German police called in more than 1,000 officers in an attempt to prevent violence during a far-right protest in the eastern town of Koethen on Sunday. News agency DPA reported that water cannon and mounted police were on hand to keep the peace between far-right groups and counter-protesters. Far-right organisations, including the anti-Islam group Pegida, say they plan to protest about the death of a 22-year-old German who died after a dispute with two migrants a week ago. Two Afghan men, ages 18 and 20, have been arrested. Authorities say the man had severe chronic heart disease and an autopsy showed he suffered a cardiac arrest after being punched in the face. The Anhalt University of Applied Sciences in Koethen warned students to be aware of “potentially violent demonstrations”. Germany has recently seen the most violent far-right protests in decades, which began in the eastern city of Chemnitz after the fatal stabbing of a German man in August that has been blamed on … [Read more...] about German police deploy over 1,000 officers at far-right demonstration
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Sputnik has discussed this with Dr. Menno Aden, Professor of Law at the University of Applied Sciences in Essen. Sputnik: Can you tell us about the situation with schools being underfunded according to this most recent report? Dr. Menno Aden: The leading German newspaper, Frankfurter Allgemeine, reports that €48 billion are needed for the reconstruction of our schools. Several German statistical offices report a number of 11 million pupils for the school year of 2017-2018. So this would amount to €4,000 for each pupil. © AFP 2018 / Christof StacheBerlin Agrees With Athens to Send Back Some Asylum Seekers - Ministry So it is easy to be seen that this figure must be somehow politically motivated; the background of all this play with numbers is that Germany is currently doing very well financially. I feel that it must be taken into account that these figures are also politically motivated, but apart from this, the following can be said: I'm a member of the City Council of … [Read more...] about ‘Part of Education Misery in Germany is Related to the Migration Issue’
machine learning Algorithms and supercomputers are revolutionizing the insurance industry. Germany has no intention of being left behind. Published on August 16, 2018 4:00 pm The Bavarian dialect is difficult even for native German speakers in other parts of the country to understand, but IBM’s Watson artificial intelligence application easily deciphers calls from customers of Bavarian insurer VKB. (And emails too, obviously.) More responsive customer service is just one way AI is transforming staid German insurers as they undergo a digital revolution that is changing everything from how quickly claims can be paid to figuring out who is trying to defraud the company. “Insurers, banks, financial services as we know them today won’t exist in 10 to 15 years,” Christian Rieck, professor at Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, wrote in a recent book about robots in finance. “Whoever doesn’t wake up now will be forced out.” US startup … [Read more...] about German insurers follow global trend to artificial intelligence
A new study shows that teachers are failing school students with a migrant background by expecting too little of them. “Those who demand too little of children, demand less and less of them,” said Markus Neuenschwander, author of the SCALA study, which was carried out by University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern's (FHNW). One of the most surprising findings of the study was that teachers had lower expectations of students with a migrant background even when it came to mathematics, where there is no real different in terms of results achieved compared to students without that background. Read also: Swiss primary school adopts 'simplified German' to communicate with parents In German classes, where a difference in results could be expected, teachers’ expectations of migrant children were even lower. Neuenschwander said the survey-based results meant a vicious circle: teachers' prejudices were confirmed. “The difference in performance … [Read more...] about Swiss teachers expect too little of migrant children: study
When Arbab Mazhar got accepted on a Bachelor programme at a German higher education institution back in 2011, he had no idea that it would be years until he was finally granted a visa to study in Deutschland. Mazhar told The Local that his rejections were “totally unfair” and initially "very disappointing" since he fulfilled all the necessary requirements and submitted the mandatory documents. The Pakistani claims the German embassy in Islamabad did not provide a reason for denying him a visa in 2011 and again when he re-applied the following year. Only after subsequent months of inquiring did they send him a letter stating, among other things, that they doubted his seriousness as a student, his grades weren’t good enough and he didn’t have sufficient funds. But Mazhar denies all these claims. He appealed the second rejection and says it took three years until the administrative court in Berlin made a decision. In 2015, the court ruled in his favour … [Read more...] about Are people from certain countries more likely to be denied German student visas?