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Cuts to UK Government Funding in Recent Years Cost Lives, Study Finds

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The FINANCIAL — A new study from researchers at the University of Liverpool shows that decreasing local government funding over recent years probably contributed to declines in life expectancy in some areas of England, which was stalling even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.…

Digging into the government report on UFOs

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In a Q&A, historian of science Kate Dorsch illuminates the history behind reporting and investigating UFO sightings and contextualizes the new government report on such phenomena. Tucked in the $2.3 trillion COVID-19 relief package that passed in December was a stipulation initially overlooked by many. As part of the Intelligence Authorization Act, the government was required…

Drones to fight fires and deliver coronavirus supplies are first to receive share of over £33 mln government funding

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The FINANCIAL — Innovative projects harnessing the latest technology to support the fight against COVID-19 and other challenges like climate change, while creating hundreds of jobs across the country, have been backed by government investment, Business Minister Nadhim Zahawi has announced today (9 November 2020). The 20 winning ideas will receive a share of £7…

Georgian universities and vocational schools to resume studies in the auditoriums from 19 October

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The FINANCIAL — At today’s session of the Interagency Coordination Council, it was announced that the education process will be resumed in the auditoriums of higher and vocational education institutions from 19 October, while kindergartens will open for pupils from 12 October. Said changes will not apply to Adjara, where the education process will continue…

The ADC stated gov’t reneged on support for port project

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The FINANCIAL — The Anaklia Development Consortium is the company originally selected by the government of Georgia to develop the Anaklia Port project. The company has released a statement yesterday, September 9. The statement claims the government ran a campaign to undermine the project by dissuading potential project investors, lenders, contractors and suppliers from joining the…

Australia falls into the first recession in nearly 30 years

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The FINANCIAL — 2020 is the year Australia technically lost its famous nickname as ‘The Lucky Country’ and fell into recession for the first time in almost three decades. Australia last fell into recession in mid-1990 which ran into late 1991. But the coronavirus pandemic has been a major blow to the Australian economy, although the…

UNICEF study says that cash transfers to children are helpful in overcoming poverty

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The FINANCIAL — Child poverty is a big problem in today’s society. The problem itself creates other issues and affects many countries. Children born into poverty are more likely to experience a wide range of health problems. Poverty also puts an additional strain on families and in most cases these factors lead to mental health and…

Obesity might be an issue for COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness

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The FINANCIAL — Obesity makes it more difficult to vaccinate adults against influenza. Will this be the case for COVID-19 too? Evidence that obese people have a blunted response to common vaccines was first observed in 1985. Moreover, having obesity, defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or above, increases your risk of severe illness…

Georgia announced financial aid for students, children, families and self-employed people

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The FINANCIAL — Today at the Executive Government Meeting it was announced that, Georgian government will continue the programmes to cover utility fees, including sanitary services, gas and water bills. Also, every student with up to 150,000 social rating points will receive a full state-funded compensation for one semester tuition fees in the 2021 academic year…

Schools and universities to reopen on September 15 in Georgia

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The FINANCIAL — Based on the analysis of the current epidemiological situation, the Interagency Coordination Council under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister has decided to start the learning process in schools and universities on September 15 as usual, in classrooms and auditoria. Head of the Operations Comman and Head of the Tourism Administration presented a report…

Online retail giant ASOS to pay back furlough cash (£1.8m) to government

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The FINANCIAL — Asos announced that would be returning the cash it received under the government’s furlough scheme as it released trading statement. In a statement issued online, the company revealed that it’s able to make the payments thanks to ”a steady improvement in sales”. Active customer base increased to 23m, +16% year on year, with particularly…

European Parliament salutes the strengthening of EU-Georgia relations

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The FINANCIAL — The European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee adopted its new report taking stock of the implementation of the EU Association Agreement with Georgia on Monday evening. Members of the European Parliament welcome the continuous deepening of EU-Georgia relations. They underline the importance of editorial independence and non-discriminatory coverage of political views in programmes by private and, in…

The US approved the bill according to which, 15 % of the funds available to the Georgian Govt are conditioned

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The FINANCIAL — The House Appropriations Committee on July 9 approved the fiscal year 2021 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs bill on a vote of 29 to 21. The legislation funds the Department of State, the United States Agency for International Development, and other international programs and activities. The legislation provides security assistance to key allies…

Enterprise Georgia is among 6 shortlisted finalists at the WTPO Awards 2020

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The FINANCIAL — Georgian Government’s agency Enterprise Georgia is praised at the WTPO Awards 2020 for global excellence in promoting and supporting export. Georgia is among the six finalist countries. In the finals are organizations that encourage innovative and effective export development initiatives. The International Trade Centre (ITC) is conducting the competition. The WTPO Awards 2020 received the…

German Embassy in Georgia welcomes the Georgian govt’s decision to open its borders

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The FINANCIAL — Since Georgia’s inclusion on the list of safe countries, and the issuance of the recommendation on the possible reopening of borders to these countries, the Georgian Government has been engaged in active bilateral negotiations with several EU member states. According to, Press Service of the Government Administration, agreements on the unconditional bilateral reopening…