Fires went through the radioactive zone – World – Kommersant

In the exclusion zone at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant (Chernobyl NPP), forests burn for the third week. Specialists from several regions of Ukraine, aviation and the military have been involved in the fight against fires. A special group has been created at the Ministry of the Interior to counter arsonists whose actions could cause fires. The fire was prevented from entering the Chernobyl territory. But for the first time in many years, the meeting of former station workers and residents of the Pripyat city built at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant was canceled. These meetings were traditionally held on April 26, the anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. With details – Kommersant correspondent Matvey Shimanov.

The first foci of fire in the Chernobyl zone were discovered on April 4. Forests were burned near the borders of the exclusion zone and about 28 km from Chernobyl.

Immediately after the discovery, they began to extinguish, including with the help of aircraft, but soon several more fires appeared near Chernobyl. All of them were either adjacent to the exclusion zone, or were not far from it.

By the 20th of April, fire covered over 11 thousand hectares of the territory of the exclusion zone and spread to forests beyond its borders, including in the neighboring Zhytomyr region. Firefighters who work in Chernobyl and its environs do not exclude that the cause was the burning of grass by residents of villages located near the border of the exclusion zone.

There are dozens, if not hundreds, of small settlements, the inhabitants of which are mainly engaged in agriculture, along this border – from the Ukrainian and Belarusian sides.

They set fires to dry grass on the eve of spring sowing every year, despite government bans and huge fines (not so long ago, the Verkhovna Rada increased the fine for this offense to 61 thousand hryvnias, or about 170 thousand rubles).

This year, almost snowless winters and strong spring winds led to the fact that the fire began to spread quickly and uncontrollably. Fires spread not only to forests in the exclusion zone, but also to nearby villages.

However, the Ukrainian authorities do not exclude that the fires could have started for other reasons. So, the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Arsen Avakov said that saboteurs or provocateurs could organize arson in the exclusion zone or on the border with her.

“Forest, especially coniferous, litter is easily vulnerable to fire. Peatlands have dried up, and this is a special problem. And all this, of course, is an opportunity for villains and provocateurs. Someone wants to spoil life in the country, someone wants to hide their dirty deeds with fire. We understand this very clearly. We don’t intend to put up, and we’ll take measures, ”he wrote on Facebook, announcing the creation of a special group in the National Guard to combat saboteurs.

What kind of “dirty tricks”, the traces of which saboteurs want to hide in the fire, Mr. Avakov did not specify. However, in past years, information appeared on mass poaching in the Chernobyl zone.

A few kilometers from Chernobyl, huge bald spots in the forests are still visible, and dirt roads are broken by heavy machinery, with the help of which trees could be felled and transported. Felling traces are present even in the so-called Red Forest – in the territory that took the largest share of radioactive dust after the explosion of the reactor. The trees that then grew in the Red Forest, back in the 1980s, were tumbled down by bulldozers and buried, but new ones grew in their place, rooted in soil contaminated with tons of radioactive dust.

Environmental activists have warned that radioactive wood is sold for firewood to summer residents and residents of villages in northern Ukraine and southern Belarus, and is also used as raw material for furniture production in violation of all safety standards.

This year the leadership of the State Agency for Management of the Exclusion Zone was changed, and the composition of the public council monitoring the work of the agency was also updated. The new leaders secretly announced the start of an investigation into poaching and their readiness to completely stop illegal logging in the exclusion zone.

Fires destroyed not only the traces of possible criminal felling, but also the habitats of animals, including rare ones. The Chernobyl Radiation-Ecological Biosphere Reserve operates on the territory of the exclusion zone, whose specialists are engaged in the conservation and study of the flora and fauna of the region near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

“According to preliminary estimates, about 11.5 thousand hectares of the southwestern part of the reserve were affected, which is about 5% of the reserve. Large mammals and ungulates hid. At the local level, the food supply has been lost, but they will return there after some time. The largest losses are small mammals, small birds, reptiles, amphibians, ”said the director of the reserve, Alexander Galushchenko.

Rescue animals involved volunteers. So, their efforts saved a two-month-old foal of Przhevalsky’s horse from the area affected by the fire – an experiment has been conducted in the reserve for several years to return to the wild the representatives of this species that have been preserved only in zoos. The rescued female was transferred to one of the animal shelters in the Kiev region.

“We don’t know where the mare-mare of this little Przewalski’s horse went. Maybe the frightened herd did not notice how he had lost the baby. Shelter specialists found her burns from wandering around the conflagration, ”the reserve said.

Volunteers help not only animals, but also people working in the exclusion zone: the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, which was already quite difficult to reach, was almost in blockade due to quarantine. The population of the city of Chernobyl – and usually the shift workers live there, employees of enterprises serving the shelter over the exploding fourth power unit, radiologists and railway workers working on the Slavutich-Chernobyl line – due to quarantine, it decreased several times. Freight flights to Chernobyl also declined sharply.

Because of this, interruptions occurred in the centralized delivery of firefighters equipment and food.

“Volunteers at the first moment when it was necessary to extinguish the ground fire, and from the fire engine to the fire there were about 2.5 km and there were not enough shovels, 300 shovels were delivered. They brought in products, satchels, and other equipment. They showed civic consciousness, as at the front, ”said Mikhail Baytala, one of the leaders of the State Agency for the Management of the Exclusion Zone, at a briefing on the course of the fight against fire.

By April 26, the 34th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, most of the fires were extinguished. On the eve of the exclusion zone left hundreds of firefighters sent to Chernobyl from several regions of Ukraine to help their local colleagues.

Firefighters did not allow fire to the nuclear power plant, the ignition of which threatened to release radioactive substances into the atmosphere. However, several visiting cards of the area, such as the abandoned villages surrounding Chernobyl and the Emerald Camp, in which the first liquidators were stationed in 1986, were killed in the fire.

The victims of the fire include the tradition of memorial meetings of former residents of Pripyat on the night of April 25 to 26. In previous years, dozens and even hundreds of former Chernobyl workers and their families came there, who forever left Pripyat after the explosion of the fourth nuclear power unit. Due to fires, as well as due to quarantine, this meeting was first held not on the square near the long-abandoned DC Energetik, but on social networks. Its participants lit candles at the same time that the reactor exploded 34 years ago, at 1 23 a.m., and posted photos and videos of the lights on the pages of the rally on Facebook.

On the afternoon of April 26, according to official information, in the exclusion zone there remained two hotbeds of forest fires that did not pose a threat to Chernobyl, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and people working at the station.

Recall, from April 4, more than 1 thousand people and 250 pieces of equipment, including two fire helicopters, were involved in extinguishing fires in the exclusion zone. The radiation background did not exceed acceptable standards in either Kiev or Chernobyl.

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French people regain appetite for the stock market

Equity purchases by individuals quadrupled in March. Some 150,000 new investors went public.

“The stock market activity recorded in the first quarter, and in particular in March, is out of the ordinary”, confirms Benoît Grisoni, CEO of Boursorama. 55728395 / Bruno Bleu – stock.adobe.com

This is one of the consequences of the current crisis. While the financial markets are in the midst of a storm and the world economy is almost at a standstill, the French confined have found an appetite for investment in equities. “Between February 24 and April 4, purchases of SBF 120 securities by individuals increased fourfold compared to the 2019 average, in overall volumes multiplied by three, explains Claire Castanet, director of investor relations at the Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF). In five weeks, they invested net 3.5 billion euros. Which is noticeable. ”

Online banks make the same observation. “The stock market activity recorded in the first quarter, and in particular in March, is out of the ordinary”, confirms Benoît Grisoni, CEO of Boursorama. “This is an unprecedented and above all very sustained phenomenon», Adds Julien Schahl, investment and savings manager at ING in France. The sums deposited

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In the Korian Ehpad, “swallowed up by the wave” of the Covid-19

For the past month, the fatal countdowns have been making headlines in the press: at “Villa Victoria” in Noisy-le-Grand (Seine-Saint-Denis), 25 deaths; the “Aurélias” of Pollionnay (Rhône), 28 deaths; at “la Vill’Alizé” in Thise (Doubs), 26 deaths … And the heaviest death toll known to date, at “la Riviera” de Mougins and its 36 dead residents (read pages 6-7). What do they have in common? All belong to the Korian group, which specializes in retirement homes. In France, since 1er March, 511 deaths are attributed to Covid-19 in the company’s establishments, according to the latest figures communicated by management to Release. A report probably far from the reality of the disaster, the deaths of residents occurring at the hospital are not included.

According to our information, several other sites of the group, hitherto under the radar, also display a worrying excess mortality. At the “Hawk” of Le Bourget (Seine-Saint-Denis), which has 114 places, 24 residents died. At the “Halage”, near

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The AFE will take legal action against the FEF for the recordings

The Association of Spanish Soccer Players (AFE) has decided to take legal action against the Spanish Football Federation (FEF) for having recorded, “without consent”, the conversations of the commission monitoring the coronavirus crisis held electronically on Tuesday with the presence , among others, by David Aganzo, Luis Rubiales and the deputy director to the presidency of LaLiga, Carlos del Campo. The president of the AFE, as revealed on Thursday the newspaper ‘As’, has sent a letter to the FEF and to the legal services of the federal body, after verifying that several conversations of the last meeting were recorded and leaked, in which David Aganzo allegedly stated that “you have to be flexible” in the face of the proposals to rest 72 or 48 hours between games in the event of resuming competition.

Aganzo has always defended that it must be played at least every three days, but the audios recorded during the monitoring commission leave doubts about his official position before AFE affiliates. The union president estimates that the FEF intends to confront its associates and has taken advantage of Tuesday’s meeting to launch a frontal attack. The AFE considers that the FEF has committed an alleged crime of “interference with privacy”, punishable by prison terms.

The president of the footballers’ union considers that the FEF has carried out an illegality in the use to third parties of a meeting without an agenda, in his private opinion, “in good faith”, and that it was not maintained under any collegiate body of the FEF. AFE assures that at no time did it agree to the recording of said meeting. According to ‘As’, none of the three members of the AFE who participated in it (David Aganzo, Diego Rivas and María José López) were warned that it would be recorded.

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Greece: at Teleperformance, worry on the phone

“Every day, I have a lump in my stomach as soon as I wake up. I’m scared to go to work “, explains Anne (1). This 20-year-old Frenchwoman works at Teleperformance in Athens. She is one of those voices who, from a telephone platform, provide technical assistance or after-sales service for international brands. Apple, Hewlett Packard, Western Union, Mastercard to name a few, all of which use Teleperformance. This multinational of French origin has more than 330,000 employees worldwide, including 10,500 in Greece. “On the TP site where I work, nothing has changed despite the coronavirus. We’re always on top of each other in the open space “, continues the Frenchwoman who, like all the employees interviewed, accepts to testify only on one condition: the strictest anonymity.

“In my department, we are at least sixty”, describes Samira (1), a 25-year-old Tunisian. It specifies the environment

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Sanofi: A crucial vaccine if the Covid becomes a seasonal epidemic

PARIS (Reuters) – Sanofi considers the development of a vaccine against the coronavirus crucial if the epidemic that has paralyzed the plant for several months should become seasonal.

“The vaccine is really essential if Covid19 becomes a seasonal epidemic, which is not impossible, several researchers say that it could come back in several successive waves, we will then need a vaccine to protect the population”, said Olivier Bogillot , President of Sanofi France, Saturday on France Inter.

“We have already started to do our research on this type of vaccine to speed up the delivery as soon as possible, and we will try to do something within two to three years,” he added.

Through its commercial vaccines division Sanofi Pasteur, the French pharmaceutical group is collaborating with the American Translate Bio to develop a new candidate vaccine against the coronavirus. Sanofi is also working in this area with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA).

On hydroxychloroquine, a drug against malaria, lupus and polyarthritis whose effects on the coronavirus raise great hopes but also a controversy in the world of health, general manager of Sanofi Paul Hudson said Thursday Reuters that the group would be able to deliver millions of doses if the treatment passed clinical tests.

Asked about French stocks of hydroxychloroquine, Olivier Bogillot replied that the boom in demand for this drug had been anticipated.

“When we saw the first positive signals, we actually accelerated our production, which is carried out in France,” he said. “We have a fairly large stock, today more than 300,000 boxes of Plaquenil – the trade name of the drug – available for patients, and the recommended prescription is one box for a patient.”

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Massachusetts Coronavirus cases rise to 218 – NBC Boston

The total number of coronavirus cases in Massachusetts is up to 218, public health officials said Tuesday after it had arrived at 197 the day before.

Massachusetts is one of the states in the United States with the highest number of coronavirus cases in the country so far. While nobody died from the virus locally, more than 70 people died nationwide.

Severe restrictions on daily life have been ordered, including the canceled school, the limits on gathering in groups and eating in restaurants, while the state struggles to mitigate the spread of the deadly pandemic.

Earlier Tuesday, Governor Charlie Baker said Massachusetts faces “tough days ahead” and has torn down rumors that residents have been ordered to take refuge on the spot.

President Donald Trump and the Coronavirus Task Force gave updates on the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday, urging people to follow the CDC guidelines for at least 15 days and to act very cautiously. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin later announced a tax deferral of the IRS for those who are liable to pay taxes.

For days, most Massachusetts cases represented in the Department of Public Health numbers were related to an employee meeting held by the local biotechnology company Biogen at a hotel in downtown Boston. But it is no longer so: Tuesday’s data show 102 people linked to the meeting directly or through members of their family.

Thirty-three cases were found to be transmitted locally and 24 related to travel, according to the numbers. Another 59 remain under investigation.

Someone has coronavirus in at least 10 of the state’s 14 counties.

Eighty-nine cases were in County Middlesex, 43 in Norfolk, 42 ​​in Suffolk, 14 in Berkshire, eight in Worcester and Essex, five in Bristol and Plymouth, two in Barnstable and one in Hampden. Another case has not yet been traced to a location.

Twenty-one cases have so far been confirmed as in need of hospitalization, while 52 remain under investigation and 145 people have not needed to go to hospital.

Many officials cited the phrase “flatten the curve” while seriously reducing public events. An infectious disease expert explained what it means and why it is crucial for the public health system.

The haste to limit social activity across the nation is an attempt to prevent the virus from spreading so quickly that it overwhelms hospital intensive care units, which places like Wuhan, China and Italy have seen.

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Dallas County reports 9 new COVID-19 cases, 20 to 70 years old, 3 critics – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Dallas County health officials say nine other people tested positive for the COVID-19 test, bringing the total to 28.

Cases include two 20 year old women, a 30 year old man, a 40 year old woman, two 50 year old women, a 60 year old man and a 70 year old woman. Five of the patients are hospitalized and three of them are in critical condition. Four of the patients isolate themselves at home.

Eight of the cases concern Dallas residents and one is from Irving.

No further patient information will be released to protect their privacy.

“As we warned you, test data is well behind the situation on the field. Today we have five new cases of probable community spread. It is imperative that you exercise sound decision-making in your personal responsibility decisions, “said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.” We must replace selfishness with sacrifice if we are to protect our elders and the most vulnerable among us. fear, rather trust in science, the science that will be your roadmap to protect you and your family. Replace panic with prayer and personal responsibility. We can do it in North Texas, but it takes us all. Life that you save could be your Nana. ”

Of the county’s 28 cases, four are out-of-county residents who visit or visit Dallas County.

How to avoid the COVID-19 infection:

The best way to prevent infection is to take precautions to avoid exposure to this virus, which are similar to the precautions you take to avoid the flu. CDC always recommends these daily actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you’re sick.
  • Cover the cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

* Information shared by the Office of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott

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Chargers donate $ 250,000 to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank – NBC Los Angeles

Los Angeles Regional Food Bank announced a $ 250,000 gift from Los Angeles chargers on Monday evening to ensure that hunger care services continue uninterruptedly for Los Angeles County children, the elderly, individuals and families during the coronavirus crisis.

The Food Bank is experiencing unexpected distribution and operating costs due to the growing demand in the community resulting from the pandemic, according to President and CEO Michael Flood.

“During this unprecedented period, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank is committed to helping those in need of food assistance,” according to a statement released Monday evening. “The recent actions taken at federal, state and local levels are necessary to combat the spread of coronavirus and will also challenge local families and individuals. The Food Bank is hiring temporary workers, using Mobile Food Pantries and ensuring the compliance with strict health protocols to continue guaranteeing safe service to vulnerable populations. “

“Los Angeles chargers have been an incredible supporter of the Food Bank over the years, and this is yet another example of their extraordinary commitment to their community,” said Flood. “ We are humbled by this extraordinary gift , which will go a long way in helping those who are suffering right now. “

He said the gift will allow the Food Bank to help children and their families as young people stay home from school, as well as self-isolating seniors and hourly workers who experience interruptions in their schedules and pay slips.

“At times like this, it is up to us as a community to get together and provide help where it is most needed,” said AG Spanos, president of shipper commercial operations. “We are honored to help the Food Bank provide certainty and relief to those affected by the coronavirus crisis in what has become an increasingly uncertain time.”

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The municipality will reinforce actions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus

The Mayor Pablo Javkin evaluated together with the members of the Risk Management Council by Coronavirus the application of the measures adopted in the decree signed yesterday in the framework of the national health emergency following the Covid 19 coronavirus pandemic.

In the same, it was decided to deepen the actions in territory aimed at enforcing the protocols emanating from the Nation and raising awareness among the population about the care to be taken to avoid the spread of the disease, which has already caused more than 5,000 deaths worldwide.

At the first meeting of the Council, the application of the measures adopted in the decree was evaluated and the municipality’s epidemiology areas made a detailed report of the local situation.

Currently both the city and the province are in the “containment phase”, which basically implies following national and international protocols, which focus on social distancing, deepening hygiene and the isolation of people who have traveled to countries. risk or have been in contact with them.

At the end of the first meeting, which was precisely chaired by Javkin, the Council determined the following measures:

* Continue with the containment phase as established by the official province and nation protocols.

* Request the population to use line 107 with topics strictly related to health.

>> Read more: Due to the coronavirus, the government announces more rigorous controls on the entry of foreigners

* Periodically establish meetings with gastronomic hotel associations, taxi chambers, gym owners, bus companies and institutions linked to older adults.

* Establish an action protocol for the Bus Terminal.

* Reinforce cleaning actions in public spaces and state agencies.

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* Reinforce hygiene measures in public transport units: always open windows, hygiene reinforcement at the ends of the lines and cleaning elements for drivers.

>> Read more: Six keys to keep in mind for the global pandemic

* Communicate to those from Rosario who are abroad that they can communicate with the municipality at volverarosario@rosario.gov.ar for the purpose of assisting his return and the fulfillment of isolation.

* Sustain the instances of effective coordination with all levels of the national, provincial state and the private health sector.

* Resolve to convene the Risk Management Council, on Wednesdays and Saturdays and whenever the emergency makes it necessary, continuing with permanent monitoring.

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