21 Jul, 2020

News digest for 07/20/2020

Elena yakhontova, a Professor at the Department of corporate governance At the higher school of corporate governance of the Russian Academy of Sciences, agreed that it is premature to switch to a four-day working week.

The introduction of a four-day working week may lead to a reduction in the income of Russians and reduce the competitiveness of the Russian economy, said Alexander Safonov, Vice-rector of the Financial University under the government of Russia. In addition, in the current conditions, reducing working hours will lead to a decrease in labor productivity, Safonov believes.

“Especially taking into account the current situation, rising unemployment and lower salary expectations of staff,” yakhontova said. According to her, during the period of self-isolation, Russians spent their savings and, on the contrary, are ready to work more if this will ensure an increase in earnings.

Yuri Shevchuk supported the protesters in Khabarovsk

“St. Petersburg musicians represented by the DDT group strongly support your fight for justice. Good luck and good luck to you. Khabarovsk — you are not alone!”

Actions in support of Sergei Furgal were held in cities

The protesters gathered on Lenin square in the center of Novosibirsk and marched with placards along the city hall, and then walked along Krasny Prospekt to the regional government building. They shouted ” Furgalu freedom!”, “Khabarovsk, we are with you”, follows from the broadcast of the March, which was led by blogger Timur Khanov.

A campaign in support of Khabarovsk was held in Perm. Later, after the action, all participants were detained, and protocols were drawn up for them under article 20.2

Nikolaevsk-on-Amur joined the campaign ” Freedom Furgalu!”

Rospotrebnadzor will allow you not to leave tips in restaurants, bars and buffets

Rospotrebnadzor has updated the rules for providing services for restaurants, canteens, buffets, bars and other catering establishments. This is reported by TASS with reference to the draft resolution published on regulation.gov.ru. In the new version of the “Rules for providing public catering services”, establishments are prohibited from including “commissions, surcharges, tips”in the order without the client’s consent.

The updated regulations should enter into force on 1 January 2021, the discussion of the draft resolution goes up to 6 August 2020.

In Kiev, a memorial was opened in honor of journalist Pavel Sheremet

The monument in the form of a crumpled blank sheet of paper is installed on Ivan Franko street, near the place where Sheremet died. In 2019, police arrested three suspects in the murder of a journalist. The investigation of the customers of the crime continues.

In the Leningrad region opened a case on a man who knocked down a police officer’s cap when falling

The day before, an action against the criminal prosecution of Crimean Tatars took place in Gatchina. Vladimir Shipitsyn stood with a placard and held the Ukrainian flag. During police custody, the man fell, at which point the flag knocked off the employee’s cap. According to the lawyer Shipitsyn, the man “is charged that he hit a police officer on the head with a plastic tube from the flag, “writes Mediazona. Now the suspect is in isolation.

Japanese rocket with UAE space probe goes to Mars

The Japanese h-IIA carrier rocket with the UAE’s al-Amal (Hope) space probe went to Mars from the Tanegashima island spaceport.

The space probe was designed and constructed by Arab scientists and engineers. It is equipped with two solar panels, a multi-channel high-resolution camera, and infrared and ultraviolet spectrometers.

The probe will study the upper atmosphere of Mars, as well as monitor climate change by flying around the planet. It is expected to reach Mars in February 2021, when the UAE will celebrate 50 years since the founding of the state.

The data of 20 million users of VPN services was publicly available

The vpnMentor research team discovered publicly available data from more than 20 million users of the UFO VPN, Fast VPN, Free VPN, Super VPN, Flash VPN, Secure VPN and Rabbit VPN applications, Kommersant reports

Twitter has deleted a video shared by Donald Trump.

Twitter removed the post of the US President after a complaint about copyright infringement. This is a campaign video that used a song by the American rock band Linkin Park.

Number of forest fires in Russia since the beginning of 2020

More than 9 thousand forest fires have occurred in Russia since the beginning of the year, the fire affected an area of 1.2 million hectares, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Victoria Abramchenko said on Monday.

The Russian government will allocate funds to eliminate illegal landfills

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said that 3.5 billion rubles will be allocated to eliminate unauthorized landfills in six regions. The funds are allocated within the framework of the Federal project “Clean country “of the national project “Ecology”. The relevant government decree has already been signed.

“Within three years, we will allocate more than 3.5 billion rubles to the budgets of six regions for the elimination of such objects (unauthorized dumps.- “Kommersant”), including by the end of this year — more than 1 billion rubles, ” – said Mr. Mishustin at a meeting with Deputy Prime Ministers (quoted by TASS).

Russians are going to close Bank deposits

Almost 30% of Russians will prefer to withdraw their deposits from banks if the rate on them continues to fall. Depositors aged 21-35 are the most radical: 36% of them are ready to close deposits, while only 25% of people over 55 will take this step, according to a study by Rosgosstrakh Bank and NAFI, which is available to RIA Novosti.

On credit benefits for farmers

The Russian government will allocate 10 billion rubles for benefits on loans to enterprises of the agro-industrial complex (AIC). This was stated on Monday by Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin at a meeting with Deputy Prime Ministers.

Japan starts paying companies to leave China

The Japanese authorities will pay 70 billion yen (more than $654 million) to fifty Japanese companies that have decided to transfer their production facilities from China to their homeland or to any other country in Southeast Asia. This was announced on Friday by the Ministry of economy, trade and industry of the country.

India expects to store crude oil in the US

India plans to store some of its crude oil reserves in the United States. This is reported by the Press Trust of India (PTI) Agency, citing government sources.

Rubber glove stocks overtake Tesla in growth rate

The share price of Malaysian companies that produce rubber and latex gloves has grown this year more than Tesla, writes Bloomberg. For example, the securities of Supermax Corp. rose by more than 1000%, and Top Glove Corp. — by 389%, while the price of Tesla shares increased by 259%.

Gold imports in India

Due to the fall in domestic demand for precious metals, in April-June 2020, Indian gold imports fell to 688 million dollars – that is, by 94%. In the second quarter of 2019, India imported $ 11.5 billion worth of gold, according to data from the Ministry.

Russian Railways noted an increase in passenger train load

Russian Railways (RZD) has resumed 70% of its long-distance flights. This statement was made by Dmitry Pegov, Deputy General Director of Russian Railways. Many long-distance flights in Russia were suspended for non-proliferation of coronavirus infection, Pegov recalled.

Russian drivers began to be arrested for tinting

It is known that motorists whose cars are tinted “tightly”, first receive an order and a fine. However, if the wishes of traffic police officers are not met, the driver can be arrested — this decision is made by the court. A similar case has already occurred in Voronezh.

Kazakhstan will take $1500 from Russian residents for transit to their homeland

Kazakhstan is ready to provide transit of Russian citizens with their cars from Tajikistan to Russia for $1,500 per motorist, the press service of the Russian Consulate General in Khojent (Tajikistan) reported on July 17.

“The transit of passenger cars on the territory of Kazakhstan will be carried out on cargo trucks, and drivers with passengers on buses accompanied by the police. According to approximate calculations, the cost of transit services will be $ 1,500 for 1 passenger car with a driver and 3 passengers, ” the Consulate General explained.

The diplomats also noted that Russian citizens will have to pay an additional $ 40 for travel through Uzbekistan. Cars entering from Tajikistan will travel on their own to Kazakhstan, but will be accompanied by Uzbek police.

In the Hagia Sophia frescoes and mosaics will be covered with curtains

The Christian mosaics and frescoes in the Cathedral of St. Sophia (Hagia Sophia) in Istanbul will be closed with curtains during the time of Muslim prayers, said the press Secretary of the President of Turkey Ibrahim Kalin.

Russian tourists have started to go on vacation to Turkey via Belarus

After the opening of the borders with Belarus, Russian tourists began to travel to Turkey via Minsk. It is also noted that after the appearance of information about the possible resumption of flights to Turkey, the interest of Russians in its resorts has significantly increased – the share of relevant requests in the Network has increased by 6 times

Chevron decided to buy Noble Energy

The agreement to buy Noble Energy Inc in a deal with shares was expressed by the oil Corporation Chevron Corp on July 20, reports Reuters. Chevron Corp has agreed to buy American oil and gas producer Noble Energy for $5 billion.

China has moved a group of fighter jets to an island in the South China sea

Recently, two American nuclear-powered attack aircraft carriers appeared in the South China sea. After that, the Chinese air force command transferred a large group of J — 11B fighters to the largest island of the Paracel archipelago — woody.

In China, almost 24 million people were affected by floods in July

About 23.86 million Chinese residents were affected in July by heavy downpours and flooding in 24 regions of China, the Xinhua news Agency reported on July 19.

The wheel manufacturer BBS has declared bankruptcy in Germany

BBS employs about 1,200 people. The famous manufacturer of light-alloy wheels BBS filed for bankruptcy in a German court. This will be the third bankruptcy of the company in the last 13 years

The Chinese automaker announced prices for an analog of the Aurus Senat

Chinese car giant FAW has announced prices for a new premium H9 sedan under the Hongqi brand, which is positioned in the middle Kingdom the same way as Aurus in Russia. Luxury “four-door” can be safely called an analog of the domestic Aurus Senat.

TikTok refuses to build headquarters in London

The world-famous Chinese social network TikTok refuses to build a headquarters in London. The reason for this was the strained relations between the UK and China. TikTok has been heavily criticized recently.

Erdogan said that Turkey will release an electric car by the end of 2022

The first mass-produced electric car of Turkish production will come off the Assembly line by the end of 2022. The corresponding statement was made by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The Russian Prosecutor’s office declared 7 organizations undesirable

The Prosecutor General’s office has decided to recognize the activities of seven foreign non-governmental organizations in Russia as undesirable. This is reported on the Department’s website. The Agency found that ” the activities of these organizations pose a threat to the security of Russia.” This decision was sent to the Ministry of justice of Russia.

  • World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong Inc. (WOIPFG)
  • Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong in China
  • Global Mission to Rescure Persecuted Falun Gong Practitioners Inc. (GMRPFGP)
  • Friends of Falun Gong Inc.
  • Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting (DAFON)
  • Dragon Springs Buddhist Inc.
  • The European Falun Dafa Association

China is unhappy with s-400 deliveries to India

The Chinese publication Sina expressed serious concern that India is purchasing Russian s-400 anti-aircraft missile systems. The authors of the article believe that the S-400 will change the balance of power in the region, and this can lead to serious consequences

The Russian Government supported the draft law on distance learning

The government Commission on legislative activity supported the draft law on the procedure for applying distance learning. This is reported by TASS with reference to the draft recall of the Cabinet of Ministers

Were executed in Iran accused of spying for the CIA

Iranian authorities on Monday morning executed Mahmoud Mousavi Majd, accused of spying for the CIA, as well as transmitting information about the movements of General Qasem Suleimani, who was killed in January. This is reported by the Tasnim Agency. The investigation against Majd began before Suleimani’s death.

Sea Breeze military exercises have begun in the Black sea

“The twentieth anniversary Ukrainian – American sea breeze exercises have started in the black sea. This year, due to the pandemic, maneuvers will be limited only to the marine phase with the involvement of aviation. All joint events will be held in the black sea without contact of personnel, “the official news Agency of the Ministry of defense of Ukraine”Army inform” reported on Monday.

The Killers released a video for the song “My Own Soul’s Warning”

American rock band The Killers released a video for the track “My Own Soul’s Warning” from their upcoming album. The track ” My Own Soul’s Warning “will be included on the band’s new album,”Imploding the Mirage”. It was also announced that the Killers will perform at the Park Live festival on July 17, 2021 in Moscow.

Russian radar covered Armenia from air strikes

The Russian Container radar station, recently commissioned by the Russian military, completely covers the territory of Armenia from any external threats.

Turkey’s military industry is all at the disposal of Azerbaijan

The head of the Turkish defense industry Committee, Ismail Demir, assured that the Turkish defense industry is “always at the disposal of Azerbaijan”, which can take advantage of all its “experience, technologies and capabilities”. According to him, this includes UAVs, missiles and electronic warfare systems. Turkey is not only ready to provide Azerbaijan with new systems, but also to work “on upgrading existing systems, servicing and training”.

Turkish drone attacks Kurdish positions in Northern Syria

A Turkish air force drone struck a position of the Arab-Kurdish formations of the “Syrian democratic forces” near the city of Qamishli in the province of al-hasakeh, the Syrian state broadcasting Agency reports.

Nuclear mortars deployed in the North Caucasus

As part of the sudden readiness check announced by the Russian President, large-capacity artillery units were deployed in Ingushetia. This is reported by Rossiyskaya Gazeta.

Darth Vader will return in the Star wars series

The iconic character of the Star wars franchise Darth Vader will return in a spin-off project. The dark Lord will appear in the Disney+ series about Obi-WAN Kenobi. Most likely, Werder will be a minor character and will only appear as a cameo, according to Full Circle Cinema.

In the US, discovered super-black deep-sea fish

The skin of 16 species of deep-sea fish found in the Gulf of Mexico and Monterey Bay was found to be super-black. Experiments have shown that it reflects less than 0.5 percent of the light incident on it with a wavelength of 480 nanometers. One species had a record low reflectivity of just 0.044 percent. As noted in an article for the journal Current Biology, fish skin captures most of the incident light due to the dense packaging of melanosomes — intracellular structures that contain the pigment melanin. The discovery may form the basis of a new class of super-black materials.

Almost all water reserves on Earth can be of organic origin

As a result of the decomposition of complex organic molecules in the first epochs of the Earth’s existence, a significant part or virtually all of the planet’s water reserves could have been created. This conclusion was reached by Japanese planetary scientists from the University of Hokkaido.

In particular, the potential source of water for the Earth was organic matter that existed in the near part of the Solar system. When the planet was born, it had almost no liquid. Thus, any water molecules were destroyed by the ultraviolet radiation of the young Sun. Experts suggest that the liquid was brought to Earth as a result of a prolonged asteroid or comet bombardment.

Scientists from the United States and Canada have found a way to influence human intelligence

Scientists have discovered a way to improve a person’s intellectual capabilities, as well as significantly facilitate the search for effective methods of treating mental diseases. A joint study of American scientists from Vanderbilt University and canadian scientists From the center for vision research at York University showed that the found cells are a mechanism that activates the cortex

Experts in Singapore have created a robot that can touch objects like a human.

According to today News Ufa, the case is sensitive skin, which was developed by specialists from the National University of Singapore (NUS). It is even better than a human, because it recognizes touch faster.

Africa splits into two parts due to the formation of a new ocean

Scientists have found that the fault occurs between the African and Arab tectonic plates. British researcher Christopher Moore believes that part of East Africa will become a separate continent in the future.

The function of neurons was reproduced in a semiconductor

A team of specialists from six universities in different countries conducted research and was able to reproduce the function of neurons in a semiconductor. It is no secret that the development of modern microelectronics is achieved by reducing the size of transistors for microchips

The creators of the series “Chucky” presented the first teaser with the premiere date

The authors of the series “Chucky”, which tells about the famous killer doll, released the first teaser of the project. The first episodes are scheduled to premiere next year

Leanne La Havas released her first album in five years

British folk and soul singer Leanne La Havas has released her first album in 5 years. The performer used her own name as the title. You can listen to the album in Vkontakte, Apple Music, Spotify and Yandex.Music.”

Xiaomi smartphones will get an update with the upgraded version of MIUI 12.1

The feature of the upgraded version is the absence of Google services. Experts believe that this way Xiaomi “sharpens” the model for the Chinese user. It is known that the” base ” for the corresponding update was the Android 10 operating system. Access to the update was granted to owners of all varieties of smartphones of the Mi 8 model range produced in 2018.

Samsung announced the release date of the flexible smartphone Galaxy Fold 2

The new product will debut on August 5 as part of the Galaxy Unpacked 2020 presentation. The device is expected to receive a 7.7-inch super AMOLED flexible display with a 120 Hz refresh rate.

Chinese scientists described the lunar soil extracted by the lunar Rover Yutu-2

Scientists from China published the results of a study of lunar soil taken by the lunar Rover Yutu-2, July 17, with reference to the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Xinhua reports. Chinese researchers described the soil taken last year by Yutu-2 in the Background Pocket crater on the far side of the moon.

Scientists believe the Sun is the cause of devastating earthquakes

This hypothesis was first proposed by astronomer Rudolf wolf in 1953. Scientists have not been able to find an explanation for large earthquakes for several decades, because at that time they did not have enough data.

Employees of the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology and the University of Basilicata compared the available data on Solar activity obtained by the SOHO spacecraft, as well as information about major earthquakes. It turned out that the strongest earthquakes coincided with an increase in proton emission during solar activity.

Scientists have confirmed the age of the Universe

According to new research published in a series of papers by the international group of astrophysicists, the age of the Universe is about 13.8 billion years. Scientists from 41 institutes in seven countries have studied the oldest light in the Universe from its inception to the present day

Navalny announced the liquidation of the anti-corruption Fund

The anti-corruption Fund is closing, Alexey Navalny said on his website. FBK was included in the list of foreign agents in October last year. The Zamoskvoretsky court of Moscow, and then the Moscow city court, recognized this decision as legal.

The structure of the new Navalny Fund and its positions will be similar to those of the liquidated anti-corruption Fund, Ivan Zhdanov, Director of the FBK, told Open media. Whether Navalny will personally act as the founder of the new Fund, as was the case with the BC, he did not say.

One of the world’s most wanted criminals has been found in Belarus

Operating Director of the German company Wirecard Jan Marsalek, who is suspected of manipulation on the stock exchange, is hiding from justice in Belarus. His links to the Russian FSB were also discovered, according to the Insider, which conducted an investigation in conjunction with Bellingcat, Der Spiegel and McClatchy.

The Wirecard scandal began in June when EY, the company that audited the firm, reported a shortfall of €1.9 billion in its accounts. It was assumed that Mr. Marsalek was hiding in the Philippines.

New fines and tariffs for Russian motorists will be introduced in August

Drivers will be fined if they do not have a diagnostic card confirming that they have passed the technical inspection. The fine will be two thousand rubles. We will clarify that earlier such fines, but in a smaller amount, were received by drivers of buses, taxis and trucks….

Visa centers in France have resumed their work in Russia.

How it transmits vfsglobal.com since July 20, they have reopened in Vladivostok, Yekaterinburg, Irkutsk, Kazan, Kaliningrad, Krasnodar, Krasnoyarsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Perm, Rostov-on-don, Samara, Saratov and Khabarovsk.

The police consider Putin’s order impossible

The Ministry of internal Affairs insists on revising the target death rate on Russian roads. Instead of the current goal for 2024 – 4 deaths in road accidents per 100,000 population-the Ministry of internal Affairs proposes to double the target standard: 8.4 deaths per 100,000.

Russian presidential elections will rise in price by a third

The 2024 presidential election will cost the budget a record 22 billion rubles — the amount the Ministry of Finance has put in the project documentation for the budget for the next three years, Open media found. The Ministry’s documents specify that the amount is set for the preparation and holding of presidential elections by 2023.

This is a third higher than the 2018 presidential election and even the plebiscite for “zeroing” Putin’s terms — both procedures cost the budget about 14 billion rubles – and almost ten times more expensive than the 2004 election — they then spent 2.5 billion rubles.

The campaign “Immortal regiment” will be moved to 2021.

Earlier, this proposal was made by Vasily Lanovoy. Initially, the rally was moved from may 9 to July, but later it was said that the March could take place in September. However, the epidemiological situation has not yet allowed us to make accurate predictions about the “Immortal regiment”.

Catalonia’s big Republican protest.

The Royal couple is due to arrive at Poblet monastery today.Dissatisfied supporters of the separation of the region began a protest March to the monastery and littered the railway with burning tires, traffic was stopped. The slogan of Catalunya no té rei is “Catalonia has no king”.

New Belarusian Ambassador to the US makes first statements

“We and the United States of America will not become military and political allies in the foreseeable future, but we can be mutually beneficial partners”

Among the priorities, he named attracting financial resources, economic and energy dialogue, international security and law enforcement cooperation – and said that contacts between the military are necessary.