Author: Levent Naz

Punishing hot weather affects not only a person’s health or work productivity but also affects couples’ fertility and birth outcomes, a project by the National University of Singapore (NUS) found. Rising temperatures could further reduce Singapore’s resident total fertility rate, which dipped below 1 – a record low – in 2023. The rate refers to the average number of babies each woman would have during her reproductive years. Researchers from the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine studied sperm samples from 818 men that were already stored at the National University Hospital’s (NUH) andrology section. The scientists then traced the men’s…

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Tajikistan’s existential project to build the colossal 335-meter-high Roghun hydropower dam is proceeding apace, but costs are spiraling, and to a level that is making it hard to see where the government is going to find the funds needed to finish the work. To complicate matters for Dushanbe, this is happening against the backdrop of calls from environmental watchdogs for international development lenders to pause the allocation of any future funds to Tajikistan pending a fresh assessment of the project. The extent of the budget overshoot is striking. In a press conference on February 16, Finance Minister Faiziddin Kahhorzoda revealed…

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HANOI, Dec 8 (Reuters) – Chinese investments in Vietnam have boomed this year in contrast to a slowdown in U.S. spending and trade, official data show, as the world’s two largest economies vie for influence in the strategic Southeast Asian country. The manufacturing hub stretching along the South China Sea is increasingly a key assembling link in global supply chains that often rely on Chinese components and U.S. consumers.00:10S&P, Nasdaq notch highest closes since early 2022 U.S. President Joe Biden achieved an upgrade of diplomatic relations with the former foe in a visit to Hanoi in September, after a year of intense…

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The handshakes between Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan are becoming increasingly warm. For ten long years the two men had rather cold relationship, it had become obvious within the international community that they could hardly tolerate the presence of each other. A first tentative rapprochement took place in Qatar a year ago, on the sidelines of the Football World Cup; this was a brief but cordial handshake. In the two following meetings – first at the G20 summit in New Delhi in September and then at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation summit in…

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India’s navy chief chided China this week for its aggressive behavior in the South China Sea in rare blunt remarks that hinted at New Delhi’s growing concern over the safety of vital sea lines. “The fragile security situation in the South China Sea, where the growing number of instances of bullying of smaller navies, including fishermen, by the Chinese militia or its navy…poses a clear and present danger to the good order and discipline at sea,” said Adm. Hari Kumar, the Indian Navy’s top uniformed officer. Kumar was speaking at a public event organized by the National Maritime Foundation, a government-funded think tank, in…

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Migration, Turkey, energy issues, and the Middle East dominated the discussion between Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Olaf Scholz in Berlin, with the economy taking a backseat reflecting Greece’s transition from the dire financial straits of the previous decade. Mitsotakis described this transition as “national progress,” citing Greece’s investment grade, and the fact that it has seen the fastest debt reduction in the world. “From being the black sheep in the years of the crisis, it is now an example,” he said. Consequently, the discussion between the two leaders took place on a completely different basis than in the past, leaving behind…

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Analysis of internet searches conducted by people in Russia suggests their real views on the war in Ukraine differ significantly from what the Kremlin would like the world to believe, new research reveals. What opinion polls tell us According to both the Voice of America and Euronews websites, recent surveys of the Russian public conducted by their government show two obvious trends in relation to the war in Ukraine, which seem to be counter-intuitive. These polls found that while as many as 80 percent expressed concern about the financial and social effects of Western sanctions, imposed after Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, they did not blame the Kremlin.…

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AADE is focusing on those who declare their tax address in another country but live here. The tax administration is examining the taxpayers who, although they have declared their permanent residence outside Greece, live and work in the country. Most of them have chosen a country with low tax rates and at the same time avoid the presumed income that applies in Greece and the inspection of their bank deposits. The auditors of the Independent Authority for Public Revenue (AADE) are looking for those who normally live in Greece, but declare themselves tax residents abroad, in order to avoid taxes…

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15 years after the release of the original, the producer of the original Mamma Mia! movie confirmed that despite delays, a third installment is well on the way. The first movie, which was shot in Greece, on Skopelos, Skiathos, and in Pilio, was directed by Phyllida Lloyd. The second film in 2018 “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again”, was shot in Croatia, and was directed by Ol Parker. It did not return to film in the Greek islands because of the complications created by Greek bureaucracy. The producers moved the filming location to a remote Croatian island although the story…

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İGA Istanbul Airport, one of the world’s important global transfer hubs, signed an official sponsorship agreement with the Turkish Football Federation, covering the services of the İGA PASS brand, a special passenger program that stands out with the opportunities it provides to its passengers and offers an unforgettable airport experience. With the agreement made with the Turkish Football Federation, İGA PASS became the ‘Official Sponsor’ of the Turkey National Women’s Football Team and the Turkey National Men’s Football Team. Continuing its support to sports with its understanding of social responsibility, İGA Istanbul Airport announced that it is the ‘Official Sponsor’…

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