The Daily Populous

Sunday January 30th, 2022 night edition

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has sacked the head of the state statistics agency, according to a decree published Saturday, after releasing data showing last year's inflation rate hit a 19-year high of 36.1 percent.

Erdogan has railed against high interest rates, which he believes cause inflation – the exact opposition of conventional economic thinking.

The 2021 inflation figure released by Dincer angered both the pro-government and opposition camps.

The opposition said it was underreported, claiming that the real cost of living increases were at least twice as high.

Erdogan meanwhile reportedly criticised the statistics agency in private for publishing data that he felt overstated the scale of Turkey's economic malaise.

Erdogan did not explain his decision to appoint Erhan Cetinkaya, who had served as vice-chair of Turkey's banking regulator, as the new state statistics chief.

"The justice minister is being replaced, (statistics agency) TUIK chairman is being dismissed before the inflation data is published. »

James Blunt threatens to release new music on Spotify in protest against Joe Rogan

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James Blunt has threatened to release new music on Spotify in protest against Joe Rogan’s podcast, which is an exclusive on the platform.

Earlier this week, Neil Young had his music removed from Spotify after writing an open letter that said the Joe Rogan Experience was “spreading false information about vaccines”.

“If Spotify doesn’t immediately remove Joe Rogan, I will release new music onto the platform,” he wrote on Twitter before ending with a hashtag that read “You were beautiful”. »

Ubisoft responds to angry NFT Digits and Quartz reaction – Interview

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And our belief is that, piece by piece, the puzzle will be revealed and understood by our players.

I think it's great because it shows how engaged our players are and how passionate they are about their hobby and gaming in general.

Are you guys looking into things like that and trying to spread the Ubisoft brand in the existing NFT space?. »

Farmers flourish under Biden, see recovery from Trump-era trade wars

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Trump courted support from farmers during his failed re-election campaign in 2020 and touted his administration’s trade relief, saying they were better off with government payments than relying solely on sales.

"Part of that, of course, was continuing government payments, but there was a very strong recovery in both crop and livestock prices last year.".

Vincent Smith, a visiting fellow at the right-leaning American Enterprise Institute, said the Trump administration "severely disadvantaged" farmers with an ill-advised trade policy. »