Omanisation drive spurs exit of expats

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

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

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

Shell signs pacts with Environment Society of Oman

by Times News Service
Shell Development Oman recently signed two sponsorship agreements with the Environment Society of Oman

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
Nano tech set to beat corrosion of pipelines in Oman
by Times News Service

The annual cost of corrosion worldwide is more than 3 per cent of the world’s GDP and this works out to around $2.2 trillion as per the National Association of Corrosion Engineers

Business
Big role seen for private sector in power projects
by Times News Service

Growth rather than consolidation is expected to be a dominant driver of activity, Ernst & Young’s said in its latest report

World
Israel carnage pushes Gaza death toll to 149, includes mostly civilians
by Reuters

Israeli naval commandos clashed with Hamas militants in a raid on the coast of the Gaza Strip on Sunday, in what appeared to be the first ground assault of a six-day Israeli offensive on the territory

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.