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When in Bonn, a visit to Beethoven's birthplace is a must

When in Bonn, a visit to Beethoven's birthplace is a mustBonn, Germany - The prominent statue of Ludwig van Beethoven in Bonn shows the composer striking a self-confident pose as he gazes over the Muensterplatz with his impressive head of hair.

The monument was erected by citizens in downtown Bonn in 1845 to mark his 75th birthday. It was designed to show the maestro as an inspired genius with raised eyes and about to receive a creative thought which he intends to write down in his notebook straightaway.

Deutsche Telekom posts 959 million euro Q3 profit

Deutsche Telekom posts 959 million euro Q3 profitBonn - German telecommunications concern Deutsche Telekom said Thursday it boosted its third-quarter profits and turnover largely thanks to its buy-in at Greek counterpart OTE.

Bonn-based Telekom said it achieved a net profit of 959 million euros (1.41 billion dollars), up 7.2 per cent on the same quarter of 2008.

The net came on operating results of 5.5 billion euros, up 5.2 per cent, while revenues grew at the same rate to 16.3 billion euros, Telekom said.

We might not make it at Copenhagen, says UN climate chief

We might not make it at Copenhagen, says UN climate chief Bonn - Negotiations over a text to replace the Kyoto Protocol are proceeding so slowly that it is possible no deal will be reached at the climate-change conference in Copenhagen in December, the head of the UN's climate panel said Friday.

Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) said in Bonn, where four days of informal negotiations are ending, said: "If we keep moving forward at this pace, we may not make it in time at Copenhagen."

UN climate change talks open in Bonn

UN climate change talks open in BonnBonn - A United Nations conference on climate change began in Bonn on Monday, bringing together 2,000 delegates from around the world to edge forward negotiations on new climate change measures.

The Bonn talks are the latest in a sequence building up to the Copenhagen summit at the end of the year, at which states hope to sign off a replacement to the Kyoto Protocol, which expires 2012.

The new framework is aimed at reducing the greenhouse gases responsible in part for rising global temperatures, as well as helping those countries most exposed to the effects of climate change.

Drivers should look after eyesight

Drivers should look after eyesightBonn, Germany  - Good vision is important when driving so as not to endanger oneself and others on the road especially from the age of the mid 40s and upward when eyesight gradually starts deteriorating.

The Automobile Club of Europe (ACE) estimates that several hundred thousand accidents a year can be attributed to bad vision. The German Association of Ophthalmologists recently estimated that some eleven per cent of drivers aged 50-59 and some 20 per cent of motorists 60 years and older have such poor eyesight that they should no longer be driving at night.

Here are some tips for good vision:

Microsoft closes nine security holes on "Patch Tuesday"

Microsoft closes nine security holes on "Patch Tuesday" Bonn, Germany  - Microsoft released six security updates on its most recently monthly "Patch Tuesday." The patches close up nine security holes in all, indicates the German Federal Agency for Security in Information Technology (BSI).

The holes can be found in Windows, Internet Explorer, and in the desktop publishing program Publisher, among others. They are in some cases being actively exploited by cybercrooks looking to smuggle malicious software onto the computers of unsuspecting users.

Wrong-phone driver fined in Germany

Wrong-phone driver fined in GermanyBonn, Germany  - A muddled motorist who was vainly trying to make a call on the wrong phone has been fined in Germany, with a judge saying he should have had both hands on the steering wheel.

The bumbling construction engineer had taken with him a cordless phone which only works inside his home. Police pulled his Porsche over when they saw him dialling on it.

The Bonn judge said it was an offence under German road law to pick up any phone while driving, even one that does not work. She confirmed an instant fine of 40 euros

German who gave inside view of Nazi camps dies at 91

German who gave inside view of Nazi camps dies at 91Bonn, Germany  - Isa Vermehren, a German entertainer who wrote one of the first post-war accounts of the horrors of the Nazi concentration camps, has died at 91, her Catholic order of nuns said Monday.

Vermehren, a singer and accordionist at a Berlin nightclub before the War, was thrown into Ravensbrueck concentration camp after her diplomat brother defected.

Her 1946 book, "A Voyage through the Last Act," described the humiliations and executions in the camps to readers who were still unwilling to believe the Nazis had been evil.

Blatter sees ships as possible solution to World Cup hotel problem

Joseph BlatterBonn, Germany  - FIFA president Joseph Blatter believes cruise ships could be the solution to the problem of a lack of hotel beds for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

"Cruise ships, which offer places for around 2,000 people, could be brought there," Blatter said in an interview with the Deutsche Welle TV station.

However, the idea could only be a partial solution as Durban and Port Elizabeth are the only host cities that could accommodate such large ships and World Cup organizers are facing a shortfall of up to 15,000 beds.

The World Cup takes place in South Africa June 11 to July 11, 2010.(dpa)

Workouts combining aerobics with martial arts are a hit

Bonn, Germany  - Fists and feet fly to pounding music, punctuated by warlike cries. And sweat runs from every pore. Fitness buffs wishing to exercise to the point of exhaustion go for programmes combining aerobics with Asian martial arts. In spirit, these workouts are Jane Fonda meets Jackie Chan.

"Fitness studios without programmes of this sort are now unthinkable," noted Dunja Meyer, an instructor with the German Fitness & Aerobic Association (DFAV). They are a good way to relieve daily stress and release aggression without body contact, she said, adding that participants become perfectly peaceful again afterwards.

Iranian Nobel laureate Ebadi calls for Europe-Iran talks

Shirin EbadiBonn, Germany  - Shirin Ebadi, the Iranian Nobel Peace Prize laureate, called Monday for European nations to open direct talks with Tehran rather than criticize its policies from afar.

Ebadi is a critic of the government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

"They would be able to prove this way that they are not just paying lip service to human rights but acting in pursuit of them," said Ebadi in Bonn during a visit to the offices of the broadcaster Deutsche Welle.

Man who attacked women, stole shoes, detained in Germany

Bonn  - A man who assaulted women and then ran off with their shoes has been arrested in Germany, police said Sunday.

Police said a tip-off led them to the 27-year-old, who was detained in his car near Bonn on Saturday.

The man is suspected of having robbed a total of nine women of their high heels in a series of attacks in Bonn and the nearby cities of Cologne and Leverkusen.

In most of the cases, the man sneaked up on his victims from behind, pushed them to the ground and made off with their shoes. (dpa)

Taking revenge is bad for your health, study finds

Taking revenge is bad for your health, study findsBonn, Germany  - Revenge may be sweet, but it could damage your health and make you unhappier than most other people, according to a study by German and Belgian researchers.

The study conducted among 20,000 people by the universities of Bonn and Maastricht also revealed that people who like to pay back perceived injustices also have fewer friends and are less satisfied with life.

The researchers wanted to find out what influence character traits such as positive and negative acts of reciprocation had on "success" and "satisfaction with life."

Climate change could lead to 200 million refugees

Climate change could lead to 200 million refugees Bonn, Germany  - United Nations institutions, researchers and international aid organizations are warning that predictions show a rapidly rising number of climate-change refugees.

By the year 2050, around 200 million people could be uprooted and on the run, the organizations reported at the UN climate conference in Bonn. That's about 2.5 times the population of Germany.

Modigliani retrospective pulls in crowds in Germany

Modigliani retrospective pulls in crowds in GermanyBonn, Germany  - When Amadeo Modigliani painted a series of reclining nudes in Paris early in the early 20th century and had them displayed in a city gallery, police considered them obscene and ordered the exhibition closed.

Modigliani's nudes were inspired by the famous Venuses of Titian, but unlike his Renaissance compatriot, he had endowed them with a bold seductiveness and sensuous beauty considered altogether too shocking for straight-laced Parisians during World War 1.

Rich nations failing to meet climate targets, UN official says

Rich nations failing to meet climate targets, UN official saysBonn  - Climate change talks being held in Bonn have failed to elicit commitments from industrial nations to drastically curtail their greenhouse gas emissions, a senior UN official indicated Monday.

Yvo de Boer said the pledges made so far were well below the target for emissions reduction laid down by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Study suggests Asian carmakers are winners from German subsidies

Study suggests Asian carmakers are winners from German subsidies Bonn, Germany - Berlin's scrappage scheme for old cars, intended to save jobs in the struggling German car industry, may have partly backfired, helping Asian manufacturers expand their previously minute sales, a business study suggested Thursday.

Germany is borrowing on capital markets to fund 5 billion euros (7 billion dollars) in grants to anyone who scraps a car more than 9 years old and buys another less than one year old.

Demonstrators rally in Bonn as climate change talks begin

Demonstrators rally in Bonn as climate change talks begin Bonn, Germany - Environmentalists demonstrated Monday in Bonn, appealing to negotiators at UN climate-change talks in the German city to agree on tough new limits to world gas emissions.

The 12 days of talks beginning Monday are the first in a series of meetings culminating in December to sign off on a replacement to the Kyoto Protocol. World governments are to consider an ambitious new draft UN treaty with various methods to fight global warming.

UN climate-change talks in Bonn prepare for post-Kyoto treaty

UN climate-change talks in Bonn prepare for post-Kyoto treatyBonn, Germany  - Around 3,000 participants from around the world are converging in Bonn for UN climate change talks on Monday, the first in a series of meetings culminating in December to sign off on a replacement to the Kyoto Protocol.

At the 12-day gathering in Germany, world governments are to consider an ambitious new draft UN treaty, containing a broad range of options to stem global warming.

Uncertainty over a parent's cancer is stressful for children

Uncertainty over a parent's cancer is stressful for childrenBonn/Hamburg  - Children should be told about a parent's affliction with cancer as soon as possible because uncertainty is much more stressful than the truth.

This is according to Georg Romer, acting director of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the University Medical Centre Hamburg-Eppendorf and director of the information centre Children of Somatically Ill Parents.

"Many emotional problems could be prevented if parents spoke early and openly about the illness," he remarked.




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