Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Business

Facebook Launches Climate Change Information Center

LONDON: Facebook launched a climate science information center to elevate credible sources on climate change, as critics question its role in the spread of misinformation on the issue. Facebook said the project is modelled on its COVID-19 Information Center and launched a similar feature last month on voting in preparation ...

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UK secures first post-Brexit free trade agreement with Japan

LONDON: Earlier this week, Reuters reported citing anonymous officials in Tokyo that Japan intends to speed up trade talks with the United Kingdom and reach a broad consensus on an agreement this week. The UK’s Department for International Trade said in a statement on Friday that it had secured a ...

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Samsung turns away from Huawei

SEOUL: As a tech war rages between Beijing and Washington over Chinese flagship Huawei, indications are that South Korea’s national champion and global semiconductor powerhouse Samsung Electronics has sided with the US. Widespread reports in South Korea that appeared in both TV and online news on Wednesday (September 9) stated that ...

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COVID robocop: The droid that reminds you to wear your mask

LONDON: Engineers have developed a robot that can detect whether people are wearing a mask to guard against COVID-19 and, if not, politely remind them to put one on. The feature is an upgrade of Pepper, a 120 cm high robot with human-like features that is already in operation in ...

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Asian markets tumble as Wall St tech rout spreads

HONG KONG: Technology and energy firms were among the big losers as Asian investors ran for the exit Wednesday following another rout on Wall Street, with vaccine and post-Brexit trade deal fears adding to the perfect storm. US traders returned from a long weekend to resume the selling that sent ...

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China shows off Covid-19 vaccines for first time

BEIJING: China has put its homegrown coronavirus vaccines on display for the first time, as the country where the contagion was discovered looks to shape the narrative surrounding the pandemic. High hopes hang on the small vials of liquid on show at a Beijing trade fair this week – vaccine ...

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Hot tests completed at Pakistani nuclear power plant

KARACHI: The 1,100MW K2 reactor at the Karachi Nuclear Power Plant (Kanupp), the first unit using China’s homegrown ‘Hualong One’ technology, has successfully completed its thermal testing also known as hot functional tests (HTFs). China is building two Hualong One reactors with a capacity of 1,100MW each at the Karachi ...

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Turkey discovers large natural gas reserve

ISTUNBUL: President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday Turkey discovered its biggest ever natural gas field holding 320 billion cubic meters (11.3 trillion cubic feet) in the Black Sea, and more could be found as the country works to provide it by as soon as 2023. If the gas can be ...

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Tobacco companies sue South African government over smoking ban

  JOHANNESBURG: Tobacco companies are determined to move forward with litigation against the South African government for its banning of tobacco products during the nearly five-month coronavirus lockdown. The tobacco ban – the only one of its kind worldwide – was imposed under the 2002 Disaster Management Act, the government justifying ...

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