11 Jul, 2020

News digest for 07/10/2020

Leaks were explained by roof repairs, but assured that the wards do not leak

Parents of patients at the children’s regional hospital in Arkhangelsk complained about leaking walls and roof of the building. They joke that you need an umbrella and rubber boots to move around the medical facility. In the press service of the regional Ministry of health, the publication “Rise” leaks explained the repair of the roof, but assured that the chamber does not flow.

“There is currently a planned repair of the roof, respectively, part of the roof was removed. And then it was agreed that it was still raining. We’ve had heavy downpours here for several days. It flows a little into the ventilation shafts, so it leaks at the seams. As far as I know, the wards do not leak, we are talking about the corridor and such places. Now the masters must eliminate everything. The chief doctor and chief engineer are in the know, everyone is fussing.”

Seoul mayor found dead

The official’s disappearance was reported by his daughter. She said that Park Won-sung left a note that looked like a will. His phone was turned off, the last time the signal was recorded in the North of Seoul. According to official data, Park Won-soon left his residence on the morning of July 9. Body found in Park Bugaksan.

According to media reports, the day before, Park’s press Secretary Won-sung accused him of harassment, which, according to her, continued since 2017.

Park Won-sun has been the mayor of the South Korean capital since 2011. He was considered a likely candidate for the 2022 presidential election.

Journalist Arkady Babchenko was added to the list of terrorists and extremists

Rosfinmonitoring added journalist Arkady Babchenko to the list of terrorists and extremists. The corresponding entry appeared in the registry on July 9. The reasons for this decision are not reported.

Arkady Babchenko has been outside of Russia since 2017. Now he lives in Kiev. In recent years, Babchenko is known for extremely negative statements against the Russian authorities.

The PayPal payment service stops transfers in Russia from July 31

“We will only support international payments: you will be able to use PayPal services normally, but only to make payments to foreign PayPal users and to receive payments from foreign users,” the notice of changes to PayPal’s agreements with users says.

PayPal made This decision after the amendments to the Russian law “on the national payment system”came into force.

The budget of advertising of the payment system “World”

The Mir payment system operator spent 3.4 billion rubles on advertising, marketing and PR in 2019. In 2018, 1.6 billion rubles were spent on the same goals. The press service of the payment system operator “declined to comment on the dynamics of advertising expenses”.

About the removal of restrictions in Moscow

From July 13:

  • the mandatory mask mode on the streets of Moscow is canceled, but you still need to wear protective equipment in public transport and stores;
  • restrictions on full-time work of educational institutions (universities, colleges, sports, music schools, etc.) are removed.);
  • restrictions on the operation of attractions, parks of culture and recreation, cultural centers, etc. are removed.
  • sections and clubs, discos, etc. are resumed, but with the condition that the number of visitors does not exceed 50% of the maximum capacity of the sites;
  • children’s camps and entertainment centers will open;
  • all restrictions in the sphere of business and services are removed.

From August 1:

  • cinemas, theaters and concert halls will open with a maximum of 3,000 seats and a condition that they are half full;
  • the number of spectators at sports events can be increased from 10% to 50% of the maximum capacity of the stands;
  • clubs and sections of the Moscow longevity program resume their work, but on condition that classes are held only in the open air.

Building hospitals in Russia will become easier and faster

“The government has prescribed a resolution that makes 30% of state standards And other mandatory requirements recommendatory. The remaining 70% is processed to meet modern requirements. Construction, accordingly, becomes more comfortable, this will reduce all costs and make all relations related to construction more transparent” – Mikhail Mishustin, Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation

Vladimir Putin instructed to introduce a tax for the rich by July 24.

By this day, the government must ensure that the law is passed. In the same time frame, the Cabinet of Ministers needs to conduct a tax maneuver in the IT sphere, according to the presidential instruction published on the Kremlin’s website.

The Russian military conducted large-scale exercises

The Russian military conducted large-scale exercises that worked out actions to eliminate the consequences of the use of weapons of mass destruction, the Western military district (ZVO) reported.

“More than three thousand soldiers of the combined arms army of the Eastern Federal district were involved on the basis of military units of the Voronezh, Belgorod, Kursk, Bryansk, and Smolensk regions,” the report says.

Blackwater mercenaries took part in the protests

Mercenaries of one of the world’s largest private military companies (PMCs) of the American Blackwater took part in protests in Belgrade, which turned into clashes with the police, reported the Serbian newspaper Alo. The newspaper reports that in addition to right-wing radicals, students, and representatives of the public movement “1 out of 5 million”, mercenaries, citizens of Serbia who previously fought in the East of Ukraine on the side of the APU, took part in the protests in Belgrade.

The depiction of Jesus Christ by blacks contradicts Church canons

The image of Jesus Christ as a black man contradicts Church canons, because he was not an African-American, Archpriest Leonid Kalinin, head of the expert Council of the Russian Orthodox Church on Church art, architecture and restoration, told RIA Novosti on Thursday.

Earlier, a painting of a black Jesus Christ, a variation on the theme of Leonardo da Vinci’s famous mural “the last supper”, which received the same name, appeared on the altar of St. Alban Cathedral in England as a sign of solidarity with the black Lives Matter movement.

The YouTube video service is not obligated to report pirate data

The YouTube video service is not obliged to disclose the IP addresses, email addresses or phone numbers of violators who illegally post films on this Internet platform, and may limit itself to their postal addresses-the decision of the EU Court in Luxembourg

Alexander Lukashenko announced the detention of four employees of the Russian GRU.

This was written on his Facebook page by journalist Pyotr Petrovsky, who participated in the meeting of the Belarusian President with media representatives. In the comments, Petrovsky added: “it was announced that they worked in the team of Tikhanovsky.”

In Bashkortostan, a 100-year-old veteran of the great Patriotic war was brutally killed

The robbers broke into the house of Ivan Nikolaevich Nesmeyanov in the village of Leuza, beat him and tied his hands and feet with a rope. Before they killed him, the fiends tortured the front-line soldier, demanding to see where his savings lay. The plunder of the robbers was one million rubles. The veteran’s body was discovered by his neighbor the next morning

People’s front of Russia proposed to increase the fine for motorists

The initial fine for a driver for driving at a stop light should be increased to 5 thousand rubles. This was stated by the head of the working group of the all-Russian popular front (onf) “Protection of the rights of motorists” Peter Shkumatov, RIA Novosti reports.
Up to 5 thousand rubles in the onf offer to increase the penalties for installing deliberately false numbers.
Up to 2.5 thousand rubles, if the speed is 40-60 km / h more than the limit (now the amount of the fine is 500 rubles), for repeated violations-up to 5 thousand rubles.
Up to 5 thousand rubles. (now 1.5 thousand rubles., if the speed is more than 60 km / h exceeds the permissible limit (possible deprivation of rights for four to six months), for repeated violations, the fine will be 15 thousand rubles.

According to Shkumatov, it is necessary to punish cyclists who drive a vehicle while drunk. The amount of the fine for them may be 5 thousand rubles.

The volume of cash in Russia has grown to a record level

The Central Bank records the growth of cash in the country: at the beginning of July, the volume of cash supply exceeded 11.6 trillion rubles, i.e. for every Russian, including prisoners, disabled people and infants, there is 80,000 rubles of cash.

As the head of the information and analytical center “Alpari” Alexander Razuvaev told “Vedomosti”, Bank accounts in recent months have been reset by both business and ordinary citizens. In addition to the active departure of business in gray schemes, the growth of the money supply is also facilitated by Russians who receive salaries in envelopes.

Doshirak surpassed Rollton in revenue growth in the Russian market

The growth rate of revenue of Doshirak in 2019 was almost three times higher than that of the manufacturer of Rollton, according to data from the SPARK-Interfax system. The revenue of Doshirak Rus LLC last year amounted to 11.5 billion rubles, which is 13.9% more than in 2018. The growth rate accelerated from 12.6% a year earlier.

Russia paid additional 420 million dollars to China for the purchase of oil

In April and may, China arranged a global purchase of oil at low prices and filled almost all oil storage tanks to the brim. Russia’s exports to China in may increased by 17.4% to 1.75 million barrels per day. But taking into account transportation and duties, oil prices for suppliers were actually negative: Russian oil companies lost an average of $ 3 per barrel, and with operating costs, losses could reach $ 6-8 per barrel. In total, Russia “paid extra” to China for the purchase of its oil 420 million dollars.

Russian demand for cash loans increased by a third

According to Dmitry Sivov, head of consumer credit development at Raiffeisenbank, the demand for such loans increased by 23% in may compared to April. It is specified that in June, the indicator rose by 30%.

The court allowed the British Bank not to pay the debt to Vekselberg

The court of appeal of England confirmed that the British Bank Cynergy Bank Limited can not pay interest on the loan it received from the Cyprus company Lamesa Investments Limited Viktor Vekselberg. Earlier, this decision was made by the High court of England and Wales. The decision of the court of appeal is dated June 30

In 2017, Lamesa, controlled by Vekselberg, issued a loan to Cynergy in the amount of £30 million ($38 million), but the Bank refused to pay interest on it, after the US imposed personal financial sanctions against Vekselberg in April 2018.

Japan’s defense Ministry has identified a new strategic military threat to the country’s security

Russia, the United States and China have begun developing unmanned submarines. The greatest concern of the Japanese military is caused by Chinese underwater drones, which they assess as inconspicuous and technically perfect.

Protein produced after training improves cognitive function

Scientists from the University of California, San Francisco have identified a little-known protein produced by the liver after exercise. It can protect the brain from age-related cognitive decline, writes New Atlas. The new study is published in the journal Science.

700-year-old seal of the Pope found in the UK

In Shropshire (West of England), Amateur archaeologist Andy Basset used a metal detector to find the 700-year-old seal of Pope innocent IV in a field (his papacy began in 1243), EveningExpress reports

The US Department of energy reported a decrease in demand for LNG exports

The energy information administration of the us Department of energy (EIA) reported a reduction in the supply of American liquefied natural gas. In June and July, foreign customers canceled deliveries of 70 shipments. The Ministry believes that in August, buyers will refuse 40 more LNG shipments

The US announced a significant increase in the country’s budget deficit in June

Last month, the US spent a record $1.105 trillion – $763 billion more than in June last year, the congressional Budget office reported. At the same time, due to the decline in economic activity in the country, budget revenues decreased by 28% ($92 billion) compared with the June figure of last year – this is the strongest drop since the financial crisis of 2008-2009.

As a result, the us budget deficit for the year increased 101 times – from $8 billion in June last year to $863 billion. Its growth over the past month was more than for the whole of 2018, and only $121 billion less than the figure for the whole of last year ($984 billion).

Pushkov proposed to ban disloyal artists from entering Russia

Foreign artists who Express hostility to Russia should be banned from entering the country. This proposal was made by the head of the Federation Council Commission on information policy and interaction with the media Alexey Pushkov.

Britain announced a military warning to Russia

Britain sent the nuclear-powered submarine HMS Trenchant to the Arctic to participate in military exercises as a clear “warning” to Russian President Vladimir Putin amid the strengthening of the Russian fleet, writes the British daily Express.

The US has imposed sanctions on officials from China’s Xinjiang

The us office of foreign assets control has announced sanctions against the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous region’s office of public security, as well as several Chinese officials for human rights violations, RIA Novosti reported, citing a statement from the Department.

Iran and Syria sign agreement to expand military cooperation

The agreement was signed by chief of staff of the Iranian Armed forces Mohammad Bakeri and Syrian defense Minister Ali Abdullah Ayyub in the Syrian capital of Damascus.

“As part of the agreement, Iran will strengthen Syria’s air defense system. This cooperation between the two countries will increase our ability to resist US pressure, ” Bakeri said.

According to him, the countries of the region do not welcome the presence of the United States on its territory. The Iranian commander also called on Turkey to resolve problems with Syria through dialogue.

The US approved the sale of 105 f-35 aircraft to Japan

The US has approved the sale of 105 fifth-generation f-35 fighter jets to Japan for more than $ 23 billion. It is noted that the state Department considered that the contract corresponds to American interests, since Japan is a major ally. Thus, Tokyo will receive 63 aircraft of the f-35A modification, 42 pieces of F-35B and 110 f135 engines. The contract terms, which include the sale itself, technical support and training of Japanese, are 25 years.

The DPRK declared it impossible to carry out denuclearization

The DPRK cannot yet carry out denuclearization, as the United States and other countries of the world demand. This statement was made by the younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong – UN-Kim Yo-Jong, who holds the high post of first Deputy head of the Department of the Central Committee of the Workers ‘ party of Korea (WPK). At the same time, she stressed that in order for her country to get rid of its nuclear potential, it is necessary that the US also take “important steps”.

“We cannot denuclearize now, but this does not mean that we will never do it,” the Korean Central Telegraph Agency (KCNA) quoted the “shadow leader” as saying.

China announced talks on disputed territories with India

Representatives of India and China will maintain a dialogue between the countries in order to avoid an escalation in relations over border issues, said Chinese foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao lijian, quoted by RIA Novosti. He also announced a new round of consultations between India and China.

The US state Department has agreed to sell weapons to Taiwan

The office of defense cooperation and security of the us Department of defense reported that the state Department approved the possible sale of equipment for upgrading Patriot PAC-3 systems to Taiwan. The total amount of the transaction is estimated at 620 million dollars.

Beijing considers Taiwan one of the provinces of China, and the Chinese foreign Ministry has repeatedly opposed any supply of American weapons and military equipment to the island

Released the trailer for the second season of the series “Umbrella Academy”

The project tells about seven children with superpowers who were adopted and raised by a billionaire. In the new series, the characters were in the past, in the 1960s, and now must unite to try again to save the world

The first ArtMasters creative competence championship has started in Russia

The national Open artmasters championship, which can be attended by young people working in the creative industries, has started in Russia, according to the organizers. The competition will be held in 16 competencies: composer-arranger, music video maker, computer game writer, web designer, game designer, graphic designer, animator, editing Director, makeup artist, costume designer, lighting designer, mixed reality designer, sound designer in audio-visual media, set designer, stage mechanics operator, sound engineer.

ArtMasters will be held in three stages. The first – selection of applications (ending on August 11), the second-online testing, which will end on August 28, and the third-protection of works in front of the audience and the jury. It will last until October 15. Anyone can apply in a special form on the website artmasters.ru….

In St. Petersburg, the jazz weekend “Brodsky DRIVE” will be held

On July 17, a big summer jazz weekend will begin in St. Petersburg. The VI international jazz festival “Brodsky DRIVE” will last for three days. It will take place in a wonderful place – the Sheremetyevo garden, the estate of famous patrons of the arts.

Cranberries will re-release the album No Need To Argue

The band will re-release the the Cranberries album No Need To Argue. The new release will include additional material: b-sides, remixes, demos of songs, live recordings that were previously unreleased. The album will also include a cover version of the Carpenters ‘track” (They Long To Be) Close To You»

The Rolling Stones released a previously unreleased song

British band The Rolling Stones released a previously unreleased song, Criss Cross. It will be included on the reissue of the 1973 album Goats Head Soup. The release included two more tracks that the musicians had not released before.

Creative introduced the FLAGSHIP sxfi GAMER headphones for gamers

The new flagship creative SXFI GAMER gaming headset features more professional parameters than previous models. Creative Technology company introduced gaming headphones

Canon has announced new mirrorless cameras EOS R5 and EOS R6

The EOS R6 camera is equipped with a full-frame image sensor with a resolution of 20.1 MP, a DIGIC X processor, a USB Type-C connector, W-Fi 802.11 n and Bluetooth wireless connectivity, and two SD slots. It is expected to go on sale at the end of next month. Its estimated cost is $ 2,499.

EOS R5 will be able to shoot full-frame video in 8K resolution and a frequency of almost 30 frames. Canon Log modes with different frame rates will also be available to EOS R5 owners. In particular, 4K video can be recorded at a rate of 119.9 frames per second with the 4:2:2\10 mode. Dual CF \ SD UHS-II memory card slot, and built-in Wi-Fi module. The cost of the camera is still unknown, but analysts believe that it will be $3000-3500.

People are spending 40% more time on their smartphones than they did a year ago

The time spent by people around the world on a smartphone in the second quarter of 2020 increased by 40%. In the period from April to June, the planet’s inhabitants spent on average more than 200 billion hours on mobile apps every month.

Huawei presented its flagship smartphone in Russia

Chinese giant Huawei has introduced a new flagship smartphone P40 Pro+to the Russian market.The price of the gadget will be 100 thousand rubles. The new product is equipped with an OLED screen and a camera with five lenses.

Tinder has added a video call feature

The Dating service Tinder has a video call feature. This is reported on the company’s website. Users from 13 countries, including the USA, Australia, France and others, can now call each other.

Google has opened the source code of the vulnerability scanner Tsunami

Google has opened the sources of the Tsunami scanner, a scalable solution for detecting dangerous vulnerabilities with a minimum number of false positives. The scanner is aimed at large corporate networks consisting of thousands or even millions of Internet-connected systems.

The active noise canceling system attenuated the sounds from the open window

Scientists made an active noise reduction system and tested it in a mock-up room with a full-size household window. It turned out that in a typical urban transport frequency range, it can be used to muffle up to 10 decibels of the average sound pressure level in a room with an open window. Further development of such systems will probably allow combining natural ventilation and noise reduction in urban conditions. The study is published in the journal Nature.

In Britain, a robot chemist was introduced

The device is charged for the rest of the time. The robot performed 688 experiments in a week. He acted without assistance, in particular, removing air from test tubes, as well as diluting and weighing liquids.

Intestinal bacteria reduces the risk of heart disease

A recent study conducted by Ohio state University found that the bacterium Eubacterium limosum reduces the likelihood of heart disease. The results are published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, according to Heilpraxisnet.

Man used horses as a means of transportation in the bronze age

An international team of researchers of the mound in the Novoilinovsky-2 burial ground system came to these conclusions (experts from Kazakhstan, Russia and the United States worked on the site as part of the group). The theory was supported by the age of the found animal remains and changes in the shape of their skulls: andronovians mastered horse riding several centuries earlier than is generally believed.

Ancient people began to show their individuality 120 thousand years ago

The craving for jewelry, indicating a desire to show their own individuality, was among the ancient people 120 thousand years ago. This conclusion was reached by archaeologists who discovered shells with holes that were collected and used as ornaments by our distant ancestors.

The theory of the archaeologist Heyerdahl was able to confirm the DNA analysis

American scientists from Stanford University managed to prove a hypothesis that provides for the fact that the ancient inhabitants of the American continent made trips to the Islands of Polynesia.

Specialists received genetic material from 807 inhabitants of French Polynesia and Colombia. The genome samples spread to fifteen native American groups and seventeen Islands. These people live on the Pacific coast of South and North America. Scientists conducted analyses and found that fragments of DNA of islanders and native American groups are the same. This, in turn, indicates a mix of cultures.

Interstellar travel can cause language problems

In a new paper, associate Professor at the University of Kansas, USA, Andrew McKenzie and his colleagues discuss the dangers of over-evolution of spoken language on Board a ship designed for interstellar travel.

The whole point is that during the flight on Board an interstellar spacecraft, several generations, or even dozens of generations of people will change, and the language on Board the ship will evolve independently, changing beyond recognition, according to the authors of a new study.