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Research: Nearly 80 Percent of UAE Employees Work 24 Hours More Every Month

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To say that the UAE’s workplace culture is highly demanding and competitive from an employee’s perspective will not be exaggeration. And a new study proves that.  

A new research released by Maxis Global Benefits Network conducted across 10 major countries showed that 79 per cent – nearly 8 out of 10 – office-based employees in the UAE work on average 24 hours – which is almost three full working days – beyond their contracted hours each month because they have a company culture where they feel they should be seen at their desk.

Few UAE employees work for almost 3 full working days beyond their contracted hours monthly. (Shutterstock)

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Are Our Conversations Being Leaked by Our Digital Assistants?

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At a time when digital assistants in smart devices at home or office are talking to us like never before, some users have begun to worry: Is Alexa or Google Home listening and recording personal conversations beyond the “wake” word?

There are multiple triggers to such concerns, the latest one being a person in Germany using Amazon’s voice assistant who received 1,700 audio files from a person he never met.

A hacker has already developed a method to install malware on a pre-2017 Amazon Echo. (Shutterstock)

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Lebanon Back on CEDRE Track to Unlock $12 Billion of Loans and Grants

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Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s new government hit the ground running Monday in its first week since earning the confidence vote of more than 85 percent of the country’s lawmakers.

To kick-start his work, Hariri held a two-and-a-half-hour meeting with the International Financial Institutions, looking at the steps needed to accelerate the implementation of decisions made at CEDRE.

World Bank Regional Director Saroj Kumar Jha said the pledges – upward of $12 billion in soft loans and grants – were not at risk.

World Bank Regional Director Saroj Kumar Jha said the pledges - upward of $12 billion in soft loans and grants - were not at risk. (Shutterstock)

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Despite US Sanctions, S. Korea Ships in Over $100 Million Worth of Iranian Oil

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After a five-month hiatus, South Korea imported $101.2 million worth of Iranian crude oil in January, Yonhap reported on Tuesday citing Korea Customs Service data.

South Korean companies stopped importing Iranian crude oil in September 2018, but the country was allowed to continue to buy Iranian oil over the next six months.

South Korea is the third-largest buyer of Iranian oil. (Shutterstock)

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Sensex climbs 404 points to end 9-day losing streak; Nifty above 10,700

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On the BSE index, Tata Steel, Vendata, ONGC, NTPC, Yes Bank, Infosys, SBI and Sun Pharma were among the major gainers with their stocks rising as much as 4.78 per cent. Of the 30 Sensex constituents, 25 closed with gains while just 5 closed with losses. On NSE, all the sub-indices closed in green with Nifty Metal, IT and PSU Bank rising as much as 2.80 per cent.



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Jordan Identifies More Than 1.45 Million JDs Worth of Forged Medical Exemptions

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The Prime Ministry, on Tuesday, referred 667 cases of forged medical exemptions to the Integrity and Anti-Corruption Commission (IACC).

The counterfeit exemptions were discovered in April 2018 at the King Abdullah University Hospital by the Prime Ministry’s bureau, the statement carried by the Jordan News Agency, Petra, said.

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An official at the IACC said on Tuesday that a specialised team overseeing the matter found that the value of the 667 forged exemptions amounted to JD1,459,000, Petra reported. (Shutterstock)

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