Hodeg claims opening stage of Tour of GermanyThursday, September 13, 2018
Pascal Ackermann, who rides for Bora-Handsgrohe, launched his bid for glory several hundred metres from the finish of the 157-kilometre ride from Koblenz.However, it was Hodeg who triumphed in a winning time of 3 hours, 35.08 minutes. Hodeg, a 21-year-old Colombian who rides for Quick Step, came late and did just enough to win in a photo finish. Niccolo Bonifazio (Bahrain Merida), a 24-year-old Italian, was half a wheel back in third. I knew the best sprinters were here like (Andre) Greipel and (Marcel) Kittel, Hodeg told Eurosport. It was a great feeling to beat all these great sprinters.Ackermann regretted mistiming his bid for victory.I went at 250 metres from the finish and thought it was enough, but I lost the race in the last ten metres, that annoys me. I acted too early, Ackermann, 24, told broadcaster WDR.Greipel finished sixth as Thomas and Tour de France runner-up Tom Dumoulin finished safely with the peloton. Todays stage from Bonn to Trier will test Thomas and Dumoulin with four climbs towards the end of the 196km through the Eifel.Results 1. Alvaro Hodeg Chagui (COL/Quick-Step) 3hr 35:08sec, 2. Pascal Ackermann (GER/Bora Hansgrohe) st, 3. Niccolo Bonifazio (ITA/Quick Step) st, 4. Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (RSA/Dimension Data) st, 5. Alexander Krieger (GER/Leopard) st, 6. Andre Greipel (GER/Lotto Soudal) st, 7. Aaron Grosser (GER/Sauerland) st, 8. Colin Joyce (USA/Rally) st, 9. Rick Zabel (GER/Katusha) st, 10. Kristian Sbaragli (ITA/Israel Cycling Academy) sr...Selected others55. Tom Dumoulin (BEL/Sunweb) st, 72...http://www.gulf-times.com/story/603741/Hodeg-claims-opening-stage-of-Tour-of-Germany
The German National Flower and Garden show - Koblenz ForumTuesday, July 11, 2017
Koblenz looks fantastic at the moment, so even if you aren't mad keen on the idea of a Garden Show, it's a great time to visit this charming historical city. The flower displays near St Kastor's church, the Schloss, and the Knights Templar area behind the Eck are spectacular. The new cable car across the Rhine is cool, and it's included in the BUGA ticket as is a visit to the impressive fortress Ehrenbreitstein.There are lots of outdoor tables set up beside the Rhine and Moselle - great to sit in the shade with a beer or wine and enjoy the views.If you can go on a weekday the city will be less crowded.http://www.bing.com/news/apiclick.aspx?ref=FexRss&aid=&tid=8AB53EAF6A24456592C6D9A34DBB9140&url=https%3a%2f%2fwww.tripadvisor.com%2fShowTopic-g187391-i1514-k4620332-The_German_National_Flower_and_Garden_show-Koblenz_Rhineland_Palatinate.html&c=3318115881293894296&mkt=en-us
Holland tulips a magical sight from river cruise on the Rhine | Tampa ... - Tampabay.com (blog)Thursday, March 16, 2017
My journey included the cities of Basel; Breisach and the Black Forest of Germany; Strasbourg, France; Heidelberg and Rudesheim, Koblenz and Cologne, Germany; and finally, Kinderdijk and Amsterdam in the Netherlands. At each port, the Mani would dock near the center of the city within minutes of the most notable attractions, affording passengers an immediate and up-close view of the history and culture of the area.It takes about a day or two to get into the routine of a river cruise, and after a half or full day out and about, it was rejuvenating to return to the Mani for some relaxation or a cup of coffee and sweet treat in the lounge. Meals were highlights of each day and the cuisine could easily match anything prepared on larger vessels. After dinner, guests could listen to some piano music in the lounge or go out to sample the nightlife if the ship was staying overnight. There are no lavish stage shows onboard, but there are times when special entertainers from the area come aboard for performances featuring local traditions.But the real lure of the river cruise was leisurely sailing along the Rhine, where castles pervaded the rolling hillsides, and visiting legendary cities and towns. After a brief stay in Basel, it was off to Strasbourg, then the German towns of Heidelberg and Rudesheim with docking in Mannheim. The most striking and imposing view in Heidelberg is the famed castle, the setting for the opera The Student Prince. The fortress ruins rise majestically over the roofs of the city and entertain millions of tourists each year. Only two other German towns remained on the itinerary — Koblenz and Cologne — before the Mani sailed into the Netherlands during tulip time. Koblenz is at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. It is primarily a cultural, administrative and business center of the Middle Rhine. Its massive 12th century fortress, Festung Ehrenbreitstein, is Europe's largest. The 2,000-year-old city features a beautiful riverside promenade and once served as home to French refugees during the French Revolution.Cologne's most notable landmark is the Gothic cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Construction began in 1248, continuing in stages over the course of seven centuries, and completed in 1880.As for the Netherlands, its most recognizable symbols are the unique windmills and the tulips. At Kinderdijk, probably one of the best examples of the typical Dutch landscape, there are 19 windmills, and though their task of handling wate...http://www.tampabay.com/features/travel/holland-tulips-a-magical-sight-from-river-cruise-on-the-rhine/2316574
The German National Flower and Garden showFriday, January 13, 2017
Re: The German National Flower and Garden show
Koblenz looks fantastic at the moment, so even if you aren't mad keen on the idea of a Garden Show, it's a great time to visit this charming historical city.
The flower displays near St Kastor's church, the Schloss, and the Knights Templar area behind the Eck are spectacular. The new cable car across the Rhine is cool, and it's included in the BUGA ticket as is a visit to the impressive fortress Ehrenbreitstein.
There are lots of outdoor tables set up beside the Rhine and Moselle - great to sit in the shade with a beer or wine and enjoy the views.
If you can go on a weekday the city will be less crowded.
She Believes Trees Will Save Germany — If She Can Save the Trees - OZYSunday, January 26, 2020
Klöckner’s thesis, therefore, is simple: Save the forests, and they’ll save Germany.
Klöckner as German Wine Queen.
Blonde and quick to grin, Klöckner, 46, was born in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate and got into politics early, shortly after her yearlong reign as German Wine Queen, a position that’s sort of like Miss America but for German wine. Before the age of 30, she was a member of the Bundestag for the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Angela Merkel’s ruling party. In 2012, she was elected as one of the deputy chairpersons of the national party. By 2016, she was running for Minister-President (governor) of Rhineland-Palatinate. Articles touted her as a potential successor to Merkel. And then she lost.
she has the difficult job of juggling these different interests and keeping everybody happy.Joachim Curtius, professor of geosciences at Goethe University
Klöckner’s more conservative than Merkel in some ways, a trait that hasn’t always served her well electorally. Her opposition to Merkel’s open-door asylum policy is widely blamed as a factor in her losing her 2016 race, and as recently as this year, she called for a burqa ban in Germany. Still, while the ultraconservative AfD party has wholeheartedly embraced climate change denial, Klöckner — as minister of food and agriculture — doesn’t have the luxury of ignoring scientific evidence. “The climate change has hit us much faster than expected,” she said at a forest summit last month, and while the scientific community might argue that it was definitely expected, she’s now gearing up for battle against the conditions that are destroying the forests.
“Climate change isn’t German; it isn’t going to be solved in Germany. None of the existing policies around the world are up to the scale of the challenge,” says Britta Fri...https://www.ozy.com/provocateurs/she-believes-trees-will-save-germany-if-she-can-save-the-trees/221908/
Germany's second-highest traffic bridge opens - DW (English)Sunday, January 26, 2020
The Hochmoselbrücke, or High Mosel Bridge, stretches 1.7 kilometers (1 mile) across and 160 meters (524 feet) above the Mosel River in western Germany. Within Germany, the new bridge in the Rhineland-Palatinate is second only to the 185-meter-high Kochertal bridge in the southern state of Baden-Württemberg. Read more: World's longest pedestrian suspension bridge opens in Germany's Harz region Authorities expect about 25,000 vehicles a day to cross the bridge that now provides a direct link between the regions of Eifel and Hunsrück. Several hundred people gathered for the bridge's opening on Thursday. Over the weekend, thousands of pedestrians crossed the bridge by foot as part of the opening festivities. "Today is a good day for the Rhineland-Palatinate," said State Premier Malu Dreyer. She added that she was convinced "that the bridge will help advance our economically strong state even further and will strengthen ties between the people in Eifel and Hunsrück." Europe's largest construction project The controversial building project kicked off eight years ago. Some critics argued that the massive bridge would destroy the area's idyllic vineyard landscape, while environmentalists argued it would pollute the ground water. Others spoke out against the cost. The building of the bridge was part of a greater road project that included the construction of an additional 25 kilometers (16 mile...https://www.dw.com/en/germanys-second-highest-traffic-bridge-opens/a-51355455
German teachers fined for treating wasp sting with heated fork - DW (English)Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Hesse were fined for causing bodily harm with their questionable home remedy for a student's wasp sting. The incident occurred during a school trip to a youth hostel in the neighboring state of Rhineland-Palatinate in May 2017, when a 14-year-old student was stung by a wasp. In response, a 39-year-old male teacher heated the handle of a fork with a lighter and pressed it on the boy's hand where he'd been stung. After a blister formed, another 40-year-old female teacher cut it open and treated the wound with cream. The student's lawyer said that as a result of the sting, the boy had to wear a protective glove for a considerable period of time. The German daily Bild reported that the boy's hand became infected and that he wasn't able to attend an internship as a result. A district court in Cochem fined the male teacher €2,700 ($3,160) for causing bodily harm. The female teacher was fined €2,500 ($2,900) for both assisting and causing bodily harm to the student. The decision was made last Thursday, a court spokesperson said, adding that the judgement is not yet final, as a timeline for appealing the decision has not yet passed.
All about the birds and the bees... As sweet as honey They are the pollination super stars...https://www.dw.com/en/german-teachers-fined-for-treating-wasp-sting-with-heated-fork/a-45505055
Dead gardener left booby traps behind to target his enemies, German police warn - Fox NewsTuesday, April 23, 2019
Authorities in Germany are warning anyone who may have had a conflict with a recently deceased gardener to be on the lookout, after an apparent set of booby-trapped bombs left one dead and two hurt.Rhineland-Palatinate Police said in a news release that gardener Bernhard Graumann, 59, was found dead in his bed in Mehlinhen, near Kaiserslautern in west Germany, on Friday night.Earlier that day, a 64-year-old doctor in a nearby town was found dead in front of his practice after an explosion. Police believe the bomb may have been in a package that was left in front of the office as part of a "booby trap" which the doctor picked up, triggering the blast.MAN ADMITS KILLING AIRBNB GUEST AT AUSTRALIA HOME OVER UNPAID $149 BILLTwo days later, an "explosive-engineered log" exploded in a wood-burning stove at a home about five miles from where Graumann lived, according to police. A woman and her 4-year-old daughter were injured in that blast.
Police in Germany are warning anyone who may have had a conflict with a recently deceased doctor to be on the lookout for booby traps.
(iStock)Police said all three had been known to Graumann, who either had a "personal or business" connec...https://www.foxnews.com/world/dead-german-gardener-suspected-of-planting-trail-of-bombs-as-revenge-plot-against-neighbors