28 Янв, 2022

Difficulties in paying for heating

More than 35 million Europeans have experienced difficulty paying their heating bills. This is reported by Euronews, noting that the figure is comparable to the population of Hungary, Greece, Ireland and Portugal combined.

The main reasons for this situation are poor thermal insulation of the premises, low incomes and rising fuel prices.

Bulgaria ranks first in the EU in terms of the number of residents who cannot pay for heating. Every fourth person can’t cope with the bills. In second and third place are Lithuania and Cyprus.

The right to receive essential services, including home heating, is enshrined in the EU Social Rights Pillar. The EU has developed a number of measures that member states could implement to curb rising fuel prices. Among them, for example, the provision of urgent assistance to the poor and tax cuts.

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A real hunt has begun at Tesla Supercharger charging stations in China: thieves cut out charging cables by the roots, then helping out about 100 yuan ($16) for each of them on the black market. These cables are of interest to robbers because of the copper. The price of such a cable is «tens of thousands of yuan».

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The American central bank plans to start the process of reducing its balance sheet by withdrawing dollars «printed» after the start of the pandemic. The balance sheet cut will be «significant,» Fed chief Jerome Paull warned at a press conference. He added that the US economy has shown strength and no longer needs strong support from the Fed.

Since March 2020, the Fed has pumped $4.4 trillion into the system by buying up assets including U.S. Treasury and mortgage bonds. The Fed’s balance sheet reached a record $8.8 trillion, and the process of replenishing it continues now, albeit at a declining rate: $90 billion in December, $60 billion in January, $30 billion in February.

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Tesla Inc. reported record earnings for the fourth quarter of 2021 of $2.88 billion, or $2.54 per share. Quarterly revenue up 65% to $17.7 billion

In 2021, Tesla delivered more than 936,000 vehicles worldwide, up 87% from a year earlier. Tesla also reported that in the last half of 2021, the cost per vehicle fell to $36,000.

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China’s Space Transportation is developing a «winged rocket» for space tourism and point-to-point travel. The space plane will provide fast transportation between two points on Earth via suborbital travel and will be reusable.

A video presentation on the Space Transportation website shows the ambitious plans. It depicts passengers boarding an aircraft attached to a rocket-powered wing. After VTOL, the aircraft separates from the rocket-powered wing and continues its suborbital journey to Dubai in the Middle East, landing vertically on three legs. Flight Shanghai — Dubai will take 60 minutes.

The company said ground testing is planned for 2023, first flight in 2024, flight with passengers in 2025.

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The commander of the National Guard of Ukraine, Mykola Balan, resigned after the shooting of five people by the National Guard in the Dnieper, RBC-Ukraine reports.

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On the border of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan exchange of fire between the border guards of the two countries, RIA Novosti reported. The border service of Kyrgyzstan said that the Tajik side opened fire on the border guards from mortars and grenade launchers. Earlier, Kyrgyz border guards reported that Tajik troops blocked a section of the Batken-Isfana road.

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The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has changed the law on national resistance. Edits will allow volunteers of territorial communities to use «more serious» weapons. Such weapons will be provided by decision of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

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More than 720,000 residents of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics received Russian passports in a simplified manner, said Vasily Golubev, governor of the Rostov region. The DPR Migration Service told the media that since 2019, 365,000 of its residents have received Russian citizenship.

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From the side of Tajikistan, aimed fire from mortars was opened at power lines and border outposts in Kyrgyzstan, 24.kg reports with reference to the State Border Service of the Kyrgyz Republic.

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Zubaydullo Shomadov, a spokesman for the Tajik Mayor’s Office in Isfara, said in turn that the conflict began after Tajik cars were pelted with stones as they drove across the border. According to Sputnik Tajikistan, six people were injured in the shootout.

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In Belarus, a Russian woman, Vera Tsvikevich, was detained for participating in protests, the human rights center Vesna reported on Telegram. According to human rights activists, she has a Belarusian residence permit. According to preliminary data, she is accused under the article on organizing and preparing actions that grossly violate public order, or active participation in them (Article 342 of the Criminal Code of Belarus). The maximum term under this article is imprisonment for up to four years.

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13.8% of MFO clients simultaneously pay on five or more loans, according to Equifax credit bureau. In 2021, it was this layer of borrowers that showed the fastest growth. Microfinanciers do not consider them too leveraged

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The Taliban (which is under UN sanctions for terrorist activities, the organization is banned in Russia) is holding talks in Oslo with European and American representatives. The Russian Foreign Ministry said that it considers these contacts as a step towards the recognition of the Taliban.

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A third of earthlings (29%) believe that Russia’s foreign policy contributes to stabilization in the world, according to a global survey of the international association Gallup International and research holding Romir.

It is considered the most stabilizing in Albania (86%), Vietnam (76%), Serbia (64%), Kazakhstan (62%) and India (57%). Respondents in these countries note the positive influence of Russia in the world more often than the Russians themselves (44%). 46% of the world’s population consider it destabilizing.

The negative nature of the impact of US foreign policy was noted by 42% — most often in the Middle East, Russia (58%) and Western Asia.

After Trump’s departure, America’s image is growing: the country’s foreign policy support index is now -2, and 3 years ago it was -28. Russia has this index -17. China has -18, and the EU has +18.

The survey was completed at the end of 2021 in 45 countries.

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Russia’s international reserves rose by $1.4 billion over the week to $639.6 billion, hitting a new all-time high, the Central Bank said.

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Another echelon with equipment departed from the Amur region to Belarus for military exercises. In Belarus, the Russian military will work out the tasks of engineering equipment for field camps and military vehicle parks, TASS reports.

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The European Court of Human Rights began to consider the case «Ukraine and the Netherlands v. Russia». The main question the court must answer is whether Russia is directly responsible for the deaths in the crash of Boeing MH17, as well as other human rights violations in eastern Ukraine in 2014.

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Russia is cutting oil supplies to the European Union following gas exports, whose volumes collapsed by 40% in the first weeks of 2022. In February, 6.5 million tons of «black gold» will be sent from the European ports of Transneft to the west, Interfax reports with reference to the shipment schedule. Marine exports will decline by 14%, or almost 1 million tons, compared to January, despite the planned increase in production (+100 thousand barrels per day under the OPEC+ deal).

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German tuner DMC has unveiled a modified Ferrari 296 GTB. The tuned DMC Ferrari 296 GTB Squalo received 888 hp, which is enough to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds.

DMC has already announced that it will be possible to buy the DMC Ferrari 296 GTB Squalo with cryptocurrency. No price has been announced, but the standard version of the Ferrari 296 GTB costs about $320,000.

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Belgians will start issuing new passports. Comics will be drawn inside the documents. For paperwork, 17 series of various comics were used, including elements of a story about reporter Tenten and adventurers Blake and Mortimer, as well as the Smurfs.

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The government plans to merge the Pension Fund and the Social Insurance Fund, Kommersant found out. As a result, by 2023, employers will receive a common taxable base for paying insurance premiums for pension and social insurance.

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Putin supported the government’s proposal to tax and regulate cryptocurrency mining instead of banning it, reports Bloomberg. They claim that Putin supports the possibility of mining cryptocurrencies in regions where there is an excess of electricity, in particular: in the Irkutsk region, the Krasnoyarsk Territory and Karelia.

Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov commented on reports of Putin’s consent to allow mining in regions with an excess of electricity: such proposals have not yet been formulated at all

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Denmark has decided to withdraw its soldiers from Mali, reports the portal DR. The transitional government of the African country said that Danish troops are in it illegally. Denmark participated in operations in Mali along with other European countries. The Allies had previously confirmed that the Danes had been invited by the former authorities.

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Ukraine was indeed familiar with the US response on security guarantees in advance and had no objections to the document, said Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba.

“We saw the US written response before it was given to Russia. There are no objections from the Ukrainian side,” Kuleba said.

As the minister stressed, it is important for Ukraine that the United States be in close contact with it before and after contacts with Russia.

“No decisions on Ukraine without Ukraine. The golden rule,» Kuleba said.

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From 2015 to 2019, according to analysts, the average nominal income of a family in million-plus cities increased by 36% (up to 88.7 thousand), and the cost of 1 sq. m over the same period increased by only 4% — up to 76.9 thousand rubles. In 2019, it would take an average family from a million-plus city 3.7 years to earn an amount comparable to the price of an average one-bedroom apartment.

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From 2019 to 2021, the average nominal income of a family with two working citizens in million-plus cities increased by 13% (up to 100 thousand rubles), and the average cost of a 54-meter apartment increased by 36% (up to 5.66 million rubles). . Now the average family of a millionaire can save up for housing in 4.5 years, the study showed.

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The Beijing Olympics are life-threatening, British university experts say. This is because China has decided to use only artificial snow, which is harmful to the environment. And ski slopes made of artificial snow are much harder, which is dangerous for athletes when falling.

Artificial snow is made up of 30% ice and 70% air, according to the report. Real snow contains only 10% ice and 90% air. It took 145 million liters of water to create precipitation for the Winter Olympics

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In January, VTB recorded an increase in the number of phishing sites with advertisements for buying tickets for concerts and performances, where instead of buying tickets, a subscription to a fraudulent site is issued. After that, the attackers write off money from the cards at intervals of several seconds. This was told to RBC by a representative of VTB.

According to him, what is new in this scheme is that scammers have learned to regulate the frequency of debiting funds. “From the buyer’s bank card, funds are debited in the amount of 5 to 20 thousand rubles. with a difference of 10-15 seconds until the balance is completely reset, ”he specified.

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The more the US and Japan get involved in the Taiwan issue, the more they will regret it in the future. Chinese Ministry of Defense Spokesperson Wu Qian.

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EU countries will receive more than 1 billion euros for trans-European energy projects. This decision was taken by the European Commission. Investments will be distributed among five projects.

The largest amount — 657 million euros — will be received by the EuroAsia project, which involves the creation of the first interconnector between Cyprus and the European network.

Another 127 million euros were allocated for the construction of a power line between Finland and Sweden.

According to media reports, 170 million euros will be allocated to synchronize the power grids of the Baltic countries and Poland with the networks of continental Europe. The project assumes that from 2026 Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia will leave the BRELL energy ring, in which they are located together with Russia and Belarus.

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Chairman of the State Duma Committee on CIS Affairs, Eurasian Integration and Relations with Compatriots Leonid Kalashnikov told RIA Novosti that the CSTO could not interfere in the conflict between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, he expressed the hope that the countries themselves would wish to involve mediators from Russia.

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Russian scientists have created batteries from used medical masks and medicine packaging. Used medical masks are disinfected with ultrasound and then impregnated with graphene «ink». The resulting material is pressed and heated to 140 ° C — as a result, electrodes for the battery are obtained.

Between them is placed an insulating gasket, which is also made from used masks. It is impregnated with a special electrolyte and enclosed in a protective shell created from discarded drug packaging. A new development method allows the creation of thin, flexible and cheap batteries, which, due to their low cost, can also be disposable.

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China Unicom has become the latest Chinese telecommunications giant to be banned from the US due to significant national security and espionage concerns. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said it had voted unanimously to revoke the authorization to operate the company’s US division in the US.

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Belarus may start importing potatoes from Russia, which has risen in price by 66% over the year. In the Russian Potato Union, the main reason for the rise in prices was a crop failure, behind which was a drought, followed by heavy rains last year.

“Belarusian business is still buying Russian potatoes. But mostly for recycling. The path to Russian partners has been paved,” said Alexei Krasilnikov, director of the Potato Union, to Gazeta.Ru.

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Gazprom delivered a record volume of gas to Turkey via the Blue Stream gas pipeline in 2021 — 15.98 billion cubic meters. m. This is the maximum figure since the beginning of the operation of the pipeline, according to a statement by Gazprom Export.

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Sweden plans to build a repository where nuclear waste can be stored for 100,000 years. The nuclear waste storage project is the result of 40 years of research, Reuters reports.

According to DW, the spent radioactive waste will be buried in rocky rock at a depth of five hundred meters. In total, 12 thousand tons of waste will be placed here.

The Swedish authorities intend to disconnect the last nuclear power plant from the grid after 2040. Then, when the shaft is completely filled, access to it will be blocked with bentonite: this will prevent water from entering the repository.

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Kassym-Jomart Tokayev was unanimously elected chairman of the Nur Otan party. Previously, this position was held by Nazarbayev. Nazarbayev’s daughter Dariga has been expelled from the political council of the party.

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Apple’s total Q4 revenue was $123.9 billion, up 11% from last year. Profit was $34.6 billion, or $2.10 per share.

Apple’s iPhone 13 revenue was $71.6 billion. iPad tablet sales fell 14% to $7.25 billion.

Mac revenue rose 25%, and Apple said the past six quarters have been the best for Mac sales.

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The German Foreign Ministry has banned the former ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Dieter Walter Haller, from joining the top managers of Gas for Europe, a German legal entity of Gazprom’s 100% Swiss subsidiary Nord Stream 2 AG.

An internal review by the agency found that such “activities should be prohibited because they concern official interests,” Zeit quotes a response received by Haller.

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Britons are now required to open car doors the Dutch way. Anyone who continues to plow them open with their right hand risks a fine of a thousand pounds (1,200 euros).

«Dutch grip» is a traditional way for Dutch motorists to open the door with the hand farthest from it. Such a maneuver involves turning the body, which means it helps the driver to notice a cyclist passing by.

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Australian authorities will allocate $ 700 million to protect the Great Barrier Reef.

«We are supporting the health of the reef and the economic future of tour operators, hospitality providers and the Queensland community at the heart of the reef economy,» said Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

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The Governor of St. Petersburg announced a working meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The press service said that the working meeting was successful, but there is no such information in the Kremlin.

«Unfortunately, the face-to-face meeting could not take place due to covid restrictions. But, as far as I know, an agreement was reached there that the governor sent a written report to the president on the main issues of the city’s development,» the Kremlin spokesman said.

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A list of 2002 villages that will receive fourth-generation mobile communications by the end of this year has appeared on the Gosuslugi portal.

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Today, the Japanese automaker Toyota announced that in 2021 its sales amounted to 10.5 million vehicles. Thus, the company retained its first place in the world in car sales, followed by the German Volkswagen with 8.9 million units.

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