The Daily Populous

Friday November 26th, 2021 night edition

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London (CNN Business) Almost 2 million workers in Europe's biggest economy are set for a big pay rise.

Three German political parties agreed to form a new government on Wednesday, with left-leaning Social Democrat Olaf Scholz set to succeed Angela Merkel as chancellorfollowing lengthy coalition negotiations.

As part of the coalition agreement, the country plans to raise its minimum wage to €12 ($13.46) an hour, from the current rate of €9.60 ($10.77) an hour.

The move could boost the income of nearly 2 million people in Germany who earn minimum wage salaries, or about 5% of workers, according to Carsten Brzeski, an economist at ING.

The minimum wage was already set to rise to €10.45 ($11.72) in July 2022.

The text of the coalition deal did not state when the bigger one-off increase will take effect. »

US libraries report spike in organised attempts to ban books in schools

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We’re seeing what appears to be a campaign to remove books, particularly books dealing with LGBTQIA themes and books dealing with racism.”.

(The all-white school board said it was coincidence that almost all the material banned was by or about people of colour.).

Last year, the ALA reported more than 273 attempts to ban or challenge books. »

Great Barrier Reef 'gives birth' in massive coral spawning event

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Australia's Great Barrier Reef is spawning in an explosion of colour as the World Heritage-listed natural wonder recovers from life-threatening coral bleaching episodes.

The annual spawning event lasts for two or three days.

Gareth Phillips, a marine scientist with Reef Teach, a tourism and educational business, is studying the spawning as part of a project to monitor the reef's health. »

6 years after it was shut down, PlayStation Home has been resurrected by fans

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A fan group has managed to get PlayStation Home up and running again, enabling players to connect online.

However, following collaboration with the PlayStation Online Network Emulated (PSONE) fan group, Destination Home has now managed to make it possible to connect online again.

According to the group, players will be able to connect online to Home and connect to public and private lobbies again by the end of this year. »