10 Aug, 2020

News digest for 08/08-09/2020

According to the OECD, the GDP of most of the world’s countries declined in the 2nd quarter of 2020, the total GDP of the G20 countries fell by 3.4%, and the EU countries-by 11.9%.
The leaders of the fall are Mexico (minus 17.3%), France (-13.8%) and Italy (-12.4%). And a note about the fall in US GDP, which was almost 33%, and here 9.5%: Americans, when they publish their figures, calculate “annualized” indicators (if the entire year GDP would fall at the same rate, then GDP for the year would fall by 32.9%). The OECD also publishes honest figures quarter-on-quarter – hence the discrepancies.

Exceptions: China (+11.5%, rebound after Q1 decline), Saudi Arabia (+1.2%), India (+0.7%), Turkey (+0.6%) and Russia (0.3%)

The EU again did not include Russia in the list for opening borders

The EU has revised the list of countries from which entry to the territory of the Union is allowed. However, the Russians still do not face a trip to Europe: Russia did not get into it. The new version of the list includes 11 States: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and China — provided that Beijing also opens its borders in accordance with the principle of reciprocity.

In Perm, the state Prosecutor requested the terms of the defendants in the case of Putin’s doll

The Prosecutor asks to send the guys to the colony and appoint: Alexander Shabarchin-3 years, Alexander Kotov-2 years, Danila Vasiliev-1 year and 6 months.

The Central Bank of Russia will allow not to return foreign currency earnings

The Bank of Russia announced that it is submitting a proposal to the government to cancel the requirement for mandatory crediting of foreign currency earnings from exports to Russian accounts in several stages. Companies and sole proprietors selling goods and services abroad will be able to leave currency in foreign jurisdictions, according to a message on the Central Bank’s website.

The package of proposals was formed based on the analysis of the current currency legislation and will ” reduce the administrative burden on businesses and banks. Now exporters are required to transfer foreign currency earnings to their accounts in Russian banks. Each amount received in foreign currency passes through the Bank’s currency control: the company or individual entrepreneur must provide other documents explaining the origin of the money.

All-Russian protest action together with Khabarovsk

  • Barnaul
  • Blagoveshchensk
  • Vologda
  • Voronezh
  • Vladivostok
  • Yekaterinburg
  • Krasnoyarsk
  • Kirov
  • Krasnodar
  • Moscow
  • Naberezhnye Chelny
  • Novosibirsk
  • Omsk
  • Orel
  • Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
  • Perm
  • Pskov
  • Saint-Petersburg
  • Samara
  • Tambov
  • Irkutsk
  • Ulyanovsk
  • Ulan Ude
  • Khabarovsk
  • Chelyabinsk
  • Chita
  • Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
  • Yakutsk

The court suspended the operation of the Wheely service

Meshchansky court of Moscow suspended the service for ordering premium cars with a driver Wheely for 90 days. This decision was made by the court in the framework of an administrative case under article 17.7 of the administrative Code of the Russian Federation on non-compliance with the legal requirements of the Prosecutor’s office.

The Moscow Prosecutor’s office in late may 2020 reported violations in the work of Wheely: the service refused to transmit geolocation data and information about drivers to the Moscow Department of transport. The Moscow transport Department asked the Prosecutor’s office to check Wheely. The company is appealing the court’s decision.

Trump bypassed Congress and took a number of steps to support the economy:

  • the unemployed will receive an additional $400 a week;
  • those who earn less than $100 thousand a year will not pay salary tax until the end of 2020;
  • the previous point trump promised to make permanent if he is re-elected;
  • non-payers of rent or mortgage will not be evicted from housing yet

Russians again began to actively take microloans for weddings and equipment

During the coronavirus pandemic, money was taken only to cover emergency loans, treatment and repairs, and in July, Russians returned to their usual needs and began actively issuing loans for weddings, vacations and household appliances, according to a study of the financial marketplace “Unicom 24”, which is available to RIA Novosti.

There were protests and clashes with police in Beirut.

Protesters took to the streets calling for the resignation of the current government and expressed their lack of confidence in the transparency of the trial of the perpetrators of the explosion in the Beirut port on August 4. Some of the rioters tried to break through the barrier and enter the Lebanese Parliament building. Protesters also threw stones at law enforcement officers, and several arson attacks were reported.

The Prime Minister of Lebanon addressed the protesters

He said that the explosion in the port was caused by corruption, and it is possible to get out of the crisis only with the help of early parliamentary elections.

During the anti-government rally, protesters occupied the foreign Ministry and the Ministry of economy of the country. The authorities brought troops into the city. We know about 150 victims, including civilians and military personnel.

My diplomatic passport doesn’t allow them to stop me

The assistant to the President of Abkhazia who rammed the border post explained the incident on the border with Russia. Ahra Avidzba told RBC that he was not allowed to enter Abkhazia for five hours at the Russian border post, after which he decided to “just go”.

He specified that the gate opened from the impact of the car, before that the car had already been inspected. Border guards detained him because of tax arrears. Avidzba explained that he had previously had problems at the Russian border point.

“I am registered in the city of Sochi, I have five cars registered for me, so taxes are coming in. But even if I had a billion dollars in debt, my passport won’t let them stop me. They should write a notification to the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Abkhazia.”

Malta and Luxembourg have agreed to increase the tax on capital from Russia

Malta and Luxembourg have agreed to amend their double tax treaties with Russia and raise tax rates on interest and dividends from Russia to 15%. Russia will again try to find a compromise with Cyprus.

Austrian company OMV is preparing to compete with Gazprom

The volume of oil and gas production by the Austrian company will allow it to compete with Gazprom in Eastern and Central Europe. Austrian share in the Khan Asparuh field) increase significantly.

The Russians refused to lend to the government

At the beginning of the year, the Russian population had Federal bonds worth 291 billion rubles.the Ministry of Finance even came up with a special program of “people’s” OFZs to attract citizens ‘ money. But at the end of June, Russian investments in the country’s national debt decreased to 192 billion.

Russians warned about rising meat prices

Large sausage producers have noticed a 26-32 percent increase in the cost of pork and poultry since the beginning of July, Kommersant writes. Market players note that pork has risen in price by 32 percent (up to 170 rubles per kilogram), and the carcass of broiler chicken — by 26 percent (up to 108 rubles per kilogram).

Saudi Aramco has cut the September price of oil for Europe and Asia

Saudi Aramco, the state-owned oil and gas company, lowered September prices for its oil for northwestern Europe, the Mediterranean region and Asia, Bloomberg reported. For the US, the price of Saudi oil remains the same.

The amount of cash in Russia has reached a new historical high

The amount of cash in circulation in Russia for the first time reached 12.62 trillion rubles. By August 1, the amount of cash in July increased by 1.6%, or 202 billion rubles, according to Central Bank statistics.

China has started blocking Network connections that hide hosting information

It is noted that blocking occurs on transit routes for connections both from China to the external Network and from the external Internet to the interior of the country. It is worth noting that the ESNI extension allows you to encrypt data about the requested host.

Paleontologists have discovered the secret of the long-necked reptile

Swiss scientists have managed to solve the mystery of tanystropheus-a reptile that lived in the Triassic period. Its main feature, which has attracted the attention of paleontologists around the world, is an incredibly long neck. Consisting of only 13 cervical vertebrae, it was 5o percent of the length of the entire animal. Tanistropheae were called ambush predators, whose long neck made it possible to quickly and quietly get their prey, even deep at the bottom of the reservoir.

Canada will impose retaliatory duties on us goods in 30 days

We will respond quickly and strongly to unprovoked duties from the US — we will introduce countermeasures… After Washington’s decision, the canadian Prime Minister decided to launch a consultation on a broad list of products containing aluminum. We encourage canadian businesses to participate in these meetings within the next 30 days, after which we will impose retaliatory duties, ” Freeland said.

Earlier, Donald trump announced the return of 10 percent duties on aluminum from Canada. According to him, the canadian government broke a promise that the country’s aluminum “will not fill the market and kill jobs.”

Hungarian PM calls illegal migrants a biological threat

This is written by the local newspaper Daily News Hungary with reference to the broadcast of the Hungarian radio station Kossuth Radio. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has called on authorities to ban them from entering the country during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“All illegal immigrants who want to enter the country not only violate Hungarian laws, but also pose a biological threat,” the Prime Minister said. He added that it is impossible to track the health status of all those arriving in Hungary, so it is easier to close the borders.

Migrants tried to enter the UK via the English channel

235 migrants tried to enter the UK through the English channel. They used 17 boats for this purpose. They were intercepted by the British coast guard and border force. The Ministry of internal Affairs of the Kingdom called the record number of illegal immigrants detained per day.

A week ago, according to the BBC, at least 202 migrants tried to cross to Britain. According to the interior Ministry, almost 4,000 people have illegally crossed the English channel since the beginning of the year.

Ankara has not recognized the Greek-Egyptian border demarcation agreement

The Turkish authorities refused to recognize the agreement on the demarcation of Maritime borders in the Mediterranean sea, which was signed on August 6 by the foreign Ministers of Egypt and Greece. According to Greek foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, the signed document is within the framework of international law and solves an old problem. At the same time, Athens does not hide that its agreement with Cairo was a response to the actions of Tripoli and Ankara.

The Creator of McLaren F1 has released a light supercar

The British company Gordon Murray Automotive presented an ultralight supercar T. 50, whose weight exceeds 1000 kilograms, the length of the car was 4630 mm, and its weight is 986 kilograms. The chassis and body are completely made of composite materials.

Disclose financial data or withdraw from their exchanges

The US administration has developed a plan according to which companies from China will either have to accept the required audit rules, or refuse to trade shares on American exchanges, the Wall Street Journal newspaper writes, citing representatives of the Ministry of Finance and the securities and exchange Commission.

If the borders with Turkey are closed, Russians will not be refunded for tours

Russian travel agencies do not plan to refund customers for purchased tours to Turkey if the country’s borders are closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Starting from August 10, tourists from Russia can go to various resort cities.

In the capital of Bulgaria, protesters resumed the blockade of intersections

Three key Sofia intersections – on the Orel bridge, opposite the rector’s office of the Sofia University ” SV. Kliment Ohridski ” and the so-called “power triangle” are still blocked by protesters, August 9 reports Dnes.bg. On the benches used for barricades on the Eagle bridge, inscriptions: “I am a human shield” and “Resignation”.

The state Department recognized the conduct of SMS-mailing in Russia to search for hackers

The US state Department explained its SMS mailing to the Russians with an offer of a reward of $ 10 million for information about cyber threats aimed at the upcoming presidential election. The state Department added that the mailing “was aimed at raising awareness at the international level” and the campaign was conducted in several languages.

Earlier, the us authorities announced the amount of remuneration that will be received by those who provide evidence of Russian interference in the us election. The amount was $ 10 million.

Ukrainian authorities have called a condition for the resumption of water supplies to Crimea

Kiev can resume water supplies to Crimea if a “humanitarian disaster” occurs in the region. This was stated by Prime Minister of Ukraine Denis Shmyhal. He noted that Ukraine is ready to help with medicines, water and everything necessary. This is reported by RIA Novosti Crimea.

The Prime Minister said that the supply of water through the North Crimean channel is impossible “for technical reasons”. According to him, the water utility needs repair, as journalists have reported more than once.

The European Union told about the condition for obtaining a visa for residents of Crimea

EU Ambassador to Russia Markus Ederer said that Russian passports issued in Crimea are not accepted when applying for a Schengen visa. Residents of the Peninsula can get it at the consulates of EU countries in Ukraine

Deep Purple announced the start date of the tour with a new album

Cult rock band Deep Purple has released a new album Whoosh! and announced the dates of the world tour, which was postponed due to the pandemic. The band’s guitarist Steve Morse said that the new record includes 13 tracks that will make the listener smile and be happy.

The trailer for the Third day with Jude law has been released

HBO released a trailer for the drama series “the Third day”, where the main role was played by two-time Oscar nominee Jude law (“Sherlock Holmes”,” the Young Pope”). In the center of the story is a man named Sam, who finds himself on a mysterious island off the coast of Britain.

Ben Affleck adapts Sam Wasson’s book the Big goodbye

Actor and Director Ben Affleck is adapting Sam Wasson’s book the Big goodbye, dedicated to the creation of Roman Polanski’s neo-Noir Chinatown. The film tells about the decline of Hollywood author’s movies made by major studios.

Affleck will also write the screenplay and produce the film with Lorne Michaels. The film will be produced by Paramount Pictures, which shot Chinatown 40 years ago.

Actress Zoe Saldana apologized for not being black enough

42-year-old American actress and dancer Zoe “Gamora” Sandala has officially apologized for allowing herself to play in the biopic of singer Nina Simone, being not black enough. We are talking about the tape “Nina” (Nina) in 2016.

Remake of the Korean action movie Man from nowhere

Director Chad Stahelski and screenwriter Derek Kolstad, who worked on the “John Wick” franchise, are preparing an English-language remake of the Korean film “Man from nowhere”. New Line Cinema Studio will shoot the new project.The original was released in 2010.

Jared Leto to play Andy Warhol in biopic

American actor and musician Jared Leto will play Andy Warhol in a biopic. He announced this in his Instagram account. The actor published photos the artist and officially announced his participation in the biographical film

The Director of “Matrix” confirmed that the trilogy is dedicated to transgender people

The Director of “the Matrix” Wachowski Lilly confirmed that the trilogy is devoted to transgender people. She made the statement during an interview with Netflix Film Club. Fans ‘ suspicions about the true meaning of the trilogy’s films emerged after the Wachowski brothers underwent gender reassignment surgeries and became sisters – in 2012 and 2016. Viewers began to look for references to transsexuality and metaphors on this topic in the tapes

Released a trailer for the Russian Comedy Moping

The project was selected for the competition program of the 31st Open Russian film festival Kinotavr. The film was directed by Alexey Kamynin. The film will be released on October 1. The plot tells the story of three not very successful Moscow friends

Huawei will release the latest smartphone with the Kirin chipset

According to Chendong, the new us sanctions do not allow companies that use US technology in manufacturing to work with Huawei. Thus, Huawei will lose its TSMC partner. He was responsible for building Kirin processors.

Intel is investigating a major leak of confidential files

Representatives of Intel confirmed the information about the leak of their internal documents and said that they are now investigating the incident. The files, many of which were marked as “confidential” and “highly secret,” were made publicly available this week.

Google has released the latest test version of Android 11

Participants of the Google test program got access to the latest beta version of the Android 11 mobile operating system. This is reported in the blog of Android developers

YouTube will stop writing to users about new videos

The YouTube video service team announced upcoming changes to the user notification system. Starting next week, the service will no longer send email notifications about new videos that appear on channels that the user subscribes to.

Apple filed a lawsuit against the company with a pear in the logo

The lawsuit was filed against the developers of the app Prepear, writes MacRumors. This app helps users search for recipes and organize food delivery. Developers believe that Apple is deliberately going against their small business. The Corporation claims that the Prepear logo is too similar to the Apple logo and can damage the brand. The developer intends to keep its logo and show large companies that they can not “put pressure on small businesses without consequences”.

The creators of Prepear created a petition on Change.org to force Apple to drop the lawsuit. The developers said that legal costs in connection with the situation have already cost them thousands of dollars and the dismissal of one of the team members. Prepear also reported that Apple has already opposed dozens of companies that use images of fruit in their logos.

Tesla has promised to change the world with new batteries

On September 22, at the Tesla Battery Day event, Elon Musk’s company promises to make a real revolution in the field of battery production. Tesla plans to introduce self-made batteries that will break all records for capacity and battery life

Toshiba has completely withdrawn from the laptop market

The new owner started producing laptops under the Dynabook brand, but Toshiba still owned almost 20 percent of the company’s shares. This month, it sold that share as well, completely exiting the laptop market

Sony has released the WH-1000XM4 headphones with active noise reduction

Sony yesterday unveiled a new wireless noise-canceling headphones called the WH-1000XM4. This is, in fact, an updated version of the WH-1000XM3 model, introduced 2 years ago.

Scammers have learned to intercept messages in Telegram from favorites

Scammers have learned to receive messages from “Favorites”. And they achieve this in the old proven way — by deceiving people. Hackers send messages on behalf of an account with the name “favorites”, or Saved Messages (in the English version ), and immediately delete the messages.