Fishermen transport a load of harvested shark fins 30 June 2000 aboard a small outrigger from the port of Jolo town in the southern Philippine island of Sulu. Killing sharks for their fins is illegal, but the trade thrives because of strong demand from restaurants around Asia that use them to make an expensive soup.  Eating wild animals and insects in Asia is not considered all that extraordinary. There are a number of these foods which in some cases have become delicacies which date back many years and have now almost become traditional eating being prepared and cooked in many different ways using herbs, spices, ginger and garlic to enhance flavours. Some restaurants even have dishes of some animals as their main drawcard and is considered a normal cuisine. The Japanese love their whale meat and pufferfish, Cambodians are known to eat tarantulas-hairy spiders, while a number of other cultures incourage the eating of rats, snakes, bugs, beetles, monkeys (brains), crocodile, bats, scorpions, honey ants, grubs, embroyo eggs and many more.  AFP PHOTO/JAY DIRECTO  / AFP PHOTO / JAY DIRECTO
Fishermen transport harvested shark fins on a small outrigger from the port of Jolo town in the Philippine island of Sulu. Killing sharks for their fins is illegal, but the trade thrives because of stShow more

Marine conservation group launches in Middle East

Marine conservation organisation Sea Shepherd Global is to start operations in the Middle East to improve the health of the Arabian Gulf.

The wildlife conservation group hopes to turn the tide on ocean debris and the decimation of shark populations among its priorities.

Sea Shepherd is celebrating 40 years of ocean protection this year, and has registered as a not-for-profit organisation with the Community Development Authority, Dubai.

“We have begun aligning with stakeholders focused on similar missions to us and have a joint marine debris clean-up in the pipeline for mid-November,” said Natalie Banks, managing director of Sea Shepherd UAE.

“We are also holding joint school talks on marine conservation, as well as providing information and education at events including the upcoming Dubai Creek Pre-Owned Boat Show [November 9 to 11].

“With the UAE believed to be the fifth largest exporter of shark fins in the world, we also aim to increase the awareness of the importance of sharks in keeping oceans healthy.”


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Conservationists at the group are known for direct action campaigns to protect ocean wildlife from slaughter such as the dolphins of Taiji in Japan and pilot whales of the Faroe Islands.

It has also campaigned to protect sharks targeted for finning in Central America and the Galápagos Islands, and beyond.

The Sea Shepherd fight to protect whales against Japanese hunting expeditions in the Antarctic was the subject of the Animal Planet reality-TV series, Whale Wars.

Ms Banks, a shark conservationist and advisor to Sea Shepherd Australia, said the new UAE chapter was looking forward to working with authorities towards healthier oceans.

"We had to provide a two-year event plan in order to receive our permit to operate and, of course, we are required to follow all requirements to obtain additional permits where necessary,” she said.

“We are fortunate to celebrate our own launch in the year that Sea Shepherd globally is celebrating 40 years of operation and we look forward to working with the UAE Government and stakeholders to defend, conserve and protect local marine life and the marine environment in the UAE.

“We have an amazing team with an enormous amount of passion for marine conservation and expertise in shark and dolphin conservation, as well as measures to reduce, reuse and recycle items which largely end up as marine debris in our oceans.”

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society was founded by environmentalist Paul Watson, formerly of Greenpeace, in 1977.

To mark the first chapter in the Middle East, Sea Shepherd UAE is holding a celebratory event at Dubai Offshore Sailing Club on December 1, at which Captain Watson will deliver a special message and veteran crew members Trevor Van der Gulik and Asian Sea Shepherd director, Gary Stokes, will appear as guest speakers.

For more information email Sea Shepherd UAE at or register for tickets at

For more on Sea Shepherd go to



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

The specs

Engine: 2.0-litre 4cyl turbo
Power: 261hp at 5,500rpm
Torque: 400Nm at 1,750-4,000rpm
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Indoor Cricket World Cup

Venue Insportz, Dubai, September 16-23

UAE squad Saqib Nazir (captain), Aaqib Malik, Fahad Al Hashmi, Isuru Umesh, Nadir Hussain, Sachin Talwar, Nashwan Nasir, Prashath Kumara, Ramveer Rai, Sameer Nayyak, Umar Shah, Vikrant Shetty

Race card

5pm: Handicap (PA) Dh80,000 (Turf) 1,600m; 5.30pm: Maiden (PA) Dh80,000 (T) 1,400m

6pm: Handicap (PA) Dh80,000 (T) 1,400m; 6.30pm: Handicap (PA) Dh80,000 (T) 1,200m

7pm: Wathba Stallions Cup Handicap (PA) Dh70,000 (T) 2,200m

7.30pm: Handicap (TB) Dh100,000 (PA) 1,400m

match info

Southampton 2 (Ings 32' & pen 89') Tottenham Hotspur 5 (Son 45', 47', 64', & 73', Kane 82')

Man of the match Son Heung-min (Tottenham)


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 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

The biog

Name: Mohammed Imtiaz

From: Gujranwala, Pakistan

Arrived in the UAE: 1976

Favourite clothes to make: Suit

Cost of a hand-made suit: From Dh550



Liverpool v Manchester City, Sunday, 8.30pm UAE

Torbal Rayeh Wa Jayeh
Starring: Ali El Ghoureir, Khalil El Roumeithy, Mostafa Abo Seria
Stars: 3

Structural weaknesses facing Israel economy

1. Labour productivity is lower than the average of the developed economies, particularly in the non-tradable industries.
2. The low level of basic skills among workers and the high level of inequality between those with various skills.
3. Low employment rates, particularly among Arab women and Ultra-Othodox Jewish men.
4. A lack of basic knowledge required for integration into the labour force, due to the lack of core curriculum studies in schools for Ultra-Othodox Jews.
5. A need to upgrade and expand physical infrastructure, particularly mass transit infrastructure.
6. The poverty rate at more than double the OECD average.
7. Population growth of about 2 per cent per year, compared to 0.6 per cent OECD average posing challenge for fiscal policy and underpinning pressure on education, health care, welfare housing and physical infrastructure, which will increase in the coming years.

Afghanistan fixtures
  • v Australia, today
  • v Sri Lanka, Tuesday
  • v New Zealand, Saturday,
  • v South Africa, June 15
  • v England, June 18
  • v India, June 22
  • v Bangladesh, June 24
  • v Pakistan, June 29
  • v West Indies, July 4
The Last White Man

Author: Mohsin Hamid 

192 pages 

Published by: Hamish Hamilton (UK), Riverhead Books (US)

Release date: out now in the US, August 11 (UK)

Brief scoreline:

Toss: South Africa, elected to bowl first

England (311-8): Stokes 89, Morgan 57, Roy 54, Root 51; Ngidi 3-66

South Africa (207): De Kock 68, Van der Dussen 50; Archer 3-27, Stokes 2-12