Well-being in body and soul

According to an investigation by the University of the Basque Country (Spain) on the effects of the pandemic, now there is greater uncertainty and concern about suffering from Covid-19 or losing loved ones; a decrease in confidence and optimism, especially in women and in people in poor employment situations; and an increase in irritability, again with a greater impact on women and the unemployed.

If we do not act now, in concert with research with vaccines and treatments, the post-pandemic outlook will be bleak for the mental health of millions of people.

And taking action, obviously, is not prescribing more antidepressants or anxiolytics, or building more psychiatric hospitals. Both actions are necessary to address some consequences; however, the idea is to be proactive and avoid them.

In response to the feeling of anxiety, according to the consulting firm Llorente y Cuenca (LLYC), there has been a rapid and broad change that goes from the “concept of wellness [bienestar], centered on the individual, al by wellbeing [bienestar integral], a more holistic vision that includes different people and sectors of our societies ”.

What does this mean? A call for the participation of the whole society in the benefits of well-being.

Wellbeing is defined as the state of satisfaction and tranquility that a person presents, thanks to their good physical and mental conditions.

“If societies and companies are unable to focus holistically on people’s well-being (including physical, emotional and spiritual health), it will be almost impossible to create safety nets that allow citizens to return to work and be productive ”, They explain from LLYC.

For this reason, I have always opted for wellness programs in all their aspects: emotional, physical, social and financial. This is what happens every November in the event “In Body and Soul”, which this year will be held in an online version, with more universal access, more experts and with the empowering and transforming energy of always.

To keep your balance in difficult times, “you have to grab the bull by the horns” and get going, as a popular saying reflects.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the pandemic has disrupted or paralyzed mental health services in 93% of countries. And if, as the WHO itself says, mental health is related to the promotion of well-being, the prevention of mental disorders and treatment, then let’s look for our own tools. Healthy living is much more than curing or protecting yourself from disease.

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On video | The ‘Paths’ to strengthen the health system in Barranquilla

Guaranteeing timely and quality medical care for Barranquilla residents has become the Primary objective of the District with the process of modernization of the public health network, which continues to advance and plans to benefit more than 170 thousand citizens with new hospital projects.

Since 2008, the district administration has been working to build a solid health model, which has been cataloged repeatedly as one of the most successful in the national territory.

Although the health emergency due to Covid-19 was a huge challenge for the hospital infrastructure of the capital of the Atlantic, in the Development Plan ‘I am Barranquilla’, that governs the period 2020-2023, a series of actions were contemplated so that citizens have a timely and adequate response to your health requirements.

“We want the health of Barranquilla to continue its unstoppable march, that is why we are providing them with all the professional capacity so that care is timely and without access barriers. It is our main objective, guarantee comprehensive insurance, minimize the risks of becoming ill and provide quality health programs to all“Said the mayor Jaime Pumarejo Heins.

He was emphatic in stating that in this new stage they will bet on “turn the health system upside down, moving to a much more preventive health, with doctors in charge of specific populations ”.

The district president also stressed that the “robustness” in health services continues to grow, which directly impacts on the quality of life of Barranquilla and the Caribbean region.

“The public hospital network has been and will continue to be a national management model, where the resources obtained by the Prohospitales level 1 and 2 stamp are invested in providing efficiently and transparently to the more than 600 thousand users of the subsidized regime, as well as to anyone who requires it because We are also a regional reference center for health care in the Caribbean”, Reiterated the president.

In turn, Humberto Mendoza, Secretary of Health of Barranquilla, He stated that the district network model has provided “mobilization guarantees” to more than 19 thousand users, guaranteeing that “there are no barriers to access” to said services.

The official also expressed that the great challenge for the public network is strengthen the preventive medicine model to detect patients in time who have diseases that may pose risks to their life.

“In the city we have a network model that allows patients to access medium and high complexity services without authorizing systems limiting quality and care. That we will follow reinforcing to provide greater guarantees to citizens”, He added.

According to figures from the Mayor’s Office, accessibility to health increased 15 times between 2007 and 2018. It is expected that this year it will increase with the start-up of facilities such as the Camino Ciudadela 20 de Julio and Paso Galán.

For next year, this indicator will continue to grow, taking into account that the works of the New Barranquilla and Nazareth Roads will be delivered, which are ahead in two important sectors of the city.

Mayor Pumarejo has been making visits to these spaces to verify the progress of the works, taking into account that they were detained for a period due to the pandemic and currently not all the workers have been able to reintegrate, in order to comply with the corresponding regulations.

“We continue to grow with this new offer that adds to a solid network that is providing quality services to Barranquilla residents, showing that it is possible, as we have said for so long, to have quality, sustainable public health that continue to be a source of pride for each of us”Pumarejo said during one of those tours.

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The ‘Paths’ to strengthen the health system in Barranquilla

Guaranteeing timely and quality medical care for Barranquilla residents has become the primary objective of the District with the modernization process of the public health network, which continues to advance and plans to benefit more than 170 thousand citizens with new hospital projects.

Since 2008, the district administration has been working to build a solid health model, which has been repeatedly classified as one of the most successful in the national territory.

Although the health emergency caused by Covid-19 was a huge challenge for the hospital infrastructure of the Atlantic capital, in the Development Plan ‘I am Barranquilla’, which is valid for the period 2020-2023, a series of actions were contemplated so that citizens have a timely and adequate response to their health requirements.

“We want the health of Barranquilla to continue its unstoppable march, that is why we are providing them with all the professional capacity so that care is timely and without access barriers. It is our main objective, to guarantee comprehensive insurance for them, minimize the risks of getting sick and provide quality health programs for all, ”said Mayor Jaime Pumarejo Heins.

He was emphatic in stating that in this new stage they will bet on “turning the health system upside down, moving to much more preventive health, with doctors in charge of specific populations.”

The district president also highlighted that the “robustness” in health services continues to grow, which has a direct impact on the quality of life of Barranquilla and the Caribbean region.

“The public hospital network has been and will continue to be a national management model, where the resources obtained by the Prohospitales level 1 and 2 stamp are invested in providing efficiently and transparently to the more than 600 thousand users of the subsidized regime, as well as to anyone who requires it because we are also a regional reference center in health care in the Caribbean, “reiterated the president.

In turn, Humberto Mendoza, Barranquilla’s Secretary of Health, stated that the district network model has provided “mobilization guarantees” to more than 19 thousand users, guaranteeing that “there are no barriers to access” to these services.

The official also said that the great challenge for the public network is to strengthen the preventive medicine model to detect patients with diseases that may pose risks to their lives in time.

“In the city we have a network model that allows patients to access medium and high complexity services without authorizing systems limiting quality and care. We are going to continue strengthening that to provide greater guarantees to citizens, ”he added.

According to the Mayor’s Office figures, health accessibility increased 15 times between 2007 and 2018. It is expected that this year it will increase with the start-up of facilities such as the Camino Ciudadela 20 de Julio and Paso Galán.

For next year, this indicator will continue to grow, taking into account that the works of the New Barranquilla and Nazareth Roads will be delivered, which are being carried out in two important sectors of the city.

Mayor Pumarejo has been making visits to these spaces to verify the progress of the works, taking into account that they were detained for a period due to the pandemic and currently not all the workers have been able to reintegrate, in order to comply with the corresponding regulations.

“We continue to grow with this new offer that adds to a solid network that is providing quality services to Barranquilla residents, demonstrating that it is possible, as we have said for so long, to have quality, sustainable public health that continues to be a pride for each one of us ”, said Pumarejo during one of those tours.

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Putin shows his chest for his Covid vaccine and offers it free to the UN

The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, He put his chest out before the UN on Tuesday for the rapid development in his country of a coronavirus vaccine and offered it free of charge to the organization to protect all its employees.

In his video message to the General Assembly, Putin He pointed out that his Government is ready to offer the United Nations all the necessary assistance, which includes free vaccination for all staff who want it.

He also said thatYour country is open to supply other nations with the so-called “Spútnik V”, which, as he highlighted, has been proven “safe” and “effective.”

Putin insisted that citizens around the world should have free access to a Covid-19 vaccine and He also underlined the Kremlin’s willingness to work with other governments to share diagnostic methods. and treatment of the disease.

In addition, in contrast to the United States, he defended that the World Health Organization (WHO) should have a central role in coordinating the response and said that Russia is working to strengthen the capacity of the Geneva-based entity.

On the other hand, Putin warned of the long-term economic effects that the current crisis will have and defended the need for the entire international community to work board to drive growth.

In this context, he stressed the importance of eliminating barriers, restrictions and, above all, “illegitimate sanctions” in international trade.

In the geopolitical and military sphere, the Russian leader He assured that he wants to cooperate with the United States to extend the strategic arms reduction treaty and hoped that there will be “restraint” when it comes to deploying new missile systems.

Too reiterated interest in a binding treaty to ban weapons in outer space and opted for more cooperation in cybersecurity.

Coinciding with the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, Putin defended the work of the organization and, although he recognized that it is necessary to adapt it to the reality of the 21st century, he made it clear that his country opposes major changes in the Security Council, where it is one of the five permanent members and has veto power.

According to him, for the Council to continue being the “pillar of global governance” it is essential that these five countries, nuclear powers and victors of World War II, retain the privilege of the veto.

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MAJ ANALYSIS on the Xbox All Access: a real revolutionary offer, or a simple marketing argument?

The past few days have been eventful for Microsoft ! The firm of Redmond at first formalized the existence of the Xbox Series S, his second console next-gen, but she also and above all confirmed the price and release date of the Xbox Series X. At the same time, the American company has confirmed that his offer Xbox All Access would finally be launched in France.

Microsoft’s good idea is therefore to make something existing into a marketing tool, both for its consoles, but also and above all for its services.

This news unleashes passions: some see it as a stroke of genius to Microsoft, others a simple communication stunt that claims to reinvent the wheel. We have decided to offer you a summary article which therefore goes back to what the Xbox All Access, what it offers, its real cost, etc.

What does the Xbox All Access ?

  • The Xbox All Access is an “all-in” offer that includes a console and a subscription to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. The gamer pays a monthly fee ($ 24.99 / month for Xbox Series S, $ 32.99 / month for Xbox Series X) for two years, and at the end of that period, the console is theirs.

Xbox All Access : subscription or credit?

  • The Xbox All Access includes a subscription to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. In fact, many people consider this offer to be a subscription. However, it is indeed a credit. This implies that the interested player will have to apply for credit from one of the brands offering the offer (in France, Fnac and Micromania). His professional situation and his income will be taken into account, as well as his expenses and other credits in progress.

How much does it cost ?

  • Depending on the console next-gen chosen, the prices are as follows: € 24.99 / month for the Xbox Series S, € 32.99 / month for the Xbox Series X. Here is a table to compare the offer to separate purchases:
Console price 24 months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Total separate purchases Prix total Xbox All Access
Xbox Series S 299,99 € 311,76 € 611,75 € 599,76 €
Xbox Series X 499,99 € 811,75 € 791,76 €
  • Pour la Xbox Series S, the offer Xbox All Access is needed and even saves ten euros compared to separate purchases. Regarding the Xbox Series X, the economy climbs to 20 euros.

Is the offer really revolutionary?

  • Yes and no. No, because the fact of offering a loan for the purchase of a good is far from being a new idea. Many brands also offer to pay for purchases in several monthly installments, with higher or lower interest rates.
  • The fact of including an additional service in the credit offer is not completely innovative either; this possibility already exists in other fields, in particular the automobile, where certain dealers propose to integrate the maintenance costs of a vehicle in the credit.
  • Finally, the slogan “dive into the new generation from € 24.99 per month” is reminiscent of the catchphrases for car manufacturer advertisements, which highlight the possibility of driving a new vehicle from a certain monthly amount.
  • What can be considered revolutionary in this offer of Microsoft, it is simply the fact of offering such a possibility in the world of video games and giving it visibility with a name and an advertising campaign. Of course, it is already possible to get a console and pay for it in several installments at different resellers. But each brand has its offer, interest rates, conditions, etc. Here, Microsoft highlights a unique offer that can be found at each participating store. The only difference could be made at the level of the organization granting the credits (Cofidis for Micromania, CA Consumer Finance for Fnac): one company could have stricter or more flexible requirements than another as to the conditions for granting the loan.

Who is this offer for?

  • The Xbox All Access is intended for players who want one of the consoles and have a real interest in the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. If this service of Microsoft does not interest them, if they do not play online or if they are not tempted by the xCloud, the program immediately becomes less interesting since it imposes the XGPU. For example, if a player is satisfied with the Xbox Game Pass classic, the offer Xbox All Access will cost him € 60 more than separate purchases for the Xbox Series S (€ 599.76 in All Access against € 539.75 in separate purchases). For the Series X, the difference is around 50 euros (€ 791.76 in All Access against 739.75 € in separate purchases).

Xbox Series X S family hardware comparaison (1)

Conclusion

As said above, Microsoft is not the first to offer the possibility of payment in monthly installments in the field of video games, several brands already have similar offers. But where the latter generally had little visibility, Microsoft decided to create an “all-in” offer, to give it a name and to promote it on a large scale. The good idea of Microsoft is therefore to turn something existing into a marketing tool, both for its consoles, but also and above all for its services.

As we calculated, the offer is interesting for both the Xbox Series S (10 euros savings) and the Series X (20 euros savings). The condition for the offer to be really interesting is of course to have an interest in the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. The player who is content with Xbox Game Pass classic, or Xbox Live Gold alone, will have less interest in turning to this service.

The program is sold as an “ all-in ”, so it makes sense that Microsoft put everything in it. Some will regret not having flexibility, being able to “customize” the offer with a different subscription. For these, as explained above, it is always possible to inquire with different resellers to see the possibilities of monthly payments, and to take the subscription that suits them on the side.

As a reminder, Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X will be available from November 10. You can already register sure Amazon to be notified of the opening of pre-orders on September 22.

Update : Microsoft formalized the price of € 32.99 for the Xbox All Access with the Xbox Series X, we’ve adjusted the article and our calculations accordingly.

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The doors of the future have arrived: the Cordoba “app” used by Naranja and the “coworkings”

The Cordobeses Martín Population and Maximiliano Barr are friends with a long career and entrepreneurial career, settled in two different countries, who had been promising for years to “do something.”

When they began to explore sectors in search of the problem they would try to solve, they noticed the accesses: “Looking at the real estateWe realized that the way people enter spaces was still very little disrupted. People continue to carry entry cards, keys and all kinds of Rfid devices ”, they review.

After an arduous path in which the acceleration of the project carried out by the Catholic University of Córdoba (UCC) together with the Founder Institute and the Córdoba Innovar y Emprender Agency stands out, the duo conceived Accefy, a startup Focused on internet of things that gives new scope to an indisputable premise: that technology allows intelligence to be injected and extracted everywhere, including a door or, rather, an access.

How? Through an innovative combination of software and hardware (small devices that are placed on the doors) of its own development, Accefy digitizes the registration processes and permits of people to spaces and experiences.

In this way, it provides solutions in two dimensions: through its application, it allows converting any cell phone or wearable (an Apple Watch, for example) in a digital key that opens doors and that can, for example, send permanent “copies” or with expiration of any kind (from minutes to years) in this way.

At the same time, supported by a platform that runs on the cloud and that has security cryptographic, registers for its mother user (for example, a company at its corporate headquarters, a hotel, a coworking, etc.) all the access use information produced by key holders, which allows intelligence on it: not only to apply very different control or organization systems, but also to draw patterns of behavior for decision-making.

“We are not just an access solution, not a digital key fob. What we create is a new category, and part of our challenge is to make way for it,” Barr explains. The term they have found to define it so far is “traffic signal management”, a tool with the potential to give a person access to everything that interests them and that at the same time reads the behavior of people around spaces.

Accefy offers a solution to offices, industries, shopping centers, hotels, collective work areas, public and private institutions, the real estate sector and individuals, and can also be used as an accreditation and access control system for events of different scale.

Orange, “the” local customer

“On the entrepreneurial path, there are few moments to celebrate. When we added Naranja, it was one”; indicates Population. Capturing the interest of a company of this scale and with this innovative character was a boost in every way for the team, which went out for the first time to actively sell its product last January.

Orange integrated Accefy into its new post-Covid-19 work model, as an access system to the corporate building of La Tablada 451 for workers, suppliers and others. Here he carved “zero contact” as another of the advantages it offers: upon reaching an access point, the user activates the key from his cell phone, which connects without contact with the physical device located on the door. This link also occurs without using the internet.

This applicability in the new normal is one of the factors that are helping the company close its first round to raise capital. It is a process that runs with “success” – say its partners -, but not yet concluded.

As of today, they have invested 80 thousand dollars (own capital) in the development of the solution, which is preparing to launch a better version of its app and your device hardware.

ENTREPRENEUR. Martin Population

The startup It has already signed about 20 clients here and in the Dominican Republic, where Barr has lived for seven years. Host Coworking, Novelus Group, Casa Fader and Alpha Finanzas (RD) are some of those clients. Point W, the commercial and office complex premium that is built in Villa Warcalde, is another.

$ 1,500 monthly

The proposal of software as a service of Accefy implies that it does not apply installation costs (the devices in the doors are given in loan), but that its service quotes 1,500 pesos per month per installed access point.

“It is a general parameter that has many variations depending on the type of project and the scale”, clarifies Barr, the partner based in Central America with background financial and extensive work experience in investment funds that is assumed as “head” of the company in these dimensions.

Population, for its part, combines training in electronics and programming, entrepreneurial work as the creator of several companies (E-nix, Argalis) and active participation in the local ecosystem through teaching and participation in the Córdoba Technology Technology.

“Our work team today is made up of eight permanently dedicated people. We also bet on a flexible structure with a lot of work in alliances of different types. It is something that we strengthen after immersing ourselves in the concept of exponential organizations”, relate the entrepreneurs, who highlight the technological entrepreneur Mario Barra as the reference that brought them closer to the subject.

Accefy teams.

“Our purpose is to improve the way people access their world,” they say with the firm goal of continuing to scale.

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A worldwide ISP outage disrupted Internet access this Sunday!

“On August 30, customers in various international markets were affected by an outage through our network,” said the company contacted by AFP. “We can now confirm that all services were restored at 11:12 am (3:12 pm GMT),” CenturyLink said.

According to the Downdetector site, the outage lasted more than five hours.

At least 10,000 customers of the Monroe, Louisiana-based company suffered from connection problems for several hours, according to Downdetector.

Among them are major sites such as Amazon, eBay, Starbucks and even the Hulu streaming platforms and those of PlayStation network and XBox Live video games.

While CenturyLink did not specify the reason for the outage, it could be related to problems in the network at one of its data centers, according to the company’s website.

In 2018, CenturyLink was also the victim of a massive bug affecting ATMs and emergency calls (911) in the United States.

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Masks should not be mandatory for children under 5 years: WHO

A group of experts assembled by the World Health Organization examined the evidence on COVID-19 and its transmission in children, as well as the limited evidence available on child use of masks.

Based on that analysis and taking into account other factors, such as psychosocial needs and developmental milestones of children, WHO and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) recommended that the use of a mask should not be mandatory for children under five years of age, for the sake of the safety and general interest of the child and given their inability to properly use a mask with minimal assistance.

The WHO and UNICEF recommend that children from 12 years of age use a mask in the same cases as adults, particularly when a minimum distance of one meter from others cannot be guaranteed and there is widespread transmission in the area.

Organizations advise, however, to always consult and respect the practices recommended by local authorities.

The masks that children should use

Generally healthy children can wear cloth or hygienic masks. In this way, it is possible to control the origin, that is, to avoid transmitting the virus to other people if the child is infected and is not aware that it is.

The adult providing the cloth mask should ensure that it is the correct size and sufficiently covers the child’s nose, mouth and chin.

Children with underlying health problems such as cystic fibrosis, cancer, or immunosuppression should, in consultation with their healthcare providers, wear medical or surgical masks.

Medical masks reduce the spread of the virus and protect the user and are recommended for anyone who is at higher risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19.

The correct way to use the mask

Children should follow the same principles as adults regarding the use of masks. This includes cleaning your hands before putting on the mask for at least 20 seconds if using a hydroalcoholic gel or at least 40 seconds if using soap and water.

Make sure that the mask is the right size to cover the nose, mouth, and chin. Children should be taught to use the mask correctly and, among other things, not to touch the front of the mask, not to pull it towards the chin or to put it in their mouth. They should keep the mask in a bag or envelope and not share it with anyone.

Masks for children with COVID-19

All children with symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 should wear a medical mask for as long as they can handle it. The child should be isolated and seek medical help as soon as she begins to feel ill, even if the symptoms are mild. Family members or caregivers who come within a meter of the sick child at home must also wear a mask.

Any household member who is ill or has tested positive for COVID-19 should isolate themselves from everyone else, if possible. If the child comes within one meter of a sick person at home, both the adult and the child should wear a medical mask during that time.

Masks and sports

It is not recommended for children to wear the mask while playing sports or physical activities, such as running, jumping or playing on the playground, so that it does not affect their breathing. When organizing these types of activities for children, it is important to apply the rest of the fundamental public health measures: maintain a minimum distance of one meter from others, limit the number of children who play together, facilitate access to facilities for hand hygiene and encourage their use.

Masks and visors as an alternative option

In the context of COVID-19, some children may not be able to use masks, either due to certain disabilities or in specific situations, such as speech therapy classes, in which the teacher needs to see their mouths.

In these cases, face shields can be considered an alternative to face masks, but they do not provide equivalent protection to avoid transmitting the virus to others.

If you decide to use a mask, it must cover the entire face, surround it on both sides and extend below the chin. In addition, care must be taken when using them to prevent them from breaking and causing injury to the eyes or face.

Adults should use a mask with children

In areas of widespread transmission, all adults under the age of 60 and in general good health should wear a cloth mask when they cannot guarantee a distance of at least one meter from others. This is particularly important for adults who work with children and who may have close contact with children and with each other.

People 60 and older and those with an underlying condition, such as heart disease, diabetes, or lung cancer, should wear a medical or surgical mask, as they are at higher risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19.

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Preferential car loans expanded to electric cars – Business – Kommersant

The government has officially increased the budget of the preferential car loan program to 22.5 billion rubles. and approved new rules for access to such state support. For example, families with at least one child, health workers and those who give the car for a trade-in on the down payment now have the right to a discount of 10–25% of the price of the car. You can take a soft loan only for a car no more than 1.5 million rubles, localized in the Russian Federation. Although formally the program now extends to electric cars, it is actually impossible to purchase them because of the localization requirement, since such cars are not manufactured in Russia.

Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin approved the amendments to the “First Car” and “Family Car” preferential car loan programs, as follows from Decree No. 907 of June 23. The government’s website notes that the program budget this year will be 22.5 billion rubles.

As part of preferential car loans, the buyer is entitled to a 10% discount on the cost of the car, but for the Far East its size is 25%. Now the maximum discount can also be obtained when buying an electric car. At the same time, there remains a requirement for the localization of cars purchased on credit in Russia – they must gain 1.4 thousand points under the 719th decree.

Since electric cars in Russia are not produced at all, in practice it is impossible to buy them with a soft loan.

New rules reinforce the opportunity to buy a car with it worth up to 1.5 million rubles. Price limit of 1 million rubles. acted in 2015, after which the cost steadily increased until 2019, when it was again reduced from 1.45 million to 1 million rubles. In fact, this fact, coupled with additional requirements for the level of localization of cars, significantly limited the list of cars covered by the preferential car loan program – the main financing was focused on Lada. From foreign cars, only Renault, two Hyundai models (Creta, Solaris), as well as one model Volkswagen (Polo), Skoda (Rapid) and Kia (Rio), fall into the program.

At the same time, with an increase in value, the range of brands acquired through preferential car loans did not increase.

Under the new rules, access to preferential car loans was given to families raising at least one child (previously two children), employees of medical institutions, as well as those who handed over the old car for a trade-in in payment of the initial payment.

Only a car older than six years old, which was owned by the borrower for at least a year, can be handed over to the trade-in, the resolution says.

In May, in the first month of easing restrictions amid the coronavirus, according to the United Credit Bureau (OKB; it also has data from Sberbank), citizens took 28.2 thousand car loans worth 22.4 billion rubles. The number and volume of loans issued compared with April more than doubled.

In practice, both the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the concerns participating in the programs informed about the launch of new access rules even before their approval – from the beginning of June. In addition, the document itself says that the new maximum cost of a car in preferential car loans (1.5 million rubles) applies to cars purchased from March 1, 2020.

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In Russia, there is a short-term surge in demand for cars after an almost two-month downtime of the dealer network. Against this background, AvtoVAZ postponed the transition to a shorter work week until the end of summer. The manufacturers and dealers interviewed by Kommersant agree that sales have grown compared with the failed April-May indicators, but this is due to temporary factors in deferred demand and increased government support. The real picture will be clear only in September. So far, the industry believes that by the end of the year the market will fall by 30%, with some players assessing this scenario as optimistic.

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salute from the cable-stayed bridge, hovering above the water Assol and space suits

The brightest evening of the country’s graduates ended, which the guys were looking forward to this year. So, as always, the Scarlet Sails Festival 2020 became a beautiful chord of the All-Russian holiday. This year it was both traditional and completely unusual at the same time. We tell you what the Scarlet Sails 2020 surprised.

The main innovation of this year is the change of locationPhoto: Oleg GOLD

Well, firstly, the main innovation is the change of location. For several years in a row, a snow-white brig passes through the water area Not you along the Peter and Paul Fortress, the Hermitage and right under the Palace Bridge. This year, another, no less picturesque place was chosen, with very recognizable sights. Petersburg – stadium “Gazprom-Arena “, Lakhta-center and cable-stayed bridge ZSD.


Access to all locations was closed due to the difficult epidemic situation both in the city and throughout the country. Photo: Artem KILKIN

Access to all locations was closed due to the difficult epidemic situation both in the city and throughout the country.Photo: Artem KILKIN

The second innovation: live Petersburgers and visitors could not see all this beauty. And all because this year there are special requirements: because of the pandemic, access to the park is closed, it was also impossible to see from the water, since part of the Neva and the Gulf of Finland were blocked. GIMS boats and various services went around the water area and made sure that no one violated the ban. Law enforcement officers were also on duty on land: if they met people in a territory where there should not be anyone, they politely asked to leave the place and go home.


Everyone was politely asked to leave the coast Photo: Artyom KILKIN

Everyone was politely asked to leave the coast.Photo: Artem KILKIN

And at home, by the way, everyone would have considered it in the best possible way: there was a live broadcast of a concert and a pyrotechnic show on the Internet and on TV. By the way, on the screen you can see what on the shore would definitely not be accessible to the eye. And all because along the Neva and the Gulf of Finland there were several scenes at once and on each of them there was an action.

The main stage was next to the Gazprom Arena stadium, it was also very unusual – as if soaring in the air, and with it the stars acting on it. Leading the holiday were Ivan Urgant and Daria Александрова.


The hosts of the holiday were Ivan Urgant and Daria Alexandrova Photo: Oleg GOLD

Leading the holiday were Ivan Urgant and Daria AlexandrovaPhoto: Oleg GOLD

Timur Rodriguez, Vera performed their hits Brezhnev, RASA group, Dima Bilan and Surganova. And there were surprises in the form of a show of pirates and drummers, yes, it is worth noting separately what costumes the artists had – just space ones. Be sure to watch Bilan’s performance if you missed. And also a salute, well, the passage itself of a sailboat!


The cable-stayed bridge of the WHSD was both a platform for light and a launch site for fireworks. Photo: Oleg ZOLOTO

The cable-stayed bridge of the WHSD was both a platform for light and a launch site for fireworksPhoto: Oleg GOLD

By the way, the pyrotechnic show lasted almost half an hour, hundreds of volleys were launched into the sky, the first cable-stayed bridge of the WHSD was used. It was both a platform for light, and for launching a salute.


But the highlight, of course, was the passage of a snow-white brig with Scarlet Sails along the Gulf of Finland Photo: Oleg ZOLOTO

But the highlight, of course, was the passage of a snow-white brig with Scarlet Sails along the Gulf of FinlandPhoto: Oleg GOLD

And at the end of the extravaganza, the romantic Assol soared above the water to meet her dream. By the way, this year the holiday was dedicated to the author of the fairy tale about Scarlet Sails Alexander Green – marks 140 years since his birthday.

If you missed the broadcast live, there is an opportunity to watch the best moments of the show.

Graduation Scarlet Sails in St. Petersburg ended with a grandiose salute.Alena CHICHIGINA

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