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Street Artist Creates Giant Lego Bridge in Germany - My Modern Met

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

If you’re ever driven through the outskirts of Wuppertal in the Rhine-Westphalia region of western Germany, you might be surprised to discover a bridge made from a colorful set of interlocked, jumbo LEGO bricks. Although the bridge looks like it’s made from massive plastic toys, it’s actually made of concrete, so you can rest assured a giant won’t come along and take it apart.The Schwesterstraße bridge is part of the former Wuppertal railway line that was later repurposed as a pedestrian and public bicycle path. After years as an unremarkable concrete overpass, the city of Wuppertal commissioned street artist Megx (Martin Heuwold) to revitalize the underside in 2011.Megx was inspired by his two daughters’ love of LEGO bricks and asked permission from The LEGO Group to make his vision a reality. After getting approval, the artist and his team spent just under 2 weeks painting the 2,700-square-foot (250-square-meter) bridge in primary color hues. Clever use of shading allowed Megx to create an incredibly lifelike render, complete wit...

Deaths for the week of Aug. 9, 2019 - The Jewish News of Northern California

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

July 18 in Auburn, California. She was 96. Doctors at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital said the cause of death was heart and lung failure. Born Martha Feibusch in 1923 to Jewish parents in Wuppertal, a gritty industrial city in western Germany, she attended German schools as a child and joined Hashomer Hatzair, a left-wing Zionist youth group. But with Hitler’s rise to power in 1933 and the introduction of anti-Semitic laws, her family decided to immigrate to San Francisco, where a relative, Morris Feibusch, ran a successful business that required occasional travel to Germany. One by one, Morris began to bring over his relatives as refugees from the Nazis. It was a painstaking bureaucratic process that required Morris to present each of their official German papers to U.S. immigration authorities before they received the coveted refugee status that allowed them entry into the United States. Unforeseen tragedy struck on May 6, 1937, when Morris — returning from Germany with papers for Martha, her sister and parents — died aboard the German airship Hindenburg as it caught fire upon landing in Lakehurst, New Jersey. It would be nearly another year before Martha and her family could obtain duplicate copies of their papers and board a ship bound for San Francisco. Like many other Jewish immigrants, the family lived in the Sunset neighborhood of San Francisco. Martha eagerly embraced her new American identity. She quickly mastered English, speaking the language without a trace of a foreign accent. Martha also exhibited the independent streak that defined her entire life. Ignoring the norms for women at the time, she enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley, where she earned her B.A. Martha then received an academic scholarship to the University of Chicago, where she earned an M.A. in social work. She returned home to San Francisco, where she began taking on cases as a social worker, working with newly arrived refugees from war-ravaged Europe. There she met Kurt Donner, also a German Jewish refugee, who worked as an accountant. They married in 1946. In 1951, their first child, Judith (Judy), was born, followed by Howard in 1953. Soon after, the young Donner family moved to San Carlos on the Peninsula, when it was still surrounded by farmland and pastures where cows grazed. As a working mother, Martha became a role model for many of the women she encountered. “Martha was the reason I became a social worker,” said Stephanie Lencioni of Menlo Park, one of Judy’s childhood classmates and a lifelong friend of Martha’s. “She taught me the importance of working, of establishing my own identity.” Amy Weiss, the wife of one of son Howard’s old friends, said upon hearing of Martha’s passing; “I’ll never forget the day I met Martha. She drove up to our house for some reason in a green convertible, top down, so full of life, and extended her love to me as if I was a long-lost daughter. She truly was one of the most generous women I’ve ever met.” Martha’s colleague, Bonnie Berg, wife of Rabbi Alan Berg said, “Your mother was my mentor, my hero and deep-heart friend. I’ve been blessed.” Martha loved adventure and nothing could stop her from having fun. She loved to drive and eventually drove an iconic Mazda RX-7, followed by a series of sporty, convertible Saabs. She loved the beauty of wild places, cityscapes, sunsets, oceans and would cast the most blissful Zen-like expression during moments when immersed in those places. When sailing, as she loved to, in big swells and gale-force winds in...

From Wuppertal to the wild - Hazyview Herald

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Claudia Hinz, the prize winner of a competition recently held at the Wuppertal Zoo in Germany, had the privilege of visiting the Kruger National Park (KNP) in September. The competition raised funds that, via the Southern African Wildlife Conservation Fund (SAWCoF), support the K9 unit in the KNP in its quest against rhino poaching. On their way from Johannesburg Hinz and Petra Prossinger saw rhinos for the first time when they stopped at a popular halfway station and were also lucky enough to encounter a leopard soon after entering the park through Phabeni Gate. The women were accompanied by Volkmar Seifert, local chairman of the SAWCoF. During their stay at Mopani Camp they were treated to lion sightings as well as a visiting genet and honey badger. For the visitors from the northern hemisphere, it was also a special experience to say they had crossed the southern tropic. On their way back to Skukuza, they visited Wupper, an anti-poaching dog previously donated to the park with funds raised at the Wuppertal Zoo. At Skukuza, KNP chief ranger Nicholus...

Grotesque, exotic, fantastic: Emil Nolde's road to Expressionism explored through three lenses - Art Newspaper

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Daumier and James Ensor. Exotic Figures I (Fetishes), 1911 © Nolde Stiftung Seebüll. Photo: Antje Zeis-Loi, Medienzentrum Wuppertal 2 The exoticNolde collected non-European artefacts; sketched objects in Berlins Royal Museum for Ethnology; and in 1912-13 visited the South Pacific. His still-lifes sometimes combine non-Western and European objects. He always said, ‘Even though I have this fantastic motif or this exotic motif, I stay rooted in the German tradition, Eggelhöfer says. Fat Woman with Mythical Figure, date unknown © Nolde Stiftung Seebüll. Photo: Elke Walford and Dirk Dunkelberg 3 The fantasticFor me, the fantastical was a liberation for him towards his own artistic expression, Eggelhöfer says. Nolde did not rely on what he saw; for example, he described strange daydreams he had when visiting small villages in the Jutland peninsula, after which he began to make watercolours reminiscent of works by Francisco Goya.

German zoo fire kills more than 30 animals - TRT World

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Wednesday.One of the tributes asked simply "Why?".Firefighters prevented the flames from spreading to other buildings at the zoo in North Rhine-Westphalia.Focus on fireworksPreliminary findings suggest the fire might have been caused by flying paper lanterns, which float into the air when lit.Three lanterns bearing hand-written New Year's wishes were discovered in the smouldering debris.These types of devices have been banned in the region since 2009.Police, who have launched an investigation for "arson through negligence", were contacted late Wednesday by a number of people who may have used these lanterns. Krefeld police said investigators were verifying their statements.The German animal protection association quickly called for all kinds of fireworks to be banned near zoos, farms and kennels.The deadly blaze was "terrible proof of the dramatic consequences for animals" from "uncontrolled" celebrations, the group said.Germans often use powerful fireworks to celebrate the New Year and in Berlin, rescue services on Wednesday recorded 22 injuries, some of which required amputations, from the holiday.That was roughly comparable to levels seen in previous years.The effect of fireworks on air quality has also begun to spark debate and the federal environment agency UBA estimated that the amount of fine particles released in one night was comparable to two months of highway traffic. OMG this breaks my heart??????RIP ?????poor little souls????????Sad start of the year: In a major fire on New Years Eve in Krefeld, the ape house of the local zoo burned down completely. More than 30 monkeys died. Only the chimpanzees Bally & Limbo survived slightly injured.— ? ?? ?? (@FranceschiJcf) January 1, 2020 Several major German supermarket and hardware chains have decided to stop selling fireworks.Demand remains strong for now, however, with the people spending around 113 million euros ($127 million) for New Year fireworks, the same amount as last year, according to sector federation VPI.Around 57 percent of the county's inhabitants would support a ban on firework sales but 84 percent of those questioned also said they looked forward to displays next year.Krefeld zoo planned to remain closed Wednesday with employees "in shock" owing to the "terrible tragedy", management said.The zoo has around 1,000 animals and attracts some 400,000 visitors a year. Source: AFP ...

Man accused of pushing boy in front of Frankfurt train had ‘psychological problems’ - The Irish Times

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Public safetyLast week a 34-year-old mother was killed in North Rhine-Westphalia when a German-born man with Serbian roots pushed her into the path of an oncoming train. The second such death in a week has sparked soul-searching in Germany about public safety, particularly in train stations. The Frankfurt suspect was born in 1979, is married and has three children. He was granted refugee status in 2008 and had full-time employment. “In a brochure from the firm where he works he was presented as a super integration case study,” said Horst Seehofer, Germany’s federal interior minister, who interrupted his holiday for a press conference on Tuesday. German interior minister Horst Seehofer at a news conference about the Frankfurt killing in Berlin on Tuesday. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters Federal police said the man was not flagged in any databases and, as a recognised refugee, was in Germany legally. He was not checked at the border because Switzerland, though outside the EU, is an associate member of the Schengen free-travel area. The man had been sought by the Swiss police since an incident last week in which he threatened a neighbour with a knife, tried to strangle her and locked her in her apartment. ‘Cold-blooded murder’Close to tears in Berlin on Tuesday afternoon, Mr Seehofer said that, like millions of other Germans, he was “deeply shocked by the cold-blooded murder”. He announced a special body to examine boosting train station security. “Although general criminality figures are dropping, the feeling of security among the population is very tense and cases like yesterday contribute to that,” he said, urging reporters at a press conference to “separate cleanly” crime and migration. Instead he said Germany was facing a rise in public order offences generally – regardless of perpetrator origin – and promised extra police resources to tackle this. Experts said it was difficult to predict what the motive in such attacks could be. “It could be an extremely heightened disposition for violence or psychological problems, but I would be careful talking of a typical perpetrator profile,” said Prof Rudolf Egg, a criminal psychologist, to German television.

Long asparagus season in NRW ends this weekend -

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

On Johannistag, June 24, it is New Year's Eve for asparagus. On this day, asparagus farmers traditionally end their harvest, says the Chamber of Agriculture of North Rhine-Westphalia. Last year, the noble vegetables were cultivated on about 4,000 hectares in NRW. The shoots, still growing, are no longer being harvested. In the next three months, the asparagus grows up to 2 m high to form energy reserves with the help of sunlight, reserves which are stored in the roots. This secures the harvest for the next asparagus season. The asparagus season has been running at full speed at many farms since the end of March. For the asparagus this year, there was a mix of warm, but also very cold days. The growers were able to adjust the harvest to the changing temperatures by putting covers on the fields. Since the consumer in Germany prefers white asparagus with white heads, covering the asparagus beds is indispensable. One way to enjoy asparagus even after the asparagus season is to freeze the peeled asparagus. The last harvest days should be used by consumers to stock up. The peeled and portioned asparagus can be frozen and enjoyed at a later date. For consumption, the frozen asparagus can be put in boiling water. So that not all valuable ingredients end up in the water, ...

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...