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- South Africa beat Bangladesh, finish third after disappointing tournament
- Home team sets up 2016-final repeat as Dottin, Campbelle score in nervy chase
The last day of the Group stage of the ICC Women’s World T20 2018 threw up an engrossing first game at the Daren Sammy International Stadium, as the Windies beat England by four wickets in the last over of a thrilling chase. The home side enthralled the 6000-plus people with a humdinger of a win to top Group A and set up a clash with Australia in the semi-finals.
The second game of the day was less exciting, as South Africa beat Bangladesh by 30 runs despite their batting suffering from yet another collapse. The Windies topped Group A with eight points while England finished second with five. South Africa (four), Sri Lanka (three) and Bangladesh (zero) finished in that order. In the semi-finals on 22 November, England will Play India after the home team plays Australia at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua.
Windies v England:
The large crowd that came out on Sunday afternoon got its money’s worth, as a frenetic ending to the game saw the Windies negate a fine recovery from England. Fielding first after winning the toss, Windies opening bowler Shakera Selman picked up two early wickets. A mid-innings collapse then reduced England to 50 for six before Sophia Dunkley (35) and Anya Shrubsole (29) put on a 58-run partnership.
The pair was only separated in the penultimate over, helping England to 115 for eight. And it seemed it would be enough when Shrubsole picked up two wickets in her first over, sending back Hayley Matthews and Stafanie Taylor, both bowled. Then Deandra Dottin and Shemaine Campbelle combined for a 68-run partnership.
Dottin (46) was dismissed with the Windies still needing 45, but some bold hitting from Campbelle kept them in the hunt. Needing 26 off the last 18 balls. Campbelle was dropped twice in the penultimate over, but helped the Windies get close enough; they hit the five runs that remained in the last over, much to the delight of the crowd.
Windies’ Deandra Dottin, who was Player of the Match, said: “To be honest, it wasn’t any pressure (to be opening the batting in this tournament). I know what kind of player I am. I can go hard. I can go medium. I can knock it around. It all depends on the situation. But knowing that you have a six overs powerplay, you would like to capitalise”
England captain Heather Knight said: “The way she (Sophia Dunkley) played, she hits very unusual areas as a cricketer. She’s very hard to set fields to, having captained against her previously.
“So to show that composure under that amount of pressure, in front of that sort of people, 10,000 people, whatever it was. So really pleased for her. She’s worked so hard. I think having Anya (Shrubsole) out there to keep her calm and very relaxed. And seeing Anya’s batting as well was a real talking point.”
South Africa v Bangladesh:
Marizanne Kapp top scored for South Africa with 25, but four other batters failed to convert starts into big scores as two batting collapses kept the Proteas to 109 for nine in their twenty overs after being asked to bat. From being 48 for one in the Powerplay, and 60 for one soon after, they slid to 67 for four.
Chloe Tryon and Mignon du Preez then added 26 runs, before another more critical collapse. Bangladesh captain Salma Khatun took three wickets -the third giving her her 50th wicket in the format- to precipitate a slide of 5 for 14, and South Africa finished with another below par total, 109 for 9.
Bangladesh could have escaped qualification for 2020 if they had beaten South Africa with a big enough margin to also pip Sri Lanka on Net Run-Rate, but made no attempt to go down that path. Their Powerplay score was just 13 for one, and the first boundary came only in the 8th over. South Africa contained the Bangladesh batters without being very threatening, and the innings petered out to 79 for five.
South Africa captain Dane van Neikerk said: “I miss opening. But we had chats with the selectors and stuff and they gave me the reasons why I’m going down the order. And it’s okay. But I do miss it. I love playing with Lizelle. I think we complement each other really well.
“But also saying that, I think Laura is a massive prospect for the future…She’s shown how hard she’s worked on her game. So I’m glad to give my spot to somebody as talented as she is.”
Bangladesh’s Rumana Ahmed said: “This tournament itself, it’s a big opportunity for us. The World Cup is a good platform for us. But unfortunately in this tournament, we lost every match. But we still are real happy because our one side is improving. Our bowling side is quite good, but we need to improve our batting side also.”
Scores in brief:
Windies defeated England by 4 wicket at the Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet, Saint Lucia.
England: 115-8, 20 overs (Sophia Dunkley 35, Anya Shrubsole 29; Shakera Selman 2-15, Deandra Dottin 2-21)
Windies: 117-6, 19.3 overs (Deandra Dottin 46, Shemaine Campbelle 45; Anya Shrubsole 3-10)
Player of the Match: Deandra Dottin
South Africa defeated Bangladesh by 30 runs at the Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet, Saint Lucia
South Africa: 109-9, 20 overs (Marizanne Kapp 25; Salma Khatun 3-20, Khadija Tul Kubra 2-18)
Bangladesh: 79 for 5 in 20 overs (Rumana Ahmed 34 not out)
Player of the Match: Marizanne Kapp
Semifinals (on 22 April):
Windies v Australia, Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua
England v India, Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, AntiguaEmail This Post
Fogo de Chão gives you every reason to be thankful this Thanksgiving with the finest churrasco experience, along with turkey, cranberry chutney, stuffing, and pumpkin pie, all for just AED 299, on November 22nd.
Give thanks the Brazilian way this Thanksgiving at Fogo de Chão! With delicious meats and all the trimmings to excite your appetite, Fogo de Chão has everything you need and so much more, for just AED 299, to really make it a Turkey Day to remember. To really sweeten the deal, American expats and tourists will receive a 20% discount when they present a valid American ID to their server, upon arrival at the restaurant on November 22nd.
The internationally renowned churrascaria, steeped in almost 40 years of southern Brazilian hospitailty and centuries of gaucho heritage, that combines the choicest tableside cuts of meat with exotic cocktails, an exquisite grape selection and the vibrant energy of Fogo Lounge, encapsulates the true spirit of Brazil.
This Thanksgiving, let Fogo de Chão immerse you in the best of Brazil’s culinary heritage and social traditions as it offers Dubai’s meat lovers and social enthusiasts more than just another steakhouse; it gives you an authentic Brazilian Churrasco experience that celebrates the true flavours, rhythms, and traditions of Brazil.
Thanksgiving at Fogo de Chão
Thursday, November 22nd
7pm ‘til late
Full Churassco Experience, plus turkey, cranberry chutney, stuffing, & pumpkin pie
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- Learning sessions aim to support new technology and promote innovation among young people
The Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development recently held a series of training programs across the UAE in collaboration with Dubai Entrepreneurship Academy, the educational arm of Dubai SME, the agency of the Department of Economic Development in Dubai mandated to develop the SME sector. The training programs focused on information and communications technology (ICT), hospitality, and other vital sectors that promote entrepreneurship and SMEs as the backbone of the UAE’s economy.
Mouza Al Nasri, Executive Director of Entrepreneurship Development at Khalifa Fund, said: “We will continue to implement various initiatives and events, including awareness campaigns and development programs, for university and school students. In all these efforts, our aim is to build a promising future where SMEs are highly empowered. The Khalifa Fund also provides all kinds of support to innovative ideas, creative projects, and technological advancements. Our training courses in cooperation with Dubai Entrepreneurship Academy reflect the importance of solidarity and cooperation among various entities for young generation. We should always endeavor to raise the level of their administrative and technical competence by enriching their knowledge and experiences and cultivating their entrepreneurial skills.”
Ibtihal Al Naji, Manager of Dubai Entrepreneurship Academy, also stressed the importance of collaboration between the government and private sectors in promoting the spirit of entrepreneurship among young people. “The training programs we had in partnership with the Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development were in line with the ongoing efforts to provide all support for entrepreneurship development in the country and establish the right environment for Emirati youth to pursue their projects, thus contributing to the growth of the local economy. Such training programs and workshops are important to providing innovative mechanisms, tools and programs that will enable the youth to turn their creative ideas into a reality.”
As part of the training programs, Khalifa Fund held a workshop titled ‘How to Start a Successful ICT Project’ in October at the Higher Colleges of Technology for Female Students in Ras Al Khaimah. More than 50 students attended the event and took part in the discussions on the importance of ICT. The event was highly successful, with the trainees giving the workshop a 92 per cent satisfaction rating. Another workshop under the same title was also held at the University of Sharjah in Khorfakkan, where more than 70 students giving the event a satisfaction rating of more than 94 per cent. The course, ‘The Hospitality Industry between Local and Global Reach’ was held at the United Arab Emirates University in Al Ain, with the participation of more than 80 students. It focused on the role of investments in supporting innovative ideas and solutions as well as ways to help entrepreneurs better understand brand building in the hospitality sector to bring their ambition from local to the global stage. The course also discussed government procedures, continuity and sustainability of projects, commercial franchises in the hospitality industry, and food trucks, among others. The attendees gave the course a satisfaction rating of over 96 per cent.
Meanwhile, the Khalifa Fund is currently holding a specialized training program titled ‘Professional Certificate in Hospitality and Catering Management,’ which kicked off on November 5, 2018 and will run until December 16, 2018 with an expected number of 30 entrepreneurs attending the learning session. This specialized and intensive program was designed in collaboration with the Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management for entrepreneurs interested in opening their own food and beverages stores. The program is teaching the basics of being involved in the food industry, design elements, best management practices, feasibility study, financial management, food cost, and business requirements. The program aims to develop a professional work plan based on creative ideas and achieve them in a financially viable manner. It also consists of 17 lectures and a series of practical sessions.Email This Post
- The CRM Express solution is aimed to automate sales management processes to boost productivity and business growth.
Centra Hub today announced the launch of CRM Express, a robust and well-implemented CRM system that will enable organizations on their digital transformation journey. The solution is intended to streamline the sales management processes of businesses from ‘enquiry to cash’ with automated campaign management, opportunity management and follow-ups with pre-defined quotation structures and proposal templates.
Centra Hub’s new CRM Express is a digital transformation CRM system that will provide robust campaign management and tracking to allow for campaign creation, tracking campaign budgets and actual spends, define campaign targets of lead count, opportunity count and revenue targets. Each lead or opportunity created within the CRM Express will then be tagged to the corresponding campaign providing a detailed visibility towards campaign success. The system will also provide proactive alerts on targets, achievement, deviations and also govern campaign execution tasks through proactive activity controls.
“According to most research and studies related to sales, opportunities are converted into sales wins with a minimum of six timely follow up interactions. Research also shows most sales personnel drop their active follow up mechanisms after three reach-outs to prospects. Consequently, a significant portion of the pipeline that sales teams are chasing results in a no-sale scenario. To add to it, adhering to deadlines and keeping a strict watch on timelines are a critical part of a successful sale,” said Nisith Naik, CEO of Centra Hub.
“The simple step of managing follow- up prospects boosts the conversion ratios, which in turn boosts the organization top-line and profitability. These follow-up triggers can be specific to role, region, product, team, prospect or any other parameter of the business, thereby ensuring that the policies of the organization are embedded into the CRM, allow it to take active role of sales management and administration,” Mr. Naik added.
Centra’s CRM Express can automatically identify conditions, where a process can be approved or escalated for approvals on pre-defined data parameters. If the approval authorities do not react to the approval requests within a pre-defined timeline, the system can be triggered to automatically remind the approver, reroute the approval request to a different person, role or hierarchy, or have the system take the decision to auto-approve or auto-reject the approval request.
“The sales journey is fraught with roadblocks across the path and it is always a challenge for the sales personnel to keep pushing through these roadblocks to come out on the other side with a successful sale. One such process is obtaining timely approvals across the sales journey. The CRM Express system provides adequate controls in ensuring that nothing “falls off the radar” and timely approvals are received for the sales process to propagate from desk to desk. Moreover, the audit trail controls ensure that that traceability of approvals will always be available for audit purposes,” Mr. Naik explained.
The automation of follow up processes within the CRM Express will boost the conversion of prospects into clients. Its embedded document management engine further integrates with cloud-based document storage solutions such as Google Drive and OneDrive, to provide an internal document library which can be used to build a digital document archive.Email This Post
- Peru will triple oil production in the next five years
- Peru eyes becoming exporter of natural energy
- UAE cited as one of the world leaders in technology in the energy sector
During the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference (ADIPEC) this week, the Director of the Trade, Tourism & Investment Office of Peru, Alvaro Silva Santisteban, shared within his panel the plans of Peru to expand its oil production capacity in the coming years.
“Peru has one of the largest natural gas and hydroelectric power sources in Latin America, which comprises 90% of the country’s energy supplies Mr. Silva-Santisteban said speaking at the event. “In addition, Peru aims to export natural gas in the coming years, as it has the second biggest reserves in Latin America.”
“We also plan to triple our oil production capacity in the next five years, as well as aiming at increasing the number of basins explored.”
The importance of how technology is aligning itself side-by-side with current energy production mechanisms and industry requirements, was further noted by Mr. Silva-Santisteban during his interventions within the panel -Promoting finance stability & increased levels of global collaboration between Governments-. “The array of new technological innovations and models are impacting the energy sector and becoming the new frontier of international trade. The UAE as an example, is tapping into the latest technological innovations across various industry sectors to become pioneers within the field.”
“Another essential element in attracting trade towards any particular country is maintaining a “sound base” where investors, government and businesses feel confident in exchanging resources and investing over the course of the long-run. 25 years ago, Peru realized that, regardless the political sentiment running the nation, the country’s economy needed to be run in parallel and as independently as possible. In order to promote financial stability, it is necessary to first be able to vouch to a greater extent, the existence of political stability. With this in mind it is only imperative to reassure all considerations needed towards geopolitics.”
Finally, Mr. Silva-Santisteban mentioned the importance of strengthening trade partnerships and greater collaboration between countries, particularly across different horizons -such as oil producers partnering with car manufacturers-. This will act as a key driver for fueling trade and investment prospects across the oil, gas and clean energy sectors.
“There is no need to try to understand whom should govern whom but rather to interiorize that no one independently is to succeed (Government, Regulators and Private Sector). With the aim that we all should strive to have more collaborative scenarios with all our stakeholders being internally within a nation, regionally and globally”.
The conference also underlined the major global economic conditions and growing investment trends impacting the energy sector, such as oil price fluctuations, cost of production and sustainability. The four-day exhibition which took place in Abu Dhabi brings together thousands of influential oil and gas industry stakeholders and experts every year, to exchange their knowledge and ideas for the future of the energy sector.Email This Post
- E. Dr. Thani Bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change & Environment inaugurated the exhibition.
- Three day event is expected to have over 9500 dedicated organic and natural product buyers
In an exceptionally fast-growing market, Middle East Organic and Natural Expo opened its doors to visitors at the Dubai Convention and Exhibition Centre from November 18 – 20. The organizers -Global Links Exhibitions- has announced the launch of the regions’ first bulk purchase website exclusively for natural and organic based products, www.arabianorganics.com. H.E. Dr. Thani Bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change & Environment inaugurated the exhibition. He spent considerable time interacting with the exhibitors.
The expo is expected to have over 9,500 buyers this year who are exclusively focused on natural and organic products over the next three days. Visitors will also see the launch of several new products this year. 13 country pavilions, as well as exhibitors who represent over 55 different countries will provide visitors a huge range of products across organic food and beverage, beauty and wellness, health and nutrition products as well as alternative medicines and therapy.
The newly launched ArabianOrganics online wholesale portal is aimed at helping international and regional suppliers connect with buyers across the Middle East and North Africa. One of the challenges faced by buyers was unavailability of products in the region ready for immediate procurement. As a solution, the new portal now offers a complete fulfillment package, including local product certification, online payment, warehousing and last-mile delivery. Essentially it begins at lead generation and ends with delivery at the doorstep.
Shinu Pillai the event’s director at Global Links Exhibitions and organizers of the expo said, “We are always looking to provide our exhibitors and the overall organic and natural market with new ways to grow their business. While ArabianOrganics was initially available exclusively for exhibitors at the Middle East Organic and Natural Products Expo during the last show, the overwhelming response drove us to provide them the facility of Online 2 Offline platform as an ongoing service. It has also now been transformed to include non-exhibitors who are keen to enter the Middle East and African markets.”
The Middle East Organic and Natural Expo this year is expecting much higher footfall not just for business transactions, but is also because it is organizing a focused conference on Traditional, Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (TCAM), with professionals who will address topics such as holistic medicine, risks of self-medication, lifestyle management, etc and a panel discussion on TACM progressing into the future. For the next two days, the organizers have included workshops as well as other panel discussions that will highlight sustainability, the future of organic beauty, organic agriculture and food security, etc.
In keeping with the exceptional services, the Middle East Organic and Natural Products Expo 2018 has a large number of VIP buyers who are provided with online pre-scheduled meetings to ensure that their visit is maximized. VIP buyers are assisted by dedicated buyer engagement teams who facilitate meetings with exhibitors of interest.
Visitors get free onsite entry. The exhibition will take place at Hall 7 and 8 of the Dubai Convention & Exhibition Centre and will be open for visitors from 10am to 6pm.Email This Post
- Abu Dhabi’s luxury shopping and dining destination fuses art with high-end fashion for its AW18 campaign showcasing The Galleria’s unique and Instagrammable experiences
The Galleria on Al Maryah Island, the ultimate luxury shopping and dining destination in Abu Dhabi, has once again collaborated with acclaimed international fashion illustrator Megan Hess. An evolution of its award-winning SS18 campaign, the continued partnership showcases new and exclusive AW18 collections and The Galleria’s renowned Dining Collection.
The new campaign features two new bespoke illustrations and animations which will be promoted as part of The Galleria’s 360 degree marketing strategy. Set in The Galleria’s central atrium – known as the Great Room – and in prestigious Dining Collection restaurant, COYA, Hess accentuates the experiential nature of The Galleria in her signature style, encouraging guests to enjoy its unique ambiance while capturing special memories and Instagrammable moments.
Zainab Talati, Marketing Director of Gulf Related comments, “Building on the success of our award-winning spring/summer campaign, Megan Hess has once again captured The Galleria’s perfect synergy of luxury fashion and incredible dining options in her new artwork, which illustrates the truly memorable experiences visitors can enjoy with family and friends at our unique location.”
Hess has worked with some of the world’s most covetable brands, such as Dior and Fendi, and has just launched her sixth book ‘Iconic: The Masters of Italian Fashion,’ celebrating revered designers including Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci and Armani, all of which are available at The Galleria.Email This Post
- Organized under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the UAE will host the first edition of the Interfaith Alliance for Safer Communities Forum on November 19-20 in recognition of the country’s leading role in promoting tolerance and interfaith dialogue.
The forum will host 450 guests including religious leaders, NGOs and heads of industry to discuss ongoing social challenges and develop comprehensive solutions for protecting youth from cybercrime.
The Interfaith Alliance For Safer Communities Forum is an expansion of the Child Dignity in the Digital World Congress which was held in October 2017 in the Vatican, and resulted in the “Rome Declaration” endorsed by Pope Francis. During the congress, the UAE was identified for its reputation for tolerance, and was consulted with to host an international forum to highlight its commitment to developing interfaith dialogue. These efforts resulted in the formation of the Interfaith Alliance For Safer Communities which will have its first event addressing the issue of child dignity online.
In advance of the forum, several international workshops have been held in various cities, such as Cairo, Nairobi, Manilla, Santo Domingo, New Delhi, and Abu Dhabi. The workshops highlighted the key topics that will be discussed during the forum.
The forum is supported by Al Azhar, and is held in partnership with a number of global entities and organizations including Unicef, The Child Dignity Alliance, Arigatou International, The Global Network of Religions for Children, End Violence Against Children, Religions for Peace International, WePROTECT Global Alliance, The Center for Child Protection of the Pontifical Gregorian University, Al Azhar University, World Vision International, Shanti Ashram and International Justice Mission.
The forum’s second day, which coincides with “Universal Children’s Day”, will focus on a ‘call to action’ at Wa’hat Al Karama, with Professor Dr. Ahmad Al-Tayyeb (Grand Imam of Al-Azhar and President of the Muslim Council of Elders), His All-Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew (Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople of the Eastern Orthodox Church), His Holiness Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria, Rabbi Michael Schudrich (Chief Rabbi of Poland), Bhai Sahib Bhai Dr. Mohinder Singh OBE KSG (Chairman, Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha), Reverend Keishi Miyamoto, (President, Myochikai) and Her Holiness Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, Hindu Spiritual Leader. Attendance will be by invitation only.Email This Post
- Azizi Developments first premium project in Dubai Healthcare City
Azizi Developments, one of the leading private developers in the UAE, has announced a construction update for its upcoming AED 470 million project in Dubai Healthcare City, Azizi Aliyah Residences.
Construction is almost complete with the conclusion of the mobilisation and structure phases, while MEP works and finishes are well underway. The internal and external structure painting works are progressing rapidly.
Farhad Azizi, CEO of Azizi Developments said: “Dubai Healthcare City offers a prime location because of its access to Dubai’s key shopping malls, recreation centres, and its proximity to the historic Dubai Creek, in addition to being a high profile hub for health and wellness. This is why we have a set of projects in the pipeline in this area. With Azizi Aliyah Residences, we are bringing a premier real estate project with high-quality building design and contemporary style residential apartments to homebuyers and investors.”
DHCC is home to academic institution, the Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences, part of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Academic Medical Center and close to 160 clinical partners including hospitals, outpatient medical centers and diagnostic laboratories across 150 plus specialties with licensed professionals from almost 90 countries. Residents of Azizi Aliyah Residences will enjoy panoramic views of the city, leisure activities, family amenities, and the finest healthcare facilities the country has to offer.
In addition to the convenient proximity to iconic Dubai landmarks, Azizi Aliyah Residences will be surrounded by green spaces, making it a beautiful and relaxing location for families and working professionals.
Azizi Aliyah Residences will offer a total of 346 fully serviced residences with 191 studios, 135 one-bedroom apartments, and 20 two-bedroom apartments, along with upscale retail space of 16,000 sq. ft.Email This Post
INVISTA’s technology and licensing group, INVISTA Performance Technologies (IPT), and Jiangsu Honggang Petrochemical Co., Ltd. (Honggang) have reached agreement for the licensing of INVISTA’s latest purified terephthalic acid (PTA) process technology. This is the first time that INVISTA and Honggang would be collaborating to build state-of-the-art PTA assets; a further recognition by the PTA industry of the many technology and schedule advantages which INVISTA delivers for its customers.
Honggang will utilize INVISTA’s P8 PTA technology at a scale of 2.4 million metric tonnes per year. Since 2012 INVISTA has licensed nearly 21 million tonnes of PTA capacity, representing almost two-thirds of the license capacity awarded during this period. Of this capacity, 70% would be based upon INVISTA’s industry-leading P8 PTA technology, designed to deliver long-term value for our many new and returning customers.
A kick-off meeting was successfully held in the week of Oct. 8, 2018. The targeted project start-up date would be in Q4, 2020.
INVISTA’s latest industry-leading PTA technology is available as a licence package from INVISTA Performance Technologies. For more information, please visit the INVISTA Performance Technologies Web site at www.ipt.invista.com.Email This Post