Saturday 10 October 2015

As lawyers took control at Fifa, Blatter became isolated

Fifa President Sepp Blatter's loss of control of soccer's world governing body had been evident to staff in its hilltop glass headquarters here well before Thursday's announcement by FifaA's Ethics Committee that he had been suspended.   The Swis


Ocean heat wave harming world's coral reefs

Corals reefs are suffering a severe underwater heat wave this year for the third time on record, including a mysterious warm patch in the Pacific known as "The Blob", scientists said on Thursday. The bout of record high temperatures in parts of the oceans, stoked by cli


Furious but powerless, Turkey left smarting by Russian action

Turkey may be furious about Russian incursions into its air space but beyond words of protest there is little it can do, with its dependence on Russian energy and trade keeping its hands tied, and its own Syria policy in disarray. President Tayyip Erdogan has said he is losing pa


Iraq 'holds investment appeal despite tax issues'

While Iraq continues to be a complex jurisdiction in which to operate from a tax perspective, the country still offers numerous investment opportunities, particularly in the energy and security sectors, a report said. Iraq’s legislative framework and approach of the tax aut


How Iranian general plotted out Syrian assault in Moscow

At a meeting in Moscow in July, a top Iranian general unfurled a map of Syria to explain to his Russian hosts how a series of defeats for President Bashar Al-Assad could be turned into victory - with Russia's help. Major General Qassem Soleimani's visit to Moscow was the


Saudi banks Q3 results to reflect growing challenges

Stronger challenges facing Saudi Arabian banks are likely to be reflected in third-quarter results as earnings are hit by weak stocks, more delayed payments in the building industry and slacker loan growth. The kingdom's 24 banks have so far delivered generally better than an


Executive strategies ‘failing in an evolving world’

More than 70 per cent of regional executives reported their strategies as failing either broadly or partially in a complex world characterized by hyper-speed evolution in a recent study. Globally, 50 per cent of executives experienced similar frustrations over their strategies, e


Samsung struggles to find fix for smartphone woes

More than a year into the overhaul of its smartphone lineup, Samsung Electronics has yet to find a way to reverse a slide in market share or margins, clouding its growth outlook and fuelling investor impatience. The world's largest handset maker is forecast on Wednesday to gu


Using mobile technology to boost sales

In the fiercely competitive world of sales, first impressions are everything and every meeting matters. If you don’t leave a mark on your client within the first 30 seconds, chances are you won’t get the sale. To increase the probability of closing deals, employers ac


10 key cultural trends for Mena in 2015

The over-arching theme that sits at the heart of all 10 Trends identified for 2015 is betterment.  Mena consumers are redefining all their priorities, perspectives and affiliations, expecting brands to step up with more responsibility than ever before. Benevolent Brands

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