Category: Editorial

The Story Behind The Stuff: Consumers’ Growing Interest In “Real” Products

| 18/10/2012 | Reply
The Story Behind The Stuff: Consumers’ Growing Interest In “Real” Products

There is a powerful urge to get in touch with what they believe is a more “real” world, and it’s leading us to a place where signs of realness take on greater value.

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23 Rules for Face-to-Face Meetings

| 16/10/2012 | Reply
23 Rules for Face-to-Face Meetings

While a lot of business is conducted today over the Internet and the telephone, customers often want to meet you personally, just to make certain you’re the kind of person who can be trusted to deliver what you promise.

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Online passwords: keep it complicated

| 13/10/2012 | Reply
Online passwords: keep it complicated

By now, you probably have about 20 different passwords you’re struggling to remember. There must be an easier way. How do you stay one step ahead of the hackers – and still stay sane?

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Opinion: Why entrepreneurs need to learn from their mistakes more than their successes

| 13/10/2012 | Reply
Opinion: Why entrepreneurs need to learn from their mistakes more than their successes

James Caan recently carried out a performance review of one of his senior managers and gave him an overall score of seven. The guy asked why he had not scored him higher and he told him that he had not made enough mistakes in the last six months.

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Opinion: The Shift From Chief Executive To Chief Influencer

| 08/10/2012 | Reply
Opinion: The Shift From Chief Executive To Chief Influencer

Instead of a strict authoritarian top-to-bottom style as in the past, the head honchos now have a more participatory viewpoint towards their duties, allowing for more individualized thinking and ownership amongst their colleagues.

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Opinion: Five Characteristics to Look for When Hiring Talent

| 08/10/2012 | Reply
Opinion: Five Characteristics to Look for When Hiring Talent

Finding the right talent can be tricky, especially if your company is a startup that doesn’t have a substantial hiring budget. But making an upfront investment of both time and resources can make a big difference to your startup’s bottom line and growth potential.

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Opinion: Irishwoman Easkey Britton makes surf waves in Iran

| 04/10/2012 | Reply
Opinion: Irishwoman Easkey Britton makes surf waves in Iran

When Irishwoman Easkey Britton climbed onto a surfboard on a beach in Iran, the whole of the local village turned out to watch. Now, a documentary film about how she became the first woman to surf in Iran will be broadcast in France.

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UK ‘missing out on £1bn Halal opportunity’

| 29/09/2012 | Reply
UK ‘missing out on £1bn Halal opportunity’

The UK meat industry is missing out on a £1bn export opportunity in the Middle East because it has failed to adopt Food Standards Agency (FSA) guidelines on halal, an expert has warned.

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Opinion: The Rise and Rise of the Muslim Fashion Industry

| 28/09/2012 | Reply
Opinion: The Rise and Rise of the Muslim Fashion Industry

Indonesia has clear aspirations to be a world leader in Muslim fashion, and across the Atlantic, American Muslim fashion is thriving. It is on the move, and that move is growing wider, more popular and into the mainstream.

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Salamworld, the Social Network for ‘Core Muslim Values’

| 21/09/2012 | Reply
Salamworld, the Social Network for ‘Core Muslim Values’

Salamworld has ambitious plans to launch in 17 countries by November, to offer counseling from certified imams; a library of e-books on Islamic heritage; city guides with information on Islamic centers and halal restaurants; Muslim news network.

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Malaysia: Joint halal-Islamic finance sector will create a combined industry worth US$3.5 tri

| 20/09/2012 | Reply
Malaysia: Joint halal-Islamic finance sector will create a combined industry worth US$3.5 tri

“The halal industry will be looking for financial capital. Its size will become more noticeable if combined with Islamic banking,” said Dr Humayon Dar, Chairman, Edbiz, at the Global Islamic Finance Forum 2012 (GIFF).

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Opinion: ‘Shariah-compliant’ tourism opens new markets

| 17/09/2012 | Reply
Opinion: ‘Shariah-compliant’ tourism opens new markets

These days, more and more Muslim travellers are looking for the “halal” label on hotels, restaurants and even airlines when they travel. One-quarter of the world’s population is Muslim and they are becoming a growing sector of the world’s economy

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Opinion: The Real Reason the Middle East is Rioting

| 16/09/2012 | Reply
Opinion: The Real Reason the Middle East is Rioting

A scene from the YouTube version of the “Innocence of Muslims,” has been seen as the spark for recent attacks on U.S. diplomatic posts in the Muslim world. Is food insecurity the tinder for this blaze?

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Opinion: From MTV to Mecca

| 06/09/2012 | Reply
Opinion: From MTV to Mecca

At the height of Kristiane Backer’s career, a chance encounter with cricketer Imran Khan took her to Pakistan and subsequently led her to convert to Islam. In this interview Kristiane talks about her new book on her journey and how Islam inspired her.

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USA: How ‘Millennials’ Are Changing Food as We Know It

| 05/09/2012 | Reply
USA: How ‘Millennials’ Are Changing Food as We Know It

Yes, Millennials still prefer cheaper food, and want it to be convenient. But they are also more willing to pay for fresh and healthy food, and are willing to go to great lengths to find it. And they are also more aligned with the “food movement.”

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Opinion: Veganism and the rise of the Muslim Consumer

| 05/09/2012 | Reply
Opinion: Veganism and the rise of the Muslim Consumer

Whilst obviously you don’t have to be vegan to be Muslim you clearly do have to be just as discerning when buying products to keep to your moral/spiritual ideology. A commentary on the BBC’s ‘The Future is Halal’ programme.

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Opinion: More than just a blip on the virtual landscape

| 05/09/2012 | Reply
Opinion: More than just a blip on the virtual landscape

Blippar has sought to rework the advertising experience using augmented reality. (As with many tech start-ups, the company has its own lingo: adverts, or “blipps”, are “blipped”, rather than scanned.)

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Opinion: Newspapers have a bright future with tablets, but digital advertising is an issue

| 05/09/2012 | Reply
Opinion: Newspapers have a bright future with tablets, but digital advertising is an issue

Tablets may be the talk of this week’s World Newspaper Congress and World Editors Forum, but problems remain when it comes to digital ad revenues.

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US-Opinion: Not all Republicans are Islamophobes but all Islamophobes are Republicans

| 01/09/2012 | Reply
US-Opinion: Not all Republicans are Islamophobes but all Islamophobes are Republicans

Islamophobia in America is not innate, rather it’s the fruit of a decade-long hysteria against Muslims generated by a largely Republican machine comprised of pundits, conservative funders, media conglomerates and fiery politicians.

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Opinion: Halal toothpaste, anyone? Religious observance has become a global brand

| 01/09/2012 | Reply
Opinion: Halal toothpaste, anyone? Religious observance has become a global brand

The unstoppable growth of halal products shows we are all fair game for marketers. A few years ago, the only “halal” signs one saw were on butchers’ shops, But now halal is turning into a global brand.

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