checked by companies in a total of 250 cases. As the customs office also announced, 16 criminal proceedings have been initiated for fraud, illegal residence without a residence permit and forgery of documents. Cases of employment without a work permit and failure to carry identification documents lead to administrative offense proceedings.
The corona pandemic also has many effects on students. Many have lost their part-time job in the catering industry, at least temporarily, others suddenly had a completely new structure with an online semester and sometimes were unable to provide some services. And: apartments have become more expensive for many. The “MLP Student Housing Report 2020” shows that prices are rising on the housing market. It looks at the prices for living in different student cities. It is based on a model apartment that is always the same in terms of the theoretical layout. According to this, Magdeburg is still very cheap at 245 euros and with stagnating rental prices, while increases have been recorded in other cities. Munich is the most expensive at 724 euros.
A look at the handball players: SC Magdeburg is still running hot before the Bundesliga starts in October. In the test match against the Dessau-Roßlauer HV, the SCM won. The goal:
The SC Magdeburg seems prepared. In the penultimate test match, the SCM showed a lot of enthusiasm and clearly won against second division team Dessau-Roßlauer HV. The Bundesliga club’s top scorer was Tim Hornke.
Drivers still need patience on the B71 through Salzwedel. As the Altmarkkreis Salzwedel reports, the construction period on the second section for the renewal of the federal road will be extended until the end of October. The reason are unplanned measures that are also necessary. Therefore, there are still closures, including the southern entrance and exit of the roundabout from the Aral petrol station and the western entrance to the Ernst-Thälmann-Strasse / Schillerstrasse junction from the city center. Diversions are signposted. The truck traffic will be largely diverted during the entire construction project.
Bad news from Rügen: A two-year-old girl from Halle was seriously injured in a traffic accident on the island. As the police announced, the child ran out of a group on a federal road. A car driver could no longer brake in time. The girl’s legs got under the vehicle.
The number of new infections with the Sars-CoV-2 virus is coming back into focus, as it has accelerated somewhat nationwide. 25 new cases were recently registered in Saxony-Anhalt. My colleague Manuel Mohr looked at exactly how the virus occurs in the different age groups in the current Corona data update. It is noticeable that it is often still younger people who are affected. Therefore, there are less severe courses at the moment.
The number of new corona cases continues to increase, but depending on the region, different age groups of the population are particularly affected. How the situation is with you, that and more in the Corona data update.
Where does the seed come from that can be used to replant the trees in the forests? In Annaburg there is a historic plant in which seeds are obtained from cones – a so-called kiln. In view of the large number of forests that are being lost due to drought and pest infestation, this is a place that should be particularly in demand. Only a few kilos of pine cones have it all:
Because of the dying forest, many regions have to be afforested. The necessary seeds are needed. In Annaburg there is a historic plant in which seeds are obtained from cones – a so-called kiln.
Six residents were slightly injured in a fire in an apartment building in Halle. They came to a hospital for treatment, a police spokesman said on Friday morning. For an initially unexplained cause, the rubbish left at the entrance to the house went up in flames. The fire broke out on Thursday evening and had also hit the roof over the entrance. Thick smoke spread and damaged two apartments on the ground floor. The residents of the house escaped outside. According to the police, the two apartments were initially uninhabitable.
A decision has been reached in the legal dispute over the former IBG manager Dinnies Johannes von der Osten. The report dpa and “Mitteldeutsche Zeitung”. Accordingly, a sum of millions is to be paid to the former manager. IBG is a state-owned holding company. The decision was made by the higher regional court in Naumburg in the second instance. According to media reports, the Ministry of Finance said the country would accept the decision.
The details are therefore such that the court awarded the former IBG manager von der Osten 5.3 million euros plus interest. Von der Osten had sued because the country had terminated a contract with its companies in 2013 without notice. The state government, in turn, had justified the step at the time by saying that von der Osten had also privately held a company that was funded by the IBG, which he led. The case led to the IBG scandal and was also the subject of a committee of inquiry in the state parliament.
The Stephanikirche in Aschersleben is a problem child. In the upper area of the tower, the sandstone has turned gray-black. That shows how necessary the renovation is. The tower is now emergency secured so that no stones come loose. The scaffolding rises 45 meters – up to the eaves – like a huge skeleton on mighty walls. It goes up with an elevator – along the outside of the scaffolding. Tom Grabe on the complex construction work:
The shock was great – one morning in spring stones lay next to the tower of the Stephanikirche in Aschersleben. The facade crumbled. The emergency safety work is already underway and should be completed soon.
The stadium on the Rüsternbreite in Köthen is the most important sports field in the city. School sports take place there, but the Germania Köthen association also uses the space. But the stadium is ailing and it takes four million euros to get everything in order. The system has partly sagged and cracks are showing up accordingly.
I think he’s doing a good job. That is why I personally believe and the Junge Union is also of the opinion that it is right that he has decided to again run as the top candidate of the CDU.
For Anna Kreye, it is a good decision that Prime Minister Reiner Haseloff is striving to run as the CDU top candidate again. She is the chairwoman of the Junge Union in Saxony-Anhalt and thus positions herself clearly in favor of Haseloff, even if at 66 he is relatively far away from her generation. The decision for his candidacy still has to be decided at a party congress. The colleagues from MDR SACHSE-ANHALT also asked other young people:
The Prime Minister wants to run for the third time in the state election in 2021. How do the young members of the CDU feel about this decision? We asked the chairwoman of the Junge Union, Anna Kreye.
That with the B6n and closing the gap to the A9 seemed to be a foregone conclusion. But now the Federation for the Environment and Nature Conservation in Saxony-Anhalt has decided to take legal action against the current construction plans for the construction of the B6n. This has been confirmed by the Federal Administrative Court of MDR SACHSEN-ANHALT. The Ministry of Transport announced that the construction work will not be delayed. Still, it complicates matters. Originally, the construction plans had already been revised because toads and frogs live along the route.
As the “Volksstimme” writes, the necessary precautions for the toads should initially have been properly taken by building planners, but then removed again by the state administration office as the approval authority. The BUND therefore wants to ensure that the original plans are implemented. Eleven kilometers are still missing to close the gap, with or without wetlands for the toads (which is what the problem is about). According to the Ministry of Transport, at least four years will pass before the B6n is completed.
This is an interesting turnaround: on Thursday evening, the district council in Stendal voted for the repurchase of the Havelberg Clinic to be initiated. For this, District Administrator Patrick Puhlmann (SPD) received the order from the MPs – without a dissenting vote. A reporter from MDR SACHSEN-ANHALT reports that it had previously been heatedly discussed. But the mandate is now clear: The district should now actively take the fate of the clinic into their own hands in order to be able to look for a new operator as the owner of the house. In the evening around 80 people demonstrated for the reopening in front of the district assembly.
The previous owner, the KMG group, had closed the hospital in Havelberg at the beginning of September for cost reasons and had already started to set up a retirement home. Negotiations were still ongoing with the district as to whether another operator could be found who would like to continue running the house as a clinic for the region. That made the situation incredibly complicated in the end. Now you have to see how it goes on.
First only briefly, read more later: Saxony-Anhalt has to pay millions to a former manager of the state-owned investment company IBG. After a corresponding ruling by the Naumburg Higher Regional Court, the state decided not to appeal to any other instance, said Finance Ministry spokesman Wolfgang Borchert when asked by the dpa. This means that the country has to pay 5.3 million euros plus interest. The “Mitteldeutsche Zeitung” reported on it first this Friday.
It’s not an awful lot, but it is striking: In 2017, according to these figures, around 4,000 people from West German federal states moved to the “East”, i.e. to Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony, Brandenburg, Thuringia or Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. One reason: returnees. So these are slowly becoming noticeable in the numbers. Here is a background from the colleagues at MDR AKTUELL.
In the 1990s, immediately after reunification, many people moved from the new federal states to the west. But the tide has now turned – more people are moving from West to East.
Whoosh! So today we’re slipping out of the 20-degree range. According to the MDR weather studio, the maximum values should only be between 12 and 17 degrees Celsius. The day is mostly cloudy and it should rain a lot. After all, there should still be a few gaps in the clouds and dry sections. Well, we’ll see.
In the south of the country, in Sandersdorf-Brehna, FEV Motorentechnik has been testing conventional drives from well-known car manufacturers for their reliability, i.e. combustion engines, for more than ten years. Now the company has reacted to the fact that batteries are needed for e-cars. According to the company, one of the world’s largest and most modern battery development centers has now emerged. Complete high-voltage batteries for cars and commercial vehicles are to be tested in 54 climate chambers.
Such batteries are the key in e-cars, even if a lot of research still needs to be done. If you consider that Tesla wants to settle in Brandenburg, such a test center here in Saxony-Anhalt also seems absolutely up to date. At the same time, the big questions remain unanswered for the future of electromobility, such as how raw materials can be mined and used in an environmentally and socially compatible manner in the long term, think of the problematic cobalt. The search for alternatives is ongoing.
In the meantime, FEV has invested a high double-digit million amount in Sandersdorf-Brehna to expand the area on Bundesstraße 183, including with subsidies from the state. According to the information, the new center will bring 100 new jobs.
It gets dark earlier, it is autumn and only this week I met another hedgehog. One evening he paced calmly across the street. I stopped the car as if it were a hedgehog pedestrian crossing and he didn’t even look in the direction of the headlights, just let the path be lit. Please, you’re welcome 😉 And so welcome to the morning ticker from MDR SACHSEN-ANHALT on Friday. My name is Mandy Ganske-Zapf and we will watch the most important news from this morning and from yesterday evening together until 11 a.m.
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On Friday, Fridays for Future called for the fifth global climate strike under the motto “No further degree”. Together, a strong signal for climate justice should be set on the street.
Yom Kippur, the so-called Day of Atonement, is the highest Jewish holiday. Last year, the Jewish community in Halle was the target of an attack that day. That left its mark on many.
BUND environmentalists in Saxony-Anhalt have sued the construction plans for federal road 6n. The reason for the lawsuit are additional wetlands for toads, which have now been removed from the construction plans.
The country has to pay Dinnies from the East 5.3 million euros. That was decided by the higher regional court in Naumburg. Accordingly, the ex-manager of the state-owned funding company IBG was wrongly dismissed in 2013.
Halle’s Lord Mayor expresses strong criticism of the Halle police. The had approved a rally by the right-wing extremist Sven Liebich – on the sidelines of an exhibition in memory of the victims of the Halle attack.