The FINANCIAL -- On April 21, the Parliament of Georgia approved changes to the Road Traffic law introducing the so-called demerit points system (DPS) in Georgia. Under the DPS every driver will receive a reserve of 100 points. For each traffic violation, in addition to monetary penalty, the points will be deducted from a 100 points “allowance”. 

The FINANCIAL -- Between 2000 and 2012, Sweden fell in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) by 16 places from the 7th to the 23rd rank, and in the 2015 PISA study, Sweden ranked 28th of 34 countries in mathematics! As the OECD writes: “No other PISA-participating country saw a steeper decline in student performance over the past decade than Sweden.” Who is to blame?

The FINANCIAL -- For the first time in more than two years, meat prices are displaying a steady increase; month-to-month changes in prices have been positive for the last four months.

The FINANCIAL -- How does the future of well-irrigated agriculture look like? Would it be a blasphemy to answer – paradise? In an imminently drier and hungrier future, this does seem like a plausible answer, with all due respect.

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