11 Feb 2015
February 11, 2015

2015 Arctic Cleanup Cruise Expedition

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Paying Passengers Needed!

UpGyres is partnering with Oceanwide Expeditions, an exclusive Dutch vessel operator organizing voyages that make it possible for passengers to enjoy the scenery and nature above and underwater in the world’s most unique areas. The regions visited during these wildlife expeditions contain hardly any infrastructure and are almost only reachable by boat.

UpGyres is promoting a seven night Trip to the Arctic from August 28 to September 4, 2015. Supported by the Arctic Expedition Cruise Organization AECO, and the Governor of Svalbard, Cleaning the Shores Polar Bear Special brings the garbage collected during the voyage to the incinerator in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen.

Oceanwide Expeditions, AECO and UpGyres are studying possibilities to divert the plastic recovered during the expedition from incineration and instead, produce low emissions fuel for use at ports and in vessels in the Arctic.

By getting 10 (ten) of your colleagues, followers, friends and/or associates to become paying passengers on this Polar Bear Special, UpGyres will cover travelling expenses for you (or someone of your choice) from your departure city to Oslo and back, and Oceanwide Expeditions will host you on-board of the m/v Ortelius free of cost.

For more information please visit: http://upgyres.org/arctic/

Here is some basic information about the non-profit organization:

The Upcycle the Gyres Society wants to collect and convert ocean plastic into usable fuel.

deadfishOver the past three years, I’ve written about the plastic debris or plastic gyres, in our world’s oceans.   The latest news is that the gyres are growing larger, making the need to find solutions to clean them up even more critical. The Upcycle the Gyres Society is a new, not-for-profit that plans to upcycle floating ocean plastic debris into diesel, gasoline, and kerosene. The possibility that this venture presents is exciting. The plastic is there, albeit in zillions of fragments throughout our oceans, so there is accessibility. The technology of converting plastic into fuel is proven. Offshore production, storage, and offloading technology is there. And green ships that are powered by the sun, wind, and wave propulsion already exist, which would make this kind of venture economically feasible. Also on the plus side, converting plastic into fuel creates a carbon capture from the recovery operation which leaves the water right where it is – no water demand.

 

This post has nothing to do with Germans or Germany, but it is just something I felt the need to write, as there are hundreds, if not thousands of people who are going through the same struggles with their teens in the western world.

Our goal is to raise independent, self-reliant, children with an ability to work.  The goal of the modern teen is to avoid work as much as possible, because, after all, they are too “busy.”

Here are the top ten reasons why teens will not do the chore you have just asked them to do:

1.  I am too tired.

2.  I am too busy with some kind of fun project/hobby.

3.  I have to go to the bathroom.

4.  I have homework.

5.  I need a snack.

6.  I just want to finish watching my TV Show.

7.  I am listening to a good song on my iPod

8.  I just want to finish reading my book.

9.  I just need a break.

10.  I am not your slave.

Believe me, in the last two months, I have heard them all.  And you wonder sometimes, what is going on?  How can kids think this way?  For example, the first excuse citing fatigue, NEWS FLASH – parents are tired, too!  But we have to do our tasks anyways!  We are “busy” doing the things we love, but we have to stop doing them and go to work anyways!  We also need to use the bathroom, eat a snack and we would love to finish watching our TV Show, but we can’t because we have to get up, take care of business and do the things we have to do anyways.

As for doing something that we enjoy, since having kids, this is no longer something we can take for granted.  We can occasionally enjoy music, read a book and if we struggle hard, we may get a bit of a break after the kids go to bed (which can be as late as 11 pm when you have teens in the house), but really the slave remark really gets to me.  Who is really the slave?  Good old mom and dad.

Then there also the weapons kids pull out when you push the buttons and actually “enforce” or “make” them do what they don’t want to do?  They roll their eyes, stomp their feet, slam doors, throw things, yell at their siblings, accuse you of hating them… And the big one is “You are not treating me with respect.”  They pull that one out whenever they realize they can no longer avoid doing that hated chore like scrub a toilet or take out the smelly compost.

As a mother you will feel a tremendous amount of guilt.  Guilt for being in this position.  Guilt for making your darling work too hard.  Guilt for no longer being willing to do the things you do quietly behind the scenes without asking for help. And then along with guilt comes frustration.  Watching your teen who doesn’t want to wash dishes take 30 minutes to clean 3 wooden spoons can drive you crazy.  Or worse, when they spend 27 minutes telling you why they can’t do something that would take them 5 minutes to do, is just so typical.

So what is the solution to this issue?  Maybe some moms can leave some creative ideas in the comments, but for us we have started by taking the iPod and the Nintendo away (or whatever device seems to be the issue).   It didn’t really help around the chore issue, but we also got a notice from school suggesting that parents don’t allow any TV or electronics until the homework and any other work is done.  The question is also what is a reasonable amount of work before they are “done.”  One hour?  Two hours?

If moms/dads who have had teens want to leave a helpful, encouraging note, that would be great!  Thanks for listening.

Written by Deutsche Welle

Deutsche Welle will launch its new English TV channel on June 22. The news and information channel will officially go on air during DW’s annual media conference, Global Media Forum.

Peter LimbourgThe global competition of values plays out primarily in the English language, says DW Director General Peter Limbourg. “Germany is highly regarded around the world, and on the international stage many look to Germany to orient themselves. Therefore, we want to meet this demand in the English language,” says Limbourg, stressing that international media coverage of German perspectives should not be left solely to other international broadcasters.

“Deutsche Welle expects more than 2000 international guests from politics, media and other areas of public life – among them numerous partners who will rebroadcast DW’s flagship programs via their platforms – to attend the Global Media Forum,” says Limbourg. “They will all be able to witness the launch of our new channel, live.”

DW, the new 24-hour TV channel in English, with hourly news as well as magazine programs and documentaries, will be broadcast around the world. In Europe it will be available via the Astra satellite, among others.

Starting June 22, Deutsche Welle will offer four additional 24-hour TV channels for   various parts of the world.

  • DW (Amerika) can be received across the entire American continent and offers 20 hours of German and 4 hours of English programming;
  • DW (Latinoamérica) informs people in Latin America in Spanish around the clock;
  • DW (Asien) broadcasts in German 24 hours a day;
  • DW (Arabia) targets viewers from the Arab world – 17 hours in Arabic and 7 hours in English.

The regional TV channels will remain unchanged in their respective languages, complementing the 24-hour English channel. Only DW (Europe), with its English-German programming via Hotbird, will be discontinued.

“By the time we launch the new English TV channel we will have optimized the new technical components and processes to the point that we can confidently go on air,” says Limbourg.

06 Feb 2015
February 6, 2015

German Canadian Care Home Events

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Liebe Freunde und Mitglieder des
Deutsch- Kanadischen Hilfswerkes von BC:

Programm für den Monat  Februar:

  1. CaminoFebruar        Vortrag mit Bildern
    “Wann, Wer, Wieso Wandern sie den Jakobsweg ?“     Dr. Marie-Luise Ermisch

Sie schreibt:”The Camino is considered to be one of the most important Christian pilgrimages of the Middle Ages, and to this day it continues to attract thousands of hikers, cyclists and horseback riders each year, with UNESCO even granting it World Heritage status in 1993.”

In the summer of 2013, Marie-Luise Ermisch walked 479 kilometers alone through Spain on the Camino de Santiago. 

 

  1. Februar        Film
     “Der Hundertjährige, der aus dem Fenster stieg und  verschwand “ 

Ein internationaler Bestseller, der Debütroman des schwedischen Journalisten und Autors Jonas Jonasson.

Das Buch, die Hörbuchfassung (Otto Sander) und auch der Film ist witzig. Das Leben des 1ooJährigen wird sehr geschickt mit den historischen Größen seiner Zeit verknüpft.

Parallel zu den Geschehnissen des Jahres 2005 wird die Lebensgeschichte der Hauptfigur  Allan  erzählt, wie er gegen seinen Willen in eine skurrile Kriminalgeschichte verwickelt wird. Gleichzeitig erleben wir, wie er in die wichtigsten politischen Ereignisse des 20. Jahrhunderts verwickelt wird, es aber immer wieder schafft sich aus allen ideologischen und politischen Verwicklungen herauszuhalten.

Mal etwas anderes! Empfehlenswert! Viele haben das Buch gelesen.

  • Wie immer servieren wir um 14.00 Uhr Kaffee, Tee und Kuchen.
  • Das Programm (Vortrag oder Film) folgt um 14:30 Uhr.

Gäste und Interessenten sind stets willkommen.

Wir freuen uns über Ihre Spende, die die Kosten für Kaffee, Kuchen und sonstige Auslagen tragen hilft.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Waltraud Custer

Outreach Coordinator
German Canadian Benevolent Society of BC
2010 Harrison Drive
Vancouver, BC, V5P 2P6

604-713-6562
www,gcch.ca

outreachprogram@gcch.ca

04 Feb 2015
February 4, 2015

Angela Spohr Creates Arts Galore

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Schwarze KieferRecently, I learned something about an artist from Freiburg.  Angela Spohr Puppel, a mezzo-soprano singer and music teacher was able to realize her dream by specializing not only in piano, singing, accordion and guitar, but also creating paintings that are inspired by the music she loves. Her professional life explores the connection between form, space, colour and music.

Spohr-Puppel also loves ballads and songs with a connection to the past.  Legends such as “Die Lorelei” (the Lorelei), “Koenig in Thule” (the King in Thule), “Der Fischer” (the fisherman) are among her favourites.  The recurring themes in both her music and her art are oceans, fishermen, mermaids and monsters of the deep.  Most of her paintings have some kind of relationship with water, whether it is rivers, shoreline, the ocean or plants & animals that live in the water and of course the lyrics of great composers such as Schubert and Britten.

In 2006, Angela Spohr-Puppel opened up the “Singschule Freiburg”, (singing school in Freiburg), in order to share her love of music with artists of the future.  Her goal is that music is seen as just as important as academics in schools and society and that it becomes a priority for educators and teachers.  Her courses offer something for each milestone in someone’s life.  For pregnant ladies and the unborn, for small children, for educators and teachers, as well as for both young and old.

RiverRecently Angela Spohr Puppel was part of one group exhibition in Freiburg, Germany, as well as 4 single exhibitions in Breisach, Braunschweig, Berlin and Hamburg in 2014.

To learn more about this interesting artist, please visit her website:  www.oelbilder-direkt.com & http://www.angela-spohr-soprano.de/  Here is where you can see her resume, listen to a few sample songs, study some of her paintings and learn about all of Spohr-Puppel’s activities, such as the fact that in 2006, she came to Vancouver to perform at a concert sponsored by the General Consulate of Germany.

31 Jan 2015
January 31, 2015

40th Sängerfest June 5th, 2015

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Mgv LyraThe 40th Saengerfest of the Nord Pacific Saengerbund is coming up! Mgv Lyra are the Host Choir and will perform with 7 other Choirs from Portland, Spokane, Seattle, Vancouver (3 choirs incl. us), Kelowna and Victoria on Friday, June 5th, 2015 in Surrey at the Chandos Pattison Auditorium. The musical director is Ben Ewert.   There will also be a 40th Anniversary Banquet and Dance on Saturday, June 6th, 2015.

For tickets ($20.00), please contact one the three methods below to book:

This Saengerfest is only every 2 to 3 years and will hopefully keep the German singing alive.  The website is http://www.nordpacificsaengerbund.com

28 Jan 2015
January 28, 2015

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 Schedule

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Match Schedule

BC Place Stadium Matches

  • Japan vs. Switzerland
    Monday, June 8th, 2015
  • Switzerland vs. Ecuador
    Friday, June 12th, 2015
  • Nigeria vs. USA
    Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

Round of 16

  1. Sunday, June 21st, 2015
  2. Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Quarter Finals

Saturday, June 27th, 2015

Semi Finals

None in BC

Final

Sunday, July 5th, 2015

 

FIFA Games Schedule for 2015

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Final FIFA Schedule

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27 Jan 2015
January 27, 2015

Der Kiepenkasper in Surrey

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KiepenkasperSaturday, January 24th,  Uwe Spillmann from the KIEPENKASPER Theater performed at the Surrey German Language School.

Link to the Surrey German School:  http://www.surreygermanschool.com/

At 9:30 he presented “Reise zur Pirateninsel” and “Die drei Zauberfedern” for the E-classes (DaF or Deutsch als Fremdsprache).

At 11:00 he performed “Du bist ja gar kein Ungeheuer” and “Der Schneemann ist ein armer Tropf” for G-classes (DaZ or Deutsch als Zweitsprache).

It was a community event and therefore they invited family, friends and neighbours. Beatrice Schreiber, President of the German Canadian Business Association, was one of the guests who truly enjoyed herself.

Several years ago, the Kiepenkasper also performed at the Westside German School.  Here is a link to their website: http://www.vwgs.org/2012/

BeatriceThe Surrey German Language School was proud to offer this Northern German Tradition of a puppet show to their students and were glad to see so much support from the community.

Thanks to Yvonne, for sending us these pictures.

27 Jan 2015
January 27, 2015

FRAUEN FIFA in VANCOUVER

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Message from Sabrina:

Silvia & DorisWie Sie sicher wissen, findet die Frauen-Fussball WM im Juni/Juli in Vancouver statt.
Natuerlich wird das deutsche Fernsehen vor Ort sein und ich arbeite momentan aus Ottawa fuer den NDR Hamburg.
Leider kann ich nicht an beiden Orten sein.

Was ich aber gerne mal erfragen wollte, oder weiterleiten moechte, ist folgendes:

Kennen Sie oder koennten mir ca. 4 Hilfskraefte/Kabelhilfen vermitteln? Deutschsprachig waere schoen aber nicht notwendig.
Zum Entladen von Containern, Aufbau der Technik, Kabelziehen. Ca. 10 Tage ab 25.05.2015 und dann nochmal 3-4 Tage am Ende hin ca. 04.07.-08.7.2015
Wenn es dazu jemanden gaebe, der gut mit organisatorischen Sachen im Buero, Besorgungen, etc. waere, der da 6 Wochen Zeit haette, koennte sich auch gerne mit mir in Verbindung setzen.

Ansonsten…….alles Gute nach Vancouver aus einem weissen und kalten Ottawa !!!

Mit freundlichen Gruessen,

[dropcap]D[/dropcap]on’t act so surprised, Your Highness. You weren’t on any mercy mission this time. Several transmissions were beamed to this ship by Rebel spies. I want to know what happened to the plans they sent you. In my experience, there is no such thing as luck. Partially, but it also obeys your commands. I want to come with you to Alderaan. There’s nothing for me here now. I want to learn the ways of the Force and be a Jedi, like my father before me. The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers.

Still, she’s got a lot of spirit. I don’t know, what do you think? What!? I don’t know what you’re talking about. I am a member of the Imperial Senate on a diplomatic mission to Alderaan– What good is a reward if you ain’t around to use it? Besides, attacking that battle station ain’t my idea of courage. It’s more like…suicide.

You don’t believe in the Force, do you? Obi-Wan is here. The Force is with him. I call it luck. Look, I can take you as far as Anchorhead. You can get a transport there to Mos Eisley or wherever you’re going. What?! The Force is strong with this one. I have you now.

We hire people who want to make the best things in the world. -Steve Jobs

She must have hidden the plans in the escape pod. Send a detachment down to retrieve them, and see to it personally, Commander. [highlight color=”yellow”]There’ll be no one to stop us this time![/highlight] You’re all clear, kid. Let’s blow this thing and go home! Partially, but it also obeys your commands.

  • Dantooine. They’re on Dantooine.
  • He is here.
  • Don’t underestimate the Force.

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I care. So, what do you think of her, Han? A tremor in the Force. The last time I felt it was in the presence of my old master. [highlight color=”blue”]But with the blast shield down,[/highlight] I can’t even see! How am I supposed to fight? Obi-Wan is here. The Force is with him. But with the blast shield down, I can’t even see! How am I supposed to fight? You are a part of the Rebel Alliance and a traitor! Take her away!

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Still, she’s got a lot of spirit. I don’t know, what do you think? What!? I don’t know what you’re talking about. I am a member of the Imperial Senate on a diplomatic mission to Alderaan– What good is a reward if you ain’t around to use it? Besides, attacking that battle station ain’t my idea of courage. It’s more like…suicide.
You don’t believe in the Force, do you? Obi-Wan is here. The Force is with him. I call it luck. Look, I can take you as far as Anchorhead. You can get a transport there to Mos Eisley or wherever you’re going. What?! The Force is strong with this one. I have you now.

  1. I care. So, what do you think of her, Han?
  2. You mean it controls your actions?
  3. Look, I can take you as far as Anchorhead. You can get a transport there to Mos Eisley or wherever you’re going.
  4. I’m trying not to, kid.

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Revenge of the Sith

post-imageI can’t get involved! I’ve got work to do! It’s not that I like the Empire, I hate it, but there’s nothing I can do about it right now. It’s such a long way from here. Leave that to me. Send a distress signal, and inform the Senate that all on board were killed. I’m surprised you had the courage to take the responsibility yourself. No! Alderaan is peaceful. We have no weapons. You can’t possibly…

Your eyes can deceive you. Don’t trust them. He is here. What?! Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid. I’m trying not to, kid.

I’m trying not to, kid. I have traced the Rebel spies to her. Now she is my only link to finding their secret base. He is here. You are a part of the Rebel Alliance and a traitor! Take her away! Dantooine. They’re on Dantooine.

 

Still, she’s got a lot of spirit. I don’t know, what do you think? What!? I don’t know what you’re talking about. I am a member of the Imperial Senate on a diplomatic mission to Alderaan– What good is a reward if you ain’t around to use it? Besides, attacking that battle station ain’t my idea of courage. It’s more like…suicide.

Hey, Luke! May the Force be with you. Kid, I’ve flown from one side of this galaxy to the other. I’ve seen a lot of strange stuff, but I’ve never seen anything to make me believe there’s one all-powerful Force controlling everything. There’s no mystical energy field that controls my destiny. It’s all a lot of simple tricks and nonsense. Remember, a Jedi can feel the Force flowing through him. He is here. Ye-ha! I have traced the Rebel spies to her. Now she is my only link to finding their secret base.

You don’t believe in the Force, do you? Obi-Wan is here. The Force is with him. I call it luck. Look, I can take you as far as Anchorhead. You can get a transport there to Mos Eisley or wherever you’re going. What?! The Force is strong with this one. I have you now.

 

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Hey, Luke! May the Force be with you. Kid, I’ve flown from one side of this galaxy to the other. I’ve seen a lot of strange stuff, but I’ve never seen anything to make me believe there’s one all-powerful Force controlling everything. There’s no mystical energy field that controls my destiny. It’s all a lot of simple tricks and nonsense. Remember, a Jedi can feel the Force flowing through him. He is here. Ye-ha! I have traced the Rebel spies to her. Now she is my only link to finding their secret base.

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Oh God, my uncle. How am I ever gonna explain this? Look, I ain’t in this for your revolution, and I’m not in it for you, Princess. I expect to be well paid. I’m in it for the money. A tremor in the Force. The last time I felt it was in the presence of my old master.

All right. Well, take care of yourself, Han. [highlight color=”orange”]I guess that’s what you’re best at,[/highlight] ain’t it? Alderaan? I’m not going to Alderaan. I’ve got to go home. It’s late, I’m in for it as it is. The plans you refer to will soon be back in our hands.
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WOW, Nice photo !

WOW, Nice photo !

I need your help, Luke. She needs your help. I’m getting too old for this sort of thing. Oh God, my uncle. How am I ever gonna explain this? Hey, Luke! May the Force be with you. No! Alderaan is peaceful. We have no weapons. You can’t possibly… As you wish. Look, I can take you as far as Anchorhead. You can get a transport there to Mos Eisley or wherever you’re going.

I suggest you try it again, Luke. This time, let go your conscious self and act on instinct. Dantooine. They’re on Dantooine. You’re all clear, kid. Let’s blow this thing and go home! I’m surprised you had the courage to take the responsibility yourself. I’m trying not to, kid.

I care. So, what do you think of her, Han? Don’t underestimate the Force. I don’t know what you’re talking about. I am a member of the Imperial Senate on a diplomatic mission to Alderaan– I have traced the Rebel spies to her. Now she is my only link to finding their secret base.

You’re all clear, kid. [highlight color=”green”]Let’s blow this thing and go home![/highlight] But with the blast shield down, I can’t even see! How am I supposed to fight? Alderaan? I’m not going to Alderaan. I’ve got to go home. It’s late, I’m in for it as it is.