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The World Cup is coming up in 2022 and will bring a major, unprecedented change. The tournament will take place in November/December, as Qatar has been chosen as the venue and the region's summer temperatures make sporting activity rather unhealthy. The entire season of the major European leagues will have to be interrupted at this time to allow the World Cup to go through in full. This poses a variety of organizational problems for the organizing FIFA.

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Long Covid (persistent symptoms after Covid infection) sufferers endure a wider set of symptoms than previously thought and these have a significant effect on their daily activities, quality of life, and capacity to work, according to a new study.

The symptoms most associated with Covid infection included anosmia, shortness of breath, chest pain and fever, but also included a range of other symptoms that have previously not been widely reported such as hair loss and sexual dysfunction, as per a study published in Nature Medicine.

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The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and the European Travel Commission (ETC) warn the Travel & Tourism sector’s recovery could be put at serious risk if almost 1.2 million jobs remain unfilled across the EU.

The challenging summer labour shortfall has been revealed by WTTC in its latest analysis of the sector and calls for urgent action to address this critical issue.

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Common reed. Photo: Picasa

The current technology of biorefineries would enable the utilization of the common reed for product manufacture. The efficient harvesting of the reed would also help control the nutrient content of water bodies and promote the green transition.

The common reed holds great potential as a raw material for many processes aiming for highly refined end-products for international markets.

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Competent teachers can help disadvantaged students achieve educational qualifications, finds a new study by the ifo Institute. “The good news is: poor starting opportunities in life are not irreversible. To a great extent, educational success also depends on the school environment ­– and especially on the teachers. That leaves the education system with considerable room for maneuver,” says ifo researcher Benjamin Arold.

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Those with systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE, who received a "booster" dose of the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine after receiving the full dosage are about half as likely to experience a subsequent "breakthrough" COVID-19 infection, according to a recent study.

This study was published in The Lancet Rheumatology journal on July 12.

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Finlands Glen Kamara, Robin Lod, Nikolai Alho, Richard Jensen ja Sauli Väisänen thanking supporters after a lost game at the football Nation's League match Bosnia-Hertsegovina vs Finland in Zenic 14. June 2022. LEHTIKUVA

Oh the Nation's League, to some, is a mere friendly tournament that holds little relevance let-alone importance. However, to others, a competition designed for smaller nations to flourish, and climb up the leagues. While some may add Finland to that bracket, Suomi has recently risen up the ranks, all the way up to 57th in the FIFA World Ranking. However, despite their relatively poor performances in the Nation's League group 3 League B so far, the full story was not told solely by the scoreline in each game.

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Illustration of Jupiters rings and moons

Jupiter should have more impressive, larger rings than Saturn since it is larger. However, according to a recent study from UC Riverside, Jupiter's enormous moons block this vision from illuminating the night sky.

The findings of the research were published in the journal 'Planetary Science'.

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As the Roe v. Wade reversal has materialised in the US, the right to abortion for women has become a hot topic worldwide. Pro-life and pro-choice camps have defended their opinions in both the social media and street demonstrations in several countries.

Whatever women’s opinion would be on termination of pregnancy, almost everyone agrees that sexuality and reproduction are private matters.

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People talk over a barricade at a fenced-off residential area under lockdown due to Covid-19 coronavirus restrictions in Beijing on May 31, 2022. LEHTIKUVA / AFP

A new study analysing the link between people’s reduced movement and the spread of coronavirus in 2020 shows that in some countries, the virus spread more rapidly when people stayed at home. In addition, restricting people’s mobility to some extent appeared, retrospectively, to be better at minimising the spread of SARS-CoV-2 than extreme mobility restrictions, in many countries.

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According to a new analysis of adults hospitalised with COVID-19 in Los Angeles between December 2021 and April 2022, high blood pressure more than doubled a person's risk for hospitalisation from an Omicron-variant COVID-19 infection - even in the presence of full vaccination including a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccines.

Even in the absence of other chronic conditions like type 2 diabetes, kidney disease, or heart failure, high blood pressure, often known as hypertension, continued to have an effect on the severe COVID-19 sickness.

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After a period of relative quiet, the airline industry is now facing a renewed surge in travel as people return to work and normalcy. Airlines are cautiously optimistic about their prospects for the rest of the year after months of steep booking declines due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While some routes are seeing increased demand, others remain sluggish. Airlines are still struggling to accommodate passengers best while maintaining social distancing guidelines.

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A solar power plant on Messukeskus rooftop.

LUT University has debunked myths involving the orientation and dimensioning of solar photovoltaic systems and selling surplus electricity from them.

LUT University has explored how solar photovoltaic (PV) systems could produce solar electricity more efficiently in different buildings in Finland.

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Passengers at the London Heathrow Airport in London, on July 14, 2022.

With multiple news reports of flight cancellations, as airports, suffering with staff shortages, struggle to cope with surging demand, ForwardKeys has taken a closer look at air traffic disruption, by analysing recent trends in intra-European flight bookings for travel in July and August and changes in seat capacity. It shows that a fall in consumer confidence, which began in the last week of May, has rapidly worsened, as last-minute bookings in the week running up to 10th July were down by 44%, compared with 2019 levels. Bookings from Amsterdam were down by 59% and from London by 41%.

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Summertime is the best time to travel! The weather is nice, and the crowds are smaller. Finland is a great summer vacation spot because Finns celebrate their summer passionately. Many Finnish towns mainly come to life from May through August. So, what's summer-like in a Finnish city? Think festivals, saunas, kayaking, paddling, cruises, events, and white nights. Here are 5 of the best cities to visit during the summer months.

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Person suffering from anxiety

Nearly one billion people worldwide suffer from some form of mental disorder, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

The latest report is the largest review of world mental health since the turn of the century.

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