Author: Kenneth Drake

Shares in Donald Trump’s media company soared as the firm made its formal debut on the stock market. Shares surged past $70 in early trade, giving the firm a market value of more than $9bn. They ended the day at about $58, still up more than 16%. The long-awaited moment will inject more than $200m into Trump Media & Technology Group and hands the former president a stake worth more than $4bn. Analysts say that is far more than the firm’s performance warrants. Trump Media’s Truth Social, a Twitter-like service, brought in just $3.3m in revenue in the first nine…

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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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Brussels (12/03 – 55.56) Mary Lawlor, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, said that the dissolution of human rights NGOs signals a deteriorating environment for civil society and human rights defence in Tajikistan. She reiterated that Tajikistan must reconsider its attitudes towards civil society and view human rights defenders as allies instead of enemies. Earlier in November 2023, Tajikistan Minister of Justice announced that 700 NGOs in the country had been liquidated over an 18-month period. “Human rights defenders working on so-called sensitive issues, including freedom from torture, the right to housing and compensation for requisitioned land, minority rights, freedom of belief and good governance, political rights, and…

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“A concrete kennel, measuring 2.5m x 3m. Most often, it is unbearable due to the cold and dampness. Water collects on the floor, and the window is tiny. The walls are thick, stifling any airflow, and not even the cobwebs stir. There is no ventilation, leaving one feeling suffocated at night, akin to a fish out of water. An iron bunk, reminiscent of those found on sleeper trains, is bolted to the wall.” This is how Alexei Navalny described the cell in which he spent 308 out of 1125 days in solitary confinement. His imprisonment amounted to both physical and…

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The Ministry of Finance of Kyrgyzstan plans to place a debut issue of bonds in Russian rubles worth 1 billion rubles on the Kyrgyz Stock Exchange on December 15. The head of the ministry, Almaz Baketaev, told reporters. According to him, the bonds will have a circulation period of two years and a coupon rate of 14.5 percent per annum. «We have a cooperation agreement with Gazprombank. One of the points concerns the placement of bonds. We held a meeting with 40 Russian investors on planned bond issues on December 5 in Moscow. We will conduct the placement through the Kyrgyz Stock Exchange in order to pump it up. The issue of bonds in rubles can create a precedent for placing government bonds on the Kyrgyz Stock Exchange in different currencies to diversify sources of financing and expand the…

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Brussels (4/11 – 25) It’s an old story, a broken record: war crimes in the Middle East, encouraged and stoked by outsiders with their own agenda. Israel, offended and humiliated by the 7 October attacks for which they had repeatedly been warned by Egypt. Hamas, encouraged and bankrolled by Israel initially, in its effort to undercut the appeal of Al-Fatah, has turned into Frankenstein’s Monster, breaching a border that was trumpeted as the most invincible in the world, with 24/7 surveillance, sensors to detect tunnels, full camera coverage and on and on – yet several thousand Hamas warriors parachuted in…

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Regions of Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan intend to develop cooperation in tourism, Azernews reports, citing 24.kg News Agency. According to its data, specialists of tourism departments of Fergana, Andijan and Namangan regions made working trips to Osh, Jalal-Abad and Arslanbob. The issues of strengthening regional cooperation in the tourism sphere, in particular, the possibility of implementation of joint projects, increasing the flow of mutual tourists were considered during the talks. The sides voiced the proposals on infrastructure development in the spheres of culture, history, trade, crafts and sports. Source : Azernews

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As of the end of October 2023, grain crops (excluding legumes, rice and buckwheat) were harvested from an area of 579,500 hectares in Kyrgyzstan, which is 1.2 percent more than in the same period last year. The National Statistical Committee reported. It is noted that 1.6 million tons of grain were threshed in the original registered weight, which is 15 percent less. The decrease in threshing volumes is due to a decrease in the yield of cereal crops by 28 percent compared to 2022. Due to abnormally high temperatures this summer during the growing season, the gross harvest of wheat decreased by 25.8 percent and barley — by 29.5 percent. Earlier it was reported that Russia would ban the export of wheat. A draft government decision has been published banning the export…

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Frankfurt (3/12 – 12) The relatively rapid cohesion of disparate nations, historically competitive or even at war with one another, into the European Union came about in part because of the ongoing threat from the Soviet Union. The specter of a tank invasion from Warsaw Pact nations, today forgotten, was such a reality that the German government kept a major portion of its gold bullion across the Atlantic. The USSR, an ally in World War II after being double-crossed by Hitler – remember the “Non-Aggression Pact signed in Moscow by von Ribbentrop and Molotov – was soon appraised as a…

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More than 20 highly qualified precision medicine specialists from Saudi Arabia volunteered to conduct cardiac surgeries and catheterization among adults in Kyrgyzstan from November 10-17. The charity action is carried out through the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center, the Al Balsam Foundation for Training and Health Development at the Research Institute of Heart Surgery and Organ Transplantation and at the National Center of Cardiology and Therapy named after Academician Mirsaid Mirrahimov in Bishkek. Doctors will perform about 60 cardiac catheterization surgeries and 17 open-heart surgeries free of charge. This action aims to support the national health care sector of…

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