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The owner of a company and his brother have been fined for assaulting a female employee who was vaping at their workplace.
The case dates back to last June. The woman reported that she had been assaulted and beaten by the owner of the company in which she works. According to her statement, the owner was joined by his brother in assaulting her.
The employee said that the owner entered her office and asked her not to smoke her electronic cigarette, and then attacked her with his brother.
According to the case file, the owner said that he had asked his employee not to smoke in the office, and that she got angry and started insulting him. The owner's brother said that he came to the office of the employee after hearing her screams insulting his brother and asked her to leave the office and resign from her job, but she refused and started beating herself.
The Misdemeanor and Violations Court in Dubai convicted the owner and his brother and ordered them to pay a fine of Dh5000 jointly.
Gold prices edged higher on Wednesday morning, supported by a pullback in the dollar, although caution prevailed as investors awaited minutes from the Federal Reserve's December policy meeting that could offer hints on the US central bank's tightening path.
Spot gold was up 0.51 per cent at $1,846.44 per ounce as of 9.15 am UAE time.
In the UAE, 24K gold price rose Dh0.75 per gram to trade at Dh223.75 per gram at the opening of the markets on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, 22K, 21K and 18K were trading at Dh207.25, Dh200.5 and Dh172.0 per gram, respectively.
The dollar index slipped 0.2 per cent, after scaling a two-week high on Tuesday. A weaker dollar makes bullion cheaper for other currency holders.
Minutes from the Fed's December 13-14 policy meeting are due at 7pm GMT (11 pm UAE time). The US central bank had raised rates by 50 basis points (bps) in December after four straight hikes of 75 bps each.
"Traders remain cautious ahead of the Fed minutes. The minutes will likely give an idea about the Fed's policy decisions and this will impact the dollar and gold," said Hareesh V, head of commodity research at Geojit Financial Services.
"Ongoing recession concerns and geopolitical tensions are likely to lift gold's safe-haven appeal in 2023. There are chances of more inflows to gold when the Fed starts easing policies," he said.
Edward Moya, senior market analyst at Oanda, said gold is riding a nice wave of falling Treasury yields, safe-haven flows as recession risks rise, and an improving outlook for jewellery demand across China and India.
“Gold should have a strong start to the New Year as much of Wall Street goes defensive. The precious metal should see strong inflows as stock market sellers appear to be clearly in control. Inflation might prove to be harder to bring down and that should keep the risks elevated that the recession that hits the US economy could be harsher than what most are anticipating. The Fed will remain loud and clear that a lot of work remains to bring down inflation,” said Moya.
He said the yellow metal has massive resistance at the $1,900 level, but it could be tested by the end of the quarter.
Employers in the UAE are neither required to register their employees nor pay for the mandatory job loss insurance scheme, which came into effect on January 1, 2023.
Under the newly-launched scheme, Emiratis and expat workers employed in the private sector and the federal government must subscribe to the insurance scheme by June 30, failing which they will be subject to a Dh400 fine.
Joanna Matthews-Taylor, partner, Baker McKenzie, said subscriptions are to be paid by the employees because a Certificate of Insurance for the coverage will be issued to the employees.
Naji Khairallah, Senior Associate, Galadari Advocates and Legal Consultants, said with regard to the mechanism of collecting insurance premiums, Article (6) of the Resolution states there are no costs borne by the employer or the entity for which the employee works.
A call centre representative of the Involuntary Loss of Employment (ILOE) Insurance Scheme told Khaleej Times that company is not allowed to register its employees for the insurance scheme and then deduct the money from their salary. The employee must subscribe to the scheme himself.
The scheme has been categorised into two parts. Employees earning a basic salary of less than Dh16,000 or below are required to pay Dh5 plus VAT per month. Meanwhile, employees earning a basic salary of more than Dh16,000 are required to pay Dh10 plus VAT per month. The payment can be made on a monthly, quarterly, semi-annually and annual basis.
The employees will be eligible for 60 per cent of their basic salary for three months in case of involuntary loss of job.
A call centre representative of ILOE said currently only two categories have been introduced and employees will have to choose between either of the two.
12-month contribution must
Joanna further clarified that employees must have paid their contributions for at least 12 consecutive months in order to be eligible for unemployment compensation.
Naji echoed Joanna’s views, saying it is necessary to have completed the 12 months' payments to be eligible.
In addition, Cabinet Resolution No. (97) of 2022 stipulates that those who subscribe to unemployment insurance are granted compensation if at least 12 consecutive months have passed, and the insurance programme compensates the insured with a cash amount for a maximum period of 3 months – provided he has not submitted a resignation or was not dismissed for disciplinary reasons, Naji added.
A man in Abu Dhabi was ordered to pay two people Dh15,000 for sharing pictures of them on social media without their consent. The Abu Dhabi Court of Appeals upheld a verdict earlier released by the Abu Dhabi Court for Family and Civil and Administrative Cases.
The man was found to have included pictures of the two strangers in a video he shared on TikTok and Snapchat.
Upon seeing their images, the duo sued the Netizen, demanding Dh51,000 as moral compensation for invasion of privacy.
The Abu Dhabi Court for Family and Civil and Administrative Cases ruled in favour of the complainants, though a lower payout was indicated. The appellate court upheld the ruling.
In the UAE, taking pictures of people without permission — whether in public or private — is a crime, and so is copying, saving, or sharing these photos on social media. The violation can earn the offender at least six months in jail and/or a fine between Dh150,000 to Dh500,000.
The weather in the UAE will be fair to partly cloudy with a chance of rainfall, according to the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM).
The maximum temperature in Abu Dhabi will be 26°C and the minimum temperature will be 17°C. The maximum temperature in Dubai will be 27°C and the minimum temperature will be 18°C.
Light to moderate winds will blow. NCM has issued a yellow alert for rough seas.
The conditions are set to last until 6pm today. There is also an alert issued for rain over the sea.
The UAE has announced the top five priorities for the government in the new year. This came as His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, chaired the first Cabinet meeting of 2023 on Monday.
Taking to Twitter, Sheikh Mohammed outlined the five priorities:
1. Establishing and consolidating the national identity.
2. Environment and sustainability.
3. Developing the educational system, vision, indicators and outputs.
4. Accelerating Emiratisation.
5. Expanding the UAE’s international economic partnerships.
As he chaired the Cabinet meeting at Qasr Al Watan Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed reviewed the outcomes of 2022. He noted that the UAE was among the best five countries in the world in 339 development, economic and social indicators last year.
“The Cabinet approved and developed more than 900 decisions, 22 government policies, 68 federal laws, 113 national regulations and 71 international agreements,” he said. “Last year, the government formed more than 120 teams from 110 federal and local entities and 50 private sector entities to work on updating more than 100 social, economic, educational and regulatory federal laws. Thanks to these teams, today we have become the most adaptable and responsive government in the world.”
Sheikh Mohammed affirmed that the UAE Cabinet will always be the engine of developing policies and strategies to achieve the vision of the President, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and the aspirations of the people of the UAE.
“Today, we start a new journey in 2023, in which we compete with ourselves and race against time, so that our country becomes the best in the world,” said Sheikh Mohammed.
The UAE-built Rashid Rover is darting towards Moon, carrying with it the space dreams of millions of Emiratis and expatriates. Named after the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, former Ruler of Dubai, the rover had lifted off on December 11 from the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida.
Japan-based ispace inc (ispace) — which will land the Emirati rover on Moon — said its HAKUTO-R Mission 1 lunar lander has travelled approximately 1.24 million-km from Earth as on January 2, 2023. It is scheduled to be at its farthest point of approximately 1.4 million-km from Earth by January 20.
The company also announced that the lander has successfully carried out its second orbital control manoeuvre. The first was completed on December 15, 2022. Once the lander reaches its farthest point from Earth, a third orbital correction manoeuvre may be performed, depending on its navigational status. Mission 1 is set for landing after a four-month cruise phase.
The spacecraft is taking a low-energy route to Moon rather than a direct approach. Mission 1 is venturing out to deep space and back again on a sweeping trajectory designed to reduce the amount of fuel the spacecraft needs to carry.
“Since its launch on December 11, 2022, the lander has maintained stable navigation in accordance with the mission plan,” ispace said.
The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) had last month confirmed the successful completion of the initial health check of the Rashid Rover. Following the ‘telemetry lock’, which represents a fixed signal for data transmission, the team at the MBRSC Mission Control Centre will receive telemetry data once every 30 seconds throughout the operation. A thermal reading revealed that the subsystems are in good internal health.
• Cruise phase: The Emirates Lunar Mission is currently in the Cruise Phase, which could last up to 140 days. Operators will contact the rover almost daily for 10 minutes to perform basic health checks and coordinate with the lander ground control team to ensure the battery charging status of the rover is consistent.
• Arrival phase: This involves entry, descent, and landing. This is the “most intense” of all, as the lander will have to land on the lunar surface based on its system’s calculation to chart a course for a specific landing spot.
• Deployment, Commissioning and Drive-off phase: Following the completion of the post-landing checkout, instrument commissioning and initial data collection will commence.
• Nominal Surface Operations phase: For 10-12 days, the Rashid Rover will be engaged in continuous surface research and image capture.
• The final two phases: After the lunar day, which lasts 14 Earth days, comes hibernation, followed by decommissioning. The rover then prepares for the lunar night, which also lasts 14 Earth days. The chances of the rover restarting are slim. However, if the rover is activated after the lunar night, the mission will be extended to operate throughout the second lunar night, which ends with the decommissioning phase.
The UAE Public Prosecution has reminded residents that swearing at a public employee will be penalised.
The authority has said that a "stringent penalty" will be applied for libel against a person performing a public service on the occasion of or due to his/her performance of his/her job.
This is according to Article 43 of the Federal Decree-Law No. 34 of 2021, for Combatting Rumours & Cybercrime.
The penalty of the same will be a fine of at least Dh250,000 up to Dh500,000.