12 May, 2020

News digest for 05/11/2020

700 thousand children in the Russian Federation do not have the technical capacity for full-fledged classes in remote form, said Deputy Minister of education Dmitry Glushko.

“About 700 thousand children today, according to which we know, there is no computer or gadgets for distance learning in the country,” Glushko said on Komsomolskaya Pravda radio.

He also noted that, for this reason, it was recommended to issue annual assessments based on the results of those received before the start of the pandemic and the transition to remote training.

Putin revealed that Russia was not allowed to develop before

The national debt by the end of the 1990s was huge, because of it the country could not develop, said Russian President Vladimir Putin in an interview with the program “Moscow. Kremlin. Putin”, a fragment of which appeared on the website. It is noted that the interview was done in November 2019.

Because it was impossible to do anything, it was impossible to develop with the debt, the national debt, which went through the roof, and we could not even make timely payments on interest. They could not pay interest on debts that they had accumulated in the 90s. — Vladimir Putin​

Saudi Aramco begins talks on restructuring payment for SABIC

Saudi Aramco, the state oil company of Saudi Arabia, has started negotiations with the sovereign wealth Fund Public Investment Fund (PIF) to reduce the initial payment for 70% of the shares of Saudi Arabia’s largest industrial company, Saudi Arabia Basic Industries Corp (SABIC)

Electricity has fallen in price in all Baltic countries

Last week, electricity in all the Baltic States fell by 14 percent to 24.24 euros per megawatt hour. This was reported by independent supplier Elektrum Lietuva.

LUKOIL has issued an ultimatum to the Bulgarian government

In order to strengthen fiscal control over the company’s activities, the Bulgarian Parliament has decided that LUKOIL needs to transfer its oil depots and pipelines to separate legal entities. If the company does not reorganize within 1 month, all licenses will be canceled. LUKOIL called such deadlines absurd and threatened a fuel blockade

Intel and TSMC may build a chip manufacturing plant in the US

According to the Wall Street Journal, the White house is interested in creating a new generation of factories for the production of chips to reduce dependence on manufacturers from Asia. The creation of such a plant is being discussed by the us departments of Commerce and defense with Intel and TSMC.

Soldiers of India and China fought at the border

Soldiers of India and China fought in the area of the mountain border post on the border of the Indian state of Sikkim and China. The PTI Agency reported that there were casualties among the Indian border guards. After the conflict, the military was separated from both sides. Now the commands of both countries are conducting negotiations on the incident.

“The troops resolve such issues jointly in accordance with established protocols. This incident occurred for the first time after a long break,” the source said.

Japan began receiving American bell Boeing V-22B osprey tiltrotor aircraft.

The first two military transport tiltrotor planes arrived by sea on may 8 at the Iwakuni naval base in Yamaguchi Prefecture. As part of the Japanese army aviation, V-22B osprey tiltrotor aircraft will be part of a new aviation unit planned to be based at Saga airfield in Kyushu. Tiltrotor planes are planned to be used primarily for interaction with the rapid deployment brigade of amphibious forces (Marines) stationed in Sasebo.

The new unit is tasked with protecting remote Islands in the East China sea, including the Senkaku Islands (Chinese for Diaoyu), which are the subject of a territorial dispute between Japan and China

Iran has declared its readiness to conduct a full exchange of prisoners with the United States

Iran is ready to conduct a full exchange of prisoners with the United States without preconditions, Al Arabiya TV channel reported on Sunday, citing a representative of the Iranian government, Ali Rabiei.

The President of Kazakhstan announced the introduction of a progressive income tax scale

President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev proposed to consider the introduction of a progressive income tax scale, the correspondent OF MIA “Kazinform”reports.

I believe that in the name of social justice, the time has come to consider introducing a progressive scale of individual income tax in respect of wages and other types of income. The point of the progressive scale is that citizens with low salaries will pay less than today, and for high-paid workers, the amount of tax paid will increase. Our main goal is to bring out of the” shadow ” the most mass, opaque lower segment of wages. If the rate on them is reduced, there will be less incentives to pay in an envelope, ” Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said in his speech at the final meeting of the State Commission on emergency situations.

Joseph Stalin in the sky over Chelyabinsk

A balloon with a portrait of Stalin in the Chelyabinsk region was launched by representatives of the Boxing Federation of the Russian Federation. The organizers told us Znak.com that Stalin got Chelyabinsk by accident, there was no political component in this decision. They also explained why the action was held on may 10, and not on may 9. On Victory Day, the military imposed a ban on flights because of the air parade.

In Russia, the death rate has suddenly decreased.

The number of deaths per thousand people in Russia for the first three months of 2020 decreased by 3.8% compared to the first quarter of 2019, the Ministry of health announced. The death rate in January-March 2019 was 13.1%, in the same period in 2020 it was 12.6%.

“In absolute terms, the number of deaths decreased by 12,866 people, or 2.7% (from 472,860 in January-March 2019 to 459,994 in January-March 2020),” the Ministry of health said in a statement.

Chinese chess players have won the Nations Cup

In the final of the online tournament, they drew (2: 2) with the US team. However, the Chinese national team still won the main prize, as it scored the most points in the preliminary stage.

A unique pink Stingray was spotted near the Great Barrier reef

Australian photographer Christian lane took a photo of an unusual underwater creature, the world’s only known pink sea devil (manta ray). Reaching a size of 3.35 m, the animal, nicknamed “Inspector Clouseau” in honor of the main character of the film “Pink Panther”, was captured in the coastal waters of the coral island of Lady Elliot (Lady Elliot Island), which is part of the Great Barrier reef.

Moldova will again apply to Russia for a loan

The Moldovan Cabinet of Ministers will again address the Russian government on the issue of obtaining a loan of 200 million euros, Moldovan President Igor Dodon said at a briefing on Monday.

In the coming days, the Moldovan government will contact the Russian government to discuss the possibility of obtaining a loan of 200 million euros, and the corresponding initiative will probably be officially put forward this week at a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers, Dodon said.

Earlier, the constitutional court of Moldova declared unconstitutional the agreement on the Republic receiving a loan from the Russian Federation in the amount of 200 million euros.

How much does Freedom cost

The statue itself and the pedestal at the time of construction cost about 500 thousand dollars – in terms of modern money, it is almost 122 million dollars. The statue was a gift to the United States from France.

The Sverdlovsk Governor answered the question about incomplete payments to doctors

Governor of the Sverdlovsk region Yevgeny Kuyvashev explained why some doctors in the region received incomplete payments due to those who are fighting the spread of the coronavirus.

Some patients began to appear earlier, others for objective reasons have more such patients. Therefore, when calculating payments, the time actually worked for the month is taken into account. – Yevgeny Kuyvashev, Russian politician

On the highways of the Krasnoyarsk territory, part of the checkpoint is being dismantled

In the Krasnoyarsk territory, some checkpoints on highways are being dismantled. This is stated in the order of the Minister of transport of the region Konstantin Dimitrov. They must be removed by the end of the weekend. However, all checkpoints around Krasnoyarsk will remain.

Russian carriers may be allowed not to refund money for tickets

The Russian government has prepared a bill allowing air, rail, sea and river carriers not to refund passengers for canceled flights, Kommersant reports. Companies will be given the right to transfer the equivalent of funds to the passenger’s personal account so that they can spend them on a new ticket, or issue a voucher for a new trip.

Chinese investment in the US economy

China’s direct investment in the United States economy declined from $5.4 billion to $5 billion in 2019, the Associated Press reported, citing a report by the National Committee on U.S.-China relations and the Rhodium Group.

Putin explained how he sees the national idea of Russia

According to Putin, the Russian national idea can consist only in patriotism and nothing else. However, patriotism should not be “leavened, musty and sour”. Patriotism means that you need to devote yourself to the development of Russia, its movement forward.

The Iranian Navy hit its own ship with a missile

In the course of the Iranian Navy’s missile firing, a missile from the Jamaran frigate hit the Konarak boat used for setting targets. The ship was significantly damaged. 19 sailors were killed and 15 others were injured. This was reported by the Fars News Agency. The ship is currently being evacuated to the port of Bandar Abbas.

The first trailer for the Thriller “Shirley” appeared in the Network

The psychological film is scheduled for release on June 5. Due to restrictions on the operation of cinemas, the Thriller “Shirley” will immediately be available for online distribution on the Internet. The tape is a free retelling of the fate of the American writer Shirley Jackson performed by Elisabeth moss.


Director Ari Aster will produce a remake of “Save the green planet!”

American film Director, screenwriter Ari Aster and producer Lars Knudsen will shoot a remake of the film “Save the green planet!”, Deadline reports. The project was directed by Jang Joon-hwan, who directed the original. Will Tracy will write the script.

Glyndebourne Opera festival cancelled

The main UK Opera festival usually runs from may to August, offering traditionally six Opera productions that “tour the country”at the end of the season. In total, about 120 performances are given per year.

Some innovations that will get iPhone 12 phones

As a result of leaks from the company, it became known that the new iPhone will receive screens of 5.4 inches, 6.1 inches and 6.7 inches, depending on the model. It also became known that older versions of the phone will be equipped with screens with a refresh rate of 120 Hz, which, however, will adjust their frequency depending on the tasks. Another well-known fact is that the new iPhone will be equipped with a battery with a capacity of 4400 mAh. As for the camera, there are also expected innovations. In particular, the new model will have a triple optical zoom.

Realme presented gaming smartphones Narzo 10 and Narzo 10A

Realme officially introduced the new gaming smartphones Realme Narzo 10 and Realme Narzo 10A. The presentation took place as part of an online broadcast that was twice postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Microsoft will add a two-screen emulator to Chromium

According to network sources, Microsoft is working on creating a new feature called “two-screen emulation”, which is intended for the chromium platform. First of all, this tool will be useful for developers who are engaged in optimizing websites for display on devices with two screens.

Huawei and 18 automakers are creating a “5g automotive ecosystem”

Huawei has signed a contract with 18 car companies, under which all of them will create a “5g automotive ecosystem”. Among the companies that have signed up for cooperation with Huawei, exclusively Chinese firms. These include both very large companies (FAW, Changan, Dongfeng, SAIC, GAC, BAIC, BYD, Great Wall, Chery, and JAC) and smaller firms (Celis, Nanjing Iveco, Jinkang, and T3). No European company is not in the list

The UK will develop an app for tracking personal contacts

The decision to develop a new application for tracking personal contacts, which will provide secure storage of data of Network users, was made by the UK authorities. This was reported by the Financial Times on may 6. The new app will use Apple and Google technologies for distributed data storage. It is believed that this type of storage will make it difficult for hackers and the authorities themselves to access the data.

Hackers put the data of more than 73 million users on sale

Data of 73.2 million users of various resources were posted for sale on the shadow Internet (DarkNet) by a group of hackers ShinyHunters, may 9, ZDNet reports. User databases were stolen on 10 resources and sold by hackers for a total of $18 thousand. The user base for each resource is sold separately. Several sections are laid out for free for example.

Xiaomi announces a water purifier priced at 17 dollars

The new Xiaomi Mijia Faucet Water Purifier for a crowdfunding campaign will be offered for just $ 17, and after entering the market – for $ 21.

Samsung will issue its own debit card

South Korean company Samsung will introduce its own debit card and mobile platform for financial management in the summer of 2020, according to the company’s blog. The Samsung debit card will be a development of the Samsung Pay mobile payment service.

Robomow lawnmower robots have got sense organs

A smart robot takes over the daily care of the grass, greatly facilitating the life of its owner. Robomow robotic lawnmowers are based on modern technologies, equipped with unique software, as well as have vision, hearing and touch.

Using mosquitoes, bioengineers have taught drones to fly at night

Experts were able to add mosquito skills to the drones. In particular, the skills of tracking in the dark. Specialists from the Leeds Institute and the Royal veterinary College are working on the project. The fact is that the mosquito during flight in the dark feels changes in the air currents that are created by the flapping of its wings. These jets of air change shape in the presence of various obstacles

Decoding the genomes of mummies helped to learn the genetic history of the Incas

Paleogeneticists have deciphered about 10 thousand years of genetic history of modern Peru and the ancient Inca Empire. The results of the global study are published in the scientific journal Cell.

It was found that the Moche, Uari, and Nasca empires maintained a high level of genetic continuity during their rise and fall. Therefore, cultures did not disappear because of mass military invasions and migrations of peoples.

Spinach was made into artificial chloroplast

Microbiologists added thylacoids from chloroplasts of living cells and enzymes of the artificial carbon fixation cycle to the microdrops of water in oil. As a result, it was possible to create synthetic cell-sized chloroplasts that effectively synthesize biological building blocks (glycolic acid) from atmospheric carbon dioxide using light energy. The article is published in the journal Science.

The horses were able to identify their owners from a photograph

As a result of the experiment, it turned out that horses definitely prefer photos of their owners than images of people they don’t know. On average, in 75% of cases, they chose photos of their hosts, and even past ones, who had not been seen for at least six months.

Scientists have questioned the theory of the moon’s origin

Japanese scientists have questioned the theory of the moon’s origin. The results of a new study by Osaka University researchers are published in Science Advances. Until recently, it was believed that the moon has long been depleted of all reserves of carbon and other volatile substances.

The Pentagon announced a new mission of a secret space drone

The Pentagon announced a new mission of the secret space drone X-37B. The device is similar in characteristics to a manned analog that descended from orbit in 2011. The X-37B is scheduled to launch on may 16 from Cape Canaveral.

Virgin Orbit has received approval for launches from the island of GUAM

VOX Space received permission to launch payloads into orbit from the island of GUAM, which the company announced on may 7, and its first launch will place experimental cubesats in orbit for various government agencies

The Perseverance Rover is ready for launch

NASA specialists have combined the Perseverance Rover of the future Mars 2020 mission with the sky crane braking system and the back shell of the landing module, whose task is to safely deliver the Rover to the surface of the red planet. The launch of the Rover into space will take place between July 17 and August 5, 2020, according to the website of the NASA jet propulsion Laboratory.

China successfully tested a manned spacecraft

During the mission, in addition to the prototype of a manned spacecraft, an inflatable vehicle was also put into orbit to return cargo. The Chinese intend to use the launch vehicle and tested modules to send components to their orbiting objects and future bases on the moon and Mars.