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GDA hosts training programme for Bapco, Adnoc employees

Gulf Downstream Association (GDA) recently organised a three-day Refinery Business Economics course for employees of Bahrain Petroleum Company and Abu Dhabi National Oil Company in co-ordiantion with industrial giant Honeywell UOP. GDA was founded by Saudi Aramco, Bapco, Kuwait Petroleum....
 

'Long journey' over for first mixed-sex civil partners The Guardian

© PA Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan outside Kensington and Chelsea Register. The couple whose legal battle paved the way for a change in the law has walked out of a register office as one of the first heterosexual couples in England and Wales to enter into a civil partnership.

GoZone Has WiFi Advertising Solution for Retailers

, a US-based venue intelligence and guest engagement company, has released an advanced WiFi advertising solution which allows venues to further monetize guest WiFi networks. The company's newest feature release includes interactive campaigns on captive portal and landing pages that enable venues to....

Campaigners call for cap on skilled workers seeking jobs in post-Brexit Britain

The campaign group has warned migrant numbers will soar and millions of workers could face increased competition for their jobs unless unless a cap is introduced. It said easing visa restrictions on the numbers, qualifications and salary levels of skilled migrants from both the EU and non-EU....

Movita Johnson-Harrel: Pennsylvania’s First Female Muslim State Rep. Resigns in Embezzlement Scandal [VIDEO]

*A West Philadelphia woman recently elected as the first Muslim woman to the state legislature has pleaded guilty to criminal charges, including theft and tampering with public records, state Attorney General Josh Shapiro said. State Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell turned herself into the state Attorney....

Scheme to grip onto power in Qld revealed

With their 32-year reign over Queensland facing a collapse in 1989, the state's National Party devised a scheme to delay an upcoming election. Support for the party was fading after the Fitzgerald Inquiry found systematic corruption in the state's police force and government just two years earlier.

Macron set to stand firm in pension strike standoff

French President Emmanuel Macron will address the nation Tuesday in a bid to win support for a pension overhaul that has prompted the biggest transport strike in decades, upending travel plans for thousands over the holidays. The strike -- now the longest such transport stoppage since the mid 1980s....

China's Anbang Insurance in fresh attempt to sell stake in Chengdu bank

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s Anbang Insurance Group, which was taken over by the government last year, said it has put its 35% stake in Chengdu Rural Commercial Bank up for sale for 16.5 billion yuan ($2.4 billion), its second attempt to offload the lender.

Violent protests erupt around U.S. Embassy in Baghdad after U.S. air strikes

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Protesters and militia fighters enraged by U.S. air strikes on Iraq staged a violent demonstration outside the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad on Tuesday, torching a security post and hurling stones as security forces and embassy guards hit back with stun grenades and tear gas.

Angola freezes assets of ex-president's daughter in graft probe

Since ending ex-President Jose Eduardo dos Santos’ nearly 40-year grip on power in 2017, Lourenço has been trying to reduce the influence of the former first family, recover lost assets and privatise state firms. Africa’s wealthiest woman, Isabel dos Santos amassed a fortune widely estimated at more....

Thousands lose jobs, casinos shut as Cambodia bans online gambling

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - More than 7,000 Cambodians have lost their jobs and dozens of casinos have been shuttered since a ban on online gambling in August, with more losses expected when the government begins inspections this week, officials said on Tuesday.

Pakistan starts heath cards for trans people to improve care

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan began issuing special health ID cards for transgender people on Tuesday as way to lessen health care discrimination. Trans people have often been denied treatment in Pakistan because doctors could not decide whether to treat them in a male or female ward, and have even died for lack of care.

Governor fires 34 prison guard trainees who gave Nazi salute

CHARLESTON, W. Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s governor has fired 34 correction officer trainees who were photographed giving a Nazi salute, and he fired their instructor. He also says four instructors are being suspended without pay. Republican Gov. Jim Justice announced his decision Monday after....

Germany shuts nuclear plant as it phases out atomic energy

BERLIN (AP) — Germany is shutting down one of its seven remaining nuclear power plants as part of a planned phase-out of atomic energy production by the end of 2022. Utility company EnBW has said it will take the Philippsburg Nuclear Power Plant off the grid at 7 p.m. (1800 GMT) Tuesday. The plant’s license to operate expires at midnight.

Reform of the Constitution of Serbia: Two years late, amendments still problematic

Serbia is two years late with the changes of its Constitution in the parts concerning the independence of the judiciary. The original deadline for the amendments was the end of the year 2017. Revision of the Action Plan for the Chapter 23 postponed the reform for the second and third quarter of 2018.

Carriage driver hospitalised after horse runs wild in Marsa

A carriage driver has been hospitalised after the horse pulling the carriage he was steering ran wild in Marsa. The incident took place at around 12:30pm on Tuesday on Triq Dicembru Tlettax. The horse ran off with the carriage, police have said, with the driver unable to control him.

Kashmir: text messaging services to be restored in disputed region

Authorities in Indian-controlled Kashmir are to restore text messaging services in the disputed region, almost five months after India’s government downgraded its semi-autonomy and imposed a strict security and communications lockdown. A local government spokesman, Rohit Kansal, said the decision was made after a review of the situation.

'What an insult': CES names Ivanka Trump as keynote speaker

;’I am excited to join this year for a substantive discussion on the how the government is working with private-sector leaders to ensure American students and workers are equipped to thrive in the modern, digital economy,’ Ivanka Trump said. Photograph: Ammar Abd Rabbo/AFP via Getty Images.

Ghosn escaped Japan 'hiding in a musical instrument case'

A private plane was waiting to whisk the former corporate titan to Istanbul, Turkey. From there he appears to have boarded a Bombardier Challenger private jet for a flight to Lebanon , where he arrived before dawn on Monday. The flight path recorded by plane tracking site FlightRadar shows the jet disappear at 4.

National Colorado town says it was scammed out of $1 million KMGH Staff 8:29 AM, Dec 31, 2019

to cover the construction of a bridge. The town said unknown perpetrators were able to steal $1,016,233.80 meant for SEMA Construction, Inc, the primary contractor in the construction of the Erie Parkway bridge. On Oct. 21, someone completed an electronic form on the town’s website requesting a....

Young Arabs are Changing their Beliefs and Perceptions: New Survey

The main findings were published by The Economist on 5 December 2019, showing that ‘across the region the share of people expressing much trust in political parties, most of which have a religious tint, has fallen by well over a third since 2011, to 15 per cent. … The doubts extend to religious leaders.

Turkey and Libya: Bilateral Deal Ushers ...

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (C) holds a press conference after his meeting with Chairman of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) at the headquarters of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) prior to Turkish parliament session for possible military deployment in Libya, in Ankara, on December 30, 2019.

Common people to derive benefits of economic stability in 2020: Firdous Awan

ISLAMABAD: The common people of Pakistan will drive benefits of economic stability in 2020, Prime Minister Imran Khan's special assistant on information and broadcasting, Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, said Tuesday. Dr Awan was speaking at a press conference where she said the country's overall political....

SHC stops PIA CEO Air Marshal Arshad Malik from working

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday stopped the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) CEO Air Marshal Arshad Malik from performing his functions as the airline's chief executive officer. A petition challenging Malik's appointment as the CEO by Safdar Anjum, the general secretary of the....

US stocks open lower as a record-breaking year winds down

Purchase: Order Reprint NEW YORK — Stocks are off to a mixed start on Wall Street on the last day of 2019. Many world markets, including Tokyo's, have already ended trading for the year. The S&P 500 is on track for its best year since 2013. U.S. markets are open for a full trading day before the New Year's Day holiday on Wednesday.

Governor fires 34 prison guard trainees who gave Nazi salute

Republican Gov. Jim Justice announced his decision Monday after receiving a report from state investigators that the trainees regularly gave the Nazi salute "as a sign of respect" for their instructor in the weeks prior to the release of the photo. Its release earlier this month triggered widespread outrage.

Pakistan starts heath cards for trans people to improve care

Trans people have often been denied treatment in Pakistan because doctors could not decide whether to treat them in a male or female ward, and have even died for lack of care. The government plans to set up separate wards in hospitals around the country for transgender patients, according to Dr.

Facebook tracks you offline: How to make it stop

You may not agree with Facebook’s practices, but it’s hard to argue against its effectiveness. Advertisers are willing to pay big bucks to access your data collected through the social media platform. Depending on your settings, social media sites and other big tech — Facebook included — monitor....

Syd Mead, 'Blade Runner' visual artist, dead at 86

Autoline journalist John McElroy first reported the news, which was confirmed by his spouse Roger Servick to several media outlets. Mead was set to receive the Art Directors Guild’s William Cameron Menzies Award during the Guild’s 24th Annual awards in February for his contributions on “Aliens,” “ Blade Runner ” and “Star Trek: The Motion Picture....

Andrew McCarthy on Peter Strzok accusing government of violating his rights: 'He will not succeed in lawsuit'

agent Peter Strzok will not succeed in suing the government for violating his rights, saying “he is going to strike out.” McCarthy made the statement on “ Fox & Friends ” one day after Strzok filed the lawsuit in Washington, D.C., federal district court arguing that his politically charged....

Litzman: We will consider restrictions on those who refuse vaccination

. At the Calcalist conference Minister of Health Yaakov Litzman (UTJ) said the government is considering placing restrictions on people who refuse to get vaccinated. The restrictions could involve travel rights and driver licenses among other things.
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