Following a year of near-permanent lockdown , Germany's once-flourishing culture industry is in despair. Some in the sector were able to voice their struggles directly to Chancellor Angela Merkel via a "Citizens' Dialogue" event held online on Tuesday. During the discussion, one bookseller said she can't understand why a supermarket can sell books and she cannot. Meanwhile, the owner of a shuttered cinema explained that his business can no longer survive on government subsidies. An actress also said that the subsidies for artists aren't enough to live on. She fears she will soon end up on social welfare. These were among 14 people working across the arts and culture sector who were selected to describe their personal situation to the chancellor, and to ask her questions. Continuing a series in which Merkel engages directly with citizens across Germany, the online dialogue opened with a quote by the chancellor that flashed on the screen: "The pandemic has hit arts and culture … [Read more...] about Merkel empathizes with struggling culture sector
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Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta announced on Friday tightening restrictions in the capital Nairobi and four surrounding hard-hit counties. "The death rate is devastating by all measures, and the stress the pandemic is placing on our health system is unparalleled," Kenyatta said in a televised address as the East African country stands on the brink of a third wave. "Between January and February three people died every day from COVID. In March 2021, the number has gone up to seven every day, the highest since this pandemic hit us,'' he said. The restrictions include a pause on all movement into or from Nairobi, Kajiado, Machakos, Nakuru and Kiambu. Public gatherings are banned, and an evening curfew will be imposed to last from 8 p.m. until 4 a.m. in the affected counties. Kenyatta also called on those eligible for the first round of vaccination to get the jab. He and his wife received the AstraZeneca vaccine. Kenya received 1.02 million doses of the AstraZeneca jab through … [Read more...] about Coronavirus digest: Nairobi goes into partial lockdown
Most African countries rely on COVAX, the World Health Organization (WHO) program built to ensure poor countries have equitable access to vaccines to combat the pandemic, for their vaccine supply. The main supplier, the Serum Institute of India (SII) produces the two-shot AstraZeneca vaccine. But increased domestic demand for doses in India, where the pandemic is currently surging out of control, has interrupted supplies being flown out for COVAX. Ahmed Ogwell, deputy director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), called the AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute in India the "backbone." "The early part of the vaccine campaigns on the continent were really anchored on the delivery of doses from the Serum Institute in India," he told DW. COVAX has also been elbowed out of the market by rich countries striking their own deals with manufacturers, surging ahead in immunizing their citizens. Watch video 01:26 … [Read more...] about Africa scrambles as India vaccine export ban bites region
Only a few weeks ago, the second stage of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket made an uncontrolled reentry into Earth's atmosphere after deploying Starlink telecommunication satellites for the company. The rocket lit up the sky over homes in the Portland and Washington State area of the US. Now, spaceflight experts expect the core stage of a Chinese Long March 5 rocket to do the same — in the next few days. At this stage, it is hard to say with 100% certainty how, or exactly where and when the bits of rocket, which is a Chang Zheng-5B (CZ-5B), will come down. The European Space Agency is tracking developments. Their space debris office told DW that the uncontrolled reentry of a CZ-5B core stage was the heaviest of its kind in more than 20 years. But they say that "the actual mass [of the rocket] is unknown," so it's difficult to be exact. That's an important fact because you would usually want to control the way in which you "de-orbit" any spacecraft, be it part of a rocket or old … [Read more...] about China’s rocket: Uncontrolled, unpredictable return home
Music students to Germany from abroad should be familiar with composers such as Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Stockhausen. However, knowing modern Nigerian composers like Joshua Uzoigwe and Fela Sowande or the 16th-century Indian court musician Tansen is neither expected nor is their music taught in German music colleges. "For the entrance exams, you have to be familiar with Western European music; you can't apply as a specialist in African drum rhythms," Julia Gerlach from Berlin's Akademie der Künste cultural institute told Deutsche Welle. Watch video 04:13 Share Berlin, city of music, goes online Send Facebook Twitter reddit EMail Facebook Messenger Web Whatsapp Web Telegram linkedin Permalink https://p.dw.com/p/3rXHj Berlin, city of music, goes online Oxford plans to change curriculum The University of Oxford has recognized the lack of diversity in its curriculum. Recently, Britain's The Sunday … [Read more...] about Is classical music colonialist?