Articles of Interest

Below are a number of links to articles from various media sources that our visitors may find interesting.

 

Our intent is to post links to articles that span a variety of topics, where the underlying theme has business applications, implications, or identifies risks, such as political, operational, or financial, that may be pertinent to where you live, your society, work and/or business.

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Vaccinating A Child

May 27, 2021: Can The Triple Jab Lead To Covid-19 Immunity?

The following article discusses research by immunologist Dr. Pedro Reche conducted at the Complutense University in Madrid, Spain suggesting that the commonly used Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis triple jab vaccine could be the reason children in the Western world have largely been spared from the Covid-19 illness.

According to Dr. Reche's findings, the triple jab vaccine causes the body's immune system to develop antigens that help provide immunity to coronavirus.

Could a simple Tetanus triple jab vaccine be the solution? Click on the link to read the full article and details about Dr. Reche's research.

Via: The Olive Press

 

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Woman Sleeping

April 21, 2021: Managing Sleep To Become A Better Decision Maker And Leader

The following article discusses the importance of sleep in decision making and leadership, and how failing to obtain a sufficient number of hours leads to poor decision making, organizational inefficiency, and substandard leadership.

The attached article also discusses some tips and tricks to improving sleep habits to become more efficient.

Via: McKinsey & Company

 

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March 29, 2021: Managing Business Challenges Through Lebanon's Financial Crisis

There has been some talk recently about recycling the idea to introduce a federalist system to Lebanon as a way of tackling the financial crisis. Although decentralization measures can help governments become more transparent, bring services closer to its citizens, and improve the government’s ability to address local issues, which is good, it is difficult to see how converting Lebanon’s political structure to a federal system will streamline government expenditures, reduce deficits, or stimulate the economy.

There is no substitute for accountability, reducing and eliminating deficits, increasing transparency, and tackling corruption. These are all confidence building initiatives that will encourage international financiers to once again lend money to Lebanon at preferential rates.

The following article discusses a unique challenge faced by businesses whose products have to be secured through the global supply chain using U.S. dollars, and highlights the inflationary implications of a collapsed currency due to bloated deficits and rampant corruption.

Via: Al-Monitor

 

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Local Bakery

March 15, 2021: Top Challenges For Business Owners Who Put Either Their Wealth Or Business First

 

Some owners prioritize their personal wealth, while others put their business ahead of their own personal finances, trusting that if the business does well, their growth in wealth will follow.

 

The following article discusses the unique challenges faced by both types of entrepreneurs and some common challenges faced by both. Which type are you?

Via: Kiplinger

 

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DNA Strand

March 3, 2021: Regenerating Nerve Cells

 

Not all nerve cells are the same. When brain and spinal cord cells are damaged they fail to regenerate. Peripheral nerve cells found everywhere else on the body are more efficient at healing when damaged.

 

The attached article discuses how scientists have identified 40 genes that are responsible for suppressing central nervous system cell regeneration, and how by turning one of these genes off, they were able to restore specific cells in mice. Could regenerating spinal cord and stroke injuries be next?

Via: Yale News

 

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Utility Pole

March 1, 2021: How Increasing Cross-Border Electricity Trade Can Boost MENA Economies

 

Securing reliable and sustainable sources of electricity are imperative to running successful economies, and energy could easily be considered to be a National Security sector. Unfortunately, energy resources are not equally available to all countries: some have them; others don’t, but everyone needs it. Enter the League of Arab States, or rather, a division of the LAS known as the Arab Ministerial Councils for Electricity (AMCE).

 

The attached article discuses an initiative by the Arab Ministerial Councils for Electricity (AMCE), called the Pan-Arab Electricity Market (PAEM), to create a Middle Eastern electricity market that will further integrate regional electricity grids, secure distribution, and potentially create the opportunity for environmental gains and economic growth.

Via: The Brookings Institution

 

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Luggage Store

February 17, 2021: Succession Planning: Some Things To Consider

 

Succession planning is often the single furthest idea on entrepreneurs’ minds. So much time, effort, and resources are invested in running the business that the last thing most company owners think about is selling.

 

Whether it’s to change course and move on to another venture, to close out a money losing business, or as part of one’s retirement plan, there are certain factors entrepreneurs should to take into account when planning to sell their business.

 

The attached article discusses four points to consider if you have recently been contemplating the sale of your business.

Via: Kiplinger

 

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Bill

February 9, 2021: The End Of U.S. Strong Dollar Policy

 

The recently appointed U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen just indicated that the U.S. may be moving away from its historic “strong dollar” policy and pivoting to market-determined exchange rates.

 

This change in policy will have inflation, volatility, and standard of living implications both domestically in the U.S., and international markets, given the dollar’s use as a central bank reserve currency, currency of choice for international commerce, secondary currency in many countries, and a store of value flight-to-safety during times of domestic unrest, economic and political instability, and natural disasters.

Via: Barron's

 

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Grapes

February 2, 2021: Lebanon: Several Thousand Years Of Wine Making History

 

Discover the history of Lebanon's several thousand years of wine making!

 

The attached article discusses the depths of Lebanon's 7,000 years of wine making, including the history of the popular grape varietals grown in the regions and some of the challenges the industry has faced, both domestically and abroad. Globally, Lebanon is a small producer and relies on its exports in order to keep its wine industry viable.

 

Have you sampled Lebanese wine? The next time you add wine to your grocery list, or are dropping in to the liquor store, make it a point to request wine that's made in Lebanon!

Via: Wine Enthusiast

 

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January 25, 2021: Turning Crisis Into Success

 

There has been much discussion about the Covid-19 crisis and whether the world governments’ response has had a worse impact on citizens’ lives than the virus itself.

 

If nothing else, this experience has provided entrepreneurs and company leaders the chance to re-examine their business models, crisis response strategies, and leadership styles; as well, it has also provided the opportunity to re-imagine the future of their business.

 

The attached article discusses some gems of wisdom about two iconic business leaders, Steve Jobs of Apple, and Walt Disney of Disney Corporation, who had to overcome tremendous crises, and how their experiences may help you navigate your business through today’s challenges.

Via: Real Leaders

 

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Newborn Baby

January 18, 2021: New Study Claims To Predict Autism With 90% Accuracy

 

Are parents at risk of passing autism on to their children? A small study recently conducted claims to have uncovered biomarkers that can predict with a 90% rate of accuracy the probability of whether a child will become autistic. Click the link to read more about the study.

Via: Science Alert

 

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Plastic Polluted Ocean

January 11, 2021: Can Plant Based Alternatives Disrupt Plastic?

A British start-up that is focused on creating a plant-based alternative to plastic has recently secured £6.2 million in seed financing from a syndicate led by an investment firm owned by Hong Kong billionaire, Li Kashing.

 

The race is on to find a decomposable alternative that can substitute for plastic, while providing one solution to its chronic pollution problem.

Via: Sifted

 

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Landfill Management

December 27, 2020: Is Waste-To-Energy The Future of Waste Management And Renewable Energy?

Exciting things are happening in the United Arab Emirates, with the recent signing of a $1.16 billion waste-to-energy project that is expected to manage 50% of the garbage waste produced in Dubai, while producing up to 200 megawatts of renewable energy, enough to power 140,000 households.

 

The deal is being structured as a joint venture between the UAE Crown Corporation, Dubai Holding, and two Japanese engineering companies, which is an effective way of generating Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).

 

Via: NIKKEI Asia

 

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Chicken Basket

December 7, 2020: One Country Recently Approved The Sale of Lab Grown Meat, Now Others May Follow

A U.S. start-up that produces lab-grown cultured meat has just had its product approved for sale to the public in Singapore. Other countries are sure to follow, perhaps even where you live.

 

Whether lab grown meat is used as one of the ingredients to make prepared food, or sold as ground meat, or a roast, this new product may be coming to a grocery store, market, or restaurant near you.

 

In fact, if the food industry is allowed to follow the same game plan it used for genetically modified organisms (GMOs), consumers may not even be advised when these products have been used as ingredients. On the other hand, this may be one way for countries that import most of their food to produce more of it locally.

 

Click on the link to the article and find out more about this new development.

Via: ScienceAlert.com

 

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Stock Market Graph

November 30, 2020: Taking Your Company Public During Covid-19

In business, very often it is the contrarians that are the most successful: those companies that are outliers from the herd and are able to identify unique ways of capitalizing on hidden opportunities, getting their products to market, or raising capital.

 

The forced economic shutdown imposed by governments around the world will make 2020 one of the most challenging years for small and medium sized businesses. While large corporations were best able to take advantage of government Covid-19 assistance programs, many small and medium sized businesses were told they didn’t qualify and were left to struggle financially.

 

The attached article discusses a potential opportunity for well managed smaller and medium sized businesses with a history of solid financials and a willingness to be transparent to raise new capital by listing their companies on a public stock exchange using a very unique approach.

 

If you are operating a successful business and always wanted to take your company public, this may be a unique opportunity for you to raise capital using the strategy mentioned in the article. 

Via: Idaho Business Review

 

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In Shape

November 23, 2020: Doctors Target “Hunger” Hormone In Parkinson’s Research

 

Doctors have reported that one of the hormones responsible for making us feel hungry has two different variants: one that increases the formation of new nerve cells, such as brain cells, and another that blocks the formation of new nerve cells. Their findings suggest that the ratio between these two hormone variants may be one of the determinants in the cause of Parkinson’s disease and dementia.   

Via: Futurism

 

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November 16, 2020: The Politics of Water: Can The Failure of Mega-Dam Negotiations Lead To Armed Conflict?

 

Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan have not yet reached an agreement on a water conflict negotiation stemming from the development and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

 

It is estimated that about 85% of the Nile River waters originate in Ethiopia, raising questions and concerns about the manner in which the dam will be filled, and its impact downstream.

 

Complicating the situation is Turkey’s recent interest in Ethiopian domestic affairs, as it attempts to use its growing influence with Ethiopia, encouraging the country to potentially cut off Nile water flow and impose its political agenda on East Africa and Egypt, which you can read about here.

Via: VOA News

 

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Molecules Security

November 8, 2020: Have You Experienced Blocked Websites? A VPN May Help

 

If you have ever experienced being blocked from a website due to your geographic location, one possible solution to consider may be a Virtual Private Network (VPN), which helps make you more anonymous online.

 

A VPN can hide your IP address, change your apparent online location, and add an additional layer of encryption to your online browsing.

 

The attached article talks more in detail about how and why some online users may wish to use a virtual private network as part of their cybersecurity strategy, along with some of its drawbacks.

Via: PCMag

 

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PLEASE DONATE: JOIN US IN OUR HELPING BEIRUT HOSPITALS INITIATIVE

 

As soon as it was reported that the Beirut port explosion had caused massive damage to several nearby hospitals, the Global Order of Middle Eastern Christians began reaching out to our local Lebanese Embassy, the Red Cross, the World Health Organization (WHO), and multiple media sources to gather information on the extent of the damage, and where best we could direct our efforts, helping to return quality healthcare to the people of Beirut, Lebanon.

Please consider donating here, and join us in supporting, and sharing this initiative with your social media network. 100% of the net proceeds will be distributed to severely damaged hospitals.

Donations even as low as $5 can help get the most severely damaged hospitals back on their feet and providing quality healthcare to Beirut residents.

 

Donate $100, or more, and the Global Order of Middle Eastern Christians will give you or your company a one year listing in our business directory for FREE!

Charity Drive

November 2, 2020: Applying the Power of Humility to Succeed in Business

 

Humility is an incredibly important trait in both our personal and business lives. Occasionally, confidence can be misinterpreted as arrogance, but it is absolutely possible to be both confident, especially in charting a strategic course, making decisions, and taking actions, while also expressing the emotionally intelligent trait of humility.

 

In the attached article, we learn how one CEO used both his confidence in implementing a strategic four point restructuring plan, and humility to help turn around a multi-billion dollar enterprise after the Global Financial Crisis. These same principles can be applied to businesses of all sizes.

Via: Multibriefs

 

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Chess Pieces

October 25, 2020: Are Turkey And Its Allies Preparing To Destabilize Lebanon?

 

Increasingly, reports are emerging of Turkey allegedly sending large amounts of weapons into northern Lebanon.

 

The attached article discusses those claims, where arms are supposedly ending up, and who in Lebanon may be lending political support for such initiatives.

Via: Middle East Forum

 

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Rig Maintenance

October 21, 2020: Will Maritime Border Negotiations Lead To Normalization Talks Between Lebanon and Israel?

 

Next week, representatives from Lebanon and Israel are expected to meet again to continue technical negotiations regarding a shared maritime border. Mediterranean energy resources and the potential economic benefits they represent have been a hot topic lately.

 

Hosted by the United Nations and mediated by a team from the United States, there is a lot of speculation about whether this non-security related talk can serve as a platform to normalizing relations between the two neighbors.

 

The following article provides some history of the details leading to the talks and what is at stake economically.

Via: The New Arab

 

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October 11, 2020: Making Sense Of The Armenia-Azerbaijan Conflict

 

In an effort to make sense of the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict, the following article provides a comprehensive synopsis of the current conflict being fought on the ground, a brief history of the Nagorno-Karabakh region, and the influence being exercised by third party countries, Russia and Turkey.

 

Via: Wall Street Journal

 

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Covid-19 Screening

October 04, 2020: Did Manaus Brazil Just Reach Covid-19 Herd Immunity?

 

Manaus, Brazil, which experienced a very large number of covid-19 cases back in spring, and possibly prior to any mask wearing or social distancing initiatives, is reporting that they may have reached HERD IMMUNITY, and that over 60% of the population may have already been infected, since the beginning of the outbreak.

 

Via: Popular Science

 

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September 28, 2020: Egypt On Path To Energy Independence

 

Egypt has been developing a plan to put itself on the path to energy independence within three years. If successful, the country could see its economy become a natural gas and electricity export hub, while restructuring the design of energy architecture that could affect the continents of Africa, Europe, and the Middle East.

 

Via: Italian Institute For International Political Studies

 

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September 20, 2020: The Politics of Ministries

 

This week, Lebanon saw the debate about meritorious hiring make headlines, as the formation of a new government has been paralyzed by an ideology over how to allocate ministries.

 

Meritocracy, pure and simple, is the meritorious hiring or appointing of individuals based on the pertinence of their credentials, breadth of experience, and history of achieving results.

 

Considering that Western governments have imposed sanctions on divisions of certain political groups affiliated with foreign interests, choosing the wrong candidate to lead the Finance ministry may lead to an extension of those sanctions to the entire country exactly when it needs a financial restructuring and foreign financial help the most.

 

Via: Reuters

 

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Kids for Peace

September 15, 2020: Today’s Peace Deals May Be Precursor To Tomorrow’s Economic Expansion

The United States Trump administration has changed the course of history with the signing of peace agreements that normalize relations between Israel and two more Arab states, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, respectively.

 

In 1979, Egypt normalized relations with Israel, followed by Jordan in 1994.

 

Other Middle Eastern governments have begun testing their citizens’ reaction to these peace deals in order to gauge whether the political will exists for their own countries to follow suit. President Trump has been quoted as suggesting there may be as many as five or six additional Middle Eastern countries, whose names have yet to be announced, that are in various degrees of progress towards signing their own peace deals with Israel. There is a strong suggestion that Oman may be next.

 

The more Middle Eastern countries join the peace initiative, the faster the region could create the conditions and develop the framework for regional free trade, similar to a North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), or African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

 

This is history in the making, happening in real time…

 

​Via: Reuters

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September 14, 2020: Exploring How Innovative Technology Like 3D Printing Can Be Used To Build Cost Effective Housing In Record Time

Using 3D printing, additive manufacturing, and robotics, innovative construction companies have begun breaking ground in the 3D printed housing industry, producing buildings in record time and saving money in the process.

 

Construction companies can already print homes between 650 to 2,000 square feet in as little as 3 days, with some additional time needed for the finishings.

 

The demand for the 3D printing technology is growing in industrial manufacturing, healthcare, and construction, with some estimating the industry compound annual growth rate to be as high as 33%, between now and 2027.

 

Could new technologies, such as 3D printed buildings, be part of the rebuilding solution in a country such as Lebanon, challenged with a history of corrupt infrastructure contracts?

 

​Via: Tech Bullion

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August 29, 2020: The Geopolitical Landscape In The Middle East Is In Motion: How Will Your Country Be Aligned?

The geopolitical landscape in the Middle East is being restructured, with old positions being challenged and new alliances created. 

 

The recent announcement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates sets a new path for other nations in the region to follow. 

 

Many Middle Eastern observers have recognized the U.A.E. as being the low hanging fruit in an Arab rapprochement with Israel. 

 

Facilitating this recent development is not only the U.A.E progressive development and economic expansion, but also the fact that both it and Israel enjoy joint security and intelligence operations with Western interests. 

 

Now, the biggest banks in both Dubai and Israel are seeking to enhance their collaboration, as well. Key to this development is something few are talking openly about: the Middle East is the only major region without its own financial hub. North America has New York; Europe has London; and Asia has Singapore; and in each case, English is the underlying operating language of money and finance.

 

The financial world is eagerly waiting to see which Middle Eastern country wins the prize to become the region’s crown jewel and financial hub.

 

​Via: Bloomberg

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European Restaurant

August 26, 2020: How To Start Fresh From A Debt Burdened Business

 

Some business owners are so hard hit by the global economic shutdown imposed on them by their governments that their debt levels have become unmanageable, forcing them to consider closing their businesses, selling, or declaring bankruptcy.

 

The attached article discusses some options and recommendations for those entrepreneurs forced to walk away from businesses overburdened with debt, including a suggested analysis to conduct to maximize your best outcome, and also some pitfalls to avoid.

 

This second article, which you can access here, discusses some of the steps to consider when selling your business.

 

​Via: Kiplinger

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DNA

August 17, 2020: Experimental Gene Therapy Helps Boy Walk Again

 

There has been a lot of excitement in the scientific community lately about the research being conducted using CRISPER, and other gene therapies, to treat a variety of illnesses from high cholesterol to cancer.

 

The attached article reports how one such experimental gene therapy, which used billions of viruses to deliver a missing gene to the patient’s cells, was used to treat a boy diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy.

 

The patient’s mother described how her son went from barely being able to climb only a few steps, to running up the entire flight of stairs within three weeks of the therapy.

 

​Via: Futurism.com

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Insurance Agent

August 2, 2020: Factors To Consider When Filing Insurance Claims Due To Business Losses Arising From Covid-19

 

Did you know that many business insurance policies may provide coverage, due to business losses resulting from Covid-19, even if those policies don’t explicitly state that pandemic events are covered?

 

Businesses may be covered for a claim if their policy includes “business interruption coverage.” Some policies may even explicitly provide coverage, while others may explicitly deny it, using “events of force majeure”, or other such exceptions.

 

The attached article discusses the points every business owner should consider, when determining whether to file a business insurance claim, due to Covid-19 related losses.

 

​Via: Forbes.com

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Modern Chicago Skyline

July 25, 2020: Pros And Cons Of Working Remotely, And Factors Facing Commercial Real Estate

The attached article discusses the emerging pros and cons observed by employers about transitioning their staff to a remote working environment.

One factor seldom discussed is the impact on office lease rates and the potential correction to commercial real estate valuations that may result. The Real Estate News Exchange conducted a study, which you can access here, discussing the potential risks facing the commercial real estate market that investors may wish to keep on their radar.

 

​Via: Global Trade; and Real Estate News Exchange

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Open Sign

July 11, 2020: Will The Mismanagement Of The Covid-19 Incident Lead To A Pandemic Of Corporate Bankruptcies?

The Covid-19 incident saw governments force a wave of businesses to temporarily close, sending their employees home. This action may have ensured that some of those businesses will never open again.

The full repercussions of Covid-19 on both businesses and individuals, due to the loss of production, income, and wealth, has yet to be fully realized. The attached article discusses some of the details particular to the U.S. economy, and how the bankruptcy and restructuring process may pose additional challenges.

 

​Via: Harvard Business School Working Knowledge

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Presentation

June 29, 2020: Presentations: How To Deliver An Effective Power Talk

From your marketing statement, to a client sales presentation, or a business plan pitch to creditors or investors, business is all about delivering presentations.

 

Attached is an insightful article that can help you improve your presentation skills and deliver the perfect power talk to prospects, clients, and stakeholders.

 

​Via: Getpocket.com

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June 20, 2020: How To: International Container Shipping And Ocean Freight

Have you ever wondered about, or wanted to learn more about international container shipping and ocean freight, but felt that the process is too intimidating, or you didn’t know where to begin?

 

Attached is an easy to read article and link to a video that explains the basics of international container shipping and ocean freight that will help give you a simple understanding of the process and clues to where you should look next, if you decide you’d like to learn more.

 

​Via: Ecomcrew.com

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Smiling Businessman

June 16, 2020: New Techniques In Regenerative Medicine May Soon Cure Baldness

Human stem cells have now been used to regenerate hair follicles; however, the new treatment developed by researchers needs to be optimized before making it to the local clinic. The process takes around 140 days before grafts are ready for transplant, which may sound like a long time, but the procedure could also have the possibility of helping those with wounds, scars, or genetic skin diseases.

 

​Via: Nature.com

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Greenhouse

June 7, 2020: Aeroponics: A Growing Agricultural Trend In Times Of Food Insecurity

Aeroponics, which is a way of growing crops without using soil, is a growing trend. In this process, water and nutrients are transferred to the plant using a fine mist that is sprayed at its roots. This method of growing plants is becoming popular because it allows the grower to control for the environmental factors, such as temperature and humidity, while protecting the crops from weeds and pests.

Attached is an article discussing the steps to consider when setting up your own aeroponics growing system to help maximize success and secure your food supply.

 

​Via: PRNewswire.com

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May 30, 2020: Egypt Introducing New Economic Stimulus Package

The Egyptian government is introducing a new 50 billion Egyptian pounds ($3 billion) economic stimulus package to support the country's tourism industry. The new proposal includes a six month real estate tax abatement for hotels and an eight percent reduction in interest rates across the tourist industry, which is in addition to the previously announced lowering of energy prices.

 

​Via: Arab News

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May 24, 2020: Is Lebanon's Middle Class Collapsing?

 

The attached discusses some of the challenges facing Lebanon's middle class, including the rise in poverty levels, due to the economic contraction caused by government mismanagement and corruption, financial capital controls, currency devaluation, household debt, the country's trade imbalance, and foreign restrictions on food exports, due to the recent Covid-19 incident. 

 

​Via: ForeignPolicy.com

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May 11, 2020: Steps To Consider When Planning The Reopening Of Your Business After Covid-19

 

From a phased in relaxation of the economic lockdown, to the differences in ramping up operations in both an office and manufacturing business, the attached article discusses some of the necessary steps entrepreneurs should consider when developing their re-start strategy.

 

​Via: The Economic Times

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May 3, 2020: Bad News For Regular Marijuana Smokers

 

Bad news for regular marijuana smokers: "a massive new study has linked frequent weed smoking to an increased risk of testicular cancer."

 

If you're a weed smoker and you belong to the cohort studied in this analysis, you may be at a 36% increased risk of contracting testicular cancer.

 

​Via: Futurism.com

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April 29, 2020: How Not To Rebrand Your Company

 

The attached article describes the challenges one company faced when rebranding their company, which cost them tens of millions of dollars in both marketing costs and lost sales.

 

There are many lessons applicable to both small and medium sized businesses that every entrepreneur should be aware of.

 

​Via: Medium.com

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April 27, 2020: How To Protect Trade Secrets When Everyone Is Working From Home?

 

With so many working from home and practicing social distancing, we seem to be communicating more online and through other electronic means than ever before. This presents some challenges in protecting company secrets and other intellectual property, especially when security questions are raised about some of the software we use for Voice over IP (VOIP), net meetings and online video conferencing. The attached is an article discussing different ways and strategies that companies and entrepreneurs can use for protecting their trade secrets.

 

​Via: American City Business Journals

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April 26, 2020: Will Covid-19 Strike A Mortal Wound To Clean Energy Jobs?

 

Hundreds of thousands of clean energy jobs may be lost due to the Covid-19 economic shutdown. Some are calling for a massive industry bailout, while others are pointing out that if the recent collapse in oil prices continues to trend downward, it may be a very long time before the clean energy industry becomes economically competitive.

 

​Via: Wired

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April 18, 2020: How Imminent Is The Reunification Of The Catholic And Orthodox Churches?

 

The reunification of the Catholic and Orthodox churches is a recurring topic that is periodically raised and debated by regular church goers, some clergy, and members of the religious media.

 

Although the attached article is written in promotion of reunification, our reason for posting is to inspire readers to ponder the issue and contemplate the reasons for the distinctive branches. Is the reunification of the Catholic and Orthodox churches imminent, or are the distinctive characteristics of each sufficiently significant to warrant their continued independence?

 

​Via: The Trumpet

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April 5, 2020: How The Coronavirus Is Affecting Food Supply Chains

 

The attached is a discussion of how the coronavirus has been affecting global food supply chains, and some of the measures grain and cereal exporting countries have taken that could affect you and your family.

 

​Via: The National Interest

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