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AP Moller Maersk – FT articles

In an extraordinary coincidence the Financial Times has two articles on AP Moller Maersk today. The first is an interview with the company’s CEO, Nils Andersen and the second on the Arctic shipping routes.

 
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Posted by on October 7, 2013 in Recommended articles

 

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Estonia Vs Cyprus

Estonian geeks developed the code behind Skype and Kazaa (an early file-sharing network). In 2007 it became the first country to allow online voting in a general election. It has among the world’s zippiest broadband speeds and holds the record for start-ups per person. Its 1.3m citizens pay for parking spaces with their mobile phones and have their health records stored in the digital cloud. Filing an annual tax return online, as 95% of Estonians do, takes about five minutes. How did the smallest Baltic state develop such a strong tech culture?

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Posted by on August 8, 2013 in Recommended articles

 

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Football tactical analysis

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When Jonathan Wilson released his history of football tactics, Inverting The Pyramid, he started something. Now, helped by the rise of Twitter and niche writing in general, tactical analysis is a more accessible part of the British football media than ever before. We asked Wilson about the boom…

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Football related articles

The first 3 links are related. They are about corruption in football.

‘Fake’ Togo football team at Bahrain match being investigated. This is incredible. The incident took place three years ago. I am quoting from the BBC news story dated 14 September 2010.

Togo’s football authorities are investigating allegations that a fake national team played a match against Bahrain earlier this month.

Bahrain won the friendly match 3-0, but said they were surprised by the poor quality of the Togolese team.

Togo later said it had never sent its national team to play in the game, staged at the national stadium in Riffa on 7 September.

Togo’s sports minister said he would ask Fifa to investigate.

But Fifa says it has not yet received any official complaint and so has not launched its own investigation.

The following two are from The Economist magazine and these are actually what led me to finding out about the above incident. The first is Welcome to the beautiful game while the second is Ref!

The fourth and final link is written by my favourite football analyst/tactician Michael Cox and its heading is Of pace and peaks: Some attackers’ careers on fast forward and it’s about at what age players actually reach their peak and the emphasis that managers put on the pace of young strikers.

Around 15 years ago, there was a strong consensus about when footballers reached their peak. Conventional wisdom suggested it was a fairly standard process, regardless of position — top-class internationals generally produced their best form close to, or shortly before, their 30th birthday

 

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For Belgium’s Tormented Souls, Euthanasia-Made-Easy Beckons

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“Assisted suicide differs from euthanasia in that the patient himself, not a doctor, administers the lethal dose. That is crucial for many Americans, and polls suggest U.S. voters are more open to assisted suicide than euthanasia, though opponents claim one can lead to the other. Still, the battle on both sides is heating up.”

 

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The Lethality of Loneliness

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“As expected, he found the students with bodily symptoms of distress (poor sleep, high cortisol) were not the ones with too few acquaintances, but the ones who were unhappy about not having made close friends. These students also had higher than normal vascular resistance, which is caused by the arteries narrowing as their tissue becomes inflamed. High vascular resistance contributes to high blood pressure; it makes the heart work harder to pump blood and wears out the blood vessels. If it goes on for a long time, it can morph into heart disease. While Cole discovered that loneliness could hasten death in sick people, Cacioppo showed that it could make well people sick—and through the same method: by putting the body in fight-or-flight mode.”

 

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Strategies for playing at war

Wargaming.net have offices at the renovated building near the Presidential Palace in Nicosia. I knew the company was behind the MMO World of Tanks but i was under the impression that this was a Russian company. It’s actually Belarusian.

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“Tanks are cool,” says Mr Kislyi, who at 37 was born long after those battles ended. Wearing a well-cut open-neck shirt and a big grin, he looks nothing like a hard-bitten warrior. He does have something to smile about, though. His company has 1,600 emp­loyees, up from 120 three years ago, and revenues have soared from €18m in 2011 to €218m last year, all thanks to World of Tanks.

 

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