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The integration of more adults with migration background into Hamburg´s labour market – this is the aim of NOBI, the Regional Network of Hamburg. Eleven partners co-operate in NOBI, in areas in which there is a need for action.

Assessment and recognition

The recognition of foreign occupational qualifications is a field of action which opens new chances for migrants through the so called „Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Feststellung und

Anerkennung im Ausland erworbener Berufsqualifikationen“ (= Professional

Qualifications Assessment Act) “. There is a lot to do so that these chances can be of use. NOBI is informing skilled workers with migration background and employers about the potentiality which is offered in the Assessment Act, to link offers for recognition advisory services and to develop new procedures for recognition within the craft sector. Occasionally, after the professional recognition a further qualification is essential in order to equate foreign and German qualification. NOBI offers skill training within the craft sector and develops new proposals for medical and health care and for engineer professions.

Rethinking and linking

In addition to practical offers for adults with migration background, NOBI works mainly to improve structural conditions for occupational integration.      

In order to provide the migrants for instance with a better access to offers, NOBI informs urban projects, other stakeholders for integration, the Muslim Community Hamburg, African churches and further ethnic groups. Together with its partners it also strives to clarify the importance of professional qualifications. Or in order to strengthen the welcoming culture and recruitment of foreign students, college teachers and students are addressed and suitable

schemes are planned. Two examples to show how to organize cooperation and support networking together with institutions, authorities and further partners of the occupational integration. In addition NOBI offers to its partners intercultural trainings, especially to employment services and jobcenters team.arbeit.hamburg.

Collective and open-minded

Another aim of NOBI is to work in Hamburg not only for, but above all also with migrants for the improvement of professional integration – for example together with migrant organisations. They are partners of NOBI and they support the target group and improve the performance of migrant organisations. Finally, the work on anti-discrimination plays an important role by NOBI – a change in perspectives should be achieved by all parties involved, so that Hamburg´s diversity will become a benefit to all.

NOBI´s partner

Arbeitsgemeinschaft selbständiger Migranten e.V. (Working Committee of self-employed migrants e.V.)

basis & woge e.V.

Bildungs- und Beratungskarawane e.V. (Educational and advisory “Karawane” e.V.)

Handwerkskammer Hamburg (The Hamburg Chamber of Crafts)

Interkulturelle Bildung Hamburg e.V. (Intercultural Education Hamburg e.V.)

IMIC e.V.

passage gGmbH

Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf (University Medical Centre Hamburg-Eppendorf )

NOBI is part of the nationwide support programme “Integration through Qualification (IQ)” which is supported by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Federal Employment Service.

We are told to call the police, run to the police for help and that the police is our friend, especially in times of need. But sincerely speaking what should one do, if one finds himself been brutally beating by four heavily armed uniform police officers. Sadly enough these officers have committed no crime against humanity!

Immigrant families are far less likely to send their young child to day care than German parents, largely because they have different priorities for child-raising, a new study suggests.


From August 1st this year, every child in Germany will be guaranteed a place in a pre-school nursery. Yet just 14 percent of immigrants are taking up the offer before their child's third birthday, compared to 30 percent of German parents, Der Spiegel magazine wrote this week.

Members of the Expert Council of German Foundations on Integration and Migration (SVR) set out to find out why immigrants were shunning German day care, and found it was largely down to cultural differences. 

The study of 1,875 mothers and fathers with children between one and two years old found that immigrant families disagreed with Germans about the best time to send a child to be looked after outside of the family, said the report.

Turkish immigrants in particular are unfamiliar with the idea of early child care - with just 12 percent of children in Turkey being sent to nursery.

More important to these parents is establishing a good relationship with their offspring during these early years and they place less emphasis than Germans on encouraging independence and early learning, said the authors.

Other immigrant parents – especially those of the first generation - said they simply weren't happy with German nurseries. Group sizes at German nurseries were too large, they said, and children were not properly prepared for school.

Also many immigrants did not think cooperation between parents and staff was good enough and called for nurseries to employ more bilingual staff.

However, the study found that the longer immigrant families had lived in Germany, the more likely they were to send their kids to nursery early on. Among second-generation immigrant families, almost as many children were sent to nursery as in German families, wrote the magazine.

Like German parents, many immigrants would like to send their children to day care but hit problems such as high fees and unsuitable hours. However, religious or cultural reservations as well as the language barrier conspire to make things even harder for immigrants than native parents to get their kids a place. 

Previous studies have shown that children from immigrant backgrounds sent late to nursery or not sent at all often do worse at school – mainly because they struggle to get over the German language barrier.

Only 19 percent of children from Turkish families who have been to day care for more than three years before starting school later need extra language tuition to get by, compared with 61 percent who didn't go to nursery, said the magazine.

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An obviously tired German bank employee fell asleep on his keyboard and accidentally transformed a minor transfer into a €222 million ($293 million) order, a court heard this week.


The labour court in the state of Hesse heard that the man was supposed to transfer just €62.40 from a bank account belonging to a retiree, but instead "fell asleep for an instant, while pushing onto the number 2 key on the keyboard" -- making it a huge €222,222,222.22 order.

The bank discovered the mistake shortly afterwards and corrected the error.

 

The case was taken to court by the man's 48-year-old colleague who was fired for letting the mistake slip through when verifying the order. The court ruled that the plaintiff should be reinstated in his job.

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The Supreme Court Judgment on the “Isofoton” case raises interesting issues for discussion and consideration. One of the key issues that the Court’s judgment has brought up for discussion is the absence of parliamentary approval of the Isofoton contract as initially awarded by the Government. The Court essentially relied on the absence of parliamentary approval to order a refund of all monies paid to “Isofoton’ as a result of the earlier judgment debt that the company had secured.

The Supreme Court’s decision however does not appear to have laid the matter to rest as much as we think. Indeed what the court’s decision has done is rather to open up the Government to another case of negligence based on its failure to secure parliamentary approval for a contract that it awarded to “Isofoton”. The court’s decision has therefore brought up to focus on judgment debts to the root causes of these cases, that is the arbitrary and politically motivated cancellation of Government contracts by especially the previous NPP Government as is the case in the “Isofoton” matter.


The real question to ask going forward is who had the responsibility for securing the needed Parliamentary approval.
Martin Amidu’s effort to set aside the “Isofoton” judgment debt may only have given the Government a brief reprieve. This is especially so if the main ground for setting aside the judgment is that the contract was not backed by Parliamentary approval. Obviously it is not the responsibility of “Isofoton” to obtain parliamentary approval and therefore the company should not be made to suffer for the failure of Ghanaian officials to do their job as required. It is therefore reasonable to expect the Ghana Government to reimburse Isofoton for any monies it refunds due to the Judgment.
If eventually any monies are paid to “Isofoton” this raises a clear cut case of causing financial loss to the state in that officials who failed to secure parliamentary approval for the Isofoton contract are the real cause of any loss which the nation Ghana might incur in this case

The lesson going forward is that judgment debts that are set aside solely on the ground of lack of parliamentary approval obviously and impliedly raise issues of official negligence and leave the door open for Government to be sued  in another case for recovery of any monies that companies are made to refund by the Supreme Court.


In essence cancellation of contracts by politicians on grounds that are not watertight eventually cost the nation needless and avoidable losses that result in unwarranted judgment debts. The NPP especially should refrain from throwing mud at the current Government for payment of Judgment debts, which debts arose from wrongful decisions that they have taken in the past.


Forward ever, backwards never.
God bless our Homeland Ghana.
Report By: Mensah Dekportor
(NDC- Germany Communication Director)
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It was very spectacular being at the “Tag Der Immobilienwirschaft 2013”, organized by ZIA, on Wednesday the 5th of June, in Berlin Tempelhof. I can’t wait to be invited next year. One needs to witness this extraordinary display of uniqueness.

The conference attracted over 1,200 executives from the real estate industry, politics, media, entrepreneurs, diplomats and academicians. The motto of the conference was "New Tasks and Duties” “Neue Aufgaben und Abgaben”.
The Federal Minister of Building -/Construction of Germany, “Bundebauminister” Dr. Peter Ramsauer was the special guest of honor.

It is our desire to establish affordable buildings and energy efficient housing units throughout the country. This we believe could be achieved through perfect cooperation between politicians and entrepreneurs working hand in hand.

The president of the ZIA, Andreas Mattner in his welcome address, insists politicians’ remains strategic and critical partners of the real estate industry.

At the forum was the Malawian ambassador to Germany, His Excellency Prof. Dr. Isaac C. Lamba, accompanied by Mrs. Sylvaina Gerlich of Hamburg Integration Council. According to him, he was there practically to woe Investors to Malawi.

He emphatically said his country needs more investors in the areas of real estate development, road network, and he equally challenged the Europeans to have a rethink over their investment policies on Africa.

He also intensively discussed with Prof. Dr. Kay Poggensee from Institute of International Business Management (Kiel), as to how best to establish a partnership with the University of Malawi. He also had some pep talks with Mr. Oliver Herrmann (DTZ), seen by many as a global player in the real estate industry.
 
The Ger­man Pro­perty Fede­ra­tion or ZIA, is a regu­latory and eco­no­mic lobby group for policy in the pro­perty sec­tor, and remains one of the most influential institutions in Germany. At Euro­pean level the ZIA is rep­re­sen­ted in Brus­sels and is estab­lis­hed there as the Ger­man Pro­perty Fede­ra­tion. 

Other speakers at the occasion were, the finance minister Dr. Wolfgang Schäuble and Peer Steinbrück, Kanzler candidate of the SPD.

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A German activist with radical women's protest group Femen was handed a four-month jail sentence along with two Frenchwomen by a Tunisian court on Wednesday for staging a topless anti-Islamist demonstration last month, their lawyer said. "The judge condemned the three Femen activists to four months and one day in prison for an attack on public morals and indecency," Souheib Bahri told AFP.

The women, Margaret Stern and Pauline Hillier from France and Josephine Markmann from Germany, had defended themselves in court when asked by the judge about the reasons for their bare-breasted protest on May 29, a first in the Arab world by Femen activists.

"I came on May 28 to stage a political demonstration and support Amina" Sboui, a detained Tunisian activist, said Markmann.

"I relish every opportunity to express my political views," she added. "Baring our breasts is not intended to cause sexual excitement but is a form of activism," said Stern.

But lawyers representing a number of Islamist associations demanding to take part in the trial as a civil party condemned the Femen protest in socially conservative Tunisia, whose coalition government is headed by an Islamist party.

"It is Islam that honours women and offers them freedom, not the act of undressing," said Slah Khlifi, one of the Islamist group's lawyers. Another, Monaam Turki, said the controversial act could be considered an attack on state security "under article 71 of the penal code, which carries a one-year prison sentence." The case was being closely followed by activists and politicians in Europe, where it was seen by some as a test of democratic freedoms under Tunisia's Islamist-led government, which came to power after the revolution in January 2011.

 

After the verdict was made public, Femen's leader in Paris, Inna Shevchenko, vowed that her group would carry out further actions in Tunisia. "It is a political decision that confirms the dictatorial character of Tunisia," she told AFP by telephone. "We are really angry after this very severe verdict and we will pursue our actions in Tunisia," Shevchenko added. Three Spanish members of the topless protest group bared their breasts outside the Tunisian embassy in Madrid on Wednesday to demand the release of their fellow activists.

Femen has held other solidarity demonstrations outside European Parliament offices in Brussels, the German chancellor's office and the Tunisian embassy in Paris. The women's French lawyer Patrick Klugman, who had said he was ready to travel "immediately" to Tunis if they were not freed, expressed dismay and called the ruling an attack on freedom of expression.

"It's an extremely heavy sentence. It is a grave attack on freedom of expression, not just for these girls but for freedom of expression in general," he said. The women were arrested on May 29 after staging a topless demonstration outside the main courthouse in Tunis in support of Amina Sboui, a Tunisian activist with the same "sextremist" group who had been arrested 10 days earlier.

Sboui had been arrested for painting the word "Femen" on a wall near a cemetery in Kairouan last month, in protest against a planned gathering of radical Salafists in the historic Muslim city south of Tunis. The Tunisian activist, who sparked a scandal in March by defying Arab-Muslim convention and posting topless pictures of herself on Facebook, faces possible charges of indecency and desecrating a cemetery.

Since the 1950s, Tunisia has had the most liberal laws in the Arab world on women's rights, and the ruling Islamists are often forced to defend themselves against the charge of wanting to roll back those rights. But the latest text of a draft constitution, released in April, states that "all male and female citizens have the same rights and duties" and "guarantees equal opportunity to men and women."

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