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‘Increased fees to boost investment in Kingdom’

Manama : The recently introduced or increased fees aim to boost investment in the country, according to Cabinet Affairs Minister Mohammed Al Mutawa. He stressed that “the Kingdom’s prosperity and citizens’ interests are the government’s priority”. The statements were made on the sidelines of a proposal submitted by the MP’s that prohibits the Government from introducing new fees or increasing ... Read More »

UAE ranked first in the region for tolerance

Dubai: The UAE is ranked first regionally and third globally in the Tolerance Index of the 2016 Yearbook issued by the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Switzerland. The index was issued on the occasion of International Day for Tolerance, which falls on November 16 each year. Speaking on the occasion, Reem Ebrahim Al Hashemi, Minister of State for ... Read More »

World Cup qualifier: Messi helps Argentina dominate Colombia

San Juan: Lionel Messi scored a majestic free-kick and set up two more goals as Argentina got their faltering 2018 World Cup qualification campaign back on track with a 3-0 win over Colombia here Tuesday. Barcelona maestro Messi curled in a superb free-kick from 30 yards in the 10th minute before providing the cross for Lucas Pratto’s 23rd minute header. ... Read More »

Would you teach your kids on the road?

For travellers accustomed to picking up at the drop of a hat and jetting off to Rio or Riyadh without a care in the world, becoming a parent can be a culture shock. So long to travelling light. Goodbye bargain off-peak airfares; hello pricey, crowded, peak-season holidays. But in the growing movement of worldschooling, parents don’t believe you have to ... Read More »

Oil demand won’t peak before 2040, despite Paris deal, says IEA

The International Energy Agency expects global oil consumption will not peak before 2040, leaving its long-term forecasts for supply and demand unchanged despite the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement entering into force. The Paris accord to cut harmful emissions seeks to wean the world economy off fossil fuels in the second half of the century in an effort to limit ... Read More »

Snapchat ‘files for stock market float’

Snap, the parent company of messaging app Snapchat, has filed to list on the US stock market, according to several reports. Based on investments so far, the California-based firm would be worth between $20bn and $25bn (£16bn-£20bn). That would make it the largest US flotation since Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba listed two years ago. Snapchat’s parent company Snap declined to ... Read More »

Database helps plant ‘right tree for the right place’

German researchers have compiled a 400-species database to encourage people to plant the “right tree in the right place” in urban areas. The team of scientists hope the information will help shift the focus away from the way trees look towards on the focus on biodiversity. Over the next decade, the urban environment is expected to increase by nearly 30%. ... Read More »

BP Deepwater Horizon oil in land-animal food chain

Researchers in Louisiana have discovered traces of oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill in the feathers of birds eaten by land animals. A team examined the feathers and digestive tract contents of seaside sparrows – measuring signature carbon from spilled oil. They say it “is the first demonstration that oil from the spill made it into the” food chain of ... Read More »

New Zealand’s latest earthquake could trigger a mega-quake

EARTHQUAKE IN NEW ZEALAND New Zealand is continuing to shake after being hit by a magnitude 7.5 earthquake, and there are fears the underground stress could set off even bigger tremors nearby. “We currently calculate a 12 per cent probability of a magnitude 7 or larger earthquake within the next day, and 32 per cent within the next 30 days,” ... Read More »

Meteorites reveal lasting drought on Mars

The lack of liquid water on the surface of Mars today has been demonstrated by new evidence in the form of meteorites on the Red Planet examined by an international team of planetary scientists. The lack of liquid water on the surface of Mars today has been demonstrated by new evidence in the form of meteorites on the Red Planet ... Read More »