Germany crash studied for clues - Arkansas OnlineFriday, April 13, 2018
Authorities have identified the two victims killed by the van crash as a 51-year-old woman from Lueneburg county, 186 miles to the northeast, and a 65-year-old man from nearby Borken county. Their names were not released, as is customary in Germany.Early Sunday, all three bodies were taken from the crash scene in front of the well-known Kiepenkerl pub. The silver-grey van that crashed into the crowd was hauled away hours later, after explosives experts had thoroughly checked it.Inside the van, police found illegal firecrackers that were disguised as a fake bomb, a fake pistol and the real gun that the driver used to kill himself.Inside the apartment where the man was living, which was near the crash scene, police found more firecrackers and a "no-longer usable AK-47 machine gun." Police also found several gas bottles and canisters containing gasoline and bio-ethanol, but did not know yet why they were stored there."We are now focusing our investigations on getting a comprehensive picture of the perpetrator's behavior in the weeks [before the crash] to find out his motivation for this horrible act," Kuhlisch said in the statement.Officials said some of the 20 injured were still in life-threatening condition Sunday. They have not identified them, but Armin Laschet, the governor of North Rhine-Westphalia state said they included Dutch citizens."This was a horrible and sad day for the people of Muenster, all of Germany ... and also the people of The Netherlands, who were sitting here and became victims," he said as he toured the scene Sunday.At a hastily announced memorial put together by Catholics and Lutherans Sunday night, Muenster's Roman Catholic bishop urged mourners to try to understand the crash, with God's help.Bishop Felix Genn preached Sunday night at the city's famous Paulus Cathedral, where the 700 seats were packed. Rescue personnel, emergency doctors and firefighters were among those attending the service.Muenster is a popular tourist destination known for its medieval old town, which was rebuilt after destruction during World War II. The city was buzzing on Saturday -- one of the first warm spring days of the year -- and scores of people were sitting in the square outside the Kiepenkerl pub when the van driver struck."This cowardly and brutal crime has shocked all of us," said German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, who placed flowers at the crash site Sunday.A Section on 04/09/2018...http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2018/apr/09/germany-crash-studied-for-clues-2018040/
FDF: IPM 2017 bestätigt Position als Weltleitmesse - GABOTFriday, February 3, 2017
Messe-Cup. Bei der großen Siegerehrung auf der FDF-Showbühne wurde Jennifer Tiroke der MesseCup 2017 überreicht. Bei den Gefäßpflanzen überzeugte Bärbel Grzenia von "Blumen für Dich und Dich" aus Borken die Jury.Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook und Co.: FDF inspirierte den BlumenfachhandelSehr großen Zuspruch erhielt das „Flower Lab“ mit seinen blumigen Innovationen für die junge Zielgruppe. Erstmals wurde in diesem Rahmen die neue Millennials-Kollektion „cool flowers for cool people“ vorgestellt, die FDF und Florismart für die Branche entwickelt haben. Mit Blick auf neue Sichtgewohnheiten und veränderte Konsum-Bedürfnisse ist die neue Chrysanthemen-Kollektion „just chrys“ 2017 entstanden. Die gezeigten Kreationen setzen auf originelle Bildsprachen im Stil von Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook und Co. Der FDF-Trend- Hotspot widmete sich 2017 drei großen Strömungen in der Gesellschaft, die die grüne Branche bestimmen: der Suche nach Wahrheit, Gleichgewicht und der Definition neuer Spielregeln. Der FDF-Trend-Hotspot zeigte Inszenierungen in den INFORMAT ION Trendatmosphären „Harmonise“, „Equalise“, „Energise“ und „Rebel". Die Blume als Trend-Produkt und Must-Have für moderne Kunden.FDF-Präsident Helmuth Prinz: „Das neue Standkonzept des FDF ist voll aufgegangen. Mit unseren Showrooms haben wir insbesondere junge Floristen begeistert. Hier kamen die von uns umgesetzten Trends wie Upcycling und Factory Style sehr gut an. Die IPM ESSEN ist für uns eine wertvolle Plattform, auf der wir ein nationales und internationales Fachpublikum erreichen und die Menschen für den Beruf des Floristen begeistern. Wir hatten viele gute Gespräche, wertvolle Kontakte und einen gelungenen Austausch.“IPM ESSEN 2018:Bereits jetzt sprachen sich 92% der Besucher und 92% der Aussteller für eine Teilnahme an der IPM ESSEN 2018 aus. Die nächste Weltleitmesse des Gartenbaus findet vom 23. bis 26. Januar in der Messe Essen statt. IPM ESSEN 2017: Zahlen im Detail 1.577 (2016: 1.588) Aussteller aus 45 (49) Nationen, davon 66 (64) Prozent aus dem Ausland. Die Hochrechnung des letzten Messetages mit einbezogen kamen rund 42.100 registrierte Fachbesucher mit einem Auslandsanteil von 36%. Die umfangreichen Rahmenprogramme besuchten neben internationalen Teilnehmern unter anderem Ehrengäste, Pressevertreter, kommunale Vertreter und Sponsoren. Der Fachbesucheranteil lag bei 98% (97,2%).
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Stillness and shock in Hambach Forest after journalist diesWednesday, October 17, 2018
Hambach Forest. Despite efforts to revive him, the 27-year-old German citizen died after being flown out by helicopter. Following the accident, the state of North Rhine-Westphalia's interior minister, Herbert Reul, announced that police activities in the forest would be suspended for now. "We cannot just proceed as normal at least I can't," Reul said at a press conference Wednesday night. Whether the eviction will continue is not yet known. The journalist is understood to have fallen from the bridge leading off this treehouse Read more: Hambach Forest: Battleground for climate action 'Pure sunshine' Activists and members of the public have gathered in Beechtown, one of the treehouse villages. People lay flowers on a makeshift altar, hug each other, sit on the leaf-covered forest floor and converse in whispers. Activists and citizens took time to mourn and honor the dead journalist in Hambach Forest A yellow banner hangs between two trees: "We love you and we won't forget," it reads in red letters, just a few meters from where the journalist died. Meyn had been present at the protest in the forest for months. He was working on a documentary about the occupation, he told me when I met him last week in Hambach Forest. A fellow freelance journalist with no direct assignment, but clearly strongly motivated to document what was happening on the ground. Equipped with a 360-degree camera placed on his bicycle helmet, and a big smile. To those he met, he came across as a friendly, chatty guy. Indeed, he was a friend to many activists and...https://www.dw.com/en/stillness-and-shock-in-hambach-forest-after-journalist-dies/a-45579629
Protests planned as Erdogan opens mega mosque in CologneWednesday, October 17, 2018
Kurdish demonstrators marched with banners that showed likenesses of Erdogan shooting a journalist and devouring a peace dove.
Erdogans visit on Saturday takes him to North Rhine-Westphalia state, which is home to significant numbers of ethnic Turks, many who moved to Germany as so-called guest workers from the 1960s.
Several anti-Erdogan demos are planned in Cologne on Saturday, including one under the banner Erdogan Not Welcome.
They are expected to gather a few kilometres (miles) away from the neighbourhood of the mosque.
The giant Cologne Central Mosque opened its doors in 2017 after eight years of construction and budget overruns. It can house more than a thousand worshippers.
The sheer size of the building, designed to resemble a flower bud opening, and its two towering minarets has disgruntled some locals, triggering occasional protests.
The Turkish-Islamic Union of the Institute for Religion (Ditib) that commissioned the glass and cement structure is itself not without controversy.
The group runs hundreds of mosques across Germany, and its imams are paid by the Turkish state.
Known for its close ties to Ankara, it has increasingly come under scrutiny with some of its members suspected of spying on Turkish dissidents living in Germany.
German media recently reported that the domestic intelligence service was considering putting Ditib under surveillance.
German energy firm RWE investigates cyber attackWednesday, October 17, 2018
IT specialists to look into the matter.
In the meanwhile, police in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia have continued with their clearance operations at a highly symbolic site for activists in the Hambach.
Security authorities ordered protestors on Tuesday to remove flowers and candles commemorating a 27-year-old journalist who recently fell to his death in the forest, so that a nearby treehouse could be dismantled.
The Hambach forest forms part of a property owned by German energy giant RWE which comprises the world's largest open pit brown coal mine.
The company plans to cut down 100 out of a remaining 200 hectares of woodland from October 2018, a development which is vehemently resisted by activists who have moved into the threatened area and built treehouses and makeshift barriers there.
A member of an activist group, known as "Operation Undergrowth" told the German press agency (dpa) earlier that some forest occupiers had by now already lived in Hambach for six years.
The police operation, which was temporarily stalled following the fatal accident of the journalist, is one of the largest to be recorded in North Rhine-Westphalia to date and is supported by reinforcements from other German states.
German City Braces For Protests as Erdogan Opens Mega MosqueWednesday, October 17, 2018
Kurdish demonstrators marched with banners that showed likenesses of Erdogan shooting a journalist and devouring a peace dove.Erdogan's visit on Saturday takes him to North Rhine-Westphalia state, which is home to significant numbers of ethnic Turks, many who moved to Germany as so-called "guest workers" from the 1960s.
The giant Cologne Central Mosque opened its doors in 2017 after eight years of construction and budget overruns. It can house more than a thousand worshippers.The size of the building, designed to resemble a flower bud opening, and its two towering minarets has disgruntled some locals, triggering occasional protests.The Turkish-Islamic Union of the Institute for Religion (Ditib) that commissioned the glass and cement structure is itself not without controversy.The group runs hundreds of mosques across Germany with imams paid by the Turkish state.Known for its close ties to Ankara, it has increasingly come under scrutiny with some of members suspected of spying on Turkish dissidents living in Germany.