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Qatar will pull out of OPEC amid tension with Saudi Arabia

The tiny, energy-rich Arab nation of Qatar announced on Monday it will withdraw from OPEC in January, mixing its aspirations to increase production outside of the cartel's constraints with the politics of slighting the Saudi-dominated group amid the kingdom's boycott of Doha. The surprise announcement from Qatar's minister of state for energy affairs, Saad Sherida al-Kaabi, again throws into question...

What can India teach us about start-ups? BY Ejaz Ghani

...Instead of chasing large, mature firms from other locations, India would do better to focus on its small enterprise sector The role of entrepreneurship and start-ups in job creation has a long intellectual tradition. While the great giants of economic history recognized the link between start-ups and job creation, controversies remain. Do small or large enterprises contribute more to job...

How Bill Gates Aims to Save $233 Billion by Reinventing the Toilet By Jason Gale

...Gates Foundation spent $200 million funding toilet research Bill Gates thinks toilets are a serious business, and he’s betting big that a reinvention of this most essential of conveniences can save a half million lives and deliver $200 billion-plus in savings. The billionaire philanthropist, whose Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation spent $200 million over seven years funding sanitation research, showcased some...

World Wide Web inventor wants new ‘contract’ to make web safe

English scientist Tim Berners-Lee from the Web Foundation addresses the opening ceremony of the 2018 edition of the annual Web Summit technology conference in Lisbon. The inventor of the World Wide Web on Monday called for a “contract” to make internet safe and accessible for everyone as Europe’s largest tech event began in Lisbon amid a backlash over its role...

A Kenyan engineer sued the China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) over claims of underpayment after signing a contract with the company

Cleophas Simiyu Nabangi claimed that the company underpaid him by almost Ksh400 million after allegedly being made to sign a contract that was written in Chinese. Nabangi through his lawyer Arnold Otundo, argued that the company violated the engineer's rights by having a contract written in a foreign language and fair compensation. According to Section 7(4) of the Employment Act 2018;...

Mechanic steals, crashes empty plane from Seattle airport

A young mechanic described as suicidal stole an empty passenger plane from Seattle-Tacoma Airport, took it on an hour-long flight that included a hair-raising loop as F-15 fighter jets gave chase, then crashed, killing himself. Officials ruled out any link to terrorism in the incident, which took place late on Friday, and saw the man holding a conservation with an...

Germany tests solar car which charges as being driven

A Munich-based start-up has taken advantage of the strong Bavarian sun this summer to test the final development of the charging system of its Sion car, an all-electric solar vehicle that lets you charge as you drive. Germany will likely miss its target of putting one million electric cars on the road by 2020, but the government said in April...

Google Assistant no longer needs every ‘hey’ and ‘OK’ By Jon Fingas

At last, you don't have to call out Google Assistant by name every time when you want to issue a command. As promised at I/O, Google has made Assistant's Continued Conversation available for US English speakers using a Home speaker. Enable it in your preferences and you don't have to use "hey Google" or "OK Google" for follow-ups, even if...

Engineering and the politics of EU research funding programmes – Hayaatun Sillem

The significance of EU research funding programmes to UK businesses has so far received little attention but a recent keynote speech from the prime minister was very encouraging, writes Royal Academy of Engineering chief executive Hayaatun Sillem On 21 May I found myself on a train to Macclesfield with a bevy of other stakeholders from the world of science and...

Uganda’s Brian Gitta Wins Africa Prize for Groundbreaking Malaria Test

A 24-year-old Ugandan software engineer has won the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation. Brian Gitta is the first Ugandan to win the prestigious Africa Prize, and the youngest winner to date. Gitta and his team developed Matibabu, a device which tests for malaria without drawing blood. Matibabu, which means ‘medical centre' in Swahili, is a low-cost, reusable device that clips...