your ads here!

ЕХО УКРАЇНИ

новини, пригоди, розслідування

читати

ЕХО УКРАЇНИ

новини, пригоди, розслідування

читати

ЕХО УКРАЇНИ

новини, пригоди, розслідування

читати

Newspaper: Facebook Tells Irish Court That Probe Threatens Its EU Operations

No Comments

Facebook has told Ireland’s High Court it cannot see how its services could operate in the European Union if regulators freeze its data transfer mechanism, the Sunday Business Post reported, citing court documents seen by the paper.The U.S. social media giant last week said that the Irish Data Protection Commission, its lead EU regulator, had made a preliminary decision that the mechanism it uses to transfer data from the EU to the United States “cannot in practice be used.”Facebook requested and secured a temporary freeze on the order and a court review in the Irish High Court, which is due to consider the issue in November. In an affidavit submitted to the court to request that the order be frozen, Yvonne Cunnane, Facebook Ireland’s head of data protection and associate general counsel, said it was not clear how the company could continue providing services in the EU if the Irish order is enforced, the Sunday Business Post reported.”It is not clear to (Facebook) how, in those circumstances, it could continue to provide the Facebook and Instagram services in the EU,” the newspaper quoted the affidavit as saying.The affidavit has not been made public, a High Court spokesman said, and a Facebook spokeswoman did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.In a Sept. 9 blog post that first confirmed the investigation by the Irish regulator, Facebook said it “relied on the mechanism in question – under what are known as standard contractual clauses (SCCs) – to transfer data to countries outside the EU and that a ban would have “a far reaching effect on businesses that rely on SCCs.”The Irish investigation follows a ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union in July on when SCCs can be used legally.The ruling was in response to EU concerns that the surveillance regime in the United States might not respect the privacy rights of EU citizens when their personal data is sent to the United States for commercial use. 

your ads here!

Robert W. Gore, Inventor of Gore-Tex Fabric, Dead at 83 

No Comments

Robert W. Gore, whose invention of what created the breathable-yet-waterproof fabric known as Gore-Tex revolutionized outdoor wear and helped spawn uses in numerous other fields, has died. He was 83.Gore, who was president of W. L. Gore & Associates for almost 25 years and company chairman for 30 years, died on Thursday following a prolonged illness at his home in Delaware, company spokesperson Amy Calhoun confirmed Saturday.  Gore discovered a new form of a polymer in 1969 at a company lab in Newark, Delaware. His father, who began the company, asked Bob Gore to research a new way to manufacturer plumber’s tape at a low cost using PTFE, commonly known as DuPont’s Teflon, The News Journal of Wilmington reported.The son figured out that by stretching PTFE with a sudden yank, the polymer expanded by 1,000 percent. The resulting product, known as ePTFE, created a microporous structure. The introduction of Gore-Tex technology came seven years later.“It was truly a pivot point in this company’s history,” Greg Hannon, W.L. Gore & Associates’ chief technology officer, said last year. “Without which we would be much less significant of an organization than we are today.”The membrane within Gore-Tex fabric has billions of pores that are smaller than water droplets, leading to waterproof but breathable raincoats, shoes and other clothing. The patents ultimately led to countless other uses with medical devices, guitar strings and in space travel, the company said.Gore was born in Utah, the oldest of five children to Bill and Vieve Gore, who both founded the company in 1958. Bill Gore had previously joined DuPont’s workforce and ultimately came to Delaware. Bob Gore earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware and advanced degrees from the University of Minnesota. He succeeded his father as the company’s president and CEO in 1976. Gore and his family contributed funds for buildings and engineering laboratories at the University of Delaware.Gore is survived by his wife, Jane, as well as children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Memorial plans weren’t immediately announced by the company. 

your ads here!

COVID-19: у Росії виявили максимальне з 18 липня число нових хворих за добу

No Comments

За минулу добу у Росії виявили 6148 нових випадків зараження коронавірусом. Як повідомив оперативний штаб з боротьби із поширенням COVID-19, це максимальний добовий приріст із 18 липня.

Згідно з повідомленням, за минулу добу в Росії одужали 2895 людей, 79 померли.

Від початку пандемії в Росії виявлено 1 103 399 випадків COVID-19, одужали 909 357 пацієнтів, померли – 19 418.

Станом на ранок 20 вересня, в Україні від початку пандемії коронавірус вразив 175 678 людей, 3557 померли, 77 512 – одужали.

У світі, за даними Університету Джонса Гопкінса, кількість інфікованих COVID-19 перевищила 30 мільйонів, померли понад 956 тисяч людей, одужали більш ніж 21 мільйон.​

your ads here!
Categories: Новини, Світ

США оголосили про відновлення санкцій ООН проти Ірану

No Comments

США в односторонньому порядку відновили всі санкції ООН проти Ірану, попри протидію інших учасників Ради безпеки організації.

«США очікують, що всі члени ООН в повному обсязі виконуватимуть свої зобов’язання та імплементують ці заходи», – заявив держсекретар США Майк Помпео 19 вересня.

Він додав, що в найближчі дні США оголосять про низку додаткових заходів щодо посилення виконання санкцій ООН і «притягнення порушників до відповідальності».

У відповідь на цей крок 20 вересня Іран закликав міжнародну спільноту об’єднатися проти «необдуманих дій» Вашингтона.

«Ми очікуємо, що міжнародне співтовариство і всі країни світу виступлять проти цих нерозважливих дій режиму в Білому домі», – заявив у Тегерані офіційний представник Міністерства закордонних справ Іранц Саїд Хатібзаде.

Читайте також: США ввели санкції проти 20 компаній в Іраку та Ірані

Китай і Росія, які мають право вето в Раді безпеки ООН, виступили проти спроб США повернути міжнародні санкції, а це, зокрема, збройне ембарго, заборона на збагачення урану, розробку і випробування балістичних ракет, а також на передачу Тегерану ядерних і ракетних технологій.

Цей крок США є черговим витком напруженості у відносинах з Іраном із одного боку, та іншими державами-підписантами ядерної угоди 2015 року, – з іншого. Президент Дональд Трамп вийшов з ядерної угоди у 2018 році і знову ввів санкції США щодо Ірану. Це спонукало Тегеран поступово порушувати свої ядерні зобов’язання як відповідь на відсутність очікуваних економічних вигод від угоди. Напередодні оголошення рішення США про повернення санкцій Великобританія, Франція і Німеччина заявили в листі до Ради безпеки ООН, що зберігають «прихильність» ядерній угоді.

your ads here!
Categories: Новини, Світ

Міністр фінансів Марченко назвав реалістичним зростання ВВП у 2021-му на рівні 4,6%

No Comments

Міністерство фінансів України очікує, що у 2021 році Україна вийде на рівень зростання валового внутрішнього продукту у 4,6 відсотка, і такий ріст є реалістичним. Про це в інтерв’ю Радіо Свобода профільний міністр Сергій Марченко.

«Ми плануємо в наступному році 4,6% зростання ВВП. І по цих параметрах, я вважаю, у нас все досить так нормально, помірно. Цей бюджет є реалістичним. Він не надутий щодо доходів, не популістський за видатками. Цей бюджет збалансований. І ми намагатимемося… Наприклад, у 2022 році дефіцит вже буде 4,5%, а в 2023-у – 3,5%», – спрогнозував міністр.

Марченко додав, що спільно з бюджетним комітетом його відомство подало «індикативи» по кожному міністерству до 2023 року із зазначенням сум видатків, які вони можуть отримати.

«Тобто, ми провели практику середньострокового планування, яку, на жаль, ми не змогли вчасно зробити через коронакризу в червні», – вказав міністр.

Проєкт закону «Про Державний бюджет України на 2021 рік», поданий 14 вересня в Верховну Раду, передбачає ВВП – 4,5 трлн грн, зростання ВВП очікується на рівні 4,6%. Доходи плануються на рівні 1071 млрд грн (+92,3 млрд грн до плану 2020 року); Видатки – 1350 млрд грн; Споживча інфляція – 7,3%; Державний борг до ВВП – 64,6%.

 

your ads here!

5 Civilians Hurt in Houthi Attack on Saudi Arabia

No Comments

Five civilians were injured when a military projectile launched by Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthis hit a village in Saudi Arabia’s southern Jizan region, state media reported on Saturday.State news agency SPA quoted a civil defense spokesman as saying three cars were damaged in the border village and that the five civilians suffered minor injuries from shrapnel.There was no confirmation of the attack by the Houthi group, which has been battling a Saudi-led coalition in Yemen for more than five years. The group has fired missiles and drones towards Saudi cities, most of which have been intercepted.The coalition intervened in Yemen in March 2015 after the Houthis ousted the Saudi-backed government from power in the capital, Sanaa, in late 2014. 

your ads here!

UN Chief Says No Action on UN Iran Sanctions Due to ‘Uncertainty’

No Comments

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the Security Council on Saturday he cannot take any action on a U.S. declaration that all U.N. sanctions on Iran had been reimposed because “there would appear to be uncertainty” on the issue.U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last month that he triggered a 30-day process at the council leading to the return of U.N. sanctions on Iran on Saturday evening that would also stop a conventional arms embargo on Tehran from expiring on October 18.But 13 of the 15 Security Council members say Washington’s move is void because Pompeo used a mechanism agreed under a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, which the United States quit in 2018.”There would appear to be uncertainty whether or not the process … was indeed initiated and concomitantly whether or not the (sanctions) terminations … continue in effect,” Guterres wrote in a letter to the council, seen by Reuters.”It is not for the Secretary-General to proceed as if no such uncertainty exists,” he said.U.N. officials provide administrative and technical support to the Security Council to implement its sanctions regimes and Guterres appoints independent experts to monitor implementation.He said that “pending clarification” of the status of the Iran sanctions, he would not take any action to provide that support.Washington argues it triggered the return of sanctions — known as “snapback” — because a U.N. resolution that enshrines the pact still names it as a participant. Diplomats say few countries are likely to reimpose the measures lifted under the 2015 deal that aimed to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons.”If U.N. Member States fail to fulfill their obligations to implement these sanctions, the United States is prepared to use our domestic authorities to impose consequences for those failures,” Pompeo said in a statement on Saturday.He said that in the coming days Washington would announce additional measures to strengthen the implementation of the U.N. sanctions and “hold violators accountable.” The United States is trying to push Iran to negotiate a new deal with Washington.Russia’s Deputy U.N. Ambassador Dmitry Polyanskiy responded on Twitter, “We all clearly said in August that U.S. claims to trigger snapback are illegitimate. Is Washington deaf?”Longtime U.S. allies Britain, France and Germany told the council on Friday that U.N. sanctions relief for Iran would continue and that any decision or action taken to reimpose U.N. sanctions “would be incapable of legal effect.”Iran’s U.N. Ambassador Majid Takht Ravanchi said on Twitter on Saturday, “U.S. illegal and false ‘deadline’ has come and gone … Swimming against international currents will only bring it more isolation.” 

your ads here!

Після масового затримання жінок у Мінську в Білорусі відбудуться «Марші справедливості»

No Comments

У неділю в столиці Білорусі та інших містах відбудуться «Марші справедливості», передає Білоруська служба Радіо Свобода. Марші пройдуть на 43-й день протестів, наступного дня після того, як у Мінську відбулися масові затримання жінок.

Правозахисники центру «Весна» 20 вересня повідомили, що більшість, затриманих під час розгону жіночого маршу в Мінську жінок, пізно ввечері 19 вересня та вночі були звільнені з райвідділків міліції. Водночас близько 20 жінок та чоловіків доставлені в СІЗО. Правозахисники не мають інформації про долю значної кількості затриманих учора, а також повного списку імен.

Напередодні ввечері Міністерство внутрішніх справ Білорусі відмовилось повідомляти кількість затриманих. За даними правозахисників, у Мінську було затримано 390 людей.

Від дня виборів 9 серпня в Білорусі тривають щоденні масові протести проти офіційних результатів виборів, які опозиція і значна частина міжнародної спільноти називає сфальсифікованими. Влада Лукашенка жорстоко придушує ці виступи і відкидає вимогу про нові, чесні президентські вибори.

your ads here!
Categories: Новини, Світ

Americans Struggle as Congress Stalemates on More COVID Relief

No Comments

An iconic New Orleans eatery, K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen, is no more, one of countless economic casualties of a pandemic that has flattened businesses across America.“We hung on as long as we could,” co-owner Brenda Prudhomme told VOA, “but we had no choice but to shut down.”Closing K-Paul’s was no easy choice. The restaurant had been a local favorite in the heart of the city’s legendary French Quarter since her aunt and uncle opened its doors 40 years ago. Her uncle was Paul Prudhomme, a nationally recognized celebrity chef credited with popularizing Creole and Cajun cuisines through his best-selling cookbooks and beloved television shows.“K-Paul’s means so much to us, and to the customers who have been dining here for decades,” Prudhomme said. “But when something like a global pandemic happens and the government doesn’t do enough to help small businesses, we’re only left with horrible choices.”Months of negotiations in Congress have stalemated on a new round of economic stimulus that would provide additional relief to struggling Americans. The most recent attempt failed in the Senate earlier this month as Democrats pushed for more expansive benefits while Republicans sought a more limited package. Both sides have blamed each other for the impasse. Many view Congress as unlikely to pass anything before the November election.Congress’ inability to forge an agreement is having far-reaching consequences for tens of millions of Americans who received federal help earlier this year that has run out.Round 1 not enoughWhen the coronavirus pandemic took hold in the United States in February and March, the nation’s economy appeared headed toward an unprecedented collapse. By April, the U.S. unemployment rate had reached 14.7%, the highest rate since the Great Depression.In late March, Congress passed the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act. The massive expenditure provided a substantial financial boost for many struggling Americans, including a $600 weekly supplement of unemployment benefits and one-time stimulus checks of up to $1,200 for middle- and lower-income earners.Those payments ceased in July, severing an important economic lifeline for New Orleans, where the hospitality and tourism industries, both hit hard by the pandemic, employ about 20% of the local workforce.Kevin Caldwell found that initial infusion of revenue a lifesaver for his family. Before COVID-19, he bartended at a popular music club while his wife worked at a well-known restaurant.“I’ve been in the service industry for decades,” Caldwell said, “and I know live music is going to be one of the last things allowed back at the end of this crisis. It’s beyond our control, so we just have to wait and hope we get some support.”In the first few months of the pandemic, Caldwell said he and his wife were both receiving $847 in unemployment insurance per week thanks to the CARES Act. When the supplement expired, their weekly unemployment insurance checks dropped to $247.“We’re not in a personal crisis yet, but we’re getting close,” Caldwell said. “Pretty soon we’re not going to be able to afford our health insurance, and that’s not ideal during a pandemic.”Waiting for Round 2The CARES Act wasn’t meant to help only struggling individuals. Initiatives like the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) were funded to assist businesses affected by the pandemic by helping them retain and pay employees, and to survive revenue losses.Businesses that qualified for a PPP loan, for example, were awarded enough funding to pay their workforce their salary for about 10 weeks. Many economists believe it could be 2022 or even 2023 before the U.S. economy fully recovers.“We received help from those programs,” Prudhomme said, “but it’s really just a shot in the arm. Spring revenue is huge in New Orleans, because the summers get pretty dead here. Now we lost spring, summer and were going to miss the fall, too. The funding we got wasn’t enough to sustain us. We were hoping for a second round, but it never came.”Joe Frisard with his dogs, Robert and Bruno. Frisard is a freelancer in New Orleans. He rents out a portion of his home through Airbnb, but the coronavirus pandemic has cut his income by more than 40%. (Photo Courtesy Joe Frisard)Another New Orleanian, Joe Frisard, has experienced similar challenges. He is a self-employed freelancer, with income streams as diverse as videography, restaurant work, and renting part of his home on Airbnb. He received a $1,200 stimulus check, as well as some assistance from the EIDL program, but said neither is sufficient during a pandemic that drags on and on.“I’ve lost 40% of my income during COVID, but all my bills are still there,” he said. “During the spring, with all the New Orleans festivals, I could make as much as $4,000 per month renting out a room in my home. Because of coronavirus, my total from mid-March to May wasn’t even $1,000 combined.”Frisard said he felt he could last five months before he had to start pulling money from his retirement fund. But he’s angry because he thinks politicians should be doing more to help Americans navigate a crisis this rare and severe.“I’m lucky to even have money saved,” he acknowledged. “A lot of people don’t have that. People are going homeless. They can’t pay for food. And somehow Congress isn’t able to pass another stimulus? They’re playing politics with peoples’ lives and it’s not moral.”Kevin Caldwell said he’s watching what both parties do as debates around additional support for struggling Americans and businesses continue because it’s an issue that is hitting close to home for him, as well as for most Americans. It’s also an issue he feels should factor into November presidential contest as well as congressional elections.“It affects me, it affects my wife, it affects the company at which I work, it affects my co-workers, and it affects most New Orleanians in some way,” he said. “So, yeah, I’m keeping a close eye on it. And what each party does will directly affect how I vote this November.” 

your ads here!

Trump Says He Will Nominate a Woman to Succeed Ginsburg on Supreme Court

No Comments

President Donald Trump said he would nominate a woman to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court, following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.”I will be putting forth a nominee next week. It will be a woman,” Trump said Saturday at a campaign rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina. “I think it should be a woman because I actually like women much more than men.”As Trump spoke, supporters chanted: “Fill that seat.”Earlier, he praised two women as possible choices for the U.S. Supreme Court: conservatives he had elevated to federal appeals courts.Trump, with a chance to nominate a third justice to a lifetime appointment, named Amy Coney Barrett of the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and Barbara Lagoa of the Atlanta-based 11th Circuit as possible nominees.Ginsburg’s death on Friday from cancer after 27 years on the court handed Trump, who is seeking re-election on November 3, the opportunity to expand its conservative majority to 6-3.Any nomination would require approval in the Senate, where Trump’s Republicans hold a 53-47 majority. 

your ads here!