Flip flops (iStockphoto.com)
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Deconstructing: Flip Flops



The British Museum has an Egyptian pair made from papyrus and dating back to 1500BC. Ancient Greeks wore the Y-shaped sandals between the first and second toes, the Romans between the second and third toes, and in Mesopotamia, the third and fourth toes were used to hold on the shoes. In India, the carved wooden padukas used a round knob between the first and second toes. The Maasai tribesmen traditionally wore similar styles fashioned from rawhide, while both China and Japan have enjoyed a long history of raised wooden sandals held on with straps. 

While the American moniker was earned from the distinctive flapping sound made when walking, flip-flops sport different names all over the world: Australians call them thongs, South Africans refert to them as slops, Filipinos call them tsinelas, while in Somalia they are dacas. Ghanaians call them charlie wotes and in Brazil they are chinelos.

The Japanese version, known as zori, were brought back by returning American soldiers after the Second World War, resulting in a US craze for the new footwear. By the 1950s, they were redesigned using bright colours, and in 1962 the Brazilian company Alpargatas began to manufacture them under the brand name Havaianas. By 2006, sales of flip-flops had outstripped trainers and by 2009, the industry was thought to be worth Dh73.5 billion worldwide. Today, flip-flops are becoming environmentally aware, with many companies choosing to use recycled materials instead of the non-biodegradable polyurethane.

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Hot Seat

Director: James Cullen Bressack

Stars: Mel Gibson, Kevin Dillon, Shannen Doherty, Sam Asghari

Rating: 1/5

COMPANY PROFILE

Name: Xpanceo

Started: 2018

Founders: Roman Axelrod, Valentyn Volkov

Based: Dubai, UAE

Industry: Smart contact lenses, augmented/virtual reality

Funding: $40 million

Investor: Opportunity Venture (Asia)

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2pm: Handicap (PA) Dh 50,000 (Dirt) 1,400m

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Tuesday, October 29

Qualifier one, 2.10pm – Netherlands v UAE

Qualifier two, 7.30pm – Namibia v Oman

Wednesday, October 30

Qualifier three, 2.10pm – Scotland v loser of qualifier one

Qualifier four, 7.30pm – Hong Kong v loser of qualifier two

Thursday, October 31

Fifth-place playoff, 2.10pm – winner of qualifier three v winner of qualifier four

Friday, November 1

Semi-final one, 2.10pm – Ireland v winner of qualifier one

Semi-final two, 7.30pm – PNG v winner of qualifier two

Saturday, November 2

Third-place playoff, 2.10pm

Final, 7.30pm

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Spare

Profile

Company name: Spare

Started: March 2018

Co-founders: Dalal Alrayes and Saurabh Shah

Based: UAE

Sector: FinTech

Investment: Own savings. Going for first round of fund-raising in March 2019

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Publisher: Electronic Arts
Consoles: PC, Playstation 5, Xbox Series X and S
Rating: 4/5

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SIM swap: Fraudsters duplicate the SIM of your mobile number without your knowledge or authorisation, allowing them to conduct financial transactions with your bank.

Identity theft: Someone illegally obtains your confidential information, through various ways, such as theft of your wallet, bank and utility bill statements, computer intrusion and social networks.

Prize scams: Fraudsters claiming to be authorised representatives from well-known organisations (such as Etisalat, du, Dubai Shopping Festival, Expo2020, Lulu Hypermarket etc) contact victims to tell them they have won a cash prize and request them to share confidential banking details to transfer the prize money.

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Console: PlayStation, PlayStation 4 and 5
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