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GA English on Sunday: News in Brief from Bonn and the region

GA English on Sunday : News in Brief from Bonn and the region

Many historic monuments can be visited today on national monument open day, the Environmental Agency confirms wolf attacks in the Rhein-Sieg district, Residents complain of a rat plague in Pennenfeld, the people of Bonn can look forward to many concerts at the Beethovenfest, the Bonn World Conference Center Bonn scandal is likely to lead to a damages suit and the Bonner footoball club won its important away game at Fortuna Cologne with 1:0 – here is our news in brief on Sunday.

Bonn and Rhein-Sieg district: these places are open on national monument open day

BONN: unusual places open their doors to visitors on the national monument open day today, 8. September. Numerous guided tours take visitors to listed buildings and to discover their history.

Last year, 50 special places opened their doors in Bonn and the region. This year's motto is: “Modernity: upheavals in art and architecture”. The organisers invite you to look into the architectural future on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Bauhaus and to be open to new ideas. It is also about discovering upheavals in architecture. The nationwide opening takes place on 8 September in Ulm. There are the locations in Bonn:

The Heiderhof excavation site is one of the best-preserved Roman marching camps in the Rhineland. The ancient earth walls are still well preserved there is a guided tour on the day of the open monument. It is an outstanding testimony to the ancient art of surveying and engineering and can thus provide many insights into the famous discipline of the Roman army.

Info: Guided tour from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., maximum 20 participants, weatherproof clothing and sturdy shoes recommended, hiking trails not suitable for people with disabilities. Contact: Steve Bödecker, 0228 9834184, steve.boedecker@lvr.de.

National monument open day coincidentally falls on the 60th birthday of the Beethovenhalle, which has been closed since 2016. On the occasion of the anniversary, it will be accessible to a limited extent and members of the planning team will be available to answer questions. Solid shoes are recommended.

Info: open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wachsbleiche 16, 53111 Bonn, Germany.

(Original text: Jonathan Kemper)

The Environmental Agency confirms wolf attacks in the Rhein-Sieg district

RHEIN-SIEG DISTRICT. The first confirmed attack of livestock by a wolf has occurred in Much. Sheep farmers from the Rhein-Sieg district are reacting and have now formed a working group.

The first attack of livestock by a wolf in Much has now been confirmed by the State Agency for Nature, Environment and Consumer Protection NRW (LANUV). The proof came from genetic tests of a saliva sample from a sheep attacked on 1 August. On 6 June, a sheep was attacked in Hennef; however, there was no unequivocal proof that it by a wolf. The four sheep attacked in two incidents in Engelskirchen in June have been confirmed. The confirmation of the attacks on two calves on 23 August in Königswinter and one sheep on 30 August in Much is still pending.

Sheep farmers from the Rhein-Sieg district have now formed a working group. The goal is to establish clear proof of the predator. Livestock owners are entitled to compensation if it can be proven that the wounds were caused by a wolf.

(Original text: Inga Sprünken)

Residents complain of a rat plague in Pennenfeld

PENNENFELD: A GA reader, who doesn't want to read his name in the newspaper describes a "dramatic rat plague" in Pennenfeld, especially at Max-Planckstraße, Kortrijkerstraße, Mallwitzstraße and Paracelsusstraße – "rats run around in broad daylight every day. Many of the animals have apparently lost their shyness towards humans and, when approached, only sluggishly seek shelter”, he describes. One reason for the high rat population might be littering and improved street cleaning could be a remedy. It is unknown how many rats there are in Bad Godesberg; however, the number of animals sighted in public areas such as parks or streets and then reported by the population is about 250 a year. To be able to fight the rats successfully, the city is requesting the assistance of the residents. By reporting the rodents – or taking action themselves on their own property.

Whoever sees aboveground rats can call 02 28/77 25 45 and whoever suspects that rodents are in the sewer system or drains should call 02 28/77 41 40.

(Original text: Ayla Jacob)

What the people of Bonn can expect at the Beethovenfest

BONN. Over the next three weeks, the city will celebrate one of its most famous citizens, Ludwig van Beethoven. The managing director of the festival is confident, as 15 concerts are already sold out.

Dettloff Schwerdtfeger, Commercial Director of the Beethoven Festival said that “two-thirds of all Beethoven symphonies, 60 per cent of all piano concertos, 100 per cent of all violin concertos and 100 per cent of all Beethoven operas are represented at this year's Beethoven Festival.”

Festival director Nike Wagner explained the distribution of Beethoven's concerts over the next three weeks and her relationship to works by other artists. "The motto is 'moonlight'". The festival's star is the Moonlight Sonata (op. 27 no. 2), which will be heard once by Pierre-Laurent Aimard, surrounded by 20th-century music, on a modern grand piano and again, played by Ronald Brautigam, on an historic grand piano. "15 concerts are already sold out. A total of 27,000 tickets for the main program with its 46 events are for sale at 24 venues in Bonn and the surrounding area.

Information is at: www.beethovenfest.de; Tickets at Bonnticket.

(Original text: Bernhard Hartmann)

Bonn World Conference Center Bonn scandal likely to lead to damages suit

BONN. The World Conference Center Bonn (WCCB) scandal in Bonn will probably lead to a lawsuit for damages against former mayor of Bonn Bärbel Dieckmann (SPD) and former city director Arno Hübner (CDU). According to GA information, the CDU also rejects mediation.

According to information from the General-Anzeiger, the CDU Council fraction decided with a clear majority in its internal meeting on Monday evening to reject mediation. As reported, last year the city council decided by a large majority to sue both Dieckmann and Hübner for one million euros each for the construction scandal surrounding the World Conference Center Bonn (WCCB). The FDP, the Left and the Bürger Bund have already announced that they want a public investigation in court. No final decision has yet been made within the Green faction. Among other things, politicians are hoping to find out how much and when Dieckmann and WCCB project officer Arno Hübner knew about the lack of creditworthiness of WCCB investor Man-Ki Kim.

(Original text: Philipp Königs)

Regional League West: 1:0 away win for Bonner SC in Derby in the Rhineland

BONN. The Bonner SC won its important football away game at Fortuna Cologne with 1:0. At first, the crossbar prevented the victory of the Bonn team, but then Adis Omerbasic scored the decisive goal in the 76th minute.

The BSC coach, Thorsten Nehrbauer, reacted with relief. "I am overjoyed over this work victory”, he said. “All in all, we deserved to win."

(Original text: Thomas Heinen)

(Translation: John Chandler)