Gunter rittner, one of the most important german portrait painters of the present day, has died. He died peacefully at the age of 93 in a munich retirement home, as his son confirmed on thursday.
The artist had painted famous people such as heinz ruhmann, curd jurgens, walter scheel or franz josef straub. His portraits of ludwig erhard and his successor kurt georg kiesinger hang in the chancellor’s gallery.
The people whose faces he painted had troubled lives. But for him they stopped and sang in silence. "I have the gift of empathizing with people and accepting the essence of others – for a while," the silesian-born politician told the german press agency on the occasion of his 90th birthday. Birthday told.
Bernhard panzer who will supply the city with electricity, gas and water in the coming decades?? That was a question at the last city council meeting that was answered unequivocally. It is still the herzo works.
These have, as mayor german hacker stated "after long professional preparation and tendering as an existing and also future concession holder".
The contracts are always long-term and are now expiring. Herzo werke was the only interested party in all areas. Accordingly, the new concession contracts have now been concluded, the city council unanimously approved without discussion.
Only a few weeks after siemens, the u.S. Industrial group general electric (GE) now also wants to cut back its power plant division.
Worldwide, the company plans to pay around 12.000 jobs to be cut, including 1600 at the german sites in mannheim, stuttgart, berlin, monchengladbach and kassel. Ge power conversion in berlin and GE grid solutions in monchengladbach are to be closed completely, the company announced in frankfurt on thursday.
Like siemens, GE cites price pressure and weak demand for conventional power plants as key reasons for the decision. "The decision was painful but necessary," said GE global power chief russell stokes.
"I grabbed him without malice aforethought and shook him awake", the accused said. The 26-year-old is a staff officer in the german army and wanted to reprimand a colleague subordinate to him at a small celebration. Together with about seven other colleagues, they sat in a circle of chairs, he reported to the court. "He was completely drunk, so I asked him for a word in private and told him not to drink any more, says the accused. However, he was alone with this story, the description of the injured party was completely different. "If you drink one more sip of alcohol, I’ll knock you over.", his words to the victim are said to have been. "I agreed with him, but he still threw me to the ground and put his knees on my back", the injured party paid. If the evening had ended with that, it wouldn’t have been so bad. But two more incidents followed. First, it was about a burning cigarette that the accused is said to have printed on the forearm of the other man. But then the victim did not even want to accuse the soldier of intention. "I think he did it by accident", suspected the aggrieved. That would fit with what the defendant says: "I didn’t notice anything about a cigarette on his arm". The others did not see anything either." the burn had healed in about four weeks, but a small scar can still be seen today.
Some time later the accused is said to have grabbed the victim again. "This time I was not lying on the floor, but on my knees, then he choked me", reported the victim.
Only when another colleague intervened, did the accused let him go again. At the beginning of the trial, the defendant denied the abuse, but eventually he changed his mind – among other things, because his defense lawyer had an effect on him. Above all, the fact that the injured party even exonerated the 26-year-old with his testimony regarding the cigarette made him credible. "If he hadn’t stressed several times that it could have been an accident with the cigarette, then the whole thing would have been much worse", the prosecutor says. After all, this situation could have been prevented by more attentiveness. "He had a lit cigarette in his hand, so he had to be careful where he put it", declares judge marc betz. The accused finally decided to confess to the crime. "I am sorry. I have never done anything like this before and never wanted to", he explained himself. Despite the late confession, the 26-year-old does not get off scot-free. Because there are some points that do not come in his favor – on the contrary. "The accused acted without any comprehensible or justifiable reason. The motive might have been educational, but he can’t use violence", says the prosecutor. In addition, in the german armed forces, the subordinate is, so to speak, at the mercy of the superior. "If the supervisor takes advantage of this, he must be punished all the more", declared the prosecutor.
The bundestag has resolved to set up the planned committee of inquiry into the wirecard scandal. The afd, FDP, greens and left voted in favor of the committee in the bundestag on thursday.
The union and SPD government factions abstained. The necessary approval of at least a quarter of the 709 members of the bundestag had thus been achieved by far and was even clearly exceeded.
The investigation committee is to clarify the extent to which the federal government and authorities were informed about events at wirecard and whether they fulfilled their supervisory duties. It is to have nine members, but they have not yet been officially named. The committee can question witnesses and experts and demand to see files. The constituent meeting is scheduled for next thursday (8 a.M.).10.) planned.
The groundbreaking ceremony was really only symbolic. Calm has returned to the luitpoldbad. Renovation work will not begin until october, if the short-ton statute allows, says erwin full. He is the project manager at the schweinfurt state building authority: "with the revival of the luitpoldbad, which has been vacant for 20 years, the free state is paving the way for the sustainable renovation and use of its cultural heritage." bavaria is paying 32.4 million euros for the project costs.
First, however, comes the wrecking ball: the 35-year-old mineral baths, which were closed in 2005, have to go. Full: in the course of planning, it became clear that its preservation "is not expedient with regard to the future administrative center". He spoke of a "building lesson.
The project is not only expensive, but also complex. The spa is located in a protected area for medicinal springs, and it is also an "outstanding architectural monument in bad kissingen. According to full, it is not easy to preserve it and at the same time bring a modern office into the small-scale former bathing cell structure. It also stands empty for a long time. This has left its mark.
On the first weekend of advent, the people of kulmbach, but also many visitors from further afield, still have a real taste for advent and christmas. The streets of the old town were bursting with people from friday to sunday. The weather played along – and so the stroll through kulmbach’s old town alleys, through the oberhacken, through the burggut with its arts and crafts market and through the garden of the old villa in the schiebgraben became a wonderful way to get in the mood for the advent season. More than eighty booths attracted the customers.
Silvana pezzi’s spinning wheel was always in great demand. Pezzi showed how wool is turned into yarn. "It’s easier to spin a uniform dark thread than a thick one," the expert explained. And the wool she uses comes from her own sheep: pezzi owns seven coburg foxes. "Above all, the decorations go down really well at the christmas market", says silvana pezzi and is positively surprised. Even deputy district administrator christina flauder couldn’t resist the felt stand. "I bought a cushion, the colors are so already", swarmed christina flauder.
The loudest stand at the christmas market belonged to michael schutt. He worked with the motorsage. In just a few minutes, tree trunks became small elks. Then another powerful blow with the axe – and the elk got a small slit on the back side. Because the moose also needs a tail. At the market there was everything your heart desires: decorations for the advent season as well as sweet and savory delicacies. Knitted on figure the christmas market went seamlessly over into the arts and crafts market at the burggut and the martin-luther-haus. There the artists outdid each other. Gabriele stemmler has designed funny moufflons – with a little squirrel on their head. There is also a bavarian mutton with female sausage or mabkrug or a grass-grass mutton with rat. And she even knits around coffee and tea pots. "I knit to shape", laughs stemmler. "The squirrel’s mouth is really funny", sigrid kern tries it on right away.
Perhaps it was due to the much tighter seating arrangement of the municipal councils in the coarse bad bockleter spa hall despite the corona distance: in just under half an hour, the applications for seven building projects in the state spa, in aschach and in grobenbrach were discussed in a tense manner and all approved unanimously.
A single-family house is to be built at the corner of kleinfeldlein and rhonstrabe in the state baths area. "Thus the last construction gap is closed in this area", mayor andreas sandwall (CSU) was pleased. Although the builder had to be exempted from the building limits, eaves height and roof pitch because of minor transgressions of the limits specified in the development plan, the municipal council did not see any problem in this.
The council also had no objections to the construction of an additional carport as an extension to an existing garage on hohner weg, especially since the carport is only intended to provide a roof for trash cans. Although the building limit is also marginally exceeded here, this was already the case with the garage.
During an excursion by the bad staffelstein cultural initiative (KIS) to the summit of the dornig, the 24 participants were also able to experience an exciting journey into the time of the hugel graves that were once built here. Kis director herrmann hacker, anton kocheler and bernhard christoph, who jointly led the excursion, buried the good-humored hikers at the hikers' parking lot near dittersbrunn.
In the waldmeister beech forest
In a relaxed atmosphere they went downhill in the direction of dornigspitze. The pace was deliberately kept slow in order to pause and add some interesting facts to the hike. "You can tell by the knotted grass that this meadow is unmanured", said nature lover hacker at one point, in order to point out a natural woodruff beech forest at another point, whose name comes from the medicinal and root plant that can be found here.
At suitable vantage points, the hikers enjoyed the view and at the same time learned about geological relationships in a vivid way. "All this makes up the south german cover landscape", hacker spanned an arc from the marl limestone here on the thorny to the lower franconian shell limestone to the primary rock in the black forest and rhon. Instead of rushing through nature with blinkers on, the excursion took time to follow the "tracks" nature, which reveal quite a bit about the way of life of our ancestors.
Where oxcarts rumbled
"This old road was used by ox teams until about a hundred years ago", bernhard christoph explained to the participants. And then the group came to the first historic burial ground – overgrown but still easily recognizable, one of at least 84 that were documented to have been laid out around the summit of the 530-meter-high thorny mountain. Around 200 years ago, the first explorers were concerned with this topic.
According to anton kocheler, the graves were not only created in the early celtic period, but also in the "hallstatt period" but also in the bronze age. "Buried were burgers of higher rank", explains the head of the KIS archaeology working group, bridging the gap between history and modernity: because the technology of the 21. The researchers will benefit from a bird's-eye view of the twentieth century to determine revealing differences in relief on the ground. "Digital landing models are created using the airborne method, which provide information on "hugelgraber", so kocheler and hold a corresponding map with high lines. Further kocheler went into detail about grave goods in the tombs at the dornig or elsewhere. Kocheler lent vividness to his explanations at this point by bringing along replicas, such as a hoe and a spearhead made of bronze, as well as a dagger made of deer horn. "For the handle of the axe were used suitable aste, because a complete production of the tool from bronze would have been too expensive and also too heavy", the "archaeology virus" explains in the positive sense infected unterzettlitzer.
But also numerous objects and jewelry were hidden in the open hugel graves. Just like kocheler, christoph and hacker were able to "carry" the participants along with them through their competent explanations.
Past the dolomite rock formation "steinerne braute" surrounded by myths the group finally reached the summit area of the dornig, where once the outer bailey or main castle of the former medieval fortress was located in the dornig summit area.
Africa has overtaken south america in the annual flat rate of deforestation. Experts cited high population growth and the need for small farmers to secure their livelihoods as the central reasons for deforestation on the african continent. "More than 90 percent of deforestation takes place in the tropics," the evaluation says.
In africa, an average of 3.9 million hectares of forest have been lost each year over the past decade. In south america, the loss amounted to 2.6 million hectares per year. Between 2000 and 2010, the deforestation rate in south america was about twice as high as it is today. The decline was mainly in brazil, especially between 2010 and 2015. However, other countries there had also curbed deforestation.
In may, the agricultural organization FAO and the united nations environment program unep presented the overall forest status report. This shows that around ten million hectares of forest disappear from the earth every year. However, the rate of deforestation has slowed on a global scale. For the studies now presented in rome, the data have been graphically processed and made widely accessible.