15 Jun, 2020

News digest for 06/13-14/2020

Donald trump said that the US military will no longer restore other countries and solve other people’s conflicts.

“We are ending the era of endless wars. We are not the police of this world. But let our enemies know that if our people are threatened, we will never, ever hesitate. And when we fight, from now on we will fight only to win, ” the US President said, speaking to graduates of the West point military Academy.

Ukraine has become a partner of NATO’s expanded capabilities

The new status gives Ukraine the right to participate in some NATO exercises, which only allow members of the partner program, and allows faster exchange of intelligence data, Kuleba said earlier.

The status of a partner in advanced capabilities does not apply to membership in NATO, the Alliance said in a statement. Ukraine has become the sixth partner in the expanded capabilities of NATO. Previously, Australia, Finland, Georgia, Jordan and Sweden had this status.

SpaceX has a new successful launch

This time, 58 Starlink satellites went into orbit. The Falcon 9 launch vehicle successfully landed on a floating spaceport a few minutes after launch. It was used for the third time

The head of the Directorate of the Vostochny cosmodrome bought an apartment for 100 million rubles

The head of the fku “Directorate of the Vostochny Cosmodrome” Yevgeny Rogoza purchased an apartment in an elite residential complex in the capital on the Kotelnicheskaya embankment. The deal was closed in March last year. Rogoza bought a prestigious apartment without a mortgage.

The area of the purchased apartment is 168 square meters, according to the statement of the Federal register. The minimum cost per square meter in the complex starts from 611.4 thousand rubles per square. “For less than 103 million rubles, Rogoza was unlikely to be able to purchase real estate in this complex, “the journalists of” Broom ” calculated.

The Jewish tolerance center requires a bartender of Slavic appearance

The Jewish Museum and tolerance center explained the appearance of a vacancy for a bartender of Slavic appearance. According to the Museum, a new subcontractor published a vacancy for a cafe waiter.

“The vacancy contained discriminatory conditions that run counter to the values of the Jewish Museum and tolerance center. In our work, we strictly follow the same principles that we broadcast to our visitors: absolute equality, consent, tolerance and opposition to racism and xenophobia. We are now looking into the situation,” the center said in a statement.

Teachers are forced to support amendments to the Constitution

The Council of the interregional trade Union of education workers “Teacher” said that teachers were forced to vote on amendments to the Constitution. This is reported on the organization’s website.

We declare that the citizen has freedom of expression and it can and should be followed. Forcing to vote is illegal — ” the report says.

In Tatarstan have started to sell tickets to the temple

To enter the assumption Cathedral of the Sviyazhsky monastery (a monument of Church architecture), believers now have to pay 100 rubles… And this is not a voluntary donation, but a mandatory one! And not for the needs of the Museum, but for the Treasury of the diocese! The vicar of the monastery admitted against the background of the scandal: the money is needed to cover the debts of the monastery for housing and utilities, which have accumulated during the period of self-isolation. – Temporary measure…

Radicals took control of protests against racism

Members of radical movements have actually taken control of protests against racism taking place in recent days in a number of countries, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.

He tweeted that he condemned proposals to remove monuments to great historical figures from British streets as part of the fight against racism. In particular, he called for avoiding attacks on former Prime Minister Winston Churchill and his monument in Central London

North Korea intends to take the next step

The first Deputy head of the Department of the Central Committee of the Workers ‘ party of Korea and Kim Jong-UN’s sister, Kim Ye-Jung, said that Pyongyang is going to take the “next step” in the near future against the South Korean side, KCNA reported.

“I, using the power given to me by the Supreme leader, our party and the country, ordered the Department for interaction with the enemy to take the next step decisively,” Kim Ye-Jung said. She also noted that decisions on the next actions that Pyongyang will take against Seoul “will be entrusted to the General staff of the Korean people’s army.”

The UK has notified the European Union that it will not extend the transition period

The UK has notified the European Union that it will not extend the transition period beyond 31 December 2020. This was stated by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Minister for special assignments) Michael Gove. Gove added that on January 1, 2021, London will regain its political and economic independence.

“I have officially confirmed that the UK will not extend the transition period, and the time for extension has already expired”

Ukraine considers the Minsk agreements legally worthless

I absolutely support the conclusions regarding the futility of evaluating the international legal Treaty of the Minsk agreements. These are political agreements, it would not have any confirmation, legitimization by either the Parliament of Ukraine or the state Duma of Russia – said Deputy Prime Minister Alexey Reznikov

Reznikov added that Kiev could withdraw from the Minsk agreements, referring to their expired term. According to him, the last dates recorded in the agreement are 2015.

“Road of memory” on the way to the main temple of the Russian armed forces

Russian Deputy defense Minister Timur Ivanov on the TV channel “Zvezda” about the main temple of the armed forces and the memorial complex “Road of memory” on the way to the main temple of the armed forces of Russia:

“We used special air purification systems …so as not to damage the exhibits, especially expensive ones. This applies to icons that are located in the main Church of the armed forces of the Russian Federation.

Also, such installations are located in the “memory Road” itself, since there are real relics there. There are unique items there, right down to the Hitler costume, which has been preserved to this day, and there is a Hitler cap.”

Population decline in Russia:

January-April 2017-92.8 thousand people
January-April 2018 – 121.3 thousand people
January-April 2019 – 148.2 thousand people
January-April 2020-160,3 thousand people.

Putin questioned the existence of democracy in the United States.

“What is democracy? This is the power of the people, this is right. But if the people choose the highest authorities, then the highest authorities, invested with the confidence of the people, have the right to organize the work of the Executive authorities in such a way as to guarantee the interests of the vast majority of the country’s population. Well,what is it? Here the President says: “It is necessary to do so – and-so,” and on the ground there the governors say: “Yes, go away”, “the head of state said in an interview with the program” Moscow. Kremlin. Putin” on the TV channel “Russia 1”.

In Russia, the government and regional heads work “as one team”

“I doubt that someone in our country, either in the government or in the regions, will suddenly say,” we will Not do what the government says or the President says. We don’t think this is appropriate.” Our doctors consider it appropriate, the President and the government support it, and some people consider it inappropriate, go away,” the Russian head of state said.

Russia has approved a program for the development of the coal industry

Russia has approved a program for the development of the coal industry until 2035. The corresponding document was signed by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin. The program will help increase coal production, according to a conservative scenario, from 439.3 million tons in 2018 to 485 million tons by 2035, TASS notes

According to the press service of the Cabinet of Ministers, the program provides for a complete upgrade of production facilities and the creation of new complexes in the Kuzbass, Rostov region, as well as in the far East and Eastern Siberia.

Residents of Kuzbass blocked roads to coal miners

Residents of Kuzbass settlements blocked the movement of construction equipment near The kalandas riverbed. The cars were moving to build a road to the future coal loading station of the section near the city of mysky. Another protest was held in Osinniki because of carbs that break up local roads.

Geophysicists from the United States have identified extensive structures near The earth’s core

A team of researchers at the University of Maryland found huge anomalous zones on the border between The mantle and the earth’s core, consisting, apparently, of extremely dense and hot matter. At the same time, experts have not yet formulated answers to what these anomalous layers of the planet may consist of. A new study may provide clues to the processes of plate tectonics and the evolution of the Earth.

Verification of household metering devices is canceled until January 1, 2021

All household metering devices can be used by individuals – consumers of public services without conducting the next verification until January 1, 2021, including devices with expired verification period.

The adopted measure is spelled out in the decree of the Government of the Russian Federation of April 2, 2020 No. 424 “on the specifics of providing public services to owners and users of premises in apartment buildings and residential buildings”.

New measurements of distances in space

In the new study, however, a team of scientists from the Megamaser Cosmology Project led By Dom W. Pesce of the Harvard-Smithsonian astrophysical center, USA, determined the distances to galaxies using a different, independent geometric method based on observations of the parameters of astrophysical masers that are part of the accretion disk surrounding a distant black hole. Using this method, it was possible to Refine the distances to four galaxies located at distances from 168 to 431 million light-years from us. Together with the previous results of determining the distances to these galaxies, the new data allowed us to obtain a value of the Hubble constant equal to 73.9 kilometers per second, while the value of this constant, obtained on the basis of the Lambda-CDM model, is 67.4 kilometers per second.

According to Peske and his team, the difference between this updated value of the Hubble constant and predictions based on the Lambda-CDM model cannot be explained by the error of observations and indicates the need to revise the model. The study is published in the Astrophysical Journal.

The former “Confessor of Poklonskaya” refused to leave the monastery

In the Sverdlovsk region, the schiigumen Sergius (Romanov), who was banned from serving, refused to leave the Sredneuralsky convent where he is located. He stated this in a video message to Metropolitan Kirill.

Potanin suggested that the shareholders of Norilsk Nickel refuse to pay dividends

Potanin proposes to cancel the payment of dividends in 2020 this is the second time in a few months. In early April, it became known that Norilsk Nickel discussed the possibility of refusing to pay dividends in 2020 due to the crisis in the markets.

Sberbank will get control in the company “2GIS”

Sberbank will receive 72% of one of the most expensive companies in the Runet — “2GIS”, which was estimated at 14.3 billion rubles as part of the transaction, 3% will be from the joint venture of the Bank and Mail.ru Group. The founders and management will retain 25%, and the funds Baring Vostok and RTP Global will fully exit the capital of 2GIS.

In Chinese Hainan found the oldest statuette of a bird

In the material published by the scientific journal PLOS ONE, it is said that in the Parking lot of ancient people, archaeologists found a figure of a bird carved from burnt bone, which is presumably 13.5 thousand years old. This is the oldest known statuette of East Asia.

Published the trailer for the final season of the series “Darkness” from Netflix

The official YouTube channel of the streaming service Netflix released a trailer for the third and final season of the series “Darkness”. “Darkness” is a German drama series that contains elements of science fiction. Its creators are Baran Bo Odar and Jantje Friese.

 

 

Volume of foreign investment in Moscow

As of January 1, 2020, the volume of foreign investment in Moscow amounted to 260.2 billion dollars, which is about half of all foreign investment in Russia, according to the official website of the mayor of the capital.

Capital outflow from Russia for five months of 2020

For the five months of 2020, capital outflow from Russia amounted to $ 33.5 billion, which is a quarter more than the figure for the entire last year ($26.7 billion). In may, capital exports increased to $ 9.6 billion, adding 39% to April, when $ 6.9 billion was exported. In turn, April broke the record for March (4.3 billion) and February (5.3 billion). This follows from the Central Bank’s operational statistics on the balance of payments.

In 2020, Russia exports more than the country earns from foreign trade: the difference between foreign exchange flows to and from the country was only 28.9 billion dollars in five months, which is 34% less than in 2019. In may, 5.1 billion dollars came to the country, and almost 10 billion dollars were exported.

A sharp increase in wholesale fuel prices is observed in Russia

Since the beginning of may, AI-92 on the St. Petersburg stock exchange has risen by 23%, and AI-95 has increased in price by 33%. Demand for gasoline increased sharply in may, including due to the partial lifting of restrictions in Moscow and the regions. President of the Independent fuel Union Pavel Bazhenov told Kommersant that gasoline at retail will rise in price, but not significantly

The US has proposed to impose new sanctions against Russia

In the US, the working group of the largest Association within the Republican faction in the house of representatives proposed to impose new sanctions against Russia. They explained their decision by the fact that the Russian Federation recently has a pronounced intention to undermine the world order.

The initiators of this proposal are going to include Russia in the list of countries that sponsor terrorism. The Kremlin was accused of supporting movements such as Hezbollah, the Taliban and the Russian Imperial movement, which are recognized as terrorist groups in the United States.

India will not be able to use the S-400 because of Chinese electronics

The government of India under the leadership of Narendra modi signed a contract with Russia worth $5.4 billion for the purchase of Russian s-400 air defense systems. However, Indian politician Subramanian Swami believes that this contract will not benefit India. According to the expert, the first buyer of this air defense system was Beijing. Russia, according to Swami, is China’s Junior partner. The economist said that Chinese electronics were used in the creation of the S-400, so Delhi will not be able to take advantage of this acquisition.

Google’s plans to transform the service for paying with smartphones have been revealed

Google Corporation intends to transform its Google Pay app, making it more convenient for business, the information newspaper reported, citing sources. According to them, users will be able to pay for the services of companies without leaving the app.

Romania’s foreign Ministry summoned the Russian Ambassador over Zakharova’s statement

The Russian Ambassador in Bucharest, Valery Kuzmin, was summoned to the Romanian Ministry of foreign Affairs because of statements made by Russian foreign Ministry representative Maria Zakharova about the Romanian National defense strategy.

The mention of the Russian Federation in the national defense strategy of Romania should not be surprising, since this is a consequence of the known behavior of the Russian side in the region in recent years. This behavior is assessed as destabilizing, including <…> at the level of NATO and the European Union — – said in a statement published on the website of the Romanian foreign Ministry.

Russia remains in the “tail” of the global peace rating

The Institute of Economics and peace annually publishes a report that analyzes the situation in 163 countries. This year, Russia remained on the 154th line in the index of peacefulness. At the same time, the average indicator of peacefulness in Russia increased by 1.3%, according to the report, quoted by TASS.

French air defense systems installed in Georgia

The installation of French air defense systems in Georgia has been completed. This was stated by the head of the Georgian defense Ministry, Irakli Garibashvili, on June 12 in the Parliament during the “Ministerial hour”, which was broadcast by the press service of the Parliament

US military base in Iraq was hit by rocket fire

Two Katyusha missiles fell on the territory of the Al-Taji military base in Iraq, which is used by the us-led coalition forces, al-Arabiya TV reported. Information about the dead and injured was not received. No one claimed responsibility for the attack.

A French nuclear submarine has tested a new ballistic missile

The network reported that the French nuclear strategic submarine Le Téméraire tested a new ballistic missile. Moreover, experts say that it was exactly that modification of the M51. 3.

The IRGC is preparing to attack US commercial vessels in the Persian Gulf

According to the Agency, the Iranian armed forces were ordered to identify and track several American commercial vessels in the Persian and Oman bays.

Microsoft refused to sell facial recognition technology to the police

A day earlier, Amazon management imposed a one-year moratorium on the use of its facial recognition technology, Amazon Rekognition. It is assumed that the authorities should tighten the rules for using the tracking system within a year. IBM also refused to cooperate with the police.

American Express has received permission to service cards in China

Chinese authorities allowed Western companies to service credit card payments in the country in 2018. At the time, it was reported that Visa and Mastercard also applied for a license to work in China. To do this, they also created a joint venture, but did not receive a license at that time

The rules for selecting Oscar nominees have changed

Under the new rules, the number of nominees in the category will be fixed — ten films. Previously, this number was “floating” and much smaller.

In this way, the organizers want to increase the level of representation in the competition. In particular, there are complaints against the organizers for not paying enough attention to the works of black and Asian authors. In this regard, all employees of the us film Academy will annually take courses to combat unconscious bias in judgments.

The trailer for Wes Anderson’s new film “French messenger” has been released

The film features a star-studded cast: Benicio Del Toro, bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Timothy Chalamet, Willem Dafoe and other actors. The film will tell several stories from the lives of employees of the French branch of the American newspaper. Events unfold in the middle of the XX century.

 

 

David Gilmour to release new song

British musician David Gilmour will publish a new song for the first time in five years. It was called Yes I Have Ghosts. The track will be part of a new audiobook by Gilmore’s wife, writer Polly Samson, NME reports.

In the US, the Coachella music festival was canceled in 2020

The Coachella music festival will not take place in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Sergey Shnurov’s Leningrad group was supposed to perform on one of the stages of the event. Coachella was supposed to be moved from April to October

The Doors will release a comic in honor of the 50th anniversary of the album “Morrison Hotel”

American rock band The Doors will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their classic album Morrison Hotel with the release of a comic book about the history of the band. The Morrison Hotel comic will be dedicated to the album and the era that preceded its creation.

The main principle of Einstein’s theory of relativity is proved

An international group of scientists has confirmed one of the main principles of Einstein’s theory of relativity, called the principle of equivalence of the forces of gravity and inertia. According to this concept, in a uniform gravitational field, all movements and interactions occur in the same way as in a system moving with uniform acceleration in the absence of an external gravitational field. An article with the results was published in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics.

In Android 11, an analog of the Bucket will appear

The deferred deletion or “trash” function has long been a traditional feature in Windows. It was also ported to Linux, MacOS, and other desktop operating systems. Now, as reported, its counterpart will appear in Android 11.

Xiaomi introduced the New mi Notebook 14 laptop

Laptops can last up to 10 hours on a single charge. The Mi NoteBook 14 laptop in China will be offered for $633, and the Mi NoteBook 14 Horizon Edition is priced at $790.

Facebook Messenger will get Face ID support

Facebook Facebook is testing the ability to use biometric systems Face ID and Touch ID for authentication in the Facebook Messenger app.

People could go into hibernation

In the hypothalamus of mammals that do not hibernate, they found neurons whose activation slows down the metabolism for up to two days, according to two articles by independent groups of scientists in Nature. Probably, the structures that provide hibernation in animals appeared long ago and in some form have been preserved even in those who do not use it. A possible practical benefit of these studies is that “dormant neurons” can be activated at the right time and thus slow down tissue damage or preserve donor organs for longer.

The very first life form on Earth was created in a laboratory

The very first life form on our planet was created in the laboratory of the University of Duisburg-Essen. This is reported by Evo-rus.com. Scientists were able to create in the laboratory a primary form of life-vesicles in the “primary broth”. According to some assumptions of scientists, they gave rise to all life.

The milky Way’s halo was much hotter

In the course of a new experiment, it became known that the milky Way halo is hotter than previously assumed by astronomers. We are talking about a structure consisting of dust, gas and dark matter elements. A new study has found that hypothetically there may be quite high temperatures. Scientists in the initial analysis recorded a mark of up to 10 million Kelvins.

Astronomers believe that the results of the experiment will help experts learn more about the milky Way, as well as how such galaxies formed and grew

The fifth state of matter was created on Board the ISS

The study, published in the online scientific journal Nature, reports the development of the fifth state of matter-the Bose-Einstein condensate-on Board the International space station. Microgravity allowed the condensate to achieve record-breaking characteristics: the free expansion time after the trap was turned off exceeded a second, and the effective temperature dropped below nanokelvin.

Butterflies on the wings of the discovered protection against heavy rains

Experts know that butterflies have very fragile wings. It would seem that heavy rain can damage them. Scientists from the Cornell Institute learned that due to the fact that there are special structures in the wings of butterflies, heavy raindrops are not dangerous for them. A study on how butterflies interact with large raindrops is published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences