The Australian calendar is packed with plenty of events set to happen in the second phase of the year. Events have been planned from major cities to quintessential outback towns as a strategy to bounce back from the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic and have a good time. Be on the lookout for the following top events.
Russia announced that the upgraded Ka-52M attack helicopter made the first flight a success. The upgraded helicopter received weapons unified with the Mi-28MN and new radar equipment. Representatives of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation reported on the first flight of the modernized Ka-52M attack helicopter.
Russian scientists from the Far Eastern Federal University have developed a hydrogel that can be used to restore the nervous tissue of the brain after damage. The new product is also useful for fighting malignant tumors and targeted drug delivery. Russian scientists have developed a hydrogel that can be used as an artificial matrix.
Turkey continues to experience tumultuous economic times. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been grandstanding on the world stage without having the funds to back such actions long term. Turkey took on the Syrian and Libyan conflicts. The reasoning is personal ambitions for Erdogan to restore the Ottoman Empire.
The Coronavirus continues to be on the forefront of the news around the world. Currently, there are over 19.5 million infected and over 724,000 deaths around the globe. The numbers continue to climb, with no cure in sight. Many labs are working tirelessly to create a vaccine and better utilize existing drugs to treat patients.
Russia announced that it started testing a super weapon that can deliver a global strike on any country in the world. The statement may be over ambitious, but given the released image and description, this is a very scary and dangerous technology. The Ministry of Defense described the weapons’ capabilities.
The Coronavirus pandemic continues to impact the world. Currently, there are over 14.4 million infected, and over 640,000 deaths around the globe. In the United States, the numbers continue to rise, and many US States rolled back the White House reopening plan to the initial Phase 1.
Russian specialists of the South Ural State University (SUSU), in collaboration with colleagues from Nigeria and Rwanda, have found out that Bidens Pilosa, or Black-Jack, can act as an affordable enzyme that can be used in winemaking and cheese-making instead of the more expensive, currently existing enzymes.
Russia announced a 5th generation prototype of the SU-57 fighter jet. The new model, Metropolis, is expected to be completed by 2022. The tests of the Metropolis are scheduled to start in two years. Currently, tests of pre-production samples of the SU-57 are being completed.
During an online Roscongress Foundation session, Chinese professor Xiu Feihu, from the University of Science and Technology of China, announced plans to expand the communication network between Russia and China. The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions, exhibitions, and sporting, public, and cultural events.
Russia announced additional modernization to the Ka-52M helicopter. Mil and Kamov intends to spend almost 153.5 million rubles ($2.2 million) on two copies of the prototype modernized Ka-52M “alligator” with new weapons, as well as on their testing. All work should be completed by the end of 2022.
A NATO review on June 8 provided important information about the nuclear threat from Russia. The author is the Director, Nuclear Policy Directorate, NATO International Staff Jessica Cox. According to her bio, Cox provides policy support to the Secretary General and others at NATO HQ on matters related to NATO nuclear deterrence and also chairs the Nuclear Planning Group Staff Group.
On Monday June 8, Honda was forced to shut down its manufacturing plants around the globe. It forced the employees around the world to be off work. The reason behind the shutdown was a mass-scale cyber attack that affected electronic and computer equipment. It is reprehensible given the fact that world economies continue to suffer due to the coronavirus.
Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia went to live in New Zealand according to the British media. A bottle with “Novichok” was used to poison former Russian spy Skripal and his daughter Yulia on March 4, 2018. Skripal was a Russian military intelligence officer who was convicted in 2006 of spying for the UK. In 2006 he was released in a spy swap and moved to the UK where he settled in Salisbury. The poisoning not only effected the intended targets but also UK citizens as well.
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the Nuclear Weapons decree on June 2. The decree titled “On The Basis Of The State Policy Of The Russian Federation In The Field of Nuclear Deterrence” is a document regulating the conditions under which Russia has the right to launch a nuclear strike against an aggressor (or a pack of aggressors). The main goal is to legalize the use of nuclear weapons in limited local conflicts.
Consultations on the settlement of the situation in the Donbas area should begin with the participation of Ukraine, the US and the UK according to the Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Olexii Reznikov. On March 4 the Ukrainian Parliament approved the country’s new Cabinet of Ministers. Due to his appointment as Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine – Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories, Reznikov has ceased his partnership in Asters law firm.
George Floyd was a man who died on May 25, after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for over seven minutes while other officers helped restrain Floyd. The death of Floyd brought back memories of the 2014 death of Eric Garner. Since then, violent protests erupted across US.
Coronavirus continues to be a global pandemic. Currently, there are over 6.2 million cases and over 370,000 deaths around the world. At this time, according to the released data by the Russian government over 400,000 people are infected with COVID-19. Russia approved a new drug to treat coronavirus.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia responded on May 27 to the statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry about the unwillingness of the Georgian and American sides to allow Russian representatives to check the office of medical research of the US Army-Georgia operating in the Richard Lugar Center BioLAB.
Last week, there was a press conference in Ukraine pertaining to “New facts of the international corruption and external governance.” The event organizers were the non-factional Deputy Andrey Derkach and ex-head of the special group of prosecutors Konstantin Kulik. At the press conference, seven fragments of conversations were released between President Petro Poroshenko, Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry.
A Prosecutor investigating the case of a former US Navy officer accused of spying in Russia has requested 18 years in a maximum-security prison for the defendant, Paul Whelan. The trial wrapped up on May 25, 2020. It is expected that the verdict of the marine, who was detained in Moscow 17 months ago, will be announced by the court in June after final submissions.
This Saturday the body of Ukrainian MP Valery Davydenko was found by the toilet. The cleaning lady who found his body stated that he appeared to have a gunshot wound to the head. The location was the office of the European Solidarity party, a political party in Ukraine. It has its roots in a parliamentary group called Solidarity dating from 2000 and has existed since in various forms as a political outlet for Petro Poroshenko.
Coronavirus continues to be the main topic of discussions on the news and social media. Currently, there are over 5 million cases and over 330,000 deaths around the globe. Meanwhile, scientists have developed a tissue that denies the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus the ability to enter cells. This effect is caused by a weak electric field generated by the material in the presence of moisture. Now the researchers are going to get approval from regulatory authorities and start producing masks. The development is expected to be commercially produced by Vomaris Inc.
China officially opened a base in Djibouti in August 2017. Djibouti is a strategic country bordered by the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. On the approach-the entrance to the base, there is a sharp turn and exit from the road. There is an automated gate on the 90 degree turn. There are additional control points. It is almost impossible to scale the wall, as the perimeter has multi-level protection.
The German Government warned federal employees against using the WhatsApp messenger. The information became available on May 17 via Handelsblatt, a leading German-language business newspaper published in Düsseldorf by Verlagsgruppe Handelsblatt. It was founded in the 1946. The newspaper claims the source of this announcement is a letter from the German Government Commissioner for Data Protection Ulrich Wolfgang Kelber. He sent the letter to all the ministries with a warning.
Information was leaked pertaining to the F-3 sixth-generation fighter jet. Japan is expected to start development of the F-3 in 2021. Currently, Japan needs to protect themselves from China. Japan always had tumultuous relations with China. Conflicts between Beijing and Tokyo go back centuries.
European engineers have proposed a solution that will help the Rover not to loose power in the infinite darkness of the moon’ polar craters. The project is under contract with the European Space Agency, an intergovernmental organization of 22 member states dedicated to the exploration of space. Established in 1975 and headquartered in Paris, ESA has a worldwide staff of about 2,200 in 2018 and an annual budget of about €6.68 billion in 2020.
NASA presented the basic principles on which the proposed international agreement on the development of the moon will be based, to which the US plans to involve a number of partner States. The announcement came via Twitter by the Director of the US Space Agency, James Bridenstine.
Facebook is planning to start a project dubbed “2 Africa.” Interestingly, Facebook is going to work with China mobile, MTN from South Africa, French Orange and Vodafone. It also plans to engage local African providers. Alcatel Submarine Networks will provide the underwater cable system. Alcatel Submarine Networks is a part of the Nokia group.
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.
Currently, there are over 4.2 million cases of coronavirus and over 286,000 deaths around the world. As economies start to re-open around the globe, a second wave of coronavirus continues to be a possibility. China just reported new cases, including 3 in Wuhan. Coronavirus was first observed in Wuhan in the fall of 2019. There is still no vaccine or specific protocol to treat patients with the virus.
New research by Indonesian scientists claims there are 30 different mutations of the disease strain Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome-coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). Currently, there are over 3.7 million infected and over 258,000 deaths around the world. There is a race around the globe to create a vaccine against COVID-19. The US just announced human trials of the new vaccine. However, a trial stage does not mean the vaccine is effective yet.
The news broke that a Chinese researcher working at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center was murdered on May 2. He was apparently on the brink of big breakthrough pertaining to the coronavirus. He was murdered by a fellow Chinese national, who committed suicide after the murder. The deceased has been identified as Dr Bing Liu and was only 37 years old.
Coronavirus continues to be on the forefront of the news around the world. Currently, there are over 3.6 million infected and over 250,000 deaths around the globe. As many nations start to reopen their economies and adjust to the new normal, Russia is experiencing a spike in coronavirus cases. Russian bravado pertaining to the efficient management of COVID-19 is dwindling.
Coronavirus continues to be on the forefront of the news. The number of infected surpassed 3.5 million around the world. However, Belarus never acted to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The borders are open, there is no social distancing, no stay at home orders or any precautionary measures, period. Because the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko knows it is his last year in power, does he simply not care?
Iran believes the embargo might be lifted. This opinion was expressed on May 2 by the official representative of the Iranian government, claiming that Iran is convinced that the parties to the nuclear deal, as well as the permanent members of the UN Security Council, will oppose the intentions of the US. According to the Iranian government representative, “Washington’s desire to extend the arms embargo is another confirmation that the US defiantly ignores international agreements and law.”
On Sunday, May 3, the President of CYBERPOL Ricardo Baretzky stated they now have access to all bitcoin wallets. Interest in cryptocurrencies in the modern world is growing exponentially, and it is difficult to find a person who has not heard about bitcoins. Money is the equivalent of the cost of goods and services, as well as a means of exchange and savings. Traditional currencies, such as dollars, euros, rubles, and so on, are called Fiat money and are issued by Central banks of the Nations. PayPal and others operate using Fiat money.
Coronavirus continues to be the main topic of discussions around the world. Currently, there are over 3.3 million infected and over 234,000 deaths around the globe. US intelligence agencies are investigating the origin of the Coronavirus and are not ruling out that the coronavirus leaked from the lab in Wuhan. A French Nobel prize winner and virologist already made an educated statement proving the COVID-19 is a man made virus and that Chinese scientists were working on the AIDS vaccine (since the virus does have some of the HIV particles) and the virus was released.
WikiLeaks just did another dump of documents on April 22. Julian Assange founded WikiLeaks and is wanted in more than one country. Assange took refuge in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London in 2012, where he officially received political asylum. He was held there until April 11, 2019, when the Ecuadorean authorities denied Assange asylum and he was arrested by the London police.
Russian President Vladimir Putin appeared on his regular scheduled program over the weekend. The program is titled Moscow, Kremlin, Putin and the main plot of the program is to provide updates to the nation by Putin himself. TV channel Russia-1 offers the program every week to viewers who care about the fate of Russia.
Cyprus is celebrating the lifting of the arms embargo by the United States. The motivation behind lifting the embargo is to prevent Turkey’s expansion in the Mediterranean. It is not a surprise, since Turkey escalated the conflict in one of the Syrian regions. Additionally, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan can not be trusted by the West. Even though Turkey is a part of NATO, it is a wild card.
The world is not going to be the same after the COVID-19 pandemic. The US Government is working on quantifying the damages coronavirus caused to the economy and China’s liability. The projected number is over $10 trillion. Also, there is a discussion of US defaulting on debt to China. Even though many nations are slowly starting to reopen their economies and providing plans in phases to reopen, the virus is still here.
China is rolling out its own state owned digital cryptocurrency DCEP (which stands for the /electronic payment system). It is otherwise known as China’s central bank digital currency project. The digital yuan is expected to function more like a counterpart to paper money than a cryptocurrency. Unlike Bitcoin, Etherium and other cryptocurrencies, the DCEP value is expected to remain stable. Of course, it is China, therefore there would be no chance of privacy and China’s Central Bank will be able to monitor every transaction.
Coronavirus continues to be the main news around the world. As of April 8th, there are over 1.5 million cases world wide and over 82,000 deaths reported. The pandemic is not slowing down at all. The only place that seems to be free of new cases is China. However, China had a head start, since the virus originated in China in the first place.
BepiColombo a joint project between the European Space Agency and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) aimed to exploring the Mercury planet will have its one and only flyby on April 10, 2020. The spacecraft is going to Mercury on a research mission. BepiColombo is Europe’s first mission to Mercury. Launched on October 20, 2018, it is on a seven year journey to the smallest and least explored terrestrial planet in our Solar System.
The number of infected and mortality form the coronavirus continue to rise. Thus far, the COVID-19 pandemic around the world has not been contained. However, according to Chinese media Wuhan is lifting its restrictions and starting Wednesday April 8th the high speed trains will start running again.
In reaction to the coronavirus quarantines, Canada and the US are implementing emergency funds to help with large numbers of unemployment. The quarantine continues in the most US states and in Canada. As of April 6th there are 1.3 million cases and over 74,000 deaths around the world. In the US nearly 400,000 are infected. The states that have the largest numbers of infected are New York. Louisiana and Michigan.
Coronavirus continues to be a global pandemic. Many nations imposed quarantines and are dealing with a shortage of medical supplies. As of April 7th, the death toll around the world is over 79,000. One of the hardest hit and less prepared is Italy. The Italian media admited recently that their coverage of doom and gloom may have contributed to mass hysteria and fear in the nation.