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  • Barakah: UAE starts up Arab world's first nuclear plant

    The United Arab Emirates has launched operations at the Arab world's first nuclear power plant, on the Gulf coast just east of Qatar. Nuclear fission has begun in one of four reactors at the Barakah plant, which uses South Korean technology. The plant was expected to open in 2017 but the start-up was repeatedly delayed because of various safety issues. The oil-rich UAE wants Barakah to meet a quarter of its energy needs, as it adopts more sustainable energy sources. Just two weeks ago the UAE sent a probe on a mission to Mars - another high-profile scientific first for the Gulf nation. The UAE is also investing heavily in solar power - a plentiful energy source in the Gulf. Some energy experts question the logic of Barakah - which means "blessing" in Arabic.

  • Coronavirus: Saudi Arabia welcomes pilgrims for Haj

    Saudi Arabia announced on Saturday the arrival of pilgrims to the new King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah from the country's five cities for the annual Haj season. According to the Haj and Umrah Ministry, the pilgrims arrived on Saturday from holy city of Madinah, Riyadh, Abha, Tabuk and Jazan with tight health procedures, the state-run Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said. A special lane was allocated for the pilgrims to facilitate their entry procedures and expedite transfer to their residence in the holy city of Makkah. The pilgrims will undergo institutional isolation before heading to Mina, where they will spend the day of Tarwiyah. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year's event is limited to about 1,000 pilgrims, all from inside Saudi Arabia, about 700 of whom are expatriates. Throughout the Haj season, there would be comprehensive coordination between concerned organizations for the safety of pilgrims, the Ministry's undersecretary for Haj Affairs Hussain Al Shareef said.

  • Dubai office rents decrease marginally in Q2 2020

    Average office rents in Dubai fell by seven percent in the second quarter of the year as owners looked to consolidate space and save money in light of the economic crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. According to the Dubai Office Market Update for Q2 2020, released by Knight Frank Middle East, prime office rents

  • Qatar Airways to increase Doha flights from Edinburgh

    Qatar Airways plans to boost flights to its Middle East hub in Doha from Edinburgh in August and September after becoming the first airline to resume long-haul services from Scotland two weeks ago. The carrier currently operates two flights a week, which it said would rise to at least three from 1 August and potentially five. Qatar then hopes to resume daily flights from September. The moves come as Emirates resumed Glasgow-Dubai flights today, which are due to increase from four times a week to daily from 1 August and twice daily from 1 September. Quite empty Qatars chief strategy and transformation officer Thierry Antinori told The Scotsman today its flights into Edinburgh were reasonably busy but those from Edinburgh to Doha were quite empty. However, he said cargo being carried on the flights was bringing in additional revenue to help make them viable. This includes salmon, clothes and oil and gas equipment exports from Scotland and consumer goods imports. Mr Antinori said: "We are flying twice a week to Edinburgh at this stage and at least three times a week from August. As soon as the demand increases, we will operate more. "We expect more demand into Scotland and out of Scotland, and if the demand would enable us to do a daily service from September, we would do that. He said passengers were mainly people visiting family and friends, or returning to live in Scotland. Popular destinations included Australia, Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea, which are not on the Scottish Governments 14-day quarantine list, along with Pakistan and Singapore, which require quarantine on return to Scotland. However, the Scottish Government indicated that passengers flying to Scotland from non-quarantine countries would not be exempt from having to isolate if they travelled via Middle East hub airports such as Doha and Dubai. A spokesperson said: If an individual travelling from an exempt country transits through a non-exempt country, they would generally lose that exemption unless they remained on the plane and no passengers get on, or they remained separate from all other passengers in the terminal and left on the plane only with the passengers that they arrived with. Face shields Qatar is one of a very few airlines which now require passengers to wear face shields, or visors, as well as masks or coverings. Health experts said they provided an extra layer of protection and helped prevent droplets getting into eyes. They also prevent people touching their face. Smaller face shields are available for children. However, no seats are left empty between passengers not travelling together if flights are busy. Airlines have said air flow through the cabin and air cleaning, plus seats acting as a barrier, reduces the risk of the spread of Covid-19. Mr Antinori said there had been only five coronavirus cases among the 155,000 passengers which Qatar had carried since February. A spokesman for Edinburgh Airport said: It was great to see our Doha route with Qatar Airways becoming Scotlands first long-haul route to resume. "Were now seeing more flights beginning to operate which is a very encouraging sign for the industry. Aviation is looking to rebuild and the situation remains fluid, which is why were continuing to work with our airline partners to ensure the airport is ready to accommodate any schedule changes. A message from the Editor: Thank you for reading this story on our website. While I have your attention, I also have an important request to make of you. The dramatic events of 2020 are having a major impact on many of our advertisers - and consequently the revenue we receive. We are now more reliant than ever on you taking out a digital subscription to support our journalism.

  • Coronavirus: Thousands sign up for vaccine trial in Abu Dhabi

    Thousands of people have signed up to take part in a clinical trial for a Covid-19 vaccine in the UAE. Abu Dhabi and Al Ain are home to the worlds first World Health Organisation-enlisted Phase-III trial, which is the final step before a vaccine is approved for use among the public. Registrations for the trial opened onThursdayand 5,000 people living in the two cities signed up in the first 24 hours, the Department of Health Abu Dhabi said on Friday. Volunteers have started receiving the first doses of the vaccine, officials said. It is hoped that up to 15,000 people will take part in the trial for three to six months to monitor the inactivated vaccine's safety and efficacy. Researchers across the world are racing to develop a vaccine against the coronavirus, which has infected more than 14 million people and killed at least 599,000. More than 20 vaccines are in clinical trials, while another 140 are in early development globally against the disease. The UAE trial is a partnership between Sinopharm, a Chinese vaccine manufacturer, Abu Dhabi-based artificial intelligence and cloud computing company Group 42, and Abu Dhabi's health department. It is being conducted by Abu Dhabi Health Services Company, Seha, at five sites in the capital and Al Ain. All those who took part in Phase-I and II trials for the vaccine, which took place in China, generated antibodies against the virus after being given the vaccine. Officials said the UAE was selected to conduct the Phase-III trial because it is home to 200 nationalities, which will give researchers a glimpse into the effects of the vaccine on multiple ethnic groups. Last week, Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Hamed, chairman of the Department of Health Abu Dhabi, became thefirst volunteerto take part in the trial. He was followed by Dr Jamal Al Kaabi, the acting undersecretary of the department. Almost anyone between the ages of 18 and 60 is eligible to sign up for the study, provided they pass a thorough medical exam. However, anyone suffering from chronic illnesses, or who is pregnant, cannot take part. Volunteers for the Abu Dhabi trial can register by visiting4humanity.aeor by ringing 02 819 1111

  • Qatar leads most of Gulf higher; property shares hurt Dubai

    Most Gulf bourses ended higher on Thursday with Qatar leading the gains, boosted by market heavyweight Industries Qatar, although weakness in real estate shares weighed on the Dubai index. The Qatar index .QSI rose 1.4%, with petrochemical firm Industries Qatar IQCD.QA advancing 4.6% and Qatar National Bank QNBK.QA, the Gulf's largest lender, gaining 2.6%. But Masraf Al Rayan MARK.QA, which leapt 5% in the last session, eased 0.3%. The lender and Al Khaliji Commercial Bank KCBK.QA said on Tuesday they had begun negotiating a potential merger that could create a combined entity with more than 164 billion riyals ($45.04 billion) in total assets.

  • Dubai Chamber launches online marketplace for PPE

    TheDubai Chamberof Commerce and Industry has launched an online marketplace that connects reliable buyers and sellers of personal protective equipment (PPE) and medical supplies. Businesses and healthcare providers in the UAE looking for an easier way to source and secure PPE can now do so through Dubai Chambers newly launched Rapid Response Initiative (RRI). The online marketplace aims to meet a growing demand among businesses for these types of products as they comply with safety measures introduced by the government to contain the spread of COVID-19. Companies that buy and sell PPE and medical equipment can register on the marketplace at no cost. The portal initially launched with 15 approved suppliers from the UAE and listed a wide range of products including surgical and reusable facemasks and shields, safety goggles, hand sanitiser, disposable gloves, medical gowns and coveralls, ventilators and thermometers. This first-of-its-kind initiative supports Dubai Chambers efforts to enhance ease of doing business in Dubai and facilitate trade, while it also positions the emirate as a global smart city leveraging digital tools to help fight the spread of COVID-19, said Dr. Belaid Rettab, senior director, economic research and sustainable business development sector, Dubai Chamber. Businesses using the marketplace can benefit by reducing costs when buying PPE, generating new leads, building long-term partnerships with reliable suppliers. We encourage companies operating in this field to leverage the platform to capitalise on new business opportunities and boost their online exposure.

  • UAE Cabinet issues decision on residency visas and fines

    The UAE Cabinet has approved a decision to amend a number of Resolutions related to the Identity and Citizenship sector and resumption of work with several procedures and decisions adopted when the COVID-19 pandemic began to spread during the last period, and in conjunction with the return of most activities and government departments to work and support the continuity of business. The decision came after the current situation was studied in detail to ensure that there were no negative effects or repercussions on various sectors. The Cabinet approved the cancellation of the decision regarding the validity of residency visas for expatriates, who are in or outside the country and if their visas expired between March 1 and 31, 2020. The decision on the validity of visas and entry permits for those inside the country from March 1, 2020, until the end of December of this year stands cancelled. The decision on identity cards that expired on March 1, 2020, being considered valid until the end of December 2020, will also be cancelled.

  • Bahrain to pay 50% of wages for private firms hit by coronavirus

    Bahrain's government said on Monday it would pay 50% of salaries for private company workers in sectors that were hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic, state news agency BNA reported. The new payments would start in July and continue for a three-month period, the government said, adding that it would extend its assistance to Bahraini citizens by also paying electricity and water bills. Bahrain had said it was spending $570 million on paying salaries to all 100,000 of its citizens employed in the private sector from April to June to help soften the economic blow from the coronavirus outbreak.

  • Kuwait are to resume commercial flights from August at Kuwait International Airport

    Kuwait is to resume commercial flights to and from the country from August 1. President of the Directorate General for Civil Aviation (DGCA), Sheikh Salman Al-Sabah, and senior DGCA officials briefed the cabinet on Monday about the three-phase plan to resume operations at Kuwait International Airport (KIA). The Kuwaiti Cabinet approves a three-phase plan to operate commercial flights from and to Kuwait from August 1, with an operating capacity not exceeding 30 percent in line with health requirements, said a statement on the official Twitter account of Kuwait News Agency.

  • Coronavirus: Gradual opening at UAE MASJIDS, places of worship as COVID-19 rules ease

    TheUnited Arab Emirateshas announced plans to gradually reopen MASJIDS starting from July 1 with a maximum of 30 percent capacity, according to an official statement. Friday prayers in MASJIDSremain suspended until further notice. Each worshipper must bring his own prayer rug and it will not be allowed to leave it in the MASJIDafter the end of the prayer. Ablution must be performed in the homes in addition to sanitizing the hands continuously before coming to the MASJID. A facemask will be mandatory when attending each prayer,.

  • Saudi Arabia: Tourism ministry targets 260,000 new jobs in three years

    The Ministry of Tourism is seeking to provide 260,000 job opportunities in the next three years, and 1 million jobs by 2030, bringing up total available job opportunities to 1.6 million, Alriyadh newspaper reported citing, Ahmed Al Khateeb, Minister of Tourism and Chairman of the Saudi Tourism Authority (STA). Almost 600,000 people are employed in jobs related to tourism. Tourism accounts for 10% of the worlds average income. For example, tourism accounts for 18% of Spains income, 16% in France, compared to just 3.5% in Saudi Arabia, Al Khateeb said, adding that he aims to raise the tourism sector contribution to 10%. Saudi Arabia is planning to open 38 tourism locations across seven destinations by 2022, compared to the existing 15 locations in four destinations. Launched the Saudi Summer campaign, as part of the Ministry of Tourisms efforts to revive the sector, which was most hit by the COVID-19 fallout, Ahmed Al Khateeb, Minister of Tourism and Chairman of the STA, said in a statement, Al Khateeb added on the sidelines of launching the Saudi Summer campaign.

  • Japan's SMFG brokerage arm to set up office in Abu Dhabi

    The brokerage arm of Japans Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group (SMFG) plans to set up an office in Abu Dhabi as it seeks to tap the $80 billion debt capital market (DCM) in the Middle East, its chief executive said. With the worlds third largest economy in recession, Japanese brokerage firms are focusing more on their overseas strategies and are looking abroad to raise revenue. The SMFG unit, SMBC Nikko Securities, is the first among Japanese brokerage firms to open an office in Abu Dhabi, while other brokerages already have offices in neighbouring Dubai. We are aiming to open a business location in Abu Dhabi, not Dubai, because our groups banking unit has a strong network there, Chief Executive of SMBC Nikko Securities Yuichiro Kondo, who took his post in April, has told Reuters. The brokerage unit plans to start work in the largest member of the United Arab Emirates federation as soon as possible, said Kondo, but he said it was hard to gauge how long the regulatory approval process would take due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nomura Holdings and the brokerage units of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group and Mizuho Financial Group have offices in Dubai. Kondo also said he is considering opening an office in Paris to tap mainly debt capital markets in France and in other Southern European countries such as Spain and Italy. SMBC Nikko already has a business location in Frankfurt.

  • Saudi's PIF invests more than $1 billion in electric carmaker Lucid Motors

    The funding will enable Silicon Valley-based Lucid to achieve the commercial launch of its Lucid Air electric vehicle in 2020, PIF said in an announcement on Monday. Lucid joins Daimler-owned (DAIGn.DE) Mercedes, BMW (BMWG.DE) and Volkswagens (VOWG_p.DE) Audi and Porsche divisions in the battle for dominance in the market for premium battery cars. Tesla shares initially dropped 2.2 percent on Mondays announcement before recovering to positive territory. In August, Tesla founder Elon Musk said the Saudi sovereign wealth fund could help him to take his company private. The Lucid investment, which PIF said is more than $1 billion but did not give an exact figure, is also part of Saudi Arabias plan to build an environmentally friendly economy, to diversify the kingdom away from reliance on crude oil. Theyre not just a financial partner theyre a strategic partner, Lucid Chief Technology Officer Peter Rawlinson told Reuters. Its all the capital we need for three things: to continue the development of the car, to construct the factory in Arizona, and to initiate the rollout of our global retail strategy and that will commence in the U.S. because thats our first market, he said. The company might plan to sell into China or build SUVs at a later date, Rawlinson said. He said the company conceived itself as being less of a direct competitor to Tesla than with luxury gasoline car makers such as Audi or BMW. A PIF representative said that by investing in the electric vehicle market, PIF is gaining exposure to long-term growth opportunities, supporting innovation and technological development and driving revenue and sectoral diversification for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Obtaining cheap capital is a constant challenge for carmakers, which can spend $1 billion or more engineering a single new model. Based in Newark, California, Lucid Motors was founded in 2007 as Atieva by Bernard Tse, a former Tesla vice president and board member, and Sam Weng, a former executive at Oracle Corp and Redback Networks. Earlier on Monday, PIF said it had raised an $11 billion international syndicated loan for general corporate purposes. The fund has already made substantial commitments to other environmentally friendly projects, including renewables and recycling, and to technology companies or investments, including a $45 billion agreement to invest in a technology fund led by Japans SoftBank Group Corp (9984.T).

  • For the first time ... Turkish thermal cameras enter the global market

    With the increase in interest in thermal cameras that measure temperature in light of the global outbreak of the Corona epidemic, a Turkish company produces them locally, sells them inside the country and exports them to other countries such as Britain and the United States. In statements to Anatolia, Hakan Kikake, founder of electronic and security systems for HBF company, said that the company started its activity in 2017 with the aim of producing security surveillance cameras, its various parts, on top of which are control panels, and also worked on developing software for its products. Kakekik pointed out that the companys factory in Istanbul has an area of ​​two thousand square meters and that the proportion of local manufacturing of the companys production exceeds 70%. He added that they are seeking to increase this local percentage to 90% in the coming months. He continued: "According to the data of 2018 regarding the field of security cameras, it was imported from abroad with a value of nearly 600 million dollars." He added: We have been able to reduce part of the imports by our local production, and our share of the local market has reached 4%. Kakek explained that they "started their activity by producing security cameras with similar analog or high-definition (analog) signals, and that they have reached an important position in the market in this field." ** Possibility to detect who does not wear masks He pointed out that "there is no opportunity to fix imported products from abroad when they are damaged, while they can quickly maintain their local products, whatever the faults, which made them one of the distinguished companies that customers prefer because of the after-sales guarantee and other advantages." He added that they had started producing "IP" cameras (a camera used to monitor some places via the Internet) after the success of the analog product group. Kakekik indicated that they have reached an advanced level in software; As they have developed the capabilities of their systems to recognize faces directly by 99%. He explained that they produced Facestation System, a monitoring system that works through 3D facial recognition technology, for use in smart buildings and different places. He pointed out that the feature of facial recognition in surveillance systems gained great importance with the spread of the Corona epidemic, which led to increased interest in their products. He pointed out that the programming and development process is entirely up to the company, which enables them to add any other characteristics or capabilities of the product such as the ability to measure temperature and the feature of identifying those who wear the muzzle. He continued: There is a small computer that has an algorithm in this product, and the face image that is captured with our IP camera is processed by this computer. The device can be accessed via a computer, reports and various information can also be accessed via the tablet, and the temperature can be measured by means of the temperature sensor inside the camera. According to a cake. ** Possibility of measuring the temperature for 30 persons at the same time Kikkik pointed out that the infrared system is used in such type of products globally, while the company uses a temperature sensor. He continued: "Our competitors used heat sensors after they saw our experience, and they were also identifying faces by combing or examining the face, and then we started doing this with a three-dimensional technology, and then our competitors switched to this system." Kikkik explained that it is possible to deceive the device in the old system by displaying the image, but this was avoided in the 3D system. He added: In addition to the monitoring system, we have produced a thermal imaging camera intended for places where there is a massive presence of people and that transit is not available individually, such as revolving doors. He pointed out that they have presented a Facestation Maxi camera that takes pictures and thermal sensing, provided that each one is small and accurate, and this camera is placed from a clear angle of view and it can measure the temperature of 30 individuals at the same time. The Facestation Maxi Plus, the premium model, is a product that has many of the most advanced features and is built for defense purposes, according to Kakek. Kikke continues his speech, saying: "In light of the spread of the Corona epidemic, we received requests for Facestation products to monitor workers by various institutions, especially hotels." He added, "Our products are the only local products that meet the conditions set by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism in the thermal camera. Also, homemade thermal imaging cameras used in high-level public facilities and the private sector contribute to the country's fight against the epidemic." ** Export to the United States of America and Britain Kakeek emphasized that the thermal products had received great attention from the first day of its release, and that it competes with its counterparts in many features in addition to the price difference. He explained that they exported their products to the United States of America, Britain and South Africa, and that they received requests from more than ten countries to obtain the rights to distribute the products. Kekke expressed his pride in exporting local Turkish products in this field for the first time, indicating that the states encouragement played an important role in the company's success. He added that they had presented their products to Turkish Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Warnek who praised their products. He pointed out that the concentration and abundance of technology production in specific regions of the world cause the reluctance of some producers from this field due to commercial concerns and lack of competitiveness. He concluded by saying: However, thanks to the states encouragement, Turkish producers were able to bring their products to the global market in addition to the local market.

  • Yeshin,'-8kg hot summer hot body diet' event

    Diet maker'Yesin' announced on the 12th that it will hold the'-8kg Hot Summer Hot Body Diet' event in June ahead of the summer. This event, which runs until July 22, will consist of the most sought-after partial management, full-body management, and 8kg liability reduction coupons.It provides intensive management for the major areas of concern in the summer when exposure increases. If you enter your name, contact information, and visit point on the event page of the official website of Yeshin Diet, you can see a partial management ticket worth 80,000 won at a discounted price of 75%.You can visit one of the five parts such as back, abdomen, forearm, thigh, and calf. You can choose and manage intensively.One-time telegraph tickets can be received at a 50% discount. The coupon can be used at any point nationwide just by downloading the coupon from the website without any announcement of the winner. A representative from Yeshin said, It was planned due to corona, but an event that increased the discount rate to improve the body for summer vacation was planned. Proceeds, and also helps strengthen immunity. Yeshin is currently recruiting a public diet model through the website.Anyone who needs weight loss can apply for this promotion model, and the final selected person is given a chance to experience the program of prosperity free of charge and to act as a promotion model.Significant amount of management programs are available for free, and actress Jae-eun Lee is given the opportunity to manage them through the -35kg weight loss program.Yesin official website and KakaoTalk Plus friend are accepting applications.

  • LeddarTech works with STMicroelectronics to create LiDAR Evaluation Kit

    LeddarTech, an industry leader in providing the most versatile and scalable auto and mobility LiDAR platform is working with STMicroelectronics, a global semiconductor leader, to create a LiDAR Evaluation Kit. ST serves customers across the spectrum of electronics applications and is a leading supplier of solutions for automotive and industrial applications, according to a statement. This collaboration shrinks customers time-to-market and reduces development costs and risks while delivering the benefits of an open platform model with high flexibility and opportunity for customisation, differentiation, and added value, said LeddarTech Vice-President (Strategic Partnerships and Corporate Development), Michael Poulin.

  • Focus to tap on cloud kitchen industry

    Focus Dynamics Group Bhd (Focus) istappinginto the burgeoning cloud kitchen industry by providing a seamless, automated and end-to-end platform for food operators to fully take advantage of the growth of the online food delivery market. In a statement today, the company said it hasembarked on the new project to revolutionise the current food delivery landscapeto provide entrepreneurs, hobbyists and restaurant owners with an automated cloud kitchen facility. Focus estimates a three-month deployment plan focusing on automation, technology and state of the art kitchen silos, taking an entire floor in Menara Persoft Tropicana, executive director Tay Ben Seng said in a statement today.

  • Maxxis Tyres wins A’ Design Award & Competition

    Taiwan: Maxxis Tyres, the worlds largest two-wheeler tyre manufacturer and the ninth largest tyre company added yet another milestone in its portfolio. T Razr Transformative Tyre by Maxxis has become a winner of A Design Award Competition for Best Automotive Accessories and Car Care Products Design. Conceptualized in 2018 in Taiwan, this 656mm x 240mm x 656mm T Razr tyre is developed for actively detecting different driving conditions and providing active signals to transform the contact area of the tyre to improve traction performance. The sport mode is designed for providing extra control ability on the tyres for the drivers to cope with unexpected road conditions whereas the charging function providing electricity the tyres need for transforming. Commenting on this achievement, Mr. Jason Hong, RD manager, Maxxis Tyres said, Its a matter of immense pride for the entire Maxxis family. This feat highlights Maxxis strong leadership and excellence in producing world-class, globally acclaimed tyres. T Razr is a tyre developed for actively driving conditions and providing active signals to transform the contact area of the tyres. T Razr not only provides extra control ability to cope with unexpected road conditions but also enhances the traction performance, which also guarantees the car with more stable handling while accelerating, decelerating, braking, and cornering. On the other hand, it also improves the strength of battery by restoring the power generated in driving. The award inspires us to further innovate to produce the worlds most enduring and smart tyres. As one of the participants of the A Design Award and Competition, Maxxis outperformed many competitors by utilizing its innovative design. Not only Maxxis was honored in Italy with the 2020 Silver A Design Award, but also was highly recognized worldwide for the industrys Most Coveted Design Awards.

  • Hong Leong Islamic appoints Rusni Hassan as Shariah Committee chairman

    Hong Leong Islamic Bank (HLISB)has appointed ProfessorDr Rusni Hassan as the chairman of its Shariah Committeeeffective April 1, 2020,stepping up from her role as acommittee member, a position she has helmed since February 2017. In a statement today, the bank said Rusnigraduated with a LLB (Honours), LLB (Shariah) (First Class), Master of Comparative Laws,and Ph.D in Law from the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). Rusni isaprofessor at the IIUM Institute of Islamic Banking and Finance and is an influential veteran in the Islamic finance and banking industry locally and internationally, holdingnumerous Shariah advisory and committee member roles, HLISB said.

  • Machine tools benefit from relief funding

    Taiwans Ministry of Economic Affairs announced that the threshold for the relief of manufacturing and technical service industries was "relaxed again", which was originally required to meet the 50% decline in revenue from January to June of this year compared with any of the same period in the past two years. It will now be changed to "Unlimited period". The Bureau of Industry stated that the assessment had already been applied by more than 70% of the machine tool industry. After the assessment was relaxed, it is expected that the affected enterprises will be fully taken care of. Minister of Economy Shen Rongjin said in a discussion with the business community recently that considering that the US-China trade war had hit specific industries last year, the Ministry of Economic Affairs will coordinate with the industry and plan to relax industries, machinery and machine tools and other industries to relax the relief threshold for difficult enterprises. The standard for reducing revenue by 50%. However, Yang Zhiqing, deputy director of the Bureau of Industry, held a press recent conference and announced that the principle of 50% revenue decline should not be relaxed temporarily, but changed to "re-relaxation" to determine the comparative base period of revenue decline, as long as any month from January to June this year Income, compared with any month in 2018 and 2019, a 50% reduction in revenue can be regarded as a "difficult enterprise" and a bailout target for those who need bailout assistance The industry can "see and eat".

  • Micro SMEs can check their application for GKP from tomorrow onwards - Tengku Zafrul

    Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) can check on their application status for the Prihatin Special Grant (GKP) from June 3, 2020 onwards, said Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz today. Those who are successful in their application,a total payment of RM1.47 billion will be made by June 15, 2020,he said. The Inland Revenue Board (IRB) according to him, is furtherreviewing 81,260 applications and would announcethestatus of the application fromJune 8.

  • Taiwan to lift ban on mask exports on June 1

    Taiwan is lifting a ban on surgical mask exports on June 1, according to an official with the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC). Once the CECC has confirmed the volume of face masks it needs to requisition, it will finalize the plan to open up mask exports, said Deputy Health Minister Hsueh Jui-yuan, who heads the CECC's medical response division. At the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak, face masks were in short supply, and the government had to requisition the entire national mask production to ensure that medical facilities and consumers around the country had access to the product. Taiwan instituted a rationing system in February that allowed people to buy two masks per week, then three masks per week and then nine masks every two weeks as mask production increased from about 3 million per day to about 20 million per day. With the supply of masks now sufficient to generally meet basic consumer demand, the government will allow manufacturers to sell whatever they produce beyond amounts requisitioned by the government to buyers at home or overseas, Hsueh said. Under the new plan, however, the rationing system limiting people to purchases of nine masks every two weeks will remain in place, said Chen Tsung-yen, deputy chief of the CECC.

  • Nearly 70 pct of workforce back at work as of May 17 - Tengku Zafrul

    Some10.25 million people, or 67.2 per cent of the workforce, hadreturned to work as of May 17, up from 6.64 million people or 43.6 per cent a week earlier (May 10), said Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz. Citing data from the Statistics Department, he said these figures took into accountthose working from home and coveredvarious economic sectors such as services, agriculture, manufacturing, and mining and quarrying. The increase in the number of employees returning to work shows that the opening of the economy on May 4 by the government has thus far been smooth to enable workers to earn their livelihood, he said when presenting the 7thLaksana-Prihatin accomplishment report today.

  • Hotels in Abu Dhabi prepare to reopen facilities

    The Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has shared detailed guidelines with the emirate's hotels in preparation for granting approvals to reopen the establishments' restaurants, lounges, bars, beaches, pools and gyms. Having closed due to health and safety precautionary measures imposed to contain the spread of the Covid-19 virus, hotels will now be able to reopen their facilities and resume trading as soon as approval is granted from DCT Abu Dhabi. To obtain approval, the hotels must complete all the measures which are outlined in the document which DCT Abu Dhabi has compiled. The guidelines outline 'readiness assurance requirements' that cover general measurements, social distancing rules, crowd control measures and rules for returning employees in order to resume trading safely. Some of the general rules include restricted operating hours for outlets, which can only be open from 6am until 7pm. Additional rules include the sterilisation of the facilities on a regular basis, the provision of hand sanitisers at the facility entrance, the defining of clear and separate entry and exit points, and the installation of thermal cameras installed which have been integrated with the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority system. Also mandatory are an isolation room to isolate suspected coronavirus cases and a medical team that is on standby throughout operating hours. All visitors must also wear masks at all times and should be encouraged to use 'smart' payments as a preferred method to reduce contacts and contamination. "As per our mandate to support and guide the tourism sector in Abu Dhabi in all aspects, the set of measures we have shared with our hotel partners will ensure that not only will they be able to resume trading at the earliest opportunity, but that when they do they will be following guidelines which will keep all members of the community safe and secure," said HE Ali Hassan Al Shaiba, Executive Director of Tourism and Marketing at DCT Abu Dhabi. "The guidelines set out stringent criteria for the hotels to follow, which our inspectors will confirm with on-site visits. Once these high standards of health and safety are met, DCT Abu Dhabi will approve the reopening, and trading can resume. We are adamant that both hotel staff and visitors should be 100 per cent confident in their own safety, as we start the resumption of 'normal' activities since the pandemic situation arose." The DCT Abu Dhabi guidelines also state strict social distancing and crowd control measures, which will also work to reassure staff and visitors that safety is paramount. Social distancing markings will be clearly defined on floors and escalators and elevators will be entirely dedicated to People of Determination. Seating arrangements will stipulate that only four people will be allowed on each table, with 2.5 metres between each table. Capacity for each establishment will be 'capped' at 30% only of the total capacity of the establishment, and restaurants and lounges will be required to hang signage at the entrance to indicate the maximum number of allowed customers are already inside. No entertainment activities of any kind will be allowed to begin with, and visitors will only be allowed to visit the facilities for a maximum of 3 hours. There will also be very strict rules for returning employees, with each employee having to undergo a Covid-19 test before being allowed back to work, with these being performed on a bi-weekly basis. Temperature checks will be carried out on all staff on a regular basis throughout working hours, with staff also trained for emergency response protocols for the Covid-19 virus.

  • Emirates SkyCargo increases operations to cover 75 destinations

    Emirates SkyCargo has expanded its weekly scheduled cargo flight operations to cover 75 destinations across six continents. Through its wider reach, Emirates SkyCargo is able to transport essential commodities and other urgently needed cargo more rapidly across the world, allowing exporters and importers across markets to benefit from direct access to widebody cargo capacity. Some of the destinations recently included in Emirates SkyCargos network include Colombo, Conakry, Dakar, Dhaka, Dublin, Khartoum, Kuala Lumpur, Perth and Quito. In addition, Emirates SkyCargo has also upped frequency of flights to several key destinations such as Amsterdam, Beijing, Bengaluru, Brussels, Chennai, Chicago, Frankfurt, Hanoi, Johannesburg and London allowing businesses more choice and flexibility in having their cargo shipped to customers and supplementing additional cargo capacity for the transport of urgent and necessary goods. Over and above scheduled flight operations, Emirates SkyCargo also operates charter flights in response to customer demand. Since March 2020, Emirates SkyCargo has played an important role globally in the transport of urgently required medical supplies including personal protective equipment such as masks and gloves, pharmaceuticals, healthcare equipment, electronics such as laptops and mobile phones as more people around the world have turned to online working and learning, food items including fruits, vegetables, sea food and meat. The carrier operated over 2,500 flights in the month of April. Currently Emirates SkyCargo is operating more than 100 flights a day from its hub in Dubai. Some of the destinations recently included in Emirates SkyCargos network include Colombo, Conakry, Dakar, Dhaka, Dublin, Khartoum, Kuala Lumpur, Perth and Quito. In addition, Emirates SkyCargo has also upped frequency of flights to several key destinations such as Amsterdam, Beijing, Bengaluru, Brussels, Chennai, Chicago, Frankfurt, Hanoi, Johannesburg and London allowing businesses more choice and flexibility in having their cargo shipped to customers and supplementing additional cargo capacity for the transport of urgent and necessary goods. Over and above scheduled flight operations, Emirates SkyCargo also operates charter flights in response to customer demand. Since March 2020, Emirates SkyCargo has played an important role globally in the transport of urgently required medical supplies including personal protective equipment such as masks and gloves, pharmaceuticals, healthcare equipment, electronics such as laptops and mobile phones as more people around the world have turned to online working and learning, food items including fruits, vegetables, sea food and meat. The carrier operated over 2,500 flights in the month of April. Currently Emirates SkyCargo is operating more than 100 flights a day from its hub in Dubai. Some of the destinations recently included in Emirates SkyCargos network include Colombo, Conakry, Dakar, Dhaka, Dublin, Khartoum, Kuala Lumpur, Perth and Quito. In addition, Emirates SkyCargo has also upped frequency of flights to several key destinations such as Amsterdam, Beijing, Bengaluru, Brussels, Chennai, Chicago, Frankfurt, Hanoi, Johannesburg and London allowing businesses more choice and flexibility in having their cargo shipped to customers and supplementing additional cargo capacity for the transport of urgent and necessary goods. Over and above scheduled flight operations, Emirates SkyCargo also operates charter flights in response to customer demand. Since March 2020, Emirates SkyCargo has played an important role globally in the transport of urgently required medical supplies including personal protective equipment such as masks and gloves, pharmaceuticals, healthcare equipment, electronics such as laptops and mobile phones as more people around the world have turned to online working and learning, food items including fruits, vegetables, sea food and meat. The carrier operated over 2,500 flights in the month of April. Currently Emirates SkyCargo is operating more than 100 flights a day from its hub in Dubai. Some of the destinations recently included in Emirates SkyCargos network include Colombo, Conakry, Dakar, Dhaka, Dublin, Khartoum, Kuala Lumpur, Perth and Quito. In addition, Emirates SkyCargo has also upped frequency of flights to several key destinations such as Amsterdam, Beijing, Bengaluru, Brussels, Chennai, Chicago, Frankfurt, Hanoi, Johannesburg and London allowing businesses more choice and flexibility in having their cargo shipped to customers and supplementing additional cargo capacity for the transport of urgent and necessary goods. Over and above scheduled flight operations, Emirates SkyCargo also operates charter flights in response to customer demand. Since March 2020, Emirates SkyCargo has played an important role globally in the transport of urgently required medical supplies including personal protective equipment such as masks and gloves, pharmaceuticals, healthcare equipment, electronics such as laptops and mobile phones as more people around the world have turned to online working and learning, food items including fruits, vegetables, sea food and meat. The carrier operated over 2,500 flights in the month of April. Currently Emirates SkyCargo is operating more than 100 flights a day from its hub in Dubai.

  • Youths involved in agriculture sector inclined towards entrepreneurship

    A study found that Malaysian youths involved in the agriculture sector are more inclined towards entrepreneurship, Agriculture and Food Industry Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee said. Citing a study conducted by theKhazanah Research Institute (KRI) published on April 27, he said the youths were not only farmers,breeders and fishermen, but were also marketersand sellers oftheir own agricultural products. The study was published in aKRI Discussion Paper on April 27, 2020.

  • New heavy-lift vessel will work Taiwanese offshore wind market

    Belgian marine infrastructure contractor DEME has teamed up with Taiwanese shipbuilder CSBC to develop the first Taiwan-built heavy-lift and installation vessel, the Green Jade. After delivery in 2022, the ship will be deployed in Taiwans burgeoning offshore wind energy market. The Taiwanese government plans to develop 5.5 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind energy by 2025, and add another 10 GW between 2026 and 2035, according to the Global Wind Energy Council. DEME spokesperson Vicky Cosemans told JOC.com that opportunities in the heavy lift, oil and gas, and associated markets in the Asia-Pacific region will also be looked at on an ad-hoc basis. The vessel will be owned and operated by CSBC-DEME Wind Energy (CDWE), a Taiwan-registered joint venture company between CSBC and DEME Offshore. CDWE has contracts in hand in Taiwan for the first three years after delivery, Cosemans said. CDWE will participate in upcoming tenders following the next auction round of wind energy contracts in Taiwan and expects to secure additional contracts for the period 2025-2030. She declined to comment on the size and cost of the vessel or whether Green Jade is the first in a series of similar ships. Ship will have 4,000-mt capacity crane The 710-foot- long ship will have a 4,000-mt capacity crane and the highest dynamic positioning rating of DP3, which would allow the ship to continue operating even with multiple systems failures, according to a statement from DEME. The ships deck space has been maximized to enable the vessel to transport a multitude of the heaviest monopiles, jackets, wind turbine components, and structures in a single shipment," the company said. Starting in 2023, the vessel will help transport and install turbines and associated equipment for the Hai Long 2 and 3 portions of the 1,044-megawatt (MW) offshore wind farm being developed by Canadas Northland Power, Yushan Energy of Singapore, and Japans Mitsui Co. The ship will also transport and install foundations for the 300-MW Zhong Neng wind farm being developed by the Zhong Neng Wind Power Corp., a subsidiary of Taiwans China Steel Corp. CDWE has a preferred bidder agreement with the power company. The ship, named after East Asias highest peak, the 12,966-feet high Jade Mountain, will have dual-fuel engines

  • Malaysia: Govt to launch short-term economic recovery plan - Zafrul

    The government will be implementing a short-and medium-term economic recovery plan to rejuvenatethe countrys economic growth soon, said Finance MinisterTengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz. The plan will highlighthealth guidelines and safe operating procedures in the new norm,capacity building, hiring of workers,job creation as well as boostingconsumer spending, especially through digital channels. Additionally, the government will also support therestructuring, recovery and growth of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) especially viadigital technology, enhancingresilience and developing growth opportunities for medium and large-sized companies,boosting investor confidence and generatingshort-term economic growth, he said.

  • Industries urged to rethink, reinvent, revitalise in new normal: Azmin

    Industries must rethink, recover, and revitalise their businesses in the aftermath of COVID-19 pandemic to move forward, said Senior Minister and International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri MohamedAzmin Ali. He saidfor many enterprises hit by this crisis, business survival was the main concern, andin the longer run, it isimperative that businesses remain sustainable. "In this regard, the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) will do its best to bolster the industries and businesses, particularly the small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and to ensurethe sustainability of employment.

  • Taiwan's ban on mask exports to be extended until end of June

    Taiwan will extend its ban on exports of surgical masks and continue its requisition of factories that produce surgical masks until the end of June, the health minister announced recently. The current ban on exports of other protective items, such as protective and isolation gowns, could be eased, however, so that manufacturers can sell their products abroad, said Chen Shih-chung, who heads the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC), at a daily press briefing. Chen, however, did not elaborate as to when the ban on exports of protective garments will be eased. Taiwan stopped exports of all surgical masks on Jan. 24, three days after it confirmed the first case of COVID-19 infection and domestic demand surged. One week later on Jan. 31, Taiwan requisitioned all factories able to produce face masks so that it could control the distribution and output of masks, as panic buying emerged after more cases of the new coronavirus infection were reported in the nation. From Feb. 6, a rationing system was launched, with each person in Taiwan, no matter whether they are locals or foreign nationals, allowed to buy three masks per week at a price of NT$5 each at pharmacies, using their National Health Insurance cards or other forms of ID. The rationing was not eased until April 9, when the number of rationed masks was increased to 9 pieces every two weeks, after mask output was significantly increased to 15 million per day from the 1.88 million before the COVID-19 pandemic began, according to government data. Meanwhile, after inaugurating three vending machines selling surgical masks two days earlier, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je said he plans to install more such machines in all 12 administrative districts of Taipei city as an alternative option through which citizens can purchase masks. At present, the purchase of rationed masks can only be made online or in person at pharmacies. In normal circumstances, each vending machine can sell 60 packages of adult masks (nine pieces each) per hour, according to Ko, meaning that the three machines currently running on a trial basis in the Xinyi District Health Center near Taipei 101 can sell 180 packages per hour. Each day the machines can sell up to 1,800 packages in total, said Ko, who added that the vending machines will be an additional option that could help disperse the long queues of buyers outside pharmacies.

  • Dubai Silicon Oasis introduces additional economic relief measures

    Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA) has introduced further economic stimulus measures for businesses operating within the freezone. The new Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO) stimulus package include waiving both a Dhs12,000 licence fee and Dhs6,900 registration package for new clients for the first year until the end of June 2020. The new client registration package includes a one-time registration fee, shareholder resolution fee, specimen signature fee, trade name reservation fee, memorandum of articles and association. DSOA will also provide a one-month grace period for new companies. Amid the overwhelming support achieved by DSOAs previous relief package to support the business sector in DSO, we have launched additional incentives in line with the directives of Dubais government decision to gradually open up for businesses, said Dr. Mohammed Al Zarooni, vice chairman and CEO of DSOA. In April, DSOA announced several economic relief measures including flexible payment plans, waivers and rental reductions for residents, startups, companies and commercial tenants located within buildings owned by the authority. Residents were allowed to make monthly payments for their rents, while retrieval fees on bounced cheques for first-time offenders were waived. Also, residential villa tenants could avail a discount of Dhs5,000, while other residential tenants receive a discount of Dhs2,000, if they paid the annual rent as one deposit. For retail businesses, rent waivers were offered to restaurants, shops, and gyms at DSOA-owned buildings affected by the closure of businesses, commencing from March 15, 2020 and ending once the government allows retail outlets to reopen. The DSOA waived all late payment and overstay fines until August 31, 2020 for startups based at Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Campus (DTEC), the largest tech hub and co-working space in the MENA region. DTEC is providing entrepreneurs deferred rent payments for up to three months, and a five per cent discount on their annual rent, if paid on time and in one deposit. Meanwhile, on renewal of their tenancy contracts, flexi desk and fixed desk tenants can pay their rents in up to six instalments, while also leveraging their visa security deposits to pay off their financial dues to DSOA. DSOA also issued a waiver on all late payment fees until August 31 for companies, and granted a five per cent discount on the annual rent if paid on time and in one deposit. The authority will allow customers to use their visa security deposits to pay off their rental financial dues. New companies establishing their offices in DSO for the first-time are offered a grace period on monthly rent payments until the end of May 2020, and a discount of up to 10 per cent on their monthly rent. Furthermore, DSOA is waiving the service charge until the government allows companies to continue working from their offices.

  • SABIC to build one of the world’s biggest mega-battery factories

    Saudi petrochemical giant SABIC has established a joint venture company to build one of the worlds biggest utility-scale battery factories. SABIC unit Nusaned Investment has teamed up with SCHMID Group to develop the vanadium redox flow batteries. The Riwaq Industrial Development Company will also join the JV, SABIC said in a statement. The new factory is expected to be in production in 2021. Battery storage is attracting a wave of international investment as demand increases to store the energy being produced by new renewable projects worldwide. Investing in such renewables projects is also a cornerstone of Saudi Arabias energy reform plans as it weans itself off reliance on oil revenues. The closing marks a milestone for Saudi Arabia in its quest to localize manufacturing for technologies in emerging industries, said Fuad Mosa, CEO of Nusaned Investment The new company will produce energy storage systems for use alongside utility-scale renewables projects, telecom towers, mining sites, remote cities and off-grid locations, SABIC said. Saudi Arabia is aiming to install 57.5 GW of renewable capacity by 2030, spurring demand for new battery storage capacity in the Kingdom. The project will be developed in Dammam 3rd Industrial City and will have an annual production capacity of 3 GWh making it among the biggest Flow Battery production facilities worldwide. Nusaned Investment is an investment company based in Riyadh with a mandate to increase local content in the Kingdom.

  • Self-driving vehicles get in on the delivery scene amid Covid-19

    Self-driving cars, trucks, sidewalk robots and shuttles are rolling out of the labs and parking garages and onto American streets to help deliver groceries, meals, and medical supplies. Although self-driving car companies have paused on-road testing in the US, as it is not considered an essential business, pivoting to deliveries allows them back on the road to gather more data. Since mid-April, the cars of General Motors Co'sself-driving unit Cruise have flashed a "SF Covid-19 Response" sign on their windshields as they deliver food from SF-Marin Food Bank and SF New Deal to seniors in need. Each car has two safety drivers; one wears a mask and gloves to drop bags off at the door. "We're not making a fundamental pivot away from ride-sharing," said Rob Grant, vice president of government affairs at Cruise. "What I do see is this pandemic really showing where self-driving vehicles can be of use in the future. That includes in contactless delivery like we're doing here." Toyota-backed Pony.ai said its cars are back on the street in California after a pause. Now they are delivering groceries in Irvine from local e-commerce platform Yamibuy and work with the City of Fremont to deliver meals to a local emergency shelter program. Meanwhile, in early April Softbank-backed Nuro became the second company in California to receive a permit to operate a driverless vehicle on public roads. Co-founder Dave Ferguson said Nuro was putting its latest R2 vehicles to work delivering medical supplies to a temporary COVID-19 hospital in Sacramento and a temporary medical facility in San Mateo County. None of the those three companies are making any money from their deliveries, but are gaining experience and data on delivery operations, several operators said. Beep, an autonomous shuttle service provider, said in early April that it was partnering with the Jacksonville Transportation Authority and shuttle maker Navya to transport Covid-19 tests at Mayo Clinic in Florida. Self-driving truck company TuSimple, in which United Parcel Service Inc has invested, has kept its 40 autonomous trucks on the road for paying customers, but is offering a free service for food banks in Texas and Arizona, according to its chief product officer, Chuck Price. And on Wednesday, Russian tech giant Yandex, which has a self-driving car team, said the pandemic helped speed up the signing of its first commercial contract with the city of Skolkovo, a tech hub, to help deliver mail and small packages using its sidewalk robot, Yandex.Rover.

  • Taiwan textile makers respond to need for protective gear amid COVID-19

    Several companies in Taiwan's textile sector have been modifying their production lines and ramping up output to help meet the soaring demand for surgical masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Among the companies that have stepped up to the challenge is a "national team" of six manufacturers, which are producing protective hospital gowns that have P3 particulate filters. Leading the team is Makalot Industrial, a top Taiwanese manufacturer that normally supplies textiles to global clothing brands but has moved quickly into the production of special protective gowns for people on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19. Makalot Industrial Chairman Chou Li-ping said the company had the advantage of research and development conducted 17 years ago when the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) epidemic hit Taiwan. At that time, he said, Taiwan was importing most of its protective hospital gowns, and the government began encouraging domestic manufacture of PPE. Against that backdrop, Makalot Industrial filed an application in 2003 for license to manufacture protective gowns, a product it had never made before, Chou said. The company's research team came up with a design, which it patented three months later, according to Liao Pai-jung, a project manager at Makalot Industrial's innovation center. The company was about to present its research and development results when the World Health Organization declared that the SARS outbreak had been contained, and Taiwan was removed from the list of affected areas on July 5, 2003, Liao said. This time around, with the outbreak of COVID-19, Makalot Industrial decided to lead a "national team" to domestically produce protective and isolation gowns, according to Chou, who noted that the disease, which is caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) that was first detected in China late last year. Makalot Industrial made that decision within minutes of receiving a phone call from the Ministry of Economic Affairs on the matter, Chou said. The company is now on schedule to domestically produce 100,000 protective gowns by late April and is aiming to manufacture another 220,000 at its factory in Vietnam, he said. Makalot Industrial also plans to set up a production line in Chiayi in southern Taiwan, which will manufacture 10,000 gowns per month initially and gradually increase its monthly output to 50,000, Chou said. In the critical battle against COVID-19, Makalot Industrial, Eclat Textile and four other manufacturers on the "national team" have been contracted by the government to deliver 1.1 million isolation and protective hospital gowns by April. Meanwhile, Kang Na Hsiung Enterprise, a manufacturer of hygiene products and synthetic textiles, has revived its production lines for meltblown nonwovens -- the main raw material used to make surgical masks -- which had been mothballed for at least five years. Since the Taiwan government took the step of requisitioning all domestically produced surgical masks, Kang Na Hsiung Enterprise said, it has ramped up its daily production of meltblown nonwovens to 2.4 tonnes, which can make more than 3 million face masks. With the ready response of manufacturers to increasing demand for PPE during the COVID-19 epidemic, Taiwan's textile industry is seeing a strong revival after its decline in recent years due to an exodus of companies, according to Justin Huang, secretary-general of Taiwan Textile Federation.

  • Santan opens opportunity for AirAsia employees to deliver food

    Food and beverage business Santan, AirAsias in-flight menu brand,has opened anopportunity for AirAsiaemployees whose jobs have been affected by the pandemic outbreakto become delivery riders and and actively deliverSantan food. Santangeneral manager Catherine Goh said to date, over 50 AirAsia Allstars, whoinclude cabin crew, pilots, ground service agents as well as those in day-to-day jobs, have signed up for the opportunity in this current 'new normal' condition. "In these unprecedented times, we believe that we should remain stronger than ever to brave through this storm of uncertainty. The Santan team has worked tirelessly to ensure that the familiar taste of Pak Nasser Nasi Lemak and other crowd favourites are available to everyone throughout this period.

  • Santan opens opportunity for AirAsia employees to deliver food

    Food and beverage business Santan, AirAsias in-flight menu brand,has opened anopportunity for AirAsiaemployees whose jobs have been affected by the pandemic outbreakto become delivery riders and and actively deliverSantan food. Santangeneral manager Catherine Goh said to date, over 50 AirAsia Allstars, whoinclude cabin crew, pilots, ground service agents as well as those in day-to-day jobs, have signed up for the opportunity in this current 'new normal' condition. "In these unprecedented times, we believe that we should remain stronger than ever to brave through this storm of uncertainty. The Santan team has worked tirelessly to ensure that the familiar taste of Pak Nasser Nasi Lemak and other crowd favourites are available to everyone throughout this period.

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  • Taiwan biomed company donates COVID-19 detection kits to Malaysia

    Taiwans Geneaid Biomed recently donated a shipment of COVID-19 detection kits to the Ministry of Health of Malaysia. The GeneAid Biomed COVID-19 RT-PCR kit is for in vitro diagnostic test. It is a one-step real time RT-PCR for detection of COVID-19 corona virus in human nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swab or sputum specimens. The ongoing outbreak of the recently emerged novel coronavirus (COVID-19) poses a challenge for public health laboratories as virus isolates are unavailable. According to Geneaid Biomed, the closest RNA sequence similarity is to two bat coronaviruses, and it appears likely that bats are the primary source. Geneaid (established in 2002) is a leading manufacturer of DNA/RNA purification products including plasmid kits, DNA extraction kits, RNA kits, virus DNA RNA kits, gel extraction kits, PCR cleanup kits, cloning kits, magnetic bead genomic DNA kits, PCR products, enzymes, protein products, DNA markers as well as high-throughput 96-Well DNA/RNA extraction kits. While serving the needs of the global biotechnology industry for 12 years, Geneaid has expanded its international distribution network to over 50 countries and continues adding to its long list of esteemed business partnerships around the world. In Taiwan, some of the companys partnerships include the CDC (Center for Disease Control), the CIB (Criminal Investigation Bureau), the AVRDC (World Vegetable Center), Academia Sinica and all major university labs.

  • Simplo Tech Group invests in e-bike industry

    The multi-billion Simplo Tech Group (SMP), headquartered in Taiwan, debuted at the 2019 Eurobike show. This battery maker, which is the main supplier for Apple computers, notebooks, tablets and I-phones, presented itself through one of its subsidiaries; Trend Energy Technology Co. Ltd. The e-bike is currently a leading development project in our company. Therefore, we collaborate with a wide variety of companies in the e-bike industry, including brands, app developers, e-bike manufacturers, system manufactures and OEMs, said SMPs high power sales marketing department manager Kevin Chang during a visit to Bike Europe. The relevance of e-bikes for Simplo Group Tech Energy (SMP) is explained by Kevin Chang, we are a specialist in lithium battery development and production, which makes e-bikes a strategic product for us. By sharing know-how, developing more resources and gaining experience, we hope to create more and new product lines. We have seen more and more system suppliers entering the e-bike industry recently which creates a lot of business opportunities for us. We expect to generate more openings with these parties in the market through cooperation on the battery development in the near future.

  • Egypt: SAHARA EXPO 2020

    In the importance of events and their ability to help rebuild societies and connect industries, rebuilding trade and relationships when this pandemic has been overcome. Hence, Egypt: SAHARA Expo are continuing to plan and prepare for the Sahara 2020 exhibition and are working hard to ensure this important platform for the Agricultural community can proceed this year. The event will take place in its due date between13-16 September 2020 at the Egypt International Exhibitions Center (EIEC) in Cairo.however, appreciate the difficulties that Egypt: SAHARA EXPO customers may face in planning and committing during these uncertain times. The health and safety of Egypt: SAHARA EXPO 2020 customers and colleagues is always top priority. As such, Egypt: SAHARA EXPOare following all safety advice and precautions as recommended by the Egypt Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) and closely monitoring the developments of the virus.

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  • QIB rolls out Qatar’s NRGP to support private sector

    Qatar Islamic Bank (QIB) yesterday announced the implementation of its COVID-19 National Response Guarantees Program (NRGP), which follows the Emiri decree that supports the economic and financial sectors in Qatar. The Qatari government has allocated guarantees to local banks, amounting to QR3bn, to help mitigate COVID-19 impacts on the countrys private sector. The program will relieve some of the most critical short-term payments that local businesses will struggle with, in the next three months, such as staff salaries and rentals. The program, administrated by Qatar Development Bank, is a 100 percent guaranteed scheme brought to the private sector by the Qatari government to finance staff payroll as per the Wage Protection System registry (WPS) for a period of up to three months, April to June 2020, paid on a monthly pro-rata basis. In addition, the guarantee will cover rental amounts for factories, business outlets, warehouses and labour accommodations for the same period paid on a monthly pro-rata basis. In a statement, QIB Group CEO Bassel Gamal said: At QIB, we have been proactive and fully supportive of the measures implemented by the government, the Qatar Central Bank and Qatar Development Bank to help local businesses impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Maintaining business continuity and keeping the local economy afloat is a commitment that both the government and Qatar Islamic Bank have undertaken. The preventative measures put in place to protect public health and stop the spread of the virus are having a significant impact on businesses, making it difficult for companies to meet critical short-term payments. With the National Response Guarantees Program in place, private companies will be able to relieve some of the pressing payments that they will face in the next three months, namely staff payrolls and rents. Companies that are 100 percent privately owned with a valid commercial license that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19, except those operating in real estate, construction and contracting industries, are eligible to apply for this program. The company must also be registered with a minimum of 10 percent Qatari national ownership and using QIBs WPS service to process their employees salaries in order to qualify. Each application will be assessed individually and a maximum financing allowance of up to QR2.5m per month, for a period of three months, will be made available per beneficiary company. The financing allowance will be based on the actual amounts of employee salaries and rentals. QIB is offering four different financing options for impacted companies to choose the one that is best suited to their needs. Guarantees will be issued for a period of up to three years to cover the financing of companies for a tenor period of up to two years and grace period of up to 12 months. Actual finance tenor and grace period will be verified and agreed with each company. Qatar Development Bank is administrating the COVID-19 National Response Guarantees Program and has partnered with QIB to deliver it. The financing window will be available for just three months, starting from April 01 and ending on June 30, 2020. Companies can only apply during this period.

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    MITIN Racing Suspension specializes in manufacturing suspension systems for car modification under strict production processes, developing and offering suspension systems for all kinds of vehicles to meet the needs of car owners. In terms of technical resources, the company cooperates with a Spanish technical team in regard to suspension modification and calibration for racing cars, for technical exchanges. In addition, the company obtains technical support for German professional applied materials, as well as a strict production process and technical guidance related to Japanese car modification parts, and real vehicle testing on race tracks, A state-of-the-art damping test machine enables our products to receive a higher rating on the market. MITIN Racing Suspension possesses its own brand in Taiwan. The company also provides OEM services for customs with no minimum order quantity required. MITIN Racing Suspension home:https://www.mitin-suspension.com.tw/?lang=en

  • UAE officially asks to postpone Expo 2020 Dubai

    DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates has officially requested to postpone the start of the Expo 2020 Dubai until October next year due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, the body that oversees the world fair said on Saturday. Dubai, the glitzy city-state which is part of the UAE, had hoped to attract some 25 million visits to the multi-billion-dollar, six-month event, which was scheduled to launch on Oct 20 this year. The government of the United Arab Emirates has formally requested the postponement of World Expo 2020 Dubai, the Paris-based Bureau International des Expositions said in a statement. Following consultations with the BIE, participating countries and key stakeholders, the UAE has proposed 1 October 2021 - 31 March 2022 as the new opening dates of Expo 2020 Dubai. The UAE government also requested approval to continue using Expo 2020 Dubai as the events official name. The BIE said it would hold a virtual meeting on April 21 to discuss options for a change of dates. The request of the UAE government has been sent following in-depth discussions by the Expo 2020 Dubai steering committee with the organiser and the BIE on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, said the statement. A final decision on a change of dates can only be made by a two-thirds majority vote of BIE member states. Dubai, known for hosting hundreds of conferences annually, has already scrapped a string of cultural and entertainment events in recent weeks over the spread of the deadly disease. The United Arab Emirates has announced 1,264 cases of coronavirus, and nine deaths. It has enforced extensive lockdown measures to curb the spread of the disease including an ongoing nighttime curfew.

  • HUARONG PLASTIC MACHINERY CO., LTD.

    Company Name:HUARONG PLASTIC MACHINERY CO., LTD. Business Type:Exporter, Manufacturer, ODM, OEM Year Established:1982 Main Product:Horizontal and Vertical injection molding machine, Automation tools and so on Main Export Market:Algeria, China, India, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates Contact Information Owner:Log in to view details Contact Person:Log in to view details Business Phone Number:Log in to view details Contact Supplier Company Fax Number:+886-6-7951666 Office Address:72351NO.21-6, ZHONGZHOU,CHIN AN VIL., XIGANG DIST., TAINAN CITY 72351, TAIWAN Office Hours:Monday-Friday 8:30-17:30, Company Website:http://www.huarong.com.tw

  • Expo 2020 Dubai to seek one-year postponement

    Expo 2020 Dubai is expected to attract 11 million visitors to the six-month-long event, which will feature pavilions from 192 countries. Expo 2020 Dubai will explore the possibility of postponing the event by one year in order to allow the world recover from coronavirus pandemic, organisers announced today. In a statement issued today, Expo 2020 said the BIE will now work with its member states and Expo 2020 Dubai organisers to establish a change in dates. A final decision on postponement can only be made by the BIEs executive committee and the General Assembly, the statement said, adding a two-thirds majority vote from member states of the organisation is required. The global situation is fast moving, and remains unpredictable, Reem Al Hashemy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director General, Expo 2020 Dubai. Over the last several weeks, we have been consulting with key UAE and international stakeholders to review the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on our plans and preparations for Expo 2020 Dubai. She said many of the countries due to participate in Expo 2020 have been significantly impacted by Covid-19, and have sought a delay to the opening of Expo 2020 Dubai by one year, to enable them to overcome this challenge. The UAE and Expo 2020 Dubai have listened. And in the spirit of solidarity and unity, we supported the proposal to explore a one year postponement at todays steering committee meeting," she said. Al Hashemy said Expo 2020 will follow due BIE processes on making the decision to delay. Dimitri S. Kerkentzes, Secretary General of BIE, welcomed Expo 2020 organiser's decision. "The UAEs decision to support a one year postponement demonstrates pragmatism, openness, and commitment to delivering an Expo that lives up to our shared ambition, he said. We retain full confidence in the UAEs ability to host a World Expo that inspires and delights millions, when the time is right."

  • Expo 2020 Dubai to seek one-year postponement

    Expo 2020 Dubai is expected to attract 11 million visitors to the six-month-long event, which will feature pavilions from 192 countries. Expo 2020 Dubai will explore the possibility of postponing the event by one year in order to allow the world recover from coronavirus pandemic, organisers announced today. In a statement issued today, Expo 2020 said the BIE will now work with its member states and Expo 2020 Dubai organisers to establish a change in dates. A final decision on postponement can only be made by the BIEs executive committee and the General Assembly, the statement said, adding a two-thirds majority vote from member states of the organisation is required. The global situation is fast moving, and remains unpredictable, Reem Al Hashemy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director General, Expo 2020 Dubai. Over the last several weeks, we have been consulting with key UAE and international stakeholders to review the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on our plans and preparations for Expo 2020 Dubai. She said many of the countries due to participate in Expo 2020 have been significantly impacted by Covid-19, and have sought a delay to the opening of Expo 2020 Dubai by one year, to enable them to overcome this challenge. The UAE and Expo 2020 Dubai have listened. And in the spirit of solidarity and unity, we supported the proposal to explore a one year postponement at todays steering committee meeting," she said. Al Hashemy said Expo 2020 will follow due BIE processes on making the decision to delay. Dimitri S. Kerkentzes, Secretary General of BIE, welcomed Expo 2020 organiser's decision. "The UAEs decision to support a one year postponement demonstrates pragmatism, openness, and commitment to delivering an Expo that lives up to our shared ambition, he said. We retain full confidence in the UAEs ability to host a World Expo that inspires and delights millions, when the time is right."

  • HOLTEK launches new BS83B04L ultra-low power I/O touch MCU

    Holtek has recently announced the release of a new generation ultra-low power I/O Touch Flash MCU, the BS83B04L. The ultra-low power device has a single touch key standby current of less than 150nA at a voltage of 3V/25℃, making it ideal for battery powered or low power consumption applications, such as smart cards, smart wristbands and electronic door locks. The device supports 4 touch keys and has an operating voltage of 1.8V~5.5V which can meet the requirements of a large range of electronic products with different operating voltages. The device contains a 2K16 Flash Program Memory, 1288 Data Memory, 328 True EEPROM and an I2C interface. It is supplied in 8-pin SOP, 10-pin MSOP and 10-pin DFN (330.75mm) package types which can meet a range of different packaging requirements. Holtek also fully supports the device with a comprehensive suite of hardware and software development tools. The supporting software includes a touch key function library which enables designers to develop their products more rapidly by eliminating the need to write code for the touch key functions. The hardware development tool is known as the e-Link which works together with an OCDS evaluation MCU to provide users with an actual MCU device with which emulation and debug can be implemented, thus reducing significantly the development to market time.

  • Mask production ramping up with new equipment

    Taiwan is ramping up production of surgical masks using newly acquired equipment with a goal of 10 million per day by next week as domestic demand surges amid the COVID-19 epidemic, Minister of Economic Affairs Shen Jong-chin said. With delivery of the machines, 60 new production lines have been opened at manufacturing plants across Taiwan, although some of the equipment still needs fine tuning, Shen said. Taiwans daily output of masks is expected to reach 9.2 million on average this week and when the production lines reach full capacity next week, it will be 10 million per day, he said. The Ministry of Economic Affairs said that US$2.99 million would be spent to set up another 32 production lines to help meet demand. The equipment for those 32 lines is expected to be delivered by the end of March, Chen said. Taiwan has enough raw materials to produce up to 15 million masks per day until the end of June, the ministry said. Meanwhile, President Tsai Ing-wen recently visited a Yi Ting Non-Woven Co mask manufacturing plant in Taoyuan and thanked everyone involved in the efforts to contain COVID-19. The company is one of several contracted by the government to help ramp up mask production. The factory has four machines churning out roughly 400,000 masks per day, Yi Ting said. Its daily output is expected to rise to 600,000 when it adds two more machines to its production lines, the company said.

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