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Cricket heroes join Aussie kids to recreate famous scene from movie, The Dish

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A handful of aspiring young cricketers have been joined by some of the country’s biggest hitters as they tried to “blast” a ball into space to launch Cricket Australia’s new kids program Woolworths Cricket Blast.

Big Bash League heroes Chris Lynn, Peter Handscomb, Alyssa Healy, Ash Gardner and Nic Carey today climbed CSIRO’s radio telescope in the New South Wales country town of Parkes, to re-enact the famous cricket scene from the iconic movie The Dish, a story of Australia’s involvement in the 1969 moon landing.

The movie saw two engineers turn the giant radio telescope, used for beaming live television pictures of the Apollo 11 mission to the world, into a makeshift cricket pitch. Today that scene was recreated as kids from across country New South Wales faced the cricket stars in a match upon the giant structure.

Children from towns across New South Wales including Parkes, Orange, Dubbo, Condoblin, Forbes and Cowra, challenged the Big Bash stars to hit the ball as far as they could from the dish and ‘blast’ a ball into space .

Brisbane Heat star, and one of the world’s biggest hitters, Chris Lynn said: “I didn’t quite get the ball into orbit, but it was a great experience. I’ve played cricket in lots of places. In the backyard, the driveway, inside the house, but never on top of a radio telescope. This was amazing.”

Woolworths Cricket Blast is a fun, fast program for girls and boys of all abilities between the ages of 5 to 10 to learn new skills and play Australia’s favourite sport, while experiencing the same energy and excitement associated with Big Bash cricket.

The program consists of two levels; Junior Blasters and Master Blasters and is delivered at over 2,000 centres around Australia including regional areas like Parkes.

Cricket Australia’s Executive General Manager of Community Cricket, Belinda Clark said the new program demonstrates the organisation’s commitment to providing Australian kids with fun and engaging cricket experiences.

“We are always looking for new ways to encourage more girls and boys to pick up a bat and ball and gain enjoyment from the game, and this program is a great introduction to the game. We have also focussed on supporting the clubs that run the program to ensure our resources for parents and volunteers are first rate,” Ms Clark said.

“With support from Woolworths, we believe the new Cricket Blast program will really appeal to kids around Australia this summer. It is fast, exciting and importantly everyone can take part.”

Commenting on the unique cricket visit to Parkes, Dr Douglas Bock, Director of Astronomy and Space Science for CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, said the dish could inspire many young Australians in many fields, including aspiring cricketers.

“Not only is it used everyday by astronomers around the world to explore our universe, it’s also a source of inspiration for many people – including young cricketers – encouraging them to make the ‘impossible’ possible,” Dr Bock said.

The Woolworths Cricket Blast program will begin across the country this month

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FREEDOM PIZZA KICKSTARTS FRANCHISING

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The UAE’s much-loved, healthy, pizza company has already signed three franchise deals with more in the works

Freedom Pizza, a UAE-based organic pizza food concept, has announced its plans to participate in the International Franchise Exhibition in Abu Dhabi, from 16th to 17th October, this year. The brand’s leadership team are set to meet with potential franchisees at the event to expand its national footprint under the ‘Freedom is Going Places Franchise Programme’, which is aimed at exploring regional and international partnership opportunities. 

Freedom Pizza currently has 11 corporate-owned stores across the UAE and its experienced senior and comprehensive corporate support team at its international headquarters in Dubai, the company has recently signed three new franchise deals and is on track to franchise the remaining seven UAE locations by year-end. Freedom is also in discussions with potential partners in other GCC countries as well as internationally.

Freedom Pizza uses a business model that hacks the USD 135 BN global pizza industry – small foot print (1,000 square feet), disciplined operations, limited menu, efficient unit cost and is tech-enabled and scalable. Add food that helps instead of harms, a cool and engaging brand and a company that cares about its employees, customers and communities and is thoughtful in action – that’s Freedom.

Ian Ohan, Freedom Pizza Founder & CEO comments, “By choosing this model, we entered into a hyper disciplined world of an eight to ten minute delivery area and an operational promise that if you order from us, you can plan the next 30 minutes of your life. We do not require prime locations – it’s all about access and easy in and out for delivery drivers.”

With an average delivery store unit sales of USD 1.2m per year the expert delivery and food technology company, leverages its fleet of 200 professional delivery drivers and award winning and proprietary online ordering platform to deliver its healthy menu in 23 minutes.

Chris Daniels, Freedom Pizza Chief Operating Officer and 25-year pizza delivery industry veteran said, “Over 55% of our orders are generated from our proprietary online ordering and all orders are delivered by our team of 200 professional delivery drivers. We do not pay the third-party delivery fees that are crippling our competitors.”

Freedom Pizza’s outstanding operational capabilities such as its super-fast delivery and award-winning proprietary online ordering systems, has further propelled the authentic pizza company’s plans to seek territorial franchise growth. Using the best-in-class technology, Freedom Pizza operates on a digital platform that facilitates ownership of the entire value chain. 

Ian Ohan, Freedom Pizza Founder & Chief Executive comments, “It’s time to grow and share our success with energetic, hard working and likeminded franchise partners. “During the International Franchise Exhibition in Abu Dhabi, we will meet with different stakeholders to outline partnership opportunities in the UAE and the region. Our team possess over 35 years of experience as an international franchisees, operators and franchisors, With this experience, we want to drive the Freedom Pizza franchising programme further.”

In addition, Freedom runs a comprehensive Operations Support Team (OST)  which harnesses nine years of successful, track-record, which enables Freedom Pizza to become hyper-focused on an aggressive but controlled local, regional and international business growth strategy. Similarly, the organic pizza brand’s continuous growth is evident from its corporate head office in Dubai, which houses more than 25 people making-up operations, marketing, human resources, training & development, supply chain, technology, community outreach and finance teams to support each store.

The food from Freedom Pizza is always prepared to better serve the customers. Freedom uses fresh organic ingredients sourced locally from Greenheart Organic Farms. The meats are free from antibiotics and added hormones and they use multi-grain crust ingredients. The menu offers customers vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. 

Franchisees interested in becoming a Freedom Pizza franchise partner, can visit www.freedompizza.ae/franchisingto learn more about their franchising opportunities.

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Gulf Medical University Continues to Expand its International Collaborations; Inks MoU for Academic Partnership with Beirut Arab University

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Gulf Medical University (GMU), Ajman, the leading private medical University in the Gulf region continues to expand its portfolio of strategic partnerships by tying up with internationally renowned universities and institutions. The latest addition to GMU’s strategic partners is the prestigious Beirut Arab University (BAU), Lebanon.

A MoU to jointly promote academic exchange between GMU and BAU, and to develop academic and educational cooperation was signed between both the universities on 7th October 2018, at the at the Gulf Medical University campus. The signatories were represented by Prof. Hossam Hamdy, Chancellor of GMU and Prof. Dr. Amr Galal El-Adawi, President of BAU. According to the agreement, both the universities will promote exchange of faculty, researchers and students, in addition to joining hands for developing clinical research activities, collaborative research projects and joint publications, as well as exchange of academic materials.

Prof. Hossam Hamdy said that the MoU will be activated across all colleges of GMU. “Deans of the corresponding colleges of both universities will periodically interact with each other to develop new programs and joint programs. The healthcare, academia and research components will be integrated along the lines of the Gulf Medical University Academic Health System (GMUAHS),” he explained. He added that the Thumbay Research Institute for Precision Medicine (TRIPM), the advanced research facility under GMUAHS would be the focal point of joint initiatives and programs in the field of cancer research.

Speaking about the agreement for academic partnership between GMU and BAU, Prof. Dr. Amr Galal El-Adawi said, “I am pleased to visit GMU and sign the agreement of collaboration with GMU in healthcare, academia and research. I hope this MoU would mutually benefit both the universities. We hope to have various joint programs like seminars and workshops from time to time.”

BAU’s visiting delegation also met Dr. Thumbay Moideen – Founder, President Board of Trustees GMU and Mr. Akbar Moideen Thumbay – Vice President of the Healthcare Division of Thumbay Group.

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Centrify to Highlight the Importance of Zero Trust Security at GITEX Technology Week 2018

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Centrify, a leading provider of Zero Trust Security through the power of Next-Gen Access, today announced its participation in GITEX Technology Week 2018, to be held from October 14-18, 2018 in Dubai, UAE. The company will showcase its world-class identity and access management solutions and advocate the new security mandate – ‘never trust, always verify’ based on a Zero Trust approach.

The revolutionary concept of Zero Trust Security assumes that the threat actor may already exist within an organization, posing as an employee of the organization. Alternatively, it may assume the credentials of an employee of the organization. The concept of Zero Trust seeks to limit the opportunity of such an internal threat actor to use the assumed employee credentials and breach other parts of the organization.

“Previous cyber security practices assumed the integrity of a user’s credentials at face value and chose to verify them subsequently. In the new paradigm, a user is never trusted till both their credentials and device are rigorously verified. Identity access management solutions further grant the user access to the organization’s resources, but only as much to complete their task, mandated by their job role. The Zero Trust security best practice is applied to all types of users including end-user of IT, privileged user, supplier, customer or partner. It also applies to all types of resources and assets whether through an application or compute infrastructure resource,” said Kamel Heus, Regional Sales Manager MEA, Centrify.

“Many security leaders are turning to a Zero Trust approach that removes trust from the equation completely, shunning the traditional ‘trust but verify’ approach and replacing it with a ‘never trust, always verify’ mandate. Organizations should secure access to enterprise resources by verifying the user, validating their devices, limiting access and privilege, and learning and adapting to risky user behaviour. We look forward to using GITEX Technology Week as a platform to advocate Centrify’s Zero Trust Security approach to customers and partners visiting our stand,” added Heus.

Compromised accounts are today’s leading cause of data breach in the Middle East. In this age of access, trying to build policy that keeps data secure without inhibiting user productivity requires a massive security rethink. Risk-based access improves security and the user experience by using machine learning to define and enforce access policies, based on user behaviour. Through a combination of analytics, machine learning, user profiles, and policy enforcement, access decisions can be made in real time to streamline low-risk access, step up authentication requirements when risk is higher, or block access entirely. Not only does risk-based access provide real-time security, but it also flags high-risk events, and elevates them to IT’s attention – speeding analysis and greatly minimizing the effort required to assess risk across today’s hybrid IT environment.

“GITEX gives us the perfect opportunity to meet face-to-face with security practitioners looking to manage their organisation’s security based on identity. Our aim is to promote our award-winning identity services platform, meet with our clients and channel partners, discuss the evolving threat landscape and new security models, and raise awareness about the importance of securing identities and adopting a Zero Trust Security approach to reduce the risks of data breaches,” Mr. Heus explained.

Centrify will be participating with its distributor – StarLink at Stand SR-J2, Sheikh Rashid Hall at GITEX Technology Week 2018.  The company plans to increase the awareness of its brand and products through presentations and product demonstrations at the event. Senior executives and security experts from the company will be available at the stand to speak with customers and partners and share their global success stories with them.

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The Ford F-150 Raptor: Your Ultimate Partner for Off-Road Adventure

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  • The F-150 Raptor re-defines what it means to be the only purpose-built, high-performance off-road truck

  • Second generation 3.5-litre twin turbo EcoBoost, producing 421 horsepower and up to 691 Nm of terrain-busting torque

  • Raptor’s versatility as a motorway cruiser and off-roader put to the test in Omani adventure over summer

Great vehicles inspire great adventure – and the Ford F-150 Raptor is the perfect tool for thrill-seekers and wanderlusters looking to explore corners of the region that lie beyond the reach of ordinary off-roaders.

With more horsepower and torque than any other truck on the market, the F-150 Raptor’s benchmark dependability and capability in extreme conditions open the frontiers to adventure.

Ford created the high-performance off-road truck segment with the first-generation F-150 Raptor almost a decade ago, and the 2018 truck continues that legacy the most advanced powertrain, transfer case and suspension ever.

At the heart of the truck lies the second generation 3.5-litre twin turbo EcoBoost, producing 421 horsepower and up to 691 Nm of terrain busting torque. That power is fed to the Raptor’s enormous 17-inch bead-lock capable wheels via the class-exclusive 10-speed automatic transmission.

Along with the power gains comes the most advanced drive mode system in its class* – a cutting-edge Terrain Management System™. It is enabled by an all-new dual-mode transfer case that incorporates both all-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive systems and electronic lockers to deliver the ultimate multi-terrain experience. The TMS has six driving modes, including Baja which was designed for desert running.

Helping to transmit that power to the ground is a set of custom-engineered Fox Racing shocks with nine-stage bypass damping. The shocks are three inches in diameter, and not only help the Raptor’s suspension from bottoming out over rough terrain, but also dissipate heat better when working hard.

While the truck was built for a life off-road, Ford also dialed in every conceivable creature comfort into the Raptor. There are three steering modes – Normal, Sport and Max Assist (for off-road driving), available SYNC® 3, and a large multi-function LED screen on the centre stack. There is an Off-Road Status panel on the display that provides information on vehicle status while off-road, and a 360-degree camera with Split View to help when parking or negotiating tight spaces off-road.

The interior is as rugged as it is comfortable, with bolstered sport seats with contrasting leather stitching – and there are 240v and USB charging ports to keep your gadgets powered up while you’re heading for adventure.

Fat Biking in Oman

With adventure on our doorstep, the Raptor’s capabilities were pressed into action this summer when four Dubai-based athletes took on Oman’s Wabiha Sands on fat bikes – off-road bicycles with balloon tyres that are designed to tackle the demanding desert terrain.

The plan was simple: the Raptor would be used to support the four riders as they negotiated the 150km trek across the desert in one overnight push. Seasoned road cyclists would aim to cover that kind of distance in under five hours; but fat bikes with 4.5-inch wide tyres and cloying sand to contend with meant progress would be three times slower and much more demanding.

The Raptor’s workhorse versatility and capability were proven time and time again throughout the trip. The cargo box easily had more than enough space for all four bikes, spares and other gear for the 600km motorway cruise to the start point at Bidiyah from Dubai, and the Super Cab configuration meant there was plenty of room for riders to stretch out during the road trip there. The unique way the Super Cab doors open – with the rear doors hinged at the back – gave riders unfettered access to the front and rear of the Raptor during their brief rest stops throughout the night

While much of the trip across Wahiba’s rolling dunes was a challenge for the cyclists, the Raptor’s capability was barely tapped. The group averaged 10km/h during the crossing, with much of the journey spent in second and third gear, idling up dunes and crawling behind the four cyclists. Even with this labored driving, the twin-turbo 3.5-litre EcoBoost returned exceptional fuel economy; running constantly for 18 hours and using just over half a tank of fuel.

As a support vehicle during the trip, it carried a dozen cases of water, coolers full of food, spares and tools – and enough gear to get the crew through the ride. It also acted as a make-shift work bench, bed, kitchen, shelter, sun-shade, coffee bar, charging station, office, command centre and gathering place for the four riders throughout the challenge.

Wahiba may lack the kind of technical challenges that come close to pushing the Raptor to its limits – but the truck’s all-around versatility as both an efficient motorway cruiser and a dependable off-road beast make it your perfect partner for any adventure you’re planning.

 

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Abu Dhabi calls for increased push to promote quality patient experience

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  • International Patient Experience Symposium will align UAE’S patient experience practices with global standards

 UAE has made improving healthcare delivery a key plank of its Vision 2030. The state envisions to enhance the health of individuals and societies in the region through the provision of comprehensive and excellent health services, in a healthy and sustainable environment, through implementing policies, legislations, programs and effective partnerships locally and internationally.

Digital transformation and transition to value-based care are pushing care providers to change their patient experience approach. As patient experience moves center stage at many of the nation’s health systems, leaders responsible for this function are tackling issues related to a maturing discipline.

Embracing the paradigm shift from organization-centric to person-centric care plan and concurrent process-cycle revamp; Department of Health- Abu Dhabi in line with the national healthcare vision has developed strategic healthcare reforms to enhance the delivery of exceptional patient experience by facilitating proactive access to high quality, affordable and seamless care in a timely fashion.

Under the patronage of Ministry of Health & Prevention – UAE and supported by Department of Health – Abu Dhabi, the International Patient Experience Symposium will take place from 12-14 November in Bab Al Qasr Hotel, Abu Dhabi.

Bringing together more than 40 national and international experts, the symposium aims to offer access to unique learning opportunity that sets the tone for establishing excellence benchmark, effective communication and leadership strategies in customized care delivery.

Dr. Asma Al Mannaei, Director of Healthcare Quality at Department of Health Abu Dhabi said, “In line with Abu Dhabi’s goals to develop a sustainable healthcare system, and our commitment to providing first-class quality of healthcare services for patients in Abu Dhabi, some of the initiatives such as the Abu Dhabi Healthcare Index (JAWDA) helps position Abu Dhabi as a leading hub for medical tourism and ensures continuous improvement of patient-focused care.”

Mark McGourty, Chief Executive Officer at Amana Healthcare, a specialized provider of long-term acute care, post-acute rehabilitation, transitional care and home care services, and Exclusive Rehabilitation & Long-Term Care Partner at the International Patient Experience Symposium said “Life is a journey for us all. At Amana we live by a simple ethos: that everyone, no matter their path, deserves a chance to live the best life possible. Our philosophy of providing each patient with the highest standard of care, at the right place and time, creates an experience that fosters courage and trust, empowering them to be more engaged – in treatment, and in life. The outcome is a better world for everyone.”

Majd Abu Zant, Chief Operating Officer at United Eastern Medical Services (UEMedical) and one of the speakers at the conference said, “We are thrilled to partner and support the International Patient Experience Symposium in Abu Dhabi. This comes in line with one of our key priorities of enhancing the overall patient experience across our health system including Danat Al Emarat Hospital, HealthPlus Centers or Moorfields Eye Hospital Abu Dhabi whether they are expecting a baby, or going through IVF, getting screened for breast cancer, having a cornea transplant or any other reason. The majority of patients seeking healthcare would not be feeling well or worried and a pleasant and positive patient experience can shape and positively impact this opportunity to make the best of a situation that may not be positive from the minute they make the first contact with the healthcare facility until any follow up care needed and beyond. I am confident all speakers and attendees will gather in this unique symposium with the same aim to learn from each other, exchange knowledge and find new ways to continue improving our patients experience.”

The event will act as a platform for the exchange of expertise and shared-knowledge among the healthcare professionals dealing with patient-experience, discuss best international practices, network and build relationships and disseminate knowledge and information among the global and regional healthcare fraternity.

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Sharjah International Children’s Film Festival Screens Incredible Tales for its Middle East Premiere

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  • 34 selected films from across the world will make its Middle East Premier at SICFF 2018

Thirty-four films will be making their Middle-Eastern premiere at the sixth edition of Sharjah International Children’s Film Festival (SICFF 2018), which is commencing on October 14th until the 19th. These selected premieres feature a good variety of genres from across the world. Organised by FUNN, SICFF has taken a significant step towards offering filmmakers a creative and nurturing platform to reach audiences with their work.

During the opening ceremony, ‘The Giraffe’ a feature film that was shot in Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany will be screened. Directed by Barbara Bredero, the film tackles the story of a special friendship that gets tougher to manage as one of the them heads to kindergarten. It’s a heart-warming story about the love that exists between a boy named Patterson and Raff – his Giraffe. Another feature film will be making its premiere titled, Glasses from Iran. It’s a story about the duo of brother and sister who takes care of their sick grandma and must overcome all kinds of obstacles to fulfil their responsibility.

Aside from feature films, few students are also marking their work in the Middle East with wonderful shorts. From Ireland, ‘Growing Alice’ is a story about a girl transitioning into a woman and all this is portrayed from the perspective of her mirror on the wall. From Lebanon, an animation about two completely different people who share something beautiful with the title, ‘Bloom’ shouldn’t be missed. From France, shorts ranging from science fiction to comedy will be premiered. First there is ‘Children of Neptus,’ a science-fiction, where a dystopic world without water is depicted; ‘Temptation’, is an animated-comedy; ‘The Curiosity Show,’ a thriller; ‘GP-to’, a drama; ‘Overrun’, an animation; and lastly, a fantasy where everything is about being symmetrical titled, ‘Twin Islands.’ From USA, ‘Pet Peeved,’ is a comedy that has a boss-bunny; ‘Aki’, a drama set in feudal Kyoto, Japan about a servant girl and her dog; and ‘The Chocolate Soldier,’ a short war film. There is also a short drama from Russia titled ‘To My Sister,’ and an Egyptian documentary comedy titled, ‘A Journey in search of Abul Arabi.’

From the category of International Shorts, there is a wonderful film from Spain, ‘Room to the Stars,’ that narrates a tale of a sick grandmother who requests her granddaughter to bring back the night time stars that are hidden throughout the house. There is also an Indian short where a broom spells trouble for its owner, titled ‘The Black Cat.’ An Iranian short film and tackles a social issue titled, ‘Soul Mate.’ Lastly, a short from Italy where a stranger bond with a boy through his art and its titled, ‘The Line.’

In the animation category, there is a long list of premieres that seeks to warm and titillate audience’s soul. From France, ‘A Bit Lost,’ narrates a tale of a lost baby owl trying to find its way home. From Germany, there are a range of comedies, ‘Ant’, ‘Penguin’, ‘Lion’, ‘Patchwork Mole’, and ‘Patchwork Dog.’ All the way from Belgium a children’s tale titled, ‘BaDaBoo: The Boat Trip.’ From Russia, there is ‘The Kitten From Lizyukov Street,’ and a tale about a curious and imaginative crocodile, ‘Coco’s Day.’ The remainder three films are, ‘Geno’ from Georgia, ‘Koyaa – Wild Sunbed’ from Slovenia, and ‘Tito & The Birds’ from Brazil.

In the documentary category, we have the story of an ‘Elephant Trainer’, from Russia where an explosion one evening startles one of the elephants and she flees the campsite. Her trainer goes on a journey to find her before havoc is wreaked. Another two documentary from Russia are titled, ‘Strangers,’ where honesty transcends linguistic barriers and ‘Teacher,’ where students are requested to not get lost in the busyness of lives and find ways to be kind to strangers.

The films will be screened at Al Jawaher Reception & Convention Centre and Zero 6 Mall, Al Majaz Waterfront, Al Zora and Last Exit in Al Khawaneej, Dubai. Information about the dates and timings of the movies are available on the website www.sicff.ae and through the social networking sites through hashtag #sicff18.

The FUNN Establishment aims to nurture future generations of creative artists in media and film and promote new works made by the UAE’s young filmmakers at international film festivals and workshops worldwide. Its larger goal is to foster talent through events locally and internationally and to form a close-knit network of talented young people who can share experiences and expertise on a global scale.

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Sharjah Ladies Club Branches Welcomes 1018 New Students at Tala Nurseries

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1018 new students joined the 2018-2019 academic year across 10 Tala Nurseries at Sharjah Ladies Club Branches. Tala Nursery’s integrated facilities offer premium childhood care and education services that cater for children’s physical, intellectual, social and emotional needs by providing innovative edutainment activities including sports, religious or national celebrations.

The nursery is committed to implement a curriculum that encourages children to develop and grow as creative learners by providing quality education in a safe, healthy and motivating environment. A professional team of teachers, educational experts, and quality nursing staff are constantly delivering beyond par services.

The nursery includes a playing room, TV room, bedroom and learning spaces that are equipped with the latest educational materials and tools to develop children’s behavioural skills and talents. Tala Nursery uses edutainment programmes to improve children’s sensory and cognitive skills as well as organize educational and recreational trips.

Suhaila Al Balushi, Tala Nurseries in-charge, said: “Tala Nurseries provide children, throughout the 10 SLC branches, with an ideal environment for learning and playing with peers. The nursery saw great success in the eastern and central region of Sharjah. SLC is committed to the development of children’s skills and capabilities, and to nurture a confident young generation that can excel and succeed in their lives.”

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ABBAS LEADS PAKISTAN’S SURGE

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Pakistan resumed their second innings at 45/3 on day 4 of the 1st Test against Australia at the Dubai International Stadium

Imam ul Haq and Haris Sohail partnered for 65 runs to further consolidate the hosts’ position. Imam fell to Holland, as the left-arm orthodox took his third wicket in the innings.

Haris Sohail was the next to make his way back to the pavilion. The on-field umpire adjudged him not out. The Australians opted for a review and found success.

Pakistan reached 155/5 at the Lunch interval.

After the resumption of play, Pakistan played a further 7.5 overs. As soon as Asad Shafiq fell for 41, Pakistan declared the innings, setting a target of 462 for Australia.

In reply, the visitor’s openers started the chase confidently. Usman Khwaja and Aaron Finch ensured there was no damage until the tea interval. Australia walked into the break at 72/0.

After the tea interval, Pakistan finally found the breakthrough. Mohammad Abbas trapped Finch LBW to prompt a mini-collapse. Marsh brothers fell in quick succession as Australia slid from 87/0 to 87/3. All three wickets to Abbas He is now one wicket away from completing 50 scalps in Tests.

Travis Head joined Khawaja in the middle and weathered the Pakistan attack.

Khawaja went onto score an impressive half century. Both ensured that no more hiccups in the day’s play.

Australia reached 136/3 at the close of play.

They still require 326 runs for victory with 7 wickets in hand.

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