Nrw under pressure: more tax millions for qiagen?

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The corona test manufacturer Qiagen, which has come under fire for tax practices, wants further funding from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. In 2019, Qiagen gilded his boss’s departure with more than 40 million euros.

By Petra Blum and Massimo Bognanni, WDR

The next application has already been submitted. The Dutch biotech company Qiagen would like to receive a further 19 million euros in tax money from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. So far, things have looked good for the corona test manufacturer, which employs around 1200 people at its German location in Hilden. After all, the NRW ministers for health and economy recently praised Qiagen as a "pioneer" during an on-site visit. At that time, the ministers had already promised 18.3 million euros in subsidies. The company not only produces important laboratory materials for corona tests, but is also researching the urgently needed Covid rapid tests.

Nrw prime minister laschet accuses continental of "cold capitalism"

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The applicant for the Union’s candidacy for chancellor does not skimp on manager scolding: Armin Laschet attacked the top management of the automotive supplier Continental head-on because of a planned plant closure in Aachen.

The North Rhine-Westphalian Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) has sharply criticized the automotive supplier Continental for the planned closure of a plant in Aachen. Closing a factory without first talking to the union and the country is "cold capitalism," Laschet said at a rally. Around 1,500 people demonstrated against the group’s plans to stop tire production at the location.

The company’s approach does not correspond to the tradition of social partnership in North Rhine-Westphalia, said Laschet. The auto industry expects billions in aid from the state. "Are you really serious about snubbering all of your interlocutors and simply closing a plant?" Said the Prime Minister to the Continental Executive Board. There are "intelligent solutions" for savings. The group could also distribute the downsizing to several locations.

Nrw: runoff elections for top municipal posts

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The polling stations in NRW are closed, now the votes are counted. Things could get exciting in some big cities.

The Local elections in NRW went into the second round on Sunday. Runoff elections for the mayor, mayor and district administrator positions were held in 128 municipalities. The polling stations have been closed since 6 p.m. Now it is counted. The first results are expected around 7 p.m..

It is particularly eager to see how the mayor duels will end in large cities such as Aachen, Bonn, Dortmund, Dusseldorf, Dortmund, Cologne, Munster, Oberhausen and Wuppertal. In addition to the CDU and SPD, the Greens are also fighting for the first time for top positions in the town halls.

Nrw limits the number of guests at celebrations to a maximum of 50

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Large wedding celebrations will no longer be possible in NRW. Prime Minister Armin Laschet announced this on Sunday. In addition, there should be uniform rules for all municipalities.

Fewer people in a confined space, uniform rules for all municipalities in North Rhine-Westphalia: these are the main points of the measures that the state government wants to take to combat the corona pandemic. As Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) announced on Sunday after a special session of the cabinet, in view of the increasing numbers of infections it is important to take joint measures before winter. These should then apply to all hotspots in the country, i.e. for the municipalities or districts in which there were more than 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in one week.

Major events are canceled

Specifically: The number of people in such a risk area who come from different households and want to meet in a public space will in future be halved from ten to five. Events with more than 500 people outdoors and 250 indoors are canceled – large-scale pub visits are no longer possible. In addition, the mask must not be put down in place. These rules are due to come into force soon – but the exact date has not yet been determined. 

Now more than one million corona infections worldwide

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The number of corona infections has risen to over a million worldwide. More than 53,000 people have died from the virus so far. In the USA in particular, the situation is becoming increasingly dramatic.

In the United States, the world’s highest number of deaths from the novel coronavirus was recorded within 24 hours within a country. According to data from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, 1,169 additional deaths were recorded between 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time Wednesday and the same time Thursday evening. The sad record had so far been held by Italy with 969 corona deaths on March 27.

Overall, the Johns Hopkins University counted 5926 fatalities in the United States by Thursday evening. According to forecasts by the US government, between 100,000 and 240,000 people in the US could die from the coronavirus-induced lung disease Covid-19. 

November lockdown: is that proportionate?

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Closed gastronomy, stop for artists, limited contacts: Is the "lockdown light" actually compatible with the Basic Law?

By Michael-Matthias Nordhardt, ARD legal editor

One thing is clear: The measures decided are associated with serious encroachments on fundamental rights for many people. Gastronomy and cultural institutions have to close, artists can no longer perform – this is a restriction on professional freedom. Contact restrictions and party bans, however, interfere with the general freedom of action.

Greenpeace: us jets would cost around eight billion euros

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According to a Greenpeace calculation, the Bundeswehr’s planned procurement of 45 F-18 fighter jets from the American aircraft manufacturer Boeing could cost up to eight billion euros. In Corona times, this is a waste of scarce resources.

According to an estimate commissioned by Greenpeace, the purchase of 45 F-18 fighter jets from the US manufacturer Boeing, which the Department of Defense is aiming for, could cost around eight billion euros. This was reported first by the "Suddeutsche Zeitung". The calculation comes to the result that procurement costs "at a minimum" would be between 7.67 and 8.77 billion euros. The authors are the director of the Berlin Information Center for Transatlantic Security, Otfried Nassauer, and the former officer Ulrich Scholz.

The Greenpeace calculation is based on information from the Australian Court of Auditors on a procurement project for F-18 aircraft in Australia. The Ministry of Defense wants to replace the outdated Tornado fleet of the German Air Force with up to 93 Eurofighters and 45 F-18 combat aircraft.

Greenpeace: home office can save millions of tons of co2

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Telephone and video conferencing instead of daily car trips to the office: According to a Greenpeace study, millions of tons of CO2 could be saved if more people would work more often in the home office.

According to a study, home office saves millions of tons of CO2 and noticeably reduces traffic loads.

CO2 emissions in traffic can fall by 5.4 million tons per year if 40 percent of employees work from home two days a week. This corresponds to 18 percent of all emissions caused by commuting, according to a study by the Berlin Institute IZT.

Green politician boris palmer: winfried kretschmann holds on to tubingen’s mayor

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Because of Boris Palmer’s controversial statements about older people in the corona pandemic, state chairmen Sandra Detzer and Oliver Hildenbrand suggested that he quit the party. (Archive image) Photo: dpa / Tom Weller

Prime Minister Kretschmann sticks to Tubingen’s Lord Mayor Boris Palmer – despite his verbal escapades. There is bad air at the Greens in Tubingen, because not everyone is for Palmer as an OB candidate in 2022.

Tubingen / Stuttgart – Baden-Wurttemberg’s Green Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann still considers the mayor of Tubingen, Boris Palmer, who is controversial in his party, suitable for higher political offices. In response to a corresponding question in Stuttgart on Tuesday, Kretschmann said: "Sure, as far as I know, he wants to become mayor of Tubingen again." “I’ve never been unreconciled with him. I often have angry debates with him. ”At the end of last week, Palmer said he was hoping for a“ reconciliation ”with the Greens.

Coronavirus: "zaandam" is looking for a port in florida

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More than 1000 people are stuck on the cruise ship "Zaandam" off the coast of Florida. There are first deaths and several coronavirus sufferers. The US authorities have so far refused to enter – with reference to scarce resources.

The cruise ship "Zaandam" with four dead and several corona cases on board is still desperately looking for a port. In the US state of Florida, where the ship was supposed to arrive after a long odyssey, passengers are not allowed to go ashore.

Broward County wanted to advise today whether the ship could enter Port Everglades with 1,052 people on board. It was due to arrive in Florida tomorrow, but Governor Ron DeSantis has so far refused to dock.