10 Top Shelf Vodka Brands that are Actually Worth a Damn The Best Vodka Mixers for Stocking Your Home Bar Vodka enthusiasts — there’s a new vodka in town sure to get you excited. The makers of Stolichnaya have come up with a new line of vodka called elit™ by Stoli. The vodka makers took a similar approach to how terroir influences the notes in wine, instead exploring the way different water sources affect the way the vodka tastes. For each limited edition, Stoli’s master craftsmen searched the world for the most pristine water sources.For the latest one, the Andean edition, they went to the Andes Mountains in South America, where, according to a release, “they trekked to the crystal clear waters of Colico Lake in the La Araucanía Region of Chile, to a natural spring flowing from the foothills of the Andes Mountains.”“To craft a truly exemplary vodka, one with subtle taste and extraordinary clarity, you must begin with water, the purest of all elements,” said Lori Tieszen, chief marketing officer – Stoli Group USA. “Our quest lead us to the crystal waters of Colico Lake, where the unique balance of minerals ensured the third and final edition in our elit™ pristine water series, would emphasize elit™ by Stolichnaya®’s heritage of unrivalled taste and craftsmanship.”After the water is sourced, it gets fused with Russian Alpha Spirit at the Latvijas Balzams distillery in Latvia, and then bottled in a bottle by Glencairn® Crystal, and then packaged in a Chilean Black Cherry wood case that is lined with leather and embellished with an indigenous pattern local to Colico Lake. Unfortunately the The elit™ pristine water series doesn’t come cheap; a bottle will set you back $3,495 — but there is always the basic elit™ by Stoli, which at under $100 is a lot more affordable.For more information, visit elitbystoli.com. 10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home Stirred or Shaken? How to Make a Perfect Vodka Martini The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: The Best Craft Liquor Made in America Editors’ Recommendations
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Rabat – Former Algerian Prime Minister, Ali Benflis, has publicly stated that the Algerian regime “has reached its limits and resorted to a sort of exorcism of external conspiracies.” In their commentaries on the internal uprisings in many Algerian cities, which occurred a few days ago, Algerian media began circulating the claim that external forces, such as Morocco, are attempting to destabilize the country.In response to these claims, former Algerian Prime Minister, Ali Benflis, said in an interview with the French-language magazine Jeune Afrique that it is the sort of exorcism the state began to resort to after it had reached its fiscal breaking point. “The system has reached its limits. It is out of breath, short of ideas,” stated Benflis in the interview published on Sunday.The former senior official pointed out that Algeria is currently facing an exceptionally difficult economic situation exacerbated by immense social tension. He went on to add that Algeria has not gone through such political, economic and social crises since its independence.Benflis explained that Algeria is currently facing a political deadlock as the Algerian state “does not function properly and its fate is a matter of concern for Algerians citizens and the country’s foreign partners.” He added that the Algerian economy has become subject to the predation of the “strongest men” ruling the country at a moment when equal opportunities are needed in the country.“This is what threatens our country, not external conspiracies or foreign hands that are brought up all the time to try to justify the bankruptcy of governance,” explained Ali Benflis.To make matters worse, the newly introduced “finance law is unjust,” the former Algerian official said. Numerous taxes have been modified or created while the state continues to exonerate itself from its obligations towards citizens, Benflis explained.Benflis explained that What threatens Algerian stability is “the country’s lost social legitimacy,” leaving nothing to stand up against the current structural disarray and economic hardships.Benflis went on to add that Algeria’s current political elite is unable to introduce the necessary reforms that would enable the country to overcome its financial crisis.“The patrimonial and rentier state can never be the author of the deep structural reforms that our economy needs,” he said, explaining that the primary source of the crisis in the country is political.
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“I am deeply shocked by what I have seen. Innocent civilians are bearing the brunt of this brutal war,” said Stephen O’Brien, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, as he wrapped up a four-day visit to South Sudan, which earlier this month, marked the fourth anniversary of its independence amid ongoing violence and deprivation.Mr. O’Brien, who is also the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, painted a grim picture of the situation in South Sudan, which has been wracked by instability and conflict since later December 2013.“Families have endured horrendous atrocities – including killing, abduction, and the recruitment of children into armed groups. Women and girls have been beaten, raped and set on fire,” he said, explaining that entire communities have lost their homes and their livelihoods. Many people are starving, living in swamps or in bushes, hiding in fear of their lives.“This senseless cycle of violence must stop,” he declared. During his mission, Mr. O’Brien met with humanitarian partners, Government officials and the diplomatic community, and visited communities affected by the conflict in Juba, the capital, and Unity state.The UN humanitarian chief called on the leaders of the warring factions to take responsibility for their own actions and for those who act in their name; “I call on the leadership of South Sudan to listen to their people and lay down their arms, to stop the violence, reconcile their differences and commit to peace.”According to the UN Office for the Coordination Of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which Mr. O’Brien heads, the humanitarian consequences of the nearly 20-month long conflict in South Sudan are grave: Some 4.6 million people are severely food insecure, with a quarter of a million children at risk from rapidly worsening nutrition.Massive displacement continues – over two million people, half of whom are children –have fled their homes. This includes some 1.6 million people displaced inside South Sudan and almost 600,000 who have fled to neighbouring countries.“Humanitarian needs are higher now than ever and we cannot wait to respond, to do even more than brave humanitarians are already delivering. I appeal to the international community to act now to avert an even greater humanitarian tragedy in South Sudan,” underscored Mr. O’Brien.The South Sudan Humanitarian Response Plan for 2015 is currently only 42 per cent funded, leaving a gap of nearly $1 billion dollars, according to OCHA.The security situation in South Sudan has deteriorated steadily over the past year since political in-fighting between President Kiir and his former Vice-President, Riek Machar, and their respective factions erupted in December 2013. The hostilities subsequently turned into a full-fledged conflict, resulting in reported atrocities and possible war crimes. The UN Security Council marked the fourth anniversary of South Sudan’s independence by expressing profound disappointment in South Sudan’s leaders for putting their personal ambitions ahead of the good of their country and their people, sparking months of politically motivated violence that has left thousands dead and caused a “man-made…catastrophe.”