Thursday, 15 March 2018 17:14

Digest of interesting events of February

1 Jordan

In response to the US call to stop the trade and diplomatic relations with North Korea, Jordan, in accordance with the policies of its allies, in early February, has decided to break its diplomatic relations with the North Korea.

Jordan's King Abdullah II signed a decree to end the accreditation of Jordan's ambassador to North Korea and the North Korea ambassador to Jordan.

Previously, relations with North Korea had already been broken by Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, wich are also key regional US allies.

February 6, cosmo-a historic event

Company SpaceX, after 7 years of training, launched a heavy carrier rocket Falcon Heavy, which is theoretically capable of bringing to low Earth orbit up to 63 tons of cargo. To geostationary orbit it will be able to deliver up to 26 tons of cargo. To the main point of its destination, the red planet, Falcon Heavy is capable of sending more than 16 tons of cargo. The cost of one launch is estimated at 80-120 million dollars, depending on the loading of the rocket.

2 SpaceXSince it was a test launch, the rocket did not carry a payload with it.. The red Tesla Roadster belonging to Ilona Mask was sent to space. In the car behind the wheel a mannequin in a spacesuit is sitting. It listens to David Bowie's "Space Oddity" composition and carries a disk with the works of science fiction writer Isaac Azimov. Also Mask noted that in the car there is a book by Douglas Adams "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", a towel and a tablet with the inscription "Do not Panic".

Thus, for the first time in the history of mankind, the Car was sent into outer space.

February 9-25, 2018 in South Korean Pyeongchang XXIII Winter Olympics were held

The Olympic torch relay traditionally began in Greece on October 24. Eight days the torch carried by Hellas, then at the Athens stadium, "Panathinaikos" Olympic flame was ceremoniously handed over to representatives of the Organizing Committee of the Games in PyeongChang.

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On November 1, 2017, the Olympic flame was delivered to South Korea 100 days before the opening of the games. The route of the relay, in which the 7500 torch bearers participated, was symbolic 2018 kilometers. The relay ended on February 9, 2018 at the temporary Olympic stadium in Pyeongchang, which is located in the mountains of Taebaek, 130 kilometers east of Seoul. There was also a solemn opening ceremony of the ХХІІІ Winter Olympic Games. Art director of spectacular show with the national colors has been Yong Yun Woon, director - Song Seung Hwan.

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Talismans of the Games were the Sukhoran tiger (Olympiada) and the Pandabi bear (Paralympicad).

Six countries participated for the first time in the Winter Games: Kosovo, Malaysia, Nigeria, Singapore, Ecuador and Eritrea.

For 102 sets of medals competed more than 2,5 thousand athletes from 92 countries.

Winter Olympic Games this year were visited by 1.3 million people, said the head of the organization of the competition Li Hee Bohm.

The peak was recorded on February 17 - when 146,506 people attended the games.

Medal offset of the Olympics-2018 was won by Norway. Her account included 39 medals - 14 gold, 14 silver and 11 bronze medals. This is the record for the number of medals won at one Games.

Tomas BuhThe head of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach said that all the participants of the Games in 2018 highly appreciated the level of the competition.

"The conditions that were given to the athletes - the Olympic Village and facilities - were highly appreciated, not a single athlete expressed dissatisfaction. Athletes responded to this with great results, their own personal stories. We saw the expected results, but were also repeatedly surprised. This is the essence of the Olympic Games, the competitions were marvelous", — told Bach.

OLYMP2018 2The Organizing Committee of the Olympics finished Games-2018 with a profit. According to the published report of the Organizing Committee of the Olympics in South Korea, the Winter Olympics-2018 cost four times cheaper than the Games in Sochi in 2014.

On February 25, the sports world said goodbye to the 2018 Olympic Games. The Koreans presented a colorful performance with actors in national costumes and an abundance of fireworks, after which the Olympic fire was extinguished - from this moment the Olympics are considered closed.

The next winter Olympics will be held in Beijing - February 4-20, 2022. The capital of China will be the first city to hold both the Winter and Summer Olympics.

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Users of the social network Facebook will be able to publish 3D-objects in their newsline, thanks to the fact that Facebook now supports the format glTF 2.0

Users can turn the image by holding the left mouse button or finger. 3D-posts support the display of textures, lighting settings and object rendering.

3D-editor Modo has already added the ability to make ready-to-publish on Facebook models. Now users can share their "3D memories" made by the Xperia XZ1 phone through Sony's "3D Creator" application. Also on Facebook, you can download images from the Oculus Medium platform, thanks to which users can create their digital sculptures using special controllers and a helmet for virtual reality. And soon, users will be able to share images from the site of three-dimensional images Poly of Google.

4 Greece MakedoniaOn Tuesday, February 27, the Prime Minister of Macedonia Zoran Zaev said that four variants of the name of the country were chosen to settle a long-standing dispute with Greece. He expressed his conviction that Greece would be satisfied with any of the options offered.

Greeks against the recognition of the name "Macedonia" in the dispute between the countries. This dispute has lasted since 1991 - since the Macedonians left Yugoslavia. Greece seeks to change the name of the republic so that it is not confused with the bordering Greek region of Macedonia, and blocks the country's accession to the EU and NATO.

The final decision on the dispute with Greece and the new name of Macedonia will be taken at a nationwide referendum. The options for voting are: the Republic of Northern Macedonia, the Republic of Upper Macedonia, the Republic of Vardar Macedonia and the Republic of Macedonia (Skopje).

In Greece, the neighboring country is called exclusively Skopje (by the name of the Macedonian capital) or the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

Thursday, 15 February 2018 12:18

Digest of interesting events of January

bolgarija predsedatelBulgaria began in January its six-month chairmanship in the Council of the European Union, which will last until June 30

The ceremony dedicated to this event was held at the Ivan Vazov People's Theater in Sofia.

Bulgaria as chairman of the EU Council must succeed in advancing the European future of the Balkans.

Over the next six months, Sofia will host more than 300 official events, including more than 30 with the participation of political leaders of European countries, and more than 25,000 official guests will visit the country.

Priority for the Bulgarian Chairmanship will be the issues of regional development of the EU member states, the integration of the Western Balkans into the European community, the formation of a common European defense, and a common digital market.

NATONorth Atlantic Treaty Organization adopted its official anthem, which has no words

The hymn is written for 20 musical instruments.

NATO had a hymn before. Since 1989, the composition connected with the block was sounded by the conductor of the Luxembourg military orchestra, captain Andre Reichling. But it was not officially approved.

Since January 13, 2018 in the UK there are new banking rules, called Open Banking. They force large banks to implement the API-interfaces, which standardizes secure access to customer data with their consent.

Open bankingNine of the largest banks in the UK, serving the majority of the population can no longer block the financial transactions of third-party companies. In fact, this means allowing payments through Facebook Messenger, Google Wallet, and their analogues.

The new rules give full freedom for the development of payment Facebook and the Google products, which is not the first year, want to get into banking without actually becoming banks.

Previously, they needed to negotiate directly with each of the banks in order to access the data of the user account. This made it difficult for "quick payments" through applications that are widely used in the US and China.

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WEF has long gone beyond purely economic themes.

Women's rights
In 2018 one of the main topics of the forum were - the protection of women's rights. For the first time in the history of the forum, all co-chairmen were women.

Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau urged business leaders to hire and promote women on the career ladder, pay equal salaries, improve parental leave. Bollywood actor and director Shahruh Khan spoke about the problems of women in India.

Rights of migrants
Angela Merkel called for cooperation, not isolation, in dealing with migration problems.

Worldwide, approximately 65 million people were displaced, 22 of whom were refugees and only 1% of displaced persons in the world were resettled in developed countries. The main burden is taken by developing countries. For example, a quarter of Lebanon's population is refugees, mainly from Syria.

In 2018, new humanitarian crises may appear, which means that there can be even more refugees.

President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Peter Maurer designated such fragile regions in this issue: the Southern Philippines, Myanmar, Afghanistan, the Middle East and a significant part of Africa.

President of the United States Donald Trump called environmental regulation tax, which outraged many. From his words, the refusal of the environmental rules introduced earlier, strengthened the business.

India is going for a serious move to "green" forms of energy. By 2022, India plans to produce 175 gigawatts from alternative sources. Over the past three years, India has already achieved a production volume of 60 gigawatts.

The crisis of globalization
Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi called the negative attitude to globalization one of the most significant problems of civilization. He believes that the countries are isolate from each other. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and French President Emanuel Macron noted the same trend.

In the sphere of trade, more and more protectionism, which alleviates the efforts of the WTO and the successes of globalization. Trade agreements have reached an impasse, many countries have faced a reduction in cross-border investment, the global supply chain has been interrupted. As a result, barriers appeared that adversely affect people in developing countries.

Crypto currency
Nobel Laureate 2013 in the field of economics Robert Schiller admitted that he was impressed by the technology on which the crypto currency bitcoin was built. He described Bitcoin as an "interesting experiment," but not the future of the global financial system. The economist drew attention to the use of a special unit in Chile Unidad de Fomento exchange, which varies depending on the level of inflation and is used to index payments since 1967.

The French leader Emmanuel Macron proposed to expand the IMF's powers to scrutinize cryptocurrency. Business is more loyal to crypto-currencies than politicians and economists. General partner and co-founder of Index Ventures SA Neil Rimer called crypto currency one of the most audacious, generous and profound inventions he observed in his career.

Poland stop tradeIn Poland, a ban on trading on Sunday

President of Poland Andrzej Duda signed at the end of January, the law on the prohibition of trade on Sundays. The upper house of parliament - the Senate - passed the law on January 11, and the lower chamber - the Sejm - adopted it in November last year.

The adopted law aims to allow trade workers spend Sunday with their families.

According to the law, from March 1, 2018, in each month, stores will only work on two Sundays - the first and last week of the month, in 2019 - three, by 2020 all trade on Sundays in Poland will be banned. In addition, the restriction of trade on the eve of Christmas and on Saturday before Easter until 14:00.

Exceptions may be made for online shops, pharmacies, shops, gas stations and retail outlets at the bakeries, where products are sold on the schedule, as well as a family business. Also, work on Sundays can flower and pastry shops.

The law also provides for a penalty for violation of the ban, which will be from 1,000 to 100,000 PLN, and in case of permanent violations of the ban - imprisonment!

Sunday, 13 November 2016 18:55

United States presidential election 2016

usavote58th US presidential elections, have passed under the General Election on Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Presidential candidates often are put forward by one of the US political parties, and in this case each of the parties developed a method (eg, national general Party primaries), which allows you to choose the one who, in the opinion of the partybetter suited for the nomination for the position. Members of the party officially nominate a candidate for the presidency on behalf of the party. During the election campaign of primaries and caucuses of two major parties held from February to June 2016 in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 6 territories.

Billionaire businessman Donald Trump became the official candidate of the Republican Party, July 19, 2016, defeating the Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, Ohio Governor John Keysikom and thirteen other candidates. Former Secretary of State and Senator Hillary Clinton has been put forward July 26, 2016, after defeating Senator from Vermont, Bernie Sanders.

Wednesday, 07 September 2016 02:05

Autumn summits and forums

On 2-3 September in Vladivostok held the second East Economic Forum (WEF)

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It took place on the island Russian, in the buildings of the Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU). This platform gathered nearly 2.5 thous. participants, which is 1.5 times more than in 2015.

WEF was visited by leaders of the three countries: Presidents of Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and South Korea Park Geun-hye, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the top managers of 57 foreign companies from 28 countries, first persons of more than 200 Russian companies.

common foto East forumThe Forum was held under the motto "Discovering the Far East" and was dedicated to the integration of the territory into the system of economic relations of the Asia-Pacific Region (APR). For two days, representatives of business and government concluded more than 140, prepared earlier, agreements for a total amount of 1.6 trillion rubles.

The forum's program includes more than fifty events, including five business dialogues between the two countries: Russia - China, Russia - Republic of Korea, the Russian-Japanese business forum, Russia - ASEAN Russia - Germany.

As a result of all the events, Russia's president Vladimir Putin formulated the three main directions for cooperation in the region:

Reliable energy infrastructure.
The initiative of companies from Russia, Japan, South Korea and China to create a super power ring.

Transport infrastructure.
Formation of new competitive trans-Eurasian and regional routes.

The total space of the digital economy.
Creating a legal and technological environment for electronic interaction.

September 4, 2016, in the Chinese Hangzhou started G20 summit

Logo G20The main objective of this forum is to coordinate policies among G20 members to achieve global economic stability and sustainable growth of the world economy.

One of the issues of the summit was the creation of a new international financial architecture. During the summit, leaders discussed the construction of innovative, healthy, coherent and inclusive global economy.

At the G20 countries account for over 85 percent of global GDP. They are also home to more than 60 percent of the world's population.

At the meeting of Putin and Erdogan in the framework of the G20 summit in Hangzhou sides came close to the creation of a free trade area between Russia and Turkey and discussed the mutual withdrawal of food sanctions.

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Leaders of the G20 countries at the summit in Hangzhou approved the creation of the complex to ensure global economic growth measures. In this connection, it adopted a document named "Hangzhou consensus".

The document is based on the following features: vision, integration, openness, inclusiveness. It speaks of actions aimed at creating a set of measures to ensure the growth of the world economy.

Tuesday, 06 September 2016 23:30

The day on which Bulgaria has united !

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6 September, in Bulgaria celebrate - "Unification Day Bulgaria" (Bulgarian: "Den on Sedinenieto.") - a public holiday, which is celebrated annually in the country on 6 September in memory of the unification of Eastern Rumelia to the Principality of Bulgaria in 1885.

By the Berlin Treaty in 1878 Bulgaria was essentially divided into three parts: the Principality of Bulgaria (with the capital Sofia), an autonomous region of Eastern Rumelia (with center in Plovdiv) and Macedonia, which remained part of the Ottoman Empire.

National Doctrine of the young Bulgarian state in 1885 gave the results: under the pressure of the masses uprising began in Eastern Rumelia. September 6, 1885 rebel troops led by Chardafon entered the Plovdiv region and forced the governor to hand over his powers to the Provisional Government.

Two days later, the Bulgarian Prince Alexander Battenberg by special manifesto approved the joining of Eastern Rumelia to the Principality of Bulgaria.

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