Briefly informed: Renewable energies, Onecoin founders, hospital atlas, Google
Renewable energy: Connecting new solar panels to the grid should be quicker
A new database is intended to reduce the certification effort required to connect new power sources to the German power grid. Photovoltaic systems on roofs in particular should benefit from this. The relief applies to systems that generate electricity from renewable energies, provided that the total installed output does not exceed 500 kilowatts and the feed-in power does not exceed 270 kilowatts – regardless of the voltage level. To date, each system has to be individually certified before it can be connected to a distribution network operator’s network connection point. In the future, the certificates of all commercially available units and components must be registered in a public database. If you then want to connect a small system to the grid that generates electricity from renewable energies or that supplies electricity from a storage facility, you no longer have to have your system certified separately.
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20 years in prison for Onecoin founder Greenwood
Karl Sebastian Greenwood was sentenced to 20 years in a US federal prison for billion-dollar fraud involving alleged crypto money called Onecoin. This is a third of the total penalty for the three charges to which the Onecoin co-founder pleaded guilty. He is also expected to pay back around $300 million that he collected as commissions for distributing worthless Onelife cryptocurrency information packages. According to the US indictment, Onecoin/Onelife defrauded more than 3.5 million investors of over four billion US dollars – the actual amount is likely to be significantly higher. Greenwood was arrested in Thailand in July 2018 and subsequently extradited to the USA, where he has been in custody ever since.
Federal Cabinet gives the starting signal for an interactive hospital atlas
Before planned operations, many people think about which clinic in the area is best. Next year, a hospital atlas on the Internet will provide the necessary orientation about around 1,700 clinics nationwide. The basis for this is the Hospital Transparency Act, which aims to ensure a high level of quality in inpatient care through increasing specialization. The Hospital Transparency Act was passed by the Federal Cabinet on Wednesday. The project is part of the planned hospital reform that the federal and state governments agreed on in July. It is intended to increase the quality of treatment, reduce bureaucracy in the system and abolish flat rates per case.
Google: Layoffs in the recruiting team
Search engine giant Google is reportedly laying off a significant portion of its recruiting team. “Unfortunately, we have to significantly reduce the size of the recruiting organization,” said recruiting vice president Brian Ong in an internal company video meeting, according to CNBC. Given the hiring figures for the next quarters, he explained, it was the right decision. The exact number of jobs affected was not known, but according to CNBC, hundreds of positions will be lost. Those affected would receive a transition phase and be supported with severance payments and outplacement services.
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