BRITS are keen to leave lockdown for Dubai's white, sandy beaches. But will the holiday hotspot be on the green list for foreign holiday destinations? Will Dubai be on the green list for summer holidays? Brits hope that the Caribbean and the UAE may make the cut for green list destinations. But at this stage, it appears unlikely that Dubai will on the green list for summer holidays . Which means it may end up on the amber list, or - even worse - the red list. CNBC reports: "The UAE's potentially indefinite status on the UK’s 'red list' for travel has stoked anger and confusion." Transport Secretary Grant Shapps indicated the Gulf state might stay on the red list as it's an international transit hub - despite its falling Covid cases and a successful vaccination campaign. “We’re not restricting the UAE due to the level of coronavirus in the UAE,” Shapps told an aviation event, adding, "the issue is one of transit". Just a handful of locations … [Read more...] about Will Dubai be on the green list for summer holidays?
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The United Arab Emirates jailed an academic for ten years on Wednesday over tweets that criticized Egypt, a key ally of the Gulf nation, state media reported. An appeals court found Nasser bin Ghaith guilty of "communicating with secret organizations," and "offensive" online posts, according to state news agency WAM . The court said that he had published "photos and articles that are offensive to the state's symbols and values, its internal and foreign policies and its relations with an Arab state." The authorities did not specify what the social media posts said, or which posts led to his arrest. Plain-clothed police arrested the economist in an Abu Dhabi raid in August 2015. His family did not hear about the charges facing him, and were not allowed to see him for months, according to reports following his arrest. Amnesty International condemned the ruling, describing Ghaith's imprisonment as "another devastating blow for freedom of expression in the United Arab Emirates." … [Read more...] about UAE Jails Academic for 10 Years Over Egypt Tweets
Next I ndia will soon get the tallest residential tower in the world - Lodha’s World One. The tower is coming up on a 17.5-acre site, which belonged to Srinivas Cotton Mills in Mumbai. Lodha Group acquired the plot for Rs 250 crore (US$40 million). The project is estimated to complete in 2014, according to Wikipedia. World One's architect is Pei Cobb Freed & Partners with Armani. Leslie E. Robertson Associates is the structural engineer. The apartment prices in World One would start from Rs 7.5 crore (US$1.2 million) and the most expensive one by as much as Rs 50 crore (US$8.0 million), according to Wikipedia. The project has three type of flats. World residences are three and four bedroom houses, which have curved glass living room and wide sundecks attached to every room. World Villas are lavish four-bedroom flats that start from level 43 onwards. The curvature of villas let the owner have a 270-degree view. They also feature home theatre, a … [Read more...] about Tallest residential towers in the world; India’s World One tops
MANCHESTER, England — The storming of Old Trafford crystalized 16 years of disconnect between Manchester United fans and its distant ownership. While choosing not to engage with the supporters who are the lifeblood of any club, the Glazer family can’t have avoided seeing the levels of rage against them on Sunday. Not when it led to the unprecedented postponement of a Premier League game due to fan unrest, especially one of the biggest matches of the season between United and Liverpool. Three months after celebrating success in the Super Bowl with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it was the Glazers’ ill-fated bid to lead United into a European Super League that made their relationship with fans in England more toxic than ever before. That led to co-owner Joel Glazer insisting he was “committed to rebuilding trust with our fans,” but there was no sign of that happening in the 10 days between the open letter and Sunday’s protests. THE PROTESTS A rabble of more than 100 fans were … [Read more...] about Manchester United violence the peak of toxic fan-owner relationship, explained
Seema Devgan, who lives in Singapore, spends hours every day fielding frantic appeals for help from India SINGAPORE - Seema Devgan has all but abandoned her day job, as she and a loose collection of overseas volunteers scramble to locate desperately needed supplies for Covid-19 stricken family, friends and strangers in India. From her apartment in Singapore, Devgan spends hours each day fielding frantic appeals for help on Whatsapp, phoning suppliers and scouting for desperately needed drugs and oxygen. "It's so difficult," the 47-year-old told AFP, briefly struggling to hold back tears in the face of the sheer enormity of the task. "We are going to lose so many people." India's global diaspora has a long record of mobilising during times of crisis. Temples, mosques, gurdwaras and churches; regional and business associations; family groups and informal networks -- they all spring into action when a typhoon or flood strikes. But few disasters have been quite so testing as … [Read more...] about A desperate and determined diaspora scrambles to help India breathe
Before country singer Laine Hardy puts Louisiana in his rearview mirror again to resume touring, he's soaking up as much of springtime in his home state as possible. The 20-year-old former "American Idol" winner is taking the boat out on the river, riding his side by side (probably barefoot) and most importantly, spending time with family, friends and girlfriend Gracie Lee. On a recent Friday afternoon, after a quick trip to Stine for lumber, the self-professed Livingston country boy was working on his new backyard music studio. "It's 10 feet off the ground," Hardy said, birds chirping in the background. The building's elevated to ensure against flooding, a drawback of living in the largely low-lying area. Also a versatile musician, Hardy has 15-18 guitars, including two favorites — a Gibson Les Paul and a Fender Strat(ocaster). On Wednesday evening, he traded his typical shorts and a T-shirt for one of his flashy suits to accept his "Louisiana ambassador" honor from Lt. … [Read more...] about It’s almost tour time for Louisiana’s Laine Hardy, but first he becomes an ambassador