Germany

Magath says no comment on Schalke "rumours"

Magath says no comment on Schalke "rumours"Hamburg - Wolfsburg coach Felix Magath is refusing to comment on reports he is set to take over at fellow Bundesliga club Schalke from next season, Kicker sports magazine reported Thursday.

He was quoted by Kicker as telling the magazine Wednesday evening the reports appeared to be an attempt to damage him and Wolfsburg.

"I ask myself who has an interest in publicising this now... I don't at all see why I should comment on such rumours," he said.

German scrappage subsidy helps Japanese car sales

German scrappage subsidy helps Japanese car salesFrankfurt - A German government car scrappage scheme has pushed sales of Japanese-branded cars in Germany up by a third, the Japan Automobile Manufacturers' Association (JAMA) branch in Frankfurt said Thursday.

To encourage new-car sales, the German government is paying owners of old cars 2,500 euros in subsidy to send them to the wrecker.

First-quarter new registrations of Japanese brands in Germany were just under 120,000 vehicles, 31 per cent more than in the comparable quarter of last year, Andreas Meckel, the JAMA chief in Frankfurt, told reporters.

Claudia Schiffer’s karate kicking swimwear photoshoot

Claudia Schiffer 'lives' in a zoo!

Choose a turtle - keeping a pet despite allergies

Choose a turtle - keeping a pet despite allergiesBerlin - All of a sudden, someone breaks out in a rash, the eyes burn, the nose starts to run and the skin itches - a cat is on the prowl.

Allergies to pets are widespread. But if an allergy occurs, people do not always have to get rid of their pets, said Sabine Merz of Germany's federal veterinarian association in Bonn.

People, who already have a pet and have experienced some kind of allergic reaction to it, can try changing their daily routine. And for people with serious allergies, there are alternatives as some animals rarely trigger reactions.

German unemployment set to rise as recession tightens its grip

German unemployment set to rise as recession tightens its gripBerlin - German unemployment edged up again in April, official data released Thursday is forecast to show, amid expectations that the nation faces a surge in the numbers out of work as global recession hits the jobs market in Europe's biggest economy.

Analysts expect the Federal Labour Agency will say seasonally adjusted unemployment, which reflects overall trends in the job market, climbed by another 60,000 this month after rising 69,000 in March.

Artist transforms sailing ship canvasses into purses

Artist transforms sailing ship canvasses into pursesBremen, Germany - They have many thousands of sea miles behind them and borne the brunt of many a storm.

But eventually even the best of sails has to be discarded. That's when designer Jan-Marc Stuehrmann of Bremen, Germany steps in to give the old material new life as a purse. He buys huge amounts of old sail material from sail makers and hands it over to prisoners in jails across Bremen and the surrounding area where it is transformed into trendy, one-of-a-kind shoulder bags.

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