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Lebanese artist pays tribute to leaving a life behind - Al-Monitor

Friday, August 11, 2017

Lebanese artist Yazan Halwani's mural "The inevitability of leaving things behind" on a five-story building in Mannheim, Germany, June 21, 2017. (photo by Alexander Krziwanie / Stadt.Wand.Kunst/Montana Cans)Lebanese artist pays tribute to leaving a life behindAuthor: Talia AbbasPosted July 12, 2017 Drawn over a five-story apartment building in Mannheim, Germany, Lebanese artist Yazan Halwani’s mural shows a young bearded Arab man packing his suitcase. His eyes are closed but his hands are quick and determined as he folds clothes into a suitcase. The artwork is called “The inevitability of leaving things behind.” Summary? Print Lebanese artist Yazan Halwani’s mural in Mannheim, Germany, aims to display the mobility of his country’s youth. “I think a lot of Lebanese who would see this think of sad moments — such as watching their parents, siblings, friends or even themselves packing up and leaving the country for an indefinite amount of time,” Halwani, 24, told Al-Monitor after he finalized the mural at the end of June.Born and based in Beirut, Halwani is known for his murals and painti...http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/07/lebanese-mural-artist-in-germany.html

Holland tulips a magical sight from river cruise on the Rhine | Tampa ... - Tampabay.com (blog)

Thursday, March 16, 2017

After a brief stay in Basel, it was off to Strasbourg, then the German towns of Heidelberg and Rudesheim with docking in Mannheim. The most striking and imposing view in Heidelberg is the famed castle, the setting for the opera The Student Prince. The fortress ruins rise majestically over the roofs of the city and entertain millions of tourists each year. Only two other German towns remained on the itinerary — Koblenz and Cologne — before the Mani sailed into the Netherlands during tulip time. Koblenz is at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. It is primarily a cultural, administrative and business center of the Middle Rhine. Its massive 12th century fortress, Festung Ehrenbreitstein, is Europe's largest. The 2,000-year-old city features a beautiful riverside promenade and once served as home to French refugees during the French Revolution.Cologne's most notable landmark is the Gothic cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Construction began in 1248, continuing in stages over the course of seven centuries, and completed in 1880.As for the Netherlands, its most recognizable symbols are the unique windmills and the tulips. At Kinderdijk, probably one of the best examples of the typical Dutch landscape, there are 19 windmills, and though their task of handling water has been taken over by steam and electric pumps since 1868, the mills are still turning. One mill is open for touring, and you can't help but marvel at the Dutch resourcefulness.The same must be said for the country's devotion to flowers, particularly tulips.From mid March until the end of May, tulips transform large parts of Holland into a colorful patchwork, and no matter where you look, the fields will be different and gorgeously colorful. Holland's longest tulip route is located in the Noordoostpolder in Flevoland. While not as well known as Keukenhof and the flower-bulb region, Flevoland boasts nearly 80 miles of roads with signage and nearly 2,500 acres of flowering bulb fields. The area was selected by National Geographic as one of the world's most beautiful road trips. Keukenhof Gardens, in Lisse, is one of the world's most spectacular floral extravaganzas. Set in a beautiful park of winding streams, small lakes and tree-shaded paths, the gardens cover more than 70 acres and contain nearly 7 million tulips and other flowers. The indoor and outdoor exhibits showcase the genius of Dutch gardening. To include Keukenhof Gardens and many of the other significant Dutch sights demonstrates the genius of Viking River Cruises.Visiting Holland during tulip season is something you'll grow to love. But all that Holland has to offer can't fully be appreciated in one day or one week, just as a river cruise can't be fully appreciated after only one sailing.Tom Wuckovich, a former travel editor for AAA Going Places magazine, has written about travel for 35 years.http://www.tampabay.com/features/travel/holland-tulips-a-magical-sight-from-river-cruise-on-the-rhine/2316574

Fourth person dies after BASF chemical plant blast in Ludwigshafen - Deutsche Welle

Thursday, December 22, 2016

April 6, 1865, by Friedrich Engelhorn, under the name of Badische Anilin- und Sodafabrik (later BASF). Engelhorn had already been running a factory for several years that supplied the city of Mannheim with gas for its street lamps. A byproduct was coal tar. Engelhorn decided to found BASF to produce tar-based and aniline dyes for the textile industry. Chemical industry giant BASF turns 150 Materials for making fertilizer and gunpowder Since the turn of the 20th century, thanks to R&D by German chemists Fritz Haber und Carl Bosch, it has been possible to produce ammonia on an industrial scale. That's a key ingredient for both fertilizer and explosives. During the first world war, BASF produced explosives, gunpowder, and poison gas for the German military. Chemical industry giant BASF turns 150 Chemical industry consolidation The European economy pace of recovery after the first world war was rather slow. The German chemical industry's main firms had already collaborated loosely since 1916, in support of the German war effort. In 1925, BASF fused with five other firms, including Hoechst and Bayer, to form I.G. Farbenindustrie Aktiengesellschaft (I.G. Farben). Pictured: I.G. Farben's then-HQ in Frankfurt (Main). Chemical industry giant BASF turns 150 Complicity in making weapons of mass destruction I.G. Farben collaborated with the Nazi regime. The company made extensive use of forced labor, including concentration camp prisoners. Pictured: The I.G. Farben facility at Auschwitz-Monowitz, where Zyklon B poison gas was produced. The gas was originally meant to serve as an insecticide, but the Nazis ended up using it in the death camps to murder millions of human beings. Chemical industry giant BASF turns 150 BASF in ruins Allied troops occupied I.G. Farben's Ludwighafen factory in March 1945. It had already been largely destroyed by aerial bombing. In the same year, the four occupying powers confiscated the company's entire capital stock. In the Soviet occupation zone, the company's factories were dismantled and shipped East, or nationalized. In November 1945, the Allied control council dissolved I.G. Farben. Chemical industry giant BASF turns 150 Resurrection On January 30, 1952, eleven companies were created out of the ruined legacy of I.G. Farben, among them several future major-league players: Agfa, Bayer AG, Hoechst AG, and BASF. Initially, BASF focused mostly on making plastics. Over the decades that followed, BASF broadened its product range and built more and more production facilities around the world. It became a global company. Chemical industry giant BASF turns 150 An all-round chemical industry player BASF's product range is huge: Paints and varnishes, styrofoam, insulation materials, medicines, light stabilizers, vehicle battery materials, adhesives and more. The company invests heavily in research - for example in organic solar cells (pictured). The company's 2014 research budget was around 1.8 billion euros. Chemical industry giant BASF turns 150 Chemicals sales A large fraction of BASF's sales consist of c...http://www.dw.com/en/fourth-person-dies-after-basf-chemical-plant-blast-in-ludwigshafen/a-36198889

Cerberus, der Höllenhund: Was wir über den HSH-Käufer wissen - shz.de

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Deutschen Bank, womit Cerberus dort viertgrößter Anteilseigner ist. Bereits 2006 hat Cerberus die Mehrheit der österreichischen Bawag übernommen, die ihrerseits im vergangenen Jahr die Südwestbank in Baden-Württemberg gekauft hat. Cerberus beteiligt sich weltweit an Unternehmen und ist auch im Immobiliengeschäft aktiv.Der Name: Das Unternehmen ist benannt nach dem dreiköpfigen Höllenhund Kerberos oder Zerberus, der in der griechischen Mythologie den Eingang zur Unterwelt bewacht. Feinberg soll der Gedanke gefallen haben, dass einer der drei Köpfe immer wach ist – so wie sein Fonds immer wach sein soll für gute Investments.Der Zweite im Bunde: Bei der HSH Nordbank mit im Boot ist auch der US-Investor J. Christopher Flowers, der bereits seit mehr als zehn Jahren an dem Institut beteiligt ist. Feinberg und Flowers kontrollieren künftig rund 80 Prozent der Anteile an der Bank. zur Startseite...

Driving Germany's 'Romantic Road' - Condé Nast Traveler

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Main to the Alps in the 1950s, when it needed a bit of post-war positivity; it's said the earliest visitors were "friends and families of American soldiers stationed in the large bases in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg." Americans still flock here, as do Asians, Europeans, and even Germans themselves, and though main attractions can get crowded, there are more than enough quiet corners of castles and cobblestoned alleys in 12th-century towns for everybody.The Trip: Three days, 285 milesStarting in Munich, head southwest toward Füssen at the beginning (or end) of the Romantic Road, and from there, go north to the wine city of Würzburg.What to DriveFor the love of all that is good and muscle-bound, please rent a fast German car. A BMW, an Audi, a Mercedes—doesn't matter. Just pick one and don't let the rental car company try to give you something compact. You'll be on the Autobahn for the initial stretch of the drive out of Munich, and you'll feel safer in a ride with a big engine when everyone else is going 120 mph. Plus, who goes "wooo!" in a Geo on the Autobahn?Day 1: Follow the commuters zooming south out of Munich on A96 toward Füssen and, nearby, King Ludwig II's Neuschwanstein Castle in Schwangau, known as the real-life inspiration for Disney's Sleeping Beauty palace. The 19th-century Romanesque Revival up on the hills does set the fairy-tale tone for this 285-mile ride, though before that, the drive is all highway, all business. You can either start the touristing straight a...

Die neuen Herren der HSH Nordbank

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Deutsch spricht – sehr großzügige Bonusansprüche. Auch die Bawag hat sich jetzt mit einem kleinen Anteil von gut zwei Prozent an der HSH beteiligt. Bereits im Dezember hatten die Österreicher die in Baden-Württemberg tätige Südwestbank mit etwa 650 Mitarbeitern und rund 100.000 Kunden übernommen."Möglicherweise werden die neuen HSH-Eigentümer versuchen, auf dem deutschen Markt durch Kooperationen oder Zusammenschlüsse größere Einheiten zu bilden und dadurch Mehrwert zu schaffen", sagt Faust. Auf dieses Motiv könnte auch die Tatsache hindeuten, dass Cerberus auch an der Deutschen Bank und der Commerzbank mit drei beziehungsweise fünf Prozent beteiligt ist. Das ändere aber nichts daran, dass Deutschland als Bankenmarkt "sehr wettbewerbsintensiv" sei.Das sieht auch ein Banker so, der sich gerade mit den Verhältnissen im Norden exzellent auskennt: Haspa-Chef Harald Vogelsang. "Der Vorstand der HSH Nordbank hat erklärt, man wolle sich auf das Geschäft konzentrieren, das für kleinere Sparkassen zu groß und für Großbanken zu klein ist", so Vogelsang. "Aber genau dieses Kundensegment der klassischen Mittelständler haben auch schon viele andere Banken als attraktiv für sich entdeckt. Die HSH Nordbank wird es dort nicht leicht haben." Nach Einschätzung des Haspa-Chefs ist der Verkauf der HSH schon deshalb eine einschneidende Veränderung für Norddeutschland, "weil die neuen Eigentümer der Bank keinen Bezug zu dieser Region haben und es somit keinen Gleichklang der Interessen mehr gibt."© Hamburger Abendblatt 2018 – Alle Rechte vorbehalten..small-print__copy {display: block; font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 0.7em; margin: 1em 0 1em;} .r-teaser-content {/*background: #E4E4E3;*/ padding:5px 0; display: inline-block; width: 100%;} .r-teaser {margin: 3em 0 4em;} .r-teaser img {display: inline-block; float: left; margin-right: 10px;} .r-teaser strong {display: inline-block; color: #006e27; font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 24px; margin: 20px 0 0 -4px;} .r-teaser p {color:#333; font-size:14px!important; font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif} .r-teaser a {float:none; color: #333; text-decoration:none;} .r-teaser p a {color: #333;} .r-teaser p .more {color: #006e27; margin-left:5px ; text-decoration:underline;} .article .r-teaser-content p a {border-bo...http://www.bing.com/news/apiclick.aspx?ref=FexRss&aid=&tid=A58F2075D3424E6C9CF5B35CB069D9AF&url=https%3a%2f%2fwww.abendblatt.de%2fwirtschaft%2farticle213668929%2fDie-neuen-Herren-der-HSH-Nordbank.html&c=16890497270914129022&mkt=de-de

Why Germany comes alive with religious bombast on Fronleichnam

Saturday, June 24, 2017

The first Fronleichnam procession was held in the year 1270.Where is it celebrated? If you are lucky enough to live in Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, Hesse, Saarland, Rhineland-Palatinate or North Rhine-Westphalia, you have a holiday on Thursday because of Fronleichnam. If you live anywhere else, more fool you for picking a part of Germany where Martin Luther got the upper hand.A water based parade in Staffelsee, Bavaria. Photo:: DPAWhen is it celebrated? Fronleichnam is always celebrated on the second Thursday after Whitsun. It is really a sort of delayed celebration of the Last Supper which took place on Maundy Thursday. According to Dom Radio, the radio station of the Cologne Cathedral, celebrating the fest on Maundy Thursday wouldn’t befit the reflective nature of Easter. Catholics in states that don’t have a public holiday have their processions on the following weekend.How is it celebrated? Differently in different places. In Fritzlar in north Hesse, the celebrations start on Wednesday night with the so-called Katzenkoppschießen. During this ceremony, the eight bells of the town cathedral are rung and a canon is fired, a ritual that is repeated three times. In Cologne, there is a procession involving over 100 ships, while in Bamberg 18 men carry a huge cross through the town.A floral carpet in Hüfingen, Baden-Württemberg. Photo: DPA Generally the fest is celebrated with processions in which believers carry an ornately decorated monstrance with a sacred Eucharist wafer through the streets. The towns of Hüfingen and Mühlenbach are renowned for their carpets made of flowers, which decorate the route of the procession and stretch to 100 metres in length. It is also common for flags to festoon the route of the procession, while processions often visit alters along the way.The political dimension According to Dom Radio, the processions have often had a subversive element. The extrovert and bombastic character was meant to show Protestants how great it is to be a Catholic. Luther, for his part, described th...http://www.bing.com/news/apiclick.aspx?ref=FexRss&aid=&tid=0618E6A2D6B140F8A3A78CEA5AF06F10&url=https%3a%2f%2fwww.thelocal.de%2f20170615%2fwhy-germany-comes-alive-with-religious-bombast-on-fronleichnam&c=647116908274741890&mkt=en-us