Omanisation drive spurs exit of expats from Oman

by REJIMON K
More than 81,000 expatriates working in the private sector left their jobs between January 2013 and May 2014

More than OMR68m spent on building 800km of roads in Oman

by FAIZUL HAQUE
The minister said that contracts have been given for building pavements for interior roads in various governorates.

Option of repatriation of expat can be exercised as an exception: Oman Legal Expert

by Times News Service
NOC or release is not a right per se and no authority in the country can force an employer to issue NOC for any employee

Dar Al Atta’a set up 100 ‘Help make a difference’ charity boxes across Muscat

by ELHAM POURMOHAMMADI
Continuing its drive to help the needy during the holy month of Ramadan, Dar Al Atta’a has set up 100 boxes across Muscat to collect clothing

Italian couple in Oman help less fortunate women in Laos, one stitch at a time

by SARAH MACDONALD
Italian couple in Oman help out poor women in Laos, The idea was to have the women make products designed by Osvalda, items that combined her Italian taste with traditional Laotian techniques

Fifa World Cup 2014: Goetze strikes as Germany win World Cup

by AFP
Bayern Munich star Goetze struck in the 113th minute to finally break Argentina’s resistance as Lionel Messi’s dream of emulating Diego Maradona ended in defeat.
Oman
Forts and castles in Oman shut down to fight termites
by Times News Service

The forts and castles have been shut in stages. The ministry has urged people to avoid visiting these castles and forts on the days when work is under way

Sports
Fifa World Cup 2014: Brazil fires national football coach Felipe Scolari
by AFP

Brazil's football confederation (CBF) will not renew national coach Luiz Felipe Scolari's contract, local media reported early Monday, just hours after Germany defeated Argentina to win 2014 World Cup

Business
BankDhofar signs agreement to provide SME financing in Oman
by Times News Service

BankDhofar has signed an agreement with the Public Authority for SME Development and Oman Development Bank to extend better banking facilities to the SMEs in Oman

World
Israel keeps up Gaza campaign despite world calls for calm
by AFP

Israel kept up air strikes and artillery fire on the Gaza Strip Monday despite diplomatic efforts to halt the bloodshed, as its offensive entered the seventh day.

Technology
New mobile phone app has James Bond features to thwart surveillance
by AFP

Silent Circle is introducing on Thursday a secrecy-cloaking phone service that lets customers make and receive private phone calls for as little as $12.95 a month.

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Features
Malaysia still spinning a centuries-old tradition
by AFP

In one fluid motion, Amri Aziz flings his oversized spinning top into the air and with a whip-like crack of rope sends it whirling for the next two hours.That's when the tea is poured.

Columns
The three tracks that now define Middle East
by Mohamed A. El-Erian

Rather than pursuing internal convergence, this important part of the world is following at least three paths, characterised by large divergences that will persist and likely grow for years to come

Health
MERS unlikely to spread in Asia: WHO expert
by AFP

Asian countries should keep their guard against the deadly Middle East respiratory virus, although it is unlikely to spread to the region, a World Health Organization expert said Thursday.