15 Apr, 2021

Iran fired missile at Israeli ship

Iran hit an Israeli merchant ship with a rocket in the Arabian Sea, Al-Arabiya TV reported. According to him, the ship Hyperion Ray, which transported cars under the flag of the Bahamas, was attacked near the coast of the Fujairah emirate in the UAE. The vessel received minor damage, none of the crew was injured. Presumably, the rocket was fired from a drone or other ship.

Banks can increase rates on already issued mortgages

This was recalled by the teacher of the Higher School of Economics (HSE), financial literacy consultant Maria Abramovskaya in an interview with the Regnum agency. The corresponding opportunity is usually provided for in the loan agreement. As the expert noted, mortgages in Russia are currently really cheap, but the cost of real estate is too high.

“At this cost, even taking into account the low rate, the monthly payment is too high. Moreover, it is important to remember that a bank is not a charitable organization. This is a business. As soon as the Central Bank raises the key rate, the creditor bank can follow its example, ”Abramovskaya warned.

Moscow court ordered Google to restore the account of “Constantinople” on YouTube

The Moscow Arbitration Court satisfied Tsargrad’s claim against Google, deciding that the channel’s YouTube account, which had been blocked due to US sanctions, should be restored, and the funds lost for the monetization of content should be returned to its owner, Valery Rukobratsky, a press secretary, told Interfax owner of the media Konstantin Malofeev.

Latvian Foreign Ministry protested to the Charge d’Affaires of Russia

The Latvian Foreign Ministry protested to Vadim Vasiliev, Charge d’Affaires of the Russian Embassy in the country, the ministry said. According to media reports, the reason for the protest was a party organized by the military attaché of the Russian diplomatic mission Ruslan Ushakov in violation of the restrictions imposed to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

Emergency situation introduced in Baikalsk

An emergency regime was introduced in Baikalsk due to the risk of pollution of Lake Baikal with waste from the storage cards of the pulp and paper mill (BPPM). This was reported by the press service of the government of the Irkutsk region.

The danger of overflow has arisen due to the heavy rainfall of the past winter. Intense melting of snow in the area of ​​the BPPM can lead to flooding of storage cards containing toxic waters. According to the Governor of Priangarye Igor Kobzev, this is “a direct threat of waste leakage into Baikal.”

Egypt arrested a ship that blocked the Suez Canal

A court in the Egyptian city of Ismailia granted a motion by the Suez Canal administration to arrest the container ship Ever Given, which blocked traffic on the waterway for several days in March. The head of the administration of the channel, Osama Rabia, told the Youm7 portal.

The arrest of the vessel became an interim measure in the claim of the administration, seeking compensation for losses associated with the termination of traffic on the canal, and the cost of removing Ever Given from the aground. Rabia estimated the total amount of claims at $ 900 million.

DOXA employees were searched in Moscow

Student publication DOXA reported that its editorial office and the homes of four employees were ransacked. Searches took place at the place of residence of editors Natalia Tyshkevich, Vladimir Metelkin, Armen Aramyan and Alla Gutnikova, the magazine reports on Telegram. According to the newspaper, they will be charged under Art. 151.2 of the Criminal Code (“Involvement of a minor in the commission of actions that pose a danger to the life of a minor”)

Putin dismissed a number of Rosgvardia generals from their posts

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on personnel changes in the leadership of the Russian Guard, said the head of the State Duma Committee on Information Policy Alexander Khinshtein in Telegram. Relieved of their posts: Deputy Director Yuri Babkin, Commander of the Joint Group of Troops (Forces) for CTO in the North Caucasus Vasily Fedoruk, Head of the Contract and Legal Department Alexander Shkolnikov.

Plastic toys and household items are dangerous to the human brain.

This is the conclusion reached by experts from the University of Bayreuth in Germany after a scientific experiment. Its results are published by Communications Biology. German researchers warn that plasticizers in plastic products disrupt signal transmission in the brain and negatively affect neural networks. They received confirmation of their hypothesis by conducting an experiment on fish.

Antibacterial properties found in pine branches

Specialists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed new filters for water purification based on ordinary wood. The efficiency of the new development was 99%. This was reported by RIA Novosti.

Why birds don’t freeze in winter

Experts from the Swedish city of Lund conducted a study, thanks to which they found out why birds do not freeze even in the strongest cold in winter. It turned out that the main reason for this is the special composition of the blood of birds, due to which, with the approach of winter, its temperature rises. Study results published in The FASEB Journal

Scientists have suggested that the laws of physics may evolve

A group of researchers from Microsoft believes that the universe can improve its physical laws, like a neural network. If the assumptions of scientists from Microsoft are correct, then the formation of a single physical model of the Universe is impossible, and we will continuously discover new aspects of the universe, trying to describe and combine them.

Scientists in the UK and USA have discovered the secret of constant hunger in humans

Experts said that if a person independently learns to regulate their appetite, then it will be possible to figure out how to create a method to quickly lose weight.

Apple has appointed a spring presentation

Apple plans to hold its next presentation on April 20 in California. This is evidenced by the announcement published on Tuesday on the company’s website. Apple does not specify what kind of devices it plans to introduce. The presentation will start at 20:00 Moscow time. According to the specialized media, it will be held via videoconference. The broadcast will be conducted from Cupertino, where the company’s head office is located.

According to the Internet portal The Verge, Apple, in particular, may show a new iPad Pro tablet model with an improved processor and AirPods Pro wireless headphones.

Brad Pitt and Zendaya to Host 2021 Academy Awards

Hollywood actor Brad Pitt will host the annual Academy Awards in 2021, and his young colleague Zendaya, known for her roles in two parts of the Spider-Man films. In addition, Reese Witherspoon, Joaquin Phoenix, Harison Ford, Laura Dern will announce the lucky owners of the coveted statuettes. The ceremony will take place on the night of Sunday to Monday, April 26 and will be held in a new format.

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Harry Potter author to release a new book for children

The author of the Harry Potter books, J.K. Rowling, has announced a new book for children on her website. The Christmas Pig fairy tale will be on sale on October 12, 2021.

This book is about the adventures of a child’s toy lost by its owner. And how far the boy would go to reunite with his friend. It is already known that the fairy tale will be translated into 20 languages ​​and is designed for older children of eight years old.

Toyota’s new electric crossover

Toyota’s first electric car under the Beyond Zero program will be declassified at the Shanghai Auto Show on April 19. According to L ‘Argus, Beyond Zero will be part of the brand’s upcoming EVs. The first in this lineup is BZ4X, where “BZ” is an abbreviation for Beyond Zero, “X” indicates that the novelty belongs to crossovers, and 4 indicates the size of the car. The French magazine writes that the new electric cross will be comparable in size to the RAV4.

Pashinyan called Putin President of France

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, during his speech in parliament on April 14, named Russian leader Vladimir Putin as President of France

Ships of the Caspian Flotilla entered the Black Sea

The headquarters of the Southern Military District explained the appearance of the military fleet by the fact that control combat exercises will be held in the Black Sea. According to the Southern Military District, the group includes eight landing and three artillery boats, as well as support vessels.

Russia has transferred two armies and three airborne units to the western borders

Sergei Shoigu said at a meeting in Severomorsk that the Russian Federation had transferred 3 airborne units and 2 armies to the western borders of Russia. This was reported by RIA Novosti.

Iran announced that it is starting to enrich uranium

Iran announced that it is starting to enrich uranium to 60%. As a rule, 90% uranium is needed for the production of nuclear weapons, although already 20% is considered weapons grade.

Ukraine announced anti-terrorist exercises in the Kharkiv region

The Security Council of Ukraine announced by the end of May anti-terrorist exercises in the Kharkiv region “with a focus on the border areas.” The exercises will be held in conditions as close to real ones as possible, including with the use of military weapons and military equipment, the SBU reports.

Second conversation between Biden and Putin (the first was in January):

  • Biden suggested that Putin hold a meeting in the coming months in one of the third countries
  • the topic of their first summit can be a discussion of the full range of issues in bilateral relations, they believe in the White House
  • Biden voiced concern to Putin about the “sudden” increase in the Russian military presence in Crimea and on the border with Ukraine, called for de-escalation
  • Biden also told Putin that the US will stand firm in its interests “in response to Russian cyber attacks and election interference.”
  • the two leaders also discussed their intention to engage in dialogue on strategic stability and arms control

Annual U.S. Intelligence Report. Theses about Russia:

  • Russia will continue to try to undermine US influence and weaken Western alliances
  • Russia is not interested in a direct armed conflict with the United States and will seek opportunities for “pragmatic cooperation” on its own terms
  • Russia remains for the United States the most powerful adversary in the field of weapons of mass destruction, as it modernizes its nuclear potential and increases the potential of strategic and non-strategic weapons
  • Russia creates a “large, diverse and modern” arsenal with the possibility of delivering nuclear weapons
  • Russia remains the leading cyber threat for the United States – it considers cyber attacks an “acceptable option” for deterring adversaries, improves its capabilities in this area for espionage and influence, and its goals are submarine cables, industrial control systems and other critical infrastructure of the United States and allied countries
  • Russia remains the main rival in space for the United States, it is concentrating efforts on integrating space capabilities into its weapons, and is also deploying anti-satellite weapons.

Not reductions, but “movement of personnel”

Employees of the Sevastopol shipyard complained of massive layoffs. The new bosses are forcing employees to leave of their own accord without compensation, while the managerial staff at the plant has expanded, the workers of the combined enterprises Remkor and Aval told the publication “Podyom”.

“With the arrival of a new general manager, we ran out of money, but the payroll fund for command personnel increased by 4-5 million rubles, since he introduced eight positions of deputies with salaries from 400 to 800 thousand per month. In doing so, he introduced an optimization plan. A quarter of 300 people are to be fired. They are forced to write at their own request or by agreement of the parties. And everyone who is left is forced to take two or three days of leave without pay. “

The head of the enterprise, Igor Chistyakov, in turn, told “Rise” that the plant was not cutting down, but “the movement of personnel” and that only within the framework of the law. Chistyakov also called the information on the salaries of his deputies “bullshit”.

Biden plans to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by 9/11.

The United States will continue to participate in the peace process in Afghanistan and provide humanitarian and security assistance to the Afghan government and security agencies.