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January 28, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
Gustavo Dudamel got to conquer another country this week, making his debut in the United Arab Emirates in what was billed as a prelude to the annual Abu Dhabi Festival. Dudamel led the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela Monday at the Emirates Palace Auditorium, performing Beethoven's Symphony No. 5, excerpts from Tchaikovsky's “The Tempest” and “Romeo and Juliet,” and ending with what the festival's description of the occasion called "a crowd-pleasing signature encore bursting with Latin-American rhythm.” PHOTOS: Faces to watch 2014 | Classical music The UAE's minister of culture conferred a special Abu Dhabi Festival Award on Dudamel after the concert; his mentor, Jose Antonio Abreu also received an award as founder of El Sistema, Venezuela's innovative and influential musical training program for children.
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February 1, 2014 | By Michelle Maltais
When it comes to infant nutrition, the experts agree that breast is best. But should government be legislating lactation? That's what is happening in the United Arab Emirates. Last week, the Federal National Council's Health, Labor and Social Affairs committee passed a clause in its broad Child Rights law making breastfeeding a "duty, not an option, for able mothers. "  Members of the committee ultimately declared, after what was described as "a marathon debate"  that every infant has the right to be breastfed for the first two years of life, according to a report in the National .  Under the law, a wet nurse would be provided for women unable to breastfeed for health reasons.
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BUSINESS
April 7, 1989 | From United Press International
The United Arab Emirates will become the first country in the Middle East to operate computerized digital telecommunications service in 1990, Japan's top computer maker has said. Fujitsu Ltd. said it has received an order for equipment to be used in the integrated digital services network from the country's public telecommunications corporation.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 28, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
Gustavo Dudamel got to conquer another country this week, making his debut in the United Arab Emirates in what was billed as a prelude to the annual Abu Dhabi Festival. Dudamel led the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela Monday at the Emirates Palace Auditorium, performing Beethoven's Symphony No. 5, excerpts from Tchaikovsky's “The Tempest” and “Romeo and Juliet,” and ending with what the festival's description of the occasion called "a crowd-pleasing signature encore bursting with Latin-American rhythm.” PHOTOS: Faces to watch 2014 | Classical music The UAE's minister of culture conferred a special Abu Dhabi Festival Award on Dudamel after the concert; his mentor, Jose Antonio Abreu also received an award as founder of El Sistema, Venezuela's innovative and influential musical training program for children.
BUSINESS
June 30, 1988 | From Reuters
The United Arab Emirates has carried out a threat to ignore its OPEC quota and authorized companies to pump almost 20% more oil in July, industry sources said Wednesday. "This should bring (oil) prices down very quickly," said one trader. "It is yet another link in the chain of disarray which is creeping into OPEC." OPEC members at their Vienna meeting earlier this month agreed to extend the group's 15.
NEWS
June 28, 1995 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The lawyer for a young Philippine maid sentenced to seven years in prison for killing her Arab employer, who the court concluded had raped her, said he was confident of winning an appeal of the verdict. An Islamic court in the United Arab Emirates sentenced 16-year-old Sarah Balabagan to prison and fined her $40,000 for stabbing to death her employer--identified in court papers as Almas Mohammed Baloushi.
BUSINESS
May 12, 1998 | Washington Post
The United Arab Emirates is expected to announce today that it has chosen Lockheed Martin Corp.'s F-16 fighter over competing European aircraft in a deal worth up to $6 billion, according to industry and government sources. The deal could cover as many as 80 F-16s, which are made at a plant in Fort Worth. The choice of the F-16 is a huge boost for Bethesda, Md.-based Lockheed Martin because the U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 2004 | From Associated Press
Sheik Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who as president of the United Arab Emirates oversaw the transformation of a cluster of tiny desert Persian Gulf sheikdoms into a leading oil and business hub, has died. He was 86. Abu Dhabi TV interrupted regular broadcasting Tuesday to break the news of the death of the man who led the United Arab Emirates since its independence from Britain in 1971.
SPORTS
June 19, 1990 | From Reuters
Yugoslavia qualified for the second round of the World Cup finals with a 4-1 win today over the United Arab Emirates, underdogs in Group D of the soccer tournament. Two goals by Darko Pancev, a replacement for the injured Srecko Katanec, and one apiece by veteran Safet Susic and Robert Prosinecki gave Yugoslavia the victory it needed to advance from the round-robin stage for the first time since 1974.
BUSINESS
December 23, 1997 | LEO SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It will be 5,000 square feet of commercial space--a relatively small chunk of real estate in the sheikdom of Dubai. But officials of Ventura-based Kinko's Inc. expect the company's first branch in the United Arab Emirates to be large enough to attract the attention of the entire Middle Eastern business community. The Dubai branch, a full-scale copy and business service center, is scheduled to open during the first quarter of 1998, with a second Dubai site to follow later in the year.
SPORTS
January 19, 2014 | By Dan Loumena
Pablo Larrazabal understood his accomplishment in edging Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy to win the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship on Sunday. “I was sitting at the presentation ceremony, I said to myself: 'Pablo? What are you doing here?' I've got Rory McIlroy on my left and I am shaking the hand of Phil Mickelson on my right. It's very special for me,” said the 30-year-old Spaniard, who finished at 14-under 274 to earn his third PGA Europe Tour victory. Larrazabal birdied No. 18 to finish the final round with a five-under-par 67 on the National Course in the United Arab Emirates, taking the title by one stroke over his more accomplished competitors.
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December 28, 2013 | By Jill Cowan
As aid workers from around the world descended on the Philippines to help the people hit hardest by Typhoon Haiyan last month, Springer Browne headed toward the devastation for a different reason: the animals. The 31-year-old Newport Beach native made the trip as a volunteer for World Vets, a sort of veterinary equivalent of the humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders, which provides urgent medical care worldwide. World Vets sends veterinarians to work with animals around the world through various projects based on an area's needs.
WORLD
November 12, 2013 | By Sunshine de Leon and Barbara Demick
MANILA - Drenched by rain and increasingly desperate, typhoon-stricken Filipinos rushed fences and pleaded with guards Tuesday at the battered airport serving as a tenuous lifeline to an international aid effort confronted at every turn by transport and logistics bottlenecks. The United Nations launched an appeal for $301 million to help victims. The chief of its humanitarian operations, Valerie Amos, arrived in Manila, the capital, to coordinate the relief effort and quickly acknowledged the difficulties it faced.
WORLD
November 12, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
As millions of Filipinos desperately search for sustenance and shelter in the devastation left by Typhoon Haiyan, many may be comforted by the knowledge that help is surely on the way from family members working abroad. The Philippines' biggest export has long been its workers, with at least 10% of the country's approximately 100 million people living and working in other nations. They staff cruise ships in the Caribbean, clean homes in the affluent Persian Gulf, work as nannies in Europe and crew merchant marine vessels the world over.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 15, 2013 | By Susan King
The Arab Film Festival, which opens Friday at the Harmony Gold Theatre in Los Angeles and continues through Oct. 20, is the largest independent annual showcase of Arab films and filmmakers in the United States. Founded in San Francisco in 1996, the festival is marking its seventh edition in Los Angeles. Besides San Francisco and L.A., it also visits Berkeley, Oakland and San Diego. "Arab culture is a rich feast of cultures and textures, with many stories to tell," Jordan Elgrably, director of the Levantine Cultural Center, one of the local organizations supporting the festival, said in a statement.
BUSINESS
October 7, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, will start serving Los Angeles next summer with some high-end services rarely offered on a plane. The daily nonstop service from Abu Dhabi to Los Angeles International Airport will include a gourmet chef to prepare the meals requested by first-class passengers. In addition, nannies, trained at Norland College in England, will be on call to entertain, feed and pamper children during long flights. "It's our endeavor to give mom and dad a break, as well as the people around them on the plane," James Hogan, chief executive of Etihad, said in announcing the start of the service.
NEWS
February 10, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
Philippine maid Sarah Balabagan was caned 100 times in a United Arab Emirates prison for stabbing her Gulf Arab employer to death. Philippine Ambassador Roy Seneres said Balabagan "said it was bearable. Embassy officials visited her twice afterward, and there were no marks or bruises or reddening." Seneres said the canings were carried out 20 at a time on five separate days, ending Monday.
WORLD
August 4, 2013 | By Paul Richter
The State Department said Sunday that it was extending the closure of 19 embassies and consulates in the Muslim world through next Saturday, but not solely because of heightened concerns about terrorist attacks in the region. Jen Psaki, a department spokeswoman, said the posts would be closed through the end of the week because many of them were going to be closed anyway for much of the period because of the Eid holiday, which comes at the end of the Ramadan holy month. She said in a statement that the move was also ordered because the department wanted to apply "an abundance of caution" in the aftermath of intelligence reports indicating the possibility of an attack from an Al Qaeda related terrorist organization.
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