Merkel’s ‘Germany Necklace’ clear winner of Twitter debate

Updated 09 September 2013
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Merkel’s ‘Germany Necklace’ clear winner of Twitter debate

BERLIN: Never mind the euro crisis or the war in Syria — what seems to have generated most comment among Germans who tuned in to a live TV debate between Angela Merkel and her election rival Peer Steinbrueck is the German chancellor’s necklace.
The twisty necklace, made of long metal beads in the red, yellow and black colors of the German flag, now has its own Twitter account — with the handle @schlandkette — and that has attracted more than 6,300 followers since Sunday evening’s duel.
“And the winner is: the Germany necklace,” was one tongue-in-cheek Twitter verdict on Monday morning. Another tweet read: “Takeaway from the TV duel: the necklace received more attention than Steinbrueck and Merkel’s answers. Sad...”
During their television debate, the only one of the election campaign, Merkel and Steinbrueck clashed over the euro, tax policy, US spying and other issues, but delivered few surprises. An estimated 15 million Germans watched the duel.
Mischievously, the necklace chimed in with its “own” views during the 90-minute debate, tweeting: “Do you really want her hanging around your neck for another four years? Believe me, as a necklace, I know what I’m talking about.”
This wasn’t the necklace’s first public outing. Merkel wore it on the day she won a second term as chancellor in 2009. But its public career might be over now, damaged by too much buzz.
“Now she will probably never wear me again,” the necklace sadly signed off.
Merkel is expected to win a third four-year term as chancellor in the Sept. 22 election, but her conservatives may end up having to establish a “grand coalition” with Steinbrueck’s Social Democrats.


Yoga teacher found alive after 17 days lost in Hawaii forest

In this image courtesy of Javier Cantellops and obtained at facebook.com/AmandaEllersMissing/, shows missing hiker Amanda Eller (2nd L) with her rescuers, (L-R) Javier Cantellops, Troy Helmer and Chris Berquist, on May 24, 2019, at Makawao Forest Reserve on the Hawaiian Island of Maui. (AFP)
Updated 26 May 2019
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Yoga teacher found alive after 17 days lost in Hawaii forest

  • Volunteers spent days scouring the thick forest around the trailhead where she parked

HAWAII: Rescuers in Hawaii have found a yoga instructor who went missing for 17 days while hiking in a forest reserve and survived by drinking from streams and eating plants.
Amanda Eller, 35, went hiking in Maui’s Makawao Forest Reserve on May 8 but became lost when she walked deeper in the reserve, which covers more than 2,000 acres, instead of heading back to her car as she believed.
Rescuers in a helicopter hired by her family spotted Eller on Friday afternoon in a ravine by a waterfall, miles from her vehicle.
“Sure enough, God willing, she was right there,” Javier Canetellops, a search coordinator who was in the helicopter, told reporters. “Unbelievable.”
Eller, who also works as a physical therapist, was malnourished, shoe-less, and had a broken leg and torn meniscus in her knee, as well as sunburn and scrapes. She was airlifted to a hospital and expected to make a full recovery.
Friends had launched a “Find Amanda” campaign on Facebook, and just an hour before she was rescued they offered a $50,000 reward for information. Volunteers spent days scouring the thick forest around the trailhead where she parked.
“Elated. Excited. Ecstatic,” Eller’s mother, Julia, told NBC News affiliate KHNL in Honolulu. “I can’t even put it into words I’m so incredibly grateful.”