31 Jan, 2019

Crime without punishment

The Ministry of Justice cited examples of “force majeure circumstances”, in the event of which it proposes not to consider non-compliance with anti-corruption requirements by officials as a violation.

“For example, there is not always an objective opportunity to take measures to prevent and resolve conflicts of interest in relation to persons to whom such a duty extends and who carry out their activities in single-industry towns, closed administrative-territorial entities, certain districts of the Far North and other distant entities, small number, etc. “, – said the Ministry of Justice TASS.

“In addition, not always former members of the public servant’s family agree to provide information on the income and expenses of common children, and there are cases when non-compliance with anti-corruption prohibitions, restrictions, requirements and non-performance of duties is associated with a prolonged serious illness,” the ministry said.

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Shinzo Abe again called the South Kurils the territory of Japan

Tokyo continues to consider the southern Kuril Islands a territory to which Japan’s sovereignty extends. This was announced by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the lower house of parliament on January 30.

The northern territories are the territories to which our sovereignty extends. There are no changes in this position. – Shinzo Abe, Japanese politician

Nicolas Maduro did not answer whether there are Russians in his guard

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said that he was not afraid of the attacks, because he was well defended, but did not answer the question of whether there are citizens of the Russian Federation in his protection.

“I can not say this. No comment. I am not commenting anything <…> I have no comments on this topic, ”said Mr. Maduro to RIA Novosti.

British parliament expelled Brexit without agreement with Brussels

In addition to the amendment excluding Brexit without a deal with Brussels, parliamentarians also voted on Tuesday evening against postponing the UK’s exit date from March 29 to the end of 2019. 321 parliamentarians voted for 298 deputies.

Abe announced the possible deployment of military bases in the Kuriles

Recall earlier, as Japanese media wrote, during negotiations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Japanese prime minister stated that if a part of the southern Kuril Islands was to be transferred to the Japanese side, military bases of the US would not be located there.

The United States has the right to deploy its military facilities in Japan under a Japanese-US security treaty, but the location must be agreed with the Japanese government. – Shinzo Abe, Japanese politician

The Supreme Court of Venezuela has banned the opposition leader to leave the countries

“The Supreme Court ruled the following measures against Juan Gerardo Guaydo Marquez: the ban on leaving the country without permission until the completion of the investigation; a ban on the sale of assets owned, as well as blocking access and freezing bank accounts and / or any other financial instruments in Venezuela, “- said in a statement

State Department Provides Guaydo Access to Venezuela’s U.S. Assets

The leader of the Venezuelan opposition, Juan Guaydo, who declared himself the interim president of the country, received the right to dispose of the assets of the government and the central bank of Venezuela, which are in the accounts of American banks. It is reported by the US State Department.

The EU will simplify the issuance of short-term visas

The European Council and Parliament have previously agreed on a new visa code, which will simplify the issuance of permits for short-term trips to the European Union. This is reported on the website of the European Council. The new rules will affect citizens of more than 100 countries that intend to enter the EU for up to 90 days during the visa validity period of 180 days.

The main goal of the reform is to simplify travel to the EU for tourism, trade and business. At the same time, the authorities set the goal of preventing illegal migration and strengthening the internal security of the EU. Therefore, issuing visas will be directly linked to migration policy.

The United States threatened to hurt Guaido

US National Security Advisor to the President, John Bolton, criticized Venezuelan Attorney General Tarek William Saab’s statement about the start of an investigation into the head of the opposition parliament, Juan Guaido. “This is threatened by the consequences of those who harm the policy,” Bolton warned. Read in source

We condemn the unlawful threats of the former Attorney General of Venezuela to President Juan Guaido. Let me repeat again: there will be serious consequences for those who are trying to undermine democracy and harm the Guaiido. – John Bolton, American Politics

Maduro thanked Russia for helping Venezuela

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro expressed his gratitude to Russian President Vladimir Putin for helping his country. He said this in an interview with RIA Novosti.

“What I asked President Putin is for us to maintain constant contacts, to have all support at the diplomatic and political level in the UN and to defend the truth of Venezuela internationally,” said the Venezuelan leader in an interview with RIA Novosti.

Democrats are preparing measures to lift Russian sanctions

Democrats of the US House of Representatives fear that the Ministry of Finance can once again lift the sanctions on the companies of the Russian businessman Oleg Deripaska, so they are ready to take legislative initiatives that will tighten control over the activities of those excluded from the En + list, UC Rusal and Eurosibenergo, Reuters reports.

The United States began the production of new nuclear weapons

In the United States, the new nuclear warhead W76-2 has been officially launched. Its feature is reduced power charge. According to Defense News, with reference to the National Agency for Nuclear Safety, new warheads began to be produced at the Pantax plant in Texas.

PDVSA began to look for ways to circumvent US sanctions

United States sanctions against Venezuela led the oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of PDVSA to begin negotiations with major buyers to reissue contracts. Reports about it on January 30 Reuters.

The United States approved the delivery of Japan missile defense systems Aegis

The US administration has decided to sell Aegis missile defense systems (PRO) to Japan for a total of $ 2.15 billion.

Named the date of suspension of US participation in the INF.

The United States plans to suspend its obligations under the 1987 treaty with Russia on the elimination of medium and short-range missiles (PRSMD) after the deadline expires this weekend, reports Bloomberg, citing a source in the White House.

Chinese pilots banned smoking on airplanes

Pilots of Chinese airlines were banned from smoking in the cabin on domestic flights, RIA Novosti reports with reference to the Daily Mail. This ban has been valid for twenty years on international flights, and has now been extended to domestic flights.

Trump Organization will tighten checks on new employees

The company of the President of the United States, Donald Trump, the Trump Organization plans to tighten the check-up of new employees in their golf clubs and hotels to make sure they have permission to work in the United States, according to the Washington Post.

In the European Parliament called the main “agent of the Kremlin”

Russia poses a significant threat to European security, and it spreads its influence through many “agents” among European politicians. This was announced by the MEP from Poland Zdzislav Krasnodembsky, reports “Polish Radio”

“We must understand that some countries, for example, Austria or Germany closely cooperate with Russia, at least in the issue of energy policy. If we are talking about Russian influence, then we are not talking about its rendering only to right or left parties. Most important Russia’s agent of influence in Europe is Gerhard Schroeder, and there are several other important politicians who can be called in this context, “said the Krasnodembsky

The embassy of Yuri Trutnev in the near future will move to the island of Russian

Three quarters of the embassy staff in the Far Eastern Federal District will be dismissed, instead of them new ones will be recruited in Vladivostok due to the relocation of the structure to the new capital of the Far Eastern Federal District, the presidential plenipotentiary in the district Yury Trutnev told reporters.

Well, the same proposals will be given to our colleagues, we will not command here, even if they themselves decide how much to leave, what to translate, but I think that such rotation will be observed in other structures. – Yury Trutnev, Russian politician

Medvedchuk proposed to create an autonomous region Donbass in Ukraine

The leader of the public movement “Ukrainian choice is the right of the people”, the chairman of the political council of the “Opposition platform – For Life” Viktor Medvedchuk proposed the creation of an autonomous region Donbass within Ukraine.

Our plan is based on the Minsk agreements, approved by the UN Security Council resolution, meets the Declaration of Norman format and the current legislation of Ukraine. We propose to make changes to the constitution, which will determine this status of Donbass. – Victor Medvedchuk, Ukrainian politician

More than half of Russians believe in the threat of war

The possibility of Russia’s war with other countries is considered to be real 56% of those surveyed by the Levada Center, RBC writes, citing a study conducted in mid-December. Doubts about the reality of the military threat showed 39% of respondents

Ukrainian court allowed the arrest of shares of subsidiaries of Russian banks

The Supreme Court of Ukraine has sanctioned the arrest of the shares of Vnesheconombank’s subsidiaries, Sberbank and VTB at the suit of the companies of the group of Ukrainian entrepreneurs Igor Kolomoisky. The decision to arrest the action was reported in the press service of the court, reports RIA Novosti.

“The Supreme Court granted permission to carry out the decision of the Arbitration Court to recover compensation from the Russian Federation for property expropriated in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea,” the official website of the judicial authority of Ukraine notes.

Russian Defense Ministry plans to buy light medical helicopters

The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation plans to adopt the Ansat light helicopters, which are equipped with modern equipment for the evacuation and treatment of victims, Izvestiya reports, citing sources in the department.

Russian high-speed fighters will patrol the Arctic

In 2019, Russian high-speed aircraft will begin to patrol the Arctic region, told Izvestia in the Ministry of Defense. We are talking about MiG-31BM interceptor fighters capable of staying in the air for a long time without refueling and catching up with any targets.

In Tajikistan, commented on the situation on the border with Afghanistan

Earlier, the Interior Ministry reported that the militants are massively transferred to the border of Tajikistan. A spokesman for the Tajik border service Muhammad Ulughodjaev said that there are enough forces on the border with Afghanistan and there is no need to send additional troops or equipment there, RIA Novosti reports.

US intelligence agencies: the conflict around Nagorno-Karabakh may escalate

The head of the US National Intelligence, Daniel Coates, speaking in the US Congress, said he did not rule out a serious aggravation of the situation around Nagorno-Karabakh.

In Russia, began to test the automatic passport control

At Moscow airports, they began to test an automated passport control system, told Izvestia at the FSB. They noted that at first only Russians could use the new service.

Officials will be trained to conduct Instagram and anonymous Telegram channels

From February, the Institute for Internet Development (IRI) will take care of accompanying regional authorities in working with social networks, told RBC three interlocutors close to Iran, and confirmed by a source close to the presidential administration, as well as the chairman of the Iranian council Leonid Levin.

Training of regional authorities to work on the Internet and social networks, in particular, will be held as part of seminars at the base of presidential plenipotentiaries, RBC interlocutors in the Islamic Republic of Iran say. Vladimir Tabak will supervise educational programs in the regions. He will teach the regions to conduct Internet communication with residents, maintain accounts, prepare content and conduct Internet sociology, says one of the publication’s interlocutors. Tobacco was unavailable for comment.

Vladimir Tabak was promoting the candidacy of Vladimir Putin in social networks in the presidential campaign of 2018, and before that he appeared in the media as a producer of the calendar that came out in 2010 to Putin’s birthday with students of the Moscow State University Journalism Department.

Goa authorities will impose a fine for drinking on the beach

The fine for violation will amount to two thousand rupees (about 1,853 rubles). The same amount will have to pay those who decide to cook food outdoors in places of rest. In addition, the authorities intend to prohibit travelers to bring glass bottles to the beach.

The government has established new rules for the sale of dairy products.

The government has established new rules for the sale of dairy products. The corresponding decree was signed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, the document was published on the website of the Cabinet of Ministers.

He signed a decree on the terms of placing milk and dairy products in retail organizations … According to this decree, the products obtained in each sales area should be placed separately and accompanied by an indication that these products are not milk fat replacer. – Dmitry Medvedev, Russian politician

Ministry of Education proposed to free teachers from paperwork

The Ministry of Education has taken the initiative to reduce the administrative burden on teachers related to the preparation of reports and other documents. The Office proposes to transfer this responsibility to the jurisdiction of the federal authorities.

I’m not guilty, that is not audible. Hearing aid need to take

During the presentation of the draft of the new rules for beautification to the townspeople by the acting mayor of Belgorod Yuri Galdun, one of those present asked for a louder voice to speak into the microphone.

“I’m not to blame for not being heard. The hearing aid must be taken, ”the acting mayor answered the request.

In the city council of Belgorod adopted the final draft of the new rules of improvement. Now, residents of the city will have to participate in the maintenance of municipal territories and courtyards.

Russians will be able to control the execution of the “junk reform”

Russians will be able to send photos of places where the “junk reform” is not being observed, while the All-Russian Popular Front will respond promptly to these appeals, said ONF expert Dmitry Mironov.

Half of ambulances in Tatarstan are written off

Half of the ambulances in Tatarstan are written off. The Minister of Healthcare of the Republic of Tatarstan Marat Sadykov told this at the final meeting.

“As of January 1, 2019, half of the ambulance fleet has been in use for more than five years and is to be written off,” added the head of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Tatarstan

It became known when they opened the Brodsky Museum in St. Petersburg

By May 2020 in St. Petersburg they plan to open a private museum of Joseph Brodsky. They want to give him a name in English. The museum will be private, since the apartment, which is adjacent to the one where Brodsky lived with his family, was bought by investor Maxim Levchenko.

In Los Angeles, a doctor prescribed marijuana to a child for bad behavior

To combat syndromes, the health worker prescribed him marijuana cookies. According to the recommendation, the father of the child began to give him medicine in the morning. However, in the afternoon the boy again began to behave badly.

Apple CEO announces decision to lower iPhone prices

Apple intends to reduce prices for some of the flagship iPhone models, this will happen for the second time in 12 years of the smartphone’s existence. We are talking about the cost of the iPhone in countries where the national currency has declined significantly against the US dollar.

Medvedev approved the project of modernization of thermal power plants

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev approved the program of large-scale modernization of thermal power plants (TPP) in 2022-2031. The corresponding decree signed by the head of the Cabinet of Ministers published on the government website.

RSA warned of a possible rise in prices for CTP

The increase in the amount of insurance payment on CTP for harm to life and health from 500 thousand rubles to 2 million rubles proposed by the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation and approved by the Bank of Russia would entail an increase in the average price of the policy. This is stated in the message of the Russian Association of Motor Insurers (PCA).

Named the timing of launching a fast payment system in stores in Russia

The Russians will be able to use the system of fast payments in stores in August 2019, when the first tests will begin in retail chains. The President of the Association of Internet Trading Companies (ACIT) Artem Sokolov told this to Izvestia.

The World Bank is scared by the record loans of the Russians

Russians take loans at a record pace, which causes concern from the World Bank, writes the newspaper Le Figaro. The publication indicates that in December 2018, the debt load of the country’s population reached 210 billion euros, which is two times more than the 2013 figure.

Ozon.ru launched online lending

Buyers will be able to take a loan from Tinkoff Bank, Renaissance Credit and OTP Bank, or arrange a loan in microfinance organizations (MFIs) Revo Tekhnologii and Kviku. With the MFI, the contract can be signed online, the document from the bank will be delivered to the courier address. Loans are issued for goods of any category, except for products, sex products and medicines. The minimum check size is 3.5 thousand rubles, the maximum – 250 thousand rubles. At the first stage, the service will be provided to customers from Moscow and Moscow region.

In 2014, the online store has already tried to introduce online lending with Tinkoff Bank, but according to the results of the test period, refused it. But then the retailer was selling mostly books, the average customer check was small, and they did not show enough interest in the service.

The government is not trying to raise more money from the business.

Vedomosti familiarized itself with the draft methodology for assessing the fiscal burden on business, which the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade prepared on behalf of Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak. At the end of last year, the document was sent for discussion to the Ministry of Energy, the Ministry of Industry, the Ministry of Finance and the Presidential Administration.

The methodology is simple: the Ministry of Economic Development proposes to add up all the tax payments of the company with its expenses for the services of natural monopolies, and then divide by the value added by the company, minus depreciation. Value added is calculated as operating revenue minus operating expenses.

Russia sharply increased palm oil imports

Compared with October 2018, the increase was 20.1 percent. In January-November 2018, 946 thousand tons of palm oil and its fractions were imported to the Russian Federation, which is 24.1 percent higher than in January-November 2017, according to the Rosstat data.

Another 5.2 billion rubles will be allocated for concession tickets to the Far East

According to the Federal Air Transport Agency, in 2019 flights from the Far East and in the opposite direction are subsidized by 90 routes, they are operated by eight airlines, the total amount of subsidies allocated to them is 2.9 billion rubles. Now, citizens of the Russian Federation under the age of 23, men over 60 and women over 55, people with disabilities and their accompanying people, as well as large families, can take advantage of preferential transportation.

Pfizer’s net profit fell by half in 2018

American pharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc. presented on Tuesday the financial statements, according to which net income for 2018 fell 1.9 times to the previous year and amounted to $ 11.153 billion. At the same time, Pfizer revenue increased during the reporting period by 2% to $ 53.65 billion, PRIME reports.

Russians spending on utilities grow faster than inflation

The Russians began to spend more on housing and communal services (HCS). Last year, the average check for such payments increased by 7% compared with 2017 and amounted to 2,968 rubles. Banks from the top 50 provided this information about the expenses of their clients to Izvestia.

Fugitive oligarch Sergei Pugachev avoided confiscation of property in France

The French court of Nice has decided to not comply with the national judicial procedures for Russia’s request to confiscate the property of the former owner of Mezhprombank, Sergey Pugachev

EU countries have registered a company for trade with Iran

France, Britain and Germany, ignoring the threats of the United States, are completing the creation of a company for special payments to protect trade with Iran from US sanctions.

Ministry of Environment wants to simplify the access of foreigners to gold mining

In November 2018, Canadian Kinross Gold (developing fields in Chukotka) appealed to Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev with a request to simplify access to Russian fields, Kommersant reported.

Armenian CB lowered refinancing rate to 5.75%

In monthly terms, inflation was 1.5 percent compared with 1.0 percent a month earlier. The last time the Central Bank of Armenia changed its key rate in February last year, lowering it to 6.00 percent per annum from 6.25 percent.

Harley-Davidson’s net profit fell by almost 9% in the fourth quarter

Net profit of the American motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson for the IV quarter of 2018 decreased by 8.7% yoy to $ 0.495 million

The court in the United States rejected a compensation plan for victims of a major hacking Yahoo

The court of the city of San Jose (California) refused to approve the plan of the settlement agreement, providing for the payment by Yahoo of $ 50 million in compensation for damage caused to tens of millions of users as a result of hacker attacks in 2013-2016.

25 billion rubles will be allocated for rural development

The government will allocate 25 billion rubles for the development of agricultural territories in Russia in 2019, said Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev at a meeting on the preparation of the state program for the integrated development of rural areas.

Of course, you need to keep those measures that have previously proven their effectiveness. It should be a well-built, well-thought-out document with real deadlines, with economic justifications for each of the items of expenditure. – Dmitry Medvedev, Russian politician

“Rosgeologiya” risks not fulfilling the goals set for 2018

Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Gordeyev instructed the Minister of Natural Resources, Dmitry Kobylkin, to analyze the reasons why the Rosgeology Department under the Ministry does not fulfill the indicators provided for by its long-term development strategy. This is stated in the letter of Gordeev (RBC has a copy, its authenticity was confirmed by the representative of the vice-premier).

There is a risk of non-compliance with six of the 11 key performance indicators (key pefromance indicators, KPI) set for 2018, the deputy prime minister points out. In particular, we are talking about revenue, profitability for pre-tax profit (EBITDA) and net profit, as well as the market share of geological exploration.

Central Bank will restrict investment freedom of mutual funds

On January 28, 2019, the Central Bank of the Russian Federation proposed to limit the investment freedom of mutual investment funds (mutual funds) by allowing them to invest no more than 40% of the funds in securities and derivative financial instruments intended for qualified investors.

Total has found a large gas field in the UK

The French oil and gas company Total has found a large natural gas field off the coast of Great Britain in the North Sea. The announcement of this appeared on January 29 on the official website of the company. It is noted that a new hydrocarbon deposit is located on the UK shelf.

Kazakhstan will fully supply itself with gasoline in 2019

This year Kazakhstan will meet the country’s domestic needs for gasoline, as well as jet fuel and diesel fuel. This was announced by Deputy Prime Minister Yerbolat Dossayev at an expanded government meeting with the participation of the president.

The Ministry of Environment published the Strategy for the development of the mineral resource base until 2035

The strategy provides for the development of the mineral resource base by identifying new hydrocarbon deposits and solid minerals, including non-traditional geological and industrial types in promising regions of Russia and its continental shelf.

According to the document, the global fuel and energy balance will gradually change. The share of oil and coal will gradually decrease, the share of gas will grow, the share of uranium raw materials will remain at the current level

Gazprom Neft Receives Three Hydrocarbon Fields on Yamal

Gazpromneft won auctions for three hydrocarbon fields in Yamal, OTR reports. According to the press service of the company, oil reserves there exceed 12 million tons.

TAP gas pipeline is ready for more than 84%. The construction of the offshore section is underway.

The construction project for the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) has been completed by 84.1%. This was announced on January 29, 2018 by the Managing Director of the TAP consortium L. Skieppati during a speech at the European Gas Conference in Vienna.

In the sections of the main gas pipeline (IHP) TAP in Greece and Albania, about 97% of the pipes have already been laid in the ground. In Italy, work is underway at the receiving terminal of the pipeline and at the microtunneling site.

FSB conducts investigations at the Maritime University in Vladivostok

The FSB officers in the Primorsky Territory are conducting investigations at the Nevelsky Maritime State University in Vladivostok. This was reported to Tass by a source in one of the law enforcement agencies in the region.

In the Federation Council propose to confiscate property from aviadeboshir

“I believe that in some cases a rowdy must answer with all his property – in the case of particularly malicious hooliganism, which led to an extremely dangerous situation on board the aircraft, damage to the airline on a large scale, as well as in the case of relapse,” said a member of the Federation Council Committee on defense and security Franz Klintsevich.

In Russia, the spring will be a new channel “Victory”

A new channel, Pobeda, will be launched in Russia, where historical materials, programs and films about the Second World War will be shown. The channel was created specifically for the 75th anniversary of the victory in World War II. The channel was registered in 2018 in December.

Zack Snyder will remove the zombie horror for Netflix

Director Zack Snyder, familiar to the audience from the superhero films “Keepers” and “Batman vs. Superman”, is starting work on the next project. His new tape will be a zombie horror “Army of the Dead”, which will be removed for Netflix

In the new season of “Game of thrones” will play a wedding

According to Western media reports, Sansa Stark may be married for the third time in the new series of the show. According to the International Business Times, fans believe that Gendry can be the bridegroom of Sansa – bastard Robert Baratheon. This union will allow Sanse to retain power and unite the houses of the Starks and Baratheons

The Bolshoi Theater has released a book about the treasures of its museum.

The State Academic Bolshoi Theater of Russia (Bolshoi Theater) first released a catalog of exhibits of its museum, which celebrates its 100th anniversary.

Ryan Reynolds will play in the romkom about the wedding at gunpoint

According to Variety, production is handled by the studio Lionsgate, and Reindolds and his company Maximum Effort will be co-producers of the project, as well as Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman from Mandeville Films. With them, Ryan worked in 2009 on romcom “Proposal”, where he played with Sandra Bullock.

Boris Eifman created a ballet about Galatea with salsa elements and cha-cha-cha

The choreographer endured the well-known story of our day, connecting the storyline of the play by Bernard Shaw and the myth of Pygmalion. True, the names of the main characters are abbreviated. Eifman is no longer Galatea, but Gala falls from her usual urban environment into a completely different world of rich people and ballroom dancing.

Warner Bros. will shoot a movie about Funko figures

Warner Bros. Studios inspired by the relative success of films based on the popular LEGO series of designers, she intends to transfer the story of another line of toy figures, Funko, to the big screens

The exhibition of the Korean artist Hwang Eun-Son opens at the Museum of the East

On January 30, the exhibition “New futurism of the artist Hwan Un Son” opens in the State Museum of the East in Moscow. The exhibition presents thirty-three works of famous Korean artist Hwan Eun-Son. Bright, “convex”, the dramatic works of the master – examples of new abstract painting.

Oscar Isaac will play father Timothy Shalame in “Dune” Denis Villeneuve

Oscar Isaac is negotiating to participate in the new film adaptation of “Dune” from director Denis Villeneuve. In case of successful conclusion of the contract, the actor will play the role of Duke Leto Atreides – the father of the protagonist Paul Atreides (Timothy Shalame).

John Malkovich reincarnated in Harvey Weinstein

John Malkovich, who will play one of the main roles in the production, noted that this is “a black comedy about a movie magnate who has behaved very unsuitably”. He also added that David Mamet’s play might not be pleasant to many, but he considers it “magnificent”

The State Duma is studying the possibility of introducing quotas for sessions of foreign cinema

The Public Council under the State Duma Committee on Culture proposed to study the possibility of introducing quotas for shows of foreign films in Russian cinemas. This decision was voiced against the background of the preparation in the Ministry of Culture of the draft law on limiting the share of sessions of foreign tapes to 35%.

Film directors from Adygea selected for screening at an international film festival

The short film “Bus” directed by TembAz studio Tembot Shovgenov and Azamat Tkhaganova was selected to participate in the competition program of the international film festival ZILANT, which will be held in February in Kazan. About this “SA” said Tembot Shovgenov

A film dedicated to the Przhevalsky horse will be shown in Smolensk

The premiere of the documentary film “Takhi” will take place on January 31 at the Culture Center on Tenisheva Street, 5. The film is dedicated to the 180th anniversary of the birth of Nikolai Mikhailovich Przhevalsky.

The release date of “Bill and Ted 3” with Keanu Reeves became known.

The long-awaited third part of the sci-fi comedy “The Incredible Adventures of Bill and Ted” will be released on wide screens by the Christmas of this year, said tape producer Stephen Soderbergh in an interview with CNET.

The script of the film called “Bill & Ted Face the Music” was created by the authors of the first two parts, Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon, the director’s chair went to Dean Pariso (“In Search of the Galaxy”, “RED 2”, “Fun with Dick and Jane”). Keanu Reeves returned to the role of Ted Logan, while Alex Winter again embodies the image of Bill Preston. Details about the other actors of the triquel cast are not disclosed.

Ossetian rappers Miyagi and Endgames nominated for the ZD Awards

The ceremony will take place during a grand concert in Moscow on February 28. Spectators are waiting for performances of modern Russian pop stars. Rap singers from Vladikavkaz Miyagi and Endgame will compete for the prize of the annual music prize “Sound Track”.

In the “Alpenhaus” will be a “snow concert” Zhenya Lubich

In 2016, the singer released the album “Snow” and since then every winter arranges “Snow Concerts”, which are notable for their special sincerity and thematic selection of songs. In February, the program will be presented in the “Alpenhaus” space with magnificent sound and grandiose light.

David Gilmore will sell 120 guitars

David Gilmore decided to auction his guitar collection at Christie’s. According to the publication Prog, about 120 tools from the personal collection of the former frontman Pink Floyd will go under the hammer.

Christina Aguilera is preparing a show in Vegas

Christina Aguilera has announced its resident concerts in Las Vegas. The show entitled “The Xperience” will be held at the Zappos Theater in the entertainment complex Planet Hollywood in June, September and October 2019.

Indian cinema festival begins in Russia

In five cities of Russia begins the festival of Indian cinema Bollywood Film Festival. Spectators in Yekaterinburg, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad and Kazan will see the films “Fighter”, “Five Weddings”, “Flying Punjab”, “Thread with a Needle: Made in India”, “Rock Star” and others. The festival will last until February 3.

Prado Museum took part in the network challenge

Prado, the largest art museum in Spain, took part in the # 10yearchallenge network competition. In his social networks, the museum publishes portraits of famous people, made with a break of 10 years. Thus, the Prado leadership plans to arouse an interest in academic painting from a young audience.

A series of concerts to explore the classics

The Moscow State Academic Symphony Orchestra conducted by Pavel Kogan on February 9 in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory will launch the concert series “Classics for All”, which will become an excursion into the foundations of symphonic music. This Tass reported in the press service of the team.

Hayao Miyazaki working on two cartoons

Miyazaki is working on the animated film “How do you live?” according to the book of the children’s author Yoshino Kenzaburo. According to Miyazaki, this project will be the last picture he devotes to his grandson. Release is scheduled for 2020. Miyazaki’s son is working on the second cartoon for Ghibli. The name and release date of the tape are unknown.

About 400 “Yandex. Phones” sold in December

400 “Yandex.Telephones” were sold for incomplete December 2018, and by January 20, the number of smartphones sold has grown to 450, Vedomosti reports with reference to the staff of three retailers. Sources of the newspaper refer to the data of the company GfK, exploring markets.

Named way to read deleted messages in WhatsApp

Deleted messages in WhatsApp can be read through the backup function, which is installed by default in the application. About this January 29, writes Daily Mirror.

Apple sued for interception in FaceTime

Apple was sued by an American corporation due to an error that allowed third parties to access the microphone and camera of iPhone owners, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, January 30th.

$ 20 for installing a VPN follower

An online publication about startups, online business, innovations and websites TechCrunch announces a new Facebook policy. According to the publication, the social network pays its users for the installation of a tracking VPN. Remuneration can reach $ 20 per month.

The smallest iPad for the first time will receive support for the Apple Pencil stylus

The new iPad Mini 5 will get support for the Apple Pencil stylus. In addition, the developer confirmed that the gadgets will be equipped with a fingerprint sensor Touch ID, and the Face ID scanner in the devices will be missing.

Experts have found a way to save Russian cities from traffic jams

The problem of traffic jams in Russian cities can be solved with the help of artificial intelligence systems. According to the national technology initiative (NTI) “Avtonet”, it will help increase the average speed of transport at rush hour, reports RIA “Novosti”.

Developers offer to equip cars with V2X communication technology. It will exchange information about the location of vehicles, traffic lights and city traffic. Artificial Intelligence will analyze information and redirect traffic flows.

Media Alliance will launch e-sports television channel GINX in Russia

GINX Esports TV is an international TV channel dedicated to e-sports. According to the company, its audience exceeds 55 million people in 50 countries. Media Alliance distributes paid channels

Honor will present its first TV in April

According to ASTERA, the fact that these Chinese companies intend to enter the TV market was reported last year. Now there is information that the first model from Honor will go on sale in April, and more expensive versions under the Huawei brand will appear in the second half of the year.

Even faster: new subway trains will appear in Beijing

Already in September, high-speed trains will appear on the new branch of the Beijing metro, which will connect the suburban station Caoqiao (Caoqiao) with the new Daxing airport, according to China Daily. This is the fastest subway train in China, it is able to reach a speed of 160 km / h.

Samsung has released a chip for a display with a resolution of 8K

Samsung has introduced a chip for the display with sufficient bandwidth of 4 Gb / s, which will allow you to transmit true 8K images on the TV panel.

Losses from fraud with payment cards for the year reached 24.26 billion dollars

Analysts predict that the losses from fraud with payment cards in the coming years will continue to grow. Over the next three years, the amount is expected to increase by almost $ 10 billion. The leader in terms of payment card fraud is the United States, which accounts for 38.6% of the losses from fraud recorded last year.

American scientists turned brain signals into oral speech

Scientists at Columbia University have created a system that turns human thoughts into understandable speech. By controlling brain activity, the system can reconstruct words “spoken” mentally with unprecedented clarity.

Lack of sleep increased sensitivity to pain

American scientists have found that the connection between lack of sleep and increased susceptibility to pain is responsible not only for the somatosensory cortex, but also for other departments: in particular, the islet lobe and the nucleus accumbens, which “decide” whether the stimulus causes pain or not.

Biologists have discovered a connection between the size of an animal and the shape of its leg.

Scientists from Japan and the UK looked at the whole class of mammals from a new, unexpected side. After reviewing the anatomy of 880 modern animals, Manabu Sakamoto (Manabu Sakamoto) and his colleagues divided them into three large groups – “flat feet”, “narrow-legged” and “ungulates”.

A new type of fungus destroys the XII century cathedral in Portugal

Experts have discovered a fungus of unknown type on the walls of the old cathedral in the city of Coimbra. He is able to destroy limestone and all that is depicted on it. Mold fungi of the family Aeminiaceae are branchy in structure.

Explained the mechanism of LSD effects on humans

A research team from the University Psychiatric Hospital Zurich published the results of their work on the PNAS portal.

The scientists selected 25 volunteers and gave them LSD, and then they scanned the brain. As a result of the experiments, scientists saw that LSD interrupts a chain of neurons connecting four main brain regions, including the thalamus, a kind of information filter. In effect, due to this, the dose of LSD allows more information to pass to other parts of the brain, bypassing this barrier.

Now that scientists understand how the drug works, they can use this information to study disorders that cause the same symptoms — for example, depression and schizophrenia.

Plastic microparticles found in groundwater

Plastic microparticles have already been found in salt, beer and marine animals. Microplastic enters the water not only from disintegrating waste, but also from sewage (for example, microfiber plastic is formed when washing synthetic fabrics), and from the atmosphere

Men who consume meat are more sexy for women.

The researchers suggested that, according to the ancient instinct, men who eat a lot of meat are more preferable in an intimate way for women. In ancient times, a man who has meat, was considered a good partner. The ability to eat meat meant a lot to our ancestors.

Ancient fields opened in the Arctic due to melting ice

Ice retreats further and further each year. Over the past 12 months, areas the size of soccer fields have been freed of ice, the researchers say. Earlier it was reported that the ice of Greenland is melting four times faster than ten years ago.

American scientists have announced the possibility of alcohol damage DNA

Excessive alcohol consumption, as American researchers have found, provokes long-term changes in gene activity, the result of which is the emergence of an even more pronounced craving for alcohol.

Australia develop shark-proof diving suit

Scientists from the University of Flinders (Australia) are going to test improved material for wetsuits. It is a synthetic rubber (neoprene) that is able to withstand the bites of sharks, including the large white one.

Created tungsten-based hydrogen detectors

Physicists at the I. Kant Baltic Federal University (Baltic Federal University), together with their Russian colleagues, created sensors to detect hydrogen in a gas mixture. They are thin films of tungsten oxide with various additives, the characteristics of which were compared by scientists.

Found a protein that converts chloroplasts into immune cells

Biologists have dealt with the molecular mechanism, which radically changes the activity of chloroplasts. Usually, these intracellular organelles of plants are responsible for photosynthesis, but in case of danger they can become part of the immune system and attack the enemy. The results are presented in the preprint on the bioRxiv.org website.

Chloroplasts are organelles of the cells of most plants, providing the possibility of photosynthesis, that is, the conversion of the energy of sunlight. In addition to this task, they also participate in other activities. In particular, the formation of fatty acids and a significant part of the synthesis of amino acids occurs in them. But, as it turned out, chloroplasts also have another function that is not similar to others – the immune function. When an alien organism attacks a plant, these organelles stop transforming sunlight and begin to fight infection.

The presence of tattoos affects the sex life of people

A survey of researchers from the University of Miami showed that people with tattoos are more likely to risk – and this affects their sex life. They are also more likely to suffer from mental health problems.

Stanford University and MIT will create a new cryptocurrency

The cryptocurrency will be called Unit-e and will be the first initiative of the non-profit foundation Distributed Technology Research (DTR), created by scientists with the support of the hedge fund Pantera Capital. The launch of virtual currency is scheduled for the second half of 2019.

The crack was found in the upper unit “Frigate” at the Kourou cosmodrome

During the pre-launch preparation at the Kourou cosmodrome, a rupture of the seam of the helium supply pipeline to the fuel tanks of the Fregat upper stage was discovered, reports RIA Novosti citing sources. The unit should put into orbit the first test satellites of the British OneWeb system.

Rover Curiosity said goodbye to the ridge of the Faith Rubin and took a selfie

Curiosity has been on Mars since 2012. Before leaving the backbone of Vera Rubin, the rover managed to capture it in full size and even take a selfie picture. During the time spent on the planet, the spacecraft suffered many difficulties.

Published the largest astronomical database

The total size of the new catalog is 1.6 petabytes, which makes it the largest astronomical database ever released and 30 thousand times the total size of all texts on Wikipedia.

NASA scientists uncovered a new factor affecting the birth of stars

The formation of new stars in the Orion Nebula is influenced by the flow of charged particles from the stars that appeared there earlier. It was found out by experts of the American space department – NASA

Dark energy in the universe becomes more

The researchers collected data for 1598 quasars, and estimated the rate of expansion of the universe in very early times. The results show that the amount of dark energy increases with time.

Russia will deliver samples of lunar soil to Earth in 2027

The delivery of frozen soil samples to the Earth of the Moon will take place as part of the departure of the interplanetary station of the Russian Federation. Soil from the earth satellite plan to explore on Earth in 2027. This information was confirmed by Lev Green, the scientific director of the Space Research Institute.

In the UAE will be fined for unauthorized launch of rockets into space

Residents of the United Arab Emirates face a fine of US $ 2.7 million, or 10 million dirhams, and 2 years in prison if they try to launch an object into Earth orbit without obtaining permission from local authorities

The document also prohibits selling, buying and mining meteorites in the country. As reported in the agency, they had to adopt new standards in connection with the imminent start of construction of the spaceport, which will be carried out by Virgin Galactic.

In the UAE, Space Roasters startup plans to sell coffee made in space

Managers of a company called Space Roasters, based in the UAE, intend to sell coffee made in outer space. The authors of the project offer a completely unique way of roasting the grains collected in a container using the “atmosphere”.

New compact crossover Kia XCeed will present in Geneva

KIA is preparing for the premiere of a new compact crossover XCeed. The model, built on the basis of the latest generation Ceed hatchback, debuts at the Geneva Motor Show in March this year. In the KIA model range, the novelty will fall between the very miniature Stonic and the mid-size Sportage.

The first Mercedes-Benz Russian assembly will appear in April

It is known that today at the plant of the German mark they started the commissioning. On the eve of the governor of the Moscow region Andrei Vorobyov in the traditional appeal to the residents said that the first Moscow Region Mercedes will be released in April

Fiat Doblo got a more powerful engine in Russia

Prices for the cargo version of Fiat Doblo Cargo start at 1 million 089 thousand rubles, for the passenger model Fiat Doblo Combi – from 1 million 189 thousand rubles, the new modification with an engine of 1.4 – 120 hp (T-Jet) – from 1 million 289 thousand rubles.

For decades Bugatti have been selling at auction

Three rare Bugatti 30s-40s, standing in the garage of the famous Belgian sculptor August Thomsena for several decades, will soon be sold at Artcurial’s Rétromobile 2019 auction.

Koenigsegg teamed up with electric manufacturer Saab

As part of the agreements reached, NEVS invests EUR 150 million in Koenigsegg, receiving in return a 20% minority stake in the company. A message on the Koenigsegg website states that the companies will form a joint venture.

Audi will release the anniversary TT 20th Anniversary Edition

In honor of the 20th anniversary of the model Audi TT, the manufacturer introduced a commemorative version called the Anniversary Edition. Special performance will be released in limited editions, but so far the number of copies is not called.

Jaguar XF received a special version of Checked Flag

The XF Checkered Flag special version, the name of which is translated as “Checkered Flag”, differs from the standard version by the presence of nameplates with the name of a special series, front-side sports bumpers, body-colored sills, as well as a spoiler on the trunk lid and specially designed 18-inch wheels called Gloss Black

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