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How a Turkish migrant left his comfort zone to reinvent himself in Italy

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Turkish author Gökhan Kutluer
Gökhan Kutluer has written three books, with some of them turned into theatre plays

Digital Marketing Manager and photographer Gökhan Kutluer is not your average content creator. With over 38k followers on Instagram, he is also an author and his third book ‘Leaving One’s Comfort Zone: A Story of a Move to Italy’ has just been released in English and will be turned into a theatre play.

And this is not the first time one of his works has moved from the printed pages to the stage. Kutluer’s first book ‘Cloud Factory’, featuring short bicycle’ stories, was also later adapted into a theatre play in his homeland, Istanbul.

An avid cyclist working as a brand ambassador for several companies, his recent book focuses on migrating from Turkey to Bergamo, in Italy, six years ago – a desire that started during his Erasmus semester in Italy as an undergraduate.

Although in recent years emigration by the Turkish middle and upper classes has been an increasingly common journey – with the media often reporting on those swapping countries for a better life – you don’t see successful stories broadcast on a regular basis.

And it is the organic achievements and the straightforward way the author shares what it is to drop everything and to leave a country, relying only on a carry-on bag and a tourist visa, that has captivated the Turkish young generation. So much so that ‘Leaving One’s Comfort Zone: A Story of a Move to Italy’ is already into its third edition in Turkey.

Gökhan is not your average influencer, despite posting photos of sunsets and holding lattes on social media. His well-crafted posts are built based on his foundation of creating content for printed media. Well before landing a contract working with sports brands, he was part of the editorial team of Turkey’s first monthly cycling magazine, ‘Cyclist Türkiye’. And documenting his love for bicycles, together with a book on his journey far from home as a migrant, has expanded his reach and brand endorsement opportunities beyond the cycling world.

“Everyone talks about the pros and cons of stepping out of their comfort zone but I’m not sure about their understanding of it. Here’s my two cents’ worth: Doing the same things with the same people in the same places for too long is being in a comfort zone. It’s like putting our brains in energy-saving mode. But once you leave your comfort zone and open yourself to new encounters, day-by-day you’ll start to remember the skills you’ve got but haven’t used for a long time. You start building a new self-confidence and you remember your core self once again.” – says the author, who now lives in Berlin.

 

‘Leaving One’s Comfort Zone: A Story of a Move to Italy’, translated by Irem Bilkin, is now available on Amazon and other online book sellers.

 

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Nimesh Kataria to join England and Wales Cricket Board as CFO

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Nimesh will succeed Scott Smith, who is leaving the ECB after eight years in the role.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced Nimesh Kataria as new Chief Financial Officer.

Nimesh will join the ECB in April, and brings a wealth of experience and expertise in financial management and strategic planning. He will sit on the ECB Board.

“We are thrilled to welcome Nimesh to the ECB at an important time for our sport. His proven track record in financial management and strategic insight will be invaluable as we seek to grow cricket and become the most inclusive sport, whilst ensuring we put the game on a financially sustainable footing,” says Richard Gould, ECB Chief Executive Officer.

In his current role, Nimesh is Chief Financial Officer for WBD’s International Sports Division, overseeing Eurosport, Global Cycling Network, Discovery Sports Events and the Olympics. He also played a key role in the recent TNT Sports Joint Venture between WBD and BT. Nimesh began his career at Ernst & Young, before joining WBD.

“I am proud to be joining the ECB and hope to be able to play a part in growing cricket and helping even more people to fall in love with the sport. I’ve been a cricket fan my whole life, and while there are real challenges for the whole game in England and Wales to navigate, I’m excited by the opportunity we have to become the most inclusive sport and secure the future of cricket for future generations to play, watch and enjoy,” celebrates Nimesh Kataria.

In his new role, Nimesh will be responsible for financial reporting and business planning. His work will enable the organisation to budget effectively, control expenditure and deliver its revenue objectives. He will also lead key business services including Information and Technology and Procurement, as well as the Finance team.

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New study reveals the poorest presidents of Europe

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Nataša Pirc Musar, President of the Republic of Slovenia
Nataša Pirc Musar, head of the Republic of Slovenia, is the poorest president in Europe, study says | Photo: Matjaz Klemenc

Slovenia has the poorest president in Europe. Relative to average salaries, the presidents of Ukraine and Serbia follow closely as the second and third poorest on the continent. Across Europe, heads of state earn 4.1 times as much as the average earner and cost taxpayers €49.62 per hour. 

This is according to a new study by Slot.Day, who analysed the average gross salaries, GDP per capita and presidents’ earnings across 31 countries in Europe. The researchers used the latest available data from national statistics offices and the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), ranging between 2022 and the third quarter of 2023. GDP data is sourced from the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) World Economic Outlook, published in October 2023. Head of state income estimates are based on independent media reports, national legislation, government and presidency websites, income statements and official government communication. 

Europe’s poorest president lives in Slovenia. The president earns almost as much as any average employee in the country. The head of state has an estimated gross annual income of €44,701, only 3% higher than the current average salary in Slovenia – €43,342. An hour of the president’s time costs taxpayers €23.41 before deductions – one of the top 10 cheapest hourly pays for presidents in Europe. Slovenia is a country of medium wealth, whose GDP per capita (US$32,350) is slightly below the European average of US$34,710 for 2023, according to IMF estimates. The Slovenian president’s work is worth 1.5 of the country’s GDP per capita.  

Ukraine has the second lowest-paid president in Europe, relative to other average earners in the country. Based on official government communication, the Ukrainian president’s gross annual salary in 2023 was only €8,134, which is 1.63 worth of any average earner in the country. This is the lowest pay of any president in Europe, costing Ukrainian taxpayers only €4.26 per hour, before deductions, to carry out all their duties as head of state. Ukraine’s current GDP per capita is also the lowest in Europe, estimated at €5,245 for 2023. The president earns only 70% above that. 

Serbia’s president is the third poorest in Europe. With an hourly compensation of just €10.77, before tax, the head of state earns €20,564 per year. This is worth only 1.68 of the average salary in Serbia, estimated at €12,258. Serbia’s GDP per capita is the eighth lowest in Europe (US$11,301), and the president’s salary is almost double this amount. 

The presidents of Lithuania and Montenegro earn under two average salaries in their countries, while those in Croatia and Moldova earn just above this level. Finland, Latvia and Bosnia and Herzegovina complete the top 10 poorest presidents of Europe. Finland is the only country in Slot.Day’s ranking whose GDP per capita (US$54,507) is well above the European average (US$34,710).  

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The richest presidents in Europe live in Bulgaria, Slovakia and Ireland when comparing their official incomes to average salaries.  

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Paul Royall appointed as Executive News Editor of the BBC News

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Paul was previously the channel's interim Executive News Editor

Journalist Paul Royall has been appointed as the Executive News Editor of the BBC News Channel on a permanent basis.

Royall was previously interim Executive News Editor – leading BBC News Channel’s single operation through the successful launch last year, and consistently delivering breaking news and public service journalism to audiences in the UK and across the world.

BBC News remains the most-watched news channel in the UK, and has a weekly audience of over 100m around the rest of the world. The single-news operation splits into a UK and international feed and joins up with important global news developments to offer audiences the very best of BBC journalism.

“I am delighted to be leading the BBC News channel on a permanent basis. This is a hugely talented team and I’m excited by everything we can achieve for audiences going forward. 2024 will be another momentous year of news, and it will be a privilege to be at heart of if for the channel,” says the new BBC News editor.

Prior to his role at the BBC News Channel, Paul edited the BBC News at Ten, Six and One, and has spent many years at the forefront of BBC News programmes covering major news events including three General Elections, the Scottish and EU Referendums, a global pandemic, the wars in Ukraine and Gaza/Israel and the death of the Queen Elizabeth II.

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