10 Apr, 2020

News digest for 04/09/2020

The size of the world’s debt has reached the highest level in the entire history of observations. As calculated by the American Institute of international Finance (IIF), in 2019, the figure increased by almost $10 trillion to $255 trillion.

Global debt is the total debt owed by people, companies, financial organizations, and governments of all countries. According to IIF experts, today the corresponding amount is more than three times the size of the global economy.

The Governor of the Kemerovo region allowed to work

The Governor of the Kemerovo region, Sergey Tsivilev, removed the non-working days in the region for hairdressers and nail salons. This is reported on the website of the regional administration.

In addition, from April 9, workshops for repairing clothing and shoes, organizations that provide cleaning and disinfection, as well as fight against insects and rodents will resume work.

Moscow will not be able to function for a long time if everything is closed

The mayor of the capital, Sergei Sobyanin, said that Moscow will not be able to function for a long time if everything in the city is closed. This is reported by the Kremlin’s website. He made this statement at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. According to him, in the capital “it was possible to close everything”.

“But I’m just afraid that then the city would not be able to function for such a long period,” Sobyanin said.

“Immortal regiment” was offered to be held online

According to the organizers of the action, regardless of whether the regime of self-isolation will continue until may 9, it is necessary to refrain from holding mass events. It is noted that the organizers offered several alternatives for holding the “Immortal regiment”. An online broadcast to the movement’s website is being discussed as one of the options

Sberbank branches will switch to normal mode

Sberbank PJSC will switch its branches to normal operation from April 9, the press service of the credit institution reported.

“Taking into account the wishes of customers and based on their interests, from April 9, all branches of the Bank will be switched to normal operation to ensure the walking availability of our services and services near home,” said Alexander Vedyakhin, first Deputy Chairman of the Bank’s management Board.

In St. Petersburg, fines for violating self-isolation were approved

The legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg in the first reading approved the introduction of fines for violators of self-isolation. The initiative was supported by 38 deputies, 10 parliamentarians voted against. Representatives of opposition parties called the law “beyond legal good and evil, on the other side of jurisprudence”.

The amendments to the administrative Code provide for sanctions for non-compliance with the requirements in high-alert mode. For businesses, the fine will be from 200 to 300 thousand rubles for citizens from 4 to 5 thousand rubles.

Putin signed a law on writing off the debts of bankrupt citizens

In Russia, the list of cases when payments to the state budget that are not paid on time are considered hopeless for recovery has been expanded. It includes such a possibility in case of bankruptcy of citizens. The corresponding law was signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin. You can view the document on the legal information portal.

Russia has agreed to reduce oil production

Russia has agreed to reduce oil production under the OPEC+ deal by 14 percent from the first quarter of 2020. This is reported by TASS with reference to a representative of the Ministry of energy.

WSJ learned about Riyadh’s purchase of shares in four oil companies for $1 billion

According to their data, over the past few weeks, the Fund has managed to buy “undervalued shares in the market” of Norwegian Equinor, Anglo-Dutch Royal Dutch Shell, French Total and Italian Eni. As noted by the newspaper’s interlocutors, PIF may continue to buy shares of oil companies.

The Central Bank of Russia warned of the threat of a second wave of coronavirus

In the fall of 2020, a second wave of coronavirus may occur, including due to the depletion of financial resources allocated to fight the disease. This is stated in the April Bulletin “what trends say” of the Central Bank’s research and forecasting Department.

Music, save the music

In a letter addressed to Mikhail Mishustin, the Russian music Union suggested reducing the fiscal burden on authors, performers and producers of phonograms.

“Organizations in the music industry suffer huge losses and lack funds to carry out their business activities. At the same time, the main blow fell on the segment of small and medium-sized businesses, which does not have any resources to stabilize the situation,” the letter says.

Sberbank revealed the number of requests for loans for salaries under 0%

In a week and a half, Sberbank received about 200 applications for loans at 0% per annum from small and microenterprises, as well as individual entrepreneurs to pay salaries to employees. This was told by RBC Deputy Chairman of the Board of Sberbank Anatoly Popov.

Japanese authorities will financially support the transfer of production from China

Japan has allocated $2.2 billion from its record-breaking economic stimulus package to help local manufacturers shift production from China. Tokyo refers to the fact that the coronavirus pandemic disrupts supply chains between major trading partners.

US to allocate $225 million to fight coronavirus worldwide

“Today I can confirm that we are ready to allocate an additional 225 million dollars for humanitarian, medical and economic assistance to intensify efforts to fight (the coronavirus pandemic) around the world, ” Pompeo said.

According to him, this will be in addition to the already allocated package of humanitarian assistance in the amount of almost 274 million dollars, which was addressed to 64 countries.

Russian An-124 delivered medical masks and coveralls to Poland

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Facebook that the Russian An-124 brought medical masks and protective coveralls to the country. As noted, the An-124 aircraft landed at the airport “Okecie”. It has 6 million medical masks and 70,000 protective coveralls on Board

Ukraine is preparing to stop gas transit from Russia

Ukraine is preparing to stop gas transit from Russia, which is aimed at optimizing the country’s gas transportation system. About this in an interview with the publication Liga.net said the head of the company “Operator of the gas transport system of Ukraine” Sergey Makogon.

Annecy 2020 animation festival will be held in an online format

Participants of the online festival will be announced on April 15. The offline festival will be held in 2021, from June 14 to 19. The annual festival in the French city of Annecy is considered the largest and most prestigious animation festival, which is also called “animated Cannes”.
The Network has a list Of xiaomi smartphones that will be updated to MIUI 12

The Network has a list Of xiaomi smartphones that will be updated to MIUI 12. It is possible that this was a deliberate leak of information in order to draw attention to the new firmware.

Google Stadia has made a free subscription for two months

Google has announced free access for two months to the streaming service Google Stadia. All you need to do is subscribe to Stadia Pro. Also, all existing subscribers will get free access for 60 days.

Flexible smartphone Samsung Galaxy Z Flip will be released in 5G version

The innovative clamshell smartphone Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, equipped with a flexible display, in the current version supports only 4G/LTE cellular networks. However, in the near future, according to network sources, the situation may change.

Redmi Band fitness bracelet goes on sale

On the territory of China, The first wearable redmi device goes on sale, which turned out to be a fitness bracelet, called the Redmi Band.

Huawei unveils ultra-fast wireless charging station

Three-dimensional ventilation channels are provided. The timing of the start of sales of Huawei’s ultra-fast wireless charging station is not specified, but the estimated price of the product is 40 us dollars. We add that the 40-watt wireless charging station is also being prepared by the Chinese company OPPO

A 47-meter-long siphonophora was discovered in the Indian ocean

In the waters of the Indian ocean, scientists during the expedition discovered a 47-meter siphonophora. The expedition is being conducted on the Falkor ship in the area of Ningaloo reef, off the Western coast of Australia. Scientists managed to capture the mysterious creature on video.

Siphonophore is detachment flowing from the pelagic cnidarian class. These are free-swimming colonial animals with a high polymorphism of individuals, its components (zooids). Scientists know about 160 species of siphonophores.

There are no additional collapsed dimensions in our Universe

Ultra-precise experiments allowed us to estimate gravity at distances of less than 50 micrometers and found no traces of collapsed measurements of the Universe. This work was carried out by a team of Professor at the University of Washington, a major specialist in experimental research of gravity Eric Edelberger (Eric Adelberger). Their paper is published in the journal Physical Review Letters.

Scientists have found a new use for blue agave

Blue agave was previously used exclusively for the manufacture of alcoholic beverages. But scientists have found a new use for it. Scientists have found that agave-based fuel is more efficient than sugar or corn. The analysis of scientists proved the possibility of producing bioethanol from agave.

Using such a plant allows you to create a minimum load on water resources and food production. The experiment showed that agave can produce up to 9900 liters of fuel per hectare per year.

Sea creatures protect people from viruses

According to experts, the oceans hide several tens of millions of different viruses unknown to science. However, sea creatures that feed on viruses contribute to the fact that the balance of viruses in the world is in a state of relative equilibrium.

Studies have shown that a large number of marine organisms contribute to the removal of viral particles from the aquatic environment by active predation or through passive mechanisms. The passive mechanism is considered to be the filtering of physical barriers between viral parasites and hosts.

Scientists have questioned the basic law of the Universe

Analyzing images of distant clusters of galaxies taken by the Chandra telescope, astronomers from the United States and Germany received new data to support the hypothesis that the rate of expansion of the Universe varies for different points of the universe.

Installation of equipment for a deep-sea telescope has been completed on lake Baikal

The international team of the Baikal-GVD project, which creates a deep-water neutrino telescope on lake Baikal, completed the ice stage of the expedition in 2020, related to the installation of equipment and transportation of people on the ice of the lake.

The Baikal-GVD neutrino telescope is designed to detect Cherenkov radiation – a weak glow that occurs in water or other transparent medium due to charged particles. In Baikal water, Cherenkov radiation is caused by neutrinos coming from space. Scientists believe that large deep-sea neutrino telescopes, after reaching certain sizes, will open the era of neutrino astronomy, so that astronomers can study the structure of the Universe and the processes that occur in it, at incredibly large distances

Criminal penalties for foreign authorities

Russian defense Minister Sergei Shoigu appealed to the Chairman of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation Alexander Bastrykin with a request to provide criminal penalties for representatives of the authorities of foreign countries for the demolition of structures in memory of the dead Soviet citizens.

“In his address, Shoigu drew Bastrykin’s attention to the fact that recently “there has been an increase in attempts by officials of certain foreign States to falsify the historical truth about the decisive contribution of the Soviet Union to the defeat of the fascist invaders during the Second world war and the great Patriotic war,” the defense Ministry said in a statement received by Interfax on Wednesday.

Airbus has announced plans to cut production

In its largest-ever production adjustment, the European manufacturer said it was cutting production of its best-selling narrow-body A320 family by a third — to 40 aircraft a month.

Saudi Arabia takes over payments to employees in the private sector

King of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud instructed to pay 60% of salaries to citizens who temporarily lost their jobs due to the coronavirus at the expense of the budget. According to the king’s decree, the state takes on payments to Saudis working in the private sector and in its institutions and affected by precautionary measures to combat the pandemic, the Saudi Press Agency reports.

Russian priests are embracing new modes of transport for fulfillment of prayers

The rector of the Church in the name of Archangel Michael in the Kungursky district, Maxim Kaigorodov, took to the sky on a balloon “Perm Krai”. The balloon took off from the site near the village of Nevolino, flew to Kungur and made a circle over the city and suburbs. The flight lasted 1 hour and 20 minutes. The priest read a moleben and overshadowed the city with the Tikhvin icon of the mother Of God

Parking for doctors in Moscow will be free.

“The mayor has long given instructions to cancel the Parking fee for doctors. Now, together with the Department of health, we are forming a register of doctors. In the near future, Parking will be free for them.” – this was reported by the Department of transport in its telegram channel.

Moscow city hall will spend 1.9 billion rubles on road disinfection

The state budgetary institution “Highways” plans to purchase disinfectants in the amount of 1.9 billion rubles. From March 25 to April 3, the budget institution posted more than 10 relevant lots on the public procurement website, according to the BBC Russian service.

The Rive Gauche chain refused to pay suppliers before opening stores

Rive Gauche, a chain of cosmetics and perfume stores, has warned suppliers that it cannot pay for the delivered goods because of the closure of its stores. This is reported by Interfax, referring to the letter “Rive Gauche” sent to the company’s contractors. The company stressed that they are trying to cut costs in order to survive and avoid default

Sweden called for a resumption of sanctions against Russia

According to Swedish parliamentarians Kerstin Lundgren and Magnus Ek, Moscow’s return to the Council of Europe means the lifting of anti-Russian sanctions: parliamentarians believe that this is wrong.

“Through its activities in the Council of Europe, [Russia] is trying to give legitimacy to its actions, and in this way seeks to further ignore the decisions taken in PACE and other international institutions,” the document States.

High school graduates not going to call in the army this year

They will be given a chance to pass the exam and go to University. This was told by the chief of the General staff of the Armed forces-first Deputy Minister of defense of the Russian Federation, army General Valery Gerasimov.

Students who have to pass the unified state exam, who are attracted to conscription events, will not be called up for military service this spring. – Valery Gerasimov, military commander

Russia will not cancel state examinations and diploma protection

Russian universities will not cancel state exams and diploma defenses due to the deterioration of the epidemiological situation, said the Minister of education and science of the Russian Federation Valery Falkov

“We assume that all exams, even final or qualification exams, diploma defense-the absolute majority can be organized online,” he said in an interview with RBC.

Radiy Khabirov asked doctors of Bashkiria “not to beg»

According to Radiy Khabirov, first Deputy Prime Minister of Bashkiria Andrey Nazarov is available to solve problems, and you can contact him at any time. And since many programs have been reduced to increase reserves, there are funds for assistance, and therefore you do not need to ask the population or entrepreneurs for money.

Give me 50 bandages, give me a kilo of cucumbers. – Radiy Khabirov, Russian politician

In the Kaliningrad city dismantled benches

In the administration of the city of Svetly, the newspaper “Rise” reported that the authorities had to take such measures, as residents began to cut chains and locks from fences and gather in recreation areas. The press service of the mayor’s office added that the benches will be returned to their place after the end of the quarantine.

“We have to resort to such methods already. It’s 20 degrees here, sunshine, and the restrictions don’t apply to people at all. We have previously fenced off playgrounds. But it doesn’t work. People were snacking on the railings, and moms and kids were relaxing there. Nothing stops them. Therefore, we had to dismantle the benches in the Central square, on Nakhimov Boulevard. The issue of removing benches throughout the city is being considered.”

The Russian Ministry of communications uses Telegram to communicate with Russians abroad

“We chose it as a channel for operational communication with our compatriots abroad. We have chosen Telegram and are working with it. This is the entire comment, ” she told the Newspaper.Ru ” press Secretary of the Department Anna akhmadieva.

Earlier, the Ministry of communications opened a Telegram channel to help Russians return home. At the same time, Roskomnadzor (a service under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of communications) has been blocking IP addresses used by the messenger since spring 2018.