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Alex Osei, A Ghanaian who also goes by the name of Ofori has reportedly been stabbed to death.  The dead body was discovered on Saturday, the 12th of August 2017 in Hamm, a subdivision in Hamburg, Germany

Police assume the death may have occured on Wednesday, 9th of August 2017 because his friends claim that they last saw him on Tuesday, 8th of August 2017.

Most of Oforis’ friends are members of the Hamburg Men’s Club. When they couldn’t reach him, they decided to go to his apartment.

Yaw Barimah, Osei "Yopooh" Bismark , and Bimpah who are all friends of the deceased went to his residence. They rang the door bell and got no response. So they decided to call on a Francis, who had info as to where they could get the keys.

They eventually got the keys from a Moses and proceeded to enter.  Upon entrance, they noticed he has been covered with clothes and had a knife stucked in his back. They quickly called Mr Teddy, one of the community leaders who told them to call the police.

The body is currently with the Eppendorf hospital for further examination, then after the state prosecutors will instruct the body to be released for burial. Teddy and the Ghana Union leadership are working closely for his release.

The late Mr. Osei has 3 children who live in The Great Britain with the ex-wife (Doris). He resided together with his family in Hamburg before moving with them to England where he lived for a while.  He later returned to Hamburg alone.

His roommate who was arrested has subsequently been released. Though there are several theories and speculations as to the cause of Ofori’s death. The police are yet to come out with the main reason.

TopAfric will get you updated.

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Just one German city made it to the top 10 in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Report. The city scored a perfect score for its health care and its infrastructure. Alistair Walsh (with dpa, Reuters) reports.

Hamburg is Germany’s most liveable city, according to an annual list published by the Economist Intelligence Unit on Wednesday.

For the second year running Hamburg came in 10th place on the Global Liveability Report, that ranks 140 world cities on various factors, including health, culture and environment, education, infrastructure, and stability.

Hamburg earned a perfect score of 100 for both its health care and infrastructure, and earned 94 points for its culture and environment, 92 points for education, and 90 points for stability. It earned a total score of 95.

The Hanseatic city was the only German city to make the top 10, with Frankfurt coming 21st, closely followed by Berlin at 23 and Munich at 24, with Düsseldorf managing joint-32nd place.

Hamburg the most stable German city

According to detailed breakdowns seen by Deutsche Welle, Hamburg was dragged down most by its stability indicators, but it was still deemed the most stable city in Germany.

Researchers said the prevalence of petty crime and violent crime in Hamburg were both “tolerable” – one rank beneath the top rating of “acceptable.”

It was marked down for its humidity and temperature, as well as for the discomfort that its climate caused to travellers.

Its private education institutions scored top marks, but the city was marked down for its public education indicators.

In everything else it scored perfectly, including transport, utilities, recreation and healthcare.

Next best city Frankfurt was marked down heavily for its stability rating. The prevalence of petty crime and violent crime were “tolerable,” like in Hamburg. But it was also marked down for the threats of civil unrest and terrorism.

Similar to Hamburg, it had points taken off for its humidity and temperature, but not for its climate-caused discomfort to travellers. Education was ranked the same as Hamburg.

Berlin, ranked 23, had the same points knocked off for stability and climate as Frankfurt, but it was also marked down for its quality of regional and international transport links.

In Munich, ranked 24, the stability ranking was similar, but the threat of civil unrest was deemed less likely. As in the other German cities, the public education was given a less-than-perfect score.

Munich also had points taken off for its quality of road transport, its quality of international and regional transport links, and for the availability of good quality housing.

Second year running

Hamburg first cracked the top 10 list in 2016 after some world cities slipped in stability rankings for terror attacks within their city borders. Hamburg itself was besieged with violence this year as the host of the G20 summit.

The Australian city of Melbourne came on top for the seventh year running with a score of 97.5. Australia had two other cities on the top 10 with Adelaide tied for fifth and Perth at number seven.

The Premier of Victoria, the Australian state in which Melbourne lies, told Fairfax Media the ranking was a “win for all Victorians, who contribute so much to making Melbourne the best place to live in the world.”

Austria’s capital Vienna came in second. Canada took third, fourth and equal-fifth with Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary respectively.

New Zealand’s Auckland came in eighth and Finland’s Helsinki came in ninth.

Earlier this year the New York Times ranked Hamburg as one its must-see destinations.

The Syrian city of Damascus came in last, with Nigeria’s Lagos, Libya’s Tripoli, Bangladesh’s Dhaka and Papua New Guinea’s Port Moresby all sharing similarly poor results.

The five cities that improved the most over the past five years were Tehran, Dubai, Abidjan, Harare and Colombo, but they all still remained in the bottom half of the 140.

The report is marketed to major businesses to help decide extra remuneration packages for its overseas executives.

SOURCE: http://www.theafricancourier.de

Which party will have the majority of representatives in the Bundestag (Berlin) later this year? Which party will have the majority of representatives in the Bundestag (Berlin) later this year? Will Martin Schulz win the race to Berlin? Despite the top candidates being in the media spotlight, in Germany elections have always, in one way or another, been about the political parties rather than the individual leaders of the various parties.

With the system being as it is, an independent candidate has little chance of getting into the Bundestag.

The current German voting system is a construct of the post-WWII period, using a diverse method in which voters are allowed to make two choices on the ballot sheet. A party must have a minimum of five percent of the total vote to get into the Bundestag. This is purposely done to ensure stability and to prevent insignificant and fragmented parties with irrelevant issues from entering the Bundestag, as once happened during the Weimar Republic in the 1920s prior to WWII. This year an estimated total of 61.5 million German nationals are entitled to go to the polls and cast their votes. The figures in here are provided by the Federal Statistics Office (Statistische Bundesamt). The office also administers the general election. Any party that seeks to take part must register with the office for approval. Registered parties need to have members across the country with a written statute and a political platform with an explanation of their mission which all adhere to the German constitution and democratic principles.

One sheet two votes to assign mandates
There are 299 constituencies (politische Wahlkreis) with each having approximately 250,000 inhabitants. A Party is allowed to field one candidate in each of the constituencies. Fifty percent of the Bundestag members are elected directly from the 299 constituencies, whilst the other half are from the list of the sixteen federal states in Germany. However, an independent candidate can also choose to run provided that he or she has accumulated a minimum of 200 signatures of eligible voters.

Currently the Bundestag has at least 598 seats. Each voter has two choices. The first choice, known as the Erststimme, is given to a favourite candidate of a particular district (Direktmandate). The second vote (Zweitstimme) is solely a party vote, given to a party listed on the federal level list (Landesliste), and this vote also determines the making up of the Bundestag, i.e. the percentage of seats allocated to each party. Candidates who happen to win the race in their constituency based on the first vote are directly voted into the Bundestag. However, a party which fails to reach the five percent threshold of second votes (Landesliste) but which has managed to win in three constituencies with the first vote (Erststimme), will also send representatives to Berlin. Nonetheless, circumstances may dictate a Parliamentary size increase during the process of allocating seats to Bundestag representatives. These are also known as overhang seats (Überhangmandate).

Putting it into practice
On Sunday September 24th 2017, sixteen parties have registered to compete both at federal and district level in Hamburg. For the Zweitstimme, besides the Christian Democratic Union/Christian Social Union (CDU/CSU, with Angela Merkel), Social Democratic Party (SPD) with Martin Schulz,  and the Free Democratic Party (FDP, with Christian Lindner), there are a number of parties with similar popularity, such as the Green Party (BÜNDNIS 90/DIE GRÜNEN, led by Cem Özdemir) and the Left Party (DIE LINKE, with Sahra Wagenknecht) and many others. These candidates are depending on the number of second votes to contemplate the chancellor’s seat. The second vote is for a party’s list for the federal level, which will also determine the party’s proportion of seats in the Bundestag as well as appointing the chancellor.

The Erststimme is for those representing their constituencies e.g. Hamburg Wahlkreis 18, also known as Hamburg Mitte. The candidates of the Wahlkreis 18 are Johannes KAHRS of the leading SPD in Hamburg, representative of the CDU, Christoph de VRIES, GRÜNE representative Meryem CELIKKOL, Martin DÖLZER of DIE LINKE, and the FDP, represented by Michael KRUSE, just to mention a few of the popular parties. The aims of these candidates are also to ensure their close relationship with voters as they head towards the Bundestag.

Nevertheless, representatives of the first vote are actually based on party preferences and overlook candidates’ personalities, i.e. prioritising the party’s programme and interest of their voters. The importance of the Erststimme has been undervalued. Looking at the numbers of constituencies involved, along with the po
ssible number of seats in the Bundestag to be awarded, the first vote is equally as important as the second. But with the split voting, eligible voters can favour a coalition form of government on both local and federal levels. 

Therefore, even without having a favourite candidate for chancellor, it is important to know that your visit to the polling station is a multipurpose act. Bearing in mind that voting is an opportunity to seek a better life, participation in voting activities will practically provide an important source of change. Some of the essential decisions are made in elections and will result in who gets elected as a representative into the Bundestag.

By Tano Omaboe
TopAfric Media Network

Developing story on the late Mr. Alex Osei(51) a.k.a Ofori whose lifeless body was found on August 12,2017, will shock you twice as much as his sudden death shocked the whole of Hamburg. The suspicions by his close friends, that he was killed by a fellow man out jealousy appears to be hearsay. But it seems Hamburg Police have confirmed who killed Mr Alex Osei.

The first suspect after his corpse was discovered, says the police, was his own neighbour Mr. Philip D. (51) with whom the deceased shared an Apartment at Hammerkirche in Hamburg. The deceased's neighbour was then arrested and interrogated only to be released a day after since there was no substantial evidence to prove that he did it.

The Hamburg police thereafter, went ahead with investigations for a long time to apprehend the perpertrator of this atrocious crime. After few weeks of indepth investigation, police have confirmed that traces of  Mr. Philip's DNA(neighbour of deceased) was found at the murder scene. They therefore have no doubts that Mr Philip D (51) is guilty of the murder of the late Mr Alex Osei a.k.a Ofori.

There are still grey areas with regards to the prime motive behind this gruesome murder.

Mr philip D (51)  has since Tuesday, 29th August,2017 been arrested and is in custody. He is said to have a criminal record on a few robbery incidences.

Question really is, is he really guilty as charged?  

This is indeed a nefarious crime that should not only get us sad for the departed soul but also caution us to be mindful of who we allow to live with us or share an Apartment with.

Do you know who your neighbour is? Have you offended them in anyway? Are they involved in any dubious activity? Are you safe around your neighbour? 

If your answer to the above questions are not positive, please do something about before the worse happens. Know who you live with, hold no grudges and live in peace with another. If you feel offended,  discuss if need be and appologise if you wrong.

Keeping malice, breeds hatred, hatred breeds bitterness, while bitterness begets evil.

Effiya

The Hamburg police are looking for a Neo-Nazi man who pointed a gun at a 51-year-old Ivory Coast Man and insulted him as a "Nigger" inside a Hvv Bus.

On June 21th, 2017, the Ivorian was on his telephone in the bus line 8, Pfeilshofer Weg (Wellingsbüttel), when thereupon the bald-headed perpetrator brawled him and pulled the pistol. He stared at the horrified passenger and pointed the gun at his head. The threatened man remained quiet. Finally, the gunman left the bus and escaped.


The state guard has since taken over and published a photo of the surveillance camera. Witnesses on the bus gave hints about the 26-year-old Hamburger. A warrant of arrest for him has already been filed against him. According to MOPO.de information, the man is said to come from right-radical circles.

A grandmother-of-six has vowed to continue fighting for a visa for her new husband, who is 45 years her junior, lives 4,000 miles away, and who she met face-to-face on their wedding day.
Angela Nwachukwu, 72, married her husband CJ Nwachukwu in April 2015, just three months after he had added her on Facebook and struck up a conversation.
The retired taxi driver from Weymouth says she couldn't help but fall for her 27-year-old lover from Nigeria, when they started talking, and is devastated that their applications for visas have failed.
She says she has spent £20,000 on him, including lawyers to help with the visas and flights to visit him, but says he had repaid her half when he can.

She told the Sun she'd been left lonely and isolated after the breakdown of her marriage, six months before they met online.
One day she found a message and a friend request from Mr Nwachukwu, and couldn't see the harm in striking up conversation.

She said: 'He was so handsome, with big, brown eyes and a body to match.
'We chatted for hours about our families and hobbies. It was like we’d known each other for years. Before I knew it, we were messaging daily.
'Despite our huge age gap, we got on really well. I couldn’t help it and began to develop feelings for him. I tried to stop myself.'
To her surprise, he popped the question on Skype, and she gleefully accepted.


The pair wed in Lagos, Nigeria, and have since seen each other twice, as she has flown there to visit him.
Mr Nwachukwu has even been denied a tourist visa to see his wife, and their applications have been turned down because it's thought they won't have financial backing.

Despite criticisms, Mrs Nwachukwu insists the marriage is not a scam, because she doesn't have any money and was upfront about that at the start. 
She now hopes he will be able to get a student visa for a Masters, to be reunited with her.


British citizens can apply for a Family visa to move their partners to the UK. 
It's an expensive process - the Home Office charges £1,464 for people applying from outside the UK to joining their partners or spouses, and nearly £1,000 for extensions.
Those willing to part with a few hundred pounds more can get the premium extension service. 
Spouses applying to move to be with their partners have to prove they can support themselves and their partners, and they have to have been living with them for two years. 
Partners will then be given permission to move for around two and a half years and should extend this after that time. 
Mr Nwachukwu has to be able to show he can support himself or be supported to be granted a Marriage Visitor visa, by the rules of the Home Office.
Under the visa for visitors, the trip must be no longer than six months, and applicants should prove they will leave at the end.

Two years ago, Julie Dag from Bournemouth told of how she was duped into spending £20,000 after falling for local musician Lamin Sidibeh while on holiday in The Gambia in West Africa in 2007.
Appearing on a Channel 5 documentary, she revealed that she had married him, before spending her honeymoon filling in visa applications. But within three months of returning to England and setting up home, he had left her.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4818744/Gran-72-love-Nigerian-husband-27.html#ixzz4qh0LNpVJ

Germany's chancellor, Angela Merkel, will face off Sunday with her challenger Martin Schulz in a television debate being billed as her Social Democrat rival's last chance at saving his election campaign.

Over 90 minutes, Schulz -- who has accused Merkel of lulling voters to sleep by offering noncommittal responses -- will get to spar with her in their sole televised one-on-one before Germans head to the polls on September 24th.

With almost one in two voters still undecided, the straight-talking Schulz is pinning his hopes on the prime-time showdown, hoping to sway millions to his cause and halt a devastating popularity slide.

A former European Parliament chief, Schulz enjoyed a surge in support shortly after taking the helm of the SPD in January, only to see that initial excitement fade away.

A poll published Friday showed Merkel's CDU party and their Bavarian CSU allies commanding a strong 17-percentage point lead over the SPD.

Sunday evening's encounter will be above all a clash of personalities – an illustration in the Die Zeit newspaper showed Schulz, holding a saw and dressed in workman's overalls, trying to dismantle the throne of a regal "Queen Merkel".

Despite his uphill battle, Schulz has voiced confidence, saying he is "not nervous" about Sunday's clash.

Merkel, who has mostly avoided referring to Schulz or any other election candidate by name, has so far refused to be drawn into a combative debate.

"If an election campaign is defined as good only when people insult each other, then that's not my idea of what an election campaign is about," she said at her annual summer press conference.

Her attitude has led German media to dub Schulz "a shadow-boxer" for his frustrated attempts to engage her.

A highlight of Germany's electoral campaign season, the so-called "television duel" is expected to draw almost 30 million viewers -- or around half of the electorate, according to a poll by research firm Forsa, commissioned by Stern magazine.

Crucially, one in five who plan to tune in also said the debate could swing their vote, the survey found.

The two candidates will spar on topics thrown at them by four seasoned TV presenters, but beyond the content of the debate, they will be scrutinised for their body language.

Just days before the event, the chancellery was accused of rigging the format in Merkel's favour by threatening to stay away after the broadcasters proposed changes aimed at fostering more spontaneity and a deeper debate.

Defending her office, Merkel told Spiegel magazine that while she respected press freedom, "a politician should also be free to decide whether he or she accepts an invitation to appear on a programme."

"The TV dual format, like spontaneity and eloquence, is not quite Merkel's strength," Manfred Guellner, the Forsa CEO, told the business newspaper Handelsblatt, adding that "Schulz can benefit" from the show.

Having already fought three previous general elections, the famously cautious Merkel is no stranger to the TV debate format.

Yet surveys immediately after each of the last three editions showed a popularity bounce for her opponents.

Schulz may be hoping to emulate the debate success of Gerhard Schröder, who as SPD chancellor in 2005 drastically narrowed Merkel's double-digit lead to a sliver. Dishing out advice this week, Schröder said: "One must hog the limelight."

But political analyst Oskar Niedermayer warned that Schulz would have to watch his tone.

"It has been seen lately that he is becoming even more aggressive, but if he oversteps the mark, that can turn against him because Germans won't like it," he said.

Beyond the form, Schulz may also find limited room for manoeuvre content-wise as his SPD was junior partner in Merkel's grand coalition.

Underlining a tough battle ahead, a poll published late Thursday by public broadcaster ARD found that 64 percent of those surveyed believed that Merkel would prevail, while only 17 percent saw Schulz winning the debate.

But the SPD knows well that dominating in a debate does not necessarily spell victory at the polls.

Schröder, despite his strong showing at the 2005 clash with Merkel – and the fact that he was the incumbent chancellor -- lost the election.

Source: The Local

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