Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Business Log In Log In Today’s Paper Business | The World Has a Diamond Glut. Why Is That a Problem? Advertisement Supported by Mines are closing, and middlemen are being squeezed. But don’t expect bargains at the jewelry counter. ByElizabeth Paton Aug 16, 2019 LONDON The top diamond miners in the world, including the two largest, Alrosa and De Beers, have an inventory problem. So do many of the cutters and polishers who buy the rough stones and sell them to retailers. At every stage of the supply chain there are too many of these precious gemstones, whose marketing has long depended on their rarity. A glut in many other industries would ordinarily lead to deep price cuts. But consumers are buying stones that have passed through many layers of middlemen: traders, polishers and cutters, who have absorbed much of the raw stones’ price … [Read more...] about The World Has a Diamond Glut. Why Is That a Problem?
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I’m left handed, which means I’ve spent my entire life fumbling with scissors, wiping ink smudges from my pinky finger, and thumbing through magazines backwards. I’ve always accepted that being left handed comes with certain challenges, but there’s one thing about the condition that has always perplexed me: Why are we lefties so damn rare? It turns out, a plausible answer may be found in evolutionary theory. After googling a number of left-handed factoids in anticipation of International Left-Handers Day, which is today, I stumbled across a fascinating TED-Ed lesson from Daniel M. Abrams, which adeptly breaks down a mathematical explanation for why the rate of left-handed people has remained steady—about 10% of the population—for the last 500,000 years. The reason boils down to two words, “competition” and “cooperation,” and how the balance between those forces plays out in human societies. Let’s start with … [Read more...] about Why is left-handedness so rare? It comes down to these 2 words
It's the key part of the Brexit lexicon but what is the Irish border backstop and why is it so important? It is basically an insurance policy to guard against border posts returning between Ireland and Northern Ireland. For many, it would be a reminder of a sectarian conflict that killed over 3,600 people. Read more Brexit: what is the Irish backstop and why does Boris Johnson want it ditched? Why is the Irish border issue so complex? | Euronews answers Brexit: what ‘alternative arrangements’ are there to the Irish backstop? During the three-decade conflict — known as the "Troubles" and which lasted from 1968 until 1998 — the border was militarised. Amid the political and sectarian violence, the UK installed security infrastructure like watchtowers and army posts. It all came down after the Good Friday Agreement was signed in 1998. So how does Brexit pose a threat to this? After Brexit, the frontier between Northern Ireland and the Republic of … [Read more...] about Why is the Irish backstop so important in Brexit negotiations?
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Style Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Style | Why Is Silicon Valley So Obsessed With the Virtue of Suffering? Advertisement Supported by Noted The Stoics and friends continue to be the dominant thought leaders from Google to Apple — and a new entrepreneur lobbying firm has even named itself Cicero. ByNellie Bowles March 26, 2019 The wealthy of Silicon Valley ought to be living their very best lives right now. John Doerr, an early Amazon and Google investor, calls their moment “the greatest legal accumulation of wealth in history.” And yet, the people of Silicon Valley seem determined to make themselves miserable. They sit in painful, silent meditations for weeks on end. They starve for days — on purpose. Cold morning showers are a bragging right. Notoriety is a badge of So the most helpful clues to understanding Silicon … [Read more...] about Why Is Silicon Valley So Obsessed With the Virtue of Suffering?
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