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Elif Shafak: Exposing the Moralising Slappers

October 31, 2014 | By More
Elif Shafak: Exposing the Moralising Slappers

Born in 1971 to a diplomat mother and philosopher father, Elif Shafak was destined for intellectual greatness. She did not fail to heed the call and today is Turkey’s most widely read and celebrated female author with thirteen books to her name. She is also one of the country’s most outspoken voices on feminism, cosmopolitanism, […]

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IREIS 2014 to Offer Unique Investment Opportunities

October 30, 2014 | By More
IREIS 2014 to Offer Unique Investment Opportunities

Event to Facilitate Real Transactions in Key Global Markets In Middle East, Europe and Asea Pacific Abu Dhabi-UAE: October, 2014 – The sixth edition of International Real Estate and Investment Show (IREIS 2014), the only dedicated real estate event that targets investors and end-users rather than trade visitors, will focus on high net worth individuals […]

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Nigerian Stock Exchange Becomes a Full Member of World Federation of Exchanges

October 29, 2014 | By More
Nigerian Stock Exchange Becomes a Full Member of World Federation of Exchanges

October, 2014, Seoul, Korea: The Nigerian Stock Exchange (“the NSE”), today, announced that it received a unanimous vote for admission as a full member in the World Federation of Exchanges (the “WFE”), the global trade association for the operators of regulated securities exchanges. The NSE was elected as a Federation member during the 54th General […]

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Sir Timothy Berners-Lee: Catching the World in a Web

October 28, 2014 | By More
Sir Timothy Berners-Lee: Catching the World in a Web

He may not have invented the Internet, former US vice-president Al Gore did that (…), but British computer scientist Sir Timothy Berners-Lee made the World Wide Web (www) as we know it today possible by coming up with the HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP) which enables websites to transmit data over the net. HTTP constitutes a […]

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Africa Awakening: A Continent on the Rise

October 27, 2014 | By More
Africa Awakening: A Continent on the Rise

The time for Africa is now. The continent is rising to unexpected heights as wars have ended and humanitarian crises subsided. Afro-pessimism – the deeply-rooted notion that Africa was essentially without hope – has suddenly been replaced with almost boundless optimism. Even The Economist took note: After dismissing the continent as “hopeless” ten years ago, […]

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UNCDF: Enabling Transformation – Investing in the Local Needs of Women

October 24, 2014 | By More
UNCDF: Enabling Transformation – Investing in the Local Needs of Women

In 1990, in the first Human Development Report of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Pakistani economist Mahbub Ul Haq wrote, “The real wealth of a nation is its people. And the purpose of development is to create an enabling environment for people to enjoy long, healthy, and creative lives. This simple but powerful truth […]

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Shinya Yamanaka: Unlocking the Potential of Cells

October 23, 2014 | By More
Shinya Yamanaka: Unlocking the Potential of Cells

Professor Shinya Yamanaka of Kyoto University is in the business of time travel. He discovered that fully mature cells can be induced to revert to their earlier pluripotent state. Such a pluripotent cell has yet to develop into one of the three germ layers. Prior to Prof Yamanaka’s discovery it was thought that stem cell […]

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Grant Thornton UAE: It’s Your Choice – Business vs Risky Business

October 22, 2014 | By More
Grant Thornton UAE: It’s Your Choice – Business vs Risky Business

When looking at Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) within organisations, the need for further clarification soon becomes evident. The process of ERM is something that we may unknowingly follow in our daily lives, when planning to go on holiday or planning our next business venture. We evaluate the risks involved and the processes that need to […]

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Forbidden Pleasures: France Flouting EU Budget Rules

October 21, 2014 | By More
Forbidden Pleasures: France Flouting EU Budget Rules

“A budget proposal written by poets and alchemists.” That’s how a visibly annoyed EU diplomat in Brussels described the 60-page draft budget for 2015 France submitted last week to the European Commission. While the document speaks of “substantial efforts at fiscal consolidation,” the French government aims to shear only a tenth of a percentage point […]

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Frans Timmermans: A Knowledgeable Pragmatist

October 20, 2014 | By More
Frans Timmermans: A Knowledgeable Pragmatist

He is rather unassuming and speaks softly without carrying a big stick. Dutch foreign affairs minister Frans Timmermans, however, has put his small country back on the world map after his predecessors beat a retreat to behind the dikes and levees of narrow nationalism. While The Netherlands has historically punched above its apparent weight on […]

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