Temperatures up to 50 degrees: in the Arab Emirates, rain falls on command

The Gulf country has changed the weather thanks to technology known as “cloud seeding”

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For several years, some countries, including China, the United States and, indeed, the United Arab Emirates, have been using technologies that help manage rainfall. The so-called «cloud seeding», or cloud seeding, is a technique that allows to increase the quantity and control the type of precipitation through the use of particular chemical agents that interact with the clouds. Heavy rains fell on Wednesday and Thursday in several regions of the UAE, including Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah, which had been in the midst of a heat wave with temperatures of up to 50 degrees for several days. The UAE National Meteorological Center told the Gulf News portal that cloud seeding operations were carried out to increase rainfall. Last spring, the country tested the use of drones to induce rain by applying electric shocks to clouds without the use of chemicals.

July 17, 2021 – Updated July 17, 2021, 9:51 am



Racism via social media: Bukayo Saka attacks Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

Updated on July 16, 2021, 10:24 a.m.

  • The English internationals Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka became targets of racist Internet users after their misses from the penalty spot in the European Championship final against Italy.
  • Saka says she didn’t expect anything else.
  • What bothers him at least as much as the comments themselves are that the social platforms don’t stop them.

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The English national soccer player Bukayo Saka has criticized the social platforms Instagram, Twitter and Facebook after the racist hateful comments against him and his teammates Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford. “I knew immediately what kind of hatred would hit me. And it is a sad reality that your powerful platforms are not doing enough to stop this news,” wrote the 19-year-old on Twitter on Thursday.

He added, “On Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, I don’t want any child or adult to get the hateful and hurtful messages that Marcus, Jadon and I received this week.”

Bukayo Saka: “There are no words for my disappointment”

Saka was the last penalty taker of the Three Lions in the lost European Championship final against Italy, as did Sancho and Rashford. “I really believed we’d win this for you guys. I’m sorry we couldn’t bring it home this year,” he wrote. There are no words for his disappointment, he felt as if he had abandoned the whole country and his team.

He, Rashford and Sancho were then racially insulted on social networks. Rashford and Sancho had already responded via social networks.

England coach Gareth Southgate comforts one of his penalty-takers, Bukayo Saka, after losing the European Championship final against Italy at home in London.

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Bukayo Saka: Love will triumph over racism

“There is no place for racism or hatred in football or in any other area of ​​society,” Saka said. And he underlined that this attitude also applies to people “who have come together to confront these people who write such messages by doing something and reporting the comments to the police and counteracting hatred by being friendly to one another. We will win.” Saka ended his message with the words “Love always wins”.

Bukayo Saka is one of those great talents that England is particularly blessed with on the offensive. The 19-year-old from Arsenal will not forget his fifth international appearance. As part of his European Championship premiere, he becomes the man of the evening against the Czech Republic. (Teaser image: AFP / Justin Tallis) © DAZN

Sancho and Rashford had also previously spoken out with similar statements. Saka, Rashford and Sancho were racially insulted after their missed penalties in the European Championship final.

At the same time, he thanked you for the countless encouraging messages and was combative: “I promise you that we will give everything to ensure that this generation knows what it feels like to win.” (dpa / AFP / hau)

Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka didn’t score when England faced Italy at home in London’s Wembley Stadium to win the European Championship. For their misses from the penalty spot, they collect insulting comments on the net. National coach Gareth Southgate opposes their writers. (Teaser image: Getty Images / Andy Rain) © DAZN


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The lubricant manufacturer Fuchs Petrolub has come through the Corona crisis well so far, but the rising raw material prices are causing concern for the Mannheimers. CFO Dagmar Steinert expects “significant effects on profitability”, at least temporarily, and also refers to the volatility in the supply chains. The increase in sales prices only takes effect with a time lag. For the second and third quarters, lower margins are to be expected than at the beginning of the year, when a return of over 10 percent was achieved after taxes. “The current supply chain problem in particular has shown once again that it is good to produce locally,” emphasizes CEO Stefan Fuchs. (Stock exchanges newspaper)

Deutsche Bank has expanded its in-house investigation to include the sale of complex financial instruments to customers in Spain who suffered losses as a result. At the beginning of the investigation (“Project Teal”) it was said that a limited number of customers were affected, now 50 to 100 potential cases are being examined carefully. The bank confirmed that there was an investigation, but did not want to comment on individual cases. (Financial Times)

N26 – The Berlin smartphone bank N26 is facing a new round of financing. The financial start-up (Fintech) is in talks with investors and strives to collect several hundred million dollars, it is said in financial circles. The valuation would rise from the current $ 3.6 billion to $ 8-11 billion. The Bloomberg news agency had first reported on the planned financing round. N26 did not want to comment on this. (Handelsblatt)

REVOLUT – The digital bank Revolut, founded six years ago, has been valued by investors in a new financing round with 33 billion dollars (27.9 billion euros). It is ahead of the market value of major European traditional banks such as the Royal Bank of Scotland, now the Natwest Group (equivalent to 27.7 billion euros) or Deutsche Bank (21.4 billion euros). The rating of the British start-up has thus increased fivefold compared to a financing round in 2020. (FAZ / Börsen-Zeitung)

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ÖBAG: Initiative for a sustainable future by leading companies in Austria – registration is now possible


Vienna (OTS) – July 14th, 2021 In a joint initiative with Capgemini and Microsoft, ÖBAG and four of its large affiliates – A1 Telekom, the BIG Group, Austrian Post and VERBUND – are starting an initiative in the use of digital opportunities for a sustainable future. The aim of the Austrian Sustainability Data Science Challenge 2021, which will take place in autumn 2021, is to determine the ecological footprint of properties on the basis of data science models and to show ways in which Co2 emissions can be reduced, biodiversity promoted and renewable energy sources used can. Students, data scientists and startups can register for the competition with immediate effect. The participants can expect an attractive real use case, further education measures in the form of trainings and prize money of 5,000 euros for the winning team. [LINK]

Sometimes: Competition: Big Data for a Green Future

More and more companies are using data-based technologies to counteract climate change. With more than 30 percent, the building sector, along with industry, transport and agriculture, is one of the largest sources of greenhouse gases in Europe. At the same time, there is still a great deal of untapped potential in the area of ​​renewable energies. The initiative launched by the ÖBAG holding companies, together with Capgemini and Microsoft, is dedicated to these two challenges. In the course of the challenge, the challenges and optimization potential of individual properties with regard to the promotion of biodiversity and the use of new energy concepts using big data are to be analyzed.

The objective for the participants is to develop an innovative approach to reducing the CO2 footprint of entire properties and real estate portfolios on the basis of a wide variety of data (including aerial photographs, weather data and energy consumption) and through the use of artificial intelligence. According to the initiators, a holistic approach for the integration of energy management and open space design is essential in order to be able to use the AI ​​model for other areas of application in the future.

Zwtl .: Who can take part?

Bachelor and master students with data science knowledge as well as data science professionals and startups are invited to the competition. Capgemini and Microsoft support the participants in the development and implementation of scalable AI models. As an expert and service provider of Microsoft Azure, A1 will help the participants of the challenge with technical questions. The challenge runs over a period of six weeks and will take place from October 2021 to November 2021. Further details and the possibility to register can be found under this [LINK.]

Occasionally: Success model “Cross-industry initiative”

The “Sustainability Data Science Challenge 2021” not only works on very specific goals and future-oriented models, it also represents another example of cross-sector cooperation between ÖBAG companies and other players in Austrian economy, science and research – for a goal-oriented Use of synergies in the fight against the climate crisis.

Possibly: Statements project initiators

“The unswerving work to reduce Co2 emissions is a clear mandate for both our state owner and the EU. As the Austrian asset manager, we see this as an obligation. Initiatives such as the Sustainability Data Science Challenge are exemplary of the path that ÖBAG and its affiliated companies have taken in the field of sustainability: consistent pursuit of goals, effective measures, joint efforts and that also in new and innovative ways, ”emphasizes ÖBAG board member Christine Catasta the importance of the initiative.

Hermann Erlach, General Manager Microsoft Austria: “With every sustainability measure, we actively invest in our future – but much more is needed. We are convinced that technology can be the key to lasting change. The next generation of pioneers from every area is already in the starting blocks to lead us into a greener future with their innovative ideas. Promoting them is an important part of Microsoft’s sustainability strategy and is also a clear focus of the ‘Sustainability Data Science Challenge 2021’. ”

Michael Danninger, COO Capgemini Consulting Austria: “Sustainability is an important cornerstone of our strategic ambitions. That is why we use intelligent technologies and data to develop innovative solutions for our customers to successfully reduce their ecological footprint. The Data Science Challenge is a good example here, where we use our expertise in artificial intelligence in a targeted manner and make a significant contribution to a sustainable Austrian economy in cross-company cooperation. ”

Occasionally: statements from participating companies

Thomas Arnoldner, CEO A1 Telekom Austria Group: “The A1 Telekom Austria Group has a long tradition in the field of sustainability. Since 2020 we have taken the topic to a new level with our ESG strategy, which is also part of the corporate strategy. In addition, the results of a current study on the connection and potential of digitization and climate change confirm that we are a key pioneer for a green and digital transformation with our digital infrastructure. We are therefore very happy to be part of the Sustainability Data Science Challenge. ”

Michael Strugl, CEO VERBUND: “The energy transition is a huge transformation process and probably the most important project of our time. Politics, business, research and society – we all have to pull together in order to achieve the national and global climate goals and to keep our planet livable for future generations. The use of digitization and artificial intelligence will take us a decisive step forward. We look forward to cross-company cooperation and to exciting insights and solutions from the Sustainability Data Challenge. ”

Georg Pölzl, General Director of Austrian Post: “As a logistics company, Austrian Post bears a special responsibility for our environment. In order to do justice to this, we consistently analyze current developments and challenges and adapt our measures and goals accordingly. It was clear to us from the start that we would take part in this challenge and we are confident that this will bring us a step closer to the goal of reducing the CO2 footprint of entire properties. ”

Hans-Peter Weiss, CEO of the BIG Group: “Against the background that 30 percent of energy consumption in Austria is accounted for by the real estate sector, innovative approaches are constantly required. The two application examples for the optimized use of renewable energies and the promotion of biodiversity fit perfectly with our activities for sustainable construction and management of buildings. We are excited to see which solutions will be found in the context of the challenge. ”

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EM 2021: TV – From a German point of view, the best was Almuth Schult

Dhe “Bild” came to a fairly clear judgment in its résumé of the German TV experts at this European Championship – and an extremely accurate one. “More Almuth Schult, less Schweini” was the headline of the paper. “Already now”, it said in the article, “we know who we absolutely want to see again from Qatar at the World Cup from November 21, 2022 – and who we would prefer to go to another desert …” The German national goalkeeper Almuth Schult, an invigorating element in the men’s group of ARD, so the tenor of the comment, is indispensable with her refreshing expertise.

The 30-year-old is “sharp-tongued like Oliver Kahn, funny like Delling and Netzer together, dissecting like Jan Henkel (triumphed as an analyst on the pay channel MagentaTV). With Schult (to Immobile-Schwalbe: “He dropped into the depths to make room.”) The ARD even made a mistake Prince – only has a first name – Boateng and the sometimes too gockel-like moderation of the otherwise quick-witted Alex Bommes concealed. One would love to cross Us Almuth with the ZDF top top expert Christoph Kramer and the best EM presenter Jochen Breyer (always ankle-free) as a TV trio – German Dynamite … “

One of the most beautiful television moments of the European Championship is Schult’s laughing fit. She kept snorting after her colleague Kevin-Prince Boateng said: “He’s been in the game for so long …” The laughing Schult even had to pass the next question: “I’m out.”

Schult convinced with authenticity and specialist knowledge

Schult delighted the TV audience with her naturalness and humor. From a German point of view, it was without a doubt the best at this European Championship. Also with their analyzes, which were much more precise and ruthless than with Bastian Schweinsteiger, who is also under contract with the first and caused the broadcaster to worry for other reasons during the course of the tournament.

“We are European champions after all these months with Corona”

The Italians give in to their ecstasy of joy at winning the European Championship. The English fans, on the other hand, are shocked. Two countries – incredible emotions. While the winners are celebrating, the losers “don’t want to eat any more pasta”.

What does an expert have to bring along for a successful television appearance? “I think authenticity, that you take the person seriously, whatever they are, that you feel good when you listen to them, that they are eloquent and that they have knowledge, take the viewers with them and inform them.” said before the tournament – and according to the audience and professional TV critics, the 30-year-old fully met these requirements in the following weeks.

Schult received consistently good ratings. “There was absolutely no negative feedback,” said ARD EM team boss Steffen Simon. “We were pleasantly surprised.” Those responsible for the public broadcaster feared that there could also have been hostility and insults on the Internet, as with the ZDF commentator Claudia Neumann.

“That has a lot to do with their naturalness,” said the ARD team boss and praised the appearance of the 30-year-olds: “Their tactical explanations are sensational. She is totally courageous and clear. ”The goalkeeper, who has made 91 appearances for the national team and is under contract with Bundesliga club VfL Wolfsburg, made good use of her experience.

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Schult has also gained notoriety through her appearances, as she reported to the “Sportbuzzer” portal: “Once a taxi driver rolled down the window and shouted:“ You’re from TV, cool, you’re doing a good job! ”“ On the other hand: “Nothing has changed in the village where I live. That’s the most important thing anyway, ”said Schult, who lives with her husband and children in Wendland in Lower Saxony.

Schweinsteiger becomes a problem

While the national goalkeeper, who is also part of the “Football can do more” initiative, gave ARD a lot of pleasure during the European Championship, Schweinsteiger became a problem. That had nothing to do with the criticism of his joint appearances with Jessy Wellmer, but with the surreptitious advertising affair.

The case has still not been finally resolved and is to be “processed internally” in the coming weeks, as the ARD says. An appearance by Schweinsteiger had caused anger at the station because he had advertised a watch at the same time.

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The expert, who is under contract until the end of 2020, “published a post on social media at half-time without our knowledge as part of a paid advertising partnership,” criticized the broadcaster. He also “made it very clear that the ARD, according to its guidelines, does not tolerate any form of surreptitious advertising and unrecognized product placement of its protagonists”. The first is still waiting for a statement from Schweinsteiger and his management.

Top rate for ZDF in Italy’s triumph

In the meantime, the final figures have become public. The audience interest has risen again significantly in the final phase of the EM. At the end of the tournament, the final gave ZDF another top audience rating and more viewers than ARD at the EM 2016. An average of 20.90 million people saw Italy win against England on penalties on Sunday evening. According to the broadcaster, the market share was 64.4 percent. Only three games of the German national team had more TV viewers at the EM than the final.

Victory on penalties – Italy’s dramatic triumph in the video

Italy beat England in a captivating final and crown themselves European champions. Despite England’s lightning lead, the game goes into overtime. In the penalty shootout, Southgate’s extra substitute shooters fail their nerves. The highlights in the video.

The final of the EM, postponed by a year, was more successful than the final in 2016. Five years ago, according to the AGF Video Research, an average of 18.834 million people sat in front of the television. The market share of the ARD broadcast in Portugal’s victory against France was 59.5 percent at the time.

Viewed over the entire tournament, there were fewer TV viewers on ARD and ZDF. An average of 11.741 million watched in 2016, just under 10.4 million this time. However, the streaming figures – which have not yet been finally calculated – are not included in this value. In addition, Telekom does not publish how many people have used its paid Magenta TV service, which broadcasts all the games.

“It was incredibly quiet after the final whistle”

Party in Rome – mourning in London. England loses the European Championship final on penalties. Nevertheless, the pride prevails at having come this far. WELT reporter Stefanie Bolzen reports on the mood in London.

“Overall, we are satisfied with the response, on television, but also in the ZDF media library and on social media,” commented ZDF sports director Thomas Fuhrmann. Outside of classic TV, there were “record values. The charisma of football has proven itself again, ”said Fuhrmann. “The EM took a moment to find its audience.”

ARD sports coordinator Axel Balkausky said: “We are very pleased that the audience was very interested in the entire tournament and it also shows the relevance of our broadcasts to the public.” Both channels were “very successful”, especially with younger viewers, as Fuhrmann emphasized.

The most successful game of the EM was the ARD broadcast of the defeat of the German national team against England with 27.49 million (market share 76.3 percent). The importance of live streams on the Internet is shown by the 4.6 million views of this game.

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Tinkoff launched a green fund with Tesla and Li Auto shares

Clients of Tinkoff Investments will be able to invest in the securities of green companies: the management company Tinkoff Capital has launched an exchange-traded mutual investment fund, which invests in the shares of companies that are leaders in the development of environmentally friendly technologies around the world. A representative of Tinkoff Investments told Vedomosti about this.

The new fund is called the Tinkoff Green Technology Index and is tied to an index that tracks the dynamics of the value of public companies whose business is focused on creating or using green technologies. This index “Tinkoff Bank” calculated retrospectively – the historical average annual yield of securities included in it, since 2002, is 22.9%, says a company spokesman.


Gareth Southgate: England coach wild war comparison


Does it have to be that way?

Now our last 16 defeat at the EM against England (0: 2) gets a questionable aftermath – because England coach Gareth Southgate draws a war settlement!

“People also tried to invade us and we had the courage to defend ourselves against it. You can’t hide the fact that part of the energy in the stadium against Germany came from this,” said the 50-year-old British journalist.

Southgate: War memories helped England against Jogi’s boys!

The England coach continued: “I never mentioned it to the players, but I know it played a role in that too.”

Again and again war comparisons around the duel

The English had defeated the DFB selection at this EM for the first time in 55 years in a knockout game in a major tournament.

Before games in the past, during the duel between England and Germany, the British press liked to report on “Blitzkrieg”, “steel helmets” or “bombs” – with a view to the painful memories of the Second World War.

At this EM the comparisons were not made at first – now they come through many days after the game.

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Southgate announcement to the shore, fans and team

Before the final (Sunday, 9 p.m., live ticker on RTL.de) against Italy, Southgate appeals to the national pride of his countrymen. “We have so much to be proud of. For an island our size, we have an incredible impact on the world, and we have to maintain that in a positive way.”

He definitely wants to finish the tournament with the title. “Because I know that if we don’t win it now, it won’t be enough for me and the rest of the staff and the players.”

He appeals to the fans at the final – unlike in many previous games – not to boo during the opponent’s anthem. “We should be respectful. We can intimidate them with the chants during the game, but the anthem is different.” (sfu)