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Seattle has become the first city in the US to ban caste-based discrimination, after council members voted on Tuesday to add the provision to the city’s anti-bias laws.
Calls to outlaw discrimination based on caste, a division of people based on birth or descent, have grown louder among South Asian diaspora communities. Proponents of the ordinance, which was approved by a 6-1 vote, say without such laws, those facing caste discrimination in the US will have no protections.
But the move is also contentious, and has seen opposition from some Hindu Americans who argue that such legislation maligns a community that is already the target of prejudice.
Activists and organizers on different sides of the issue began arriving in Seattle on Monday. As early as last week, more than 100 people had put in requests to speak at the meeting. Early Tuesday, several activists braved cold temperatures and wind gusts to line up outside city hall so they would get a chance to speak to the council before the vote.
A new service launched by the Dubai Courts helps non-Muslims complete their marriage ceremonies within a day. Earlier non-Muslim couples in the Emirate could get married in a religious ceremony or at their home country’s embassy or consulate.
The service is in line with the new Federal Personal Status Law that covers marriage, divorce, and inheritance of non-Muslim nationals and expats in the UAE.
It will regulate marriage conditions and the procedures of contracting and documenting the marriage before the courts and specify the procedures of divorce that can be initiated jointly or unilaterally.
Here’s a step-by-step guide for couples to get their civil marriage contracts in 24 hours:
• 𝗩𝗶𝘀𝗶𝘁 𝗮 𝗗𝘂𝗯𝗮𝗶 𝗖𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘁𝘀 𝘀𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝗰𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗲.
• 𝗙𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗮 𝗱𝗶𝗴𝗶𝘁𝗮𝗹 𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗺.
• 𝗔 𝗱𝗲𝘀𝗶𝗴𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗲𝗺𝗽𝗹𝗼𝘆𝗲𝗲 𝗰𝗵𝗲𝗰𝗸𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝗯𝗼𝘁𝗵 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗲𝘀.
• 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗾𝘂𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗳𝗶𝗿𝗺𝗲𝗱 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘀𝗶𝗴𝗻𝗲𝗱 𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗿𝗼𝗻𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆.
• 𝗜𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗮 𝗷𝘂𝗱𝗴𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝘃𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗳𝘆 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗹𝗲𝗴𝗮𝗹 𝗿𝗲𝗾𝘂𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘁𝗲𝗱.
• 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗷𝘂𝗱𝗴𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝘀𝗶𝗴𝗻𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗱𝗼𝗰𝘂𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁.
• 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗺𝗮𝗿𝗿𝗶𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗮𝗰𝘁 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗯𝗲 𝗱𝗼𝗰𝘂𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗱 𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗿𝗼𝗻𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆.
• 𝗜𝘁 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗯𝗲 𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗹𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗻𝘁𝘀 𝘃𝗶𝗮 𝘁𝗲𝘅𝘁 𝗺𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗲𝗺𝗮𝗶𝗹
𝐖𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐃𝐮𝐛𝐚𝐢 𝐂𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐭𝐬 𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐜𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐞𝐬 𝐥𝐨𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐝?
According to the government department’s website, the service centres are in Al Yalayis, Wafi Mall and Al Barsha Traffic Building.
𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐞𝐞𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐢𝐜𝐞?
The marriage certificate issuance fee is Dh220.
𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐦𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬?
— The applicants must be non-Muslims.
— One of the parties must be a resident of Dubai.
— Both applicants must be aged 21 years or over.
The Roads and Transport Authority has announced that some roads will be affected by events held at the Coca-Cola arena, today and tomorrow (January 27 and 28).
The authority put out a tweet informing motorists that the roads will be affected from 5pm till 12am (midnight) on both days.
The affected roads are:
• Al Safa Street
• Al Badaa Street
• Sheikh Zayed Road at the intersection with the Financial Centre Street
The authority has urged residents to use the Dubai Metro towards Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall metro station to avoid traffic.
Esha Oza's prolific run with the bat earned her the ICC Associate Player of the Year 2022 award on Wednesday.
Now, the young UAE batter is eyeing a slice of glory at the Women's Indian Premier League (WIPL), the inaugural edition of which will start in March this year after the Indian cricket board auctioned five teams for a whopping $572 million.
The Mumbai-born cricketer, who fell in love with the game after playing street cricket with her cousins during summer vacations in India, is hoping to earn a chance to be a part of a league that is tipped to change the dynamics of women's cricket.
"What we have heard is that all (WIPL) teams can have a maximum of five overseas players playing and one of them should be an associate player. So they are chances of associate players getting picked as well in the player auction," the 24-year-old Esha, who will register for the WIPL auction through the Emirates Cricket Board, told the Khaleej Times.
"The (ICC Associate Cricketer of the Year) award has come just before the (WIPL) auction which will be apparently held at the start of February. So yeah just fingers crossed for that."
In an emotional social media post after bagging the ICC award, Esha had thanked all her teammates and coaches at various UAE academies that helped her chase the cricket dream.
"They (teammates and coaches) are happy, from the morning (Wednesday), I have been saying, 'thank you, thank you', after reading all the messages," said Esha, who helped the UAE qualify for the Asia Cup last year with a string of brilliant knocks.
"The team that we have right now is so supportive, winning this award would not have been possible without them.
"You can only perform as well as you can if you have a good team. If there are people who are backing you throughout, then you can just go out and play the way you want to play," added Esha who will be flying to Australia on January 28 to play for the Fairbreak XI against Cricket ACT in the Canberra Games.
Unstable weather conditions will continue in the UAE and the day will be partly cloudy in general to cloudy at times, the National Centre of Meteorology has said.
Light to moderate winds will blow, freshening to strong at times, will clouds. There will be convective clouds and rainfall over scattered areas.
Temperatures could be as high as 23ºC in the country. Mercury is set to rise to 23ºC in Abu Dhabi and 18ºC in Dubai.
However, temperatures could be as low as 16ºC in Abu Dhabi and 15ºC in Dubai and 3ºC in mountainous regions.
Humidity levels will range from 30 to 80 per cent in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
Conditions at sea will be rough in the Arabian Gulf and moderaten to rough the Oman sea.
Some private schools in the UAE, including at least one in Dubai, switched to remote learning on Thursday as unstable weather conditions persisted in the country.
Gems Education said Wellington International School, Dubai; Winchester School, Fujairah; and Westminster School, Ras Al Khaimah, moved classes online. The schools in Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah switched to remote learning based on directives issued by the Ministry of Education. "All other schools are open as usual," Gems Education said in a statement.
As per announcements made yesterday, remote learning has been activated for students of government schools in Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah due to the unstable weather. The police in the two emirates said students will learn from home on January 26 and 27 (Thursday and Friday). The move will ensure the safety of students and school staff, the police added.
Public and private schools in Sharjah's Kalba City and Fujairah dispersed students at 12pm on Wednesday due to the heavy rains.
The National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) reported light to moderate rains in parts of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah this morning.
“We cannot make that cause-effect connection when it comes to cloud seeding. Since the start of January, we have carried out 44 missions,” the spokesperson added.
The UAE routinely undertakes cloud seeding missions, and the enhancement technology is known to have boosted rains by up to 25 per cent.
A senior official had told Khaleej Times that since 2015, the UAE has tried and tested different methodologies to enhance rain and address issues of water security. Cloud seeding has been the “most efficient” so far, the official said.
The UAE records an average of 100mm of precipitation every year. However, in recent years, the intensity of rainfall has gradually increased.
Cloud seeding missions are carried out throughout the year — even during the summer. The team identifies convective clouds, after which custom-made aircraft injects salt flares into them to increase the chance of precipitation.
When asked if the hail is an expected weather pattern this time of the year, the NCM spokesperson said the icy rains can happen any time there is a drop in temperature. “Sometimes, it hails even during the summer.”
Technically speaking, the current weather situation is caused by a “surface low pressure system extension from the southwest with an extension of an upper air trough from the north accompanied with a western air flow with cold and humid air mass in the upper air”.
A number of top climate officials and champions were appointed today as the UAE gears up for COP28, which it will be hosting this year.
Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Court, appointed Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber as president-designate for the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28). Al Jaber has been serving as the country's special envoy for climate change.
Shamma Al Mazrui, Minister of State for Youth Affairs; and Razan Al Mubarak, president of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), will join Al Jaber’s COP28 UAE team as the youth climate champion and UN climate change high-level champion, respectively.
The UAE is set to host the annual climate summit at Expo City Dubai from November 30 to December 12.
The appointments come at a pivotal moment, as the world faces increasing climate impact and challenges to energy, food and water security and reversing biodiversity loss.
Limiting global warming to 1.5C will require significant reductions in emissions, a pragmatic, practical and realistic approach to the energy transition and more help for emerging economies. The UAE is committed to multilateral cooperation and an inclusive process that brings together emerging economies with developed nations, civil society, and business to achieve the solutions and the pace of change required.
Meet Dr Al Jaber
Dr Al Jaber is Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology (MoIAT); has been serving as Special Envoy for Climate Change for two terms; and played a proactive participatory role at over 10 COPs, including the historic Paris COP21 in 2015. .
He is the first CEO to ever serve as COP president, having played a key role in shaping the country’s clean energy path. As the founding CEO of Masdar, he has overseen its mandate to accelerate the adoption of renewables within the UAE, across the region, and globally.
To date, Masdar has made substantial contributions to the UAE’s renewable energy targets, playing a key role in expanding the country’s portfolio with clean energy investments in over 40 countries, including several developing countries in Africa and Asia and in vulnerable island states.
As CEO of Adnoc since 2016, Dr Al Jaber has played a transformative role in decarbonising and diversifying the company’s operations and investments, placed sustainability at the heart of its business, and spearheaded a drive to make today’s energies cleaner while investing in the clean energies of tomorrow.
Under Al Jaber’s leadership, Adnoc is investing $15 billion over five years in its decarbonisation strategy and its new low-carbon solutions business, including the expansion of its carbon capture capacity to 5 MMTPA by 2030 and its shareholding in Masdar, as it delivers on its target to reduce its carbon intensity by 25 per cent by 2030 and its ambition to reach net-zero by 2050.