14 May, 2021

Russia announced the stabilization of prices

Food prices in Russia are gradually stabilizing. This was announced during a meeting on monitoring prices for socially significant goods, which was chaired by First Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Andrei Belousov. The meeting analyzed data on consumer inflation in Russia for April 2021 – in annual terms, it slowed down to 5.52%.

“In particular, over the annual period as of May 4, 2021, price growth slowed down by one percentage point – to 6.6% from 7.6% in March. At the end of April, it was recorded that prices for fruit and vegetable products increased by 1%, which is significantly lower than the traditional dynamics in this segment, ”the website of the Russian government says.

At the same time, the growth in prices for other food products (excluding fruits and vegetables) slowed down to 0.7% from 1.2% in March.

Annual inflation in Germany

Consumer prices in Germany in April on an annualized basis, according to the final estimate, accelerated growth to 2% from 1.7% in March, according to a press release from the Federal Statistical Office of the country (Destatis)

Rostec has developed a system for the detection of explosives and chemicals in the air

Rostec specialists have developed a system for detecting explosives and chemicals in the air, which is triggered within five seconds, the press service of the state corporation said.

A state-owned timber export company will be created in Russia

In Russia, by the end of 2021, a state-owned company will be created and will start operating for the export of timber, its model will be developed within a month, Deputy Prime Minister and Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District Yuri Trutnev told reporters

Florida has declared a state of emergency

Florida Governor Ron Desantis has declared a state of emergency over the suspension of the US’s largest Colonial Pipeline. Recall that the pumping was stopped on May 7 after a cyberattack on the company.

The unexpected closure of the Colonial Pipeline and the resulting fuel supply interruptions pose a serious threat to the state of Florida and require similar urgent measures to protect and facilitate the delivery of fuel to the state until the time when the Colonial Pipeline is fully operational, the executive order says.

WhatsApp prepares to disconnect users

The WhatsApp messenger from May 15 will begin to block the ability to send messages and make calls to users who do not agree with the application’s new privacy policy.

New documents about the house near Gelendzhik

According to the BBC, the government, not individuals, played a key role in the construction of the facility. In addition, the documents received generally confirm many of the conclusions of the January investigation of Alexei Navalny.

The Kremlin considers new reports about the construction of a hotel in Gelendzhik nonsense. Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov again stressed that the head of state has nothing to do with this building, Interfax reports.

“Whatever it is, it’s all nonsense. We have spoken many times about this object and about the fact that it has nothing to do with [Vladimir] Putin. And we do not consider it necessary to somehow return to this topic, ”he responded to a request from journalists to comment on new media materials.

US LNG Exports Reach All-Time Record

US LNG exports hit an all-time high of 10.5 billion cubic feet a day in March, down in April, but at their highest for this month, the country’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) monthly short-term forecast says.

US inflation peaks

The consumer price index in the United States has reached 4.2% over the past 12 months, the highest since September 2008. This was announced on Wednesday by the country’s labor ministry. Experts predicted that this inflation rate would reach 3.6%.

China threatened to retaliate against Ericsson

The Chinese authorities may limit the supply of products of the Swedish company Ericsson to the PRC, if Stockholm does not give the go-ahead for the import of 5G equipment from Huawei. Reported by The Wall Street Journal.

Albert Einstein’s letter on birds and physics discovered

Decades before scientists knew that birds can sense the Earth’s magnetic field, Albert Einstein talked about this in his letters, according to the Journal of Comparative Physiology. Einstein’s unknown letter is a response to a letter from Glyn Davis, a radar researcher.

“It is possible that research into the behavior of migratory birds and homing pigeons may someday lead to an understanding of some physical processes that are not yet known,” Einstein wrote in his response.

In the United States introduced the technology of recharging an electric vehicle on the go

The new development was presented by scientists from Cornell University (USA). They figured out how to charge electric vehicle batteries on the go. This system has only one drawback: not a trillion dollars will need to be spent on the development of infrastructure throughout the country, experts say.

As experts explain, the lack of simple and fast charging is now the main limiting factor for the development of electromobility. So, according to statistics, approximately 20% of buyers of cars on batteries in the future return to the internal combustion engine.

Garment fabric with warming and cooling effects

Engineers from China have developed a double-sided garment fabric, one side of which (modified with nanoparticles of zinc and copper) absorbs sunlight and has a warming effect, and the other side (covered with a layer of PMMA and aluminum) reflects light and dissipates heat. In a paper published in the journal Nano Letters, researchers showed the ability of fabric to warm and cool simulated human skin, and also demonstrated the ability of textiles to generate electricity.

Hidden driver checks began in Russia

Traffic police officers in unmarked patrol cars will be on duty next to emergency places. Hidden checks were told in the departments of the State Traffic Inspectorate in different regions.

Inspectors of the traffic police on a regular basis carry out “covert patrolling”, which makes it possible to exercise more complete control over traffic, – quotes the press service of the traffic police of the traffic police of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia in the Samara region Autonews.

The main defense bank of Russia was accused of choosing American software

ANO “Center of Competence for Import Substitution in the ICT Sphere” (TsKIKT) accused Promsvyazbank, the main defense bank of Russia, of violating the import substitution policy. We are talking about the choice of software by the American company Oracle, which has Russian counterparts, writes Kommersant.

VTB Bank issued a record amount of cash loans in April

In total, they were provided for 122 billion rubles. In April 2021, VTB Bank issued cash loans for 122 billion rubles, the bank said in a statement. The indicator became a record in the history of VTB.

The rise in the cost of one-room apartments in Russia

The maximum increase in prices for one-room apartments in April 2021 was recorded in Korolev, Bratsk and Grozny, RBC reported with reference to the rating of the SRG consulting company. On average, the cost of one-room apartments in large cities in April increased by 12.91% in annual terms and amounted to 2.39 million rubles.

Top 5 cities in terms of price growth for one-room apartments:

Korolev – an increase of 28.93%, to 4.9 million rubles.

Bratsk – by 26.63%;

Grozny – by 25.53%;

Sochi – by 25%;

Podolsk – by 24.95%.

A historic record for the cost of housing has been set in Moscow

In April 2021, the average cost per square meter of new apartments in the Moscow region exceeded 200 thousand rubles, setting a historical record. Over the year, the capital “square” has risen in price by 25 percent, follows from the materials CIAN provided to “Lente.ru”.

The court in Moscow fined Telegram

The magistrate of the Tagansky district of Moscow on Wednesday found Telegram guilty of committing two administrative offenses, expressed in the failure to delete content with calls to go to unauthorized protests at the end of January and imposed fines on the messenger totaling 5 million rubles (more than $ 67 thousand).

“Telegram was found guilty of committing two administrative offenses, the organization was assigned administrative fines in the amount of 2,500,000 rubles for each offense,” court press secretary Zulfiya Gurinchuk told Interfax.

Israel intensifies fighting in Palestine

Israel has officially announced that it will intensify hostilities against Hamas in Gaza. At the moment, aviation and UAVs are striking the Gaza Strip, and artillery is also working.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Mas blames Hamas for escalating crisis

It was Hamas that provoked the aggravation of the situation in the Middle East by firing over a thousand rockets at Israel, Haiko Mas said. He stressed that Germany will not tolerate attacks on synagogues in Germany against the background of what is happening.

In Russia, every fourth resident is low-income

According to the international audit and consulting network FinExpertiza, in 2020, 24.6% of the Russian population had an income below 60% of the median. This means that the income of these Russians was below 16.2 thousand rubles a month.

SWIFT begins preparations for digital currency transfers

The international SWIFT system has begun preparations for cross-border transfers of digital currencies, which are issued by central banks around the world. This was announced in a joint report by SWIFT and Accenture on digital currencies of central banks. SWIFT is an international financial messaging system and financial service provider. Its participants are about 11 thousand credit institutions in more than 200 countries around the world.

“We started experimenting with central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) to enable cross-border payments for our members between central bank digital currencies and traditional payment systems,” the report says. The authors of the report believe that the compatibility of digital currencies with the current payment infrastructure will be an important factor in their use in the future, and SWIFT can play a key role in a payment ecosystem that includes digital currencies.

MoneyGram will allow buying and cashing out cryptocurrencies

One of the largest international money transfer services, MoneyGram, will allow you to buy and cash out cryptocurrency at its branches in the United States. To this end, the company entered into a partnership agreement with the cryptocurrency exchange platform and the cryptocurrency ATM operator Coinme. According to Alex Holmes, Chief Executive Officer of MoneyGram, the company became the first in the world to implement a model of converting cryptocurrency into cash.