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  • Powder to the people

    30 degrees, blazing sunshine and not a cloud in the sky: the perfect day for a ski and snowboard competition.

    Graeme McIlmurray puts in a good  performance to gain a medal at the Championships
    EX SnowSummer BFG was successfully held at one of the biggest Snow Domes in Europe, in Bispingen, and saw Military teams from across BFG and the United Kingdom compete as individuals.

  • Major chatter

    British Army Sgt Maj Glenn Haughton (left) talks with US Army Sgt Maj Dan DaileyBritish Army Sgt Maj Glenn Haughton talks to his American counterpart, Sgt Maj Dan Dailey, the US Army’s top enlisted soldier, at the Army Sergeant Majors conference, on September 7 at the Royal Military Academy School Sandhurst.

    Sgt Maj Glenn Haughton was the first soldier to fill the new post in September 2015, which was created to ensure the British Army’s most senior staff understand what life is like for soldiers serving in the British Army.

    He will serve as the Army sergeant major for three years.

  • Get your skates on

    BFBS breakfast presenter Chris Keen will be skating to the finish line on Saturday, all in aid of the BFBS Big Salute.

    Chris has been training hard to prepare for the roller marathon and hopes to raise over £1,000
    Hoping to raise as much money as possible, Chris has joined forces with his brother Rob Keen to take on the 26 miles, 385 yards as they compete in the Berlin Roller Marathon on September 24.

    It is all for a good cause as the BFBS Big Salute raises money for five forces charities; Blesma The Limbess Veterans, Combat Stress, FAB – Families Activity Breaks, Blind Veterans UK and Veterans Aid.  

  • California calling

    The 26 Regiment RA rugby team tour flew from Germany to California ready for three tough games against teams based in Northern California, for Ex Mansergh Eagle.

    26 Regt RA put in a strong performance but were nonetheless denied victory
    Due to the regiment’s training year commitments, several key players were missing, and several players had to travel down during the lull between Exercise PS2 & 3 from Batus Canada. However, this gave others the opportunity for more game time, notably a couple of young players who have never before represented the regiment.

    With little time to prepare before the first game against the Sacramento Lions, training was conducted every morning up to and including game day, with players then having the rest of the day to recover and explore the local area.

  • Oktoberfest opens in München

    The Oktoberfest got underway on Saturday as city Mayor Dieter Reiter ceremoniously tapped the first beer keg at noon to open the world’s largest folk and beer festival. “Ozapft is!” the mayor exclaimed, which loosely translates  as ‘It’s tapped!’On the first weekend of the Oktoberfest only half a million people turned up for the beer fest. But there was a more banal reason than security fears to blame.

    In the weeks leading up to this year’s event, which was tapped into life on Saturday by city mayor, Dieter Reiter, several hotels had reported a 10 to 15 per cent drop in bookings on last year.

    After München was stunned by a shooting spree in July, which left 10 people dead and dozens injured, fears over public safety were believed to be the main deterrent to people flocking in their millions to the Bavarian capital to sink some brews.

  • Boy sends card to grandad in heaven... and receives reply

    Phil’s letter to his grandad resulted in a message from heavenA five-year-old boy couldn’t get over the death of his grandfather, so he attached a card to a helium balloon and let it fly into the sky. His parents were surprised to find a parcel in the post shortly afterwards.

    In the letter written by his mum Manuela, Phil asked his Opa how he was and told him that he hoped everyone in heaven was being nice to him.

    “He was always talking about his grandfather and couldn’t get over his death,” Manuela said.

    The family had expected that to be the last of it, but then a package arrived in the post addressed to Phil. When he opened it, he found a letter and a teddy bear.

  • More than 160,000 join German trade deal protest

    Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of seven cities across Germany protesting against transatlantic trade dealsMore than 160,000 demonstrators thronged seven major cities across Germany on Saturday (September 17) in protest over a massive transatlantic trade deal, dealing a new blow to the disputed accord.

    In Berlin, as in München, there was a sea of banners demanding “democracy instead of TTIP” and “share, don’t divide” as people flocked to join the rallies, carrying placards and banners representing dozens of anti-globalisation groups, NGOs, political parties and unions, AFP correspondents said.

  • Merkel party routed in Berlin polls as right-wing AfD gains

    Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party suffered a historic loss in Berlin state elections on Sunday while the right-wing populist AfD gained fresh support, riding a wave of popular anger over her open-door refugee policy.

    The anti-Islam Alternative for Germany party won a 14.1 per cent share, according to public broadcasters’ projections, in the capital which has long prided itself on being a diverse and multicultural city.

    The strong AfD result, thanks to support especially in the vast tower block districts in Berlin’s former communist east, meant it has now won opposition seats in 10 of Germany’s 16 states, a year ahead of national elections.

  • Blackmailer targets schools with poisoned marzipan

    Police in Kiel have arrested a 38-year-old man suspected of placing poisoned marzipan in a schoolyard as part of an attempt to extort a supermarket chain, the Kieler Nachrichten newspaper reports.

    With fear widespread in the city after a series of threats, parents were most likely dreading the start of a new school week. But at 4am on Monday a special police unit stormed an apartment in the centre of the city and arrested a suspect. 

    Police were confident they had apprehended the right person but stressed that they had not yet closed the investigation.

  • Bundeswehr troops to join NATO mission

    Germany plans to send up to 650 troops to join a new NATO mission to counter human trafficking in the Mediterranean Sea and combat arms smuggling by the Islamic State militant group, Der Spiegel reported.

    The ruling coalition aims to present a plan to parliament for approval shortly, the magazine said. It would call for the German involvement in NATO’s Operation Sea Guardian to last until December 2017.

    The deployment is part of a broader shift by Germany to expand its military role in Europe and NATO. 

    Der Spiegel said that Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told parliamentary leaders in a letter that “terrorist organisations can act unimpeded” because of the lack of government controls along the Mediterranean coast. This presented “significant threats to our security”.

    German ships are also participating in a EU military mission called Sophia to try to combat the smuggling of weapons and people off the Libyan coast.