7 Фев, 2022

Factories and plants massively buy robots

In 2021, companies across North America committed more than $2 billion to procure nearly 40,000 robots to help them cope with record demand and labor shortages caused by the pandemic. Robots have begun to work in an increasing number of industries, going far beyond the automotive sector.

In 2021, factories and other industries ordered 39,708 robots, up 28% from 2020. The previous annual record for robot orders was set in 2017, when North American companies ordered 34,904 robots worth $1.9 billion.

Tesla Inc CEO Elon Musk said last week that his engineers will start using a humanoid robot called Optimus in their factories next year. In the short term, Musk says these robots could carry items around the factory and eventually solve the labor shortage.

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Germany plans to ease access for foreign workers. Vice-Chancellor, Minister of Economy and Climate Problems Robert Habek spoke about such intentions. In his opinion, now the access of migrants to the labor market in Germany is difficult due to excessive bureaucracy.

Earlier it became known that Russians, students of schools and universities under 25 years old, will be able to travel to Germany without visas in the near future.

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In Russia, the minimum prices for spirits have been increased. For cognac, it rose from 446 to 480 rubles per 0.5 liter, for brandy and other alcohol made from wine, grape, fruit, cognac, calvados, whiskey distillates — from 324 to 348 rubles. The price of vodka was raised from the current 243 to 261 rubles.

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The Novosibirsk City Hall, at the request of the zoo, canceled the voting for the symbol of the New Year’s capital. Novosibirsk Vice Mayor Anna Tereshkova stressed that the survey would not be resumed.

In the zoo itself, they believe that the animals «became participants in a farce organized by people», initially the manul Aisha won the poll, but then local opposition politicians and bloggers called for voting for the orangutan. Batu abruptly took the lead.

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In Rotterdam, there was a rally where all the protesters were policemen. Union members took to the rally, dissatisfied with the terms of the new collective agreement, which is offered to them by the Minister of Justice and Security of the country, Dylan Yeshilgoz-Zegerius

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The fan clubs of all RPL football teams, except for the Chechen Akhmat, opposed the introduction of Fan ID — that is, 15 out of 16. Fans believe that the passport system is «repressive» and will allow them to be removed from the stadiums of those who for any reason are considered » threat to the security of the state. Fans refused to play until the law is repealed

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The tobacco company will pay $7.5 million (more than 570 million rubles) to the family of an American woman who smoked for 50 years. The woman suffered from a respiratory disease caused by smoking and died at the age of 80. Reynolds Tobacco found guilty of addicting a woman.

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Kuwait has banned the film «Death on the Nile» because of the Israeli actress. Authorities will not allow Kenneth Branagh’s Hollywood film adaptation of Agatha Christie’s novel to be shown.

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The management of gymnasium No. 168 in St. Petersburg forced the teacher Serafima Saprykina to quit because she read poems by Alexander Vvedensky and Daniil Kharms to tenth graders, Fontanka writes.

Harms and Alexander Vvedensky were involved in the case of the creation of an anti-Soviet illegal group of writers in the children’s department of the State Publishing House in 1931. Then they were imprisoned and were temporarily expelled from Leningrad. In 1941, repeated arrests led both to death. Kharms was rehabilitated in 1960, and Vvedensky in 1964.

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Josep Borrell said Russia had been strictly fulfilling its contractual obligations to supply gas in recent weeks, but «refused» to supply additional gas to replenish Europe’s storage facilities.

“In recent weeks, despite the fact that Russia strictly fulfilled its contractual obligations, the Russian state company Gazprom refused to make additional deliveries to replenish European storage facilities, which further increased the nervous situation in the market,” wrote the head of European diplomacy in his blog.

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According to Kommersant, the Main Military Investigation Department (GVSU) of the TFR has transferred to the prosecutor’s office the materials of the criminal case on the embezzlement of almost 300 million rubles. developers of aerospace defense systems designed, respectively, to track enemy cruise missiles and control troops during a retaliatory strike.

According to investigators, the main defendant, the ex-head of the Central Research Institute of the Aerospace Forces (VKS) in Tver, Sergey Yagolnikov, attracted almost two hundred “dead souls” to top-secret developments, and the ex-head of the local military representative office, Sergey Susha, did not hesitate to accept the work performed by pseudo-designers

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The Wall Street Journal, citing Saudi sources, reports that Saudi Arabia plans to sell shares of the national oil company Saudi Aramco for another $50 billion.

The company’s management said that Saudi Aramco shares will be listed on the Riyadh Stock Exchange and some other markets.

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Israel’s observer membership in the African Union, where 55 states are represented, has been officially suspended.

At the end of August 2021 14 African countries and 200 prominent African figures protested the unilateral decision of the African Union Commission to grant Israel observer membership in the union.

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The United States has increased LNG supplies to Europe to a record level. In December 2021 and January 2022, Europe became the top destination for U.S. LNG exports, data from Refinitive shows. In January, shipments from the US to Europe reached two-thirds of all US LNG exports. A month earlier, this figure was about 61%.

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The Western Union money transfer system decided to close domestic transfer directions from April 1 due to their low demand

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The first group of US military sent to Poland because of the situation around Ukraine arrived there the day before. The military personnel will operate in the south-east of Poland, said the Minister of Defense of the Republic

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Otkritie Bank wrote off the overdue debt, which was formed at the expense of one large borrower. The loan was issued before the reorganization of the bank in 2017.

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The Japanese government has protested against Russian exercises in the Kuril region, said Cabinet Secretary General Hirokazu Matsuno at a press conference.

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Russian banks have begun to apply the recommendations of the Central Bank to strengthen control over the operations of individuals, Izvestia reported with reference to the Central Bank and a number of credit institutions.

The Central Bank recommended that suspicious accounts be classified as accounts that carry out transactions with an «unusually large number» of citizens — more than 10 per day and more than 50 per month, as well as more than 30 transactions with individuals per day. Suspicious will also be considered «significant volumes» of transfers between citizens — more than 100 thousand rubles a day, more than 1 million rubles a month.

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The United States and NATO countries have established an «air bridge» to transfer weapons to Kiev in case of Russian aggression, writes The Wall Street Journal.

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In Kazakhstan, the former deputy head of the National Security Committee (KNB) Daulet Yergozhin was arrested, the ORDA Telegram channel reported, citing the press service of the KNB.

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Indian data scientist Bhavesh Bhatt has created a model that allows you to translate Braille into text and audio using your smartphone’s camera. According to him, the model is 95% accurate. She was trained on a dataset that Bhatt created himself, with the help of Nvidia and Google Cloud.

The model is ready, but it does not yet have any interface. Bhatt will soon create an Android app and make the source code publicly available to allow integration with the Google Assistant. The creator of the model has already carried out several tests with the blind.

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887 superyachts were sold in 2021, up 77% from the year before and more than double the 2019 figure.

Low interest rates and rising markets boosted the wealth of the world’s 500 richest people by $1 trillion last year, which, coupled with an increased demand for secluded vacations, caused a surge in superyacht sales, writes Bloomberg.

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The Ministry of Economy stated that the implementation of the Safe City project would draw huge amounts of money from enterprises and from regional budgets. For example, Russian Railways will spend at least 2.5 million rubles in 2021 to connect just one station to a video surveillance system and an external resource for accumulating and processing information, and another 1.1 million rubles. will give for the lease of a communication channel for this station. Now there are 890 stations on the balance sheet of Russian Railways.

And the Tula region will be forced to spend 1.3 billion rubles, not provided for by the budget, to implement the mandatory connection to the «Safe City».

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The Ministry of Digital Development of Russia has launched into trial operation an information system that provides search and blocking of sites with fake QR codes. The total cost of the project to create an information system for monitoring phishing sites and personal data leaks is 1.2 billion rubles.

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The net profit of Sberbank in January 2022 amounted to 100.2 billion rubles, follows from the report under RAS. This is 15.6% more than the result a year earlier, when it amounted to 86.7 billion rubles.

In addition, the bank broke the record of January 2021 in terms of the volume of retail loans issued and issued loans to the population in the amount of over 400 billion rubles. against 291 billion rubles. at the end of January 2021. Lending to companies also increased from 0.7 trillion rubles. up to over 0.9 trillion rubles.

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«Veterans of Russia» are asked to check the theaters for compliance with the National Security Strategy. The organization believes that they are engaged exclusively in «decorating the Western way of life in its vulgar sorrows and primitive joys.»

The reason for the appeal was a letter from 13 artistic directors in support of the head of the Union of Theater Workers Alexander Kalyagin, who criticized the draft decree on the approval of the state policy for the preservation of moral values. «Veterans of Russia» in an interview with «Rise» called it «anxious cries of Russian liberal intellectuals.»

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After China backed Argentina’s claim to the South American islands, British Foreign Secretary Liz Trouss urged China to respect Falkland sovereignty.

“We completely reject any questions about the sovereignty of the Falklands. The Falklands are part of the British family and we will defend their right to self-determination. China must respect the sovereignty of the Falklands.»

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According to Press TV, the Biden administration has notified the US Congress of planned arms sales worth $4.21 billion to its Arab allies in the Middle East, including the sale of 12 F-16 jet fighter jets to Jordan, as well as air defense systems to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

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Australia is reopening its borders from February 21, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced.

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Since Friday, farmers have blocked several highways in Greece to protest rising production costs (fuel, electricity, fertilizer) and demand fair prices for their products. The movement should intensify in the coming days.

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Boeing’s new wide-body aircraft arrived in Singapore this morning for the first major international airshow of the year, the Singapore Airshow 2022. The aircraft made an almost 17-hour flight from the United States (Moses Lake, MWH) with no stopovers.

In addition to the 777X, Boeing will showcase the F-15 fighter jet, the P-8 maritime patrol aircraft and the T-7A trainer at the Singapore Airshow.

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Over the past 10 years, the number of German companies operating in the Russian Federation has decreased by 42%, according to the data of the German-Russian Chamber of Commerce AHK Russland, cited by Deutsche Welle.

Of the 6.3 thousand legal entities that invested in the Russian economy in 2011, 3,651 remained by the end of last year. Over the past year, about 300 more German companies left Russia, which reduced their total number by 8%.

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Information about the dismissal of a teacher in St. Petersburg for reading poems by Daniil Kharms and Alexander Vvedensky to schoolchildren needs to be verified, Dmitry Peskov believes. According to the press secretary of the president, this story «really needs to be sorted out.»

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Professions related to the political sphere are considered the most profitable by 19% of Russians, in second place in the ranking of the profitability of professions is an IT specialist and an expert in information security, every ninth Russian (11%) considers the work of a lawyer and lawyer the most profitable, the work of a banker, a doctor and a specialist in the oil and gas sector are considered the most paid by 10% of respondents, according to a survey by VTsIOM.

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According to Kommersant’s calculations based on the 101st reporting form of SberBank, the balances on foreign currency accounts of individuals in terms of dollars decreased by $1.3 billion. .5 billion)

Balances on the ruble accounts of the population decreased by 534.2 billion rubles over the month, according to Kommersant’s calculations. This volume is comparable to the level of January last year, when funds decreased by 537.2 billion rubles.

In total, as of February 1, 2022, the population kept 16.6 trillion rubles in Sberbank.

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The World Court in Moscow imposed a fine on Mediazona and its editor-in-chief Sergei Smirnov (Smirnov and Mediazon were recognized by the Ministry of Justice as foreign agents) for not mentioning in the news that the headquarters of Alexei Navalny were recognized by the court as an extremist organization, liquidated and banned. The publication must pay 40 thousand rubles, Mr. Smirnov — 4 thousand rubles.

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The President of Kazakhstan signed amendments abolishing Nazarbayev’s lifelong chairmanship of the Security Council and the Assembly of the People of the Republic — as well as amendments abolishing the need to agree with Nazarbayev on the main directions of foreign and domestic policy

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