Because people are lonely in these times, they buy dogs. And then they realize that they have no idea about the animals. A visit to Kevin Harris, who looks after the Munich puppy flap and has a lot to do right now.
A few weeks ago there was a dachshund in Kevin Harris’ puppy flap, and if someone wants to get rid of a dachshund in Munich, nothing can be normal. One afternoon the dachshund was lying in the small wooden box, under it a piece of plastic grass, soft as moss, next to him a dog bone with a heart, a small camera with motion detector above him. And whenever the dachshund moved, Harris got a picture of it on his cell phone. How he sat up. Turned. Laid down again in the smallest shelter in the world. Harris got these pictures for twenty minutes, twenty minutes, it was that long from his apartment to his puppy flap. And when he opened the hatch and took the dog in his arms, he thought: Now the world has gone crazy.
Our author would prefer manufacturers of “hot dogs” to interpret the term literally. After all, there is a tasty alternative in Bavaria.
A popular snack in Nigeria is called sausage roll: strings of meat wrapped in a pastry pastry. Less popular, at least for me, is the hot dog copied from the USA. I don’t like him until today because the term was chosen maliciously. It sounds very promising and turns out to be disappointing: Unfortunately, a hot dog never contains grilled dog meat.
The digression helps to understand what socialization in the sausage scene I once arrived here in Bavaria with. A Kenyan friend greeted me with the words: “German sausages are the best in the world, you have to get to know them.” Naturally, I doubted this superlative, it first had to withstand an empirical test. In Nigeria they say: The proof of pudding is in the eating. Say: First taste, then judge. The day came when I checked the truth. I went to a weekly market in Ebersberg east of Munich. With one goal: to eat sausages. I immediately put a handful of shiny white specimens in my shopping bag and followed the recommendation: not roast, but brew.
This first encounter with the white sausage was only partially successful. The preparation was successful, and I was surprised that the color did not change. When I ate it, I immediately announced myself as a novice. I stuffed a whole sausage with skin and contents in my throat – and the pleasure of this Bavarian specialty did not immediately open up to me. The combination with a knife, sweet mustard and salty lye bread made consumption much easier. Even if it is difficult to understand the composition of a white sausage, it tastes very delicious in this dosage form.
It is teeming with sausages. They are cooked, scalded, fried and now also grilled again. For example, the Thuringian grilled sausage, fried and served with deep-fried fries, and a selection of sauces. I immediately compared it to the white sausage. For my taste, she has the upper hand in the culinary duel of the neighboring federal states. But the Thuringian digression was important. After all, a woman has to marry twice, so they can say which husband is the better. Or three times.
Another variant that aroused my interest is the wild boar sausage. The name sounds like undergrowth and nature. I hoped for a more natural, genuine meat taste. The result: wild boar sausage tastes just as little of wilderness as hot dog of dog.
Munich physicist Christian Kähler is investigating which masks protect against the corona virus. He explains when a simple mouthguard helps and why expensive FFP-2 masks can be dangerous in everyday life.
Christian Kähler holds a folded piece of cloth in his hands. It is checkered in light blue and white and looks pretty innocent. “This material is useless,” says Kähler and throws it aside. He is a physicist and heads the Institute of Fluid Mechanics and Aerodynamics at the Bundeswehr University. Since the corona virus broke out in Germany, he has been dealing with the subject of masks. More specifically, how effectively do they really protect people? With the simple fabric mask, as you would sew yourself out of a cotton fabric, for example, his verdict is unequivocal: it does nothing to protect against infection.
A man falls seriously ill at Covid-19 in a state accommodation, but he only comes to the hospital after days – and dies. The Munich case raises questions.
He escaped the gang of murderers who wanted to kill him. Mirkan K. escaped attacks by the IS terrorist militia twice, then fled Afghanistan. He made it to Munich, built a new life, learned German and was employed in a pastry shop. Mirkan K. sent everything he saved to his family every month; he had six children in his old home. Then terrorists stabbed one of his brothers and his family and the house was set on fire. K. almost broke it. But again he struggled back to life.
A week ago, the 35-year-old died in the hospital on the right bank of the Isar as a result of a coronavirus infection. Since then, acquaintances of the man and the Munich Refugee Council have been asking: could his death have been prevented if he had been helped in time? Mirkan K., who actually has a different name, probably got infected in the Giesingen shared accommodation for refugees, where he had been living since autumn 2015. When he suddenly got a headache, sore throat, and fever on April 3, he phoned a volunteer who had known him for five years and told her about it.
His health deteriorated rapidly. Two days later, a nephew K.s called the caregiver, he lives in an accommodation for young refugees, and asked for help. His uncle is doing very badly. A doctor whom Mirkan K. called only asked about age and previous illnesses. The doctor did not respond to the suggestion that there was already a roommate with Covid-19 in the accommodation. K. didn’t get any other help on site.
Caritas, which offers asylum social counseling in the state accommodation on Aschauer Strasse, pulled out its employees at the end of March because of the Corona crisis – which the Ministry of the Interior basically provides for. However, other charities such as the Inner Mission had immediately applied for and received exemptions in order to continue to provide close support to refugees.
Caritas emphasizes that the employee “looked after K. very closely”, but by telephone. When asked about the SZ, she “immediately contacted the resident when she found out that he was not feeling well and was showing symptoms.” The emergency service was informed at the beginning of April and the patient had been registered for the test. Mirkan K. was then tested on April 7, the result was available on April 10 – positive. But by then his health had deteriorated so much that he had to be taken to the clinic with the emergency doctor. There the doctors lost the fight against the virus. The 35-year-old died on April 26.
The case raises questions. For example, personal asylum social counseling continues to exist in the city’s refugee shelters, and Caritas also sends its employees there to the residents. Social affairs officer Dorothee Schiwy had already contacted the government of Upper Bavaria on April 1st and asked in writing to allow the caregivers access to state accommodations again. Their presence “has a very high priority, especially in the prevailing crisis situation,” reports the social department. The employees of the municipal accommodations as well as the security guard “are attentive to quickly identify possible suspected Covid 19 cases and to organize medical support”. Since the outbreak of the pandemic in Munich, the city has occupied all facilities 24 hours a day through administration and security guards. Infected people would be moved to protected areas or other buildings. The state radio barrack was only occupied by people who were already infected.
There was apparently no such isolation in the government-run accommodation on Aschauer Strasse. Mirkan K.’s roommate is said to have been in a room with him until K. came to the hospital with the emergency doctor. He also showed symptoms, the helper reports, referring to a phone call to K.
The Bavarian Ministry of the Interior points out that the governments responsible for the state accommodations have taken measures “to equalize the occupancy in the accommodations. This applies both to the accommodation buildings and to individual rooms”. In addition, since February 27, all newcomers and asylum seekers who arrived on January 30 or after have been tested regardless of suspicion, as well as residents and staff with typical symptoms. As of the end of April, there were 704 refugees who tested positive in an asylum accommodation, 186 of whom have recovered, according to the ministry. Two people died, Mirkan K. is one of them.
An autopsy is to determine whether he had a previous illness, and on Tuesday Mirkan K. will be buried in a small group under hygiene protection measures. Roommates and acquaintances from the Afghan community collected money for the funeral, the Archiepiscopal Ordinariate is said to have provided a larger amount, and Caritas employees are also said to have donated. A message says: “Caritas deeply regrets the death of this asylum seeker.”
Reinhold Messner knows all this: being alone, having to wait, uncertainty or even a lack of oxygen. The extreme mountaineer on how to deal well with the situation and the chances of the crisis.
Reinhold Messner is stuck. In Munich, where he has had an apartment in the Glockenbach district for almost 40 years. After a return flight from Ethiopia and a lecture in Saarbrücken, Messner and his partner Diane Schumacher actually wanted to continue performing in Austria. Then the borders closed. The 75-year-old no longer hurries from eight thousand to eight thousand and in between through the desert, but still from continent to continent, from lecture to lecture and from book to book. He likes to polarize as much as he used to, except that it’s no longer undertakings, but statements. As a former math teacher, he mainly follows the pandemic statistics. On a sunny morning, Messner is sitting in his back yard talking. About the fact that he and his new partner cannot go to his estate in South Tyrol because, as a Luxembourg woman, they are not allowed to enter Italy. About how he now spends time, how he has experienced and mastered loneliness and what he urgently needs.
In the new Munich City Council, the important places in the committees are to be allocated differently than before. For example, the AfD can only take part in general meetings – and has no employees. However, it also affects other parties.
The AfD had big plans for the time after the local elections. She wanted to “muck out” in the town hall with as many city councils as possible, as she had announced in the election campaign. Only three candidates moved into the city council, with 3.9 percent of the votes, the AfD achieved its worst Munich result in recent years. This is now taking its revenge. The majority of the new city council wants to freeze the AfD before they even start working. In the distribution of the important seats in the committees of the city council, it should go away empty-handed. In addition, the AfD should not have any employees.
This emerges from a template for the holiday senate on Wednesday. There the old city council should decide how the factions in the new city council will be staffed. The seats in the committees that form the basis for this must be calculated. The AfD is listed there as the only group that will not be represented on any committee. It only receives financial compensation. For the rest, the rest of the city council even wants to afford an expansion program. So far, the taxpayer has paid for 33.78 jobs, i.e. employees of the political groups and groups in the city council. In the future there will be 36.66 jobs, the additional costs amount to about 250,000 euros per year.
For the AfD, this would mean that its city councils could only participate in the city council once a month. Then there is a general assembly except in August. She would be excluded from the actual political work in the committees. However, the future AfD city council member Markus Walbrunn announces that this is not something that should be accepted. Even if the procedure does not surprise him, “we will evaluate whether we can act against it”. The AfD also has an electoral mandate that it wants to fulfill.
The situation of the AfD has to do with two factors: the extremely unfavorable election result and the choice of the calculation method for the committees. The majority of the old city council decided at a meeting of the council of elders last Friday to use the D’Hondt procedure when allocating committee places. This has the reputation of tending to prefer larger parties. The AfD would not come into any committee. This is also due to the overall election result. The Munich city council was composed in such a way that all small parties and groups managed to achieve the saving strength of four members through alliances. This is the lower limit for a political group, and this time it should also be the lower limit for participation in committee work. If the AfD had even reached the electoral goal that it had set itself, the arithmetic would have lapsed: with four mandates, it would have been as strong as the FDP-Bayern Party and the Left Party / Party and would have received the same rights.
Nobody wants to officially confirm that the AfD decided to change the calculation method. Mayor Dieter Reiter (SPD) generally refers to the increasing fragmentation in the city council, which makes daily work more difficult. A method like D’Hondt could counteract this. In the child and youth welfare committee, for example, according to Reiter, the green-red government alliance would not have had a majority due to the high degree of dispersion. This could have meant that all resolutions against green-red would have been collected again by their majority at the next general assembly. That is not very conducive to democracy and understanding of the citizens. From Reiter’s point of view, the only reason that the AfD is not represented in committees is that “nobody wanted to go with the AfD”.
If you ask in the factions of the Greens, the SPD or the CSU, nobody says anything about it. Only Tobias Ruff expresses his opinion openly. “Sure, the AfD was the decisive factor.” The leader of the ÖDP and Free Voters is angry because his group will lose three committee seats due to the change in the calculation method. In addition, he has no understanding of why the old city council still determines the committee seats and the number of staff positions for the factions of the new city council. “It’s a mess,” Ruff says.
“Munich for everyone” sounds good as a slogan. In the crisis, however, it will not be easy for the Greens and SPD to redeem them.
It was short, intensive and largely smooth. This is how the Green Party and SPD negotiators describe the talks on the coalition agreement. The result is a 42-page paper that will change Munich. Ecology should be a constant criterion in all urban decisions. It even gets its own presentation and fund. At the same time, the SPD and Greens emphasize that Munich should remain a city for everyone. A social, open metropolis in which poor and rich, gay and straight, old and young, newcomers or long-established people find one another. The CSU has supported this red-green tradition over the past six years, despite all the doom calls. The Green, Pink List, SPD and Volt are not only allowed to preserve them, they have to develop them further.
Because “Munich for everyone” as a slogan sounds good, but will be put to the test. Solidarity still prevails in the Corona crisis, but over time it will develop centrifugal forces that will also occupy city politics far into this term. It starts with finances. It is right not to castrate the coalition agreement as a concept and vision in advance because of the expected revenue gaps. But it will quickly come to the point where politics is forced to make priorities and painful cuts. The virus will also widen the gap in education, work and income.
Greens and SPD have had an extremely difficult time restarting. You are aware of this and still have big plans. Ultimately, they will have to be measured by whether they make social and ecological issues the yardstick of their actions – and whether or not, they can keep the city together. The voter gave them this assignment.
Short-time workers with low wages and the self-employed are particularly dependent on help. And the Munich job center fears that the problem will get even bigger.
The effects of the Corona crisis can already be seen at the Munich Job Center: the number of new applications for Hartz IV benefits has quintupled in the past four weeks to around 4,700 compared to the monthly average. Freelancers, solo self-employed and short-time workers from low-wage sectors are particularly affected by the crisis, and many of them will probably have to seek help in the coming months.
Job center managing director Anette Farrenkopf assumes that the numbers will continue to rise sharply. Munich is particularly affected because of its diverse art and culture scene, which suffers from event cancellations, and because of the high proportion of employees in the service sector. For the hotel and restaurant industry, for example, the prospects look bleak because of the closed businesses and the lack of tourists.
Everything had looked so good at the beginning of the year: the job center was able to report a drop in job seekers. The number of Hartz IV households had dropped by around seven percent to 36,000 with a total of 70,000 people. But since the exit restrictions apply and the economy has been shut down, the number has increased significantly. “We are pleased that the federal social package adopted at the end of March enables us to offer basic security for citizens who are losing income or economic livelihood under easier conditions,” emphasizes Farrenkopf. “There is no asset review so that people do not have to go to their emergency reserves.” The limit is 60,000 euros for immediately usable assets for one person and 30,000 euros for each other in the household.
In this crisis period, contrary to what is customary, the actual amount of housing and heating expenses is recognized during the first six months of receiving benefits. The application has been made simpler and shorter accordingly. For people who have already received Hartz IV before the crisis, the further approval is now automatic.
The approximately 1,000 employees of the job center take great pains to ensure that people who are in need during these times receive help without the risk of infection. Personal contact is only possible in special emergencies. Hotlines have been introduced for the job centers in the twelve social civic centers and in the central homeless help, there is help for applying, personal attendance is not required and is currently not desired. The range of services has been strengthened by redeployment of personnel and also with the support of the city. In addition, many employees work in the home office to reduce the risk of infection in the workforce. Even if one of the job centers had to close due to Corona cases, all precautions have been taken that another house could take over seamlessly.
There are no reliable forecasts for development. The shutdown of public life will have a delay in the job center. The managing director expects a further increase in applications at the beginning of May. Because many who only receive short-time work allowances in April, such as hairdressers and employees in the catering trade, will probably only find out after the first payment that they are dependent on additional Hartz IV benefits, because otherwise the money is not enough to live on . Around a quarter of new applications for supplementary basic security already come from short-time workers. The further development is difficult to predict, also because short-time work benefits are to be increased in the future. On the other hand, the number of recipients of unemployment benefits who also need basic security is likely to increase because they worked in the low-wage sector.
The so-called solo self-employed are particularly affected. For example, taxi drivers, music teachers with private customers, artists, graphic designers, designers, coaches, fitness trainers, lecturers and freelancers. The job center advises that you should take care of support in good time and not wait too long out of false pride. This shows that many self-employed persons rely on the Corona emergency aid from the Free State, but that cannot cover the livelihood of the applicants, but only the operating costs of their companies.
Despite the difficult situation, the job center endeavors to continue placing people in work. There are job vacancies primarily in food retailing and logistics, agriculture is also looking for workers, but this hardly plays a role in Munich. There is also a need for maintenance and for the train, says Farrenkopf. If the restrictions on public life no longer apply, the job center wants to continue the now very limited qualification offers: “Two thirds of our customers are unskilled or have no professional qualifications.” In the meantime, all that remains is to keep in touch by phone, not to leave people alone.
Despite all the burdens, the motivation is great, it reflects the cohesion that can be seen everywhere in Munich: “Everyone helps out knowing that they can provide people with money that is urgently needed.” Farrenkopf emphasizes that the more completely the applications are filled in, the faster money is given, the average processing time is eight days.
Rasem Baban is the head of the Munich Zoo. He experiences the zoo as truly as never before: the rhinoceros conveys calm, the elephants stick together and a gorilla tries to get close.
This is new and it is hard. Rasem Baban knows the feeling of having the zoo to himself. Every evening and every morning, before and after opening hours, he walks past the enclosures to work or home, across the zoo. What the zoo boss does not know is a situation like last Wednesday afternoon. He stands behind the bamboo pegs at the elephant enclosure, the blue Hellabrunn jacket, blue jeans, the usual employee outfit that many animals know and recognize well, blinks in the sun and looks at the herd, which is cuddling comfortably. Throwing sand, sniffing objects or carrying them around. Gajendra leads the herd and looks “very relaxed”.
The 57-year-old official was employed in the inspection at Munich Airport. It is still unclear whether the man on duty has contracted the corona virus.
The Bavarian state police have to complain of the first corona dead in their own ranks. The 57-year-old official died on Sunday night of Covid-19, confirmed Hans-Peter Kammerer, the head of the Presidential Office in the Oberbayern Nord Police Headquarters on Friday. Accordingly, the man was employed in the police inspection at Munich Airport. He was part of a team that is responsible for the security of politicians, diplomats, and other so-called guards while they are waiting for their departure at the airport or after they have landed there.
It still has to be clarified whether the policeman was infected with the virus while on duty. “The course of infection is currently being examined,” said Kammerer. The 57-year-old initially reported sick more than three weeks ago and was finally treated in a clinic in Ingolstadt for about a week and a half until he died on April 19. In his team, three other police officers fell ill, but the disease was milder. Nevertheless, they are not yet back in service. In addition, two other police officers from the airport police inspection had tested positive for the corona virus. But they work in other teams.
The state police inspection at the airport employs more than 200 officers. In addition to the federal police, whose tasks primarily include border clearance, they are mainly responsible for crimes, from shoplifting to aircraft hijacking.
As a result of the pandemic, Munich Airport has almost turned from an international hub to a regional airport. For the past four weeks there have been only a few international flights a day and just over a dozen domestic flights. The first symptoms of the late policeman appeared at a time when only limited flight operations were still taking place. According to the Interior Ministry, there were 248 confirmed cases of Covid-19 with the Bavarian police by Friday morning. 58 people are currently in quarantine. 180 Bavarian police employees who had previously suffered from Corona have since recovered.
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