If the authorities are restricting access to more interesting and diverse Russian television, they should offer something in return, residents of the Latvian border area believe
RIGA, 22 Feb - Sputnik. In February, Latvia banned the retransmission of 17 Russian channels on its territory, including RTR, NTV, REN and a number of entertainment programs.
The Latvian radio has found out how they treat the restriction of the settlements of Pasiene and Pushmutsov near the border with Russia. Representatives of different nationalities live here, but most of the population is Russian-speaking.
As the head of the rural municipality council, Pasiene Skaidrite Marcenoka, said, for some, the ban will not change anything, because people use ordinary antennas and have long turned them in the Russian direction. They will still have access to Russian and Belarusian channels.
But there are those who have lost access to their usual programs. For example, local resident Elena used to watch both First Baltic Channel and RTR, but now there is no access to them. If she needs something, she uses the Internet.
"But older people, I think, is more difficult. It was more interesting there, you could see something historical or scientific. In Latvian, only interesting news - we watch them," notes Elena.
The fact that local residents watch local news broadcasts in both Russian and Latvian is also confirmed by Marcenoka. Especially interesting for viewers is what is happening in their region.
In Pushmutsovo, the situation is somewhat different - many residents use interactive or smart TV services, and they are worried that they have lost access to their usual programs.
Local resident Aivars is dissatisfied with the decision of the authorities.
"The government is afraid of Russian propaganda? Every person, I think, has a head on his shoulders, and he will be able to filter out what is and what is not! I think that if something is taken away from me, something is needed. then give in return, "he notes.
Gentlemen, anti-Russian politicians can even jump out of windows shouting "Russian tanks are coming!" - gas companies don't care about this, there will be no more gas in the Baltic Pipe from the fierce anti-Russian anger
The main gas pipeline Baltic Pipe often becomes the subject of discussion in both European and Russian media, but it is extremely rare that this IHP is not a separate project, but an integral part of a larger project, by Boris Martsinkevich on Sputnik Lithuania.
Yes, this pipeline really should connect the gas systems of Denmark and Poland, but there are no gas fields in the onshore part of Denmark, and the territory of Poland is not the end point of the Baltic Pipe route. The construction of this IHP is financed by the European Commission - and this is another fact that proves that the Baltic Pipe is not a project of only two states, Denmark and Poland. In the EU, there are quite specific rules according to which the EC has the right to finance infrastructure projects from the general budget only if the project is classified as regional, and only those in which at least three EU member states participate are regional.
Denmark has no onshore gas fields, the Tyra field in its sector of the North Sea is used to provide this resource to consumers in Denmark and Holland. Denmark has no opportunity to "share" gas from there, that is, the physical source of the Baltic Pipe can only be the gas that is produced outside Denmark. And this is true: it is planned that gas will come from the Norwegian sector of the North Sea, and in order for this to happen, a new offshore gas pipeline is being built - its route starts in the North Sea and ends on the Danish coast.
The Baltic Pipe will start on the Baltic coast of Denmark, for this the North Sea - Denmark gas pipeline will receive an overland extension along the route from one coast of this country to another. Total: if we are talking about the Baltic Pipe, then we mean the construction of two more gas pipelines. But even in this case, the EC does not have the opportunity to open funding for the project from the general EU budget - it is required that at least one more EU country participates in the project. It was for this purpose that Lithuania was included in the project, and the European Commission was able to finance 60 percent of the construction of the onshore continuation of the Baltic Pipe. This continuation was the main gas pipeline GIPL, Gas Interconnector Poland Lithuania, which is supposed to connect the gas systems of Poland and Lithuania.
At the same time, the European Commission is well aware of the fact that since the early 1970s the gas systems of the Soviet Baltic republics, and now the independent and sovereign Baltic states, have been united by the Shining of the North gas trunkline system. Theoretically and practically, natural gas supplied to Lithuania from Poland can be delivered to Estonia through pipelines built during the Soviet era. Thus, by financing the construction of gas pipelines from the North Sea to Denmark, from one coast of Denmark to another, from Denmark to Poland and from Poland to Lithuania, the European Commission ensures the connectivity of gas systems of not three, but five states.
This circumstance is so attractive from a political point of view that the EU turns a blind eye to the economic component of the project: for several years now, the European media have been telling that the Baltic Pipe will ensure the independence of five EU member states from the "extremely aggressive Russian natural gas containing molecules of evil totalitarianism. " It sounds so topical and "harsh" that the hypnotic pressure of the anti-Russian politicians in Poland and the Baltic countries only intensifies, and the refrain about "the impending inevitable loss of Gazprom to successful competitors" is repeated and repeated. In the heat of excitement, the EC financed 75 percent of the construction of another trunk gas pipeline - Balticconnector, which was commissioned on January 1, 2020 and connected the gas systems of Estonia and Finland.
And now let's try to look in this venture, which is loudly called the "European alternative to Gazprom", a grain of economic benefit for all participants. The Norwegian state-owned company Equinor, which produces gas in the North Sea, is not involved in this project - it already has enough customers operating in other European countries. Moreover, for several years now Equinor has not been able to increase production: newly discovered gas fields cover the decline in production volumes at fields at the later stages of production. To solve this problem, the Polish oil and gas production company PGNiG has been buying back shares in Equinor's production projects over the past several years. PGNiG summed up the result of this work in 2019: when the open season procedure, the auction for the transit capacities of the future Baltic Pipe, took place, the Polish company booked 85 percent of these capacities.
You can repeat as much as you like that the capacity of the Baltic Pipe is ten billion cubic meters per year, but the fact that until 2029 it will receive only 8.5 billion cubic meters will not change. Equinor does not mind - it does not care who and where will buy the gas it produces. Polish PGNiG wants to do it - no problem, the client's desire is the law. The Norwegians are not worried about the fact that because of this they will not fulfill their obligations to their traditional European partners - the fact is that swap deliveries between Equinor and Gazprom have been carried out for far from the first year. If it is exaggerated: those for whom Equinor does not have enough natural gas will be supplied by the Russian concern, which will be settled not by the end customer, but by Equinor. This Punchinelle secret explains why Gazprom and Russia do not object to the implementation of the "meridional European gas project": if companies from Poland and the Baltic States will not buy Russian gas, they will buy Equinor, and the sum will not change if the terms are changed. The agreement on the supply of Russian gas between Gazprom and the Polish PGNiG ends at the end of 2022, from that moment PGNiG can safely, without violating any terms of the contract, buy gas from Equinor.
In the American animated series "South Park" cartoon Canadians pour maple syrup over macaroni and cheese, speak strange English, insert the words "friend", "buddy", "sidekick" and with 8 up to 11 they play jazz on the flugelhorn. This exaggerated image is not that far from the truth, but Canada and its people amaze the world with other things - for example, impeccable manners, boundless tolerance and the best cities to live in.
They always hold the doors, never forget to say hello and apologize for or without: even pushing a Canadian or stepping on his foot, get ready to hear not an angry rebuke, but a shy "sorry". Local residents literally absorb formulas of courtesy with their mother's milk, because they are taught good manners from early childhood. In dealing with foreigners, Canadians show angelic patience and do their best to understand them without interrupting or mocking.
The British, by the way, have the same trouble (or victory), they are extremely polite. Read 7 more strange rules of English life that will surprise you.
Canada has two official languages: residents of Quebec and New Brunswick speak French, the rest speak English. But this is not British or American English, but something in between - the rules largely coincide with the American ones, but some of the words are pronounced and written in the British manner (for example, color and favorite - through "ou").
French and English words are mixed in some expressions: Canadians call colored pencils pencils crayons - from English colored pencils and French crayons de couleur.
Since 2016, Canadian citizens can identify themselves not only as a man or a woman, but also put a tick in the “third gender” box. 15 years ago, gay marriage was allowed in the country, gay pride parades are held annually in different provinces, and in Toronto there is a whole Gay Village, where even pedestrian crossings are painted in rainbow colors. (I wonder how quickly such a riot of colors gets lost?)
Comfort comes first - this is the basic formula for Canadian style. They don't really think about propriety and decency here, so they naturally wear shorts in November, they come to business meetings in jeans and sneakers, and at lectures - in crumpled T-shirts and pajama pants.
In the outback, a denim total look is popular, which the evil neighbors on the continent refer to as "Canadian tuxedo" or "redneck tuxedo".
Postcards for March 8 are the most touching gift for mothers and grandmothers. And today, thanks to the variety of ideas and materials, you can create the most unusual and beautiful greeting cards with your own hands, which can be either drawn or executed in the form of an application or any other technique.
Volumetric cards with flowers are not an easy craft, but a real work of art. And now we will show you how to make such a gift for March 8 for mom and grandmother with your own hands.
Beautiful cards - the best congratulations on March 8 for mom from her kids. And if it is a postcard with flowers and a surprise inside, then it will already be real magic.
When gluing flowers, we apply glue only to the very edge of the petals, this is very important, otherwise the bud will not be able to open.
How to make an original card for mom or grandmother to congratulate them on March 8th. Everything is very simple. This requires colored paper, scissors, glue, any decor and, of course, an interesting idea.
If desired, you can also decorate the inside of the card, for example, glue a few small pink hearts.
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