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Oct 2, 2012 by PowerRossiya
Marussia Motors is a Russian super car manufacturer, developed to compete face to face with the Italian car manufacturers Ferrari, Lamborghini, Pagani, the German car manufacturer Porsche and the French car manufacturer Bugatti in the European super cars market.
Post by TsarSamuil on Feb 22, 2013 13:44:23 GMT -5
Amur Tiger Cub Rescued in Far East.
VLADIVOSTOK, February 22 (RIA Novosti) – Environmentalists in the Primorye Territory in Russia’s Far East rescued an orphaned Amur tiger cub, the local administration said on Friday.
The six-month-old male cub was trying to hunt in the taiga, but was doomed due to his young age and weakness, Vladimir Vasilyev, the Primorye wildlife protection department chief, said.
“The tiger cub is very active and put up a fight,” Vasilyev said, adding that specialists tracked the animal for three days before they caught it.
The cub will be examined by veterinarians and then sent to a rehabilitation center, he said.
According to the Primorye administration, the cub could be a brother of a six-month-old tigress, which was rescued from a trap about ten days ago not far from the place where the cub was found.
The Amur tiger was put on the list of endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) . The population of the Amur tigers, one of six tiger subspecies found only in Russia’s Far East and in some areas of Northern China, currently numbers some 450 animals. Experts estimate that from 30 to 50 Amur tigers are killed by poachers and irresponsible hunters every year.
Serbians believe politics, GMO lobby are behind milk crisis.
B92 Society | February 28, 2013 | 17:38
BELGRADE -- As many as 71 percent of Serbians believe that the milk they buy in stores is safe to consume, a new B92/Ipsos Strategic Marketing poll has shown.
Awaiting conclusive answers on the aflatoxin contamination, the survey that included 1,003 respondents revealed also that 22 percent thought milk in Serbia was not up to the health standards, while seven percent said they did not know.
Vojvodina provincial government secretary for agriculture and opposition DS party official Goran Ješić was the one who raised the issue of the elevated aflatoxin levels in milk, with the affair then becoming a sparring match between the DS and the ruling SNS party, and provincial and state authorities.
As many as three quarters of Serbians now believe that the whole affair was "politically motivated", and had nothing to do with the concern for the citizens' well-being.
Asked who was to blame in this scenario, 30 percent said they did not know, while 14 percent believe it was "politicians and political interests and conflicts".
Nine percent of respondents blamed the government, and seven percent the Democrats (DS).
But when it comes to the main actors in the affair - Ješić and SNS official and Agriculture Minister Goran Knežević - the latter fared much better. According to the poll, 47 percent of Serbians trust Knežević, compared to 23 percent who put their faith in Ješić.
Finally, the citizens were asked about the claim that the background of the affair had to do with the GMOs lobby and attempts to secure entry of genetically modified food - currently illegal in Serbia - to our market.
This assertion, made by Knežević, was backed by 61 percent of respondents, while 35 percent did not accept it.
We also asked whether food made from genetically modified organisms was harmful - and 51 percent said that it was, while 36 percent believe it is "equally as harmful as what is consumed now".
The B92/Ipsos Strategic Marketing poll also revealed that only eight percent of Serbians think that GMOs are not harmful.
Post by TsarSamuil on Apr 11, 2013 11:08:35 GMT -5
Beekeepers in 5 Bulgarian Cities Stage Protests.
Novinite.com Environment | April 10, 2013, Wednesday| 469 views
Beekeepers from five cities staged protests Wednesday against Bulgaria's decision to abstain from voting at the European Parliament on a ban on using neonicotinoid pesticides linked to the decline of bees.
The Wednesday rallies were held in Shumen, Varna, Silistra, Razgrad and Targovishte, with a new protest scheduled for April 22, the International Mother Earth Day, in Sofia, according to reports of the Bulgarian National Television (BNT).
At the beginning of 2013, the European Commission asked EU Member States to suspend for two years the use of neonicotinoid insecticides on sunflower, rapeseed, maize and cotton.
The proposal was triggered by a report of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) which claimed that the use of neonicotinoid pesticides posed an unacceptable risk to bees.
However, the attempt to ban the use of neonicotinoids failed, as major countries like UK and Germany did not back the plan in a vote on March 15.
In 2012, a total of around 200 000 bees died in Bulgaria, against a total beekeeping capacity of over 1 million.
Environmentalists and farmers caution that the mass disappearance of honeybees poses a threat to the harvest and also endangers the very existence of nature and people on a global scale.
Post by TsarSamuil on Apr 30, 2013 11:48:10 GMT -5
EU Bans Bee-Harming Pesticides.
Novinite.com Bulgaria in EU | April 29, 2013, Monday| 449 views
The European Commission will restrict the use of pesticides linked to bee deaths by researchers, despite a split among EU states on the issue.
In a vote in Brussels on Monday, EU member states remained divided on a moratorium to ban three pesticides considered harmful to bees.
A total of 15 Member States supported the restriction, 8 Member States voted against and 4 Member States abstained during the appeal committee vote.
Bulgaria was among the countries that supported the restriction.
"Since our proposal is based on a number of risks to bee health identified by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the commission will go ahead with its text in the coming weeks," European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy Tonio Borg said in a statement following the decision, according to Deutsche Welle.
"I pledge to do my utmost to ensure that our bees, which are so vital to our ecosystem and contribute over EUR 22 B annually to European agriculture, are protected," said Borg.
The EU Commission had proposed the two-year restriction on three neonicotinoids - or pesticides known to have harmful and fatal side effects on the central nervous system of insects.
Bulgaria declared its support the ban on the use of bee-harming neonicotinoid pesticides at the vote at the European Commission's Appeal Committee following protests organized by local beekeepers.
Post by TsarSamuil on May 24, 2013 13:56:25 GMT -5
EU imposes 2-year ban on pesticides believed responsible for mass bee deaths.
RT.com May 24, 2013 14:56
The European Commission has adopted a two-year-long moratorium on the use of three necotinoid pesticides believed to be one of the reasons behind a 30 percent annual decrease in bee populations since 2007.
EU member-states will now have to amend their existing legislation on the use of pesticides by September 30 to comply with the ban adopted by the EC on Friday.
The substances in question are clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiametoxam, used for treatment of seeds and foliage as well as for making soil more fertile. All pose "high acute risks" for bees, according to a scientific report by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
European countries have been given six months to use up their current stocks of the chemicals. Scientists will then have two years to determine whether the ban helps stop declines in bee populations, after which the restriction may be reviewed. Until that point, the pesticide ban will be upheld.
The ban is “another milestone towards ensuring a healthier future for our honeybees, as bees have two important roles to play: Not only that of producing honey but primarily to be a pollinator. About 80 percent of all pollination is due to the activity of bees – this is natural and free of costs,” according to Tonio Borg, Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy. Bees “contribute over ˆ 22 billion annually to European agriculture,” he added.
The European Commission forced its bee-protection plan through after it failed to get support from a sufficient majority of EU member-states in an April 29 vote: Only 15 out of 27 EU members supported the pesticides ban.
“In absence of an agreement between Member States, it is for the Commission to decide on the adoption of the proposed restriction,” a European Commission press release said.
The decision is a blow to two major necotinoids producers, Bayer of Germany and Switzerland's Syngenta, who maintain there is not enough evidence their products are contributing to the decline in bee populations.
The European Commission’s report also points to other factors that may be responsible for the mass bee deaths, include parasites, other pathogens, a lack of veterinary medicines or their misuse, apiculture management, environmental factors such as a lack of habitat and feed, and climate change. Prior to the ban, the European Commission allocated ˆ3.3 million for research into the bee deaths.
The sharp decline in bee populations has taken place over the last 10-15 years, according to an EFSA report; scientists have labeled the phenomenon Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).
The issue is equally acute in the US, where according to a Department of Agriculture report, the number of colonies has plummeted from 3 million in 1990 to 2.5 million this year.
MOSCOW, May 29 (The Moscow News/RIA Novosti) – Scientists from the Siberian region of Yakutia have discovered the frozen remains of a mammoth with some blood and flesh still intact, despite thousands of years in sub-zero temperatures, the scholars said at a press conference Wednesday.
“The meat looks pretty fresh, reddish in color in several places. I can’t say that the smell was very fresh, though,” Semyon Grigoryev, head of the expedition and director of the Amosov Mammoth Museum of the North Eastern Federal District, was quoted as saying a day earlier by the Vesti television channel.
The scientists who dug up the carcass described the blood literally squirting out when they poked at the remains.
The triplet cubs of ligress Zita – half-lioness, half-tiger – are exploring their open-air enclose at the Novosibirsk Zoo. This is the second time Zita has given birth. Watch this RIA Novosti video showing the cubs play and react to the zoo visitors.
Britain is calling on the EU to ease its tight regulations on genetically modified food with the country's Environment Secretary saying GM farming is actually safer than many of the alternatives. Anti-GM activists are raising the alarm, they warn of side-effects ranging from simple allergies to devastating immune problems. RT's Polly Boiko reports.
5 States Agree to Help Russia Build Heavy-Ion Collider.
DUBNA (Moscow Region), August 8 (RIA Novosti) – Germany, Bulgaria and three former Soviet republics have agreed to join efforts with Russia to build a heavy-ion collider in a Moscow suburb, according to a letter of intent, signed Thursday.
The collider, planned to be built by 2017 on the premises of the already existing Nuclotron particle accelerator in the town of Dubna, will reportedly be able to accelerate and collide protons and relatively heavy ions, such as gold, to study a recently discovered phase of matter, a plasma of fundamental particles quarks and gluons.
The collider, dubbed NICA (Nuclotron-based Ion Collider fAcility), will presumably involve scientists, equipment and financing from Belarus, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Bulgaria and Germany, said Viktor Matveyev, director of Russia’s Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, which will house the facility.
The memorandum of intent “is a formal expression of interest of these countries in working out legal, organizational, scientific and financial issues that must be resolved to ensure the participation of these countries in the implementation of the NICA megaproject,” Matveyev told RIA Novosti.
Post by TsarSamuil on Aug 30, 2013 11:58:58 GMT -5
Russia Discovery of New Element Verified -- Report.
WASHINGTON, August 29 (RIA Novosti) – Scientists in Europe have replicated an experiment first done in Russia 10 years ago and confirmed discovery of a new chemical element, US media and researchers reported this week.
The element, which has the atomic number 115 on the periodic table, has been given the provisional name of “ununpentium,” a term approximating the Greek and Latin words for the number 115, science news website LiveScience reported.
In a statement, Lund University in Sweden said Wednesday that an international team of researchers working in Germany “have confirmed the existence of what is considered a new element with atomic number 115.”
“The results confirm earlier measurements performed by groups in Russia,” the statement acknowledged.
LiveScience said the original experiments were conducted in the Russian town of Dubna north of Moscow a decade ago. A report on a specialist physics website in 2004 said both Russian and US scientists were involved in the original breakthrough.
Ununpentium was described as a “super-heavy” element with an atomic weight far higher than uranium, the heaviest common natural element.
“Scientists hope that by creating heavier and heavier elements, they will find a theoretical ‘island of stability,’ an undiscovered region in the periodic table where stable super-heavy elements with as yet unimagined practical uses might exist,” LiveScience said in a report published Wednesday.
Despite confirmation of its existence, ununpentium’s journey to acceptance is not complete. The element will receive a permanent name only if formally endorsed by the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics and Chemistry, the Associated Press reported.
Post by TsarSamuil on Aug 30, 2013 12:22:46 GMT -5
Endangered Persian Leopard Cubs Born in Sochi.
MOSCOW, August 30 (RIA Novosti) – An endangered Persian leopard gave birth to two cubs in the Sochi National Park in southern Russia, the World Wide Fund for Nature said Friday.
The mother – for whom it was her first litter – abandoned one of the cubs, but that newborn was rescued and nurtured by park staff who hope to replenish the North Caucasus’ now-extinct wild Persian leopard population, the WWF said in a statement.
The luckier of the two cubs, along with two others born to another female last month, is tentatively scheduled for release into the wild in 2015, Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov, who oversees the government’s leopard conservation effort, said Friday.
The abandoned cub will never be able to live in the wild but will be used for breeding, the WWF said. There are only 108 Persian leopards, descended from less than a dozen forebears, at zoos and breeding centers around the world, and the population is in need of new genes.
Of the three leopard couples brought to Sochi’s Persian leopard reintroduction center since it opened in 2009, only one is still able to produce offspring, the WWF said. That couple took about two years to get along – mainly because the young female cat mistook the male’s sexual advances for attacks.
Between 870 and 1,290 Persian leopards still live in the wild in Iran, Afghanistan and Turkmenistan, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature. In Russia’s Far East lives a separate subspecies of Amur leopards, whose estimated population is 50, up from 30 in 2007.
Post by TsarSamuil on Oct 29, 2013 12:30:58 GMT -5
Russia’s Mail.Ru Group Opposes Migrants in IT Sector.
MOSCOW, October 28 (RIA Novosti) – A leading Russian Internet company slammed a government proposal to attract migrant workers to the country’s information technology sector, local media reported Monday.
The country needs to foster its own IT experts, in part by investing more in their education, said Mail.Ru Group’s education director, Dmitry Voloshin.
Bringing in foreign IT professionals would only be a temporary solution, he said, IT news website PCWeek.ru reported.
Russia’s Ministry of Communications and Mass Media said last week that it wanted to ease migration rules for foreign computer programmers.
The move could attract up to 200,000 computer-savvy foreigners by 2020, the Vedomosti business daily reported Monday.
About 300,000 Russians are currently employed full-time as computer programmers, according to ministry data cited by Vedomosti.
The country would need another 300,000 IT professionals by 2020, but domestic colleges will only be able to satisfy half of that demand, the report said.
Mail.Ru Group owns a bevy of online services popular in Russia, including its eponymous mail service, the Odnoklassniki.ru social network and instant message service ICQ. The London-traded company has a staff of 3,000.
tech-europe December 4, 2013, 1:21 PM By Lukas I. Alpert
MOSCOW—The space race may be over but Russia hopes the smartphone race has just begun.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev was among the first to receive a YotaPhone—the country’s first foray into the hyper-competitive smartphone market—and was told industry pace-setter Apple Inc. better watch its back.
“Is Apple concerned about our smartphone?” he asked Sergey Chemezov, the head of Russia’s state-run defense corporation, Rostec, who gave him the phone on Wednesday hours after it hit the market.
“Definitely,” Mr. Chemezov replied, according to a transcript of the exchange posted on the government’s website.
The first inkling of the phone, which is manufactured by Yota Devices, a spin-off company from a larger mobile technology firm in which Rostec once owned a 25% stake, came in September 2010, when Mr. Chemezov handed Mr. Medvedev, who was then president, a very early prototype of the dual-screen phone.
At the time, Mr. Medvedev—who is a well-known fan of Apple devices—seem a bit puzzled by the concept. The phone features an LCD screen on one side and an electronic paper display on the other.
The design promises seamless information streaming without the usual constraints of battery life, as the e-paper display allows images to be shown at all times but only uses power when the picture changes. That would let users to continuously view data in real time without having to constantly wake up their phones and drain the battery.
The phone is now available in Russia, Germany, France, Austria and Spain and will go on sale in other parts of Europe and the Middle East in early 2014. The device retails for 19,990 rubles ($600) in Russia or 499 euros in Europe, making it slightly cheaper than an iPhone.
On Wednesday, Mr. Medvedev said he was impressed by the idea and was happy that Russia had finally entered the smartphone market with a device of its own.
“This is the first but hopefully not the last such development,” he said.
Medvedev Gives His iPhone A Russian Rival.
MOSCOW, December 6 (RIA Novosti) – Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, a well-known Apple fan, appeared on television Friday with Russia’s first smartphone and some advice on calls for US President Barack Obama.
Medvedev told reporters during an interview that he had not abandoned his iPhone but would now also use a YotaPhone, the world’s first twin-screened phone.
“Of course, I haven’t thrown out my iPhone. You know, I love a variety of technology,” he said. “But we have got this device. Maybe it doesn’t yet measure up to other devices of this type…but it has its advantages because it has two screens.”
Medvedev became Russia’s first iPhone 4 owner when he was given one by Steve Jobs, Apple’s late CEO, during a visit to the United States in 2010.
The YotaPhone was launched in Russia this week and features a full-color LCD screen on one side and a black-and-white electronic paper display on the other.
“We hope that it [YotaPhone] will be better protected from these [spying] activities than the iPhone or other devices,” Medvedev told the interviewers in response to a question of whether he feared his phone could be tapped by foreign spy services.
Medvedev said that he never discussed “serious state issues” by phone and only talks about ordinary things.
“I think this is absolutely normal,” he said, adding that Obama, who recently disclosed that he was not allowed to have an iPhone for “security reasons”, should not be afraid of using a phone.
His advice came amid an international scandal over the extent of eavesdropping by America’s National Security Agency on telephone and internet communications, disclosed in classified documents released by the US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, who has been given temporary asylum in Russia.
The Android-based YotaPhone developed by Yota is Russia’s first entrant in the global contest for smartphone customers. It is on sale in Russia for 19,900 rubles ($600) and in Austria, France, Spain and Germany for about $680.
The US government is collecting nearly 5 billion records per day on the location of cell phones throughout the world in a massive effort to track individuals’ movements, the Washington Post reported, citing documents disclosed by Snowden.
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