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Infection protection: does it need a new corona app??

Many hopes were pinned on Corona warning app of the federal government when it was launched in the summer. But the app is not the magic bullet in the fight against the pandemic that many had expected. Now voices are being raised calling for the app to be more infection and less data protection Offer – or be replaced immediately by a new.

"We need to get off this Data protection cult", said the Green politician and mayor of Tubingen recently Boris Palmer. And philosopher Julian Nida-Rumelin, on "Anne Will," immediately called for a completely newly developed app modeled on applications used in East Asian democracies.

Data protectionists: Corona warning app as in South Korea not conceivable in Germany

But experts doubt whether that will Effect of the app would really improve. "Platitudinously saying we need to lower data protection, suggesting we can end the pandemic faster, I think is a smoke screen," explains Ann Cathrin Riedel, Chairwoman of Load, an association for liberal network policy.

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Rents have risen by 6.4 percent

Rents have risen by 6.4 percent

The new Braunschweig rent index has cleared the first political hurdle: Unanimously, the members of the Committee for Social Affairs and Health voted in their recent meeting for the recognition of the current rent survey. According to this, the average rent in Braunschweig has risen by 6.4 percent to 5.95 euros per square meter compared to 2014.

Thorsten Warnecke, head of the Department of Urban Planning, cited the strong demand on the housing market as the main reason why housing has become more expensive. The qualified rent index should give tenants and landlords legal certainty.

In the run-up, the owners' association Haus+Grund had criticized the newly determined average rent as not being in line with the market: it did not reflect reality. For Warnecke, this objection came as a surprise: the players in the housing market would have jointly agreed on an external expertise in a working group.

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Track work on bohlweg delayed

Track work on bohlweg delayed

Due to unforeseeable difficulties in the construction process, according to Verkehrs GmbH, track rehabilitation work on Bohlweg between Hagenmarkt and Dankwardstrabe will be delayed by about a week. The Hagenmarkt stop in the direction of the town hall will therefore remain closed and cannot be served by tram lines 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Most work takes place while light rail traffic is in operation. The pure track replacement work must continue to be carried out at night in the non-operating time from about 22 to 4 a.m.be completed by 30 o'clock. During these times, Bohlweg between Hagenmarkt and Steinweg must be fully closed for space reasons. Outside of this nighttime work, road traffic in this section of Bohlweg will remain on a single lane.

On the nights when the tracks are being replaced, it will be necessary to postpone the last trips of streetcar line 1 from Wenden at 23:00.36 a.m., Heideblick stop and from the town hall at 0 a.m., and line 3 from Volkmarode, Moorhuttenweg stop at 23.42 and 0 o'clock from city hall, to be replaced by buses. Work on the tracks to be completed by the end of October.

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Osterloh: “we're fighting hard on this issue

Osterloh: 'we're fighting hard on this issue

In view of the discussions about massive job cuts at the VW brand, unrest is growing among the workforce. For this Thursday, the works council has therefore scheduled an additional works council meeting at the Wolfsburg parent plant. General Works Council Chairman Bernd Osterloh would like to inform employees about the negotiations with the Board of Management on the so-called Pact for the Future. In advance, Osterloh answered questions in writing from Christina Lohner and Andre Dolle.

Mr. Osterloh, the Group is facing a historic transformation. What worries are currently driving the staff, what is the mood like – and can you reare them?

Of course, many of the colleagues are worried. So that they do not have to rely on speculation, but get first-hand facts, we are holding the additional works council meeting on Thursday. Our most important message to the workforce: core jobs are safe, that's a red line for us.

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Corona mutation: first berlin clinic under quarantine

Corona mutation: first berlin clinic under quarantine

The more contagious and possibly also more deadly Corona mutation from the UK is spreading further and further into Germany. Several infections with the viral variant have been detected at the Vivantes Humboldt Hospital in Berlin, Germany.

The hospital's website states that the admission of new Patients was stopped to prevent the spread of the virus mutation B.1.1.7 to prevent. By Saturday, there were 14 cases among staff and patients, according to "Tagesspiegel".

Infections with mutations cannot be explained by travel

According to the report, experts ame that a medium double-digit number of Clinic staff and patients could already be infected with the mutant.

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Dispute over vw savings course – works council threatens brand board of management

Dispute over vw savings course - works council threatens brand board of management

Frontal attack on VW board. The works council of the Wolfsburg plant accuses personnel director Karlheinz Blessing and VW brand boss Herbert Diess of "irresponsible action" in implementing the "pact for the future". At the same time, employee representatives are indirectly threatening to let this agreement on the restructuring of the VW brand fall through. The "pact for the future" includes staff cuts, and costs are to be reduced by three billion euros by 2020.

In a first step, the works council has suspended decisions on work organization. This means, for example, that overtime cannot be approved. The works council is also giving managers an ultimatum. They are to meet until 13. February to explain in writing "whether and how you envision future cooperation with the works council".

The company, on the other hand, is keeping its head down. Blessing told our newspaper: "We have set ourselves a lot of goals with the future pact for the brand. Many of the changes we are setting in motion with the Pact for the Future are yet to come to others in the industry. The implementation will be exhausting for all involved."It was clear from the outset that the real work would not begin until after the "Pact for the Future" had been signed. Blessing: "If everyone involved sticks to the agreements, I am convinced that the pact for the future will be a great success for the Volkswagen brand."

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Alec baldwin speaks out for first time about slain camerawoman

Alec baldwin speaks out for first time about slain camerawoman

The ill-fated western "Rust," during the shooting of which at a movie ranch in Arizona, senior cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, 42, was killed by a shot from a gun partially loaded with live ammunition, is never expected to be released in theaters. He can't imagine the film being finished, said Alec Baldwin, lead actor, co-producer and death-row inmate against his will in the U.S. state of Vermont.

Members of the media had followed him and his family (six children) in a car over the weekend until the 63-year-old pulled over on a country road near Manchester and answered some recognizably reluctant questions. "We were a very, very well-oiled crew shooting a movie together and then this horrible event happens," Baldwin said in a video distributed by celebrity portal "tmz," while his upset wife Hilaria recorded the scene on her cell phone and interrupted several times.

Baldwin calls for new security measures

Hutchins, who leaves behind a nine-year-old son, called Baldwin "my friend". For the start of the shooting, he had invited her and director Joel Souza, who was injured in the shoulder in the incident, to dinner, he said. With Hutchins man Matt is he regularly in connection.

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Labbadia's painful analysis

Labbadia's painful analysis

Bruno Labbadia has it anything but easy. On the one hand, the coach of VfL Wolfsburg has to form a team in the shortest possible time that is ready to fight for keeping up in the Bundesliga. On the other hand, the 52-year-old has to keep answering the questions of why. Why have the Green-Whites fallen into the relegation battle for the second time in a row? A difficult tightrope walk for Labbadia, who is not responsible for the crash as a newcomer. Before the home game on Saturday (18.30 clock) against Schalke 04, the VfL coach let his opinion, however, through.

Who as 15. the table despite a large budget must fear for the class preservation, simply can not have done everything right. The initiated upheaval in the past summer has led again into the table cellar. "VfL went into it with a super ambition, but many things have gone in a different direction," says Labbadia, always with the aside that he can't evaluate certain things "because I wasn't there". But this is precisely what gives him the unbiased view that is often lacking in those who have spent months dealing with the ie.

In his almost 17-month sabbatical between leaving Hamburger SV and joining Wolfsburg on 20. February was Labbadia in matters VfL also only an observer from the outside, one of many. However, the problems had already been seen: A newly assembled team, plus the many absences and the situation from the previous year, when they had to go into the relegation, still in the back of the mind. "These are all reasons," said Labbadia, "but I prefer to start like this, to look for the main blame with us. How did they take it, what did they do about it? I find it difficult to judge. But this is a very special situation, and I had the feeling at the beginning that you did not recognize where you are right now."

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Brains are calibrated for direct contact

Working in a home office has a lot of advantages, without question. These weigh so much that even after the lockdown ends, many employees will continue to enjoy the benefits of the home office. At the same time, this working at home has an isolating effect. It's precisely for those working from home who seek contact that the city of Montreal offers free outdoor workplaces. These little summer islands called ĂŽliots d'ete have free Wi-Fi and even green plants. The workstations in the middle of the city not only revitalize urban space, but also promote the mental and emotional well-being of the people who come together to work here. In perspective, more summer islands are to be made available in the city, perhaps also an idea for Braunschweig.

On the other hand, there seems to be an increased desire to work from home and avoid commuting to work, and many employees feel increasingly comfortable interacting with people remotely. Wonder if the pandemic has fueled the new-work trend in a new direction – or are we increasingly evolving into "homo sociophobico" – people who are afraid of human proximity? Yet increasing work-location flexibility is good for our brains in the first place, because a change of environment stimulates creativity and imagination. From a neuroscientific point of view, however, there is skepticism as to whether we really feel more comfortable at home, alone, in the long run, and whether the world of work should not remain more separate from the private world of thought and action.

Our brains are designed for community and cooperation, this needs to be real in a space to come to full fruition, brains are most motivated to think and work in a sociability with other brains. As the pandemic has shown, this can also be established to some extent virtually. But we have also experienced that it is very difficult to make new contacts virtually and to have informal, but trust-building and cooperation-promoting conversations. In addition, video conferencing is very exhausting due to the constant cognitive dissonance we experience, the brain has to accommodate close to face tiles all the time. In addition, one usually sees many faces (and usually one's own). Accordingly, online conferences always act a bit like Valium pills as far as creativity and innovation are concerned, as they virtually eat up our entire ability to concentrate due to the technical necessities.

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Wolfsburgers celebrate the day of the tree

Wolfsburgers celebrate the day of the tree

For Dirk Schafer, somehow every day is a tree day. After all, Wolfsburg's city forester deals with the giants of the forests on a daily basis. But once a year, "Arbor Day" is really celebrated, on 25. April. So this Sunday.

In America, by the way, this day of honor for the tree has already existed for around 140 years. It originated in Nebraska, which is rather poor in trees. Then, 70 years ago, the Day of the Tree was adopted by the United Nations. Planting campaigns usually take place on this day, campaigns around the tree as well. Also in the Wolfsburger city area several associations and citizens take this day to the cause, in order to plant a new Geholz. Just like the Brackstedt support group, for whom such an action has been firmly anchored in the April calendar for several years now. But to cancel completely was out of the question despite Corona: After all, the tree had also been ordered long ago. For this reason the working group planted the tree together with SV Brackstedt. Chairman Manfred Rosner and groundskeeper Manfred Wocknik supported. "The sports club celebrated its 100th anniversary last year – and that was an occasion for us to donate a four-meter-high ginkgo tree. It is the tree of the millennium. It was also native to us before the ice ages," explains Marie-Luise Kelting, chairwoman of the Forderkreis. The ginkgo is also very hardy and will certainly be enjoyed by future generations.

An service tree was planted in the Wolfsburg city forest on Thursday

An equally small event took place on Thursday in Wolfsburg's city forest: Agriculture Minister Barbara Otte-Kinast planted an service tree together with Lord Mayor Klaus Mohrs. In other years, the actions were larger – and should be again, according to the wishes of Dirk Schafer.