If your qualifications do not allow you to count on incomes above the minimum wage, staying below the poverty line can be a problem. Especially if you live in the United States: the average single American needs to work 61 hours a week (12 hours 5 days a week, for example) in order not to simply fall below the poverty line. A couple with two children will need 80 hours for two, which is more like normal working conditions.
In Europe, at the same time, everything is much softer. In Spain, a single person needs 27 hours of work at the minimum wage per week in order not to be poor (for two you need 55 hours a week — exactly the same 27 hours for an adult). In the Netherlands, a single person will be enough for 26 hours, although the couple will have to work a little more. In Croatia and Bulgaria, the numbers are just over 30 hours per person
In Afghanistan, instead of a closed ministry for women’s affairs, an institution «for the promotion of virtue and the eradication of vice» was born.
French extreme sportsman Nathan Pauline took a 600-meter walk along the line stretched between the Eiffel Tower and the National Theater Chaillot. The rope was suspended 70 meters above the ground, and the rope walk itself took about half an hour.
Notre Dame Cathedral will reopen in 2024. More than 830 million euros in donations have already been collected for the restoration of the cathedral. This will allow you to start restoration work.
Facebook has a whitelist of approximately 5.8 million privileged users who are allowed to violate the platform’s rules, such as posting intimate photos or spreading misinformation, The Wall Street Journal found out.
The publication learned about the existence of the XCheck system. It affects the accounts of the most popular users of the social network: musicians, politicians, businessmen, athletes, journalists. Their posts do not go through the usual moderation process, during which the platform checks whether the content complies with the established rules.
In the Netherlands, hearings have resumed in the July 2014 crash of the Malaysian Airlines Boeing over Donbas. Now the relatives of those killed in the plane crash are speaking in court. At the hearings, they file claims for compensation against four defendants — Russians Igor «Strelkov» Girkin, Sergei «Khmuryi» Dubinsky, Oleg «Gyurza» Pulatov and Ukrainian Leonid «Krot» Kharchenko. They, according to the investigation, were involved in the transportation from Russia of the Buk anti-aircraft missile system, which shot down the plane.
The Supreme Court of Russia made a fundamentally important decision: it is impossible to keep small agricultural holdings, including chickens, on land for gardening. For the cultivation of agricultural livestock in the garden area, the fine for citizens will be from 10 to 20 thousand rubles, according to «Rossiyskaya Gazeta».
The debts of Russians for more than 1.6 billion rubles will be written off within the framework of the mechanism of extrajudicial bankruptcy, Deputy Minister of Economic Development Ilya Torosov told Izvestia. The results obtained indicate that the new institution of bankruptcy in Russia has taken place, the official said. Getting rid of the debt burden according to a simplified scheme was approved by 5 thousand citizens out of 12 thousand who wish.
The US Department of Commerce has collected the necessary comments on the appeal of American fertilizer producers, demanding to deprive Russia of the status of a market economy, writes Kommersant.
After reviewing and evaluating them, the agency will be ready to make a decision that either cancels the results of the 2002 evaluation, or confirms the correctness of the Russian side. If the position of the American companies (CF Industries Nitrogen, Terra Nitrogen, Terra International) is confirmed, then as a result of the increase in duties, not only Russian companies producing urea-ammonium fertilizers mentioned above will suffer, but also all fertilizer producers, as well as metallurgists.
On the border of Texas and Mexico, about 13 thousand migrants gathered, primarily from Haiti. Some manage to get over to the neutral zone and even to the United States. The US authorities have begun deporting, including families with children. Haiti called on the United States to impose a moratorium on the expulsion of migrants — the country now cannot accept them back.
A Belarusian court sentenced a Russian woman to 1.5 years in prison for tweeting about Lukashenka. Irina Vikkholm was found guilty of libel.
Gazprom refused to book additional capacity through Ukraine for October, and also bought only 1/3 of the capacity through Poland
The hydrographic vessel of the Northern Fleet «Horizon» has clarified the borders of Russia in the Franz Josef Land area, the press service of the fleet reports.
«The depths were measured, the coordinates of critical points were specified. These are the very coordinates from which the border of the Russian Federation is being postponed,» said the captain of the vessel, Vitaly Khopryachkov.
Members of the Community of Latin America and the Caribbean (CELAC) in a special declaration called on the US President and Congress to end the economic, trade and financial blockade against Cuba, calling it contrary to international law.
In 4 years, mutual investment between the United States and China in the technology sector has decreased by 96% due to the trade war and the pandemic. Chinese investors have now switched to Europe and Africa.
From 2018 to April of the current year, the United States blacklisted 168 Chinese companies, not counting Huawei Technologies and its subsidiaries. And if the trend towards the isolation of economies continues in the coming years, then we cannot count on complete separation, since the countries cannot do without each other in absolutely all spheres.
Google X labs provide Internet to the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo with a wireless laser system. Within 20 days of operation, the laser Internet has successfully transferred more than 700 TB of data, while the communication reliability was 99.9%.
Students from the Netherlands put together a solar-powered Stella Vita electric motorhome. It is said to be able to travel 730 km on a sunny day, and for real-life tests, students travel across Europe and cover 3,000 km.
When parked, the roof can be raised to stand inside to its full height, and the panels can be expanded horizontally to increase the solar array area to 17.5 m². The living area has a bed, refrigerator, toilet, sofa and a small kitchen area.
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