Day in History: January 18

Discovery of the Hawaiian Islands The Hawaiian Islands remained unknown to the inhabitants of Europe for many centuries. Native Hawaiians, who belonged to a Polynesian family, lived here for 14 centuries before the appearance of European navigators. At the end of the XVIII century, the English navigator James Cook was looking for a strait that would shorten the way from Europe to Asia. In December 1777, on the ships Resolution and Discovery, he sailed from Bora Bora and on January 18, 1778, discovered the islands of Oahu and Kauai, which are part of Hawaii. When the Europeans came ashore, the locals fell on their faces, mistaking them for gods. Cook named the Sandwich Islands after his friend and patron, the first Lord of the British Admiralty.

The Ministry of Health approved contraindications to vaccination against coronavirus

“To approve the attached list of medical contraindications to preventive vaccinations against the new coronavirus infection COVID-19,” the document says. List of medical contraindications to preventive vaccinations against coronavirus: 1. Installed indefinitely: hypersensitivity to substances included in the vaccine, or a vaccine containing similar substances; severe allergic reactions in the anamnesis; severe post-vaccination complications (anaphylactic shock, severe generalized allergic reactions, convulsive syndrome, body temperature above 40 degrees, hyperemia or swelling at the injection site) on previous administration of the vaccine or any of its components.

The White House responded to the publication about the refusal to disconnect Russia from SWIFT

Washington does rule no action against Russia in the event of invasion” countries to Ukraine. So the representative of the National Security Council of the White House commented on TASS the message of the German Das Handelsblatt that the United States and Europe changed their minds about disconnecting Russia from the interbank system for transmitting information about SWIFT payments. “Neither” one option is excluded. We continue to consult with our colleagues very closely about the serious      he added. A representative of the German government, in turn, told TASS that now is not the right time “for speculation about possible sanctions measures,” as Russia is negotiating with Washington and its allies. Handelsblatt, citing government sources, said the the the West has abandoned the idea of ​​disconnecting Russian banks from SWIFT, as this could lead to destabilize financial markets and create an alternative payment infrastructure without dominance of Western countries. < p>Instead, according to the publication, the EU and the US are discussing the introduction of targeted economic sanctions against the largest credit institutions in Russia.

Poroshenko's profile disappeared from the search database on the website of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine

“This search resource is a copy of the official database of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine and is periodically updated”, — reported on the website of the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs. Earlier today, on January 17, Petro Poroshenko's profile was on the list of wanted persons in Ukraine. As previously indicated in the Security Service of Ukraine, Poroshenko is “a person who is hiding from” pre-trial investigation bodies. The date of his “disappearance” he was named on December 24, 2021. Recall that now the Pechersky District Court of Kiev is choosing a preventive measure for him in the case of high treason and assistance to terrorism. According to the investigation, Petro Poroshenko is involved in supplies of coal from Donbass. The investigation requires him to be placed in custody for the duration of the investigation. For the court's consideration, the former President of Ukraine arrived today from Warsaw.

Poroshenko put on the wanted list in Ukraine

On Monday, 17 January, Poroshenko flew from Poland to Kyiv and appeared at the  Kiev, which will consider a petition for the arrest of the ex-president in the case of treason. The prosecution asked to arrest the politician for two months with the possibility of posting bail of 1 billion hryvnias ($35.8 million), as well as to oblige him to surrender his passports and wear an electronic bracelet if the court decides to post bail. Poroshenko is also charged with the financing of terrorism and the creation of a terrorist organization, he faces up to 15 years in prison with or without confiscation of property. According to the investigators, Poroshenko participated in supply of coal from part of Donbas not controlled by Ukraine at end of 2014 — early 2015, when he served as president of the country. The amount that Ukrainian state-owned enterprises spent on the purchase of coal is estimated at more than 200 million hryvnias (almost $7.2 million), Prosecutor General of the

Scientists have found a 50,000-year-old social network in Africa

A 50.000 year old social network of world’s first “bling”: — Neanderthal Museum (@Neandertal1) January 17, 2022 Comparing the outer diameter of the beads, the diameter of the holes inside and the thickness of the walls of the eggshell, scientists found that about 50 thousand years ago, people in Eastern and Southern Africa began to make almost identical beads. These findings suggest that the people who made the beads exchanged them with other people who lived at great distances from them. Scientists believe that the exchange and trade of these ornaments was an ancient network of social connections that helped to share symbolic messages and strengthen alliances. Ostrich eggshell beads are among the oldest forms of jewelry found in the archaeological record, although they were not the very first used by Homo sapiens. Scientists believe that men and women first began to decorate themselves with reddish ochre about 200 thousand

The court deprived the rights of the parents of a girl who lived in a perinatal center for five years

The girl was born in the clinic “Mother and Child” in 2014. After her discharge, her mother returned the girl to the neonatal pathology department, claiming that the child was sick. The girl’s stay in the hospital for five years was paid for by her father. In March 2019, the girl was discharged, and the court ordered her parents to take her out of the hospital, but they did not. In February 2020, the court restricted the rights of the girl’s parents Tatiana Maksimova and Yuri Zinkin, and also collected child support from them. The girl’s mother filed an appeal, the Moscow City Court recognized the restriction of rights as legitimate.

The expert explained the difficult situation with coronavirus in the United States by social inequality

WASHINGTON, January 17. /tass/. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergic and Infectious Diseases of the USA, explained the high number of people infected with coronavirus and died from its consequences during the entire pandemic in In the United States, unequal access to medical services and the unwillingness of some citizens to carry out “simple anti-epidemic measures”. He made such a statement on Monday at the virtual discussion “Davos Agenda”. “There is also one very unpleasant factor for representatives of health authorities and scientists — a high level of opposition to ordinary, easy-to-understand measures. Unwillingness to wear masks, unwillingness to promote vaccination. If we all together as a society observed them, the situation would be much better,” Fauci said. “There is a lot of inequality in the United States. We have citizens who do not have access to medical care, there is a higher rate of hospitalization and mortality

A photographer from the USA took a rare lunar halo

This 22° lunar halo appeared after a fresh snowfall over Tongue River Canyon, WY. — Kevin Palmer (@krp234) January 16, 2022 According to the photographer, a bright white halo around the moon appeared in the night sky over the Tong River Canyon in Wyoming after the last snowfall. The lunar halo is a rather rare phenomenon. It can usually be observed in cold weather, when the light from the Moon is reflected in a special way from tiny ice crystals in the air. Super discounts of up to -70% on electronics, fashionable clothes, shoes and many other prices Ekaterina Gura Even more interesting things about nature