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Kauflaune in der Euro-Zone hellt sich auf

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Das Barometer für das Konsumentenvertrauen ist im Mai um 0,8 Punkte auf minus 6,5 Zähler gestiegen.


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Berlin/BrüsselDie Kauflaune der Verbraucher im Euro-Raum hat sich im Mai aufgehellt. Das Barometer für das Konsumentenvertrauen stieg um 0,8 Punkte auf minus 6,5 Zähler, wie aus am Dienstag veröffentlichten Daten der EU-Kommission hervorgeht. Das Barometer liegt damit deutlich über seinem langjährigen Durchschnitt von minus 10,7 Punkten.

Die Wirtschaft der Euro-Zone hatte zu Jahresbeginn an Fahrt zugelegt. Das Bruttoinlandsprodukt (BIP) legte zwischen Januar und März um 0,4 Prozent zum Vorquartal zu. Ende 2018 lag der BIP-Anstieg bei nur 0,2 Prozent.

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Washington brakes Chinese talent

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An employee of the American semiconductor manufacturer Globalfoundries
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The tightened policy of the American government endangers, according to some companies, their chances of recruiting the best talent for demanding technical jobs – because they come mainly from China.

DThe US government is making the employment of Chinese in semiconductor companies more difficult. The Wall Street Journal reports significantly fewer work permits for Chinese people. This obviously affects new hires as well as transfers from foreign branches to the United States.

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According to managers of industry, politics has changed significantly in the last year. Affected by the report are Intel, Qualcomm and Globalfoundries. There are currently around 380,000 Chinese students studying in the United States, most of them in technical and scientific disciplines. A large part of the engineering offices for foreigners goes to Chinese. According to the companies, the tightened policy jeopardizes their chances of recruiting the best talents for demanding technical jobs.

The government apparently follows the new policy in an effort to prevent the dumping of American technology. In addition to traditional visas, members of certain countries such as China, Iran or Russia still need special permits to work in areas that are considered technologically sensitive. Previously, such licenses were issued within weeks, today it can take six to eight months, according to the report.

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Willem-Alexander & Máxima: A royal couple on the farm

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The Dutch royal couple listened to the concerns of German farmers during a visit near Berlin.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima were guests in an agricultural farm in Nauen, Brandenburg, where they talked about income, price pressure, problems of succession and EU agricultural policy. Both were very interested and discussed with young farmers from Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Brandenburg and the Netherlands. Willem-Alexander spoke German. Máxima informed himself about the financial situation in the industry and also mentioned that the income of farmers was low.

Willem-Alexander wore a dark blue suit while visiting, Máxima wearing a black jacket with a black top and a gray-black skirt and a bright hat. The mood was solved. The daughter of the chief executive, Stefanie Peters, said after a discussion with Máxima: “I learned a lot, it was a great exchange.”

Among the visitors at the farm was the Dutch farmer Jan Derk Koning, who runs a farm with arable and livestock farming nearby. “We were glad that the royal couple were visiting,” he said.

After that, the royal couple arrived at the Einsatzwehr Command of the Bundeswehr in Schwielowsee. There they were greeted by Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen (CDU) and her Dutch counterpart Ank Bijleveld-Schouten. Previously, the royal couple in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania had been guests.

The three-day trip, which is formally a working visit, ends this Wednesday in Potsdam. During a visit to the State Chancellery, the royal couple is then officially welcomed by Prime Minister Woidke and his wife. There and at the castle Sanssouci an encounter of the king and the queen with citizens is planned.

Personalberatung: Digitalexperten machen Tempo

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Digitale Hilfsmittel

Künstliche Intelligenz kann Personalberatern helfen, Datenbanken und Onlineportale zu durchsuchen.

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KölnExperten für die Digitalwirtschaft will die Kölner Personalberatung Nelex aufspüren. Dabei hat man sich bereits die Arbeitsweisen der Auftraggeber zu eigen gemacht: Morgens gibt es ein Stand-up-Meeting, an jedem Mandat arbeiten mindestens vier Berater gleichzeitig.

Ihre Arbeit strukturieren sie mit agilen Managementmethoden wie Scrum und Kanban. Researcher gibt es nicht, stattdessen hilft Künstliche Intelligenz dabei, Onlineportale und eigene Datenbanken zu durchforsten.

„Wir gehen die Suche strukturierter an, als es klassische Personalberatungen bisher tun“, sagt Karsten Berge. Der Headhunter gründete Nelex Anfang des Jahres, nachdem er seine vorherige Beratung SearchConsult nach zehn Jahren verkauft hatte.

Sechs bis neun Monate – so lange arbeiteten Mitarbeiter bei klassischen Personalberatungen typischerweise an Projekten, sagt Berge. Nun verspricht er: Schon in vier Monaten sollen Experten- und Führungspositionen besetzt werden.

Im Markt trifft Berge damit einen Nerv: „Personalberatungen müssen schneller werden“, sagt Christel Gade, Professorin an der IUBH Internationale Hochschule in Bad Honnef. Die Branchenexpertin beobachtet steigende Anforderungen an Personalberater – ausgelöst durch die Digitalisierung. „Durch Jobportale und Softwaretools können Unternehmen vieles selbst machen.“

Externe Dienstleister müssten deswegen mit anderen Dingen als der reinen Identifizierung von Kandidaten punkten: etwa einer hohen Geschwindigkeit, dem Zugang zu Kandidaten über Quellen, die nicht jeder nutzen kann, sowie der Diagnostik.

Digitale Hilfsmittel schaffen dabei neue Spielräume, sagt Gade: „Bei der Informationsgenerierung und im Prozessmanagement lässt sich viel Zeit sparen.“ Das Wissen um neue Technologien und deren gezielter Einsatz seien essenziell.

Neue Organisationsformen

Auf einen Vorteil hoffen Personalberatungen, die sich wie Nelex radikal anders organisieren als etablierte Branchenriesen. Zu den Angreifern gehört auch Careerteam aus Hamburg – eine 2011 aus einer Start-up-Schmiede ausgegründete Agenturgruppe mit sieben Marken. „In den meisten Personalberatungen arbeiten die Partner so, wie sie es für richtig halten“, sagt Geschäftsführer Sebastian Tschentscher. Einheitliche Prozesse fehlten.

Die klassische Karrierepyramide existiert bei Careerteam nicht. Das Unternehmen organisiert seine 200 Mitarbeiter in kleinen Teams, die je aus Consultants für die Kunden- und die Kandidatenseite bestehen. Der Vertrieb läuft separat.

Bei den Recruitingteams wird nicht gemessen, wer wie viel Umsatz generiert, sondern wie zufrieden Auftraggeber und Kandidaten sind. „In großen Beratungen wird oft eher gegeneinander als miteinander gearbeitet“, sagt Tschentscher.

Eine weitere Besonderheit: Careerteam beschäftigt interne Berater, die an Prozessen feilen, sowie eigene Programmierer. Gerade bei der Vorauswahl spielt die Software eine große Rolle: 50 Plattformen und die eigene Datenbank werden durchsucht – auch beim Anschreiben passender Kandidaten helfen Tools, erklärt Tschentscher. „Das geht so weit, dass wir analysieren, ob man eine Mail besser an einem Montag oder einem Donnerstag verschickt.“

Viel Softwareeinsatz und neue Organisationsformen sind für erfahrene Personalberater eine Umstellung. Nelex-Chef Berge hat zehn Mitarbeiter für sein eigenes Start-up gewonnen. „Die Bereitschaft, alte Pfade zu verlassen, muss ausgeprägt sein“, sagt Berge. Auch er musste umdenken: Um sich mit agilen Managementmethoden vertraut zu machen, heuerte er eine Unternehmensberatung an.

Mehr: Der Personalberater Kienbaum hat jahrelang nicht vom boomenden Markt profitiert. Das rächt sich nun. CEO Fabian Kienbaum ist zu massiven Sparmaßnahmen gezwungen.

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Alarming envelopes sent to Hanson-Young

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A second envelope addressed to the Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young raised alarm in the Adelaide office of the party.

The delivery led to the evacuation of the headquarters of Greens SA on Tuesday, a day after the first envelope containing dust and a threat was received.

The powder was tested and a dangerous chemical was not found, a police spokesman told AAP.

The staff did not open the second envelope that arrived on Tuesday addressed to Senator Hanson-Young in a similar spelling.

The police also clarified any danger.

The South Australian senator, who was returned to the Saturday election, did not detail what was in the note in the first envelope, but confirmed that it was directed at her.

He labeled the person who sent an "idiot".

"It was a white powder with a serious threat," he told ABC radio on Tuesday.

"Everyone is fine, the staff is okay but, of course, it's not a good thing for those front-line employees who get the mail to deal with.

"Anyone who has done this right, frankly, is an idiot."

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The government approves the new Brexit agreement in May

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Prime Minister Theresa May's cabinet supported his latest plan for Britain to leave the European Union ahead of what should be his last attempt to get parliamentary approval for his Brexit agreement .

May had planned to outline his plan in a speech outside of Downing Street, later, his office said, after legislators in the parliament's elected main house, the Commons, refused his agreement three times.

May agreed with senior members of his conservative party last week to set a timetable to resign as party leader once parliament voted on its draft EU bill. 39; beginning of June.

Writing in the Sunday Times pro-conservative newspaper, he promised a "bold new offer" in his latest Brexit plan.

The surplus chancellor Philip Hammond, who also attended the cabinet meeting, warned his eurosceptic colleagues not to follow Britain's "populist right" by promoting the idea that leaving the EU without an agreement is the only "truly legitimate Brexit".

"Supporting the absence of an agreement is diverting the result of the referendum [2016] on Brexit and knowingly doing so to inflict damage on our economy and on our living standards", said some excerpts from a speech to the Confederation British on Tuesday night.

The BBC and other media quoted him saying he would push for a Brexit deal to "protect jobs, businesses and future prosperity".

"We must be clear: if we do not solve this problem in the coming weeks, there is a real risk that a new prime minister will abandon the search for an agreement and is moving towards the search for a harmful exit without agreement as a matter of politics "said Hammond.

May held six weeks of talks with the main Labor opposition party on a possible compromise to help push the Brexit deal through parliament, but the two sides announced Friday that the talks are over.

May accused the collapse of Labor's failure to find a "common position" on Brexit, in particular its division on the opportunity to support a second referendum on the exit from the EU.

Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn said the talks were weakened by the "growing weakness and instability" of the May government.

Labor's shadow foreign secretary, Emily Thornberry, rejected the last May attempt to obtain parliamentary approval for her agreement on Brexit as "political theater".

"It's almost like he's creating his own political version of the latest rites," Thornberry said on BBC Radio 4's Today program.

"He cannot realistically expect to see all this [parliament] without fundamental changes and we will not see fundamental changes, from everything I hear," he said.

The Pakistani children most affected by the HIV epidemic

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Parents nervously watch their children while they are lined up to be tested for HIV in a village near Larkana in Pakistan, in a sudden outburst among his young peopleAuthor image
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At least one doctor was arrested in Pakistan during the epidemic, which disproportionately affected children

The first sign that something was wrong in the small southern Pakistani city of Ratto Dero appeared in February.

A handful of concerned parents had taken their children to the doctor, complaining that their children could not get rid of a fever.

In a few weeks, other children came forward suffering from a similar illness.

Disoriented, Dr. Imran Aarbani has sent the children's blood for testing. What came back confirmed his worst fears. The children were infected with HIV – and nobody knows why.

"By April 24, 15 children were positive, although none of their parents was found to carry the virus," the hospital doctor told the BBC.

It was just the tip of the iceberg.

In the past month, more than 607 people – 75% of them children – were diagnosed with the virus after the rumors of an epidemic sent families to run to a special camp set up in the government's hospital city ​​from the health department of the province of Sindh.

Perhaps most surprising, however, is the fact that this is not the first outbreak to hit the region in recent years.

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Thousands of people are tested all over the country

Rumors of a possible outbreak in the province of Sindh, Larkana, of which Ratto Dero is a sub-division, have led thousands of people to take the test in 2016.

On that occasion, 1,521 people tested positive for HIV, according to the data available with the Sindh Aids Control Program (SACP).

The vast majority of those infected were men and, at that time, the cause was related to prostitutes in the area, who were mainly transgender and 32 of whom were found carriers of the AIDS virus.

The discovery of the epidemic led to a crackdown on the traveller's inns in Larkana, where sex workers had been able to exercise their trade relatively freely, despite the ban on prostitution in Pakistan.

But could this epidemic be linked to the recent discovery of health officials?

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The dott. Asad Memon, who directs the operations of the SACP in Larkana, believes in it, though not directly.

"I think the virus (AIDS) has been carried by members of the high-risk group (transgender and sex worker) and therefore negligent practices by local charlatans have caused the infection of other patients," he told the BBC.

For "charlatan" refers to unqualified people who practice medicine, ranging from paramedics who run a private clinic posing as doctors, to medical graduates who have not been able to find work in hospitals and have no exposure to standard medical practices.

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Multiple use of single syringes is suspected to be a factor in the new outbreak, although investigations are ongoing

In Pakistan, especially in rural areas, people often go to "charlatans" instead of qualified doctors because they are cheaper, easily available and have more time to devote to their patients.

Dr. Fatima Mir, who works for Aga Khan University Hospital and specializes in AIDS among children, is currently doing volunteer work at Ratto Dero. He agrees that negligent medical practices are the most likely link between children and the 2016 epidemic.

"There are three ways a child can be infected," he explained. "It is through a nursing mother who carries the virus, through a blood transfusion, or through an infected surgical instrument or a syringe".

In most cases he managed, the mothers were found to be HIV-negative and few children had blood transfusions. So the only remaining explanation was the practice of using a syringe for several patients at local clinics.

Officials also appear to be in agreement. About 500 unregulated clinics have been ordered closed throughout the province, health authorities reported.

Furthermore, a local specialist child, dr. Muzaffar Ghangro, was arrested on charges of spreading Aids through syringes.

He denied the charge, saying that all the infected people were not his patients.

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Dr. Muzaffar Ghangro was arrested on charges of spreading AIDS by reusing syringes in his clinic – a complaint he denies

Meanwhile, Sindh officials – who have one of the highest rates of HIV infection in Pakistan – have started an investigation to identify the causes of the epidemic.

But this will not help those who have already found themselves with a diagnosis that will have an impact on their entire life.

The doctors of the Ratto Dero hospital camp have tested more than 18,418 people since April 25th.

At least 607 of them have been positive so far, three-quarters of them children aged between one month and 15 years.

This means that there are hundreds of parents left to count the costs, both for the health of their children and for their daily existence.

"Adult medicines are usually available (with health authorities) in Larkana, but for the child's medicines we have to go to Karachi, which means we spend several thousand rupees for each trip," a mother, of whom she is three years old her daughter was diagnosed as HIV-positive, she told the BBC.

"My husband is just a laborer, so we can't afford it for long."

& # 39; I will be tied to Australia & # 39; – the 16-year-old Fowler set the goals for the World Cup

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The 16-year-old striker will become the youngest player in Australia in a World Cup if he can convince coach Ante Milicic to give her a little time.

In one of her first interviews since the last year broke out on the scene when she debuted for Matilde as a precocious fifteen year old, Fowler shows the same confidence with his words that she does in the field.

"I knew in the back of my head that I was going to make it happen," he said.

"But no, I could not have – I would not have had – I expected that I was going to the World Cup right now. And # an incredible opportunity for me."

Likewise, the opportunity could be the Australian one.

Fowler showed many victories in four cameos for the national team; especially when he was called for the first time by former coach Alen Stajcic.

Fowler has replaced the oldest member of the world cup team, Lisa De Vanna, and dazzled against the major nations France and England in friendly matches last year.

A complaint with Matildas officials may have seen Fowler and his family united in exploring other options for his footballing future, but in any case, Fowler says he is all-in in Australia now.

"It's no secret that I could represent Ireland, I could have also represented Papua New Guinea," he said.

"I was born in Cairns and, as my father said, my family is proud of Australians.

"Now that I'm in the Matildas team for the World Cup, my goal is to enter the field: if I do, I'll be tied to Australia and that's all I care about.

"Then I want to score a goal, this is my job in the team, this is the goal."

Fowler faces a tough competition to play in France.

The front line of the Matilde is the biggest force in the team, where Sam Kerr, Hayley Raso, Caitlin Foord, Emily Gielnik, De Vanna and Fowler will fight for the seats.

With such talent, you might think that Fowler idolized one of those players on his journey to the national team.

Not like that.

"When I started playing soccer, my number one idol was my brother Quivi," he said. "He's the one who made me play soccer.

"I also raise Ronaldo and Pelé (but) having my brother next to me training every day was the best ever because I had my model next to me all the time."

While Fowler will have a lot to do in training, he will also work after hours with the same obligation as every 16 year old; Homeworks.

"School is very important to me … I enjoy it, I will definitely take school assignments," he said.

"Mathematics is my favorite subject, I love it."