PNG, UAE Reach Understanding

In a meeting the Minister for Forest, Walter Schnaubelt met with the UAE Minister for State for International Cooperation and Director General of World Expo2020, Reem Ephraim Al Hashimy in Dubai on 11 October.

The two Ministers met at the end of the thematic week on climate and biodiversity and before the departure of Minister Schnaubelt.

He had a successful week of connecting with stakeholders on investment opportunities in PNG and outlining the country’s desire to live in balance with its rainforest and investing in conservation and renewable energy options.

UAE sends medical aid to Pacific Island countries in fight against COVID-19

The countries include Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Cook Islands, and Niue.

Commenting on the delivery, Abdulla Al Subousi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the UAE to Australia, said, "Today’s aid shipment to Pacific island countries reflects the UAE’s continued efforts to support and stand by these countries to contain the spread of COVID-19 by providing critical medical supplies and protection to strengthen the efforts of healthcare personnel."

Fire engulfs skyscraper in UAE city of Sharjah

Dozens of firefighters worked to put out the blaze in the Abbco Tower using at least a dozen fire engines and drones, a local journalist reports.

They are now trying to cool the 48-floor building down.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or of the likely cause of the fire.

Emergency services were called to the scene shortly after 21:00 (17:00 GMT) on Tuesday.

At least five buildings nearby were evacuated as the fire service worked at the scene, the Dubai-based Khaleej Times reports.


UAE lead Barras by 105 runs

It was Muhammad Usman (103) who was the major contributor with the bat for UAE who finished at 6/299 at stumps yesterday at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.

UAE’s openers Rohan Mustafa (41) and Laxman Sreekumar (37) also pitched in with handy contributions.

Mahuru Dai had the best bowling figures for the Barramunidis with 3/83 from his 32 overs.

Chap Soper, Nosaina Pokana and Assad Vala have also picked up a wicket each.

Day three will resume today with Saqlain Haider and Ahmed Raza batting.

Barras bounce back with 26 run win

The Barras batted first and finished at 8/232, thanks largely to knocks from Vani Vagi Morea (52), Dogodo Bau (46) and Lega Siaka (27).

UAE’s run chase had them on track at 3/148, but a batting collapse in the middle order gave way to the win for the Barras bowling UAE all out for 206 inside 47 overs.

Captain Assad Vala was the best of the bowlers, taking 3/20 off his ten overs.

Vala’s spell included the prized scalp of UAE’s danger man Ghulam Shabber, who top scored with 70.

The third One Day International will be played tomorrow.

Barras to play English County teams first

The Barramundis will play three warm-up matches against English County teams before taking on hosts, United Arab Emirates in three One Day Internationals, an ICC Inter-Continental Cup (ICUP) match and three Twenty20 Internationals.

The first two out of the three One Day Internationals will be ICC World Cricket League Championship matches.

HEBOU PNG Barramundis Tour Fixture:

Tuesday 21st March, 2017-                                                HEBOU PNG Barramundis vs Middlesex (50 Overs)

UAE hosts global push to save antiquities from conflict

France and the UAE are leading a push to create a $100m fund to protect and restore antiquities under threat from extremists and fighting.

Historic sites in Syria, Mali and Iraq have been smashed and blown up by Islamist militants in recent years.

Others in Syria and Yemen have been damaged by shelling and missiles.

"Part of our history has been lost forever, with the goal of fanaticism being to undermine our hope for the future," the five said in a statement.

Socceroos jump up the FIFA world rankings

The perfect start to the Road to Russia has seen the Socceroos raise 12 positions to become the 45th ranked team - which makes Ange Postecoglou's side the 2nd best team in Asia behind Iran (37th).

Japan dropped seven places to the 56th after a shock home defeat to the UAE in the first WCQ.

Argentina has retained top position from Belgium, with Brazil have climbed into the top in a tie with Colombia.

FIFA world rankings top 10

Using VPN in the UAE? You'll be fined up to $545,000 if get caught!

Yes, you heard that right.

Online Privacy is one of the biggest challenges in today's interconnected world. The governments across the world have been found to be using the Internet to track people’s information and conduct mass surveillance.

Here VPNs and proxy servers come into Play.

VPNs and proxy servers are being used by many digital activists and protesters, who are living under the most oppressive regimes, to protect their online activity from prying eyes.

However, using VPN or proxy in the UAE could land you into great difficulty.