From Sunday 25th of October: end of summer time in Europe

During the night going from 24th to 25th of October, the official time throughout Europe will be changed back to the so-called normal time. Those who are still awake in the early morning will reset their clocks from 3 o’clock to 2 o’clock. Their reward will be to sleep an hour longer. This time change was introduced by Directive 2000/84/EC of the European Parliament and the European Council of 19th January 2001 concerning summer-time arrangements. This Directive defines “summer time” as the time between the last Sunday in March and the last Sunday in October. The “summer time” has applied… Read More

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All lies: Spoofing scams over the phone and by e-mail

A specific criminal act has become more widespread in the district of Tübingen in the past year: Spoofing (fraud). Fake police officers attempted 454 times to deceive (most often) elderly people. And exploit their fear of crime. That is 258 cases or almost 130 percent more than in 2018, according to the Reutlingen police headquarters in its current crime statistics. The crooks claim might that there has been a break-in in the neighborhood and that the people called are on an address list. Therefore, they should hand over money and valuables to a policeman who would pick them up. On… Read More

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What is „Schufa“?

Every person who has applied for a loan or opened an account, has come into contact with the “Schufa”. Schufa is short for „Schutzgemeinschaft für allgemeine Kreditsicherung“ which can be translated as General Credit Protection Agency”. So, what exactly does Schufa do? At Schufa, all data concerning loans, checking accounts, installment payments and other such things, is saved – but only with the consent of the affected person. An inquiry with Schufa is supposed to give information about the creditworthiness, meaning how financially trustworthy, someone is or how orderly they pay back their debts. This is important for banks when… Read More

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Opening packages, tasting fruit … what is allowed in the supermarket?

Germans love their supermarkets, as a survey by the German Ministry of Agriculture shows: More than half of all consumers shop there at least once a week. But what is allowed in a supermarket and what is not? The legal experts at Stiftung Warentest have compiled important rules. Nibbling on not-yet-paid-for sweets is prohibited, because the goods still belong to the store owner. Consequently, eating or drinking first and then paying is not allowed. Anyone who wants to buy fresh eggs can open the carton to see if the contents are intact. But it is not allowed to exchange broken… Read More

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Search online for lost items

Lost your wallet or glasses? Left your backpack on the bus? In such cases, the online lost and found office of the city of Tübingen can help. For the online search*, the date and the search area with a radius of up to 100 kilometers must be entered. There are 14 categories from identity cards to valuables. After a few clicks, searchers can find out whether their item has been found. If the lost item has been handed in, the owners receive a description, the place where it was found and the responsible office with which a collection date can… Read More

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Car racing prohibited

The public roads in Germany are used by many different people: pedestrians, bicycles, motorcycles, cars, buses, trucks and more. There are laws and rules to ensure that everything works smoothly. The laws dictate who can travel where, how and at what speed. The main purpose of this is to keep traffic flowing, avoid accidents and protect everyone’s life. These laws include the ban of illegal car racing, a topic of recent interest in the media. Anyone who organizes or takes part in such races, risks their own life or that of others. Furthermore, there are also severe penalties for this:… Read More

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Warning day in Germany

Starting this year, the nationwide warning day will take place in Germany. From now on, this will happen each year on the second Thursday in September. This falls on September 10th at 11 a.m. in 2020. Warning days and “siren tests” such as this used to happen regularly, but lately only North Rhine-Westphalia had been doing them. On this warning day, the sirens will sound everywhere, loudspeaker trucks will send messages, radio, television and social media will send information and emergency apps such as the NINA app will send push messages. The aim of these measures is to familiarize people… Read More

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Coronavirus is not taking a break

Daily, the number of people infected with the coronavirus is rising fast. This is true for the state of Baden-Württemberg and for the rest of Germany. Many people are bringing back the virus from their vacation or are getting infected during gatherings with family or friends. The Minister-President of Baden-Württemberg, Winfried Kretschmann, understands that people are longing for a break. However, he says: “The virus is not taking a summer break.” In fact, the opposite is the case, “It is using every opportunity to spread again.” The head of state wants to avoid a second coronavirus wave as it happened… Read More

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Going to the daycare center with a cold

During the fall, many children get a cough and a runny nose. This is also the case during times of the coronavirus. When are children with cold symptoms allowed to go to their daycare center and when not? The state of Baden-Württemberg’s public health department gives an answer to this before the opening of the daycare centers on Monday, August 31st. If a child has a runny nose without any other symptoms, a light cough or a sore throat, they are allowed to go to the daycare center. However, if they have a fever of at least 38 degrees Celsius… Read More

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Distorted picture: Immigrants in German media

How does the German media report about people with a history of immigration? The media researcher Thomas Hestermann from the Macromedia University of Applied Sciences investigated this in a study for the Migration Media Service. People with an immigration history rarely have a voice in the media – even when they are being reported on. In only 12.3 percent of TV and newspaper reports about immigrants, are those mentioned quoted directly. For example, the “Bild-Zeitung” (6.9 percent) and the “Süddeutsche Zeitung” (9.2 percent) rarely allow people with a history of immigration to speak, while the most quoting occurs in the… Read More

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Revoking purchases on the Internet or at the front door

Did you order a phone online and want to return it? Or did you sign up for a newspaper subscription at your front door and no longer want it? Such contracts can be revoked in Germany within 14 days. Whoever enters a contract in Germany must generally comply with it. However, the German Civil Code gives buyers the right to revoke certain contracts. On the one hand, they can revoke contracts that they have concluded outside business premises. On the other hand, the right of withdrawal applies to so-called distance contracts. Distance selling mainly refers to transactions on the internet… Read More

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Killing wild animals is punishable by law

If important flower pollinators such as bees were to disappear, the food supply of humans would be endangered. The Federal Nature Conservation Act (BNaSchG) makes the killing of wild animals a punishable offence: “It is forbidden to deliberately disturb (…) catch, injure or kill wild animals” (§ 39 Abs. 1 Nr.1 BNaSchG). This law applies to all wild animals, including insects such as hornets, wasps, bees or butterflies. www.gesetze-im-internet.de/bnatschg_2009/index.html#BJNR254210009BJNE004002124 tun060907 Impressionen zum Leben in Zeiten der Corona-Pandemie: Foto: tünews INTERNATIONAL; Oula Mahfouz, 14.06.2020 Latest information on Corona: Click here  550 total views,  2 views today

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Academic life and family life in the time of Corona  

Youssef Kanjou My academic work as a researcher in Middle Eastern archaeology at the University of Tübingen and in the field of research usually does not happen at home. At the same time, my children are usually in schools and kindergartens. The situation, now, has changed because of the Corona virus: I can no longer go to university and my children are permanently at home. That has forced me to change my social and scientific lifestyle: on the one hand, I work from home and on the other hand, my family life challenges me. It costs a lot of time… Read More

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Corona: Additional body-related services allowed

Starting May 11th, tanning salons and other body-related services with comparable hygiene standards such as hairdressers may open in Baden-Württemberg. They must comply with special hygiene regulations. Explicitly mentioned are: massage studios, cosmetic studios, nail studios and tattoo studios. Facial services such as beard care, eyelash coloring and eyebrow plucking are again permitted in hairdressing salons. This is from the regulation of the state government on infection protection measures against the spread of the virus SARS-CoV-2 from May 9, 2020. tun051003 Impressionen zum Leben in Zeiten der Corona-Pandemie: Foto: tünews INTERNATIONAL; Mostafa Elyasian, 12.05.2020 Latest information on Corona: Click here… Read More

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Higher fines for road traffic

With the new regulations on road traffic regulations, the Federal Ministry of Transport is also announcing new regulations on fines, which also came into force on April 28th. Consequently, the fines for violations of parking, stopping and for speeding are now higher. If the speed limit is exceeded, driving bans could occur earlier than in the past: in towns and cities when exceeding the limit by 21 km/h, out of town by 26 km/h. The unauthorized use of an emergency lane is now tracked and penalized in exactly the same way as the failure to create an emergency lane (up… Read More

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Disposing of hazardous materials

The collection points for problematic substances in the cities and municipalities in the district of Tübingen will start operating in their usual opening hours once again from May 4th. Due to the Corona virus pandemic operation of the facility was stopped end of March. Now, a safety distance of two meters must be observed both while waiting and when handing over the hazardous substances. In order not to endanger anyone, you should wear mouth-nose protection. It should be noted that, for reasons of capacity and in order to reduce long waiting times, only small quantities from households will be accepted.… Read More

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Cover mouth and nose on public transport and in shops

As of Monday, 27th April, people in Baden-Württemberg will have to cover their mouth and nose while using public transport or while shopping. This “mask obligation” also applies to bus and train waiting areas. The regulation applies to everyone including and over six years of age. This means that your mouth and nose need to be covered either with a non-medical “everyday mask” or with another covering, such as a scarf or a cloth. The aim is to reduce the spread of droplets expelled when people exhale, speak, cough or sneeze. Mutual protection will increase if all people cover their… Read More

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