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Trademarking a Catch Phrase


Since the presidential candidate started wearing his red hat bearing the slogan, the product has become a must-have among his supporters. It comes in different colours for US$25 on official Trump-related websites.

Trump’s fans have, however, recently been offered alternative – and unauthorised – products. Replica versions of the hats bearing Trump’s slogan are selling for as little as US$4.99. So the tycoon-turned-politician has not waited long to protect his trademark and is currently going after the people behind these knock-offs.

AB InBev's Persistence Pays Off


The two biggest beer producers in the world are set to merge after SABMiller accepted Anheuser-Busch InBev’s US$104 billion offer. The deal will create a brewer selling one in every third beer worldwide, with brands like Budweiser, Stella Artois, Grolsch, Miller, Corona, and Peroni under its umbrella.

As with all mergers and acquisitions, the idea is that by joining forces the new bigger-and-better company can implement economies of scale and scope, as well as increasing its market share – all resulting in greater profits. However, there are no guarantees.

Osborne Has All Sides Charged Up Over the UK's Nuclear Policy


The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, has recently been waving huge wads of cash at different (but similarly delinquent) parts of UK nuclear policy. In August, he sailed triumphantly up the Clyde to the Trident-hosting Faslane Naval base to announce £500m of investment. This was a move many considered to be jumping the gun, or even “arrogant” given that no final decision has been made on its renewal.

Environmental Activism within the Modern Corporation


Clothing brand Patagonia gives 1% of its sales “to support environmental organisations around the world.” Carpet-maker Interface takes an “aggressive approach” to reach its goal to source 100% of its “energy needs from renewable sources by 2020.” Nudie Jeans meanwhile, repairs, reuses and recycles its denim products, as well as using organic cotton to produce them in the first place. So, what is going on?

China's High-Flying Aviation Industry and the Cost to its Female Workers


Amid fears of an economic slowdown in China, one sector is not feeling the pinch. The Chinese aviation industry has continued to grow at a robust rate following the global financial crisis of 2008 and the first quarter of 2015 saw traffic from China’s airlines surpass 100m passengers for the first time. However, success has come at a high cost for the women that fuel this industry.

Results Vary Among Surveys on the Number of Disabled in the Workforce


If you keep track of key measures of disability equality in the UK, you will know that the gap in employment rates between disabled and non-disabled working-age people has gone down over the past fifteen years.

Many experts have flagged this trend: Dame Carol Black in her influential 2008 review of health and work, DWP indicators 2009-2015 and a recent editorial in the British Medical Journal. It is because of a trend that the UK appears to be more successful than its neighbours in OECD comparisons in integrating disabled people into the workplace.

Are You Giga-Ready for a Lithium Revolution?


While other commodities are floundering or completely collapsing in this market, lithium—the critical mineral in the emerging battery gigafactory war—is poised to explode, and going forward Nevada is emerging as the front line in this pending American lithium boom.

Oil Exacerbates Sub-Saharan Africa's Currency Woes


Since lower oil prices typically result in depreciation of the oil exporters’ currencies, the dramatic plunge of oil prices has severe implications for sub-Saharan Africa.

After the global financial crisis, many emerging economies have coped with diminished global growth prospects by deploying direct government intervention and capital controls for competitive devaluation. In turn, advanced economies have achieved the same indirectly through low policy rates and quantitative easing (QE).

Are U.S. Cybercrime Tactics Missing the Real Issues?


In late September 2015, the Presidents of China and the United States reached a number of agreements on cyber security, cyber espionage, and cybercrime. They provide for a new high-level contact group as well as assurances to investigate and resolve complaints from each other. The agreements are important diplomatic breakthroughs, but they are relatively piecemeal when seen against the bigger picture. They may ultimately prove to be destructive if not followed up quickly by a more comprehensive agreement.