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Troubleshooting network problems

Posted on : 14-Mar-2015

These days, a notebook without an internet connection is like a bicycle without pedals. You can still use it, but you won’t get very far. That’s why it’s all the more frustrating when you lose your wireless internet connection and your IT department or helpful officemate...

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Rules for Leaders

Posted on : 14-Mar-2015

Effective leaders are at the center of many successful businesses, frequently rivaling the impact of a compelling product, a marketplace niche, or a unique value proposition. In fact, a DDI global survey found that organizations with the highest quality leaders were 13 times more likely to...

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CURRENT CHALLENGES IN LEADING YOUTH

Posted on : 14-Mar-2015

“Older men declare war. But it is the youth that must fight and die,” said Herbert Hoover, the 31st President of US. We cannot deny the truth in that statement.  The youth suffer when their leaders make bad decisions. The corollary is this; the youth develop if...

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THINKING-MATTERS: MISSING FLIGHT SHOWS HUMAN VULNERABILITY

Posted on : 14-Mar-2015

Oh No! Not again! Millions of people around the world must have exclaimed like me, when they heard the news of another plane missing. As I write this on Sunday evening, Air Asia flight QZ8501 is still missing. And search and rescue missions are abandoned till this morning due to...

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Interface with ASvW : What, please, is.. FATCA..?! – Part 2

Posted on : 14-Mar-2015

I’ve promised you last week a closer look at what FII – Foreign Financial Institutions – are and how this new US American law is supposed to work. I am going to just that, however, I have received quite a number of questions with regards to FATCA and so I am going expand the...

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BOLD MOVE BY OBAMA

Posted on : 14-Mar-2015

Obama shocked the world last Wednesday. Despite his unpopularity on many other fronts, I think, he will now go down in history as one of the boldest Presidents that USA ever had. By calling the current US approach towards Cuba as “outdated”, and by condemning the US policy...

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The Virus of Sharing

Posted on : 14-Mar-2015

Is it white and gold? Or is it black and blue? This fortnight, online social networks were abuzz with a debate on the colour of a dress.  Friends and families were sharing the picture of a dress and disagreeing with its colour. This colour problem perplexed most of us, even though more...

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Sustainability and Business Ethics – key drivers to long-term corporate success

Posted on : 14-Mar-2015

Companies do not consider sustainability as being relevant towards contributing to business profitability. Profit-making activities lead to “negative” externalities which are ignored in the calculation of private costs and benefits. Hence companies do not pay for the pollution they...

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The power of determination

Posted on : 14-Mar-2015

Sometimes, we discover things by sheer accident. Sara Al Badri is no exception to this popular dictum.  For, it was a the gruelling involvement in the Taa Al Shabab’s Youth Cultural Festival spanning 45 days, which made her realise that her actual potential lay in visual media journalism...

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Skype Interviews

Posted on : 14-Mar-2015

Do you remember when the idea of Skype interviews seemed way too technologically advanced to be viable? Well, we’ve come a long way and the world has become significantly smaller. Skype can place you in your grandma’s living room, at your best friend’s wedding, or at your...

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Dominica – Live Where You Work..!

Posted on : 14-Mar-2015

I am sure; some of you remember the series of articles I wrote about the Commonwealth of Dominica last year. This island nation was the subject of this column because of the international business companies you can form there and the fact that you can actually re-domicile your existing companies to...

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TAKE ONLY WHAT YOU CAN EAT

Posted on : 14-Mar-2015

The population in the Kingdom is increasing like in other GCC countries. The rising per capita income and expenditure, living standards, affordability and our careless behavior towards the food is taking a significant toll on our finite resources. We  notice that in shopping malls and...

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Health-Care Costs

Posted on : 14-Mar-2015

Health care providers in the United States and much of the rest of the world are trying to respond to the tremendous pressure to reduce cost.  Many of their attempts, however, are counterproductive, ultimately leading to higher costs and sometimes lower-quality care. What’s going on?...

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DODT AND SNEDEKER TAKE THE SPOILS

Posted on : 14-Mar-2015

A five-under final round of round 67 from Andrew Dodt was enough to secure a narrow one-shot win at the True Thailand Classic. Beginning the day four shots off the lead, the Australian got off to a flying start with three consecutive birdies, following that up with further birdie efforts on the...

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Top Picks for Middle East Investors 2015

Posted on : 14-Mar-2015

Director and Head of Fixed income at Saxo Bank – Simon Fasdal If you are “all in” on Middle East Equities, it might be a good idea to add some diversification to your portfolio. Here are the 2015 top Picks from Saxo Bank’s Simon Fasdal, Director and Head of Fixed...

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Uncovering investment opportunities in Africa

Posted on : 14-Mar-2015

Paul Clark is a Fund Manager and African equities specialist at Ashburton Investments, the investment management arm of FirstRand Group, one of Africa’s largest financial services companies. He discusses global growth, emerging value and growth themes, opportunities and bottlenecks for growth...

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A Princess after 200 years!

Posted on : 14-Mar-2015

When little Myla Lawrie was brought home from hospital four months ago, a veritable sea of pink greeted her, with clouds of balloons filling the sitting room, along with cards, bunting and ribbons in every shade of girliness. For this was a very special event in the Lawrie family. When Myla was...

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DID SHE KNOW SHE WAS GOING TO DIE?

Posted on : 14-Mar-2015

Manama Sherlin Ann Mathew as a child had studied at the Asian School in the higher kindergarten. Intelligent, mischievous and energetic, Sherlin who bubbled with enthusiasm lit up the campus as well as her home. But, when her father K.C.Mathew who had earlier worked for Fine Foods Bahrain for...

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MCILROY STRIKES AGAIN

Posted on : 14-Mar-2015

Rory McIlroy admitted he was happy to take the safe route to completing a comfortable three-shot victory at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic over Alexander Noren. The world No 1 plotted his way cautiously round the Majlis Course at The Emirates on the final day, and a solid two-under 70 was more...

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The desktop PC. Still a legend

Posted on : 14-Mar-2015

In today’s era of notebooks, tablets, and smartphones, mobility is a high priority—making small businesses more dynamic and responsive in an on-the-go world. That reality, however, should not detract from the important role desktop PCs still play in today’s business environment,...

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India-US Ties – the Obama Impact

Posted on : 14-Mar-2015

“When our two democracies – the world’s largest democracy and the world’s oldest democracy -stand together,” Obama said. “Both of our nations will have more jobs, more opportunities; our nations will be more secure, and the world will be safer; and a more just...

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The Marshall Islands – from Turbulence to Steadfastness

Posted on : 14-Mar-2015

I took a break from writing last week due to the sudden death of the late King Abdullah Bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud. I would like to take this opportunity to wish the Saudi Royal family all the strength they need at this time to cope with their grief but also to keep up the good work they have done in...

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A FAREWELL TO ALL THAT

Posted on : 14-Mar-2015

Britain, as it faces up to a general election in less than 100 days, appears to be a bit obsessed by historic wars. I find this a bit surprising given our lack of interest in recent conflicts we have been involved in. This is probably down to the fact that there are a lot of people currently in...

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National Environment Day of Bahrain

Posted on : 14-Mar-2015

Eng. Rehan Ahmed* The National Environment Day of Bahrain is celebrated on 4th February every year. Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Personal Representative of His Majesty and President of the Supreme Council for Environment (SCE) has always been reiterating the determination to improve the...

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Tolerance – A Gandhian View

Posted on : 14-Mar-2015

January 30 is the death anniversary of, arguably, the most quoted and least followed man in modern history. The reason Mahatma Gandhi was shot this day, in 1948, by a Hindu extremist Nathuram Godse, was that Gandhi’s tolerance for Muslims was unacceptable to the assassin. Godse and his ilk...

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A tale of two friends : A man and a lioness

Posted on : 14-Mar-2015

Botswana With what seems to be a huge smile on her face, a lioness hugs the man who saved her in this amazing moment captured on camera. Their unlikely friendship began when cub Sirga was driven out of her pride, and faced certain death alone on the plains. But she was spotted by Valentin, who...

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Church of England’s first woman bishop

Posted on : 14-Mar-2015

London The Church of England’s Manchester United-supporting, saxophone-playing first female bishop is an ordinary woman facing an extraordinary job. Libby Lane, 48, will have to work within an organisation still deeply divided on whether she, or anyone of her gender, should be a bishop at...

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Going solo: More Indian women travelling alone

Posted on : 14-Mar-2015

Throw caution to the wind! Casting aside their doubts about safety and all the nuances of planning a holiday, more and more Indian women are now choosing to travel alone. The reason for going solo: the freedom to explore a new destination at one’s own pace and re-discover oneself in the face...

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STAL SECURES VICTORY AS KAYMER STUMBLES

Posted on : 14-Mar-2015

Gary Stal overturned an eight shot deficit to deny Martin Kaymer and claim a maiden European Tour title at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. The two-time Challenge Tour winner closed with a brilliant seven under par 65 for a 19 under total, which proved just enough on an exhilarating final...

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NARY A CARE IN THIS WORLD

Posted on : 14-Mar-2015

Life is funny. On one side of the spectrum people fighting to save their lives, stuck in no man’s land, staring death in the face.  Getting up in the morning to the sound gunfire, not birds. On the other, at exactly the same moment, people worrying about whether their hairdresser’s...

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