6 Фев, 2022

How much does it cost to host the Olympic Games

Over the past 20+ years — somewhere from 2.9 (Salt Lake City, 2002) to 59.7 billion dollars (Sochi, 2014). All figures are in 2021 prices

The Olympic Games in Sochi turned out to be the most expensive Games in history: a little less than the entire budget of the Salt Lake City Olympics (2 billion) was spent on security alone!

The second most expensive are the Summer Games in Beijing in 2008, at current prices they would cost $52.7 billion. The recently ended Tokyo Summer Olympics, despite all the postponements and difficulties of holding against the backdrop of covid, cost “only” 35 billion

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Ukraine received another batch of military aid from the United States. Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said that the eighth batch of military aid includes 86 tons of weapons. Since January 22, the United States has sent more than 650 tons of defense weapons to Ukraine.

The day before, Canada sent non-lethal military aid to Ukraine, including body armor, binoculars, laser rangefinders, metal detectors and monoculars.

Today, a military transport aircraft of the Royal Air Force of Britain with a cargo of weapons on board also arrived at the Kiev Boryspil airport.

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In Ukraine, a court sentenced a citizen to five years of probation for publishing quotes from Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin on the Odnoklassniki social network. The defendant stated that he did it unintentionally, because he «thought it was perfectly legal.»

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Peruvian Prime Minister Hector Valer Pinto resigned four days after his appointment, RPP radio reported. This happened after the appeal of the National Society of Industry of Peru (SNI) to President Pedro Castillo. In it, the SNI called Pinto’s appointment a «major attack» on democracy and stability in Peru.

Earlier, local media, including the newspaper El Comercio, reported that in 2016 the prime minister’s wife accused him of domestic violence against herself and her daughter. Pinto himself called the statements false and added that he was going to go to court.

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Scientists from France and the United States have identified sources of maximum methane emissions into the air using satellite data. Russia was among the countries in whose territory such production facilities are located, according to The New York Times, citing the results of the study.

For the analysis, scientists used data from the European satellite Sentinel 5. Most of the sources of methane emissions are located in the territories of petrochemical industries, the scientists found out. In addition to Russia, they named the United States, Turkmenistan, Algeria and the countries of the Middle East.

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The United States has urged Japan to consider sanctions against Russia in the event of an invasion of Ukraine, Kyodo reported. According to his sources, Japan delayed the response for fear of worsening relations with Russia, in particular, in the issue of the Kuril Islands.

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Members of the Taliban delegation (a terrorist organization banned in Russia) arrived in Norway for negotiations, but asked for asylum there. The women were part of a group that traveled to Oslo to meet with politicians, activists and diplomats.

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Apple started banning Belarusian developers, probably due to sanctions. They themselves wrote about this on social networks. Apple explains the reason for the bans by the fact that the developer accounts are associated with a person, either in respect of which restrictions have been introduced, or who is on the US sanctions list. For clarification, the company recommended to write to them by mail.

On February 4, the United States imposed sanctions on representatives of the Belarusian authorities who are «involved in the persecution of dissidents abroad»

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Everest’s tallest glacier has nearly melted due to climate change. Every year, the “South Col” (as the glacier was called) loses ice that has been accumulating for about two thousand years. The Saddle has already lost about 55 meters of ice in a quarter of a century. The most intense loss began in the late 1990s. It is so small that the glacier can no longer reflect solar radiation, which accelerates its melting.

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According to Prime Minister Kiril Petkov, in the near future there will be no opportunity to obtain Bulgarian citizenship in exchange for investments in its economy. According to the Bulgarian national television, Petkov noted that «golden passports» are an obstacle for Bulgaria to enter the Schengen, as well as for the abolition of the visa regime with the United States.

The draft law abolishing investment citizenship was introduced by the country’s Ministry of Justice in the summer of 2021. The document was proposed to be considered as a matter of urgency in order to avoid EU sanctions. In parallel with this, it was planned to check all cases of obtaining citizenship under this program. To participate in the program, you need to invest at least 1 million leva (about 500 thousand euros) in the Bulgarian economy.

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By June 30, 28 more Russian diplomats will leave the United States. This decision was made after consultations on the normalization of the work of diplomatic missions, which were held in Vienna on February 3

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A group of scientists from the University of Massachusetts Amherst has developed a material capable of instantly absorbing or releasing large amounts of mechanical energy. The material will be useful in areas where it is necessary to either absorb a large impact (protective equipment), or to carry out a lightning-fast reaction, like a muscle, which is useful for robotics.

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The government of Belarus has adopted a resolution on licensing the export of onions, apples and cabbage, the restrictions imposed are related to the need to protect the domestic market and will be valid for three months, the Ministry of Antimonopoly Regulation and Trade of the Republic reports.

It is noted that the action of the decree does not apply to the export of goods to the member states of the EAEU, as well as to states that are not member states of the EAEU for the provision of international humanitarian assistance. The document has entered into force and will be valid for three months.

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North Korea continued to develop nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs throughout the past year, and cyberattacks on cryptocurrency exchanges have become an important source of income for Pyongyang. This is reported by Reuters, citing excerpts from their confidential UN report.

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FV Margiris, the second largest trawler in the world, washed up a hundred thousand blue whiting into the Atlantic Ocean. The incident was reported by the environmental organization Sea Shepherd. The initial area of ​​contamination was about three thousand square meters. The reason is called the gap of the trawl.

The floating fish processing plant was built in 1985. The ship sails under the Lithuanian flag, but belongs to the Danish corporation Parleviliet & Van der Pla. Fishing in the Bay of Biscay in France was carried out legally.

The need for a thorough investigation of the incident was stated by the French Minister of the Sea Annick Girardin and the European Commissioner for the Environment, Ocean and Fisheries Virginijus Sinkevičius.

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The UK has sent more than 100 special forces (SAS, SBS, Special Reconnaissance Regiment and Special Forces Support Group) to Ukraine as military advisers to transfer experience to Ukrainian military personnel, the Mirror reported. According to the publication, the British special forces will share experience with Ukrainian colleagues in the tactics of combating terrorists, sniping and sabotage.

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The media company Radio Liberty received a demand from Roskomnadzor to remove a number of publications related to the activities of opposition politician Alexei Navalny and investigations by the Proekt publication. If the materials are not removed, the site may be blocked in Russia. Other media received similar demands.

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German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht ruled out the supply of weapons by Germany to Kiev, arguing that the dialogue on resolving the conflict in Ukraine continues.

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Former UK Labor Party chief Jeremy Corbyn has called on world leaders and governments to hold Israel accountable for the «heinous» abuse of indigenous Palestinians, further criticizing Western «democracies» for often ignoring Israeli atrocities, Press TV reports.

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Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to build the fourth branch of the Turkmenistan-China gas pipeline during talks in Beijing.

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Elon Musk’s Starlink has introduced a new tariff for connecting to satellite Internet with a data reception rate of 150 to 500 Mbps. The level of Internet delays will be 20-40 milliseconds, and the download speed will be 20-40 Mbps compared to 10-20 Mbps on the standard tariff.

However, such Internet will cost 5 times more than usual. Starlink Premium costs $500 per month compared to $99 per month for the standard plan. In addition, you will have to pay an additional $2.5 thousand for the antenna and other equipment, while in the standard tariff you will have to spend a total of $499.

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The US House of Representatives has approved a bill providing for the allocation of $ 300 billion for the development of semiconductor production. The America Competes Act of 2022 aims to increase US competitiveness and counter China’s technological and industrial dominance. Of this amount, $52 billion is tagged for microchip manufacturing and $45 billion for supply chain issues that exacerbate the current chip shortage.

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