31 Jul, 2021

Payment to athletes for Olympic medals

Indonesia is in first place: an Indonesian athlete who received a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics can count on a prize of 746 thousand dollars! Athletes from Singapore will be able to receive two thousand less (744 thousand dollars). For “silver” athletes can count on 378 and 372 thousand, and for “bronze” – on 188 and 186 thousand dollars, respectively

Of the post-Soviet countries, Kazakhstan turned out to be the most generous: there they will pay 250 thousand dollars for a gold medal, 150 thousand for a silver one, and 75 for a bronze one.

Of the European countries, Italy is in the lead (212 thousand for the “gold” and 71 for the “bronze”), but on average in Europe the figures are quite modest and at the level of Russian ones.

Russian athletes can count on 61 thousand dollars for the gold medal, 38 for the “silver” and 26 for the “bronze”

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The position of the richest man in the world was taken over by Bernard Arnault, the owner of the Louis Vuitton Moёt Hennessy group of luxury companies. His fortune is estimated at $ 192.9 billion, in second place is Jeff Bezos with a fortune of $ 192.4 billion, and in third Elon Musk with a fortune of $ 179.4 billion.

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Elon Musk’s startup Neuralink, which develops neurointerfaces, raised $ 205 million

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Bentley’s profit for the first half of 2021 has already exceeded profit for any full year

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Amazon’s quarterly profit grew 48.4% to $ 7.7 billion

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Porsche invested in German launch vehicle startup Isar Aerospace

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Nikola’s founder, Trevor Milton, was found innocent and released on $ 100 million bail

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Amazon com Inc. faces the largest fine in European Union history for breaching data privacy, as the main supervisor imposed a € 746 million ($ 888 million) fine on her for violating stringent data protection rules.

Amazon said it considers the fine “unreasonable” and is going to appeal the decision. “There was no data breach and no customer data was leaked to third parties,” Amazon said in a statement.

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Russia in May exported to the United States the largest ever volume of oil and oil products, it follows from the data of the American Ministry of Energy

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The Ariane 5 launch vehicle with two satellites successfully launched from the Kourou Cosmodrome in French Guiana. One of the satellites (Eutelsat Quantum) will be the first communications device in history that can be tuned in orbit rather than on Earth.

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The United States, as promised by Biden, introduced new sanctions on Cuba – against the police, its chief and his deputy (according to Washington, they are responsible for suppressing the protests). A couple of hours later, the American president promised that there would be more sanctions, in parallel promising to support the Cuban people. Earlier, the United States has already imposed sanctions against Cuban Defense Minister Alvaro López Miera and the National Special Brigade, which is part of the Interior Ministry.

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Cosmonaut Novitsky on the ISS about the first entrance to the “Science” module: visually everything is in order, there is no dust, but a bolt flew out of the module when the hatch was opened

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Putin instructed to create a commission that will analyze the activities of foreign structures that damage the national interests of Russia “in the historical sphere.” This initiative will be headed by ex-Minister of Culture Medinsky, including representatives of law enforcement agencies.

The Commission will engage in historical education “in order to ensure a planned and aggressive approach to the issue of upholding the national interests of the Russian Federation related to the preservation of historical memory and the development of educational activities in the field of history.”

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5 planes and 3 helicopters sent from Russia to Turkey to help extinguish forest fires – Erdogan’s administration

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A consolidated air group of the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Emergencies of Russia in the amount of 11 pieces of equipment will be sent to Turkey to fight fires at the request of Ankara – Ministry of Emergencies of the Russian Federation

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In Yakutia, more than 3.5 million hectares of forest burned down. At the moment, more than 620 thousand hectares are covered by the flame.

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Potential arsonists have been detained in Turkey. The police had to save them from the lynching of angry residents of the affected areas. The suspects have already been assigned to the Kurdistan Party (in Turkey it is recognized as terrorist). Earlier, Erdogan announced the involvement of intelligence to investigate the causes of forest fires.

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In the Moscow metro, they began to test payment for travel using face recognition. The Face Pay service will be tested on the Filevskaya branch, up to a thousand people will take part in the first stage. To use the system, you need to download the application, upload a photo, link a bank card and go through the turnstile with a camera and a special sticker.

The authorities assure that “personal data is securely stored and not shared with anyone.” According to the head of the Department of Transport Maxim Liksutov, “Metro employees are already using this service and have made more than a million successful passes at the station.”

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In July 2021, the Russian authorities recognized The Insider as a “foreign agent” and the Project as an “unwanted organization”. In addition, the Russian non-profit organization Institute of Law and Public Policy and 13 journalists from various publications were recognized as “foreign agents”, and five foreign organizations were recognized as “undesirable”.

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The United States will dismiss 182 employees of its diplomatic missions in Russia due to the ban on hiring citizens of the Russian Federation and third countries to work in American consulates. As Secretary of State Anthony Blinken explained, the layoffs will affect the offices in Moscow, Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok.

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