9 Apr, 2021

Development institutions of the North Caucasus recognized as ineffective

The development institutes of the North Caucasus have spent 73 billion rubles. from the budget, but remained chronically unprofitable and did not create a medical cluster, the Accounts Chamber revealed. Now the government is uniting them in the hope of increasing efficiency.

“We analyzed a large amount of information and came to the conclusion that, despite the existing potential, the development institutions of the North Caucasus failed to achieve a cumulative positive effect on the productivity of not only the region as a whole, but also the sectors selected to support,” said Svetlana, an auditor of the Accounts Chamber Orlova.

According to statistical analysis, the activities of development institutions, on the contrary, led to a negative effect on the growth rates of the real gross regional product (GRP) of the North Caucasus (minus 2.6% on average per year). The audit results show that development institutions “at least do not help in accelerating the socio-economic development of the North Caucasus.”

A section of the Tavrida highway was closed due to a collapse of the ground

The section of the Tavrida highway at the entrance to Sevastopol has been blocked due to a collapse of the ground, Grigory Nazarov, press secretary of the company contractor for the construction of the highway, VAD JSC, told TASS on Thursday.

Traffic on the presidential road and the seventh stage of “Tavrida” is temporarily blocked due to the descent of soil onto the highway near the solid waste landfill. Work is underway to remove the land that has come down to the road surface, “he said.

The Tavrida highway is a four-lane road of the first technical category, which was created as the basis for the development of a new transport system in Crimea. The construction of the road began in 2017, the cost of the project exceeds 140 billion rubles, the funds are provided for by the federal target program for the development of Crimea and Sevastopol. Now all the sections, except for the eighth, on the territory of Sevastopol have been completed.

Belarus cut off cross-border power lines with Lithuania

Belarus has cut off cross-border transmission lines (PTL) with Lithuania as part of the ongoing tests of the reliability of the Belarusian energy system, the press service of the Belarusian Energy Ministry said on Thursday.

In Belarus, tests of the energy system have begun with the disconnection of cross-border power lines with Lithuania, ”it was reported. “The tests are being carried out to check the reliability of the Belarusian energy system, taking into account the planned exit of the Baltic states’ energy systems from the BRELL energy ring, which unites Belarus, Russia, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.”

Living donor lung transplanted in Japan to a person with coronavirus

Specialists at the Kyoto University Hospital performed a successful lung transplant from a living donor to a patient suffering from severe pneumonia caused by the new coronavirus. Parts of the lungs of her husband and son were transplanted to the woman. The operation lasted about 11 hours. Currently, the patient and both donors are doing well.

Zoom allowed the Russian public sector to buy accounts directly

Russian government agencies and state-owned companies can buy Zoom accounts directly, the company said.

Zoom remains committed to serving customers in the Russian market and the CIS. We are in the process of developing our approach to the market. In the meantime, new and existing users in both the public and private sectors can request the purchase of Zoom accounts through our website directly, ”the company said in a message to Kommersant.

In the Sea of ​​Azov, they began to search for fresh water for the Crimea

Deputy Prime Minister of the Crimean government Yevgeny Kabanov said that a large company has begun exploration of the bottom of the Sea of ​​Azov for the presence of fresh water reserves, RIA Novosti reports.

If fresh water is found under the bottom of the Sea of ​​Azov, then one of the solutions may be to supply it to the North Crimean Canal, a significant part of which is idle today for well-known reasons, he said.

Penalty for violations at level crossings

The State Duma of Russia adopted in the third reading amendments to the Administrative Code, increasing from 1 to 5 thousand rubles. a fine for violations of traffic rules at level crossings. Changes are made to article 12.10 of the code. The increased fine cannot be paid with a 50 percent discount.

It was clarified that the punishment will be applied, inter alia, in cases when the driver runs over an unregulated crossing at the moment of approaching it “within sight” of a locomotive or railcar.

In Chelyabinsk, residents of a house with a collapsed wall want to raise a payment for a communal apartment

The management company “Remzhilzakazchik” offered the owners of apartments in a hostel on 13 Khudyakov Street to increase the tariff sevenfold. The issue should be discussed at a general meeting of owners. The service organization posted an announcement about this in the entrances, according to the portal 74.ru

The case of forgery during the construction of the dam was opened in Komsomolsk-on-Amur

Law enforcement officials opened a criminal case on the fact of official fraud during the construction of a dam worth 9 billion rubles in Komsomolsk-on-Amur. This was announced on Thursday by the prosecutor’s office of the Khabarovsk Territory after checking the implementation of legislation during the construction of the first stage of engineering protection, which is being built as part of a long-term plan for the comprehensive socio-economic development of the city.

“The customer accepted and made the payment to the contractor in the amount of 158 million rubles for work that was actually not completed in full,” the message says.

The documents included deliberately false information about the amount of work performed by the contractor for non-return of funds to the regional and federal budgets.

The road to the elite cottages was connected with the Ice Hockey World Championship

Novosibirsk Mayor Anatoly Lokot commented on the scandalous renovation of the Dachnoye Highway leading to elite housing. According to the mayor, a new good road on this section is necessary for the youth world ice hockey championship. It will take place in 2023. Now Lokot complained about the poor condition of the highway in this direction. Therefore, the road to the cottages will be repaired with federal funds.

The public was outraged by the fact that the road does not lead to any sports facilities. But on it you can drive to the dachas of the regional governor and the presidential plenipotentiary, the houses of the largest businessmen and officials of the Novosibirsk region.

The colony leadership is trying to discredit Novalny’s hunger strike

Opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is now serving a prison sentence in a penal colony in the town of Pokrov, Vladimir Region, said that the colony administration is trying to force him to end his hunger strike and discredit it.

Only budget purchases grew in 2020

Experts of the Higher School of Economics in their report “The System of Public Procurements in the Russian Federation” noted a decrease in the volume of government orders at the end of 2020 – the total volume of contracts concluded by the state (FZ-44) and state-owned companies (FZ-223) amounted to 29.1 trillion rubles. against 32.2 trillion rubles. a year earlier, and their share in GDP was 27% against 29.5%.

The oldest human DNA

Scientists have found that the oldest human DNA found in the world belongs to a woman who lived in the territory of modern Czech Republic 45 thousand years ago. To do this, researchers from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Germany analyzed her skull. The article was published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution.

EU recognizes nuclear energy as clean and green

The European Commission continues to inspect different types of energy in order to decide which economic activities can be called sustainable investments in the EU, based on whether they meet the environmental criteria of the union. Now experts have recognized that nuclear power is clean and environmentally friendly – you can find out about this from the official report of the organization.

Biodegradable Polymer May Replace Petroleum Material

Canadian experts have developed technology to convert fish waste into polyurethane. The results of the study were published in the journal American Chemical Society.

It is known that polyurethane is traditionally made from petroleum. Due to its properties, the material is suitable for use in mechanisms with increased stress, which is why this polymer can be found in all industries. However, it takes centuries to decompose polyurethane from petroleum.

Brain evolution linked to the need to control digestion

Japanese researchers have found that sea urchins use light to regulate the opening and closing of the gatekeeper. It is an important part of the digestive tract.

The research work was carried out by scientists from the University of Tsukuba. They noted that many life forms use light as a critical biological signal. At the same time, nerve cells could initially evolve in order to regulate digestion using light information. The authors of the work believe that their study is very important for understanding the process of evolution, including the evolution of light-dependent systems.

Apple suspends production of MacBook and iPad

Apple does not have enough motherboards to manufacture MacBooks and iPads. Now in the world there is a large-scale shortage of semiconductor products, it has affected almost all manufacturers of electronic equipment. Because of this, Apple has postponed the release of the new MacBook and iPad. There is also a shortage of displays for the iPad. In China, it takes up to 3 weeks to receive the iPad and iPad Air, while the iPad Pro and iPad mini are still in stock at some stores.

LG has promised three years of updates for its smartphones after leaving the market

Last Monday, April 5, LG Electronics Inc. (LG) announced it is phasing out its smartphone business. The company announced that all premium smartphones in use will receive up to three editions of the Android operating system from the date of purchase. This means that the software platform of a number of LG devices will be updated within three years.

In particular, three comprehensive OS updates are guaranteed for smartphones purchased in 2019 and later. We are talking about devices of the G Series, V Series, Velvet and Wing families. Meanwhile, select 2020 models like the LG Stylo and K Series will receive two operating system updates.

Laser projector Samsung The Premiere released in Russia

Samsung Electronics presented its flagship laser projector The Premiere to the Russian market: this ultra-short-throw device is designed to create a premium home theater.

The series includes two models – The Premiere LSP9T and The Premiere LSP7T: they create 4K (3840 × 2160 pixels) images up to 130 inches (3.3 meters) and 120 inches (3.05 meters) diagonally, respectively. The Premiere LSP9T and The Premiere LSP7T models are already available for order: the price is 549,990 and 299,990 rubles, respectively.

Asus unveils mini PC PN51

The 115 x 115 x 49mm device can be based on the Ryzen 3 5300U, Ryzen 5 5500U, or Ryzen 7 5700U. In all cases, only the integrated GPU is used, the RAM can be from 4 to 32 GB, and for data storage you can use an M.2 SSD and a 2.5-inch drive.

The rest can be noted the TPM module, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, as well as a very wide range of ports, including USB 3.2 (x3), USB-C (x2), RJ45, HDMI, microSD and VGA slot or DisplayPort depending on modifications.

Microsoft has found a new way to speed up servers

The main essence of the innovative method is to dip the server racks in a refrigerated liquid that contains dielectric particles and fluorocarbon. The liquid in the places of heating begins to boil, and takes away excess calories

Russians become almost twice as likely to go bankrupt

In the first quarter of 2021, 40,569 citizens of the Russian Federation were declared bankrupt, which is 1.8 times more than in the first quarter of last year. In January-March 2020, the growth was 68% over the same period in 2019.

China will build the fifth cosmodrome

The construction tender in Xiangshan County in eastern Zhejiang province includes the construction of a command center and an assembly and testing facility. 20 billion yuan ($ 3 billion or 237 billion rubles) will be invested in the project. The cosmodrome will have to carry out up to 100 rocket launches per year. There are now four spaceports in China – Jiuquan, Xichang, Taiyuan and Wenchang. Three of them are located on the mainland, Wenchang – on the island of Hainan

The United States and its allies are unreliable partners, rely on

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, speaking at a press conference following talks with Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, Foreign Minister Mukhtar Tleuberdi, commented on the state of Russian-American relations. According to the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry, on the whole, the United States and its allies show themselves as unreliable partners on whom one cannot rely.

China becomes the second country in the world to issue digital currency

According to the Wall Street Journal, the first 750,000 Chinese residents have already received digital yuan and can pay with it in stores and online using a special application. Some large international chains (for example, Starbucks and McDonalds) have already allowed its use in their establishments.

4 more countries are planning to issue their digital currencies: South Africa, India, Pakistan and Thailand, and in many other countries (here Russia, and many European countries, and the United States), the issue of introducing a state digital currency is still being considered

In Italy, the state censorship of cinema was canceled.

“The system of control and interference, which allowed the state to invade the freedom of artists, has finally been canceled,” said the Minister of Culture.

Censorship of cinema has operated in Italy since 1914. The authorities had the right to cut scenes from films or prohibit films from distribution because of scenes of sex and violence, as well as for religious and political reasons.

Ukraine raised the issue of joining NATO again

In a conversation with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that “NATO is the only way to end the war in Donbass.” However, so far Ukraine does not meet the standards of joining the alliance.

The Kremlin responded by saying that Ukraine’s NATO membership would only exacerbate the crisis in Donbass.

The administrator of the “Eyes of God” Telegram channel was searched

In early March, Roskomnadzor demanded that the Telegram administration block the “Eye of God” and several other similar bots, due to the fact that they violate legislation on personal data. The department also reported that it turned to law enforcement agencies to search for channel administrators.

Rospotrebnadzor explained the closure of “Artdokfest” in St. Petersburg

Police officers came to the Artdocfest festival at the Oktyabr cinema in Moscow, where the film The Way Home was shown about a man who left Crimea after its annexation to Russia. The police were called by SERB activists who did not like the word “annexed” in the film’s announcement.

In St. Petersburg, where Artdokfest had already been completely canceled, Rospotrebnadzor, meanwhile, explained why the halls for the shows were sealed. The agency claims that a number of anti-coronavirus restrictions were violated in the halls.

Doctors Alliance activists assigned administrative arrests

Four supporters of Alexei Navalny received eight to nine days of arrest for coming to support the politician at the correctional colony No. 2 in Pokrov. The activists demanded that the doctor be allowed to see Navalny, who went on a hunger strike due to the lack of medical assistance.

Viktor Zolotov reported on his successes and threatened the opposition

Our work is often invisible, but it permeates all vital areas. We contribute to the functioning of the nuclear industry, energy and water supply systems. Our boats and combat swimmers are patrolling the Crimean Bridge. We guard the Baikonur and Vostochny cosmodromes, nuclear-powered ships and their anchorage in the ports of the Northern Sea Route. Our task is to prevent the extremists from rocking the situation!