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24/08/2019

"Do Work Hired To Do, Not Spend Time On Non-Work Topics": Google To Staff

Google has a message to its workers: heads down and do your job.Google issued new guidelines in a memo Friday for how its roughly 100,000 employees ought to conduct themselves. Out are open free-ranging discussions about politics, news stories and other non-work related topics, not to mention name-calling and bullying. In are work-related and fact-based conversations, as well as manager-led crackdowns on violative speech or behavior.The spirit of the recommendations appear to fly in the face of Google's famously uninhibited culture, where workers are encouraged to spend 20% of their time working on personal side projects and new ideas are...

Xiaomi will soon offer loans in India using Mi Credit services

China’s Xiaomi is poised to launch a consumer lending business in India in the coming weeks, making an ambitious tilt at the booming financial services market where data privacy concerns and fierce competition present formidable challenges. The stakes are high for the world’s fourth largest mobile phone vendor, whose business model relies on low-margin hardware sales with services as a key long-term profit centre. The company reported disappointing second-quarter earnings on Tuesday and its shares are trading at slightly over half their 2018 IPO price Xiaomi is betting it can leverage its number one position in India’s smartphone market to...
24/08/2019

Amazon fires: Brazil sends army to help tackle blazes

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWorldwide protests on Friday over Brazilian government inaction on Amazon fires Brazil's president has ordered the armed forces to help fight a record number of forest fires in the Amazon.A decree issued by President Jair Bolsonaro authorises the deployment of soldiers in nature reserves, indigenous lands and border areas in the region.The announcement comes after intense pressure from European leaders.Mr Bolsonaro has criticised the reaction of other nations, insisting wildfires "cannot be used as a pretext" for punitive sanctions.It came after France and Ireland said they would not ratify a huge trade...

24/08/2019

Trump Adds 5% Tariff On Chinese Goods In Latest Tit-For-Tat Escalation

Washington: President Donald Trump on Friday demanded that U.S. companies stop doing business with China and announced he would raise the rate of tariffs on Beijing, capping one of the most extraordinary days in the long-running U.S.-China trade war.By the end of the trading day, the Dow Jones industrial average had fallen 623 points, or 2.3 percent; the business community had ratcheted up criticisms of the president; and world leaders descending on the Group of Seven summit in France were confronted with the prospect of a global slowdown, triggered by a trade war with no end in sight.The combination of...
24/08/2019

Two Egyptians fight in vegetable market

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 22: A dispute between two Egyptians working in the vegetable market resulted in the injury to one of them and loss of 300 dinars, allegedly stolen by the suspect who is gone into hiding after allegedly assaulting his compatriot, reports Al-Rai daily. A security source told the daily that the Egyptian has submitted a medical report to the police according to which his left eye is bruised Police are looking for the suspect.
24/08/2019

China releases British consulate worker detained at border

A worker at the UK consulate in Hong Kong has been released by mainland China after being held at the border, a statement on his Facebook page says.Simon Cheng went missing on 8 August during a business trip to Shenzhen.China's foreign ministry confirmed that Mr Cheng had been detained for 15 days for violating public security laws. The UK had said it was "extremely concerned" by his detention. It comes as anti-government protests in Hong Kong enter their third month. The large-scale demonstrations were sparked by a now-suspended extradition bill that would have allowed Hong Kong to send criminal suspects...


24/08/2019

Don't stop meds because of an ad, advise doctors in UAE

The billboard in Dubai that had drawn flak for its 'beat diabetes in 10 days' message remains a hot topic among doctors and residents - even after it had been taken down.'Beat diabetes, arthritis and back pain in only 10 days with no medicines' was the full advertising statement that angered health experts the most. The billboard was advertising a yoga centre called 'Sanjeev Krishna Yoga' and it was promoting one of their programmes, 'Rhythm of Life'.Doctors said such "tall claims could lead to life-threatening consequences for patients".Dr Venkiteswaran Ramanathan, medical director at Aster Hospitals UAE, said: "Such billboards are...
24/08/2019

Back-to-school woes: Fees hit parents hard

With a little over a week to go before the new school year starts, Sharjah resident Sanna has been frantically calling her parent friends, checking if any of them have old textbooks her daughter could use."Please keep your child's books for my daughter, I can share hers for your younger kids, too," Sanna would tell her pals.For a number of parents in the UAE, this has become a yearly routine to minimise education expenses ­- which all have to be paid on top of hefty rents and day-to-day costs.Sharjah resident Shazia said: "Looking at the spiraling costs of books, fees...
24/08/2019

Illinois trooper serving warrant dies from gunshot wounds

An Illinois State Police trooper died from wounds suffered early Friday while executing a search warrant in East St. Louis. Trooper Nicholas Hopkins, 33, of Waterloo, a 10-year veteran of the force, was wounded during an exchange of gunfire while serving the warrant at an East St. Louis home, said State Police Acting Director Brendan Kelly. He later died at a hospital. After the shooting, police surrounded the home and arrested three people. Police remained on the scene throughout the day, uncertain if another suspect was barricaded in the house, according to authorities. The three people arrested were not identified....

FDA to perform heart surgery using computer assistance

Over a hundred heart patients in the US will undergo trial for an innovative, computer-assisted surgery this fall. The FDA plans to try the new computational medicine approach, called Optimal Target Identification via Modelling of Arrhythmogenesis (OPTIMA), with 160 heart patients, Engadget reports. By using an MRI scan, the team creates a model of the heart's atria chambers, complete with simulated virtual cells with an electrical pulse to see where an irregular heartbeat develops. After operating on the virtual model multiple times for current or future complications, the team designs a single treatment plan which the surgeon simply follows when...

24/08/2019

KT EXCLUSIVE: Even the sky is not the limit for UAE-India ties, says Indian PM Modi

In an exclusive interview to Khaleej Times, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi says strengthening ties with the UAE remains one of the most important foreign policy priorities of his government. Talking about cooperation in all sectors between the two sides, he says the rapport shared between leaders has helped the countries break new ground. Tolerant UAE and secular India, he emphasises, are natural partners. PM Modi also provides insights into his leadership style and says India is ripe for investments. Edited excerpts from the interview: 1. This is your third visit to the UAE. Your last term was marked by...
24/08/2019

White Florida man convicted of manslaughter for fatally shooting unarmed black man in dispute over parking spot

White Florida man convicted of manslaughter for fatally shooting unarmed black man in dispute over parking spot.

Twitter releases list of 2019's top trends in India

Happy Birthday hashtag! Micro-blogging site Twitter is celebrating the 12th birthday of the hashtag on Friday and to mark the occasion the platform launched an emoji to celebrate the symbol that connects communities and unifies conversations. The specially designed emoji is made in the shape of a heart with a stamped hashtag symbol, showing how hashtags have transformed the nature of communication online. Twitter has made the emoji live for the day and it will be available across the platform in English and Hindi. Users can easily participate in the conversations and celebrate by hashtag-ing their conversations by using the...

IND-WI first Test: India bundle out for 297, Windies trail by 108 runs

St. John's: After bundling out India for 297, West Indies were trailing by 108 runs as they scored 189/8 at the end of play on day two of the first Test on Saturday. For West Indies, Kraigg Brathwaite and John Campbell opened the innings and stitched a brief 36 runs partnership for the first wicket. Campbell (23) was sent to pavilion by Mohammad Shami in the 8th over. Shamrah Brooks joined Brathwaite in the middle and the duo added 12 runs to the total before the latter was caught and bowled by Ishant Sharma. He played a knock of 14...
24/08/2019

Modi visit: Tolerant UAE, secular India

Tolerant UAE and secular India together are powerful forces for global peace and harmony. The leadership of both sides consider each other as brothers, said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an exclusive interview to Khaleej Times on Friday.The India prime minister was warmly received in Abu Dhabi by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, ministers and senior officials.The UAE tops India's foreign policy agenda and the surge in ties in the past five years is a win-win for both the countries, Modi said...
24/08/2019

Correction: Cyber Fraud-Money Laundering story

In a story Aug. 22 about federal authorities breaking up an international theft ring, The Associated Press reported erroneously the suspects are accused of stealing at least $46 million. The alleged thefts actually totaled $6 million, and authorities say the suspects attempted to steal another $40 million. A corrected version of the story is below: FBI: International crime ring targeted elderly and lonely Federal authorities broke an international crime ring that stole millions through fraud schemes and money laundering By STEFANIE DAZIO Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — The relationship between a Japanese woman and a U.S. Army captain stationed...


24/08/2019

Kirsten Dunst shines in quirky 'On Becoming a God in Central Florida'

(CNN)"On Becoming a God in Central Florida" is every bit as quirky as its title in mostly good ways, foremost by providing a darkly comic vehicle for Kirsten Dunst, who sinks her teeth into this jaundiced look at the pursuit of the American Dream.Counting George Clooney among its producers, the series takes place in Florida (duh) in 1992, where Dunst's Krystal Stubbs is a minimum-wage employee who -- after being dealt an enormous, shocking setback -- begins trying to take control of her own destiny.Kirsten Dunst discovered it's harder to make TV than movies with new Showtime series"I won't be...
24/08/2019

Worst drought in decades hits Chile capital and outskirts

Officials in Chile say the capital city and its outskirts are suffering from the worst drought in many years. The government has declared an agricultural emergency in many areas to try to fast-track a series of relief measures for farmers, including provision of drinking water and medicine for animals. Santiago Metropolitan region, Coquimbo, Valparaiso and O'Higgins are among the worst-hit areas. Agriculture Minister Antonio Walker said this week that 2019 is one of the driest years Chile has faced in six decades. Officials are increasingly concerned by the effects of climate change after a long-drought. The world's leading copper-producing country...