The nation’s color blue

Organization for economic cooperation and development (OECD) has published data, according to which Lithuania remains a world leader in alcohol consumption. This caused a very negative response from the Lithuanian authorities. In Vilnius argue that this is old data, but in fact the situation is changing for the better. Indeed, as seen “the”, the anti-alcohol campaign in Lithuania is conducted with a frightening scale, Recalling the notorious Gorbachev’s battle for sobriety. Not so much methods, how many results.

the report States that in Lithuania per resident over the age of fifteen have an average of 15.2 liters of alcohol consumed. This is significantly higher than in other countries, consisting of OECD: in second place is Belgium — 2.6 litres less than in Lithuania. The least drinking country turned out to be Israel — only 2.6 liters per year per person over the age of fifteen years. It is understandable: for this heat… well Average indicator is 9 liters per year. The report also said that in Lithuania many people die from cardiovascular diseases, diseases of the liver and suicide, which is largely determined by the lifestyle of the people. The representative of the OECD Francesca Colombo adds that one of the factors that significantly affect life expectancy in Lithuania — consumption of alcohol.

indeed a Problem and a serious one. Last year the head of the Ministry of health of the Republic of Aurelius Veryga said that “every second resident of Lithuania is suffering from alcoholism,” if he exaggerated the situation slightly. Drink really hard and not only representatives of the marginalized sectors. Everyone remembers the case when the press Secretary of the Minister of foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius Race Akilian detained drunk driving — and, she initially refused to obey the guards. For being drunk in a public place was arrested the known political analyst Vytautas Bruveris. And last spring the staff Russian police detained for drunk driving Consul of Lithuania in Sovetsk Bronius of Makauskas. He himself, however, denied the charge and called the incident a provocation of the Russian special services.

High level of alcohol consumption gave birth to another trouble: Lithuania for many years is one of the world leaders in suicide. At last year’s according world health organization in this country are committed 32.7 suicides per 100 thousand population (for comparison, in neighbouring Latvia — is 21.7, and in Estonia was 18.9, Russia is 20.1). Suicide driving and the elderly, and young people, and ordinary people and officials, both civil and military. Sometimes, before you kill yourself, these people are killing innocent people. Thus, recently a resident of the village of Adanti in tauragė district shot his elderly neighbor and came to visit her citizen of Latvia. He then opened fire on the police, after which he committed suicide. In most cases people commit suicide for complex reasons — but the final straw is often exactly alcoholic psychosis, binge or just heavy intoxication.

Deputy of the self-government of Vilnius Romuald Pasevica said “the” that the beginning of the year in Lithuania began a massive anti-alcohol campaign. “From January 1, 2018, we entered into force amendments to the Administrative code, which greatly increased the fines for alcohol consumption in public places — from 20 to 100 euros, — says Posietskaya. — For a repeated violation of this kind will have to pay is 200 euros. Were also tightened rules on the sale of alcohol and a ban on alcohol advertising in the media, on TV and radio. Increased excise taxes on alcohol.” In the ruling coalition hope that these measures will annually reduce the average alcohol consumption of 1 liter.

Also, the Ministry of health of the country declared war on alcohol “points”. The number of stores that sell liquor should be reduced from 800 to 400, and for the sale of alcohol, you will need to equip the premises with a separate entrance, so they do not catch the eye of those who went to the store for groceries. These points will be located no closer than 200 metres from the cultural centres, sports and educational institutions.

In Lithuania even thought about creating a state monopoly for the network of alcohol trade. “Spirits can be bought only twenty years, will limit night trade in alcohol, reduced the number of points of sale, as approved by the Parliament program struggle with alcoholism. — We will toughen the responsibility for violation of the right of trade spirits. For the second violation associated with the sale of takeaway alcohol in catering establishments, will be deprived of license”.

Advisor to the Minister of health of Lithuania Linas Bucinskaite-Srubena argues that the measures taken are already having a beneficial effect. “Reducing alcohol availability, raising prices, ban on advertising of spirits are the main factors reducing alcohol consumption, says the clerk. — We already see today that they are working. For example, the innovation related to the excise tax, shows that sales of many types of alcohol falling”.

on the other hand, according to Bucinskaite-Srubena must still wait to see more significant results. “In Lithuania the consumption of alcohol has been declining for 2012. But this small reduction is 300-500 milliliters per year, says her words, the head of the control Department alcohol and tobacco Grazyna Belyan. We are not happy about, I would like a big change”.

Perhaps due to the fact that such drastic measures do not give tangible results, alcohol reform, so many critics. They believe that the need is not prohibitions, and educational work. The reform’s proponents, however, believe that mere exhortations and lectures do not give proper results. And they need today.

Romuald Pochepezky, according to her, were shocked by recent data on alcohol consumption among adolescents. “It turned out that 11 percent of fifth graders at least once a month consumed alcohol until intoxication. Among seventh graders, this is 23% and for ninth-graders — 60 — said, “the” MP. — It turns out, the availability of alcohol among adolescents despite the restrictions and tightening, still high. So you need to take additional measures.”

According to Posietskaya, the Lithuanian government declared war on “green snake”, would benefit from the experience of neighboring Belarus. At the time, this country ranks second after Lithuania in the number of alcohol consumption per capita. There is also adopted a special programme to 2020 for the prevention and overcoming of drunkenness.

In the ruling coalition say that the anti-alcohol campaign — investing in the future. But in the present it’s more trouble than real benefit. Excise fees on alcohol in Lithuania decreased significantly. according State tax inspection in March 2017, when entered into force the increase in excise duties, collection from collapsed to 40 percent. And not because of the fact that the country began to produce less alcohol. Just suppliers and manufacturers left in the shade, and 40 percent of the products were counterfeit.

immediately before the increase in excise taxes (and therefore prices), the Lithuanians rushed to the stores and began to buy alcohol for future use. And in may of last year the Parliament held a large protest rally. “We are cultural to have a rest, — said the organizers. — And the authorities ought to deal with the problems of these alcoholics — instead of prohibitions aimed at the average consumer”.

After that, the head of the ruling in Lithuania, Union of farmers and green Ramunas Karbauskis said that passion fanned representatives of alcoholic business. Indeed, among the initiators of the protest event were members of the opposition party “Movement liberals”. Currently, this party was in the center of the anti-corruption investigation — her former head of Agilus Masiulis and his party accused lobbying of interests of the concern MG Baltic, was engaged in the alcohol trade. However, critics of anti-alcohol programs indicate that she has not only a large manufacturer. Came under attack and small shops, for example, in rural areas, where a significant part of turnover falls on trade bread, sugar, salt, meat products and other products of the first necessity.

As his time in the Soviet Union, the anti-alcohol campaign led to the proliferation of the shadow market of alcohol. Many Lithuanians, especially in border areas, rushed for a drink in the neighbouring countries, especially in Poland and Latvia. In the beginning of this year the Latvian newspaper Latvijas Avize wrote that the town of Balvi (just over 7 thousand residents) per month bought 2500 bottles cosmetic alcohol BF Green. The cost of a 250-gram bottle of 60-degree liquid — less than one Euro. Local residents do not hide that buy cosmetic not to care for the body and for drinking. BF Green produces a Polish company, and especially to the Baltic countries.

the representative of the Latvian tax service Baiba Smite rock explains that people are attracted to the low price of the product — alcohol intended for the production of beauty products subject to excise duties. Lithuania tried to apply to the Polish excise duty product — but Vilnius had to defend its position in the European courts. Unsuccessfully.

Latvian journalist Denis Bartecki drove through the Outback of Lithuania, and wrote in his Facebook that grocery stores are inundated with cosmetic alcohol. “He was the cheap swill and one of the most popular goods. Put it right at the register, though this is not necessary. As soon as BF Green appears in the sale, the potential buyer is already aware, explains Bartecki. — Sales agents company distributor and speak to the owners of the shops: “We will provide you with the buyer”. They clearly explain to traders why at the grocery store cosmetic alcohol and how customer demand he has”.

But even if the government will find a way to prevent alcohol surrogates — the problem of cheap booze is not going anywhere. Lithuania is a small country. Leave it to Latvia and Poland are no problems is not, because inside European Union customs and border controls are not carried out. And so the more Lithuanian lovers of drink will be to restrict at home, the more often they will go for alcohol to neighboring countries. And this is the problem that Lithuanian advocates of sobriety still have to find.

Kiev has demanded repaint of Crimea in Ukrainian colors

Kiev demanded Bloomberg to correct the previously published map with a “neutral” Crimea. About it said the Embassy of Ukraine in the United States.

“Journalism is supposed to be correct. Bloomberg, don’t play the Russian game and propaganda. Crimea is occupied by Russia, but it will become part of Ukraine. Please correct the map. Crimea should be marked with a yellow color”, — reported in Twitter of the Embassy.

Earlier, news Agency Bloomberg published the world map of Crimea labelled as neutral territory. The infographic, created by the staff of the Agency demonstrates, in some developing countries in 2018-2019 held political election.

Chao, Messi!

Saint Petersburg took the Brazilians who came to destroy the national team of Costa Rica. On the backdrop of the devastating defeat of Argentina from Croatia the mood at fans “canarini” was just fine, but their team is almost ruined by tightening with goals until the last minute. “the” — how of the Northern capital will host the world Cup.

There is nothing better than watching the match of Argentina in the depths of the national team of Brazil. In St. Petersburg the fan-zone before the match they with Costa Rica was full and finally closed the entrance, the government seized the fans in yellow. And, you know, none of them showed open anger and insulted the Argentine team, hopeless losers of Croatia. But it was worse. Over Leo Messi and the company openly laughed. About so laughs the elder brother over the attempts of two sisters to get, for example, at too high a chair.

Joking aside, the failure of the Argentines really made the already eternally happy Brazilian group a little bit happier. On Nevsky prospect, people came out on the roadway — sidewalks before the cafes were blocked by crowds of people in yellow jerseys. The whole main street of the city, survived the hell of the night after winning Russian team over Egypt, now watching singing and dancing fans of “kanarini”.

a lot of the words were addressed to Messi. He is the symbol of Argentine football, for the Brazilians — a symbol of all the ills that haunt their eternal rivals at the world Cup. Leo still can not open up in Russia, the partners in this can not help, they prefer to coalesce around their leader in informal games against coach Jorge Sampaoli. Argentine fans adore Messi and dedicate to him the posters and chants, Brazilians sing about it in a dismissive and mocking tone.

And remember little about Neymar. Around the forward has not developed any cult, moreover, it is expressed as some caution against the background of the first match in the group with Switzerland. But, of course, he’s a leader on the field and in the locker room. And in some ways he is similar to Messi: when the team fails, the Brazilian tries to do everything himself. And wildly flips out if skills are not conducted one, and the blows fly past the target.

Terribly wound up Neymar received a yellow card in the 81st minute of the match with Costa Rica. By the time his team got so close to the disastrous second draw in a row, the nerves began to take not only the star of PSG. And how can we not start, if the Costa Ricans aimed at 0:0, waited minutes with 60-second, and keylor Navas was very eager to prove that real Madrid don’t need David De GEA.

the end of the game on the field not football. There were some attempts by the Brazilians to do something, a rare clumsy counterattacks by Costa Rica, but the longer the fight, the whistle and Neymar, who had a very detailed study of turf “St.-Petersburg”. It fell from every touch and breath of the opponent, righteously indignant if the judge did not set a penalty, and once even managed to fool him and almost earned a penalty.

But Bjorn Kuipers was in order. The Dutchman watched the video replay and saw that Neymar, gently stroked on the belly protector of Costa Ricans fell like a bullet to the liver caught. From the stands it looked very natural, in fact, false.

six added to the main time minutes the Brazilians did more than two halves. First ball in gate of Navas pushed Filipe Coutinho, by far the best player of the team in the first two matches. He flew to the stands with protruding tongue and long, pointed forced the ball. And then the goal came from Neymar — he needed not to miss the empty goal. Immediately after the final whistle, the striker burst into tears.

the Brazilian fans, who survived the first state of Neymar and Coutinho, were still singing and dancing. Just a little bit, and the Argentines would be able to make fun of them back, but “canarinha” strangled Costa Rica all the rules of the superhero movie — in the nick of time.

the Match ended. With the release of the bowl no problem, at least visually. The podium was empty for ten minutes, with only the same group that sang hymns in honor of the victory of the Brazilians. All went bust in the evening Peter.

Fun to watch as any city of this championship change from match to match. Saint Petersburg here, for example, three days became the first football capital of Russia, and then Brazil. It so happened that in the group stage of European teams in the North played only the hosts of the tournament, and on June 28 at “Saint-Petersburg” will Messi come to fight Nigerians. So cool hipster Peter have survived and are again survive the invasion of the hottest and humanly simple fans from South America and Africa.

Said at the world Cup, the problems with the beer they drink instead of water, so that foam stocks are depleted. In St. Petersburg, according to the precepts of the Cord live all the guests, and lack of healing moisture is not experiencing one. In the fan zone was found the Mexicans, who from glasses made giant size tower and went satisfied. A two-meter podkapyvanii Australians, dressed and painted, took pictures with the local girls. One lucky hunk from the country of kangaroos relish kissed her on the cheek. The harassment is no one accepted.

the fan zone here is quite inconvenient to go from one outlet to another, you must cross the canal on the bridge, go through the alley and out onto another street, stomped another seven minutes. The first time it really pissed off. But… it’s worth it. Speaking of Peter as the host city, yet the first to remember it is the festival of fans. Space football and multicultural life attracts, it can be easy to spend the whole day, even if you, for example, Peruvian and don’t like the rain. The apparent unhealthy (well, for the people, not patients soccer) unity was evident when, during the match France — Peru went to the shower. A couple of hundred people were able to hide under a few roofs, while the rest remained standing, covering his head with anything. And nothing, waited.

the town Itself is somewhat distanced himself from football after the carnival in honor of the Russian national team. At the match the Brazilians and the local Costa Ricans. But after the Petrograd took to the streets. Not massively, but came out and shared the joy of victory together with the guests from South America. As it should be at the world Cup.

Died one-armed pilot of the great Patriotic war

In Tula on 96-m to year of life has died the veteran of the great Patriotic war, a military fighter pilot Ivan Leonov, who lost an arm during the battle, but continued to control the aircraft, according to RIA Novosti.

“died the Hero of Russia, the legendary fighter pilot, is a remarkable man with a unique destiny and strong character. During the great Patriotic war Ivan Antonovich heroically defended their native sky. His courage and bravery became an example for many defenders of the Motherland. The blessed memory of Ivan Antonovich will remain forever in our hearts,” expressed condolences to the Governor of the Tula region Alex Dyumin.

In life Leonov was awarded the title of honorary citizen of the hero city of Tula. His name is listed in the Guinness Book of records as the world’s only pilot who fought with one hand: during the war, he flew more than 50 combat missions.

He was awarded three orders of the red banner, Patriotic war, medal “For courage”, “For defense of Moscow”, “For the capture of Kenigsberg”, “For Victory over Germany”. After the war he worked as a teacher in the system of vocational education and raised wife and seven children: two and five foster, whose parents died in the war.

Syrian fighters defected to the al-Assad

a Large group “free Syrian army” (FSA) in the southern zone of de-escalation has sided with the Syrian authorities. It is reported RIA Novosti citing a Russian Centre of reconciliation of the warring parties.

the leader of the group Wajdi Abu SLES said following the talks that are under the control of insurgents towns of Deir Dama, Al-Senior and part of the city Gaddal today voluntarily coming under the control of the legitimate government.

He also noted that together with the Syrian army to fight against militants of the banned Russian groups, “dzhebhat an-Nusra” and ISIS.

By Friday evening, the first units of the government troops entered the towns of Spades and Al-Senior South zone of de-escalation.

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