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Thursday, May 25th 2017, was the first day of the Annual Africa Day festival which is held at the Wandsbek Markt Platz and it was fantastic.

The venue was parked, people walked in and out of the venue which is plastered with different tents full of African culture, food, drinks, and entertainment.

Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlingsd, wife to former president of Ghana, Jerry John Rawlings, graced the occassion with a speech encouraging Africans to mimic the positive characters of their German counterparts.

Kids were all over the place jumping around and having fun. Although the stage was not blessed by a lot of artists, the atmosphere was full of merriment and enjoyment.

It is always good to see people of different colours and cultures come together as one people.

The festival continues until Sunday, May 26th, 2017. If you are in Hamburg, endeavour to stop by Wandsbek Markt and join in on the celebration.

“I don´t give up my hope of economical growth and prosperity in Africa” was the inspiring and strong statement of Rolf Salo, founder and CEO of SALO Holding AG in Hamburg/Germany.

The successful entrepreneur and longstanding politician for the Liberal party in Germany explained in front of the audience in the Grand Elysée Hotel during his Welcome-speech as the Patron of the “Africa Days” his strong intension, to support Africa on its further way into an economical growing nation in the near future.

“The trade between Africa and Germany still plays a minor role. But I don`t give up my hope for a faster and stronger development of the business relations between our Countries”, said the economic-graduate and sociologist. Rolf Salos` message found a very positive echo in the audience. “We are very glad and thankful, that Rolf Salo as an experienced entrepreneur became our patron of the Africa days”, said Sylvaina Gerlich from IMIC.

Salo Holding AG is one of the most successful, not state-runned companies for Vocational rehabilitation for people with severe restrictions in Germany. With more than 70 centers spread throughout Germany and 20 in Europe, Africa and Southern America, SALO Holding AG is supporting handicapped people to get back into the labour-market. Rolf Salos device uses to be: “Make more of you than you are”!”

Some 200 students staged a sit-in at a vocational school in Nuremberg Wednesday and clashed with police who came to detain for deportation a 20-year-old Afghan student who had been in the country for over four years.

Police used batons and dogs, and three officers were injured, but they eventually managed to detain the student, reported public broadcaster BR, adding that the student speaks German and had been offered a job.

Germany has temporarily suspended the group deportations of rejected Afghan asylum seekers following the Kabul truck bomb attack, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday.

The foreign ministry would reassess security in the country by July, and until then Germany would carry out only "voluntary repatriations and deportations of violent extremists and criminals in individual cases," she said.

Germany said the previous day it had postponed a scheduled deportation flight of rejected Afghan asylum seekers after the truck bomb killed at least 90 people and wounded hundreds.

The bombing in Kabul's diplomatic quarter killed an Afghan guard at the German embassy and wounded two embassy staff, one of them German, the other one Afghan.

Germany, Europe's most populous nation, has taken in over one million asylum seekers since 2015, the peak of the mass influx of mostly Middle Eastern refugees and migrants to the continent.

While it has generally granted safe haven to people from war-torn Syria, Germany has increasingly been sending back Afghans, arguing that much of their country, where the German army has helped stabilization efforts for years, is safe.

Between December and March, Germany sent back a total of 92 Afghan nationals on several charter flights to Kabul, accompanied by over 300 police, according to government figures provided to parliament.

The deportation policy for war-torn Afghanistan has however been highly controversial, and the debate intensified after this week's attack. 

Refugee rights group Pro Asyl demanded that such deportations be scrapped for good, arguing that Afghans must not be sent back to "a country that cannot protect civilians".

The trial of a Kenyan lady accused of plotting with one of her lovers to kill her husband is set to begin later this week. Details emerging from the investigations reveal, she not only helped in the planning but also in the execution of the plot to get her husband killed.

A few days before the start of the trial against a 32 year old Kenyan lady, Armina A. for being an accomplice to the murder of her 58 year old German husband Ekkehart H., show that she did more than just plot for the murder. According to Chemnitzer Morgenpost, the state prosecutor believes that Armina was the brain behind the whole incident.

It is believed that Armina opened the door for her ex-boyfriend Jan D. and as he was in the basement wearing the mask and picking the machete used to cut off Ekkehart’s throat; Armina seduced Ekkehart into having sex. The Bild Zeitung goes further to explain that as they were engaged into intercourse, Jan D. came into the room and chopped Ekkehart’s throat. As Jan was attempting to chop off Ekkehart’s shin, he’s aim was off and he ended up chopping off Armina’s achilles tendons.

A week after the attack, Armina told the Bild Zeitung that someone had been threatening her husband and had promised to kill him. She went further to even mention her immediate ex-lover, father to the five month old daughter, as a potential suspect. The police would arrest Armina’s ex-boyfriend Jan D. who confessed even before being taken into custody. 

Almost a month after the attack in November, the police would find out that Armina was a key accomplice in the case. Barely healed, she was wheeled into police custody where she has been since


German officials say growing numbers of pregnant immigrant women are paying German men to pose as fathers so that they can qualify for residency.

German broadcaster RBB found up to 700 cases in Berlin alone. "There are many unreported cases," said Ole Schröder, a top interior ministry official.

There has been a rise in asylum requests from pregnant women from Vietnam, Africa and Eastern Europe.

A new law is being drafted to tackle the fake paternity racket, RBB reports.

Some pregnant immigrant women are reported to have paid fake fathers and solicitors as much as €5,000 (£4,356; $5,628) to get paternity registered. Once that is done, the baby automatically becomes a German citizen and the mother has the right to stay.

However, in 2013 a German Constitutional Court ruling said that even in suspicious cases it might not be worth contesting paternity, because the child could end up stateless and left in legal limbo.

It is generally easier for refugees fleeing conflict to get residency in Germany than for economic migrants who have escaped poverty in Africa, Asia or Eastern Europe.

'Considerable criminality'

Germany has moved to tighten asylum rules since the 2015 influx of more than 800,000 migrants, most of them refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Immigration is a major issue ahead of parliamentary elections in September. The influx hit some local authorities especially hard, as they struggled to house and integrate the newcomers.

However, there was a sharp drop in the numbers claiming asylum in 2016, after barriers were erected on the Balkan migration route.

Polls suggest that the nationalist Alternative for Germany (AfD), opposed to mass immigration, has gained support and is on course to enter the federal parliament (Bundestag) for the first time.

Mr Schröder, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's centre-right Christian Democrats (CDU), said "we have a lot of evidence from the immigration authorities - fake fathers are making money out of this... in other words, this involves a considerable amount of criminality".

In one case reported by RBB, a far-right sympathiser, convicted for sporting neo-Nazi symbols, claimed to be the father of a Vietnamese child.

Martin Steltner, a state prosecutor in Berlin, told ARD television there were signs of widespread abuse involving paternity, for example one man claiming to be the father of 10 children.

The fake fathers rarely pay any child support, as many are living off social welfare, ARD reports.

A note on terminology: The BBC uses the term migrant to refer to all people on the move who have yet to complete the legal process of claiming asylum. This group includes people fleeing war-torn countries such as Syria, who are likely to be granted refugee status, as well as people who are seeking jobs and better lives, whom governments are likely to rule are economic migrants.

As the relationship between US President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel appears to be getting tense, here are some things you should probably know about their countries' economic relationship.

A brewing diplomatic crisis between the United States and Germany has its roots in President Donald Trump's frequent criticism of the large US trade deficit with the European economic powerhouse.

SEE ALSO: New Trump attack on Germany widens transatlantic rift

Here are some key facts about the economic relationship between the two countries:

1. Trade deficit

The US trade deficit in goods and services with Germany in 2016 fell to $67.8 billion, due to a 0.7 percent increase in exports to $80.4 billion, and a 5.7 percent drop in imports, which totalled $148.1 billion, according to government data.

That ranks as the second largest deficit, behind China ($310 billion), and followed by Mexico ($62 billion), and Japan $56 billion.

Unlike those countries, however, where the US has a surplus in services, it has a deficit with Germany in both goods and services, the latter amounting to $2.3 billion last year.

2. Imports

The United States is Germany's most important export market, but Germany ranks as the fifth biggest source of US imports, behind China ($480 billion), Mexico ($324 billion), Canada ($313.5 billion) and Japan ($165 billion). 

Capital goods make up nearly $40 billion of products imported from Germany, while autos, parts and engines amounted to $32 billion, followed by consumer goods at nearly $20 billion.

3. Exports

Germany is the sixth largest market for US exports, behind Canada ($322 billion), Mexico ($262 billion), China ($170 billion), UK ($121 billion) and Japan ($109 billion).

The largest component of US exports to Germany was "other goods and services," which totalled just under $28 billion last year, followed by non-auto capital goods at $21 billion.

4. Investment

In 2015, German firms invested $255.5 billion in the United States, an increase of nearly 14 percent over the previous year, ranking as the seventh biggest foreign investor. The UK was first with $484 billion followed by Japan with $484 billion.

5. Employment

German companies are the third largest foreign employer in the United States, with over 670,000 workers, nearly half of which are employed in manufacturing.

Source: https://www.thelocal.de

Sightseeing in Berlin is always a good news!  Mr. Henry Akanno, member of the Hamburg Integration Council is inviting the general public to join him and the Hamburg-Bergedorf & Harburg Member of Parliament, Metin Hakverdi to Berlin.

The tour to Berlin forms part of his community motivational activities. The first stop in the federal capital of Germany is the Parliament House “Bundestag”. Then after the seat of Government “Kanzleramt” Questions and Answers with the Parliamentarian is planned, besides it is an eye opener and inspirational moment for the youth. There is going to be lunch and photo session. The entire trip is costing per person only 20€.
The tour is limited to 50 participants, all 
interested in this historic visit should contact Henry Akanno on Tel: 01741349339

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