Parliamentary panel turns down Facebook's call for virtual appearance
The parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology headed by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Saturday turned down social media giant Facebook's request for coming for a virtual meeting instead of physical representation citing the company's Covid policies. The committee also proposed vaccination for the Facebook officials who will come for the meeting with the panel, said sources.
UAE to suspend inbound flights from Liberia, Sierra Leon and Namibia starting June 21
Aviation|: Dubai: UAE on Saturday announced the suspension of all inbound flights for national and international carriers coming from Liberia, Sierra Leon, and Namibia, effective 23:59 on Monday, June 21. The travel suspension includes inbound transit passengers with the exception of transit flights coming to the UAE and heading to these countries, the GCAA said. The GCAA indicated that it is required for those coming from Liberia, Sierra Leon, and Namibia through other countries that the period of their stay in the latter countries is not less than 14 days to be allowed access to the UAE. Cargo flights between these countries and the UAE will continue, as usual. UAE nationals, their first-degree relatives, diplomatic missions between the UAE and the three countries, official delegations, businessmen's planes -after getting prior approvals- and golden and silver residency permit holders, in addition to the holders of essential jobs according to the classification of the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) and the staffs of UAE embassies in the three countries are excluded from this decision, provided that they should take preventive measures. This includes a mandatory 10-day quarantine and a PCR test at the airport as well as another test on the fourth and eighth days of entering the country. The period of the required PCR test is reduced from 72 hours to 48 hours, provided that the tests are issued by accredited laboratories and carrying the QR Code. The authority called on all travellers affected by the decision to follow up and communicate with the airlines to amend and schedule their flights and to ensure their safe return to their final destinations without any delay or other obligations.
Hit by a ransomware attack? Your payment may be deductible
As ransomware attacks surge, the FBI is doubling down on its guidance to affected businesses: Don't pay the cybercriminals. But the US government also offers a little-noticed incentive for those who do pay: The ransoms may be tax deductible.
Emirates to resume flights from India to Dubai from June 23
Aviation|UAE|: Dubai: Dubai’s Emirates airline will resume flights connecting India, South Africa and Nigeria to Dubai from June 23. "Emirates welcomes the latest protocols and measures announced by Dubai's Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management to allow the safe resumption of passenger travel from South Africa, Nigeria and India to Dubai and onwards," said the airline's spokesperson in a statement. Read more UAE: Dubai eases travel restrictions from certain countries including India On Saturday, the Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management in Dubai said passengers from India with a valid residence visa who have received two doses of a UAE-approved vaccine, will be allowed to travel to Dubai. They should also present a negative test certificate from a PCR test taken 48 hours before departure. "We will resume carrying passengers from South Africa, Nigeria and India in accordance with these protocols from 23rd June," said Emirates. "We thank the Supreme Committee for their continuous efforts in monitoring the development of the situation and announcing the appropriate guidelines and protocols to protect the community and safeguard travel sector." UAE-approved vaccines There are four vaccines in the UAE for use on eligible individuals against the COVID-19 infection: Sinopharm, Pfizer-BioNTech, Sputnik V, and Oxford-AstraZeneca. As per the airline’s last update, Emirates had suspended passenger flights from India effective until July 6, 2021. However, UAE Nationals, holders of UAE Golden Visas, and members of diplomatic missions who comply with the revised published COVID 19 protocols were exempted from these travel restrictions. This is the rule that now has been amended by Dubai authorities. "We look forward to facilitating travel from these countries and supporting various travellers’ categories," said Emirates.
Tech hiring rebounds in May; overall job market still weak: Report
Hiring across sectors declined in May, though the tech industry job market rebounded from the pandemic-induced downturn as many technology companies have been on full expansion mode, according to a report.
No intention to delay fixing minimum wages: Labour ministry
The government has no intention to delay fixing minimum wages and national floor wages, the labour ministry said on Saturday. The clarification comes amid reports that forming an expert group on the issue with three-year term is an attempt to delay fixing minimum wages and national floor wages.
Apple releases updates for iMovie, Final Cut Pro
Technology|Business|: San Francisco: Apple has released a series of updates to its consumer and professional video editing apps for the Mac to bring a range of workflow improvements and new features. Each update comes in at around 2.3GB and are available via the App Store now. The most visual change is iMovie, which has now been updated to version 10.2.4. It now adds 16 new backgrounds, a mixture of solid and textured images, which can be used within videos, AppleInsider reported. The 2.4GB iMovie 10.2.4 update fixes an issue that means the Mac app can now import videos from iMovie 2.3 for iOS. Apple only said that the 2.3GB Motion 5.5.2 update contains "stability improvements." From first user reports, these appear to address rendering issues causing crashes on M1 Macs. Final Cut Pro 10.5.3 is the largest update at 3.1GB, and adds stability improvements plus a handful of new features. It's now possible to create and edit column views, plus there are improved options for sorting clips. The updated Final Cut Pro also expands on ways of searching for media within the browser, using notes, clip names and markers. Then Compressor is updated to version 4.5.3, again with stability improvements. Apple's encoding app now also has notifications for the progress of encoding batches, plus new embedded audio descriptions.
UAE chairs meeting with ITU councillors
Business|: Dubai: The UAE, represented by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), chaired the virtual consultation session of the Council members of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), which started on June 9 and lasts for four days. The session discusses the most important measures need to be taken by the ITU to ensure work continuity until the next meeting of the Council is held at the ITU HQ in Geneva. Eng. Saif Bin Ghelaita, Executive Director of the Technology Development Affairs Department at TRA, Chairman of the ITU Consultation of Councillors virtual session, said: “The significance of this session comes from its timing as it coincides with the unprecedented challenge of the Covid-19 pandemic, which put the world and organisations in a critical position in terms of the continuity of their work. Global organisation “The ITU is a global organisation that depends on the participation of Member States in its business and has been affected by the pandemic due to the inability of its members to attend the scheduled events, hence the importance of this virtual meeting, which will enable dealing with important matters that cannot be postponed for the continuity of the ITU work.” The UAE is a Member State of the ITU Council and contributes to its work actively by being elected to a number of the ITU councils and committees. The UAE has hosted many international meetings of the ITU since 2007. Regulations board The UAE joined the ITU Council in 2006, which includes 48 countries, including 7 Arab countries. Countries are nominated for membership in the ITU Council during the Plenipotentiary Conference, which is held once every four years, during which the door for nominations for the Council membership is opened, in addition to the five leadership positions in the ITU and the nomination of members of the Radio Regulations Board.
Petrol, diesel rates remain unchanged on Saturday
Fuel retailers spared consumers of any further increase in prices by keeping retail prices of petrol and diesel unchanged on Saturday. Accordingly, petrol continues to cost Rs 96.93 per litre and diesel Rs 87.69 per litre in Delhi.
US to invest over $3 billion for Covid antiviral medicines
The US government is investing more than $3 billion to accelerate the development and manufacturing of antiviral medicines to treat Covid-19, according to a statement by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).