16 Jul, 2021

New sports at the Summer Olympics

In more than a hundred years since the first modern Olympic Games (in Athens in 1896), more than 30 new sports have been added to the Summer Olympics – and a large number of sports have disappeared (and sometimes reappeared, and sometimes disappeared forever)

Three new sports are added to the Olympics this year: skateboarding, rock climbing and surfing! Very popular sports and it’s even surprising that they weren’t included there before. And in 2024, breakdancing is expected to appear as an Olympic sport – and this is already quite unexpected, as it seems to us.

And there are also interesting sports that have not been found at the Olympic Games for a long time: tug of war (the last competitions were in 1920), lyacrosse (1908), polo (1936), powerboat (1908)

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The court commuted the sentence to the ex-coordinator of Navalny’s headquarters * Andrei Borovikov, who was convicted of publishing the Rammstein video. Lawyer Aleksey Kychin told Open Media about this.

In April, the Lomonosov District Court of Arkhangelsk sentenced Alexey Borovikov to 2 years and 6 months in a general regime colony. According to the new court decision, the activist must spend 2 years and 3 months in the colony.

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Revolut attracted investments from SoftBank and reached a valuation of $ 33 billion

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TSMC Raises its Sales Forecast, Reaffirming Its Role as a Global Leader in Chip Manufacturing

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Microsoft is going to launch a cloud service to analyze and reduce carbon emissions in enterprises

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US plans to counter cyber-extortion attacks by tracking crypto transactions

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Pyotr Mamonov died at the age of 71. The musician never came out of a coma after covid. The family will announce the date and place of the funeral and farewell tomorrow.

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The Ministry of Justice of Russia has recognized the publication “Project” as an undesirable foreign organization. According to the department, the organization’s activities pose a threat to the foundations of the constitutional order and security of Russia. The authors and editor-in-chief of the “Project” Roman Badanin were included in the list of foreign agents. In addition, the editor-in-chief of Open Media, Yulia Yarosh, and editor-in-chief of the edition, Maxim Glikin, were included in the list.

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Perm firefighters, who complained to Putin about low salaries, quit the unit. Their boss told Rise that no one was persecuting them, they just didn’t want to work.

“People who do not want to work have expressed a desire to quit. Nobody forced them, did not force them to anything. There are many departments working on this schedule. These are not some kind of inventions, inventions, everything here is according to the law. This has nothing to do with the appeal to the president. All the people that I have in the detachment work calmly, there is no persecution. ”

In January, the head of the regional department of the State Fire Service, Roman Pyankov, denounced the complaints of firefighters about low wages as slander.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a telephone conversation with US Special Envoy for Climate Affairs John Kerry, promised that Russia would reduce its own greenhouse gas emissions, the US State Department said.

“President Putin agreed with the need to redouble international efforts to combat climate change and reaffirmed Russia’s intention to reduce its own emissions, including in the forestry sector,” the statement says.

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Leonardo DiCaprio announced his intention to tackle the Siberian fires, despite warnings from the authorities. He promised the Yakut activists that he would soon “begin to act.”

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The Estonian Foreign Ministry summoned the Russian ambassador to Tallinn, Alexander Petrov, to hand him a note announcing the announcement of one of the diplomats of the Russian embassy persona non grata.

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The Russian Ministry of Justice has included the Institute of Law and Public Policy in the register of non-profit organizations performing the functions of a “foreign agent”. The Institute’s lawyers represent their interests in the Constitutional Court of Russia, the ECHR and UN human rights mechanisms

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The head of the DPR Denis Pushilin decided to join United Russia. Here is what Pushilin himself says about this: “You always need to act on the basis of those inner priorities that a person has, what he considers to be right. Therefore, I consider this to be absolutely the right step on my part. ”

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Lukashenko approved amendments designed to protect the constitutional order

specifies what riots will be considered the basis for the introduction of a state of emergency: attempts to violently change the constitutional order, seizure of power, armed rebellion, riots, interethnic and interfaith conflicts with violent actions

the list of emergency measures when introducing a state of emergency is expanding: the list will be supplemented by the suspension of the release and distribution of media products (including foreign ones), a special procedure for accrediting journalists, restricting access to Internet resources and online publications

the range of law enforcement agencies involved in ensuring the state of emergency is expanding – paramilitary organizations have been added to them, and the tasks of the security officials have been supplemented by the prevention and suppression of riots, ensuring the protection of public order and public safety

added to the tasks of the army the fight against terrorism, the protection of public safety, suppression of riots, ensuring the safety of guarded persons and guarded objects

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Leaders of 11 African countries have asked the World Bank for $ 100 billion to support their national economies. Among them are Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Benin, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Togo, Liberia and Madagascar.

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Forest fires in Russia covered over 1 million hectares – Avialesoohrana

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Uzbekistan, USA, Pakistan and Afghanistan create a new platform for consultations on the Afghan peace process, Uzbek Foreign Ministry said

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The Turkish Coast Guard opened fire on the boat of the Cyprus Coast Guard, Cypriot publications report

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The new joint NATO command for the Atlantic region is on full alert. It is the alliance’s only joint command in the United States and is headquartered at the Norflock US Navy base in Virginia.

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Biden and Merkel sign Washington Declaration on General Principles for U.S.-German Relations

▪️ the basis of relations is a common adherence to democratic values ​​and institutions, the parties intend to fight against their violation, “wherever it occurs”

▪️ pledged to defend the “open world” – to resist attempts to annex territories, control the digital space, carry out repressions abroad and use energy flows as weapons

▪️ declared that all countries of the world in determining their political structure should be free from foreign interference, coercion or domination of external states

▪️ pledge to fight for a “whole, free and peaceful Europe”, support NATO and develop alliances and partnerships in the face of new challenges – including cyber attacks, energy security, disinformation, corruption, democratic rollback and election interference

▪️ confirmed the iron inviolability of the 5th article of the NATO charter on collective self-defense

▪️ intend to ensure that regulations governing new technologies promote freedom, not repression

▪️ announced the launch of a Climate and Energy Partnership to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to work together to strengthen global health and global economic recovery

▪️ also announced the launch of the American-German Forum of Futures, which will propose ideas for jointly shaping the future, and for cooperation in the economy, the American-German Economic Dialogue will be launched

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Merkel and Biden made statements on Nord Stream 2 after personal talks. Summary:

▪️ disagreed on the project, but agreed that “Russia should not be allowed to use energy as a weapon, a tool of coercion or a threat against its neighbors”

▪️ instructed their teams to explore practical steps that they could jointly take in this regard

▪️ Biden admitted that there is no point in imposing sanctions on the pipe – all that remains is to discuss how to prevent Russia from using it “for blackmail”

▪️ Merkel said that Ukraine should remain a transit country for Russian gas, Nord Stream 2 is an additional project and does not replace Ukrainian transit

▪️ Germany and the European Commission have made efforts to conclude an agreement on gas transit between Russia and Ukraine until 2024, based on the assumption that it will be extended

▪️ in case of violation of obligations on gas transit through Ukraine, “many instruments” of the EU may be used against Russia, Merkel said

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The Project Media reported that the American company Project Media, recognized as undesirable in Russia, is in the process of liquidation “and no longer has financial relations with any of the journalists working in Russia.” In what form the journalistic collective will continue to work, they promise to inform separately.

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A number of provisions of the 2019 language law began to operate in Ukraine:

▪️ TV channels are required to accompany foreign-language films and series with Ukrainian dubbing, in the original with subtitles no more than 10% of films can be shown in the cinema

▪️ the volume of Ukrainian-language content on television is increasing – it should grow from 75% to 90% of airtime on national channels and up to 80% on local

▪️ at least 50% of book titles published and sold in the country must be in Ukrainian

▪️ all cultural and entertainment events and excursions should now take place in Ukrainian

▪️ exams in the Ukrainian language have been introduced for candidates for the civil service

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The British Financial Regulator (FCA) will spend 11 million pounds ($ 15.2 million) on a marketing campaign to warn the public about the dangers of investing in cryptocurrency. This was announced by the CEO of FCA Nikhil Rati.

According to him, the regulator is concerned about the growing popularity of cryptocurrency investments among young people. Rati argues that more and more young people see investment as entertainment. The head of the regulator called this irrational behavior that can lead to losses.

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Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielyus Landsbergis accused Russia, along with Belarus, of possible involvement in the influx of migrants into the republic. So, we are talking about refugees from the countries of the Middle East and Africa who arrive in Minsk and then try to illegally break through the Belarusian-Lithuanian border. According to the Foreign Minister, the Russian authorities may be behind their coordination, using the situation in Afghanistan to their advantage.

“As far as we know, these routes are used not only by Belarus, but possibly also by Russia – this is causing increasing concern. We know that since the Western troops leave Afghanistan, there is a possibility of huge migration flows that we observe in Tajikistan and which are also carried out with the assistance of Russia, ”Landsbergis said.

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Vladimir Putin’s article “On the Historical Unity of Russians and Ukrainians” was included as one of the compulsory topics in the military-political training classes in the Russian army

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The Kremlin called the decision of the Defense Ministry leadership “quite understandable” to include an article by Russian President Vladimir Putin “On the Historical Unity of Russians and Ukrainians” in the list of documents mandatory for study in the framework of military-political training.

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Informal APEC forum will be closed, but Putin’s speech will be shown on Russian television – Peskov

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The judge of the Ketovsky District Court (Kurgan Region) was caught driving drunk. He was returning from a cafe. But the prosecutor’s office did not disappoint: it turns out that the judge simply drank Corvalola. Ura.ru spoke with a narcologist and found out that the judge’s blood alcohol content showed 0.4 grams.

“With such an amount, a person needed to drink a whole bottle of Corvalol. And this is fraught with loss of consciousness and consequences up to death, ”the doctor said.

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The head of the European Council Michel is going to the Caucasus on July 16-18. In Batumi, he will meet with the presidents of Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova, in Yerevan – with the President of Armenia, in Baku – with the President of Azerbaijan. All these countries are included in the Eastern Partnership program (until recently Belarus also participated in it).

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