8 Dec, 2020

News digest for 12/07/2020

The United States named the reason for the acoustic attack against diplomats in Cuba

The most plausible cause of health problems for American diplomats and their families at the embassy in Havana, as well as at the consulate general in Guangzhou, was directed radio frequency exposure. This is stated in the report of the US National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

It is emphasized that employees of the United States diplomatic missions in Cuba in 2016 and in China in 2017 began to complain of unusual symptoms: high blood pressure, dizziness, problems with hearing, vision and cognitive functions.

Nokia introduced waterproof wireless

Nokia has officially unveiled a new wireless headphone in China called Nokia BH-405. Their main feature is IPX7 water resistance. It means. that they can remain at a depth of 1 meter for about 30 minutes

Turkey has settled with Russia for the supply of S-400

Recall that in 2019, Turkey bought four S-400 divisions from Russia. The total amount of the transaction was $ 2.5 billion (over 185 billion rubles), part of which was issued on credit. Also, the contract stipulated the possibility of supplying an additional batch of S-400.

Trump bans US funds from investing in China’s largest chipmaker

In mid-November, Trump banned investments in some Chinese companies that pose a threat to the United States. According to the US government, China is exploiting American capital to “develop and modernize its military, intelligence and other power structures.”

The list includes semiconductor manufacturer SMIC (Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation), offshore oil and gas corporation CNOOC, China Construction Technology Co. Ltd. (CCTC) and China International Engineering Consulting Corp. (CIECC)

Chinese Foreign Minister spoke in favor of resuming dialogue with the United States

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has called for the resumption of dialogue with the United States at all levels, Reuters reported. According to the minister, the American side must make the right decision regarding the future of relations between the two countries.

China Condemned Persons Guilty of Trojan Infection

More than 20 million Gionee smartphones were infected with the Trojan program jointly by Shenzhen Zhipu Technology Co. (a subsidiary of Gionee) and Beijing Baice Technology, according to Chinese internet company Sina Corp. with reference to the China Court Document Network

It is noted that four of the defendants admitted their guilt, and in accordance with the law they could be sentenced to light sentences. They were sentenced to prison terms ranging from three years to three years and six months, and each of them was fined 200,000 yuan. Other persons also appear in the case, their guilt is considered in separate proceedings.

Kurds attacked the headquarters of Turkish troops

In the city of Afrin in northern Syria, fighters from the Kurdish People’s Self-Defense Forces attacked the Turkish military guarding the army headquarters. “Firat” news agency reports the death of three Turkish soldiers, official Ankara has not yet confirmed or denied this information

In Norway, self-isolation violators began to be imprisoned

In Norway, self-isolation violators can be jailed for 24 days. Le Monde believes that such tough measures help Oslo better than any other state to cope with the spread of coronavirus infection.

A few days ago, an Oslo court sentenced a 20-year-old Norwegian woman to 24 days in prison for having violated self-isolation more than 20 times. She, often visiting her boyfriend in the UK, immediately after returning from travel went to work in a medical center, where she served patients. However, she did not comply with the 10-day self-isolation, as required by the new rules.

The head of the Ministry of Health proposed to limit the movement of Russians between regions

“The second wave shows us that the emerging foci within the country, including, probably, require consideration of a certain restriction on the movement of individuals, including between the subjects, and sometimes also within the subjects, in order to limit the spread of infection,” said Murashko (quoted by “RIA News”).

It is not yet possible to contain the spread of infection by other means, the minister explained. Restrictive measures will be necessary until it becomes possible to influence the epidemic process with the help of drugs.

In the Kremlin, the prevailing point of view is that the current level of measures in the fight against coronavirus is sufficient, said the press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov, assessing the need to block communications between the regions. RIA Novosti quoted him on Monday, December 7.

UPD: Later, the assistant to the head of the Ministry of Health Alexei Kuznetsov told RBC that the minister’s phrase was taken out of context – he was talking about the measures already used. No additional restrictions are currently planned to be introduced.

Microbes living a kilometer below the seabed

According to ToDay News Ufa, an international team led by Kai-Uwe Hinrichs from the University of Bremen was able to find life at a depth of 1200 meters, where temperatures reach 120 degrees.

The Unpublished Notes of Isaac Newton

British physicist, mathematician, astronomer and mechanic Isaac Newton, who stood at the origins of the science we know, left behind a huge number of unpublished notes, in which you can find a lot of interesting information. As the network edition “Actual News” writes, part of Newton’s notes will go under the hammer at the Sotheby’s auction – it is about the thoughts of the great scientist about the Egyptian pyramids.

A mysterious anomalous galaxy has been discovered where there is no dark matter

A galaxy named NGC1052-DF4, completely devoid of dark matter, was discovered in the vastness of space by scientists from the University of New South Wales in Australia, according to The Astrophysical Journal. Scientists have suggested that dark matter disappeared from NGC1052-DF4 along with stars under the influence of a nearby massive galaxy.

British company launches the world’s first robot kitchen

Moley Robotics showcased the world’s first fully automatic kitchen. The robot itself will take the necessary food out of the refrigerator and prepare the desired dish, as well as the kitchen can wash the dishes and remove trash after itself. The cost of the novelty is 248,000 euros.

Steve Wozniak’s cryptocurrency

Steve Wozniak presented a new blockchain project Efforce, which will help develop solutions in the field of green energy. The company’s token was added by a small exchange HBTC, after which its rate increased more than 10 times from $ 0.1 to the current level of $ 1.26. The coin is also traded on the decentralized site Uniswap, but you can mistakenly buy WOZX clone tokens of the same name on it.

Google introduced five new features to Android users

Google specialists will add five new functions to the Android OS, they will become available to most smartphone users with this type of system in the next couple of weeks in December, writes The Verge

First update – Go tab to be added to Google Maps

The second innovation – “Emoji kitchen”, the function of combining several “emoticons” with each other

The third function will affect the “Books” section of the Play Market.

The fourth function is advanced voice control, the ability to give commands to the virtual assistant by pressing tabs and buttons on the screen, so far available only for Android 11.

The last point of the update will concern the Nearby Share functionality – the system will allow data exchange between Android gadgets located in close proximity to each other

Group calls are now available on Telegram

Group calls have appeared in beta versions of the Telegram app for Android and iOS. The new feature is called Voice chat (voice chat), such a chat can be created based on a public group. In the voice chat settings, you can specify meeting participants – it can be all members of the group or only administrators.

Siemens unveils first industrial 5G router

SCALANCE MUM856-1 allows you to connect to local production, such as industrial equipment, controls and other devices in production, organizing remote control and maintenance via public 5G networks, using the high data transfer rates available in the 5G standard

Mass production of 5G equipment will be launched in Russia

The state corporation “Rostec” in 2023 will launch mass production of 5G equipment – both for the frequency range 4.4-4.99 GHz, which is planned to be allocated in the Russian Federation for 5G, and for other ranges – with the expectation of exporting this equipment, he told reporters head of Rostec Sergei Chemezov.

The trailer for the drama “Excavations”

The Netflix YouTube channel has released a trailer for the drama The Dig, starring Carey Mulligan (Drive, The Great Gatsby) and Rafe Fiennes (Schindler’s List, The English Patient), and the star of the recent remake of “Rebecca” Lily James.

Peskov called a successful import substitution program in Russia

The Russian program of import substitution of products has shown itself to be successful, said the press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov. According to him, Russia has managed to replace most of the most important imported goods through its own production.

The food industry fully meets the needs of Russians. If we are already talking about some nuances, then yes, the import is certainly taking place. It will happen. There was never a task to stop food imports.

Russia has not reached the goals of import substitution of products

Russia failed to replace the supply of the main categories of imported products with domestic production within the target indicators of the import substitution strategy. This was reported by Kommersant with reference to a study by the National Rating Agency (NRA).

Actor Hugh Grant to star in 2020 movie

Shooting of the 2020 film from the director of “Black Mirror” Charlie Brooker will start soon. American actor Hugh Grant will play one of the main roles in the film. He spoke about this during an interview on the Vulture YouTube channel. No premiere release date has been set yet

Share of Russian companies among the largest arms manufacturers

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) published a report on the sales of weapons and military services of the 25 largest companies in the world in this area in 2019. The share of Russian companies decreased from 8.6% to 3.9%. The study now includes not three, but two Russian firms.

The Russians took a record amount from ruble deposits in Sberbank

In 2020, clients of the largest bank closed massively ruble deposits in May (-69.5 billion rubles), August (-53.1 billion rubles), September (-45.1 billion rubles) and October (-67.7 billion rubles), follows from the turnover sheets of Sberbank for different periods.

In Russia, everyday products and goods have risen in price

In Russia, in October, compared to the same period last year, food and consumer goods rose in price by 14%, Izvestia writes, citing data from the Romir research holding.

Analysts included the most popular products and products in the list of evaluated goods, which included meat and fish, cheese, milk, boiled sausage, eggs, sausages, tomatoes and others, as well as outerwear, baby products, toilet paper and medicines.

Russians cut spending in 2020

On average, every Russian has reduced spending by 15.2 thousand rubles. Such data were presented by analysts of the FinExpertiza portal on Monday, December 7th. Experts said that the most economical were residents of Moscow, whose expenses in January-September decreased by 49.3 thousand rubles. They are followed by residents of the Moscow region, who have cut costs by 19.9 thousand rubles. The Sverdlovsk Region is also in the top 3, where consumer spending on average decreased by 12.4 thousand rubles.

Rostec confirms plans to write off AvtoVAZ debt

Rostec, jointly with Renault owning Alliance Rostec Auto B.V., which owns 100% of AvtoVAZ, will forgive the plant 10 billion rubles. debt, the head of the state corporation Sergei Chemezov told reporters. The same amount will be debited from the carmaker to repay the debt owed to it by the manufacturer of OAT components (part of Rostec). Chemezov clarified that the cancellation of AvtoVAZ’s debts is related to the transfer of Alliance Rostec Auto B.V. to the Russian jurisdiction. She is now registered in the Netherlands.

Net profit of Sberbank under RAS for 11 months

The bank’s net interest income for 11 months increased by 14.3% and amounted to 1.311 trillion rubles. Net fee and commission income grew by 8.4% to RUB 454 billion. as a result of an increase in income from settlement transactions and acquiring, as well as income from customer transactions in financial markets

SuperJet delivery schedule to be disrupted again

Three aircraft will not be delivered to Aeroflot this year and three more to Red Wings, two sources close to UAC say, and two airline employees confirm. According to a Vedomosti source close to UAC, the delay in the delivery of Sukhoi SuperJet was due to the slowness of Regional Aircraft, the SSJ100 manufacturing company (a branch of Irkut, UAC holding) and staff reductions. In the fall, Vedomosti wrote about staff reductions in Regional Aircraft by 15-30% of the total number.

The traffic police may give the right to seize documents for a car

For inoperative headlights, faulty brakes, wipers or brake lights, inspectors will be able to suspend the operation of diagnostic cards right on the road: they will give 72 hours to eliminate the breakdown and re-inspect. If this is not done on time, the police will withdraw the registration certificate.

The department explained that new measures are being developed as part of reforming the passage of technical inspection. Experience shows that up to 80% of car owners now buy diagnostic cards.

Yalta switches to water supply on schedule

From December 14, a water supply schedule will be introduced for residents of Big Yalta, Kryminform reports with reference to the Minister of Housing and Utilities of the Republic of Kazakhstan Dmitry Chernyaev. He specified that water will be supplied for three hours in the morning and in the evening due to the minimum inflows to the main reservoirs that feed Big Yalta.

Poklonskaya suggested that Musk move from California not to Texas, but to Crimea – and solve the problem with water

“We have an almost complete lack of fresh water reminiscent of the planet Mars, where, I heard, Elon plans to send an expedition … How do you like that, Elon Musk?”

Greece announces date of full-scale opening for tourists

The second half of 2021 will be a time of revival of tourism in Greece. However, the tourism industry will face fierce competition for limited tourist flows and the need to look for new markets. This forecast was announced by the Minister of Tourism of Greece Harry Theocharis.

Opposition of Belarus is developing a draft constitution

The Belarusian opposition is developing a draft constitution, which it hopes to approve if it comes to power. This was announced on Monday by the Internet portal tut.by, which published an interview with former presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, her political adviser Alexander Dobrovolsky and adviser on international affairs Franak Vyachorko.

This will be a draft constitution, where the government will answer to parliament, there will be a parliamentary-presidential republic, ”Dobrovolsky said. “The draft constitution was developed on the basis of the 1994 constitution, and the sections that relate to the powers of state power and interaction between the branches will be replaced,” he added.

Peskov disagreed with the opinion of Russian citizens

The majority (61%) of Russians believe that today officials and civil servants in Russia work poorly, according to a survey by the Public Opinion Fund (FOM). Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov said that he could not agree with the widespread opinion of the country’s residents about the poor performance of officials. His words were published by TASS

As an official, I am very offended to hear this, because, of course, the family has its black sheep, as they say. But the majority of officials are people who work very hard, honestly and really for the good of the country and perform their functions with dignity. But there are also bad officials who do not work well, who do not care about their work. And from this, unfortunately, the wrong feeling is created, – the president’s press secretary answered.

About fraudulent compensation payments for Russians

State Duma Deputy Anton Gorelkin was outraged by a new type of fraud with compensation payments against the background of the coronavirus panda in Russia and sent appeals to the relevant ministries.

Came across on Google an advertisement for compensation payments for Russians. The banner featured Vladimir Putin and Mikhail Mishustin. To advertise the state through the Google advertising service, and even with portraits of the country’s top officials … It turned out, of course, a fraud, Gorelkin wrote in Telegram.

Blocking Internet resources for censoring Russian media

The State Duma Committee on Information Policy, Information Technology and Communications at a meeting on December 7 recommended the chamber to adopt in the first reading a draft on the right of Roskomnadzor to block Internet resources for censorship of Russian media.

Ukraine made claims to Iran

Ukraine has not yet received the materials and evidence promised by Iran on the investigation into the crash of the UIA plane in January this year. This was stated by Deputy Prosecutor General of Ukraine Gunduz Mammadov during a meeting with Iranian Ambassador Manouchekhrom Moradi, the press service of the Prosecutor General’s Office reported on December 7.

Armenia demanded to withdraw Turkish military from Karabakh

Turkey should withdraw its armed personnel and terrorist groups affiliated with it from the zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and the South Caucasus as a whole. There are no clear signals about the withdrawal of foreign terrorist fighters so far, ”Armenian Foreign Minister Ara Ayvazyan said at a press conference in Moscow.

A terrorist who killed a French teacher was buried in a Chechen village

In the Chechen village of Shalazhi, the terrorist Abdulakh Anzorov, who had beheaded a teacher in France, was buried with honors. According to local residents, a checkpoint was set up at the entrance to the settlement – only locals were allowed through.

The head of the village where the terrorist Abdulakh Anzorov was buried denies that the ceremony was held in a festive atmosphere. Salman Magamadov explained the checkpoints set up at the entrance to Shalazhi with antiquated measures.

18-year-old Anzorov on October 16 this year killed and beheaded history teacher Samuel Pati because of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. He was shot and killed by the police during his arrest.

Ramzan Kadyrov, commenting on the murder of the teacher, said that Anzorov “spent almost his entire life in France, having moved there as a child with his parents, grew up next to the French, communicated, spoke and wrote in their language.” The head of Chechnya laid the responsibility for the crime on the French state, which “does not hear the faithful at close range.”

The press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov said that the Kremlin knows nothing about the funeral of Anzorov in Chechnya, or about their scale.

Register and make it work

Lukashenka demanded to register and force to work “all parasites hanging out”, if necessary, involve the police. “The unemployed person is not just a protest in the street, it is a future criminal.”

On the volunteer movement in Russia

Almost 4.7 billion rubles will be allocated for the volunteer movement in Russia in the next three years, Open Media found out. Moreover, a quarter of this amount will go to the association, which is headed by a former member of the pro-Kremlin Young Guard.

Volunteers will be engaged not only in charity projects. They have been used for a long time at political events, for example, at the presidential elections and at voting on amendments to the Constitution, remind in the Golos movement

Deputy of the Novosibirsk City Council graduated from a non-existent faculty

Rostislav Antonov, an independent deputy of the Novosibirsk city council, was convicted of graduating from a faculty that does not exist. His official biography on the city council website says: graduated from the Faculty of History of International Relations of Tomsk State University, diplomat. There is no such faculty at TSU and has never existed. A discrepancy was discovered by the former vice-governor Viktor Kozodoy, also a historian, doctor of sciences.

Relatives of victims of Superjet crash at Sheremetyevo filed a lawsuit

The relatives filed lawsuits in a Paris court against seven foreign companies and a Russian carrier. According to lawyer Mikhail Zagainov, the families want to prove that the manufacturing companies are responsible for the death of people, since the SSJ100 is improperly designed: during an emergency landing, the chassis did not collapse, but pierced the fuel tanks, and a fire started. Aeroflot still has not paid compensation to the families, so the relatives of the victims also included the airline in the lawsuit.

The tragedy happened on May 5 last year. The plane was struck by lightning, and 41 people died in an emergency landing.

Return MSTU to the name “Imperial Moscow Technical School”

The Kaluga Ombudsman Yuri Zelnikov said that he saw nothing wrong with replacing the word university with a school, and for imperial status, an emperor was not necessarily needed. According to him, we are talking only about the “restoration of the historical name.”

Meanwhile, the rector of the Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Anatoly Aleksandrov, told the publication “Rise” that there is no definite solution to this issue, but the word imperial, in his opinion, looks strange in this connection.

“The word imperial will probably be strange, because for most of our history we were not an imperial university at all. But a school or a university – serious disputes flare up here. We come back to this issue from time to time and understand that there is still no definite solution. “