Wednesday, June 28
Facebook and Twitter bigger for retail in ME than globally

Facebook and Twitter bigger for retail in ME than globally

News, Technology, World
The new study surveyed over 1,000 people in the UAE, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia DUBAI A retail report from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Middle East shows that regionally, 25 per cent more people use Facebook and Twitter to find inspiration for purchases compared to globally. Approximately 64 per cent of residents in the Middle East use the social platforms for inspiration, compared to 39 per cent globally, according to the new report by the professional services firm. The latest edition of PwC’s Middle East Total Retail Survey for 2017 also showed that 51 per cent of shoppers surveyed have never used Amazon, ahead of the platform’s arrival in the UAE this year. PwC’s latest report, released on Monday, suggests that the retail sector is witnessing seismic developments with n
Dubai’s quest to join world’s fashion capitals gathers pace

Dubai’s quest to join world’s fashion capitals gathers pace

Entertainment, News, World
  Dubai's quest to join world's fashion capitals gathers pace Dubai: The first steps towards developing a full-scale “Dubai Fashion Week” and then turning it into a fixture on the international fashion calendar are on. The suggestions put forward by an expert panel are now with the higher authorities for a possible go ahead. If it does so, Dubai then stands more than a good chance of creating — and sustaining — a high-profile event that would do a world of good to the emerging fashion and design industry here and in the region, according to a senior source. “A framework for a possible DFW has been suggested and hopefully it will see the light,” said Patrick Chalhoub, member of the Board of Directors at Dubai Design and Fashion Council. “There is already a Dub
10 Surprising Benefits Of Strawberries

10 Surprising Benefits Of Strawberries

Health
The health benefits of strawberries include improved eye care, proper brain function, relief from high blood pressure, arthritis, gout and various cardiovascular diseases. The impressive polyphenolic and antioxidantcontent of strawberries make them good for improving the immune system, preventing against various types of cancers and for reducing the signs of premature aging. These berries, with their tempting looks and spectacular taste, have secured their place in the list of favorite fruits of a lot of people a long time ago. Strawberries have the common scientific name of Fragaria, but there are different suffixes for different varieties, such as Fragaria Vesca for wild strawberry, and Fragaria Orientalis for Eastern Strawberries, among others. Strawberries grow in bushes and are one
Run For Your Life: 6 Health Benefits Of Running Just 5 Minutes Every Day

Run For Your Life: 6 Health Benefits Of Running Just 5 Minutes Every Day

Health
Non-runners view running as a painful, tedious, and exhausting form of exercise that should be avoided unless you’re trying to get in shape and lose weight. The post-workout panting and muscle soreness may do more for your health, though, than just shed the pounds and tone you up. Running just five minutes a day can actually reduce your all-cause risk of mortality and let you breathe in three more years of life. Currently, only five percent of American adults do some sort of physical activity on any given day, according to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. These vigorous physical activities include using cardiovascular exercise equipment and running. The average healthy adult should actually be doing at least two hours and 30 minutes each week or aerobic physical activity
Instant bank transfers are coming to PayPal and Venmo

Instant bank transfers are coming to PayPal and Venmo

Technology
PayPal announced this morning a plan to speed up money transfers between its service, Venmo and users’ bank accounts for those with supported MasterCard and Visa debit cards. This new “instant transfers” service will be available at a rate of $0.25 per transaction, and will deliver funds in a matter of minutes, instead of the day or so it typically takes when using PayPal or Venmo. PayPal has been operating in the peer-to-peer payments business for nearly two decades, but the company has been more recently challenged by a number of newcomers, like Square Cash, for example, whose key advantage has been the ability to “cash out” to your bank account instantly. Now PayPal and Venmo will offer a similar option for debit card holders with supported cards from Visa and MasterCard. The comp
US President’s lawyer says Donald Trump not under investigation, despite tweets

US President’s lawyer says Donald Trump not under investigation, despite tweets

News
President Donald Trump's personal lawyer said on Sunday (June 18) that Trump is not under investigation in the probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential race, a statement that appeared to contradict a comment Trump himself made on Twitter last week. Jay Sekulow, a lawyer who is part of a team hired by Trump to deal with allegations of collusion by his campaign with Moscow, made the rounds on Sunday talk shows to cast doubt on media reports citing unnamed sources - and to add nuance to a straightforward claim Trump made on Friday that he was under investigation. "The fact of the matter is the president has not been and is not under investigation," Sekulow said on CBS' Face the Nation - in one of four interviews he gave on Sunday - adding that the president ha...
President Emmanuel Macron’s party wins massive majority in French parliament

President Emmanuel Macron’s party wins massive majority in French parliament

News
French President Emmanuel Macron's centrist party won a massive majority in parliamentary elections on Sunday, dominating the country's traditional forces in a dramatic re-drawing of the political map. Macron's year-old Republic on the Move (REM) and their allies were set to win between 355 and 425 seats in the 577-seat National Assembly, according to partial results after the second round of an election in which many high-profile figures were thrown out. The result, if confirmed, would give 39-year-old Macron one of France's biggest post-war majorities, strengthening his hand in implementing his programme of business-friendly reforms. The assembly is set to be transformed with a new generation of lawmakers - younger, more ethnically diverse and with far more women than the ou...
Portugal declares three days mourning as battle to contain deadly forest fire continues

Portugal declares three days mourning as battle to contain deadly forest fire continues

News, World
Portugal declared three days of national mourning on Sunday after a forest fire triggered by thunderstorms in the north of the country killed more than 60 people, many of them fleeing in their cars. At least 30 people died in vehicles, with more bodies found near cars on the side of a road and others in rural areas near Pedrogao Grande, Secretary of State for Internal Administration Jorge Gomes said in comments broadcast Sunday by RTP. According to an initial analysis by the Judicial Police, the fire was caused by a dry thunderstorm, Gomes said. Government officials said an assessment will be made of the cause. "So many deaths represent an almost unprecedented tragedy in the history of democratic Portugal,'' President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said in a televised speech on Sunda...
Cambridge University refuses to return Aboriginal artifacts to Australia

Cambridge University refuses to return Aboriginal artifacts to Australia

Education, World
The University of Cambridge has refused a request by an Australian man to return important Aboriginal artifacts taken by British explorer Captain James Cook nearly 250 years ago. Rodney Kelly is seeking the return of four spears from the university's Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology on behalf of the Gweagal people, who traditionally inhabited southern parts of Sydney, Australia's largest city. According to the university, Cook took the spears following a violent first encounter between Aborigines and Europeans on the shores of Botany Bay in Sydney in 1770. He also took a shield, which is currently held by the British Museum and for which Kelly has also sought repatriation. The artifacts are recognised as a significant symbol of first contact between the British and indig...
John Avildsen, director of ‘Rocky’ and ‘Karate Kid,’ dies at 81

John Avildsen, director of ‘Rocky’ and ‘Karate Kid,’ dies at 81

Entertainment, World
John G. Avildsen, who directed "Rocky" and "The Karate Kid" -- two dark-horse, underdog favourites that went on to become Hollywood franchises -- died Friday at age 81. Anthony Avildsen said his father died Friday in Los Angeles from pancreatic cancer. "He was a pretty extraordinary man in my estimation. He was super talented and very driven and very stubborn and that was to his detriment but also often to his benefit," Anthony Avildsen said. "Rocky" was a huge success. It won Oscars for best picture, director (Avildsen) and editing and was nominated for seven others. No less a Hollywood eminence than Frank Capra loved it, telling The New York Times in 1977, "When I saw it, I said, 'Boy, that's a picture I wish I had made.' " For his part, Avildsen said Capra -- who also champion...