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Coach Andy Flower confident of strong title defence for Adani’s Gulf Giants at ILT20 Season 2

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The International League T20 is around the corner, and the Adani Sportsline-owned Gulf Giants commenced their journey in season two with a jersey giveaway at the ICC Academy in Dubai on Saturday, January 13. The event saw multiple star players from the team grace the occasion as head coach Andy Flower handed the jerseys to the likes of Carlos Braithwaite and Dominic Drakes and local talents like Sanchit Sharma and Aayan Khan.

Speaking at the event, the Zimbabwean legend shared his excitement for the upcoming season and was ready to defend the crown from season 1 of the ILT20. “We’re very proud to be a part of the Adani Sportsline-owned Gulf Giants. We haven’t got a whole team yet but we started training. Our group is together and it’s a proud moment to start the second season with the Adani Gulf Giants. We had an amazing season in 2023, obviously winning the inaugural tournament,” said Flower.

While handing out the jerseys to the players, he touched upon the yellow and orange colours that represent the Gulf countries. “You will see our jerseys carry the natural orange and golden hues of the desert. The Adanis have chosen these colours specifically to represent this area. And I know how proud they are to have a team playing in this tournament. The staff and players are also very proud to represent the Adani group in the ILT20. The management has been immense in the way they have supported us.”

The side will start their tournament in the ILT20 with the mega clash against the Sharjah Warriors, and Flower has earmarked them as one of the toughest opponents in the league that starts on Friday, January 19. “Of course, our goal is to win the trophy once more but first and foremost we aim to reach the playoffs and to do that, we need to work very hard to win that first game. But I don’t see that as pressure at all.”

The season 1-winning head coach also lauded the Adani Sportsline group for their continued support as they start another season in this league. “One of the challenges is getting the team ready in time for the tournament as soon as possible because there is not much lead-in time. We have 10 days before the first game, and that is quite a long time. The Adanis were keen for us to get together for such a long period of preparation because it is difficult with players playing in other tournaments.”

The former Zimbabwean captain Flower is quietly confident about helping the team push their limits. “I know the players will be excited to be playing for the Adani Gulf Giants, and I want them to feel that way. We must make the Adanis proud of our representation of the team,” he signed off.

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Sheikh Mohammed pardons 686 prisoners ahead of Eid Al Adha 2024

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Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on Thursday ordered the release of 686 inmates in correctional facilities on the occasion of Eid Al Adha.

Counselor Issam Issa Al Humaidan, Attorney General of the Emirate of Dubai said that the Public Prosecution immediately began coordinating with the Dubai Police General Command to implement the release order.

President Sheikh Mohamed had earlier ordered the release of 1,138 prisoners. These inmates have been sentenced in various cases, and the President ensured the payment of the fines owed to them.

It is common practice for Rulers of each of the UAE’s emirates to pardon prisoners during significant Islamic occasions. The President’s pardon allows the released prisoners to rethink their future and positively contribute to the service of their families and communities to lead successful social and professional lives.

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New federal traffic law announced in UAE

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A new federal law on traffic was approved on Monday by the UAE Cabinet, according to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai.

Under the new law, there will be amendments to the classification of vehicles and the use of modern technologies on the roads. This move aims to keep pace with the rapid development witnessed by the transport industry globally.

he Dubai Ruler said that the new legislation will cover the expansion of the use of self-driving vehicles and electric cars. The law will also look at various types of personal means of transportation, and reliance on transportation as a whole.

The provisions also highlight the categories excluded from obtaining driving licenses, suspension of driving licenses and permits, vehicle insurance and inspection, and regulations for driving schools.The federal traffic law will take advantage of the technological progress that characterises the country’s road network.

This law was announced by Sheikh Mohammed after he chaired a meeting of the UAE Cabinet, where several matters were discussed and approved, in line with the country’s commitment to development.

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UAE announces new telemarketing rules to protect consumers

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Cold callers in the UAE face fines of AED 150,000 under strict new regulations announced by the Ministry of Economy, and the Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TRA), aimed at protecting people from persistent telemarketers.

From August, companies will be barred from calling customers back if they reject the service in the initial conversation and they cannot phone back if the call is declined or ended. 

Telemarketing calls will also only be allowed to be made from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and companies will need prior approval from authorities and face the threat of termination of operating licences if rules are broken.  When the new rules come in marketing calls can only be made from numbers of licensed companies as opposed to individual or personal numbers. 

Customers can file a complaint if any of the new rules are broken. The rules apply to all companies in the UAE, including those in free zones. 

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