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News U Wish to Read – 27th July 2015

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News U Wish to read 27 July 2015Monday, 27th July 2015

Note: News U Wish to Read is a daily press review compiled and only covers articles published in the press, in the UAE, India and world around. Its purpose is to keep us informed of important news items which we all wish to not miss. Enjoy reading the below news items and links. More sections will come as it takes shape and interest. Your response to this initiative is highly appreciated.

Energy

UAE fuel price change would cost about $387 per head this year

thenational.ae

The government’s move to cut transport fuel subsidies would cost UAE residents an average of US$387 per head this year, although some households would be hit harder than others, according to the debt rating agency Moody’s Investors Service. The UAE was widely lauded for its move last week to cut fuel subsidies to promote efficiency, reduce environmental damage and encourage public transportation usage. Moody’s yesterday echoed others in saying that the move would have a positive impact on the public finances of the UAE and Abu Dhabi, as well as their credit ratings. Among the unanswered questions, however, is how quickly the government will move transport fuel prices towards market prices, how exactly it will define market prices and how much that will add to the average Emirates resident’s fuel budget every year. In Moody’s analysis – which relies on IMF data – the annual subsidy rate for transport fuels in the UAE is $730 for each of its 9.6 million residents, based on an estimated average oil price of $58 per barrel this year. But nearly half of that (47 per cent) is “external” costs, such as the environmental damage, traffic congestion, road wear and tear and forgone taxes which would not be transferred to drivers. The direct subsidy this year would total about $387 per head, according to Moody’s.That compares to a direct subsidy of about $583 per head in 2013, when oil prices averaged more than $90 per barrel.

Published: 27th July 2015

Read more: http://www.thenational.ae/business/energy/uae-fuel-price-change-would-cost-about-387-per-head-this-year

Dubai’s Solar Park closer to reality

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Dewa closes financial close for second phase, Dh30b project to generate 1,000MW by 2019. The ambitious target set by Dubai to boost the share of renewable energy mix to seven per cent by 2020 is getting closer to reality with the state utility announcing the financial close for the second phase of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park on Sunday. The Dh30 billion Solar Park, one of the largest renewable energy projects in the region, has a planned capacity of 1,000MW by 2019, which can be increased up to 3,000MW by 2030. The project has been envisaged to meet the goal set by Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030 to enhance solar energy share mix to seven per cent of Dubai’s total energy production by 2020 and 15 per cent by 2030. The 200MW Phase II project is a photovoltaic plant that will be based on the independent power producer model, the state utility, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa), said on Sunday. To be operational by 2017, the second phase involves the installation of over 2.3 million solar PV panels. “Today, Dewa adds another milestone in history at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, which is one of the largest renewable energy projects in the region. This is in line with the directives of the President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to produce renewable energy locally to sustain our precious resources and support growth of a new promising sector. It also supports the Green Economy for Sustainable Development initiative, launched by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and chief executive of Dewa.

Published: 20th July 2015

Read more: http://www.khaleejtimes.com/business/energy/solar-park-phase-2-in-the-offing

Other Sectors

Abu Dhabi Aviation sets its sights on Iran if sanctions are lifted

Thenational.ae

Abu Dhabi Aviation, the largest commercial helicopter operator in the Middle East, said it will target contracts in Iran if sanctions are removed as it posted a 36.5 per cent jump in second-quarter net profit. That sent the stock surging 11 per cent yesterday. The company reported net profit of Dh67.39 million compared with Dh49.3m a year earlier. Revenue for the quarter was Dh518m compared with Dh382.2m a year earlier. Abu Dhabi Aviation will mainly target oil companies in Iran and those in the tourism, transport and medical evacuation sectors, said Ashraf Fahmy, the chief financial officer. “The last time we served the Iranian market was in 2007.” Mr Fahmy said he expected to face competition from the likes of Qatar’s Gulf Helicopters and Falcon Aviation from the UAE. Abu Dhabi Aviation operates a fleet of 61 helicopters, according to its website, making it the largest operator in the region. Mr Fahmy said that Maximus, its previously struggling air cargo division, has turned around its operations after restructuring.

Published: 26th July 2015

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Politics & Economy

 

UAE to cut government spending for first time in 13 years

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The UAE will cut spending in 2015 for the first time in 13 years, as low oil prices lead the government to take major action on reducing energy subsidies, according to the first official breakdown of the government’s spending plans for the year.  Government spending is set to fall by 4.2 per cent to Dh460 billion in 2015, down from Dh480bn last year, data from the Central Bank and the IMF shows. The country had increased spending by an average rate of 12 per cent each year since 2004. The governments of the UAE – the seven emirate-level governments plus the federal government – plan to acknowledge IMF recommendations to reduce spending on subsidies by more than a third across 2015, the data show. Spending on subsidies is set to fall by 34.3 per cent to Dh13bn this year, which represents a Dh6.8bn reduction. That is a result both of falls in commodity prices, and the phasing out of subsidies on consumer products. Reductions in subsidies have already begun – Abu Dhabi Distribution Company ended subsidies on electricity and water for expats in January, and the Ministry of Energy has announced plans to phase out fuel subsidies. The government also plans to reduce grants by almost half – with spending set to fall to Dh11.3bn, down from Dh21.9bn last year. The UAE plans to increase spending on public sector wages by 3.4 per cent this year, with the government’s wage bill set to increase to Dh 48.8bn this year, up from Dh47.2 bn last year.

Published: 27th July 2015

Read more: http://www.thenational.ae/business/economy/uae-to-cut-government-spending-for-first-time-in-13-years

GCC car sales to slow as weaker oil prices put brakes on economic growth

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Car sales in the GCC are expected to increase at a much slower rate this year compared with the double-digit jump of 2014, as consistently lower oil prices put the brakes on economic growth.  Data from the consultancy IHS Automotive show that first-half sales in the GCC were 890,000 units. Overall sales this year are expected to reach about 1.88 million units compared with 1.78 million last year – a growth of 5.6 per cent. “The market is growing but not at the rate seen last year,” said Pierluigi Bellini, manager for the Middle East and Africa at IHS Automotive. “We have seen varied performance across the region.”  Oil prices have fallen by more than half since June last year and have been hovering around the $60 mark in recent months. As a result, the IMF has revised growth forecasts lower for the UAE and Saudi Arabia in the past few months. The UAE’s GDP growth of about 4.2 per cent last year is expected to slow to 3.2 per cent this year. Saudi Arabia, which gets nearly 88 per cent of its revenue from crude exports, will grow 3 per cent this year compared with 3.6 per cent last year. According to IHS Automotive, the UAE led the region in car sales growth during the first half of this year at 3.5 per cent compared with last year. Saudi Arabia followed at about 3.2 per cent, while Kuwait barely showed gains of about 1 per cent. Oman, meanwhile, was the only country to record negative growth.

Published: 27th July 2015

Read more: http://www.thenational.ae/business/economy/gcc-car-sales-to-slow-as-weaker-oil-prices-put-brakes-on-economic-growth

Former Indian president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam dies at 84

thenational.ae

Popular former head of state dies aged 84 after collapsing during lecture. Former Indian president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam died here on Monday evening following a cardiac arrest, hospital sources said. Dr Abdul Kalam, 84, was rushed to Bethany hospital in Nongrim hills after he collapsed while delivering a lecture to students at the Indian Institute of Management at around 6.30pm.

Published: 27th July 2015

Read more: http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/former-indian-president-a-p-j-abdul-kalam-dies-at-84-1.1557081

Community, Environment & Society

 

Palm trees tested for water usage by Abu Dhabi environment agency

Thenational.ae

The Environment Agency Abu Dhabi is researching the amount of water consumed by palm trees in order to promote resource conservation and create guidelines for farmers.  Scientists initiated the project in the Western Region by conducting experiments on a natural preserve of palms near Madinat Zayed. The head engineer for the project, Wafaa Al Yamani, said the project was timed to coincide with the Liwa Festival to garner attention to the over-watering of palm trees. “We will be monitoring the rates of use of irrigation water and using smart water meters, which in turn will provide the wildlife management agencies and the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi information on the amount of water used by palm trees,” said Ms Al Yamani, an Emirati. Through empirical research, the end result is to establish the amount of water needed by palm trees hourly and at varying temperatures. Scientists will also test soil salinity levels and water balance. The research model conducted on palm trees, said Ms Al Yamani, will also be used to study other native plants in the region.

Published: 27th July 2015

Read more: http://www.thenational.ae/uae/environment/palm-trees-tested-for-water-usage-by-abu-dhabi-environment-agency

Technology

 

World’s most popular PC and laptop brands, Q2 2015 – in pictures

Thenational.ae

Worldwide PC shipments totalled 66.1 million units in the second quarter of 2015, according to the International Data Corporation, a year-on-year decline of 11.8%.

Published: 26th July 2015

Read more: http://www.thenational.ae/business/technology/worlds-most-popular-pc-and-laptop-brands-q2-2015–in-pictures#5

Run smarter with this gadget

The Hindu.com

An anklet attached to a special running sock helps you improve your running technique. Running is a brilliantly simple and effective way to get fit. It takes less time than you would spend commuting to your gym and you can experience the goodness that only a stress – relieving workout can bring about. However simple it might sound, running is not easy. Most of us get a coach for whichever form of exercise we choose – from weightlifting to pranayama. But, as far as running is concerned, we assume we don’t need a coach for we’ve been running since childhood. But, if the technique is wrong, it will eventually cause you chronic pain that will force you to give it up.

Published: 21st  July 2015

Read more: http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/sensoria-sock-helps-you-run-smarter/article7448342.ece

Sports – Campaign PASS

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Good training facilities will improve chess in India: Tania Sachdev

The Times of India

She may not have reached the dizzying heights and star status that the likes of Sania Mirza and Saina Nehwal enjoy, but those who know chess in India will know that Tania Sachdev has been no less an inspiration for girls taking up the sport. Sachdev, who began playing when she was just six, was the only girl competing in chess tournaments from Delhi for a long time. TOI caught up with the 28-year-old International Master and woman Grandmaster, after she participated in the Redbull tweet chess event, which saw her play chess against hundreds of people on Twitter. Excerpts from an exclusive interview.

Published: 24th July 2015

Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/chess/Good-training-facilities-will-improve-chess-in-India-Tania-Sachdev/articleshow/48198730.cms

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Regards,

Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi

27th July 2015

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News U Wish to read 26 July 2015

Sunday, 26th July 2015

Note: News U Wish to Read is a daily  press review compiled and only covers articles published in the press, in the UAE, India and world around. Its purpose is to keep us informed of important news items which we all wish to not miss. Enjoy  reading the below news items and links. More sections will come as it take shape and interest. Your response to this initiative is highly appreciated.


Energy

Iran seeks $85 billion investment for petrochemicals sector

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Iran is looking for US$85 billion in investment for its petrochemicals sector and aims to increase production by a third this year. Moayed Sadr Hossein, the chairman of the Iranian parliament’s petrochemical subcommittee, was quoted as saying by the official Fars news agency yesterday that the country needs such an investment, some of which has already been earmarked for this year. Of all the country’s export sectors, the petrochemicals one is expected to get the quickest boost from the agreement to lift nuclear-related sanctions on Iran, which was reached earlier this month by the United States and five other countries involved in negotiations. The government’s National Development Fund of Iran has already committed $5bn to the sector, and a further $2.5bn is needed to boost production from 45 million tonnes annually to 60 million tonnes, according to Abbas Shari Moqaddam, the head of National Petrochemical Company (NPC). NPC had previously targeted a production rate of at least 50 million tonnes annually by next March.

Published: 26th July 2015

Read more: http://www.thenational.ae/business/economy/iran-seeks-85-billion-investment-for-petrochemicals-sector

UAE’s move to axe fuel subsidies a long-term gain that will outweigh short-term pain

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Motorists may wince, but the UAE’s move to remove subsidies on fuel prices has long been expected. Paradoxically, falls in global oil prices made it inevitable. And the possible short-term pain is more than outweighed by the long-term benefits for national development and the environment. UAE petrol and diesel prices are set by the government, and, despite an increase in 2010, have been well below global levels. This leads to large losses for the government-owned retailers Enoc, Adnoc and Emarat. Adnoc has the advantage of producing its own oil, but Enoc and Emarat have to buy theirs on the open market. Fuel prices have not exactly been “deregulated”, as reports had it – they will still be set monthly by a government committee, but now will follow global price levels. I have long advocated this move, but the timing is good. The fall in global oil prices puts stress on government budgets across the Arabian Gulf, encouraging governments to search for savings. It also means that fuel prices will not increase by much initially. Current pre-tax US prices for regular petrol are about Dh2.20 per litre, implying that UAE prices could rise about a quarter from the current Dh1.72 per litre level. With petrol comprising about 3 to 4 per cent of an average UAE family budget, that suggests that the fuel price increase could lead to a one-off increase in inflation of just under one percentage point. The overall inflation rate was 4.2 per cent last month. On the other hand, diesel prices could actually fall. The standard price outside Abu Dhabi is at Dh3.42 per litre, well above US pre-tax rates of about Dh2.26 per litre. Diesel, used in buses and lorries, is the main influence on commercial transport rates, and hence affects the prices of goods in shops.

Published: 26th July 2015

Read more: http://www.thenational.ae/business/energy/uaes-move-to-axe-fuel-subsidies-a-long-term-gain-that-will-outweigh-short-term-pain

Oil price sentiments are still downbeat

Gulfnews.com

They could remain so given that higher Iranian supply will only come by late 2016. The oil market is languishing and the trend is downward judging by the movement of benchmark crude prices. The price of Opec’s basket of crude oils posted $53.79 a barrel on July 20, down from $64.96 on May 6. Brent crude oil prices posted $56.67 a barrel, down from $69.63 during the same period. The reasons are many. Most importantly, concerns about more than 2 million barrels a day (mbd) of oversupply is what really matters. Opec production is now 31.7 mbd according to IEA and 31.4 mbd according to Opec, which is well above the ceiling of 30 mbd decided by the organization. Production in Saudi Arabia, Iraq and UAE rose last month. Other factors weighing on oil prices are the Greek crisis and its possible impact on growth in the Eurozone. Even the EU bailout deal may not be met with a popular acceptance for its severe austerity measures. The relative slowdown in China may not only impact oil demand but also the filling of China’s strategic petroleum reserves.

Published: 26th July 2015

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Politics & Economy

Abu Dhabi economy grows 2.2% thanks to diversification

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Abu Dhabi’s economy grew at an estimated 2.2 per cent last year despite the collapse in oil prices as its diversification efforts paid off, according to a report from Statistics Centre Abu Dhabi. The emirate, the world’s eighth-biggest producer of oil, said its GDP rose to Dh952.6 billion in 2014 from Dh931.7bn in 2013, when GDP rose 2.4 per cent. The share of non-oil activities in GDP at constant prices increased to 49.5 per cent in 2014 from 38.7 per cent in 2004. Away from oil, construction was the biggest contributor to growth. Construction had a 9.6 per cent share of non-oil GDP, while finance and insurance accounted for 7.2 per cent of the non-oil economy. Crude oil, the lifeblood of many economies in the region, fell more than 50 per cent last year amid a drop in demand from emerging markets such as China, the world’s second-largest economy, and an increase in production in the US. The UAE’s federal government relies on oil revenues to fund more than 60 per cent of its budget. Despite that drop, the UAE economy is estimated to have grown more than 4 per cent last year. As a result of the oil slump, many economists – including those at HSBC, Standard Chartered and the IMF – have lowered their growth forecasts for Arabian Gulf countries this year. The IMF cut its estimate of the UAE’s GDP growth to 3.2 per cent. In January, the ratings agency Moody’s estimated that Abu Dhabi’s economic growth rate would slow this year – to below 3 per cent.

Published: 25th July 2015

Read more: http://www.thenational.ae/business/economy/abu-dhabi-economy-grows-22-thanks-to-diversification

UAE residents fear rising cost of living

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The increase in fuel prices will further exacerbate the rising cost of living, which could result in people being forced to consider leaving the UAE, expatriates said.  Although residents welcomed moves by the Government to deregulate the cost of petrol as a means of reducing the number of gas-guzzling 4x4s on the road and force motorists to downgrade to more fuel-efficient cars, they are worried about the effect the increase will have on their finances.  “People move to Dubai for many reasons, but one of them is for the low fuel costs,” said South African mother-of-two Ilse Onderweegs, who had noticed the cost of living rising month by month, from groceries to childcare and schooling. “If things increase much more we will have to re-assess if it is worth staying. At the moment it is getting harder. “Over the years costs have increased dramatically – increased fuel prices will mean increases in flight tickets and food, because most things need to be imported to the UAE. “My kids are both in school from September. I will need to do more lifts and club together with other parents that live close by. “It will also mean the kids will be restricted to fewer school activities. Schooling is already very expensive in Dubai.”

Published: 23rd July 2015

Read more : http://www.thenational.ae/uae/uae-residents-fear-rising-cost-of-living

Forget about investing in glittering gold for now

Gulfnews.com

In the backdrop of rising interest rates in the United States and thereby stronger dollar, much more downside is expected in the yellow metal.  Gold seems to have lost favour among investors, in the backdrop of rising interest rates in the United States and therefore a stronger dollar. Much more downside is expected in the yellow metal, analysts say, which could push more investors away from the non-dividend paying asset. International spot gold has continued its rout, and on Thursday it extended losses for a tenth straight session, it’s biggest since 1996. Gold was at $1,100 (Dh4,037) an ounce, down $300 from levels seen in 2013. However, the current rout was triggered after China on July 17 disclosed that their reserves were up by 60 per cent at $1,658 as of end of June, much lower than analysts expectations. “The [China] news disappointed the market as people thought they had bought more gold because their share of gold of total currency reserves were pretty low,” Carsten Menke, commodity analyst with Bank Julius Baer & Co told Gulf News from Zurich. “On Monday morning, after Asian trading started we had a huge fall in gold price. The speed and magnitude pointed to short selling by hedge funds in Asia,” Menke said. A more significant technical development was that the sell-off on July 20 was preceded by large redemptions from gold ETFs, almost 504,000 ounces were withdrawn from global gold ETF’s on July 17, the largest one-day decrease since July 2013, said Cesar Perez, Global Head of Investment Strategy, J.P. Morgan Private Bank.

Published: 25th July 2015

Read more : http://gulfnews.com/business/money/forget-about-investing-in-glittering-gold-for-now-1.1555599

‘61,000 Indian millionaires shifted overseas in last 14 yrs’

TimesofIndia

India has seen the second-biggest outflow of high net worth individuals in last 14 years, with as many as 61,000 millionaires shifting base to abroad due to reasons like tax, security and child education, says a report. A joint report by New World Wealth and LIO Global said the change in domicile, along with a rise in second citizenship applications, has increased dramatically since the turn of the century.  Some 61,000 uber-rich Indians have changed domicile between 2000 to 2014 — second only to China which saw an outflow of 91,000 ultra-rich persons in the same period, the report said. “Indian HNWIs tend to move to the UAE, the UK, the US and Australia,” the report said, adding that Chinese HNWIs mainly moved to the US, Hong Kong, Singapore and the UK. Overall, the UK has seen the biggest inflow of HNWIs from abroad and the figure stood at 1.25 lakh over the past 14 years.  Other countries that saw significant HNWI outflows include France (42,000), Italy (23,000), Russia (20,000), Indonesia (12,000), South Africa (8,000) and Egypt (7,000). The factors of the outflow, according to the report, include turmoil in home country, security concerns and optimising education of children. Most of the HNWIs who moved into the UK came from Europe, Russia, China and India. There were also substantial numbers that came from the Middle-East and Africa, the report added. In terms of inflows of HNWIs, the UK was followed by the US and Singapore.

Published: 26th July 2015

Read more : http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/61000-Indian-millionaires-shifted-overseas-in-last-14-yrs/articleshow/48223158.cms


Community, Environment & Society

Tough UAE social media law could see expats deported for saving someone’s photo

Thenational.ae

Phone and computer users have been warned against falling foul of the 2012 law against cybercrime.  Simply possessing on an electronic device a photo taken without the subject’s consent is an offence for which expatriates could be deported, a leading prosecutor said. Mohammed Al Dhanhani, head of the family prosecution service in Abu Dhabi, also said more people were being ordered to leave the country because they had insulted their spouse on messaging platforms such as WhatsApp.

Article 21 of the Federal Decree No 5/2012 on combating cybercrimes

One is punished by a jail sentence of no less than six months and a fine that is of no less than Dh 150,000 and not more than Dh 500,000 or by either of those two punishments whoever uses an information network or automated information system or one of the information technology methods to attack the privacy of a person in the unwarranted circumstances legally by one of the following methods:

  1. Eavesdropping, intercepting, recording or disclosing conversations, communications, audio and video material.
  1. Taking photographs of others, creating electronic photos of others, disclosing, copying or saving them.
  1. Publishing news, electronic photographs or photographs or scenes, comments, data and information even if they are authentic.

Is it also punishable by a jail sentence of no less than one year in and a fine of no less than Dh 250,000 and no more than Dh 500,000 or by one of those two punishments, whoever uses an automated information system or one of the information technology methods to conduct an amendment or an edit to a recording or picture or scene, with the intention to defame or offend another person, or to breach their privacy.

Published: 19th July 2015

Read more: http://www.thenational.ae/uae/tough-uae-social-media-law-could-see-expats-deported-for-saving-someones-photo

All you need to know about passport renewal in UAE

Gulfnews.com

Some missions can issue a passport within minutes, others within days, others in weeks or months.  How long does it take to renew your passport here in the UAE? Days? Weeks? Months? Minutes? Yes, apparently in one case, it could take a few minutes, Gulf News has learnt. Getting a new passport can be arduous for some residents, especially those who need to travel and forgot to renew their travel documents. While some have to take a day off work to apply for a new passport and receive it days or weeks later, there are those who can get their actual ordinary passport within minutes, and yet others within three business days.

Published: 25th July 2015

Read more: http://gulfnews.com/news/uae/society/all-you-need-to-know-about-passport-renewal-in-uae-1.1551102

Passport issuance of different missions in UAE

Gulfnews.com

Different missions have different policies that influence the processing time and delivery of passports.

DISCLAIMER: The TIME mentioned below takes into consideration the actual processing of the passport, issuance and, in some cases, delivery. This is not an exhaustive list as there are many more foreign missions in the UAE.

1) ITALY

Time: 20 minutes

Validity: 10 years

Cost: Dh485

2) INDIA

Time: Minimum 7 working days (Dubai-issued passport)

Minimum 3 working days for passports under Tatkal scheme (Urgent or emergency cases)

Validity: 5-10 years

Cost: Dh337 (36 pages); Dh432 (60 pages Jumbo passport)

Published: 25th July 2015

Read more: http://gulfnews.com/news/uae/society/passport-issuance-of-different-missions-in-uae-1.1551110

Of ethics & value systems

Economictimes.com

By Peter Drucker

To be able to manage yourself, you finally have to ask, “What are my values?” This is not a question of ethics. With respect to ethics, the rules are the same for everybody, and the test is a simple one. I call it the mirror test. In the early century, the most highly respected diplomat was the German ambassador in London. He was clearly destined for great things—to become his country’s foreign minister, at least, if not its federal chancellor. Yet in 1906 he abruptly resigned rather than preside over a dinner given by the diplomatic corps for Edward VII. The king was a notorious womaniser and made it clear what kind of dinner he wanted. The ambassador is reported to have said, “I refuse to see a pimp in the mirror in the morning when I shave.” That is the mirror test. Ethics require you ask yourself, “What kind of person do I want to see in the mirror in the morning?” Ethics is only part of a value system—especially of an organisation’s value system. To work in an organisation whose value system is unacceptable or incompatible with one’s own condemns a person both to frustration and to nonperformance. Organisations, like people, have values. To be effective in an organisation, a person’s values must be compatible with the organisation’s values. They do not need to be the same, but they must be close enough to coexist.

Published: 25th July 2015

Read more: http://blogs.economictimes.indiatimes.com/et-citings/of-ethics-value-systems/

Technology

Etihad performs a perfect flight

Thenational.ae

It is easy to imagine a perfect flight: watching our favourite film on the entertainment system, having an empty seat next to us so we can stretch out and enjoying the view from the window as we land.  For airlines, a perfect flight is very different, it involves maximising efficiency to save time and fuel and, in doing so, cutting the carbon footprint. On May 24, Etihad Airways operated just such a perfect flight, a special Boeing 787 Dreamliner service from the carrier’s Abu Dhabi base to Washington DC. By altering ascent and descent, perfecting the route, optimising ground handling and other measures, the 13-and-a-half-hour flight saved 4,100 litres of fuel and 10.7 tonnes of carbon emissions. Achieving this required collaboration with 30 services, from ground handling to air navigation.

Published: 25th July 2015

Read more: http://www.thenational.ae/uae/technology/etihad-performs-a-perfect-flight

UAE insurance company launches car breakdown app

Thenational.ae

An insurance company has launched a road assistance mobile application for reporting a car breakdown. The AssistPal app has been launched by Oman Insurance Company to offer its motor insurance customers services such as tyre changes, battery jump starts and roadside recovery. AssistPal will send the vehicle’s exact location via the phone’s GPS feature.  “Once help is on the way, drivers can track the real-time location of the assigned service provider on the map,” said Haris Mylonas, executive vice president at OIC’s consumer division. The app’s release follows the signing of a new contract between OIC and the International Travel Assistance Company, which will provide roadside and travel assistance to OIC customers.

Published: 21st  July 2015

Read more: http://www.thenational.ae/uae/uae-insurance-company-launches-car-breakdown-app


Sports – Campaign PASS

Campaign PASS (Promote All Sports Simultaneously) is an initiative started through my blog to promote all sports(other than cricket – which gets lot of attention) and sports personnel associated to give them more exposure.

We could have avoided hockey mess if Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore had been sports minister

Economictimes.com

Independent India’s first winner of an individual Olympic silver medal should have been the county’s minister of state (MoS) for sports and not for information and broadcasting. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, the silver medallist for double-trap shooting at the 2004 Athens Olympics, would have known the effort required to perform at the highest level in international sports. He would not have let egocentric officials like Hockey India (HI) chief Batra run amok, sacking the very coaches who were successfully striving to get India back to its Olympic best.

Published: 25th July 2015

Read more: http://blogs.economictimes.indiatimes.com/andwordsisallihave/we-could-have-avoided-hockey-mess-if-rajyavardhan-singh-rathore-had-been-sports-minister/

Hope you enjoyed reading the above news items and links. More sections will come as it take shape and interest. Your response to this initiative is highly appreciated.

Regards,

Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi

26th July 2015

News U Wish to Read – 25th July 2015ss

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News U Wish to Read

Saturday, 25th July 2015

Note: News U Wish to Read is a press review compiled and covers articles published in the press, in the UAE, India and world around. Objective is to keep us informed of important news items which we all wish to not miss. Enjoy  reading the below news items and links. More sections will come as it take shape and interest. Your response to this initiative is highly appreciated.

Energy

Solar power in UAE is not ready to replace diesel as subsidies end

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The solar-energy sector is not ready to become a replacement for diesel power as the UAE Government lifts fuel subsidies next month, experts say. Solar energy is still considered a newcomer to the country’s power scene as regulations lag. Although Abu Dhabi and Dubai have renewable energy targets, Dubai is the only emirate to have set guidelines to allow residential and commercial users to install rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) panels for power generation. Yet as few residents own their homes, residential rooftop solar is not applicable. “Alternative technology, especially renewable energy with a focus on solar, was up to par with the lifting of subsidies, but we are not there yet,” said Hadi Tahboub, the vice president of the Middle East Solar Industry Association (Mesia). “There has to be a build-up of ideas and innovation to accommodate the needs of communities, business and economy to enable us to say that we’re not just cutting down on fuel emissions, but we’re continuing to transform the UAE.”  The removal of fuel subsidies, set to begin next month, will mean users pay more for items such as petrol and diesel.

Published: 23rd July 2015

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Q&A: The UAE’s Minister of Energy addresses concerns about the petrol price deregulation

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Suhail Al Mazrouei, the Minister of Energy, explains that the UAE is not comparing itself to the region any more. ‘We are aspiring to build one of the strongest economies in the region’.

Published: 23rd July 2015

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 Cash insurance: Petrol pumps to install ATM-like machines to secure cash and men

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Cash worth well over Rs 1,000 crore changes hands at petrol pumps in India every day. This is what makes the filling stations and their staff easy targets for criminals. But now, by beginning to use the services of cash logistics firms, petrol pumps have started securing their cash and men. On average, one petrol pump is targeted by criminals every six hours in India, said Ajay Bansal, chief of the All India Petroleum Dealers’ Association, highlighting the point that handling cash by dealers is a big challenge. “Everyone is averse to cash; it’s a big headache.” This has driven Bansal to buy the services of AGS Transact Technologies, a cash logistics firm that manages bank ATMs as well as provides technological solutions to fuel stations.

Published: 25th July 2015

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Petronet LNG to face competition from rivals, promoters

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Petronet LNG is facing a tough challenge as it is locked in a contract that makes it buy the world’s most costly liquefied natural gas, and officials say that there are long-term risks of fierce competition from rivals as well as its own promoters who are planning to build terminals to import gas, putting them in a situation of conflict of interest. The company that pioneered the import of super-cooled natural gas, faces severe competition in the years ahead as many new import facilities are being planned. India has a capacity to import 25 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of LNG, of which only 17 mtpa is operation as the Dabhol terminal is severely underutilised and the 5 mtpa Kochi terminal of Petronet lacks proper pipeline capacity.

Published: 25th July 2015

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Politics & Economy

Diesel prices to dip and petrol prices to rise, says UAE fuel price-setting chairman

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The chairman of the UAE’s new fuel price-setting committee says he expects diesel prices to dip and petrol prices to rise slightly. Starting on Tuesday, the panel would determine retail fuel prices on a monthly basis, said Matar Al Nyadi, an undersecretary at the Ministry of Energy and chairman of the gasoline and diesel prices committee. The fuel prices will be determined by the average prices from the previous month recorded by various international fuel price trackers – such as Oil Price Information Service – plus a margin for the distribution companies, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company and Emirates National Oil Company. Mr Al Nyadi did not disclose which benchmark or margin level would be used, but said it would become apparent over the next few months. “We think the price of diesel initially will go down a little and gasoline might go slightly up,” he said.

Published: 23rd July 2015

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Community, Environment & Society

World’s first malaria vaccine gets green light from European drugs regulators

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The world’s first malaria vaccine got a green light on Friday from European drugs regulators who recommended it as safe and effective to use in babies in Africa at risk of the mosquito-borne and lifer-threatening disease. The shot, called Mosquirix and developed by British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline and the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative, would be the first licensed human vaccine against a parasitic disease and could help to prevent millions of cases of the killer disease in countries that use it, Reuters reported. Mosquirix, whose scientific name is “RTS,S” has been designed to prevent malaria caused by the Plasmodium falciparum parasite, which is most prevalent in sub-Saharan Africa. It is the first vaccine to be developed which counters the effects of a parasite.

Published: 24th July 2015

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Liwa Dates Festival opens for 11th year in Desert Oasis of Liwa

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A massive palm tree branch dazzled the first visitors of Liwa Dates Festival, showing off an outstanding richness of the ratab harvest. The branch weighed an impressive 116 kilograms, the biggest and heaviest of all the 17 entries in the festival’s Biggest Etheg (dates palm tree branch) competition. “The winning etheg is of shahal dates and it comes from a farm in Liwa. We will officially announce the winner tomorrow evening and he will walk away with a cheque for AED 50,000,” said Nasser Seif Al Mazrouei, supervisor of the dates competitions at the festival. As in all dates mazeynah (beauty) competitions, the top 15 positions will be awarded and for the Biggest Etheg the prizes start from AED 50,000 for the first place and end with AED 2,000 for the 15th place.  Along with submissions for the Dabbas dates competition, the Biggest Etheg was the first contest in this year’s Liwa Dates Festival, which opened on Wednesday evening in the desert oasis of Liwa, some 200 kilometres south-west of Abu Dhabi, in the emirate’s Western Region.

Published: 23rd July 2015

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Technology

Web@20

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In the last two decades, the Internet has come a long way from those dial-up days and agonising waits. But we are still behind time

Published: 25th July 2015

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Sports – Campaign PASS

Campaign PASS (Promote All Sports Simultaneously) is an initiative started through my blog to promote all sports(other than cricket – which gets lot of attention) and sports personnel associated to give them more exposure.

Raiding it right

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Kabbadi maybe exhilarating to watch but it’s not the easiest sport to perfect. The author looks at the offensive and defensive qualities needed to become a successful kabaddi player

Published: 25th July 2015

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Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi