Category: Miscellaneous Rants

Ladies First, No?

I looked at her enquiringly, suggesting that it was my turn, and she wasn’t even in the queue for God’s sake! She looked at me and uttered what she thought was “the golden rule”. “Ladies first, no?” she said.

Tips for Safe Quad Biking

I indulged in some Quad Biking over the weekend. For those uninitiated, Quad Bikes are all-terrain vehicles (ATV), that travel on low pressure tires, with a seat that is straddled by the operator, along with handlebars for steering control. As the name implies, it is designed to handle a wider variety of terrain than most other vehicles. Although it is a street-legal vehicle in some countries, it is not street legal within most countries including the UAE.

After a Brief Ban, Bahrain Newspaper Back on Stands

Bahrain’s Akhbar Al Khaleej newspaper reappeared today after a one-day ban imposed by the authorities. “Official authorities have issued directives lifting the ban,” Bahrain News Agency said. The newspaper was earlier suspended for reasons related to the Press law, a report said. Akhbar Al Khaleej, first published in 1976, is the oldest newspaper in the country. A publishing ban on Bahrain’s oldest newspaper was overturned on Monday, after it had been shut down after it published an article claiming that Iran’s hardline president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad may be Jewish.

It’s Sad, So Sad…

DIT Group, part of the Saudi giant Dabbagh Group announced yesterday officially that it’s closing down operations of DIT Group. I have been associated with DIT Group for over 4 years now and have seen it grow year after year. I started off as a Sr. Writer and ended my stint at DIT as a Managing Editor, handing the entire technology portfolio, consisting of the world-renowned tech magazine – PC Magazine. Apart from PC Magazine, technology portfolio at DIT Group consists of Arabian Reseller, Tech@Home, Tech@Work, and various other supplements. The announcement of shutting down PC Magazine is highly unfortunate. Rest in peace, PC Magazine Middle and Near East…

New Law to Restrict Freedom of Speech in Media

The United Arab Emirates’ new proposed media law, recently approved by the Federal National Council (FNC), is causing a stir among press freedom groups and journalist circles. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has appealed to the UAE’s Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, urging him to reject the law, which the group warns would harm press freedom in the UAE.

Who’s Your Favourite Simpson?

The United States Postal Service has to be the most creative postal service in the world. It has revealed a range of new stamps honouring The Simpsons. The stamps will be released across the United States on May 7, 2009. Following the unveiling, US citizens have been called to vote for their favoruite Simpsons character when viewing the images of the stamps on USPS’ website.

332 Wiped Off Forbes’ Billionaire List!

The current economic crisis is taking toll on the world’s richest, too. According to Forbes, it’s been a tough year for the richest people in the world. Last year there were 1,125 billionaires. This year there are just 793 people rich enough to make our it to Forbes’ Billionaire list. “The world has become a […]