18 Nov, 2020

News digest for 11/17/2020

As of November 1, 2020, the total wage arrears in Russia amounted to RUB 1,870.2 million and increased by RUB 41.9 million (2.3%) compared to October 1, 2020. The data are presented by organizations of the observed types of economic activity (not related to small businesses).

Of the total amount of unpaid wages as of November 1, 2020, debts formed in 2020 account for 917.0 million rubles (49.0%), in 2019 – 378.8 million rubles (20.3%) , in 2018 and earlier – 574.4 million rubles (30.7%).

U.S. Senate passes anti-doping law named after Rodchenkov

The bill, which provides for a fine of up to one million dollars and up to 10 years in prison, is named after the former head of the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory, Grigory Rodchenkov, who informed the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) about the use of doping in professional sports.

Hungary and Poland blocked the draft of the seven-year EU budget

The Hungarian and Polish authorities vetoed the new draft budget of the European Union (EU) for 2021-2027. due to its incorporation of the rule of law. This was reported by Agence France-Presse, citing sources in the European Union.

US plans to allocate funds to promote its interests

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) plans to allocate up to $ 27 million for the implementation of a program aimed, in particular, at promoting the country’s interests in some regions of the world.

US regulator began checks after complaints about Tesla cars

The American Ministry of Transport will check Elon Musk’s Tesla company after 159 thousand complaints were received about the disconnection of the touch screen in the brand’s cars. Complaints about Tesla went to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the department began an audit.

British Consul General rescues drowning student in Chongqing, China

British Consul General in China Stephen Ellison became a hero on local social networks and media after rescuing a drowning girl from the river. The victim stumbled on the bridge and fell into the water, but for some reason could not get out on her own.

FBI accuses Chinese Communist Party of stealing technology

The FBI will continue to fight China’s criminal activities, said Bureau Director Christopher Ray. He urged not to consider statements about the theft of confidential information and technology by the Chinese Communist Party as “rumors or baseless accusations.”

China to create a hybrid of a man and a monkey

Spanish scientists, led by Juan Carlos Ispisua, embarked on research aimed at creating a human-ape hybrid. The experiments will be carried out in China, as such experiments are prohibited in Spain. It is reported that scientists managed to create the first prototype on the planet

Greece decided to buy a batch of F-35 fighters from the USA

A request for the purchase of a batch of fifth generation F-35 fighter-bombers from the United States was sent to the Greek authorities, according to the Proto Thema newspaper, citing the Greek Ministry of Defense.

Czech Republic refused to renew visas for Ukrainians and obliged them to leave the country

The Czech Republic will no longer extend visas to Ukrainians and other foreigners due to the pandemic. This was reported by the press service of the country’s Consulate General in Lviv. The authorities ordered foreigners who are in the Czech Republic on the basis of extended visas to leave the country before the end of the day.

EU filed two complaints against Apple over advertising and privacy policies

Each iPhone has a unique identifier that allows advertisers to track the actions of users using the application This is Apple’s service – IDFA (Identifier for Advertisers).

A non-profit organization represented by None Of Your Business (European Center for Digital Rights) has filed lawsuits in Spain and Germany, where the company demanded to ban Apple’s IDFA service, which allows the company to receive and store user data without their knowledge and consent, in flagrant violation of European law

Elena Vorobei offered to provide artists with food benefits

During the coronavirus pandemic, many artists faced financial difficulties and now need help, says artist Elena Vorobei.

“In debt, in mortgages, many have non-working parents, schoolchildren,” said Sparrow in an interview with Zvezda TV channel.

To support those in need, Sparrow proposed to give artists a discount on essential products

No special support measures for artists are being considered in Russia

The authorities are not considering introducing special support measures for the arts industry. Press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov announced this to reporters on Tuesday

Moscow City Hall will allocate funds for patriotic education

In the next two years, the Moscow Mayor’s Office will allocate 900 million rubles for training camps within the framework of patriotic education. As the publication “Open Media” notes, a new line has appeared in the draft budget of the capital in the “Education” program.

Prosecutor General’s Office of Belarus calls on Poland to arrest the founders of NEXTA

The General Prosecutor’s Office of Belarus has sent a request to Poland to detain and extradite the founders of the Telegram channel NEXTA Stepan Putilo and Roman Protasevich. BelTA informs with reference to the press service of the prosecutor’s office

According to our information, these citizens are located in Poland, in Warsaw. In relation to Stepan Putilo and Roman Protasevich in the framework of the Belarusian criminal case, a measure of restraint in the form of detention was applied, they are wanted, ”the message says.

Megafon and Rostelecom will not receive 5G frequencies

The State Commission for Radio Frequencies (SCRF) intends to deny the subsidiaries of Megafon and Rostelecom – Neosprint and Freshtel – in issuing 3.4-3.6 GHz frequencies for testing 5G technology. This is stated in the materials for the meeting of the SCRF, scheduled for November 23 (Vedomosti got acquainted with them).

In Russia, employers will stop paying sick leave

From 2021, employers in Russia will no longer pay sick leaves to employees. The corresponding bill is being developed by the Ministry of Labor and Social Development of the Russian Federation. The bill provides that the Social Insurance Fund will assume this responsibility.

Social workers will be allowed to refuse assistance to seriously ill

In Russia, social workers will be allowed to refuse home help for people with mental disorders, severe forms of tuberculosis and oncology, as well as with acute infectious diseases. This is reported by Izvestia.

Russians are more often fired for posts on social networks

The SuperJob job search service conducted a study (RBC has it) and found that employers are twice as likely to fire employees for posts on social networks (5% in 2011 versus 10% in 2020). Experts interviewed representatives of 1,000 companies and 1,600 economically active Russians from different parts of the country.

The authorities of St. Petersburg were recommended to transfer three museums to the ROC

Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Chernyshenko instructed the Governor of St. Petersburg Alexander Beglov to consider a proposal to transfer the Annunciation and Lazarevskaya churches, the Church of the Tikhvin Icon of the Mother of God and a piece of land on the embankment of the Monastyrka River, which currently belong to the Museum of City Sculpture, to the Russian Orthodox Church.

In the Urals, environmentalists found extreme pollution of rivers and reservoirs

In 2020, in the Sverdlovsk region, cases of extreme pollution of 15 rivers, as well as the Volchikhinsky reservoir, were recorded. According to the research of the analytical service of the international network “Finexpertiza”, the facts of exceeding the maximum levels of harmful substances were revealed in the rivers Aiva, Berezovka, Yelchevka, Irbit, Iset, Lyalya, Neiva, Patrushikha, Pahotka, Pyshma, Salda, Severushka, Tagil, Tura, Chernaya, Chusovaya

As the authors of the study note, in 2020, Russian rivers suffered from extreme pollution from highly hazardous benzpyrene, dichlorodiphenyl trichloromethylmethane, mercury, lead, molybdenum and arsenic ions.

Abkhazia hopes that it will be written off the debt on the railway loan

President of Abkhazia Aslan Bzhania hopes that the debt on a loan provided by Russia for the restoration and development of the Abkhaz railway will be written off. He stated this at a press conference in Sukhum following a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Sovcomflot more than doubled its net profit

In nine months, SCF Group’s revenue in time-charter equivalent (TIME) grew by 22.1% year-on-year to $ 1.069 billion, EBITDA increased by 37.5% to $ 741.4 million, while EBITDA over the past 12 months exceeded $ 1 billion. EBITDA margin increased by 8 points to 69.3%. Net profit more than doubled to $ 249.5 million.

Every fifth family in Russia spends more than they earn

Every fifth Russian family systematically spends more than it earns. This was reported by TASS with reference to the results of a survey by Home Credit Bank. To replenish the budget, 61.3% of Russians resort to bank loans, 21.5% of respondents begin to work and earn more, 16.6% of respondents turn to relatives and friends for money.

Prices for one-room apartments in St. Petersburg

One-room apartments in “Khrushchevkas” and “Brezhnevkas” in St. Petersburg have risen in price since the beginning of the year by 20-22%. Also, about 20% added “odnushki” in old brick houses. Such data are provided by analysts of the specialized agency “Petersburg Real Estate”

Russian oil company decided to leave the European country

The Russian oil company Lukoil has decided to leave the Romanian gas industry by selling a project for gas production in this European country, writes G4media.ro with reference to the head of Romgaz, which is Lukoil’s partner, Adriana-Constantin Volintiru.

Scientists have developed bone-mimicking materials for implants

Tomsk scientists have patented a new unique method for producing elastic porous materials for implants. According to their properties, they will be comparable to the behavior of human bone tissues under physiological stress, the press service of Tomsk State University said.

Intense Exercise Leads to Better Metabolism at All Levels

Exercise affected 80% of circulating metabolites, as well as other pathways that are associated with a wide range of beneficial effects on the body. Long-term studies have shown that other factors can influence metabolic reactions, for example: gender, body weight

A hydrogen-fueled drone lasted more than three hours in the air

The experimental drone managed to stay in the air for an impressive 3.5 hours thanks to a hydrogen fuel cell developed by a team at the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in the Netherlands.

Physicists have discovered a new family of quasiparticles

The family was named “Brown-Zach fermions”. Experts believe that this discovery will create a new technology for developing a graphene coating. Physicists from the University of Manchester note that Brown-Zack fermions have unique properties and extremely high mobility.

Scientists explain the emergence of amino acids in dark interstellar clouds

Experiments have shown how glycine and other building blocks of life can be synthesized in space without the participation of living organisms and even without the light of stars, due to the reactions of dark chemistry proceeding on particles of cosmic dust. Scientists write about this in an article published in the journal Nature Astronomy.

The satellite of the Lithuanian company NanoAvionics was launched into space

The only Lithuanian space technology company NanoAvionics has launched the sixth satellite into low orbit, writes “Lithuanian Courier”. According to the head of NanoAvionics Vityanis Buzas, this mission is another step in creating not only individual satellites, but also “swarms” or groups of satellites, united by one task.

A prototype of a large neutrino detector was launched in the USA

A prototype neutrino detector ProtoDUNE (USA), filled with 800 tons of liquid argon, recorded the first particle tracks. Now the specialists are planning to calibrate the installation in order to work out the technologies on the basis of which the main DUNE detector with a capacity of 40 thousand tons of working substance will operate.

NASA is building a mega rocket to deliver people to the Moon and Mars

NASA is preparing for the final test of the giant rocket in a few weeks. A giant orange cylinder is attached to a huge steel structure called Test Bench B-2. The structure is located on the grounds of the Stennis Space Center of the NASA Test Center. The rocket is taller than the Statue of Liberty and is 65 meters high. A giant cylinder called the Space Launch System (SLS) is the core of the ship, which consists of a cascade, writes the BBC.

The rocket will run on liquid fuel and will have two solid-fuel engines. The device will be able to create thrust that will allow astronauts to fly to the Earth’s satellite. The first astronauts are reported to be sent to the moon in 2024 as part of the NASA-led Artemis program.

Temperature rise in the Universe is fixed

Researchers at the Ohio State University’s Center for Cosmology and Astronomical Particle Physics have recorded an increase in the average temperature of gas in the entire Universe – 10 times over the past 10 billion years, according to SM News. According to research, it is now 2 million Kelvin.

Apple has improved user tracking

Apple has begun to monitor users even more, and has also improved its information collection system. This was reported by the German hacker and security researcher Jeffrey Paul. According to Jeffrey, at the moment, the operating system can send the following information to Apple servers in the background:

  • user location
  • computer ip address
  • list of used programs
  • way to access the Internet
  • special identifiers
  • general information about the model and parameters of the device

Lethal Weapon 5 Already In Development

At the beginning of this year, Richard Donner announced that the fifth part will still be. Now, these plans have been confirmed by Mel Gibson, the leading actor in all parts of the franchise. The film is already in preparation for development, Gibson said in an interview with Good Morning America.

The authors of the animated series “Rick and Morty” spoke about the work on the seventh season of the show

The seventh season of the animated series Rick and Morty is in active production, said project writer Dan Harmon. This was reported by “Culture Mania”. According to him, he is already entangled in the plot lines of the cartoon and is afraid to reveal the events of the fifth and sixth seasons ahead of time.

Belarus has suspended cooperation with the European Union on human rights

Belarus sees no reason to continue the dialogue on human rights with the European Union, suspends it, said on Tuesday the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the republic Vladimir Makei

We have never refused to discuss sensitive issues. But today we see that these issues are absolutely politicized. Therefore, we do not see any point in continuing the dialogue on human rights with the EU. We are suspending this dialogue, ”Makei said following a meeting with President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko.

On November 6, the European Union officially introduced a package of individual sanctions on Belarus, including Lukashenko. The EU holds Lukashenko responsible for reprisals before and after this year’s presidential elections against opposition candidates and peaceful protesters, as well as for intimidating journalists.

Alexey Navalny filed a lawsuit against Dmitry Peskov

Alexei Navalny, as promised, filed a lawsuit against Dmitry Peskov because of his words that the oppositionist works with CIA specialists. Refutation Navalny demands to be published on the Kremlin’s official website.

Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov did not comment on the filing of a lawsuit against him by the founder of FBK Alexei Navalny

The State Duma adopted the strengthening of guarantees for the former presidents of the Russian Federation

The State Duma adopted in the first reading a draft law on changing the procedure for depriving ex-presidents of the Russian Federation from immunity, bringing it in line with the updated constitution.

Turkey announces imminent withdrawal from NATO

Ankara supposes that Turkey will soon withdraw from the alliance, because their country has nothing more to do in this “crumbling” organization. This opinion was publicly expressed by the head of the Association of Eurasian Governments, Hasan Cengiz, in whose opinion an organization called NATO has not only discredited itself long ago, but has also become banal.

A bill on Putin’s right to become president was introduced to the State Duma

A bill has been submitted to the State Duma that will allow incumbent President Vladimir Putin to participate in the elections again. The authors of the document are MPs Pavel Krasheninnikov and Olga Savastyanova, as well as Senator Andrei Klishas, ​​TASS reports.

Lukashenka instructed to restore order in Minsk this week

During the meeting, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko instructed the authorities of the republic to restore order in Minsk in order to prevent further protests. His words are quoted by the BelTA news agency.

A bill to toughen the law on rallies was submitted to the State Duma

Dmitry Vyatkin (United Russia), the first deputy chairman of the State Duma Committee for the Development of Civil Society, Issues of Public and Religious Associations, on Tuesday introduced to the lower house a bill banning foreign financing of mass actions and requiring their organizers to indicate the accounts in which funds are stored for them. holding.

“To ensure transparency in the activities of the organizers of a public event, the bill introduces a ban on financing a public event from foreign sources,” the document says.

Zoom cafe temporarily closed in St. Petersburg

The St. Petersburg department of Rospotrebnadzor has suspended the Zoom cafe on Gorokhovaya Street due to violation of anti-coronavirus restrictions, Fontanka reports, referring to the protocol of the sanitary service. For how long the cafe was closed, it is not specified.

Pavel Steinlukht believes that the St. Petersburg authorities could have closed his cafe, suspecting that the LGBT film festival “Side by Side” is being held there. The police came to the establishment after receiving a complaint from activist Timur Bulatov (Isaev) from St. Petersburg, who is fighting against homosexuals. In his complaint, he wrote that the Zoom cafe is hosting a Side by Side festival, in which minors can allegedly participate, Paper, which received a copy of the complaint, reported.

Crew Dragon with four astronauts successfully docked with the ISS

Launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on the night of November 16, SpaceX’s Crew Dragon successfully docked with the International Space Station. There are four astronauts on board: Americans Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker and Japanese Soichi Noguchi. They will stay on the ISS for six months

Omsk officials who gave their cars to doctors will buy new

The press secretary of the governor of the Omsk region, Alina Atamanenko, explained to the Podyom publication that the decision to buy new cars was made even before the pandemic, and all this time, officials had to rent vehicles from private companies.

Some of the cars in the government’s fleet are over 15 years old (they were not given to doctors). Cars with high mileage often break down and require expensive repairs. There is also a need to purchase buses for delegations, and we are forced to rent transport from private companies, which is also not cheap. The purchase will allow to replace faulty cars and reduce the burden on the budget associated with the maintenance of transport

In total, the regional government plans to purchase 37 cars, including 14 Toyota Camry, three KIA K5 business sedans and three Nissan Terrano SUVs. The money will be allocated from the regional budget

In the Minsk region of Novaya Borovaya, water and heating were cut off after protests.

Officially, the managing organization “A-100 Comfort” connects this with an accident in the boiler room. However, as a local resident Aleksey told the publication “Rise”, very few people believe in this version.

There is no water in the area for the third day. In some houses, the water was turned off not on Sunday, but on Monday. What is the reason for the shutdown, we can only guess. I would not be surprised if it is about protests: you can see a lot of “non-state” symbols in the area, the area itself is considered protest. I have not heard any specific terms for the restoration of water and heat supply

Mizulina will head the subcommittee on family policy in the Federation Council

Senator Elena Mizulina will become chairman of the subcommittee on family policy of the Federation Council, Alexander Bashkin, a member of the Federation Council committee on constitutional legislation and state construction, told Open Media.

She received a more responsible offer, she becomes the chairman of the subcommittee on family policy. The committee [on constitutional legislation] has several deputies, and the subcommittee on family policy is one, – he explained the change in her status

Ministry of Labor: healthy life expectancy of Russians

The healthy life expectancy of the average Russian in 2020 was 58.9 years. This is stated in a letter from the Ministry of Labor sent to the governors of the Russian regions (available at the disposal of Znak.com). The indicators were formed on the basis of operational data for January-September 2020 and sample observation of the state of health of the population.

Natalia Bestemyanova complained about a small pension

Olympic champion Natalya Bestemyanova regretted a small pension of 90 thousand. rub. She does not understand how one can live on this money. In addition, she has benefits for housing and communal services, free travel and a free sanatorium with treatment. The former athlete announced this in the “Secret for a Million” program on NTV.

The deputy head of Transbaikalia shouted at the head doctors because of the overcrowded hospitals.

Ayagma Vanchikova demanded to speed up the immediate discharge of those infected with coronavirus. The audio recording of the meeting was published by the Chita.ru edition.

It relaxed you completely. Where are the brains? We need to tell them how to write out. Have you lost your mind or what? Don’t need money, or what? We grow every day, – said the official.