In Russia, they thought about increasing the threshold of mortgages: Apartment: House:

The Cabinet of Ministers of Russia was thinking about increasing the threshold of mortgages for applying for credit holidays in some regions. This was told by Deputy Minister of Finance of the Russian Federation Alexei Moiseev on the air of the Russia-24 TV channel.

According to him, the threshold of 1.5 million rubles was chosen as a certain level covering the average size of mortgages in most Russian regions. The list of subjects, in particular, includes Moscow, St. Petersburg and the Far East. “In this sense, we are now considering the possibility of increasing this threshold for individual entities,” said Moiseev.

Russians who have problems with loan payments due to the situation with the coronavirus can now be guaranteed to receive a deferment on their obligations. Those with monthly incomes that have fallen by more than 30 percent can apply for a grace period.

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However, it will be possible to take advantage of the delay only if the loan amount does not exceed a certain threshold. For example, credit holidays are granted on a mortgage with a maximum loan amount of 1.5 million rubles, consumer loans up to 250 thousand rubles, car loans up to 600 thousand rubles, as well as credit cards with a limit of 100 thousand rubles.

Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed the Central Bank to assess the costs of mortgage borrowers and take measures to reduce the total cost of housing loans. The Central Bank was also instructed to regulate the activities of banks so that the availability of mortgages increased. The order shall be executed until May 1, 2020.

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Europeans liked the device for a “smart” home

A study conducted by International Data Corporation (IDC) suggests that the market for smart home devices in Europe has grown significantly both in the last quarter and in 2019 as a whole.

Such products as television set-top boxes, monitoring and security systems, intelligent lighting devices, “smart” speakers, thermostats, etc. are taken into consideration.

In the fourth quarter of 2019, Europeans acquired a total of 39.9 million of these devices. This is a 20.4% increase over the last quarter of 2018. Moreover, the market of Central and Eastern Europe recorded a 53.5 percent growth.

In the fourth quarter, Amazon became the leading player in the European market for smart home devices with a 19.4% share. Next come Google and Samsung with a score of 15.2% and 12.7%, respectively. In fourth place is LG Electronics with 10.1%, and Sony closes the top five with 5.0%.

At the end of 2019, shipments as a whole rose by 20.0% to 107 million units. Analysts predict that by 2024, the industry will reach 201.1 million units.

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Japan massively increases emergency program – Asian markets benefit

Tokyo For Asian investors, trading started on Tuesday with three pieces of good news: First, there were good guidelines from the United States, and the Dow Jones Index rose 7.7 percent on Monday. On the other hand, the Japanese government doubled the amount of its planned aid program against the corona crisis to almost 20 percent of economic output. And the third good news: In the first quarter, South Korea’s electronics group Samsung exceeded the market expectations in its first balance sheet estimate – despite the pandemic.

As a result, share prices also rose: Japan’s Nikkei 225 index rose in the meantime by more than four percent and closed two percent up at 18,950 points. South Korea’s Kospi rose 1.8 percent, and China’s Shanghai Composite Index ended the month trading up 2 percent after a holiday break on Monday.

Japan increases its utility

The biggest surprise came from Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. As a remedy for the corona crisis, he increased the planned emergency program from 60 to 108 trillion yen (920 billion euros). This corresponds to almost 20 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP).

The increase was cautiously received positively. Yoshito Hori, a leading venture capitalist and founder of the private Globis University, called the scope “pretty reassuring”, but with one caveat: Japan’s already high debt of around 240 percent of GDP. “In the short term, the program is a plus, but on the other hand, there is still concern that the higher budget deficit will increase the bill for future generations.”

However, the composition of the program and the amount of new debt is still not entirely clear. According to initial reports, direct government spending is 39 trillion yen, a third of the program. In addition, the state will allow companies and people in need discounts on tax payments and possibly low social security contributions.

An important part of the program will be direct payments of 300,000 yen each to poorer households. Restaurants and other small businesses whose sales are slumping can hope for support of up to two million yen, self-employed people of up to one million yen. In addition, wage subsidies will be increased for companies that keep their staff in crisis.

Economist Koll expects the central bank to step in for financing. In the record budget for the fiscal year that has been running since April, the issue of new government bonds (JGBs) amounting to 33 trillion yen (280 billion euros) is already planned.

Even if a third of the program were financed with new debt, the issuance of new government bonds should double, says Koll. And this “will most likely accelerate the Bank of Japan’s JGB purchase program like a turbo,” said Koll Conclusion: “Japan’s budgetary and monetary policies work together to lay the foundation for a V-shaped recovery in 2021.”

Samsung continues to benefit from its chip business

In South Korea, the electronics manufacturer Samsung has meanwhile proven its exceptional position. Although South Korea’s economy is also hard hit by the corona crisis, the company improved its earnings in the first quarter. In its usual first balance sheet estimate, the company stated that in the first quarter, revenue increased five percent year over year to 55 trillion won (41.7 billion euros) and operating profit by 2.7 to 6.4 trillion won (4, 9 billion euros).

The profit forecast was even slightly above the market consensus. According to analysts, the reason for the stable result is that higher prices for memory chips compensated for losses in mobile devices. Samsung is not only the world market leader in smartphones, but also in memory chips, with which the company currently generates around two thirds of its profits. And they could be a winner of the corona crisis.

Because with the global calls for home work and physical distance, data traffic and thus the demand for data servers increases. Samsung’s share price has since risen by more than three percent.

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Nature Today | Choose nature in the post-corona era

A lot of money is rightly made available for the post-corona era. Money is needed to help all those self-employed persons and small self-employed persons who suddenly find themselves without work and income. Above all, investments must be made in healthcare and other critical sectors to minimize the human suffering caused by the Covid-19 virus and “beat” the virus. But what if we beat this pandemic? An economic recession is inevitable. Not much can be said yet about the extent of this, but that is certain. The question now is: what do we do?

Are we tackling that recession with old recipes or are we seizing this unparalleled crisis for reflection and new choices? Do we consider valuable issues such as togetherness, nature, health and well-being in the ‘reconstruction’ after the corona crisis? There is a risk that investments in nature restoration, climate and environmental measures will be postponed, or only be carried out half-and-half. The inevitable consequence is another nature and environment-related crisis.

New directions

In order to avoid that, we need to do a number of things in an innovative way. Although our head is now on problems that need immediate attention; choices for the future are now also made, implicitly and explicitly. It is now possible to take directions in which biodiversity, nature, is improving, instead of getting further into the decline. We are taking steps towards a healthier and nicer country to live in. A country where a singing skylark is common again. In which the silence is broken by a bird and frog choir and the meadows are colored by the wild flowers.

It starts with the simple acknowledgment that we are ultimately completely dependent on nature in the broadest sense of the word: climate, soil, water, plants, animals, and so on. So we should cherish them. That seems obvious, but daily practice has been different so far. Of course there are and were hopeful initiatives, but care for nature and the environment has hitherto been a minor issue in much decision-making.

From now on, governments, but also companies and individuals, should ask the question with every decision: how can nature benefit from this? This question must be posed alongside the other interests that we want to serve with it. This will mean that new construction, renovation and urban development will soon contribute to biodiversity. That in neighborhoods and cities and on roofs and along roads there are wild plants full of insects, and swifts and bats can find a place in buildings. That dikes do not just get higher and higher, but we use nature as a buffer against the water, and there is again a relationship between the sea and the hinterland, where shorebirds live and fish swim back and forth. That agriculture no longer intensifies due to perverse financial incentives, but that there will be a policy that will lead to a farmland where produce is made with nature, where farmland birds flourish. That the energy transition is continued; not with solar panels in nature reserves or on open water, but on roofs and industrial areas combined with more natural greenery. The good examples are realistic and endless.

Strike through

But what if a choice cannot contribute in any way to enhancing biodiversity? Then we simply have to dare to decide more often that a line will be cut. Even if we have to reverse earlier decision-making, such as the expansion of Lelystad airport. Or something completely different, for example: the authorization of all kinds of toxic plant protection products. In the current crisis, governments do dare to take firm decisions. Health is now above growth and profit. Let us learn from this to make decisions with good consequences for nature, climate and environment, and our well-being.

Invest in nature quality

Then there is also the choice to invest directly in the nature quality of our country independently of all kinds of other social challenges. In improvement of the nature reserves, to make them more robust and stronger, to connect nature reserves and to build buffers around them of extensive nature-friendly agriculture. And in basic natural quality outside the nature reserves: bringing local elements back into the landscape, wide ditches in the low Netherlands with dragonflies, grebes and terns and in the high Netherlands wooded banks with blackthorn where birds sing and nest safely.

This is the time

By making these choices, the post-corona Netherlands and, if things go well, the rest of Europe and many other countries, will improve substantially. By growing towards a nature-inclusive economy with somewhat less wasteful consumption, but with new values ​​and other jobs. Not in one fell swoop, but step by step. It takes a turn in the minds of decision-makers and ourselves, and now is the time to start.

Text: Kees de Pater, Bird Protection Netherlands
Photos: Kars Veling, Harvey van Diek


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Australia: Deadly shark attack in the Great Barrier Reef

Attack at the Great Barrier Reef


It was the fourth shark attack in Australia this year. (SYMBOL IMAGE)

An Australian gamekeeper has been fatally injured in a shark attack at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef. The 23-year-old had been on a job in the water with colleagues when the shark attacked him, the police said on Tuesday. During the attack on Monday, the man’s arms and legs were injured so badly that he died in the hospital a few hours later.

It was the fourth shark attack off the Australian coast this year.

(Source: Apa / dpa)

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“I understood that I was a currency”

Roland Marchal was released from prison in Tehran, where the researcher was arrested last year while visiting his friend, the anthropologist Fariba Adelkhah, who is still behind bars. In this first interview since its release, Roland Marchal recounts suffering and isolation.

Iranian soldiers on the border with Pakistan © AFP / Shahid Ali

It has now been just over two weeks since Roland Marchal was released from prison in Tehran. The African specialist, who works at Sciences Po’s International Research Center (CERI), was arrested on June 5, 2019 when he arrived in Iran at the airport. He came to visit his friend, Fariba Adelkhah, an anthropologist at the same institute, arrested at the same time, and still imprisoned in Tehran.

Roland Marchal then spent his nine and a half months in the Revolutionary Guard wing of Evin prison in Tehran: “For the first few weeks, I was almost deprived of natural light. I had to regain control of time. It’s monotonous, very difficult to live with “, he tells France Inter and RFI. “You do not know why we keep you, in the name of what, for how long. It was a real test “

Isolation: “forgetting what we have done”

Towards the end of September, Roland Marchal is transferred to what his captors call a “suite”: “The wonder is that there was no longer any artificial light at all times. We could distinguish day and night. And it was possible to walk in a small courtyard which was between 20 and 25 meters in perimeter. “

Roland Marchal is often overwhelmed with emotion when he shares his experience. Difficult to find the words. “The interrogations were surreal. I was asked to remember texts that I had written 30 years ago, meetings I had participated in 20 years ago. I was accused of working for the French services, for the CIA. It all seemed completely meaningless to me. “

In detention, the researcher loses his bearings. His memory fails him: “At the end, when I had access to a television, I watched foreign films, not so much for the films themselves that I did not understand since they were translated into Persian, but rather to find the names of the actors. To try to reconstruct this memory. This is isolation. It’s not just confinement. It’s forgetting what we did, what we wrote, what we worked on. “

A “currency of exchange”

During his detention, Roland Marchal clings to rare glimmers of hope: episodic consular visits, a phone call from his family just before Christmas which informs him of the mobilization of his relatives and the French authorities … “In February, one of my interrogators explained to me that all of this was linked to the fate of an Iranian detained in France, that I was a means of pressure on the French. I then understood that I was a currency. “

This Iranian detained in France is called Jalal Rohollahnejad, an engineer whose United States requested extradition. In fact, on March 20, he was released by France at the same time as Roland Marchal. Paris and Tehran have therefore signed an agreement.

“In Iran, like elsewhere in other Gulf countries, we are getting into the bad habit of considering academics as spies and arresting them because it can always be used. It is very dangerous and that calls into question any scientific cooperation “

“What I was criticized for was doing political analysis”, says Roland Marchal, who has a very harsh look at the Iranian judicial system: “If Iran wants to continue attracting investors, it cannot function like this, holding innocent people for months, before there is even talk of their release. From this point of view, in Iran, the arbitrariness is total. “

The researcher, a renowned Africanist, has already returned to work. He also plans to lead the fight for the release of his friend, anthropologist Fariba Adelkhah, a specialist in Iran: “Fariba tried to do something very risky: to talk about Iranian society as it is, not as we want it to be in the West or with the Revolutionary Guards. It can create extremely strong tensions. “ Fariba Adelkhah observed a hunger strike of several weeks between December and February. Since then, she has suffered from kidney problems. Her state of health has improved a little but continues to worry her relatives. The researcher has just spent her 300th day in prison in Evin prison.

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Air France-KLM: repatriations, money and parking problems

There would still be around 5000 French people stranded abroad due to the pandemic of Covid-19, and the group Air France-KLM continues to operate repatriation flights at the discretion of local authorities. But with about 5% of regular flights operated by the two airlines, space must be found to park the unused.

Since March 15, 2020 and the start of confinement in France, some 130,000 French people have been repatriated to France from 140 countries according to the Quai d’Orsay – a “feat” according to senators for the crisis cell of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs . Most were aboard Air France flights, like for example Sunday from Cotonou then Libreville who brought back from Gabon ” 367 passengers including 280 compatriots, French travelers or vulnerable people living in Gabon; 87 transient foreigners (including 67 Europeans), partly spouses of transient compatriots “According to the French Embassy in Gabon. Among these passengers, 154 came from Port-Gentil on four flights organized on the same day by the French Embassy in connection with Afrijet. A new AF flight between Libreville and Paris-CDG is under study. The French company also operated a special flight yesterday from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, and scheduled for tomorrow a repatriation flight from Buenos Aires in Argentina.

Asked in Le Figaro, Air France director general Anne Rigail said that since mid-March, 240,000 French and European nationals have been repatriated from 82 countries. The crisis experienced by the airline, which ” differs from all the previous ones by its brutality and its scale “, Took place in three stages: January 30” with the stop of our flights to China, decided voluntarily in order to protect our employees and our customers “; March 12 with Donald Trump’s ban on foreign travel to the United States; and on March 16 with the containment decision in France. ” We lost 95% of our activity in a few days, with the closure of many of the countries we serve “, Underlines the manager, for whom beyond the return flights” it also seems important to maintain a lifeline to ensure territorial continuity

Anne Rigail has not confirmed the amount of a possible loan of 6 billion euros by Air France-KLM, which would be guaranteed by France and the Netherlands. But she welcomed the promise of help on the part of the two States; ” the group has cash of 6 billion euros, but we will need financial support soon “To get through the crisis and” prepare for the restart of activity in 2021 or 2022 which will be accompanied by consolidation in the sector ” Without significant resources, Air France-KLM would be marginalized in the face of players like Singapore Airlines, which has just been bailed out to the tune of 13 billion dollars. But it will take ” repay this amount over a period of four years, or even six maximum, which means 800 million to 1 billion to be released each year. Given the prospects for recovery, it will not be easy “A company source familiar with the matter told Liberation.

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In the meantime, Air France and KLM must manage the long-term parking of their unused. For the first, the immobilization of 180 aircraft for at least one month mobilizes a thousand maintenance employees; Deputy Director General Engineering & Maintenance Géry Mortreux detailed the three storage levels envisaged in Les Echos: “ normal parking, for a period of 2 to 4 weeks, active storage, for one to three months, and prolonged storage, beyond three months ” For active storage, “It takes around 150 hours of labor depending on the type of aircraft, including the time required to return it to service “, While in the case of prolonged storage,” it takes about 800 hours “, He specified.

At Amsterdam Airport, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines that’s not to be outdone: more than 200 planes are now parked at Schiphol. The destinations that it continues to serve within the framework of its “restricted calendar” are operated using Embraer 190 and Boeing 737 and 777-300ER, repatriation flights being sometimes operated using 777-200ER , 787-9 and 787-10 (the 747 are now out of the fleet). Runway 18L-36R (“Aalsmeerbaan”) is entirely dedicated to the storage of unused aircraft by KLM and its low cost subsidiary Transavia, just like 4 of the 6 Schiphol jetties (only D and E are still used by passengers).

The Dutch company describes in its blog the “Great Big Schiphol Parking Puzzle, because not every position or stand is suitable for every type of aircraft. It’s a challenge to park all the planes in their place. Several aspects are involved in this operation. The size of an aircraft is of course a key factor. You have to prevent planes from blocking others, for example, if you have to tow them for maintenance. Therefore, one of the parking criteria is that there should be enough space between the aircraft, so that they can be easily moved for inspection. However, all types of aircraft should be grouped as closely as possible, to ensure that parking and maintenance can be carried out as efficiently as possible. These are all factors that must be taken into account. ”

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a nostalgic series in the footsteps of Star Wars to launch Disney +

DECRYPTION – The first episode is broadcast on Canal + (in clear) and C8. This saga, signed Jon Favreau, is to be discovered on the new Disney + platform.

How could we have suspected by discovering the new film by Quentin Tarantino Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood that he was announcing a series such as The Mandalorian? While Disney has made the stark argument of the launch of its Disney + channel on April 7, we become aware of watching the first episode of the very first intergalactic saga located in the universe of Star Wars… that his hero is a bounty hunter. Exactly like Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), the star of the show Bounty Law, which obviously recalls the mythical soap opera in black and white In the name of the law with Steve McQueen as Josh Randall, solitary bounty hunter wearing a sawn-barreled Winchester.

This is the tour de force of the director and designer of The Mandalorian Jon Favreau. Above all, this actor trained in comic improvisation in Chicago, has had a passion since childhood for the work of George Lucas. In 2008, he produced the excellent blockbuster Iron man, then the version in “real shots” of

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How to get the shotgun in Resident Evil 3 Remake

If you want to survive the zombie-infested streets of Raccoon City, then you’re going to need a good supply of firearms. One of the first (and best) weapons you can get in Resident Evil 3 is the shotgun. You will have to progress a bit through the game to get this weapon that is locked in the Redstone Street station. Remember that ammunition is limited, so it might not be worth taking up a lot of inventory space for the weapon and its ammunition.

To get the shotgun, you will have to purchase the padlock cutter located in the safe room next to the garage. Once you get to the Redstone Street station, pick up the fire hose on the floor and head towards the burning alley. Use the hose to put out the fire and make your way. Follow the alley until you reach the safe room and pick up the padlock inside. The padlock cutter is an element of the story and it is impossible to progress without it, so don’t worry about losing it.

Now turn around and run to the Redstone Street station. Enter, run down the hall, and enter the Subway Office on the right. You will see the shotgun mounted on the wall, blocked by some chains. Use the padlock cutter to open the case and take the shotgun. The weapon will be immediately added to your inventory with four rounds of ammunition. This is an incredibly powerful weapon and definitely worth going back and going for. Try to keep your ammunition and only use it when absolutely necessary.

We recommend going for the shotgun as soon as you can. There are some very strong enemies that the shotgun works great for, so be sure to pick it up. This is one of the best weapons in Resident Evil 3, especially once you start discovering improvements that increase its stability and rate of fire.

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In Kuzbass, 12 people suspect coronavirus

KEMEROVO, April 7 – RIA News. The number of patients with suspected infection with coronavirus infection in Kuzbass under the supervision of doctors has increased – there are 12 of them, said the governor of the Kemerovo region Sergey Tsivilev in his Telegram channel.

In the Kemerovo region, according to data on Monday, two new cases of coronavirus infection were detected. In total, five cases of infection have been recorded in Kuzbass. Two people have already recovered. Eleven people suspected to be infected with coronavirus infection, according to data on Monday, were under the supervision of doctors. A self-isolation regime has been introduced in the region.

“Three patients with a confirmed diagnosis continue to receive treatment, their condition without significant changes. Under the supervision of doctors are 12 people with suspected contact with carriers of coronavirus,” the governor wrote.

The head of the region noted that no new cases of infection have been detected in the Kuzbass over the past 24 hours.


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