“Always laughing” – japan’s questionable new start to olympics

Foreign fans locked out, the athletes in the olympic village as if locked up, and a population that has no desire at all for sundries expensive games in corona times – japan’s lofty dream of the olympics as a national new beginning threatens to become a nightmare.

Actually, japan wanted to present itself as a country that has overcome the decades-long economic consequences of social obsolescence and has made it back to the top of the world.

One dead and 49 injured after tank car explosion

One dead and 49 injured after tank car explosion

Two injured were in intensive care units in hospitals, but their condition was "stable". Six tank cars of a 13-car freight train were derailed early saturday morning for initially unknown reasons east of the town of gent in the village of wetteren. Three of them, which contained the highly toxic substance acrylonitrile, exploded. They then burned for 16 hours with heavy smoke until the fire, which could not be extinguished, finally stopped of its own accord.

Around 500 people had to leave their apartments and houses. Contrary to initial announcements, they were not allowed to return on monday night. 49 residents of houses in the immediate vicinity of the accident site were hospitalized – complaining of malaise and breathing difficulties.

Researcher rejects criticism of his glyphosate studies

researcher rejects criticism of his glyphosate studies

As a scientist, he has "always been independent" and has "worked in a scientifically clean manner without any directing influence from third parties," agricultural economist michael schmitz told the deutsche presse-agentur on friday.

In the studies from 2018 and 2019, the scientist presents the pesticide glyphosate in a positive light from an economic point of view – if it were banned, there would be billions in losses for europe's agriculture, he says. Now schmitz said: "yes, my results may please farmers and the economy, but they are scientifically proven."

Conti suffers from weak tire market

Conti suffers from weak tire market

In addition, the stumbling overseas growth in asia and north america was also allowed to weaken in the third quarter, explained conti. Lower saxony sees black for the passenger car replacement tire business. They expect a much slower recovery than before. As a result, the group is now also more cautious with regard to its sales target. The news was not well received on the stock exchange: conti securities lost well over one percent at times.

Group sales in the first half of the year were virtually stagnant at 16.6 billion euros compared with the first half of the previous year (plus 0.4 percent). Earnings before interest and taxes (ebit) decreased slightly by 1.4 percent to 1.63 billion euros. At the end of the day, however, the group's profit rose sharply by 14 percent to 1.142 billion euros. This was mainly due to the significantly lower tax rate: 7 percent compared with 28 percent previously. In the second quarter alone, net income shot up to 701 million euros (520 million), while adjusted ebit rose slightly to 980.7 million euros.

Assad remains intransigent – annan warns of religious war

Assad remains intransigent - annan warns of religious war

Accordingly, the syrian leadership wants to continue the "battle against terrorists," as the opposition movement calls it. Assad rejected any responsibility for the massacre of hula with more than 100 dead: "what happened in hula and other places in syria are brutal massacres, which even monsters are not capable of doing."

The head of state, who has fallen into international isolation, spoke out one day after the arab league intensified the pressure on his regime. League ministers called for a timetable to implement UN mediator kofi annan’s peace plan. They also decided in doha on saturday that syrian state television would no longer be broadcast on the nilesat and arabsat satellites.

Federal study: plasticizers can make you fat

At least this is the conclusion of an overview study commissioned by the environmental organization BUND, for which around 240 individual studies from recent years were summarized. "Exposure to chemicals such as bisphenol A in the womb has led to later weight gain and increased insulin resistance in experimental animals," said BUND chemicals expert sarah hauser in berlin on tuesday. Above all, sensitive groups such as pregnant women and children had to be better protected.

The role of endocrine disruptors such as bisphenol A or flame retardants, which are found in plastic toys, PVC flooring or food cans, has not yet been proven. The federal institute for risk assessment (bfr) knows the underlying studies. There is no concrete reason to increase the maximum values. "A crude u.S. Study found a correlation between bisphenol A and the occurrence of diabetes. But a causality has not yet been proven, as the authors of the study emphasize," said bfr spokeswoman suzan fiack. Nevertheless, in its evaluation of the 2008 study, the bfr also emphasized that there is a need for further research in this field.

Economic skies over china increasingly gloomy

Economic skies over china increasingly gloomy

The sentiment barometer calculated by the major bank HSBC and the market research institute markit fell from 49.3 points in the previous month to a revised 47.6 points. In the initial assessment, a value of 47.8 points was determined.

The data suggest that economic activity in the world’s second-largest economy continues to slow down. Meanwhile, the purchasing managers’ index remains below the 50-point mark that separates growth from contraction for the tenth month.

The trauma of flight processed in wood

The trauma of flight processed in wood

Elham rahmani remembers it well: exactly three years and three months ago, he came from afghanistan to germany. Behind him lay a dramatic escape from the taliban. It was an odyssey that took him across eastern europe and finally brought him to weismain, where he lives in a collective shelter. Since then, rahmani has been processing his traumatic experiences through creative design. Together with ernst muller, a woodworker from altenkunstadt, he has created a wooden sculpture with the title "escape" wear. Yesterday, the impressive linden wood object was presented in the foyer of the district administration office.

When rahmani arrived in weismain, he didn’t want to just sit there and do nothing, ernst muller told us. According to muller, 250 asylum seekers from 16 countries of different cultures and religions, individuals and families with children live there. Rahmani looked for a job, took on janitorial work and began to create something new out of all kinds of things: vinyl records became watches, he shaped old metal into jewelry, and he designed car tires into sculptures, thus making it into the daily newspaper. This, in turn, drew ernst muller’s attention to the young afghan.

Drugs and doping substances seized

drugs and doping substances seized

On friday evening, a 29-year-old man from nurnberg was caught trying to smuggle in five grams of crystal from the czech republic by train. A court-ordered physical examination brought to light a surprise egg containing the dangerous drug.

The second corpse smuggling was foiled by the marktredwitz veil investigators on sunday evening. A doctor removed a packet containing around seven grams of crystal from the body of an 18-year-old woman from herzogenaurach.

In the swiss test, cira has the lead

In the swiss test, cira has the lead

A quarter of a liter of red deer blood, distributed drop by drop on a wildly overgrown track one kilometer long: whoever can follow this track after a waiting time of 20 hours has a super nose. Just like cira vom lohmuhlweiher, the german longhair dog from willanzheim.

8110 traffic accidents involving game occurred in lower franconia in 2016, according to police statistics. Mostly on country roads, mostly in the dammerung or darkness. The bulk of it, two-thirds by name, with roe deer, red deer and fallow deer, nine percent with wild boar.