Rethinking the civil service in the post-Covid era


Is your civil service fit to handle today’s problems and anticipate those of the future? This, arguably, is the sort of question the government of any country should ask itself, and on a yearly basis. For the responsibilities that fall on the shoulders of the […]

Saudi Arabian bank NCB in merger talks with Samba: sources


RIYADH/DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s National Commercial Bank (NCB) and Samba Financial Group are in talks to create a combined entity with almost $214 billion in assets, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. Low oil prices and weak economic growth are pushing bank […]

Bill Kelly: Follow the advice of the experts and wear a mask


A number of medical experts, including Canada’s top doc, Dr. Theresa Tam, and American infectious disease specialist Dr. Anthony Fauci, have come under criticism for reversing their opinions about the use of non-surgical masks for the general public. Those critics suggest that revising their opinions […]

Coronavirus: Two migrant workers taught me human values


I realised recently that I’ve never had a real conversation with a migrant worker, not one where we talk to each other as equals. This came as a rude surprise, since I’ve always thought of myself as rather enlightened when it comes to such matters. […]