Dean Ambrose will miss out on the WWE World Heavyweight title at Survivor Series, and his loss will lead to a change of character for him according to Graham Caygill. Christopher Pike / The National
Dean Ambrose will miss out on the WWE World Heavyweight title at Survivor Series, and his loss will lead to a change of character for him according to Graham Caygill. Christopher Pike / The National



Roman Reigns to beat Alberto del Rio in their WWE World Heavyweight title tournament semi-final

This is arguably the biggest certainty on the card. Reigns will be in the final for sure. Del Rio’s role here, like Cesaro on Monday, is to help him look as good as he can. Reigns is good, do not get me wrong, but he is not great yet. But he raises him game when facing quality opposition - just ask Daniel Bryan and Brock Lesnar - and expect Del Rio to give him a major rub here before being beaten.

Dean Ambrose to beat Kevin Owens in their WWE World Heavyweight title tournament semi-final

From the easiest match to the hardest match to call. A Reigns v Ambrose final produces great intrigue and I think this will be where the WWE go. Owens has had a sensational first six months on the main roster and I think he is made to look strong here again, but there is more suspense to be had here in the two former members of the Shield going up against each other for the belt.

Roman Reigns to beat Dean Ambrose to win the WWE World Heavyweight title

Now, there are a lot of scenarios here, and one of the guys is expected to have a character turn to the dark side. I think that will happen, but post-match. WWE are committed to Reigns as their top guy for now, and I do not see that changing, though I do, long-term see a heel turn for him later on down the line, potentially at WrestleMania 32. But, getting back to this night, I see him beating Ambrose cleanly to win his first world title, but, Ambrose I think, finally snaps, as he again misses out on the top prize, and attacks his friend post-match. This is important because ….

Sheamus cashes in his Money in the Bank briefcase to win the WWE World Heavyweight title

If ever there is a scenario for cashing in the briefcase, this is it. Whoever wins the title will have had two long matches, and if my prediction holds true, Reigns will have been through two brutal matches and then been beaten up further post-match by Ambrose. This is ideal for Sheamus to cash in. It gives Survivor Series a shock ending, it will garner more sympathy for Reigns, who continues to be denied a proper run with the belt. I would expect to win it back either at TLC or Royal Rumble, and it creates feuds for him with Sheamus and Ambrose before I believe a re-match with Lesnar at WrestleMania 32 in Houston.

Undertaker and Kane to defeat the Wyatt family in a tag team match

Logic would dictate, normally on WWE programming, that if you dominate the feud on TV then you lose at the PPV. Well, Undertaker and Kane, the Brothers of Destruction, have stood tall the past two weeks over the Wyatts, so you would think it would be they who would be the favourites to lose. But, and this is a big but, this is the 25th anniversary of the debut of the Undertaker in the WWE, and that is the main reason I cannot see him and Kane losing. It will be interesting to see which two members of the Wyatts go up against the brothers, but I see the Undertaker getting the pinfall to mark his anniversary in style.

Charlotte to retain her WWE Divas title against Paige

Hopefully the Divas can put on an excellent match to allow people to forget about the horrendous, and offensive, comment Paige made, under direction from WWE’s creative division, about Charlotte’s brother Reid on Raw this week. There is no way the WWE are taking the belt off Charlotte just yet, and this is only just the start of the programme with Paige, so I expect to see Charlotte get a measure of revenge for Monday.

The Usos to survive in the traditional Survivor Series match

Now this is hard to predict, considering we do not know who is going to be in the match yet, as the WWE have bizarrely not announced it yet. Firstly, I’d guess on one side you have The New Day, Sheamus, ahead of a possible MITB cash in later in the night, and King Barrett, on the other side, The Usos, the Dudleys and Ryback. All 10 guys can work well, and given time this could be a good match. Other candidates are Dolph Ziggler and Tyler Breeze but I would not be surprised if they faced each other in a separate match. Usually in a match like this it is the faces who come out on top and I would go with one of the Usos, or both of them, standing tall, to set up a future tag team programme with the New Day.

WWE’s Survivor Series event will be televised on the WWE Network, which is available through OSN, on Monday morning in the UAE from 4am.

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Processor: Apple M3, 8-core CPU, up to 10-core CPU, 16-core Neural Engine

Display: 13.6-inch Liquid Retina, 2560 x 1664, 224ppi, 500 nits, True Tone, wide colour

Memory: 8/16/24GB

Storage: 256/512GB / 1/2TB

I/O: Thunderbolt 3/USB-4 (2), 3.5mm audio, Touch ID

Connectivity: Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.3

Battery: 52.6Wh lithium-polymer, up to 18 hours, MagSafe charging

Camera: 1080p FaceTime HD

Video: Support for Apple ProRes, HDR with Dolby Vision, HDR10

Audio: 4-speaker system, wide stereo, support for Dolby Atmos, Spatial Audio and dynamic head tracking (with AirPods)

Colours: Midnight, silver, space grey, starlight

In the box: MacBook Air, 30W/35W dual-port/70w power adapter, USB-C-to-MagSafe cable, 2 Apple stickers

Price: From Dh4,599

What is the definition of an SME?

SMEs in the UAE are defined by the number of employees, annual turnover and sector. For example, a “small company” in the services industry has six to 50 employees with a turnover of more than Dh2 million up to Dh20m, while in the manufacturing industry the requirements are 10 to 100 employees with a turnover of more than Dh3m up to Dh50m, according to Dubai SME, an agency of the Department of Economic Development.

A “medium-sized company” can either have staff of 51 to 200 employees or 101 to 250 employees, and a turnover less than or equal to Dh200m or Dh250m, again depending on whether the business is in the trading, manufacturing or services sectors. 

MATCH INFO

Uefa Champions League final:

Who: Real Madrid v Liverpool
Where: NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium, Kiev, Ukraine
When: Saturday, May 26, 10.45pm (UAE)
TV: Match on BeIN Sports

How to tell if your child is being bullied at school

Sudden change in behaviour or displays higher levels of stress or anxiety

Shows signs of depression or isolation

Ability to sleep well diminishes

Academic performance begins to deteriorate

Changes in eating habits

Struggles to concentrate

Refuses to go to school

Behaviour changes and is aggressive towards siblings

Begins to use language they do not normally use

Tightening the screw on rogue recruiters

The UAE overhauled the procedure to recruit housemaids and domestic workers with a law in 2017 to protect low-income labour from being exploited.

 Only recruitment companies authorised by the government are permitted as part of Tadbeer, a network of labour ministry-regulated centres.

A contract must be drawn up for domestic workers, the wages and job offer clearly stating the nature of work.

The contract stating the wages, work entailed and accommodation must be sent to the employee in their home country before they depart for the UAE.

The contract will be signed by the employer and employee when the domestic worker arrives in the UAE.

Only recruitment agencies registered with the ministry can undertake recruitment and employment applications for domestic workers.

Penalties for illegal recruitment in the UAE include fines of up to Dh100,000 and imprisonment

But agents not authorised by the government sidestep the law by illegally getting women into the country on visit visas.

The specs: Lamborghini Aventador SVJ

Price, base: Dh1,731,672

Engine: 6.5-litre V12

Gearbox: Seven-speed automatic

Power: 770hp @ 8,500rpm

Torque: 720Nm @ 6,750rpm

Fuel economy: 19.6L / 100km

Company Profile

Company name: Namara
Started: June 2022
Founder: Mohammed Alnamara
Based: Dubai
Sector: Microfinance
Current number of staff: 16
Investment stage: Series A
Investors: Family offices

ROUTE TO TITLE

Round 1: Beat Leolia Jeanjean 6-1, 6-2
Round 2: Beat Naomi Osaka 7-6, 1-6, 7-5
Round 3: Beat Marie Bouzkova 6-4, 6-2
Round 4: Beat Anastasia Potapova 6-0, 6-0
Quarter-final: Beat Marketa Vondrousova 6-0, 6-2
Semi-final: Beat Coco Gauff 6-2, 6-4
Final: Beat Jasmine Paolini 6-2, 6-2

EMILY IN PARIS: SEASON 3

Created by: Darren Star

Starring: Lily Collins, Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu, Ashley Park

Rating: 2.75/5

West Indies v India - Third ODI

India 251-4 (50 overs)
Dhoni (78*), Rahane (72), Jadhav (40)
Cummins (2-56), Bishoo (1-38)
West Indies 158 (38.1 overs)
Mohammed (40), Powell (30), Hope (24)
Ashwin (3-28), Yadav (3-41), Pandya (2-32)

India won by 93 runs

Asia Cup 2018 Qualifier

Sunday's results:

  • UAE beat Malaysia by eight wickets
  • Nepal beat Singapore by four wickets
  • Oman v Hong Kong, no result

Tuesday fixtures:

  • Malaysia v Singapore
  • UAE v Oman
  • Nepal v Hong Kong
The specs: 2017 Lotus Evora Sport 410

Price, base / as tested Dh395,000 / Dh420,000

Engine 3.5L V6

Transmission Six-speed manual

Power 410hp @ 7,000rpm

Torque 420Nm @ 3,500rpm

Fuel economy, combined 9.7L / 100km

COMPANY PROFILE

Name: SmartCrowd
Started: 2018
Founder: Siddiq Farid and Musfique Ahmed
Based: Dubai
Sector: FinTech / PropTech
Initial investment: $650,000
Current number of staff: 35
Investment stage: Series A
Investors: Various institutional investors and notable angel investors (500 MENA, Shurooq, Mada, Seedstar, Tricap)

COMPANY PROFILE

Company: Eco Way
Started: December 2023
Founder: Ivan Kroshnyi
Based: Dubai, UAE
Industry: Electric vehicles
Investors: Bootstrapped with undisclosed funding. Looking to raise funds from outside

Personalities on the Plate: The Lives and Minds of Animals We Eat

Barbara J King, University of Chicago Press 

Gran Gala del Calcio 2019 winners

Best Player: Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)
Best Coach: Gian Piero Gasperini (Atalanta)
Best Referee: Gianluca Rocchi
Best Goal: Fabio Quagliarella (Sampdoria vs Napoli)
Best Team: Atalanta​​​​​​​
Best XI: Samir Handanovic (Inter); Aleksandar Kolarov (Roma), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli), Joao Cancelo (Juventus*); Miralem Pjanic (Juventus), Josip Ilicic (Atalanta), Nicolo Barella (Cagliari*); Fabio Quagliarella (Sampdoria), Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus), Duvan Zapata (Atalanta)
Serie B Best Young Player: Sandro Tonali (Brescia)
Best Women’s Goal: Thaisa (Milan vs Juventus)
Best Women’s Player: Manuela Giugliano (Milan)
Best Women’s XI: Laura Giuliani (Milan); Alia Guagni (Fiorentina), Sara Gama (Juventus), Cecilia Salvai (Juventus), Elisa Bartoli (Roma); Aurora Galli (Juventus), Manuela Giugliano (Roma), Valentina Cernoia (Juventus); Valentina Giacinti (Milan), Ilaria Mauro (Fiorentina), Barbara Bonansea (Juventus)

Electric scooters: some rules to remember
  • Riders must be 14-years-old or over
  • Wear a protective helmet
  • Park the electric scooter in designated parking lots (if any)
  • Do not leave electric scooter in locations that obstruct traffic or pedestrians
  • Solo riders only, no passengers allowed
  • Do not drive outside designated lanes
if you go

Getting there

Etihad (Etihad.com), Emirates (emirates.com) and Air France (www.airfrance.com) fly to Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport, from Abu Dhabi and Dubai respectively. Return flights cost from around Dh3,785. It takes about 40 minutes to get from Paris to Compiègne by train, with return tickets costing €19. The Glade of the Armistice is 6.6km east of the railway station.

Staying there

On a handsome, tree-lined street near the Chateau’s park, La Parenthèse du Rond Royal (laparenthesedurondroyal.com) offers spacious b&b accommodation with thoughtful design touches. Lots of natural woods, old fashioned travelling trunks as decoration and multi-nozzle showers are part of the look, while there are free bikes for those who want to cycle to the glade. Prices start at €120 a night.

More information: musee-armistice-14-18.fr ; compiegne-tourisme.fr; uk.france.fr

Defending champions

World Series: South Africa
Women’s World Series: Australia
Gulf Men’s League: Dubai Exiles
Gulf Men’s Social: Mediclinic Barrelhouse Warriors
Gulf Vets: Jebel Ali Dragons Veterans
Gulf Women: Dubai Sports City Eagles
Gulf Under 19: British School Al Khubairat
Gulf Under 19 Girls: Dubai Exiles
UAE National Schools: Al Safa School
International Invitational: Speranza 22
International Vets: Joining Jack

Company Profile

Company name: Hoopla
Date started: March 2023
Founder: Jacqueline Perrottet
Based: Dubai
Number of staff: 10
Investment stage: Pre-seed
Investment required: $500,000


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