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WIPA/CWI Announce Health Insurance Plan For Players

The West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA) and Cricket West Indies (CWI), having secured a health insurance plan for retained players from all six regional franchises and all CWI contracted international players (men and women), held a handing-over ceremony, today, Friday, November 16, 2018, at the WIPA office at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica.

The historic event saw WIPA and CWI handing over the first batch of health insurance cards to the Jamaica Scorpions players. The comprehensive health insurance plan, being offered through Excel Insurance Brokers and VIP Universal Medical Insurance (VUMI), will in addition to health insurance, provide critical illness coverage.

CEO of Excel Insurance Brokers, Kinshasa Minott, spoke of the benefits and the revolutionary nature of the plan dubbed the JN Excel VIP Members Plan. The plan is international, and the health card accepted worldwide. Players have coverage related to playing injuries as well as illnesses and injuries outside of cricket, dental, optical, prescription, diagnostic, and even emergency non-medical evacuation. The plan is being offered at no cost to players and can be continued after their playing careers are over.

WIPA President and CEO, Wavell Hinds, who is delighted with the plan, said, “We believe that it is important to provide health insurance coverage for our players. This gives them the opportunity to go out and perform at an optimum level knowing that they are covered for injuries and illnesses anywhere in the world.” President of Cricket West Indies, Dave Cameron, shared the same sentiment. “We want to provide the best possible support for our players and this initiative goes with our mandate to ensure that our players are given the best tools and support so that they can perform at the highest level on the world stage.”

WIPA and CWI will pick up the tab of the annual premiums to the tune of US$253,000.

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UNBEATEN OMAN SECURES PROMOTION WHILE KENYA KEEPS FIGHTING

  • Aqib Ilyas’ ton guides Oman to four-wicket win over USA in battle of two previously unbeaten teams
  •  Oman therefore bounce straight back to World Cricket League Division Two
  •  USA being chased by Kenya and Singapore for second spot
  •  Kenya downed Singapore by 12 runs to keep challenge alive

Oman will be back in World Cricket League Division Two in Namibia in April, after securing promotion at the first time of asking on a dramatic Friday that saw both matches go down to the final over.

In the battle of the two sides yet to lose this campaign, it was hosts Oman who was too strong in the end for the USA in a four-wicket win.

The hosts’ chase owed much to Aqib Ilyas (100) although earlier with the ball Kaleemullah (3-43) had been key in restricting the USA to 213-8.

Meanwhile, Singapore missed the chance to close ground on the USA as it slipped to defeat in a high-scoring clash with Kenya.

Nelson Odhiambo (80) top scored in Kenya’s total of 324-9 and while Singapore briefly threatened in reply – largely thanks to Anish Paraam’s knock of 85 – in the end they fell 12 runs short.

USA’s hopes of taking the second promotion spot are still in its hands with a healthy net run rate and victory over Singapore in their final game would be enough. But before that, on Sunday, Kenya takes on Denmark and Oman faces Uganda.

Oman v USA

Having won the toss and elected to field, hosts Oman had Kaleemullah (3-43) to thank for the early inroads.

Runs were hard to come by and despite Timil Patel’s half century, it still took late cameos from Jannisar Khan (53 from 55 balls), Hayden Walsh (15 from 13 balls) and Roy Silva (19 from 13 balls) to get USA’s total north of 200.

But 213-8 never looked like being enough against an accomplished Oman outfit and Jatinder Singh (42) combined with centurion Aqib Ilyas for a 94-run second wicket partnership.

Oman skipper Zeeshan Maqsood (32) also chipped in and despite Walsh’s 2-24, Oman got there in the end with four wickets and only three balls to spare.

Kenya v Singapore

Kenya’s decision to bat first in its must-win clash with Singapore paid immediate dividends as Narendra Kalyan Patel (68), Dhiren Gondaria (42) and Alex Obanda (23) put on 113 for the first two wickets.

Anantha Krishna (3-48) and Anish Paraam (3-29) did their best to put the brakes on but Rakep Patel (52) and Nelson Odhiambo (80 from only 58 balls) continued the onslaught as it reached 324-9 from their 50 overs.

Singapore’s chase was consistent, with all of the top seven passing 20, but only Paraam (85) really kicked on.

And with Emmanuel Bundi Ringera (4-45) picking up wickets throughout, in the end Singapore left itself too much to do – being bowled out for 312 in the final over.

Scores in brief

Oman won by four wickets at Oman Club Turf 1

USA 213-8, 50 overs (Timil Patel 54, Jannisar Khan 53; Kaleemullah 3-43)

Oman 214-6, 49.3 overs (Aqib Ilyas 100, Jatinder Singh 42; Hayden Walsh 2-24)

Kenya won by 12 runs at Oman Club Turf 2

Kenya 324-9, 50 overs (Nelson Odhiambo 80, Narendra Kalyan Patel 68; Anish Paraam 3-29, Anantha Krishna 3-48)

Singapore 312 all out (Anish Paraam 85, Rezza Gaznavi 48; Emmanuel Bundi Ringera 4-45)

Team Played Won Lost Points NNR
Oman 4 4 0 8 0.486
USA 4 3 1 6 1.126
Singapore 4 2 2 4 0.454
Kenya 4 2 2 4 -0.823
Uganda 4 1 3 2 -0.415
Denmark 4 0 4 0 -0.923

Upcoming matches:

18 November: Kenya v Denmark (Oman Club Turf 1); Oman v Uganda (Oman Club Turf 2)

19 November: Singapore v USA (Oman Club Turf 1)

All matches start at 9.30am local time.

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The Industrial Cooperation and Supply Chain Conference launches Monday

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The 2nd edition of the Industrial Cooperation and Supply Chain Conference will launch its activities on Monday and will be organized by the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI), which is represented by the Sharjah Exports Development Center (SEDC). The conference will be held under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah.

The conference, which will be hosted by the SCCI at its headquarters, will feature discussions on ways to develop the industrial sector and accelerate supply chains by taking advantage of the rapid digital transformation. This falls in line with the economic vision of Sharjah, as well as its strategy to diversify its sources of income and develop the industrial sector, which adheres to both the UAE Vision 2021 and the UAE Centennial 2071.

The conference, which is held once every 2 years, aims to review the challenges and opportunities in the manufacturing and trade sectors, and to create a platform that gathers business leaders and experts from the manufacturing and export sectors to discuss ways of developing production procedures in national manufacturing companies and institutions, in addition to exchanging knowledge and expertise on the best international practices and the latest mechanisms related to export procedures, and developing ways to convert established manufacturers in the country into exporters of products and services to the local and international Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM’s).

The conference will be held with participation from a number of government institutions and entities that are related to the industrial sector and the supply chains in both the UAE and the Emirate of Sharjah, in addition to a number of executives and experts from the UAE’s largest private sector enterprises.

The conference will focus on addressing the opportunities and challenges of utilizing industrial cooperation to enhance the capabilities of local manufacturers and enable them to supply components and services to both local and international Original Equipment Manufacturers, especially in the Defense, Aviation and Space industrial sectors. The conference will also be very effective in raising awareness and generating business leads for professionals working in related functions such as Sales, Contracts, Purchasing and Supply Chain Management.

HE Abdullah Al Owais, Chairman of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI), stressed that the organization of the 2nd edition of the Industrial Cooperation and Supply Chain Conference comes as part of the SCCI’s commitment, as the appointed representative of the business community in the emirate, to assist its members in developing their resources, identifying new global markets, enhancing their competitiveness globally, and increasing their export opportunities.

Al Owais remarked that organizing this event comes as a continuation of the success witnessed by the first edition of the conference, which contributed in drawing up the work program of the Sharjah Exports Development Center. He added that the work program resulted in the implementation of many initiatives that achieved the center’s vision to promote local industrial products and increase their rates of export, as part of its efforts to enhance Sharjah’s position as a global destination for knowledge-based, innovative and sustainable businesses and industries.

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WIPA/CWI Announce Health Insurance Plan For Players

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The West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA) and Cricket West Indies (CWI), having secured a health insurance plan for retained players from all six regional franchises and all CWI contracted international players (men and women), held a handing-over ceremony, today, Friday, November 16, 2018, at the WIPA office at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica.

The historic event saw WIPA and CWI handing over the first batch of health insurance cards to the Jamaica Scorpions players. The comprehensive health insurance plan, being offered through Excel Insurance Brokers and VIP Universal Medical Insurance (VUMI), will in addition to health insurance, provide critical illness coverage.

CEO of Excel Insurance Brokers, Kinshasa Minott, spoke of the benefits and the revolutionary nature of the plan dubbed the JN Excel VIP Members Plan. The plan is international, and the health card accepted worldwide. Players have coverage related to playing injuries as well as illnesses and injuries outside of cricket, dental, optical, prescription, diagnostic, and even emergency non-medical evacuation. The plan is being offered at no cost to players and can be continued after their playing careers are over.

WIPA President and CEO, Wavell Hinds, who is delighted with the plan, said, “We believe that it is important to provide health insurance coverage for our players. This gives them the opportunity to go out and perform at an optimum level knowing that they are covered for injuries and illnesses anywhere in the world.” President of Cricket West Indies, Dave Cameron, shared the same sentiment. “We want to provide the best possible support for our players and this initiative goes with our mandate to ensure that our players are given the best tools and support so that they can perform at the highest level on the world stage.”

WIPA and CWI will pick up the tab of the annual premiums to the tune of US$253,000.

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UAE’s first-ever World Tolerance Summit a huge success

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The first-ever World Tolerance Summit has added a milestone in the history of United Arab Emirates as it attracted an impressive turnout of delegates and participants from around the world to discuss the creation and promotion of a culture of dialogue, peace, and tolerance in all tiers of society. The summit was held in Dubai on November 15-16, 2018 in conjunction with UNESCO’s International Day for Tolerance.

Day one of WTS 2018 was graced by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister, and the Ruler of Dubai. In his presence, His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Tolerance and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the International Institute for Tolerance, made a commitment on behalf of the ministry to solidify UAE’s stance on tolerance.  MoT Action Plan include the creation of Global Network for Tolerance, International Expert Program on Tolerance, Challenge of Tolerance, and Youth Forum for Tolerance, Happiness and the Future. The opening ceremony was followed by panel discussions on spreading tolerance among the youth and women, promotion of the cause in all educational institutions, ensuring practice of tolerance in private organizations and workplace, and the role of the governments in creating a happy, tolerant society.

A simultaneous series of workshops were held on the second day of the summit. Tolerance Majlis-Room A discussed Tolerance Through the Aesthetic Arts conducted by Dr. Noura S. Al Mazrouei, Assistant Professor at the Emirates Diplomatic Academy (UAE). A workshop on The Youth of Today, The Leaders of Tomorrow followed led by Pr. Dr. Malek Yamani, General Manager of YAMCONI. He expounded on how investing in people, especially on the youth, and believing in their abilities can build a vibrant, happy, and responsible society. Abdulla Mahmood Al Zarooni, Head of Personal Status Settlement Section, Dubai Courts, led the workshop on A Tolerant Country, A Happy Society where the essence of true tolerance as the key to genuine happiness and as a strong foundation of civilization was discussed.

Tolerance Majlis-Room B started with Zayed Values led by Dr. Omar Habtoor Aldarei, Executive Director of Islamic Affairs, General Authority for Islamic Affairs and Endowments (UAE) and Ahmed Ibrahim Ahmed Mohamed, Member of the Emirates Association for Human Rights (UAE). They emphasized the values of tolerance inculcated by UAE founding father, the late H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. This was followed by a workshop on Women Empowerment & Gender Equality. H.E. Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, Member of the Board of Directors, Center for Strategic Development, Ministry of Economy and Planning, (KSA) and H.E. Ms. Hoda Al-Helaissi, Member of Saudi Arabia’s Shura Council and former Vice Chairperson of King Saud University (KSA). The workshop discussed equity and equality, and the advancement of the role of women in consideration of traditions and customs. The promotion of values of citizenship and tolerance in education was discussed during the workshop on Promoting Tolerance in Education conducted by Dr. Shebi Badran, Dean of The Faculty Education, Alexandria University (Egypt) and Dr. Khaled Salah Hanafi Mahmoud, Assistant Professor of Pedagogy, Alexandria University (Egypt).

At the closing ceremony, UAE’s Declaration on Tolerance was presented by Ambassador Mussie Hailu, global envoy of United Religions Initiative at the United Nations in Africa and Geneva. It was affirmed that the nation will continue to promote and inculcate the values on tolerance among the youth through education and knowledge-sharing, as they are the future leaders. It was also declared that the use of social media platform must ease social tension and must be utilized to spread positivity and promote the culture of dialogue. The declaration also emphasized the significant role of international governments in securing an enabling environment so that their citizens, with emphasis on the youth, become an ideal member of a global society championing progress and prosperity through tolerance in diversity, peace and harmony.

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Friends for Diabetes Society unites the efforts of family members to fight Diabetes

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In conjunction with World Diabetes Day, the Friends for Diabetes Society, one of the health support associations of the Health Promotion Department at the Supreme Council for Family Affairs in Sharjah, concluded its “Blue Circle 10” event yesterday (Saturday) at the headquarters of the Sharjah Women’s Sports Foundation. The event, which was held this year under the theme of “Family Olympics,” featured various educational and sports activities that aimed to raise the community’s awareness on ways to prevent and live with diabetes.

The blue circle is the universal symbol for diabetes, which was originally developed as part of a global awareness campaign on diabetes under the theme of “Unite against diabetes.” The symbol was adopted as a symbol for the World Diabetes Day by the United Nations in 2007. The blue border of the circle reflects the colour of the sky, which is a symbol of unity amongst nations. The circle also symbolizes unity among governments everywhere to fight diabetes.

The event was attended by HE Nada Askar Al Naqbi, Director-General of the Sharjah Women’s Sports Foundation (SWSF); HE Iman Rashid Saif, Director of the Health Promotion Department at the Supreme Council for Family Affairs in Sharjah; and Khawla Al Haj, Head of the Friends for Diabetes Society. The event featured sport competitions and nutrition-related educational activities, and offered free consultations and tests, as well as organized raffle draws on prizes to the attendees. The event also witnessed the participation of a large number of mothers and their children, who were keen to participate in the activities and sport competitions, as well as to listen to the awareness messages presented at the event.

Khawla Al Haj, Head of the Friends for Diabetes Society, stated that the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah and Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, have contributed in enabling the society to achieve its objectives, and to reach out to the different targeted segments of the community, as well as to enhance the health efforts of the emirate of Sharjah and the UAE to preserve the health of both citizens and residents. She stressed that the society has launched initiatives and awareness programs with the aim of raising awareness on Diabetes, in addition to supporting patients and encouraging both a healthy diet and regular exercise in order to achieve the society’s goals.

Dr. Elham Al Amiri, Deputy Head of the Friends for Diabetes Society, said, “More than 425 million people around the world currently live with diabetes, and most of them are affected by Type 2, which can be largely prevented by performing regular physical activity, and following a healthy and balanced diet, in addition to developing healthy living environments. The family plays a key role in reducing the chance of contracting this disease by encouraging a healthy diet and regular exercise.”

Al Amiri added, “According to statistics, less than one out of four members of a family has access to educational programs on diabetes, although many studies have proven that the support of the family and the participation of its members in taking care of diabetes patients has a huge effect in improving health results. This is why it is important that both awareness and support is made available to anyone affected by diabetes and their families, in order to reduce the negative psychological impact of the disease, which can adversely affect the quality of life of those affected.”

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Sharjapan: The Poetics of Space to Explore Book Design in Japan

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21 November 2018—15 January 2019
Al Hamriyah Studios, Al Hamriyah, Sharjah

Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF) presents Sharjapan: The Poetics of Space, curated by Yuko Hasegawa, Artistic Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo. Running from 21 November 2018 to 15 January 2019 in Al Hamriyah Studios, Al Hamriyah, Sharjah, this exhibition will highlight book design in Japan from the early 1900s to the present through innovative exhibition methods, bringing together typography, page design and photographs combining text and images.

Sharjapan: The Poetics of Space will be accompanied by three days of public programming on Wednesday, 21 November 2018 and Friday, 23 November 2018 in Al Hamriyah Studios and on Thursday, 22 November 2018 in Poetry House, Al Mureijah Square, Sharjah. The first day will see a solo performance by Japanese poet Gōzō Yoshimasu, while the second will include a collaborative performance by both Yoshimasu and Emirati poet Hassan Al Najjar. The exhibition’s curator, Yuko Hasegawa, will also give a tour of the exhibition on Friday, 23 November.

Culture Convenience Club Co., Ltd. will organise the selection and presentation of the books in the exhibition, and Yoshiaki Irobe from Nippon Design Center will execute the space design. Sharjapan: The Poetics of Space is part of a three-year-long collaboration between Sharjah Art Foundation and Yuko Hasegawa.

This exhibition is free and open to the public.

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Bahrain signs eight landmark agreements to deepen economic ties with Shenzhen

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This week, a senior delegation from the Kingdom of Bahrain led by the Capital Governor HE Sheikh Hisham Bin Abdulrahman Al Khalifa and organised by the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) visited Shenzhen to discuss opportunities to strengthen cooperation. They met with Mr Ai Xuefeng, Vice Mayor of Shenzhen and a number of local government officials and business leaders at the Bahrain – Shenzhen Business Forum and the China High-Tech Fair.

Next year marks 30 years since China and Bahrain established diplomatic relations. In advance of the pearl anniversary, Bahrain is set to further deepen economic ties with China. Today, Bahrain signed eight landmark agreements with Shenzhen in the areas of technology and transportation to include:

  • An MOU between EDB and the artificial intelligence (AI) firm, Intellifusion Technologies to advance AI dynamic portrait recognition that can benefit China, Bahrain, and the Middle East. Additionally, the MOU aims to promote the exchange and development of AI technology by sharing experiences and information through seminars or forums as well as exploring the potential for establishing headquarters and an AI institute in the Kingdom
  • EDB partnered with Shenzhen FinTech company, IAPPPAY, to establish a full mobile payment gateway in Bahrain and explore opportunities in cryptocurrency, the possibility of initiating FinTech Funds, the potential for the establishment of a Mobile Internet Incubator in the Kingdom to accelerate regional digital economic development, the promotion of investment opportunities in Bahrain to leading industrial players in China, as well as the establishment of a FinTech ecosystem between MENA and China
  • An MOU between EDB and Shenzhen Outbound Alliance aimed at strengthening economic cooperation, information exchange, and establishing a regular communication channel for business information, and investment opportunities
  • An MOU between EDB and Softbank China Capital – Wonder News aiming to encourage Softbank China Capital and their investment portfolio companies to establish a presence in Bahrain and use the Kingdom as a regional hub to cover the Middle East
  • EDB and 4PX signed an MOU exploring the possibility of 4PX initiating and establishing funds together with Bahraini companies in order to invest in entrepreneurship in China and Bahrain
  • EDB and Shenzhen Cool-hi Network Culture Technology partnered to promote the development of E-sports between the Middle East and China including hosting E-sports events and exploring investment opportunities in E-sports downstream supply chain between MENA and China
  • Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) signed an MOU with the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade Shenzhen Branch (CCPITSZ) to harness and enhance collaborative initiatives to promote trade and investments between the two countries
  • EDB and CCPITSZ signed an MOU to harness and enhance collaborative initiatives between Bahrain and Shenzhen, strengthening information exchange and cooperation in economic and business activities

Since Manama – the capital city of Bahrain – and Shenzhen signed friendship city agreements  in 2016, the two cities have forged a number of business links. In June 2018, Bahrain EDB inaugurated its representative office for Southern China in Shenzhen, aiming to facilitate more investments by Chinese companies in Bahrain. “Our partnership with Shenzhen was built on common heritage as open and innovative business hubs with shared economic interests. We are very pleased to see our ties with this vibrant city continue to strengthen and believe these agreements will help us move towards a new era of collaboration,” said HE Sheikh Hisham Bin Abdulrahman Al Khalifa.

HE Khalid Al Rumaihi, Chief Executive of Bahrain EDB, said, “Shenzhen is the first city with which we established a friendship city agreement in China. We see our partnership with Shenzhen as a model for forging wider and deeper business ties between our two countries. There are numerous opportunities for Chinese companies in the region, especially as the GCC markets continue to transform their economies. Bahrain’s location as the Gateway to the Gulf, and given the fact that it is one of the key countries along the new Belt and Road route, along with our open and liberal lifestyle, competitive business landscape, and world class regulation makes the Kingdom the ideal location from which Chinese companies can access this $1.5 trillion GCC market.”

“Bahrain is known as the Pearl of Gulf and is an important port on the ancient Maritime Silk Road. Bahrain is also one of the most open and dynamic countries with the top-ranking business environment in the Middle East”, said Mr Ai Xuefeng, Vice Mayor of Shenzhen, “Bahrain and Shenzhen are already partnering in a number of areas. We sincerely hope to further work together with Bahrain to achieve greater prosperity between the two countries, promoting cooperation in key areas including finance, ICT, innovation and startup, and tourism.”

The Bahrain – Shenzhen Business Forum was attended by 250 people. Shenzhen is the first stop of the Bahraini delegation’s 9-day tour of China’s principal commercial centres. The delegation will visit Hangzhou, Shijiazhuang, and Beijing as it continues to explore deeper economic ties with China ahead of the 30-year anniversary.

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Promoth Manghat Receives the Prestigious Arabian Business Achievement Award

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Promoth Manghat, Executive Director at Finablr and Group CEO of UAE Exchange, was awarded with the Arabian Business Achievement Award 2018 at the Waldorf Astoria in Dubai in recognition for his business achievements in the financial industry and his pivotal role in the growth of Finablr and UAE Exchange.                                                        Promoth Manghat, Executive Director at Finablr and Group CEO of UAE Exchange, said, “I have been honoured by Arabian Business at their Annual Achievement Awards in recognition to my role at Finablr and UAE Exchange and the wider financial services industry. It is indeed a privilege to be honoured among other stellar profiles of the Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, His Highness Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi; Abdul Aziz Al Gurair – Mashreq Bank; Prasanth Manghat – NMC HEALTH PLC; Dr. Habib Al Mulla- Baker McKenzie; Fadi Ghandour – Wamda Capital and many other important figures. I would like to take the opportunity to thank my team at various Finablr network brands including UAE Exchange, Travelex, Xpress Money, Unimoni etc., for their hard work throughout the years as well as to the organisers for acknowledging the high standards of customer experience we have built across 160+ countries.”

The Arabian Business Achievement Awards, organised by ITP Media group, is one of the most anticipated business events in the Middle East and recognises exceptional corporate leadership across a range of sectors. The eight winners of this year’s edition were picked by a team of 16 Arabian Business journalists from a pool of over 400 shortlisted top performing business leaders across the Middle East.

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Zayed values honored at World Tolerance Summit 2018

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The first edition of World Tolerance Summit in the United Arab Emirates held on its second day a simultaneous series of workshops honouring the values of the nation’s founding father, His Highness the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. WTS 2018 was held on November 15-16, 2018 at Armani Hotel in Dubai and in conjunction with UNESCO’s International Day for Tolerance.

Close to a thousand number of participants from different countries joined UAE’s first-ever WTS 2018. Day one kicked off with the formal opening of the summit by the UAE Minister of Tolerance and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the International Institute for Tolerance, H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahyan. H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai, attended the opening ceremony where UAE’s perspective on a tolerant world was shown in a series of videos. Included in said videos was the very foundation of UAE, which stands for unity and compassion led and inculcated by the nation’s founding father.

In his speech, the minister said, “Sheikh Zayed was a role model for justice, compassion, knowing the other, and courage in carrying out his responsibilities.  We are blessed that our country’s commitments to these values and principles have continued under the leadership of His Highness the President, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahayan, who is strongly supported by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai and by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahayan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Commander of the Armed Forces, as well as by all other leaders of the United Arab Emirates.”

Three topics per workshop were conducted at the second day of WTS 2018. Tolerance Majlis-Room A started with the topic Tolerance Through the Aesthetic Arts conducted by Dr. Noura S. Al Mazrouei, Assistant Professor at the Emirates Diplomatic Academy (UAE). The workshop discussed the four dimensions of music that could be used to convey a message of peace and tolerance among nations.

A workshop on The Youth of Today, The Leaders of Tomorrow followed which was held by Pr. Dr. Malek Yamani, General Manager of YAMCONI. Dr. Yamani expounded on how investing in people, especially on the youth, and believing in their abilities can build a vibrant society.

Abdulla Mahmood Al Zarooni, Head of Personal Status Settlement Section, Dubai Courts, led the workshop on A Tolerant Country, A Happy Society. Said workshop touched the essence of true tolerance as the key to genuine happiness and as a strong foundation of civilization.

Tolerance Majlis-Room B started with Zayed Values led by Dr. Omar Habtoor Aldarei, Executive Director of Islamic Affairs, General Authority for Islamic Affairs and Endowments (UAE) and Ahmed Ibrahim Ahmed Mohamed, Member of the Emirates Association for Human Rights (UAE). Together they shared the values of tolerance inculcated by UAE founding father, the late H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The late ruler’s vision for a nation built on unity was shared to better understand the basics of tolerance in the eyes of his descendants and the people of UAE.

This was followed by a workshop on Women Empowerment & Gender Equality. H.E. Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, Member of the Board of Directors, Center for Strategic Development, Ministry of Economy and Planning, (KSA) and H.E. Ms. Hoda Al-Helaissi, Member of Saudi Arabia’s Shura Council and former Vice Chairperson of King Saud University (KSA). The two women leaders discussed the promotion of the role of women in various economic and social fields. The workshop also expounded on equal rights to be enjoyed by women in accordance with customs and traditions.

Promoting Tolerance in Education workshop was conducted by Dr. Shebi Badran, Dean of The Faculty Education, Alexandria University (Egypt) and Dr. Khaled Salah Hanafi Mahmoud, Assistant Professor of Pedagogy, Alexandria University (Egypt). Both academicians shared their thoughts on promoting the values of citizenship and tolerance in education and the role of Arab universities in promoting a culture of tolerance among their students.

Day one held the summit on how to promote and spread the culture of tolerance, dialogue, peaceful coexistence, and prosperity in diversity in several facets of society. The Tolerance Leaders Debate discussed the role of global leaders in the promotion of tolerance to achieve a happy and tolerant society.

The Role of the Governments in Encouraging Tolerance through Peaceful Coexistence & Diversity shared the governments’ role in initiating education programs and curricula in line with the values of tolerance. The panel was in agreement that education cures intolerance and that it is imperative for new leaders to safeguard the future of a tolerant world.

The topic Collaborative Efforts from International & Local Associations to Promote Harmony and to Address the Issues of Intolerance, Fanaticism, and Discrimination highlighted the need to have an International Convention on Tolerance and the creation of tolerance strategy to sustain the current efforts. The importance of equality was also discussed with emphasis on equal opportunity regardless of race, social standard, and religious belief.

The general consensus on the power of the media to promote tolerance was heard during the panel discussion on Media Session: Enhancing Positive Messaging on Tolerance and Diversity. The panel was of the same opinion that media can be used to spread hate speech, but it can also be used positively to ease social tension and instead promote equality, tolerance, and respect.

Discussion on Creating an Organizational Culture Promoting Tolerance, Fostering Peace and Achieving Organizational Goals extracted the importance of cultural orientation and the use of technology to bring people together despite the differences in colour, culture, and religion. The importance for companies to have a set of values was also discussed and the level of readiness to accept and respect people with determination and special needs at the workplace.

The last panel discussion was on The Responsibility of Educational Institutions in Ingraining Qualities of Tolerance in Today’s Youth. One major point raised was the educational institution’s responsibility to respond to the ethical challenges of the youth. The role of women was also discussed, specifically their maternal influence to teach their children on the importance of practicing tolerance in diversity and respect for others.

WTS 2018 concluded with a Summit Declaration ensuring global cooperation in the promotion of tolerance and peaceful coexistence in all tiers of society. The summit was an initiative of the International Institute for Tolerance, a part of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives.

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The Health Promotion Department crowns 3 winners as part of an international poster competition in celebration of World Food Day

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The Breastfeeding Friends Society, one of the health promotion associations at the Supreme Council for Family Affairs in Sharjah, honored 3 winners and nominated 10 posters drawn by Emirati children for the international poster contest organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), in celebration of World Food Day, which is held every year on October 16.

The poster contest, which was held under the theme of “Zero Hunger,” aims to encourage both children and teens all over the world, from age 5 to 19, to use their imagination and create a poster that illustrates their idea of Zero Hunger.

HE Iman Rashid Saif, Director of the Health Promotion Department, said, “We are delighted with the response and enthusiasm witnessed for this global initiative to organise global efforts in order to achieve a world without hunger by 2030. The poster of the first-place winner comes in line with the UAE’s approach towards humanitarian work, where the poster shows a girl wearing a dress with the colours of the UAE, who is presenting lunch to children from all around the world, as a symbolic expression for human kindness and solidarity.”

HE Iman Rashid Saif stressed that the department has cooperated with Sharjah Children, Sharjah Youth, and Sharjah Girl Guides by providing an opportunity to their members to participate in the poster contest after they attended art workshops that aimed to encourage their imagination and innovation when drawing these posters. She also thanked the 3 institutions for their cooperation in this initiative and for offering all kinds of facilities to ensure its success.

The Department received 85 posters that contained various innovative ideas, and a committee was formed to evaluate them. The committee chose ten posters that will handed over to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). 3 winners were also picked for the first, second, and third place in the local contest for the Emirate of Sharjah, and they were presented with valuable awards in recognition of their efforts.

3 members from “Sharjah Children” which is part of the “Rubu’ Qarn Foundation” for Creating leaders and Innovators, won the competition, including Jawaher Ibrahim Khalfan Al Zuhairi in first place, Alia Ibrahim Khalfan Al Zuhairi in second place, and Mohammed Tariq Mohammed in third place.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) will choose 4 winners from every age group based on the guidance of a special jury of judges, and the organization will announce the results on its website in December. The winners will receive certificates of appreciation and gift bags, in addition to the opportunity to showcase their works at the organization’s headquarters in Rome, in order to promote their pieces at the organization’s offices all around the world.

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UNBEATEN OMAN SECURES PROMOTION WHILE KENYA KEEPS FIGHTING

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  • Aqib Ilyas’ ton guides Oman to four-wicket win over USA in battle of two previously unbeaten teams
  •  Oman therefore bounce straight back to World Cricket League Division Two
  •  USA being chased by Kenya and Singapore for second spot
  •  Kenya downed Singapore by 12 runs to keep challenge alive

Oman will be back in World Cricket League Division Two in Namibia in April, after securing promotion at the first time of asking on a dramatic Friday that saw both matches go down to the final over.

In the battle of the two sides yet to lose this campaign, it was hosts Oman who was too strong in the end for the USA in a four-wicket win.

The hosts’ chase owed much to Aqib Ilyas (100) although earlier with the ball Kaleemullah (3-43) had been key in restricting the USA to 213-8.

Meanwhile, Singapore missed the chance to close ground on the USA as it slipped to defeat in a high-scoring clash with Kenya.

Nelson Odhiambo (80) top scored in Kenya’s total of 324-9 and while Singapore briefly threatened in reply – largely thanks to Anish Paraam’s knock of 85 – in the end they fell 12 runs short.

USA’s hopes of taking the second promotion spot are still in its hands with a healthy net run rate and victory over Singapore in their final game would be enough. But before that, on Sunday, Kenya takes on Denmark and Oman faces Uganda.

Oman v USA

Having won the toss and elected to field, hosts Oman had Kaleemullah (3-43) to thank for the early inroads.

Runs were hard to come by and despite Timil Patel’s half century, it still took late cameos from Jannisar Khan (53 from 55 balls), Hayden Walsh (15 from 13 balls) and Roy Silva (19 from 13 balls) to get USA’s total north of 200.

But 213-8 never looked like being enough against an accomplished Oman outfit and Jatinder Singh (42) combined with centurion Aqib Ilyas for a 94-run second wicket partnership.

Oman skipper Zeeshan Maqsood (32) also chipped in and despite Walsh’s 2-24, Oman got there in the end with four wickets and only three balls to spare.

Kenya v Singapore

Kenya’s decision to bat first in its must-win clash with Singapore paid immediate dividends as Narendra Kalyan Patel (68), Dhiren Gondaria (42) and Alex Obanda (23) put on 113 for the first two wickets.

Anantha Krishna (3-48) and Anish Paraam (3-29) did their best to put the brakes on but Rakep Patel (52) and Nelson Odhiambo (80 from only 58 balls) continued the onslaught as it reached 324-9 from their 50 overs.

Singapore’s chase was consistent, with all of the top seven passing 20, but only Paraam (85) really kicked on.

And with Emmanuel Bundi Ringera (4-45) picking up wickets throughout, in the end Singapore left itself too much to do – being bowled out for 312 in the final over.

Scores in brief

Oman won by four wickets at Oman Club Turf 1

USA 213-8, 50 overs (Timil Patel 54, Jannisar Khan 53; Kaleemullah 3-43)

Oman 214-6, 49.3 overs (Aqib Ilyas 100, Jatinder Singh 42; Hayden Walsh 2-24)

Kenya won by 12 runs at Oman Club Turf 2

Kenya 324-9, 50 overs (Nelson Odhiambo 80, Narendra Kalyan Patel 68; Anish Paraam 3-29, Anantha Krishna 3-48)

Singapore 312 all out (Anish Paraam 85, Rezza Gaznavi 48; Emmanuel Bundi Ringera 4-45)

Team Played Won Lost Points NNR
Oman 4 4 0 8 0.486
USA 4 3 1 6 1.126
Singapore 4 2 2 4 0.454
Kenya 4 2 2 4 -0.823
Uganda 4 1 3 2 -0.415
Denmark 4 0 4 0 -0.923

Upcoming matches:

18 November: Kenya v Denmark (Oman Club Turf 1); Oman v Uganda (Oman Club Turf 2)

19 November: Singapore v USA (Oman Club Turf 1)

All matches start at 9.30am local time.

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