Українсько-американська команда програми «Антарес» отримала найпрестижнішу командну нагороду Міжнародної академії астронавтики «За командні досягнення» (The Laurels for Team Achievement). Про це повідомили у Державному космічному агентстві України.

«Програма «Антарес» є яскравим прикладом успішного та ефективного міжнародного співробітництва, яке служить глобальним цілям мирного розвитку космосу і подальшого науково-технічного прогресу людства», – мовиться у повідомленні.

Головний розробник ракети-носія «Антарес» – американська корпорація Northrop Grumman, але перший ступень був розроблений українським конструкторським бюро «Південне», а виготовлений державним підприємством «ВО ПМЗ» у кооперації з іншими українськими підприємствами.

 

 


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Верховна Рада на засіданні 2 грудня ухвалила у другому читанні ухвалив закон, який забороняє продаж електронних сигарет людям, які не досягли 18 років, так само, як звичайні тютюнові вироби.

Закон підтримали 309 народних обранців.

Документ зобов’язує продавців тютюнових засобів перевіряти у покупців наявність документів, що підтверджують вік.

За продаж електронних сигарет неповнолітнім буде загрожувати штраф – від 400 до 800 неоподатковуваних мінімумів доходів громадян (від 6 800 до 13 600 гривень).

Документ має підписати президент України Володимир Зеленський. В такому випадку закон набере чинності з 1 січня 2021 року.

 


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Britain has given emergency approval to a new COVID-19 vaccine developed by U.S.-based pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, becoming the world’s first western nation ready to begin mass inoculations against a disease that has sickened nearly 64 million people worldwide, including more than 1.4 million deaths.The government’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Authority granted approval Wednesday for the vaccine, which Pfizer developed along with Germany’s BioNTech. The first vaccinations will begin next week, with staffers of the Britain’s National Health Service, nursing home residents and staffers expected to receive first priority.The approval comes weeks after Pfizer announced the vaccine had been shown to be over 90% effective after its final, widespread clinical trials.  Britain has already pre-ordered 40 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.FILE – In this Nov. 19, 2020, file photo, healthcare workers process people waiting in line at a United Memorial Medical Center COVID-19 testing site in Houston.The Trump administration has said that 20 million people could be inoculated by the end of this year.As it has for months, the United States continues to lead the world in coronavirus infections, with nearly 13.7 million cases and more than 270,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. [[ COVID-19 Map – Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center (jhu.edu) ]] The U.S. has 98,691 patients hospitalized with COVID-19, according to the COVID Tracking Project, making it the highest number of hospitalizations since the pandemic reached the nation’s shores.Since it began nearly a year ago, the coronavirus pandemic has dramatically increased the number of people who are experiencing extreme poverty, according to the United Nations.The world body said in its annual humanitarian report that 235 million people, or one in 33 people, will require basic needs like food, water and sanitation in 2021, a 40% increase from this year.The U.N. report said the greatest need for humanitarian assistance next year is in Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia.The United Nations contributed a record $17 billion in 2020 for humanitarian response worldwide, the report said.
 


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З початку року піротехніки Держслужби з надзвичайних ситуацій здійснили 13 287 виїздів, під час яких вилучили та знищили 68 043 вибухонебезпечних предмети, у тому числі 1892 авіаційні бомби, повідомила у середу пресслужба ДСНС.

«Найчастіше, застарілі снаряди знаходять громадяни на відкритих територіях поблизу населених пунктів, а також під час земельних або будівельних робіт», – повідомили рятувальники.

За даними ДСНС, тривають також і роботи з гуманітарного розмінування звільнених територій Донецької та Луганської областей.

«Так, на Донеччині піротехнічні підрозділи обстежили 1,56 га території, де виявили та вилучили 34 вибухонебезпечних предмети», – додали в ДСНС.

У відомстві попереджають: у випадку виявлення вибухонебезпечних або невідомих предметів, категорично забороняється торкатися чи пересувати його; заливати рідинами, засипати ґрунтом або чимось накривати; дійснювати на підозрілий предмет звуковий, світловий, тепловий чи механічний вплив; намагатися самостійно знешкоджувати знахідку; розбирати вибухонебезпечний предмет.


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Five people, including 9-month-old baby, were killed in Germany on Tuesday when a car plowed into a pedestrian street, according to local police. At least 14 other people were injured. Police in the southwestern town of Trier arrested the driver, a 51-year-old Trier native, who was intoxicated and appeared to be suffering from psychological problems, prosecutor Peter Fritzen said at a news conference. Police said there does not appear to be a political motive behind the incident, but Trier Mayor Wolfram Leibe warned that authorities “should not pass premature judgment.” In a statement, German Chancellor Angela Merkel offered condolences. “My sympathy goes to the families of those whose lives were so suddenly and violently torn away from them. I am also thinking of the people who suffered injuries, in some cases very serious ones, and I wish them strength,” she said. Germany has tightened security in pedestrian zones across the country since an attack on a Christmas market in Berlin in 2016 left 12 people dead. 


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World leaders should commit to a climate-smart recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, recognize a new human right to a healthy environment and make the deliberate destruction of nature a crime, youth climate activists urged on Tuesday.”Every moment of inaction makes things worse for our generation” as climate change impacts and nature losses surge, young representatives of more than 140 countries warned in a statement negotiated during two weeks of online talks.The youth-led “Mock COP” event was organized after the COP26 U.N. climate negotiations, due to be held in Glasgow last month, were delayed a year by the pandemic, with young people vowing to push ahead to develop climate policy if adults could not.”We know what needs to be done. What is lacking is political will to do it,” said Kelo Uchendu, 24, a Nigerian engineering student and delegate at the conference.As the talks ended Tuesday, researchers with the independent Climate Action Tracker reported that if all national governments met the 2050 net-zero emissions targets they have set or are considering, global warming goals remained within reach.Those targets include U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s plan to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, as well as Chinese President Xi Jinping’s pledge of carbon-neutrality by 2060.With net-zero or similar aims now planned or in place in 127 countries, planetary heating could be limited to 2.1 degrees Celsius, putting the 2015 Paris Agreement goal of keeping it to “well below” 2C far closer than before, Climate Action Tracker said.But the world would still exceed the lower Paris aim of 1.5C of warming since pre-industrial times, which scientists say is key to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.And interim emissions reduction targets that would drive rapid action are insufficient, analysts said.”Long-term goals are good but it’s clear that governments need to act more quickly in the short term,” said Kat Kramer, charity Christian Aid’s climate change lead, in a statement.She urged “a transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy, ending ecosystem destruction and building resilience of communities vulnerable to climate impacts.”In a final statement like those produced at U.N. talks — and similarly issued in the form of a legal treaty that could be formally adopted by countries — young “Mock COP” delegates said all national climate plans should be aligned with the 1.5C goal.Delegates also called for 30% of land and oceans to be conserved, more safeguards for Indigenous people and for every country to ensure clean air through stronger regulation.Other demands included a stronger youth voice in decision-making, better education on climate change and more mental health services for youth struggling with “eco-anxiety.”Nigel Topping, Britain’s high-level climate action champion for the postponed COP26 talks who received the statement, said government leaders had been pressed into faster action on climate threats largely because of youth campaigning.”You’re sending a loud signal — and a very professional one — of expecting more from leaders around the world. Never underestimate how significant that is,” he told delegates.Participants said they would push their home governments to turn some of the statement’s language into new laws, particularly now that responses to the COVID-19 pandemic have made clear that big, rapid policy shifts are possible.”Getting countries to adopt this treaty would make a huge impact,” Uchendu, from Nigeria, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in an online interview.David R. Boyd, a U.N. special rapporteur on human rights and the environment, said new policies would be crucial to avoiding the worst impacts of climate change, from growing hunger and poverty to more extreme weather and rising seas.”We know conclusively that we are on the precipice … and this has terrible consequences for people’s human rights,” he said. 


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Українська протиповітряна оборона тренуватиметься збивати американські безпілотники, повідомило командування Повітряних сил Збройних сил України.

У ЗСУ зазначили, що вперше на території України безпілотний літальний апарат MQ-9 Reaper спробує здолати українську ППО на західному кордоні нашої держави.

Навчання відбуваються в зоні відповідальності повітряного командування «Захід».

Тимчасовий виконувач обов’язків командувача повітряного командування «Захід» генерал-майор Дмитро Карпенко заявив, що мета заходу – обмін досвідом у сфері протиповітряної оборони, зокрема, проведення практичного заняття з відслідковування, захоплення цілі на супроводження та імітації знищення БПЛА MQ-9 Reaper.

 


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1 грудня в Києві під стінами парламенту відбулася акція протесту підприємців, в якій узяли участь декілька тисяч людей


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For weeks, NGOs including the press freedom group Reporters Without Borders, have expressed concerns over the draft bill, especially its Article 24, which would make it a criminal offense for anyone to disseminate images that — according to the text — might “harm the physical or mental integrity” of police officers. Those found guilty could be punished by a year in prison or a fine of up to $53,000. Lawmakers from President Emmanuel Macron’s ruling party said Monday they would propose a “complete rewrite” of part of a draft law that would restrict the filming of police. The announcement came from majority leader Christophe Castaner, to reporters.Castaner said the majority failed to convince the public opinion that this text was not against the freedom of press, the right to inform and the legitimate control of police force. Therefore, a complete rewrite, the lawmaker said, is necessary.In a rare rebuke, even the European Commission declared last week that news media must be able to work freely.  Opposition lawmakers welcome the announcement of the rewrite but demand further actions and the complete withdrawal of the so-called Global Security bill.Adrien Quatennens, an extreme-left MP from Northern France, explained that President Macron’s ruling majority did not understand the people’s will and the issue remains with the entire bill, not only its article 24  The French Senate will vote on the Global Security bill in January and the government says it will ask France’s high court to review  — and possibly strike down —  the bill.  


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Police in the western German city of Trier say at least two people were killed and 15 others were injured when a car sped through a pedestrian area in the city’s center.At a news briefing from the scene, Trier police spokesman Karl-Peter Jochem told reporters that authorities received a call in the early afternoon about the car and the motorist was hitting people at random.Witnesses told local media the dark grey Range Rover knocked people into the air.Jochem said police were able to stop the car, and they arrested a 51-year-old man, a German national, at the scene. The spokesman said they believe he acted alone and was being questioned as to a motive.Police said the city center had been cordoned off and helicopters were circling overhead.Parents were asked to pick up their children early from school, a local newspaper reported.Municipal authorities warned people to stay away from the city center. Local first responders and police remained at the scene.Germany has tightened security on pedestrian zones across the country since a deadly truck attack on a Berlin Christmas market in 2016 that killed 12 people and injured dozens.Trier is 200 kilometers west of Frankfurt, on the west-central border with Luxembourg.
 


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