14 Jan, 2020

News digest for 01/13/2020

Mobile operators have started to raise tariffs for communication

Mobile operator MegaFon announced that it will increase archive rates from January 13, VimpelCom (Beeline trademark) – from January 16. The corresponding notifications were sent to subscribers at the end of last year. As explained in “MegaFon”, the company took this step taking into account the growth of service consumption by subscribers

The accounting chamber called unreliable data on the quality of roads in Russia

Experts of the accounting chamber revealed the unreliability of data on the reduction of accident-dangerous areas where road accidents occur, provided by the regional authorities to the government in the framework of the national project “Safe and high-quality roads”.

According to the auditor, more than a third of all accidents in 2017 (40.1%) and in 2018 (35.3%) are related to such violations. The auditors also found that the regional authorities do not allocate enough funds for the activities of the national project “Safe and high-quality roads”.

FT: Nissan is preparing a plan for a possible exit from the Alliance with Renault

The management of the Japanese car manufacturer Nissan has accelerated the development of a plan to break the Alliance with the French company Renault amid a scandal with the former head of the Renault – Nissan – Mitsubishi Alliance.

The Ministry of transport proposed to ban working in a taxi to citizens with a criminal record

The Russian Ministry of transport is preparing amendments to the Labor code and a number of other laws that will tighten the requirements for taxi drivers. In particular, the transportation may be prohibited to engage in previously convicted citizens, writes “Rossiyskaya Gazeta”.

The state Duma did not support the bill on blocking email

The state Duma Committee on state construction and legislation did not support the initiative, which proposed to block e-mail users for distributing prohibited information. They consider these requirements unenforceable.

A resident of Tatarstan was arrested for a video with a fictional trial of Putin

Activist Karim Yamadaev from Naberezhnye Chelny was detained in the case of calls to terrorism on the Internet (part 2 of article 205.2 of the criminal code) because of the video about the trial of President Vladimir Putin, his press Secretary Dmitry Peskov and the head of Rosneft Igor Sechin.

Russia’s chief investigator took a new year’s holiday in Finland

New year’s flights to Finland of the head of the Investigative Committee of Russia Alexander Bastrykin on planes of the special flight group “Russia” cost the budget of eight million rubles, writes “MBH media” with reference to sources surrounded by the head of the UK.

As calculated by MBH-Media, two sides of the presidential flight squadron made eight flights for Bastrykin between Moscow, Helsinki and the resort town of Kuopio.

The accounting chamber called the situation with garbage critical

The measures envisaged by the Federal project “Integrated system for the treatment of TKO” aimed at creating waste processing and recycling facilities in order to increase the share of waste disposal to 36% by 2024 are insufficient in some regions, – stated in the report of the accounting chamber

Among the territories in which the situation with garbage landfills may remain critical, the JV auditors name the Altai, Kamchatka and Primorsky territories, as well as the Chukotka Autonomous district, the Republic of Mordovia, the Moscow and Leningrad regions.

The Ministry believes that the situation with landfills in these regions will not improve even if the launch here laid down in the national project capacity for processing solid municipal waste (TKO).

Three British offshore companies decided to transfer data on the accounts of the Russians to the Federal tax service

Low-tax jurisdictions-the Isle of man, Guernsey and Jersey-are planning to inform Russia in 2020 about the accounts and assets of Russians in these offshore areas, according to official lists that RBC has studied. Last year, they decided not to give this information to Russia — there was no automatic exchange of financial information with Russia.

Equatorial Guinea is in talks with Russia about a project on the shelf

The authorities of Equatorial Guinea, located in Western Africa, have begun negotiations with companies from Russia and the UK to develop the zafiro field on the shelf of the Gulf of Guinea. This was announced by the Minister of mines and hydrocarbons of the Republic Gabriel Mbega Obiang Lima.

A company from the Netherlands plans to pour whiskey at the Altai distillery

One of the oldest vodka enterprises in Russia — Itkul distillery in Altai can begin production of Russian whiskey. Such plans have its new owner-the Dutch alcohol holding Marussia Beverages, which bought the plant at the end of 2019.

The head of the Russian branch of the holding Yuri tint said that the new owner purchased the distillery for 15 million euros (1.03 billion rubles). On this site in the next 2-3 years, they plan to organize the production of whiskey and distillates. Presumably, this will require about 10 million euros of investment.

The Ministry of investment policy will be revived on Sakhalin

The Ministry of investment policy is resuming its work in the Sakhalin region. It will develop non-resource industries, increase exports, and attract Russian and foreign big business. The Agency will work on the principle of “one window”.

In India, spoke about the negotiations with Russia for the supply of coal

India is in talks with Russia and Mongolia to import coking coal, said Dharmendra Pradhan, the country’s Minister of oil, natural gas and steel. Pradhan recalled that India imports coal from Australia.

China’s Xinjiang is switching massively from coal to clean energy

310 thousand families in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous region switched from coal to clean electricity for winter heating in 2019, January 12, Xinhua reported. The project started in four of the poorest areas in southern Xinjiang.

The US has demanded that China abandon Iranian oil

The US intends to get the Chinese authorities to stop oil supplies from Iran to China. This was announced by us Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Sunday, January 12, on Fox News.

The US will not lift sanctions on Iran before the start of negotiations

Us national security adviser Robert O’brien said that us leader Donald trump will not lift sanctions on Iran until it begins to negotiate. According to O’brien, the trump administration has made it clear that “under no circumstances will this happen (sanctions will not be lifted).”

“If you want to negotiate with us, you first give up something, just for the privilege of negotiating,” trump’s national security adviser said in an interview with Axios.

“We don’t need negotiations… Our economy is fantastic… it is the Iranians who need to negotiate with us. Why should we be the first to give up something? O’brien added.

The Japanese journalist demanded that the court issue him a passport

Japanese freelance journalist Jumpei Yasuda, who has long been held captive by militants in Syria, appealed to the court to demand that the government provide him with a passport. This is reported by NHK.

Taiwan President re-elected for second term

Taiwan’s President Tsai ing-Wen was re-elected for a second term, receiving the support of about 57% of voters, Bloomberg reported on December 11.

Britain, France and Germany have declared their commitment to the JCPOA

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are committed to the principles of nuclear non-proliferation, the Elysee Palace said in a statement.

“The joint comprehensive plan of action (JCPOA) plays a key role in this,” the European leaders said.

It is emphasized that the us withdrawal from the JCPOA caused harm, as well as Washington’s decision to impose sanctions against Tehran. Russia, China and Iran are also true to the principles of the JCPOA, the statement said.

The first Indian-made aircraft took off from the deck of an aircraft carrier

The Tejas fighter took off from the deck of the Indian aircraft carrier Vikramaditya and became the first aircraft manufactured in India to perform such a maneuver. This was announced by the organization for defense research and development (DRDO) in his Twitter on Sunday, January 12.

Us fighter jets strike Iranian military base

American fighters, contrary to trump’s statement, launched a missile attack on the positions of the Iranian military. As follows from the information of the Arab publication “Al Masdar News”, several warplanes attacked the positions of the Iranian military, flying through the airspace of Iraq.

The TFR was set to corrupt the origin of the money Zakharchenko

The investigative Committee found evidence of corrupt origin of the former Colonel of the Ministry of internal Affairs Dmitry Zakharchenko. Despite the fact that now the convicted security officer is already serving his sentence in a high-security colony, investigators continue to work on his case. In particular, now the circumstances of monthly receiving Zakharchenko bribes for patronage in relation to several companies are being established. This was reported by the Deputy head of the Department Igor Krasnov in an interview with Kommersant”

SK called the final cause of the accident SSJ-100 in Sheremetyevo

Deputy Chairman of the Russian IC Igor Krasnov said that the investigation clearly believes the commander of the SSJ-100 airline “Aeroflot” guilty of the crash in Sheremetyevo. This is the newspaper “Kommersant”. He noted that the investigation into the actions of ground services will not be continued.

In the US, the critics ‘ Choice awards were presented»

The film directed by Quentin Tarantino “Once upon a time in … Hollywood” won the award as “Best film”. Sam Mendes, who directed the film “1917”, won the Best Director category, as well as South Korean PON Joon Ho for his work on the film “Parasites”. The critics ‘ Choice award is awarded by the Association of film critics who work in the United States and Canada on television, radio, and online publications.

Selena Gomez has released a new album Rare

American singer and actress Selena Gomez presented a new album Rare. How notes portal “Kulturologia”, the album became the third in the solo career of American singer

Kirill Serebrennikov will stage “Decameron” at the Deutsches Theater Berlin

The Russian premiere is scheduled for the end of June. According to the portal of the theater, the Gogol center troupe is rehearsing the play together with German actors in Moscow, as Director Kirill Serebrennikov is banned from leaving Russia because of the trial in the case of the ” Seventh Studio»

The third season of “Wild West World” will be released on March 15

HBO has released a new teaser for the third season of “Wild West World” – a science fiction series by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa joy with the participation of JJ Abrams based on the novel by Michael Crichton. There are no new frames in the video — only infographics in the style of the picture “Arrival»

Robert Zemeckis will shoot a new fantasy Thriller

American Director Robert Zemeckis plans to shoot a science fiction Thriller. The film will be released under the name “Ares” and will be shot for the Warner Bros. film Studio. The plot of” Ares ” revolves around an astronaut whose capsule landed and falls in the African desert.

Morrissey announced the release date of the new album

The album, produced by Joe Ciccarelli, will be released by BMG on March 20, 2020 and will be the thirteenth in the artist’s discography. After the release of the album, Morrissey intends to give several concerts in new York, as well as visit Russia.

The festival of a new format New/Open Showcase has started in Yekaterinburg

The organizers decided to hold it in the format of a showcase, in which young promising groups from all over the country present their projects to experts.

Home robot for toilet paper delivery is presented

Procter & Gamble has revealed new products for the smart home at CES 2020. Among them is a smartphone-controlled robot that can bring a roll of toilet paper to the owner. The robot was named Charmin RollBot.

A lost giant crater has been found on Earth

Scientists have found the supposed crash site of a 1.9-kilometer asteroid that collided with Earth about 800 thousand years ago. The lost giant crater is located in the volcanic field of the South-Eastern part of Laos (South-East Asia).

New technology can make any surface touchable

During the CES 2020 exhibition, Sensel presented a new technology that can make any surface touchable. During the demonstration, a thin film containing 25 sensors was used.

In Italy, they learned to build houses for the price of an iPhone

In the Italian company 3D WASP developed a project of the house, whose construction takes 100 hours. During this period, a building with an area of 30 square meters can be built by two people. The construction uses 3D printing technology.

According to El Mundo, the cost of the house is not more expensive than the price for the latest iPhone model. The house will cost 61 thousand rubles. Thanks to special technology, it is possible to print larger structures made of concrete and geopolymers. At the same time, the project of the house provides for a minimum impact on the environment. The building is made from a mixture of natural origin. The design of the house allows you to save on heating, and has the utmost seismic resistance.

The company dTOOR presented at CES 2020 round smartphone CyrclePhone

According to today News Ufa, at CES 2020, the new product breaks all records and collects literally queues. Manufacturers report that neither Android nor mobile phone apps are designed for use with a round display.

Skyworth company showed a prototype of a transparent OLED TV

The Chinese company Skyworth demonstrated at CES 2020 a prototype of a transparent OLED TV. This device can work in normal mode and in semi-transparent mode. According to the source, Skyworth uses 55-inch transparent OLED panels produced by LG Display.

Apple has registered a patent for the Pencil device

The device uses a capacitive sensor as a protection mechanism against accidental tapping, similar to the definition of a “sliding gesture”. Apple intended to make sure that the patent covers all elements of the protected technology that is used in the stylus.

In Kazan they are going to grow artificial horse meat

In Kazan, the development of artificial horse meat, for the cultivation of which will not be used antibiotics and other drugs that can harm health, research is underway in the CFU. Scientists are going to grow meat from the stem cells of foals.

Roscosmos will spend eight billion rubles on the ship ” eagle»

In 2021, Roscosmos plans to allocate more than eight billion rubles for the production of a serial manned ship of the new generation “eagle”, intended for flights to the ISS and to the moon. This follows from the materials posted on the public procurement website

In India, will create a center for training astronauts

The Indian space research organization (ISRO) will set up its own astronaut training center in the city of Challakere in Karnataka, ISRO chief Kailasavadivu Sivan told the Hindu. India is developing its first manned space ship “Vaganian”.

Disqualify the right to vote in the UN General Assembly

The UN leadership decided to deprive the representatives of seven countries of the right to vote in the General Assembly. We are talking about Venezuela, Lebanon, CAR, Gambia, Lesotho, Yemen and Tonga. The reason for this decision was the debts of these countries on contributions. The mentioned States have not transferred money for the last two years.

The Comoros, Sao Tome and Principe, and Somalia also owed the UN, but they were allowed to participate fully in the work of the organization until September. Four countries-Armenia, India, Ukraine and Portugal-contributed money to the budget in early January. Earlier it was pointed out that 146 countries out of 193 UN members have no debts.

Minimum wage in South America

  • Costa Rica — $557
  • Uruguay — $437
  • Ecuador — $400
  • Chile — $391
  • Guatemala — $388
  • Paraguay — $337
  • Bolivia — $307
  • Argentina — $282
  • Peru — $280
  • Honduras — $273
  • Columbia — $269
  • Panama — $263
  • Brazil — $256

Mass plagiarism of scientific research in Russia

The Commission on combating falsification of scientific research of the Russian Academy of Sciences reported the withdrawal of 869 articles published in 263 scientific journals from the Russian science citation index (RSCI). In total, the Commission recommended to exclude 2.5 thousand articles that found plagiarism and self-plagiarism. Never before have scientific articles of Russian scientists been checked on such a large scale. This was achieved by the Commission on combating falsification of the RAS.