Saudi King Abdullah dies at age 90

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah died on January 23, 2015 at age 90. He was buried in an unmarked grave according to Islamic customs. He has been ruling the kingdom since 1996 and became the King in 2005, after his half-brother’s death from a debilitating heart attack few years back. Saudi Arabia is crucial for the […]

Economic cost of Ebola still rising

The Ebola outbreak in West African countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia not only killed thousands of people but also infected scores of others with the virus. Daily life in those counties came to a virtual halt. The devastation is now being shown in economies of the affected countries. Total economic costs for those […]

Massacre at the French satirical magazine Carlie Hebdo

The killings at the French satirical weekly magazine office of Charlie Hebdo appear to be motivated due to the magazine’s publication of cartons of Prophet Mohammed. People being killed for blasphemy have a history of more than 400 years especially in Europe. Contrary to the Western cultures, Islam avoids depiction of Prophet Mohammed. The magazine […]

Preparing for a Construction Claim

Summary: Preparing a construction claim requires consideration of deadlines and documents. Construction projects, no matter how well-planned, can find themselves with supply or personnel shortages at any point during crunch time. Accidents also happen, especially when crews are rushing to meet deadlines and are overworked. Construction companies should not ask if a claim will happen, […]

Measles outbreak in the US

At the last count 14 states have been reported cases of measles. The outbreak has been linked to Disneyland in California. According to many sources there are more than 500 suspected cases and more than 90 have been infected with the virus. 2014 has been the worst year for measles and the average number of […]

Falling oil prices

World oil prices are continuing its slide from a record high of over $130 a barrel of Brent crude in 2008 to a $60 a barrel in early December 2014. It was less than $25 a barrel in 1987. Major economies that are feeling the pinch include oil exporting countries such as Russia, Saudi Arabia, […]

The great 2014 hack of Sony Pictures

Hacking of Sony Pictures computer system in early December 2014 dominated the Internet and newspaper headlines. Not only hackers were able to access private emails of key employees which were later published embarrassing many of them. Hackers threatened to publish personal information if Sony Pictures do not stop the planned Christmas Day release of satirical […]