The center of Moscow was shrouded in smoke from the peat: the townspeople are advised not to go outside

The center of Moscow in the night of Wednesday was filled with smoke from burning in the region of peat bogs, the smell of burning is felt within the Garden ring, the smoke is observed visually. According to EMERCOM of Russia, only for the day in the suburbs appeared about 60 new forest and peat fires on a total area of almost 50 hectares. Peatlands are burning in Shatura, Yegoryevsk, Noginsk and Pavlovsky Posad districts of the Moscow region.In connection with wildfires in the Moscow region remains unfavorable environmental conditions. The main reason of sharp deterioration of air quality was the transport of air masses from areas of forest and peat fires."Many weather stations have recorded such phenomena as the haze (clouding of air suspended in it particles of dust, smoke, fumes). In addition, in terms of the anticyclone persisted meteorological conditions conducive to the accumulation of harmful impurities in the lowest layers of the atmosphere," - said in a statement posted on the website "Meteoroloji".According to the environmentalists, for last days of exceeding the standards for levels of contaminants were observed in the Central and southern administrative districts, reports RIA "Novosti".Near the most congested roads in the morning peak hours, the concentration of nitrogen dioxide exceeded the norm by 4.2 times that of carbon dioxide - 1.8 times that of phenol and formaldehyde - 1.2 times. In addition, in all parts of the city have elevated concentrations of carbon monoxide - carbon dioxide. Читать полностью -->

After six days of air travel in Europe restored almost 100%

After six days of forced break because of the ash of the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajokull air traffic in Europe is almost restored, reports the BBC.On Thursday, the flights must recover "almost 100%", stated the European air traffic Agency EUROCONTROL. According to the Agency, on Wednesday in Europe was made 22,5 thousands of flights out of 28 thousand planned, including all 338 transatlantic flights.Air France and British Airways gave the green light on all long-haul flights, Qantas Airways and the Australian and Chinese Air China announced a full resumption of flights to Europe. Today will start almost all flights and Lufthansa, assured her representative. "Aeroflot" yesterday delivered 55 regular flights from Moscow, the newspaper "Vedomosti".Most interesting quotes from Russian Newspapers on the subject of the resumption of flights over Europe publishes the website "Headlines".Wednesday, April 21, restrictions operated in parts of southern Sweden and Helsinki. Of the 28,000 scheduled flights done 21 000. Almost half of Russians stranded in Europe, were able to return home.In order to take passengers for a few days waiting until clears ash cloud, the UK government has temporarily lifted a ban on night flights. Читать полностью -->

All-Russian campaign of Witnesses.

March 26 Jehovah's Witnesses began spreading throughout Russia 12 million leaflets about the persecution of their organization in the Russian FederationAlexey Malyutin,This unprecedented campaign, covering all the subjects of the Russian Federation and bringing together nearly 150 thousand volunteers from the religious organization "Jehovah's Witnesses", has been devoted a press-conference "Russian action in defense of religious freedom", which took place on February 26 at the Independent press center in Moscow. It was conducted by the representatives of the Administrative center of Jehovah's Witnesses in Russia Yaroslav sivulskii and Alexey Nazarites and Director of the Institute for human rights Lev Levinson. Stated in the announcement, the head of the Moscow Helsinki group Lyudmila Alekseeva could not come, as it sat in Council for human rights and civil society institutions under the President of the Russian Federation, where, incidentally, were discussed and the current persecution of Witnesses. The head of the Council Ella Pamfilova even officially decided to turn to their defense to the Prosecutor General of the country.Who opened the meeting with the press Lev Levinson, who came to the metro, shared her observation: many of the passengers of the Moscow subway was reading the booklets that they have received, probably at the entrance to the subway. Moreover, the delayed reading them, few people would not read the booklets before the end. Four pages, printed, as it is written in the output, in Germany, compares the persecution of Witnesses in the Soviet Union and their discrimination in modern Russia. Читать полностью -->

Human nature is subject to the five immutable laws, observations show

Human nature may, subject to the same immutable laws as nature as a whole, believes the magazine the New Scientist. To assert this with confidence, not least because not everyone will like the idea of a "handling" in addition to the human will. However, long-term observations and research lead to this conclusion.The article referenced by InoPressa, lists five laws of human nature, manifested itself most.Parkinson's law, formulated in 1955, explains why the work we always have no end: "all work expands to fill all released on time." The author of the law - the civil servant and historian Cyril Northcote Parkinson - substantiated their findings with statistics. Later this idea was confirmed in mathematics.In addition, Parkinson argued that the amount of time spent in the organization to discuss the question, is inversely proportional to its importance, and also figured out that the Commission number of 19.9-22,4 (tenths of a show a partial presence, that is, those who have sat and gone) becomes totally unusable."Student syndrome" - the habit to work only at the last moment before the deadline. Some management specialists recommend not to allocate a lot of time on specific projects, as employees will still delay the start of work to the last.The author of the article, for its part, says it is correct to count the time on the comic Hofstadter's law: "Work always takes more time than you expect, even if you take into account Hofstadter's law".The Pareto principle in a General form is stated as "20% of efforts give 80% of the result, and the remaining 80% effort 20%." This ratio is valid in many areas. So, in most countries 80% of property is owned by 20% of the population, in most systems, 80% of events cause 20% of possible causes.Private companies often use the Pareto principle as fundamental: for example, decide to take on the most important 20% of the work to get 80% of the total remuneration, the article notes.The hypothesis of Bruce Salem says that engineering education is a beneficial ground for the belief that God created the world. Читать полностью -->

Is a holiday with tears in his eyes.

The moral standing of States can be judged by how it cares for its culture and old menMaria Sveshnikova"ORTHODOXY AND the WORLD", April 26, 2010I somehow immediately drew attention to them. Rather, first noticed her. Of course, seniors in the metro - not uncommon, but for some reason I thought she was not someone who often goes down into the earth. Too clumsy and awkward she was pushing cloudy morning-inhibited and simultaneously aggressive clients of the Moscow metro. The awkwardness was partly due to the fact that her sleeve was kept quite an old man. Apparently the husband. Читать полностью -->

Medvedev created historical Commission to combat the falsification of the country's past

President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev has signed the decree "About the Commission under the President of the Russian Federation to counter attempts to falsify history to the detriment of Russia's interests". About it as transfers ITAR-TASS, reported on Tuesday a press-service of the Kremlin.To head the new Agency will be the head of the presidential administration Sergei Naryshkin, RIA "Novosti". Only the jury was composed of 28 people, including representatives of the presidential administration, foreign Ministry, the FSB, the SVR, the Russian security service, the Ministry of regional development, Ministry of justice, Ministry of culture, the Public chamber, the state Duma, the Russian archives, Federal science and innovation, said in the text of the decree published on the Kremlin website.The Vice-Chairman of the Commission appointed Deputy Minister of education and science of the Russian Federation Isaak Kalina and assistant head of the presidential administration Igor Sirosh, Executive Secretary - head of the Department of Administration to the President for domestic policy, Ivan Demidov.The President has repeatedly denounced the falsification of history, including the great Patriotic war. In an entry in his video blog on the eve of Victory Day, he noted that the attempts of falsifications "are becoming more stringent, angry, aggressive.". . . Читать полностью -->

Russia dismissed new US proposals for cooperation in the field of missile defense: Nothing new

Russia rejected the latest US proposals for cooperation in the field of missile defense and will speak on this issue already with the new American administration of Barack Obama. This was stated by the reporters on Wednesday on condition of anonymity, a senior source in the Kremlin. In his words, "received from the U.S. proposals as insufficient."Nothing new," said the representative of the Kremlin administration. - Ideology is this: the current administration wants at any price to maintain the necessity of this decision and to exclude any discussion about the appropriateness of such decisions themselves."."We're not prepared. Consent for these proposals we will not give, and will talk with the new administration," - said in the Kremlin. Читать полностью -->

Against sex

Alice ChudakovaThe sexual revolution has exhausted itself, the abundance does not have to wait long and were born in the world a new phenomenon antisex. It came up to RussiaReplaced the sexual revolution of the 60s-70s ( and if to speak about Russia, the late 90s), came opposite ideology antisex. Although glossy magazines and television continue to promote the cult of regular intimate relationships, many are willing to give them up. And, not for time, but forever. Some scientists are talking seriously about the emergence of a "fourth floor", which exists along with the followers of hetero-, Homo and bisexual relationships. In Russia there are about 7 thousand people.In 2001, 23-year-old American David Jay realized that it, unlike many friends and girlfriends, after several cocktails was not drawn to the bed. Читать полностью -->

Half of the country rents

Despite the fact that over the past decade, there are more opportunities for housing, private apartments or houses acquired only a few. Remains hopes that property prices will sooner or later become acceptable to the majority.The owners of privatized apartments are currently 48 percent of people in Russia, while in November 2008 private housing had 52 percent of Russians.Company Russian Realty Research (R3) holds a nationwide survey, which was held on 29-30 August 2009. It was attended by 1,600 people in 140 villages in 42 regions, territories and republics of Russia.According to the researchers, 34% of residents have their own house or part of house (November 29 percent). 10 percent of respondents have housing social contract of employment and 4 per cent rent from private individuals.Experts indicate that over the summer increased the number of Russians who want to improve their living conditions, but do not have this possibility: in may, stated that 30 percent of survey participants in August, 36 percent. The number of citizens who intend in the next year to purchase a house, at this time has not increased and remains at less than 10 percent.General Director of Russian Realty Research Nikita Chulochnikov noted that recently there has been "aging" of a group of Russians who cannot afford to buy housing: if earlier it had been stated by mostly students, but now the group has expanded at the expense of the middle age category (25-34 years)."When designing public housing programs need to raise the minimum age of participation, as this problem is now common not only for young but also for families of middle age," believes Chulochnikov.The researchers also noted that the Russians, who planned the purchase of real estate, were more likely to rely on the proceeds from the sale of existing homes. At the same time, the number of citizens counting on the help of relatives, was reduced from 22 percent in may to 16 percent in August. Читать полностью -->

The NATO Secretary General has asked Russia not to continue with exercises at the European borders

Held in the autumn of last year a large-scale Russian military exercises did not answer generated positive spirit of relations between NATO and Moscow, said NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. "So I hope that in the future we will not see such teachings," said the NATO Secretary General the Agency BNS, in Brussels.However, according to Rasmussen, he does not believe these teachings a threat to any of the NATO allies, reports "Interfax". We will remind, in September in the Western region of Russia and Belarus held a joint exercise of the armed forces of Russia and Belarus "West - 2009" and exercises of the armed forces of the Russian Federation "Ladoga - 2009"."In our view, this exercise lacked transparency. But, in saying this, we do not considered them a threat to any NATO ally," he said at a meeting with journalists of the Baltic republics, NATO Secretary General.Lithuanian Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius said in the past months the Russian media that the NATO exercises, which will be held in the Baltic republics, is not directed against Russia, but are associated with joint military exercises of Russia and Belarus."We will conduct exercises throughout NATO, including the Baltic States, but these teachings will be completely transparent and will fully comply with all agreements between NATO and Russia", - said the NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.NATO Secretary General to understand why the Baltic States were afraid of the helicopter carrier MistralAnders Fogh Rasmussen also expressed the hope that France would take into account concerns of the Baltic republics in connection with the sale of modern Russian helicopter carrier Mistral class.At a meeting with Polish journalists in Brussels on Monday, NATO Secretary General expressed confidence that the deal between France and Russia in line with international requirements, and Moscow, in turn, will never use weapons against any of the NATO allies."I understand the concerns of some allies, including the Baltic States, and know that these fears have also been expressed to the government of France. I hope that France will take into account these concerns," said Rasmussen.The Baltic republics have expressed concern about the sale of "Mistral" Russia after France in February announced a corresponding bilateral agreement with Russia.Mistral can carry 16 helicopters, 40 ground offensive machines, up to 900 troops and simultaneously perform all the functions of a command post, that is, it can be concentrated all the power necessary for military operations.Lithuanian representatives say that the deal reveals the attitude of the defense policy of Russia, which in its released this year's new military doctrine names NATO as one of the most serious threats.To the question about the attitude of Russia to NATO, Rasmussen said that certain provisions of the doctrine contain "language of the cold war, so he urged the Russian leadership to stop this rhetoric that is not conducive to improving relations between the Alliance and Moscow."NATO has no intention to attack Russia, and in saying this, I can stress that do not consider Russia a threat to NATO," - said the NATO Secretary General. . Читать полностью -->