Bahrain

Parents, protect  your kids from  ‘suicide’ games
Aug 14

Parents, protect your kids from ‘suicide’ games

Manama : Game developers and cyber security experts have called upon users of smart devices in the Kingdom to be vigilant against “suicide games” like ‘Blue Whale’ that are trending on internet and online games stores. Parents are also advised to rationally monitor their children’s...

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Leaders in the digital world
Jul 26

Leaders in the digital world

We are living in a digital world, and digital business is the norm. And leaders must take a cue from such world in order to venture into the future. Certainly digital business leaders should harness an adventurer’s zeal for the digital business leadership journey to inspire others, but should temper what can be...

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Whats Up?
Jul 24

Whats Up?

Disclaimer : This is not my story.  The choices before me are aplenty. (a) stop reading or typing anything on my smartphone without wearing reading glasses; (b) stop staring at the WhatsApp messages as soon as my eyes open in the morning; (c) “resign” from the numerous WhatsApp groups so as to...

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Technological feat in exploring Jupiter
Jul 18

Technological feat in exploring Jupiter

Yet again the technology and Science news recently have been focusing on Juno the spacecraft which has been circling the biggest and most mysterious planet in our solar system, Jupiter.  I was astounded by the complexity of what went into Juno spacecraft, the myriads of electronics and computer systems that...

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Commercial aspects of  virtual and augment reality
Jul 12

Commercial aspects of virtual and augment reality

We have seen the evolution and spread of the futuristic looking technologies that keep amazing individuals everywhere, and on the top of the list are virtual and augmented realities.  We have seen many entertaining uses of these technologies, however, the real benefits lie in the commercial uses by different...

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Guard against cyber-attacks
Jul 04

Guard against cyber-attacks

In today’s highly digital era, cyber-attacks have become an imminent major threat to not only organisations and institutes, but society as well. With the power of technology, these cyber-attacks are unleashed on a large scale with a global reach to millions of devices in relatively no time.  We have...

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Renewable energy in the Arab World:  Innovations in business models
Jul 04

Renewable energy in the Arab World: Innovations in business models

Renewable energy presents new windows of opportunity in terms on public-private partnerships, investment models and innovations in finance and business models. Firms and local communities can be both energy users and producers if net-metering or feed-in-tariff is applied for solar and wind energy. Cities and rural...

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Deliver an even brighter future for Hong Kong
Jul 02

Deliver an even brighter future for Hong Kong

Over the last two decades, the practice of “One Country, Two Systems” in Hong Kong, like the growth of a seedling, has become strong and robust despite wind and rain and yielded many fruits. The SAR system established under the Constitution of the People’s Republic of China and the Basic Law of the...

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Fungal infection in aquarium fishes
Jun 28

Fungal infection in aquarium fishes

Fungal infections are  the most common diseases seen in tropical fish. Because fungal spores are found in all fish tanks, they can quickly colonize and create problems in stressed, injured, or diseased fish. Initially, you’ll notice a gray or whitish growth in and on the skin and/or fins. Eventually, as...

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Net Neutrality Protests
Jun 28

Net Neutrality Protests

I was puzzled recently when I came to know that major websites like Amazon, Kickstarter, Reddit, Mozilla and American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) will join an online protest in July 2017 in an event that was labelled “Internet-wide day of action”.  This protest is meant to protect net...

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Simplifying air travel
Jun 14

Simplifying air travel

Air travel and customs have always been a nuisance and now more than ever because of the heightened security and threats. As a result, many initiatives have been started to improve this situation. The most important one is the Fast Travel Program by the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) which aims...

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Fighting cyber threats with intelligence
Jun 07

Fighting cyber threats with intelligence

With the recent wide attack of WannaCry, which had devastating effects and damage, it has never been more important to form Cyber Threat Intelligence.  There are different types of Cyber Threat Intelligence that can apply in different ways at different points in the attacker lifecycle. Open Source Intelligence...

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Say no to Tobacco!
Jun 01

Say no to Tobacco!

May 31st has been declared as the ‘World No Tobacco Day’ by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The need for such a day is very important these days as around 7 million people are killed annually due to tobacco use, listing it as the one of the leading cause of preventable illness and death. The theme WHO...

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The next generation of e-commerce
May 31

The next generation of e-commerce

The rise of ecommerce a decade ago had a severe business impact on many high-street stores; everything has changed especially consumer buying behavior. Hence, many big stores are set to transform shopping by establishing a seamless link between the online and offline worlds.   In the near future, almost every...

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Message on Africa Day 2017
May 25

Message on Africa Day 2017

Africa Day 2017 comes at an important moment in the continent’s endeavours towards peace, inclusive economic growth and sustainable development.  The international community has entered the second year of implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, an all-out effort to tackle global poverty,...

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 Importance of Deworming
May 17

Importance of Deworming

One of the most basic pet care responsibilities is to ensure that your pets are free from internal worms. Two important reasons for controlling worms are the debilitating physical effect on the animal especially in puppies and to minimize or eliminate the risk of human infections with some of the parasites. Most pet...

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WannaCry: New and  Unique Cyberattack
May 17

WannaCry: New and Unique Cyberattack

Since last week the Internet and news in general were abuzz with a new type of malware called “WannaCry” or “WannaCrypt”. This malware has around more than 2 million infections around the globe and is considered to be the largest ransomware campaign ever. So what is about this attack that makes...

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Bahrain Charities raise their voices
May 15

Bahrain Charities raise their voices

Just Imagine that 80% of the charities in the Kingdom of Bahrain do not have licenses, to raise funds for charity or even to accept donations. This was confirmed in a recent study published in a local Arabic newspaper in Bahrain, in which 48 charity societies have participated, representing 46% of all the 104...

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Internet of things analytics: Knowledge of the future
May 10

Internet of things analytics: Knowledge of the future

We have been hearing almost nonstop about Internet of Things (IoT) and the big revolution we are heading toward. IoT can enable the communication and control of equipment and machines remotely by means of reading and taking the necessary action based on data obtained from sensors. And these sensors can generate huge...

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Observations on the UPR report
May 09

Observations on the UPR report

Last week, the 27th Session of the United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR) took place in Geneva, where human rights concerns in Bahrain came under close scrutiny by a panel of countries.   The handling of human rights issues in Bahrain was criticized most of which seem to have resulted due to little or no...

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Succession Planning, the forgotten strategy
May 03

Succession Planning, the forgotten strategy

Many organizations might not give the necessary priority and attention to succession planning, as many might think simplistically that it is concerned with lining up individuals for future promotions. However, it is so much more. Succession planning is about planning for future positions to be given to the right and...

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Solving challenges through engagement
May 01

Solving challenges through engagement

It seems gone are the days when ‘free visa’ and run away workers were picked up from places where they illegally work, hailed to a waiting van and headed to the police station. They remain at the detention centre until the right sponsor is contacted; who can come forward at his own convenience, may be days...

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All set for big fat Indian wedding
Apr 27

All set for big fat Indian wedding

Manama : The ‘sangeet’ function of the first big fat Indian wedding in Bahrain is all set to take place at the Ritz-Carlton private island today.  The three-day wedding is of Diya Mehta, daughter of business tycoon and CEO of Rosy Blue, Russell Mehta, and Ayush Jatia, son of business tycoon Amit...

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Leadership style with digital influence
Apr 25

Leadership style with digital influence

As digital business goes to the core of the products and services and permeates across all aspects of the enterprise, digital business leadership must become a team sport. No individual leader will ever have the perfect blend of all the needed leadership traits. While remastering personal leadership should be pursued,...

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40pc employees in Bahrain looking to switch industry
Apr 21

40pc employees in Bahrain looking to switch industry

Manama : Almost half of the employees in the region are contemplating an industry change for the near future, according to the results of a survey. Forty-seven per cent of respondents of a regional survey by Bayt.com and Yougov said they are considering an industry change for the next few months. Among the...

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Premier’s honours, Bahrain’s pride
Apr 20

Premier’s honours, Bahrain’s pride

During much of the last few decades, news of political turmoil, social instability and economic uncertainty have dominated the profiles of most of the Arab world.  Even today we are still in the mess, far from solving our challenges. These unfortunate events have concealed the major ongoing developments that...

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Fecal impaction in dogs and cats
Apr 19

Fecal impaction in dogs and cats

A fecal impaction is a dry collection of hard stool in the colon or rectum that cannot pass normally. When stools become hard and dry and are passed infrequently and with effort, the pet is said to be constipated. Impactions form as a result of chronic constipation. The most common causes of fecal impaction ...

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How Bahrain’s F1 gets mightier every year...
Apr 17

How Bahrain’s F1 gets mightier every year...

Manama : This year’s highly anticipated motorsport has finally come to a successful conclusion, and while many of the visitors and spectators take home what an experience it has been, there are those set of people who made it all happen and without any time to waste, have already started planning the...

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The Evolution of Online Marketing and Finance
Apr 16

The Evolution of Online Marketing and Finance

With the introduction of the Internet and the connected digital world, many businesses have realized that they could target a wide-range of potential customers through the online marketing by placing ads over many of the commonly used websites. Some businesses have leveraged this need by introducing the pay-per-click...

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Bahrain’s Resiliency
Apr 14

Bahrain’s Resiliency

In 2001, HM King Hamad introduced far-reaching reforms aiming at the reinvigoration of democracy in Bahrain. Upon gaining its autonomy in the 1970s, Bahrain struggled with security issues amid the rise of Islamism in the region. Unrest led the government to enact a state security law in a bid to maintain order and...

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Cheat
Apr 12

Cheat

I looked at, yearningly. Every inch of my body moved hungrily, I could feel all my senses being rekindled with passion. My lips parted, my mouth opened, my tongue licked and absorbed the juices, and every tiny bite brought a new high in me. I wanted to remain in that state of trance, when suddenly I Burped. Off...

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Chemical attacks dashes Syria’s hope
Apr 11

Chemical attacks dashes Syria’s hope

“The brutal regime has done it again”, said the medic while treating a wounded child at the only hospital available in the town. Then came tens and hundreds of wounded and some died en route to the health facility. Once again, the regime has used nerve gas on civilian targets.    Following use...

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 Online safety
Apr 05

 Online safety

The Internet and other technological innovations have transformed the way businesses operate and interact with their customers, stakeholders and internal employees. They have altered the way businesses run, allowing them to build products and services better, faster and smarter. The automation and intelligence these...

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Strengthen cyber security in banking, energy: Expert
Apr 05

Strengthen cyber security in banking, energy: Expert

Manama : Banking and energy sectors are  most vulnerable to cyber attacks and the government should make it a priority to protect these sectors, according to a top cyber security expert. Ron Moultrie, Former Director of Operations at US National Security Agency (NSA) urged Bahrain government to continue...

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Trump started with the right note
Apr 04

Trump started with the right note

Last week, the Trump administration approved a multibillion dollar sale of weapons including F-16 war planes to Bahrain, which was previously blocked by Obama’s team due to the alleged human rights abuses in the Kingdom. The decision has sent shock waves among so called human rights organizations and political...

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Kiss
Apr 04

Kiss

“A man who kisses his wife goodbye before leaving for work receives a bigger pay cheque”, read an article in today’s newspaper. And it very clearly mentioned “His Wife”. My dear male colleagues, this is not for you. Remember, you are always in “Queue”, for your promotion...

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Going down the Digital Transformation Road
Mar 29

Going down the Digital Transformation Road

The way of survival and gaining competitive advantage these days are best achieving by adopting a digital transformation in every level of operations in any company. Top executives in any company should develop and appoint a new cadre of leaders who will drive digital exploration and change. This is necessary because...

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Advancing your career with the right degree
Mar 22

Advancing your career with the right degree

Many of us eagerly try to pursue higher levels of education and degrees with the hopes such an achievement will help to climb higher on the career ladder or possibly obtain better jobs. While these reasons might be logical and valid for pursuing an advanced degree, the critical question is that, is this the best...

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In the 21st century we finally need to tackle the gender gap in drug policy
Mar 17

In the 21st century we finally need to tackle the gender gap in drug policy

I will never forget the visit I made to the women’s outpatient treatment service at Pereira Rossell Hospital, in Montevideo, Uruguay, in November 2015. I was in the country in my capacity as President of the International Narcotics Control Board and had the chance to participate in a group therapy session with...

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Chief information officers serving corporate boards
Mar 15

Chief information officers serving corporate boards

Many have mixed and somehow conflicting understanding of the role that Chief Information Officers play in the board. The initial thought will be to align the IT objectives and provide IT services according to the ever-changing business needs. As any organization, the business requirements are dynamic and change...

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Amazing women
Mar 09

Amazing women

With the reality that at any cost we still belong to the ‘patriarchal society’, with the same prejudices, ‘gossipy/ incompetent/ feeble/ sensitive’, I was in a search to find women in real. I must admit that I am surprised at their dispositions, the ways they suppress an ocean of strength; I...

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Battle for Safeguarding Using Technology in Businesses
Mar 08

Battle for Safeguarding Using Technology in Businesses

It is unthinkable not to have computers in all organizations and companies, all types of transactions and processing is being carried on computers. However, even though the use of computers has a great potential, it also puts businesses at risk due to cybercrime and business of hacking, which created the need for...

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Women’s rights are human rights
Mar 08

Women’s rights are human rights

Women’s rights are human rights. But in these troubled times, as our world becomes more unpredictable and chaotic, the rights of women and girls are being reduced, restricted and reversed.  Empowering women and girls is the only way to protect their rights and make sure they can realize their full...

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No woman should die to give birth
Mar 06

No woman should die to give birth

Afghanistan is one of the most dangerous places in the world to give birth. For International Women’s Day 2017, Médecins Sans Frontières is putting the spotlight on pregnancy and childbirth in Afghanistan. March 8 has always been a special day for me and my family – not only is it...

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How power transition in US can change Middle East policy
Mar 03

How power transition in US can change Middle East policy

Donald Trump came to power as the president of the United States at a difficult time, for his predecessor Barak Obama had left him with nothing more than a big bunch of troubles with Middle East in its epicentre among others.  During Obama’s time, cardinal changes took place in the Arab world, with regimes...

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Ensuring the integrity of medical services
Mar 01

Ensuring the integrity of medical services

We all hang our lives and wellbeing on doctors and hospitals, even sometimes with blind faith. However, there are a lot of events that indicate that some hospitals or doctors may abuse or exploit this trust, in order to increase their income. We undoubtedly recognize that hospitals and clinics are investing a lot in...

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 ITIL: A framework for IT excellency
Feb 22

ITIL: A framework for IT excellency

Many wonder about the best way to run an organisation, deliver a service or build a product, this is an endless question that has puzzled many entrepreneurs, founders and executives as they pursued a market-lasting product or service while substantial amounts of money were given to consultants and professionals to aid...

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Respect to the Kingdom’s Flag
Feb 22

Respect to the Kingdom’s Flag

As it is known, every Country has its own flag that represents its entity. The flag’s design and colours reflect the Country’s history and vision and its essence. For the dear readers’ information, the Republic of Tunisia has the oldest flag (1831), while the Republic of Iraq has the relatively...

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GCC corporates face multiple VAT challenges
Feb 17

GCC corporates face multiple VAT challenges

The plan to introduce value-added tax in Gulf Cooperation Council member states could create operational risks for companies and put pressure on EBITDA and cash flows in some industries as markets adjust, Fitch Ratings says. Collecting and remitting VAT to the government will have notable set-up and compliance costs....

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The dangers of virtual private etworks
Feb 15

The dangers of virtual private etworks

With the heavy reliance in the Internet, endless threats have come to life; many of them are very serious that can have serious financial implications to companies and governments, not to mention the impact on national security. As a result, many countries have started enforcing laws to ensure cyber security and...

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