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Middle East Deals: #AbuDhabi Adnoc Seeks Investors for $21 Billion Gas Pipeline - Bloomberg

Middle East Deals: Abu Dhabi Adnoc Seeks Investors for $21 Billion Gas Pipeline - Bloomberg:Abu Dhabi is considering bringing local investors into its natural-gas pipeline network, according to people familiar with the matter, just months after raising cash from foreign funds.State-owned Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. is discussing moving its 51% holding in the pipelines into a special-purpose vehicle, according to the people. It would then sell about 20% of the vehicle to one or more local funds, g...
Tags: Travel, United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, State, ADNOC, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Abu Dhabi National Oil Co, AbuDhabi Adnoc, Billion Gas Pipeline Bloomberg, Abu Dhabi Adnoc

Aramco Still Aims for $15 Billion Deal With India’s Reliance - Bloomberg

Aramco Still Aims for $15 Billion Deal With India’s Reliance - Bloomberg:Saudi Aramco said it’s still working on a deal to buy a $15 billion stake in Reliance Industries Ltd.’s refining and chemicals business, even as lower oil prices forces it to slash investment spending.Mumbai-based Reliance’s shares fell in mid-July after Chairman Mukesh Ambani said a transaction had been delayed “due to unforeseen circumstances in the energy market and the Covid-19 situation.”A deal with Reliance would help...
Tags: Travel, India, Mumbai, Reliance, Aramco, Saudi Aramco, State, Reliance Industries Ltd, Saudi Basic Industries Corp, Mukesh Ambani, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Amin Nasser, Reliance Bloomberg

What are ‘offensive cyber capabilities’? — by Gunjan Chawla and Vagisha Srivastava

By Gunjan Chawla and Vagisha Srivastava In our previous post, “Does India have offensive cyber capabilities?”, we discussed a recent amendment to the SCOMET list appended to the ITC-HS classification by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT). The amendment did not define, but described software for military offensive cyber operations as a term including (but not limited to) software which are designed to destroy, damage, degrade or disrupt systems, equipment and other softwares specifie...
Tags: Travel, UK, News, Australia, India, US, Cybersecurity, Cyber Security, United States, Ministry Of Defence, United Kingdom, States, US Congress, Itc, CSC, State

Interisland travel quarantine returns, Honolulu closes parks and beaches, hospitals near capacity as COVID-19 climbs, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Honolulu Police Chief Susan Ballard, Facebook live 14-day interisland quarantine returns. COVID-19 cases rising rapidly — including 152 cases and two deaths announced Thursday — Gov. David Ige imposed a partial 14-day quarantine on interisland travel effective Tuesday. Star-Advertiser.The Interisland Travel Quarantine Is Coming Back, Oahu Beaches And Parks To Close Again. Oahu crackdown begins Saturday, with partial interisland travel quarantine to follow on Tuesday. Gov. David Ige says ...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Hawaii, Pacific, Anderson, Kauai, Maui, State, Honolulu, West Hawaii, Oahu, United States Navy, Hawaii Department of Health, Hawaiian Islands, Hawaii News Now, Honolulu Police Department

Trump signs executive order banning US business with TikTok and WeChat 

US President Donald Trump, on August 6, signed an executive order banning US transactions with Chinese internet major Bytedance, TikTok’s parent company. A similar order was signed banning US transactions with Tencent, the parent company of WeChat. Both the orders come in effect in 45 days. The executive orders also mention the Indian government banning TikTok, WeChat and 57 other ‘Chinese’ apps over national security concerns. This action comes less than a week after Microsoft confirmed that it...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Amazon, News, Microsoft, White House, China, India, US, America, United States, New Zealand, Tencent, WeChat, Warner Music

Trump signs executive orders banning transactions with TikTok and WeChat

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Thursday banning transactions with ByteDance, the parent company of popular app TikTok . The White House also announced that he signed a similar order banning transactions with Tencent-owned WeChat, a messaging app that is ubiquitous in China, but has a much smaller presence than TikTok in the United States, where it is used mainly by members of the Chinese diaspora. Both orders will take effect in 45 days. INBOX: @realDonaldTrump has sig...
Tags: Travel, TC, Apps, Asia, Microsoft, White House, China, US, Policy, Beijing, United States, Tencent, WeChat, Chinese communist party, Donald Trump, Trump

US announces effort to get Chinese apps, telcos out of US smartphones and networks

The US State Department on Wednesday announced a wide expansion of their Clean Networks effort that aim at reducing China’s internet presence in the US. Some of the new efforts announced are already in action in some way or the other, but the “clean store” and “clean apps” initiatives are the most notable, aiming to get Chinese apps out of American mobile app marketplaces, and popular US apps out of Chinese app marketplaces. “PRC [Chinese] apps threaten our privacy, proliferate viruses, and spre...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, News, Microsoft, China, US, Federal Communications Commission, Alibaba, Telecom, Chinese communist party, Department Of Justice, Huawei, 5g, Trump, China Telecom

Hawaii hospitals near capacity as coronavirus rages, voters get ballots in early, renters fear evictions, counties pursue resort bubbles, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hospital scene PC:Javier Matheu on Unsplash Hawaii’s hospitals could hit capacity in a week, health care leader warns. If the three-digit surge in novel coronavirus cases over the past week continues for the next seven to 10 days, Hawaii’s existing hospital capacity will be at risk of being overwhelmed, as happened in New York, Ray Vara, CEO and president of Hawaii Pacific Health, said Tuesday, when 144 new cases were announced by the state Department of Health. Star-Advertiser.Hospital C...
Tags: Travel, Fbi, Hawaii, Psa, Pentagon, Biden, Pacific, Big Island, Maui, Trump, Department Of Health, Josh Green, State, Honolulu, West Hawaii, Oahu

US insists on ‘clean’ 5G networks without Chinese hardware

“Countries need to be able to trust that 5G equipment and software won’t threaten national security, economic security, privacy, intellectual property, or human rights,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said. The US has been pushing countries around the world to abandon Chinese 5G vendors like Huawei and ZTE, and calls networks like Jio that don’t use such equipment “clean telcos”. “Clean Path” for 5G near US missions On top of this, the US announced a “5G Clean Path” in April that would effe...
Tags: Travel, News, China, India, US, United States, Telecom, Huawei, New Delhi, Airtel, 5g, State, Department of State, Jio, Pompeo, Mike Pompeo

Bad behavior, spiraling COVID-19 cases, has Hawaii officials clamping down, rethinking lifting quarantine, may close parks and beaches again, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii Kai on Sunday. PC:JW Facebook post Large weekend gatherings cause concern over enforcement of COVID-19 restrictions. Several large gatherings across the state are drawing criticism. KITV4.A surge in COVID-19 cases causes state officials to consider tighter restrictions. Ige also said he might delay the state’s plan to waive on Sept. 1 the 14-day quarantine for transpacific visitors who test negative for the coronavirus. State officials said Monday they’re aiming to step up enforcem...
Tags: Travel, Navy, Hawaii, Pacific, Big Island, Maui, Department Of Health, State, Hawai, Honolulu, Hawaii County, Daniel, Oahu, U S Navy, East Maui, Hawaii Department of Health

Honolulu grocers hit by COVID-19, Young Brothers threatens to stop interisland shipping without 47% rate hike, Kauai park shut down after bad behavior, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Coconut climber at Polynesian Cultural Center ©2020 All Hawaii News COVID-19 leads to layoffs at The Polynesian Cultural Center. Approximately 30% of the 260 full-time employee workforce may be reduced by September 26, 2020. Shipper asks for ruling on rates by Aug. 17. Young Brothers says it may be forced to discontinue interisland services and furlough employees if the state Public Utilities Commission does not approve its emergency request for a 47 percent rate hike by Aug. 17. Maui...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Congress, China, Massachusetts, Thailand, Hawaii, Army, Jeff Bezos, Kilauea, Taser, Pacific, DOE, Costco, Natural Resources, Hawaiian Airlines

#Dubai property developer Nakheel in talks to refinance debt - sources | Nasdaq

Dubai property developer Nakheel in talks to refinance debt - sources | Nasdaq:Dubai property developer Nakheel has approached banks to refinance outstanding debt, sources said, amid an economic downturn which is exacerbating property oversupply problems and has raised concerns over Dubai's debt sustainability.State-owned Nakheel, developer of Dubai's palm-shaped islands, was forced into a massive debt restructuring in the aftermath of the emirate's 2009-2010 real estate crash, when the company ...
Tags: Travel, Dubai, State, Nakheel, Deira Mall, Rupert Neil Bumfrey

Hurricane Douglas advances on Hawaii, state hits record 55 COVID-19 cases, one new death, Board of Education reconsiders Aug. 4 reopening, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Gov. Ige issues emergency proclamation in advance of Hurricane Douglas. Gov. David Ige issued a “pre-landfall emergency proclamation” today as Hawaii prepares for possible impacts from Hurricane Douglas, which is nearing the Central Pacific on a path toward the islands this weekend. Star-Advertiser.Douglas weakens slightly, but remains a major hurricane in the Central Pacific. At 5 a.m. Friday, Douglas was located about 895 miles east-southeast of Hilo, or 1,100 miles east-southeast of Honolulu...
Tags: Travel, Hawaii, Kilauea, Pacific, Lanai, Big Island, Hawaii Island, Douglas, Kauai, Maui, Department Of Health, State, Honolulu, Board of Education, West Hawaii, Oahu

Back to school Aug. 4, Tropical Storm Douglas expected to strengthen, quarantine cheaters fly to neighbor islands, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii schoolchildren PC:Hawaii Department of Education Governor: Reopening Hawaii’s public schools is safe and necessary. The governor on Monday sought to reassure parents and teachers about the state’s plan to reopen public schools Aug. 4, saying health and safety are the top priority for the Education Department and that protective measures are in place to keep people safe. Hawaii News Now.Starting school before tourists return will set up students for success, officials say. With tour...
Tags: Travel, Hawaii, Capitol Hill, Pacific, DOE, Big Island, North Shore, Kauai, Maui, Department Of Education, State, Honolulu, American Hotel Lodging Association, National Guard, Oahu, state Department of Education

Ige and mayors disagree over COVID-19 quarantine laws, $400M biomass plant in jeopardy, ballots hit mailboxes, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Waikiki beach fun ©2020 All Hawaii News Hawaii, like other destinations, struggling to reopen tourism. Destinations across most of the U.S. and in many foreign countries have reopened tourism, but so far none have figured out how to get large numbers of tourists to return to the skies. Star-Advertiser.Hawaii Gov. David Ige faces public and personal challenges caused by coronavirus pandemic. Ige, who is nearly halfway through his second term, talks with the mayors of Hawaii’s four counties...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Home Depot, Hawaii, Fda, Nevada, Kim, Kilauea, Big Island, Waikiki, Maui, State, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaiian Islands, Hawaii News Now

Attorney general defends quarantine enforcement, airport thermal screening to be installed, COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations expected to continue rising, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Paul Jones, Deputy Chief for the Department of the Attorney General Investigations Division, left, with Attorney General Clare Connors and Gov. David Ige discuss quarantine enforcement, July 16, 2020 Attorney general fine with compliance from quarantined. State Attorney General Clare Connors, Gov. David Ige and Paul Jones, deputy chief special agent for the Department of the Attorney General Investigations Division, appear pleased with the level of compliance with Ige’s COVID-19 travel qu...
Tags: Travel, Senate, Hawaii, DOE, Department Of Transportation, Sierra Club, Maui, Department Of Education, State, Honolulu, West Hawaii, Oahu, Department, Kona, Hawaiian Islands, Hawaii News Now

Ige shares budget-balancing plan, Hawaiian Airlines scales back mainland service proposal, teachers and state strike back-to-school distancing deal, Molokai vacation rental owners sue over limits, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii pandemic reopening navigator How This Special Legislative Committee Has Worked To Keep Hawaii’s Economy Afloat. The House COVID committee has drawn on the expertise and clout of its members to work behind the scenes and help the Ige administration work through the state’s biggest challenges. Civil Beat.Governor details how he plans to shore up $2.3B budget shortfall. With tourism at a standstill and other sectors of the state’s economy just hobbling along, Hawaii is facing a multi...
Tags: Travel, Washington, Green, Hawaii, House, US Treasury, North America, DOE, Hawaii Island, Hawaiian Airlines, Kauai, Maui, Josh Green, State, Ac, Honolulu

UK announces Huawei will be out of 5G networks by 2027

The United Kingdom on Tuesday announced that telecom equipment from Huawei will be phased out of the country’s 5G infrastructure by 2027. The announcement is a significant step in the US-led effort to get governments around the world to refrain from using Chinese technology in the next generation of cellular networks. The UK had initially allowed Huawei to have a role in the country’s 5G networks. But Prime Minister Boris Johnson later expressed doubt, questioning the role of “potentially hostil...
Tags: Travel, UK, News, Fcc, India, US, United Kingdom, Telecom, Boris Johnson, Donald Trump, Huawei, Reliance, Ccp, State, Jio, Mike Pompeo

Hawaii delays reopening as COVID-19 cases and deaths rise, businesses concerned but poll shows majority of residents support cautious approach, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Ige announces reopening delay, via Facebook Live Hawaii Governor Delays Plan To Reopen To Tourists. All travelers — visitors as well as residents — will not be able to bypass quarantine with a negative test result until September. Civil Beat.Ige delays plan to reopen tourism until Sept. 1 amid COVID-19 surge on the mainland. In a major blow to the tourism industry, the governor has announced plans to delay until Sept. 1 a program that would allow trans-Pacific travelers to skip quarantine...
Tags: Travel, China, Hawaii, Volcano, Pacific, DOE, Pahoa, Hawaiian Airlines, Waikiki, Maui, South China Sea, State, Hawai, Honolulu, Oahu, Centers for Disease Control

Another White House official hints at banning TikTok and other ‘Chinese’ apps in the US

It’s not a good time to be TikTok. White House adviser Peter Navarro said to expect “strong action” from Donald Trump on TikTok, WeChat and other Chinese apps, while speaking to Fox News. Though he didn’t specifically mention a ban, he referenced India’s ban on TikTok, WeChat, and 57 other ‘Chinese’ apps, suggesting that a similar action could be taken. “[TikTok] and WeChat are the biggest forms of censorship on the Chinese mainland, and so expect strong action on that,” he told the outlet. He a...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Usa, News, White House, China, India, Disney, US, America, Chinese communist party, Donald Trump, Huawei, Republican National Committee, Wells Fargo, Trump

Hawaii rethinking reopening to tourists, Health Department to shut down noncomplying restaurants, shipper Young Brothers seeks 47% rate increase, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii dawn ©2020 All Hawaii News County Mayors To Ige: We’re Not Ready To Welcome Back Tourists. With new surges of COVID-19 cases in key states and a sudden disruption in Hawaii’s testing capacity, Hawaii’s county mayors want the state to rethink its planned Aug. 1 tourism reopening date. Civil Beat.As COVID-19 infections surge on mainland, mayor casts doubt on plan to reopen tourism. Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell cast doubt Thursday on the feasibility of the state’s plan to reopen touri...
Tags: Travel, Senate, Hawaii, House, Donald Trump, Pacific, Bros, Big Island, Kauai, Maui, Department Of Education, Department Of Health, State, Honolulu, Capitol, Legislature

Why the US will face an uphill climb in banning TikTok

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News on Monday that the federal government is looking at banning TikTok, like India. But that would be an uphill climb for the United States, whose domestic politics and court system would pose challenges that would be hard to navigate without smoking-gun evidence that the app is harmful to Americans’ security, something India has not produced. Free speech First off, there’s the first amendment — free speech law in the US constrains the government fro...
Tags: Travel, News, Supreme Court, China, India, Censorship, US, United States, Fox News, Federal Trade Commission, Trump, State, Jeff John Roberts, Committee on Foreign Investment, Mike Pompeo, Tiktok

Ban or no ban, Facebook wins in U.S. threats against TikTok

On Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the U.S. is “looking at” banning Chinese social media apps, including the Chinese-owned company TikTok, comparing it to other Chinese companies like Huawei and ZTE that have been deemed national security threats by the current administration. “With respect to Chinese apps on people’s cell phones, I can assure you that the United States will get this one right, too,” Pompeo said. The fear is the app could be used to surveil or influence...
Tags: Travel, Social, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Youtube, France, Germany, India, Narendra Modi, Social Media, Cnn, United States, Tencent, Brazil

Minimise use of drones by public & private entities until India has a robust data protection law: Rights group Internet Democracy Project

There aren’t enough provisions in the government’s draft drone rules to safeguard citizens’ privacy, digital rights organisation Internet Democracy Project said in its . The IDP recommended that unless there’s a comprehensive personal data protection framework, usage of drones by private and public entities should be minimised to security of the state and public health emergencies or natural disasters. The Ministry of Civil Aviation had released draft drone rules last month and has invited comm...
Tags: Travel, News, Supreme Court, Privacy, India, Surveillance, Drones, State, Jayant Sinha, IDP, Drone Rules, Internet Freedom Foundation, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Drone Federation of India, Civil Aviation Requirements CAR, Internet Democracy Project

Hawaii PPP recipients include Trump hotel, hospitals, newspapers; police reform bill passes Legislature; Ige warns of financial crisis, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Trump hotel in Waikiki ©2020 All Hawaii News Trump Hotel In Waikiki Received Millions From Small Business Bailout. While President Donald Trump doesn’t own the property, he does license his name to the California company that does. Civil Beat.Over 3,000 Hawaii PPP loan recipients named in transparency effort. A jewelry store chain, two hospitals and a private school are among the biggest Paycheck Protection Program loan recipients in Hawaii, according to data released Monday. A condomini...
Tags: Travel, California, Washington Post, Senate, Hawaii, Donald Trump, Pacific, PPP, Hawaii Island, Waikiki, Maui, Trump, State, Honolulu, Legislature, West Hawaii

Hawaiian Airlines booking mainland routes, University of Hawaii reopening Aug. 24, Blangiardi's past scrutinized, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaiian Airlines loaded for service ©2020 All Hawaii News Hawaiian Airlines to resume most U.S. mainland routes, increase interisland schedules. Hawaiian Airlines announced today that it is resuming most of its U.S. mainland routes and will increase its neighbor island schedule — although international service will remain suspended due to restrictions on inbound travel. Star-Advertiser.Hawaiian Airlines to Resume Most US Mainland Routes. Hawaiian Airlines is set to resume a reduced sched...
Tags: Travel, Senate, US, City, Hawaii, Kansas, Southwest Airlines, Chinatown, Hawaii Island, Hawaiian Airlines, Kauai, Maui, Josh Green, State, Hawai, Honolulu

Hawaii Supreme Court rules for Hawaiians in homelands case, Gender X driver's licenses available, Senate panel nixes aid package to shipper Young Brothers, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaiian man with children at Lalakea ©2020 All Hawaii News Hawaii Supreme Court rules state must pay Native Hawaiians damages. The Hawaii Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favor of Native Hawaiians seeking damages over decades of waiting for homestead leases. KHON2.Justices fault state for mismanaging Hawaiian land trust. The Hawaii Supreme Court issued a stinging rebuke Tuesday to the state for what the justices unanimously called wrongful conduct that has resulted in the state’s failu...
Tags: Travel, Senate, Hawaii, Chinatown, Hawaiian Airlines, Maui, Department Of Health, State, Honolulu, Capitol, West Side, West Hawaii, Oahu, US Coast Guard, Hawaiian Islands, Hawaii News Now

FCC designates Huawei, ZTE as threats to US national security

The Federal Communications Commission of the United States on Tuesday designated Huawei and ZTE as national security threats. The FCC said that telecom operators using the US’s Universal Service Fund for bringing connectivity to rural areas will not be allowed to use public funds to buy equipment from the two companies. This is a part of a long-running campaign by the United States against the Chinese telecom equipment makers. The US government is trying to get other countries to agree to simila...
Tags: Travel, News, Fcc, India, US, United States, Federal Communications Commission, Telecom, Huawei, ZTE, 5g, Ccp, State, Economic Times, Times of India, Jio

How does a Section 69A blocking order come into existence?

(with inputs from Torsha Sarkar and Sarvjeet Singh)  The Indian government blocked access to 59 Chinese apps by exercising Section 69A of the Information Technology Act. MediaNama spoke to Torsha Sarkar, policy officer at the Centre for Internet and Society, and Sarvjeet Singh, director at the Centre for Communication Governance at National Law University, Delhi, to understand how a Section 69A blocking order comes into existence. Under this Section, the government has the right to block public ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, News, China, India, States, Delhi, Committee, State, UT, Calcutta, Singh, Review Committee, Sarkar, Shreya Singhal, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology

Ige cautions Hawaii residents about traveling, identity thieves steal $16M in unemployment benefits, bill gives counties power over vacation rentals, requires traveler disclosures, Supreme Court punts Deedy case, more news from all the Hawaiian islands

Hawaii coral ©2020 All Hawaii News State Gives 14 Reasons For Commercial Aquarium Permit FEIS Rejection. In an official "non-acceptance" of the final environmental impact statement, the State of Hawaiʻi DLNR detailed the reasons for its decision. Big Island Video News.Hawai‘i Defers 3% Tariff Increase at State Harbors. The Hawai‘i Department of Transportation Harbors Division will defer the scheduled 3% tariff increase on the orders of Governor David Ige. Big Island Now.=====Vacation rent...
Tags: Travel, Supreme Court, Hawaii, Associated Press, Kim, Pacific, Justice Department, Big Island, Hawaii Island, Waikiki, Maui, Radcliffe, Department Of Health, Josh Green, State, Hawai

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