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DUBAI POLO GOLD CUP SERIES 2019 – SILVER CUP 2019

UNDER THE PATRONAGE OF:H.H Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, we are pleased to announce SILVER CUP 2019

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Nine of the world’s best Polo teams and players have confirmed their participation of the Silver Cup 2019.
TEAMS:

Abu Dhabi Polo Team: (Patron) Faris Al Yabhouni

Bin Drai Polo Team: (Patron) Rashid Bin Drai

Dubai Wolves: (Patron) Habtoor Al Habtoor

Desert Palm Polo Team: (Patron) Rashid AlBwardy

Ghantoot Polo Team: (Patron) Sheikh Falah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Habtoor Polo Team: (Patron) Mohammed Al Habtoor

Mahra Polo Team: (Patron) Rashid Al Habtoor

UAE Polo Team: (Patron)Her Highness Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Zedan Polo Team: (Patron) Amr Zedan

Final Day Program:

12:00 pm Gates Open (Shopping Village, Kids Area & Picnic Area)

13:00 pm Hildon Subsidiary Cup

14:20 pm Entertainment Show and Games

14:40 pm Riding School Parade

14:55 pm UAE National Anthem

15:00 pm Silver Cup Final

17:00 pm Trophy Ceremony

General Admission: FREE

Public Parking: FREE

VIP Field Park: AED 150 (inclusive of VAT)

Silver Lounge table booking: AED 1500 minimum spend + VAT

Picnic Baskets:

AED 500 inclusive of VAT (4 pax) non-alcoholic

AED 800 inclusive of VAT (4 pax) including Bubbly

Asado Polo Brunch: call 435 4444 for booking

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INTRIGUING FINISHES ON THE CARDS

Jaguars take 188-run, first innings lead over Pride; Red Force under pressure against Hurricanes; Volcanoes, Scorpions in titanic battle

All three matches in the West Indies Championship seem headed for intriguing finishes after play on Sunday.

Veteran left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul helped bowl front-runners and four-time defending champions Guyana Jaguars to a 188-run, first-innings lead over the star-studded Barbados Pride at Kensington Oval on the third day of the third round of matches, leaving the visitors to decide overnight if to enforce the follow-on.

Meantime, Rovman Powell, the WINDIES One-day International captain for the Tour of Bangladesh last month, snared two scalps to leave the Windward Islands Volcanoes pursuit of 287 for victory delicately poised against the Jamaica Scorpions in their day/night contest at Sabina Park.

And, first innings century-maker Montcin Hodge fashioned an unbeaten half-century to follow up a four-wicket haul from irrepressible off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall, as Leeward Islands Hurricanes left Trinidad and Tobago Red Force to chase 342 for victory at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy.

Jaguars (548) vs Pride (360) in Bridgetown, Barbados

Permaul spearheaded the Jaguars’ attack with 4-124 from 35 overs, but Dowrich defied the Jaguars’ attack with the top score of 81 that included 11 fours and two sixes from 113 balls in close to 2 ½ hours at the crease and Carter supported with 68 decorated with nine fours from 127 balls in 3 ¼ hours of batting.

The pair shared 141 for the fifth wicket, as the Pride, resuming on 33 for one, batted the entire day before being dismissed on the stroke of the close, leaving Jaguars’ captain Leon Johnson and management overnight to decide on the follow-on and their bowlers to get a good night’s rest.

Pride consolidated early through a 73-run, second-wicket stand between WINDIES Test opener Kraigg Brathwaite with 43 and their captain Shamarh Brooks with 34 – but they slumped to 123 for four before Dowrich and Carter came to the rescue.

The home team were set back however, when they both fell in the last 20 minutes before tea and it was left to WINDIES Test and ODI captain Jason Holder with 44 and the lower order to keep them afloat.

Scorpions (210 & 189) vs Volcanoes (113) & 176-4 in Kingston, Jamaica

Volcanoes captain and Test batsman Kirk Edwards was not out on 35 and former WINDIES Under-19 batsman Kavem Hodge was not out 15, carrying the fight for the visitors to collect the remaining 110 needed for victory into the final day.

Former WINDIES Under-19 batsman Roland Cato hit eight fours in 54 from 144 balls and veteran left-hander Devon Smith made 44 in a second-wicket stand of 68 that gave the Volcanoes a strong start to the chase.

But they were both swept away, along with WINDIES batsman Sunil Ambris before the close to leave the run chase in a shaky position.

Earlier, a 52-run stand for the seventh wicket between Assad Fudadin and Aldaine Thomas failed to inspire the Scorpions and they were bowled out before the interval.

Fudadin ended with the top score of 48, Thomas made 31 and the remaining batsman offered token resistance only.

Josh Thomas was the most successful Volcanoes bowler with 4-44 from 19 overs.

Hurricanes (425 & 168-6 dec) vs Red Force (252) & 26-0 in Tarouba, Trinidad

Test batsman Kyle Hope was not out on six and former WINDIES Under-19 left-hander Jeremy Solozano was not out on 16, as Red Force made a resolute start to their chase.

But they were put under further pressure following an unbeaten 77 from opener Hodge.

He struck 10 fours from 131 balls in nearly 3 ¼ hours, putting on 43 for the third wicket with Devon Thomas and 39 for the sixth wicket with Cornwall, who made 22, before the Hurricanes declared, leaving themselves about 40 minutes before the close to bowl at the Red Force.

Earlier, Cornwall ended with 4-73 from 37 overs and WINDIES fast bowler Alzarri Joseph finished with 3-80 from 17 overs to help bowl the Hurricanes to a 173-run, first innings lead.

Solozano was the Red Force top-scorer with 80 and a string of small partnerships helped to push the home team to a respectable total.

RESULTS OF MATCHES

 

ROUND 1

Thursday, December 6 to Sunday, December 9

Volcanoes lost to Jaguars by 125 runs – Daren Sammy Cricket Ground, St. Lucia

Pride lost to Hurricanes by 34 runs – Three Ws Oval, Barbados

 

ROUND 2

Thursday, December 13 to Sunday, December 16

Pride beat Scorpions by 41 runs – Three Ws Oval

Hurricanes lost to Jaguars by nine wickets – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Antigua

Red Force lost to Volcanoes by 76 runs – Brian Lara Cricket Academy

SCHEDULE OF MATCHES

(All matches start at 10 am daily, except where indicated)

ROUND 1

Thursday, March 14 to Sunday, March 17

Red Force vs Scorpions – Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Trinidad

ROUND 3

Friday, January 4 to Monday, January 7

Scorpions vs Volcanoes – Sabina Park, Jamaica (2 pm start daily)

Red Force vs Hurricanes – Brian Lara Cricket Academy

Pride vs Jaguars – Kensington Oval, Barbados

ROUND 4

Thursday, January 10 to Sunday, January 13

Scorpions vs Red Force – Sabina Park

Jaguars vs Volcanoes – Guyana National Stadium, Guyana (9:30 am start daily)

Thursday, March 14 to Sunday, March 17

Hurricanes vs Pride – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground

ROUND 5

Thursday, January 17 to Sunday, January 20

Jaguars vs Hurricanes – Guyana National Stadium (9:30 am start daily)

Red Force vs Pride – Brian Lara Cricket Academy (2 pm start daily)

Volcanoes vs Scorpions – National Cricket Stadium, Grenada

ROUND 6

Thursday, January 31 to Sunday, February 3

Hurricanes vs Scorpions – Warner Park, St. Kitts (2 pm start daily)

Red Force vs Jaguars – Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad

Pride vs Volcanoes – Kensington Oval

ROUND 7

Thursday, February 7 to Sunday, February 10

Jaguars vs Scorpions – Guyana National Stadium

Pride vs Red Force – Kensington Oval

Volcanoes vs Hurricanes – Windsor Park, Dominica

ROUND 8

Thursday, February 21 to Sunday, February 24

Hurricanes vs Red Force – Warner Park

Scorpions vs Jaguars – Sabina Park

Volcanoes vs Pride – Arnos Vale Sports Complex, St. Vincent

ROUND 9

Thursday, February 28 to Sunday, March 3

Scorpions vs Hurricanes – Sabina Park

Jaguars vs Pride – Guyana National Stadium

Volcanoes vs Red Force – Arnos Vale Sports Complex

ROUND 10

Thursday, March 7 to Sunday, March 10

Scorpions vs Pride – Sabina Park

Jaguars vs Red Force – Guyana National Stadium (2 pm start daily)

Hurricanes vs Volcanoes – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground

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DUBAI POLO GOLD CUP SERIES 2019 – SILVER CUP 2019

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UNDER THE PATRONAGE OF:H.H Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, we are pleased to announce SILVER CUP 2019

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Nine of the world’s best Polo teams and players have confirmed their participation of the Silver Cup 2019.
TEAMS:

Abu Dhabi Polo Team: (Patron) Faris Al Yabhouni

Bin Drai Polo Team: (Patron) Rashid Bin Drai

Dubai Wolves: (Patron) Habtoor Al Habtoor

Desert Palm Polo Team: (Patron) Rashid AlBwardy

Ghantoot Polo Team: (Patron) Sheikh Falah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Habtoor Polo Team: (Patron) Mohammed Al Habtoor

Mahra Polo Team: (Patron) Rashid Al Habtoor

UAE Polo Team: (Patron)Her Highness Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Zedan Polo Team: (Patron) Amr Zedan

Final Day Program:

12:00 pm Gates Open (Shopping Village, Kids Area & Picnic Area)

13:00 pm Hildon Subsidiary Cup

14:20 pm Entertainment Show and Games

14:40 pm Riding School Parade

14:55 pm UAE National Anthem

15:00 pm Silver Cup Final

17:00 pm Trophy Ceremony

General Admission: FREE

Public Parking: FREE

VIP Field Park: AED 150 (inclusive of VAT)

Silver Lounge table booking: AED 1500 minimum spend + VAT

Picnic Baskets:

AED 500 inclusive of VAT (4 pax) non-alcoholic

AED 800 inclusive of VAT (4 pax) including Bubbly

Asado Polo Brunch: call 435 4444 for booking

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DUBAI TOURISM RELEASES AED250 MILLION IN BANK GUARANTEES OF TOURISM COMPANIES TO BOOST INVESTMENT IN ECOSYSTEM

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  • As part of its deregulation focus, Dubai Tourism exempts over 2,000 travel and tour agencies from furnishing bank guarantees, injecting a quarter billion dirhams liquidity into Dubai’s tourism economy
  • Move part of efforts to support the government’s economic stimulus programme aimed at lowering cost of doing business and making the emirate more attractive to investors

Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) has initiated efforts to release approximately AED250 million in bank guarantees that have been furnished by tourism-related service providers, following the waiver of this prerequisite regulatory requirement to start a travel and tour business in the emirate. The new deregulatory measure allows for instant liquidity to be injected into Dubai’s economy, lowering the cost of doing business and supporting further investment in the sector ecosystem.

Strongly aligned with the directive of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai to accelerate Dubai’s economy growth through relative strategic and regulatory initiatives, Dubai Tourism seeks to directly benefit over 2,000 travel and tour operators and agencies in Dubai.

Announcing the new measure, Director-General of Dubai Tourism, H.E. Helal Saeed Almarri, said: “As we head into 2019 with a commitment to significantly boost tourism arrivals in line with our 2022-2025 tourism strategy and vision to make Dubai the world’s most visited destination, relaxing regulations in support of the business community, especially supporting start-ups and SMEs, is fundamental for sustained sector growth. Tourism is a strong contributor to Dubai’s GDP and we intend to ensure that we sustainably enhance our economic value and aid the diversification agenda for the wider UAE.

“As such, this deregulatory measure that has been delivered with the support of the Department of Economic Development (DED), complements many of our other initiatives to provide much-needed impetus to the industry, based on the landmark economic stimulus initiative launched by the visionary leadership of Dubai earlier this year to make it easier to operate and grow a business in Dubai. Releasing of the bank guarantees generates an immediate cash injection of nearly a quarter billion dirhams for travel and tourism-related service providers to invest back into their businesses and truly drive future growth, in addition to being a very positive signal for prospect investors and new ventures to launch tourism projects by taking advantage of the quick and hassle-free processes in place.”

Previously, tourism companies including inbound and outbound tour operators were required to furnish a bank guarantee ranging from AED100,000 to AED600,000, depending on the type of business activity, to Dubai Tourism, as a precondition for DED to grant a trade license. Cancellation of this provision enables Dubai Tourism to refund the bank guarantees to the companies providing much-needed funds to reinvest in their business and grow their services. Similarly, going forward for all new ventures, investors and entrepreneurs will also no longer need to provide such bank guarantees to Dubai Tourism either to open a tourism establishment or to offer specific travel or tour-related services and activities in Dubai.

Dubai Tourism had earlier introduced three proposals to support the government’s economic stimulus programme, namely, to attract more transit passengers to visit Dubai, introduce the time share concept to woo more families to the emirate and to encourage more luxury yachts and boats to visit Dubai.

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Lockheed Martin to Showcase Advanced Energy Solutions at World Future Energy Summit 2019

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Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), the US-based global technology leader, will exhibit its diverse energy portfolio at the twelfth annual World Future Energy Summit (WFES) held between 14-17 January during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) 2019.

Hosted by Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s future energy company, WFES is the anchor event for ADSW and a global industry platform connecting business and innovation in energy, clean technology and efficiency for a sustainable future. Lockheed Martin’s energy business subject matter experts will demonstrate the company’s cutting-edge technology and latest innovations, which are capable of supporting the sustainable and secure long-term development of economies in the Middle East, and beyond.

This year at WFES, Caleb Waugh, the Head of Business Analytics for Energy Storage Lockheed Martin, will discuss ‘Energy Storage and the Road to a Sustainable Future’ during a panel discussion. Mr. Waugh will highlight over a century of Lockheed Martin’s experience in providing efficient energy management solutions and systems integration programs for a variety of customers, including utilities, independent power producers, commercial and industrial partners and developers in both the public and private sectors. The technology giant will also feature its trademark Lithium Ion Battery, Flow Battery and Waste-to-Energy technology at the exhibition.

Commenting on the company’s participation at WFES, Dan Norton, Vice President of Strategy, Business Development and Energy at Lockheed Martin, said: “At Lockheed Martin, we consider sustainable, resilient and efficient energy management as a fundamental pillar supporting global progress and security. We are proud of our long history in promoting a range of holistic energy solutions that are rooted in our core business focus: advanced technology and innovation. Platforms such as WFES provide a great opportunity for us to showcase these products and services to a truly international audience, while allowing us to re-engage with our local and regional partners.”

Lockheed Martin is currently working on an innovative long-duration energy storage solution: a novel coordinated chemistry flow battery, where energy is stored in an aqueous solution that is a much safer and more affordable method of storing energy for longer periods. The company will be displaying a model of the flow battery along with its other products and solutions at Stand 5000 inside the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC).

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CELEBRATE CHINESE NEW YEAR AT ATLANTIS, THE PALM

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From the 28th January to the 28th February, Dubai residents are invited to welcome in the Chinese New Year 2019 at the world-renowned Atlantis, The Palm. Also known as the ‘Spring Festival’, it is the time to reunite with friends and family and bring forth good luck for the year to come. From special menu’s to exciting performances such as  lion dances, Atlantis, The Palm  is the place to be this Chinese New Year.

HAKKASAN

Guests are invited to celebrate the Chinese New Year at one of Dubai’s hottest and most exclusive Cantonese restaurants; Hakkasan. From 28th January to 24th February, Hakkasan’s team of expert chefs have crafted a special a la carte menu for dinner, giving guests the chance to sample an array of Chinese favourites including peking duck with crispy bean curd and mango, wok-fry lobster with Chinese chives and lily bulb, as well as roasted Jasmine chicken with sticky rice. This specially created Chinese New Year Menu is AED 498 per person including one Liáo Liáo welcome drink, which comprises of ketel one vodka, rosella, oloroso sherry, lemon, kumquat sherbet and plum bitters.  The menu will not be available on 14th February as it will be supplemented for the special Valentine’s Day menu.

Hakkasan will be celebrating Chinese New Year with their wishing tree tradition, inviting guests to write their wishes on red ribbons that will be hung around the dining areas. Themed music will be played throughout each evening, complimenting the vibrant journey; Hakkasan will also host a DJ performing from Tuesday to Saturday. For those looking to enjoy the regular Hakkasan menu, the a la carte menu will also be available to diners.

Saffron

Saffron is bringing the best contemporary Chinese New Year dinner to the city. Guests can choose from an array of Cantonese, Szechuan, Shandong and Anhui dishes, as well as steamed dim sum and the peking duck station.

The Chinese New Year offering at Saffron will be available every evening from 4th to 10th February, 6pm to 11:00pm. With entertainment including themed Chinese dinner music, and a lion dance at 7:30pm to 7:45pm on the 4th, 5th and 6th February, as well as a stunning fireworks display on 4th February. Guests can dine for AED 265 per person exclusive of beverages, children aged 4 to 11 can dine for AED 137.50 and little ones under the age of three dine for free.

Kaleidoscope

Over the Chinese New Year period, from 4th to 10th February, Kaleidoscope will be offering its international buffet to guests serving dishes from the Mediterranean, North Africa and Arabia, with a focus on the very best of Asian and Chinese cuisine. The buffet will feature dishes such as steamed dory fillets with ginger soya, peppered chicken with pak choi and char siu beef rib, as well as live stations including Asian noodle soup and a dim sum carousel. As well as fantastic entertainment such as a lion dance at 7:25pm  to 7:30pm on the 4th, 5th and 6th February.

Guests can dine for lunch for AED 195 per person from Sunday to Thursday and children aged 4 to 11 for AED 97.50. On the weekend, the offer is available for AED 230 including water and soft drinks, for children ages 4 to 11 AED 115, and little ones under the age of three dine for free.

A few facts you didn’t know about Chinese New Year

  1. The festival date changes every year. This is because it follows the lunar calendar, based on the movement of the moon. In 2019, Chinese New Year falls on February 5th.
  2. It is also called Spring Festival. The festival usually falls after the solar term in the beginning of Spring (Li Chun).
  3. Chinese New Year starts a new animal’s zodiac year. In China, each lunar cycle has 60 years and 12 years is regarded as a small cycle. Each of the 12 years is defined by an animal sign: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig.
  4. The celebration lasts for 15 days until the Lantern Festival. The peak time of the entire celebration is on Chinese New Year’s Eve and the first day of the lunar new year. The 15th day is called Lantern Festival, marking the end of the celebration.
  5. One sixth of the world’s people celebrate it. It is not only celebrated in Mainland China, but also observed in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vietnam, Singapore and some other Asian countries as well as Chinatowns around the world.
  6. It is the longest public holiday and the whole country is on the move. Most employees have 7-12 days off the work, and students have one month winter vacation. The 2019 Chinese New Year holiday is from February 5th to the 11th.
  7. No matter where they are, people try their best to return home for a family reunion, like westerners attempting to spend Christmas with their families. This makes the world’s largest annual migration, known as the Spring Festival Travel Rush. The total trips made by plane, train, bus and ship can reach nearly 3 billion.
  8. Reunion dinner is a ritual. The reunion dinner on Chinese New Year’s Eve is a big feast to commemorate the past year. This is the most important time to be with families.
  9. Then comes the annual largest usage of fireworks on the planet. Fireworksare an indispensable part of the celebration to liven up the air of Spring Festival. All families set off fireworks to celebrate the festival.
  10. “Guo Nian Hao” is one of the most used Chinese New Year greetings. This is like the westerners saying “Merry Christmas” to each other on Christmas Day. It means “Happy New Year”.

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HP Opens CES 2019 with Stunning Displays, PCs and Security Innovations

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Showcases amazing new experiences for changing workplaces, modern lifestyles, and immersive gaming

  • Unveils displays across consumer portfolio, including the world’s first Quantum Dot on glass display.
  • Extends workplace and security leadership with new Elite innovations, including the world’s brightest business convertible, the world’s first 23.8-inch display with an integrated privacy screen, and the world’s first AiO with an integrated privacy screen.
  • Takes gaming to new heights with the OMEN X Emperium 65 with Soundbar.

At CES 2019, HP introduced a series of bold new product innovations thoughtfully designed for the changing ways people live, work, and play.

HP’s latest products provide powerful new ways for customers to connect, create, and compete – including a lineup of new Elite innovations featuring the next generation of the award-winning Sure View privacy screen; and, the jaw-dropping OMEN X Emperium 65 with Soundbar.

“This is an exciting era of PC innovation, fueled by amazing new experiences across all aspects of our lives. HP is leading the category into the future with incredibly immersive displays that bring computing to life in vivid detail and next-level performance, versatility and security that empowers people to connect with confidence from anywhere, anytime,” said Anne-Sophie Hadberg, General Manager, EMEA Personal Systems Business, HP Inc. “Whether it’s the industry-leading security features of our latest Elite innovations, or the game-changing additions to our OMEN ecosystem, HP’s CES 2019 lineup is reinventing possibilities for our customers.”

Technology Fueling Modern Lifestyles

HP unveiled a new line of Pavilion displays that immerse users in whatever they are creating or watching. The HP Pavilion 27 Quantum Dot is the world’s first Quantum Dot on glass display1, offering over a billion viewable colors. The HP Pavilion 27 FHD offers a variety of unique features including built-in B&O audio and a pop-up privacy camera, and the HP Pavilion 32 QHD is a dynamic display with immersive QHD resolution and stunning vantage points from almost any angle.

In addition to its display innovations, HP announced complementary accessories. A new, ultra-slim HP ENVY USB-C™ Hub enables pass-through charging to your notebook with two USB-A charging ports as well as an HDMI 2.0 port with 4K resolution support. The company also introduced HP 15.6 Odyssey Backpack, designed for carrying HP laptops in style and available in two geometric color patterns.

Creating the Workplace of the Future

The way people work is changing with more open environments and connections from more places outside the office. Security is more important than ever to protect devices, identity, and data.

As part of this changing landscape, HP unveiled a more secure vision for the workplace of the future with the introduction of the third generation of its immensely popular HP Sure View integrated privacy screen[v]. New Elite products featuring HP Sure View Gen3 allow new ways of working while protecting sensitive information on the go, at desks, and around the office.

New products include the HP EliteBook x360 830 G5, the world’s brightest business convertible2, bringing x360 versatility mainstream for on-the-go workers. The HP EliteDisplay E243p Sure View Monitor is the world’s first display with an integrated privacy screen3 and instantly creates privacy in open workspaces. The HP EliteOne 800 AiO G5 is the world’s first AiO with an integrated privacy screen4 and packs desktop discrete graphics performance into a space-saving, sleek design.

Enabling Immersive Gaming Experiences

Today’s competitive gamer demands the newest cutting-edge innovations, with 97 percent of performance gamers purchasing devices that are easily upgradeable, and 71 percent of laptop gamers often connecting to a large screen. Understanding these key customer insights is what drives OMEN by HP to deliver deliver bold and exciting industry firsts that take gaming to new heights.

The OMEN X Emperium 65 Big Format Gaming Display with NVIDIA G-SYNC® HDR is the world’s first big format gaming display with a soundbar, taking the living room gaming experience to new and incredible places with a whopping 144 Hz refresh rate. The display also features the CES Innovation Award-winning OMEN X Emperium Soundbar, the world’s first big format gaming display with a soundbar. This 120 W marvel of technology comes with LOFAR™ Low Frequency Array, VRT™ Vibration Reduction Technology, and a three-way stereo crossover system – which when combined, negate the need for a separate subwoofer.

HP is also updating two of its best-selling OMEN PCs to take advantage of newest technology available. The latest OMEN 15 Laptop now boasts the addition of NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 20-series GPUs that delivers a whole new way to experience gaming on-the-go, and optional 802.11ax Wi-Fi, which combine to form a laptop built to excel in 2019. The newest version of the OMEN Obelisk Desktop goes into overdrive with the latest specs to handle the most rigorous games available. Now capable of up to 64GB of HyperX® Memory, up to NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™2080Ti graphics, up to a 9th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-9900K CPU, Dual SSD w/ RAID0, and liquid cooling, the OMEN Obelisk is ready for anything.

 Pricing and Availability

  • The Pavilion 27 Quantum Dot Display is expected to be available in March for an estimated street price of €429.
  • The HP Pavilion 27 FHD Display is available now for an estimated street price of €329.
  • The HP Pavilion 32 QHD Display is expected to be available in February for an estimated street price of €449.
  • The HP EliteBook x360 830 G5 is expected to be available in April. Pricing will be confirmed closer to availability.
  • The HP EliteDisplay E243p Sure View Monitor is expected to be available in March. Pricing will be confirmed closer to availability.
  • The HP EliteOne 800 G5 AiO is expected to be available in July. Pricing will be confirmed closer to availability.
  • The OMEN X Emperium 65 with integrated soundbar is expected to be available in March for an estimated street price of €4,799.
  • The refreshed OMEN 15 Laptop is expected to be available in February, starting at €1,699.
  • The refreshed OMEN Obelisk Desktop is expected to be available in March, starting at €799. Price will vary depending on configurations.
  • The HP 15.6 Odyssey Backpack is expected to be available in May, starting at €59.99.
  • The HP ENVY USB-C Hub is expected to be available in March, starting at €99.99

 

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2018: A Year of Major Achievements for Transguard

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Key milestones include the successful acquisition of G4S Cash Services,
 two new business launches and nearly AED 3 billion in contracts

Transguard Group delivered an impressive year of results in 2018, with two new business launches, major contract wins and a key acquisition as significant highlights.

“My team has worked incredibly hard over the last year to deliver not only major growth in every business unit but also to develop new opportunities for Transguard, and the results are not only impressive but very exciting,” said Greg Ward, Managing Director. “We’ve accomplished all of this while providing our new and existing customers with the highest level of service, something that we don’t take for granted.”

Among the highlights of 2018, the late December acquisition of Abu Dhabi-based G4S Cash Services effectively positioned Transguard Cash as the nation’s most prolific cash management provider. The acquisition (which saw Transguard take on all customers, more than 500 employees, a number of cash vans and a cash centre) has been widely hailed as a strategic step in the development of Transguard, an Emirates Group company.

New business offerings were also big news for Transguard in 2018: The first, Transguard Delivery, which was launched in February and offers 4- and 9-hour guaranteed deliveries in Dubai, has swiftly become the preferred delivery company for the emirate’s SMEs. In November, Transguard Security added Executive Protection to its portfolio, a new division that offers individually tailored personal security solutions for prominent business leaders, government officials, celebrities and families, with super model Naomi Campbell and Arabic singer Nancy Ajram among its first assignments.

Staff development continued to act as a key theme for Transguard, with employees completing nearly 600,000 training hours in the company’s purpose-built Centre of Excellence. “The market is changing very swiftly, with cost being the obvious driver,” explained Alex MacDonald, Transguard’s Director of Manpower Solutions. “Transguard has taken the unique position of going back to what made us a preferred supplier in the first place: that is, our people. Every day we actively work toward creating a staff that is so well trained that we are the first choice for our customers. That helps reinforce our mission to fully up-skill our people, to innovate in all we do and above all, to deliver fantastic service, which our clients appreciate and is something that our staff can be proud of.”

Another milestone for Transguard was securing nearly AED3 billion in contracts in 2018, both locally- and internationally-based, including renewals and new account wins. “Our Integrated Facilities Services (IFS) division experienced a particularly robust year, with AED 168 million in contracts on the books and continuing growth in various sectors, including major shopping malls in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, as well as popular residential areas in Dubai,” said Stephen Beesley, Transguard’s Chief Operations Officer.

“What sets Transguard apart from other providers is our broad portfolio, which allows us to complement our facilities management services with other offerings, such as security and manpower; this diversity empowers us to continue growing in other areas. For example, Transguard’s combined service portfolio has a very strong presence in the aviation sector, where we work with three of the country’s largest airlines, as well as Dubai’s premier air service provider, for a combined contract value of AED440 million,” said Catherine Masters, Director of Aviation, Logistics and Transport.

“The retail sector has been another success story for Transguard this year, with AED 22 million in contracts for major malls in Dubai and Abu Dhabi,” added Tim Mundell, Transguard’s Chief Security Officer. “Real estate (AED 217 million) and hospitality (AED 76 million) have also had strong showings in 2018, and a strategic partnership with SAP has up-levelled our already strong ability to deploy the right manpower as required.”

Looking ahead, Ward is confident of the company’s continued growth in 2019, particularly in the digital sector. “We’ll be launching at least two new websites this year, as well as a unique app aimed at connecting our off-site employees with a number of services, such as digital payslips, annual leave requests and more,” he explained. “We’re constantly seeking ways we can use digital innovations to complement our people-based services and look forward to introducing these into the market very soon.”

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Smart City Services at Silicon Park Reach Advanced Level of Completion

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Smart Services to be delivered by du in Partnership with Orange Business Services

Smart living is set to become a reality soon as du, from Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), today announced that it is well on schedule to deliver smart city services at Silicon Park, Dubai’s first integrated smart city project taking shape at Dubai Silicon Oasis.

For the first time, du has partnered with Orange Business Services, the business services arm of the Orange Group, to deliver a complete range of smart city services for Silicon Park that is set for completion by Q1 2019.

Operationally, the main data centre infrastructure is already up and running, and over a third of all services are now in various stages of implementation. It is estimated that by the end of Q4 2018, the Internet of Things (IoT) gateways will be commissioned. This will be crucial in driving smart management of environmental practices at Silicon Park.

Farid Faraidooni, Deputy CEO, ICT Solutions, Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), said: “Smart City services constitute our biggest opportunity to enhance the UAE’s position as a global hub for tourism, commerce and as a happy place to live. We are already engaged with Abu Dhabi, Ajman and other emirates in building smart ecosystems in the UAE. Silicon Park is among the most eagerly-anticipated smart living projects in the Middle East region and once delivered, it will act as a significant milestone in realising the vision of Smart Dubai. It showcases our metamorphosis into a credible, integrated ICT services provider and demonstrates inherent strengths and the value that telcos can bring in delivering such ambitious and complex projects.”

Luc Serviant, Vice President – Middle East & Africa, Orange Business Services, said: “We are invested in the future of several of the Middle East region’s smart city projects. We are also one of six strategic partners in Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority’s Dubai Smart City Accelerator. Our end-to-end approach means that we offer solutions across a wide spectrum – from government services, public services, smart parking, smart metering and many more. Our partnership with du combines our global expertise with local insights and experience to contribute to the development of Silicon Park that is set to become Dubai’s first smart city.”

For his part, Engineer Muammar Al Katheeri, Executive Vice President of Engineering and Smart City at Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority, said: “Silicon Park has been conceptualised to leverage smart technology that is central to its DNA. Comprising state-of-the-art infrastructure and amenities, Silicon Park is set to provide 60 smart services with an investment of AED 100 million, in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to transform Dubai into the smartest and happiest city in the world.”

He added: “We are delighted with the attention to detail and high calibre of professionalism the du and Orange Business Services teams are delivering. Their commitment has brought us closer to making smart working & living a reality.”

Smart solutions by du, in partnership with Orange Business Services, are designed to boost productivity and efficiency, even while lowering risks across Silicon Park. Some of these solutions are outlined below:

  1. Operational Management System and Integrated Operations Centre: A network management system that acts as the central nervous system for the smart district. It helps operators consolidate all information from installed smart devices on the park. This enables them to react quickly in dealing with any technical problems and optimise the operational efficiency of district assets.
  2. Community Portal: A web gateway that streamlines the experience of residents and clients trying to access the facilities of the district.
  3. Energy Management Solution: This helps companies at the park manage the energy efficiency of their occupied spaces, paving the way towards predictive energy management services.
  4. Enterprise Application Integration Solution: An information and messaging hub connecting all enterprise applications in a seamless information exchange network.
  5. Project Management Office: To ensure timely and high-quality delivery of the programme, the office will coordinate with multiple stakeholders and all contractors, including DSOA’s ICT division, DSOA’s operations division, architects, and the external ICT vendors who are contributing to the technology and infrastructure operation.
  6. Enterprise Architecture Office: This lays down the architectural guidelines for the technology master plan of the district and drives the whole systems engineering process, while observing widely accepted frameworks (TOGAF).

Once launched, Silicon Park that is constructed with an investment of 1.4 billion, will be supported by smart energy solutions, environmentally sustainable mobility, and smart public amenities and services, all devoted to creating a high quality of life for people living, working and visiting the project. Keeping the objectives of the UAE Vision 2021 in mind, Silicon Park also reflects global trends for smart cities and incorporates most of the KPIs of the UAE National Agenda, including cohesive society, safe public & sustainable environment, and a modern holistic lifestyle. More information is available on https://www.dsoa.ae/en/facilities/silicon-park/

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The Truth About Back Pain in Cold weather

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Experts estimate 80% of us will experience back pain at some time in our lives.

Back pain is one of the most common spinal conditions in the UAE and third most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office. Severe cases can lead to spinal degenerative disease, also known as degenerative disk disease, or any disease of the spinal column, which can range from Herniated Disc, Spinal Stenosis, Degenerated Disc Disease, and Disc Prolapse.

It might be a sharp stab or a dull ache. At some point, 8 out of 10 of us will have back pain. In fact, most people also associate that the colder the weather, the more discomfort occurs in one’s back muscles and joints. Dr. Khaled M Faraj, Sr. Consultant Orthopedic and Spine Surgeon, Burjeel Hospital for Advanced Surgery Dubai identifies some of the myths and facts about Back Pain in cold weather.

Cold weather makes back pain worse

This is not true as there is no scientific evidence that supports this idea. Cold Temperatures do not make an actual condition worse, and it also does not develop a new condition. It means there could be muscle stiffness as the tendons and ligaments in your back tighten and become less flexible, thereby making them much more prone to injuries that in turn can cause you plenty of back pain. Winter back problems may be avoidable when you wear the right clothing to keep you warm, stretch your muscles regularly, stay active and employ basic fall prevention techniques when needed.

Dark and gloomy days in winter may contribute to depression which in turn can cause or aggravate chronic back pain.

Cold temperatures, dark gloomy days and less hours of sunlight stresses can cause a seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which is a type of seasonal depression that can increase one’s sensitivity to back pain. Therefore, during winter, depression can also lead to back pain as body aches and backaches are a common symptom of depression, and research has shown that people with severe depression actually feel pain more intensely than others.

Moreover, depression itself can cause the kind of fatigue that prevents you from exercising and strengthening your core muscles, which in turn puts added stresses on the disks, joints and ligaments in your back, making you more susceptible to low back pain, muscle strains and other injuries.

Exercise can lead to further back pain

Quite the contrary as exercise is extremely important to alleviate back pain. If you don’t stretch or exercise your back a few times a week, it will lose the strength necessary to provide a straight posture and pain-free movement in the body. Exercise is the best way to help with your sciatica. In fact, Cold weather may discourage you from exercising, which can be a formula for back pain. Try indoor exercises such as yoga and aerobics, swimming in a temperature controlled warm pool, or perhaps working out on a stationary bicycle. You’ll be surprised at how much more energy and less pain you have just by staying active throughout the winter.

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PTI’s GOVERNMENT DETERMINED TO BRING GREEN REVOLUTION IN THE COUNTRY.AIJAZ ALAM AUGUSTINE

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Provincial Minister HR&MA Aijaz Alam Augustine has said that the government of Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is determined to bring green revolution in the country and for this all available resources have been utilized. He said that according to vision of I.K, Punjab Government is taking all possible measures to facilitate the lives of ordinary people in the province. He said that Christmas Grant’s procedure started from Okara City and in the next step will be moved to all over the province. These views stated by provincial Minister HR&MA in a cheque distribution ceremony to vulnerable people held at St. James Catholic Church, Okada. He presented cheques of financial aid regarding Christmas grant worth of 750,000 among 151 vulnerable people of Okara. After while, the provincial Mnister Aijaz Alam visited various areas of Okara city to review Clean and Green Drive initiated by P.M IK. On the occasion, talking to media representatives, the provincial minister said that clean and green drive will change the fate of upcoming generation and all the stakeholders are fully cooperating in this regard. He also advised to DC Okara to make all necessary arrangements for improvement in the city’s cleanliness situation. DC Okara Maryam Khan, ADC, Revenue Khurram Shehzad, AC Umar Maqsood, CO Municipal Iftikhar Fida Mir, General Councilor, Abdul Hameed Judge and relevant persons were also present on the occassion.

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INTRIGUING FINISHES ON THE CARDS

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Jaguars take 188-run, first innings lead over Pride; Red Force under pressure against Hurricanes; Volcanoes, Scorpions in titanic battle

All three matches in the West Indies Championship seem headed for intriguing finishes after play on Sunday.

Veteran left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul helped bowl front-runners and four-time defending champions Guyana Jaguars to a 188-run, first-innings lead over the star-studded Barbados Pride at Kensington Oval on the third day of the third round of matches, leaving the visitors to decide overnight if to enforce the follow-on.

Meantime, Rovman Powell, the WINDIES One-day International captain for the Tour of Bangladesh last month, snared two scalps to leave the Windward Islands Volcanoes pursuit of 287 for victory delicately poised against the Jamaica Scorpions in their day/night contest at Sabina Park.

And, first innings century-maker Montcin Hodge fashioned an unbeaten half-century to follow up a four-wicket haul from irrepressible off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall, as Leeward Islands Hurricanes left Trinidad and Tobago Red Force to chase 342 for victory at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy.

Jaguars (548) vs Pride (360) in Bridgetown, Barbados

Permaul spearheaded the Jaguars’ attack with 4-124 from 35 overs, but Dowrich defied the Jaguars’ attack with the top score of 81 that included 11 fours and two sixes from 113 balls in close to 2 ½ hours at the crease and Carter supported with 68 decorated with nine fours from 127 balls in 3 ¼ hours of batting.

The pair shared 141 for the fifth wicket, as the Pride, resuming on 33 for one, batted the entire day before being dismissed on the stroke of the close, leaving Jaguars’ captain Leon Johnson and management overnight to decide on the follow-on and their bowlers to get a good night’s rest.

Pride consolidated early through a 73-run, second-wicket stand between WINDIES Test opener Kraigg Brathwaite with 43 and their captain Shamarh Brooks with 34 – but they slumped to 123 for four before Dowrich and Carter came to the rescue.

The home team were set back however, when they both fell in the last 20 minutes before tea and it was left to WINDIES Test and ODI captain Jason Holder with 44 and the lower order to keep them afloat.

Scorpions (210 & 189) vs Volcanoes (113) & 176-4 in Kingston, Jamaica

Volcanoes captain and Test batsman Kirk Edwards was not out on 35 and former WINDIES Under-19 batsman Kavem Hodge was not out 15, carrying the fight for the visitors to collect the remaining 110 needed for victory into the final day.

Former WINDIES Under-19 batsman Roland Cato hit eight fours in 54 from 144 balls and veteran left-hander Devon Smith made 44 in a second-wicket stand of 68 that gave the Volcanoes a strong start to the chase.

But they were both swept away, along with WINDIES batsman Sunil Ambris before the close to leave the run chase in a shaky position.

Earlier, a 52-run stand for the seventh wicket between Assad Fudadin and Aldaine Thomas failed to inspire the Scorpions and they were bowled out before the interval.

Fudadin ended with the top score of 48, Thomas made 31 and the remaining batsman offered token resistance only.

Josh Thomas was the most successful Volcanoes bowler with 4-44 from 19 overs.

Hurricanes (425 & 168-6 dec) vs Red Force (252) & 26-0 in Tarouba, Trinidad

Test batsman Kyle Hope was not out on six and former WINDIES Under-19 left-hander Jeremy Solozano was not out on 16, as Red Force made a resolute start to their chase.

But they were put under further pressure following an unbeaten 77 from opener Hodge.

He struck 10 fours from 131 balls in nearly 3 ¼ hours, putting on 43 for the third wicket with Devon Thomas and 39 for the sixth wicket with Cornwall, who made 22, before the Hurricanes declared, leaving themselves about 40 minutes before the close to bowl at the Red Force.

Earlier, Cornwall ended with 4-73 from 37 overs and WINDIES fast bowler Alzarri Joseph finished with 3-80 from 17 overs to help bowl the Hurricanes to a 173-run, first innings lead.

Solozano was the Red Force top-scorer with 80 and a string of small partnerships helped to push the home team to a respectable total.

RESULTS OF MATCHES

 

ROUND 1

Thursday, December 6 to Sunday, December 9

Volcanoes lost to Jaguars by 125 runs – Daren Sammy Cricket Ground, St. Lucia

Pride lost to Hurricanes by 34 runs – Three Ws Oval, Barbados

 

ROUND 2

Thursday, December 13 to Sunday, December 16

Pride beat Scorpions by 41 runs – Three Ws Oval

Hurricanes lost to Jaguars by nine wickets – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Antigua

Red Force lost to Volcanoes by 76 runs – Brian Lara Cricket Academy

SCHEDULE OF MATCHES

(All matches start at 10 am daily, except where indicated)

ROUND 1

Thursday, March 14 to Sunday, March 17

Red Force vs Scorpions – Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Trinidad

ROUND 3

Friday, January 4 to Monday, January 7

Scorpions vs Volcanoes – Sabina Park, Jamaica (2 pm start daily)

Red Force vs Hurricanes – Brian Lara Cricket Academy

Pride vs Jaguars – Kensington Oval, Barbados

ROUND 4

Thursday, January 10 to Sunday, January 13

Scorpions vs Red Force – Sabina Park

Jaguars vs Volcanoes – Guyana National Stadium, Guyana (9:30 am start daily)

Thursday, March 14 to Sunday, March 17

Hurricanes vs Pride – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground

ROUND 5

Thursday, January 17 to Sunday, January 20

Jaguars vs Hurricanes – Guyana National Stadium (9:30 am start daily)

Red Force vs Pride – Brian Lara Cricket Academy (2 pm start daily)

Volcanoes vs Scorpions – National Cricket Stadium, Grenada

ROUND 6

Thursday, January 31 to Sunday, February 3

Hurricanes vs Scorpions – Warner Park, St. Kitts (2 pm start daily)

Red Force vs Jaguars – Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad

Pride vs Volcanoes – Kensington Oval

ROUND 7

Thursday, February 7 to Sunday, February 10

Jaguars vs Scorpions – Guyana National Stadium

Pride vs Red Force – Kensington Oval

Volcanoes vs Hurricanes – Windsor Park, Dominica

ROUND 8

Thursday, February 21 to Sunday, February 24

Hurricanes vs Red Force – Warner Park

Scorpions vs Jaguars – Sabina Park

Volcanoes vs Pride – Arnos Vale Sports Complex, St. Vincent

ROUND 9

Thursday, February 28 to Sunday, March 3

Scorpions vs Hurricanes – Sabina Park

Jaguars vs Pride – Guyana National Stadium

Volcanoes vs Red Force – Arnos Vale Sports Complex

ROUND 10

Thursday, March 7 to Sunday, March 10

Scorpions vs Pride – Sabina Park

Jaguars vs Red Force – Guyana National Stadium (2 pm start daily)

Hurricanes vs Volcanoes – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground

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