13 Nov, 2020

News digest for 11/12/2020

About 60% of Russians consider the annual “Black Friday” sale to be more a hoax than a promotion that allows them to save money, and only 9% plan to buy goods on the days of it. This is stated in a study of the SuperJob job search service (available to TASS), which interviewed representatives of the economically active population of Russia.

Crimea tourists under control

Tracking the flow of tourists in the private sector and mini-hotels in the Yalta region will ultimately lead to the legalization of all accommodation places for vacationers. Head of the Department of Economic Development of the City Administration Eduard Onatsky said this to Kryminform.

Onatsky recalled that this sector of the economy is currently not regulated, and drew attention to the fact that currently there are about 300 intelligent CCTV cameras on the territory of the municipality, many of which are equipped, among other things, with a face recognition function and a software algorithm for counting people in places of mass clusters.

A group of ten Russian tourists were evicted from a hotel in Zanzibar.

Travel agents reported this in the Profi.Travel telegram chat. The incident took place on November 10 at a hotel in the Pwani region in the eastern part of the island. According to the tourists themselves, who were brought by travel agents, the reason for the eviction was the violation of the hotel’s internal rules, which prohibit the bringing into the territory of fruits and other food products purchased outside of it. The tourists were required to pay a fine of $ 100, they refused, and the hotel administration demanded that all ten tourists immediately vacate their rooms.

Fines for non-payment of toll roads

Fines for unpaid travel on toll roads will be credited to the Federal Road Fund. This follows from the bill adopted by the State Duma deputies in the first reading. It is noted that all 100% of the funds paid by the violators will go to the fund. At the same time, the situation with private toll roads and roads built within the framework of public-private partnerships remains unresolved. The tolls on them are collected by the companies that own such roads, and the fines, according to the project, will go to the federal fund.

Otters were able to teach each other

Scientists from the University of Exeter conducted an experiment to assess the long-term memory of otters. To do this, the animals with an interval of several months were given a puzzle – a container with treats, which could only be opened by turning the lid in a certain way. The otters coped with the bulk of the experiment and solved the puzzle 69% faster a second time, demonstrating that they had long-term memory.

However, the researchers noticed an amazing ability of otters that amazed them – the animals can train their friends in problem solving! With the help of “social learning,” the otters, who solved the puzzle with the treat, helped their relatives who were nearby – they found the solution much faster.

Scientists have developed a polymer to create artificial muscles

An international team of researchers has developed a polymer material that can become an ideal implant for the restoration of soft tissues of a living organism. This is reported in the Advanced Materials journal.

The polymer can be injected into the damaged tissue in solid form. Once in the body, such a material melts under the influence of body temperature, fills the missing volume and acquires the properties of living tissue – skin, cartilage or fat cells. At the same time, scientists say, the polymer will not be rejected by the body.

Cooling technology for food without energy

Scientists have developed a technology for two-layer passive cooling. The bottom layer of the hydrogel of this technology acts like the sweat glands of a camel, lowering the temperature by evaporation of water, while the top layer of the airgel acts like fur, isolating from external heat, allowing water vapor to pass through. Research published in the journal Joule.

The world’s first purified tantalum ion beam created

Using a new radioactive mass separator called the KEK Isotope Separation System (KISS), which was developed and operated by the Wako Nuclear Science Center of the Japan High Energy Accelerator Research Organization, an international team of experimental physicists produced the world’s first purified tantalum-187 (187Ta ), which has a half-life of about 2 minutes. Tantalum is extremely difficult to vaporize, so University of Surrey professor Philip Walker and his colleagues had to capture radioactive tantalum atoms in argon gas under high pressure, ionizing the atoms with finely tuned lasers.

Roscosmos announced the cost of a flight into orbit for tourists

The amount varies in the range of US $ 30-40 million. 7 people used the tourist service. All of them flew on Soyuz spacecraft. Now a private space tourism program is being launched, which Roscosmos supports in every possible way.

The CosmoCourse company is developing a launch vehicle that can take a pilot and 6 passengers to an altitude of 200 km. The first excursion is planned for 2020. The ticket price is 200-250 thousand US dollars. Tourists will not only see the Earth through the window, but also fly in zero gravity.

Traces of distant supernovae on Earth

Nearby supernova explosions can have a noticeable effect on life on Earth and lead to the accumulation of radioactive carbon-14 in tree rings. Robert Brakenridge of the University of Colorado at Boulder traced this effect on the annual rings in the remains of ancient trees, showing that over the past 40 thousand years, supernovae could presumably cause abrupt climate changes on Earth four times.

Green comet is rapidly approaching the Earth

This Saturday the inhabitants of the Earth will be able to witness the 45P comet with a green tail flying over our planet. Scientists claim that there is no risk of a comet colliding with Earth, but it will fly at a distance of 12,000,000 kilometers.

The Milky Way is slowly dying

As reported on the pages of the popular scientific publication ToDay News Ufa, according to the staff of the Carnegie Observatory in Pasadena, over the past one and a half billion years in the galaxy in its thick disk, the star formation rate has dropped.

High quality free storage

From June 1, 2021, any new photos and videos that a user uploads to Google Photos will be counted in the free storage. Now every Google account gets 15 GB for Gmail, Drive, and Photos for free.

Facebook and Twitter team up to fight terrorism

The former head of the GCHQ Center for Government Communications has called on Facebook, Twitter and Google to team up to fight terrorism. Intelligence Officer Robert Hannigan believes the world’s largest tech companies can help fight extremists

Facebook will fix crooked user shots

According to ToDay News Ufa, the developers of the social network Facebook are busy working on technology that can correct imperfect 360-degree photos of users. The program for correcting images is planned to use AI technology Facebook.

WhatsApp will exchange geo-data with contacts

According to the scientific and technical publication ToDay News Ufa, a new useful function will appear in the popular WhatsApp messenger in the near future – a live online exchange of geo-data with users in the contact list

Only foreign films are in the top 10 favorite films by Russians

Yandex conducted a study and found out which films Russians like the most. Not a single Russian film was among them. The portal believes that the largest number of people in Russia is guaranteed to like the following films: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Isle of the Damned.

AC / DC Release Second Single From Upcoming Album

It has become known that AC / DC have released the second single from their upcoming album. The team announced this on their Instagram page. The musicians announced that they are returning to the stage after a hiatus of four years.

Selena Gomez will play a lesbian climber

American singer and actress Selena Gomez will play the role of Sylvia Vasquez-Lavado, the first open lesbian to climb the 7 highest mountains on every continent, as well as the first Peruvian woman to climb Mount Everest. The film is planned to be presented to viewers in early 2022.

David Bowie’s live album due late November

The record goes on sale November 20 David Bowie’s live album, No Trendy Réchauffé, will be released in late November. This was reported on the artist’s official Instagram page.

Investigators seized money from abroad for protesters in Belarus

The Investigative Committee of Belarus blocks the accounts of residents of the republic who received funds from the BY_help initiative (founder Alexey Leonchik). She supports the protesters, transfers funds to pay fines and lawyers.

Greece offers a tax rebate for those who have moved from abroad

The Greek government has prepared tax breaks in the hope of attracting foreign professionals to the country and returning Greeks who have left abroad, Reuters reported. The authorities are ready to exempt from taxes half of their income for up to seven years, provided that these people become new tax residents of Greece, said the economic adviser to the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Patelis.

Britney Spears lost the court to deprive her father of her guardian status

On Tuesday, November 10, 2020, a hearing was held regarding the stripping of James Pierce from the deprivation of guardian status over 38-year-old Britney. The judge considered that the celebrity could not yet properly “dispose of” his own life and rejected her claim

Mishustin announced the extension of tax holidays due to the pandemic

On behalf of the president, the government is extending tax holidays for business, he said. Mishustin added that in the spring, small and medium-sized businesses and individual entrepreneurs from the most affected industries received a six-month deferral for taxes and insurance premiums

Transneft’s expenses for investment programs in 2021

Transneft plans to cut spending on investment in the program in the current and next years, writes RBC with reference to the company’s official representative Igor Demin. The reduction in investments this year will amount to 20% (or 45 billion rubles) of the volume planned by the programs, and 12% (or about 30 billion rubles) next year, according to Transneft.

Polyus net profit for nine months

Net profit of Polyus under IFRS for 9 months of 2020 decreased by 35% compared to the same period last year and amounted to $ 811 million, follows from the message of the company. Adjusted EBITDA increased 42% to $ 2.552 billion

Capital outflow from Russia nine months of 2020

Net capital outflow from Russia for the period from January to October 2020 increased by 68.18%, follows from the data of the Bank of Russia. In financial terms, the outflow of funds amounted to $ 44.4 billion. For the same period last year, capital outflow was at the level of $ 26.4 billion.

Financial results of ALROSA Group

As the press service of the company notes, the revenue for the 3rd quarter increased 5 times qoq to 49.7 billion rubles. (+ 9% YoY) due to the recovery in rough demand after a significant decrease in diamond supply in Q2

US failed to stop Iranian oil exports

Iranian authorities have stated that US sanctions pressure aimed at stopping oil exports from the country had no results, as Iran is doing everything possible to continue supplies.

Iran has been exporting an average of about 600-700 thousand barrels of oil per day since March, Hamid Purmohammadi, deputy head of Iran’s planning and budgeting organization, told Fars news agency.

Gazprom and Belarus settle the situation with gas debt

The issue of the debt of Belarus for gas to the Russian Gazprom has been completely settled, the press service of PJSC Gazprom reported. This issue was discussed at a meeting between the head of the oil and gas giant Alexei Miller and Belarusian Energy Minister Viktor Karankevich

The rise in prices for new buildings in Moscow nullified the benefits from preferential mortgages

Preferential mortgages at 6.5% accelerated the demand for new buildings to the limit, which, in turn, provoked a rise in prices, due to which the benefit from the “cheap” mortgage for buyers was practically zeroed out. At the same time, new buildings almost caught up with the secondary market at prices, thus creating an additional competitor for themselves, said experts interviewed by RIA Real Estate.

Russia will create a naval base in Sudan

On Wednesday, November 11, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin signed an agreement on the deployment of a logistics center for the Russian Navy in Sudan. Negotiations between the two countries have been going on since 2017.

Turkey announced its intention to build a railway to Azerbaijan

The Turkish authorities intend to build a railway that will connect the territory of the country with Azerbaijan, Transport and Infrastructure Minister Adil Karaismayiloglu said. “We are planning to build a railway in the direction of Nakhichevan,” the minister said (quoted by Anadolu agency).

New bunker in case of nuclear war or a dangerous virus

Construction of a super-protected strategic nuclear command post is nearing completion in Russia, President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with Defense Ministry officials on Wednesday. According to him, the new command post “has almost absolute protection” from any impact.

Today, all control points allow real-time reception of comprehensive information about the situation, and on the basis of this information to assess the situation and make informed decisions, – Putin said, adding that the new bunker also has increased noise immunity and has an “exceptionally high” margin of safety.

State Duma adopted a bill raising the age of youth

According to the current law, young people are considered citizens from 14 to 30 years old, but this age threshold is proposed to be raised to 35 years.

Thus, the number of young people in Russia will increase by 12.7 million people, the developers of the initiative note.

The authors of the bill explain that young people, for example, will be able to apply for grants for longer as a result of the All-Russian competition of youth projects.

Opposition leaders detained in Armenia

In Armenia, opposition leaders were detained within the framework of a criminal case on the illegal organization of mass gatherings in Yerevan. Some of them are also accused of violating the rules for handling documents containing state secrets.

The investigation reported the arrest of ten people, and the opposition themselves said that they had detained 15 people.

Russia imposed sanctions against France and Germany

Russia imposed mirror sanctions against France and Germany, which were in response to the EU sanctions due to the poisoning of Alexei Navalny. This was announced by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. According to him, the sanctions apply to senior staff of the offices of the leaders of Germany and France.

Fourteen countries call for WADA reform

The statement was signed by representatives of anti-doping committees and sports organizations in Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Britain and the United States.

Turkey’s statement is caused by differences in understanding

The Turkish Defense Minister, despite repeated denials, reiterated that the Turkish military will act as part of a joint peacekeeping mission with Russia in Karabakh

The Kremlin reiterated that only the Russian military will be peacekeepers in Karabakh, and the Turkish ones will be deployed in the monitoring center in Azerbaijan

The Kremlin suggested that Turkey’s new statement about its participation in the peacekeeping mission in Karabakh was caused by differences in understanding

Lavrov about Karabakh

  • Turkish observers will not travel to Karabakh, the Russian-Turkish monitoring center will operate only remotely using drones, there is no ambiguity here – and Ankara understands its tasks
  • the opposition in Armenia is trying to speculate on the topic of agreements on Karabakh – but the government understands the extent of responsibility, Putin phoned Pashinyan yesterday
  • the status of Karabakh will be determined depending on what actions need to be taken to restore ethno-confessional harmony – now this is the main topic of the political process, but no artificial deadlines are set
  • there should have been no illusions that the seven regions around Nagorno-Karabakh should forever remain in the position they were in a month or a month and a half or two ago
  • arguments about the fact that after the agreements on Karabakh Russia lost the Caucasus – “couch analytics”, and that Russia is interested in the conflict in Karabakh not being resolved – “an open lie”

The Russian Ministry of Finance began to attract a loan in euros

It is planned to issue two tranches of Eurobonds – for 7 and 12 years, a source in financial circles told RIA Novosti. The volume of the loan has not yet been determined, but the demand is already over 2 billion euros.

The benchmark for the yield of the securities was initially determined at around 1.25% and 2% per annum, respectively, but due to the interest of investors it was reduced to about 1.125% and 1.875%.

The Chamber found no violations in the actions of Ivan Safronov’s lawyers

The qualification commission of the council of the Moscow Bar Association at yesterday’s meeting found no violations in the actions of four lawyers of Ivan Safronov. Lawyer Ivan Pavlov told Open Media about this. Similar decisions were made earlier in relation to two more lawyers of the former journalist of “Kommersant” and “Vedomosti”, accused of high treason.

Thus, the chambers did not satisfy the FSB’s demands. The special service wanted to bring Safronov’s defenders to justice for the fact that they refused to sign an agreement not to disclose the secrets of the investigation. This subscription deprived them of the opportunity to comment on the high-profile case in the media.