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Jerome Powell appoints two advisers
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 Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell has appointed two monetary-policy experts to serve as senior advisers.  

They are Jon Faust, professor of economics at Johns Hopkins University and Antulio Bomfim, an economist in the Fed's monetary affairs division. 

 At the end of January, the FOMC held the first monetary policy meeting in 2018, which was the last for Fed Chair Janet Yellen. The Fed policymakers left the benchmark interest rate unchanged in a range of 1.25% to 1.5%, hinting at the continuation of the rate hike cycle in the future. 

During this meeting, Jerome Powell was chosen the next chairman of the Federal Reserve, after his candidacy was proposed by President Donald Trump and approved by Congress.

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What are the prospects for investors in 2018
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Taking into account the current growth of geopolitical tensions all over the world, caused by the poor dynamics of oil prices, the deterioration in relations between Russia and the United States, and the increase in interest rates in the West, there is no hope for more optimistic scenario of development in 2018. We should be prepared for toughen sanctions, reduction in oil prices, and weakening of the ruble. What else will be important for investors during this period, you will find out from our material

Geopolitical tensionsThe results of the outgoing year demonstrate that due to the prolongation of the sanctions regime, there will be no rapprochement between Russia and the United States in 2018. In addition, a constraint of the development of bilateral relations will be the introduction of a ban on the purchase of Russian bonds of a financial loan (FLB) and derivatives on them. The issue about the US tax reform is still unclear.The nuclear program of the DPRK, the deterioration of the situation in the Middle East and Turkey and the political climate in Europe, elections in a number of developing countries can also affect the political landscape.
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Merkel sees no threat in Nord Stream 2 

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline still causes many disputes. There are a lot of strong opponents of the project, but the number of supporters grows at breakneck pace. Recently, Angela Merkel joined the ranks of the Nord Stream 2 supporters. 

In her speech after the meeting with Poland Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, the German Chancellor said that this project does not threaten the European energy security. “We think this is an economic project. We are also for energy diversification. We also want Ukraine to continue to have transit gas traffic, but we believe Nord Stream poses no danger to diversification,” she said. Now Poland, being one of the most vocal opponents of Nord Stream 2, sees the talks about the diversification of supplies as lobbying for the interests of particular countries. 

Indeed, what kind of diversification the parties talk about if this gas comes from the same source - from Russia. In addition, while the Russian companies are under sanctions, real alternatives have started appearing in Europe. Poland intends to launch its own project - Baltic Pipe, a pipeline that goes via the Baltic Sea from Poland to Denmark and connects to the Norwegian gas network.

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Flight attendant uniform of different airlines
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It is common knowledge that the flight attendant is the face of the company so the issue of the dress code and the appearance of employees for many airlines is of particular importance. What uniforms flight attendants in different countries have, you will learn from our photo gallery

Emirates (UAE)The sophisticated, exquisite uniform of the Emirates airline crew is made in the traditional colors of the region: brown, beige, white and red.
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Miners hamper UFO researches
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It may sound a bit strange, but miners undermine the intergalactic security of our planet. The Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) institute claims that cryptocurrency mining hinders researches on aliens and UFOs. 

The problem is that greedy miners bulk-buy video cards that are essential for searching for alien life. Graphics processing units are used to scan the outer space. So, here is an obvious clash of interests. Video cards have not only become the goods in short supply but also appreciated considerably on the back of a high demand. Now the SETI specialists have to wait in lines to get the sought-after device and exceed the budget limit. “We'd like to use the latest GPUs [graphics processing units]... and we can't get them. That's limiting our search for extraterrestrials, to try to answer the question, 'Are we alone? Is there anybody out there?” SETI chief scientist Dan Werthimer said. 

Ufologists scrutinize the data obtained in the observatories from all over the world, using powerful graphics processing units. They think this activity is much more useful than mining which they call meaningless occupation. Miners, in their turn, have the same attitude towards ufologists’ work.

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Top 7 best cryptocurrency exchanges
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Among a variety of crypto exchanges, experts primarily refer to seven which are considered to be the most suitable for conducting financial operations in 2018. The details are in our material

According to analysts of the prostocoin.com web portal, there is a list of the best exchanges of diital currencies - the leaders of 2018. Specialists suggest to have a look at it. Experts consider that the most comfortable way to trade digital currencies for experienced traders and beginners is to use the above-mentioned exchanges.
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Litecoin skyrockets amid deal with Visa
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The situation on the cryptocurrency market is gradually stabilizing after the recent collapse. The virtual money is growing amid upbeat news. One of the top cryptocurrencies, Litecoin, was able not only to recoup its losses but also to go further up. The news on the Litecoin deal with Visa boosted the growth of the cryptocurrency. 

As soon as the details of this agreement were revealed, Litecoin started a rapid increase. In a day, the price skyrocketed by 36 percent. This jump allowed the currency to take the fifth place in the list of market leaders. The LTC capitalization reached $11.9 billion, getting ahead of Cardano with a capitalization of $10.1 billion. According to the press release, in the nearest future, the companies plan to introduce the LitePay payment system compatible with Visa. The system will allow Litecoin users to convert Litecoins to dollars and vice versa via LitePay cards. Businesses will be able to accept the cryptocurrency for payments as well. 

In addition, the blockchain fork also provided support to Litecoin growth. Charlie Lee, one of the creators of LTC, sold and donated to the charity all of his holdings of this currency to avoid a conflict of interest in the future. Last year, Litecoin rose by 75 times and has been recognized as one of the fastest growing cryptocurrencies in the world. For comparison, bitcoin rose by 17 times during the same period.

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Top 7 best cryptocurrency exchanges
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Among a variety of crypto exchanges, experts primarily refer to seven which are considered to be the most suitable for conducting financial operations in 2018. The details are in our material

According to analysts of the prostocoin.com web portal, there is a list of the best exchanges of diital currencies - the leaders of 2018. Specialists suggest to have a look at it. Experts consider that the most comfortable way to trade digital currencies for experienced traders and beginners is to use the above-mentioned exchanges.
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US becomes largest oil producer
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Russia allowed its western rivals to impose sanctions and enabled its athletes to compete under the Olympic flag. And now Russia let the US lead the oil production industry. According to the Russian mass media, the US has been steadily increasing its crude output only because Russia does not mind it. 

Of course, if the Russian government had set the task of catching up and surpassing America, the Russian oil industry would have easily achieved it. Besides, Russia is bound by certain obligations within the framework of the OPEC deal aimed at production cuts. Therefore, for now the US is competing with itself, of course, without any permission. Russian Minister of Energy Alexander Novak noted the countries do not compete who will be the first. According to him, Russia's main task is to satisfy its own needs for high-quality energy products. 

However, according to the minister, global demand is steadily increasing, meaning that the countries will have to compete in any case. In general, Novak expects the consumption to grow by at least 30 percent by 2040. A similar point of view is shared by Saudi Minister of Energy Khalid Al-Falih. He even approved the growth of the crude production in the US, as global inventories

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House of the future: five best ideas
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Many architects, who participated in the SKYHIVE Skyscraper Challenge contest, see the future of our planet in a variety of buildings. They offer the most incredible options of residential buildings, which can be found in our photo gallery

Humanity sees the future in a wide variety of options, but the desire to improve their homes remains unchanged. It's no wonder that everybody wants to live not in a typical boring building, but in an original and multifunctional one. The participants of the SKYHIVE Skyscraper Challenge international architectural contest set it as a goal. The contest gave an opportunity for creative people to make their architectural ideas of future residential buildings reality. Here we present the projects which received the main awards of the contest.
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