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Ordering coffee in Italy: the 10 commandments

I once met an Italian who didn’t drink coffee. He made light of the fact, but you could see that he was tired of having to explain his disability every time some new acquaintance uttered the standard Italian greeting: “Prendiamo un caffè?” (“Fancy a coffee?”). His breezy but faintly …

When the U.S. doesn’t need Canadian oil

Could it be that a keystone belief and a bedrock of prosperity in Canada might disappear over the next two decades?<p>For a long time, it has been assumed that whatever surplus oil (and natural gas) Canadians could produce would be gladly purchased by the United States. "Pump it and they will come" …

Oil

Yes, credit cards are making you a bad person

The cashless society—a world where physical money is practically obsolete—has, in just a few years, gone from a utopian dream to something like an inevitability. In Sweden, a national effort is underway to take the country cashless within two decades. Throughout Africa, it’s perfectly common for …

Credit Cards

6 things entrepreneurs should do before selling their company

<i>Caine Moss and Alon Rotem work for international law firm Goodwin Procter.</i><p>Congratulations! A big-name serial acquirer is preparing a term sheet to purchase your company. While your attention may naturally focus on negotiating the purchase price and closing the deal immediately, here are 6 things …

30 Must-Have iPhone Apps For Frequent Flyers

Your iPhone could be your most valuable travel companion. It can help you get the best seats on and off the plane, get you to the gate on time, find convenient airport lounges, avoid weather cancellations and even help you find the bathroom in a pitch dark hotel room. All these apps are available …

Australia is rated best place to live and work for third year running

Australia is the best place in the world to live and work, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.<p>The UK, by …

European markets climb as central banks continue supportive policies

European markets rose on Tuesday, as investors nerves were calmed by Europe and Japan’s central banks renewing their commitment to continued supportive monetary policy.<p>Healthcare led the blue-chip index in early trading, up 2.7pc, after <b>AstraZeneca announced that it had agreed to buy Omthera</b> …

The Difference Between Sales and Business Development

Almost daily, I run into the misconception that the function of sales and business development are interchangeable, from co-workers to industry …

How to Build an Online Community for Your Business

Every day, things are changing in SEO. If you’re not already working on adapting, today’s the day.<p><b>It’s time.</b><p>It's not that SEO is dead or that links …

17 Things You Should Stop Doing to Your Websites

We see dozens of guides and tutorials on how we should make our websites better to rank, convert, and perform. On the other hand, there’s so much …

Search Engines

The B2B Power of a Tweet

Share<p>When looking at the power of Twitter for businesses, most discussions revolve around the relationship of businesses with consumers: marketing …

How To Sell Without Selling - Copyblogger

If you want a simple way to make your emails more profitable, without any hard pitching or looking even remotely “salesy”, then give me a few minutes …

Every Entrepreneur’s Biggest Mistake (And How To Avoid It!)

According to one study, 66% of new products fail within two years. And 96% of all innovations fail to deliver any return on a company’s investment. Here’s how not to be just another ugly stat.<p>In 2006, Salemi Industries thought they had a surefire moneymaking product. It was something totally new …

Business Strategy

5 Tips for Finding the Right Idea

Ask any entrepreneur and they will tell you—building a business around the right idea is easily the toughest part of getting started. Will this idea …

Arctic oil boom sparks the next great political and environmental battle

Vast reserves of oil and gas already igniting conflicts<p>Things are heating up fast in the far north. The lands and sea of the Arctic — which have been ice-filled, inhospitable and treacherous for most of human history — are experiencing the effects of climate change more rapidly than anywhere else …

5 Tips for the Perfect Summer Road Trip

Summer has practically become synonymous with road trips, both as a way to save money on airfare and to have some fun-filled adventures on the road. …

Gold loses over 1%; ETF outflows still hurt

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Gold futures lost more than 1% on Tuesday to settle near their lowest level in a week, with investors still concerned …

Stock Markets

Oil futures close with first loss in four sessions

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Oil futures fell on Tuesday to mark their first loss in four sessions, pressured by a report that Saudi Arabia boosted …

Oil

Ray Irani is out at Occidental Petroleum

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Occidental Petroleum says Chairman Ray R. Irani will step down and be replaced by a former U.S. diplomat to Israel and Syria.<p>Irani was chairman and CEO from 1990 to 2011 and became executive chairman in May 2011.<p>The company said Friday that another director, Aziz Syriani, …

How Big Are The Currently Known Oil Reserves And What Are The Chances Of Finding New Ones?

<i>Answer by Ryan Carlyle, BSChE, Subsea Hydraulics Engineer</i><p>This is not a simple question to answer. Sure, there are published reserves statistics, but those are <b>consistently wrong</b>, and for complex reasons.<p>Let me be clear — reserves figures are very accurate when used for their intended purpose. …

How the US oil, gas boom could shake up global order

Without fanfare, China passed the United States in December to become the world's leading importer of oil – the first time in nearly 40 years that the U.S. didn’t own that dubious distinction. That same month, North Dakota, Ohio and Pennsylvania together produced 1.5 million barrels of oil a day -- …

How US Shale Blew Up The Global Energy Market

"Currently, there aren't any projects that we know of where shale gas production would be profitable," Miller said. He added that "absolutely all the boreholes" in the U.S. are empty.<p>In the same article, published by Russia's state-sponsored outlet <i>Russia Today,</i> Vagit Alekperov, president of Lukoil, …

Alexandria, Egypt's 'Pearl of the Mediterranean'

Most tourists in Egypt visit only Cairo and Luxor. Few visit Alexandria, just a three-hour drive away -- the country's second city, and one of the great cities of the Mediterranean. Egypt's historical capital for almost a millennium, today the "Pearl of the Mediterranean" is a favorite summer …

Ten hidden gems of Europe

There’s no place like Paris, Barcelona or Rome - but Europe has untouched corners that match the big hitters on beauty and charm, and with far fewer tourists. Take the road less travelled with these ten hidden gems of Europe.<p>1. Burg Satzvey, Germany<p>Whisper it: this fairytale castle is a short ride …

European Travel

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Explore Italy’s art masterpieces

Italy hosts such a rich variety of historical art pieces it is almost overwhelming to the novice art-appreciator.<p>You can see many of Italian art’s greatest hits in a single day if you want to shuffle along behind everyone else at the Vatican, but this is a recipe for Stendhal syndrome: an arguably …

Italy

Speculative traders caused gold to crash, says WGC

Short-term traders caused the recent gold price crash, says the World Gold Council<p>Short-term traders in the futures market are responsible for gold’s recent plunge, according to the World Gold Council (WGC), as it defended the precious metal as a sound investment.<p>The gold price recently slumped …

Coffee and qahwa: How a drink for Arab mystics went global

<b>The Arab world has given birth to many thinkers and many inventions - among them the three-course meal, alcohol and coffee. The best coffee bean is still known as Arabica, but it's come a long way from the Muslim mystics who treasured it centuries ago, to the chains that line our high streets.</b><p>Think …

Gold selloff intensifies, price plunges 9.35%

The bear market in gold intensified Monday with frenzied selling knocking the yellow metal down more than 9% and below the key $1,400-per-ounce level.<p>Investors' trashing of gold Monday follows a 5% plunge Friday. Gold closed down $140.40 for the day, settling at $1,361 an ounce, according to CME …

Gold prices bounce back a bit

Gold rebounded modestly from Monday's epic plunge, but other commodities remained flat.<p>Gold gained more than $35 an ounce in early trading Tuesday, after plunging $140.40 Monday, worst percentage decline in 30 years. Later, gold futures were up $20.80 on the CME to $1,381.90 an ounce.<p>Gold has …