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Chollywood: Chinese Film Industry Set to Expand Rapidly

September 19, 2014 | By More
Chollywood: Chinese Film Industry Set to Expand Rapidly

The French Lumière Brothers are credited with enabling the birth of modern cinema but since the 1920s this is indisputably an American art form, primarily the domain of Hollywood which soon became the dominant force in an emerging industry. Since taking the lead, the American film industry has grossed more money year-on-year than that of […]

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How Much Does Pollution Cost?

September 18, 2014 | By More
How Much Does Pollution Cost?

As it becomes increasingly necessary to reduce emissions, organizations and governments are looking for ways to compensate for the harmful effects of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. How much do the emissions coming from your car’s exhaust pipe cost in terms of damage to the environment? What about the gases that factories emit? Smog can […]

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The IT Scene in China: Alibaba’s New ‘Open Sesame’ Financing

September 17, 2014 | By More
The IT Scene in China: Alibaba’s New ‘Open Sesame’ Financing

Alibaba is China’s largest e-commerce company. It is a privately owned Hangzhou-based group of Internet-based e-commerce businesses which, amazingly enough, began in 1999 with only a website.  Today, Alibaba is one of the twenty most-visited websites globally, featuring nearly a billion products. It alone accounts for over 60% of the parcels delivered in China. Bigger […]

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Strategy&: Meeting the Big Data Challenge

September 16, 2014 | By More
Strategy&: Meeting the Big Data Challenge

Recent research on Big Data should sound an alarm bell for companies. On the one hand, there is a link between usage of Big Data and the quality of corporate performance. On the other hand, very few companies are actually making use of Big Data. Companies therefore need to grasp the commercial advantages that Big […]

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World Bank Reaffirms Commitment to the People of Egypt and the Country’s Development Priorities

September 15, 2014 | By More
World Bank Reaffirms Commitment to the People of Egypt and the Country’s Development Priorities

World Bank Regional Vice President for the Middle East and North Africa, Inger Andersen, affirmed support to the people of Egypt and the country’s development priorities and underscored the Bank’s commitment to exploring new projects and scaling up existing ones.  “Egypt has the potential to become a powerful emerging economy,” said Andersen. “The World Bank […]

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Professor Mary Beard: Every Inch a Fascinating Woman

September 12, 2014 | By More
Professor Mary Beard: Every Inch a Fascinating Woman

Mary Beard, professor of Classics at Newham College, Cambridge, is quite unusual. She is one of very few academics to be highly regarded by their peers despite having taken a stroll down media lane. Her latest publication is entitled Laughter in Ancient Rome. She also presents the TV series Meet the Romans. Mary Beard is […]

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Mr Cameron Throws a Tantrum and Loses an Agenda

September 11, 2014 | By More
Mr Cameron Throws a Tantrum and Loses an Agenda

Politics must surely be one of the most fascinating of art forms. The levels of spin employed by artists to justify contradictory statements are at times mind-boggling. One of the current top-performers must be British Prime-Minister David Cameron. He has elevated spin to levels seldom achieved before. For quite some time now, Mr Cameron has […]

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United Kingdom – Splitting Rage Takes Root

September 10, 2014 | By More
United Kingdom – Splitting Rage Takes Root

For all admiration the British nation inspires, anglophiles and others slightly less impressed are wondering what is wrong with the United Kingdom and its people. It’s not just that Scotland mulls independence, but also that the remainder of the UK (rUK) is increasingly enamoured with the idea that turning its back to the continent is […]

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Matteo Renzi to the Rescue? European Union – Looking for a Leader to Reassert Its Role

September 9, 2014 | By More
Matteo Renzi to the Rescue? European Union – Looking for a Leader to Reassert Its Role

To the pundits and other talking heads who wrote off Europe as a spent force: You ain’t seen nothing yet! The hand-wringing is about to be cut short as the old world prepares for a makeover. Indeed, the exercise may be long overdue but that doesn’t detract one iota from the role the European Union […]

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Making Every Drop Count: Reducing Water Loss in the Middle East and North Africa Region

September 8, 2014 | By More
Making Every Drop Count: Reducing Water Loss in the Middle East and North Africa Region

The problem of water loss has become an even greater challenge for public utilities throughout the Middle East and North Africa region due to climate change, which threatens natural water supplies and increases the cost of new waterresources. Malta, with one of the world’s highest population density and lowest renewable water supplies, switched from building […]

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