16 Dec, 2020

News digest for 12/15/2020

US authorities have asked Facebook and Amazon for information about their activities

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has asked nine social media and Internet companies, including Facebook and Amazon, for data on their operations, as part of the FTC’s extensive familiarization with the business practices of these companies.

Erdogan to introduce curfew in Turkey

Turkey will have a curfew from the evening of December 31 to the early morning of January 4 due to the coronavirus epidemic, Daily Sabah reports on December 14, citing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Great Britain showed the concept of a sixth generation fighter

Great Britain continues to work on the creation of a sixth generation fighter. The project called Tempest (translated into Russian – “The Tempest”) is supervised by several companies at once – Rolls Royce, BAE Systems, MBDA and Leonardo

So far, the British Tempest can be seen in photos posted online. It is known that the fighter will be equipped with hypersonic missiles, and will also receive state-of-the-art digital equipment and many automatic functions. The Tempest is expected to replace the fourth generation Eurofighter Typhoon fighters.

Volkswagen presented a new charger for cars

Recently, representatives of the German company Volkswagen presented a new charger for electric vehicles. It presents a compact power supply box. The German company claims that their charger is much more efficient than standard ones.

From now on, you can use not only the charger built into the electric car, but also the wall box as a direct current. The novelty can also be used as an adapter, when the car can be charged, even if the house has no electricity

Baltics and Poland agree to finance the second phase of withdrawal from BRELL

Lithuanian, Latvian, Estonian and Polish operators Litgrid, Augstprieguma tikls, Elering and PSE have signed an agreement with the Executive Agency for Innovations and Networks (INEA) under the European Commission to finance the second phase of the project to synchronize the Baltic energy system with European networks, the Lithuanian company reports.

Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia are part of the BRELL energy ring together with Belarus and Russia. The Baltic countries decided to disconnect and synchronize with the European power system through Poland – through the already built LitPol Link and the Harmony Link marine cable. This is planned to happen by 2025.

Overdue payables of the Russian fishing industry

According to the results of 9 months, the overdue accounts payable of the fishing industry of the Russian Federation increased 31 times compared to the corresponding period last year, the president of the All-Russian Association of Fishery Industries (VARPE) German Zverev said on Monday.

For 9 months of last year, it amounted to a rather insignificant amount – 100 million rubles, according to the results of three quarters of this year – 3.1 billion rubles, – he said at a briefing

For the development of the agro-industrial complex of Yakutia

Yakutia will receive more than 48 million rubles from the federal budget for the development of the agro-industrial complex – the chairman of the government of the Russian Federation Mikhail Mishustin signed an order to this effect, the press service of the republic’s government told a REGNUM correspondent.

Share of overdue consumer loans in Russia

The share of consumer loans overdue for more than 30 days in the Russian Federation in October increased compared to the beginning of the year by 2.6 percentage points (pp) to 16%. Compared to September, the growth amounted to 0.9 percentage points, according to the press service of the National Bureau of Credit Histories (NBCH). Compared to October 2019, the share of overdue consumer loans in October 2020 increased by 0.6 p.p.

Profit of Surgutneftegas in the first half of 2020

PJSC “Surgutneftegas” in the first half of 2020 received 438.8 billion rubles. net profit under IFRS against a loss of RUB 15.5 billion for the same period in 2019, the company said.

Black hole turned nearby red giants blue

At the active center of our Galaxy is a supermassive black hole with a mass of more than four million suns. Its immediate surroundings are densely filled with dust and stars of various kinds. However, there is a shortage of red giants among them – old, massive and bright stars with “swollen” outer shells. Czech astrophysicists attributed this deficit to the influence of the black hole itself; they write about this in an article published in the Astrophysical Journal.

Astronomers find exoplanet 11 times larger than Jupiter

Thanks to the automatic observatory Hubble, astronomers have found an exoplanet on which the duration of the year is approximately 15 thousand Earth years. In addition, this object is 11 times larger than Jupiter. According to scientists, the exoplanet is located at a distance of 336 light years from Earth

Team Group creates first consumer DDR5 memory module

Currently, Team Group is making every effort to start mass production of memory modules with the following characteristics: 16 GB per module, 4800 MHz frequency and 1.1 V operating voltage. In the future, solutions with a higher frequency, reaching 5200 MHz, will be released. The company has partnered with major motherboard manufacturers such as ASUS, MSI, ASRock and Gigabyte to provide samples and work closely with the R&D department to carry out the necessary checks and tests.

The US approved the use of genetically modified pigs

GalSafe genetically modified pigs were the first to be simultaneously approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for the food industry and medicine.

Earlier in the US, genetically modified salmon was approved, which grows much faster than normal. Pigs grow in the same way as unmodified pigs, but are believed to be less likely to cause food allergies

Google will delete inactive user accounts

As it became known, Google will delete inactive user accounts. If an account has been inactive for two years, it will simply be deleted, so you need to use the company’s services (Gmail, Google Drive or Google Photos) at least occasionally. These changes come into effect as early as June 1, 2021. Google Workspace, G Suite Education Edition and G Suit Non-profit Edition users are not at risk of deleting inactive account

Nokia presented its first laptop

It is expected that the cost of the laptop will be $ 1,220, which translates to about 90 thousand rubles. For this money, the user gets a 10th generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8 GB of RAM, a removable 512 GB SSD drive and a 14-inch Full HD display

The trailer for Nomadland with Frances McDormand is out

Following the economic collapse of a company town in rural Nevada, Fern (Frances McDormand) packs her van and sets off on the road exploring a life outside of conventional society as a modern-day nomad. The third feature film from director Chloé Zhao, NOMADLAND features real nomads Linda May, Swankie and Bob Wells as Fern’s mentors and comrades in her exploration through the vast landscape of the American West.

MS-21 made its first flight with a Russian engine

Medium-haul Russian airliner MS-21-310 took off for the first time with Russian PD-14 engines, the press service of Rostec told Vedomosti.

On December 15, 2020, at the airfield of the Irkutsk Aviation Plant, a branch of PJSC Irkut Corporation (as part of the UAC of the Rostec State Corporation), the first flight of the MC-21-310 aircraft, equipped with new Russian PD-14 engines, took place, – the message says

Criminal liability for online libel

The bill on criminal liability for libel on the Internet has been submitted to the State Duma, its author was the first deputy chairman of the Duma Committee for the Development of Civil Society, Issues of Public and Religious Associations Dmitry Vyatkin (United Russia).

The court on the claim of VEB.RF arrested the foreign property of Ukraine

The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court of the British Virgin Islands ordered the seizure of foreign property of Ukraine at the request of VEB.RF in order to enforce two decisions of the Stockholm Arbitration Court in favor of VEB.RF: Ukraine is obliged to reimburse VEB for expenses spent in the course of arbitration in an investment dispute over Prominvestbank (PIB, subsidiary bank of VEB in Ukraine).

We are talking about the shares of the Ukrainian shipping company Fishing Company S.A., which is under the jurisdiction of the State Fishing Agency of the country, writes RBC with reference to a statement by the press service of VEB.

Airlines complained about the increase in fuel consumption in the new flight system

The airlines complained about the increase in fuel consumption after the introduction of a new aircraft movement system in the European part of Russia. It was launched on December 3rd. According to RBC sources, the climb and landing approach time at the sides increased by 10-15 minutes. As a result, fuel consumption has increased by about 10%.

In the center of Kiev, entrepreneurs protest against quarantine

A rally of entrepreneurs against quarantine restrictions for businesses imposed in connection with the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is taking place on Tuesday at the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, RIA Novosti reports.

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine previously introduced enhanced quarantine measures (lockdown) due to coronavirus from January 8 to 24, and also extended the national quarantine and the state of emergency in the country until February 28, which were previously in force until the end of this year.

Morocco lifts travel restrictions for foreigners

Russia entered the list of states whose residents are allowed to enter the country. You do not need a visa. This is reported by Turprom. Air traffic will be restored in the near future: on December 26, it is planned to launch a Moscow-Casablanca flight. There will also be a connecting flight in Istanbul.

To enter, tourists will need to present a negative PCR test for COVID-19, made no earlier than 72 hours before departure, and a confirmed hotel reservation or an invitation to visit the country. Children under 11 do not need a coronavirus test. There is no quarantine upon arrival.

Trailer for the fantastic action movie “Outside the Wire”

Set in the future, Harp (Damson Idris), a drone pilot, is sent into a deadly militarized zone where he finds himself working for Leo (Anthony Mackie), an android officer, tasked to locate a doomsday device before the insurgents do. Outside the Wire is directed by Mikael Håfström.

The first trailer of the “Cool Walker” remake is out

On the show’s official YouTube channel, the first trailer for Walker, a remake of Tough Walker with Chuck Norris, has been released. Jared Padalecki played the main role in the show. In the video, he enters the frame on a horse, and also grieves the death of his wife and does not believe that it happened by accident.

InterMedia recalls: In the story, Policeman Walker, who worked undercover for two years, returns to Texas and finds that he has even more work to do at home. A female ranger helps him in the fight against crime. The series is slated to premiere on January 2, 2021.

Show of historical national costumes will take place in Tashkent

Within the framework of the IV International Congress “Cultural heritage of Uzbekistan – the foundation of a new Renaissance” in the Palace of Youth Creativity on December 15, the opening of the fashion show “National clothes – the pearl of the new Renaissance” will take place.

Two members of the Presidium of Bosnia and Herzegovina refused to meet with Lavrov

Members of the Presidium of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) Zeljko Komšić and Shefik Jaferovic refused to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who is in the country on a working visit.

It is clear to everyone that Mr. Lavrov is one of the three best diplomats in the world. A person with so much experience has planned actions in advance. Since his arrival in BiH, we have had the opportunity to see signals from the country he represents

Ukraine threatened Russia with sanctions for the sale of the Crimean plant

Ukraine may impose sanctions against Russia in connection with the sale of the Crimean Massandra winery, Deputy Foreign Minister Emine Dzhaparova said on her Twitter on December 14.

According to a representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Moscow “illegally expropriated” the Massandra concern and sold “for a penny” to its subsidiary (the structure of the Bank “Russia” – approx. IA Krasnaya Vesna). According to Dzhaparova, this decision is “legally null and void.”

Russia and China extend agreement on missile launch notifications

Russia and China have extended the intergovernmental agreement on notifications of launches of ballistic missiles and space launch vehicles for 10 years. The protocol was signed by the defense ministers of the two states, Sergei Shoigu and Wei Fenghe.

The State Duma has extended the discount when paying duties through the portal of state services

The State Duma adopted in the third reading amendments to the Tax Code (TC) of the Russian Federation, which extend until January 1, 2023, a 30% discount when citizens pay duties through the portal of public services

How the average check of Russians grew over the year

The operator of fiscal data “Platform OFD” calculated for RIA Novosti how the average bill of Russians for the purchase of basic products increased over the year:

sugar + 62%
sunflower oil + 36%
buckwheat + 30%
flour + 27%
black bread + 12%

North Korea purchased Russian vaccine

North Korea has purchased the Russian coronavirus vaccine, the Japanese press reported. Vaccinations are expected to begin with government officials and management. At the same time, the media write, Kim Jong-un will not use the vaccine until he is convinced of its safety.

The representative of the RDIF, the sovereign fund of the Russian Federation responsible for the promotion and production of vaccines abroad, denied RIA Novosti information from a number of media outlets about the purchase of the Sputnik V vaccine by North Korea

Report “Sober Russia”

There are more than 5 million drug addicts in Russia, such estimates are set out in the report “Sober Russia” (available from RIA Novosti). Only about 600 thousand of them are officially registered, the organization recalled. At the same time, the number of juvenile drug addicts has increased by more than 60% over 5 years, and about 80% of university students use drugs at least once a year, follows from the report

A man who organized a Maybach fire in the center of Moscow was detained.

According to the press service of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the city, a 37-year-old local resident was detained. He said that he wanted to check if his pistol was suitable for shooting. A hooliganism case was opened against the detainee.

Quarantine zones will appear in Aeroflot’s economy class.

Last Friday, the airline’s flight attendants received a list of operational information – a document with new seating rules on airplanes. It follows from them that on flights with incomplete seating in economy class, Aeroflot will block the reservation of seats on the last two rows on the starboard side. It is to these seats that flight attendants will have to transfer passengers who refuse to wear masks in the cabin. Even those who bought a ticket at a higher price will be transferred to business class.

The electors confirmed Joe Biden as the new president of the United States.

Joe Biden was elected the new president of the United States, and Kamala Harris was elected vice president. This became known from the voting of the electoral college. Biden secured the support of 302 electors. Trump was supported by 232 people.

On January 6, the results of the elections are to be approved by both chambers of Congress, on January 20, the inauguration of the US President is to take place.

Putin congratulated Biden on his victory in the presidential election.

“Putin wished the President-elect every success and expressed confidence that Russia and the United States, which bear a special responsibility for global security and stability, can, despite their differences, really contribute to solving many problems and challenges that the world now faces,” the website says. The Kremlin.

The congratulatory telegram also speaks of the importance of Russian-American cooperation, which “would meet the interests of the peoples of both countries and the entire international community.”