Series column the couch reporters: aliens with teen problems

And Cut: After "Torchwood," the longest-running sci-fi series "Doctor Who" gets another new spin-off with "Class."

In the new "Doctor Who" spin-off, it’s back to school again Photo: BBC

The British are known to have a penchant for the weird. This also applies to television series. When I spent half a year studying in London in the mid-1990s, my roommate Paul recommended the cult show par excellence: "Doctor Who. This is a science fiction series by the BBC, which was broadcast from 1963 to 1989 and has been continued in a new edition since 2005.

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Creative disinfectant: system-relevant distillers.

Once a liver scare, now a virus scare: instead of gin and grain, spirits producers now produce raw alcohol for disinfectants.

Once upon a time there was beer – breweries now also brew ethanol for disinfectants Photo: dpa

Disinfectant instead of herbal liquor: Mast-Jagermeister SE in Wolfenbuttel has donated 50,000 liters of alcohol to the Clinic. Instead of herbal schnapps, the alcohol will be processed into disinfectant in the hospital’s in-house pharmacy, Jagermeister spokesman Andreas Lehmann tells the taz. "The amount is enough for disinfectant for six months. In normal times, it would last for 1.5 years," Lehmann said.

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Sochi 2014 – the 13th morning: good glide, bad glide.

A Ukrainian athlete leaves in protest. Ski cross rider Filip Flisar appears cool. Pechstein and Beckert continue to kick each other.

With Schnubbi: Filip Flisar. Picture: ap

The competition of the morning: After a solid team performance in the jump from the large hill, the German combined athletes started the four-by-five-kilometer relay on the large hill with a seven-second time cushion ahead of the second-placed Austrians.

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Statistics on the homeless: germany seeks the homeless

In 2022, a count is to be made of how many homeless people live in Germany. The Bundestag is now debating this.

Homeless people in Berlin’s Lichtenberg subway station Photo: Karsten Thielker

How do you count homeless people? What sounds like a simple question is methodologically complicated in practice. The state of Berlin has opted for a comprehensive count. Some 1,600 volunteers will fan out there on January 29 to count people without homes in public spaces. The Senate Department for Social Affairs hopes this will provide data so that help can be managed more precisely in the future. So far, estimates range from 2,000 to 20,000 homeless people in the capital.

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Spd in berlin election campaign: active not only on twitter

Berlin State Secretary Sawsan Chebli is competing with Governing Mayor Michael Muller for an SPD seat in the Bundestag. What does she stand for?

Sawsan Chebli (SPD) wants to enter the Bundestag photo:

Sawsan Chebli stands at a rally against anti-Semitism on Schillerstrabe in Berlin-Charlottenburg on Oct. 9, 2020, one year after the attack on the synagogue in Halle. The Berlin state secretary is actually on parental leave, but today she wants to show solidarity.

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Basic income test in finland: for many, a “piece of freedom”

After two years, the trial of an unconditional basic income has come to an end in Finland. Now it is being evaluated.

Little money, a lot of courage: Drum maker Juha Jarvinen also received the Finnish basic income Photo: dpa

For those affected, the balance is positive. "The psychological aspect was very important for me," says Sini Marttinen. She had already been used to working independently and had always had a whole bunch of different jobs to make ends meet. The additional 560 euros were a good basis, "a feeling of greater security. But of course not enough to live on alone.

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Measures against racial profiling: approaching racism

In Berlin, the Senate is not implementing measures against racial profiling. The Greens now want a study on racial profiling, the SPD does not.

At the Gorli, police carry out suspicionless checks – to the chagrin of people of color Photo: dpa

In the coalition poker about a reform of the police law, the Greens have raised the stakes: MPs Sebastian Walter and Benedikt Lux, spokespersons for anti-discrimination and domestic policy, recently presented a bill to combat racial profiling in the police. Walter told the site: "While the SPD and the interior administration are tightening the thumbscrews on the police law, we want to strengthen civil rights."

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Access to data not necessary: “this is blackmail”.

Facebook and Google are violating the new General Data Protection Regulation, says net activist Max Schrems. He is calling for fines in the billions.

Austrian Max Schrems is confident that this time, too, he can force the big Internet corporations to provide more data protection Photo: dpa

The European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been in effect since Friday after a two-year transition period. Only a few hours after the rules, which are supposed to give Internet users more sovereignty over their data, came into force, the association Noyb, founded by lawyer and net activist Max Schrems, filed its first complaints against Google and Facebook as well as its services Instagram and WhatsApp. The would violate the GDPR with "forced consents," according to the association’s assessment.

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Senate makes concessions to group: karstadt buys berlin

The state of Berlin wants to preserve department stores and is therefore making concessions to the group’s new construction projects. A weekly commentary.

Demo in front of Karstadt Sport stores in Berlin: The question is, at what price? Photo: picture alliance/Fabian Sommer/dpa

It was an appearance like one for the history books. On Monday, the state’s three mayors – the governing Michael Muller (SPD) and his two deputies Klaus Lederer (Linke) and Ramona Pop (Grune) – appeared before the press in the stately Great Hall of the Rotes Rathaus to ceremoniously sign a "Letter of Intent" regarding the Karstadt department stores.

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Commentary rail safety in europe: the three-class system

Unlike Paris, Berlin does not want uniform and systematic controls on rail traffic. That’s good, but it doesn’t go far enough.

The terrorist threat does not stop at the German border. Photo: dpa

Anyone traveling through Europe by train these days will encounter a three-class system of security and surveillance. On the Eurostar from London to Paris and Brussels, it’s like being on an airplane – with body searches and ID checks. On the Thalys from Brussels to Paris, police officers are still on board, some of them armed. In Germany, on the other hand, you would think there had never been a terrorist attack.

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