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Energy

It’s a buyer’s market for LNG

The National

More liquefied natural gas (LNG) coming into the market will keep prices depressed despite an increase in demand from Asia, analysts said.

LNG producers are ramping up from Qatar to Australia and the United States, while Egypt is expected to emerge as a new export player.

Australia has increased its market share in the first half of the year to 20 per cent from 12 per cent last year, according to BMI Research, and  its exports are forecast to grow by 23 per cent over the financial year to the end of June, according to Australian energy advisory firm, EnergyQuest.

Published: 5 August 2017

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Adnoc active on the debt front as it pushes ahead with transformation strategy

The National

The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company is studying a number of fund raising options at both group and asset level that will help unlock value and optimise the group’s balance sheet as it pushes ahead with its new approach to drive growth.

Adnoc is in discussions with banks for a club loan of approximately US$5 billion that will be used for ongoing corporate activities. It is also looking into financing options for select midstream infrastructure assets including potentially tapping debt capital markets via a bond issuance. Plans are at an early stage so the size and scope of any potential bond issuance has not been decided. The company said it has no intention to issue bonds at the holding or main operating company levels such as Adco, Adma-Opco and Zadco.

Published: 02 August 2017

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Total Ready to Make Acquisitions as Financial Strength Grows

Bloomberg

Total SA said it’s ready and able to make acquisitions and pursue growth, shrugging off uncertainties about oil prices as its financial position strengthens.

Europe’s second-largest oil and gas company has the firepower to buy up fields on the cheap and press ahead with new developments, taking advantage of lower levels of debt, rising profit and surging cash flow, according to a statement Thursday.

“Total has a stronger balance sheet,” Chief Executive Officer Patrick Pouyanne said as the company reported second-quarter earnings that beat expectations. “The group has the flexibility to take advantage of the low-cost environment by being able to launch profitable projects and acquire resources under attractive conditions.”

Published: 27 July 2017

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Politics & Economy

Indian rupee to get stronger, NRIs should remit now

Khaleej Times

If you’re a non-resident Indian (NRI) and looking to remit a handsome amount back home or planning to buy a property or invest in any venture, the time is now.

Going by views of analysts and industry executives, the Indian currency is likely to strengthen further against the US dollar — thereby against the UAE dirham, because the Emirati currency is pegged to the greenback — in the wake of Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) decision to cut interest rates last week, and may strengthen as much as 1.1 per cent.

Published: 7 August 2017

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Looking for a job in UAE? Here’s the salary guide

Khaleej Times

Starting salaries for professional roles in finance and accounting, financial services, technology and administration in the UAE will grow by 2.5 per cent over the next year, according to the Robert Half 2017 Salary Guide.

The guide is the most comprehensive and authoritative resource on starting salaries and recruitment trends in finance and accounting, financial services, IT, legal, and HR and administration. The Salary Guide enables employers and employees to benchmark salaries for over 185 different permanent professional roles in the UAE.

According to the survey, competition for the best candidates is heating up in the UAE with 68 per cent of employers planning to attract new employees in 2017 and on an average, pay scales could increase by up to 5.8 per cent in comparison to 2016.

Published: 6 August 2017

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Community, Environment & Society

Year 2018 to celebrate Zayed’s vision

Gulf News

Abu Dhabi: President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has declared 2018 the “Year of Zayed” in the United Arab Emirates.

The year 2018 marks 100 years since the birth of the late founding father Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and yesterday’s announcement is coinciding with the anniversary of Shaikh Zayed’s Accession Day, the day he assumed leadership in Abu Dhabi on August 6, 1966, marking the start of a new epoch in the history of the country.

Published: 6 August 2017

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Apply for UAE visa from comfort of your own home

Gulf News

You can now, from the comfort of your home, complete applications related to nationality, and residence, without having to visit typing offices or customer service centres.The Ministry of the Interior on Tuesday launched “E-channels”, a new system of smart services that lets nationals and residents apply for entry permits and residency visas within 10 minutes.

Published: 01st August 2017

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Thousands of road-safety breaches by lorry drivers leads to police campaign

The National

More than 30,000 fines have been issued to lorry drivers in Dubai in the first six months of this year alone for not abiding by road safety rules.

Police on Tuesday launched a one-month lorry driver safety campaign in a bid to reduce the number serious accidents and deaths involving heavy-goods vehicles. So far this year there have been 14 serious accidents and 15 deaths involving HGVs on Dubai roads.

Published: 01 August 2017

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Don’t come on visit visas for job hunting, Indians told

Gulf News

Indian Consulate asks expatriates to verify job offers and visas before arriving in the UAE. Indian jobseekers should not come to the UAE on visit visas and must authenticate their employment offers and entry permit visas before heading to the UAE, the Indian Consulate in Dubai has said. The advisory from the mission follows high numbers of calls and visits by Indian workers who have been duped by agents or employers on a regular basis. “We have got several cases of people falling into trouble when they come for employment or for looking for employment on visit visas. There are also cases of women being forced to work as maids etc by dubious agents who get them to the UAE on visit visas as well as sending them to Oman and other countries.”

Published: 02 August 2017

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Technology

iPhones, Facebook and internet are sucking our time and making us miserable

AFR.COM

In a past life, we served on our local council. Despite the impressive size of our gross budget, our free choice in spending was remarkably limited.

By the time our road grants were spent on roads, child care funding on child care, the indoor and outdoor staff paid and the rubbish collected, funds for truly discretionary spending were tight. According to Associate Professor Adam Alter, a psychologist at New York University, the days of our lives are just like that.

Published: 4 August 2017

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Sports


Gatlin spoils Bolt’s farewell in 100m with remarkable gold

Khaleej Times

Usain Bolt was no longer stunning. He was just stunned.

At the end of a career in which he has dominated his sport for a decade, Bolt was beaten in his final 100-meter race by an American almost five years his senior – Justin Gatlin.

Calling it quits at the age of 30 and looking for a golden farewell in his last individual race at the world championships, Bolt lost to a man who produced a comeback not only on Saturday but also through a doping-tainted career.

Published: 6 August 2017

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News U Wish to Read – 31 July 2017

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Oil rises ahead of oil leaders’ meeting in Abu Dhabi

The National

Oil rose on Monday, putting July on track to become the strongest month this year, as news of a producers’ technical meeting next week added to bullish sentiment driven by the threat of US sanctions against the Opec member Venezuela.

Oil traders also eyed the bullish impact from a production outage following a fire at Europe’s largest refinery and further signs that the US market is tightening after heavy inventory falls and slower new oil rig additions last week.

Published: 31st July 2017

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#TheNational #OilandGas #AbuDhabi

Dubai Ruler and Sheikh Mohammed visit Adnoc headquarters – in pictures

The National

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, on Sunday visited the Abu Dhabi Natiinal Oil Company headquarters.

Their Highnesses expressed their pride in those in the UAE who adopted the values of leadership, excellence and innovation to promote the country’s international competitiveness.

They also stressed the importance of maintaining economic diversity based on the UAE’s strengths and experiences, especially in essential sectors such as energy.

Published: 30th July 2017

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#ADNOC  #THENATIONAL

Adnoc charts strategic path that will strengthen links with global economy

The National

The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company is charting a course unlike many of its peers as it prepares to face a radically different energy future, said experts including Daniel Yergin yesterday. The company’s leadership made it clear in comments to The National on Monday that it will not be following the path that many national oil companies (NOCs) have – and which close neighbour Saudi Arabia plans – in selling off a piece of the parent company.

Published: 14th July 2017

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#ADNOC  #ECONOMY  #THENATIONAL

Adnoc on new expanded partnership approach

Gulf News

The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) recently announced the expansion of its strategic partnership model, as well as the more active management of its portfolio of assets. Following the launch of a new initiative to expand its strategic partnership model, Dr. Sultan Ahmad Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and Group CEO of Adnoc, met last week with both potential and existing partners in China and Japan. These discussions focused on the new partnership and co-investment opportunities created through Adnoc’s new approach, as well as the deepening of UAE bilateral relations with both countries.

Published: 22nd July 2017

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#ADNOC  #GULFNEWS

Sheikh Mohammed lauds Adnoc’s new approach

The National

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, said Adnoc’s new strategic approach, which includes expanding the types of partnerships it forms and spinning off some of its services businesses, will help the economy meet its key fiscal and employment goals.

Published: 15th July 2017

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#ADNOC  #THENATIONAL

Kuwait sees oil inventories falling faster as Opec keeps cutting

Gulf News

Crude oil inventories will decline at a faster pace worldwide in the second half of the year as demand increases and Opec members comply better with a global agreement to cut output, Kuwait’s Opec Governor Haitham Al Ghais said.

Published: 15th July 2017

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#OPEC #KUWAIT #GULFNEWS

Politics & Economy

UAE GDP to recover in 2018 on higher investments, global trade flows, says report

The National

The UAE economy will accelerate at a rate of 3.3 per cent in 2018, thanks to an increase in government investments, a rebound in world trade flows and an uptick in global tourism, according to a new report.

The forecast by consultancy Oxford Economics, in collaboration with accountancy and finance body ICAEW, is broadly in line with projections made earlier this month by  the IMF, which is predicting 3.4 per cent growth for next year.

Oxford Economics and ICAEW forecast that the UAE’s growth will slow this year to 1.7 per cent, a more bullish estimate than the IMF’s 1.3 per cent estimation. The country’s economy grew 3 per cent last year, according to the Central Bank.Published: 25th July 2017

Read more: https://www.thenational.ae/business/uae-gdp-to-recover-in-2018-on-higher-investments-global-trade-flows-says-report-1.614043

#THENATIONAL  #ECONOMY #UAE #GDP

Business environment and confidence in Dubai to pick up in Q3, a new survey shows

The National

Business confidence and conditions in Dubai are forecast to strengthen in the third quarter, with small and mediums-sized companies expressing more optimism than large corporations, according a survey from the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The growing confidence comes “in line with an increase in the number of new companies” expected to join the chamber in the third quarter, which is an indicator of business activity in the emirate, said Hamad Buamim, President and chief executive of Dubai Chamber.

Published: 25th July 2017

Read more: https://www.thenational.ae/business/business-environment-and-confidence-in-dubai-to-pick-up-in-q3-a-new-survey-shows-1.614162  

#THENATIONAL  #GDP

Etihad submits non-binding offer for Alitalia

The National

Etihad Airways has emerged as one of around 10 bidders interested in acquiring a partial or full stake in the Italian airline Alitalia, suggesting the Abu Dhabi-based carrier remains committed to its investment in the troubled airline.  The non-binding bid, submitted ahead of a deadline on Friday, also suggests that Etihad may not be ready to reverse course on its international investment strategy, despite last week selling off its stake in Switzerland’s Darwin Airline following a strategic review launched last year.

Published: 22nd July 2017

Read more: https://www.thenational.ae/business/aviation/etihad-submits-non-binding-offer-for-alitalia-1.613209

#THENATIONAL #ETIHAD #ALITALIA

France aims to be ‘facilitator’ in Gulf crisis talks

Gulf News

DOHA: French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in Doha on Saturday that Paris wants to assist Kuwait-led mediation talks on the crisis between Qatar and four other Arab states. “France should be a facilitator in the mediation” led by Kuwait, Le Drian told reporters following talks with his Qatari counterpart Shaikh Mohammad Bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani.

Published: 15th July 2017.

Read more: http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/qatar/france-aims-to-be-facilitator-in-gulf-crisis-talks-1.2059346

#GULFNEWS #UAE

UAE wants resolution, not alleviation of Qatar problem

The National

The UAE said efforts to ease tensions rather than directly address the problem between Qatar and the Arab countries isolating it will only lead to worse crises in future. “We believe that there are two ways of dealing with things, whether to try and ease tension or try to address a problem,” Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, said on Thursday. “We do not believe that an attempt to ease the tension will address the matter, but will lead to delaying the problem, which will lead to a doubling of the situation in the future.”

Published: 13th July 2017.

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#THENATIONAL

Community, Environment & Society

Get ready for 80% humidity in UAE

Gulf News

The weather across the UAE is expected to get stickier as humidity levels are expected to rise by Monday night and into Tuesday morning.

The National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) said the weather will become “very hot and hazy” over the next two days, especially over coastal areas.

The highest temperature recorded on Sunday was 51.8 degrees Celsius in Mezaira, at 3pm.

Temperatures on Monday are expected to reach 44C in coastal areas and 47C in internal areas, with humidity levels to reach up to 80 per cent.

Published: 31st July 2017.

Read more: http://gulfnews.com/news/uae/weather/get-ready-for-80-humidity-in-uae-1.2066646

#GULFNEWS #ENVIRONMENT #TEMPERATURE

Oman announces E-visa for international tourists

Gulf News

Tourists planning to visit Oman can apply online for visas by submitting their applications at https://evisa.rop.gov.om/. The first stage comprises non-sponsored tourist visas for people from 67 countries as well as GCC residents employed in 116 professions

Published: 26th July 2017.

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#GULFNEWS  #OMAN #VISA

Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival puts call out for artist submissions

The National

The Annual Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival has announced submission dates for this year’s competition.  Entries will be taken from August 20 and close on October 20, 2017 in four categories, film, photography, visual arts, and student work. New this year, there is a recycled art sub-category within Visual Arts, where participants are required to use recyclable materials from Ras Al Khaimah, or focus on the story of recycling in order to enter.

Published: 23rd July 2017.

Read more: https://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/art/ras-al-khaimah-fine-arts-festival-puts-call-out-for-artist-submissions-1.613321

#THENATIONAL  #RASALKHAIMAH #ARTSFESTIVAL

Drivers welcome move to buckle up in the back seat

The National

UAE residents have welcomed the introduction of new traffic laws that fine anyone without a seatbelt on in the back of a car and are pleased to hear it’s being enforced.  Any back-seat passenger seen by police without a seatbelt on could end up landing their driver with a Dh400 fine and four black points, and children under 4 must be in a child car seat. Before July 1 the law only dictated that people in the front seats must buckle up.

Published: 15th July 2017

Read more: https://www.thenational.ae/uae/drivers-welcome-move-to-buckle-up-in-the-back-seat-1.609055

#THENATIONAL  #ROADSAFETY #BUCKLEUP

Dubai to host conference on sustainability, green technologies

WAM

The key challenges facing the environment will be the underlying theme at the 19th edition of the Water, Energy,Technology and Environment Exhibition to be organised in Dubai on October 23rd-25th.The event, organised by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, DEWA, for the 4th year running, will shed extensive light on the headwinds facing the water, energy and environment sectors in the region, with the participants to seek to come up with innovative eco-friendly solutions that support economic growth while preserving natural resources and protecting the environment.

Published: 04th July 2017

Read more: http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302621501

#WAM  #SUSTAINABILITY #ENVIRONMENT #WETEX

Sports


Sebastian Vettel overcomes steering problem to win Hungarian GP

Gulf News

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel overcame steering difficulties to win a tense Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday and extend his championship lead over rival Lewis Hamilton to 14 points heading into the summer break.The four-time Formula One champion made a decent start from pole position, crucially holding off teammate Kimi Raikkonen on the long straight into Turn 1.

Published: 30th July 2017

Read more: http://gulfnews.com/sport/motorsport/sebastian-vettel-overcomes-steering-problem-to-win-hungarian-gp-1.2066579

#GULFNEWS #F1  #SEBASTIANVETTEL

 

News U Wish to Read – 19 July 2017

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Wednesday, 19th July 2017

Energy/Business

 World’s first commercial-scale floating offshore wind farm on its way to Scotland

Wam

The first of five turbines for the Hywind Scotland commercial-scale floating offshore wind farm has now sailed away from Stord in Norway to its final destination, Buchan Deep, 25 km east of Peterhead in Scotland. Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, announced that it had acquired a 25% stake in the Hywind Scotland project during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week in January. All five turbines were successfully assembled outside Stord, Norway this summer. Now they are being individually towed to Scottish waters. Each turbine journey takes 4 days of sailing across the North Sea. On arrival, work immediately starts to install anchor lines and to perform hook-up operations, taking 2-3 days per turbine. Turbine installation is scheduled to be finished by the end of August.

Published: 19th July 2017

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Leading Dubai banks post strong set of first-half results

Gulf News

Cost control and lower provisions support operating performances.  Leading Dubai banks such as Emirates NBD (ENBD), Emirates Islamic (EI) and Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB) posted their first-half results on Wednesday, reporting strong operating performances supported by declines in costs, lower provisions and improved margins.

Published: 19th July 2017

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Politics & Economy

Why alternative assets may become the ‘new normal’

The National

When it comes to investment strategies, we are all aware that past performance is no guide to future returns. But it’s easy to forget that the same applies to asset classes. Most of us have rules of thumb as to the typical returns that particular markets provide. But we need to acknowledge that future returns from those assets may be very different. In the years ahead, equities and bonds will still be vital to many investors’ portfolios. But traditional 60:40 equity/bond allocations are unlikely to fare well. That model worked well when government bonds produced a 6 per cent return, but it won’t work when returns are just 1 per cent. Instead, combining equities with a diversified mix of higher-return alternative assets should offer investors better outcomes in the ‘new normal’ of low rates and slowing growth.

Published: 19th July 2017

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Community, Environment & Society

Lubna Al Qasimi tops Forbes list of 10 most successful women in government sector

Wam

The UAE topped the list of countries with most powerful Arab women in 2017 with 18 of its citizens making it to the list, according to Forbes Middle East in its July edition.The UAE was followed by Egypt with 16 women, Lebanon with 12 women, and Kuwait and Saudi Arabia with 10 and nine women, respectively. The list included two sub-lists, ‘The 100 most powerful Arab businesswomen’, which was headed by Lubna Al Olayan, CEO of Olayan Finance Group, who is managing multi-billion dollar investments in the Middle East, followed by Lobna Hilal, Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Egypt, and Rajaa Al Garg, administrative director of Issa Saleh group, in the third place. Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of State for Tolerance, led the second sub-list of most powerful 10 women in the government sector, followed by Sahar Nasr, Minister of Investment and International Cooperation in Egypt, who signed three agreements worth US$227.9 million in a range of fields with German Minister of Development, and Ghada Wali, Minister of Social Solidarity in Egypt, in the third place.

Published: 18th July 2017.

Read more: http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302623768

Abu Dhabi Art announces line-up of galleries participating in 2017

WAM

Organised by Abu Dhabi Tourism Culture Authority, TCA Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Art 2017 will return this November with 48 established and emerging galleries from 18 different countries, offering works by a diverse range of globally celebrated and up and coming artists.  Running from November 8th – 11th, the fair will feature galleries from Europe, Asia, North America and the Middle East, and will see the introduction of a new curated section by Dr. Omar Kholeif entitled, ‘Focus: Beyond Territory’, exploring the concepts of formal, social and economic landscapes. Curated by Dr. Kholeif, the Manilow Senior Curator and Director of Global Initiatives at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the ninth edition of Abu Dhabi Art will introduce a group of inter-generational artists and major projects from both emerging and leading galleries to a Middle Eastern audience for the first time. Established and emerging galleries will offer visitors a selection of exceptional artworks from the modern era, as well as contemporary works by leading artists. Abu Dhabi Art has also introduced a new category for 2017 entitled ‘Solo Projects’, encouraging participating galleries to focus on a curated presentation of a single artist.

Published: 19th July  2017

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Telangana puts cap on school bag weight

The Hindu

A GO has has banned homework for children in primary classes.

Acting on proposals submitted by the Commissioner and Director of School Education, the Telangana School Education Department on Tuesday issued strict guidelines to reduce the weight of school bags for children in the State. Schools including aided and un-aided private schools have to follow guidelines, according to the GO.  Terming the weight of the school bags as a serious threat to the health and well being of the students in primary, upper primary and high schools, the guidelines limit the number of books and notebooks students bring to the classroom. It shifts the onus on school officials to supervise the implementation of the steps.

Published: 19th July 2017

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Readers are our mirrors

The Hindu

Last week, a score and five senior journalists and editors from across South Asia were in Kathmandu for two different events. One was on borders and the other was on labour migration. The journalists were from different platforms: print, radio, television and online. But they were curious about the efficacy of news ombudsmen in this region. They wanted to know about The Hindu’s decade-long experience in having an independent news ombudsman. The idea of an Open House between readers and the senior editorial team of this newspaper flows from this unfailing faith in oral tradition. The physical presence of readers amidst the editorial staff becomes a silo-breaker. The fifth Open House is scheduled in Delhi this weekend. The warmth in this dialogue can never be captured by any innovation of Silicon Valley.  Readers are our mirrors and we invite them so that we can look at ourselves in them.

Published: 17th July 2017

Read more: http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/Readers-Editor/readers-are-our-mirrors/article19290117.ece?homepage=true

Technology

Google back in the news feed game

The National

Years ago, Google built a social network separate from its prized asset, Web search.

The effort failed. Now the company is trying again – only this time it is turning its search engine into something that looks a lot like the news feed of a social network. The Alphabet unit is introducing a tailored feed of news, entertainment and myriad web content based on users’ searches, YouTube video views and other personal information. It is an expansion of an older mobile service called Google Now. Yet some new bells and whistles – information from local trends and an ability to “follow” public figures, for instance – give Google’s search feed a similar feel to the algorithmic stream of Facebook’s News Feed. That feature has helped Facebook to capture online attention like few other companies.

Published: 19th July 2017

Read more: https://www.thenational.ae/business/technology/google-back-in-the-news-feed-game-1.610416

Sports

A gold and three bronze medals for Indian judokas at Commonwealth Youth Games

Times of India

Indian junior judokas won a gold and three bronze medals in the ongoing Commonwealth Youth Games being held in Nassau, Bahamas.

Soni of Haryana won the gold medal in the below 73Kg Weight Category, after beating Nikolic Uros of Australia in the final bout, while Ashish won a bronze in the below 60Kg weight category, defeating Zain Prosser Harry of England in bronze medal bout.Published: 19th July 2017. Antim Yadav of Madhya Pradesh won a bronze in the below 48Kg weight category, surpassing Russell Jasmine of Bahamas in the repechage bout.

Manipur’s Rebina Devi Chanam also won a bronze medal in the below 57Kg Weight category after getting the better of Saskia of Australia.

Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/more-sports/others/a-gold-and-three-bronze-medals-for-indian-judokas-at-commonwealth-youth-games/articleshow/59665118.cms

 

News U Wish to Read – 18 July 2017

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Tuesday, 18th July 2017

Energy/Business

Cheap solar may soon be supplying Middle East power at night

The National

Solar plants that supply electricity at competitive prices after the sun goes down are about to become a reality in the Middle East, according to one of the region’s biggest developers of power plants. The Acwa Power International chief executive Paddy Padmanathan confirmed his company is the low bidder on a US$1 billion project that will feed electricity to the grid for the Dubai Water and Electricity Authority between 4pm and 10am. More such plants are likely to follow because Chinese companies will start driving down the cost of equipment, he said. The 200-megawatt Dubai contract, which runs for 25 years, will harness a two-decade old technology called concentrated-solar power (CSP), or solar thermal. Unlike photovoltaics, which generate a charge directly from the sun’s power, thermal plants use mirrors to concentrate heat on water, turning it to steam to drive a turbine. The heat can be stored in molten salt to be used later. The technology to date has slipped behind PV on cost but is quickly becoming more competitive, the executive said.

Published: 17th July 2017

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Electricity authority urges customers to follow home safety tips before travelling

WAM

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, DEWA, has announced its tips on what to do before leaving home for the summer holidays, including unplugging electrical appliances, making sure there is no seepage from taps and internal pipes, and shutting off the water supply to avoid any water leakage.  The authority’s annual campaign, ‘Let’s Make this Summer Green’, is part of DEWA’s efforts to raise awareness of the judicious use of electricity and water, reducing waste, and the importance of following safety guidelines.Tips also include advice to switch off lights and unplug electrical appliances and electronics to save energy.

Published: 9th July  2017

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Politics & Economy

Highest voter turnout ever for presidential election

The Hindu

The presidential election on Monday recorded probably the highest ever turnout of over 99%, with all eligible voters casting their ballots in at least 10 States and one Union Territory. The election was conducted at 32 polling stations, including in Parliament and the State Assemblies. Presidential Election Returning Officer and Lok Sabha Secretary General Anoop Mishra said reports on voting percentages from Andhra Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Manipur and Tripura were yet to be added.

Published: 17th July 2017

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UAE economy to ride on non-oil sector and infrastructure spending

The National

Despite bearish sentiments, the IMF and Bank of America Merrill Lynch, concur that medium term non-oil growth will reach 3 per cent or higher, thanks to investments in the lead-up to Expo 2020. The UAE’s economy will expand on the back of non-oil sector growth over the next 18 months, as Abu Dhabi loosens its purse strings and Expo 2020-related spending in Dubai start to kick in, according to economists.  That estimation comes after the IMF on Friday cut its outlook for the country’s economy due to the continued pressure on oil prices, which is down 14 per cent year-to-date, despite a global oil output cut, in which the UAE is participating, that has so far failed to reduce inventories and prop up prices. Besides the anticipated spike in Expo 2020 spending, Abu Dhabi is expected to reduce its austerity drive, increase spending and revisit projects that have been postponed.

Published: 17th July 2017

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Community, Environment & Society

Free yoga sessions for cancer patients

Gulf News

Life ‘n One, a community centre, located in Jumeirah 1, is conducting free yoga sessions for cancer patients. Held every Tuesday morning at 8.30, the hour-long class aims to help patients fight the side-effects and discomfort arising out of chemotherapy and other treatments.

Eda Gungor, founder of Life ‘n One, says, “We are unable to change what life throws at us, but we can choose how we respond. A daily meditation practice helps reduce anxiety and stress and builds immunity. That’s what we are trying to help our friends with.”

Published: 12th July 2017.

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Mohammed bin Rashid issues law on establishing International Institute for Tolerance

Wam

Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has issued Law No. 9 of 2017 on the establishment of the International Institute for Tolerance. His Highness also issued Decree No. 23 of 2017, establishing a Board of Trustees for the International Institute for Tolerance and Decree No. 28 of 2017, appointing a Managing Director for the International Institute for Tolerance.  The Law on the Establishment of the International Institute for Tolerance includes launching the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Tolerance Award, administered in accordance with the provision of the law, and establishing its statutes in correlation with the Institute. The International Institute for Tolerance aims to instil a spirit of tolerance in society, building a cohesive society and promoting the UAE as a role model for tolerance, anti-extremism, and anti all forms of discrimination among people, including but not limited to, discrimination based on religion, gender, race, colour or language. The law will promote tolerance, encourage open dialogue and highlight the honest and peaceful essence of Islam.

Published: 21st June 2017.

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Knowledge Forum recommends draft national strategy on comprehensive national volunteering programme

WAM

The participants of the 11th edition of the Knowledge Forum, organised by the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development, ADDED, have recommended the creation of a draft national strategy to define the general framework of a comprehensive national volunteering programme.  The programme will include all segments of the UAE community, with the aim of making volunteering a way of life and placing into consideration the importance of unifying volunteering efforts through a federal government authority, which will supervise, organise and implement legislations on volunteer work.  The forum, titled, “Your Year of Giving”, which coincides with the #Year of Giving in the UAE, underscored the importance of achieving sustainability in the implementation of charitable and humanitarian projects, to serve the nation’s vulnerable categories while activating the role of private sector institutions in implementing these projects, as well as promoting their social responsibilities and creating a promotional plan, to raise the levels of awareness among all segments of society about volunteer work in the country.

Published: 12th July  2017

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Zayed Giving Initiative launches first field voluntary hospital for labourers

Wam

The Zayed Giving Initiative has launched the first mobile voluntary hospital for labourers to provide on-site medical care. Started under the “Responding to Favour” slogan, the initiative is aimed at providing the best diagnostic, therapeutic and preventive services to the labourers in work locations nationwide. Emirati voluntary doctors oversee the mobile hospital which goes in the framework of the UAE Voluntary Health Care Programme and in line with directives of the #Year_of_Giving initiative launched by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Published: 8th July 2017

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Caring for the diaspora, away from home

Khaleej Times

Serving a 2.6 million-strong Indian diaspora in the UAE is no easy task. It is, thus, no surprise that Community Affairs is one of the busiest departments at the Indian embassy in Abu Dhabi. Addressing labour grievances, dealing with runaway maids, making jail visits, repatriating bed-ridden patients, attesting educational certificates, issuing emergency exit passes and even brokering peace between hostile couples – these are all in a day’s work for the Community Affairs wing. A typical day starts at 9 am when the doors of the embassy are open for the public. The ‘Open House’ hours from 9 am to 12.30 pm every day gives public the chance to meet embassy officials and raise their concerns and seek help. Through the token system, an average of 40 grievance cases, queries or requests are heard by the embassy on a daily basis.

Published: 17th July 2017

Read more: http://www.khaleejtimes.com/nation/abu-dhabi/caring-for-the-diaspora-away-from-home

Sports

Asian Athletics Championship — Indian medal winners on Day 4

The Hindu

India collected four more golds on the final day to take its total to 12. India collected four more golds on the final day to take its total to 12 and finished the table topper, ahead of super power China, with its best-ever finish in these championships.

Published: 10th July 2017

Read more: http://www.thehindu.com/sport/athletics/asian-athletics-championship-indian-medal-winners-on-day-4/article19249310.ece

 

News U Wish to Read – 17 July 2017

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Energy/Business

Power systems based on 100% renewables is nor feasible or realistic

The National

 The Sweihan solar power project in Abu Dhabi will be the world’s largest on a single site, with a capacity of almost 1.2 gigawatts. Costing about US$1.2 billion, it will cover an area four times the size of Downtown Dubai. Now imagine building almost three hundred such plants in the UAE alone. This huge effort is one part of the sketches by the Stanford professor Mark Jacobson and his colleagues on how by 2050, the United States and the entire world could power itself solely with renewable energy – wind, sun and water (hydropower from rivers and tidal power from the sea). His team argues this is not just feasible and environmentally sustainable but, in fact, cheaper than our current system. And it has raised a strange controversy in the US – a controversy in which politics and public relations battle with engineering and logic.

Published: 17th July 2017

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 Adnoc, Borealis to expand joint petrochemical activities

Gulf News

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) announced on Sunday it has signed a framework agreement with Borealis to advance two key projects that will expand their joint petrochemical activities in Ruwais. In a statement, Adnoc said the agreement was part of the company’s aim to expand petrochemical from the current 4.5 tonnes per annum to 11.4 million tonnes a year by 2025. It did not, however, dislose the value of the deal.

Published: 16th July 2017

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Emirates, flydubai to fly in tandem, but it’s not a merger

Khaleej Times

Emirates Airline and flydubai have announced a extensive partnership which will see the two Dubai-based carriers come together to align their systems and provide passengers access with easy connectivity to each other’s networks and ensure a smooth travel experience. Apart from code-sharing, the partnership includes integrated network collaboration with coordinated scheduling, allowing flydubai customers to take advantage of Emirates worldwide destinations across six continents. Emirates’ customers, for their part, will now have access to flydubai’s regional network.

Published: 17th July 2017

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Politics & Economy

Sheikh Mohammed meets French foreign minister amid Qatar dispute

The National

Jean-Yves Le Drian earlier held talks with officials in both Doha and Jeddah in an effort to heal the rift between Qatar and its neighbours. Sheikh Mohammed and Mr Le Drian discussed regional and international issues along with enhancing cooperation when they met at Al Shati Palace.

Published: 17th July 2017

Follow: https://www.thenational.ae/world/sheikh-mohammed-meets-french-foreign-minister-amid-qatar-dispute-1.609247

UAE economy to ride on non-oil sector and infrastructure spending

The National

Despite bearish sentiments, the IMF and Bank of America Merrill Lynch, concur that medium term non-oil growth will reach 3 per cent or higher, thanks to investments in the lead-up to Expo 2020. The UAE’s economy will expand on the back of non-oil sector growth over the next 18 months, as Abu Dhabi loosens its purse strings and Expo 2020-related spending in Dubai start to kick in, according to economists.  That estimation comes after the IMF on Friday cut its outlook for the country’s economy due to the continued pressure on oil prices, which is down 14 per cent year-to-date, despite a global oil output cut, in which the UAE is participating, that has so far failed to reduce inventories and prop up prices. Besides the anticipated spike in Expo 2020 spending, Abu Dhabi is expected to reduce its austerity drive, increase spending and revisit projects that have been postponed.

Published: 17th July 2017

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Community, Environment & Society

 Abu Dhabi named second best city to live and work in

The National

Abu Dhabi has been named the second-best city to live, work and do business in, overtaking both London and Paris. The capital moved up two places since the last Ipsos City Index. New York retained the top spot. More than 18,000 people, aged between 16 and 64, in 26 countries worldwide were interviewed for the Index. Rome, Amsterdam and Zurich were also in the top ten. Abu Dhabi was fourth in 2013, when the last survey was carried out.

Published: 16th July  2017

Read more: https://www.thenational.ae/uae/abu-dhabi-named-second-best-city-to-live-and-work-in-1.609267

Umbrellas, anyone? DM asks pedestrians in Dubai

Gulf News

In a new initiative announced on Sunday, Dubai Municipality started giving out umbrellas to the public to protect them from the summer heat.  Khalid Mohammed Badri, Director of Corporate Marketing and Relations Department said in a press release that the municipality distributed more than 1,000 umbrellas on the first day of the campaign.

Published: 16th July 2017.

Read more: http://gulfnews.com/news/uae/government/umbrellas-anyone-dm-asks-pedestrians-in-dubai-1.2059938

Emirati couples to get free fertility treatment in Dubai

Khaleej Times

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, has issued Executive Council Resolution No. 49 of 2017 on the Amal Initiative that provides fertility treatment free of cost to Emirati couples at Dubai Health Authority’s, DHA, Dubai Gynaecology and Fertility Centre. According to the Resolution, in order to benefit from the Amal Initiative, couples should have been married for at least a year; should not have any medical insurance that covers fertility treatment; must sign an undertaking that confirms the accuracy of the information submitted to the Amal Initiative; the wife must be included in the husband’s Family Book; and Citizenship Decrees must be valid on the date of application.

Published: 16th July 2017

Read more: http://www.khaleejtimes.com/news/uae-health/emirati-couples-to-get-free-fertility-treatment-in-dubai

Sports

Federer wins 8th Wimbledon title, beating Cilic in final

Khaleej Times

Roger Federer’s wait for No. 8 at Wimbledon is over. He is once again the champion of the grass-court Grand Slam tournament, now more often than any other man in the history of an event first held in 1877. Federer won his eighth title at the All England Club and 19th major trophy overall, capping a marvelous fortnight in which he never dropped a set by overwhelming Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 on Sunday in a lopsided final that was more coronation than contest.

Published: 16th July 2017

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News U Wish to Read – 16 July 2017

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Adnoc charts strategic path that will strengthen links with global economy

The National

 The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company is charting a course unlike many of its peers as it prepares to face a radically different energy future, said experts including Daniel Yergin yesterday. The company’s leadership made it clear in comments to The National on Monday that it will not be following the path that many national oil companies (NOCs) have – and which close neighbour Saudi Arabia plans – in selling off a piece of the parent company.

Published: 14th July 2017

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 Sheikh Mohammed lauds Adnoc’s new approach

The National

 Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, said Adnoc’s new strategic approach, which includes expanding the types of partnerships it forms and spinning off some of its services businesses, will help the economy meet its key fiscal and employment goals.

Published: 15th July 2017

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 Kuwait sees oil inventories falling faster as Opec keeps cutting

Gulf News

 Crude oil inventories will decline at a faster pace worldwide in the second half of the year as demand increases and Opec members comply better with a global agreement to cut output, Kuwait’s Opec Governor Haitham Al Ghais said.

Published: 15th July 2017

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Politics & Economy

UAE’s financial institutions sign Dubai Declaration on Sustainable Financing

Wam

The UAE’s financial institutions participating at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Finance Initiative’s 14th Global Roundtable, have signed the Dubai Declaration on Sustainable Financing.

Published: 25th October 2016

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Community, Environment & Society

 France aims to be ‘facilitator’ in Gulf crisis talks

Gulf News

DOHA: French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in Doha on Saturday that Paris wants to assist Kuwait-led mediation talks on the crisis between Qatar and four other Arab states. “France should be a facilitator in the mediation” led by Kuwait, Le Drian told reporters following talks with his Qatari counterpart Shaikh Mohammad Bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani.

Published: 15th July 2017.

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UAE wants resolution, not alleviation of Qatar problem

The National

The UAE said efforts to ease tensions rather than directly address the problem between Qatar and the Arab countries isolating it will only lead to worse crises in future. “We believe that there are two ways of dealing with things, whether to try and ease tension or try to address a problem,” Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, said on Thursday. “We do not believe that an attempt to ease the tension will address the matter, but will lead to delaying the problem, which will lead to a doubling of the situation in the future.”

Published: 13th July 2017.

Read more: https://www.thenational.ae/world/gcc/uae-wants-resolution-not-alleviation-of-qatar-problem-1.568763

Drivers welcome move to buckle up in the back seat

The National

UAE residents have welcomed the introduction of new traffic laws that fine anyone without a seatbelt on in the back of a car and are pleased to hear it’s being enforced.  Any back-seat passenger seen by police without a seatbelt on could end up landing their driver with a Dh400 fine and four black points, and children under 4 must be in a child car seat. Before July 1 the law only dictated that people in the front seats must buckle up.

Published: 15th July 2017

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Dubai to host conference on sustainability, green technologies

WAM

The key challenges facing the environment will be the underlying theme at the 19th edition of the Water, Energy,Technology and Environment Exhibition to be organised in Dubai on October 23rd-25th.The event, organised by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, DEWA, for the 4th year running, will shed extensive light on the headwinds facing the water, energy and environment sectors in the region, with the participants to seek to come up with innovative eco-friendly solutions that support economic growth while preserving natural resources and protecting the environment.

Published: 04th July 2017

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Masdar: World’s first floating offshore wind farm prepares to set sail

WAM

Masdar has announced that a milestone has been reached in the development of the world’s first commercial scale floating wind farm, which on completion will be sited off the coast of Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

Published: 3rd July 2017

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Navdeep Singh Suri to be new Indian ambassador to UAE

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Navdeep Singh Suri – an Arabic and French speaker, has a masters degree in economics and has written on India’s Africa policy, on public diplomacy and on the IT outsourcing industry. Suri is taking up India’s top diplomat’s post here when the two nations have elevated their relations to a comprehensive strategic partnership. On October 2, New Delhi said Shaikh Mohammad will be the chief guest at the Indian Republic Day on January 26, 2017.

The ambassador designate is eager to take up his new role at a time when India and UAE relations are witnessing an unprecedented upswing. “I look forward to the new assignment at such an important time in our bilateral relations,” Navdeep Singh Suri, who is currently serving as the Indian High Commissioner to Australia, tweeted on Monday.

As per available data 2.2 million Indians live in the UAE.

My sincere wishes to him for a successful tenure in the UAE.

Follow him on Twitter @navdeepsuri

News and image source: Gulf News

Also read in The National: New Indian ambassador to the UAE to start next month

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Research data and links: Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi