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Accusations against vegetable farm in bavaria: 250 times corona, 6 euros hourly wage

Trade unionists accuse a cucumber farm of not paying Romanian harvest workers the minimum wage. He had withheld identification cards.

Suspected no minimum wage, no safety distances: cordoned-off farm in Mamming Photo: Armin Weigel/dpa

Advisors of the German Trade Union Federation for Eastern European Workers raise serious accusations against the Bavarian vegetable farm where 250 harvest workers were infected with Corona. The large-scale company Gemusebau Wagner in Mamming, with about 500 seasonal workers mainly from Romania, paid less than the legal minimum wage, withheld the workers’ identity cards and housed the people without a Corona safety distance, the DGB project "Fair Mobility" told the taz. It refers to two visits on site, statements and self-written time sheets of about 30 workers as well as accounts of the company. A part is present to the taz. The farm is currently one of the largest corona infestations in Germany.

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Oecd on integration of refugee women: threefold disadvantage

According to a study, female refugees come to Germany with a poorer level of education. They should receive targeted language courses.

Refugee women often have a child a year after arrival – making it more difficult for them to attend courses Photo: dpa

Refugee women not only have a harder time in Europe than refugee men, they are also at a disadvantage compared to other female migrants. This is shown in a study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which the international organization published on Thursday. So it’s not for nothing that the study is titled "Triple Disadvantaged?".

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Election campaign in the usa: parallel worlds

The appearances of candidates Donald Trump and Joe Biden at civic forums bring little that is new. Differences, however, stand out all the more clearly.

Joe Biden on his way to the citizens’ question time on Thursday evening Photo: dpa

U.S. President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden faced questions from voters* in two parallel televised citizens’ forums on Thursday evening. Politically, the long-distance duel had little new to offer, but the demeanor and behavior of the two opponents could hardly have been more different.

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Criteria of transplantation medicine: the great liver failure.

The scandal surrounding the allocation of donor livers should be addressed. But the audit report is sloppy, contradictory and arbitrary.

Dialysis patients have a special position in the complicated points system for organ allocation. Picture: dpa

Cameramen jockeyed for position, journalists lined up down the aisle, OB vans waited down the street. Rarely has a press conference in the rooms of the German Medical Association in Berlin attracted so much public interest as the one on September 4, 2013, which was to be about the livers and the scandal once again, for the last time.

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Climate change in alaska: waiting for the last storm

The Bering Sea is rising, threatening a small village in Alaska. Its residents face a decision: When to let go?

The old site of the village of Shaktoolik, abandoned since the 1974 storm Photo: Dorothea Hahn

The "Boyde J" stands so close to the back of Edgar Jackson’s house that you can almost climb in from the living room. A ladder leans against the metal hull. In October, the old fisherman pulled his crab boat ashore, fueled it, carried food and water supplies aboard, and put a wooden frame on the deck. When the big storm comes, which everyone in Shaktoolik fears, he plans to bring his family on board, throw a tarp over the wooden scaffolding and try to sail to safety.

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Health insurance companies subsidize technology: symbiotic advertising strategy

How tissues became Tempos, diapers became Pampers, and subsidies for fitness bands became ads for IWatches.

Apple Watch Edition July 2015, a devilish thing? Photo: Reuters

Health insurers want to pay a subsidy of 50 to 250 euros to members who buy a smartwatch or fitness band. That’s because the devices could encourage people to live healthier lives. And maybe some health data can be tapped into, too. But every informed health insurance patient already knows that. Data protectionists have been sounding the alarm for some time.

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Column mithulogy: dystopia for sex workers

Just as sunscreen does not protect the sun, the Prostitute Protection Act does not protect prostitutes. When will everyone finally understand that?

The last time there was a whore card was under National Socialism Photo: Bjorn Kietzmann

What if the federal government decides tomorrow that journalism is a very dangerous profession and journalists have to register. To prevent people from being forced to sweat it out in news agencies, there are also forced counseling sessions. If there is suspicion there that they would not type voluntarily, they don’t get a J-card, which they have to carry with them whenever they approach a computer, otherwise they are liable to prosecution – even if they publish something only once a year, and even if they have never published anything before and this is their first article.

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Doctors reject citizens’ insurance: lobbyists in white

By rejecting the citizens’ insurance, the German Physicians’ Congress has safeguarded its political interests. A change in the system would cost physicians dearly.

The German medical profession is stubborn when it comes to citizens’ insurance. Photo: dpa

Dressed in black suits, they sit in long rows of chairs in the Hannover Congress Centrum and applaud. They are doctors, but you can see it in their faces: They are also officials. They have traveled to the German Medical Congress as elected representatives, 250 representatives of the state medical associations. One should not be surprised if politics is fiercely played in front of this audience – especially in an election year.