UPDATE 1- #Kuwait closes 2019-2020 fiscal year with $18 bln deficit -finance ministry - Reuters

UPDATE 1-Kuwait closes 2019-2020 fiscal year with $18 bln deficit -finance ministry - Reuters:Kuwait, facing one of the worst economic crunches in the oil-exporting Gulf region, posted an actual deficit of 5.64 billion dinars ($18.44 billion) in the 2019-2020 fiscal year, it said on Thursday, a 69% increase year on year.Total revenues fell by over 16% in the fiscal year which ended in March to 17.22 billion, the finance ministry said on Twitter, while expenditure decreased by 3.2% to 21.14 billi...
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#Dubai's DAMAC loses $84.5mln in Q2, warns of difficult years ahead | ZAWYA MENA Edition

Dubai's DAMAC loses $84.5mln in Q2, warns of difficult years ahead | ZAWYA MENA Edition:Dubai developer DAMAC Properties on Thursday warned it saw a difficult market for up to the next two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as it reported a second-quarter loss of 280 million dirhams ($76.2 million).While revenue increased 18% to 1.1 billion dirhams, the owner of the only Trump-branded golf club in the Middle East swung to a quarterly loss from a 50.5 million dirham profit in the same period a y...
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EASY Olive Oil Scones

Want to whip up a quick and tasty treat? These savoury olive oil scones are quick and easy and use olive oil in place of butter. They come together easily using a simple method of mixing scones with a butter knife. These savoury scones were flavoured with nduja and cheddar cheese and are well worth making!
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Instagram starts verifying suspicious accounts using government and other IDs

Instagram will now ask users engaging in coordinated inauthentic behaviour to start verifying their identities using government and other forms of IDs, the platform announced on August 13. If the account engages in coordinated inauthentic behaviour, has signs of automation, or has most of their followers in a different country from their own, they will be asked to show government IDs such as tax identification card, passport, birth certificate, etc., or other records such as school ID, electrici...
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Airbnb restriction on under-25s could be discriminatory, lawyers warn

Trial of restriction in UK, France and Spain aimed at cutting rowdy parties and ensuring safety during coronavirus pandemicCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAirbnb’s decision to restrict under-25s in Britain, France and Spain from renting homes could leave the company open to legal challenges under discrimination laws, experts have said.The company announced that as part of its crackdown on rowdy parties it would begin testing in Britain, France and Spain a ban on under...
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We all need to stay alert to the ancient art of invoice fraud | Financial Times

We all need to stay alert to the ancient art of invoice fraud | Financial Times:We may have just entered the third decade of a new millennium, but 2020 is rapidly becoming a banner year for one of the oldest scams in the book: invoice fraud. NMC Health has been the London stock market’s most dramatic fall from grace this year. In a few short months, the UAE-based healthcare provider crashed from its lofty perch in the FTSE 100 index into administration.The latest revelation: Neopharma, a pharmac...
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#NAMA: Issues with the non personal data authority, and treating non personal data as a ‘common resource’

“The big question is do we even need aa non-personal data authority? Can the objectives not be achieved by sectoral data portability rights and open banking type solutions?” a person asked at MediaNama’s discussion on the Governance of Non-Personal Data held on August 6 and 7. “A lot of things mentioned in the report don’t have adequate definition. If you don’t know what they mean, then it becomes extremely difficult to design things for an NPD authority, and what powers will it have, along with...
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wmtc "what i'm reading" posts to celebrate black august 2020

I thought Black August was something newly created by Black Lives Matter, but it turns out it has existed since the 1970s. I'm sorry I haven't heard about it sooner, and I thank the Movement for Black Lives for bringing it to my attention. Black August commemorates the rich history of Black resistance. Revolutionary moments such as the Watts Uprising, Haitian Revolution, Nat Turner Rebellion, Fugitive Slave Law Convention, and March on Washington all happened in August. Also, many of our revolut...
Tags: Travel, Human Rights, California, Washington, History, Muhammad Ali, Toni Morrison, Black Lives Matter, Edward, Black, Civil Liberties, Zadie Smith, James Baldwin, Jackie Robinson, Fred Hampton, Marcus Garvey

Aarogya Setu code on GitHub is ‘test backend code’, not ‘production code’, says NIC-CERT

In response to MediaNama’s queries about security vulnerabilities in Aarogya Setu, as reported by Security Brigade in their now removed blog post, NIC-CERT directed us to Security Brigade’s updated blog post which reads: “The code that was been published on GitHub was a test backend code and not the production code.” The updated blog post was written, “after consultation with relevant stakeholders [sic]”. We have asked NIC-CERT and Security Brigade to clarify if this means that all Android code ...
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UK coronavirus live: France could quarantine British travellers in retaliation over new rules

French move comes after UK added country to quarantine list as well as Netherlands, Malta, Turks and Caicos, and Aruba UK adds France to 14-day quarantine listWhat should I do if I have a holiday booked to France?Government quietly drops 1.3m Covid tests from England tallyTheatres, music venues and beauty salons in England to reopenGlobal coronavirus updates – live 1.22pm BST Nicola Sturgeon has dismissed concerns about the academic appointed to lead an independent review of the exam grading...
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The Wire – Interview with Prof. Raj Bhopal, University of Edinburgh

Sharing this info sent in by Melroy Fernandes. Thanks! [30m15s – 31m53s: if you were asked for your advice by Mr.Modi ………….. there is no other option for India – you don’t have the health care systems – I would say to PM Modi: Let the young people get on with their lives in a […]
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Etihad own 51% and Air Arabia holds remaining stake in Air Arabia #AbuDhabi | ZAWYA MENA Edition

Etihad own 51% and Air Arabia holds remaining stake in Air Arabia Abu Dhabi | ZAWYA MENA Edition:Sharjah-based Air Arabia controls a 49 per cent stake in the recently-launched Air Arabia Abu Dhabi, the company's second-quarter financial results showed.A joint venture with the Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Aviation Group, the remaining majority stake of 51 per cent is controlled by Etihad, an Air Arabia spokesperson confirmed to Khaleej Times.Based in Abu Dhabi, the newly-launched carrier will meet the ...
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Terrine de courgette à l’anis vert

En ce moment, je mets de l’anis partout… C’est la faute de François-Régis Gaudry : depuis que j’ai écouté son émission « On va déguster » du 19 juillet consacrée à l’anis, l’envie s’est réveillée et je suis presque devenue monomaniaque. Remarquez c’est bien,Lire la suite [Author: MamRanClea09]
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5G trials slated to start by September; Chinese firms to be excluded: Report

The Department of Telecommunications is planning to start authorising 5G trials in India starting in September, CNBC-TV18 reported. If started, trials would last for six months before 5G spectrum is actually auctioned to telecom operators. The government is reportedly excluding Chinese gear makers from participating in the trials, in line with the international policy being pushed by the US government, and also consistent with the Indian government’s hostile stance towards Chinese businesses in ...
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Oil slips after IEA lowers 2020 demand forecast - Reuters

Oil slips after IEA lowers 2020 demand forecast - Reuters:Oil prices eased on Thursday after the International Energy Agency lowered its 2020 oil demand forecast due to unprecedented travel restrictions to fight the coronavirus, but resilience in equities markets and a weak dollar limited losses.Brent crude LCOc1 ended the session down 47 cents, or 1%, at $44.96 a barrel while West Texas Intermediate (WTI) CLc1 settled down 43 cents, or 1%, at $42.24 a barrel.The International Energy Agency cut ...
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Govt to launch digital lending platform Kashi and KYC platform KYC Setu

The government will soon launch a digital lending platform called Kashi (Cash over Internet) to approve loans to low-income households and small businesses, the Economic Times reported. Prime Minister Modi is personally checking progress on the program, which will use infrastructure already in place for Direct Benefit Transfer to transfer funds to debtors. “Cash over Internet brings seamless, paperless lending to farmers and labourers in just 5 mins [sic]. It eliminates intermediaries and enable...
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Apple, Lemon & Polenta Cake (Gluten Free)

Looking for a delicious gluten free apple cake recipe? This apple, lemon, polenta and almond cake has no added butter or oil, it's full of the goodness from nuts, polenta and eggs! Soft and moist, it has a wonderful texture and a lovely lemon vanilla flavour. On top is a layer of sugared apples! I called her Sally.
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MIDEAST STOCKS-Emirates NBD buoys #Dubai, other major Gulf markets also up - Reuters

MIDEAST STOCKS-Emirates NBD buoys Dubai, other major Gulf markets also up - Reuters:Major stock markets in the Gulf rose in early trade on Thursday, with the Dubai’s index boosted by a leap in top lender Emirates NBD.Dubai’s main share index advanced 1.2%, led by a 2.5% rise in its largest lender Emirates NBD.The bank is in preliminary discussions with Lebanon’s Blom Bank regarding the possibility of a potential acquisition of its existing shareholding in Blom Bank Egypt.DAMAC Properties, howeve...
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Oil drops after OPEC predicts weaker demand but U.S. inventory data limits decline - Reuters

Oil drops after OPEC predicts weaker demand but U.S. inventory data limits decline - Reuters:Crude oil prices fell on Thursday after OPEC said it expected demand to drop more than expected, although data showing a decline in U.S. inventories lent support.Brent crude LCOc1 was down 26 cents or 0.6% at $45.17 a barrel by 0647 GMT, after a gain of around 2% in the previous session. West Texas Intermediate CLc1 oil also lost 0.6%, a 25 cent decline to $42.42 a barrel which followed a climb of 2.6% o...
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Adnoc Distribution reports 14% drop in Q2 profits - Arabianbusiness

Adnoc Distribution reports 14% drop in Q2 profits - Arabianbusiness:Adnoc Distribution reported a 14% drop in Q2 net profit, which was largely attributed to lockdown and movement restrictions that resulted in a drop in fuel volumes. The fuel and convenience retailer reported a second quarter profit of  AED 511 million ($139m), and revenues of AED3 billion ($816m), down 45% on last year. Ahmed Al Shamsi, Acting CEO of Adnoc Distribution, said fuel volumes have recovered since movement restriction...
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#AbuDhabi's Aldar second-quarter profit rises 2% - Reuters

Abu Dhabi's Aldar second-quarter profit rises 2% - Reuters:Abu Dhabi developer Aldar Properties (ALDAR.AD) reported a 2% rise in second-quarter profit on Thursday, although the company did not provide outlook for the rest of the year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The state-linked builder of Abu Dhabi’s Formula One circuit made 484 million dirhams ($132 million) in the three months to June 30, compared with 476 million dirhams a year earlier.Revenue increased by 21% to 2 billion dirhams, driven by...
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Oil slips below $45 on demand doubts, rising supply - Reuters

Oil slips below $45 on demand doubts, rising supply - Reuters:Oil slipped further below $45 a barrel on Friday, giving up this week’s gains, under pressure from doubts about demand recovery due to the coronavirus pandemic and rising supply. Two prominent forecasters, the International Energy Agency and the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, trimmed their 2020 oil demand forecasts this week. [IEA/M] [OPEC/M] OPEC and its allies are increasing output this month.“Pessimism about thi...
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#UAE's Dana Gas posts nearly $19 mln H1 loss - Reuters

UAE's Dana Gas posts nearly $19 mln H1 loss - Reuters:Dana Gas on Thursday posted a first-half loss of 69 million dirhams ($18.79 million) which included a $37 million impairment charge related to oil and gas assets in Egypt affected by low oil prices.UAE-based Dana Gas, which made a profit of 513 million dirhams a year earlier, said the loss also reflected the decreased value of its financial assets.It had $366 million in cash and cash equivalents at the end of June versus $425 million at the e...
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What should I do if I have a holiday booked to France? Q&A

As France is taken off the government’s travel corridor list and new quarantine rules come into play, should UK holidaymakers cancel trips?Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe UK government has removed France from its list of travel corridors, leaving hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers scrambling to rearrange their travel plans. A 14-day quarantine on return to the UK from France will come into effect from 4am on Saturday (15 August), leaving a window of little mor...
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Russia's energy minister sees no hasty OPEC+ decisions this month: reports - Reuters

Russia's energy minister sees no hasty OPEC+ decisions this month: reports - Reuters:Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak does not expect any hasty decisions on output cuts when an OPEC+ group monitoring committee meets next week as the oil market has been stable, Russian news agencies reported on Thursday.The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies, known as OPEC+, have been cutting output since May by around 10% of typical global demand to tackle the fallout from th...
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DGCA approves fourth drone training school in Telangana, state-owned TSAA

DGCA, India’s civil aviation regulator approved Telangana’s state-owned Telangana State Aviation Academy (TSAA) to become a drone training school on August 13. The regulator has so far approved ten such schools, with four of them being in Telangana. This makes TSAA the second government-owned drone training school to get DGCA approval after the regulator had approved Odisha’s Government Aviation Training Institute on August 11. While responding to MediaNama’s queries on earlier this week, Amber ...
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As more drone training schools join the fray, drone operators fear steep costs of training, and exclusion

Drone training schools in India were a long time coming. But, as more such schools receive DGCA’s approval — 9 at the time of publishing — and join the fray, drone pilots fear steep costs of training. They also fear that the steep training costs could lead to exclusion of prospective drone operators who come from underprivileged backgrounds. The government, for now, is hoping that market forces decide the pricing of these courses going forward but told MediaNama that it may step in, if it senses...
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Aldar CEO Sees Pent-Up Demand for #AbuDhabi Properties - Bloomberg

Aldar CEO Sees Pent-Up Demand for Abu Dhabi Properties - Bloomberg:Talal Al Dhiyebi, chief executive officer at Aldar Properties PJSC, discusses the demand he’s seeing heading into the end of the year, the impact of coronavirus on his business and where he’s seeing growth. He speaks exclusively on “Bloomberg Daybreak: Middle East.” (Source: Bloomberg) [Author: [email protected] (Rupert Neil Bumfrey)]
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Supreme Court finds Prashant Bhushan guilty of contempt of court for tweets

The Supreme Court on Friday found advocate Prashant Bhushan guilty of contempt of court for tweets he had posted over the last few weeks. “When historians in future look back at the last 6 years to see how democracy has been destroyed in India even without a formal Emergency, they will particularly mark the role of the Supreme Court in this destruction, & more particularly the role of the last 4 CJIs,” Bhushan had said in one of the tweets against which the court had taken suo moto cognisance. B...
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