12 Jan, 2021

News digest for 01/11/2021

Austrian Minister of Labor, Family and Youth Christine Aschbacher has resigned amid plagiarism charges in her thesis and dissertation. Writes about this publication ORF.

WHO experts to arrive in China to investigate COVID-19

A delegation of experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) will arrive in China on January 14 to find out the causes of the coronavirus, the State Committee on Hygiene and Health of the People’s Republic of China said.

USA declare Houthis terrorists

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has confirmed his intention to declare the Yemeni movement “Ansar Alla” (Houthis) a foreign terrorist organization, according to a press release published on the website of the US State Department.

PRC modernizes Jiangnan shipyard to build world’s largest aircraft carrier

The first Chinese aircraft carrier of project 002 is ready to leave the stocks of the Jiangnan shipyard, after which the shipyard will be closed for three years for a large-scale modernization, in order to then build aircraft carriers of project 003 equipped with nuclear reactors. Nuclear aircraft carriers of project 003 will be designed for global purposes. With a displacement of 100 thousand tons, they will become the largest aircraft carrying ships in the world.

Greece submitted a bill to expand territorial waters to parliament

Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias announced the introduction of a bill to parliament to expand the country’s territorial waters in the Ionian Sea from 6 to 12 miles. He announced this on his Facebook page

China has begun to develop a climate bomb

In China, a weather management system is being developed, which risks becoming a “climate bomb”, according to the portal “Economy Today”. It is noted that the conduct of such tests causes concern for the authorities of the United States and India

Alibaba founder Jack Ma disappeared

World media reports on the disappearance of one of the richest people in China – Jack Ma The millionaire was last seen in public on October 31, during a live Alibaba event.

German scientists have discovered a new state of matter

In Germany, at the University of Constance, scientists in the course of experiments were able to discover a new state of matter – “liquid glass”. The results of research by German scientists have been published in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Apple and Hyundai agree to sell electric vehicles

It is reported that Hyundai Motor and Apple will sign a partnership agreement in the spring, and the production of self-driving electric cars is scheduled to start in 2024. So far, the information published on the network is unofficial and was disseminated by Reuters, which refers to Korea IT News. None of the companies commented on this information

Erdogan said he sees the future of Turkey in Europe

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said that the European Union is on the agenda of his country, according to the information and news portal EVO-RUS.COM. The Turkish leader made the corresponding statement during negotiations with Ursula von der Leyen, who is the head of the European Commission.

The mayor of Yakutsk announced early retirement for health reasons

My family is seriously concerned about my health. The reason is stress and constant anxiety for the city. I must admit that I can no longer work 24/365. Tomorrow I go to the hospital, operations are coming soon. Therefore, I ask, dear employers, to let me go with a light heart and wish you good luck at the new stage of life! Please accept my decision, – wrote Sardana Avksentieva

A mosque named after Ramzan Kadyrov to be built in Chechnya

It is known that the assistant to the head of Chechnya Amrudi Edilgiriev has been appointed to oversee the construction. Recall that in 2019 one of the largest mosques in Europe was opened in Chechnya. Initially it was reported that he was called “Pride of Muslims” and he will bear the name of the head of the republic Ramzan Kadyrov

The hospital was declared unprofitable and decided to close the hospital

The Minister of Health of the Trans-Baikal Territory Anna Shangina, at a meeting with residents of the village of Kharagun, called the hospital unprofitable and announced the closure of the night hospital, Telegram-channel Life Shot reported.

“Why is there no Absolut hypermarket in Kharagun? Because the Absolut hypermarket will not work here, it is unprofitable. Now let’s talk about medicine. And now let’s talk about the profitability of doctors, ”said Shangina.

Later, the Minister of Health of Transbaikalia, Anna Shangina, apologized for her phrase about “eating and spending the night” and said what she meant by profitability

“Please forgive me for the harsh statement“ for eating and sleeping in the hospital ”. The transfer of a hospital to an outpatient clinic will not worsen the quality of medical services provided. We have expanded the number of beds to 15 (was 8). The local hospital will not be closed, it will change its status ”

“Profitability in medicine is, first of all, the competence of doctors. Your surgeon works every day, and once a week and a half a person gets to him for an operation. But the surgeon needs to treat ten people every day, of which seven – to operate. In order to preserve his competence, an anesthesiologist-resuscitator also needs to treat about ten people a day, to provide them with anesthetic benefits ”

Moscow authorities announced the collection of new personal data on the families of citizens

Moscow authorities will spend 185 million rubles on collecting new personal data about the families of citizens. According to Kommersant, the purchase, published by DIT, states that the purpose of the work being done is “to increase the volume of stored information about a citizen”.

So, in addition to passport numbers, SNILS, TIN, OMS policy and other documents, the system will collect data on the actual place of residence, relatives, transport, place of work, the Troika card number and data on the pets of Muscovites. The system will also know in which Olympiads the user’s child participated, his marks from the electronic diary and the results of exams. In addition, it will include a module that will check information about a person’s real income.

The Department of Information Technologies said that the tender is needed to develop the functionality of the personal account on the mos.ru portal and to simplify the receipt of government services

The polar night has officially ended in Murmansk.

Residents of the region posted farewell photos on social networks. This year the polar night lasted 41 days here. But the first day of light flew by in just 36 minutes. The sun’s disk appeared over the horizon only a third. Usually, a holiday is held in the city and the first dawn is met, but today, due to covid, the event on Solnechnaya Gorka was canceled

The Ministry of Justice proposed to deprive of rights for three traffic violations per year

Those drivers who were fined three times in 12 months for speeding more than 60 km / h, driving into the oncoming lane, driving at a red light and other types of gross violations will be deprived of their rights for up to one and a half years. A combination of any three gross violations will be taken into account, their list will be separately fixed in the new Code. There are other innovations as well.

Lukashenka calls the cost of Russian gas for Belarus unfair

Russia supplies natural gas to Belarus at an “unfair” cost. President of the republic Alexander Lukashenko announced this on the air of the Russia-1 TV channel.

The cost of gas for Belarus this year remained at the level of the previous year. Now it is $ 127 per 1,000 cubic meters. The corresponding protocol was signed on December 24, 2020 by Alexey Miller and Viktor Karankevich.

Former head of Rosatom plant received suspended sentence for technology transfer to China

The Novouralsk city court found the former general director of Atommashkompleks UEKhK LLC Taras Krokos guilty of illegal technology transfer abroad. As the press service of the court reported, he was sentenced to three years of suspended imprisonment with a probationary period of 2 years.

Passenger traffic in 2020 on the Russian Railways network

Passenger traffic on the Russian Railways network in 2020 decreased by 41.5% compared to last year and amounted to 78 billion passenger-km, including in suburban traffic, passenger traffic amounted to 24.7 billion passenger-km (-28%), long-distance travel – 53.3 billion passenger-kilometers (-46.2%).

Economic activity banned on Baikal

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin approved a list of prohibited activities in the central ecological zone of the Baikal natural territory. In particular, in the ecological zone of Lake Baikal it is prohibited to harvest wood for sale, to develop deposits and build roads and railways. In total, the list contains 26 items, which will be valid from January 1, 2021 to January 1, 2027.

Experts have compared pensions in the USSR and modern Russia

The average pension payment last year was 15,800 rubles, and more than half of this amount is spent on purchasing food and paying for utilities. Funds for old age payments in the Soviet Union were pledged into the state treasury directly, without the participation of the Pension Fund, writes “MK”.

When recalculating the Soviet pension to the current rate, it turns out that the payment was equal to 40 thousand modern rubles, said professor at the Financial University under the government, Alexander Safronov.

The Russian government approved the creation of two new special economic zones

New special economic zones (SEZ) will be created in the Omsk region and the Krasnoyarsk Territory. The corresponding decrees, prepared by the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia, were approved by the Government of Russia. The total volume of investments of potential residents will be more than 39 billion rubles at the first stage, the Russian government expects

Loading on the Russian Railways network in 2020

By the end of 2020, the loading on the Russian railway network amounted to 1 billion 243.6 million tons, which is 2.7% less than a year earlier. This was said in a statement.

Basic tariffs for electricity for a number of regions of the Far Eastern Federal District

The base tariff for electricity for the constituent entities of the Russian Federation that are part of the Far Eastern Federal District, from January 1, 2021, is 5.49 rubles per kWh in 2021 (an increase of 9.8% by 2020), taking into account the extension of the energy tariff equalization mechanism to average Russian level, according to IA PrimaMedia

CMC, Nucor, SDI, Gerdau increase prices for rebar

According to Platts, the American companies Commercial Metals Co., Nucor, Steel Dynamics Inc. and Gerdau Long Steel North America announced that they are raising prices for steel bars by sending letters to their customers.

This is the fourth increase in prices for rebar on the market since the end of November and together stands at $ 185 per tonne. The last price increase was on December 17 by $ 40 per ton. Enterprises note that the main reason for the increase is growing scrap costs.

Gazprom supplies to non-CIS countries in 2020

In the past 2020, the export of Russian natural gas to non-CIS countries against the background of the crisis caused by the pandemic and the reduction in demand decreased by 10%, – follows from the data on the preliminary results of the company’s work in 2020, which was presented by the head of Gazprom, Alexei Miller. press service of the company in its official Telegram channel

2020 saw a record number of mortgage applications.

Despite the pandemic and the general economic downturn, Russia recorded a record number of home purchases. 1.7 million Russians took out mortgages and purchased their own homes.

10 new episodes of the TV series “Sex and the City”

A 10-episode miniseries will be released under the title And Just Like That. The sequel also featured Christine Davis, who plays Charlotte, and Cynthia Nixon, who plays Miranda. Actress Kim Cattrall, known for her role as Samantha, refused to participate in the project. The premiere date of the sequel to the series “Sex and the City” has not yet been disclosed

Published a trailer for the series “Clarice”

The first trailer of the “Clarice” series, a sequel to the cult thriller “The Silence of the Lambs”, has appeared on the Web. The role of FBI agent Clarissa Starling, whose image has already been embodied on the screen by Jodie Foster and Julianne Moore, will be played by Rebecca Breeds.

The picture tells about the events of 1993, which followed a year after the action of “Silence of the Lambs”. Viewers will learn the personal story of Clarissa Starling, which tells how she returned to the hunt for serial killers after a confrontation with Hannibal Lector and Buffalo Bill. The film will premiere on February 11 on CBS

Previously unknown David Bowie songs released

In honor of the five-year anniversary of the legendary musician’s death, Parlophone record company announced the release of two previously unknown tracks by British rock musician David Bowie. Both tracks are covers

Festival “Words and Music of Freedom”

The music and conversation festival “SMS: Words and Music of Freedom” organized by the Yeltsin Center will take place on February 1 in an online format, the First Deputy Executive Director of the Presidential Center Foundation B.N. Yeltsin “Lyudmila Telen. The event will be broadcast on the Dozhd TV channel – during the festival it is planned to open free access to the channel

Writers Dmitry Glukhovsky, Lyudmila Ulitskaya, Alexander Arkhangelsky, economist Sergey Guriev, musicians Alexey Kortnev, Andrey Makarevich and Shura Bi-2 have already confirmed their participation in the event.

By the end of the century, everyone will have an additional artery

Scientists from the University of Flinders and the University of Adelaide conducted a study in the course of which they found out that people have recently left an artery in the forearm, as a rule, it disappears eight weeks after birth.

But recent research has shown that most people retain all three arteries. This feature was first noticed back in the 1880s. Currently, over 35% of the people on the planet have three arteries. Researchers believe that after 80 years, everyone will have a median artery.

Bacteria have an internal biological clock

An international team of scientists first discovered the presence of circadian rhythms in non-photosynthetic bacteria. They turned out to be Bacillus subtilis, also called hay sticks. To identify the existence of a biological clock, the scientists used the luciferase observation technology, which consists in adding a luminescent enzyme to the structure of the bacterium, which makes it possible to track the time of gene activity inside the microorganism. Previous research has shown that photosynthetic bacteria, which require light to generate energy, have a biological clock.

Netflix’s “Penguin Bloom” Trailer Released

The first trailer for the drama “Penguin Bloom” has been published online. The video is available on the YouTube channel of the Netflix streaming platform. The film is an adaptation of the Bradley work of the same name by Trevor Grieve. The release of the picture is scheduled for February 4

WhatsApp will oblige users to share personal information with Facebook

The user agreement says that WhatsApp is part of the Facebook corporation, so the messenger will share important information about the user with the entire “family”. Thus, specialists will be able to analyze the habits and preferences of users.

LG Display presented 55-inch transparent TV

The conceptual work is presented at CES 2021, The Verge writes. This is not the first transparent display that companies, including LG, have shown, but for the first time we are talking about a real TV, which in the future can be taken home.

New 2021 will be the shortest in the last 50 years

The speed of rotation has increased so much that 2021 will be the shortest in the last 50 years. Therefore, the world’s timekeepers are wondering whether to remove the second from the time of day in order to accurately display the flow of time in accordance with the real rotation of the Earth.

HP unveils M-series monitors

HP unveiled three M-series monitors at CES 2021, which is digital, the M24f, M27f and M32f models. Panel sizes are 23.8, 27 and 31.5 inches diagonally, respectively.

Meizu copied Apple AirPods Pro.

The company has unveiled the Meizu POP Pro, its first fully wireless active noise canceling headphones, which are priced at around $ 77. In terms of design, the Meizu POP Pro are very similar to the Apple AirPods Pro in both the shape of the earbuds and the charging and storage case.

Sony announces Bravia XR TVs with smart processor and Google TV

Company spokeswoman Mei Shoji said the lineup consists of 8K, 4K, and 4K OLED TVs. Sony notes that the technique is based on the Cognitive Processor X. The modern chip processes information like a “human brain” and creates realistic picture and sound quality

Samsung patents a sub-screen camera for smartphones

The fact that the Korean company is developing a sub-screen camera for smartphones was reported earlier. Now this unconfirmed officially information is confirmed by patents that were recently published on the Web. According to the resource LetsGoDigital, a division of the Korean company has applied for a number of patents under the general name “Display Device”.

Cancer cells can hibernate to avoid chemotherapy

To do this, they use the autophagy process. According to Reedus, the state of cancer cells is reminiscent of the hibernation of animals. In particular, it resembles embryonic diapause, which is characterized by a significant stop in the development of the embryo. This is due to unfavorable environmental conditions. Accordingly, the development of the fetus continues during the period when conditions become more favorable.

Experts found that after suppressing autophagy, cancer cells could not “sleep” and were destroyed by chemotherapy. The authors of the study believe that their discovery will allow cancer in a vulnerable state to be killed until it begins to mutate and acquire drug resistance.

Identical twins don’t have completely identical DNA

Identical twins are formed by dividing one fertilized egg and receive the same genetic material from their parents. However, as new research shows, this does not mean that they are genetically identical at the time of birth. Research published in Nature Genetics

A launch pad for the first reusable Amur rocket will be built on Vostochny

Roscosmos General Director Dmitry Rogozin said that the construction of the launch pad for the Amur-LNG carrier rocket will become an element of the third stage of the Vostochny cosmodrome construction.

US authorities allow SpaceX to launch a new batch of satellites

As it became known, SpaceX managed to get another permission to launch satellites for the space Internet Starlink from the Federal Communications Commission. According to him, the company will be able to place 10 new spacecraft in the orbit of our planet.

Rocket engines to replace the Russian RD-180 installed on the Vulcan rocket

A pair of BE-4 rocket engines are installed on the first stage of the newest Vulcan Centaur heavy rocket of the United Launch Alliance (ULA), ULA CEO Tori Bruno said on his Twitter page on January 9.

South Korea starts building a space telescope

Official sources in South Korea announced the start of production of the new SPHEREx space telescope. According to the developers, the device after the completion of construction will be launched to study the early universe.

Head of Georgia’s ruling party announces retirement from politics

The founder and chairman of the ruling Georgian Dream – Democratic Georgia party, billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili said on January 11 that he was leaving politics

A conscript soldier from Tuva named Shoigu said about discrimination in the army

A conscript soldier from Tuva named Shoigu, serving in Rostov Veliky (Yaroslavl Region), said that there is discrimination in the army on the basis of ethnicity. ZNAK informs about it. He noted that he and other conscripts from Tuva faced this.

Turkey is ready to purchase a second set of S-400s from Russia

Turkey is ready to purchase a second set of S-400s from Russia, subject to technology transfer, said the head of the Turkish Defense Industry Secretariat

Finnair will resume flights to Russia

Finnair will resume flights to Russia from January 28, the company told RIA Novosti. Flights will be to St. Petersburg on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays once a day.

The execution of agreements in their current state is impossible

Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Reznikov advocated the modernization of the Minsk agreements, an active US role in the negotiations and their joining the mediation teams

The execution of agreements in their current state is impossible, the modernization of these agreements is a prerequisite for further progress

Cheaper – only free

Prices for air tickets will rise rapidly from April, expert in the field of aviation Panteleev told RIA Novosti. Today’s prices do not provide profitability for air travel, so companies will either have to cut costs (but there are almost no reserves left) or stop dumping, he explained.

In general, prices have nowhere to fall … As they say, cheaper – only free

Results of parliamentary elections in Kazakhstan

  • Nazarbayev’s Nur Otan party gains 71% – lower than in the previous three elections
  • again (as in the results of the two previous elections in 2012 and 2016) only three parties pass to parliament – Nur Otan, Ak Zhol and Narodnaya (there are six registered parties in the country, the passing barrier is 7%)
  • three parties will have to share 98 out of 107 seats in the lower house, the remaining 9 deputies are appointed by the Assembly of the People of Kazakhstan headed by Nazarbayev
  • the prosecutor’s office and observers did not record significant violations, a number of opposition forces tried to organize protests, but there were few participants, a number of protesters were detained – but released after preventive conversations
  • the government will resign before the new composition of parliament, Prime Minister Mamin himself ran for Nur Otan

Results of voting day in Kyrgyzstan

  • Sadyr Japarov wins the presidential elections with 79%, on the wave of the autumn protests he took the post of prime minister and (after Jeenbekov’s resignation) and. about. President.
  • Only Akaev in 1991 (95%) and Bakiev in 2005 (89%) recruited more than Japarov. Japarov said that he himself did not expect such a thing – “I thought it would be 60-65%.”
  • At the same time, the turnout (40%) turned out to be a record low – until now it has never dropped below 56%.
  • The candidates in the 2nd and 5th places refused to recognize the results, but the observers did not record any serious violations. The CEC stated that the results of the presidential elections can be considered completely reliable.
  • At an evening press conference, Japarov promised to bring the country out of the crisis in 2-3 years, and named Russia as the main ally of Kyrgyzstan. He also said that he would not tolerate political persecution, but he would not “harbor those who broke the law.” The inauguration should take place before March 1.
  • In a referendum on the form of government, 81% chose to return to a presidential republic (after the 2010 revolution, the country became a parliamentary republic), the specific parameters of the new constitution have yet to be worked out, a separate referendum will be held on them. Japarov announced that the political reform would be completed by June 1.
  • Kyrgyzstan is returning to the Central Asian norm, whether this will save it from regular revolutions – we will find out in the next year or two, political analyst Lukyanov told RIA Novosti. HSE expert Suzdaltsev told us that economic modernization will be required for stabilization

Chechnya’s spending on Kadyrov’s gold orders more than doubled in a year

In 2020, Ramzan Kadyrov began to award orders named after his father twice as often: last year, the Chechen government spent 28 million rubles on the purchase of awards named after Akhmat Kadyrov, or more than two times more than a year earlier, Open Media calculated.

Produces gold orders and medals with emeralds and diamonds, a portrait of Kadyrov Sr. and the words “son of his people” by an individual entrepreneur from Kirov

Many national teams will boycott the 2021 IIHF World Championship

Many national teams will boycott the 2021 World Ice Hockey Championship if it is not transferred from Minsk, said the leader of the Belarusian opposition, ex-presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya.

She claims that Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin, Director of the Danish Hockey Union Ulrik Larsen, Vice President of the International Ice Hockey Federation IIHF Kalervo Kummola, members of the Bundestag, the US Congress and others have already spoken in support of the “transfer or boycott”

Lukashenka said that he sees no reason to transfer the World Ice Hockey Championship from Belarus, although the country’s authorities “are not particularly concerned about this issue”: “If it passes, it will pass, if it doesn’t pass, it will not pass”.

Telegram messenger does not plan to introduce the function of short commercials

We will never force you to watch a 30 second Telegram ad. If we ever introduce ads, it will only show up in large (one-to-many) channels that are expensive to maintain due to server and traffic costs (like my @durov channel) and not targeting any or personal data (unlike Facebook), – said the founder of the messenger Pavel Durov.

Kim Jong-un elected as party general secretary

At the 8th Congress of the Workers’ Party of Korea, the leader of the DPRK, Kim Jong-un, was elected general secretary of the party. The party congress lasted six days. According to the South Korean Armed Forces, a military parade in honor of the congress was held in Pyongyang late in the evening on January 10.

Lukashenka said that he was not tired in the presidency and was not going to leave.

At least he does not think about it, the head of Belarus said in an interview with the program “Characters from Naila Asker-zade” on the TV channel “Russia-1”.

“The president is a squirrel in a wheel. It is impossible to stop. The wheel is turning – you run, you run, you run. Probably, until, as the people say, you will not accumulate, you will not fall. Therefore, you get used to it, and there is no such feeling that oh, I’m tired, that’s it, I don’t want to, I’m leaving, and so on – no. Maybe it is, if you thought about it. But you don’t think about it, ”Lukashenka said.

Transport service for representatives of the President of Russia

Transport services for the plenipotentiary representatives of the President of Russia in the federal districts cost the Russian budget 384.2 million rubles.

The Department of Presidential Affairs spent over 220 million rubles on air transportation of plenipotentiaries alone, MBH Media notes based on data from the public procurement portal. The corresponding contracts were concluded twice: in February for 179.1 million and in December for 44 million.

The representative of the president in the Far Eastern Federal District Yuri Trutnev flew the most – 84 million rubles were allocated for his transportation, in second place was the plenipotentiary envoy to the Southern Federal District Vladimir Ustinov (53 million rubles), in third place was the plenipotentiary in the North Caucasus Federal District Yuri Chaika (28 million rubles).

159 million rubles were spent on transport services for Putin’s representatives. The trip of the plenipotentiary representative to the Volga Federal District Igor Komarov cost the treasury the most expensive – at 28.5 million rubles, 23 million rubles were spent on vehicles for Vladimir Ustinov, and 22.3 million rubles for the representative in the Central Federal District Igor Shchegolev.

Igor Shchegolev became the leader in terms of budget expenditures for railway transport. The business manager paid RZD 2,139,000 rubles for his trip to the Tver region. The plenipotentiary decided to inspect the region on a self-propelled railway carriage.

Protest Sunday took place in Belarus.

Tens of thousands of people went to their yards in small groups across the country with white and red symbols. At the end of the rallies, the police began to detain peaceful protesters

Switzerland has a new president on January 1.

It’s amazing how little Switzerland has a new person every year worthy of being president

40 protesters detained in Minsk from 7 to 10 January

Law enforcement officers of Belarus from January 7 to 10 detained 40 people in Minsk for participating in mass events. This was announced on Monday, January 11, by the press secretary of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Olga Chemodanova.