30 Dec, 2019

News digest for 12/28-29/2019

In the US, students were allowed to take time off to participate in protests

The authors of the initiative explain that every student once a year now officially has the right to take time off for “civic activity”, which means participation in protests or travel to meet with lawmakers in the state capital, the city of Richmond.

Sberbank has introduced a function of returning forgotten money in ATMs

Sberbank has introduced the function of returning forgotten money in ATMs-recyclers. This innovation has already reduced such cases by 30%. This is reported by “RIA Novosti” with reference to the press service of the Bank

Widow Luzhkov, Elena Baturina, is wanted on charges of defamation

The world court in Kalmykia declared the widow of former Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov Elena Baturina on the Federal wanted list in the case of libel. This is due to her non-attendance at court sessions. This information was confirmed by the lawyer Dmitry Savochkin, representing the interests of the victim in the case of the party.

Us authorities fined the airline Lufthansa

According to the FAA, Lufthansa has carried out about 900 flights that do not meet the rules of us Federal law, including flights to airports in San Diego and Philadelphia, for which the company does not have a permit. The Agency noted that the airline has 30 days to respond.

Rostelecom canceled the purchase of Chinese tablets for the census

Rostelecom canceled the purchase of tablets made in China for the population census due to changes in the requirements for choosing a supplier, according to materials posted on the public procurement website.

The Rivian pickup got a tank mode for turning on the spot

It turns out that turning around 360 degrees, standing still, is not so difficult – it is enough to have at least one electric motor on each of the wheels. The video with such a reversal on the example of its RT1 pickup showed the American startup Rivian

In Samara, homosexuals were banned from being blood donors

In Samara, the site of the blood transfusion station posted information about who can not become a donor. The message about the ban on being a blood donor is recorded in the section ” contraindications»:

“Absolute restriction on blood donation if you have: infectious diseases (AIDS, HIV infection) and persons belonging to the risk group (homosexuals, drug addicts, prostitutes)”, reports vesti.ru.

Muscovite was fired from the police for subscribing to Navalny

An employee of the Moscow mounted police Tatyana Zima said that she was fired for subscribing to Instagram opposition leader Alexei Navalny. In her account, she said that she did not pass the inspection of the Department of internal security of the Ministry of internal Affairs, because the opposition can not serve the Motherland.

Before that, the police officer was reprimanded for calling President Vladimir Putin “Tsar”in one of her Instagram posts. Since then, Winter has had problems at work, according to the girl herself.

Gazprom paid Ukraine 2.9 billion dollars

Russian “Gazprom” paid Ukrainian “Naftogaz” 2.9 billion dollars in accordance with the decision of the Arbitration court of Stockholm. This is reported by “Interfax” with reference to the press service of the company.

Bloomberg reported record cuts in banks

More than 50 major banks around the world this year announced the reduction of 77.8 thousand jobs — a record reduction since 2015, when it was reported to lay off 91.5 thousand employees. This is written by Bloomberg, citing data from the banks and unions themselves.

The headquarters of the British intelligence lost secret documents

Secret documents, including the layout of the new building and data on alarm systems, have disappeared from the British intelligence building MI-6. According to The Sun, the alarm was raised two weeks ago when they discovered the loss of more than 100 drawings during planned repairs at the headquarters of the British secret intelligence service

Huawei denies receiving $ 75 billion from Chinese authorities

Representatives of Huawei denied the information of the newspaper The Wall Street Journal about receiving financial assistance from the Chinese government. According to them, the company did not use special conditions of state support, which allegedly helped it to maintain more competitive prices in the market and become one of the largest manufacturers of telecommunications equipment in the world.

The material, which was announced the amount of subsidies Huawei, WSJ published the day before. It claimed that over the past decade, the owner of the Honor brand has received almost $75 billion in aid from the Chinese authorities — in the form of cheap loans from state banks, tax breaks, grants and discounts on land acquisition

The court arrested the property of the Siberian retailer ” holiday»

The arbitration court of the Novosibirsk region seized the property and accounts of NSK Holdi LLC, which bears subsidiary responsibility with holiday Company LLC, which once owned the largest retail chain in Siberia, for 17.425 billion rubles.

Teslasuit VR gloves allow you to feel virtual objects

The creators of the VR-suit with tactile feedback Teslasuit are preparing to present a new product-gloves for virtual reality Teslasuit Glove. They will allow users to feel virtual textures and collect biometric data.

The earth’s atmosphere was filled with iron dust 300 million years ago

Scientists analyzed the composition of carbonate rocks belonging to the boundary of the Carboniferous and Permian periods. The rock-forming minerals were then dissolved in acid, and later they were left with atmospheric dust, which contained twice as much iron as the dust in the modern atmosphere.

The increase in the content of an important trace element in the atmosphere led to a change in its composition and the rapid development of photosynthetic algae. All this has affected the evolution of life and climate on the planet, writes the journal Geology.

The ship “Ingushetia” equipped with “Calibers” was accepted into the black sea fleet

Small rocket ship (MRK) “Ingushetia”, equipped with a high-precision universal missile system “Kalibr-NK” for hitting sea and coastal targets, was accepted into the black sea fleet. This was reported by TASS on December 28.

A new grade of Norwegian oil threatens to displace the Russian Urals from the market

Norway has been producing a new type of oil from a field in the North sea since November 5. Analysts say the world may switch to it at the expense of the lighter Russian Urals.

The Johan Sverdrup mixture makes less sulfur content attractive to customers in comparison with raw materials from Russia. In addition, the Norwegians can offer more profitable logistics schemes, writes Reuters.

In Russia revealed 1.5 million cars with defective security system

More than one and a half million cars equipped with defective airbags of the Japanese company Takata are operated in Russia. This is reported by “Izvestia” with reference to the Deputy head of Rosstandart Alexey Kuleshov.

The detected defect carries enormous risks to the life and health of people in the cabin. It is important to check the car regardless of its age. If it falls under the recall campaign, you should contact an official dealer as soon as possible. – Alexey Kuleshov, Russian volleyball player

Algeria will buy 14 Russian su-57 fighters

Algeria will buy 14 Russian multi-functional fifth-generation su-57 fighters and the same number of su-34 front-line bombers, Menadefense. It is known that a contract worth $ 6 billion has already been signed.

The Pentagon has ordered medium-range aircraft

The American company Raytheon received a contract from the Pentagon for the production of medium-range missiles AMRAAM class “air-to-air”. The corresponding statement was published on the Department’s website on December 27. The total amount of the contract is $768 million.

“Raytheon Missile Systems of Tucson, Arizona has received a contract worth $768,283,907,” the Pentagon said in a statement on its website.

US condemned the launch of traffic on the Crimean bridge

We join Ukrainian and other European partners in condemning Russia’s launch of train service between Russia and Crimea. Russia’s latest move demonstrates blatant disrespect for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. #CrimeaIsUkraine

New video of the group “Kino” for the song ” Trolleybus»

A new music video for the song “Trolleybus” was published by the members of the group “cinema” on their official YouTube channel, the clip was shot in a Studio setting.

The Prodigy and Ocean Wisdom will perform at the Alfa Future People festival in Sochi

In 2020, the main winter festival of modern music Alfa Future People (AFP) will be held in Sochi from February 28 to March 1. The first guests are already known. They will be Lyra Thornhill-one of the founders of the Prodigy, and Ocean Wisdom-a young British rapper, said the organizers of the festival.

Volkswagen has invented a robot for charging electric cars

The owner of the car will be able to order charging in the mobile app. The concept “Robo-charger” itself will drive up to the car and do everything for a person: on Board the robot has a 25 kWh battery and a 50-kilowatt fast charging function. Alas, so far this is only a conceptual development.

The Chinese have offered to replace cats robotically

The Chinese company Elephant Robotics has unveiled Its new development-the marscat robot box, which will be available in several colors.

A robotic cat can replace you with a real one, the Chinese are sure. Interestingly, the character and behavior of the cat will be formed from how you care for it. So if the cat robot going to bitch, you know who to blame.

Externally and in their functions cats are very similar to the famous robot dogs Sony Aibo. Robocalls will be available in white, gray, orange and black.

“Aeroflot” has sold subsidized tickets from the Far East

“Aeroflot suspends from December 28 booking seats on flights from the Far East to the Central part of Russia and flights within the far Eastern district in connection with the full development of the limit of state subsidies for transportation in these areas,” – said in a statement

Putin signed a law on new arrangements for the resettlement of dilapidated housing

“Basically, there is the same order of resettlement of citizens from emergency homes, – says the Deputy Chairman of the state Duma Committee on housing policy and housing Pavel Kachkaev. – In particular, citizens can, by agreement of the parties, choose either to move to another apartment, or take the purchase price of housing. But the purchase price is now formed based on the market value of not only the residential building itself, but also the land under it.”

“Roscosmos” going for the record …

“In honor of the holiday, we will slightly open the space maps – next year, almost twice as many space launches are planned as there were in 2019,” said host Vasily Kuchushev during a broadcast on the Roscosmos-TV YouTube channel.

In early 2019, Roscosmos CEO Dmitry Rogozin told President Vladimir Putin about the plan for 45 space launches. In fact, Russia conducted 25 space launches: 13 from the Baikonur cosmodrome, eight from Plesetsk, one from Vostochny and three from Kuru.

The canadian restaurant refused to accept Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

The owner of the canadian restaurant Deep Cove Chalet Pierre Koffel refused to accept Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in the institution, according to a FAN with reference to the Vancouver Sun. According to the restaurateur’s wife, the Royal couple were going to visit their restaurant. They sent security to the establishment to arrange a table reservation, but the owner, having learned who would be the guests, refused to accept them.

Putin signed a law on the return of part of the insurance when the loan is repaid

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law that allows the borrower to return part of the insurance premium for early repayment of consumer or mortgage loans, as well as allowing the issuance of consumer credit without insurance at an increased interest rate, the corresponding document is published on the Internet portal of legal information

The head of Roskomnadzor registered in Telegram

As you know, Roskomnadzor was the initiator of blocking Telegram. Earlier, this Agency filed a lawsuit to block the messenger, because Pavel Durov, who is the Creator of the program, refused to give the FSB access to users ‘ correspondence.

Researchers have identified an increase in the incidence of children in Russia

In Russia, between 2000 and 2018, the incidence of children increased by 19%. About it on Sunday, December 29, reports RT with reference to results of research of experts of Central research Institute of the organization and Informatization of health care.

By 2050, all countries of the world can switch to “green” energy

Stanford University presented a new plan for world development, according to which all countries (143) in the world can switch to alternative sources of food. According to the magazine “One Earth”, to do this, scientists will need 73 trillion US dollars to develop new technologies-methods to reduce harmful emissions and transfer industry to “green” energy. The investment will pay off in a couple of years, and the plan itself will create millions of jobs.

The Russian foreign Ministry will have a new Department

The decree comes into force from the date of its signing. Earlier in the spring, the media reported on the possible appearance of a Department in the structure of the Russian foreign Ministry, which will deal with international information security.

The ROC called love optional for marriage

Metropolitan Hilarion, head of the Synodal Department for external Church relations, believes that attraction to a person should not be the main reason for marriage.

Parents looked for brides, then they got married, and then love came. Perhaps love did not always come, but Christian marriage is not based on sensual attraction and not only on love — ” the Metropolitan said.

Also, the head of the Synodal Department for external Church relations listed the goals of true Christian marriage.

This is a Union between a man and a woman by mutual consent, which is open to the birth of children, and the number of children that God will bless, and not the one that the parents will plan, and this is a marriage based on the Christian faith, on devotion and fidelity, — said Metropolitan Hilarion.

A new airport is planned to be built in Egypt on the Sinai Peninsula

At a meeting with the authorities of South Sinai, Taba investors discussed a plan to build a modern airport, a plot of land has already been found. It is planned to start construction in 2020.

According to the President of the Taba and Nuweiba investors Association, said Sami Suleiman, about 30 percent of hotels in Taba remain closed after the 2015 crisis. And investors do not want to invest in the construction of hotels because of the lack of prospects for the resort.

Zelensky introduced a bill to the Verkhovna Rada on decentralization of power in the country

President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky introduced a new bill to the Verkhovna Rada on decentralization of power in the country. Deputy, member of the Commission on legal reform under the President and the representative of the head of state in the constitutional court Fedor Venislavsky said that Zelensky introduced an improved bill to the Parliament.

According to him, several weeks were “meaningful and hot” discussions on the document. It is noted that during the discussion it was important to hear the opinion of local residents. He said that the improved bill took into account the proposals received from local governments and communities.

“We will make this reform real, communities-capable, democracy-effective»

Samara regional clinical station removed the ban on blood donation from the site

Samara regional clinical blood transfusion station after a public outcry about the information on its website about the ban on homosexuals and prostitutes to donate blood on Friday deleted this information.

On the website of the Samara regional clinical station of blood transfusion in the subsection “Contraindications” of the section “for the donor” it was specified that the absolute restriction from blood donation is imposed on ” persons belonging to the risk group (homosexuals, drug addicts, prostitutes)”. It was specified that these requirements correspond to the order of the Ministry of health of the Russian Federation of September 14, 2001 “on approval of the procedure for medical examination of a blood donor and its components”.

In Prague again desecrated the monument to Marshal Konev

On the arm of the statue of the commander vandals hung a garland of sausagesAny reconnaissance vehicles will be destroyed

Any reconnaissance vehicles that are seen in the area of the exercises of Iran, Russia and China will be destroyed, said the Deputy commander and chief of staff of the Iranian army Habibullah Sayari.

“Many countries, of course, would like to know what is there (in the exercises.) occurs. Scouts have also been activated, but joint exercises are no joke, and we are not joking. Any device, both swimming and flying, will be shot down in the area of the exercise. Earlier, we demonstrated this, ” Tasnim quoted Him as saying.

Another action of opponents of integration with Russia was held in the center of Minsk.

Several dozen representatives of the opposition and civil society gathered on Oktyabrskaya square, who do not agree with the plans of the Republic’s authorities to sign integration roadmaps with the Russian Federation.

“We will demand that the authorities declassify their documents…> negotiations. We demand the publication of 31 so-called road maps, ” said one of the leaders of the Belarusian opposition Vyacheslav Sivchik

The United States gave Nord stream — 2 contractors a month to stop work

The US state Department has published an explanation of how sanctions will act against the builders of “Nord stream-2”. They were given a month to withdraw from the project without the risk of sanctions-until January 20, within 30 days after the document was signed by US President Donald trump.

“The US will impose sanctions if construction-related companies do not immediately demonstrate their intention to stop work. Construction-related companies must complete the work within 30 days, ” the explanation says.

Defense plants will save from debt at the expense of taxpayers and state banks

This is necessary “for the recovery of the economy,” the government said. The United aircraft Corporation, the United shipbuilding Corporation, the United engine Corporation and Roscosmos cannot pay off loans for 700 billion rubles. Earlier, Russia lost $13 billion on arms sales

The Russian government has agreed on a plan to improve the Russian defense industry, which has accumulated 2 trillion rubles of debt, of which 700 billion is already irrevocable, said on Friday, Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov, who oversees the defense industry.

The mechanism will be double, Borisov said: defense companies will be allocated money for recapitalization (which is equivalent to direct debt repayment from the budget), and credit organizations will restructure part of the loans at preferential interest rates for the long term.

The son of the Prosecutor General Igor Chaika became the owner of two new companies

The younger son of the Prosecutor General of Russia Igor Chaika became the owner of two companies on New year’s eve. The first of them, “Engineering. RF”, he created together with the state development Corporation VEB. RF, drew the attention of Trash Economy. Chaika’s partner in the second company was the owner of a Moldovan TV company that retransmits Russian channel One programs in the country.

In Bashkiria, the veteran was placed in an abandoned school

At the pensioner from the village of Eugenia Surkovoy Udel’no-Duvaney house burned down. The officials promised a room. Pogorelitsa steadfastly waited a couple of years, roam in the homes of relatives and acquaintances… And waited. They settled in the math room: the batteries are barely warm, there is no refrigerator, a shower at the end of the corridor. The story interested the media and the Prosecutor’s office… and the authorities vowed to move the woman to normal conditions…