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Long tailbacks on Dubai-Sharjah roads on Tuesday morning

Tuesday morning rush hour caused long tailbacks on key Dubai-Sharjah roads. The national Met department (NCM) issued a fog alert for today.

According to Google Maps, tailbacks were reported on Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and E11.

Long tailbacks on Dubai-Sharjah roads on Tuesday morning (KT26193929.PNG)

Police advised motorists to follow traffic rules and drive cautiously in the foggy weather.


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Former Pakistan president Zardari moves Islamabad High Court to quash references

Former Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari on Monday filed a petition in the Islamabad High Court (IHC), seeking to quash the money laundering and Park Lane references filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), The Express Tribune reported.

Zardari pleaded he was not guilty in the said references and should be acquitted.

He prayed that references be quashed as they are “without jurisdiction, illegal, unlawful, null and void ab initio”.

In September, IHC had extended Zardari’s interim bail till October 15 and directed NAB to submit a reply again.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Pakistan People’s Party Chairman, called the cases and court appearances during the Covid-19 pandemic as victimisation of the opposition.

Victimization of opposition continues during global pandemic. 2 yrs of Court appearances; ECL & Jail, President Zardari & Faryal Talpur continue to face courts. Runaway Dictator traitor, 3 special assistants, ministers & PMs sister won’t be summoned because we have 2 laws in ???? .

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Canada’s coronavirus epicenter Quebec introduces more strict restrictions

Quebec, the province hardest hit by the pandemic in Canada, on Monday reintroduced restrictions to limit the spread of the Covid-19 illness in three regions including Montreal and Quebec City.

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Premier Francois Legault said the closure of bars, concert halls, cinemas and libraries in these “red zones” would take effect on October 1 and last 28 days.

Shops can remain open but restaurants will only be allowed to serve take-out meals.

Schools will also continue to operate while residents of the mostly French-speaking province are asked to restrict access to their homes.

“What we are seeing for the moment is a significant increase in cases and we expect that in several weeks that will mean significant increases in hospitalizations and deaths,” Legault told a televised news conference, adding that “the situation is now critical.”

Despite existing rules on mask wearing and limiting social gatherings, Quebec recorded 750 new cases on Monday in what public health officials termed the pandemic’s “second wave.”

But the number of Covid-19 deaths in the province has remained low, between zero and six per day.

Across Canada, the number of infections has risen steadily in September with the return of millions of Canadians to school and work, after a summer break.

Its most populous province of Ontario reported a new daily high of more than 700 new cases, with hospitalizations also on the rise.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford warned that “this wave will be more complicated, more complex” and “worse that the first wave we faced earlier this year.”

The third Quebec region in the so-called “red zone” is Chaudiere-Appalaches, south of Quebec City.

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Last Update: Tuesday, 29 September 2020 KSA 07:18 – GMT 04:18

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Worldwide coronavirus death toll passes 1 mln: Reuters tally

More than 1 million people have died of COVID-19 around the world as of Tuesday, according to a Reuters tally, with the pace of fatalities picking up as infections again surge in several countries.

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Deaths from coronavirus-related illnesses have doubled from half a million in just three months, led by fatalities in the United States, Brazil and India.

More than 5,400 people are dying around the world every 24 hours, according to Reuters calculations based on average deaths so far in September.

That equates to around 226 people per hour, or one person every 16 seconds. In the time it takes to watch a 90-minute soccer match, 340 people die on average.

The United States, Brazil and India account for nearly 45 percent of all COVID-19 deaths globally, with the Latin American region alone responsible for more than a third of them.

India is the latest epicenter of the pandemic globally, recording the highest daily growth in infections in the world in recent weeks, with an average of about 87,500 new cases each day since the start of September.

On current trends, India will overtake the United States as the country with the most confirmed COVID-19 cases by the end of the year, even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government pushes ahead with easing lockdown measures in a bid to jumpstart the struggling economy.

Despite the surge in cases, India’s death toll of around 95,500 and pace of growth of fatalities remains below those of the United States, Britain and Brazil.

Health experts stress that official data for both deaths and cases globally since the first reported case in China in early January is almost certainly being underreported, especially in countries with limited testing capacity.

The reported global death rate has picked up from three months ago when an average of around 4,700 people were dying COVID-19 linked illness every 24 hours, or one person every 18 seconds.

Infection numbers are rising again in the United States and setting new records in Europe, which accounts for nearly 25 percent of deaths. The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned of a worrying spread in western Europe just weeks away from the winter influenza season.

The WHO has also warned the pandemic still needs major control interventions amid rising case numbers in Latin America, where many countries have started to resume normal social and public life.

Much of Asia is experiencing a relative lull after emerging from a second wave. In Australia, officials have lifted some reimposed internal travel curbs.

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Last Update: Tuesday, 29 September 2020 KSA 06:49 – GMT 03:49

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At least 5 civilians killed in rocket fire near Baghdad airport: Army

Three Iraqi children and two women from the same family were killed Monday when a rocket targeting Baghdad airport, where US troops are stationed, fell instead on their home, the army said.

The latest in a string of incidents targeting American interests in Iraq came after Washington threatened to close its embassy and withdraw its 3,000 troops from the country unless the rocket attacks stop.

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The attacks, which started around a year ago, have caused few casualties.

Monday’s incident was the first to claim so many civilian lives. The army said it also wounded two other children.

Twitter accounts supporting US arch-enemy Iran regularly praise the attacks, but that was not the case Monday, and no group immediately claimed responsibility.

Previous attacks of the same nature have been claimed by murky groups saying they are acting against the “American occupier”.

Experts say they include former members of pro-Iranian factions of the Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary alliance.

The Iraqi army, in its statement Monday, accused “criminal gangs and groups of outlaws” of seeking to “create chaos and terrorize people”.

Between October and July, at least 39 rocket attacks targeted US interests in Iraq. Almost the same number again have taken place since.

Iraqi intelligence sources have blamed the attacks on a small group of hardline Iran-backed paramilitary factions.

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Last Update: Tuesday, 29 September 2020 KSA 04:03 – GMT 01:03

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Sharjah Scouts Mission supports flood victims in Sudan

SHARJAH, 28th September, 2020 (WAM) — The Sharjah Scout Mission announced that it handed over, at its headquarters in Al Badie, the Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, in-kind support for relief of those affected by floods and torrents in the brotherly Sudan.
The support was delivered in the presence of officials from both sides. The ERC thanked the Mission’s officials for their distinguished efforts and constant cooperation with ERC to contribute to charitable and humanitarian work and all areas of relief.
The officials at the Sharjah Scout Mission appreciated the joint cooperation with the ERC, stressing the continuation of giving and cooperation in all areas of humanitarian work and community service.

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Trump tax revelations spark outrage among some, but supporters defend president

A report that Donald Trump paid little or no federal income tax in recent years sparked broad outrage on Monday, from rich Democrats to teachers and coffee shop workers taking to social media to claim they had paid more taxes than the U.S. president.

The #IPaidMoreTaxesThanDonaldTrump hashtag began trending on Monday, while Democratic rival Joe Biden’s election campaign seized on the backlash, launching merchandise with the words: ‘I Paid More In Taxes Than Donald Trump.’

“It’s not fair. If I had to pay taxes, why shouldn’t everybody else?” said Reginald Tyson, a retired army veteran, speaking outside the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.

Tom Steyer, a billionaire environmentalist and a fierce critic of the president, took to Twitter to castigate Trump over his taxes and called for voters to kick him out office on Nov. 3. “In 2017, I paid $32 million more in federal taxes than Donald Trump,” he added.

Trump defended his record on Monday after the New York Times reported he had paid just $750 in federal income taxes in both 2016 and 2017, after years of reporting heavy losses from his business enterprises.

In a series of Twitter posts, the Republican president said he had paid “many millions of dollars in taxes” and that he had many more assets than debt. He did not provide evidence or promise to release any financial statements before the Nov. 3 presidential election.

It is unclear whether the events will affect how Americans vote. Trump’s Twitter posts received tens of thousands of ‘likes’, as his supporters spoke out in his defense.

George Callas, managing director at law firm Steptoe LLP and former Republican tax counsel in the US House of Representatives, criticized in a tweet the leaking of confidential tax information and defended the tax system, while acknowledging some wealthy people avoid paying much, if any, tax.

“There is nothing inherently ‘unfair’ about using losses to offset income. In fact, it’s a critical piece of measuring someone’s actual income over time,” he wrote in a follow-up email to Reuters. “The question is whether those losses are real economic losses or just paper losses generated for tax purposes. And that can be very difficult to tease out.”

Polly Hartsook, 68, who runs a farm with her husband in Ringgold County, Iowa, said the tax system was written to help “job creators.”

“My guess is Donald Trump didn’t prepare his tax returns, his tax preparers did it,” said Hartsook, who said she voted for Trump in 2016 and will do so again. “Rather than give his money to the Treasury, Trump reinvests his money in things that provide jobs.”

For others, the idea that the real estate mogul had paid so little in taxes touched a nerve.

Amy Grandinetti, 48, a nurse from Columbus, Ohio, who said she was backing Biden in November, described Trump’s tax avoidance as “insane.”

“This should give serious pause to the average American,” she said.

Connor Madan, 23, from Washington, likewise balked at Trump’s reported taxes, adding: “I feel like I pay more taxes than the president has. He’s supposed to be setting the example for everyone.”

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Last Update: Tuesday, 29 September 2020 KSA 03:22 – GMT 00:22

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‘We believe in need for joint collaboration between nations to strengthen security and stability, and provide goodness for humanity’: Al Bowardi

ABU DHABI, 28th September, 2020 (WAM) — Increasing use of emerging technologies and faster digital transformation will help support the recovery of aerospace and aviation. That was one of the key points of agreement amongst international experts on day one of the Global Aerospace Summit 2020, which began today in a virtual format.
The Summit included a line-up of industry leaders from across the world who addressed audiences online regarding the aviation, aerospace, space and defence sectors’ biggest tests and future prospects.
Addressing the summit, Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Bowardi, UAE Minister of State for Defence Affairs, said that wherever there is ambition, innovation and creativity, humanity will find the ability to overcome difficulties, achieve the impossible and rise again.
He added that the UAE has developed a unique model for dealing with this crisis to ensure the continuity of work and the resumption of normal life.
Al Bowardi highlighted that the aerospace industry plays a fundamental role in the world economy and that industrial investments in the aerospace sector represent a great portion of the major industrial countries' investments.
He said, "The UAE is the capital of ambition and the source of determination towards achieving the dreams of the coming generations in a prosperous future. The UAE is planning for the next fifty years, while embracing the principles of tolerance and peaceful existence. We believe in the need for joint collaboration between nations, across all sectors, to strengthen security and stability, guarantee peace, and provide goodness for humanity."
He indicated, "I call on you today to learn from the difficult experience that the world is currently facing in dealing with the global pandemic. We must strive to overcome the challenges it has brought and to continue working towards promoting the aerospace industry. The UAE has developed a unique model for dealing with this crisis to ensure the continuity of works and the resumption of normal life."
The UAE’s ambition has exceeded the human dream in achieving prosperity and happiness into scientific, practical and tangible facts. In light of the fourth industrial revolution and in the age of digital technology, the UAE has been keen in keeping pace with scientific progress and development in all fields and sectors, he noted.
The minister reaffirmed that the country aims to be the capital of artificial intelligence in the next decade, while cooperating with friendly countries and international partners.
For her part, Sarah bint Yousif Al Amiri, UAE Minister of State for Advanced Sciences and Chairwoman, UAE Space Agency, highlighted that growth in the space sector is being driven by the need to develop new design concepts and that seemingly traditional roles in space are changing with government enabling the private sector to facilitate industry growth.
Al Amiri added that new players entering the space sector are focussed on the development of capabilities and technological advancements.
Ahmad Al-Ohali, Governor of Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Military Industries, GAMI, explained how GAMI has created a framework to streamline the investment landscape so that there are no barriers to foreign investors who are interested in entering the market, as long as they partner with the Kingdom in its promising journey towards localising the industry through building on the mutual interests and common goals.
Khaled Abdulla Al Qubaisi, Chief Executive Officer, Aerospace, Renewables & ICT, Mubadala Investment Company said that the industry is in survival mode and facing extremely tough new decisions.
He added that as an industry of innovators, leaders will have to use this mode to transition to a more agile and sustainable business mode.
Faisal Al Bannai, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, EDGE addressed the effects, opportunities and lessons of disruption time and how to manage supply chains in the Arab region.
He spoke about how the aerospace industry is going through further iterations and evolutions with autonomous technology. Examples include the increasing use of drones, which bring more security to human workforce.
Jim Taiclet, President and Chief Executive Officer, Lockheed Martin Corporation highlighted how the organisation’s partners are looking to leverage emerging technologies for the benefit of their men and women in uniform and their citizens – technologies such as artificial intelligence, 5G telecommunications, quantum and distributed computing.
He added that the industry should actively seek opportunities to partner with commercial technology companies and academia to bring some of these game-changing technologies into the 21st century battlespace, and build and empower the next generation of talent.
Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Aviation Group described how leadership in aviation and aerospace is going to be more important in difficult times like this than any time before.
He spoke about how Etihad is navigating the greatest crisis in aviation history and talks of the importance of wellness, technology and sustainability as drivers for the future.
Hosted by Mubadala Investment Company and EDGE, the Summit analysed how the aerospace and aviation industries can quickly recover and where efforts must be made to support the regeneration of those sectors. The international thought leadership forum has been organised by Streamline Marketing Group and Tarsus F&E.

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Policeman pleads not guilty in Breonna Taylor case

The lone officer charged in the case of Breonna Taylor, the African-American woman whose death during a Louisville, Kentucky police raid became a rallying cry of the Black Lives Matter movement, pleaded not guilty Monday.

Detective Brett Hankison rejected grand jury charges unveiled last week that accused him of “wanton endangerment,” for wildly and blindly shooting into adjacent apartments during the raid that saw Taylor shot dead by two other officers.

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None of the three officers in the raid was charged with the death of Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency room aide who was shot six times after police forced their way into her apartment as she slept with her boyfriend on March 13.

Police said the boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, fired once at them, giving them cause to fire back, killing Taylor but not hitting Walker.

The grand jury indictment last week of Hankison — but neither of the others identified as the officers who shot Taylor — sparked anger and protests in the Kentucky city, and accusations by Taylor’s family of a cover-up to protect the police.

“It’s like they charged the police for missing” but not for “shooting bullets into black bodies,” Taylor family attorney Ben Crump said.

Hankison was freed on $15,000 bond, and in Monday’s telephone hearing, his attorney requested that he be allowed to keep a weapon because of threats he had received.

“I would ask the court to consider allowing him to retain possession of any weapons that he may own for self-defense purposes,” said his lawyer, Stewart Matthews.

But the judge rejected the request.

“People that are in this court charged with offenses involving firearms, I do not allow them to possess any firearm, as a condition of their bonds,” she said.

Hankison, who was fired from the police force in June, faces up to 15 years in prison on the three counts of wanton endangerment.

The next hearing will be on October 28.

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Last Update: Tuesday, 29 September 2020 KSA 02:31 – GMT 23:31

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Tankers carrying Iranian fuel begin entering Venezuelan waters: Data

The first of a group of three tankers carrying Iranian fuel for gasoline-starved Venezuela entered the waters of the South American nation on Monday, according to Refinitiv Eikon data, in the most recent sign of the countries’ expanding trade.

The two OPEC members have increased cooperation this year by exchanging crude, fuel, food, equipment for refineries and other industrial goods. Many details about the transactions are not available.

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The Iran-flagged tanker Forest, transporting some 270,000 barrels of fuel loaded in the Middle East, entered Venezuela’s exclusive economic zone around 8:05 a.m. EDT (1205 GMT) to approach state-run PDVSA’s El Palito port later in the day.

The vessel crossed the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea without any disturbances, according to the data.

The two following Iranian tankers, the Faxon and the Fortune, are covering the same route, with estimated dates of arrival in early October.

Although both countries are under tough US sanctions, Washington has not moved to intercept the vessels, which made a previous fuel deliveries to Venezuela from May through June.

The United States in July seized a group of Iranian cargoes aboard privately owned vessels bound for Venezuela through a civil forfeiture case. The fuel is expected to be auctioned soon, with the proceeds going to the U. Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund.

Following a virtual meeting between officials of both governments on Monday to discuss trade, Venezuela’s foreign minister, Jorge Arreaza, said in a statement that Iran had masterly overcome the “unilateral punitive measures” against it.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, whose 2018 re-election was not recognized by most Western nations, aims to form a coalition of countries affected by unilateral sanctions, Arreaza added.

‘We are helping them’

Yahya Rahim-Safavi, former chief commander of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), told reporters on Sunday that Iran helped “every Muslim and non-Muslim country” that asks for assistance.

He said Iran received gold bars in exchange for the gasoline previously delivered to Venezuela, sent by airplane “so that nothing would happen to it.”

“(The Venezuelans) have stood up to the Americans, and we are helping them, giving them software and giving them ideas, such as how to mobilize the people and how to repel cyberattacks,” he added.

Venezuela’s state-run oil company, PDVSA, and the Oil Ministry did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

The Forest, Faxon and Fortune are together expected to deliver about 820,000 barrels of gasoline and other fuels, helping to ease shortages in Venezuela.

More than 100 demonstrations – mostly peaceful – were held from Saturday through Monday to protest the lack of power, water, gasoline and other basic services, a Venezuelan NGO that oversees social conflict said on Twitter. Another organization reported that 31 people had been detained in recent days after similar protests.

Separately, an Iranian very large crude carrier (VLCC) is expected to leave this week from Venezuela’s Jose port with 1.9 million barrels of Venezuelan heavy oil for the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), according to a source and PDVSA loading schedules. The NIOC did not respond to questions about the plan.

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Last Update: Tuesday, 29 September 2020 KSA 02:00 – GMT 23:00