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23 июня, 14:23

Oil rig helicopters ditch roughnecks for the jet set

Chopper shuttle services tap high-end market after demand from offshore platforms falls

23 июня, 12:00

Watergate Lawyer: I Witnessed Nixon's Downfall—and I've Got a Warning for Trump

Richard Ben-Veniste on the uncanny parallels between the scandal he investigated and the controversy over the White House’s alleged links to Russia

23 июня, 11:59

Brexit, one year on: 'Elites could face double backlash'

A year on from the Brexit vote, Reuters interviews the man who successfully tapped into the disenfranchised with the official campaign to leave the EU- and asks where populism is now? Jacob Greaves reports. Subscribe: http://smarturl.it/reuterssubscribe More updates and breaking news: http://smarturl.it/BreakingNews Reuters tells the world's stories like no one else. As the largest international multimedia news provider, Reuters provides coverage around the globe and across topics including business, financial, national, and international news. For over 160 years, Reuters has maintained its reputation for speed, accuracy, and impact while providing exclusives, incisive commentary and forward-looking analysis. http://reuters.com/ https://www.facebook.com/Reuters https://plus.google.com/u/0/s/reuters https://twitter.com/Reuters

23 июня, 01:16

Here's What It's Like To Lobby For Refugee Lives

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); WASHINGTON ― On a hot D.C. summer day on Tuesday, seven refugees from Texas made their way to the office of their home state senator, Ted Cruz, to do what one does in the nation’s capital: lobby. They gathered near a stairwell in the Russell Senate Office Building to run through their talking points. Two of them would share their personal stories of coming to the U.S. Another two would ask the senator, through the staffer they were meeting, to support admitting at least 75,000 refugees next year and to help fund aid for them in the U.S. and abroad. They waited calmly at his office as visitors came and went. After a few minutes, a legislative assistant ushered them into the marble-floored hallway outside, explaining that a meeting room was occupied. They talked for about 25 minutes just outside the office door. The staffer didn’t take notes. Despite it all, they ended up pleased with how the meeting went. Later, in a huddle farther down the hall, they remarked on how the aide seemed knowledgeable about refugee issues and compassionate and interested in what they had to say. One of the refugee agency staffers who accompanied them ran through a questionnaire. How would they rank the Cruz staff member’s reactions? A four out of five, most said. Did she seem receptive to their issues? Yes. Should they cultivate a relationship with the office? Yes. The former refugees had come to Washington for the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service Leadership Academy, where they had spent the last few days training and strategizing on how to help new arrivals and convince politicians that it was right and humane to do the same. It was the fifth year of the program, with 48 former refugees from 17 states participating. This year is different from the last four. Now they are operating in the age of Donald Trump, who wants to cut the number of refugees to be resettled in the U.S. and bar them from entry for at least four months. The Texas advocates are facing an anti-refugee wave at the state level that Trump tapped into nationally. Texas takes in the second-highest number of refugees of any state, but its Republican leadership has echoed the president’s approach, last year taking the extreme move of dropping out of the resettlement program, making it the largest state to do so. Gov. Greg Abbott has also tried to bar Syrian refugees from the state entirely. And while Republican officials in Texas can’t legally keep refugees out, they’ve done their best to say they are unwelcome. “Our state is not friendly toward refugees and immigrants,” said Justin Nsenga, a former refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and now executive director of Partners for Refugee Empowerment. “[But] we are not a burden to the state of Texas. We are not a liability. We are a contributing community, a contributing population. One voice will not make any difference in Austin unless we are together.” Despite the open hostility that is exhibited by their state ― or perhaps because of it ― refugee advocates feel an intense urgency to change minds. That includes Cruz, who supported measures to bar certain groups of refugees and backed Trump’s travel ban, which is now blocked in the courts. The former refugees knew that having a positive reception from congressional staffers wouldn’t change much, if anything. But they felt that if they met the staff in person, they could work to maintain and grow relationships within the state. After visiting Cruz’s Washington office, Nsenga suggested that they reach out to Cruz’s offices in Texas as soon as possible to request meetings, since they take some time to schedule. They hoped for the same thing at their meeting with a staffer for Sen. John Cornyn, another Texas Republican, set for an hour later. First they walked to the Capitol, where Cornyn has an office, with a quick stop for pictures, and then in line for security ― where a police officer jokingly asked them if, as Texans, they were armed ― and then back to the Senate office buildings, where the meeting had been moved to. At the Cornyn meeting, they were seated in a room and, this time, the staff member took notes. The former refugees didn’t want to get too political, so they didn’t bring up Trump or his executive orders. They also felt they didn’t need to: It was clear they disagreed with the orders when they asked that the U.S. admit more refugees than he wanted. This time they decided to also ask what they could do to win the senator over. They said the Cornyn staffer told them that his office gets a lot of calls expressing concerns about refugee resettlement and hardly any from people who support refugees. “She said, ‘You can help by educating fellow Texans about refugees,’” Emmanuel Sebagabo, a former refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, said afterward. Sebagabo now works for Refugee Services of Texas. It was a tangible bit of information that the former refugees felt could serve them well. They believe many Texans actually do support refugee resettlement, particularly now that it’s under threat. After Trump’s executive order, the number of people who wanted to volunteer to help refugees shot up so much that some groups stopped accepting new volunteers. They had too many to train, plus, the number of refugees coming into Texas had dropped even as relevant portions of the orders were blocked by the courts. About 1,100 refugees resettled in Texas from February to the end of May, down from about 3,000 from last October to the end of January, when Trump took office. “There’s kind of a gap between state leaders and the community itself,” said Basel Mousslly, a former refugee from Syria who now works in Houston as a resettlement supervisor at Refugee Services of Texas. Churches, community groups, Islamic associations and schools have also offered their help to refugees in the wake of the orders. So the former refugees knew they had support in Texas and the country at large. There are people who have shown up at rallies and offered to help newly arrived refugees settle in. But politicians, these groups discovered, don’t necessarily register that. They don’t base their policy positions on whether constituents set up apartments for people resettling in their states, and they haven’t been universally moved by protests against Trump’s executive orders. Politicians care about getting elected and reelected; they care about doing what their constituents call on them (literally and figuratively) to do. It’s a basic principle of advocacy, but it can get lost when activists are focused on more immediate matters, like getting people resettled in a new country. Now up against Trump, Abbott, Cruz, Cornyn and other Republicans, the refugee advocates got a reminder that they can’t forget about the politics. They need to convince more fellow Texans that refugee resettlement is a good thing, but that requires combating messages from politicians who spread fear that refugees can be dangerous. They need to convince those who support refugees to not just offer places to stay, warm meals and social services. They need them to call politicians’ offices and show up at town halls. The former refugees know that making Trump, Cruz or Abbott suddenly support broader refugee resettlement would be a Herculean task, but perhaps they can persuade them to calm down their rhetoric.  On Tuesday, they got a chance. Two members of the Trump administration showed up at an event for the academy, even though the president has discussed refugee resettlement almost solely as a potential avenue for terrorists to enter the country and twice attempted to temporarily halt it entirely. The speakers, from the State Department and the Office of Refugee Resettlement at the Department of Health and Human Services, referenced the need to keep communities safe. But they also spoke about refugees as an asset to the U.S. ― the message advocates at the academy hoped to get across. “It’s really good to be here,” Scott Lloyd, director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, who was appointed under Trump, told the LIRS academy participants during a breakfast briefing that morning. “I thank you. It’s a chance for me to meet the people who really, really give our program a heart and soul and a human face.”   -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

23 июня, 00:29

Donald Trump's Comey 'Tapes' Flop Is Just His Latest Self-Inflicted Controversy

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); President Donald Trump admitted Thursday he actually doesn’t have recordings of his private conversations with former FBI Director James Comey, putting to rest a weeks-long controversy entirely of his own making. Trump kicked off the frenzy in May, just a few days after he abruptly fired Comey. Anticipating the ousted official would soon share his side of the story, Trump hinted he had “tapes” of their meetings that should make Comey think twice about what he says publicly.  James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 12, 2017 Despite calls from both sides of the aisle to release any such recordings, Trump and his staff played coy. White House press secretary Sean Spicer repeatedly refused to say whether recordings existed, while deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders wouldn’t say if a recording system even exists in the White House.  Trump himself teased the matter as something he would reveal to the public “in the very near future.”  But as pressure grew for Trump to release recordings if they exist — including from the House intelligence committee, which is investigating potential collusion between Trump’s campaign associates and Russian officials to influence the 2016 election  — the president finally admitted Thursday that he doesn’t have any tapes. “I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings,” he tweeted. Beyond hurting his credibility, the May tweet undeniably made the Russia investigation worse for himself — it directly contributed to the appointment of a special prosecutor, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, to oversee the case.  As Comey revealed while testifying before the Senate intelligence committee earlier this month, Trump’s tweet prompted him to leak details of his meetings with the president to the New York Times. “My judgment was, I needed to get that out into the public square, and so I asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter,” Comey explained. Comey also said he had a specific goal in mind when leaking his detailed memos about their conversations. “I asked him to because I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel,” he said.  That’s exactly what happened, one day after the New York Times reported on Comey’s memos.  It’s just the latest example of Trump finding himself in a mess of his own making. In just five months as president, he’s also tweeted his way into courts blocking his executive orders, raised credibility-damaging theories about voter fraud and whether Trump Tower was wiretapped by the previous administration and prompted questions of whether he obstructed justice.  Here’s a look at some other self-inflicted Trump controversies.  His first days in office were overshadowed by his boasts over his inauguration crowd size. As photos at the time clearly showed, there simply weren’t as many people at Trump’s inauguration as there had been at previous ceremonies on the National Mall. Nevertheless, Trump boasted of his “record” crowd size, claiming his was the best-attended in history. While this was a flagrant lie, Spicer spent his first press briefing room appearance defending the claim and accusing the press of misrepresenting the truth.  The whole matter overshadowed the president’s first week in office, as the White House scrambled to defend the claim, regardless of the facts. (White House adviser Kellyanne Conway’s now-infamous claim of “alternative facts” was born during this controversy.)  His own tweets and comments helped lead courts to block his travel ban. Multiple courts considering Trump’s executive order temporarily banning travel to the U.S. from six Muslim-majority countries cited the president’s tweets while arguing that the ban is unconstitutional.  “[T]he President recently confirmed his assessment that it is the ‘countries’ that are inherently dangerous, rather than the 180 million individual nationals of those countries who are barred from entry under the President’s ‘travel ban,’” read a ruling the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit handed down earlier this month, citing a Trump tweet.  That's right, we need a TRAVEL BAN for certain DANGEROUS countries, not some politically correct term that won't help us protect our people!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 6, 2017 Trump’s words also helped lead a court to block his order attempting to cut off federal funding for so-called “sanctuary” cities. In that ruling, handed down in April, a federal judge cited past Trump comments to illustrate the true intent of the order. He fired Comey in part because of the Russia probe, which in turn added fuel to the investigation.  Firing Comey arguably made the Russia investigation much worse for Trump. The move prompted calls from both sides of the aisle for an independent investigation of the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia. And as Trump himself told NBC News’ Lester Holt, he considered “this Russia thing” when deciding to terminate the FBI director, further raising questions about whether Trump was interfering with the investigation by firing the man leading it.  Trump also made the investigation worse for himself in several ways. According to Comey, he suggested the FBI end its investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, asked Comey to pledge his loyalty to the president and urged him to “lift the cloud” of the Russia investigation. All of those allegations, which Comey laid out in his Senate testimony, have raised the possibility that Trump attempted to obstruct justice.  He made unfounded claims about voter fraud and whether former President Barack Obama surveilled his Manhattan residence — both of which hurt his credibility.  While Trump’s short tenure has so far been marked by hundreds of falsehoods, there are two unsupported claims that have stood out as the most potentially damaging to his credibility. The first is his assertion that millions of non-citizens voted in the 2016 election. In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2016 While there is no evidence to support that claim, there’s now a White House commission investigating it. That audit was recently scaled back due to a lack of funding. The second is his unsubstantiated claim that Obama’s administration wiretapped Trump Tower. Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017 While intelligence agencies and congressional investigators said no such wiretapping happened, Trump repeatedly stood by the claim until abruptly distancing himself from it in May. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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22 июня, 23:21

Do We Really Need A 'Watchmen' Prestige TV Series?

HBO has tapped Damon Lindelof to adapt the classic comics work by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. Can he satisfy both fans and the mass audience?

22 июня, 22:31

Some Of Trump's New Election Investigators Don't Seem To Have Much Election Experience

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); President Donald Trump quietly announced Wednesday evening he intended to appoint three more people to a commission to investigate voter fraud, but two of the people he wants to appoint don’t seem to have any expertise in voting issues or elections. The three officials named were Luis Borunda, the deputy secretary of state of Maryland; David Dunn, a former Arkansas Democratic state lawmaker; and Mark Rhodes, a county clerk in West Virginia. Dunn, who served in the Arkansas legislature from 2005 to 2011 and now runs a government relations firm, said he was eating dinner with his children when the White House sent out a press release announcing the president intended to appoint him to the commission. Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin (R), an old friend of Dunn’s from the legislature, recommended him to the commission, Dunn said. He said he also spoke with Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state and the commission’s vice chair, just once about his interest in the role, but didn’t expect much to come of it until he saw the White House’s press release. The commission, which will be led by Kobach and Vice President Mike Pence, is charged with examining election systems to study the issues that undermine and affect confidence in them. In a Thursday interview, Dunn sounded openly stunned he was chosen for the role and admitted he did not have any expertise in elections or voting issues.  “I don’t know why this has fallen on my shoulders,” he told HuffPost, adding that he was concerned about voters’ access to the polls, particularly in rural areas of the state. “I’m just a very small old country boy from Arkansas in this bigger commission with Vice President Pence, and I’m just going to do the best I can, to be honest.”  I don’t know why this has fallen on my shoulders.” David Dunn, former Arkansas state representative. Critics are closely watching the probe and say it is an unnecessary effort to try to justify Trump’s unsubstantiated claim that millions voted illegally in the 2016 election. Several studies and investigations have shown voter fraud is not a widespread problem. Many have been particularly alarmed by Trump’s decision to tap Kobach to lead the commission, since Kobach has pushed some of the most restrictive voting laws in the country in his state and has a history of exaggerating voter fraud. Kobach is now also running for governor of Kansas. Dunn said he didn’t believe millions voted illegally in 2016, and he said Kobach told him he wasn’t looking for people who would just go along with what the commission wanted. Dunn also said he didn’t think the commission would look into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, even though two of its members told The Boston Globe they thought the hacking should be part of the committee’s inquiry. Borunda, the Maryland deputy secretary of state, didn’t return a request for comment. An online biography detailing his portfolio doesn’t make any mention of work on voting or elections. He formed a Hispanic commission to support the campaign of Maryland Gov. Bob Ehrlich (R) in 2003 and has served on the Maryland Economic Development Commission and the Baltimore Board of Education. His biography notes he’s responsible for handling the operations of the secretary of state’s office. Jennifer Bevan-Dangel, executive director of Common Cause Maryland, called Borunda’s appointment “bizarre” because elections in Maryland are administered by the state Board of Elections, not the secretary of state’s office. Bevan-Dangel noted Borunda’s LinkedIn page lists an expertise in “non-profit, start up organization, visionary, branding & graphic design,” but not voting. “Maryland is a great state to draw on expertise from. We have a state board that has really been paving the way working with other states ensuring that voter rolls are up to date and developing ways for interstate cooperation,” she said. “There was an incredible opportunity to tap into that expertise and instead we’ve tapped into someone, I’m not sure what expertise he can bring to the table.” Kobach’s office did not return a request for comment on the appointments. Of the three new people Trump intends to appoint, the only one with deep election experience is Mark Rhodes, the county clerk in Wood County, West Virginia. Rhodes said he spoke with Kobach after West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner (R) recommended him for the position a month ago. While he found out he had passed a background check for the position, he wasn’t formally notified of Trump’s intention to nominate him until he saw the White House’s press release. As someone with experience administering elections, Rhodes said, he could offer the commission an on-the-ground perspective. He oversees elections for 56,000 registered voters in a county with a population of 82,000 people, and said his office went through death certificates and obituaries every day to make sure its voter rolls were accurate and up to date. Rhodes, who won a 2014 election by just five votes, said he had seen no evidence of voter fraud in his county, but was open to the commission investigating it. He dismissed the concern the commission was intent on finding evidence of voter fraud. “It’s not gonna hurt. If the commission would improve the voters’ or the people’s security, that their vote is counted and counted correctly, then it’s gonna help,” he said. “I have a preconceived notion that there is no election fraud, and that’s here in Wood County, West Virginia.” The other Democratic members of the commission are Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap and New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner. The Republicans are Kobach, Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson and former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell. Christy McCormick, a commissioner on the Election Assistance Commission, is also serving. This article has been updated with comment from Bevan-Dangel. type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related... + articlesList=591465f6e4b030d4f1f03d26,5915e3cce4b0031e737d5d9c -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

22 июня, 19:48

Spying Scandal: German Intelligence Also Snooped on White House

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is famous for the terse remark she made after learning her mobile phone had been tapped by the NSA. "Spying among friends, that isn't done." As it turns out, Germany was spying on America too, even targeting the White House.

22 июня, 17:29

Alibaba Starts Showing U.S. Businesses the Road to China

Alibaba Group Holding Limited (BABA) has been blazing fast in attracting small businesses at its Gateway '17 confab

22 июня, 16:43

A hybrid startup offers AI services to business

Bengio, neutral agent? BOSSES are more likely to groan than feel giddy about advances in artificial intelligence (AI). They need a strategy, but few companies can hope to own a unit like Google’s DeepMind, whose algorithms not only beat the world’s best Go players but made a 40% improvement in the energy efficiency of its parent’s data centres. A Canadian startup, Element AI, wants to let all businesses tap into the world’s best AI minds. The brain behind the new firm is Yoshua Bengio, a pioneer in “deep learning”, a branch of AI. As firms such as Google and Facebook lured dozens of AI academics, some in the field expressed fears about a brain drain from academia. In 2015, for example, Uber, a ride-hailing startup, poached 40 researchers from Carnegie Mellon University. Mr Bengio meanwhile stayed at the University of Montreal (though in January he became an adviser to Microsoft). Element AI will let researchers stay in their university...

22 июня, 15:43

WestRock (WRK) to Buy Assets from 2 Corrugated Box Producers

WestRock Company (WRK) is buying the assets of Island Container Corp. and Combined Container Industries LLC.

22 июня, 12:10

8 most convenient online services from Russian banks

In pursuit of clients, Russian banks have been moving more of their services online in an attempt to capture a new audience. Today, Russia is home to the world’s largest online bank, in terms of the number of customers, Tinkoff Bank. Moreover, according to Global Finance Magazine’s 2016 list, the most convenient online banking app was developed by the Russian bank, Sberbank. "Banks are ceasing to be banks, in their pure form, and are becoming technology companies that provide a whole range of services to their customers," says Max Kozlov, general director of the company Fabrika Usability. According to him, the development of mobile and online banking helps to increase revenue from transactional business (payments for utilities, internet and other services) and reduces the traffic at bank locations, which results in lower costs since customers no longer need to visit the banks in person. According to market participants, in terms of the number of features and the quality of interfaces, Russian banks are outperforming Western banks. For example, Kozlov explains, in the United States, additional features are usually provided by separate startups while Russian banks prefer to keep this functionality in-house because it gives them more control and room for development. According to Konstantin Zherebtsov, general director of fintech company Conomy, the development of additional services is an inevitable step for Russian banks in their pursuit of more customers. "Now there is a race to reach the masses, to see who can accumulate more customers and more traffic. For this reason, banks are launching uncharacteristic services and financial products in order to maximize their business." RBTH has discovered that, in addition to text alerts for a small fee and push notifications for mobile apps, Russian banks are offering a wide array of additional options. Mobile banking The most important banking advancement to date is mobile banking, which exists on different platforms including iOS, Android and Windows and can be used by customers to carry out most necessary transactions, independently. The end of hard cash? Online paying apps on the rise in Russia According to Global Finance Magazine’s 2016 list, the best banking app in Central and Eastern Europe is Sberbank's mobile banking app. This app enables customers to make instant transfers, and pay everything from utility and mobile phones bills to fines and taxes. To set up payments, customers can create templates or activate the autopay service. Among its most popular features is its spending analysis tool. There is also a "Tips" service that uses information on spending, both current and planned, while factoring in bank funds to create personalized recommendations. Cards with custom designs Another popular perk is the ability to chose bank cards with original designs. Any image can be selected and featured on the card. Popular examples include photographs of people, pets, nature and exotic landscapes. A watch with a smartcard One of Russia's largest banks, Alfa Bank, offers its customers an AlfaPay watch that has a built-in smartcard and chip. To make a payment, the watch must be used at a PayPass terminal and the appropriate sum will be debited from the account linked to the watch. Using the Metro A journey on the Moscow Metro can be paid for by tapping a bank card directly against the card reader at the gate. The two main banks that offer this service are VTB24 and Sberbank and they provide this service using PayPass/PayWave technology. Tax refunds for purchases made abroad Some banks offer a simplified procedure for reclaiming tax on purchases following a trip abroad. Alfa Bank customers can get a VAT refund within 48 hours of up to 19 percent for purchases made in Europe. Receipts must first be entered into the relevant mobile app. The system will then draw up a declaration that needs to be certified at the airport. Next, this document, along with the receipts, is sent to the bank. The tax refund is then credited straight to the customer's account. Money transfers via Telegram Tinkoff Bank offers its customers the ability to send money using a phone number with its Telegram messaging service.Transfers can be made to cards issued by any bank. Documents in a phone Tinkoff Bank also offers the VKarmane (MyPocket) service, which is described as a "safe for personal data.” It works by using a special app to store information from passports, driving licenses, bank cards and other important documents. The service helps to autofill data when completing forms in other apps and issues reminders about the expiry dates of documents and cards. Money for distance walked Alfa Bank offers a service where it transfers money from a customer's current account to its “Activity” savings account in accordance with the number of steps the customer covers each day. To do this, the RunKeeper fitness tracker and mobile phone app are required. The bank pays 5.8 percent annual interest on any amount that is collected in the account. Read more: Smart Moscow: How technology transforms urban living

22 июня, 11:54

Great Airline Freebies You Can Get on Your Next Flight

Want to have the best possible experience the next time you fly? Forget about stingy airlines. You might be surprised by the things you can get for free.

22 июня, 08:45

GGP: European Energy Outlook: Importance of Supply Diversification

The statements, opinions and data contained in the content published in Global Gas Perspectives are solely those of the individual authors and contributors and not of the publisher and the editor(s) of Natural Gas World. This article was written by Emin Akhundzade INTRODUCTION  European...

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22 июня, 06:00

Alibaba taps user data to drive growth spurt

Ecommerce group surprises with near-50% rise in annual revenues forecast

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22 июня, 02:25

How Wonder Woman's Superpowers Can Change Your Work Life

While there’s no doubt Wonder Woman has superhuman ability to dodge bullets or lift tanks, some of her strongest superpowers are available to all of us. Tap into your inner superhero to see what you can achieve today.

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22 июня, 02:18

Univision Set To Score Goals With CONCACAF Gold Cup

As the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia is currently underway and airing on Telemundo, rival Univision is preparing to tap into its soccer fan base with a tournament hosted in the U.S.

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22 июня, 01:04

Uber allows riders in U.S. to tip drivers via app, matching Lyft

Uber is enabling passengers to tip its U.S. drivers with a tap on its ride-hailing app for the first time, part of a push to recast itself as…

21 июня, 22:09

What Democrats' Defeat in Georgia Means—and Doesn't

The party’s recent special-election losses aren’t necessarily a bad omen for 2018. But they show how Democrats need better answers to the GOP’s most effective arguments.

21 июня, 19:00

Who Are You Writing For? Blogger Val Boyko Looks Beyond the “Like” Button

A long-time blogger offers advice to more recent arrivals on the scene.