According to Digiconomist calculations, one transaction (one money transfer) in the bitcoin blockchain requires about a thousand kilowatt-hours of energy. That’s more than the average American household consumes in a month. It also accounts for half a ton of CO2 emissions and 92 grams of e-waste per transaction.
Russia entered the top five leaders in military spending
Military spending in the world in 2020 amounted to almost two trillion US dollars, this is 2.6% higher than in the previous year, Russia is in the top five, said the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) in connection with the publication of annual data on cost trends in military sphere.
It is noted that the state with the highest annual military spending was the United States. Last year, this figure increased by 4.4% and amounted to $ 778 billion.
According to the institute’s estimates, China and India took second and third places. In 2020, China’s military spending grew 1.9% to $ 252 billion, while India’s spending totaled $ 72.9 billion.
According to SIPRI, Russia’s military spending in 2020 amounted to $ 61.7 billion, which is 2.5% higher than in 2019. Russia ranked fourth in this ranking.
The fifth place was taken by the United Kingdom, its armament expenditures in 2020 amounted to $ 59.2 billion, which is 2.9% more than in the previous year.
Oscar ceremony was held in the USA
The 93rd Academy Awards took place in Los Angeles, broadcast by ABC. So, the best film of the year, the academics recognized the picture of Chloe Zhao “The Land of the Nomads”.
Starring actress Frances McDormand won an Oscar for Best Actress. Chloe Zhao was named the best director of the year.
The prize for Best Actor went to Anthony Hopkins, the 83-year-old actor became the oldest holder of the statuette.
The Best Original Screenplay award went to actress and director Emirald Fennell for The Girl of Hope.
The work of Danish director Thomas Winterberg “One more” was recognized as the best foreign film. The best animated film was the cartoon “Soul”, the best documentary – “My teacher is an octopus”
Convicts may be involved in the construction of BAM and Transsib
The Russian government is discussing the possibility of attracting convicts to the construction of the BAM and Transsib facilities, Kommersant writes on Monday, citing sources. According to the newspaper, this topic was raised at a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin on April 9. Following the meeting, the Ministry of Transport, the Federal Penitentiary Service and the Russian Railways were instructed to work out this issue until May 14, discussing also the creation of infrastructure to accommodate the convicts involved in the construction.
US Congress voted to grant Washington state status
The US House of Representatives voted to grant the US capital Washington state status. In total, 216 members of the House voted for changing the status of Washington, while 208 were against. The bill will go to the Senate, where Democrats need to get 10 votes to approve the initiative.
The territory of the new state will include the entire territory of the capital of the United States with the exception of government buildings and monuments, including the White House, the building of Congress and the Supreme Court.
Turkish special forces launched a military operation in northern Iraq
Turkish special forces are participating in a military operation against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK, recognized as a terrorist organization in Turkey) in northern Iraq. This is reported by the country’s Ministry of Defense on Twitter.
Rolls-Royce unveils a special version of the Dawn model
A special version of the luxurious Dawn convertible is dedicated to the penthouse in the center of Tokyo. Rolls-Royce unveils a special version of the Dawn convertible called “The Kita”
Honda plans to become an all-electric brand
Japanese car manufacturer Honda has said it intends to become an all-electric brand by 2040. This decision was approved by the new CEO of the company, Toshihiro Mibe.
Mir will change the rules of currency conversion
From April 28, the Mir payment system will adjust the rules for converting currencies, now the rate will be fixed on the date of the payment, and not on the date of settlement between banks.
Net profit of “Inter RAO” almost halved
The generating company Inter RAO in the first quarter of 2021 received 3.75 billion rubles of net profit according to Russian accounting standards (RAS), which is 46.6% lower than the indicator for the same period last year, follows from the materials of the company. At the same time, Inter RAO’s revenue for the reporting period increased 2.6 times, to 20.31 billion rubles.
Dust discovered on Earth after supernova explosion
According to scientists, about 33 thousand years ago, our planet began its movement in outer space through a cloud of dust, which could have formed only after a supernova explosion. This is evidenced by the particles of the radioactive element iron-60 found in the depths of the ocean. According to scientists, there is no such element in the depths of our planet and cannot be. It could only be brought in from space.
Samsung registers Galaxy Z Fold brand for foldable tablet
The South Korean giant Samsung, according to the resource LetsGoDigital, has sent an application for registration of the Galaxy Z Fold trademark to the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).
Samsung will build a solar power plant in Texas
Weather anomalies in February showed the vulnerability of the Texas power system, as a result, the local enterprise Samsung Electronics had to stop its work on an emergency basis and write off some of its products. A division of the Korean conglomerate intends to build a 700 megawatt solar power plant in Texas, which will begin operation in December 2023.
Akasa has released a case for an external SSD
Akasa has announced two cases for creating external solid-state drives based on M.2 modules: one of the new products was designated AK-ENU3M2-06 (Vegas SSD Mate), the second – AK-ENU3M2-05. Both solutions are made of aluminum for efficient heat dissipation. Installation of M.2 SATA and NVMe modules is allowed; and no tools are required to mount the drive. The Vegas SSD Mate case is equipped with a miniature cooling fan with multicolor RGB lighting. The Vegas SSD Mate is priced around 59 euros, while the AK-ENU3M2-05 model can be purchased for 47 euros.
WhatsApp will be able to send disappearing messages
An informant under the nickname WABetaInfo announced that the popular WhatsApp messenger will be able to send messages that disappear in a day. Note that at the moment the program has a corresponding function called “disappearing messages”, but it has limitations – messages are deleted only after seven days
Steven Spielberg’s First West Side Story teaser released
The first teaser for Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” has been released on 20th Century Studios on YouTube. This is the story of Romeo and Juliet, brought to Manhattan in the 1950s.
Russia prepared to ban the export of gasoline from the country
The Russian authorities are preparing a legal basis for a temporary ban on the export of gasoline from the country. According to the Kommersant newspaper, the fuel is being prepared to be included in the list of goods, the export of which may be temporarily restricted. The publication refers to a copy of the minutes of the meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak.
Zelensky urged to change or cancel Minsk format
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy believes that it is necessary to reform or cancel the format of the Minsk agreements to resolve the conflict in eastern Ukraine. In an interview with the Financial Times, he noted that he is participating in the process, the plan for which was drawn up even before he came to power in 2019.
“We have two options: we can change the Minsk format, make adjustments to it. Or we can use some other format … The speed of this process matters, ”said Mr Zelensky. The President of Ukraine called on the United States, Great Britain and Canada to take more active part in the diplomatic process.
Kremlin responds to Zelenskiy’s proposal to rewrite Minsk agreements
The proposal by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to rewrite the Minsk agreements is a wake-up call, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. He is quoted by RIA Novosti.
It makes sense to pay attention to the interview of the President of Ukraine Zelensky to the Financial Times. In this interview, it was the president who spoke about the need to change the Minsk format, add other countries, and so on. This is another wake-up call
Ukraine will supply Turkey with engines for military helicopters
General Director of TAI (Turkish Aerospace Industries) Temel Kotil confirmed the signing of an agreement between Turkey and Ukraine on the supply of engines for ATAK-II helicopters. At the same time, the head of the Turkish company noted that there would be no problems with Ukrainian enterprises because of the embargo and sanctions. According to the “Ukrainian military portal”.
Suspects in the preparation of the assassination attempt on Lukashenka plead guilty
The Belarusian state TV channel ONT published footage in which the alleged defendants in the case of the preparation of a military coup and the attempt on the life of President Alexander Lukashenko admit their guilt. The evidence was given by lawyer Yury Zyankovich, political scientist Alyaksandr Feduta and leader of the opposition BPF party Grigoriy Kastusev.
“I plead guilty to conspiracy,” Feduta said.
Earlier, Lukashenka said that the conspirators who were preparing the coup in the country planned to blockade the capital with the help of the army, and also planned to turn off the electricity in the city. He also noted that internal troops, riot police, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the KGB were supposed to participate in the operation.
Belarusian media have named the likely organizers of the assassination attempt on Lukashenka.
This is Michael Carpenter. Biden’s Advisor, Senior Director of the J. Biden Center for Global Engagement at the University of Pennsylvania. He was Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia and Foreign Policy Advisor to Vice President Joe Biden. The State Department, of course, denies everything.
Russia has evidence of conspiracy against Lukashenka
The special services of the Russian Federation have all the necessary evidence of a conspiracy against the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, the press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov told reporters.
The special services have the evidence. Our special services in cooperation have implemented an operation to suppress criminal plans to overthrow the legitimate government in Belarus. Intelligence agencies have all the necessary evidence. In addition, they also have the confessions of some of the participants in this conspiracy, “he said.
The Kremlin commented on the statement of the presidential adviser on the situation in Belarus.
In an interview with Forbes, Valentin Yumashev said that in the neighboring republic, after 1994, with the election of Alexander Lukashenko, “the elections ended,” and 26 years later, “the people went wild and took to the streets.”
The press secretary of the head of the Russian state Dmitry Peskov stressed that these words have nothing to do with either the official position of Russia or the opinion of Vladimir Putin. “Two times no.” This in no way has anything to do with the president’s point of view and the official position of the country. ”
Putin had a telephone conversation with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad
The parties discussed the supply of Russian vaccines from covid to Syria, Assad also informed Putin about preparations for the presidential elections in Syria scheduled for May.
Russian Ministry of Education to check history textbooks
The Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation intends to check the content of school history textbooks, said the head of the ministry, Kravtsov, on the air of the Moscow. Kremlin. Putin program.
In his message to the Federal Assembly on April 21, Putin admitted that he sometimes reads with surprise some school textbooks that lack information about key events of the Great Patriotic War, for example, the Battle of Stalingrad.
Russia is sending an employee of the Italian Embassy
Italian Ambassador to Moscow P. Terracciano was invited to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he was handed a note from the Ministry announcing “persona non grata” of Assistant Defense Attaché, Naval Attaché at the Embassy of the Italian Republic in the Russian Federation K. Pacifichi as a retaliatory measure to the unfriendly and unjustified actions of the Italian authorities in relation to the military attaché at the Russian Embassy in Rome. The specified employee is ordered to leave the territory of the Russian Federation within 24 hours.
Romania announced persona non grata the assistant to the military attaché of Russia
The Romanian authorities decided to declare the assistant to the military attaché of Russia persona non grata. This is stated in a statement published on Monday, April 26, on the website of the Romanian Foreign Ministry. It is alleged that the activities and actions of the diplomat are contrary to the provisions of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961.
In memory of the meeting of Soviet and American soldiers on the Elbe
In Washington, with the participation of veterans, a ceremony was held in memory of the meeting of Soviet and American soldiers on the Elbe in 1945. The Russian Federation was represented by Charge d’Affaires Koshelev, the USA – by Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Robinson. Retired Colonel Frank Cohn, a participant in the historic Elbe meeting, said such events remind everyone that Russia and the United States were once allies.
Results of the Nika Prize (awarded for 2020 and 2019)
Best Film – “Dear Comrades!” Andrei Konchalovsky (2020) and “Frenchman” Andrei Smirnov (2019)
Best Screenplay – “Deeper!” Mikhail Segal (2020) and “Text” by Dmitry Glukhovsky (2019)
Best non-fiction film – “The Foundation Pit” by Andrey Gryazev (2020) and “Khutsiev. The Motor Is Going!” Peter Shepotinnik (2019)
Best Animated Film – “String Tree Melody” by Irina Evteeva (2020) and “He Can’t Live Without Space” by Konstantin Bronzit (2019)
Discovery of the year – director and screenwriter of “Kitoboy” Philip Yuriev (2020) and screenwriter of the film “Russian Boy” Alexander Zolotukhin (2019)
Best Actors – 2020 – Julia Vysotskaya (“Dear Comrades!”), Chulpan Khamatova (“Doctor Lisa”), Alexander Pal (“Deeper!”); 2019 – Samal Eslyamova (“Hayka”), Victoria Miroshnichenko (“Dylda”), Leonid Yarmolnik (“Odessa”)
Leaders in corruption among officials in 2020
Most of all corruption crimes among officials in the past year were committed by law enforcement officers. This was reported by the Prosecutor General’s Office, Interfax reports.
As follows from the report of the Prosecutor General Igor Krasnov to the Federation Council, out of 10,879 officials who committed corruption-related crimes, 17.4% were persons who held positions in law enforcement agencies (1,897). Next come officials in the system of the Ministry of Defense (12.3%), in the executive authorities at all levels (8.9%), in the legislative authorities at all levels (0.6%). The largest increase (by 30.1%) in those who committed such crimes last year was noted among those who held positions in the system of the Ministry of Defense.
The European Union will accept all interested tourists on one condition
If they are vaccinated against drugs that are approved by the European Medicines Agency. This was stated by the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen
NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter makes its third test flight on Mars.
He developed a record speed of about seven kilometers per hour and flew a record distance. In addition, the helicopter was able to take off to a height of five meters.