Officials from the G20 group held an emergency video conference Thursday, promising to work together to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and provide greater financial support, particularly for developing economies. The US has taken a particularly hard hit, overtaking China and Italy for the highest number of cases, and reported record unemployment.
When products and services move to low-cost, more advanced platforms they often help expand the entire marketplace. When reviewing gig platforms, the very first thing you review is total cost. The largest gig platforms charge as much as 27-28% of every dollar. In today’s internet this is beyond over charging.
The Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, says the number of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus cases worldwide is accelerating. According to the news sources, the virus has already entered 195 countries and territories. The causative agent of pneumonia COVID-19 was detected in 378,000 people.
The number of infections by the Sars-Cov-2 coronavirus in Germany increased by 4,764 on Tuesday, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), which is responsible for the control and prevention of diseases in the country. The total number of confirmed infections is 27,436, according to the agency.
The German government has announced it will take out new loans as part of an unprecedented package of measures, totaling €750 billion ($800 billion), adopted to cushion the adverse effects of coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet signed the spending plan at an emergency meeting Monday, a Berlin government spokesman announced.
China started the first clinical trial to test a vaccine against the new coronavirus, at a time when several countries are in a race to find effective treatment against the virus, the official press reported today. One hundred and eight volunteers, divided into three groups, received their first injections on Friday, according to the official English language newspaper Global Times.
US President Donald Trump said on Sunday that he had spoken with Chinese President Xi Jinping over the new coronavirus epidemic, stressing that he was somewhat dissatisfied with China. On the same day, after the governors of many states in the United States asked the federal government for more medical protective equipment, Trump announced that he would declare a state of emergency in New York, California, and Washington.
Convicted rapist and former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has tested positive for the new coronavirus. The information was made public by the president of the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association, Michael Powers. On March 11, Weinstein was found guilty of rape and sexual assault, and was subsequently sentenced to 23 years in prison.
You need to understand “gigs” and “gig platforms” are different from freelance jobs. This articles is focused on gig-based platforms. The very first thing you need to look at is total cost. If you look at the overall total costs, many of the gig platform (including the largest gig platform) have total costs that come in at over 27-28%.
So if you’re a buyer and seller conducting a transaction, these platforms could make well over 25% of the profit from your activities. That is just way to much for the internet age.
The Trump administration apparently offered a substantial amount of money to CureVac, a German biopharmaceutical company, to get exclusive access to a potential Covid-19 vaccine. This is according to a report published by the Welt am Sonntag German newspaper. The story has drawn sharp criticism from German lawmakers.
Leaders of the European Union have agreed to to implement a 30-day travel ban on those traveling from outside the EU, with a limited number of exceptions. The German government has also ordered the federal police to prevent those who are not EU citizens from entering German territory. This was announced by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Tuesday, after a video conference with other EU member states.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s four-day summit with European leaders was scheduled to take place in Istanbul, but was cancelled due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. Instead, the meeting was held by video conferencing. Heads of state and government discussed ways to send humanitarian aid to Idlib, in northern Syria, and the issue of Syrian refugees.
Central banks of the major countries of the world took a joint step to compensate for the effects of the coronavirus epidemic on the global economy. The Fed, the US central bank, announced that it would buy at least $700 billion in bonds while reducing interest rates to almost zero on Sunday.
The United States is scheduled to test a possible coronavirus vaccine with 45 volunteers. The trial of the coronavirus vaccine on 45 healthy, young volunteers will be carried out in Seattle, Washington on Monday, as reported by news sources. This trial is funded by the US government, and volunteers will receive various doses of the vaccine without being infected. The vaccine itself does not contain part of the actual coronavirus.
Due to the increasing spread of the coronavirus, the obstacles brought by many countries to travel restrictions have made airline companies and travel agents financially difficult. The world-renowned travel company, TUI, has announced that it will apply for state aid, largely halting its commercial activities due to the coronavirus.
The new coronavirus pandemic continues to have a huge impact on the U.S. economy. The Federal Reserve announced on Sunday that it would lower the benchmark interest rate to the range of 0% to 0.25%. In addition, the Federal Reserve will also launch a $700 billion quantitative easing measure to reduce the impact of the new coronavirus epidemic on the economy.
Europe is gradually becoming the hardest hit by the new coronavirus epidemic, and the Spanish government has declared a two-week state of emergency nationwide to limit personal movements. Many places, such as France, have also closed down shops and entertainment establishments that have nothing to do with basic living needs.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel made her first official statement on the outbreak of the coronavirus Wednesday. At a news conference in Berlin, the Christian Democratic politician emphasized that the immediate priority is to delay the spread of the virus. She also called on every citizen to take responsibility.
Russian scientists have created very unique nanowires in collaboration with Chinese and German scientists. The new silver nanowires were obtained using new methods for synthesizing nanostructures (materials or structures that have at least one dimension between 1 and 100 nm). The various sub-fields of nanotechnology focus on the creation, characterization, and application of nanostructures.
Health Minister Fahrettin Koca reported that the first coronavirus case was confirmed in Turkey. “The infected individual contracted the virus after returning from Europe. He has been completely isolated,” Koca said. “The patient’s general condition is good. All of his family members and those who came into contact with him are under surveillance,” he added.
Britain’s Deputy Health Minister Nadine Dorries said that she has tested positive for coronavirus. By issuing a statement, she has said that as soon as she was told about it, she has taken all the precautions and separated herself from her house. Dorries thanked the Health Department for informing her of the infection on time.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Tuesday he would meet next week with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and, possibly, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. They will meet on March 17 to discuss the refugee problem, Erdogan told the Turkish state news agency Anadolu on his return to Turkey from Brussels.
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that resolving the migration crisis requires European support in Syria, as new clashes between refugees and police on the border with Greece began. “If European countries want to resolve the issue, they must support Turkey’s efforts for political and humanitarian solutions in Syria,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a speech in Ankara on Wednesday.
When reviewing freelance gig platforms, the very first thing you consider is total cost, and if the platform hides the cost then move on. The large gig platforms charge as high as 27-28% of every dollar. In today’s internet, this is online robbery.
When the investment world went to the discounted platform, not only did they take market share from their more expensive alternatives, but they opened up new markets that greatly expanded the total investment market– especially in the total number of participants. We realize this is not an apples-to-apples comparison, but almost all markets expand when the costs to the individual participants are reduced.
German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer refused to shake hands with Chancellor Angela Merkel today, at a time when the number of cases of coronavirus in the country has risen to at least 150. When Merkel reached out to greet Seehofer at a meeting on migration in Berlin, he smiled disarmingly and held both his hands back. Merkel nonetheless took the snub in good faith, withdrawing her hand as they both burst into hearty laughter.
When reviewing freelance gig platforms we recommend the first item you consider is total cost. Many of the large gig platforms charge very aggressive rates; some as high as 27-28% of every dollar. Thus, if you are working on a gig platform charging such a high rate, we would recommend that you consider a slow plan to migrate off it. Over time you should make more money. With every dollar you earn (everything being equal) the buyer and seller are paying double the transaction fees of low-cost gig platforms (only 12%). That is substantial, especially over several years.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and Saudi Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud met in Berlin Friday. Maas said that Germany and Saudi Arabia agreed to prevent Iran from possessing a nuclear bomb. At a joint press conference with Prince Faisal, Maas said that talks between the two sides centered on conflicts in the region, including Libya, Syria, and Yemen, and Iran’s violation of the nuclear agreement.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas announced on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference that the International Berlin Follow-up Commission on Libya agrees that the UN Security Council resolution on Libya is binding to all parties. Four weeks ago, world leaders in Berlin pledged to comply with the UN arms embargo on Libya and not support parties involved in Libya. But the negotiations were unsuccessful, because, through land, and sea, weapons entered the battlefield in Libya.
German companies with factories in China are facing major headwinds as Coronavirus continues to wreak havoc across the nation. Ziehl-Abegg, a machine manufacturer with a facility in Shanghai, has lamented the current state of affairs. Less than half of its employees are allowed to work at the plant following a new directive by Chinese authorities driven by health fears. Uncertainty has gripped the company which is incurring weekly loses of about €2 million.
First you need to understand gig platforms are a different category from freelance jobs. The whole concept, structure and solutions are uniquely different. So today we are only reviewing gig platforms.
The first thing you need to review and measure is the total cost of a gig platform. When you look at the total costs of the leading gig platforms today, it definitely has a price-shocking feel to it. For example the leading platform charges sellers 20%, then often adds on 5% more to the buyers, and then possibly an additional 2-3% for service fees. The total costs come in as high as 27-28%! That leaves only 73 cents of every dollar for the gig provider doing the actual work. That is just gut-wrenchingly high.
The federal government in Berlin canceled a conference that was scheduled today in the state of Thuringia, due to the election of Thomas Kemmerich, a member of the (liberal) Free Democratic Party, as head of the state government, with the support of the votes of the right-wing Alternative for Germany Party. A discussion with Bodo Ramelow, who was Minister-President of the state until yesterday, was scheduled to be held before this afternoon, as part of the “German Sustainability Strategy Conference.”
The NATO Defender 2020 maneuvers, due to begin in February, will become the alliance’s largest exercises in 25 years. Their goal is to work out the prompt deployment of American troops to Poland and the Baltic countries. As part of the exercises, up to 20,000 US soldiers and officers, as well as 13,000 units of military equipment, will be delivered to Europe by sea and air.
EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrel, as confirmed in Tehran and Brussels, is going to Iran to discuss the nuclear deal. Borrell’s office said he should meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Jawad Zarif and other officials.
Deutsche Bank has reported “a sizeable loss for 2019,” of almost €5.3 billion, in a statement released on Thursday. In the fourth quarter of last year alone, net losses to Germany’s largest financial institution amounted to about €1.5 billion. The report emphasizes that these losses occurred solely due to restructuring costs.
German airliner Lufthansa announced the suspension of its flights to and from China until February 9, against the background of the Coronavirus. It will also stop accepting reservations for flights to the mainland until the end of February for operational reasons. The decision also affects Lufthansa’s international subsidiary airlines.
The number of independent / freelance workers has increased steadily over the past twenty years in Germany, from half a million people in 1992 to over 1.3 currently within a population base that has barely grown.
Now the low-cost digital platform in Germany and the German language has created a crisis for the salaried traditional workers in Germany. With Germany historically a very protected labor market, the freelance gig providers have become very challenging to the entire traditional German work structure. Germany has traditionally developed their own Deutschland companies that often compete directly with large US companies such as Uber, forcing that ride share app to leave important and large German markets.
British Airways announced on Wednesday it had suspended all direct flights to and from mainland China. The move came shortly after the United Kingdom advised against any non-essential travel to the Asian country following the outbreak of the deadly new coronavirus. “We apologize to customers for the inconvenience, but the safety of our customers and crew is always our priority,” a statement to that effect released by British Airways read in part.
The number of deaths in China due to the outbreak of the new coronavirus has increased from 80 to 106. The number of those infected has increased by nearly 1300 new cases. The Chinese authorities made this announcement on Tuesday. This brings the number of people worldwide who have been infected by the deadly virus to atleast 4,515 as of 27 January, which is a sharp increase from atleast 2,835 a day earlier.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged higher international pressure on the military forces in eastern Libya to accept a provisional truce, and said that Turkey remains committed to supporting the Libyan government recognized by the UN. Erdogan made the comments after a meeting in Istanbul with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who last Sunday hosted a peace conference on Libya in Berlin. The conference resulted in a provisional ceasefire.
New work has been announced pertaining to physics under collaboration with Russian and German physicists, pertaining to the behavior of electrons in atoms with different isotopes of the same element. Electrons are negative charged particles of the atom. Together, all of the electrons of an atom create a negative charge that balances the positive charge of the protons in the atomic nucleus. Electrons are very small in comparison to other parts of the atom.
Israel this week is in the center of the world as it is receiving guests from nations of the world to join together on International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The remembrance of the six million Jews that died in the holocaust is also connected to the remembrance of the forty million people that died in World War II. Technology has brought the whole world together. The goal of every human being is united with the memory of the six million; to prevent a third world war. World leaders arrive in Israel for the country’s biggest diplomatic event.
Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived Thursday for the commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance Day, and sat next to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Before this, he met with the mother of Naama Issachar, the woman imprisoned in Russia for drug smuggling, whom Netanyahu has tried to free. Considering that she only possessed nine grams of cannabis, many have pleaded that the sentence of 7.5 years is unjust. Putin listened to her, and hinted that everything will be fine.
International allies of the Libyan government, supported by the United Nations, and rebel forces led by General Khalifa Haftar agreed on Sunday to respect a ceasefire initiated a week ago, and an arms embargo imposed by the UN Security Council. World leaders are hoping for a way out of the civil war that has plagued the country for five years.
Chief financial officer of the German automobile group Volkswagen, Frank Witter, called on the economic and labor circles not to be complacent in the process of integrating refugees. “We have a lot of people fleeing their homeland, and the integration process is long,” Witter, who is sponsoring refugee assistance projects in Volkswagen, said. “The situation today is calm. There are still a large number of people fleeing their countries all over the world, and it would be naive to think that this will not happen again.
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said today that, after his meeting with the leader of the Libyan National Army, Khalifa Haftar, Athens expects European countries to reject the two memoranda that Turkey signed with the Libyan Government of National Accord led by Fayez Al-Sarraj. Dendias added that Athens encouraged Haftar to “constructively act” at the Berlin conference on Sunday, which aims to try to end the fighting in Libya.
Rheinmetall, a top-performer in arms exports
Post-war Germany isn’t the best place to manufacture and sell guns, let’s face it. Despite the difficult domestic market, Rheinmetall has succeeded in developing, through an aggressive and effective internationalization strategy.
GlobalNet analyst Otfried Nassauer writes: “For more than ten years, Rheinmetall AG has been pursuing a strategy of internationalization. Its argument is that, since Germany orders too little military equipment, and at the same time is very restrictive with arms-export licenses, the firm is forced to internationalize its business and produce increasingly abroad, and without making use of German intellectual-property rights that would give the German government the right of approval. Only in this way can Rheinmetall maintain its military competence and capacities, and utilize the production capacity.”
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