Alex Saab: Extradition Under Influence

On 12 June 2020, Alex Saab, Special Envoy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, was on his way to Tehran, Iran, on a humanitarian mission to alleviate the difficulties arising from the Covid-19 crisis in that country, when he was arrested by Cape Verdean authorities during a refuelling stop in the country. This arrest took place before the publication of the Interpol notice and was therefore carried out without a valid international warrant and in a totally irregular manner, since, as a special envoy of his country, he enjoys inviolability and diplomatic immunity and can therefore be detained only on the basis of an international warrant such as the one issued subsequently.

WOW! 3D Printer Used to Print Nuclear Reactor in US

The Oak Ridge Laboratory announced a revolutionary project that includes using 3D printing technology to produce a state of the art nuclear reactor. The prototype of its core was printed in just three months. According to the standards of the nuclear industry, this is a super pace. The hexagonal structure took close to 40 hours to build, with temperatures reaching over 1,400 degrees Celsius around the melt pool where a laser heats and melts while adding a new layer.

Corona is Like a World War But Everyone is On One Side

Bill Gates described Corona Pandemic “like a world war but everyone is on one side.”  The whole world is together at war with Corona virus. Even the most Orthodox religious Jew, Muslim and Christian have accepted quarantine.  Religion teaches to accept the sufferings of life as divine providence even to accept suffering as rebuke from God for the sins of man. Even though almost all the religious leaders, told their followers to accept the demands of the secular Ministry of Health. Mayor De Blasio explained “Government is essential for life.” Religion is also essential for life.

US Deports Infected Migrants to Guatemala

The disagreement between Guatemala and the United States due to the deportation of migrants in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic is now public. For weeks, there were serious suspicions about some of the Guatemalan migrants returned by the US authorities. They were infected after unsuccessfully trying to enter the country with the highest number of cases and deaths from covid-19 in the world.

VECTOR in Russia Developed Coronavirus Test To Test Almost 100 People At The Same Time

The numbers continue to increase in US and it is predicted that in many US states the peak of the coronavirus will not hit fully until May. Hence, it could mean the shut down of all non essential businesses can continue into May. In Canada, it seems the closures will last until at least June 30th. However, the situation is being accessed daily.

Shock Wave Glider Technology Can Be Used For Mars Travel By NASA

Patrick E. Rodi from Rice University came up with a solution for an aircraft to be able to ride a shock wave and use its power for good instead of fighting it. Dr. Rodi worked in the aerospace industry for 23 years specializing in high speed aerodynamics, aerothermodynamics, and vehicle design, most recently as a  Lockheed Martin Fellow and as the AeroSciences Lead on the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle program.  Currently, he is a a Professor in Practice  at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Rice University.

Are We Forgetting About Increasing Domestic Violence Risk Due to Quarantines Across the Globe?

Currently, coronavirus has been the main topic of discussions and news around the globe. Coronavirus is a global pandemic that originated in Wuhan, China. Many countries around the world closed their borders, implemented quarantines and limited movement. According to John Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center there are 367,457 reported cases of the virus around the world and over 16,000 deaths. In the US alone the number of infected people has exceeded 40,000.

Russian Scientists New Intriguing Work in Electronics Protection On Spacecrafts

Russian scientists from the Russian Academy of Sciences, in collaboration with other Russian institutions, completed research of the properties of a copolymer based on polyaryleneetherketones to assess the prospects of its application in space technology. The purpose of this study is to protect the electronics on a spacecraft, which is effected by the surrounding plasma. There are only three centers across the globe that have the necessary equipment and experts to successfully analyze the effects of electrification of materials for spacecraft in conditions close to its original state.

Russia is Using Warships to Secure Nord Stream 2 Completion

In order to complete Nord Stream 2, Russia decided to have the Gazprom vessels accompanied by Russian warships. The route is from the Indian ocean to the Mediterranean Sea. Nord stream 2 is a new export gas pipeline from Russia to Europe via the Baltic Sea. The combined capacity of each of the two Nord streams lines is expected to be 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year. Thus, the total design capacity of Nord stream and Nord stream-2 is 110 billion cubic meters of gas per year.

New Research of Muscle Regeneration Using 3D Printer

New technology allows a person to gain muscle using 3D printer technologies. The new technology has been created by US and German scientists. The skeletal muscles are one of the hardest to restore after any illness, accident or surgery. This is a great opportunity in the field of reconstructive surgery. The 3D printing technology provides a myriad of opportunities.

Alert! Russia Developing Coronavirus Vaccine – How to Track Virus Using Interactive Tool in Real Time

St. Petersburg Research Institute of Vaccines and Sera FMBA of Russia is working on creating a vaccine for coronavirus. The vaccine is planned for the  fall of 2020. Additionally, the clinical trials will begin in the winter months including preclinical tests on mice. It will take several more months. Thus far, the vaccine is supposed to be readily available in the Summer 2021.

Project Management for IT-Related Projects

In Chapter 2, we explained how to draw up a plan for a project. One of the things that we did was to allocate an estimated duration to each of the activities to be carried out. This allowed us to calculate the overall duration of the project and to identify when we would need to call upon the services of individuals to carry out their tasks. In this chapter, we will explore further the ways in which these estimates can be produced.

Russian Special Forces Received New Virtual Reality Simulators – What Does the Training Entail?

Russian special forces will start training in a virtual reality setting. The new developed simulation training is specifically geared towards paratroopers. The vertical reality simulator was designed by the Man & Technologies Lab.  According to the company’s website Man & Technologies lab is a full cycle engineering design bureau.  The company specializes in the technology. However, interestingly there is no mention of any defense speciality.

Coronavirus Impact On Global Economy and Expected Outcomes

Coronavirus has become a global scare. The World Health Organization considers coronavirus “High Risk.” The emergence of an economic storm could be inevitable. Kondratiev cycles predicted economic slowdown. Kondratiev explained the existence of large economic cycles by the fact that the duration of functioning of various created economic goods fluctuates. Similarly, they require different time and different means to create them. Large cycles can be seen as disrupting and restoring the economic equilibrium of a long period. The main reason for them lies in the mechanism of accumulation, accumulation and dispersion of capital sufficient to create new elements of infrastructure.

Coronavirus Fears Present Phenomenal Opportunities for Savvy Income Investors

As fears of the continued global spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to drive financial markets to new lows, savvy investors should take note of the excellent opportunities that this massive global sell-off is creating.

The World Health Organization on Coronaviruses:

“Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).

Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people.  Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.”

Wow! New Technology to Create Diamonds

The cost of making artificial diamonds is a very expensive process. It consumes large amounts of energy with the high costs. Now a unique new technology has been announced, which is a collaboration by American and Chinese chemists, to create much cheaper precious stones from crude waste. The project involved chemists from the Stanford University, California, University of Chicago and the Center for High Pressure Science and Technology Advanced Research in China. A full spectrum of the technology has been published in the scientific paper the Science Advances Journal.

US Proposes Blue Dots Agreement to Counter One Belt One Road Initiative in Asia

This week there was a discussion in Russia about the possible countermeasures the US is planning against China’s One Belt One Road Initiative. Interestingly, due to the coronavirus and China, the stock markets are experiencing a turmoil.

The reason for the discussions is to develop additional strategies between Russia and China pertaining to the One Belt, One Road initiative, despite the virus outbreak. US Secretary Mike Pompeo also announced that  US President Donald Trump has invited Southeast Asian leaders for a meeting in Las Vegas next month. The summit is supposed to take place March 12, 2020.

US Imposes Additional Sanctions – How Does It Affect Russia’s Weapons Industry?

The United States imposes sanctions on 13 foreign entities and individuals in Russia, China, Iraq, and Turkey under the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act (INKSNA).  The announcement was confirmed by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on @twitter.

The Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act authorizes the United States to impose sanctions against foreign individuals, private entities, and governments that engage in proliferation activities.

US Presidential Election 2020 – Sanders, Bloomberg, Trump – Who Does Russia Prefer?

The 2020 US election campaign is gaining momentum. Since the counting problems at the Iowa Caucuses (when the result could not be determined for more than a week), Bernie Sanders’ momentum has not slowed down. “Socialist” Bernie Sanders is accused of being a “Kremlin henchman.” Still his Democratic opponents from the right– Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg– have been fading.

How Does the American SLRC Cannon Compare to China and Russia?

The first open image of one of the most original, modern American weapons projects-a large-caliber Strategic Long Range Cannon (SLRC). It is being developed under the US Army, and is designed to shoot high-precision missiles at a range of “more than 1000 miles” (sea). In 2019, it was reported that funding for the program should start in fiscal year 2020, and that the SLRC prototype should be ready in 2023.

US Nuclear Weapons Strike Scenario – Analysis of Multiple Outcomes – US vs Russia

The United States has conducted a military exercise that simulates a retaliatory strike using nuclear weapons after Russia’s use of low-power nuclear weapons in Europe against NATO countries. This was announced on February 21, 2020 at a briefing for journalists by a high-ranking Pentagon representative stating that “We conducted a small exercise, let’s say.” The scenario included a war in Europe being waged by Russia, and Russia decides to use limited low-power nuclear weapons against an object on the territory of NATO countries.

Russia’s Chukavin Sniper Weapon and the Future in the Field

Previously, JSC Kalashnikov presented a semi-automatic sniper rifle Chukavin Sniper Rifle or SVCh. It is much  more than just a rifle. The SVCh is a promising platform for the entire line of small arms. The Chukavin Sniper Rifle is expected to replace the Kalashnikov rifle. The semi-automatic Chukavin is also slated to replace the Dragunov sniper rifle, a semi-automatic sniper/designated marksman rifle chambered in 7.62×54mmR and developed in the Soviet Union. (VIDEO)

Fixed Income 2: Finding Attractive Income Opportunities in a Yieldless World

A monthly performance review of Durig’s high yielding Fixed Income 2 (FX2) Managed Income Portfolio which also explores the many benefits that the portfolio can provide to investors.

(performance is reported net of fee, as of 2-20-20)

Performance Highlights

  • Over 6% in Cash Generation Alone
  • Year-to-Date Return of 6.20%
  • Trailing 1 Year Return of 7.72%
  • Trailing 3 Year Return of 9.03%
  • Trailing 5 Year Return of 9.13%
  • Annualized Return Since Inception of 8.72%
  • Average Bond Maturity of 4 Years
  • Alpha of 10.58 (vs. Benchmark)*
  • Beta of -1.22 (vs. Benchmark)*
  • Excess Return of 4.32% (vs. Benchmark)*

Turkey Analysis – Will Kremlin Retaliate with a Covert Operation Against Erdogan?

The results of the new survey are available pertaining to the approval of the head of state of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The poll results were posted on Twitter by the @Metropol. The survey posed a straightforward question of whether or not the public approves of the current head of state’s activities. Thus far Erdogan is at a 41.9% approval rate.

New Anti-spy Bracelet Design to Suppress Microphones and Listening Devices

US Engineers and researchers developed a new means of ensuring privacy in the 21st century, which is saturated with technological threats, on the eve of the Chi Conference On Human Factors in Computing Systems 2020, which will take place in Hawaii on April  25-30. The ACM CHI Conference is generally considered the most prestigious in the field of human–computer interaction and is one of the top ranked conferences in computer science.

Belarus Changing Coat of Arms – Are They Ready to Join the European Union?

Belarus is planning on changing its coat of arms. The official announcement has not been made, however the new changes are already circulating on Vkontakte, a Russian online social media and social networking service based in Saint Petersburg. VK is available in multiple languages, but it is predominantly used by Russian-speakers.