BUCHAREST, 2 sept — Sputnik. According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the tensions in the Korean Peninsula should be settled through a direct dialogue of all the parties concerned „without any preconditions".
He warned that pressures that are being put on Pyongyang could worsen the situation and even trigger a major conflict.
"The situation on the Korean Peninsula, where tensions have grown recently, is balancing on the brink of a large-scale conflict. Russia believes that the policy of putting pressure on Pyongyang to stop its nuclear missile program is misguided and futile," Putin wrote, according to RT.com.
He thinks that the tensions in the region should be settled through a direct dialogue of all the parties concerned „without any preconditions."
„Provocations, pressure and militarist and insulting rhetoric are a dead-end road," he noted.
The Russian leader is expected to attend a summit of the BRICS nations that will take place in China next week.
Russia and China have initiated a "double freeze" plan to resolve the Korean crisis, promoting the gradual easing of tensions. The plan is designed to cease any missile launches and nuclear tests by Pyongyang, as well as large-scale military exercises by Washington and Seoul.
The UN Security Council unanimously agreed, last month, to impose more restrictive measures on Pyongyang, banning exports of coal, iron, lead, and seafood. The move came in response to North Korea's missile launches in July, which it, as well as South Korea and the US, claimed were intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests. Moscow has questioned the claim, arguing North Korea was testing intermediate range rockets.
At the same time, China announced a full ban on imports of coal, iron, and seafood, among other goods from North Korea as of August 15, thus cutting key export revenues for Pyongyang.
More than 80,000 fans are expected to make the trip to Spain for the match despite just 34,000 tickets being collectively allocated to both sides. The venue for the final is Atletico Madrid's 67,000 capacity Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
The game will kick off at 9pm local time, or 8pm in the UK. For viewers on the east coast of the United States, that means a kick-off time of 3pm.
It is safe to say that you won't need an umbrella with temperatures expected to soar to 33C (92F) on the afternoon of the game, before cooling to around 28C (82F) for kick-off.
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BUCHAREST, 13 March - Sputnik. According to the website Downdetector, which tracks the work of popular Internet resources, users in several countries reported that they were experiencing trouble with the functioning of the social media platform.
"Problems in the work of Facebook are observed from 11:56 on the time of the East Coast of the USA”, the report says.
The majority of reports regarding Facebook not working come from users in the north-eastern US, the Philippines, Europe, including the United Kingdom and Netherlands, as well as some Latin American countries, such as Brazil and Peru.
More than an hour after users began experiencing problems, a Facebook spokesperson confirmed that some people are "currently having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps". The spokesperson failed to give an explanation for the global outage.
Twitterians were quick to react to the developments.
#FacebookDown began trending on Twitter globally as frustrated netizens vented their fury at being denied access to their virtual lives.
Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, suffered similar unexplained major outages in January this year, and Novemberand October last year. As usual, users flocked to the “old reliable” Twitter to occupy their time until the world is restored to its natural order.
CHIȘINĂU, 8 aug - Sputnik. Nutriționistul Elena Solomatina recomandă, într-un interviu acordat ziarului Vetcherniaïa Moskva, să nu se bea mai mult de 300 de mililitri de bere pe zi pentru a evita problemele de sănătate.
„300 de mililitri de bere este o normă zilnică acceptabilă, care poate fi băută cu un aperitiv bun, de preferință nu gras. Nu ar trebui să bei bere pe stomacul gol, deoarece poate provoca spasme de stomac și crampe”, a spus ea pentru ziarul citat.
Potrivit acesteia, este mai bine să se acorde preferință berii nefiltrate. În plus, ea observă că această băutură poate fi bună doar dacă este făcută din produse naturale.
Cu toate acestea, nutriționistul avertizează împotriva consumului excesiv de bere, deoarece provoacă o scădere a testosteronului la bărbați. Potrivit ei, de-a lungul timpului, pe lângă binecunoscuta burtă de bere, bărbatul începe să prezinte trăsături feminine în silueta sa, ba chiar caracterul său se poate schimba: de la rezervat la mai isteric.
„Este clar că această băutură este contraindicată copiilor, gravidelor și femeilor care alăptează. Nu recomand consumul persoanelor care suferă de tulburări mentale, ale sistemului nervos, care sunt predispuși la ateroscleroză și la diabetici”, adaugă nutriționistul.
În plus, ea avertizează că chiar și berile nealcoolice pot fi dăunătoare pentru sănătate.
„Berea fără alcool sau cu alcool scăzut are un indice glicemic ridicat, contribuie la dezvoltarea rezistenței la insulină și provoacă diabetul de tip II. În plus, a bea o băutură care nu conține nici măcar un grad de alcool este o cale directă către formarea plăcilor aterosclerotice și apariția excesului de greutate”, explică ea pentru ziar.