White Rose of Yorkshire

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  1. @Bon UK: I feel really sorry for you it must be terrible for you and your colleagues at the moment.


    Some years ago the Job Centre and the department responsible for giving people financial help from the state (similar to social security in the UK) were merged so this is why you have to register at the Arbeitsagentur as it is now called if you need state aid.


    If your company has not paid the salaries of its employees has it paid the monthly sums of money to the Krankenkasse, Rentenversicherung etc? Do you have any health insurance at the moment? Does your company have a Betriebsrat?


    It might be advisable to make an appointment with the Arbeitsagentur straight away, see text below.



    Ist ein Arbeitgeber zahlungsunfähig und haben Arbeitnehmer deshalb ihre Löhne beziehungsweise Gehälter nur noch teilweise beziehungsweise gar nicht mehr erhalten, zahlt die Agentur für Arbeit unter bestimmten Voraussetzungen die ausstehenden Entgeltansprüche an die betroffenen Arbeitnehmer in Form von Insolvenzgeld.Anspruch auf Insolvenzgeld besteht bei Vorliegen eines Insolvenzereignisses für die davor liegenden letzten drei Monate (Insolvenzgeld-Zeitraum) des Arbeitsverhältnisses.



    Neben dem Insolvenzgeld, das die Arbeitnehmerin oder der Arbeitnehmer erhält, zahlt die Agentur für Arbeit auf Antrag der zuständigen Einzugsstelle (Krankenkasse) auch die für den Insolvenzgeld-Zeitraum rückständigen Pflichtbeiträge zur gesetzlichen Kranken-, Renten- und sozialen Pflegeversicherung sowie die Beiträge zur Arbeitsförderung (§ 175 SGB III).






  2. @ballygobackwards: Due to data protection laws it is not allowed to ask for information about a former employee over the phone. This is what Zeugnises are for.


    Imagine you printed the telephone number of your employer here and we all phoned him/her and asked for information about you. How would you react if we then wrote about the said conversation here?


    How can you prove that you are a potential new employer over the phone?


  3. Hull City will travel to Stuttgart to round off their pre-season programme ahead of the Barclay's Premier League opener at Queens Park Rangers.


    The match will take place on Sunday, 10th August at 4.oo p.m. local time.


    Ticket details will be made available in due course.


    It would be nice to have a group of Toytowners cheering them on.




  4. Well, you have certainly got lots of good suggestions to work on from the Toytown community.


    I sympathize with your situation but I believe your problem has to do with different cultures. I find the people in this part of Germany tend to be very reserved and wary of strangers. When you get to know them they do open up but this does not happen overnight.


    Have you had a look at the Events and Meetups section here? The Drunken, Uninhibited Meetup for Beer (DUMB) group are thinking of meeting up on 24.07.2014. I went to one of their meetings and it was a very enjoyable evening with some really nice people.


    There are several American Military Bases in this area and quite a lot of German/American organisations which are open to all people. Perhaps you will find something of interest in the links below.



    Deutsch-Amerikanisches Zentrum



    English Films in Vaihingen



    American Theater Centre Stuttgart



    English Shop


    There is a notice board at the back of the shop with information about English speaking groups in Stuttgart.



    If you can speak some German, the blind-date theatre performances will put you in contact with some ladies :D

    4 Blind Date Theater Performances (in German)


    You will be greeted with a glass of sparkling white wine and have a surprise blind date person sitting next to you at each performance.




  5. Here are two links that may be of interest. The first link has an example of what an application for Elternzeit should look like. The second link is about applying for Elterngeld. There is no standard application form for Elterngeld, each Federal state has its own application form.






  6. I have found some interesting background information about the tour.


    Each year, the course chosen for the Tour de France varies, though nowadays they traditionally finish at the Champs-Elysées in Paris. The race starts in a different town every year and currently every other year it starts outside France.


    The choice of towns to host each stage comes down to a combination of money and sporting considerations - the towns will pay for a start or a finish, but they need to be near a mountain or a cobbled road or be near another town who wants to host the Tour. The cost for the town to host the stage is well and truly paid back with the amount of money brought in through increased exposure and tourism.


    Most of the stages of the Tour take place in France, though it is also common to have a few stages in nearby countries, such as Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany. Other countries that do are not neighbors of France have also hosted stages of the event, such as the Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom and the Netherlands.


    The tour is held over three weeks, which usually includes two rest days. During these rest days, the cyclists may need to be transported a long distance to the next stages.


    The itinerary the race changes each year and alternates between clockwise and anti-clockwise direction around France.




  7. Grand Depart 05.07.2014


    The atmosphere and beauty of the County of Yorkshire gives a constant inspiration to travel. Among the native heroes of the area is Captain James Cook, one of the explorers who gave a new face to the world by discovering New-Zealand, New Caledonia and the Isles of Hawaï. Crossing the seas will be a lot more peaceful for the riders of the Tour who will also discover new lands on the occasion of this twentieth Grand Départ outside of the French borders. Through a Tour of Yorkshire, during two stages, the pack will have a taste of what this sensational territory has to offer: stunningly pure nature once in the Yorkshire Dales, a constantly renewed vitality in the heart of the cities that has marked the history of the country. The Yorkshire atmosphere takes the visitor back into time at the heart of the novels written by the Brontë sisters that might even inspire some riders as they cross through the village of Haworth.


    The cities of Leeds and Sheffield, two major places of the industrial development during the 19th century, will play a central role in the Tour’s stay in Yorkshire. Their history in sports often put them in the limelight thanks to the football clubs of both cities that have conquered a total of eight league titles. While in far lower divisions, Sheffield FC will remain forever the first football club in the world… created back in 1857! In terms of cycling, destiny seems to have struck. Brian Robinson first British stage winner on the Tour and Barry Hoban who won eight others are both from Yorkshire. Time has come to now turn to 2014.







    The route



    Stage 1 Leeds – Harrogate





    Stage 2 York –Sheffield





    Stage 3 Cambridge – London





    Stage 4 France




  8. Has your boss asked you how long you want to remain at home and look after your baby? Sometimes a woman thinks she can cope with a baby and a job but when the baby is born things don’t always work out as planned. Some mother’s declare they will stay at home and look after their baby and then realise how much they miss their work and contact with their colleagues If possible wait until your baby is born and see how things are with you and the baby before you give your boss a definite answer. Your boss must be informed about your decision at least seven weeks before the planned Elternzeit begins. Would it be possible to make an appointment with your boss and discuss things openly beforehand.


    It is advisable to remain on good terms and keep in contact with your boss and colleagues. A lot of unexpected things can happen in three years, your partner could loose his job, couples split up and you may need an income to support yourself and the baby so always leave a door open.


    Your boss needs a binding answer from you because he/she has to ensure that the work you did will be carried out by somebody else. He/she may need to advertise for a person to do your work and this person needs to know how long the position wil be vacant for, 6 months, 1 year or longer.


    Here are two links that may help you. The first link has an example of what an application for Elternzeit should look like.






    All the best for you and the baby.


  9. A Evening of Entertainment at St. Catherine's Church 27.06.2014 8.00 p.m.


    Please join the people of St. Catherine's Anglican Church

    as it celebrates 170 years of Anglicanism in Stuttgart.


    We will celebrate with singing, dancing, poetry, and funny stories...

    typical English and American humour!


    Place: St. Catherine's Church (Katharinenkirche)

    Katharinenplatz 5, 70182 Stuttgart....


    When: 27 June, Friday night at 20:00h


    Tickets? No. Of course not! It is a totally free programme.

    ...done mostly by "amateurs"

    ...just for fun and fellowship.



    Well,... except for two special performers

    who are truly professional.

    George Bailey and Owen Clark ...both of whom are

    very experienced professional musicians.

    George plays Keyboard and Owen plays saxophone.


    Both are so good that their professionalism will make up for all the amateurism

    of the rest of us!


    It will be lots of fun.


    No need to reserve a place;

    no need to buy a ticket;

    just come and enjoy


  10. Finding your way around the greater Stuttgart area with public transport.


    If you want find out which underground, tram or bus will take you where you want to go to, follow the instructions below.






    Mehr Auskunft




    Write the house number, street and town of the place you want to go to in the box and click on Anfordern


    Click on Stadtplanausshnitt pdf and then scroll down until you see the orange circle. The orange circle shows the address you wrote in the box and the nearest public transport stop.


  11. As I don't know if everyone who has registered knows their way about Stuttgart, perhaps it would be advisable to meet in the city centre.


    Brauhaus Calwereck Calwer Strasse 31 Stuttgart.




    Carl’s Brauhaus am Schlossplatz

    Schlossplatz Stuttgart The entrance is on Stauffenbergstrasse 1 Stuttgart.




    I'm looking forward to seeing Guest and Frollein again and can't wait to see who is behind the other two names :)


    BTW Guest does a very good impression of a posh British accent.


  12. YORKSHIRELAD6 and several others responded quickly to your statement and you haven't even said thank you.


    I hate it when someone asks for advice and doesn't give all the necessary information at the begining (like you have done) and then expect people to answer. Why didin't you begin your statement with your comment from 12.28.p.m? Yes, I am from YORKSHIRE.


  13. Why is secondhand smoke a problem?


    Secondhand smoke causes cancer

    Secondhand smoke (SHS) is classified as a “known human carcinogen” (cancer-causing agent) by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the US National Toxicology Program, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC – a branch of the World Health Organization).


    Tobacco smoke is a mixture of gases and particles. It contains more than 7,000 chemical compounds. More than 250 of these chemicals are known to be harmful, and at least 69 are known to cause cancer.


    SHS has been linked to lung cancer. There is also some evidence suggesting it might be linked to lymphoma, leukemia, and brain tumors in children, and cancers of the larynx (voice box), pharynx (throat), nasal sinuses, brain, bladder, rectum, stomach, and breast in adults.


    IARC reported in 2009 that parents who smoked before and during pregnancy were more likely to have a child with hepatoblastoma. This rare liver cancer is thought to start while the child is still in the uterus. Compared with non-smoking parents, the risk was about twice as high if only one parent smoked, but nearly 5 times higher when both parents smoked.






    Second-hand smoking also causes cancer and kills thousands of people every year

    Several studies have shown that breathing in other people’s smoke causes cancer in non-smokers. Second-hand smoke contains several cancer causing chemicals. Many of these chemicals are present in higher concentrations than in the smoke inhaled by the smoker themselves.


    One study analysed studies from around the world found that non-smoking spouses of people who smoke at home have 27% higher risks of lung cancer. And a review of 22 studies found that people exposed to second-hand smoke in the workplace have 24% higher risks of lung cancer. Those who were exposed to the highest levels of second-hand smoke at work had twice the risks of lung cancer.


    One study estimates that passive smoking may kill over 11,000 people every year in the UK from cancer, heart disease, strokes and other diseases.


    Second-hand smoking also causes other health problems in non-smokers including asthma and heart disease. One study showed that even 30 minutes of exposure to second-hand smoke can reduce blood flow in a non-smoker’s heart.



    Children are especially at risk from second-hand smoking.

    Children are particularly at risk because they breathe faster than adults and have underdeveloped immune systems. A study by the Royal College of Physicians showed that about 17,000 children in the UK are admitted to hospital every year because of illnesses caused by second-hand smoke.


    A large study of over 300,000 people found that children who were frequently exposed to cigarette smoke at home had a higher risks of lung cancer as adults. Another study found that children in households where both parents smoke have a 72% higher risk of respiratory diseases. And the EPIC study found that exposing children to second-hand smoke increases the risk of bladder cancer later on in life by a third.


    Childhood exposure to second-hand smoke had also been linked to a wide range of other conditions including asthma, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (or cot death) 80, childhood meningitis and mental disabilities.




  14. I can’t understand why smokers leave the comforts of their own living room to go and smoke on the balcony. Are they more worried about their net curtains and wallpaper turning yellow than the damage they are doing to their lungs? If the smell is so pleasant why don’t they want it in their own four walls?


    It is pontless arguing with smokers as their brains are so nicotin damaged they don’t even register the warning on every cigarette packet or advertisement. Strangely enough nearly all the junkies and alcoholics you see always seem to have a cigarette in their hand so perhaps this was how their downfall began.


    What Is Secondhand Smoke?

    When you breathe in smoke that comes from the end of a lit cigarette, cigar, or pipe (sidestream smoke) or that is exhaled by a smoker (mainstream smoke), you're inhaling almost the same amount of chemicals as the smoker breathes in. Tobacco smoke contains more than 4,000 different chemical compounds, more than 50 of which are known to cause cancer. These are just a few of the chemicals that float into your lungs when you are exposed to secondhand smoke:


    Hydrogen cyanide -- a highly poisonous gas used in chemical weapons and pest control

    Benzene -- a component of gasoline

    Formaldehyde -- a chemical used to embalm corpses

    Carbon monoxide -- a poisonous gas found in car exhaust

    A 2006 surgeon general's report confirmed that secondhand smoking (also called involuntary or passive smoking) can kill, and it concluded that there is no amount of exposure to secondhand smoke that is safe. The more secondhand smoke you breathe in, the more your health risks increase.




  15. I agree with Metall. This is mobbing no way about it.


    Your employer has no right to ask such questions, why did you give him the information? A Doctor’s sick note contains no diagnosis. Illnesses are written in code because your employer does not have the right to know why you are ill.


    Stop thinking if you play along he will treat you better, he won’t. He is probably planning to make your life there so unbearable that you will leave of your own accord. That way he saves himself the trouble of finding a legal way to sack you and explaining this to the works council people.


    Wake up, as I see it you have two choices. First choice do nothing and hope he will treat you in a respectful manner(my opinion no chance). Second choice, go to the Betriebsrat (perhaps there is a female memeber of the Betriebsrat you can talk to). You have nothing to loose as he wants you out anyway. If you allow people to treat you like a doormat, they will do.


    I wish you luck and hope things turn out good for you. Keep us posted.