See Ashley Greene's Wedding Dress: Exclusive Wedding Album - BridesSaturday, December 8, 2018
The A-list guest list included friends such as Lauren Paul, Aaron Paul, and Evan Ross. During the ceremony, which took place in a grove of grand redwood trees, the couple exchanged vows they'd written themselves. We're both romantics, Ashley reveals.The bride tapped Katie May to design a back-bearing dress for the ceremony, while she turned to Windi Williams-Stern, owner of Studio Unbiased, to create her statement reception gown (shown above). Shes my magician. Ive worked with her for over a decade for anything I do on the red carpet, Ashley says. She created a masterpiece for me, and I can't wait to dance the night away in it! The resulting design, which we're dying to see under lights on the dance floor, is completely sheer and features stunning 3-D floral appliqués from the bodice to the train. (If these exclusive photos from the couple's portrait session are any indication, it's going to be gorgeous.)Sarah FalugoThat said, we know this amazing sheer number isn't the only dress the actress will be wearing throughout tonight's festivities. Check back tomorrow for all the exclusive photos of Ashley Greene and Paul Khoury's wedding, including her ceremony dress, all the celeb guests, and design elements (think flowers on flowers on flowers!) that are sure to make you swoon. We know we can't wait to see every single detail, but, for now, cheers to the happy newlyweds!...https://www.brides.com/story/ashley-greene-wedding-dress-photo
Finalists Announced for International Grower of the Year Awards - Greenhouse GrowerSaturday, December 8, 2018
The IGOTY Awards are judged by a jury of six internationally recognized experts. At the gala ceremony, winners of four separate categories will be announced: finished plants and trees, cut flowers, young plants, and sustainability. From among the winners of all categories, an overall champion wi...https://www.greenhousegrower.com/management/finalists-announced-for-international-grower-of-the-year-awards/
'Little Britain' in Germany's Rhine region lives on borrowed time - DW (English)Saturday, December 8, 2018
Westerwald region, a 30-minute drive south of Bonn, more than two decades ago. If you know where to look, you can just catch a glimpse of red from the double-decker buses through the trees as you drive up into the hinterlands above the river Rhine. But you're more likely to simply come upon Little Britain while walking along the picturesque, meandering trail to the old brewery in the Kasbach Valley. And it will likely prompt you to think about Brexit, or about kitsch, or about what drives a man to spend hundreds of thousands of euros and almost as many hours to create his own quirky open-air park out in the sticks. Read more: Theresa May's Brexit week to forget Blackburn built up the exhibition over time "The idea came from Brexit," says Gary Blackburn. "Brussels didn't talk to London. I've done it for the English and German relationship after Brexit, so people talk together." In the roughly two years since he began, Little Britain has grown into a local curiosity. On a sunny summer weekend, a few hundred people may stroll through the exhibition, which is open for free to the public. No drunken parties "It's all for nothing," says Blackburn. The clearance order the Blackburns received in early July is big news out here in the German countryside. The local authorities said they had until the beginning of August to remove nearly everything from the area and erect a gate to keep people out. "I don't see any reason why this should go," says a tanned 60-year-old man from a nearby town. He says he has come to see for himself what the problem is. "It's a pretty site. Neat and tidy. I could see if people were making noise and getting drunk and partying," the man says. Read more: Would Margaret That...https://www.dw.com/en/little-britain-in-germanys-rhine-region-lives-on-borrowed-time/a-44907634
Best European Christmas markets - National GeographicSaturday, December 8, 2018
Christmas market in Europe the past three years in a row. The fountain in Ban Josip Jelačić Square transforms into a light display and lanterns cast a warm glow across the avenue of trees and old music pavilion in Zrinjevac Park. Wash down the baked štrukle–a warm pastry dish of soft cheese–with mulled wine before burning off the calories by skating around King Tomislav Square. The six-piece Ad Gloriam brass band plays concerts from some of the most picturesque balconies in the city, setting the tone for the festivities in the streets below.
Amsterdam: Christmas on the canals
Overflowing with 26 Christmas markets around the city, Amsterdam sets up an ice rink in front of the Rijksmuseum, surrounded by a village of wooden chalets serving olibollen (Dutch donuts) and mulled wine on the Museumplein. Trees fill the traditional flower market, a Ferris wheel gives the best view from RAI Amsterdam, and local artists and designers show off their work at the Funky Xmas market in the citys former gasworks at Westergasfabriek. The Dutch capital kicks off the season with the annual Turn on the Lights celebration in mid-November, when over 400.000 LED lights and fireworks showcase the 19th-century Bijenkorf department store building and the 65-foot-tall tree in front of the Royal Palace on Dam Square. Yet the real magic brings artists from around the world to decorate the canals with installations during the Amsterdam Light Festival, the perfect time for a cruise. [Find the best bars in Amsterdam.}
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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 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.
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.