8 Jan, 2020

News digest for 01/07/2020

Telegram will not control the TON blockchain platform

Telegram denies control over the telegram Open Network blockchain platform. This is stated on the service’s website. It is noted that the TON code will always be open and public.

“After the launch of the platform, Telegram will take the same position as any other party in relation to TON,” the developers said.

It is also reported that telegram employees will not have any relation to voting or authorization through the blockchain.

“This voluntary decision was made in order to avoid the idea that Telegram or its employees can exercise control over TON after the launch of the platform,” the text States.

The Russian government has distributed 95 billion rubles of subsidies between the regions

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev approved the distribution of 95 billion rubles of subsidies to the regions to improve the availability and quality of medical care. Within three years, the funds will be used for the construction of new health facilities in 46 regions of the Federation.

The smoke from the fires in Australia made up of Chile and Argentina

Smoke from a series of wildfires in Australia has reached the coast of South America and closed the sky over most of Central and southern Chile, according to the Chilean meteorological service MeteoChile

25 thousand dollars to fight forest fires in Australia

Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova has donated 25 thousand dollars to fight forest fires in Australia. On her Twitter page, she noted that for the past 15 years, Australia has become her home in January for the month when the Open championship is held.

“It’s hard to see how fires destroy land, beautiful families and animals,” the athlete wrote.

More than 10 million hectares of forests were burned in Siberia in 2019

Patriarch Kirill called on Russians to give up material values

“The Lord is not born in the Royal palaces, but in a miserable cave, the last poverty,” – it is written in his message.

47 million rubles from the city budget to feed officials in expensive restaurants.

According to the portal of public services, the Moscow city hall in 2019 spent more than 47 million rubles on food in premium restaurants where officials dine.

Almost one million rubles was received by the company “Biscuit”, which owns the restaurant “Voronezh”. The firm got a contract worth 636 thousand rubles for the organization of “full food”, taking into account that the maximum cost per person will not exceed four thousand rubles.

The second contract, which was received by “Biscuit” for catering, cost 510 thousand rubles, according to “MBH media”.

Two more contracts for 1,3 million rubles for the organization of food class “luxury” was received by the company “Monet”, which owns the restaurant “Pushkin”. The first contract was executed for 434 thousand rubles at its initial cost of 819 thousand rubles


Vladimir Zhirinovsky distributed money to visitors of the fair on red square, accompanying it with the words ” Children, disabled people, who else? Orphans, serfs, slaves…»


He scattered some pennies and there is nothing wrong with the situation

On January 6, in Volgograd, a blogger from Chechnya (nickname-Alfredo Auditore, real name-Mohammed Nosaev) staged a monetary fireworks display. The guy with friends scattered near the local shopping center 200 thousand rubles. The action was announced in advance in social networks, so by the beginning of the event in front of the shopping center gathered about several hundred young people.

Did he offend someone? Humiliated? And these kopeks, damn, 200 thousand gave. What’s wrong, I don’t see? – expressed his opinion the father of Muhammad Nosaev, Deputy representative of Chechnya in the Volgograd region.

The TESS telescope has discovered the first Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone

The TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) space telescope has discovered the first Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone, according to NASA. TOI 700 d rotates with a period of 37 days around the red dwarf KOI 700, from which the planet receives 86% of the energy that the Sun gives to the Earth. In addition, 11 months of observations on the star did not detect flares, which increases the chances of TOI 700 d to be habitable, says NASA

Russia was included in the rating of countries for adventure lovers

Russia took the eighth place in the ranking of countries, adventure tourism in 2020. This is written by Lonely Planet. The leading position in this rating went to Algeria. In 2019, Pakistan topped the list. The list of countries for adventure includes Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ethiopia and Azerbaijan….

More than 500 million rubles for the development of tourism in Stavropol in 2020

The Stavropol authorities will direct more than 500 million rubles to the development of the tourist and recreational complex of the region in 2020, the Ministry of tourism and health resorts of the region told TASS

VTB Bank filed a lawsuit in the high court of London

The defendants in this document are the state of Mozambique and its asset management, which took a loan of $535 million to VTB for the implementation of the project, which, according to the US authorities, is an elaborate scheme for bribery and kickback.

In 2013 and 2014, Mozambique borrowed about $2 billion from Credit Suisse, VTB and BNP Paribas to buy coastal protection systems and tuna fishing vessels. The funds were received by the Republican state-owned companies Ematum and ProIndicus, as well as the state Fund Mozambique Asset Management. The deal was led by Mozambique’s Finance Minister, Manuel Chang. According to investigators, he hid information about the loans when he retired in 2015.

Hainan has created a standard for software and hardware

China Electronics Corporation (CEC), one of China’s largest telecommunications equipment manufacturers, has announced the creation of the country’s first software and hardware standard in the southern Chinese province of Hainan. About it reports local news resource “Nangyuan”.

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In Russia approved unemployment benefits for the year 2020

The Russian government has approved the amount of unemployment benefits for 2020. The corresponding decree was signed by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. The amount of unemployment benefits has not changed since last year — it is from 1500 to 8000 rubles

“According to Rosstat, the unemployment rate, calculated according to the methodology of the International labour organization (ILO), is 4.6% of the economically active population in Russia. At the same time, 664 thousand people are officially registered as unemployed, ” Rossiyskaya Gazeta reports.

In 2019, Central Asian countries supplied 15% of natural gas to China

15% of all natural gas consumed by China was imported in 2019 from Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, January 6, Xinhua reported. Blue fuel comes from Central Asia via three branches and converges in the Chinese West-East gas pipeline in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous region.

In Russia, currency controls are easing

Starting from January 1, 2020, currency legislation will be liberalized in Russia. Thus, restrictions on foreign currency transactions of residents using accounts in foreign banks and repatriation of funds are relaxed.

Qatar has signed a contract with Kuwait for the supply of LNG for 15 years

Qatari oil and gas company Qatar Petroleum (QP) has signed an agreement with the oil Corporation of Kuwait to supply three million tons of liquefied natural gas annually for 15 years, according to a press release from QP, received by RIA Novosti

SpaceX has successfully put 60 Starlink satellites into orbit

The Falcon 9 launch vehicle successfully launched a new batch of 60 starlink telecommunications satellites into low earth orbit on Tuesday.

Toyota will build a prototype of the city of the future in Japan

Toyota Motor President Akio Toyoda announced the company’s plans to build a prototype of a futuristic city near mount Fuji at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2020) in Las Vegas.

Britain has cut the number of its diplomats in Iraq and Iran to the limit

London has reduced to a minimum the number of employees of British diplomatic missions in Iraq and Iran in connection with the sharp aggravation of the situation in the middle East due to the murder of Iranian General Qasem Suleimani, sky News reported.

Finland plans to introduce a four-day working week

In Finland, they are going to cut the working week to 4 days, and the working day to six hours. The bill was initiated by the country’s Prime Minister Sanna Marin, reports The Daily Mail. She has already instructed the Cabinet to develop a flexible work schedule in the country

According to Marin, ” people deserve to spend more time with their families, loved ones, engage in leisure and other aspects of life.”

Poland plans to adopt a law against ” Russian interpretation of history»

Poland is going to prohibit Russia from interpreting history “from its own point of view”at the legislative level. This was written in his Twitter Vice-speaker of the Polish Sejm Malgorzata Kidava-Blonska.

“In order for the struggle against lies about Poland and history to bear fruit, it must be conducted constantly and persistently,” said Kidava-Blonska.

According to the head of the faction of the party “Law and justice” Ryszard Terletsky, now the Seimas Committee on foreign policy is working on a relevant document.

The Iranian Parliament has recognized the Pentagon as a terrorist organization

The Parliament-Majlis-of Iran during an open session decided to include the Pentagon in the Iranian list of terrorist organizations. According to Iranian television, 228 parliamentarians out of 230 present at the meeting voted for the legislative initiative. Two more deputies abstained,” against ” no one spoke.

The monument to Bandera was proposed to be installed on the border with Russia

The mayor of Ivano-Frankivsk Ruslan Marcinkiv proposed to install a monument to the leader of The Ukrainian rebel army (UPA, banned in Russia) Stepan Bandera in the border Ukrainian city of Konotop. According to him, he discussed the issue of installing the monument with the mayor of the city Artem Semenikhin.

Opposition leader Milanovic won the elections of the President of Croatia

According to the final results, Milanovic, who represents the opposition social Democrats, won 52.7% of the vote, while current President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic of the center-right Croatian democratic Commonwealth party received 47.3%.

South Korea has moved the patriot missile DEFENSE system to Seoul, media reported

South Korea has relocated the us Patriot anti-missile system from the South-Eastern region to Central Seoul to strengthen the protection of key facilities from the threat from the DPRK, Yonhap news Agency reports, citing sources familiar with the situation.

Shoigu discussed the situation in the middle East with the head of the General staff of Iran

During the conversation, the military leaders discussed actions to prevent the escalation of the conflict in the middle East after the murder of General of the Islamic revolutionary guard Corps (IRGC) Qasem Suleimani. Shoigu and Bagheri also discussed the situation in Syria.

The American army will be replenished with surface robots

The United States Navy is beginning work on equipping the fleet with underwater and surface robots. They will be introduced into carrier and expeditionary strike groups. The final deployment plan will be prepared in the fall of 2020.

Satellite finds North Korea’s missile submarine

A reconnaissance satellite on the first day of the year captured on camera a certain object designated as a submarine created in the DPRK with ballistic missiles on Board. Its location is still kept secret.

Israel may be the target of a retaliatory strike by Iran

Israeli cities may be the target of Iran’s strikes in response to the murder of General of the Islamic revolutionary guard Corps (IRGC) Qassem Suleimani, the Associated Press reports, citing former IRGC head Moshen Rezaie. The cities of tel Aviv and Haifa could be hit by Iran, Rezaie said.

The Latvian military stopped training the security forces of Iraq

“Latvian soldiers in Iraq have stopped training and training with the Iraqi security forces,” Galkin said. The participation of Latvian soldiers in the exercises in Iraq is scheduled until February 1.

IKEA will pay the family of the deceased because of the fall of the child’s chest of drawers $46 million

Swedish company IKEA will pay $46 million compensation to an American family because of the death of a two-year-old child as a result of falling on his chest of drawers, reports CBS News

The child died in 2017. A year earlier, it was known about at least three such cases, after which IKEA decided to withdraw its sold dressers in the United States. However, the boy’s parents said they did not know anything about it and the company did not contact them. According to them, the fact that the design of the chest of drawers is unstable and does not meet safety standards, it became clear only after the tragedy. Ten deaths were later reported due to the fall of Malm.

Patriarch Kirill called the law on domestic violence a tribute to Western fashion.

“The very concept of ” family and domestic violence” is something borrowed from abroad. The adoption of relevant laws in foreign countries, apparently, creates in the minds of our legislators a certain dependence on these foreign innovations, ” he said in an interview with the TV channel “Russia 1”.

The car of the head of “United Russia” in Buryatia hit a 17-year-old girl and left the scene

Telegram channel “Steppe watch” in Buryatia reported a fatal accident with a car “Land cruiser Prado”, owned by the leader of the BRO “United Russia”, Vice-speaker of the Republican Parliament Bair Zhambalov.

A few hours later, the driver of the land Cruiser 200 turned himself in to the police. However, not the main United Russia of the Republic Bair Zhambalov, but his friend Galust Pilosyan, a well-known local entrepreneur. The investigation opened a criminal case. According to investigators, Zhambalov and Pilosyan exchanged cars after they left the underwater fishing

Estonia does not intend to ratify the border Treaty with Russia

Estonian Parliament speaker Henn Pylluaas said that the ruling coalition will not continue to ratify the agreement on the state border with Russia from 2014. About this politician told the portal of the Estonian public broadcasting ERR.

Ukraine will complicate the rules of entry into Europe

Ukrainians who want to visit European countries, from 2021 will be required to pass authorization in the unified European system of control of entrants (ETIAS), reports the Ukrainian edition of “Observer”.

“Patriots” prefer to live and rest in decaying Europe

Ukrainian blogger drew attention to the fact that the leading Russian propaganda show “60 minutes” Olga Skabeeva went on vacation in Europe. Photo c elite vacation she published in the social network. The news is transmitted by the “Press of Ukraine”.

“Russian prop@gang@Ni and “patriots” prefer to live and relax in decaying Europe, rather than in a prosperous Roissy. Cistern-Skobeeva with his son spend the Christmas holidays in Europe and not in the resorts Zalesie”, – wrote the blogger Anatoly Stefan.

The Russian passport has become less attractive

In the updated index of attractiveness of world passports, which is compiled quarterly by the Swiss consulting company Henley&Partners, Russia took 51st place. Last year, Russia was ranked 48th.

When compiling the rating, the company takes into account the so-called “freedom of movement index”. It shows how many countries a citizen of a particular country can visit without a visa or with its registration in a simplified manner.

So, Russians can come without visas to 118 countries (in 2019 — to 119). For comparison, citizens of Antigua and Barbuda can freely visit 150 countries, Dominica-139, Ukraine-128.

It is not the first time that Japan and Singapore have taken the top positions in the ranking: their citizens can travel without visas to 191 and 190 countries of the world, respectively. They are followed by Germany and South Korea (189 countries), Spain (187), Switzerland, Austria and Portugal, (185), the United Kingdom, the United States and Greece (184).

The worst from this point of view is recognized as the passport of Afghanistan — citizens of this country will be allowed without visas only in 26 countries of the world, writes “Interfax”.

Began shooting a new ” Batman»

Fans of the comics the company and DC human fly-mouse can rejoice, according to the latest news, shooting a new “Batman” has begun and soon we will find out what would be Robert Pattison in the image of Bruce Wayne and whether the actor to get rid of the image of the vampire from “Twilight”, which haunts him for many years.

Omsk children were treated to sweets with vodka and Putin on the wrapper

Residents of Omsk found in a children’s new year gift candy with the image on the wrapper of Russian President Vladimir Putin. This was anonymously reported by a subscriber of the group “Revizorro Omsk “”Vkontakte”.

“This is a chocolate miracle found in a children’s gift. I certainly love candy, but eat fearfully”, – wrote the user. The candy includes vodka “Tsarskaya Zolotaya” and chili pepper.

Candy “President” is produced by the company “JC-Golden candy”. “With warmth in the soul and pepper in the heart,” the product description says. The manufacturer notes that the candy reflects the ” defining features of the head of state.” Self-control, calmness and charisma are expressed by the note of ginger in the truffle filling, and impartiality, unpredictability and wit are shown by the hot chili pepper.

The US refused a visa to the head of the Iranian foreign Ministry to travel to the UN

The US did not issue a visa to Iranian foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who was due to arrive on January 9 at a meeting of the UN security Council in new York. On January 6, Reuters reported, citing an unnamed American official.

The US sent six B-52 bombers closer to Iran

The United States began moving its b-52 strategic bombers from an air base in Louisiana to the island of Diego Garcia in the Indian ocean

The cruiser “Marshal Ustinov” unscheduled transferred to the shores of Syria

The ship of the Russian Federation cruiser “Marshal Ustinov” entered the waters of the Mediterranean sea and headed for the shores of Syria. The unscheduled rotation is linked to possible US military action in Iran.

Released trailer for “New mutants” with Anya Taylor-joy

On the official channel of the film Studio 20th Century Fox published a trailer for the movie “New mutants” by Josh Boone. The main roles in the film were played by Anya Taylor-joy, Macy Williams and Antonio Banderas. The film is a story about teenage mutants with superpowers, who are kept in a secret base

In the final season of “Lucifer” will appear dark-skinned God

As stated by Entertainment Weekly, the cast of the fifth season was joined by Dennis Haysbert, who got the role of God. So the rebellious Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis) and his angel brother Amenadiel (D. B. Woodside) can finally spend some time with their father.

What will the next “Star wars” be about»

It is noted that the screens will again appear Jedi Yoda, who will no longer be elderly, as in previous episodes. Most likely, the film will give rise not to a trilogy, but to a series of pictures with a related plot. Who will direct the continuation of “Star wars” is still unclear.

The exhibition at the Bakhrushin Museum

In 2020, the Bakhrushin Museum will present several anniversary exhibition projects. The most important of them is the exhibition dedicated to the 155th anniversary of the birth of patron, collector of theatrical antiquities and the founder of the Museum Alexey Bakhrushin.

The dates of the TRANS-Baikal international film festival have been determined

The organizing Committee of the TRANS-Baikal international film festival has determined the timing of the ninth film review. It will be held in Chita from 4 to 7 June, said the press service of the Governor of the TRANS-Baikal territory. The main task of the upcoming festival will be the formation of an active life position among the audience. The program of the forum will be aimed at rapprochement with the younger generation.

Moscow will host the Winter festival of arts

In the beginning of 2020 for the first time will host the Winter international arts festival of Yuri Bashmet in Moscow. It will begin on January 24 with a concert on the Maestro’s birthday at the Tchaikovsky Concert hall and will cover 12 evenings at 8 concert venues in the city.

The program includes both world premieres and academic concerts, the best musical and literary productions of different years. Famous actors of theater and cinema will take part in them: Konstantin Khabensky, Yevgeny Mironov, Yevgeny Stychkin and others.

Ozzy Osbourne has released a new video ” Straight to Hell»

Ozzy Osbourne’s last solo album, Scream, was released in 2010. Earlier, we published a new trailer for the film “the Amazing journey of Dr. Doolittle” with Robert Downey, Jr.

Seagate showed at CES 2020 gaming external drives

FireCuda Gaming SSD is equipped with USB 3.2 Gen 2×2, inside installed SSD model NVMe 510. Claimed speed up to 2000 Mbit / s. Externally, the new product is similar to the early models of the FireCuda line and supports RGB-illumination. The new product will go on sale in March at a price of 190, 260 and 500 dollars for 500 GB, 1 and 2 TB, respectively.

The Seagate BarraCuda Fast SSD is a continuation of the Fast SSD line. It uses a newer 96L drive with 3D NAND memory, but the same SATA controller as before, and USB 3.2 Gen 2. Nominal speeds remain at up to 540 Mbps, but prices drop to $ 95, $ 170, and $ 300 for 500 GB, 1 TB, and 2 TB.

Samsung revealed an invisible selfietype keyboard

Samsung at the CES 2020 exhibition showed SelfieType technology, which allows you to use it as an invisible keyboard. The user can type with their fingers without touching the display of the device.

Presented lens Nikkor Z 70-200mm F2. 8 VR S

Nikon continues to systematically form a line of lenses for Nikon z cameras. Following the standard zoom Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S presented no less popular model Nikkor Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S. Like the mentioned model Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S, the new lens series S-Line belongs to the professional segment

Agility Robotics has started selling the humanoid robot Digit

The company Agility Robotics has started selling the humanoid robot Digit. The first two production robots were bought by Ford, which plans to use them in research projects on automated delivery of goods, according to a press release from Ford.

Digit is based on the first Agility Robotics robot called Cassie, which consisted of two connected legs. The new robot, unveiled in early 2019, has a classic humanoid robot design with two legs, two arms and a torso. In place of the head, Digit has a lidar that allows the robot to track obstacles around and complements the stereo cameras mounted on the torso.

Lenovo introduced the first laptop with a flexible screen

Chinese company Lenovo introduced a laptop with a flexible screen ThinkPad X1 Fold at the consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2020 in Las Vegas.

The ThinkPad X1 Fold will go on sale in mid-2020. The cost of a folding laptop with a 13.3-inch screen will be about $ 2,500. The device will support mobile communication of the fifth generation 5G. Lenovo noted that for devices with a flexible screen, Microsoft will release a special version of the Windows 10 operating system.

ASUS has updated the entire series of light laptops VivoBook

For the consumer electronics show CES 2020, the Taiwanese company ASUS has prepared an update of the VivoBook family of laptops, presenting models S13, S14 and S15 or, respectively, S333, S433 and S533.

Lenovo unveils record-breaking slim gaming laptop

One of the new products that Lenovo showed at CES 2020, has caused great interest among the public in General and the gaming community in particular. So much attention was drawn to the gaming laptop Legion Y740S, which has a thickness of only 1.47 centimeters.

Scientists have discovered an unknown type of signal in the human brain

Scientists from institutes in Germany and Greece have discovered a new encoded type of signal in the human brain. Usually, in the neurons of the brain, the signal takes the form of a wave closing and opening channels of exchange of charged particles. This impulse is called the action potential. Neurons control messages at the ends of branches called dendrites.

A new type of signal in the cortex was a surprise for scientists. How exactly this tool is transformed into higher functions is still unknown. Perhaps it will give impetus to the development of technologies, writes Science.

In the roots of plants found a gene that “conducts” stem cells

Scientists have found an explanation for how stem cells help the heart recover from injury. No cell division in this process (as previously thought), the researchers did not find, instead, the stem cells launched into the heart of inflammation, which prevented the muscle to grow connective tissue. In this case, the same effect was not only alive, but also dead stem cells, and even a carbohydrate isolated from yeast. The study was published in the journal Nature.