The messages in the brief overview:
- Fukushima Gau: acquittal of three leaders (6:25)
- Black Makeup Face: Trouble for Trudeau (16h57)
- Bamf exams: asylum decisions are almost always correct (1:36 am)
- Hirschhausen receives the Willy-Pitzer Award (0.12 hours)
The news of today in the starticker:
+++ 7h55: UAE joins US maritime mission in the Gulf +++
After Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates is also joining the international coalition for maritime security in the Gulf region. This was aimed at supporting international efforts to counter threats to shipping and international trade, said the Foreign Ministry in Abu Dhabi, according to the state WAM news agency.
The US-led military mission wants to escort and protect merchant ships on the international trade routes in the Persian Gulf, the Gulf of Oman, the Strait of Hormuz and the Strait of Bab al- Mandab. For the naval mission, the United States sought allies after Iran installed two foreign oil tankers in the Gulf. The federal government refused to participate in the mission.
+++ 7.10 hours: working conditions in Qatar, according to Amnesty before WM, still bad +++
According to a study by Amnesty International, working conditions of guest workers remain catastrophic, despite improvements promised until the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The Gulf emirate remains "a playground for unscrupulous employers," according to a report from the human rights organization that documents the situation of hundreds of employees in three construction and cleaning companies that worked for months without pay.
Qatar is committed to reforming labor law in 2017. In particular, a dispute settlement body has been set up. The workers, who called for unpaid wages, would only touch their money in a few cases, Amnesty criticized. The failing companies have always mentioned financial difficulties.
+++ 6h25: Japanese court acquits three leaders after Fukushima nuclear accident +++
Eight and a half years after the Fukushima nuclear accident, a Japanese court acquitted three former TEPCO power plant operator executives of negligence allegations. The Tokyo court concluded that the defendants could not be held responsible for the consequences of the nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. In the power plant fell after the severe earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011, the cooling system, after which it entered several reactors at the merger.
The three men had been accused of ignoring existing information about a possible tsunami and refraining from the necessary security measures. Prosecutors had demanded imprisonment. The defendants said the tsunami was unpredictable.
+++ 5:54: Minister of Transport Baden-Wuerttemberg: Dodgy is not a crime. +++
Baden-Württemberg's Minister of Transport, Winfried Hermann, has said that it is no longer a criminal offense to drive in clandestine public transport but an administrative offense. "Doubtful conduct actually means letting others pay for the ticket, which is not solid at the expense of the community," said the green politician of the German news agency. "This is not a criminal offense, just pay a reasonable fine instead of a prison sentence."
Thuringia and Berlin want to realize that riding in black on public transport will no longer be a crime in the future. An application will be submitted to the Federal Council tomorrow. Doubtful conduct – in the Penal Code, the offense is called "get rid of benefits" – can result in up to a year's imprisonment or a fine. The provincial government of Thuringia hopes that a legal reassessment will reduce the financial and personal burden of the judiciary.
+++ Clock 4.57: Trudeau excuses for black makeup +++
A little more than a month before presidential elections presumed tight, the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, faces delicate accusations: "Time Magazine" published a photo of 20 years that darkens it on a costume ball entitled "Arab nights". Face, a dress and a turban watch. Trudeau is excused immediately. "I put on an Aladdin suit and an applied makeup," he told CBC. "I should not have done that, I should have known better, but I did not do it, I'm really sorry."
"It was something that I did not think racist at the time, but now I realize it was racist." He will continue to fight against intolerance and discrimination, even if he has obviously made a mistake in the past. At the time of admission in 2001, Trudeau was 29 years old. According to "Time Magazine", the photo had been published in the directory of a private school in Vancouver, where Trudeau had taught at the time.
+++ 4.20 clock: a Maltese priest apparently involved in theft of art +++
Apparently, the little Christian of Malta was a priest: he admitted to participating in the theft of works worth 100,000 euros in his own parish in the capital, Valletta, reports the Malta Times, citing police circles. According to the TVM public TV channel, art objects, including paintings and prints, have already been stolen early in the year. An archivist had noticed that the paintings hanging on the site of the stolen works in the church were false and did not correspond to the stock. According to the Times, the priest was then suspended from office until the end of the investigation. He had been arrested when a stolen cauldron appeared in an antique store.
+++ 3.11 hour: Investors worry about deforestation and fires in Amazonia +++
Many investors have called on the Brazilian government to take decisive action against deforestation and fires in the Amazon. "As investors, we see in deforestation and its impact on biodiversity and climate a systemic risk for our portfolios," says a letter from 230 pension funds, asset management companies and banks . According to their own data, the companies manage a total of 16.2 billion US dollars (14.7 billion euros). The signatories of the open letter called on the government to use better controls to put an end to illegal logging and significantly reduce legal logging.
+++ 1.36 clock: revelation of Bamf tests: asylum decisions are almost always correct +++
According to media reports, the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (Bamf) has barely detected any errors or omissions during the reconsideration of positive asylum decisions in the first half of 2019. During this period 62,000 positive decisions were examined. In 97% of cases, the need for protection has been asserted, says the "Süddeutsche Zeitung", citing a response from the federal government to a request from the left fraction. In 0.5% of cases, the Bamf initiated a so-called withdrawal; This occurs when claimants have made a false statement or been deceived. The protection status has been revoked at just over 2% because, for example, the situation in the country of origin has improved or an obstacle to expulsion, such as a serious illness, no longer exists.
+++ 0.12 hour: Eckart von Hirschhausen receives the Willy-Pitzer Award +++
Eckart von Hirschhausen, doctor and cabaret artist, received the Willy-Pitzer Award for his commitment to the sick. It is endowed with 50,000 euros, said the Willy Robert Pitzer Foundation. Hirschhausen receives the award for his involvement in the foundation on which he founded "Humor hilft heal". From music therapy in the premature delivery room to research projects on the role of humor in the last phase of life, the foundation gives impulses from the beginning to the end of human life.
The Willy-Robert-Pitzer Foundation presents the annual Erika-Pitzer Prize and the Willy-Pitzer Prize. Last year, Brigitte Mohn, CEO of the German foundation Stroke Help, was honored. Willy Pitzer was an architect and married for the first time with Erika Pitzer. In the 1970s, he began building a Rehaklinik consortium, which he also directed. After his death in 2003, almost all of his fortune went to the foundation.
+++ 0.05 clock: Microsoft solves share buybacks up to $ 40 billion +++
The software giant Microsoft has decided to buy shares worth up to 40 billion dollars (36 billion euros). The US company announced that the board had approved the program. In addition, Microsoft announced an increase in the quarterly dividend to $ 0.51 per share, representing an increase of 5 cents or 11%. With the repurchase of shares, companies can distribute excess cash and support the price of their securities. However, this type of course maintenance is controversial, economists generally prefer to invest in long-term growth. With a market capitalization of more than $ 1 trillion, Microsoft is currently one of America's most valuable companies and has high cash reserves.