Where was the Afghan baby, lost by his parents in August during the evacuation from Kabul airport, than the symbol of the upcoming New Year according to the lunar calendar upset the Chinese and due to which the British were advised to save on heating bills. The most curious events of the outgoing week are in the Izvestia selection.
It happens in the world that children are lost
In August, when many Afghans tried to leave their country on American planes, a former US embassy guard Mirza Ali Ahmadi, fearing that his two-month-old son Sohail would be crushed in the crowd, handed the baby over a high wall to a foreign soldier. He expected to take the child back after only 5 m, separating him with his wife and four older children from the entrance to the airport. But the crowd was pushed back, the passage inside took half an hour, and after that the family did not manage to find the child.
Photo: REUTERS/Ali Khara
After long throwing, the family nevertheless evacuated to the United States, but continued to search for their youngest son through the Internet and with the help of the media. And in the end Sohail was found in the family of a Kabul taxi driver – he found a crying baby on the road near the airport and, not finding his parents, took him to his family. And he even posted a photo with replenishment in one of the social networks, thanks to which the real parents saw the baby.
Negotiations on the return of Sokhail to his grandparents, who remained in Afghanistan, went on for a long seven weeks. The new parent had long dreamed of a son, and his wife gave birth to daughters all the time, so he did not want to give the boy to his relatives. But this week, the story of the baby lost at the Kabul airport finally ended with a happy ending.: his grandfather took him and soon promised to send his grandson to his parents in the USA.
If in a good half of the world the lion is invariably considered the king of animals, then in China this proud title has always been assigned to the tiger. – one of the 12 zodiac animals of the Chinese calendar, embodying natural strength, military prowess and masculinity.
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In honor of the New Year, which most of the world has already celebrated, and Asia, including China, is only going to celebrate in accordance with the lunar calendar in February, calling it the Year of the Tiger, China Post issued stamps featuring this majestic animal this week.. This tradition has been sacredly observed in China for the 42nd year in a row.
However, the current stamps in honor of the upcoming Year of the Tiger have greatly upset the Chinese Internet community. The fact is that on one of them, a tiger looking somewhere into the distance seemed to the majority deprived of its usual animal strength and energy, somehow sad and even sick. And the two cubs depicted next to the mother tigress were considered too unhappy at all..
Animals also have both happiness and sadness, the author of the works, the famous Chinese artist and stamp designer Feng Dazhong, who has been drawing tigers since his youth, parried this criticism. And he added that he deliberately tried to “break through the animal nature of tigers in order to convey spiritual emotion.”
Same measures, only in profile
Canada certainly hasn’t been a trailblazer when it comes to harsher penalties for ardent anti-vaxxers. Penalties for refusing to vaccinate against COVID-19 have already been introduced by a dozen countries around the world, and even before the super-contagious Omicron strain spread around the planet. But it was in Canada that they were the first to think of a more socially just connotation of the same measure, calling it not a fine, but a tax on health care.
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This week, the province of Quebec announced plans to impose a new tax on those who refuse to be vaccinated without a medical exemption. As Quebec Prime Minister François Legault explained, unvaccinated citizens create a huge burden on the healthcare system when infected with coronavirus. And according to this logic, they must pay for their stubbornness. However, the authorities have not yet announced exactly how much.
To date, the death toll from coronavirus in the province has exceeded 12,000, making Quebec one of the leaders in deaths among Canadian regions. According to official figures, only 10% of all eligible residents in the province still have not received the injection. However, this category accounts for half of those who now occupy hospital beds in intensive care units.
This is the infection
Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic has been in the top world news more than once, but mainly for sports reasons. In the same week, he turned out to be the hero of front-page articles already for his unsportsmanlike and even socially dangerous behavior. In mid-December, the tennis player, a staunch opponent of coronavirus vaccination who contracted COVID, first took part in an event in Serbia, and a day later, already having a positive test in his hands, gave an interview French edition of L’Equipe. He later stated in his defense that he did not want to let the journalists down and was wearing a mask at the meeting.
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But major scandal erupted when Djokovic arrived at the Australian Open. Despite a bunch of posts on social networks showing the stay of the first racket of the world on New Year’s Eve in Spain, Djokovic wrote on the entry form that he had not been to any third countries for the last 14 days. The tennis player’s assistants took the blame for the inaccuracy in the questionnaire on themselves. And the court overturned the original decision to annul Djokovic’s Australian visa. But On January 14, the country’s authorities revoked the visa of the first racket of the world, announced his deportation and banned entry into Australia for three years.
And that’s not all. Now the possibility of punishing Djokovic for violating the rules of entry and exit is being studied in his homeland in Serbia, as well as in Spain, where he, being sick, albeit without symptoms, went immediately after Christmas.
With good intentions
Amid the energy crisis sweeping across Europe, the UK’s third-largest energy supplier Ovo Energy has come out with a series of tips on how to save on bills during these difficult times. and don’t freeze.
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The company recently sent out a letter to its customers with “10 simple and cost-effective ways to keep warm this winter.” Among the good advice was, for example, the proposal cuddle with your pets and loved ones for warmth, eat ginger but avoid chili peppers, because sweat breaks out of him, and also start the morning with a “hearty bowl of porridge.” In addition, Britons looking to save on their heating bills this winter were advised play outdoor games with children more often, clean the house and leave the oven open after cooking.
However, these recommendations were not received with gratitude. Rather, on the contrary, they caused a flurry of angry responses, including from members of parliament. And in the end, the company, having experienced the validity of the statement “the road to hell is paved with good intentions”, had to publicly apologize for the bad idea.
Since the summer, electricity prices across Europe have started to set one record after another. And many Britons are already facing the biggest cut in their income since the financial crisis of 2008-2009 due to rising energy bills. At the same time, it is expected that in April the cost of it will increase by another 50%, or £700, to £2,000 per year per family.