On Saturday, the 11th of March 2017 the NPP Hamburg Chapter celebrated Ghana’s 60 years of independence and the election of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as the president of the republic of Ghana. The event began at about 9.15pm with two beautiful ladies, smartly dressed in the NPP party colors welcoming the invited guests and taking them to their seats. The evening began with prayers by Amoako Darko and Kamal Ambassador. 

Mr. Augustine Kofi Poku, the Chairman of the Hamburg Chapter in his welcome address encouraged members of his party to be good citizens, so as to encourage non-members to join the party. He gave a vivid account of Ghana’s past 60 years and emphasis of the roles of the past presidents and those who lost their lives in the struggle to attain independence for the country on 6th March 1957.

At the event were members from other Chapters in Germany and members of the national executives led by the national president, Rev. Alex Acheampong. Admittedly it was a surprise to others seeing the pastor not only in politics, but playing a leading role. He challenged the gathering not to be spectators, but to contribute their quotas in nation building. He disclosed that German NPP chapter spent over 100,000 thousand Euros in supporting the comeback of the party to power. The President, Nana Akuffo-Addo, has since assuming office heeded advice from Ghanaians in Diaspora.

The event also witnessed the presence of nonparty members and the leadership of the Ghana community led by Nana Anane Kakyire (President) and Osei Tutu (General Secretary), Dr. Victoria Manu, Nana Owusuwaa Mprengo Queenmother of Bohyen –Kumasi and Desmond John Beddy of TopAfric Meadia Network.

In a keynote address, Nana Anane Kakyire challenged Ghanaians especially the youth to contest for leadership positions in the upcoming Ghana Union election, since himself and the general secretary are no longer contesting, he also used the occasion to praise Madam Mary Oduro, a former Women Organizer of the NPP and a former executive member of the Ghana Union for her immense contribution to the community.

The arrival of Opanin Koo Kusi a Ghanaian opinion leader and a known NDC member rekindled the entire event. He waved his flag to the audience and this single action demonstrated how tolerant and civilized the Ghanaian community in Germany has become. Belonging to different political parties only mean having diverse opinions in moving a nation forward. 

The event took place at the “Bei der Christuskirche 2 in Hamburg. The organizers must be commended for a good job, there was enough to eat and drink and Dj Cliff did a great job, Onaapo was played repeatedly with JustErick and his video crew at work.
The event was moderated by Alex Tuffour and Evelyn Garbrah.

God Bless Ghana
God Bless Germany

TopAfric Media Network

The Ghana community in Hamburg is looking for competent people to lead them, fortunately there are countless number of knowledgeable Ghanaians in Hamburg who can help position the Ghana community properly in Hamburg and Germany as a whole.

Besides there are a huge number of the third generation of Ghanaians, who schooled here, have command over the German language, understand the culture and the German system better, they are encouraged not to shy a way from challenges and responsibilities. Remember if you refuse to occupy positions, others with less vision, and others without the required competence will represent you.
Be bold, come forward, register and move your people forward.

Registration ends on Friday, the 31st of March 2017

The positions to be contested for are as follows:
The following Ghana Union Executive positions are to be contested for:
1. President
2. Vice President
3. General Secretary
4. Vice General Secretary
5. Welfare Secretary
6. Financial Secretary
7. Youth Organizer
8. Organizing Secretary
9. Women Organizer

To support the social and economic welfare of Ghanaians in Hamburg
To provide the needed leadership for economic growth
To stimulate the spirit of patriotism amongst Ghanaians living in Hamburg
To encourage networking amongst Ghanaian institutions home and abroad
To serve as a mouth piece of the Ghana Community.

Candidates interested in positions of the President and vice Presidents must belong to a Ghanaian affiliated organisation, for instance, Asanteman Union, GaDangme Union or Ewe Union and be Ghanaian irrespective of the passports they hold.

Candidates interested in the position of Youth Organizer must not be more than 35 years old before elections are conducted, and be Ghanaian irrespective of the passports they hold.

All other positions have no restrictions except attaining the voting age of 18 years.

Date and venue of ELECTIONS will be made available after contesting candidates have registered and campaigned for a stipulated period 

Please pass this vital information to all Ghanaians.

Desmond John Beddy 
Electoral Committee 
Tel: 017632140550
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At approximately 12:00 noon on Wednesday, August 12, 2015, a 23yr old Eritrean lady named Asmayt TEKLEAB YHDEGO was found dead in her room. The findings produced by an initial investigation point towards a peronal relationship between the victim and her perpetrator.

Having issued a corresponding arrest warrant, the police are currently searching for the victims missing partner, Hagos BELAY GABREHIWOT(born on April,2, 1990 in Adi Geda, Eritrea).

BELAY GEBREHIWOT was last seen at 12:43 a.m on August 11, 2015 near the NASPA branch on Bahnhofstrasse in Wiesbaden as well as at approximately 9:30 a.m at his current place of residence.
He is listed as a suspect at this time and the Police wish to speak to him.

The Wiesbaden Police Department and Public Prosecutors office seek answers to the following questions:
1. Who knows BELAY GEBREHIWOT and is able to provide information on his whereabouts ?
2. Has anyone seen him since August 12, 2015?
3. Did anyone see him leave the bank in question and/or the direction he took thereafter?
4. Does anyone know whether BELAY GEBREHIWOT had been in contact with any particular individual(s) ? and if so with whom?
5. Did anyone perceive any suspicious events taking place near the shelter for asylum seekers on Mainzer strasse or between the shelter and the Wiesbaden train station on the evening of August 10 or in the early morning of August 11, 2015?

Anyone with info regarding this case is asked to contact the Police Headquaters of Western Hessen - 0049 (0) 611 3450
Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or any nearby police station in Germany.

There is a reward of €2000.00 for the information.

The Federal Court of Justice (BGH) on Thursday came to an important ruling on illegal downloads that has consequences not just for those who break the law.

What was the ruling about?
At the start of 2011 the grown-up child of a family in Munich illegally uploaded a Rihanna album onto the internet from a computer in his or her parents’ home.

A few weeks later the parents received a letter from a lawyer representing Universal Music, demanding compensation to the tune of €3,500.

The grown-up child who uploaded the album was one of three siblings living in the house, all of whom were adults.

The parents argued that they had had friends round for the entire evening that the uploading took place and that they couldn’t be held responsible for what their adult children got up to alone.

But they admitted that they knew which of their children had uploaded the album, at the same time refusing to tell authorities which one was responsible.

The BGH told the parents that they were not legally obliged to tell on their kid “but you have to then deal with the consequences." In other words the parents were ordered to pay compensation.

The judges argued that any other ruling would have given the record labels no chance of successfully pursuing their copyright claims.

What law is this based on?
According to current German law, you can be held responsible for illegal downloads and uploads from an IP address even if you can prove you weren't aware of the crime taking place.

In a flatshare or a private home, the person under whose name the internet connection is registered is legally liable for a crime committed by anyone in the house who misuses the connection.

What does this mean for us?
The German press are reporting that the ruling means that parents will have to "rat out their children" or pay heavy fines.

But the parents in this case admitted that they knew which of their kids committed the crime. The case would have been less straightforward if they had said they had no idea who had done it.

Several BGH rulings have made clear that the owner of an internet connection only has limited liability for the actions of flatmates, or family members.

Parents are responsible for explaining to their children what is legal, but they aren't expected to constantly watch what their offspring are doing on the internet.

Adult flatmates or relatives are also expected to know the law and the owner of the internet connection is not expected to have to teach it to them. Thus a woman whose niece visited from Australia could not be held accountable when the niece downloaded a film illegally via her internet connection.

But isn't the government trying to change the law?

Yes. The government is trying to take steps that would essentially exempt WiFi providers from liability if someone uses their internet connection to illegally download material, according to a report published in Spiegel in February.

According to Spiegel, the Economy Ministry hopes that the amendment to a 2016 bill will help it realize one of the cornerstones of the federal government's digital policy - creating password-free WiFi access for all Germans.

But what it won't of course do is give you a free ticket to illegally download music and movies. If the BGH ruling shows anything, it is that copyright protection is taken very seriously in Germany. 

Source: The Local

African women and other immigrants in Hamburg who need support and advice on a wide range of issues including social benefits and domestic violence can contact Amnesty for Women – Städtegruppe Hamburg e. V.
This is a non-profit organization running a counselling centre and international meeting point for women in Hamburg.

The main goals of Amnesty (http://www.amnestyforwomen.de/english/) for Women e.V. are to raise awareness about and to fight against isolation, segregation, repression and all kinds of violence (e. g. domestic violence, trafficking in women) which women are subjected to due to their gender and being migrants.

Amnesty for Women e.V. offers support and advice on securing social benefits (unemployment pay, social welfare, child benefits, parents’ money, allowance for nursing care); domestic violence and sexual harassment; (imminent) homelessness and apartment-hunting; family law in the case of breakup/divorce; right of residence matters; questions concerning kindergarten, school and apprenticeship; finding a suitable German language and integration course and language problems, e. g. correspondence with official agencies.

Women with special challenges (mental and or physical) are also encouraged to contact the organization.

Amnesty for Women e.V. offers counselling in English and German on Tuesday and Thursday from 2 pm to 6 pm, and on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 am to 2 pm.

You can make an appointment for counselling by dialling (0)40 384753.

Here’s the address of Amnesty for Women e.V.
22767 Hamburg
Phone: +49 (0)40 384753
Fax: +49 (0)40 385758
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One of the biggest evacuations in post-war history could be about to take place in Hanover, after police have found several Second World War bombs in the capital of Lower Saxony. Explosives experts are currently exploring the area to assess how many bombs are buried there, a process which will take until Easter, Thomas Bleicher from the unexploded ordnance authority said.

Authorities aim to defuse the bombs in sequence on the same day in order to limit the inconvenience to the public.
But the disruption is still set to be considerable, with the Neue Presse reporting that 50,000 of the city’s half a million residents will be asked to leave their homes. The affected area surrounds the Vahrenwald in the north of the city. Further information on the evacuation will be released next week, but NDR reports that May 7th has been pencilled in as the day of the evacuation.

The largest evacuation in post-war Germany took place in Augsburg on Christmas Eve last year when 54,000 people had to leave their homes after a 3.8 tonne British-made bomb was found during building work.


Getting health insurance in Germany is one of the biggest priorities when moving here - and mandatory for any visa-seekers. But how does it all work? Germany is often touted as a model for healthcare - especially since it created the very first universal healthcare system in the late 1800s, under Otto von Bismarck.

Since it is compulsory here, you’ll find it quite hard to be hired as a freelancer or get any kind of visa without it. So here are some of the most important things to know.

Private versus public - there’s a difference

Germany has two different systems of healthcare - the statutory and the private. Statutory health insurance - more often called “sickness funds” - is required for everyone earning less than €4,462.50 per month, or €53,550 per year, and what you pay as a contribution is adjusted for how much you earn. Certain people may opt out, like those making above this threshold or those who are self-employed.

The statutory system is based on the idea that “the cost of healthcare is shouldered primarily by the better-off”, according to the Mannheim Institute of Public Health.

The main difference is this: Statutory insurance contributions are based on income and the benefits you receive are according to need. Private insurance premiums are based on your risk (younger people may pay less, for example), and the benefits you receive are according to what’s in your contract.

Some 90 percent of the German population is covered by statutory sickness funds, according to the German Medical Association.

Private versus public - pros and cons

If you’re self-employed, an older or long-term student or a high-earner, you may be trying to decide between public or private. The benefit of statutory insurance is that your contributions don’t change as much over time, instead being based on your income. But because private premiums are based on risk, this can sometimes be more favourable for younger people.

Private insurance holders also get certain perks when visiting the doctor. They may get priority in setting up appointments and in consulting the head doctor. But private companies also require you to pay upfront and then will reimburse you, whereas statutory firms receive the bills themselves.


Health insurance for freelancers, artists and other creative types

Self-employed artists, writers, journalists and musicians can apply for a very special health insurance group called the Künstlersozialkasse (KSK). The state-funded KSK acts as a sort of employer to pay half the amount of your insurance for pensions, health and even nursing care.

You first have to apply to join and be considered a part of “the artistic and/or publishing” worlds. The KSK “considers as an artist someone who creates, performs, or teaches music as well as performing arts or visual arts. A publisher… is someone who is working as a writer or journalist, or in a similar manner to a writer or journalist.”

Some of the professions the KSK includes on its application are copywriters, graphic designers, emcees and translators (though this depends on what you’re translating - something more artsy or journalistic is what they’re looking for).

Health insurance for students
Germany has social insurance agreements with other EU and European Economic Area countries that any student with statutory health insurance in their home country can also get coverage at a statutory insurer in Germany with their European Health Insurance Card. Some foreign private companies are also recognized in Germany, according to the German Academic Exchange Service(DAAD), so it’s best to contact your local insurance provider to find out.

And for those outside the EU, German statutory insurers are obliged to offer students discounted rates up until the age of 30 and until the end of their 14th semester. These contributions are around €80 per month. Once you turn 30 or have been studying for longer than 14 semesters, you’ll have to pay a higher rate. If you surpass these thresholds and no longer get the discount, you can also turn to private companies, which sometimes offer student rates themselves.

Source: The Local

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