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Small Business, Big (Environmental) Impact

Date: 9 June 2016

Understanding how businesses engage in environmental management is important given growing global concerns  about the depletion of natural resources and reductions in biodiversity. There has been a great deal of focus on large businesses, but small businesses have a role to play too. The fact that small businesses are neglecting this is of great concern.

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What Makes Us Want to Work?

Date: 8 June 2016

While most people spend a good proportion of their life at work, few will ever stop to consider whether their work is meaningful. “Meaningfulness” is not something that tends to feature in our daily thoughts, preoccupied as we often are by more mundane matters like rent, bills and lunch.

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Why Someone Jumped off of the Brexit Bus

Date: 8 June 2016

In 1997, a small number of academic economists in my country, the Netherlands, came out against the euro and were vilified by the authorities. I was one of them.  When my native country organised a (non-binding) referendum about adopting the so-called European “constitution”, in 2005, many again protested.

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To Watch English Cricket, Show Up Early

Date: 8 June 2016

As the touring Sri Lankan cricket team arrives in London for the final test of their three-match series, there won’t be too many people willing to part with their money for a ticket for the fifth and final day.

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How Personal Do You Want Your TV-Watching?

Date: 8 June 2016

Traditional pay-television providers, already under pressure from consumers opting for streaming internet video, are facing a new threat.  Google is getting into TV advertising, and a decision made earlier this year by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has everyone from traditional set top box providers to diversity champions worried.

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Experts: Don't Panic, it's Just One Jobs Report

Date: 6 June 2016

The bottom-line takeaway from the May job numbers announced on Friday is we need a clear and credible plan for expanding the economy. It is the uncertainty over the future policies of the next president and Congress that may be the root cause for concern.

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Cheers to Australia's GDP

Date: 2 June 2016

It is hard to find any bad news in the latest quarterly GDP result. GDP growth of 1.1% for the March quarter (0.9% trend) puts annual growth just over 3%.  The Federal Budget and subsequent Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Outlook (PEFO) forecast for 2.5% for the current fiscal year 2015-16 looks likely to be comfortably exceeded. The figures indicate that, for the moment at least, the economy is tracking at or above its potential.

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Trinidad and Tobago is Talking to Ghana about Their Futures

Date: 2 June 2016

Hardly anyone paid attention when Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley visited Ghana early in May 2016. The lack of interest was probably because of economic realities. Major markets like the US and China are looking less towards West African and Caribbean nations as energy producers. There’s been a dramatic collapse in commodity prices.

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South Africa's Land Reform Program is Failing

Date: 2 June 2016

What is going wrong in South Africa’s land reform programme, and how can its failings be addressed?  In 22 years, land reform has barely altered the agrarian structure of South Africa, and has had only minor effects on rural livelihoods.

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BRICS Need to Act Their Age

Date: 1 June 2016

The rise of non-Western emerging powers like Brazil, Russia, India and China is a reality that has shaped South Africa’s foreign policy under President Jacob Zuma.

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Professional Golf to Trump: Fore!

Date: 1 June 2016

The media circus surrounding Donald Trump’s bid for the US presidency is briefly switching from America to the £200m reopening of a golf resort in south-west Scotland. Trump Turnberry, as it has been renamed, boasts a remodelled course and a substantially upgraded five-star hotel and spa. The man himself is reportedly to fly in for a grand ceremony on June 24.

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No Brexit Vote for You

Date: 1 June 2016

decision by judges in the Supreme Court has finally put an end to the legal challenge of two British citizens claiming to be unfairly excluded from voting in the EU referendum. They were campaigning against the law , which disenfranchises people who have lived outside the UK for 15 years or more.

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