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German scientists decode adhesive properties of pollen - Down To Earth Magazine

Monday, April 6, 2020

But these were hardly studied so far. Now, a team of scientists from the Zoological Instituteat Kiel University (CAU) in Germany discovered that the stigma of the flower plays a significant role in adhesion. Also, depending on duration of the contact and the microstructure of the surfaces, the adhesive function differs. To understand, they used an atomic force microscope to measure the adhesion of pollen on the style and the stigma — the two most important floral parts — in Hypochaeris radicata plant, also known as common cat’s-ear (or false dandelion). Both style and the stigma showed distinct adhesive properties. During pollination, if style increases adhesion then the pollen grains could not get detached. The stigma, on the other hand, increased its adhesive properties and held the pollen grains after they came into contact with it. In other words, the spontaneous gripping system of stigma drastically increased pollen adhesion in a short period of time. This gripping system was found to be even more effective for aged pollen or pollen with less pollenkitt rather than for the fresh pollen, the study showed, according to the study published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface. The opposite functions of the style and stigma helps “optimise the pollination process”, explained Shuto Ito, from the varsity's Department of Functional Morphology and Biomechanics. “The newly found pollen gripping mechanism on the stigma is likely to assure the reproduction of plants by anchoring pollen on the stigma until fertilisation occurs,” Ito said. The findings provide knowledge about how insects transport medicinal substances and may one day aid in the development of special filters for people suffering with pollen al...

German envoy 'horrified and ashamed' anti-Semitism still persists after Shoah - The Times of Israel

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Israel, like for instance the purchase of submarines by Israel,” she said. An Israeli Dolphin submarine at the shipyards in Kiel, northern Germany (photo credit: AP/Philipp Guelland) “I want to assure you that any future German government regardless of its political composition will always cherish our special relations with Israel.” However, she largely evaded questions about policy disagreements between Berlin and Jerusalem, such as her country’s generally pro-Palestinian voting pattern at the United Nations and its refusal to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital or to designate Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. Here is a full transcript of our email interview. The Times of Israel: This week the world is marking 75 years since the end of the Holocaust. How is the public in Germany marking this date? Are ordinary Germans aware of it, are there public discussions on guilt and repentance, on rising anti-Semitism? Susanne Wasum-Rainer: January 27, 1945, the date of liberation of the former concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, was designated in Germany Day of Remembrance for the Victims of National Socialism in 1996 and was declared International Holocaust Remembrance Day by the UN in 2005. The Holocaust Remembrance Day attracts great attention in Germany, every year and this year in particular. The 75th anniversary of the day of liberation will be marked in Germany by the Government, the Bundestag, by many institutions, communities, schools and civil society. There will be thousands of commemoration ceremonies in the whole country. Also, many German embassies all around the world will organize or join commemoration ceremonies, often together with their Israeli counterparts. To serve in Israel is considered a particular privilege by all members of the German diplomatic service On January 29, at the commemoration ceremony of the German Bundestag both, President [Reuven] Rivlin and President [Frank-Walter] Steinmeier will deliver a speech. It is the first time that the presidents of our two countries will speak at that same occasion. In light of the atrocities and crimes perpetrated by the Nazi regime we consider the presence of the Israeli president for a joint commemoration ceremony a most generous and moving gesture for which we are deeply grateful. The presence of the president of Israel in Berlin shows how much the relations between our countries have grown. Today they are characterized by trust and friendship. Two days before the commemoration ceremonies in Germany our two presidents will participate together at the commemoration in Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland, on January 27. And President Steinmeier has the great honor to be invited as guest and as speaker to the Fifth World Holocaust Forum that will take place in Yad Vashem on January 23. In December, Chancellor Merkel visited Auschwitz-Birkenau on the invitation of the Foundation Auschwitz-Birkenau. Germany committed 60 million Euros to the conservation of the former camp as a memorial site. The chancellor underlined the importance to always remember and never forget. German Chancellor Angela Merkelat at the main railway entrance to Birkenau as she visits the former German Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim, Poland on December 6, 2019. (John MacDougall/AFP) What are your personal feelings about this date, as German ambassador in the Jewish state? It is a very difficult date! I feel deep shame given the unspeakable crimes committed by Germans. I also think how important it i...

Beyond Rosa Luxemburg: five more women of the German revolution you need to know about - The Conversation - UK

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Martha Riedl. SPD-Ratsfrau der ersten Stunde, CC BY-SA In November 1918, Gertrud Völcker and Martha Riedl were both in the maritime city of Kiel, where the revolution started. Völcker had been involved in trade union activism and worked at the trade union headquarters, which became the heart of the revolution. Riedl, who was only 15 at the time, decided to risk her life carrying messages for the revolutionaries across the city. Her family had always been active in the trade union movement and when her father found out that she had chosen to undertake such a dangerous role he supported her decision. Both Riedl and Völcker remained involved in local politics and social work in Kiel for the rest of their lives. Hilde Kramer was another young woman whose left-wing political activism during the war gave her the skills and networks needed to play a leading role in the revolution. Raised by an anti-war foster family on the outskirts of Munich, she was aged 18 during the revolution. On November 7 1918, she joined a huge protest marching through the streets calling for the end of the war, the overthrow of the local monarchic family and the Kaiser to abdicate. In her memoirs, she says she even met Luxemburg in Berlin. Hilde Kramer. Family Archive of Kramer/Fitzgerald The revolution in Munich culminated in the declaration of the Bavarian Soviet Republic and Kramer became the official secretary in the city commanders office. When Munich was brought back under government control, after days of bloody violence, she was arrested for her revolutionary activities. She worked in Moscow and Berlin for various communist groups before fleeing to the UK in 1937 where she worked for the Labour Party. The writers Lola Landau and Cläre Jung were in Berlin during the revolution. Landau had written and distributed anti-war material and saw the revolution as a chance to create a new, peaceful world order, founded on democratic principles and social justice. Jung had helped deserters from the German army with money and accommodation. When the revolution descended into counter-revolutionary violence she described procuring guns and carrying them through the streets at great personal r...

Der Weg für den Verkauf der HSH Nordbank ist frei

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Ministerin Heinold sieht „bedeutenden Stein aus dem Weg geräumt. von 11. Oktober 2018, 20:05 Uhr Hamburg/Kiel Dem Verkauf der HSH Nordbank steht nichts mehr im Weg: Nach mehrmonatigen Verhandlungen ist auch die letzte noch offene Frage der künftigen Sicherung von Kundengeldern geklärt. Damit können Schleswig-Holstein und Hamburg ihre einst hoch defizitäre Landesbank wie schon im Februar vereinbart an vier Investoren um die Firmen Cerberus und JC Flowers veräußern. „Ein weiterer bedeutender Stein ist aus dem Weg geräumt, freute sich am Donnerstag die grüne Kieler Finanzministerin Monika Heinold. „Ich bin zuversichtlich, dass der Verkauf nun bis Ende des Jahres über die Bühne gehen kann. Zuvor hatten sich in dieser Woche der Privatbankenverband BdB und der Deutsche Sparkassen- und Giroverband DSGV unter Mitwirkung der Länder und Käufer auf eine Regelung zum Übergang der Einlagensicherung geeinigt. „Wir haben den Durchbruch geschafft, verkündete BdB-Präsident Hans-Walter Peters im Handelsblatt. Bei der Einlagensicherung geht es um den Schutz der Kundengelder im Fall eine...

Green party politician remains most popular head of federal state in Germany: poll - Xinhua | - Xinhua

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Kretschmann had already been Germany's most popular head of state in the Forsa Trendbarometer of 2017 and 2018. With an approval rate of 66 percent, Daniel Guenther, Minister President of Schleswig-Holstein, was the second most popular head of a federal state in Germany, followed by Stephan Weil of Lower Saxony who was ranked third with 60 percent. At the bottom of the ranking was Berlin's governing mayor, Michael Mueller (SPD), whose work was only rated positively by 27 percent of people living in the German capital's federal state. Following a big win in the European Parliament elections in May, where the Green party in Germany won 20.5 percent of votes and became second strongest political force, support for the Green party in Germany is at a historic high. According to last week's Trendbarometer, the Greens would gain the same number of votes as the governing conservative union CDU/CSU if elections were to be held. With regards to a first Green German chancellor, Winfried Kretschmann recently told the Funke Media Group that a German government led by the Greens would not involve a radical change of policy. "Nobody needs to be afraid of a Green Chancellor. We are not trumps or Erdogans or Orbans who throw everything overboard," Kretschmann told the German newspapers. The head of Baden-Wuerttemberg noted that he did not see "big differences" in alliances with the CDU/CSU and the SPD. "In socio-political issues, we make progress with the social democrats, in economic policy with the CDU/CSU".

Up close with royal fashion: Kate's wedding lace - Royal Central

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Middleton’s wedding dress, designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen, was assembled the Royal School of Needlework. The RSN was founded as the School of Needlework Art by Princess Christian of Schleswig-Holstein, the third daughter of Queen Victoria, in 1872. It became the Royal School of Needlework in 1875 when Queen Victoria became its first patron. Housed at Hampton Court Palace, the Duchess of Cornwall is currently its patron and the Duchess of Gloucester is its president. (The Duchess of Cornwall last visited the School in September 2019.) Embed from Getty Images When working on the lace in 2010 and 2011, the RSN embroiders did not know who the designer was. Embroiders ranged in age from 19 to 70, and strict protocols were followed. They were required to wash their hands every 30 minutes to keep the lace clean and to replace their needles every three hours. Embed from Getty Images The lace itself is a traditional Cluny and Leavers lace and was influenced by nineteenth-century Carrickmacross lace patterns. It covers the entire dress, including the bodice, skirt, and train. The pattern incorporated the national flowers of all four nations in the United Kingdom: the English rose, the Scottish thistle, the Irish Shamrock, and the Welsh daffodil. The floral patterns were machine-made and then applied by hand to the netting by RSN embroiderers. Interestingly, the pattern is not unique to this dress but rather draws on traditional patterns. ...

German states finalize privatization of HSH Nordbank - Xinhua | - Xinhua

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Video PlayerClose BERLIN, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- The German states of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein have finalized the sale of HSH Nordbank to a private investment consortium on Wednesday. "The money has arrived", Hamburg finance minister Andreas Dressel (SPD) revealed at a press conference hosted with his counterpart in Schleswig-Holstein Monika Heinold (Greens). Nine months ago, the two states agreed to sell their controlling stakes in HSH Nordbank to the U.S. investment firms Cerberus and J.C. Flowers among other private investors. The sale had been ordered by European Union (EU) competition authorities and marks the first ever successful privatization of a regional government-owned bank in Germany. Following the formal acquisition of HSH Nordbank for one billion euros (1.13 billion U.S. dollars), the bank will be renamed in Hamburg Commercial Bank from February 2019. A new supervisory board has also been nominated. HSH Nordbank chief executive officer (CEO) Stefan Ermisch said in a statement that the "successful switch from public-sector to exclusively private-...

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

Sunday, March 3, 2019

This is exactly what happened on Monday afternoon, an 89-year-old pensioner in Harrislee (Schleswig-Holstein). The police announced on Wednesday, handed the man a to him unknown woman more than 20,000 euros in a black leather bag. Thus, had ordered the scammers to the pensioner a Taxi that brought him to his institution in Flensburg city centre. The man took the money and was driven by the taxi driver, the police as a witness, back home, where he handed the sum to the wife. Also, you will be searched by the police. Accordingly, the victim described the fraud as follows: about 20 to 25 years altcirca 160 to 165 centimeters tall neat appearance The taxi driver, as well as possible witnesses to the handover of the money are asked to contact 0461 – 484 0 to the police. The information of the officials, have increased the calls to the wrong police or grandchildren in the space of 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 r...