Remarks by LTG HR McMaster at the Munich Security Conference - Whitehouse.gov Thursday, March 15, 2018
German people—have now been down longer than they stood. I was here, in Germany, when the wall fell. Our cavalry regiment was patrolling the border near Coburg when East German travel restrictions lifted. That day, we experienced an invasion of an unanticipated kind, as joyous East Germans brought us flowers and wine to celebrate reunions with friends and family—and their newfound freedom. Those moments remain among my fondest memories—when Freedom triumphed over oppression.Our shared history reminds us of our common principles, our democratic values, and our enduring commitment to peace. Ewald von Kleist founded this conference in 1963, following two horrific world wars, in the hopes of preventing future conflict.To realize his noble vision, we must all share responsibility. International peace and prosperity depends on all nations.For this reason, President Trump has called for stronger alliances and partnerships based on shared values, shared interests, shared responsibilities, and shared burdens.Today, I would like to highlight three priority areas that demand our collective efforts: first, ensuring the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and deterring their use; second, defeating jihadist terrorist organizations; and third, strengthening the international foundations for peace and prosperity.Over the past four years, we have commemorated various 100-year anniversaries of World War I—a war that witnessed the routine use of chemical weapons, causing immense human suffering. In the wake of that war, nations came together and agreed not to use these horrifying weapons on the battlefield.In April of 2017, when the Assad regime again used these heinous weapons against innocents, the United States responded. We acted to deter future chemical attacks and to ensure that the use of these weapons never again became routine. Public accounts and photos clearly show that Assad’s chemical weapons use is continuing. It is time for all nations to hold the Syrian regime and its sponsors accountable for their actions and support the efforts of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.The non-proliferation regime is under tremendous pressure—not only from the use of chemical weapons, but also from the development and proliferation of nuclear weapons. It needs our unequivocal support.Last year, nations gathered here initiated an international campaign to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula. We must pressure the Kim regime—using all available tools—to ensure that this cruel dictatorship cannot threaten the world with the most destructive weapons on earth.Many of us can be proud of the successes we have had in uniting behind United Nations Security Council resolutions. Today, let us resolve not only to enforce existing sanctions, but also to commit to downgrading diplomatic relations, cutting off all trade, military, and commercial ties, and expelling so-called guest workers.Nations that evade full enforcement and fail to take these steps are acting irresponsibly. Now is the time to do more—a nuclear North Korea poses a direct threat to all of us and seriously undermines the non proliferation regime.We know that Syria and North Korea are not the only rogue states developing and spreading dangerous weapons.Now is also the time to address serious flaws in the Iran deal and counter Iran’s destabilizing activities, including its development and proliferation of missi...
Jewel History: Her Majesty's State Ball (1855)Thursday, May 4, 2017
Maids of Honour and the Grooms and Equerries in Waiting. His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge  was attended by the Hon. James Macdonald and Colonel Tyrwhitt.His Royal Highness the Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha  was attended by le Conseiller Samwer and Baron de Treskow. His Highness the Maharajah Duleep Singh  was also present. Her Majesty and His Royal Highness Prince Albert  left the White Drawing Room shortly before ten o'clock, accompanied by Their Royal Highnesses the Duchess of Cambridge, the Princess Mary, the Duke of Cambridge, and the Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha; Their Serene Highnesses the Princess of Hohenlohe-Langenburg  and the Princess Adelaide  and Prince Victor of Hohenlohe .The Queen wore a dress of pink tulle over pink silk, trimmed with five flounces of white blonde, and ornamented with bouquets of pink roses and white jessamine and diamonds. Her Majesty's headdress was composed of diamonds and pink roses.The Duchess of Cambridge wore a dress of grey glace silk, covered with beautiful white Brussels lace to within a short distance of the bottom, which was trimmed with a triple border of white and gray marabout feathers looped up with rosettes of silver crepe. The body was trimmed with Brussels lace to correspond. The stomacher was covered with sapphires and diamonds; the necklace and the tiara were en suite . Her Royal Highness, in addition to the tiara, wore white and gray marabouts in her hair.The Princess Mary of Cambridge wore a dress of blue tulle over a rich silk glace petticoat, trimmed with bunches of pink roses and tulle. The body was also trimmed with roses. The stomacher was ornamented with diamonds. The necklace, pearls and diamonds. The Princess wore round her head a wreath of pink roses having diamond stars intermixed.Princess Feodora of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, ca. 1855
The Princess of Hohenlohe-Langenburg wore a dress of white satin, trimmed with riband. The necklace, diamonds. Her Serene Highness's headdress was formed of a garland of flowers and diamond ornaments. The Princess Adelaide of Hohenlohe wore a pink satin dress, trimmed with pink tulle and flowers. Her Serene Highness wore a garland of flowers to correspond with the dress.The Marquis of Breadalbane, K.T., Lord Chamberlain; Earl Spencer, K.G., Lord Steward; Lord Ernest Bruce, Vice-Chamberlain; and the Earl of Mulgrave, Treasurer of the Household, conducted Her Majesty and the Prince to the ballroom, the Ladies and Gentlemen in Waiting, and afterwards the general company, following the roy...http://www.bing.com/news/apiclick.aspx?ref=FexRss&aid=&tid=58DDC1ED027E4768B0DD62EE2D223516&url=http%3a%2f%2fwww.thecourtjeweller.com%2f2017%2f05%2fjewel-history-her-majestys-state-ball.html&c=13016463915308532999&mkt=en-us
Germany plans gold coin for Martin Luther anniversary | Coin World - Coin WorldWednesday, October 26, 2016
Martin Luther’s theology.”
The rose seal was designed for Martin Luther at the behest of John Frederick of Saxony in 1530, while Luther was staying at the Coburg Fortress during the Diet of Augsburg.
Four elements compose the seal: a cross, a heart, the flower and a ring.
The coin’s obverse shows the federal eagle, the nation’s name, denomination of the coin, the Mint mark for the respective mint strking the coin, the year 2017 and the 12 stars of Europe.
Five German mints are scheduled to strike examples of the coin, each providing its own Mint mark.
The Uncirculated .9999 fine gold coin is scheduled to weigh 7.778 grams and measure 20 millimeters in diameter. The mintage limit and price will be announced in 2017.
Keukenhof Gardens: Discover a wealth of flowers - United States Army Friday, April 13, 2018
Dutch growers and a wealth of flowers, sorted by color. The Keukenhof, translated to Kitchen Garden, owes its name to Countess Jacoba van Beieren (Jaqueline of Bavaria), who had a castle at this location in the 15th century. She stayed there very often, because the area provided good hunting grounds. Herbs and vegetables were grown in the yard for her kitchen and these have given way to more colorful plants and flowers. Over six million flower bulbs provide beautiful scenic spots throughout the park. Large flower palaces are filled with oceans of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and smaller varieties of their species as well as orchids, roses, carnations, irises, lilies and many more flowers. As the season progresses, the emphasis shifts to different groups of flowers. It is a display of colors and an overwhelming perfume.Endless varieties of tulips can be seen most of the time, but the best time to view them is mid-April. Other flowers bloom again at a different time. However, the park is always a colorful sight. The flower shops in the park can actually mail flower bulbs to the U.S. for customers.The park is open only in the spring time. This year, you can visit from March 22 to May 23. The Keukenhof is open daily from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Ticket office closes at 6 p.m. Entry is €16 for adults and €8 for children age 4 to 11. Keukenhof is easy to reach via the A4 (exit Nieuw-Vennep) and the A44 (exit 3 Lisse). Follow the Keukenhof s...
What's in a Home? - CityLabFriday, April 13, 2018
He was astonished by Peru’s diversity, both in terms of geography and inhabitants, as he traveled around the country.Thomas Dworzak travelled around the world—Bavaria, Georgia, Iran—to capture the places he had called home: places that he says still burn within him. Of Tblisi, Georgia, in particular, Dworzak wrote in the forward to his photo set, “I force myself away for longer periods but am sure to always come back. And still, I will always remain a foreigner…I think I will never gain the same level of understanding, the language, the dialect, the humor, than whenever I return to visit my father in that place I left so desperately 30 years ago.” Dworzak photographed his father in the Bavarian village from which he was deported as a child; his wife in Tehran; his friends in Tblisi. While Dworzak also included images of location and scenery, it is clear that, for him, home is haunted by the people who inhabit it.It is impossible for “home” to be interpreted exactly the same way by different people, influenced as we are by entirely different things: the way light strikes the wall of our favorite diner, the curve of our grandmother’s cheek, the way it feels to walk the same street for years. But the book proves that there are many ways to think about a home, and even more ways to visualize it.Home is available for purchase at the Magnum shop.
Brautmode und Abendmode von Brautmoden TegernseeThursday, March 15, 2018
Maßanfertigungen.Die eigenen Brautmoden- und Accessoirekollektionen und Maßanfertigungen werden in der integrierten Manufaktur aus hochwertigen Stoffen und Materialien handgefertigt – Made in Bavaria. Zu den umfangreichen Brautserviceleistungen gehören neben einer ausführlichen professionellen Beratung in entspannter Atmosphäre auch ein Änderungs- und Individualisierungsservice. Brautkleider und Brautdirndl können nach den Vorstellungen der Braut entworfen und angefertigt werden oder das ausgewähltes Brautkleid kann zusätzlich individualisiert werden. Die Accessoires und der Schmuck werden auf Wunsch auf das Styling abgestimmt und in der eigenen Manufaktur handgefertigt. Die Brautausstattung wird so zu einem unvergleichlichen Unikat.Jedes Brautdirndl ein Unikat. Dirndleria® by Tali Amoo.Die Brautdirndl der Marke Dirndleria® by Tali Amoo werden auf Wunsch nach den Wünschen und Vostellungen der Kundin entworfen und mit Liebe zum Detail in der eigenen Manufaktur handgefertigt. Verwendet werden nur hochwertige Stoffe und Materialien. Jedes Brautdirndl ist dann ein edles Unikat. Es ist, genau wie die Trägerin, einmalig und unterstreicht ihre Persönlichkeit. Eine exklusive Besonderheit ist die zusätzliche nur bei Brautmoden Tegernsee erhältliche Individualisierung Glockenrüsche® by Tali Amoo, mit der die Dirndl und auch die Unterwäsche nochmals veredelt und individualisiert werden können.Abendmode von Brautmoden Tegernsee.Abendkleider, Ballkleider, Abiballkleider und Galakleider werden bei Brautmoden Tegernsee in der Manufaktur individuell entworfen und gefertigt. Die Maßanfertigungen sind unverwechselbare Unikate, so individuell wie ihre Trägerin.Seit dem Frühjahr 2018 führt Brautmoden Tegernsee die Abendkleidkollektionen von Christian Koehlert Paris. In der Kollektion werden von edel-klassisch bis glamourös-exklusiv hochwertige in verschiedenen Ausführungen erhältliche Abendkleider angebotenExklusive Serviceleistungen von Brautmoden Tegernsee.Brautmoden Tegernsee bietet für die Braut einen umfassenden exklusiven Premiumservice. Dieser Brautservice beinhaltet eine umfassende professionelle Beratung in entspannter Atmosphäre und ohne Zeitdruck. Das ausgewählte Traumkleid kann in der eigenen Manufaktur nach den Vorstellungen der Kundin geändert, angepasst, veredelt und individualisiert werden. Maßgeschneiderte Unikatkleider und eigene Kollektionen werden ebenfalls in der Brautmodenmanufaktur ...http://www.bing.com/news/apiclick.aspx?ref=FexRss&aid=&tid=AB1841C69D684A6BB9AE4108445FCE7C&url=https%3a%2f%2fwww.inar.de%2fbrautmode-und-abendmode-von-brautmoden-tegernsee%2f&c=5570751975389521761&mkt=de-de
5 facts about cannabis laws in Germany - Deutsche WelleThursday, March 15, 2018
The trade union representing Germany's criminologists has echoed these calls, describing the current law as "neither intelligent, nor constructive."Angela Merkel’s CDU and its Bavarian sister party, the CSU, remain stark opponents of legalizing, as does the far-right po...http://www.dw.com/en/5-facts-about-cannabis-laws-in-germany/a-42709969