7 Апр, 2021

Timeline for the return of the Russian ambassador to the United States

The timing of the return of Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov to the United States depends on what steps Washington takes to normalize relations, TASS reported, citing a diplomatic source.

“It is too early to talk about a specific date for Ambassador Antonov’s return to Washington. By and large, everything here depends on the American side, which must do at least something in the direction of normalizing relations, ”the agency’s interlocutor said.

The United States asked Russia to explain the movement of troops near the border with Ukraine

US State Department spokesman Ned Price said Washington had asked Moscow for an explanation about the «provocation» at the Ukrainian border. He said this during a State Department briefing. The spokesman said that the United States regards Russia’s actions, including the «build-up of forces near the border with Ukraine,» as an escalation.

“Most importantly, we made it clear directly to our Ukrainian partners, as well as Russia, that we support Ukraine in the face of this intimidation and aggression,” Price said.

The Russian Foreign Ministry reacted to the US request for clarification on Ukraine

Moscow does not intend to give Washington additional explanations on Ukraine, the United States should be content with those that were given earlier, a week ago, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told RIA Novosti.

Sakhalin was left without power supply

There was a massive power outage on Sakhalin. According to the telegram channel «State of emergency Sakhalin», the entire region was left without electricity. Local residents report that the water supply has been cut off along with the lights in the houses.

The Unified Register of Control has been launched in Russia

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin signed a decree on the commencement of the work of the Unified Register of Control Types. This was reported in the press service of the government

The registry will start working on July 1. It is created within the framework of the reform of control and supervisory activities. It will include all types of control at the federal, regional and municipal levels, as well as their description. The register will indicate which bodies carry out this or that type of control.

A company that planned to develop space tourism closes in Russia

The Russian private company «CosmoKurs», which planned to create a reusable suborbital complex for space tourism and build a cosmodrome in the Nizhny Novgorod region, will be closed, CEO of the company Pavel Pushkin told RIA Novosti. He named the main reason for the liquidation of the company bureaucratic obstacles.

The Kaliningrad administration plans to lease the embankment

The information is published on the website torgi.gov.ru. According to the draft agreement, it is planned to hand over the territory of 641.6 sq.m. within five years. The tenant will also have to overhaul the object in the first year. The city administration expects to bail out at least 46.9 thousand rubles a month (about 2.8 million rubles for the entire delivery period). The auction is scheduled for April 26th.

Saratov City Hall seizes large tracts of land along the embankment

The head of Saratov, Mikhail Isaev, signed a decree on the seizure of land on the territory next to the embankment under construction. The document was published on the website of the administration.

Authorization in social networks through the portal of public services

An experiment has begun in Russia to authorize users of Internet platforms through the «Gosuslugi» portal. It is planned that testing will take place until July 1 of next year. The corresponding government decree was posted on the official portal of legal information.

About the rules for making fires in the country

It is now possible to make a fire in summer cottages only if certain conditions are met. Failure to comply with the rules can result in a monetary fine. If the fire led to a fire in which damage to property or the environment was caused, a criminal case on violation of fire safety requirements may be initiated.

To burn trash or grass, you need to use a special incinerator. In its absence, you can get by with a pit up to one meter in diameter and at least 30 centimeters deep. Moreover, such a pit should be located at a distance of at least 50 meters from the nearest building. Also, it is not allowed to start a fire closer than 100 meters from any, even a freestanding coniferous tree and 30 meters from a deciduous tree. A fire for roasting meat and vegetables can only be made in the grill. In this case, it is also necessary to maintain a distance of five meters to the nearest building.

The number of fake banks is growing in Russia

In the first quarter of 2021, 1,529 fake banks were recorded in Russia, which are disguised as sites of credit organizations. Their number increased by 20% compared to the same period in 2020, according to the cybersecurity company BI.ZONE for Izvestia. The largest banks confirmed the trend.

Russia is planning to introduce a new term — «Russian developer»

The initiative belongs to the expert council for the development of the radio-electronic industry under the State Duma, whose letter was read by the Vedomosti edition. The Council proposes to comprehensively revise the regulatory framework, as a result of which the procedure and conditions for recognizing a particular company as Russian will change.

Construction of a cable car to China began in Blagoveshchensk

In Blagoveshchensk, the construction of a cable car over the Amur River has begun, which will connect the Russian city with the Chinese Heihe. The first pile on the Russian coast was driven in on Tuesday, a TASS correspondent reports.

In the Kurgan region explained the salary of a tractor driver in 170 thousand rubles

The employment center of the Makushinsky and Chastozerny districts of the Kurgan region called the vacancy of a tractor driver posted on the site with a salary of 170 thousand rubles in the village of Chebaki as a technical mistake — in fact, the salary is 17 thousand rubles.

Green zones versus hotels

The authorities are changing the general plan of Svetlogorsk. The adjustments concern a significant part of the territory both in the historical center and around it. The entire territory of the old and new promenades, as well as the slopes to them, now belong to the zone of green areas of public use. It is designed to accommodate squares, parks, boulevards, embankments and city forests.

In the new version of the master plan, the coast is transferred to the transport infrastructure zone, which serves to mark the road network and related facilities. In addition, on the new promenade, as planned, three sites are allocated to a multifunctional public and business zone. On this land, they intend to implement a project for the construction of a health resort complex.

An abnormal cold snap in the Northern Hemisphere could be caused by solar activity

American scientists were able to identify the relationship between heavy rainfall in the winter season in the Northern Hemisphere of the Earth and the activity of the Sun. The journal Earth and Space Science published the conclusions of scientists regarding the climatic phenomenon, which is called La Niña and is accompanied by abnormal cooling and heavy rainfall in winter and early spring. It is this phenomenon that is observed today on the territory of the entire Northern Hemisphere, including in Russia. Scientists believe that it is associated with the end of the 22-year solar cycle, which occurred in 2021.

Israel presents new information on the menu of prehistoric man

Recent studies conducted by Israeli scientists from the University of Tel Aviv prove that primitive man ate mainly the meat of large animals killed in the hunt. In other words, our ancient ancestors were well-organized superpredators. According to researchers, plant foods in the diet of people appeared about 85 thousand years ago.

This theory refutes the standard idea that a person was originally engaged in gathering, along with hunting, eating fruits, nuts, roots and other plant foods.

In the USA, a robot-guide was created to help navigate blind people

Guide dogs bring social, physical, and mental benefits to some blind people, but training them is costly and time-consuming, so researchers have created a robotic alternative. The developers equipped the existing robot dog with a laser ranging system to create an accurate map of its surroundings. They also added a rotating camera.

The number of lightning strikes in the Arctic will increase due to climate warming

The first known lightning strikes within 300 miles of the North Pole in 2019 were recorded by the National Weather Service in Alaska. According to Nature Climate Change, in their scientific work, scientists from the University of California at Irvine note a 100 percent increase in the number of lightning strikes over northern lands. The researchers attribute this to warming.

Researchers have learned to collect DNA from the air

Researchers in the future may not need to collect DNA samples from surfaces. As writes the publication Science Focus, scientists at Queen Mary University of London have shown that it is possible to collect «ecological DNA» (eDNA) from the air.

When the Earth’s atmosphere was filled with oxygen

Scientists have studied sedimentary rocks of the Paleoproterozoic age found in South Africa and found that the atmosphere of our planet was filled with oxygen about 2.22 billion years ago, which is about 200 million years later than previously thought.

The world’s largest underwater ocean monitoring system

The Baited Remote Underwater Video Systems (BRUVS) camera system will be installed in 10 UK Overseas Territories, including the Cayman Islands, Saint Helena and Anguilla. The country’s Foreign Ministry said the four-year project cost the country £ 2 million.

BRUVS will be installed at a depth of 10 meters on carbon fiber stands. This is a material consisting of thin filaments up to 10 micrometers in diameter, formed mainly by carbon atoms. Cameras will record on video and photograph populations of animals and fish, as well as the state of marine flora.

Observatory in the United States recorded a record concentration of carbon dioxide

The American Atmospheric Observatory, located on the slope of the Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii, recorded on Saturday the concentration of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere exceeding 421 ppm. Such data were obtained for the first time in the entire history of measurements, according to The Washington Post, noting that previously the figures never exceeded 420 ppm.

Permafrost microorganisms can trigger a carbon bomb

Global warming is melting glaciers, which contain large amounts of carbon. Many decades ago, the Swedish Stordalenskoe bog was covered with ice. Due to warming, the entire territory is now covered with hillocks — palsamakh.

According to ToDay News Ufa, experts have been observing for a long time the deformation of microbes in these bumps during thawing. Permafrost absorbs carbon, thereby preserving flora and fauna at low temperatures. At the moment, it contains about 1600 billion tons of carbon, which is twice as much as in the planet’s atmosphere. Researchers fear that the melting could result in a spike in bacteria that release methane and carbon dioxide.

Traces of PeVatrons discovered in our galaxy

An international team of scientists for the first time recorded the propagation of ultra-high-energy gamma rays through the Milky Way galaxy. The data may support the existence of yet not directly detected PeVatron cosmic accelerators, which emit cosmic rays with energies as high as petaelectronvolts (PeV). The article was published in the journal Physical Review Letters.

Cosmic rays, or streams of high energy particles, are the main source of radiation on Earth. Scientists suggest that cosmic rays can be emitted by PeVatrons. It is possible that PeVatrons appear in supernova explosions, in regions of star formation and supermassive black holes. However, such accelerators have not yet been observed directly. If PeVatrons exist, their cosmic rays should leave traces of gamma rays. Astrophysicists have detected radiation that is suitable for this role.

Clubhouse has launched a direct money transfer function

Audio chat service Clubhouse has announced the launch of the Payments feature, which allows users to send payments to content creators on the platform. Clubhouse assures that the company itself will not receive money from donations, however, a service fee will be charged from users for processing the payment. Previously, creators could not monetize their shows on the platform

WhatsApp will add the function of transferring chats from iOS to Android

The popular messenger WhatsApp will soon acquire a very useful option that will simplify the transfer of chat history between devices on devices running iOS and Android, reports the WABetaInfo portal.

Creative Technology Announces SXFI AIR GAMER Wireless Headset

SXFI AIR GAMER has Bluetooth 5.0 and USB-C interfaces. The SXFI AIR GAMER kit includes: Kevlar-reinforced USB-C cable, 3.5mm audio cable for analog devices, CommanderMic microphone, NanoBoom short microphone, USB-C to USB-A adapter. Headset price — 12,990 rubles.

Apple CEO confirms Apple Car development

Apple employees are working on technology for self-driving cars. The corresponding statement was made by the head of this American corporation Tim Cook. At the same time, he did not give promises that it was Apple Car that would enter the market. The head of Apple shared this information with the journalists of The New York Times.

Google won many years of legal action against Oracle

In a lawsuit that has continued since 2010, federal judges concluded that Google’s Android operating system did not infringe on Oracle’s copyrights because its reimplementation of 37 Java APIs was protected and used in good faith.

Hidden functionality appeared on Instagram

A new functionality has appeared in the mobile application of the social network Instagram. With the help of the new functionality, the user can quickly report a problem, for this he only needs a few seconds. You can enable it through the settings. You need to go to «Help», then «Report a problem».

Thanks to the new menu, the user will be able to solve problems related to the operation of the service. After the person shakes the phone, a special button will appear, after pressing which the program will automatically take a screenshot on which the menu was called. Then in the message it will be possible to describe the problem and send it to the moderators of the social network.

The 2021 iPad Pro will be the first to receive a new operating system

According to the source, iOS 14.5 has already passed testing and will soon appear on mobile devices, but first it will begin to be installed on a tablet computer, and then on smartphones. IOS 14.5 should be able to unlock a user wearing a protective mask.

Facebook launched an ad format for streaming services

Video services will be able to promote themselves on Facebook using a new format — Dynamic Ads for Streaming (DAS). It is a directory of personalized content.

Microsoft turns off Cortana voice assistant on mobile devices

Cortana’s virtual voice assistant will no longer “help” smartphone owners. Reminders and lists created by users will no longer work in gadgets. But they will persist in the Microsoft To Do app.

Instagram copied TikTok’s video editing tool Reels Remix

Instagram copied TikTok’s tool for editing videos of other users. The new feature is called Reels Remix. Relevant news appeared on the social networking page on Twitter.

Google made chats in Gmail available to all users of the service

The goal of the developers is to turn Gmail into a «home to work» by integrating all the necessary tools into the service that will allow you to perform different tasks without having to constantly switch between different tabs and applications.

Google Chrome improves on the feature for those who like to open hundreds of tabs

The developers of the Google Chrome web browser improve the function for those who like to open hundreds of tabs. It’s about grouping tabs that are even remembered and displayed in your browsing history. Now users of this function have access to an innovation that allows them to remember groups when they are closed. So, if the user accidentally closes the tabs collected together, then they can be restored from the browsing history at once by the whole group. For the stable version of Chrome, this feature will become available in a few weeks.

The trailer for the movie «Space Jam: The New Legacy»

A trailer for the movie «Space Jam: The New Generation» has appeared on the web. The video was published on the Warner Bros. YouTube channel. Pictures. Directed by Malcolm D. Lee. The film is produced by Ryan Coogler. The film will be released in Russia on July 15, 2021.

Justin Bieber released the album Freedom

Canadian singer Justin Bieber has released a new mini-album called Freedom on Easter. Available on leading digital platforms

The US has developed a new scheme for the fight against offshore companies

The United States has developed «a new weapon in the fight against offshore and tax evasion with their help,» said the head of the US Treasury Janet Yellen, quoted by the Financial Times. It is reported that the Minister of Finance proposed to all countries to introduce a minimum income tax for transnational corporations, which, in her opinion, would make the race of jurisdictions of different countries for more favorable and attractive conditions for foreign corporations senseless.

Sweden will not abandon its policy of non-alignment with military alliances

The Swedish government is not going to abandon its policy of non-alignment with military alliances. This was announced on Tuesday by Foreign and Defense Ministers Anne Linde and Peter Hultqvist in an article on the discussion page of the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.

«In an era of uncertainty, we need stability, long-term perspective and predictability in security policy. Freedom from military alliances gives Sweden the freedom to act in any given situation in a way that best contributes to detente and peaceful development, and ensures Swedish independence in foreign policy. Therefore, the government’s security policy doctrine remains unchanged. We do not renounce freedom from military alliances, «they said.

Bank of Japan starts digital currency experiment

According to PRIME, the regulator of Japan has previously announced that it will begin preparations for the creation of its digital currency in the 21/22 financial year, which begins in April this year. It is reported that the Bank of Japan has tested the technical feasibility of implementing the basic functions necessary to begin experiments with central bank digital currency (CBDC).

Spaniards opposed the entry of foreigners

Almost 60% of Spaniards opposed the entry of foreigners while the country has restricted movement between regions due to the spread of the coronavirus. These are the data of the poll, the results of which were published by the newspaper «Mundo». In addition, 63.5% of those surveyed do not believe that the vaccination plan developed by the government will allow them to return to normal life next summer.

US Supreme Court allows Trump to block Twitter followers

The US Supreme Court overturned the ban on ex-President Donald Trump from blocking critical comments on his Twitter account. This is a lawsuit filed by several users in 2017. They said that the then US president was violating the provisions of the first amendment to the Constitution, which guarantees the right to freedom of speech and protest, by blocking users on Twitter. The court sided with the plaintiffs, and Trump had to unblock these subscribers.

Lukashenko announced the need to close the embassies of Belarus in a number of countries

Minsk does not see the prospects of the Belarusian diplomatic presence in a number of countries, said President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting on optimizing the network of foreign missions.

“So why should we keep our embassies, spend budget funds on their maintenance? Why is there a full staff of diplomats in charge of areas that have been paused, to put it mildly? In such cases, it is necessary to work on the basis of reciprocity, as has been done recently with Poland and Lithuania, ”he said (quoted from Belta).

Zakhar Prilepin explained why the unification of the DPR and LPR did not take place

The unification of the DPR and LPR is hindered by economic aspects and the fact that one republic is supervised by one Russian security service, the second by another, and why this competition is not clear. This was stated by the writer, veteran of the war in Donbass and leader of the all-Russian movement For Truth! In an interview published by DNR LIVE. Zakhar Prilepin. In addition, in his opinion, the inhabitants of Lugansk will certainly not like the subordination of Donetsk. When everyone returns to Russia, no one will object to the capital in Moscow.

Putin signed a law banning educational activities

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the federal law «On Education in the Russian Federation», which prohibits engaging in educational activities without the permission of the authorities. The corresponding document is posted on the official Internet portal of legal information.

US imposed sanctions on Turkey

The United States imposed sanctions against Turkey over the purchase of Russian S-400 anti-aircraft systems. The restrictions affected the head of the Turkish Defense Industry Agency Ismail Demir and a number of other civil servants in the military sphere. Washington believes that «Russian S-400s are incompatible with NATO equipment and threaten the security of the Alliance’s technologies.»

Zhirinovsky urged Russia never to help other countries

The leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia Vladimir Zhirinovsky believes that Russia should «not provide material assistance to any country under any pretext.» The politician wrote about this on Twitter. In his opinion, you need to stop lending and forgiving debts. In particular, Zhirinovsky does not understand why the debts were forgiven to Vietnam, as well as to Belarus, Georgia and Ukraine.

«We forgive everyone’s debts, and then we stand and watch how our people survive on a penny,» the head of the Liberal Democratic Party is indignant.

Employees of the St. Petersburg Economic Forum will be quarantined

At the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, scheduled for June 2-5, a so-called clean zone will be created, into which the forum staff will be allowed only after a two-week observation. Fontanka linked the creation of the sanitary zone with the fact that Vladimir Putin is going to visit the forum

French ministers suspected of attending secret parties

French TV channel M6 showed a video of a secret event in a Parisian restaurant with the participation of members of the French government. At the event, guests did not keep their distance and did not wear masks, and some kissed when they met. Against the backdrop of a tough lockdown currently in force in France, the report sparked outrage among social media users. The prosecutor’s office opened an investigation

Putin signed a law on the right to apply for two more terms

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law giving the head of state the right to run again in the presidential elections. The document was published on the official Internet portal of legal information.

In Myanmar, protests continue against the seizure of power by the military.

More than 70% of civil servants, including medical workers, have joined the campaign of civil disobedience to the authorities, leaving their jobs. The UN announced the deaths of at least 568 people during the crisis in the country.

Ukraine aspires to NATO

Today, President of Ukraine Zelensky met with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. The result of the negotiations was a clear and clear message from the Ukrainian leader:

“NATO is the only option for ending the war in Donbas. This is our signal to the Russian Federation. «

The St. Petersburg authorities refused to answer for the disruption of the Artdokfest festival.

Governor’s press secretary, Inna Karpushina, told the Rise newspaper that the city had nothing to do with this project.

“All the approvals that were required were given by the Culture Committee. Actually, this is where our powers end. Everything that depended on us was done, all approvals were issued, then this is not our area of ​​responsibility. «

Earlier, employees of Rospotrebnadzor in St. Petersburg sealed two halls of the House of Cinema, where films from the festival program were to be shown. Another site, the Lendoc film studio, canceled the shows after a visit from the police. The director Alexander Sokurov asked the Lenfilm studio to host the Artdocfest in its cinema center, but they refused it, citing technical problems and the congestion of the hall.

Shoigu announced the check of the combat readiness of the army

In April, Russia will host more than 4,000 military exercises in all military districts and in the Northern Fleet, as well as in the Far North, the Kuril Islands and Kamchatka, the Defense Minister said. The check will affect all types and branches of the Armed Forces, the department added.

North Korea refused to travel to the Tokyo Olympics.

As explained in the DPRK, the trip was canceled in order to protect athletes from the global health crisis associated with the coronavirus.