Local news translated, July 22

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Airlines demand uniform virus test regulation

Airlines have asked the EU and US to establish a uniform coronavirus testing program. This would allow air traffic between Europe and the US to resume, said a letter on Tuesday to US Vice President Mike Pence and EU Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson. “We are aware that testing brings with it a number of challenges,” said the heads of Lufthansa, American Airlines,United Airlines and the International Airlines Group. A Lufthansa spokesperson explained that the example of Frankfurt Airport had shown how tests could be carried out. Due to the pandemic, air traffic across the Atlantic is severely restricted in both directions. Representatives of the USA and the EU had discussed a test program in June as a possibility to allow Americans to travel to Europe again. No agreement was reached. (Ntv, July 22)

Outbreak at Kiel snack bar: 400 contact persons identified

Six employees of a snack bar at Kiel’s central station have become infected with the corona virus, according to NDR. The Schleswig-Holstein health department is now contacting 400 guests as possible further contact persons. A spokeswoman for the city of Kiel said, however, that the risk of infection for guests who bought their take-away food is considered low. (NDR, July 22)

Teleworking during the crisis reduces stress

Less stress, more time for the family and even higher productivity: The move to the telework as a result of the Corona crisis was a positive experience for many employees. This is the result of a study by the health insurance company DAK. While 21 percent of employees regularly felt stressed before the pandemic, this figure was only 15 percent during the corona crisis. Meanwhile, the proportion of employees who were never or only occasionally stressed rose from 48 to 57 percent. The research institutes IGES and Forsa had interviewed about 7000 employees each before and during the pandemic for the DAK study. Of those who now regularly work at home, 56 percent said they were more productive there than in the office. Two thirds also said they were better able to combine work and family life. A similar number are pleased about the time saved since commuting to work has been eliminated. (Focus, July 22)

Aviation cargo suffers less than passenger traffic

The corona crisis has impacted German cargo aviation much less hard than passenger traffic. The incoming and outgoing volume of goods by air fell by 12.1 percent to around 1.1 million tonnes in the period from March to May compared with the same period last year, according to the Federal Statistical Office. Passenger traffic at German airports slumped by 87.4 percent during this period. Goods are not only transported in cargo planes, but also as additional cargo in passenger planes. Due to the corona-induced slump in passenger traffic, transport in these machines slumped by 71.3 percent to 90,000 tons. In contrast, transport in pure cargo flights increased by 7.9 percent to one million tons. (Ntv, July 22)

Coronavirus in Baden-Württemberg – hopes for Christmas markets dampened

Stuttgart – Due to the corona pandemic, Baden-Wuerttemberg’s Minister of Social Affairs Manfred Lucha (Greens) has dampened hopes for a Christmas market season and urged caution at major events. The reason for it it is to be able to trace the paths of the visitors and their contacts at all times. “We will not be able to hold markets in this form in Stuttgart city center, for example,” Lucha said.

Earlier, the Ministry of Economics had declared that despite the strict regulations in force and initial cancellations in several municipalities, the Christmas markets would not yet have to be completely written off this year. Together with Lucha’s ministry of social affairs, her ministry is currently working on regulations for the opening of markets and mobile leisure parks, Economics Minister Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut told dpa in Stuttgart. “Within this framework, the holding of Christmas markets may also be conceivable in principle”, the CDU politician continued. She did not give details about the conditions. Previously, Schwetzingen (Rhine-Neckar-district), among others, had cancelled its Christmas market due to the corona rules. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, July 22)

Germans are increasingly having food delivered to them

In the Corona pandemic, more people in Germany have their food delivered to their homes. This is the result of a survey by the Higtechbranchenverband Bitkom. According to the survey, the percentage of those who ordered food from restaurants or delivery services via the Internet rose to 53 percent in June. Before the Corona crisis, the association announced that this figure had been 40 percent. The count covered all levels – from rare orders to frequent online purchases of ready-to-eat meals. According to the survey, the proportion of people who at least occasionally placed an order for pizza, sushi & co. by telephone also rose during the pandemic. While it had previously been 48 percent, it was 54 percent in June. The telephone thus remained the most popular method. (Ntv, July 22)

Non-Corona news

Civilian patrol attacked

Bad Cannstatt – A 32-year-old man on Saturday around 1 am in an S-Bahn in the direction of Schorndorf molested several passengers and attacked and spat on federal police officers who intervened. The Somali citizen first attracted attention in the S-Bahn by verbally attacking and shouting at other passengers randomly.

When a civilian police officer on the S-Bahn became aware of the facts, and confronted  the 32-year-old and asked him to leave the express train at the next stop. The drunk man ignored the request and tried to kick the police at the Nürnberger Strasse stop. They blocked the kick in time, caught the offender from the S-Bahn and tied him to the platform. The 32-year-old continued to kick after the police and also began to spit in their direction, which resulted in his own face mask being put on him. The man was taken to the federal police station under further acts of resistance, where he spent the rest of the night in police custody. Among other things, he now faces charges of attempted bodily harm and assault on law enforcement officers. (Canstatter Zeitung, July 22)

Flying object over Waiblingen

Waiblingen – Several people have observed a mysterious flying object over Waiblingen-Beinstein (Rems-Murr-Kreis) in the night on Wednesday, around 10 pm. Even from the Waiblingen police command and situation center, the object could still be seen, a police spokesperson confirmed. He believes that the flying object is of terrestrial origin – the police are now working to clarify this. None of the witnesses were able to describe the exact shape of the object in the night sky – “but everyone says there were colorful lights on it,” the spokesman said.

The police sent out several patrols to get closer to the flying object. “However, they were unable to locate it,” a report said. After about half an hour, the object was seen floating northward, and after that there was no trace of it. In any case, the police handled the observation in a funny way. “The truth is out there somewhere”, the official press release says, referring to the TV series “The X-Files”.

Only a few witnesses photographed the object, on Facebook blurred, dark images of a flashing missile appeared. Its size and flight altitude are difficult to determine, but witnesses are said to have described it as ten to 15 meters tall. If this were true, the object would be significantly larger than a commercial drone.

There is nothing known about unusual aircraft movements at the tower of Stuttgart Airport. And a spokeswoman for the German Air Traffic Control (DFS) has no reports of unexplained activities either. “However, we also only see aircraft with a transponder – so no UFOs. They don’t have one and usually don’t register,” she says with a laugh. However, DFS is only responsible for controlling the airspace above a certain altitude. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, July 22)

Knife attack in Esslingen district

Neckartailfingen – At first a huge rush to go swimming on the weekend, but then a bloody incident happened: On Monday evening at Lake Aileswasen in Neckartailfingen, an 18-year-old man from Reutlingen seriously injured a 19-year-old friend with a knife. According to the police, the perpetrator purposefully approached the young man lying on the bathing lake at about 7:50 pm and stabbed him several times, then fled.

The police searched for the man with a dog team and a helicopter. Around 9.30 p.m. he was tracked down by a police dog in a cornfield and arrested. Now the Tübingen public prosecutor’s office is investigating him for attempted manslaughter. The background of the crime is still unclear. The initial statements of a police spokesperson, according to which the victim was critically injured, were later corrected: His life is not in danger. (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, July 22)

Schools in Baden Württemberg ban the use of face veils from their classrooms

Stuttgart – The state government bans full-face veiling in schools. The Council of Ministers decided on Tuesday that it is no longer permitted for students to go to school with full body coverings, confirmed Minister President Winfried Kretschmann (Greens) in Stuttgart. This was already the case for teachers anyway.

Even if such cases were not to be expected, a legal regulation was needed even for rare individual cases. In a free society, one should not cover oneself up completely, said Kretschmann. He added that the situation was more complicated at universities, which is why a ban of this kind was initially decided for schools.

Minister of Education Susanne Eisenmann (CDU) had already announced at the beginning of February that she wanted to ban full-face veiling at schools in the state. A court decision from Hamburg had shown the necessity of a “legally watertight regulation” in order to enforce a ban in case of emergency, according to the Ministry of Education. The Southwest Greens had criticized Eisenmann’s advance as a sham debate. (Stuttgarter Zeitung, July 21)

Breuninger will build new quarter in Sindelfingen

Sindelfingen – Sindelfingen Breuningerland is still located in the East of the city, in an industrial park directly next to the Autobahn. With the charm of the late 1970s, the shopping center, which opened in 1980, welcomes customers. There are grey parking areas around the shopping center. In ten years, everything is to look different: A new quarter is to be bult around the mall, a green ribbon is to wind around the shopping mall. On one side towards the Goldbach, 2000 people will live in a new residential area, on the other side towards the Autobahn 5000 to 7000 people will work in newly settled companies. And in between, Breuninger is planning a “square” with a surf wave in summer and an ice rink in winter.

Holger Blecker, Breuninger’s Chief Executive Officer, presented these plans to the public and the local council for the first time on Tuesday. The cars will be parked in an underground garage, Breuningerland itself will receive a new green façade. The planned residential buildings on the Goldbach will have a wooden façade. Breuninger has been planning all this in secret for the past two years. The public had expected a concept for the expansion of the shopping centre by 10,000 square meters to then 42,000 square meters, which Breuniger had fought legally against the regional council. Now the company is adding the plans for a new city district.  For the Daimler city of Sindelfingen, which has to fear for its future because of the structural change in the automotive industry, this project means a new perspective the Mayor of Sindelfingen, Dr. Voehringer and Corinna Clemens, were particularly pleased with the planned 700 to 900 new apartments on the site. “We welcome new housing construction.”  (Stuttgarter Nachrichten, July 22)