10 Sep, 2021

Climate change: the level of trust in scientists

It seems that not very much: only 23% of Russians said that they believe scientists who study climate change, and this is the lowest result among all the countries included in the study of the world! In the second (from the end) place of Japan, the level of trust is 25%, in Ukraine (3rd from the end) – 33%

On the opposite end of the spectrum is, interestingly, India: 86% of the inhabitants of this country trust climate scientists. In Bangladesh, the level of trust is 78%, in Pakistan – 70%

In general, in relatively developed countries, the level of trust is significantly lower than in developing countries.

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Visa in 2022 will increase the interbank commission for card payments in supermarkets. From February 1, 2022, the commission for accepting cards for supermarkets will increase from 1 to 1.3% of the value of goods.

Gradually, preferential programs will be canceled for stores with large sales volumes: from July 8 for furniture stores, from August 5 for household appliances stores, and from September 30 for courier services. Now they have preferential tariffs of 1-1.65%.

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Tesla will clean the windows of electric cars and power generation systems with a laser. A patent for this technology was found in the USPTO database. A set of sensors and emitters must remove contamination from individual areas of the windshield by sending directed pulses of laser radiation of adjustable power. In addition, a similar cleaning system can also be used on the side windows. At the same time, Tesla intends to use such a system on solar panels.

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Yandex is expanding its search service: now tax information can be found directly in Yandex search. The search results will display the data of companies and individual entrepreneurs. It will not be difficult to check whether the organization is functioning, find the date of formation, legal address, main type of activity, TIN, KPP, OGRN and much more.

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One percent of US citizens, including the richest Americans, evade taxes totaling $ 163 billion each year.

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Sales of equipment for the production of chips in the second quarter soared to a record $ 24.9 billion. A year ago, $ 16.77 billion was spent on these needs. China remains the leader in terms of equipment purchase costs. Over the year, it increased its core spending by 79% to $ 8.22 billion.South Korea ranked second with a 48% increase in spending to $ 6.62 billion.Taiwan took only third place with a 44% increase in spending to $ 5.04 billion , although TSMC is located here, which controls 53% of the world market for contract services for the production of chips.

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According to a survey by the Levada Center, in August 2021, 27% of Russians said that protests with political demands in our country are possible, and 19% said they would take part in them.

People with low incomes are more willing to participate in protests (28% among those who barely have enough for food versus 15% among those who have enough for durable goods), people who believe that our country is moving on the wrong path (33%) and disapproving of Putin’s activities (34%)

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Bill Gates’ company Cascade Investment acquired a 23.75% stake in the luxury hotel chain Four Seasons for $ 2.21 billion, thus increasing its stake from 47.5% to 71.25%. As specified, the investment fund Cascade bought shares from the Saudi Kingdom Holding, with which the company has been an equal partner in the Four Seasons since 2007.

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The British auction house has put up Napoleon’s hat with traces of his DNA for sale. The bicorne was estimated at £ 100,000-150,000. The last owner of the hat bought it at a small German auction and did not suspect that he had fallen into the headdress of the emperor. The name of the former owner became known only after DNA examination

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The Russian authorities demanded to increase the harvest

The Russian Ministry of Agriculture demanded that the regional authorities increase support for vegetable growers so that they would show a ten percent increase in harvest in five years. Such statements were made at a meeting with the deputy head of the department, Dzhambulat Khatuov, writes Kommersant, citing sources.

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Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer XPeng is setting up a dedicated team to research and develop flying cars and robots. The founder of the company, He Xiaopeng, said that several hundred people will work on the project, writes CNBC.

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The Moscow metro demands to collect more than 1.5 million rubles from the person involved in the case of blocking the roads of Gleb Maryasov – allegedly that much was spent on additional salaries for employees on the day of the rally in support of Navalny on January 23

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In Turkmenistan, schoolchildren donate money for “safety stickers” warning of the need for social distance. The fundraising was in addition to the annual donations for presidential portraits. Replacing the portraits of the head of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov in school classrooms will cost each student 50 manats (about $ 14).

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The Belgorod court ruled to extradite a participant in the 2020 protest action Vadim Duboisky to Belarus. At home, he faces up to eight years in prison.

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The state prosecutor asks the court to impose a two-year sentence on Pussy Riot participant Maria Alekhina in the case of incitement to violation of sanitary and epidemiological rules during an unauthorized opposition rally on January 23 in the capital.

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Japan has refused to host the 2021 FIFA Club World Cup, Kyodo reported, citing the Japan Football Federation.

The Club World Championship was to be held on December 9-19. Seven clubs will take part in the tournament, including English Chelsea, who won the Champions League, Egyptian Al Ahli (winner of the African Champions League) and New Zealand’s Oakland City, declared by the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC). The rest of the participants must decide later.

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About 50 ships, 120 aircraft and helicopters, about 8 thousand servicemen are involved in the exercises in Artik, which were started by the Russian Northern Fleet, the press service of the fleet reported.

“The practical actions of the forces of the Northern Fleet will take place in the waters of the Barents, Kara, Chukchi and East Siberian Seas, the Laptev Sea, in the area of ​​the New Siberian Islands, the Frans Josef Land archipelago,” the message says.

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Deputy Speaker of the State Duma Pyotr Tolstoy believes that the guardianship authorities do not meet the needs of society, the only way to remedy the situation is to completely dissolve them in order to create new ones.

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Facebook has unveiled its smart glasses, created in conjunction with Ray-Ban, according to a press release from the company. The initial cost of smart glasses will be $ 299.

The glasses have a built-in 5-megapixel camera, which is controlled by the capture button or via voice commands from the Facebook Assistant. The device also has open-ear headphones and three microphones. It is noted that Ray-Ban Stories will be connected to the new Facebook View application, which will allow glasses owners to share photos and videos on such social networks as Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Twitter. It is also possible to save the created content to the phone.

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Gas price for Belarus will remain at the 2021 level. $ 128.5 for a thousand cubic meters for Belarus, the price on the European market is $ 650. On December 1, 2023, an agreement will be signed on the unification of the gas markets of Russia and Belarus

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The official trailer for “The Resurrection Matrix” has been released. In the cinema since December 16.

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Gas price in Europe has broken through a new ceiling, for the first time in history exceeded $ 700 per thousand cubic meters

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The counter-terrorist operation (CTO) regime was introduced in certain areas of the Buinaksky district of Dagestan, the republic’s operational headquarters told TASS. There is a search for members of illegal armed groups.

Two armed bandits were liquidated in the Buinaksk region of Dagestan during the counter-terrorist operation, the NAC reports. There are no casualties among law enforcement officers and civilian casualties.

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The Supreme Court of Russia ordered the lower instances to carefully check whether the dismissal of a person was voluntary. Particular attention should be paid to the facts of persecution of an employee whose management decided to survive from work. This legal position has been consistently pursued in a number of recent cases. Judges, prosecutors, and chiefs in the first place should be guided by it, “Rossiyskaya Gazeta” writes.

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The “Shnobel Prize” was awarded to scientists who proved that a beard protects from blows to the face

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The Egyptian authorities will set minimum prices for hotel rooms for hoteliers from November 1, so that they can provide tourists with a guaranteed level of service and compliance with hygiene standards, the country’s tourism minister Khaled al-Anani told Interfax.

“I have issued a minimum price order for a room. This is a very reasonable price – $ 28 for a room in a four-star hotel and $ 40 for a room in a five-star hotel. It’s inexpensive for all-inclusive,” he said.

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American rock band Metallica announced that it has released two new landmark releases on Friday to celebrate the 30th anniversary of its hit album Black Album. One of them is the reissue of the legendary album – Metallica (Remastered). The second release is a large charity album called Metallica Blacklist, which includes 53 songs. It will feature 53 covers of 12 songs from the Black Album. Miley Cyrus, Elton John, members of the legendary bands Slipknot, Depeche Mode and many other famous artists took part in the recording of the release.

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A court in Moscow sentenced Pussy Riot participant Maria Alekhina to a year of restriction of freedom in a “sanitary case”. She was forbidden to leave the apartment at night, travel outside Moscow and participate in public events

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In Iceland, the world’s largest plant for pumping carbon dioxide started operating. There they will receive harmful substances from the atmosphere and return them to the ground. The creators of the project promise to annually capture up to four thousand tons of carbon dioxide – the same as 790 cars produce exhaust gases per year.

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The Suez Canal is again blocked by the ship. The Coral Crystal was stuck at about 54 kilometers of the canal in Egypt. The administration of the Suez Canal had to temporarily, until the release of Coral Crystal, to suspend the movement of ships, according to USA today

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The Ministry of Construction proposes to increase the standard for the cost per square meter of housing in some regions of Russia. The indicator of the average market value is calculated for social benefits for all categories of citizens to whom they are provided for the purchase or construction of housing.

The standard of cost per square meter of housing for the fourth quarter is planned to be increased in Moscow to 134.4 thousand rubles. (from 128.6 thousand rubles in the third quarter), in the Moscow region – up to 74.7 thousand rubles. (from 71.5 thousand rubles), in St. Petersburg – up to 93.7 thousand rubles. (from 89.7 thousand rubles). Compared to the third quarter, the cost per square meter in Tatarstan will increase from 58.6 thousand rubles. up to 59.9 thousand rubles, and in the Krasnodar Territory – from 49.3 thousand rubles. up to 51.5 thousand rubles.

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The Bank of Russia raised its key rate by 0.25 p.p. to 6.75%

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