Haakon Magnus, the crown prince of Norway, second from right, visited Zayed University earlier this week.
Haakon Magnus, the crown prince of Norway, second from right, visited Zayed University earlier this week.

A week of big bangs and blow-outs

A 47-nation summit organised by the United States achieved a series of incremental measures to prevent nuclear material from falling into terrorists' hands. Ukraine, for example, was among a handful of countries that agreed to surrender its high-grade uranium to the United States, the only nation ever to drop a nuclear bomb. Iran was not invited but has organised a meeting of 15 nations which do not yet have the bomb.

Lech Kaczynski, the president of Poland, died along with 96 others when their plane crashed in foggy weather in Russia. Kasczynski's wife, Maria, was also among the dead. The couple left behind one child, Marta, a lawyer. She met her father's casket at the airport on Sunday, and her mother's on Tuesday; both times she knelt by the casket and cried. Kaczynski is the first head of state to die in a plane crash since the Macedonian president Boris Trajkovski, whose plane hit a mountain while flying through bad weather on February 26, 2004.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship needs controversy like it needs a kick in the teeth, and Anderson "The Spider" Silva obliged on one count in defending his middleweight crown at UFC 112: Invincible on Yas Island. Silva, a lithe and slippery Brazilian, vexed 11,000 bloodthirsty fans by neglecting to pummel his overmatched opponent, instead merely toying with him for the better part of five rounds. The crowd booed in disgust. Away from the action, Josh Gross of si.com described Ferrari World as "a city-sized structure straight out of a James Bond film."

A Dubai court sentenced an Iranian and a Tajik, both in their late 30s, to life in prison for taking part in the plot to kill Sulim Yamadayev, a former Chechen warlord, outside Jumeirah Beach Residence. Court documents show that as part of the preparation for the murder, the Iranian was handed a document bag and told to hang onto it. Of course, he peeked inside the bag. And saw the golden gun that would end Yamadayev's life.

Norway's dashing crown prince, Haakon Magnus, inspired students at Zayed University by urging them to help others. Haakon recounted how, during a visit to Mongolia, schoolchildren told him what they wanted to be when they grew up: "One said policeman, another said lawyer and yet another said doctor, so this tells us that everyone has expectations whether poor or rich. So something that we need to do is see each other as a whole instead of them and us ... Why should we care about people we don't know? Why should it make a difference to us what happens to them? The answer is dignity ... " Haakon raised a stir in his native country when, in 2001, he married a single mother. The couple now oversee a humanitarian foundation with projects at home and abroad.

Gold's Gym, the legendary cradle of California musclemen whose clients have included Arnold Schwarzenegger and Faith Hill, is expanding to the Middle East. The company signed a franchise deal with Al Ahli Holding Group that will start with 26 outlets in the UAE, Oman, Bahrain and Qatar.

You may have heard of "Nimby" ("Not in my Backyard!") syndrome, in which communities agitate for a noisome but necessary service, such as a garbage dump, to be located somewhere else. Well, this past week saw the birth of "Nomad" ("Not on my Al Dhaid!") syndrome, in which Sharjah announced a plan to push rumbling lorries away from Al Dhaid Road by imposing a Dh100 toll.

Phil Mickelson, loyal husband to his cancer-stricken wife, took home US$1.35 million (Dh5 million) for winning the Masters golf tournament. Tiger Woods, finished fourth - out of the medals! - and took home just $330,000. @Body-SubheadNew:And we mean "rolled out"

This newspaper celebrates its second anniversary today.

KFC rolled out its new Double Down sandwich in outlets across America. Between slices of fried or grilled chicken (your choice!), the Double Down crams in two types of cheese and a "zesty" sauce. KFC says the thing has 540 calories. Nutritionists say the Double Down is basically salt, fat and a wrapper. On the other hand, it conveniently offers almost your entire daily requirement of sodium in one sitting. On the day of its debut, the Double Down ranked No 4 on Yahoo's Trending Now list, behind John Gotti Jr and just ahead of Shakira and Auschwitz.

In Monday's issue of the peer-reviewed journal Physics Letters B, an American scientist theorised that our universe might be inside a wormhole inside a black hole inside a much larger universe. According to Indiana University's Nikodem Poplawski, a massive particle that had entered a black hole could have released an enormous amount of energy - a big bang - as it was sucked into a wormhole inside the black hole. As this would re-orient the dawn of our time, it could throw a twist into unsolved puzzles such as where gravity originated, and why the universe is expanding.

According to weather.com, the week's high in the capital, through Thursday, was a mild 34°C. The high for the year so far was 42°C on April 9. The coming week's high should be a warmish 38°C. * The National, with additional reporting by agencies

What is Genes in Space?

Genes in Space is an annual competition first launched by the UAE Space Agency, The National and Boeing in 2015.

It challenges school pupils to design experiments to be conducted in space and it aims to encourage future talent for the UAE’s fledgling space industry. It is the first of its kind in the UAE and, as well as encouraging talent, it also aims to raise interest and awareness among the general population about space exploration.

New Zealand 21 British & Irish Lions 24

New Zealand
Penalties: Barrett (7)

British & Irish Lions
Tries: Faletau, Murray
Penalties: Farrell (4)
Conversions: Farrell

Brief scoreline:

Al Wahda 2

Al Menhali 27', Tagliabue 79'

Al Nassr 3

Hamdallah 41', Giuliano 45+1', 62'


Company name: Klipit

Started: 2022

Founders: Venkat Reddy, Mohammed Al Bulooki, Bilal Merchant, Asif Ahmed, Ovais Merchant

Based: Dubai, UAE

Industry: Digital receipts, finance, blockchain

Funding: $4 million

Investors: Privately/self-funded

Specs: 2024 McLaren Artura Spider

Engine: 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 and electric motor
Max power: 700hp at 7,500rpm
Max torque: 720Nm at 2,250rpm
Transmission: Eight-speed dual-clutch auto
0-100km/h: 3.0sec
Top speed: 330kph
Price: From Dh1.14 million ($311,000)
On sale: Now

SPECS: Polestar 3

Engine: Long-range dual motor with 400V battery
Power: 360kW / 483bhp
Torque: 840Nm
Transmission: Single-speed automatic
Max touring range: 628km
0-100km/h: 4.7sec
Top speed: 210kph
Price: From Dh360,000
On sale: September

Abaya trends

The utilitarian robe held dear by Arab women is undergoing a change that reveals it as an elegant and graceful garment available in a range of colours and fabrics, while retaining its traditional appeal.

Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier

UAE fixtures

25 April – Ireland v UAE*
27 April – UAE v Zimbabwe**
29 April – Netherlands v UAE*
3 May – UAE v Vanuatu*
5 May – Semi-finals
7 May – Final
UAE squad: Esha Oza (captain), Al Maseera Jahangir, Avanee Patel, Heena Hotchandani, Indhuja Nandakumar, Kavisha Kumari, Khushi Sharma, Lavanya Keny, Mehak Thakur, Rinitha Rajith, Samaira Dharnidharka, Siya Gokhale, Suraksha Kotte, Theertha Satish, Vaishnave Mahesh.

*Zayed Cricket Stadium

**Tolerance Oval


July 5, 1994: Jeff Bezos founds Cadabra Inc, which would later be renamed to Amazon.com, because his lawyer misheard the name as 'cadaver'. In its earliest days, the bookstore operated out of a rented garage in Bellevue, Washington

July 16, 1995: Amazon formally opens as an online bookseller. Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought becomes the first item sold on Amazon

1997: Amazon goes public at $18 a share, which has grown about 1,000 per cent at present. Its highest closing price was $197.85 on June 27, 2024

1998: Amazon acquires IMDb, its first major acquisition. It also starts selling CDs and DVDs

2000: Amazon Marketplace opens, allowing people to sell items on the website

2002: Amazon forms what would become Amazon Web Services, opening the Amazon.com platform to all developers. The cloud unit would follow in 2006

2003: Amazon turns in an annual profit of $75 million, the first time it ended a year in the black

2005: Amazon Prime is introduced, its first-ever subscription service that offered US customers free two-day shipping for $79 a year

2006: Amazon Unbox is unveiled, the company's video service that would later morph into Amazon Instant Video and, ultimately, Amazon Video

2007: Amazon's first hardware product, the Kindle e-reader, is introduced; the Fire TV and Fire Phone would come in 2014. Grocery service Amazon Fresh is also started

2009: Amazon introduces Amazon Basics, its in-house label for a variety of products

2010: The foundations for Amazon Studios were laid. Its first original streaming content debuted in 2013

2011: The Amazon Appstore for Google's Android is launched. It is still unavailable on Apple's iOS

2014: The Amazon Echo is launched, a speaker that acts as a personal digital assistant powered by Alexa

2017: Amazon acquires Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, its biggest acquisition

2018: Amazon's market cap briefly crosses the $1 trillion mark, making it, at the time, only the third company to achieve that milestone


Dir: Guy Nattiv

Starring: Jamie Bell, Danielle McDonald, Bill Camp, Vera Farmiga

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

How to increase your savings
  • Have a plan for your savings.
  • Decide on your emergency fund target and once that's achieved, assign your savings to another financial goal such as saving for a house or investing for retirement.
  • Decide on a financial goal that is important to you and put your savings to work for you.
  • It's important to have a purpose for your savings as it helps to keep you motivated to continue while also reducing the temptation to spend your savings. 

- Carol Glynn, founder of Conscious Finance Coaching



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