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  • Traffic lights for smartphone addicts

    In a bid to keep phone addicts safe, Augsburg has embedded lights into the road at a pedestrian crossing so texters needn’t raise their heads to tell when it’s safe to crossBeing distracted by your phone while crossing the road could cost you your life, with ‘texting zombies’ four times more likely not to spot oncoming traffic.

    The phenomenon has even been given its own German name, “smombie” – a combination of smartphone and zombie – which was voted Youth Word of the Year in 2015.

    In March, a 15-year-old girl in München was run over by a tram while looking at her smartphone while wearing headphones. She was dragged along by the train and died, the Süddeutsche Zeitung reports.

    In Augsburg, meanwhile, on two recent occasions pedestrians have been hit by the quiet electric street trains while looking at their phones, but both luckily came away with only light injuries.

    Now Augsburg has decided it’s time to act, and has installed ground level traffic lights to warn people who are looking down at their screens that a tram is approaching.

  • Germany to build air base in Turkey for Daesh campaign

    The German military are planning for a long-term military operation against terror group Daesh, with plans for a €65 million air base in southern Turkey, Spiegel reports.

    The air base will be built at the site in Incirlik where the Bundeswehr is currently flying reconnaissance and refuelling missions into Syria, according to a planning paper from the Defence Ministry seen by Spiegel magazine.

    The new extension to the Turkish base will include an air controller centre for the German aircraft, accommodation for soldiers and a fully equipped combat headquarters.

    Germany is also reportedly in discussions with Ankara about a treaty for stationing German soldiers on Turkish soil for long-term deployments.

  • Pensioner’s dreams dashed

    Erwin D with his lottery ticketSpare a thought for Bavarian pensioner, Erwin D, who NEARLY won €8.9million on the lottery last week.

    After spending the afternoon with friends, one of whom said Erwin should play the lottery as it was his lucky day, the 70-year-old went to his local Lotto shop and handed in his ticket.

    That evening he sat glued to the television and watched with increasing disbelief as all his six numbers were drawn – 2, 13, 17, 35, 36, 49 and the bonus number 7.

    In just a few minutes Erwin was a multimillionaire.

  • Oldest message in bottle bobs up, nets finder shilling reward

    The Winklers with the shilling reward and the letter found in a bottle off the German coastA message in a bottle which washed up more than 108 years after it was thrown into the sea has been confirmed as the world’s oldest.

    A message in a bottle which washed up more than 108 years after it was thrown into the sea has been confirmed as the world’s oldest.

    The bottle was released into the North Sea in 1906 and found by a woman on a beach on the north German island of Amrum last year.

  • German swims from Europe to Africa in under 3 hours

    21-year-old Nathalie Pohl has set a new world record for swimming from Europe to MoroccoA young woman has swum from Europe to Africa in a little under three hours, setting a new world record in the process.

    The temperatures were a chilly 14° C in the Mediterranean last Sunday. But that didn’t stop Nathalie Pohl, a 21-year-old from Marburg, crossing the straits of Gibraltar in two hours and 53 minutes, Bild reports.

    The young athlete had to swim 15km from Tarifa in Spain to Point Cires in Morocco to achieve her goal.

  • Germany News in Brief - April 28, 2016

    2 arrests for blast at Sikh wedding

    ESSEN – German police have arrested two teenagers with Islamist backgrounds over an explosion that wounded three people at a Sikh temple, labelling it a “terrorist attack”.

    The blast that hit an Indian wedding party at the entrance to the temple in Essen on April 16 injured three men, one of them seriously.

    Police arrested two 16-year-olds with known links to regional Islamists over the attack, said city police chief Frank Richter.

    “We have to presume it was a terrorist act – religiously motivated terror by the Islamist scene,” Richter said in a statement, without linking the youths to a particular militant group.

    One of the teenagers had turned himself in to police, and the other had been arrested at his family home.

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  • Five years of friendship

    Paderborn marksmen’s club and 20th Armoured Infantry Brigade celebrate partnership anniversary 

    Music for the friendship parade in Paderborn was provided by The Band of The King’s DivisionThree hundred officers and soldiers from 20th Armoured Infantry Brigade and affiliated units recently paraded through the streets of Paderborn city centre together with the Paderborner-Bürger Schützenverein (PBSV).

    The parade was used to mark the fifth anniversary of the two organisations coming together in an official partnership of friendship and camaraderie which was signed in 2011 by the then brigadier and now Gen Patrick Sanders and Herr Elmar Kloke, PBSV. 

    Members of Headquarters 20th Armd Inf Bde, 5 RIFLES, The QRH, 1 Armd Med Regt, 35 Engr Regiment, and 1 PWRR formed up with their respective allied Kompanies, namely Heide, Konigsträßer, Kamper, Maspern and Western outside the beautiful Paderborn cathedral, an impressive sight with more than 600 personnel on parade.

    The parade stepped off with alternate British and German detachments under the leadership and command of Maj Alan Somerville who organised and coordinated the British contribution to the event.

  • Pancakes and PJs Party – May 7

    Pancakes & PJs Party

  • Calling all QRH families!

    With effect from Sunday, May 8, and every second Sunday thereafter until September, UWO would like to invite you to a Families Sunday Event as follows:

    12.30pm: Meet at the Happy Hussars

    1pm–2pm: 3-Course JB’s Lunch

    2pm: Return to Happy Hussars

    2.15–3pm: Children’s Entertainment

    3pm–4pm: General play and bouncy castle.

    The cost of these days are €4.50 per adult and €2 per child. Numbers required by the Monday prior to the event.