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Germany's Romantic Road less-travelled - Good Food

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Il Pescatore serves good Calabrian-inspired seafood. Traditional Bavarian dish smoked trout with stewed cucumber. Photo: German Tourism Office The old 1480s Markthalle has food stands and delis beneath beautiful arches, where local office workers and visitors alike enjoy glasses of wine, Turkish salads or sausages with pretzels. At Hotel Hirsch, try the local dish of slow-simmered beef with horseradish, potatoes and root vegetables, or Allgäuer Kässpatzen, a regional spaetzli with spicy cheese and melted onion. Take note of the Stammtisch, the corner table sans tablecloth used by local men to drink beer and set the world to rights, common in restaurants across Bavaria.As you head north along the Romantic Road, stop in Landsberg for a wander through gabled houses and gilt-draped churches before kicking back in the town's top beer garden Lechgarten right on the river, which has a particularly pleasant party vibe at weekends.Fifty kilometres further north is Augsburg, which flourished as a wealthy medieval banking and trading city and powerful bishopric, and retains its buzz thanks to a university and surrounding industries. Its well-heeled population supports a thriving dining scene. Neuschwantstein Castle near Fussen. Photo: German Tourism Office Die Ecke (restaurant-die-ecke) focuses on traditional Swabian dishes but adds deft touches of the Mediterranean and far-from-rustic plating. The venison is superb, and the trout with rocket pesto and zucchini noodles is prettily flower-sprinkled. Perlach Acht (perlachacht.de) takes Mediterranean- and Asian-influenced café food to another level with the likes of spicy corn-and-coconut soup, swordfish with roasted cashews and mango, and prawns with fiery salsa.Several superb old towns should be next on your itinerary. Free imperial cities answered directly to the Holy Roman Emperor but were otherwise at liberty to conduct their own affairs. They controlled trade between Italy and Germany and saw the emergence of a wealthy merchant class which constructed fine houses, storerooms and churches. One of these, Dinkelsbühl, has an almost perfectly preserved medieval and Renaissance core enfolded in walls with 18 towers. It has a fine Gothic church and beautiful frescoed houses surrounding a market square buzzing with cafés. You will now receive updates from Good Food - Newsletter Goo...https://www.goodfood.com.au/travel/germanys-romantic-road-lesstravelled-20190220-h1bj5h

Fruit scent as an evolved signal to primate seed dispersal - Science Advances

Sunday, March 3, 2019

This view has been challenged by studies that emphasized the roles of phylogenetic inertia (7) and abiotic factors (8) as the major factors driving fruit trait evolution. However, more recent comparative studies have addressed these issues and suggest that a substantial portion of the variance in fruit traits can be explained by selection pressures exerted by seed dispersers (5, 9–11). This is not surprising given the extensive evidence for similar patterns in flower evolution, which, besides the various constraints of many floral traits, are the result of selection by animal pollinators (12, 13).Fruit traits that have been attributed to selection by seed dispersers include, among others, size (4, 10, 14), shape (15), and location and presentation on the branch (16). In addition, fruit color has been shown to respond to selection pressures by visually oriented frugivores, primarily birds (9, 11, 13). Fruit color has also been suggested to be an honest signal that allows birds to assess a fruits nutrient content (11). Fruit scent has long been suggested to play a similar role in mediating the interaction between plants and olfactorily oriented seed dispersers. Nevertheless, this hypothesis has only rarely been tested, possibly because rigorous analysis of fruit scent is substantially more complicated than fruit color. It has been shown that bats rely on the scent of fig fruits (genus Ficus) to identify those that are ripe (17). Two studies compared bat-dispersed figs to those that rely on birds, which tend to be more vision- and less olfaction-oriented because of their excellent color vision. Figs of species that rely on bats produce more scent (5) and, in a model system of three species, only bat-dispersed species show a significant change in fruit scent upon ripeness (18). Another set of studies on a small model system indicated that, in the Neotropics, only primate-dispersed fruits show a shift in their scent profiles upon ripeness (19) and that primates can use the scent of ripe fruits to identify them (20). However, these works were limited to small model systems or focused on a single genus. Thus, the question whether fruit scent can be considered an evolved signal to facilitate the communication between plants and animals remains open.Here, we examine whether fruit scent evolved as a signal to seed dispersers in 30 plant species of 15 families in Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar. As a group, the most important seed dispersers in Madagascar are the endemic lem...http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/4/10/eaat4871

Germany may end coal use - Sunbury News

Sunday, March 3, 2019

While the country has made great strides in that direction — renewables beat coal for the first time last year — removing coal from the power equation entirely is a major challenge. The reduction in coal will have to be compensated by an increase in renewable power sources and — at least in the interim — from burning more natural gas, which emits about half the amount of greenhouse gases as coal. Greenpeace, which wants all coal plants shut down by 2030, welcomed that “Germany finally has a timetable how the country can become coal-free” but said the measures were not ambitious and fast enough. “The speed is wrong,” said Martin Kaiser, the head of Greenpeace. “Exiting coal by the year 2038 only is inacceptable.” The country’s environmental groups welcomed the commission’s recommendation that Hambach Forest in western Germany, an ancient woodland that became a flashpoint of anti-coal protests last year, should be saved. Energy company RWE’s plans to cut down half of the Hambach Forest to expand a lignite strip mine had seen protesters camping out in the trees for months to block workers from cutting them. An opinion poll released by public broadcaster ZDF found that 73 percent of Germans agree a quick exit from coal is very important. The telephone poll of 1,285 people, conducted Jan. 22-24, had a margin of error of about three percentage points. This version corrects the commission’s suggested subsidy for affected regions to 40 billion euros, not 40 million euros. Frank Jordans contributed reporting. The Conversation Trump’s push for new offshore drilling is likely to run aground in California Updated January 27, 2019 Author: Charles Lester, Researcher, Institute of Marine Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz Disclosure statement: Charles Lester served as the executive director of the California Coastal Commission from 2011 to 2016. Partners: University of California provides funding as a founding partner of The Conversation US. Fifty years ago, on January 28, 1969, a blowout from Union Oil’s Platform A spilled more than 3.2 million gallons of oil into the Santa Barbara Channel. The disaster was a seminal event that helped create the modern environmental movement, and it forever changed the political and legal landscape for offshore oil development in California. No new oil leases have been approved off the California coast since 1984. Today a large majority of Californians believe that offshore oil development is not worth the risk. Opposition stands at 69 percent, including a majority of coastal Republicans. The Trump administration is pushing to dramatically expand federal offshore oil and gas production, reigniting a battle 50-year battle with California over this issue. But based on my research and years of experience working with passionate Californians as the executive d...https://www.sunburynews.com/opinion/25027/germany-may-end-coal-use

Berlins's IBeB Cooperative Housing Created Community from the Ground-Up - Metropolis Magazine

Sunday, March 3, 2019

IBeB project. Where the firms previous R50 project was purely residential (19 units occupied by a relatively homogeneous group of white-collar residents), IBeB represented a much more significant challenge of scale and complexity. Courtesy Andrew Alberts The cooperative and coalition of architects bid for a spot in an innovative development scheme organized by the city-operated Berlin Property Fund, which was seeking multiple proposals for the 3.46-acre site that would together create a mixed-use neighborhood. For example, aside from the housing component, other projects on the site include an office block for creative companies and another mixed-use building with residential units and offices. Winning the project was just the first step for the architects and the cooperative. They next had to attract future residents to sign up for apartments in the IBeB. They did this through an open call, personal social connections, and simple word-of-mouth. Once on board, the residents worked with the architects and the cooperative via weekly meetings over six years to design the building. All in all, the project comprises 66 apartments and 17 studios across four stories. There are also three commercial units (one currently occupied by a bike shop) at ground level. In addition, eight of the residential units provide supported-living facilities for people with disabilities; these units are managed by a nonprofit. Communal spaces occupy the rooftop. A quarter of the apartments are rented at a sustainable low rent and managed by the Selbstbaugenossenschaft cooperative, while 70-75 percent are privately owned. One of the buildings balconies Courtesy Andrew Alberts The project footprint occupies an approximately 30,000-square-foot site resembling a rectangle with one chamfered corner on its northeast side, which creates space for a public plaza. The facade, meanwhile, features glazed ceramic tiles and regular intervals of large windows. Inside the residential cores, a material palette of exposed concrete and blackened steel is familiar in a city often fond of raw, if not overly austere, minimalism. The relatively inconspicuous exterior is offset by the remarkable rue intérieure, as von Beckerath describes it an open passageway characterized by tall, sky-lit voids, benches, and mini courtyards carved out through the center of the building volume. Apartment front doors face onto the passageway, creating a spatial and social core where neighbors meet and kids play soccer, a scenario that seemingly inverts British brutalisms streets in the sky. Behind the front doors, each apartment was designed for the wants and needs of its particular resident. It was fantastic to be able to design your own ‘shelf, says resident Rosario Talevi, referring to the way the apartments appear to slot into the buildings supporting structure. You could decide the positions of the walls, position of the kitchens, the colors of your tiles, one or two bathrooms, and so on. Talevis apartment features an internal window that looks onto the rue intérieu...https://www.metropolismag.com/architecture/ibeb-cooperative-housing-berlin-ifau-heide-von-beckerath/

Germany may end coal use - Sunbury News

Sunday, March 3, 2019

These regions — in the states of North Rhine-Westphalia, Brandenburg, Saxony-Anhalt and Saxony — should also get federal subsidies totaling 40 billion euros (45.6 billion dollars) in the next twenty years. “New jobs will be created through structural measures in the coal mining regions,” Pofalla said. “We will keep up secure and affordable energy supply and the agreement will lead to sustainable climate protection in Germany.” Germany is committed to an “energy transition” that involves replacing fossil fuels with renewable sources such as solar and wind power. While the country has made great strides in that direction — renewables beat coal for the first time last year — removing coal from the power equation entirely is a major challenge. The reduction in coal will have to be compensated by an increase in renewable power sources and — at least in the interim — from burning more natural gas, which emits about half the amount of greenhouse gases as coal. Greenpeace, which wants all coal plants shut down by 2030, welcomed that “Germany finally has a timetable how the country can become coal-free” but said the measures were not ambitious and fast enough. “The speed is wrong,” said Martin Kaiser, the head of Greenpeace. “Exiting coal by the year 2038 only is inacceptable.” The country’s environmental groups welcomed the commission’s recommendation that Hambach Forest in western Germany, an ancient woodland that became a flashpoint of anti-coal protests last year, should be saved. Energy company RWE’s plans to cut down half of the Hambach Forest to expand a lignite strip mine had seen protesters camping out in the trees for months to block workers from cutting them. An opinion poll released by public broadcaster ZDF found that 73 percent of Germans agree a quick exit from coal is very important. The telephone poll of 1,285 people, conducted Jan. 22-24, had a margin of error of about three percentage points. This version corrects the commission’s suggested subsidy for affected regions to 40 billion euros, not 40 million euros. Frank Jordans contributed reporting. The Conversation Trump’s push for new offshore drilling is likely to run aground in California Updated January 27, 2019 Author: Charles Lester, Researcher, Institute of Marine Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz Disclosure statement: Charles Lester served as the executive director of the California Coastal Commission from 2011 to 2016. Partners: University of California provides funding as a founding partner of The Conversation US. Fifty years ago, on January 28, 1969, a blowout from Union Oil’s Platform A spilled more than 3.2 million gallons of oil into the Santa Barbara Channel. The disaster was a seminal event that helped create the modern environmental movement, and it forever changed the political and legal landscape for offshore oil development in California. No new oil leases have been approved off the California coast since 1984. Today a large majority of Californians believe that offshore oil development is not worth the risk. Opposition stands at 69 percent, including a majority of coastal Republicans. The Trump administration is pushing to dramatically expand federal offshore oil and gas production, reigniting a battle 50-year battle with California over this issue. But based on my research and years of experience working with passionate Californians as the executive d...https://www.sunburynews.com/opinion/25027/germany-may-end-coal-use

Who is John Maynard? For many Germans, the ballad of this heroic helmsman is inextricably linked to Lake Erie and the city of Buffalo. Its author, Theodor Fontane, was born two centuries ago this year. - The German Times Online

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Such discussions have also likely cropped up between the respective communities of the sister-cities Buffalo and Dortmund, situated in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia – especially as the poems final lines refer to a gravestone in which cut in the marble in letters of gold; The citys debt of thanks is told. Over the decades, many Germans have scoured Buffalo in vain search of the monument. That is, until authorities in the two cities agreed to mark the 20th anniversary of their partnership with a special gesture. In 1997, at the Erie Basin Marina, right at the waters edge, a bronze plaque was unveiled with an English translation of the poem and explanations of its historical context. In all of Fontanes works, the John Maynard ballad is the sole prominent reference to the United States – then still a faraway land. In German literature, Fontane primarily remains associated with Prussian history and his love of Brandenburg, which he preserved for posterity in Wanderungen durch die Mark Brandenburg (Walks through Brandenburg), a literary travelogue of his local excursions. Hardly any town in todays Brandenburg, no matter how insignificant, has an identity that omits at least a passing mention to Fontanes travels. This anniversary year is a rare opportunity for even the tiniest hamlets to draw outside attention by citing its reference in Fontanes Wanderungen. Not unlike Buffalo, one Brandenburg village has become identified with a Fontane ballad that, if anything, is even more famous in German than John Maynard. In 1889s The Squire von Ribbeck at Ribbeck in Havelland, Fontane tells the story of a generous lord of a manor who orders that he be buried holding a pear, which would then grow into a magnificent pear tree. Throughout his life, the good squire had enjoyed handing out ripe pears to the children in his village, and thus the tradition could continue after his passing. Over the years, as in Buffalo, readers flocked to the village of Ribbeck in search of the poems traces, and the legendary pear tree in particular. But only a stump was left of the 19th-century original. In the year 2000, a new pear tree was then planted in front of the village church. Fontane lovers can now find – in Ribbeck and in Buffalo – a tangible link to the literary locations that once sent their imaginations soaring. Who is John Maynard?John Maynard, he was our helmsman whoHeld out ‘till he brought us safely through,Saved us and wears a heros crown above,For us he died, and his reward our love,John Maynard. Across Lake Erie the Swallow wings,Foam like snow the ships bow rings.Detroit to Buffalo she makes her wayAll hearts aboard feel free and gayAnd passengers with kith and kinCan see the shore in the twilight dimAnd chattering to John Maynard sayHelmsman, how much further away?He looks ahead, then around and explains, Still thirty minutes… half an hour remains. Every heart is cheerful and every heart feels freeWhen from below a cry suddenly:Fire! was the awful shoutAs smoke from cabin and hatch poured out,First smoke, then flames, a blazing glow, And still twenty minutes to Buffalo. And passengers crowd around the bow,The colorful mass pressed together now;At the bowsprit theres still air and lightBut at the helm the smokes grip is tight;A moan is heard, Where are we? Do you know? And still fifteen minutes to Buffalo. The wind increases but the smoke cloud stays.Towards the helm the captain turns his gazeHe can discern his helmsman no moreBut through the speaking tube implores:Still there, John Maynard? Yes, sir. I am.Head to the beach! Into the surf!Yes, sir. Ill ram.And the people cheer on: Please dont let go! And still ten minutes to Buffalo. Still there, John Maynard? Then this replyWith a dying mans voice. Yes, sir. Ill try.And into the surf, amid rocks and stone,He guides the Swallow steering alone.Should rescue come it will only come so,Rescue: the beach of Buffalo. The vessel&rsquo...http://www.german-times.com/who-is-john-maynard-for-many-germans-the-ballad-of-this-heroic-helmsman-is-inextricably-linked-to-lake-erie-and-the-city-of-buffalo-its-author-theodor-fontane-was-born-two-centuries-ago-this-year/

The motorist is so drunk he falls asleep in front of traffic light - The Crypto Coin Discovery

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Pulheim: Drunk driver falls asleep in front of traffic light, a In North Rhine-Westphalia, Pulheim is asleep, a motorist in front of a traffic light. As the police reported on Wednesday, the 49-Year-old three per thousand in the blood. A witness stopped around 8.30 am on Tuesday morning behind the vehicle of the man. But when the light turned Green, drove off the car in front of him. When he got out, and ran to the car, he noted that the driver sat asleep behind the wheel. An ambulance took him to a hospital, where a blood sample. The police secured the license and launched a criminal case. Rostock: Baby skeleton in the flower pot found In Rostock (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern) has found the police in the case of a 27-year-old woman is the skeleton of a newborn baby in a flower pot. When the Baby died and what was the exact cause of death is yet determined, said the spokesman for the Rostock office of the public Prosecutor, Harald Nowack, on Wednesday. So far there is no evidence of a homicide. The investigators had received a note from a loved one th...https://www.ccdiscovery.com/the-motorist-is-so-drunk-he-falls-asleep-in-front-of-traffic-light

Couple break with pace 214, on Federal road in order to catch a holiday flight - The Crypto Coin Discovery

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Flensburg in the last two weeks solid. You have knowledge of more than 100 Calls of this kind. Übach-Palenberg: police to sexual offence witnesses. In North Rhine-Westphalia, Übach-Palenberg the police after an unknown youth was on Tuesday afternoon, compared to a nine-year-old girl sexually grip. Accordingly, the child was playing on a Playground, when a young man approached and led to a mound of dirt. There, the young people should have stripped the girl. The officials, according to two strollers, the speeches, the suspects approached in this Moment. This was run then walk. The passers-by took the girl home. Now the police are looking for both after helping a couple, as well as to the unknown youth who is described as follows: about 15 to 17 years of age, and of robust stature, short, blonde, and upstairs greasy hair, asked to be witnesses at the sides, shorter brown shoes, light brown denim jacket and blue Jeanswar with black-and-white Bicycle on the road to put under the phone number 02452 920 0. news of Wednesday, 20. February Munich: police stops driving school – driving instructor on drugs During a routine control, the police in Munich have pulled a driving instructor. The officers found the 40-Year-old initially glassy and red eyes, and assumed, therefore, that the man navigated his driving students under the influence of a drug through the streets of the Bavarian capital Navi. The locally made drug-test confirmed this suspicion. The police announced, has been canceled, then the hour’s drive. The rider was allowed to go home. The due blood test should confirm the results of the quick tests that threaten his driving instructor, a driving ban, two points in Flensburg and a fine of 500 euros. Maybe the man loses even his driving instructor permission. Pulheim: Drunk driver falls asleep in front of traffic light, a In North Rhine-Westphalia, Pulheim is asleep, a motorist in front of a traffic light. As the police reported on Wednesday, the 49-Year-old three per thousand in the blood. A witness stopped around 8.30 am on Tuesday morning behind the vehicle of the man. But when the light turned Green, drove off the car in front of him. When he got out, and ran to the car, he noted that the driver sat asleep behind the wheel. An ambulance took him to a hospital, where a blood sample. The police secured the license and launched a criminal case. Rostock: Baby skeleton in the flower pot found In Rostock (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern) has found the police in the case of a 27-year-old woman is the skeleton of a newborn baby in a flower pot. When the Baby died and what was the exact cause of death is yet determined, said the spokesman for the Rostock office of the public Prosecutor, Harald Nowack, on Wednesday. So far there is no evidence of a homicide. The investigators had received a note from a loved one that the woman kept a dead-born child in her apartment. The apartment in a multi family home was at 16. February searches. In an earth filled flower pot, officials found a small skeleton. Forensic scientists have found out that it is the bone of a newborn baby. With the help of DNA analysis is to be determined details. Unclear age, gender, and cause of death of the child and how the bones came to be in the vessel. In search of the absent tenant had reported in the meantime, a lawyer at the police. You have made no data. Iserlohn: 26-Year-old dies after punch In Northrhine-Westphalia Iserlohn, a dispute at a red light for a 26 is assumed to be-Year-old deadly. As the po...https://www.ccdiscovery.com/couple-break-with-pace-214-on-federal-road-in-order-to-catch-a-holiday-flight