Test on 8 December: Warning news on mobile phones

The weather is becoming more and more extreme. Sometimes there is flooding, sometimes a storm sweeps across the country, sometimes there is a major fire. When disasters like these occur, the Cell Broadcast System is supposed to alert the population. Does it all work? That will be tested on the nationwide warning day, Thursday, 8 December, at 11 am. Then mobile phone users who are in the area of a cell will receive a text message on their device—if the mobile phone or smartphone is on and connected to the mobile network. At the highest alert level, a siren is… Read More

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Aid needs in Ukraine

Russia is waging a war of aggression against Ukraine and is deliberately destroying its infrastructure. On 15 November 2022 alone, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence reported nearly 100 missile attacks. Refugees from Ukraine often phone relatives and friends daily and report on their tense situation. At present, the electricity supply is particularly critical. It is completely unreliable. On some days there is only electricity for five hours, often only for one hour. When there is no electricity, the central heating in larger houses fails. And even if it comes on for an hour, it is not enough to heat the… Read More

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The world’s first schools were in Iraq

By Michael Seifert “A house that someone covered with a sheet like a treasure chest. … One entered closed-eyed, one came out open-eyed. The solution to the riddle: the school.” A famous Babylonian riddle, almost 4000 years old, shows that schools already existed at that time in Mesopotamia, the Mesopotamia of the Euphrates and Tigris rivers in what is now Iraq. These were the oldest schools about which anything is known through written tradition. Among others, Konrad Volk, Professor Emeritus of Ancient Oriental Philology at the University of Tübingen, who was interviewed by tünews INTERNATIONAL, is researching these schools. Writing… Read More

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Certified work experience

Many people acquire professional knowledge and skills during their working life. They often cannot prove these acquired competences with a formal document, e.g. a certificate. In order to accelerate the validation (that means: to establish the value of something) of non-formally and informally acquired knowledge in Germany, the German Confederation of Skilled Crafts (ZDH) and the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) have developed the project “Valikom Transfer” (duration until 10/2024) together with the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). In this project, non-formally and informally acquired knowledge is identified. Vocational experts then assess whether the… Read More

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State pays the gas surcharge in December

Those who heat and cook with gas or use district heating will be relieved in December. The Bundestag and the Bundesrat have passed an emergency aid bill worth billions. In December, the state will take over the down payment for gas—but only one twelfth of the annual consumption forecast in September. If tenants have a contract directly with an energy supplier, the company either waives the instalment in December or pays it back later. For other tenants, the landlord saves first. The landlord is then supposed to pass on the savings to the tenants in the annual statement of operating… Read More

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Warning apps for your pocket

Warnings of dangers such as floods, toxic smoke or a terrorist attack sometimes come from a jacket pocket or backpack in Germany: namely, when a cell phone owner has the warning app Nina or Katwarn installed on their device. These free apps allow authorities to issue targeted warnings to the population of affected areas so that people can get to safety. The cell phone apps are a response to the fact that many sirens have been dismantled in Germany over the past 30 years, which previously alerted people with wailing sounds. The best known is the warning app NINA (https://www.bbk.bund.de/DE/Warnung-Vorsorge/Warn-App-NINA/warn-app-nina_node.html).… Read More

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Hryvnia exchange program ends

Refugees from Ukraine can exchange their Ukrainian banknotes for euros free of charge only until November 18. This is pointed out by the Deutsche Bundesbank. The exchange program has been running since May 24 and is based on an agreement between the Federal Ministry of Finance, the Deutsche Bundesbank and the National Bank of Ukraine. It allows all adult refugees from Ukraine to exchange up to 10,000 hryvnia (around 275 euros) per person into the local currency at participating banks and savings banks. The prerequisite is that they have an account with the bank in question. Banknotes of 100, 200,… Read More

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Facilitation for Ukrainian truck drivers

The recognition of Ukrainian driving licenses applies not only to private individuals, but also to professional drivers. This is the result of the corresponding EU regulation of July 18. (https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/DE/TXT/?uri=CELEX:32022R1280) With these licenses, truck drivers are therefore allowed to drive in Germany and in all EU member states until the end of the protection period. This makes it easier for Ukrainian drivers to access the EU labor market. They do not need a certified translation or an international driver’s license. The regulation is valid until March 6, 2025, but in concrete terms it will only apply for as long as… Read More

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Set the clock back on Sunday

Next Sunday, 30 October 2022, Central European Summer Time (CEST), which officially applies throughout Europe, will be changed to “standard time”. Those who are still awake in the early morning will set their clocks back from 3 am to 2 am. This means sleeping one hour longer. This time change is based on Directive 2000/84/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19 January 2001. tun22102404 Blick zum Stiftskirchenturm mit der Uhr. Foto: tünews INTERNATIONAL / Oula Mahfouz.        6,737 total views,  2 views today

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People in Iran die for freedom

By Ute Kaiser “Woman, life, freedom”—this slogan can now be heard not only in Iran, but all over the world. In Berlin, too, around 80,000 people recently took to the streets under the slogan of the Iranian women’s movement. They showed solidarity with the protests in Iran against the regime of the Shiite mullahs. The riots were triggered by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in police custody in mid-September. Guards of the morality police had arrested the young Kurdish woman. She allegedly did not cover her hair according to the rules. Parents of young Iranian women fear for their… Read More

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