It was the third meeting of the top candidates Weber and Timmermans within ten days. And again they clearly distinguished themselves from each other.

The two European election top candidates Frans Timmermans (left) and Manfred Weber

It didn’t take long for the two men who want to succeed EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to get fired up. Although the German Manfred Weber and the Dutchman Frans Timmermans are on friendly terms. But that didn’t stop the two, who are leading candidates in the European election campaign, from drawing a clear line during Thursday night’s TV duel. Timmermans, the top man in the European Social Democrats, wants a CO2 tax. Weber, the top candidate of the conservative EPP party family, opposes them. "Why is there still no tax on kerosene??", Timmermans asked, drawing applause from the studio audience.

Stone age

The Stone Age is the oldest period in the history of mankind. With it the prehistory begins. The Stone Age is further divided: in the beginning was the Old Stone Age and then came the New Stone Age. Some scientists still push the middle stone age between them. Others name at the very end the Copper Stone Age. The Stone Age was followed by the Bronze Age, then the Iron Age.

The term Stone Age was invented by an archaeologist in 1836. The term is Greek and means "the talk of the beginning". It is very difficult to distinguish between the different periods of time. One tries today to attach each period to certain inventions. But inventions such as the wheel or the processing of copper never took place abruptly. They crept in slowly, spread from place to place and finally took over.

gaming addiction console and computer

Game addiction console and computer – What is it??

The gaming addiction console and computer addiction d.h. Addiction to computer and console games can be found in all social classes and age groups. As is possible with substance-related addictions, the person affected develops a psychological dependency on gaming. In order to understand the processes involved, it is necessary to take a closer look at the games and their effect on the players. A gambling addiction is not a sudden event, much more a development: In the beginning there is the joy and fun of the game. It’s often about the challenge of accomplishing tasks. Since there is progress and a reward system in most games (unlocking equipment or the like), the player gains control over more and more facts in the game through improvement. Growing this control leads to power in this virtual universe and ultimately an increase in self-esteem. From this chain, the brain learns to cope with stress and eventually experiences greater and faster success than in the real world; the virtual is thus preferred to the real. Researchers have been able to demonstrate this process by measuring brain waves.

The so-called EEG ( electroencephalography) shows that the happiness messenger dopamine is released during positive experiences in the gaming world. The gambling-addicted brain thus learns to reward itself. In the process, other stimuli that could also trigger feelings of happiness are atrophied. The consequence of this is then psychological dependence. Characteristic of this are corresponding withdrawal symptoms while not gambling and the loss of control over one’s own gambling behavior. Role-playing games, also known as RPGs, are particularly "dangerous" because they are highly addictive due to a particularly sophisticated reward system and increased pressure from playing together online with other users. Gamers arrange to meet at fixed times of the day and night to complete virtual tasks together, thus neglecting other more important things.

Teach children to save energy and resources

If children learn to use our resources sparingly from an early age, it’s better than a change of habits in adulthood. Here’s how parents teach valuable energy-saving tips.

At the latest since the student strike movement initiated by the Swedish climate protection activist Greta Thunberg "Fridays for Future" is the Climate protection is also on everyone’s mind when it comes to children. Children and young people are raising their voices in peaceful demonstrations around the world Climate policy grievances Attentive and demand Do more to protect and preserve the environment. Make it clear that in the lives of our children the topics Sustainability, ecology, alternative energy and resource-conserving life will play an increasingly important role. That’s why you should Raise awareness of responsible use of natural resources from an early age. Families make a valuable contribution to environmental protection, for example, by saving energy in their daily lives.

What is energy?

Children first need to understand what energy is and why it should be used responsibly. Energy cannot be seen or touched, but we need it in everyday life to survive. Make it clear to your children that electricity can be generated by gas, oil, coal, water, wind or the heat of the sun, for example, and does not simply come out of the socket. All electrical appliances, such as toasters, radios and televisions, consume electricity, but they do not all consume the same amount, but vary in their energy efficiency.

Poems have the power to touch the soul and make the sound of language visible. They train memory and much more. But it is becoming increasingly rare to learn poetry in schools. Elementary school teacher and School Portal columnist Sabine Czerny describes why she regularly learns poetry with the children and how this works best.

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Sabine Czerny 23. December 2019 Updated 01. July 2020

Servus hamburg: how to find new friends?

15 years in southern Germany leave their mark. Be it in the language (Oine Semmel, bidde!), in behavior (Not scolded is praised enough) or in food preferences alone (Kasspatzen/Kasespatzle ftw!). In Hamburg things are a bit different than in Bavaria or Baden-Wurttemberg. HOW different it is here in contrast to the south of Germany, Anna tells you in her column: "Servus Hamburg!". This week is about the challenge of making new friends.

All beginnings are hard and with a move comes many beginnings. There is the new home, the new environment, the new job and especially the new people around you. With this move I moved out of my comfort zone and besides a joyful excitement also fears flared up in me. What do I do if the apartment turns out to be a moldy nightmare?? What do I do if the job is a grasp in the loo? And above all: What do I do if I don’t make any new friends and loneliness catches up with me??

Actually, snowboarding should not only be called a sport, because snowboarding is an experience from which a very special attitude towards life develops.

Our goal is to convey the joy of snowboarding and to pass on this special feeling of life to you. The feeling you will have when you master the first turn or stand the first jump is indescribable and when you surf through the deep snow for the first time, you will want to have it again and again, this very special life feeling.

It does not take long until you master the basics. Our beginner courses are structured over 4 days, with 4 hours of instruction daily. With the binding setting "Duckstance" we need ca. 2 days for the learning level green, because here it is all about the basics, the right start into the boarder world. The learning goal of the following days is the correct use of lifts and cornering on blue slopes (learning level blue). To what extent the learning level red, cornering on red slopes can be included in this course depends on the ability level of the group.

But only a few refugees speak German.[2] As different as the countries are from which people flee to Germany, as different are the languages they speak. Among the most common are Arabic, Albanian and Persian languages.[3] They function very differently from German. The Arabic language, for example, is based on the Arabic alphabet, which has completely different letters than the Latin alphabet. Arabic is also written and read from right to left.[4]

Many refugees therefore find it difficult to learn the German language.[5] It is especially difficult for illiterate people, who also exist among the refugees. They can’t read and write at all and have to learn the alphabet first.[6] It is impossible to imagine our everyday life without writing, but there are also countries where the oral word counts more than the written word.[7]

Integration Course

Refugees with a positive asylum decision and refugees who are still in the asylum procedure and have a so-called good perspective of staying[8] have the right to an integration course. The Integration course is made up of a language course and an orientation course.[9] In the language course, they learn with other new immigrants what is necessary for speaking and writing in everyday life. This also includes contact with authorities, conversations at the workplace and writing letters.[10] In the subsequent orientation course, they learn the basics of the German legal system, history and social coexistence as well as values that are important in Germany, such as freedom of religion and equal rights.[11]

Suicide among young people: These are the warning signs. Adolescents are particularly often suicidal. (Source: imago images)

It’s every parent’s nightmare – but unfortunately the current suicide case of three young women in Lower Saxony is not an isolated incident. Statistically, at least one teenager or young adult takes his or her own life every day in Germany. According to the latest data from the German Federal Statistical Office, there were a total of 587 suicides among people under 26 in 2009. Among them were 456 young men and 131 young women.

More on the topic

Young adults 20 to 25 years old most often choose suicide (372). The second major group is teens ages 15 to 19 (194). However, suicide also occurs in younger people – although rarely (21).

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since or have been - are or have been - since or since then

seit or seid?

Since when are you unsure about since or. since with t or with d at the end writes? There are both spellings, but the explanation is quite simple. And we hope that after reading this post you will be sure, because then you will be able to say: "Since I read the explanations and did the exercise, I always write this word correctly."

The second person plural of the verb sein is you are. Only if it’s a verb, we write since with d.