Countries should examine possibilities: Seehofer for banning imperial war flags

Right-wing extremists use the Reich War Flag as a symbol of identification. Interior Minister Seehofer has now praised the initiative of some federal states to ban the flag. At the next conference of interior ministers one could talk about a uniform approach.

The debate initiated by some federal states about a ban on the Reich war flag in public space met with a positive response from Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer. “The Federal Minister of the Interior welcomes it when the federal states exhaust their legal possibilities to prevent the Reich war flag from being shown in public,” said his spokesman for the dpa news agency.

Seehofer therefore wanted to propose to put the topic on the agenda of the federal and state governments’ conference of interior ministers planned for December – “with the aim of a nationwide uniform approach”.

Bremen went ahead with a ban

The Bremen Interior Authority was the first to decide last week to ban the flags, which are used by Reich citizens and members of right-wing extremist groups at rallies, from the public. According to the Bremen decree, “their use in public regularly represents a lasting impairment of the requirements for an orderly civic coexistence and thus a danger to public order”.

The police in the state of Bremen can now confiscate the flags and impose a fine of up to 1000 euros.

Other federal states interested in regulation

There are similar considerations in Thuringia and Baden-Württemberg. Baden-Württemberg’s Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann spoke out on Tuesday for a nationwide ban on the Reich flag and the Reich war flag. He also suggested that the interior ministers of the federal states should discuss how a ban could be enforced.

The so-called Reichskriegsflagge in black-white-red was used in several variants from 1871 in changing parts of the army. Already in the Weimar Republic it served as a recognition signal for monarchist, reactionary and anti-republican groups.

The use of the red, black and white Reich war flag introduced by the National Socialists in 1935, with a swastika emblazoned in the middle, is forbidden nationwide.

In one of the other historical versions, the Reich war flag can only be secured under special circumstances. According to the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, this is the case, for example, “when the flag is the focal point of a specific threat”. The black-white-red flag of the Empire is generally allowed.

Reich flags last came into public focus at the end of August, when demonstrators occupied the stairs of the Reichstag building in Berlin on the sidelines of the protests against the federal government’s corona protective measures.

B5 reported on this topic on September 25, 2020 at 8:05 a.m.


After secret swearing in: EU condemns Lukashenko’s inauguration

The EU has strongly condemned the sudden and unannounced swearing-in of the controversial Belarusian President Lukashenko. There was no democratic legitimation for this act, it was said from Brussels.

The EU Foreign Affairs Representative Josep Borrell has sharply condemned the swearing-in of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. The move is in direct contradiction to the will of large sections of the Belarusian population, as has been expressed in numerous unprecedented peaceful protests since the elections, according to Borrell.

The “so-called inauguration” lacks any democratic legitimation because of the falsification of the election results, and it only ensures a further deepening of the political crisis in Belarus. “The position of the European Union is clear: Belarusian citizens have the right to be represented by those who are determined by new, inclusive, transparent and credible elections,” said Borrell. They stand on the side of the Belarusian people who, despite brutal repression by the authorities, continue to demonstrate peacefully for democracy and their basic rights.

Lukashenko rejects criticism

Meanwhile, 66-year-old Lukashenko sharply rejected the EU criticism. “We have not asked anyone to recognize or not recognize our elections, or to assess the legitimacy of the elected president,” he said at a meeting with the Chinese ambassador in Minsk.

Lukashenko had himself taken into office on Wednesday despite international protests. The ceremony took place without notice in the Palace of Independence in Minsk. Unlike in the past, the swearing-in was not broadcast on state television either.

Thousands of people took to the streets in the subsequent protests in the capital Minsk alone. Demonstrations by opponents of Lukashenko also took place in the cities of Brest, Gomel and Mogilev. Slogans like “We didn’t vote you!” or “You did not take up your office, you just became completely senile!” could be read on signs about the head of state. Some demonstrators wore false crowns on their heads as a reference to Lukashenko’s swearing-in ceremony.

More than 150 protesters arrested

The police again used violence against the demonstrators. The security forces used water cannons and tear gas to disperse the protests. According to eyewitnesses, at least two people were injured by police truncheons. At least 153 people were arrested during the demonstrations in Minsk and other cities, according to the human rights organization Viasna.

Since the presidential election on August 9th, thousands of people in the former Soviet republic have taken to the streets every day calling for the resignation of Lukashenko, who has been in power for 26 years. The trigger were fraud allegations against the election, after which Lukashenko had been declared the winner with 80.1 percent of the votes.

On September 24, 2020, the Tagesschau reported on this topic at 12:00 p.m. and Deutschlandfunk at 12:00 p.m. in the news.


Corona situation in the EU: “We are deeply concerned”

In many European countries, the number of new corona infections is increasing rapidly. The EU is watching this development with concern and warns against a repetition of the situation as in the spring.

The EU Commission has urged the member states to take decisive action against the spread of the corona pandemic. “This could be our last chance to prevent a repeat of last spring,” said Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides. The current situation shows “very clearly that the crisis is not behind us”.

The EU is “deeply concerned” about the increasing number of new infections in numerous member states. In some countries, the current situation is even worse than at the peak of the pandemic last spring. This shows that the measures taken so far “have not always been sufficient to reduce or control the risk”. That is why the EU states must intervene immediately at the first sign of a new outbreak, demanded the Commissioner.

Measures that should be applied across the board and uniformly across the EU included increased testing, contact tracing, better public health surveillance, better access to protective clothing and medicines, and capacity building in hospitals.

“Covid-19 Fatigue”

In view of the emerging “Covid-19 fatigue”, especially among young people, the Commissioner appealed to the population to continue to adhere to distance and hygiene rules.

The head of the EU epidemic authority ECDC, Andrea Ammon, was also concerned. “It is the responsibility of every individual to take the necessary personal protective measures,” emphasized Ammon. “The pandemic is far from over and we must not be careless.”

The EU experts came to the conclusion that keeping your distance, hygiene rules and the use of face masks alone obviously cannot stop the spread of the virus. Against this background, the ECDC called for a targeted strengthening of the health systems. Members of risk groups and employees in the health sector should be better protected.

Tagesschau24 reported on this topic on September 24, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. and Deutschlandfunk at 1:00 p.m. in the news.


WhatsApp: messages that self-destruct would be the new function of the application – Apps – Technology

WhatsApp, the instant messaging application that accumulates more than 2,000 million users, is preparing a new update in which it will include a function so that its users can send photos and have them deleted after the receiver receives them without leaving a trace and without being stored in the device memory. Similar to what happens on Snapchat or Instagram.

(Read also: The security setting WhatsApp is testing)

In accordance with WABetaInfo, a portal specialized in WhatsApp, this function is called ‘Expiring media’, and it will also include gifs, although it has not been confirmed if it will also be possible to send videos that self-destruct. This would be an extension for the ‘Expiring Messages’, or messages that expire, the function that the platform announced a few months ago with which messages will be sent that when leaving the chat will self-destruct and will not leave a trace.

(Also: This is the new function that WhatsApp would be testing)

As they explain, when this function is enabled, the user will have to press a button to specify that they want that message to disappear and then send what they want. Unlike what happens when a message is deleted in a chat, in which it is notified that it was deleted, with this function no trace will remain.

This is what the button to send self-destructing messages looks like.

If you are a recipient, the message or photo will specify that it is a message that will expire and will eventually be deleted. For the moment, unknown what will happen to the screenshots, one of the ‘nemesis’ of the messages that are deleted.

(Too: So you can further customize WhatsApp chats)


This is how the messages that will disappear on WhatsApp will look like.

It is not certain when this function will reach the entire public; For now, it is available in version of the Android beta. However, it is expected to be soon.

WhatsApp keeps introducing and testing different functions, including having the application on several devices with the same account. This feature has been in development for a long time, but it would be pretty close by now. With this feature, you can use WhatsApp Web without the need for your smartphone to be connected to the internet.



Recent Study: Coronavirus Mutates to Be Easier to Contagious – A new study examining the mutation of the coronavirus did not impact the clinical outcome of the disease or make it deadly, but one of the mutations could make it more infectious.

A new study conducted by scientists in Houston and published in MedRxiv has revealed a new mutation of the coronavirus that is potentially stronger and more volatile.

“We have given a lot of room for this virus. Out there their population is now very large, “said James Musser, one of the study authors told The Washington Post, quoted from the Sputnik page, Thursday (24/9).

David Morens, a virologist at the National Institute of Allergic Diseases and Infectious Diseases, also said that when the virus circulates throughout the population it has the potential to become more contagious and could negatively impact the ability to control it.

So the virus adapts to the use of masks?

He described the virus may be adapting to measures such as wearing masks, maintaining distance and washing hands that could potentially affect vaccine formulations.

“Even though we don’t know yet, there is still a chance that this coronavirus, when our population level immunity is high enough it will find a way to evade our immunity, and if that happens we will be in the same situation as the flu, we have to catch up with the virus. , when the virus mutates we have to tamper with our vaccine, “he added.

There are currently more than 31 million cases of Covid-19 registered worldwide with at least 1 million related deaths, according to John Hopkins University data.

The United States remains the worst-affected country with more than 6.9 million cases and more than 200,000 deaths.

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Combating corona outbreaks: Medical officers see little use of the warning app

Many politicians praise the Corona warning app as a great success – German medical officers, on the other hand, see little benefit. As long as data is not automatically forwarded to the health authorities, the app is not of great help.

The medical officers in Germany estimate the use of the corona warning app in the national pandemic fight to be very low. Since the data of the app is not automatically forwarded to the health authorities, the application in its current form is not of great help in quickly fighting corona outbreaks, said the chairwoman of the Federal Association of Doctors in the Public Health Service, Ute Teichert, the newspapers the Funke media group.

Data protection over pandemic protection

The app plays “almost no role” in the daily work of the health authorities, said Teichert. It is extremely rare for an app user to report to the authorities about a warning. Politicians have decided to “put data protection above pandemic protection,” said the public health doctor. You have to accept this.

According to Teichert, it would be helpful if the app had a function with which users could at least voluntarily allow warnings to be passed on directly to the health department. This would mean that the responsible authorities would be informed much faster about cases of infection and could quickly take measures to contain a corona outbreak, she said.

18 million users in Germany

At the moment, however, it is up to the app users whether they report to the health authorities after a registered contact with an infected person. Whether they actually do it cannot be verified.

In view of the rising number of corona infections, the federal government appealed to German citizens on Wednesday to make greater use of the corona warning app. 100 days after the start, more than 18 million users have downloaded the app on their smartphone, it said.

Spahn and Braun: a “great success”

The responsible minister, Jens Spahn, admitted that only about half of the users with a positive corona test would actually report the result via their smartphone. Nevertheless: Chancellery chief Helge Braun and Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (both CDU) praised the application, which is intended to warn users when they come into contact with someone infected with corona, as a great success. With 18 million downloads, the application was downloaded as much as in all other EU countries combined.

The app communicates with other smartphones via Bluetooth. If a user tests positive for the coronavirus, the application issues an alarm to those users who have come so close to the infected person for a certain time that they could have become infected. After an alarm, users should contact the health department and do a test themselves. Use of the app is voluntary.

With information from Kai Küstner, ARD capital studio

B5 reported on this topic on September 24, 2020 at 10:02 a.m.


IPO of the mobile home manufacturer: Knaus Tabbert relies on the camping boom

Today the caravan and mobile home manufacturer Knaus Tabbert goes public. The timing seems well chosen, because camping has long been a trend topic – and not just since Corona. Families in particular appreciate the flexibility with the motorhome. The issue price is likely to be rather disappointing for the company.

By Thomas Spinnler,

The domestic camping industry is one of the beneficiaries of the Corona crisis – experts agree on that. After all, the pandemic ruined vacation plans for millions of people, trips abroad were only possible under difficult conditions, and global tourism was in a tailspin.

Imminent quarantine, mask requirements, distance rules on the beaches, a queasy feeling when flying: So why wander into the distance when the good is so close? In the motorhome you are largely your own boss, travelers can limit contacts to the bare minimum and they are completely flexible in their choice of destinations. You stay where you like and don’t get stuck in an interchangeable holiday bunker somewhere in the south.

Special boom thanks to Corona

“Camping has been a growth industry for years,” explains Wolfgang Donie, tourism expert at NordLB, in an interview with Because of Corona, there is currently a special economy. “A lot of people are trying out camping this year who otherwise wouldn’t have tried it. For some, it will be a once in a lifetime experience, others will stick with it and generate additional growth,” says Donie. “The positive trend should therefore continue in the coming year, especially since Corona, according to everything we know today, will not have disappeared.”

Corona has given the industry an extra boost, says the managing director of the caravanning association CIVD, Daniel Onggowinarso: “Caravanning is one of the safest forms of vacation in these times because you travel with a recreational vehicle individually and only with people in your own household and with your own Sleep, living, cooking and sanitary facilities are largely self-sufficient. “

Record number of registrations

This is also shown by the latest registration figures for motorhomes published by the association: in August they rose by 63.7 percent for motorhomes compared to the previous year. 7,542 vehicles were registered. In July, according to the CIVD, there was even a total increase of 85.6 percent for leisure vehicles. “The caravanning industry is heading for a record year,” announced the association.

According to calculations by the German Economic Institute for Tourism (dwif), last year the industry in Germany had a turnover of 14.8 billion euros, 17.6 percent more than in 2016. “Camping has long ceased to be a hobby for retirees, but is also interesting for families and active vacationers because it offers a high degree of flexibility and closeness to nature, “says Donie.

Trendthema Camping

The motorhome manufacturer Knaus Tabbert is focusing on exactly this trend: “The time for the IPO is well chosen against the background of the booming economy. Camping is a topic that many investors are currently concerned with,” is the assessment of the NordLB expert.

Knaus Tabbert also wants to convince investors with a growth story: In 2019, the group generated sales of 780.4 million euros. The Ebitda reached 64.3 million euros. According to the company, sales grew by an average of almost 15 percent per year from 2017 to 2019. The operating result increased by an average of around nine percent. “We have been producing at our capacity limit in recent years, and all signs point to further growth,” says Knaus-Tabbert boss Wolfgang Speck.

Cutbacks in the IPO

To the stock exchange, however, the plans seem too ambitious. In the absence of demand, the RV manufacturer had to abandon its original plan to place a total of 4.945 million shares. Now a maximum of four million shares are to be sold, Knaus Tabbert announced on Tuesday. The total proceeds will shrink from the hoped-for 366 million to a maximum of 232 million euros.

Most of the shares offered come from the holdings of the Dutch private equity company HTP Investments. The owners Wim de Pundert and Klaas Meertens hold around 97 percent of the company. HTP had saved the caravan manufacturer eleven years ago from bankruptcy and now wants to collect part of the harvest for the commitment, so to speak.

At the same time, shares from a capital increase will be offered, which should bring in around 20 million euros. Only these proceeds will be available to the company for investment. They are to be used to expand production.

The issue price was set at 58 euros and thus at the lower end of the range (58 to 74 euros), as the company announced on Wednesday morning.

Knaus Tabbert treads on the spot when it goes public

The shares of the newcomer Knaus Tabbert started trading at exactly the issue price and continue to lose ground over the course of the day. The owners had already reduced the number of papers offered for sale.


Tagesschau24 reported on this topic on September 23, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.


Bahía Blanca and Monte Hermoso in “Sold out dates”, Duki’s new song and video clip

Duki, one of the greatest Argentine exponents of trap (a subgenre of rap, which originated in the late 90s in the United States), launched this afternoon Sold out dates, a new song and video clip that shows the artist in different shows.

At the beginning and at the end he can be seen walking in Bahía Blanca through Alsina and saying: “Good morning, we are filming a short film, how much do you think a palm tree is worth?” At the end of the video, a man replied: “In Monte Hermoso, 15,000 mangoes each palm tree …”.

His real name is Mauro Ezequiel Lombardo and he is 24 years old. Started doing freestyle (rap battles, improvising the words and rhyming) in El Quinto Escalón, a competition that began in 2012 in Parque Rivadavia, in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Caballito, thanks to Ysy A (Alejo Nahuel Acosta), a boy who at that time had only 13 years old.

From a few they were happening to many, many: so many that El Quinto Escalón ended in 2017 with battles in the Malvinas Argentinas microstadium, where the youngest could not with Dtoke, a recognized freestyler Argentinian who is 34 years old.

From there came some of the exponents of Argentine trap, who no longer dedicate themselves to improvising but to record songs and launch them on digital platforms, doing shows throughout the country and even internationally. Others continued to compete by doing freestyle in the FMS Argentina, a professional league that started in 2018, where he won WOS. This year the third season is being done.

Duki was in 2017 in Bahia in Second Floor, a competition similar to El Quinto Escalón that was held in our city in the Plaza del Sol, and also at the Rossini Theater. In April of the following year he performed with his trio Modo Diablo (which he formed with Ysy A and Neo Pistea) at the Don Bosco Theater.


Refugees on Lesbos: Just no Moria 2

Around 10,000 refugees have now arrived in the new camp on Lesbos. But the essentials are still missing: water, food, beds. Auxiliary workers are working at full speed – to prevent a second Moria.

By Thomas Bormann, ARD-Studio Istanbul

Everyday life is back on the island of Lesbos. The road north of the island’s capital Mytilini belongs to the cars again. Until last Friday, thousands of refugees had to sleep in the open air here. In the meantime, however, they are all quartered in the new, temporary tent camp.

Soldiers, construction workers and members of aid organizations set up a tent city for 10,000 people in record time. Help came from all over Europe. The technical relief organization from Germany, for example, sent 1,400 camp beds. But there are no beds in the tent of Omid Alizadah and his family:

“No, there are no beds. Only sheets and blankets. So many sleep on the bare floor. There are only tents here – the tents have no floor, no boards or anything – and no beds either.”

Much in the warehouse is still provisional

Omid Alizadeh reports from the camp via cell phone. He comes from Afghanistan, like most of the refugees on Lesbos. Much of the new camp is still very provisional, he says, the food supply is poor; There are still not enough washing facilities; Water pipes have not yet been laid. Then he adds:

“But I don’t just want to complain now, because the camp was set up extremely quickly. We were promised: Everything should be ready next week. The authorities, the aid organizations here are working really hard on it. So: We are counting on the promises and that this camp will really be better than Moria. ”

Not all of them are as understanding as Omid Alizadeh from Afghanistan. Most refugees just want to get away from the island. At the same time, the local population of Lesbos is strictly against the camp, which is still being expanded.

Refugee Agency appeals

Philippe Leclerc from the United Nations Refugee Agency appeals during his visit to Lesbos:

“We ask everyone: the refugees, the communities in the neighborhood, the authorities: be patient and efficient.”

An appeal to everyone to stay calm, but to lend a hand – in order to make life in the camp bearable for the refugees.

Arsonists all in custody

Migration Minister Mitarakis emphasizes that the six alleged arsonists of Moria are now all in custody – young men who had lived in the camp themselves. They will serve their sentence and then expelled, the minister said. His message: Those who become criminals cannot count on mercy. However, the minister promises the around 10,000 refugees in the new camp that their asylum procedures will now be completed quickly – within a few months.

Meanwhile, around 250 refugees have tested positive for the corona virus. They will be isolated in a separate area of ​​the new camp. The other refugees are now allowed to leave the camp during the day to run errands or for a walk, says Omid, and adds:

“It is still too early to say: This camp is bad. We will see very soon whether you keep your promises and this camp gets better.”

And it won’t be a Moria 2. 14 days after the fire in Moria, it seems that the situation on the island of Lesbos has eased somewhat.

Tagesschau reported on this topic on September 23, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.


The new generation of Mokka arrives Opel’s SUV becomes electric

In the absence of exhibitions or important events, the automotive world presents its innovations in no particular order. In these hours it’s up to the new Mokka, previewed by Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller through the usual (considering the health emergency) videoconference. The car, which can already be ordered, will be available from the beginning of 2021 and will have an attack price of 22,200 euros. It is important to underline that the electric version is already in the range: price 34,000 euros. Figure that, thanks to incentives and possible scrapping, is lowered to 23,000 euros.

The Mokka-e has a 136 hp engine and 260 Nm of torque, in practice the same as the “relatives” DS 3 Crossback E-Tense and Peugeot e2008. The batteries are 50 kWh, are located under the floor and through a 100 kW charging column, they regenerate 80% in just 30 minutes. The speed is limited to 150 km / h and there are three selectable driving modes: Sport, Normal and Eco, while the autonomy of 320 km.

Of course, alongside the Mokka-e there are also traditional versions with internal combustion engines. These are the 3-cylinder 1.2 turbo petrol and the 4-cylinder 1.5 turbodiesel with powers between 100 and 130 HP and consumption between 4.8 and 3.8 liters / 100 km. Normally these engines are coupled with a manual six-speed gearbox: the most powerful version is also offered with an eight-speed automatic. 4 meters and 15 cm long, the Mokka shows clean and essential lines with a cockpit dominated by the completely redesigned dashboard. In front of the driver there is a configurable digital dashboard, flanked by the touch display (7 “or 10”) for the inevitable multimedia package.

Various accessories are included in the standard or optional equipment including adaptive cruise control that adjusts the speed of the car according to traffic and the automatic lane keeping system. All Mokkas have an electric parking brake and traffic sign recognition as standard. The equipment also includes a rear view camera and automatic parking device. As for the rest, the catalog contemplates the possibility of having leather or Alcantara interiors, in addition to the heated seat with massage function for the driver and induction charging for mobile phones.

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