Due to economic restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, demand for labor in Germany continued to fall as the country’s job index fell from 94 points in April to 91 points in May, Germany’s Federal Employment Agency (BA) announced on Tuesday.
The decline in labor demand slowed down after the monthly index had fallen by 19 points last month. “New job registrations have recovered from the strong fall in April,” BA noted.
“Staff requirements are lower than in the previous year in all industry sectors,” BA said. Almost half of the decline was due to the decreasing demand in temporary employment and the country’s manufacturing industry.
The hotel and restaurant industry was also affected by the coronavirus restrictions with 42 percent fewer jobs registered, according to BA. In transport and logistics, the number of registered jobs fell by a third.
Club’s server collapses over demand for first Bundesliga game in 11 years
Ticket demand for Arminia Bielefeld’s first Bundesliga home game in 11 years on Saturday prompted their server to collapse.
Season ticket-holders were originally able to register from Sunday evening for the promoted team’s game against Cologne for which as of now 5,300 spectators are to be allowed in.
This is as a result of coronavirus restrictions.
Demand was so high that their internet server went down and they had to take the registration form off their website, apologising and promising a new form later Monday.
“We had expected a rush, but nothing like this,” a club statement said. “We will do everything we can to learn from the mistakes.”
Arminia Bielefeld reassured fans by saying the time of registration would have no influence on the distribution of the tickets which is to be done by lot.
Edited By: Olawale Alabi)
NIBCARD Games to represent Nigeria in world’s largest game exhibition
A Nigerian game company, NIBCARD Games, has been selected to exhibit alongside 40 other countries in Germany.
The company will be attending the world’s largest games’ convention known as SPIEL, which attracted over 200, 000 guests in 2019 in Essen, Germany.
The SPIEL convention will be held from Oct. 22 to Oct. 25, and participants can join for free.
More guests are expected to participate in 2020, which will be held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking on the event, Kenechukwu Ogbuagu, NIBCARD’s Creative Director said, “We are also releasing our educational games and puzzle; all of which are designed and made in Nigeria, hence creating economic value.
“Spiel Digital will be an opportunity to show what we do to a bigger audience.”
Ogbuagu also revealed that one of the company’s recent games, ‘Village War: The Calamity’ would be released at the convention.
He said the content would be on “experiencing the folklore, history, mythology and the imagination of the Igbo culture’’.
“We are excited to announce that ‘Village War: The Calamity’ will be released at SPIEL digital 2020,” he said.
Speaking on the importance of the café to the industry, Ogbuagu told NAN that having a serene environment where games could be played could foster social development.
“The café was eventually set up and currently houses over 250 games from around the world; it was created by gaming company, NIBCARD Games with the support of board gamers around the world,’’ he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that in 2018, Ogbuagu led an online campaign to set up Nigeria’s first board game table top café.
The appeal went viral on social media with positive response from the local and international gaming community helping to raise funds and awareness for the café.
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Dutch Prime Minister tells cheering football fans to shut up
Amsterdam, Sept. 21, 2020 Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Monday hit out at fans who sing and cheer at football matches, saying they were frustrating the fight against COVID-19 amid a surge in infections.
Limited crowds have been allowed back in Dutch stadiums since the start of the new season this month.
But that is only if they adhere to social distancing rules and refrain from singing and shouting.
“Just shut up when you’re sitting there,” Rutte said when asked about fans’ behaviour in the stadiums. “Watch the game and don’t shout. It’s possible.”
The fans have been far from quiet and many have left their designated seats during matches to stand and sing together.
“It’s utterly stupid,” the Prime Minister said. “That way we won’t get the virus under control.”
The daily tally of new coronavirus infections in The Netherlands topped 2,000 for the first time on Monday, setting a record for the fifth time in a week.
Rutte on Friday announced regional measures to limit the spread of the disease, forcing bars and restaurants to close early and limiting group sizes.
He has repeatedly warned that football stadiums could be closed down again if fans cannot restrain themselves.
The venues are operating at around a quarter of their capacity to make sure there is at least 1.5 metres (5 ft) distance between fans from different households.
Fans can only enter and exit stadiums at certain times, meaning some have to arrive more than an hour early.
Others have to wait a long while before they can leave after the games.
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Resumption: Schools comply with COVID-19 protocol
As schools across Osun state resumed today, the authoritiest of all schools complied with the Federal Government COVID-19 protocol.
The News Agency of Nigeria correspondent who monitored resumption of schools in Ile-Ife, Osun, on Monday, observed compliance with the Covid-19 protocols of use of face mask and observance of social distancing in the schools visited.
The Principal, Anglican Central Government Middle School, Ilare, Ile-Ife, Mr Rufus Ojedokun, commended the state government for the re-opening of schools.
He described as impressive the turn out of students and teachers in school, adding over 90 per cent were in attendance.
Ojedokun said that all the students came with their face mask and sanitizers from home, while the school already put all materials in place for the schools as well.
He admonished parents to support their children academically by providing necessary materials for them and ensure they are punctual in schools.
Also, Mrs Kehinde Olafimihan, Coordinator for Triumphant Baptist Private Primary School, Ilare, Ile-Ife, told NAN that the school resumption was a welcomed development.
Olafimihan said that ahead of resumption, government had decontaminated the school premises and classrooms, provided washing hand basin with soaps and sanitizers for the pupils, staff and visitors.
She said that also provided were thermometers to checkmate the temperature of the children before entry into the school compound while the pupils complied with social distance protocols in their classrooms.
According to her, all the students came with their face mask and sanitizers from home while the school also provided as well.
Also, Mr Ademola Sanusi, the Principal, Oduduwa College, Ile-Ife, stated that almost 90 per cent of the students resumed today, because majority of them were already tired of staying at home.
He said that all the students came with their face masks and sanitizers from home, while the schools also provided for their students, staffs and visitors to the schools.
The principal urged the students to face their studies, saying that they have limited time to run the abridge third term, for they would write unified promotion examinations.
Also, Johnson Agboola, the Vice-Principal, Ambassador College, said that as a private school, they were happy at the resumption and all their staff and students were 100 per cent present in school.
Agboola added that the school had provided face masks for the students, staff and the visitors.
He stated that the school ensured compliance with social distancing, provided thermometers to check the students temperature and water and hand washing basin with soap and sanitizers
The Vice-Principal appealed to the students to be diligent in their studies, saying this was necessary because of the time lost due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Bayo Sekoni