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03 янв. 2021 г.

The majorities in both houses in the United States are narrower this year, and the Senate is split 50-50, with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris casting the tie-breaking vote.

“Fundamentally advancing significant lasting changes has always required strong bipartisan support. That hasn’t changed, especially with narrow margins,” said Erin Collinson, the director of policy outreach at the Center for Global Development.

Despite those challenges, the Democratic majority presents some true opportunities, some advocates said.

“The game has really changed overnight,” said Jonathan Rucks, senior director of policy and advocacy at PAI. “You can’t underestimate or undervalue how important it is.”

There are a number of areas where a Democratic majority could help foreign aid, advocates told Devex.

09 янв. 2021 г.

The number of tourists at sightseeing spots in Japan declined markedly on the first weekend since the current state-of-emergency was declared for Tokyo and its three surrounding prefectures.

Few people visited the country's tallest tower, Tokyo Skytree, in the Japanese capital on Saturday, a stark contrast to bustling scenes usually observed there.

Anti-infection measures had already been in place at the tower before the state-of-emergency was declared on Thursday. They include replacing indoor air roughly every 20 minutes and limiting numbers of elevator users and observation deck entrants.

На данный момент в Китае на шанхайском предприятии производится Model 3 и Model Y, новая модель присоединится к ним. И в этом не будет никаких сложностей, потому что новинка построена на платформе Model 3 и к тому же имеет тот же тип кузова — хэтчбек. Однако новый электромобиль окажется компактнее Model 3 и будет примерно на треть дешевле: по предварительным данным, стоимость стартует с отметки 24 750 долларов. Интересно, что раньше Илон Маск (Elon Musk) говорил о компактном хэтчбеке для Европы. Не исключено, что производство модели сначала начнется в Китае, а потом выйдет и европейская версия — с теми же агрегатами, но иными кузовными панелями. Все-таки у европейцев и китайцев пока еще разные представления о том, каким дизайном должен обладать автомобиль.

23 апр. 2020 г.

While the foreign aid agency fended off repeated attempts by the White House to slash its budget and got pulled into a handful of pet projects and funding priorities demanded by Trump’s inner circle, USAID, under the leadership of former Administrator Mark Green, attracted little public attention. For nearly three years, it focused on a bureaucratic reorganization, technical policy reforms, and carrying out programs that held little political interest for the administration, officials told Devex.