Saturday , 17 November 2018

Science & Tech

Creating an ‘energy Internet’ for the poor

The world’s poorest countries can jump directly from the pre-electricity era into a new industrial revolution through an “energy Internet” — the uptake of renewable energy shared through communication technologies, argues economist Jeremy Rifkin. “The great economic revolutions in history occur when new communication technologies converge with new energy systems”, writes Rifkin. And now — with industrial civilisation at a crossroads and the …

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UnitedHealthcare International Launches Strategic Alliance to Offer Insurance in the Middle East

Seamless coverage for UnitedHealthcare’s ‘Global Solutions’ expatriate insurance clients in eight Middle Eastern countries  DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Mar 14, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — UnitedHealthcare International, a UnitedHealth Group UNH +0.11% company, is offering international insurance coverage to employers with employees in the Middle East through a new strategic alliance with Dubai-based Al Sagr National Insurance Co. This new alliance will provide local …

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Prepaid Middle East Awards; Finalists announced ahead of the summit

Prepaid Summit: Middle East 2012 Conference, Expo and Awards Networking Dinner, March 21 2012 Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Dubai www.vrl-financial-news.com  Inaugural Middle East Prepaid Awards in five key categories  More than 40 nominations across the region Local names such as Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank and RAK Bank chosen in multiple categories including Product Innovation UAE retailers MAF Finance, …

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Commitment to the MENA delivers results, with positive outlook for 2012

Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLC (LSE: HIK) (NASDAQ Dubai: HIK), the fast growing multinational pharmaceutical group, with sales in more than 40 countries across Europe, MENA and the USA, reports its preliminary results for the year ended 31 December 2011. Group revenue increased by 25.6% to $918.0 million, with organic growth of 7.6%, in line with the company’s guidance. Adjusted operating profit grew by …

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Root-imaging technology could improve crop resilience

Mexican researchers have welcomed a breakthrough in imaging plant roots, saying it could help breeders develop new varieties of crops that can thrive in harsh conditions. The technique uses X-ray computed tomography to build up a three-dimensional image by scanning through 360 degrees, a technology commonly used in hospitals to diagnose soft tissue damage. Scans of plant roots in soil show the …

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Emerging Best Practices of Chinese Globalizers

Among China’s largest enterprises, “going out”—or globalization—is a central theme of business. Chinese companies are increasingly establishing operations in overseas markets. Along with this expansion comes the requirement to engage directly with local communities and improve them through corporate citizenship activities. However, the traditional view is that corporate citizenship will have a negative effect on corporate profits. As a result, …

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Global climate models ‘need regional sensitivity’

Global climate change models are of limited use to agricultural policymakers in some regions of the developing world, according to a report by theCGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). The report was launched at the Climate Models and Farm Crop Forecasting in South Asia and Africa meeting last month (21 February). It focused on Eastern and Western Africa, and the …

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ICT uptake continues to accelerate across the Arab region

New figures released by the International Telecommunications Union show that information and communication technology (ICT) uptake continues to accelerate across the Arab region. But ITU underlines the need for more effort to be put into rolling out broadband infrastructure to meet burgeoning demand from a young, tech-savvy population. Data from ITU’s ICT Adoption and Prospects in the Arab Region 2012 …

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SAP announces four-year US $450 million additional spend in MENA

More than 500 new SAP jobs to be created, consultant capability to triple DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, March 12, 2012 SAP AG SAP +0.43% today announced a four-year plan worth US $450 million (AED1.65 billion) to up-skill local talent and drive sustainable innovation and growth in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The decision highlights the region as a fast-growth market …

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Value Ecosystems – Not Just Crops – When Managing Water Use, says UN Report

Recognising the valuable services provided by ecosystems such as wetlands and forests – and not only focusing on water productivity in agriculture – can improve livelihoods and help meet the rising demands on the world’s water resources in a sustainable way, according to a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Increasing water productivity and efficiency is a …

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