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The "NĂĽrnbergMesse" sitting on a financial cushion – but the damage could continue to have an effect for a long time. 

The "NürnbergMesse" As one of the largest trade fair organizers in Germany, big plans have to be postponed due to the corona crisis: In the three months of the pandemic to date, the trade fair company has already lost 70 million euros in sales, said managing directors Roland Fleck and Peter Ottmann in an interview with German press agency (dpa). Investments of 60 million euros, especially for the construction of a new office building, have been postponed for the time being. 

The exhibition companies were among the first to be hit by the crisis. Specifically, one of the flagships of the trade fair year, the German Toy Fair, had fewer visitors than expected in Nuremberg, especially from China. Also the major industry trade fair "BioFach" had fewer visitors than last year.

In the meantime, trade fairs and specialist exhibitions can no longer take place until further notice – the area with an exhibition area of ​​180,000 square meters is just as empty as the 17 restaurants and cafeterias.

"We rented some of the parking garages, for example to car rental companies"said managing director Roland Fleck. "But that’s a drop in the ocean."

The corona crisis could last for a comparatively long time

The year 2020 should actually have been another record year in the history of the exhibition company, half of which is borne by the city of Nuremberg and the Free State of Bavaria. The target was 350 million euros in sales, 70 million more than in 2019. Now there will be a minus at the end of the year.

"We have created a cushion with very successful years in the past, from which we can now draw"said Ottmann. The corona situation will be the "Messe NĂĽrnberg" keep busy for a long time. After the financial crisis, it took three to four years to return to the previous level. However, the corona crisis seems to be deeper.

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The trade fair is an enormous economic factor for the city of Nuremberg and beyond. The from the the "NĂĽrnbergMesse" According to a study by the Ifo Institute, the purchasing power effects triggered are 1.65 billion euros per year.

Sources used: dpa news agency

In the Corona crisis, many companies lost their orders, and numerous companies came to a standstill. Therefore, they registered short-time work. New numbers now show the historical extent.

Because of the Corona crisis, the number of short-time workers in Germany rose to 7.3 million in May, according to the Ifo Institute. "That number has never been this high"said Ifo labor market expert Sebastian Link on Tuesday. "During the financial crisis, the peak of short-time work in May 2009 was just under 1.5 million people."

Originally, the companies even registered 10.1 million employees. In fact, 71.6 percent of these were sent on short-time work, according to the analysis of a survey among thousands of companies.

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"In contrast to the financial crisis, when over 80 percent of short-time workers were employed in industry, short-time work was used in almost all branches of the economy in the Corona crisis"the institute explained. In the business-related service providers alone, 2.4 million people are on short-time work, which is almost a quarter of the workforce.

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In the industry the institute counted 2.2 million people and thus 31 percent of the employees on short-time work, in the trade 1.3 million and thus 29.7 percent of the employees. The number is particularly low in civil engineering at 163,000 or 4.1 percent. For the other branches of the economy, the Munich researchers estimate short-time working at 1.3 million people or 11.3 percent of the workforce.

Sources used: Reuters news agency

After the windows, the balconies are the biggest bone of contention in owner associations. The situation should be clear by right.

"All load-bearing parts are jointly owned and therefore a matter for WEG. The balcony room itself is the private property of the apartment owner", says property manager Martin Metzger from Rosenheim and member of the board of the Federal Association of Property Managers (BVI).

The load-bearing parts include the security and design of the house, such as the facade or the parapet wall.animal testing argumentative essay On the other hand, tiles or interior painting, for example, belong to separate property. The apartment owner will replace broken tiles on the balcony at his own expense. In the case of a waterproofing layer under the tiles, through which water penetrates the floor below, it is the community’s turn.

Declaration of division provides information

Problems arise when declarations of division and community regulations regulate the allocation and responsibilities for the balconies differently. "Some things are assigned to the individual even though they are jointly owned"says André Leist, a lawyer specializing in property law. Owners can read about what they are responsible for in the declaration of division. Such are the case with formulations such as "responsible for repair, renewal, maintenance and refurbishment" the duties are quite broad. "Then the owner has to take care of the defective seal and the other load-bearing parts, keep them in order, repair them and pay for them", explains manager Metzger.

Legal action for compliance with the obligations possible

In return, the WEG has almost no say in what the co-owner undertakes or fails to do. "If there is a lack of competence, the WEG cannot do anything about the assignment to the individual", notes Leist. The community can only "take the decision to ask Mr. Meier to do something". If Mr. Meier does not act, a lawsuit for compliance with the obligations can follow. In emergencies, the property management can intervene immediately to prevent worse.

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The beautification and renovation of balconies requires a resolution by the owners’ association. Depending on the situation, the planned measures require different majorities (Paragraph 22 WEG). One example is the post-installation balconies. This structural change not only has to be approved by a simple majority, but also the owners who are affected by the measure have to say yes, explains Julia Wagner, legal advisor at the House Owners Association & Grund Germany in Berlin. Those who refuse to grow do not pay either. If only a few apartments are to have balconies, the WEG can decide to only ask the beneficiary owners to pay.

How the measure is classified is often disputed. Wagner therefore recommends that the WEG should seek advice before voting. Martin Metzger agrees with regard to the assignment as joint or individual property: "The regulations are seldom clearly formulated". Administrators should do thorough research and also suggest legal assistance to the WEG.

Sources used: dpa-tmn

Horst Lichter and the dealers from have teapots "Cash for rares" seen in all shapes and colors. But almost all bidders were enthusiastic about these silver containers.

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Tableware, whether made of porcelain, precious metals or other materials, is a long-running favorite "Cash for rares". In the ZDF junk show, this is probably the most frequently presented good. By now, Horst Lichter should also be an expert in the field. But every now and then there is still a real surprise hit.

Eva Wall, a teacher from Halle, brought a silver jug ​​set with her from Monday afternoon. It was an heirloom from her father. Art historian Dr. Heide Rezepa-Zabel finds the silver trio, consisting of a mocha, tea and water pot "very interesting". The containers were decorated with scenes from Greek mythology, which suggests a classicist work.

"The silver value is here already at 900 euros"

"The silver value is here already at 900 euros", the expert concluded her expertise. "And because this is really interesting, I would like to say here: 2500 to 2800 euros." Such high sums can surprise even Horst Lichter, who is just astonished "No!" brought forth. Eva Wall was also pleased because she would have been happy about 500 euros more in her wallet.

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And the dealers were also very enthusiastic about these jugs. "I’ve seen a lot of key pieces, but not yet", said Walter Lehnertz. Fabian Kahl also agreed: "Beautiful!" and made a starting bid of 1200 euros. In the end, jewelry dealer Susanne Steiger paid for that "Magnificent specimen" 2200 euros.

Sources used:"Cash for rares" from April 27, 2020 Facebook page of "Cash for rares"

Not all plates are the same. Some materials insulate better, others last longer. And a study shows that whether the surface is rough or smooth can affect the taste of food.

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We use cups, plates and bowls every day. And yet the dinnerware is not one of the things that are often bought new. Above all, a service in which all parts fit together is more likely to be purchased for special occasions such as the first own apartment or a wedding.

JĂĽrgen Weitz, member of the trade association for cooking and table culture, has an explanation for this: "People love their dishes. They put it together and bought it with love. It is therefore not an item of consumption for us, but an attitude towards life, a part of ourselves."

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So if you want to buy new tableware, you have to think about it in advance. When choosing, not only color, appearance and personal taste play a role, but also price, purpose and the properties of the material.

Insulating or particularly robust

Ceramic and porcelain are among the classic materials for dinnerware. "Ceramic is soft earthenware that contains air and is therefore well insulated", explains Weitz. However, because it is not as hot as porcelain, it is less durable, so edges are quickly chipped off.

Porcelain is made from feldspar, kaolin and quartz. The higher quality the workmanship, the more valuable and durable it is. "In some families, porcelain tableware has been in use for several generations. So in the long run it is a very climate neutral and sustainable product"says Weitz.

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Plastic and bamboo dishes

Plastic dishes are also popular – for children, for freezing and for preparation in the microwave. The reason: It is colorful, hard and unbreakable. Bamboo dishes and refillable coffee-to-go mugs also contain melamine, bamboo wood powder or corn starch are usually only used as fillers.

But the material is controversial. "Numerous medical societies consider it to be proven that some plastic additives act in the human body even in the smallest amounts and can have a harmful influence on the endocrine system", says Gisela Anderson from the food and nutrition project at the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania consumer center.

The following applies to melamine: "In the event of improper use, melamine and formaldehyde can escape and migrate to the food. Both substances can be harmful to health"explains Anderson. She recommends not to use melamine-containing household items in the microwave and not to heat them to over 70 degrees – i.e. not to brew tea or coffee in them, but rather pour them after brewing.

Should it be dishwasher-safe or dishwasher-safe?

If you do not want to wash by hand, you should ensure that cutlery and dishes are as dishwasher-safe or resistant as possible. Is from for example "dishwasher safe" When talking about it, it doesn’t necessarily say something about how often an object can be washed in the machine without, for example, becoming cloudy, explains Bernd Glassl from the Personal Care and Detergent Association.

Some materials should generally not be put in the dishwasher. In his opinion, this includes aluminum, cutlery with glued or screwed wooden handles, porcelain with decorations on the glaze or gold rims. Caution is also required with wooden objects: wooden spoons and boards can warp or discolour over time in the dishwasher. There is also the risk that wood will swell in the dishwasher and possibly crack, says Glassl.

It all depends on the surface

In principle, the following also applies: Whether a plate or a cup is easy to clean depends on the manufacture and material. The smoother a surface, the easier it is to clean, explains Glassl.

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The surface is not only important when it comes to cleaning. Scientists from the University of Twente in the Netherlands have found that they can also affect taste. Test persons rated potato chips as salty if they ate them from a bowl with a rough surface.

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