A castle and 400 cattle

A castle and 400 cattle

The view sweeps across the expanse of golden yellow fields to staffelberg and banz monastery. The manor house on the ummersberg rests stately. The path is lined with birch trees rustling in the wind. A castle-like building, little towers, a park behind it: in this movie-like setting, the only thing missing is the young owner of the estate, elegantly dressed and trotting along on his horse – but the french reality is not that kitschy. Jochen finkel wears jeans and a gray T-shirt, which he will exchange for another gray T-shirt in the course of our meeting. The young master farmer has plenty to do. T-shirt no. 1 already looked like work in the morning. There we met the 31-year-old in a field above eggenbach in the district of lichtenfels.

"Because of the bird protection we were not allowed to cut the hedges. But overhanging aste must go, I have clarified this with the agricultural office. Otherwise something like this will happen", he pointed to the broken wing mirror on the tractor. Then he took us to the farm. Five kilometers further on we were surprised by the stately home with stone lows in front of the house and bronze statues in the park. Gut ummersberg lies lonely on the road between birkach and busendorf and is the smallest part of the municipality of ebensfeld. We want to get to know all the residents. But first the granny.

The east prussian and his franks

Antonia marie finkel, 80 years old, searches out documents. In 1872, the wealthy doctor august swaine loved to build the palatial home on the farm and lay out the park. Because he had no children, his cousin inherited it well. Her husband came from the east prussian noble family conta and is said to have always stood on the tower to see whether the people in the fields were really working. Some also say that he only put up a doll so that the workers would feel watched. Either way: it was no use. "That used to be 60 hectares, he couldn’t see that far. The people have transferred the grain behind the mountain on their own wagons."

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Fished up: the magic of the sky pond “katrin i.”

Fished up: the magic of the sky pond 'katrin i.'

Somehow the himmelsweiher "katrin I." To have been given a spell at his naming ceremony. He is always in the spotlight when feathered guests visit our carp country aischgrund. Whether they are canada or nile geese, gray or silver herons or other water fowl: they land at scheubel’s himmelsweiher in hochstadt-sud with the honorary name of katrin uano, that industrious carp queen of past years. Or did the name-giver herself perform that magic, when she supported the "harvesters" at the annual carp harvest of the scheubels? The "harvesters"? Who can say …

On monday afternoon, in any case, almost 20 black storks visited the pond in question. This was already a special rarity. The stork’s father edmund lenz, who was quickly summoned, positioned himself at an appropriate distance on the meadow with his optical recording technology and studied the event very closely. But also the female storks, who meanwhile call this pond their "bathing pond" use, took note of what was happening. The grey and silver herons, who have grown fond of this pond, also became curious.

Female and black storks first met each other in a "have-at-each-other" pose, while the herons watched the whole thing from an appropriate distance. A kestrel stood for a long time above the pond in the air, but soon turned away disinterested to devote himself to his hunting habits on the meadows around the pond.

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“Young helps old” not only on the cell phone

Under the motto "young helps old the young list (JL) ebern visited cafe wagner on friday. According to her own statements, she took two hours to answer questions about cell phone operation. In a relaxed atmosphere they answered questions of the seniors. How to record a video with your cell phone? How to disconnect media from the phone again? According to JL, older people in particular often have problems here; every additional operating option makes the handling of the device more complicated. Members of the young list explained, for example, how to turn the sound up and down or how to delete several pictures at once. Some of the seniors were given instructions on how to use the device, in the traditional way, on paper.

Praise for the approach

The visitors praised the event. The junge liste therefore decided to offer further events in this direction and considered how a larger group could be reached.

With the motto "young helps old it’s not just about helping with technology problems, he said. The relaxed get-together also allows people to talk about other topics, thus creating an exchange between the generations. "In this way, we can have conversations that can be important and instructive for both young and old", the JL informs.

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Von der leyen: digital working world requires new concepts

Von der leyen: digital working world requires new concepts

Federal labor minister ursula von der leyen (CDU) called for central values of the working world, such as co-determination, to be transferred to digital forms of organization. "Work is moving out of the offices and into the digital cloud," von der leyen told the weekly newspaper "die zeit" at the conference. Work is increasingly no longer distributed to permanent employees within the company, but is offered worldwide on a project basis, sometimes for just a few hours, sometimes for a few years. "You’re built into a team that is random and global."

Companies that saw such flexible working models only as a way to cut costs quickly became the losers in the digital world of work, said the politician. The winners were those who were able to make the basic principle of the internet, participation, tangible in the organization of the digital world of work.

Mobile devices with constant connectivity accelerate the dissolution of boundaries between work and leisure, von der leyen said, and warned of negative consequences: "burnout is not a technical term, it is a very vivid term that describes exactly what is happening."This should not be dismissed as a fad. Every year, 53 million sick days in germany are due to mental illnesses. This represents an economic loss of eight billion euros. "This is a tangible factor, this is not a mood disorder."

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Equal opportunities are a matter for the boss

Equal opportunities are a matter for the boss

There are too few women in technical professions and in management positions. It is well known. But what is often seen as a women’s problem is actually a company problem, as christine regitz, vice president of the gesellschaft fur informatik e.V., on thursday at the 15. Economic forum mainfranken in iphofen clearly.

"Man’s woman or woman’s business"?"Was the title of the event hosted by the region mainfranken gmbh and the association of bavarian business e. V. Had invited to the karl knauf hall. After introductory remarks by district administrator tamara bischof, the vbw board chairman for lower franconia, wolfgang fieber, and the mayor of schweinfurt, sebastian remele, chairman of the mainfranken region, christine regitz addressed the question of how women can be challenged in technical professions and leadership positions. She used figures to show that there is a need for action: the proportion of women in technical professions is low, as is the number of female students. In a comparison of female science graduates, oman leads the field, followed by kuwait and bahrain; the best EU country is portugal, in 18th place. According to the EU commission, gross domestic product could be increased by nine billion euros if there were more women in work. And the shortage of skilled workers is more than serious: in just a few years, 800,000 jobs in the ICT sector alone, i.E. Information and communications technology, will not be able to be filled.

According to christine regitz, the challenge for women in technical professions and management positions is not about changing the entire world, but about taking small steps. "Women are a little different," she said. They set different priorities, have a different communication style, approach the subject of power differently than men and have different career motives. The demand for women is a question of corporate culture. "It must be a matter for the boss."The clear commitment to equal opportunities must come from the top. It is important to define the significance of the topic for the company. "They don’t want to challenge women, they want to challenge the company. The men also benefit from this," she made clear to the 140 or so people present. She cited job postings as an example of a change in mindset. These often contain an incredible number of requirements. "Women only apply if they meet 100 out of 100 requirements. Men apply for jobs if they meet ten or 20 of these requirements."

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