President of Kazakhstan instructed to consider returning to strict quarantine :: Society :: RBC

He also instructed, in preparation for the second wave of the epidemic, to increase the number of infectious beds by one and a half times by the end of July, using all reserves, including private and departmental clinics.

“I am instructing the government to resolve the issue of providing pharmaceuticals within five days,” Tokayev added.

He also commissioned the development of a national plan to protect the life and health of Kazakhstanis and pointed out the need to ensure consumer price stability.

Over the previous day, 547 new cases of COVID-19 infection were detected in Kazakhstan, the total number of cases exceeded 21.3 thousand. In addition, 1066 asymptomatic carriers of coronavirus infection were registered on June 28, 2020, which are not included in the general statistics. Since the beginning of the epidemic, 183 people have died, including five in the last day.

In March, the two largest cities of Kazakhstan – Nur-Sultan and Alma-Ata – were closed for quarantine, entry and exit from the cities was limited. On May 11, the state of emergency was lifted in Kazakhstan, however, the restrictions introduced within its framework were not immediately lifted. In particular, roadblocks at the entrances to Nur Sultan and Alma-Ata were removed only on the night of May 31 to June 1. In late June, the regime began to tighten again – on the weekend of June 27–28, public transport stopped working in Alma-Ata, large shops, covered markets, public catering establishments closed, etc.

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Source: JHU,
federal and regional
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President of Kazakhstan instructed to consider returning to strict quarantine :: Society :: RBC

He also instructed, in preparation for the second wave of the epidemic, to increase the number of infectious beds by one and a half times by the end of July, using all reserves, including private and departmental clinics.

“I am instructing the government to resolve the issue of providing pharmaceuticals within five days,” Tokayev added.

He also commissioned the development of a national plan to protect the life and health of Kazakhstanis and pointed out the need to ensure consumer price stability.

Over the previous day, 547 new cases of COVID-19 infection were detected in Kazakhstan, the total number of cases exceeded 21.3 thousand. In addition, 1066 asymptomatic carriers of coronavirus infection were registered on June 28, 2020, which are not included in the general statistics. Since the beginning of the epidemic, 183 people have died, including five in the last day.

In March, the two largest cities of Kazakhstan – Nur-Sultan and Alma-Ata – were closed for quarantine, entry and exit from the cities was limited. On May 11, the state of emergency was lifted in Kazakhstan, however, the restrictions introduced within its framework were not immediately lifted. In particular, roadblocks at the entrances to Nur Sultan and Alma-Ata were removed only on the night of May 31 to June 1. In late June, the regime began to tighten again – on the weekend of June 27–28, public transport stopped working in Alma-Ata, large shops, covered markets, public catering establishments closed, etc.

Coronavirus

Russia Moscow World

0 (per day)

Recovered

0

0 (per day)

Infected

0

0 (per day)

Died

0 (per day)

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0

0 (per day)

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0

0 (per day)

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0 (per day)

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0

0 (per day)

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0 (per day)

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Source: JHU,
federal and regional
anti-virus operations

Source: JHU, federal and regional anti-virus operations

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Safe holidays, the rules for renting a house, how much and how to pay – Chronicle

2020 will be a different summer for many Italians. After the difficult lockdown period, the desire for a holiday is felt, at the same time there is a strong need to organize a safe summer, primarily from the point of view of health. Here then is that the holiday home, independent and easily accessible by its own means, becomes a valid alternative for many. This trend rekindles the attention on the importance of acting safely on the web, from the moment of research and booking, to ensure a peaceful and safe summer from all points of view.

Topic dear to Postal and Communications Police, UNC – National Consumers Union – and Immediately, which renew this year the collaboration and commitment to consumers, offering concrete support to choose your holiday home safely with a few simple rules to be applied when researching and booking the chosen accommodation.

The Postal and Communications Police every day assists citizens on network security, helping them to identify and limit possible risks. The use of the web to search for one’s holidays is now a consolidated reality and a great opportunity, for this Postal Police wants to be alongside citizens with a joint action with those who protect the interests of consumers and with the marketplace leader in Italy, just at this peak time of reservations in view of the summer season.

And here the guide of 8 rules to plan and live a safe holiday created by Postal and Communications Police, National Consumer Union and Immediately:

realistic, complete and not too glossy images (to verify the consistency and truthfulness between images and houses, use a web image search engine to upload the photos in the ad and check that they are not archive photos but shots of a real house);

complete and detailed description of the property;

contact the advertiser via chat (ask for additional information and photos on the property and learn more with a chat asking for the telephone number, possibly fixed);

suitable property price;

meeting with the advertiser (to verify that everything is correct, meet the advertiser where possible for a visit to the house and to deliver the amount due in person);

deposit request and value;

do not send personal documents;

make payments only on IBAN or via tracked payment methods.

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Safe holidays, the rules for renting a house, how much and how to pay – Chronicle

2020 will be a different summer for many Italians. After the difficult lockdown period, the desire for a holiday is felt, at the same time there is a strong need to organize a safe summer, primarily from the point of view of health. Here then is that the holiday home, independent and easily accessible by its own means, becomes a valid alternative for many. This trend rekindles the attention on the importance of acting safely on the web, from the moment of research and booking, to ensure a peaceful and safe summer from all points of view.

Topic dear to Postal and Communications Police, UNC – National Consumers Union – and Immediately, which renew this year the collaboration and commitment to consumers, offering concrete support to choose your holiday home safely with a few simple rules to be applied when researching and booking the chosen accommodation.

The Postal and Communications Police every day assists citizens on network security, helping them to identify and limit possible risks. The use of the web to search for one’s holidays is now a consolidated reality and a great opportunity, for this Postal Police wants to be alongside citizens with a joint action with those who protect the interests of consumers and with the marketplace leader in Italy, just at this peak time of reservations in view of the summer season.

And here the guide of 8 rules to plan and live a safe holiday created by Postal and Communications Police, National Consumer Union and Immediately:

realistic, complete and not too glossy images (to verify the consistency and truthfulness between images and houses, use a web image search engine to upload the photos in the ad and check that they are not archive photos but shots of a real house);

complete and detailed description of the property;

contact the advertiser via chat (ask for additional information and photos on the property and learn more with a chat asking for the telephone number, possibly fixed);

suitable property price;

meeting with the advertiser (to verify that everything is correct, meet the advertiser where possible for a visit to the house and to deliver the amount due in person);

deposit request and value;

do not send personal documents;

make payments only on IBAN or via tracked payment methods.

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Deconfining the whole human being and not just the consumer or the worker

“Under these conditions, however great the disappointment may be, it is hardly surprising that the government did not want to provide for an exception for worship. “(editorial of April 29). Well yes! this is ” surprising “, and this sentence is too. Because fulfilling and enforcing the “conditions” (curbing the circulation of the virus and respecting barrier gestures) in many places of worship is easier than in schools. The bishops say they have developed very specific proposals. However, schools will reopen, not places of worship. The difference in treatment between the two categories is therefore not in the health field. It is urgent that young people – and especially the most disadvantaged – find their way back to their school, the human and social dimension here prevails over the difficulties of implementation, and this is fortunate even if it is a challenge . So why does the same motivation not work in favor of the exercise of worship? Remember that this is a fundamental freedom: ” the exception Is to severely limit it, it would not have been to allow it from May 11. Coming together to pray is not a secondary activity that our Prime Minister can laconically postpone without a word of justification. His decision is not “legitimate”, although he affirms it, and it would be good for believers of all religions to tell him so that, when the next deadline, June 2, we deconfine the human all whole and not just the consumer or the worker.

Yves Doubliez (Deacon of the Diocese of Nanterre)

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Skolkovo estimates losses of fuel and energy complex due to pandemic and falling oil prices :: Business :: RBC

  • Even in the most optimistic price, Urals will not exceed $ 32 per barrel (on Friday, April 24, Urals was trading at $ 16.39 per barrel in northwestern Europe), while Russia’s oil revenues will fall by 2.5 times compared to 2019 – from $ 124 billion to $ 49 billion. With this option, low oil prices mostly hit the budget, but for oil companies the situation is still comfortable.
  • In an intermediate scenario, if demand falls by 11 million barrels. and not all countries comply with the agreement – Urals will drop in price to $ 20–22 per barrel, export revenues will fall four times to $ 30 billion, and new oil projects will be on the verge of profitability. Earlier, Energy Minister Alexander Novak estimated the cost of oil production in old fields in Russia to $ 7 per barrel, and in new fields at $ 15–20 per barrel.
  • In the worst-case scenario, producers, despite a large-scale drop in demand, again increase oil production and unleash a war for sales markets. Urals is getting cheaper to $ 13-15 per barrel, oil exports are falling at a record 3 million barrels per day, which forces the company to further reduce production. In this case, Russia’s export earnings will collapse by almost 11 times, to $ 12 billion. The federal budget will lose one third of all revenues in the form of export duties on oil and oil products and most of the mineral extraction tax (6.8 trillion rubles in 2019). New oil projects will begin to operate at a loss, existing ones will be on the verge of profitability.

The scenario of a new oil war of all against all will be a disaster for the market, but so far it seems unlikely, expert from the Skolkovo Energy Center Yekaterina Grushevenko shared her opinion with RBC. It is possible if individual countries do not fulfill the agreement and Saudi Arabia decides to increase production and thus punish the offender, and at the same time the entire market. This happened in March, when Russia refused to further reduce production under the previous OPEC + deal, and Riyadh promised to increase oil supplies by more than 25% and promised discounts to buyers. But this war will again be short, as the oil storage facilities are almost full, Grushevenko concludes. According to her, if this scenario is excluded, the maximum drop in Russia’s GDP in 2020 may not be 13%, but a maximum of 10%.

Oil workers start selling gas at a loss

Why 2020 will be difficult

Despite the decline in production, tough price competition may continue for some time in the world: manufacturers are not ready to lose their share in the collapsed market. Saudi Arabia has not canceled a discount of more than $ 10 per barrel to Brent for Europe. This puts pressure on the price of Urals, which is usually sold at a discount of $ 3-5 per barrel for a basket of light North Sea oils (North Sea Dated also takes into account the price of Brent in the physical market), but at the end of last week it suddenly became more expensive than the standard.

Russia will have to quickly cut production. In May-June, Russian companies will have the largest volumes of reduction compared to March 2020 – 1.8 million barrels. against 1.2 million barrels per day in Saudi Arabia. As a result, in 2020, oil production in Russia will decrease by 45 million tons to 515 million tons (including gas condensate). The state may have to change the existing taxation so that oil companies do not decommission the most efficient fields that do not yet receive tax benefits.

Gas prices at a minimum, increased competition in Russia

The global gas industry has suffered less from the pandemic than the oil industry. The demand for gas is mainly formed by industry, the electric power industry and households, which were not affected as much by quarantines as transport is the main driver of demand for oil and oil products.

Nevertheless, in 2020, gas demand will decline in all markets; in Europe and China, the decline will be 30 billion and 20 billion cubic meters. m respectively. As a result, Gazprom’s exports to Europe could fall by at least 15-30 billion cubic meters. m (in 2019, exports amounted to 193 billion cubic meters). According to the experience of previous crises, in the Russian market gas demand may fall by 5–6% with a fall in GDP by 5–8%, experts at the Skolkovo Energy Center indicate.

Excess gas supply in the market and demand falling due to coronavirus also caused a sharp drop in prices. In Europe, by mid-April 2020, the gas price at the British NBP site broke the psychological mark of $ 2 per million BTUs ($ 70 per 1,000 cubic meters). This is a minimum since 1999 and corresponds to the level of subsidized gas prices in central Russia. In Asia, the cost of gas at the Platts JKM index in April fell to the lowest level ever recorded at $ 2.8 per 1 million BTUs (slightly less than $ 100 per 1,000 cubic meters).

After the end of the epidemic, gas companies may face financing problems, and the most capital-intensive hippo projects may not find money at all if they do not get strong state support, experts say the energy center.

Gas sale in Russia has become more profitable than export

Photo: Sergey Krasnoukhov / TASS

An unusual situation has arisen in Russia because of regulatory peculiarities: domestic gas prices have become higher than export netbacks (the price is abroad after payment of the export duty and transportation costs). On the one hand, this will increase competition for the most profitable consumers in the domestic market, on the other hand, these consumers may begin to demand from the state to lower domestic prices to European prices, the study said.

Energy Rates May Exceed Inflation

The long-term consequences of the crisis for the Russian electric power industry can be very serious, Skolkovo experts write. In contrast to world prices, Russian electricity prices fell slightly due to regulatory peculiarities. Up to 50% of the tariff, industrial consumers pay for the delivery of electricity through the network, as well as for capacity, the price of which is fixed for a period of one year to 20 years, and does not decrease due to a drop in consumption (3-7% in the first half of April). For the population, prices are completely regulated.

Fixing the total payment for electricity amid low consumption may result in higher prices above inflation, experts warned. All large-scale long-term investment programs, which lead to the formation of high fixed payments (the construction of thermal power plants and green power plants under capacity supply agreements, network investment programs, etc.), were planned based on a steady increase in electricity demand and economic growth of 1– 3% per year.

Companies will be forced to cut back on investments, and this threatens lenders and contractors with the loss of investments already made.

To support profits, energy can cut back on repair costs. This is especially dangerous for small heat-supplying organizations, and network accidents can become more frequent in small cities in the winter of 2020–2021.

But one of the main risks for Russian and global energy is non-payment for electricity and heat, experts at the Skolkovo Energy Center point out. All over the world, companies and entire states initiate deferrals of payments, preferential tariffs, and temporarily refuse to disconnect non-payers. But the stability margin of energy companies is not unlimited: for example, European owners of distribution networks will have a shortage of working capital in two to three months due to non-payments, which will lead to a breakdown of short-term obligations in the ordinary course of business, the industry union Energy Community Distribution System Operators warned. Payments to Russian companies for electricity and heat supply could be reduced by 50%, the Council of Energy Producers estimated.

“The global economic recovery after the pandemic also poses additional threats to the Russian fuel and energy complex,” Tatyana Mitrova, director of the Center for Energy at the Skolkovo Business School, told RBC. Increasingly, governments and international organizations are calling for a low-carbon path to stimulate the economy. Thanks to the crisis, the Russian oil and gas sector received every reason to reassess the industry’s prospects and develop a new development model in the context of decarbonization, the expert said.

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What the crash means for consumers

At the petrol pump

Motorists should not expect money from the gas station attendant, even with negative oil future prices.

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Frankfurt, Dusseldorf For the first time, oil prices in the United States have dropped below zero for a 159 liter barrel. The historic drop in prices triggered shock waves on the markets, stocks and gold also came under pressure. The most important questions and answers:

How can it be that oil prices slide into negative territory?
Experts disagree as to what triggered the price drop to as little as $ 40 a barrel. What is certain is that the negative price only affects a specific futures contract, the holder of the security accepts WTI crude oil committed in May.

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It will take two and a half to a year for the consumer to be compensated | Economy

The extension of the social protection umbrella deployed in the face of the coronavirus pandemic last Tuesday with the latest royal omnibus law decree approved by the Council of Ministers incorporated a specific chapter aimed at protecting consumers. Faced with the impossibility that they enjoy during the alarm state of multiple goods or services contracted prior to the health emergency, the Executive establishes a series of protocols that establish when and how they can be compensated. The text, however, also seeks to give some air to the companies that served them, making it easier for them to delay compensation for a general period of up to two and a half months or a full year in the case of travel.

A priori, article 36 of the rule, in force since last Thursday, stipulates that if the measures associated with the state of alarm make it “impossible” to comply with contracts for the sale of goods or the provision of services, consumers and users “will have right to terminate the contract within 14 days ”.

However, the resolution can only be executed within this period if it is not possible for the contracted company to offer some type of alternative compensation proposal before the reimbursement. The text contemplates options such as the offer of substitute bonds or vouchers and delays the option for the consumer to claim the money until “a period of 60 days has elapsed since the impossible execution of the contract without agreement between the parties on the proposal” alternative.

If an agreement is not reached in those two months, the employer must return the money to the client that requires it, with the same formula with which the payment was made, within a period of 14 days and discounting the “incurred expenses duly itemized”.

In the case of the provision of recurring services (successive contract contracts), such as gyms or academies, what is foreseen is the recovery of the service afterwards and the return of payment only if the consumer does not accept for the period of services not provided ” to reduce the amount resulting from future installments ”. In addition, the company will refrain from charging new fees until service resumes normally.

Finally, in the case of package tours that have been canceled by the pandemic, the organizer or the retailer that will market them may provide the consumer with a voucher to be used within one year from the end of the state of alarm and its extensions. Only if after these 12 months the client continues to claim the money, will the refund proceed.

. “The decree is clearly not intended to protect the consumer, but rather to avoid an avalanche of claims against businessmen,” giving them time to stagger the reimbursements or try to offer alternatives, explains Manuel Jesús Marín López Professor of Civil Law at the University of Castilla-La Mancha and member of the Center for Consumer Studies. Marín recalls that the legislation already provided for the right of consumers to obtain financial compensation for a service not provided or purchased that is not delivered. “The article does not give new rights to the consumer”, he asserts, maintaining that, in fact, it imposes on the client the obligation to wait during those 60 days of term until he can claim the money against the alternatives that are presented to him even if that is his intention since the first day.

Despite this, there is no lack of those who recognize that the rule establishes basic principles of consumer protection in an exceptional state that could well lead companies to allege the impossibility of facing reimbursements. “It is an extraordinary and new situation”, emphasizes Carlos Ballugera, president of the Council of Consumers and Users, who gives a “very positive general assessment” to the decree and that the Government has included requests from the body and consumer associations. “The recognition of the right to return in frustrated supplies or services, in the face of the doubts that force majeure could generate as an excuse for the company not to return, clarifies the situation and recognizes a high level of protection for the rights of persons consumers ”, he defends. “The decree looks at both the interest of the company and the consumer,” he concludes.

Material for claims before the CJEU

Litigation. Beyond “not giving new rights to consumers”, for Manuel Jesús Marín López Professor of Civil Law at the University of Castilla-La Mancha, the decree “could violate European standards.” This would be the case of the year of margin that is given to agencies to return the money of canceled combined trips, given the community directive that requires the money to be refunded directly if a journey is canceled, which it assumes could end up being the subject of lawsuits before the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU). It would also be the case of the 14 days to claim for other services, or the fact that the expenses of the company can be subtracted from the refund, which would go against the European directives of 2011 and 2019 that impose the full refund with at least two Years warranty.

Confusing deadlines. At the same time, Marín considers that the text has “very confusingly defined” the times when the deadlines for claiming it collect start to run. Although a priori the text gives 60 days to find an alternative solution to reimbursement from the moment the service stops being provided or the good is not delivered, and 14 days to claim the money, the professor asks how he will contact the entrepreneur at that time to start the negotiation if his business is closed as a result of the state of alarm.

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Bikers must take this into account with their insurance company

Motorcycle season has started

If you choose the right policy, you can save money.


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Munich It is the moment that many motorcyclists have been eagerly waiting for. Despite all the fears of corona, a number of them have used the sun’s rays from the past few days for the first exit of the year. The masses will follow in the next few weeks.

After all, the Germans own around 4.5 million motorcycles. According to statistics from the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA), that is 1.5 percent more than a year ago. Many of them are now “wintered”, since most bikers only ride from spring to autumn.

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Consumers can claim deferred payment

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Basic care must not simply be turned off.


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Berlin The growing number of applications for short-time work benefits provides a first indication of the consequences of the corona crisis for consumers. More and more people will have problems paying their debts. In the meantime, the federal government has started to peg to limit the economic consequences of the pandemic.

The Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection quickly launched the so-called law to mitigate the effects of the Covid 19 pandemic. At its core, the Federal Ministry of Consumer Affairs Christine Lambrecht (SPD) wants to ensure that breakdown of income does not have immediate consequences. “We do everything we can to ensure the economic existence of people in the corona crisis,” said Lambrecht.

For example, consumers are entitled to a right to refuse performance for a limited period for contracts that serve basic services. This includes the supply of electricity, water and communication. Anyone who does not have enough money available due to the loss of earnings may initially defer payment until June 30, 2020. To put it more precisely, this applies to consumers for whom the provision of the service would not be possible without endangering their reasonable livelihood or that of their dependents.

There is also relief when it comes to living. The financial “breather”, according to Federal Minister of Consumer Affairs Lambrecht, consists in stopping the rental payments for the period from April 1 to June 30, 2020. However, tenants have to demonstrate that their financial difficulties are related to the effects of the pandemic. The rent not only remains due, interest on arrears may also arise. If the tenants do not pay their rental debt by June 30, 2022, they can be terminated.

Citizens can also be relieved of consumer loans. These are loan contracts that a consumer enters into for private purposes, for example installment loans. As of now, consumers can have interest and principal payments suspended. Since the deferral was legally ordered, it applies immediately, the Federal Ministry of Consumer Affairs emphasizes.

However, it is advisable to talk to the house bank to discuss the other modalities, including, for example, resuming payments. To date, payments can be deferred between April 1 and June 30. If the fault caused by the pandemic should last longer, the deferral can also be legally extended for a further three months. Default interest is not payable during the deferral.

The reform of the garnishment protection could become even more important. The Federal Ministry of Justice has pursued this reform regardless of the corona crisis. Minister Lambrecht essentially wants to extend the deadline for the transfer of unused seizure credit from one month to three months. If larger sums can be saved than before, consumers would have the opportunity to make larger purchases, it is said.

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