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Singletons: The attraction of solitude

THE Prada-toting protagonists of “Sex and the City”, a once-popular American television show about single thirty-somethings in New York, are unlikely role models for Middle Eastern women. The second movie spin-off was partially set in Abu Dhabi, but the authorities

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David Ricardo

David Ricardo was one of those rare people who achieved both tremendous success and lasting fame. After his family disinherited him for marrying outside his Jewish faith, Ricardo made a fortune as a stockbroker and loan broker. When he died,

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Cars on a diet

For years, cars have got bigger and fatter—but now the trend is reversing LIKE their owners, cars have been piling on the pounds in recent decades. When the Volkswagen Golf was launched in 1974 it weighed 0.75 tonnes and was

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No miracle cure- US economy

Bucking up this recovery is harder than it was in the past IF THERE is a theme to the American presidential campaign, it may be: “Imagine the alternative”. President Barack Obama’s campaign will argue that his actions prevented an economic

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The euro and Greece-The new government’s task is gargantuan

THE woman was from Patmos. Her husband had lost his job and come back to the island to be with their two children and find work. After he failed and she fell ill with cancer, they ran out of money.

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How to Hire Extraordinary Employees: 7 Rules

By Geoffrey James Want an amazing work force? Use these rules to define the talents and skills you need–then bring them in the door. There is simply no management task more important than hiring the right people. You don’t just

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10 Tricks for a Fabulous Workday

It takes just as much effort to have a wonderful day as it does to have a miserable one. Why not enjoy yourself? Want to have the best workday ever?  Day after day?  It’s not as difficult as you think.

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5 Signs That You're an Entrepreneur at Heart

You might be surprised how many “entrepreneurs” are not at the helm of a growing business but rather are among the employees helping to build it. Entrepreneurs can be a wacky bunch, but it can get weird to see some

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5 Signs That You’re an Entrepreneur at Heart

You might be surprised how many “entrepreneurs” are not at the helm of a growing business but rather are among the employees helping to build it. Entrepreneurs can be a wacky bunch, but it can get weird to see some

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Rwanda: A painful dilemma

  The Rwandan government’s human-rights record is so bad that donors should start withdrawing aid PAUL KAGAME, Rwanda’s president, is a clever and persuasive man with well-intentioned and influential foreign friends. In the past few weeks America’s Bill Clinton and

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The perils of private enterprise: In rural China, a private oil boom became a state-owned one

A VISITOR to Jingbian county in northern Shaanxi province finds at its heart a thriving oil town in the grip of a state-owned company, Shaanxi Yanchang Petroleum. Yanchang’s building, 12 storeys high, towers over the low-slung town. The company is

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Recruiting Interns: All work and no pay?

YOUNGSTERS enter the office of Inspiring Interns through what looks like a wardrobe door. The reference to C.S. Lewis’s “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” is deliberate: the company wants them to feel transported into a magical new world

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The Japanese tragedy

BRAD DELONG posts a question: “Japan is now 40 to 50 percent below what the world in 1991 would have estimated their GDP to be in 2012. Do we attribute this to: The forecasting community was just wrong–Japan was having

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9 Beliefs of Remarkably Successful People

By Jeff Haden The most successful people in business approach their work differently than most. See how they think–and why it works. I’m fortunate enough to know a number of remarkably successful people. Regardless of industry or profession, they all

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Will Safeguards Survive the Next Generation of Development Finance?

Governments depend on a variety of international institutions to advance development goals, ranging from the multilateral World Bank and United Nations, to the aid agencies and national banks of individual countries. Each year, these international institutions invest in activities that

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5 Reasons Why You Never Hear Back After Applying For A Job

  People often wonder why they never hear anything back after they hit ‘send’ on the email with a resume attached or on the on-line job application. If you’re very lucky, you might have a preliminary email exchange with a

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Economics of Crime- Is Crime Rational?

IT HAS been a bumper summer for corporate fines and settlements. In the past three months alone firms in Britain and America have agreed to pay out over $10 billion because of wrongdoing. But the economics of crime suggests that

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Nigeria’s low-cost tablet computer

Nigeria’s Saheed Adepoju is a young man with big dreams. He is the inventor of the Inye, a tablet computer designed for the African market. According to the 29-year-old entrepreneur, his machine’s key selling point is its price – $350

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Nigeria's low-cost tablet computer

Nigeria’s Saheed Adepoju is a young man with big dreams. He is the inventor of the Inye, a tablet computer designed for the African market. According to the 29-year-old entrepreneur, his machine’s key selling point is its price – $350

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The European Cigarette Industry Is Getting Slammed By The Euro Crisis

Conventional wisdom would suggest that smoking is a business that’s immune to economic downturns.  Some might argue that smoking might actually rise during periods of economic distress. However, the folks at Philip Morris International (PMI) would argue otherwise.  Earlier this

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3 Interview Questions That Reveal Everything

Employee fit is crucial. Here’s a simple way to know if a job candidate is right for your business. Interviewing job candidates is tough, especially because some candidates are a lot better at interviewing than they are at working. To

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Kabul Road Works are Partners’ Pride

Emergency road repairs continue apace in Kabul, months after its harshest winter in 20 years but their ongoing significance goes much beyond a smoother ride for residents of the Afghan capital. The road works are a shining example of the

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More aid is pledged, but it will not solve Afghanistan’s many problems

AFGHAN officials returned from a conference in Tokyo on July 8th relieved that the world had promised another $16 billion in aid over the next four years. The sum corresponds roughly to what the nation’s leaders and the World Bank

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Are Facebook “Likes” of any value to businesses?

BBC ran an investigation on the value of adverts that companies pay to gain “likes” on Facebook and suggested that it is a waste of large sums of money. “Likes” are highly valued by many big businesses. By “liking” an

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Manmohan Singh

Dr. Manmohan Singh is the 17th and current Prime Minister of India. Singh is a member of the Indian National Congress party and became the first Sikh to become Prime Minister of India on May 22, 2004. He is one

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