Team Abu Dhabi driver maintains 100% qualifying record as he looks to clinch F2 world title
Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al Qemzi will start from pole position in the Grand Prix of Portugal tomorrow as he bids to secure the 2019 UIM F2 World Championship title.
The Emirati driver maintained his 100% record in qualifying this season, winning the shoot out on the Albufeira da Pala reservoir in Ribadouro with a fastest lap of 45.44 to edge out Norway’s Tobias Munthe-Kaas on 45.53.
Al Qemzi will now look to complete a hat-trick of race victories tomorrow, although he may not even need a podium finish to clinch his second F2 world title in three years.
He carries a 30-point championship lead from Dutchman Ferdinand Zandbergen into the Grand Prix of Portugal getting under way at at 3.45pm local time and is full of confidence, with the final round to follow on home waters in Abu Dhabi on December 5-7.
Emirati within reach of second world title expects Al Tayer to become big challenger
Rashed Al Qemzi, who has the 2019 the UIM F2 World Championship title within his grasp, believes Team Abu Dhabi could be an even stronger force in the series next year.
The Emirati driver, who can secure his second F2 world crown in three years at Sunday’s Grand Prix of Portugal, expects team-mate Rashed Al Tayer to emerge as a strong championship contender.
“Rashed is confident that he can start getting on the podium before the end of this season and everyone in the team is behind him,” said Al Qemzi.
“He showed by winning the Speed Run in Norway how competitive he can be and we expect him to be faster next season and make us stronger as a team.”
With thousands of spectators getting a ringside seat on the banks of the Albufeira da Pala reservoir in Ribadouro, Al Qemzi goes into Sunday’s Grand Prix of Portugal holding a 30-point lead over Sharjah’s Dutch driver Ferdinand Zandbergen.
Among his biggest challengers this weekend is expected to be Portugal’s Duarte Benavente, currently third in the world title race and one of five drivers still with a mathematical possibility to catch Al Qemzi.
With the final round to follow on home waters in Abu Dhabi on December 5-7, Al Qemzi is in a relaxed mood, although he has set his sights on taking pole position for a fourth successive time this weekend and adding to his wins in Lithuania and Norway.
The F2 boats take to water at 11.15am local time tomorrow for a two-hour free practice session ahead of qualifying getting underway at 3pm. The Grand Prix of Portugal starts at 3.45pm on Sunday.
Emirati has dominated championship from the start and is targeting second world crown of the season
Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al Qemzi has the chance to clinch the UIM F2 World Championship title with one round to spare at the Grand Prix of Portugal this weekend.
The 2017 champion heads into the penultimate round of the 2019 series holding a commanding 30 points advantage over Dutchman Ferdinand Zandbergen following victories in Lithuania and Italy and a second place in Norway.
“I have a big lead and I’m relaxed, but I will push hard again because I want to win, said Al Qemzi. “I won in Portugal last year and I love the circuit in Ribadouro.”
With the final round to follow in Abu Dhabi on December 5-7, Zandbergen, Portugal’s Duarte Benavente, German Stefan Hagin and Swedish pair Ola Pettersson Daniel Segenmark each have a mathematical chance of overhauling Al Qemzi.
But the Emirati driver, whose dominance of the series so far has been underlined by three successive pole positions, will secure his second F2 world crown in three years with a podium finish on the Douro River in Ribadouro on Sunday.
Depending on other individual fortunes, he may not need a top three result to become champion again, although Al Qemzi will be targeting a third Grand Prix race victory in a season which has already seen him complete one world powerboat championship triumph.
He was part of the four-man Team Abu Dhabi crew who landed the world endurance title in Poland in July, and another member of that quartet, Rashed Al Tayer, will be aiming for a podium finish in Portugal after a series of misfortunes this season.
His run of bad luck continued in the Grand Prix of Italy last month where he went out after suffering engine problems and then hitting a race buoy.
The F2 boats take to water at 11.15am local time on Saturday for a two-hour free practice session ahead of qualifying getting underway at 3pm. The Grand Prix of Portugal starts at 3.45pm on Sunday.
The Department of Transport-Abu Dhabi (DoT) and the Integrated Transport Centre (ITC) have announced the launch of the registration process in the Abu Dhabi Toll System for individual vehicle owners via the DoT website or any Abu Dhabi Government Services Centers (Tamm) during working hours. The Abu Dhabi Toll System will be activated on 15th October 2019. This step comes in line with the Surface Transport Master Plan (STMP) for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi following installation of four toll gates on major bridges, in a move set to reduce traffic congestion and raise the efficiency of the local transport sector. The next phase of the registration process in the toll system for company vehicles and fleets will be announced in the near future.
The toll system registration is obligatory for anyone who wishes to use roads leading to the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Registration can be carried out through the DoT website, https://dot.gov.abudhabi, clicking on the toll system button and selecting the registration page, following the necessary steps using the Emirates ID.
All vehicles registered in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi before 15th October 2019 will be automatically registered in the toll system without any charges. Users will receive a text message on the mobile number as registered with Abu Dhabi Police, along with the account details.
Any vehicle that is registered in Abu Dhabi after 15th October 2019, should be added to the toll account by the user who then pays a registration fee of AED100 per vehicle (AED50 registration fee and AED50 to be credited to the account).
For non-Abu Dhabi registered vehicle owners, users must log into their accounts and register manually via the website and add their vehicle/s and pay the registration fee of AED100 per vehicle (AED50 as registration fee and AED50 to be credited to the account) before crossing the toll gates.
Vehicle owners crossing any toll gate with a non-registered vehicle will be granted a ten working days’ grace period to register the vehicle after which they will be fined, AED100 for the first day, AED200 for the second day, and AED400 for the third and subsequent days, up to a maximum of AED10,000.
The ITC will collect a toll as each vehicle crosses any of the four toll gates on Sheikh Zayed Bridge, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Bridge, Al Maqtaa Bridge and Mussafah Bridge. The peak hours toll fee will be AED4 for every pass from Saturday to Thursday (7am – 9am and 5pm – 7pm). During off-peak hours, on Fridays, and during public holidays, the toll fee will be AED2 for every pass. The toll collection system is operational 24/7, with a daily maximum fee of AED16 per vehicle.
For further updates on registration formalities, please follow us on our social media pages (@ITCAbuDhabi) enquire through the free ITC Contact Center hotline 80088888 or through the free Abu Dhabi Government Contact Centre hotline 800555.
“It’s All About Rap” brings Gullygang rappers DIVINE and RAFTAAR together for an ultimate show
Hip-hop is the voice of new India and the most popular genre of music amongst the young Indians today. Celebrating the spirit of this hard-hitting form of music, “It’s All About Rap” brings to Dubai two of India’s leading and award –winning rappers DIVINE and RAFTARR for an ultimate show on Friday, 20th September 2019 at Za’abeel Hall 6, Dubai World Trade Centre.
Divine become a phenomenon and a window into the reality that is contemporary India through his music while rapper Raftaar is known for his Punjabi songs and Bollywood numbers alike.
The real-life Gully Boy, DIVINE was the inspiration for Ranveer Singh’s role in Zoya Akhtar’s blockbuster movie with the same name. He is India’s premier hip-hop star from the streets of Mumbai whose raw and brutally honest Hindi rap draws inspiration from his own life while his song “Mere Gully Mein” saw the emergence of real hip-hop in India. As the vanguard of Indiaʼs Underground Music scene, his ability to seamlessly fuse street Hindi rap and slang with International Hip-Hop Beats makes his live shows power packed.
Born as Dilin Nair in Trivandrum Kerala, RAFTAAR, the Rapper, singer, lyricist and producer has been creating waves in the Indian music scene since 2013. His specialty is real desi hip-hop. The man behind Bollywood super hit chartbusters Tamanchey pe disco from Bullett Raja and Whistle Baja from Heropanti, shot to popularity with ‘Swag Mera Desi’.
“In the recent times, this genre of music has truly gained popularity amongst masses; also the success of Gully Boy has contributed a lot to it, making this the music we all can connect to. “It’s All About Rap” will be our first installment of the series of events we plan to bring over next few months, bringing popular artists for the lovers of hip-hop”, said Ashwin Sancheti, Managing Partner, Spotlight Entertainment, the organizers of the event.
An event was held today at the Embassy of Pakistan, Abu Dhabi to observe the 54th Defence Day of Pakistan. In line with the decision of the Government of Pakistan to commemorate this year’s Defence Day as “Kashmir Solidarity Day”, the congregation also expressed solidarity with the Kashmiri brethren in their just struggle for right to self-determination.
The event was attended by a large number of Pakistani community including deputationists of Pakistan Armed Forces based in the UAE as well as Embassy officials. During the event, documentaries on Defence Day and latest developments in Indian occupied Kashmir were screened. Special Messages of the President, the Prime Minister and the Army Chief were read out.
Mr. Ghulam Dastgir, Ambassador of Pakistan to the United Arab Emirates, in his remarks, paid tribute to the martyrs and their families and hailed the courage and professionalism of the Armed forces of Pakistan. Expressing solidarity with the people of Jammu & Kashmir and condemning the atrocities of the Indian armed forces, the Ambassador said that the voice of Kashmiris could not be silenced through aggression, nor they could be deprived of their right to self-determination. He reiterated that the Government of Pakistan will continue to extend political, moral and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri people in their legitimate struggle against the foreign occupation. He called upon the international community to play its part in the peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute according to the UN Security Council resolutions and in consultations with the Kashmiris for sustainable peace and stability in the region. He also urged the international community to take note of fast deteriorating situation followed by continuous curfew imposed by Indian Forces in Jammu and Kashmir and take practical steps to force India to reverse the illegal action taken, and respect human rights of Kashmir people.
At the end of the function, special prayers were offered for the martyrs and for an early resolution of Kashmir issue in accordance with the United Nations Security Council resolutions.
Serica Energy has become the first operator to digitise safety in the North Sea after signing a deal to adopt the Restrata Platform – a piece of cutting edge technology which provides real-time monitoring of people and assets around the world.
The contract will see Serica Energy, which has been described as a new force in the North Sea, roll out the Restrata Platform on its Bruce asset in the UK Northern North Sea.
Restrata, a technology and services company focused on security, safety and emergency response solutions, has developed the Restrata Software Platform to enhance personnel safety and wider operations. The innovative technology behind the product reflects the heart of both companies’ modernising approach.
Restrata has been providing emergency response support to Serica Energy over the past year and this new deal reinforces the relationship between the two firms.
Serica Energy CEO Mitch Flegg said: “Paramount in all that we do is Serica’s respect for the safety and wellbeing of our crew when they are offshore, so we are delighted to harness the positive power of the new technology in the Restrata Platform product to further enhance the efficiency of our safety in operation.
“Our team will work with Restrata to commence the roll out of the technology and integrate our operating procedures, specific to Bruce. This collaboration is absolutely in step with Serica’s vision of using technology to help our team to work smarter, and be safer.”
The Restrata Platform will allow operators to safeguard the operational safety of their employees and to quickly locate them in an emergency situation, thus providing a more efficient response and helping companies across the energy and industrial sectors improve the safety of its personnel, giving clients complete control and peace of mind.
Restrata CEO Botan Osman said: “We have been providing outsourced emergency response in North Sea for the past eight years. We firmly believe in the digital transformation of safety, and the Restrata Platform enables to deliver this transformation to energy firms around the world. We are proud that Serica Energy, who have been a client over the past year, will be the first to adopt the Restrata Platform. The North Sea was the birthplace of a new era of safety standards, and we now want to make it the leader of digital safety.
“The Restrata Platform will enable the Serica Energy team to quickly access real time information about their personnel on board, as well as its assets, assuring their safety and providing operational efficiencies.
“The Restrata Platform will protect not only the people involved in an incident, but also ensures the risk to emergency response teams is minimised. The technology allows the support and efficient management of an incident with information being shared real-time, meaning onshore teams can act fast for early intervention – with the safety of personnel at the heart of any response.
“This announcement is a key step forward for us as a company and our market leading services, and we are delighted to partner with Serica Energy. As the first company to sign up to the Restrata Platform in the North Sea they have already added value to the continued enhancement of the technology. We want to ensure that it’s the digital standard for the North Sea and rest of world, ensuring no company accepts anything less to safeguard its people and assets.”
Restrata’s Global Command Centre based in Aberdeen, launched in 2011 with its new centre opening in 2017, will also host the technology, enabling Restrata’s full range of support services to be available to Platform clients during an incident.
With offices in London, Aberdeen and Dubai, Restrata helps build and assure the resilience of more than 70 customers in more than 30 countries.
Emirati homegrown concept SALT began with a simple thought of changing the dining landscape and transforming the way people experience food. Founded in 2014 by Emirati entrepreneur Amal Al Marri and Deem Albassam of Saudi origin, SALT grown rapidly and has now 9 permanent locations across the UAE and KSA.
In May 2019 SALT launched a new summer campaign, The Mango Box, and went on the hunt to find the perfect mangoes. The idea was inspired by a local tradition of sending mango boxes to friends, families and neighbors every summer. The founders of SALT travelled the region including the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and India to meet farmers, sellers and traders who been in the mango business for generations. After hand-picking mangoes across the region, trying different varieties, learning every step about the right taste and consistency, SALT brought back a haul of the tastiest mangoes to create ‘the mango softie’.
‘Sharing food is a part of our culture, a chance to connect and communicate. Living in a fast-paced world, we tend to drift away from the simple traditions and gestures that holds great value to our hospitable nature in the Middle East. While being a very popular brand for tourists and locals, we felt the responsibility to keep the tradition alive’ says Amal Al Marri, co-founder of SALT.
Creating a lifestyle movement and unique experience, SALT built a pop-up in the heart of the Dubai International Financial Centre for a limited time only and welcomed customers into a life-sized yellow mango box serving fresh mangoes, mango smoothies and the much awaited ‘mango softie’. The SALT mango box attracted an impressive amount of traffic to the financial district over a short period of 22 days. Simultaneously SALT launched at Manarat Al Saadiyat, a gallery space in Abu Dhabi, for a period of 40 days. The mango boxes attracted over 45,000 customers from all over the UAE.
In about a month’s time of launching the campaign, a large majority of restaurants and cafes were inspired by the campaign and picked up on the mango season trend and quickly started releasing mango products, ranging from ice creams, to cakes and shakes.
Following the success of the Mango Box pop-ups, SALT continued the summer campaign at their locations across the UAE and KSA until September 1st before the fresh mangoes were sold out and mango season was officially over.
Over a period of 3 months SALT used over 56 tons of mangoes. With the summer campaign SALT wanted to take a step and show the real process of creating products by crediting those who deserve credit, such as in this case, mango farmers, resellers and traders. The mission was to create a movement by bringing communities together and transform the way people experience food. SALT creates an intersection of the unique demographics in the Middle East, inspiring residents to feel like tourists and tourists to feel like residents. Just like the ingredient that enriches the flavor to a meal, SALT adds life to underserved locations.
Human-centred design drives improved quality of care and patient safety
Vocera Communications, Inc. (NYSE:VCRA), a recognised leader in clinical communication and workflow solutions, today announced the release of Vocera Vina, the company’s revolutionary new smartphone application. The customisable communication app presents prioritised patient-centric calls, secure messages, and alerts in a unified inbox, and provides an intuitive user experience for clinicians inside and outside the hospital. Powered by the Vocera Platform, Vina delivers relevant context about clinical events, patient status, and clinician availability, helping care teams improve safety, quality of care, and experience for patients and care teams.
“In the busy and unpredictable environment of a hospital, physicians and nurses must connect quickly with each other and with patient information to deliver safe, compassionate and effective care,” said David Augsburger, director of clinical informatics at Major Health Partners. “Vocera Vina has the essential functionality needed to move all our clinicians to one platform for all clinical communication and collaboration, which will help them connect with the right people, make informed decisions, prioritise actions, and respond rapidly to emerging situations.”
To help clinicians stay focused on what matters most, Vina presents incoming communication in order of importance, along with context that provides a meaningful picture of the patient situation. Drawing from a dynamic master directory and intelligent workflow engine of the Vocera Platform, the app delivers secure messaging, voice calling, and prioritised clinical alert and alarm notifications to the right clinician or care team.
Contextual patient information like vital signs, fall risk scores, lab values, nurse-call information, and critical data like sepsis risk indicators can be automatically attached to a message or incoming call notification. The entire care team can see the full history of calls, messages, alerts, and alarms pertaining to a patient or event within a single conversational thread, and clinicians can easily see when others are busy or unavailable and should not be interrupted. They also can reach colleagues simply by saying a name, role or group.
“Building better healthcare technology means understanding a day in the life of a clinician,” said Brent Lang, president and CEO of Vocera. “Vina is the only smartphone app that care teams need for simple and secure communication. In fast-paced, chaotic healthcare environments, the intuitive user experience helps make the lives of doctors and nurses much easier and mitigates cognitive load, which impacts quality of care, safety and the well-being of patients and clinicians.”