Tuesday 31 May 2016

Women on boards 'not a priority for many at this time'

With businesses in the GCC facing pressing challenges, including oil prices, the issue of gender balance at board level is not a priority for many in the present climate, says a new report. The report entitled “View from the top: What business executives really think about


Extreme weather 'increasing toxins in food'

As they struggle to deal with more extreme weather, a range of food crops are generating more of chemical compounds that can cause health problems for people and livestock who eat them, scientists have warned. A new report by the United Nations Environment Programme (Unep) says t


New solutions needed to fund GCC capital projects

Lower oil prices will constrain the amount of funding available to the GCC governments to finance capital projects, prompting them to make tough choices such as cuts in public spending and introduction of structural reforms, a report said. “Spending in the region will need


Network reforms 'must to meet Millennial needs'

Global network operators should plan for continued capacity growth, greater flexibility, a larger array of services and corresponding billing models to address societal changes brought on by the Millennial generation, according to CommScope research into the lifestyles and spending trends of pe


Aerospace industry takes small steps toward Big Data

The aerospace industry is struggling to make the most of the chances offered by Big Data to reduce production costs, optimize flight routes, and improve monitoring and maintenance of aircraft equipment, executives said. Sensors placed on aircraft equipment and systems could provi


Climate change threatens iconic tourist sites: UN

Extreme weather is becoming one of the biggest risks to World Heritage icons like the Polynesian Easter Island or Britain's Stonehenge, posing a threat to tourism and economies alike, scientists and UN experts said on Thursday. Developing countries such as Nepal, home to Moun


Ability to work anytime, anywhere key to job satisfaction

The ability to work anytime, anywhere is key to providing job satisfaction, according to a new report titled “Mobility, Performance and Engagement” from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company. Globally, 38 per cent of emp


India counts cost of reduced Gulf remittances

Having quit his low-paid job with a contractor in Qatar, electrician Kurian Joseph scrabbles for work each day in his hometown in Kerala, a southwestern state that has one of India's highest unemployment rates. He's a casualty of the global oil price collapse. Stories lik


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