Saturday 28 May 2016

Aerospace industry takes small steps toward Big Data

The aerospace industry is struggling to make the most of the chances offered by Big Data to reduce production costs, optimize flight routes, and improve monitoring and maintenance of aircraft equipment, executives said. Sensors placed on aircraft equipment and systems could provi


Climate change threatens iconic tourist sites: UN

Extreme weather is becoming one of the biggest risks to World Heritage icons like the Polynesian Easter Island or Britain's Stonehenge, posing a threat to tourism and economies alike, scientists and UN experts said on Thursday. Developing countries such as Nepal, home to Moun


Ability to work anytime, anywhere key to job satisfaction

The ability to work anytime, anywhere is key to providing job satisfaction, according to a new report titled “Mobility, Performance and Engagement” from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company. Globally, 38 per cent of emp


India counts cost of reduced Gulf remittances

Having quit his low-paid job with a contractor in Qatar, electrician Kurian Joseph scrabbles for work each day in his hometown in Kerala, a southwestern state that has one of India's highest unemployment rates. He's a casualty of the global oil price collapse. Stories lik


Slow response to past crashes could hinder EgyptAir search

Teams searching for the black box flight recorders of a missing EgyptAir jet that crashed with 66 people aboard face technical constraints that aviation experts increasingly blame on a slow regulatory response to earlier disasters. As a three-year deep-sea search for Malaysia Air


UAE solar push may trigger a trend for the Gulf

As the Gulf states take steps to expand their use of clean energy, a bold plan by the UAE to boost its use of renewable electricity from less than one per cent to 24 per cent in the next five years could be a game-changer for the region, experts say. Much of the world is moving a


Eating fat won't make you fat say groups

Encouraging people to eat a low-fat diet is making Britain's weight problem worse, not better, and it is having a disastrous impact on health, two anti-obesity campaign groups said on Monday. In a report questioned by other health specialists, the National Obesity Forum (NOF)


To halt smartphone slide, Samsung rewrites playbook

From the way it chooses smartphone components to the models it brings to market, Samsung Electronics has undergone a painful process of breaking from its past to reverse a slide in its handset business. For example, the world's largest smartphone maker agonised over camera sp


Abu Dhabi lays off staff as Gulf austerity tightens

Thousands of layoffs at state-linked companies in Abu Dhabi, UAE are a fresh sign the Gulf's wealthy oil states are hunkering down for a long period of austerity as low crude prices pressure their economies. Since mid-2015, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and ot


Russia eyes Mideast foreign investment drive

Russia, which has attracted $23 billion from the Gulf over the past several years, is once again focussing on the region, even as low oil prices prompt Middle East nations to launch diversification programmes by investing abroad. Economic woes have motivated the traditionally con

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