Doctors have named food supplement for stroke prevention


17 Nov 2020.

There are many cases in history when people of different ages died of a stroke. It can occur after a thrombus appears in a vessel, which disrupts the flow of blood and, consequently, oxygen to the brain. Doctors say one dietary supplement can help reduce the risk of ischemic stroke.

This disease can be a consequence of diabetes mellitus, atrial fibrillation, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and is also associated with the level of homocysteine ​​(amino acid) in the blood.

Experts have conducted several studies, according to which folic acid (vitamin B9) can reduce the content of harmful amino acids. Reported by Express

Within the framework of one of the scientific works, 10 789 people with high blood pressure were examined. The essence of the experiment was that one part of the subjects was given folic acid, and the other – enalapril. According to the results of observation over 4 years, it was noted that the risk of stroke decreased by 73% in patients taking vitamin B9.

Earlier LIVE24 reported that the high pressure drink proved to be the key to longevity. In addition, it contains calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, folic acid, and vitamin C.


Plácido Domingo, sick, renounces his commitments in Italy

Cured of the coronavirus a few months ago, Plácido Domingo is again plagued by health problems. The 79-year-old Spanish tenor will not be able to honor his commitments in Italy, scheduled for the end of November. “Due to a health problem which has arisen in recent hours, preventing him from traveling, Plácido Domingo is forced to give up the management of the Requiem by Verdi at the Municipal Theater of Plaisance and his participation in the Donizetti Festival in Bergamo ”, explains one on the Facebook account of the theater.

The management of the theater, by mutual agreement with the Spanish singer, decided to postpone the event to May 2021. Scheduled behind closed doors on November 24 to be broadcast live on the Opera Streaming platform, the performance was dedicated to the memory of the victims of the Covid.

Concerning the Bergamo Festival, where Plácido Domingo was to perform Belisarius by Gaetano Donizetti under the direction of Riccardo Frizza, the performance is maintained with Italian baritone Roberto Frontali in the title role, according to Radio Classique.

The lyrical singer’s health problems are added to the accusations of sexual harassment disclosed in the American press, during 2019. In surveys published in August and September by the Associated Press agency, twenty women claimed to have been harassed by Domingo from the end of the 1980s. They accused him of touching, forced kissing and inappropriate remarks and of having harmed their careers in case of refusal.

These accusations ended the tenor’s career in the United States. He was forced to give up his post as director of the Los Angeles Opera and cancel all his performances across the Atlantic. Plácido Domingo, used to ovations around the world and who has recorded a hundred albums, found himself caught up by the #MeToo movement, born in the wake of the accusations against the film producer Harvey Weinstein in October 2017.

“When I found out I had the Covid, I promised myself that if I made it out alive, I would fight to clear my name – I never abused anyone, I will repeat it as long as I live “, said the opera star, in an interview published in August by the Italian daily The Republic.


Collective bargaining: Expensive dismissal protection (

Lufthansa pilots in the cockpit

Photo: dpa / Fabian Sommer

Painful loss of income for around 35,000 employees on the ground is the core of a crisis agreement between the service union Verdi and the executive board of the ailing Lufthansa group. The result of the negotiations was approved by a majority in the union group collective bargaining committee. As a Verdi spokeswoman for this newspaper confirmed when asked, the negotiators on both sides had already agreed on an extensive paper on Tuesday. It will only take effect, however, if a majority votes in favor of acceptance in the upcoming written survey of Verdi members in the Lufthansa Group subsidiaries concerned.

The agreed package has a relatively short term until December 31, 2021. It excludes redundancies for the affected employees during this period and includes de facto protection against layoffs until March 31, 2022. The price for this is very high and will be paid by Verdi puts it at 200 million euros, which the company’s employees are now supposed to flush into the coffers as a de facto wage sacrifice. In detail, the union is foregoing any increase in income in the current and coming year and is suspending the corresponding remuneration rounds. The cancellation of the Christmas bonus for 2020 and 2021 and the cancellation of the holiday bonus for 2021 were also agreed.

For many employees who had long since planned the Christmas bonus due at the end of November with the wage transfer, this should be a severe blow in the weeks leading up to Christmas. “If there is no approval in the member survey, the 2020 Christmas bonus will be paid in December,” says a member information sheet from the tariff commission. How the majority of the members rate this remains to be seen. The increase in the short-time allowance, on which many Lufthansa employees currently live, will be reduced from 90 percent to 87 percent. According to Verdi, this also expanded the collective bargaining protection to top up short-time allowances for around 6,000 employees in the group, who previously threatened to fall back to the lower statutory rate due to poorer regulations.

For employees who are 100 percent on short-time work in 2021, the vacation entitlement will also be reduced to the statutory limit of 20 days. The fact that this is the first time that the collectively agreed annual leave is actually being touched could arouse new desires among Lufthansa management beyond the term of the contract and also affect other industries. Further points in the agreed package provide for continued partial retirement regulations for age groups close to retirement as well as programs for “voluntary retirement” and “socially acceptable downsizing”. “Now Lufthansa has to deal responsibly with this employee loan,” said Verdi Vice President Christine Behle, who also acts as Lufthansa deputy chairwoman of the supervisory board. Strictly speaking, the wage sacrifices are not a repayable interest-free loan by the employees to the corporate headquarters, but a concession forced under massive pressure and according to the motto “eat or die”.

It remains to be seen whether the company bosses will actually honor the wage waiver. According to insiders, the protection against dismissal currently agreed with Verdi is more “watertight” than the provisions that were concluded in July between the flight attendant union UFO and Lufthansa and could expire prematurely in 2021. The next few months will show whether the management takes seriously the waiver of redundancies in the contract with Verdi. Or whether the massive downsizing is not thinking about redundancies due to operational reasons in order to put employees under pressure and suggest that they resign themselves. According to the latest reports and in view of the ongoing slump in air traffic, insiders do not completely rule out the group’s bankruptcy in the coming year.

According to media reports, major shareholder Heinz-Hermann Thiele, who had increased his influence on corporate policy by purchasing shares in the summer, is insisting on cutting 30,000 jobs and selling all or part of the Lufthansa technology division. In the meantime, the sale of the group subsidiary LSG Sky Chefs (LSG), which is responsible for on-board catering, to the Gategroup from Singapore, which is planned for the beginning of 2020, has been delayed. The LSG workforce had for years waived money and vacation days and worked longer without compensation. The hope of being able to stay in the »Lufthansa family« did not come up.


Bavaria: collective bargaining in public transport continues – Bavaria

The negotiations on the collective bargaining round in local public transport will continue on Monday. The Verdi union announced on Friday. A breakthrough could be achieved with a “joint effort”, said Verdi negotiator Kai Winkler, referring to Saxony, where an agreement had recently been reached. He hoped that the warning strikes had sent “clear signals” to employers. In the past few weeks, tram, bus and subway drivers across Bavaria had repeatedly gone on strike, which in some cases meant considerable restrictions in public transport. Verdi had indicated that the actions might be expanded if the round of negotiations ended with no results.

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Lufthansa share slipped into the red


Many aircraft have to remain on the ground due to the pandemic.

(Photo: dpa)

Frankfurt Carsten Spohr does not even want to give the impression that Lufthansa will soon run out of money again: The group has 10.1 billion euros in liquidity. “That gives me confidence for the months that lie ahead,” said the Lufthansa boss on Thursday morning right at the beginning of his presentation of the figures for the third quarter.

But he cannot quite brush aside the skepticism of analysts and investors. A look at the share price shows that. Although the key data for the third quarter have been known for a few days, the price reacted to the detailed quarterly report that was published on Thursday morning. After the share initially rose, it gave way in the morning and slipped almost three percent into the red. The value only recovered around noon.

Investors’ uncertainty is understandable. Because the quarterly report reveals a few weaknesses in the calculation. In particular, the so-called cash burn rate, i.e. the sum of the funds that Lufthansa is currently burning operationally, gives analysts and investors a headache.

While the management managed to limit this value from around half a billion euros to around 200 million euros in the third quarter, the Lufthansa top expects another money burn of 350 million euros in the fourth quarter.

As a result, Daniel Röska from Bernstein Research asks all the questions right at the start: “How long will the money last and what are the prospects for further funding?” Lufthansa received nine billion euros in government aid in the summer from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Belgium to avoid bankruptcy.

But Spohr declined. Neither did emergency sales have to be initiated, nor did he worry about short-term liquidity bottlenecks: “We feel safe for the whole of 2021, not just for the winter,” emphasized the Lufthansa CEO.

Forecast for 2021 is hardly possible

At the same time, Spohr also knows that it is almost impossible to make concrete statements about how aviation will continue: “It has never been as difficult as it is now in the corona pandemic. Nobody knows how long the travel warnings will apply. “


That is definitely a problem for the planning of the Lufthansa top. Because it stipulates that the burning of money should end in the coming year at the latest. “For a positive operating cash flow again, we need at least 50 percent capacity of the previous year,” said Spohr.

In view of the uncertainty in this forecast, Bernstein analyst Röska calls for additional efforts to save. “The group has to do more to limit the outflow of funds if you want to avoid new borrowing before the coming summer,” said the expert.

“We are getting smaller, less complex and more efficient,” promised Spohr, but admitted, in view of the tough discussions with the employee representatives, that the pace here has been too slow so far. “The talks are going slower than expected and, to be honest, far too slow for this crisis.” Lufthansa claims to have to cut around 27,000 full-time positions. But because the group has a large number of part-time employees, more than 30,000 employees are derived from this, who are too many on board.

So far, around 14,000 of the 138,000 employees have left the company, which means savings of around 900 million euros per year on the personnel cost side. But most of the departures were abroad, in Germany you are only at the beginning. Talks with the employee representatives about the reduction of 2,800 ground staff at Lufthansa AG and 1,100 pilot jobs at the German core brand Lufthansa are ongoing.

At the same time, negotiations are being held with unions about the waiver of all employees. Talks with Verdi have just started again after a long break. The pilots’ union VC, on the other hand, is finding it difficult to stipulate a permanent waiver if it only wants to accept it temporarily for the period of the crisis.

Time is of the essence because the losses add up. Hardly anything about that will change anytime soon. The number of new corona infections is increasing rapidly worldwide. New travel warnings are constantly being issued. “Markets like the US don’t seem to be opening up for the time being,” said Spohr.

Very low occupancy

This means that the premium airlines Lufthansa, Swiss and AUA are missing the important and lucrative long-haul routes. And even if these flights can be offered again at some point, the question is whether the premium customers will book again quickly. “Our corporate customers have not yet returned,” said Spohr.

Lufthansa boss Carsten Spohr

“We feel safe for the whole of 2021, not just for winter.”

(Photo: Reuters)

The result: in the third quarter – traditionally the strongest in the industry alongside the summer – the group carried only 8.9 million passengers. That is only around 20 percent of the previous year’s figure. The jets that took off were only half full. For the winter, Lufthansa is only planning a maximum capacity of 25 percent. “We only operate flights that are cash-positive,” says Spohr.

European traffic and freight, which is one of the few sources of revenue for the Lufthansa Group during the crisis, remain as a source of hope. In some cases, passenger jets are traveling without a single passenger, according to Spohr. But it pays off with the cargo in the bellies. Therefore, the subsidiary Lufthansa Cargo was able to achieve a profit of 446 million euros in the first nine months.

But that’s not enough to compensate for the minus elsewhere. The company posted a loss of two billion euros between July and September. A year earlier, a profit of 1.15 billion euros had been on the books. Sales plummeted by 74 percent to 2.7 billion euros. Since January Lufthansa has accumulated losses totaling 5.6 billion euros.

More: Lufthansa has to reduce its costs even more than previously planned


Leave the opera houses open!

The music theaters have shown enormous vitality in the Corona crisis: They fillet Wagner. You are doing opera in front of white walls. They really want to play. You should let them. The number of those infected in the theater is surprisingly low. .

Agreement TVÖD: overview of the most important points – politics

The morning after, there was a lot of tiredness in the room. You could see glassy eyes and dark circles, and the chief negotiators who presented their compromise blinked in the spotlight. The federal government and municipal employers had wrestled with the Verdi and Deutscher Beamtenbund trade unions for three days and nights until the collective bargaining agreement for public sector employees was on Sunday morning. The negotiations were “hard to very hard”, said Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU), and Verdi boss Frank Werneke called them “difficult” and “demanding”. The result is correspondingly complicated; it is full of gradations and special regulations. An overview:

Wage increase, term and costs

Each of the approximately 2.5 million employees receives at least 3.2 percent more salary, in two stages: From April 1, 2021, there is 1.4 percent more, from April 1, 2022 another 1.8 percent on top. The increase is greater for low-income employees, for two reasons: The first level of increase is at least 50 euros, which is more than 1.4 percent for this group. Second, there is an increase in the annual special payment of five percent for the lower pay groups (1-8). This results in a salary increase of up to 4.5 percent for this group. The collective agreement runs until December 31, 2022 and, according to the Association of Municipal Employers’ Associations, costs 4.9 billion euros. President Ulrich Mädge said he hoped for support from the federal government in the years to come.


There are hundreds of different professions in the public service of the federal government and municipalities, such as garbage collector or educator, theater pedagogue or controller in financial administration. All employees now receive a corona bonus, which is intended to honor the fact that the public service works well even in times of the pandemic. It is 600 euros for low-income earners (pay groups 1-8), 400 euros for medium-sized (groups 9-12) and 300 euros for high-income earners (groups 13-15). Apprentices receive 225 euros if they are employed by a local authority and 200 euros if they work for the federal government.

Nurses benefit the most

Nursing staff benefit more than others, whether in hospitals, retirement homes or other facilities. From March 2021 you will receive a monthly care allowance of 70 euros, a year later it increases to 120 euros. There is also an extra bonus for intensive care carers, the intensive supplement increases from 46.02 to 100 euros. Thirdly, the allowance increases for all those who work alternating shifts, i.e. at different times. Instead of 105, it is now 155 euros. Depending on which allowances a carer receives, the salary increases by up to ten percent. There is also an allowance for doctors who are employed by the health authorities, namely 300 euros.

East-West alignment

To this day, different amounts of work are worked in East and West German municipalities, 40 hours in the east and 39 hours in the west. This is now being adjusted: at the beginning of 2022, working hours in the east are to be reduced by half an hour, and in 2023 to 39 hours.

Savings banks and airports

There are special rules for employees. The airports are in a serious crisis because only a few aircraft are taking off due to the corona pandemic. The employees are exempt from the salary increases, instead an emergency collective agreement is to be negotiated for them soon, which lowers personnel costs and rules out redundancies. The situation is also difficult at savings banks. That is why there is a lower wage increase there; it is not at least 3.2 percent, as with the other employees, but 2.4 percent. In addition, the annual special payment will be reduced, for which the employees will receive compensation in the form of days off.

Criticism of the conclusion

Many observers see the conclusion as positive, but not all. Some criticize that little or nothing could be left of the increase for employees with higher incomes, if inflation is factored in: forecasts come to 1.4 percent for next year and 1.6 percent for the next one. Others complain that the corona bonus is paid for all employees and not just for jobs that are particularly affected by the pandemic.

Bus and train drivers continue to strike

Verdi had exerted pressure with strikes during the collective bargaining round; daycare centers and hospitals were also affected. That’s off the table with the agreement. In the local public transport sector, however, the strikes are continuing, where another conflict is at stake: bus and train drivers want to achieve a nationwide uniform framework collective agreement. So far, employers have refused to even start negotiations.


Comment: The tariff compromise in the public service is fair to both sides

The differentiation that employers and unions have managed in countless hours of negotiation is impressive – and helps over the Corona period. .

TVÖD – A compromise, better late than never – opinion

The result looks like a mess of numbers, but the message is clear. Public service employees who earn little – garbage collectors, for example – should receive a substantial increase in wages. There is also another group that clearly wins: Nursing staff, whether in hospitals or old people’s homes. In the future, bonuses will give them up to ten percent more wages. That’s a good signal.

The collective bargaining round in the public service of the federal government and municipalities was thus entirely dominated by the pandemic, because it has something in store for those who have been celebrated as “Corona heroes” in recent months. However, the pandemic is also noticeable in that the economic crisis can be clearly felt in the result. For middle and high earners there is, with a rather long term of 28 months, just 3.2 percent more. It is quite possible that this wage increase will be wiped out by inflation in the next two years. That leaves the “Corona bonus” of 200 to 600 euros, which is paid once to employees this year and which is above all symbolically important, similar to the equalization of working hours in East and West Germany.

All in all, the result is a good compromise, because it offers improvements especially for those who were and are particularly affected by the pandemic. For the others there are correspondingly fewer due to the constraints.

The citizens would have been better spared the warning strikes.

One thing is the results, the other is the question of how they came about. Things could have gone much better there. After the failure of the second round of negotiations in mid-September, Verdi called for warning strikes that hit not only city administrations, but also hospitals and day-care centers. Parents were outraged that they had to organize emergency care for their children again, and many were concerned that hospitals were restricting operations. The people would have been better spared that, especially since the bus and train drivers are on strike these days – this Monday again in Bavaria.

Some may find this argument cheap and object three things: First, that strike is a fundamental right. Second, that unions need to mobilize their members to maintain their bargaining power. Thirdly, finally, that the strikes really did not harm anyone – supply in the hospitals, for example, was always guaranteed. All of this is true, and yet these objections fall short. Because through the strikes, the collective bargaining parties have stoked fears in the population. In times of historical crisis, this should have been avoided at all costs.

But it is not the trade unions’ fault alone that it turned out this way. For their part, employers did little to steer the collective bargaining round on a constructive path early on. At first you did not agree to negotiate seriously about a postponement until next spring. Then they decided not to make an offer in the first or second round of negotiations. A well-known ritual that should have been avoided this year.

In times of crisis, political parties form alliances that go beyond the everyday small and small. It is good that the unions and employers have now come to an agreement. Better late than never.