3 Янв, 2022

Germany refuses nuclear energy

Germany has shut down three of its last six nuclear power plants. The NPPs Brockdorf, Gronde and Gundremmingen S operated by E.ON and RWE have been shut down after more than 30 years of operation, Reuters reported. However, the dismantling of the stations will take many more years.

The last three nuclear power plants — Emsland, Isar and Neckarwestheim — will be shut down by the end of 2022. Thus, from 2023, Germany will complete the phase-out of nuclear energy and turn its attention to renewable energy sources.

According to preliminary data, in 2021, six nuclear power plants provided about 12% of Germany’s electricity production.

 

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In 2021, 45 journalists and media workers died at work, according to the International Federation of Journalists. Most often they died in Afghanistan (nine people), Mexico (eight people) and India (four people).

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In 2021, Gazprom produced 514.8 billion cubic meters. m of gas, which became the best indicator of the company over the past 13 years. The dividend that the company intends to pay to investors will be a record for Russian companies, Miller said.

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The Moscow police detained a man who was wanted for the murder, who extorted 300 thousand rubles. from a pensioner, the Ministry of Internal Affairs reported.

“The intruders told the pensioner that his daughter was allegedly the culprit in the accident. A girl was injured in an accident, and her treatment requires a large sum of money. Later it turned out that there was no accident, but a fraudster called the victim, ”the department said.

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An Azerbaijani border guard opened fire on his fellow soldiers on Sunday. As a result, three people were killed, the State Border Service of the country said. After that, the gunman threw down his weapon and fled the scene. The border service reported that they were looking for him.

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Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henri has been assassinated, Telesur TV reported.

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Sudanese Prime Minister Abdullah Hamduk has announced that he is stepping down. This was announced by the Al-Arabiya TV channel. Hamduk announced the need for new consultations for an agreement on the transition process in the country, writes Reuters.

In the fall, there were two attempts at a coup d’état in the country. In September, more than 20 high-ranking officers took control of the Sudanese army’s armored corps and attempted to seize the offices of several state-owned media outlets. All participants in the coup attempt were arrested.

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US President Joe Biden, in a telephone conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky, said that Washington and its allies are ready to «decisively respond» to a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine, the White House said. It is noted that the heads of state expressed support for a diplomatic solution to the situation, including through Russia’s contacts with NATO and the OSCE.

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US President Joe Biden told his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskiy that Washington does not intend to make any decisions concerning partners without their knowledge, the White House press service reports.

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Natural resources in Russia will never run out, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Alexander Kozlov said in an interview with Izvestia.

In May, he told RBC that Russia’s provision of oil reserves at the current level of its production is 59 years, natural gas — 103 years. In June, Kozlov said that the country’s gold reserves at the current level of production will last for about 40 years.

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The amendments, which provide for an extension for a year for civil servants and military personnel of the period for submitting documents confirming that they do not have foreign citizenship or a residence permit, entered into force, this is necessary to protect the rights of persons who had Ukrainian citizenship, said the Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Security and Anti-Corruption, one from the authors of this amendment Anatoly Vyborny.

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Japan’s Kane Tanaka, the oldest woman in the world in the Guinness Book of World Records, is celebrating her 119th birthday, Kyodo reported.

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Israel attacked a Hamas rocket workshop and a number of radical positions in the Gaza Strip in response to the launch of two missiles from the Palestinian enclave that exploded into the sea off the coast of Tel Aviv on January 1, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said.

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Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin said the country needs to keep the option of applying for NATO membership now that military cooperation with the European Union is intensifying, state broadcaster Yle reported.

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Tesla delivered nearly a million electric vehicles to customers in a year, setting a new record.

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In the Kazakh city of Zhanaozen, protests continued at night. People refuse to leave the main street. Rallies are planned across the country against the rise in gas prices.

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The head of the mimic ensemble was found guilty of the tragic death of the artist on the stage of the Bolshoi Theater. The lawyer of the injured party said that the woman violated the requirements of labor discipline by allowing a drunk artist to attend the performance.

Evgeny Kulesh died in October 2021 on the stage of the Bolshoi Theater. He was crushed by the scenery during the performance of the opera «Sadko». Earlier, the commission found that he was drunk

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France has banned plastic packaging for fruits and vegetables. From January 1, 2022, cucumbers, lemons, oranges and another 27 categories of products cannot be wrapped in polyethylene in the country if they are not washed and cut. Macron said that this is a real revolution, and by 2040 France will be able to completely get rid of single-use plastic.

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Russian State Duma deputy spoke out against benefits for the unemployed. Svetlana Bessarab suggested that this measure of support is unpopular among the citizens of the country.

She noted that in Russia there has never been a survey of the population on this matter. But the Swiss are mostly against such income, they do not want to support those who do not want to work on their taxes.

The state, according to Bessarab, considers it more useful to increase mother capital and child benefits.

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Startup TuSimple said that its autonomous truck made the first ever road trip without a person behind the wheel and remote control. A truck drove from Tucson to Phoenix on I-10 in Arizona, USA.

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The country’s authorities have decided to add the professions of social workers and nursing assistants to the list of those in short supply. Foreigners with such qualifications will be able to obtain a 12-month work visa in 2022.

The minimum wage of such workers will be about 20.5 thousand pounds (about 24.4 thousand euros) per year, and applications will be processed on an expedited basis.

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The UK Maritime Trade Organization (UKMTO) has received reports of an attack on a ship near the Yemeni port of Ras Isa in the Red Sea.

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A serviceman of the State Border Service was detained in Azerbaijan, who on the eve shot three colleagues at the location of the unit. The Prosecutor General’s Office of the country announced this in its Telegram channel.

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Five Syrian soldiers were killed and another 20 were injured as a result of an attack by terrorists of the Islamic State (a terrorist organization banned in Russia) in the south of the country.

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Transit of Russian gas through Ukraine to Slovakia fell for the second day in a row. According to a Gazprom representative, some customers have already fully selected the annual gas volume and are no longer submitting applications.

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Russian businessman Vladislav Klyushin, extradited to the United States from Switzerland, had access to documents and information about interference in the US presidential elections in 2016, as well as data on secret operations of the GRU (General Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces. — RBC) abroad, Bloomberg reports from citing sources «familiar with the issues of Russian intelligence», as well as those close to the Kremlin and the special services.

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In Kazakhstan, after the rallies, gas prices for cars were reduced. The decision was made by the owners of gas stations themselves as part of the «social responsibility of business» after the president’s reaction to the unrest, reports Tengrinews.

Since January 1, the prices for liquefied gas automobiles have increased from 60 to 120 tenge per liter (from 10.2 rubles to 20.5 rubles per liter). This caused discontent among motorists, who on January 2 went to spontaneous protests throughout the region, including the administrative center of the Aktau region. The protesters blocked the roads in Aktau and Zhanaozen.

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Protests continue in Kazakhstan over skyrocketing gas prices. The authorities responded by cutting off the Internet and mobile communications — this measure also affected Republic Square in Almaty.

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The Finnish President and Prime Minister said that their country will decide for itself whether to join NATO or not.

“We… have the opportunity to apply for NATO membership. We must cherish this freedom of choice and consider it real, because it concerns the right of each country to make its own security decisions. This is one of the foundations of European security, enshrined in the OSCE Principles. We have shown that we are learning from the past «

Last week, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov noted that the accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO will have serious consequences.

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Leaders of Russia, Great Britain, USA, China and France — five countries that officially possess nuclear weapons — issued a joint statement to prevent nuclear war and an arms race

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From January 1, 2022, the Greek authorities introduced a «green tax» on plastic cups and containers in which drinks and ready-to-eat food are sold. The cost of the plastic container is 0.04 EUR plus VAT.

KeepTalkingGreece calculated that the price of coffee would increase by almost 10 cents in this case, as the amount of € 0.04 applies to each packaging unit: cup and lid. If the buyer brings their own mug or food container, the seller must place the food in that container at no additional cost.

The money from the payment of the «green tax» will be transferred to the Greek recycling organization and spent on environmental protection measures.

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The European Union introduces a ban on the use of tattoo inks containing certain pigments. In total, more than 4 thousand substances will be withdrawn from circulation.

The ban is associated with the content of isopropanol in colored substances, which is considered dangerous for the human body: the authors of the new rules claim that it can cause genetic mutations and provoke cancer.

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In 2021, China sent 55 rockets into space. The United States is in second place with 45 launches, and Russia is in third with 24.

Throughout history, the absolute record holder in terms of the number of launches per year is the Soviet Union (108 in 1982). In second place is the United States (77 in 1966). The best result of Russia is 55 launches in 1992.

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The canvas «Stalin’s speech at a meeting of the congress of collective farmers and shock workers», authored by Alexander Gerasimov, should appear at VDNKh next year. The Moscow City Hall will spend 20 million rubles from the budget on the restoration of the painting

The painting, 11 by 7 meters, was created in 1953. At that time she was in the main pavilion of VDNKhN, but in the wake of the struggle against the personality cult of Joseph Stalin, she was removed from there.

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The world’s first wooden satellite is slated to launch in Japan in 2023. According to the development team, by burning up when re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere after completing its work, the satellite will create less stress on the environment.

It is assumed that the antenna will be located inside the case, since the tree is transparent to radio waves. It is also cheaper than the aluminum currently used to make satellites.

However, it is difficult to say how much it will be possible to save on material — the satellite will be a 10 x 10 x 10 cm cube. Solar batteries will be installed on its edges, and electronic components will be located inside the case.

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South Korea plans to double the number of electric vehicles on the country’s roads in 2022. According to the calculations of the Ministry of the Environment, the number of electric vehicles on the roads will grow by 200 thousand, and cars with hydrogen power plant — by 35 thousand.

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