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С марта усложняется выдача ипотеки для закредитованных заемщиков и меняются правила оформления ОСАГО


Что изменится в России с 1 марта и какие законы начнут действовать: запрещается рекламировать VPN-сервисы, вернуть деньги из лопнувшего банка можно будет онлайн, ужесточаются требования к ипотечным кредитам

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Как защитить педагога от травли учениками


В России в конце 2023 года подписан закон, направленный на повышение авторитета учителя: он запрещает школьникам пользоваться в учебное время мобильными телефонами и обязывает ввести в правила школьного распорядка требования к дисциплине на уроках. А еще обязывает директора школы защищать всех участников учебного процесса, а не только детей, как это часто бывает.

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Маск: Премьер Нидерландов не имеет права подписывать с Киевом договор о помощи


Уходящий премьер-министр Нидерландов Марк Рютте не имеет юридического права подписывать с Украиной договор о безопасности. Об этом заявил американский предприниматель Илон Маск.

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Angry French Farmers With Tractors Hold Another Paris Protest

PARIS — Angry farmers were back in Paris on their tractors in a new protest Friday demanding more government support and simpler regulations, on the eve of a major agricultural fair in the French capital.

Dozens of tractors drove peacefully into Paris carrying flags from Rural Coordination, the farmers’ union that staged the protest. The protesters then posed with their tractors on a bridge over the Seine River with the Eiffel Tower in the background, before heading towards the Vauban plaza in central Paris, where they all gathered for the demonstration.

The latest protest comes three weeks after farmers lifted roadblocks around Paris and elsewhere in the country after the government offered over 400 million euros ($433 million) to address their grievances over low earnings, heavy regulation and what they describe as unfair competition from abroad.

“Save our agriculture,” the Rural Coordination said on X, formerly Twitter. One tractor was carrying a poster reading: “Death is in the field.”

The convoy temporarily slowed traffic on the A4 highway, east of the capital, and on the Paris ring-road earlier on Friday morning.

French farmers’ actions are part of a broader protest movement in Europe against EU agriculture policies, bureaucracy and overall business conditions.

Farmers complain that the 27-nation bloc’s environmental policies, such as the Green Deal, which calls for limits on the use of chemicals and on greenhouse gas emissions, limit their business and make their products more expensive than non-EU imports.

Other protests are being staged across France as farmers seek to put pressure on the government to implement its promises.

Government officials have held a series of meetings with farmers unions in recent weeks to discuss a new bill meant to defend France’s “agricultural sovereignty,” and which will be debated in parliament this spring.

The government’s plan also includes hundreds of millions of euros in aid, tax breaks and a promise not to ban pesticides in France that are allowed elsewhere in Europe. French farmers say such bans put them at an unfair disadvantage.

Cyril Hoffman, a cereal producer in the Burgundy region and a member of the Rural Coordination, said farmers now want the government to “take action.”

He said his union is advocating for exempting the farming industry from free trade agreements.

“They can make free trade agreements but agriculture should not be part of them, so we can remain sovereign regarding our food,” Hoffman said. “Only in France do we let our farming disappear.”

French President Emmanuel Macron planned to visit the Paris Agricultural Fair on Saturday, though his office appeared to have removed from his agenda a previously scheduled “big debate” with farmers and members of environmental groups at the event.

The president will meet with farmers’ unions before the fair’s opening, his office said late Friday.

Yet France’s major farmer’s union, the FNSEA, said Friday its board decided not to participate in the debate because “conditions for a peaceful dialogue are not met.” The FNSEA staged another protest in Paris, near the site of the fair, on Friday afternoon.

The Paris Agricultural Fair is one of the world’s largest farm fairs, drawing crowds every year.

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White House, Tribes Hail ‘Historic’ Deal to Restore Pacific NW Salmon Runs

washington — The Biden administration, leaders of four Columbia River Basin tribes and the governors of Oregon and Washington celebrated on Friday as they signed papers formally launching a $1 billion plan to help recover depleted salmon populations in the Pacific Northwest. 

The plan, announced in December, stopped short of calling for the removal of four controversial dams on the Snake River, as some environmental groups and tribal leaders have urged. But officials said it would boost clean energy production and help offset hydropower, transportation and other benefits provided by the dams should Congress ever agree to breach them. 

The plan brokered by the Biden administration pauses long-running litigation over federal dam operations and represents the most significant step yet toward eventually taking down the four Snake River dams. The plan will strengthen tribal clean energy projects and provide other benefits for tribes and other communities that depend on the Columbia Basin for agriculture, energy, recreation and transportation, the White House said. 

“Since time immemorial, the strength of the Yakama Nation and its people have come from the Columbia River, and from the fish, game, roots and berries it nourishes,” Yakama Nation Chairman Gerald Lewis said at a White House ceremony. 

“The Yakama Nation will always fight to protect and restore the salmon because, without the salmon, we cannot maintain the health of our people or our way of life,” Lewis said, adding that Columbia Basin salmon are dying from the impacts of human development. 

“Our fishers have empty nets and their homes have empty tables because historically the federal government has not done enough to mitigate these impacts,” he said. “We need a lot more clean energy, but we need to do development in a way that is socially just.” 

Lewis was among four tribal leaders who spoke at the hourlong ceremony at the White House complex, along with Washington Governor Jay Inslee, Oregon Governor Tina Kotek and an array of federal officials. 

The agreement, formally known as the Columbia Basin Restoration Initiative, “deserves to be celebrated,” said Jonathan W. Smith, chairman of the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation. 

The settlement “takes the interests of all the stakeholders in the Columbia Basin into account,” he said. “It lays out a pathway to restore salmon and steelhead to healthy and abundant levels and moves forward with the necessary green energy transition in a socially just and equitable way.” 

Corinne Sams of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation called the signing ceremony a historic moment, not just for the tribes, but also for the U.S. government “and all Americans in the Pacific Northwest. My heart is big today.” 

The Columbia River Basin, an area roughly the size of Texas, was once the world’s greatest salmon-producing river system, with at least 16 stocks of salmon and steelhead. Today, four are extinct and seven are listed under the Endangered Species Act. 

Dams are a main culprit behind the salmon’s decline, and federal fisheries scientists have concluded that breaching the dams in eastern Washington on the Snake River, the largest tributary of the Columbia, would be the best hope for recovering them, providing the fish with access to hundreds of miles of pristine habitat and spawning grounds in Idaho. 

Conservation groups sued the federal government more than two decades ago in an effort to save the fish. They have argued that the continued operation of the dams violates the Endangered Species Act as well as treaties dating to the mid-19th century ensuring the tribes’ right to harvest fish. 

Friday’s celebration did not include congressional Republicans who oppose dam breaching and have vowed to block it. 

Dams along the Columbia-Snake River system provide more than one-third of all hydropower capacity in the United States, said Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a Washington Republican who chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee. In Washington state, hydropower accounts for 70% of electricity consumed. 

The Snake River dams “helped transform Eastern Washington into one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world,” including 40% of America’s wheat, Rodgers said in a statement. 

She denounced “secret negotiations” led by White House senior adviser and climate envoy John Podesta, saying he and other officials “worked behind closed doors with a select group of radical environmentalists to develop a secret package of actions and commitments” that advance “efforts to remove the four Lower Snake River dams.” 

Podesta and other speakers at the White House ceremony looked past those concerns, with few even mentioning the dams. 

“President Biden understands that the Columbia River is the lifeblood of the Pacific Northwest, for its culture, for its economy and for its people,” said Brenda Mallory, chairwoman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. 

“The historic agreement is charting a new and exciting path to restore the river, provide for clean energy and live up to our responsibilities and obligations to tribal nations,” Mallory said. “I’m confident we will secure the vision … of securing a restored Columbia River Basin, one that is teeming with wild fish, prosperous to tribal nations, [with] affordable clean energy, a strong agricultural economy and an upgraded transportation and recreation system.”

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Donald Trump has been claiming the election was stolen from him for almost four years. He blames fraud, cheating Democrats, and anything else his tiny little brain dreams up. The funny thing is that when there is cheating, Republicans are typically involved. In Georgia, Republican legislators have introduced yet another bill to keep voters off the rolls. Voter registration used to be an automatic thing in Georgia. You got your driver’s license, and you were simultaneously registered to vote unless you chose to opt out. Republicans have changed that process so that you now must opt in. Insurance companies did this some time ago with uninsured motorist coverage, and many were surprised that they didn’t have coverage. The same is going to happen here. We grow accustomed to processes and think no more about it, which is what Republicans are banking on.

According to AP, the bill also makes it easier for Republicans to purge the voting rolls based on residency. This new bill is no accident. They don’t want Georgia blue again after the last election, so they’re resorting to tactics to ensure it doesn’t happen. While AP believes that many continue to support the “big lie,” this is typical Republican shenanigans. That’s why, even in blue states, Republicans continue to dominate the legislatures. They want what they want, and everyone else be damned. If we could find some way to get more Democrats in local government, things might be different, but until we do, we must ensure that every citizen in Georgia is aware of this change. This will especially impact young voters-who tend to be more liberal-and who may be getting their licenses for the first time.

A study by the Center for Election Innovation and Research revealed that active voters in Georgia rose to 98% during 2020, which was up from 78% in 2016. They believe this growth is linked to automatic registration. AP reported that Republicans claim the system “creates extra work for election officials” and “creates duplication,” both of which is a crock. Max Burns, chair of the Ethics Committee, who resides in Sylvania, stated: “The intent is certainly not to reduce voter registration, the intent is to clarify and make voter registration more accurate.” Sure, it is. Our system has worked all this time with no complaints from anyone. Since we had a liar in the White House, Republicans take that as their signal to change things to our detriment. This is yet another bad result of having Donald Trump in office.

Georgia Republicans have come up with all types of ludicrous reasons for the change. They claim that people should “affirmatively ask” to register and that “90% never went to vote anyway,” claimed Senate Majority Leader Steve Gooch, who is a Dahlonega Republican. These areas are notorious for racism. Dahlonega is 90% white. These people keep getting into office from poorly drawn maps that give them a majority of their “peers,” and they use that to keep others under control. This nonsense needs to stop. Every citizen has the right to vote; Republicans don’t have the right to take that away through trickery.

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Украина теряет людей. Как два года войны повлияли на демографию

Полномасштабное вторжение РФ обострило тенденции по падению уровня рождаемости, увеличению смертности и миграции в Украине. Как изменилась демографическая ситуация за два года войны?

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В Новосибирске при пожаре в многоквартирном доме погибли два человека

Тело одного из погибших нашли в горящей квартире.

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At Least 15 Die in Residential Fire in Eastern China’s Nanjing

BEIJING — At least 15 people have been killed and 44 injured in a fire at a residential building in eastern China’s Nanjing, local authorities said Saturday.

The fire broke out early Friday morning, officials said at a press conference, with a preliminary investigation suggesting the blaze started on the building’s first floor, where electric bikes had been placed.

The building is located in the Yuhuatai district of Nanjing, a city of more than 8 million that lies about 260 kilometers northwest of Shanghai.

By 6 a.m. local time the fire had been extinguished, and a search and rescue operation ended about 2 p.m. Friday, authorities said.

Footage circulating on Chinese social networks showed a skyscraper on fire in the middle of the night, with black smoke pouring from it.

Other images show gigantic flames consuming several floors of the building, the flashing lights of emergency vehicles visible nearby in the dark.

Additional footage, apparently taken later, shows white smoke pouring out of several points in the building.

The 44 injured people were sent to hospitals for treatment, officials added.

One was in critical condition while another was seriously injured, they said.

At a news conference, city mayor Chen Zhichang offered his condolences and apologies to the victims’ families.

The country has seen a spate of deadly fires in recent months, often caused by official negligence — prompting calls from President Xi Jinping last month for “deep reflection” and greater efforts to “curb the frequent occurrence of safety accidents.”

Fires and other deadly accidents are common in China due to lax safety standards and poor enforcement.

In January, dozens died after a fire broke out at a store in the central city of Xinyu, with state news agency Xinhua reporting the blaze had been caused by the “illegal” use of fire by workers in the store’s basement.

That fire came just days after a late-evening blaze at a school in central China’s Henan province killed 13 schoolchildren as they slept in a dormitory.

A teacher at the school told state-run Hebei Daily that all the victims were from the same third-grade class of 9- and 10-year-olds.

Domestic media reports suggested the fire was caused by an electric heating device.

And in November, 26 people were killed and dozens sent to hospitals after a fire at a coal company office in northern China’s Shanxi province.

The month before, an explosion at a barbecue restaurant in the northwest of the country left 31 dead and prompted official pledges of a nationwide campaign to promote workplace safety.

In April, a hospital fire in Beijing killed 29 people and forced desperate survivors to jump out of windows to escape. 

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