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PONTOISE, France: A French court convicted Continental Airlines and one of its mechanics in Texas of manslaughter for setting off a chain of events that sent a supersonic Concorde crashing into a hotel outside Paris a decade ago, killing 113 people and marking the beginning of the sleek jet's demise.
MODERN-DAY tax systems have moved a long way from those of medieval states where state assets had long been a source of government revenue. Rome had a sixth of its income from state-owned land while Athens and Renaissance Genoa had their own silver and alum mines respectively.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand: The reclusive New Zealand billionaire buying the U.S. maker of Hefty brand trash bags to create the world's second-biggest packaging business started out as a tow truck driver and bounced back from the brink of bankruptcy more than a decade ago to become his country's richest person.
A RECENT article in a local newspaper entitled: 'Why we are losing our top students to Singapore,' bemoaned the fact that Singapore is increasingly successful at wooing Malaysian Chinese independent school leavers with scholarships, university entrance examination waivers, permanent residency or even citizenship.
THERE are reasons why people leave the country of their birth. Usually, it is for the sake of their children's education and future. Or it could be their own personal professional advancement. Or it could be a slew of reasons to do with the socio-economic and political factors.