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Divorce Across the World – What’s it Like in These 4 Nations?

It’s fair to describe the current divorce laws in the UK as being archaic, particularly from the perspective of a progressive society. This is set to change from 2020, however, when the legislation will change to introduce “no fault” divorces that remove unnecessary conflict and antagonism between parties.

While this is great news for spouses across the length and breadth of the UK, it’s fair to say that divorce laws vary significantly across the globe.

We’ll explore this further below, by considering four countries that have very different outlooks on the notion of divorce.

1. Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka currently has one of the lowest rates of divorce in the world, with an estimated 0.46 separations recorded for every 1,000 marriages. But is this indicative of a location where marital harmony reigns supreme?

The short answer is no, as this low rate of divorce is underpinned by prohibitive laws that cause huge amounts of anxiety and agony for couples who choose to go through the process.

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The issue is so bad that Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court recently called for an overhaul of the nation’s divorce laws, which are deemed to be unfit for purpose and designed purely for the purpose of perpetuating marriages and the illusion of healthy family values.

This means that couples who file for divorce are met with numerous obstacles, while the ultimate decision regarding their separation is to take out of their hands and passed directly to a judge.

2. Russia 

Conversely, Russia is a country with a high divorce rate, with the ratio of separation to new marriages fixed at 1 to 1:6 as recently as 2016.

This means that divorce has become more popular than marriage in recent times, and this is at least partially due to the presence of relatively liberal laws that apply nationwide.

Interestingly, the prominence of divorce in Russia is also attributed to the fact that citizens tend to get married much younger here, with immaturity and a lack of financial security undermining even positive love matches.

Russia is also thought to provide challenging living conditions, which compounds the issue facing young couples and intensifies the pressure facing them.

3. Cuba

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Cuba is another nation with a relatively high divorce rate, with 11.03 separations recorded for every 1,000 married people.

Now, this is arguably the result of incredibly liberal divorce laws, which enables separations to be concluded in just 20 minutes in some instances. This is an incredibly short period of time, particularly if you’ve ever got divorced. You can check out companies such as Withers for more information.

This is where the situation gets a little more complicated in Cuba, however, as here the state controls virtually all property whilst there’s a significant housing shortage nationwide.

So, even though couples can get divorced incredibly easily, they may be forced to live together as a couple long after the papers have been signed, creating the potential for huge dysfunction and potential animosity after the fact.

4. Singapore

We close with Singapore, which has seen its divorce rate decline of late even as the number of confirmed marriages has increased.

So, even as the number of civil and Muslim marriages increased by 0.9% to 28,212 in 2017, there have been fewer partnerships that have ended in divorce during the same period.

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This may have something to do with the slightly complex divorce process in Singapore, which involves two arduous steps and can be either contested or uncontested. The first stage sees the courts deal directly with the termination of the marriage, before dealing with Ancillary matters including the division of marital assets, custody of the children and any due maintenance payments from one spouse to the other.

Before this, you also need to determine whether or not you even qualify for a divorce in Singapore, and this can be challenging enough by itself.

Top 12 Technologically Advanced Countries of the World

We can thank technology for the many amazing benefits we get to experience, from everyday things like staying in touch with our loved ones to those more extraordinary achievements, like traveling to space. Seeing as how every nation is different, it’s normal to have different needs, which is why every country has used technology in its own way to improve the life of its citizens. Some were more successful than others and therefore, in no particular order, here are some of the most technologically advanced countries.

The Netherlands

Are you aware that the Dutch are credited with a lot of things we take for granted? For example, the telescope and the microscope, as well as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, all originated in the Netherlands. They have taken their innovativeness to a whole new level with all sorts of medical and scientific instruments among other things. Moreover, the Netherlands is also considered to be the “new Silicon Valley” due to a huge number of booming tech hubs all over the country.

source: innovationorigins.com

Finland

While Nokia might be the first thing that comes to mind, this Scandinavian country has so much more to offer. Finland is definitely a pioneer in the field of mobile communication as well as bioscience and environmental science. One thing that makes the citizens of Finland very happy is the fact that they have one of the best healthcare systems in the world.

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Germany

Germany being on this list is no surprise. You might be aware of the fact that their research and development efforts have contributed to nanotechnology and space travel. They are leaders in the field of medicine, engineering, infrastructure and military technology. The government supports various universities and organizations which focus on preparing new generations of scientists.

Canada

Many people tend to neglect Canada’s technological advancements, but the boom this country experienced in the past decade tells us that they are a force to be reckoned with. Almost 2% of the GDP goes to research and development, which presents an amazing opportunity for growth in all fields. Vancouver has become a great city for mobile tech startups, while Ontario and Montreal are thriving when it comes to tech and R&D.

source: thecanadianencyclopedia.ca

India

India is full of skilled workers so it’s no wonder that it has become the center for all kinds of outsourcing work, from customer support to accounting. More and more companies are investing in India, including Microsoft and Apple, and this boom is expected to continue. Luckily, India is more than prepared to take on more work as its real estate sector is booming and providing more investment opportunities for all.

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Japan

It is well-known that Japan is one of the giants in the technological field. Plenty of companies that are dominant on the world stage are from Japan, such as Mitsubishi, Toyota, Nintendo, Sony and Canon. In recent years, we have also started associating Japan with bullet trains, smart toilets and robotic technology, but this Asian country is unstoppable when it comes to making our lives much easier (and more fun).

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Singapore

According to opencompanysingapore.com , Singapore has established itself as a major tech hotspot as many big companies from all over the world are opening their offices there. The IT industry is in full bloom and venture capitalists are constantly investing in new startups. Moreover, having the fastest fixed broadband speed in the world is certainly a huge plus.

South Korea

Another giant of technological advancements that comes from Asia is South Korea. This country is well-versed in all fields and has greatly contributed to making everyday activities much easier. For instance, they make everything from phones and computers through trains and planes to robots. South Korea also has incredible internet speed that is three times faster than that of the US. The biggest South Korean companies include Samsung, LG and Hyundai, which can all go toe to toe with their counterparts in the US or Europe.

source: pcworld.com

Russia

These space pioneers still have an interest in developing the best technologies for space exploration. Moreover, they are also famous for their advanced defense system with their inventive military equipment. Russia puts great emphasis on education and supports new generations as they are expected to continue the development of nuclear energy, medicine and different kinds of technology. And, of course, we cannot forget about their very talented hackers who have also appeared in the news in recent times.

The United States

Alongside Russia, the United States is also known for its space technology, which keeps improving. With companies such as SpaceX constantly developing, this field should be closely watched. Furthermore, the US is home to Silicon Valley which inspires up-and-coming software engineers to give this career a go. Many of today’s biggest tech companies started as a small startup in the Valley and plenty of new ones are launched every day. Apple, Microsoft, IBM, Google and Uber are just some of those that made it. These businesses keep reaching new heights and developing new products, whether it’s a variety of AI assistants or introducing AirPods.

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China

When you think of China, what is the first thing that comes to mind? It probably isn’t space exploration. However, China is the first country to land a probe on the dark side of the moon. They also launched the Hongyun Project, where they sent a satellite into space in order to provide stable internet access to the rural regions of the country. Furthermore, they are utilizing solar power to the fullest by building solar expressways and floating solar power plants. And we cannot forget to mention the company that creates 3D-printed buildings!

Israel

Finally, another country that is amazing at space science – Israel. In addition to that, they have also developed quite an innovative defense industry and the first drone with real-time surveillance. The agriculture industry is another thing Israel can be proud of as they have managed to maximize the crop’s growth in a naturally arid area of the world.

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Plenty of other countries are achieving outstanding results as well. For example, France is even offering incentives to people to move there and open their own tech startups. With all the recent developments, our future is looking quite interesting.

Russia and China are Killing US Dollar

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According to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, countries which are under the sanctions should start doing business in their national currencies, as he suggested on Tuesday. Other than Russia, countries which can opt for such a move are also Iran and Turkey, and this means that the days of the US dollar as the international reserve currency could come to an end.

The person who will be the happiest about it is President Donald Trump. Why Trump?

Yale economist Robert Triffin explained in the 1950s that when a currency is the international reserve currency, it runs a current account deficit. In case of a replacement, it is more likely to have trade surpluses, which is what happened when the US dollar replaced the British pound in the 1920s and which is what POTUS aims for.

Currently, all over the world, nations use the dollar as the currency to trade with each other. When purchases oil from Iran, they use the US dollar to complete the transaction. Basically, more US$ flow out of the country than it flows in and that creates a big current account deficit.

With the dollar as the international reserve currency, we have a thing called “monetary seignorage.” In other words, it is what the US government earns with all of those dollars circulating around the world, outside of the US. It is a minimum cost to print money whereas countries which use $ such as China and Russia pay the full value of it in goods and services.

But not everyone wants to see the dollar as the world’s currency. As China claims, the international role of the US dollar was one of the things that caused the financial crisis ten years ago. There was a chance back then for another currency to replace it, but none did.

Let’s jump to the present. Last week, Trump reimposed sanctions on Iran and he said that any company which is doing deals with the Iranians in dollars would also be hit by sanctions. Also under sanctions are several Russian companies.

Lavrov visited Turkey and he told at the press conference that “unilateral enforcement measures are illegitimate in international affairs,” which is a clear reference to the sanctions imposed by the USA. “One way to counter these illegitimate barriers and restrictions is we can use national currencies on our bilateral trade,” he concluded.

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According to Lavrov, Russia has already switched to local currencies when they strike trade deals with countries such as China and Iran. He also believes that a large number of other countries will start doing the same. “I strongly believe that abuse of the role the U.S. dollar plays as an international currency will eventually result in its role being undermined,” Lavrov said. “A growing number of countries — even those not affected by US sanctions — will more and more stay away from the dollar and will rely on more reliable partners using their (own) currency.”

To some extent, Lavrov is right. But will the Chinese be content when they receive the payment in Turkish lira, knowing that the currency will be worth much less by the time the ship reaches its destination? What the US dollar has that no other currency can guaranty: It is safe, dependable and easy to exchange.

We mentioned that this change in role for the US$ is making Trump happy. While he may be thrilled with lower trade deficits because the dollar loses its role of being the international reserve currency, this is not going to happen soon. We will still have to wait for a major change when it comes to the international currency and at the moment none can replace the US dollar.

US Ready To Sanction Russia Because Of Poisoning!

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The relations between The United States of America and Russia are always up and down. As soon as they get better, things take a big turn for the worse not that long after. Well, that is exactly what is going to happen again after this move that The States are about to make.

The red, white and blue are planning on imposing new sanctions on Russia since they had found out that Moscow is the one that is behind the poisoning a former Russian spy and his daughter. The poisoning happened in March this year, on the British soil.

It means that the Russians straight up broke the law since they used a lethal substance against the spy and his daughter, at least according to the State Department.

Back in March, Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yuila were found unconscious on the bench in Salisbury, a small British town. Novichok was the name of the substance that was used in order to make them sick. It’s a nerve agent that was developed during the Soviet-era. Luckily, they survived.

Of course, the Brits are going to welcome these sanctions by the United States of America. Even though Russia hasn’t made an official comment about this move that the US is making, the fact of the matter is that they have already denied any involvement in the poisoning of their former spy and his daughter.

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Kremlin also stated that they had no involvement in the poisoning near Salisbury just a couple of months ago when a couple from The Great Britan was sickened – with one person surviving and one dying.

It has been said that the couple also picked up the bottle that had Novichok in it, the same lethal stuff that put Skripal’s in big trouble.

Trump did state that “nobody has been tougher on Russia” than The States, but this is a move that they have to make, not a choice of theirs.

Trump says Russian sanctions will remain in place

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After Helsinki summit, President of the United States Donald Trump is facing criticism from all sides for his stance against Russia and its President Vladimir Putin. In an effort to stave off some of the attacks, POTUS said on Monday that the White House doesn’t plan on easing up sanctions against Kremlin.

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Replying to President Putin’s demand to lift them, Trump said: “Sanctions on Russia will remain as is.” He also used the opportunity to take a swing at Germany, slamming that country for importing Russia’s natural gas and not spending enough on defense, failing to reach NATO’s recommendation on the military budget size of 2% of the GDP. These attacks have become a constant trope for Trump and are mostly aimed at German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The statement came after Italy’s prime minister Giuseppe Conte said that lifting of the European Union’s sanctions imposed against Russia over Crimea annexation is “unthinkable.” Not all members of the Italian government agree with him, though. His coalition, comprised of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement and the far-right League, was formed after nobody had a clear majority in the Italian parliament in the last election and many of his coalition partners are clamoring for a change in country’s foreign policy and closer ties with Russia. Conte, however, decided to back the recent Brussel’s extension of sanctions for another six months.

Source:cnn.com

Prime Minister Conte is in Washington discussing the US-EU trade relations. The date for the start of trade talks between the European Union and the United States hasn’t been set yet and Conte has urged both sides to begin as soon as possible.

“I believe that this understanding is fundamental and we have to work on it immediately, bringing our efforts to make sure European, American, Italian citizens receive the benefit of a more equitable trade relationship which is completely reciprocal,” Conte said Monday.

Source: nypost.com

Russian Election Meddling Helped Trump?

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Most of the Republicans will admit that Russia has interfered with the elections, but they will also say that it didn’t influence the outcome and that Trump would be president even without a foul play from Moscow. This might be true, but everything is pointing in a slightly different direction meaning that they did influence the results greatly.

The investigation that was conducted shows that the Kremlin was involved in 2016 elections, but Trump is still not persuaded, especially after Putin said to him that Russia did not influence the process. On the other hand, almost everyone will agree that they did interfere and depending on the fraction which they favor, the result of that influence is seen differently.

According to Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, he is “1,000 percent certain that the Russians interfered in our election.” He continued by adding: “Russia didn’t beat Clinton. Trump beat Clinton.” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who helped oversee the investigation while he was a director of the Central Intelligence Agency, also confirmed that Moscow was involved, only with a minimal impact.

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Trump being Trump, said how Kremlin “will be pushing very hard for Democrats” when the 2018 midterm elections come. This is based on his claims that he was the toughest US president when it comes to international relations with Russia and that they definitely don’t want him to stay in the White House.

In election games, there is a huge number of factors in play, and it is hard to prove that Moscow’s influence had any meaningful impact. One thing that we need to say is that the intelligence community didn’t reach a conclusion, at least it wasn’t publicly delivered, that foul play didn’t tip the scale in Trump’s favor.

We could hear more than a few experts that claim how they really did manage to swing the elections and secure the victory for the current president. According to James Clapper who suggest that about 80,000 votes in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan was enough for the win. He wrote, “I have no doubt that more votes than that were influenced by the massive effort by the Russians.”

Clapper is named as someone who doesn’t like Trump and supports Obama, but his point of view will be backed up by Kathleen Hall Jamieson who will publish a book that covers Russian interference and how it brought a win to Trump. “The Russian trolls and hackers created message imbalances, the former in social media, the latter in news,” that helped the Republican, she said in an interview on Sunday. “The use that the mainstream and conservative media made of the Russian hacking of the Democrats’ emails altered the news and debate agendas in ways that past election research would suggest were significant enough to change the outcome.”

It has been reported by NBC News that there was a large number of Russian trolls that launched and spread false news about Pope Francis support for Trump. This, according to research, also influenced some voters.

On the eve of the Democratic National Convention WikiLeaks published internal documents that were reportedly stolen by Russian hackers. Those documents proved that Clinton was favored by the Democratic National Committee against Bernie Sanders in the primaries. As a result, some supporters of Sanders decided not to vote while Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned.

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Another interesting coincidence came right after Trump’s video where he talked about groping women when WikiLeaks published the first batch of emails from John Podesta’s account. At that moment, Podesta was Clinton’s campaign manager. Since this was released on a Friday afternoon, which definitely isn’t the best moment if you want media attention, it can be easily described as an intent to deflect attention from Trump misbehavior. Later on, this was connected with the Russian military intelligence unit.

All these issues that were geared against Clinton and her staff members forced her campaign to devote more attention to that than to actual elections. The question is, did this really help Trump to win?

Source: bloomberg.com

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin to Meet in White House in the Fall

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Donald Trump has asked his national security adviser to send an invitation to Russian president Vladimir Putin, asking him to come to the White House after the summer is over. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders posted on Twitter that POTUS had: “agreed to ongoing working-level dialogue between the two security council staffs” on a summit between the two leaders that took place on Monday.

She also said: “President Trump asked (national security adviser John Bolton) to invite President Putin to Washington in the fall and those discussions are already underway.”

On Thursday, Trump stated: “I look forward to our second meeting.” This information became news when the US director of national intelligence Dan Coats revealed that he didn’t know what the two leaders had talked about during their stay in Helsinki, Finland.

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Mr. Coats said: “I think as time goes by and the president has already mentioned some things that happened in that meeting, I think we will learn more. But that is the president’s prerogative.” He also mentioned the US intelligence assessment regarding the alleged Russian meddling into the US presidential election and Moscow’s “ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy.”

Trump has denied that Russia was involved in any way in the US presidential election in 2016 and as he said, he “didn’t see any reason.” POTUS was harshly criticized by the United States public and politicians after the summit, for not attacking Putin to accept Moscow’s involvement. However, the following day, he said that he got confused and used would instead of wouldn’t. So, if we take a look at his speech, Trump said how he didn’t see any reason why Russia wouldn’t be involved in the US elections. He said what he meant “should have been obvious – I thought it would be obvious but would like to clarify in case it wasn’t.”

This was his first clarification, but POTUS had many controversial comments during that press conference. Even this explanation doesn’t seem legit because one cannot misuse these words without correcting themselves immediately since the meaning is completely different.

Trump also mentioned an “incredible offer” made by the Russian president, but the White House attempted to distance themselves from this. The offer was to allow the US to question 12 Russians accused of interfering in the 2016 presidential election. In return, they would have to allow the Russians to interview Americans they had accused of unspecified crimes.

This idea wasn’t well received with the US politicians, causing the White House to step back. “Hopefully President Putin will have the 12 identified Russians come to the United States to prove their innocence or guilt.”

One of the people Kremlin had in mind for questioning was the US ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul who was accused of fraud and corruption by the Moscow. McFaul considered this request from Russia ridiculous, and he received support in the Senate where all 98 politicians voted to support a resolution that would prevent these people from being sent to Russia for questioning.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told The Christian Broadcasting Network on Thursday that this was “not going to happen.”

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After the summit, many criticized Trump for becoming too friendly with Vladimir Putin. Even though he received heavy criticism, the US president said that the relationship between the two countries is improving. And now he is inviting his colleague from Moscow to come to Washington. If this is indeed true, then we can consider it a good move. However, I don’t see that the American public is going to support him in such actions and the Democrats cannot wait for Trump to make another mistake.

Source: news.sky.com

Russia is no longer targeting US

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On a meeting of the US President Trump’s Cabinet on Wednesday, an interesting question rose from one of the reporters. The question was – is Russia still “targeting” the United States? President Trump quickly responded “Thank you very much. NO!”

This question, of course, refers to the cyber-attacks that Moscow has allegedly launched against the US, and as it seems, POTUS somehow managed to stop them. According to the White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders it appears that Trump was saying “no” to some other questions, and actually did not answer this specific question about Russia. If you followed the clip to the end, the president really did keep talking to reporters at the Cabinet meeting and he managed to praise himself as a first president who has been really tough on Russia. According to Mr. Trump, “President Putin knows that better than anybody, certainly a lot better than the media.”

What is a bit peculiar in this situation is the fact that members of the president’s cabinet are a bit confused and don’t have their thoughts in line. According to Dan Coats’, Trump’s director of national intelligence, statement from last Monday we heard that – “We have been clear in our assessments of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and their ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy.” Last Friday, on the other hand, Mr. Coats changed the tune and said “The warning lights are blinking red again. Today, the digital infrastructure that serves this country is literally under attack.” He basically compared Russia’s current cyber efforts to warning signs that emerged before the 9/11 attacks.

The other interesting thing that came in is the second round of comments President Trump made (and these followed his praise of firm hand over Russia) in which he states “My administration has and will continue to move aggressively to repeal any efforts — and repel — we will stop it, we will repel it — any efforts to interfere in our elections,” on Tuesday in front of members of Congress. He also added, “We’re doing everything in our power to prevent Russian interference in 2018.” If he actually believes that there is no more Moscow’s meddling in the US and no more attacks, what exactly will his administration be doing on that matter? Wait, we know! Nothing! You also need to know that President Trump’s comments about the threat of current and future Russian interfering were basically drowned by his ability to reverse a basic fact about prior meddling – Did it happen at all?

You recall the Helsinki Summit? In Helsinki Trump openly said that he sees no reason why it would have been Russia who interfered. A pretty bold statement given the fact that every intelligence agency in the US confirmed that it was, in fact, Russia. Of course, something had to be done on this matter, which is why we all saw POTUS on Tuesday holding a press conference on which he read from a prepared statement that said that he accepted their (agencies’) conclusion that there was meddling in the 2016 presidential election. But, this wouldn’t be president Trump if he didn’t add a thing of his own like “it could be other people also. Lots of people out there.”

On the famous Monday press conference that Putin and Trump held in Helsinki, we saw something that shocked us all. Basically, POTUS played along with his Russian colleague denial of their election meddling and made them a priority instead of the conclusions reached by his own intelligence agencies. He tried to explain it by saying that Dan Coats, his director of national intelligence, said that “they think it’s Russia” but then Trump said “I have President Putin. He just said it’s not Russia. I will say this: I don’t see any reason why it would be.” This was definitely outrageous, and Trump had to find his way around this mess, which is why he claims that he misspoke in Helsinki and that he had, in fact, meant to say he didn’t see “any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia,” indicating that he gave the benefit of the doubt to his own people, and not to Russia’s president.

On Wednesday, Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), who is a frequent and harsh critic of the president, stated that he was cheered by Trump’s claim that he had misspoken. He also said that the US president’s trip to Europe “wasn’t perfect,” and added “obviously what happened in Helsinki was especially non-perfect. But I thought yesterday was a step forward and I’m glad it occurred.”

Source: cnbc.com