China decided to create the world’s largest oil buyer :: Business :: RBC

The largest oil refining companies in China may join the procurement alliance, which will enable them to avoid price wars among themselves and achieve a reduction in procurement costs.


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Several Chinese oil refineries, including China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (Sinopec), Sinochem, PetroChina and China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) are in talks to form a group for joint oil purchases abroad, Bloomberg reports citing its sources. According to the agency, the formation of such a union has already received approval from the Chinese authorities and relevant regulatory bodies.

Representatives of companies that import a total of 5 million barrels each take part in the negotiations. oil per day. Bloomberg notes that the merger of these companies in the implementation of the procurement policy would lead to the creation of the world’s largest oil buyer. This would give the companies involved in the deal the opportunity to avoid price wars among themselves and influence the price offered by suppliers.

At the initial stage, the alliance members plan to jointly submit applications for the purchase of certain varieties of Russian and African oil on the spot market, Bloomberg sources said. The agency’s interlocutors also noted that the first such application for the purchase of Siberian oil ESPO, delivered through the East Siberia-Pacific Ocean (ESPO) pipeline, can be submitted in July. In the future, independent oil refiners may also join the alliance, including the so-called teapots (small refineries) from Shandong province.

The OPEC + transaction has led to the risk of a shortage of raw materials for refineries in the Far East

Khabarovsk Oil Refinery

Bloomberg believes that the reason for the attempt by the Chinese oil refiners to form a purchasing alliance is the increase in prices for raw materials in the spot market after the Chinese economy began to recover after the epidemic of coronavirus infection COVID-19. The agency recalls that back in 2003, Chinese steel companies formed an alliance to purchase copper concentrate abroad. Now, the group known as CSPT includes more than a dozen companies purchasing through it about 80% of all imports of copper concentrate in China.

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Khusnullin promised to pass the route Europe – Western China for 4 years :: Society :: RBC

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The construction of the international route Europe – Western China is planned to be completed ahead of schedule by four years, the acceleration of work will not lead to the cost of the project. This is stated in the message of the apparatus of Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin, received by RBC.

“Recently, we circled the entire route of this road. The greatest difficulties, contrary to expectations, will be associated with the relocation of engineering networks. So far, the project provides for about 870 intersections with network lines, ”said Khusnullin.

Khusnullin announced plans to accelerate the construction of the Moscow-Kazan highway

Marat Khusnullin

Initially, the route from the Russian side was supposed to pass through the territories of the republics of Tatarstan, Bashkiria and the Orenburg region. In July 2016, the government commission changed plans and laid the route through the Samara-Togliatti agglomeration.

In the fall of 2019, the government singled out individual stages of the construction of the Moscow-Nizhny Novgorod-Kazan highway. The final deadline for the entire section of the route was called 2027.

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Gref commented on the “divorce” of Sberbank and Yandex :: Economy :: RBC

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Sberbank is not “getting a divorce” from Yandex, but there is a need to restructure their joint business. This was stated by the head of the bank German Gref in an interview with TASS.

“We have no divorce. It’s about restructuring our joint business. We didn’t share anything, ”Gref explained.

He praised the development of joint projects with Yandex, noting the growth of the Yandex.Market service during the coronavirus epidemic. At the same time, Gref confirmed that there is competition between the ecosystems of Sberbank and Yandex, which creates problems.

“Ecosystems are highly competitive. This creates complexity. There was an objective need to think about how to get out of the situation, ”said the head of Sberbank. He specified that a mutually beneficial solution was found over the past year.

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In Moscow, 24 patients with coronavirus died in the last day :: Society :: RBC

The last three days the number of deaths in the capital does not exceed 25

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Over the last day in Moscow 24 patients died who had a positive test for coronavirus infection. This is stated in the message of the capital’s operational headquarters in the Telegram messenger.

The total number of victims in Moscow reached 3741.

The day before, 20 fatal cases were recorded in the capital, a day earlier in Moscow 25 people died with coronavirus.

Coronavirus pandemic. The most relevant on June 28

By the number of deaths from the effects of coronavirus, Moscow ranks first among all regions of Russia. Next come St. Petersburg (1065), Moscow Region (858), Dagestan (369), Nizhny Novgorod Region (223), Rostov Region and Krasnoyarsk Territory (115 each).

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In Moscow, 24 patients with coronavirus died in the last day :: Society :: RBC

The last three days the number of deaths in the capital does not exceed 25

Photo: Ramil Sitdikov / RIA Novosti

Over the last day in Moscow 24 patients died who had a positive test for coronavirus infection. This is stated in the message of the capital’s operational headquarters in the Telegram messenger.

The total number of victims in Moscow reached 3741.

The day before, 20 fatal cases were recorded in the capital, a day earlier in Moscow 25 people died with coronavirus.

Coronavirus pandemic. The most relevant on June 28

By the number of deaths from the effects of coronavirus, Moscow ranks first among all regions of Russia. Next come St. Petersburg (1065), Moscow Region (858), Dagestan (369), Nizhny Novgorod Region (223), Rostov Region and Krasnoyarsk Territory (115 each).

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How effective is the Corona-measures?

Ddiscussions about the appropriateness of the measures in the fight against the Covid-19-pandemic, suffer from a fundamental asymmetry: “We have seen the unprecedented economic costs of the measures in the world, but at the same time their Use was not clearly visible,” summed up the Global Policy Laboratory of the University of California, Berkeley-working scientists Solomon Hsiang of the Problem on Monday. He and his colleagues published in the journal “Nature” now is a study that seeks this information deficit should be repealed. Your approach: econometric models. They are usually used to determine the influence of policy measures on economic growth. In an analogous manner, it can be used to understand political influences on the growth of infection numbers.

For such studies the necessary data are now available worldwide. Infection numbers, as well as information about the date of national interventions allow the course of the pandemic during the past few months on an empirical Basis to classify it. Six countries looked at, the Team from Berkeley, more specifically to: China, South Korea, Italy, Iran, France and the United States. The result of the analysis is consistent for all of these countries: “measures for the containment of contagions have slowed down the infection growth is significantly and substantially”, says the study. A particular strength of the analysis lies in the fact that it depends on uncertain epidemiological parameters such as mortality rate or the Infectivity of the Virus: The Changes in the growth rate directly with the use of policy measures in relationship, without having to specify how any influence exactly came to pass. In addition, the results of the details of the national testing and reporting practice are not independent, except in the period under consideration has not changed – if it is, should be such Changes in the data to identify and to take into account, the researchers write.

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Russians called the main problem of distance education :: Society :: RBC

Only 23% of Russians highly value distance education platforms. The vast majority are confident that distance education prevents students from preparing for the final tests

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The main fear of graduates and their parents in conditions of self-isolation was the quality of preparation for final exams. This follows from a survey conducted by the research company Wanta Group. Research materials are at the disposal of RBC.

The top 5 fears of graduates and their parents included:

  • quality of preparation for final exams (42%),
  • the risk of not entering the desired educational institution (28%),
  • postponement of final exams (22%),
  • difficulties finding a job after graduation (21%)
  • transfer of entrance tests to universities and colleges (18%).

81% of respondents believe that self-isolation prevents graduates from preparing for exams. The reason for this, first of all, was the quality of the remote platforms that students offer. Only 23% of parents and graduates stated that they highly appreciate the quality of the distance educational platform that is offered at the educational institution.

At the same time, young people rely more on the opportunity to prepare for exams in conditions of self-isolation and transfer of exam dates. 70% of respondents aged 18 to 24 believe that postponing final exams will give schoolchildren the opportunity to prepare better. Among respondents aged 45 and older, only 51% share this opinion.

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Halving brought down the bitcoin hash by 16% and the income of miners by 44%

The halving of the bitcoin miners’ reward for adding a new block to the blockchain led to a decrease in their income by 44% and the computing power of the network by 16%.

After the halving, the average time to add a new block is now approximately 10.5 minutes. According to The Block estimates, the hash rate drop in this way may be limited to 10-15%, which is less than the expected forecasts.

As a result of the next difficulty adjustment, after about five days, the difficulty score can be reduced by 2%.

According to experts, the daily income of miners after halving on average decreased by about 44% – from $ 16.1 million to $ 9 million. Mining on previous-generation ASICs, such as Antminer S9, was expected to be unprofitable. New flagships, such as the Antminer S17 and Whatsminer M30S, pay off the money spent on them.

The Block estimated a hash rate reduction of 16%, from 122 EH / s to 102 EH / s. According to them, approximately 30% of the hashrate was lost by the Poolin mining pool. BTC.com turned off about 10% of its Bitcoin mining capacity, less than the rest of the four largest (Poolin, F2Pool, Antpool and BTC.com).

On the eve of Forklog published a special material on the prospects of bitcoin after the May 11 halving.

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Lucescu declared the impossibility of Zenit to leave Kokorin :: Society :: RBC

Zenit cannot leave a player with a prison past, former club head coach Mircea Lucescu said. According to him, Kokorin would be better off pursuing a career abroad

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Football player Alexander Kokorin is better off pursuing a career abroad, said Mircea Lucescu, the former head coach of the Zenit club, in an interview with Sport24.

Kokorin from the winter acts on loan at Sochi. His contract with Zenit expires in the summer.

“I was sure that Zenit would send him somewhere. The words that the club was waiting for him were only support in a difficult situation. Zenit cannot leave a player with a prison past, ”said Lucescu.

According to him, a great option for Kokorin would be to go to Europe. “It’s definitely better than staying in Russia, because not a single big club will invite him after the history of the prison. I think the Belgian or German league would suit Kokorin. And perhaps the Italian championship, ”said Lucescu.

Footballers Kokorin and Mamaev are free. Photoreport


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Moldovan Interior Minister reports coronavirus infection :: Politics :: RBC

Pavel Voicu

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Moldovan Interior Minister Pavel Voicu said on his Facebook that he had become infected with the coronavirus. In this regard, he was isolated.

“In order to avoid false information in the media, I want to confirm that the result of my analysis on COVID-19 was positive,” wrote Voicu.

The head of the department added that he does not need hospitalization. His condition is rated as satisfactory.

According to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Social Protection of Moldova on May 2, 3980 cases of coronavirus infection were registered in the country. During the day, 41 cases of COVID-19 infection were detected. A total of 124 people died in the country.

Russian Railways canceled trains to Latvia, Moldova and Ukraine due to coronavirus

On March 17, the Moldovan authorities introduced a state of emergency in the country, which will be valid for 60 days. Against the backdrop of the measures introduced, the republic suspended air traffic with all countries, and also closed its borders. In addition, the country was banned from holding mass cultural and religious events, as well as canceled classes in educational institutions.

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