India successfully tests high-speed expendable aerial target Abhyas

The indigenously developed high-speed expendable aerial target ABHYAS was successfully tested at the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Chandipur off the coast of Odisha in India. The plane demonstrated high maneuverability during the test flight, as well as its capability to maintain its level at low altitude. A ground-based controller flew the target aircraft on a pre-designated low-altitude flight path, which was monitored by various tracking sensors deployed by the ITR, including a radar and an electro-optical targeting system.

India successfully tests high-speed expendable aerial target Abhyas

ABHYAS is designed and developed by the Aeronautical Development Establishment of the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) of India. Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated both DRDO and the armed forces for the success of ABHYAS. In his opinion, the development of this system will meet the requirements of aerial targets. Team members involved in the design, development, and testing of the system were lauded for their efforts.

Peaceful protesters with anti-Gota placards evicted from cricket stadium

Both days of Sri Lanka’s ongoing cricket test match against Australia, the country’s police and army have removed anti-government protesters from the fort ramparts overlooking the ground at Galle Cricket Stadium. Typically, the public is allowed to hold banners and placards as they watch the match from the fort. These are mostly related to cricket.

Peaceful protesters with anti-Gota placards evicted from cricket stadium

However, these protesters had held placards asking for the resignation of Sri Lanka’s president Gotabaya Rajapaksa, and have as a result been removed, even though the ramparts are public space. Among the authorities’ concerns had been that a protest overlooking the cricket would be caught on the official broadcast, or be reported on by the international media.

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has asked broadcasters not to show images of protests. In Australia and abroad, however, some media outlets have reported the wider context in which this series is taking place. The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) told the police and army that there is no legal basis for removing the protesters.

In a letter to the Sri Lankan Army Commander and the Inspector General of Police, the BASL states that “it has been brought to our attention that the ramparts of the Galle Fort are public areas and hence there is no legal basis for dispersing protesters.” “We urge you again to respect people’s freedom of speech and expression, including their right to dissent. Suppressing the people’s right to protest and dissent is not the solution to the current situation in the country, where the people are suffering from fuel shortages and other essentials.”

There is a severe economic crisis in Sri Lanka, leaving the country without fuel, cooking gas, and essential medicines, as well as substantially increasing the cost of living. The result has been widespread protests throughout the country this year. The SLC has essentially banned protests within its grounds this series, prohibiting spectators from bringing anti-government placards and banners into its venues; however, posters thanking Australia for touring were allowed.

Over 2.7 million guests will be welcomed by Etihad Airways this summer

Following a surge in demand for global travel, Etihad Airways and Abu Dhabi International Airport have prepared to welcome 2.7 million network passengers over the summer months. Abu Dhabi International Airport will welcome 1.4 million passengers, including 330,000 locals, with more than 1,100 departures per week across the network.

Over 2.7 million guests will be welcomed by Etihad Airways this summer

In recent weeks, Etih ad has seen a surge in bookings as travel recovers from the impact of the global pandemic. Due to the increased number of passengers during the summer holidays, Etihad has enhanced its operations internationally and locally to ensure a seamless airport and flight experience. Checking in online, submitting any COVID-19-related travel documents for prior approval, and arriving early at the airport are recommended.

An airborne hotel that never lands could carry 5,000 guests

Several people have been left stunned by a video showing an AI-piloted plane that would never land. Sky Cruise, designed by Hashem Al-Ghaili, is a flying hotel powered by 20 nuclear engines that can transport 5,000 passengers. Al-Ghaili calls the Sky Cruise aircraft the future of transport, explaining that conventional airlines will ferry passengers to Sky Cruise, which will never touch the ground and will even have all repairs carried out in flight.

An airborne hotel that never lands could carry 5,000 guests

When asked how many pilots it would take to fly the Sky Cruise, Al-Ghaili responded: “All this technology and you still want pilots? I believe it will be fully autonomous.” The concept of a flying hotel has baffled viewers. Although all that is good and well, the Sky Cruise would still require quite a few staff members because it would also have a huge shopping mall, as well as a swimming pool, gym, and cinema.

According to a video posted on YouTube by Al-Ghaili entitled Sky Cruise: A Futuristic Hotel Above the Clouds, the plane towers over normal-size aircraft and seems to be the ideal venue for an event. While a launch date of the flying hotel is yet to be announced, not everyone is keen on Al-Ghaili’s idea, with one person writing in the comment section below his video: Great idea putting a nuclear reactor in something that could malfunction and fall out of the sky.

12 dead, 260 injured in Aqaba crane failure which resulted in gas leakage

An explosion caused by a crane malfunction in the Aqaba Port on Monday led to the deaths of 12 people and the injuries of 260 others, including 123 who are currently in hospitals, according to the National Center for Security and Crisis Management (NCSCM) in Jordan. The unfortunate incident is one of the deadliest accidents to strike Jordan in the last few years. The accident happened when the crane tried to place the gas tank on a ship; however, it failed to move the tank all the way and dropped it halfway, causing a major explosion and a leak of poisonous gas. Authorities are doing everything they can to care for the sick and affected.

12 dead, 260 injured in Aqaba crane failure which resulted in gas leakage

The explosion of poisonous chlorine gas occurred at Aqaba, Jordan’s only port, after the crane malfunction, a senior health official said. “We advise citizens in Aqaba to stay indoors and close the windows. This gas is deadly,” Jamal Obeidat, head of Aqaba Health Department, told state television. Mr Obeidat said there could be more deaths linked to the disaster. This is the second disaster in Jordan in recent years. In 2018, a flash flood near the Dead Sea killed 21 people, mostly students on a school bus.

DOE delegation to explore Canadian clean energy opportunities

The Abu Dhabi Department of Energy (DoE) visited Canada to meet with senior government officials and stakeholders in the Canadian energy sector. Awaidha Murshed Al Marar, the DoE Chairman, led the delegation that includes Ahmed Mohamed Al Rumaithi, DoE’s Under-Secretary, and members from various divisions in the department, to highlight Abu Dhabi’s success with promoting energy efficiency and sustainability, as well as discuss opportunities for collaboration in energy efficiency and advanced clean energy technology.As the UAE prepares to host the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) of the United Nations on climate change next year at Expo City Dubai, the UAE delegation is visiting Canada. Among the conference’s key topics are maintaining climate commitments, ensuring inclusion for all, and collaborating on practical solutions to overcome challenges and seize opportunities. This will ensure a sustainable future for present and future generations.

DOE delegation to explore Canadian clean energy opportunities

DoE delegation was joined by UAE Ambassador to Canada, Fahad Saeed Mohammed Al Raqbani during day one. A visit to Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) was also on the agenda, where the delegates met with Mollie Johnson, Assistant Deputy Minister of the Department of Natural Resources of Canada, to discuss the roles and responsibilities of the various parties. Johnson also reviewed past and current energy efficiency initiatives in Canada, lessons learned in that regard, and the Federal Government’s strategy to support research and development in the energy sector.

Later, the delegation visited the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, where they met with the Commission’s Vice-President, Peter Elder, and Caroline Ducros, Director of SMR Technologies, who explained the commission’s role and responsibilities, as well as the regulatory frameworks for SMR reactors in Canada in general. DoE delegation showcased Abu Dhabi’s pioneering potential in the energy and clean energy sectors.

DoE visitors then visited the Energy Council of Canada, where they learned about the Canadian Energy and Climate 101 program and the role that the Council plays. A visit to the Canadian Nuclear Association focused on SMRs concluded the day. The delegation met with the Ontario Energy Board to talk about energy market reform and liberalization, as well as its challenges and solutions. Howard Shearer, CEO of Hitachi Canada, hosted the delegates for dinner. This was after a long day of meetings with the Independent Electricity System Operator and the Ministry of Energy of Ontario. Following the visit to Darlington, the delegation toured the Darlington Nuclear Mock-up Training Facility and met with Brian Fehrenbach, Director of Business Development at the Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI).

The purpose of the visit is to enhance collaboration under the Memorandum of Understanding between DoE and Ministry of Trade and Export Development signed in May 2022, which aims to establish a general framework for cooperation between the two organizations on sustainable energy and CCUS; hydrogen; SMRs, and research and development of cutting-edge and innovative technologies.

As part of the trip, the delegation visited Regina, Saskatchewan, and met with the Honorable Jim Reiter, Minister of Energy and Resources. In addition, the delegation met with the Honorable Dana Skoropad, Minister of Environment. The session was followed by an Energy Innovation Roundtable featuring the Petroleum Technology Research Centre, the Saskatchewan Resources Council, and the International CCS Knowledge Centre. Various topics were discussed, including carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS), hydrogen, small modular reactors (SMRs), and other low carbon opportunities like fuel from waste.

A meeting between DoE officials and Petro Nakutnyy, Director of Operations, followed before the Government of Saskatchewan Collaboration Dinner where delegates joined prominent Saskatchewan officials, including the Honourable Scott Moe, Premier, and the Honorable Jeremy Harrison, Minister of Trade and Export.

As part of the CCUS field tour, an overview of the world’s first fully integrated post-combustion CCS project, the Aquistore CO2 storage project, Whitecap Resource’s carbon dioxide enhanced oil recovery (CO2 EOR) unit, and security at Boundary Dam Power Station were included.

Earthquake of magnitude 5.1 rocks the Kermadec Islands in New Zealand

The Kermadec Islands northeast of New Zealand’s north island were rattled by a 5.1 magnitude earthquake , although there have been no immediate reports of damage or casualties. Euro-Mediterranean SeismoloEarthquake of magnitude 5.1 rocks the Kermadec Islands in New Zealandgical Centre reported that the epicenter of the earthquake sat at a depth of ten kilometers beneath the surface of the ocean.

Earthquake of magnitude 5.1 rocks the Kermadec Islands in New Zealand

There is a subduction zone between the Kermadec Plate and the Tongan Plate which runs east of the Kermadec Islands and marks the boundary between the Australian and Pacific Plates. The convergent boundary is the point where the denser Pacific Plate subducts or dives beneath the less dense Australian Plate. The Alpine Fault runs along the country’s South Island and it has a history of sudden movements.

Scientists studying the lakes and old-growth forests in the foothills of the Southern Alps fear a great earthquake, one of the biggest in New Zealand’s modern history, is due. This is because the snow-capped Southern Alps that straddle the South Island of New Zealand are ancient reminders of its turbulent history.

For millions of years, the shifting Australian and Pacific tectonic plates below have been pushing together, buckling, breaking the ground and moulding this mountain range. Where the two plates meet on land is known as the Alpine Fault. An 850-kilometre seam in the Earth’s crust that traces an almost perfect path along the western foothills of the alps. Near Milford Sound, the fault has left visible scars that cut through the landscape.

Gaunt Creek is located at the northern end of the fault line. A seam of the Alpine Fault is visible there. These are just a few examples of the huge disturbances that shaped this land. It is estimated that the plates move 2-3 centimeters per year. While that may sound slow, it’s a blistering rate for geological time. A powerful earthquake will occur when these plates move again, according to scientists.

Abu Dhabi creates sporting history by securing Cowes Week sailing regatta 2023

MENA Newswire: Abu Dhabi has created sporting history by attracting the sailing regatta Cowes Week to its shores in January 2023, consolidating its position as the Middle East’s sports capital. Since 1826, Cowes week has been a permanent fixture in the British sporting summer calendar, making it one of the oldest and most successful sporting events in the world. This international regatta now hosts up to 40 daily races for around 750 boats, making it the largest of its kind in the world.

Abu Dhabi creates sporting history by securing Cowes Week sailing regatta 2023

The event offers a great mix of sailing competitions and social activities. Over 8,500 competitors compete in this event, including Olympic and world-class professionals as well as weekend sailors. The event attracts more than 100,000 spectators and supporters who watch the sailing teams, enjoy the parties and entertainment, and experience the unique atmosphere. This is a truly unique experience. It is also covered by international media.

The initiative was officially announced yesterday evening at the Grand Gyatt Hotel in Abu Dhabi by Khalid Al Mutawa, Chairman of Z Zone Events LLC. He stated, “We are delighted to host this prestigious sporting event in Abu Dhabi next year and will welcome international sailors from around the world to compete in Abu Dhabi. This event will provide local and regional sailors with an ideal opportunity to compete with the best in the world.”

“While Cowes Week has been around for almost 200 years, it is only recently that it has been organized by a single body and will take place outside of the UK for the first time ever in 2023,” said Al Mutawa. “In addition to showcasing UAE’s sporting attractions to the world, the event will also make Abu Dhabi’s tourism attractions more accessible. The week-long carnival is expected to generate around 25,000 room nights in Abu Dhabi during January 2023 and we plan to make this a permanent fixture.”

Laurence Mead, Cowes Week Regatta Director said: “We are delighted to partner with Z Zone Events LLC and bring the Cowes Week Regatta to Abu Dhabi and encourage the participation of more sailors. We will have eight competitive races during the Abu Dhabi event together with an eclectic mix of racing and festivities, a 196-year-old tradition that is as much about having fun with your friends as it is about hard-core racing. Enter for a week or just for a few days, there are trophies to win every day and parties every night.”

Cowes Combined Clubs (CCC) run the racing as a single organization. CCC has 9 members: 8 yacht clubs and the Cowes Town Regatta committee. Cowes Week Ltd (wholly owned by CCC) was formed to provide a single management board for the event with overall responsibility for policy decisions and determining strategic direction. This ensures that the business operation of both the shore-side and racing elements are managed in a more streamlined way. CWL is serviced on a day to day basis by the Management Team, with input from the committee structure.

Clean Ocean campaign to be promoted by UAE initiatives – HE Almheiri

MENA Newswire: Her Excellency HE Mariam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Almheiri, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment addressed a packed gathering of environmentalists, ecologists, ocean explorers, researchers, marine biologists, public and private sector officials and members of the media at the Global Marine Sustainability Forum held at Abu Dhabi’s Grand Hyatt Hotel yesterday evening. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Environment for the Democratic Republic of Congo, Her Excellency Eve Bazaiba Masudi, delivered the keynote address, along with UN Under-Secretary-General UNECA, Vera Songwe.

Clean Ocean campaign to be promoted by UAE initiatives – HE Almheiri

Speaking at the event, HE Almheiri said, “The pollution of our oceans is now reaching alarming levels through the release of toxic chemicals and plastic waste. These materials stay centuries-long in the sea, and create a harmful ecocycle – from the mouth of fish to the stomach of humans. We are undertaking a series of initiatives to promote the Clean Ocean campaign in our Global Marine Sustainability Week to raise the awareness of these issues.”

HE Almheiri added that the oceans, which provide livelihoods for hundreds of millions of people worldwide and hold a great deal of biodiversity, are facing increasing threats. She underlined the significance of coordinated international efforts to develop and implement sustainable solutions to achieve Goal 14 – Life Below Water of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and embraced public-private partnerships.

Furthermore, she highlighted the various measures implemented in the UAE to protect its marine environment. These measures include regulating fishing activities, expanding the aquaculture industry, establishing marine protected areas, combating marine pollution, and rehabilitating impacted marine areas. These measures have all contributed to strengthening the resilience of the UAE’s marine environment.

HE Almheiri is leading the UAE’s drive to minimize and respond to the impact of climate change and preserve the country’s ecosystems. Additionally, she underscored the UAE’s commitment to planting 100 million mangroves by 2030 as part of its efforts to expand its mangrove cover. Originally it was agreed to plant 30 million saline-tolerant trees by 2030, in its second Nationally Determined Contribution under the Paris Agreement.

HE Bazaiba in her remarks said: “The DRC offers abundant natural resources, rich ecosystems, enormous expanses of vegetation and substantial water resources. The Congo Basin forest is regarded as the second green lung of the world after the Amazon in Latin America, but it is endangered by destructive human actions.”

“While we continue to be extremely worried about deforestation’s dangers, we are utilizing various methods and encouraging our next generation that has the power to make the world a better place for us all. “If we can get a majority of young people in the DRC to plant trees, we are going to stop deforestation.” HE Bazaiba stressed.

“In order to find solutions for today’s problems and move towards a more sustainable and effective future, she called on the private sector to provide solutions and participate actively in climate and environmental causes. It is our expectation that change will come from partnerships and coordinated and converted efforts,” HE Bazaiba said.

Khalid Seddiq Al Mutawa, Chairman of the Executive Committee, announced the launch of a comprehensive awareness campaign under the Global Mission theme designed to initiate a series of public-private partnerships under the Global Initiative for Marine Sustainability. From the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, we have been working closely with the United Nations. We have provided numerous solutions to meet the 17 Sustainable Development Goals through international collaboration with UN organizations and governments,” remarked Mr Al Mutawa.

Oceans and seas are vital to life on earth. They cover 70 percent of our planet, and humans rely on them for food, energy, and water. Nevertheless, we have caused enormous damage to these resources. By eradicating pollution and overfishing, we can protect all marine life around the world and begin managing it responsibly.

President El-Sisi opens first Africa Health ExCon medical expo and conference

At the Al Manara International Conference Center in New Cairo, Egyptian President Abdel Fatah El-Sisi inaugurated the first Africa Health ExCon medical exhibition and conference in the continent. In addition to more than 400 members of the healthcare chamber, the organization also includes several international and national companies operating in the medical sector, as well ass well as the Egyptian Authority for Unified Procurement, Medical Supply and Technology Management (AUPP) and the Arab Hospitals Federation.

President El-Sisi opens first Africa Health ExCon medical expo and conference

Under the theme, Your Gate to Innovation and Trade, the 1st Africa Health Summit creates a hub for international trade and investment into the African continent as well as serving as the largest platform of sustainable cooperation in the health sphere, allowing participants to exchange views and expertise, as well as to come up with solutions to health-related issues across the continent.

Apple unveils all-new MacBook Air, powered by the new M2 chip

Apple today introduced a completely redesigned MacBook Air and an updated 13-inch MacBook Pro, both powered by the new M2 chip which takes the breakthrough performance and capabilities of M1 even further. MacBook Air takes everything users love about the world’s best-selling laptop to the next level. With an all-new, strikingly thin design and even more performance, MacBook Air also features a larger 13.6-inch Liquid Retina display, a 1080p FaceTime HD camera, four-speaker sound system, up to 18 hours of battery life, and MagSafe charging.

Apple unveils all-new MacBook Air, powered by the new M2 chip

It is now available in four finishes silver, space gray, midnight, and starlight. M2 also comes to the 13-inch MacBook Pro, the world’s second best-selling laptop delivering incredible performance, up to 24GB of unified memory, ProRes acceleration, and up to 20 hours of battery life, all in a compact design. The new MacBook Air and updated 13-inch MacBook Pro join the even more powerful 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro with M1 Pro and M1 Max to round out the strongest lineup of Mac notebooks ever offered. Both laptops will be available next month.

M2 starts the second generation of Apple’s M-series chips and extends the remarkable features of M1. With industry-leading power efficiency, a unified memory architecture, and custom technologies, this new chip brings even more performance and capabilities to Apple’s most popular Mac notebooks the MacBook Air and the 13-inch MacBook Pro.

M2 features a next-generation 8-core CPU with advancements in both performance and efficiency cores, along with Apple’s next-generation GPU, which now has up to 10 cores two more than M1. M2 delivers 100GB/s of unified memory bandwidth and supports up to 24GB of fast unified memory, so it can handle even larger and more complex workloads with ease. Designed to dramatically speed up video workflows, M2 also adds a next-generation media engine and a powerful ProRes video engine for hardware-accelerated encode and decode, so systems with M2 will be able to play back more streams of 4K and 8K video than before.

Built from the ground up around M2, MacBook Air has an entirely new design that is remarkably thin from every angle. It measures just 11.3 mm thin and is only 2.7 pounds, and features a durable, all-aluminum unibody enclosure that feels incredibly solid and is built to last. This thin and light design integrates its components so efficiently that it results in an astonishing 20 percent reduction in volume. With the power efficiency of M2, all of the capabilities of MacBook Air are built into a silent, fanless design. In addition to silver and space gray, MacBook Air is now available in two new finishes — midnight and starlight.

MagSafe returns to MacBook Air, giving users a dedicated charging port that is easy to connect, while protecting MacBook Air when it is plugged in by quickly releasing if the charging cable is accidentally pulled. MacBook Air also features two Thunderbolt ports for connecting a variety of accessories, and a 3.5 mm audio jack with support for high-impedance headphones. Additionally, the Magic Keyboard features a full-height function row with Touch ID, and a spacious, industry-leading Force Touch trackpad.

The new MacBook Air features a gorgeous 13.6-inch Liquid Retina display, which has been expanded closer to the sides and up around the camera to make room for the menu bar. The result is a larger display with much thinner borders, giving users more screen real estate to view their content in brilliant detail. At 500 nits of brightness, it is also 25 percent brighter than before. In addition, the new display now supports 1 billion colors, so photos and movies look incredibly vibrant.

MacBook Air includes a new 1080p FaceTime HD camera with a larger image sensor and more efficient pixels that deliver twice the resolution and low-light performance of the previous generation. Combined with the processing power of the advanced image signal processor on M2, users will look great on video calls.

MacBook Air also features a four-speaker sound system. To fit inside such a thin design, the speakers and mics are completely integrated between the keyboard and display all while delivering an even better audio experience. A three-mic array captures clean audio using advanced beam-forming algorithms, while the speakers produce improved stereo separation and vocal clarity. MacBook Air also supports immersive Spatial Audio for music and movies with Dolby Atmos. For intensive workloads like editing complex timelines in Final Cut Pro, performance is nearly 40 percent faster than the previous generation, and up to 15x faster for customers that haven’t upgraded to Apple silicon.

Applying filters and effects in apps like Adobe Photoshop is up to 20 percent faster than before, and up to 5x faster for customers that haven’t yet upgraded to Apple silicon. And even with a larger display and increased performance, MacBook Air delivers the same great, all-day battery life as before, with up to 18 hours of video playback. MacBook Air offers a number of charging options, including an all-new 35W compact power adapter with two USB-C ports, so users can charge two devices at once. And for the first time, MacBook Air supports fast charge for charging up to 50 percent in just 30 minutes with an optional 67W USB-C power adapter.

Users love the performance the 13-inch MacBook Pro delivers in its compact design. Now with M2, Apple’s most portable pro notebook gets even more capabilities in the same great form factor. With a faster 8-core CPU and 10-core GPU, working with RAW images in apps like Affinity Photo is nearly 40 percent faster than the previous generation, and up to 3.4x faster for users who are upgrading from a model without Apple silicon.

Playing graphics-intensive games like Baldur’s Gate 3 is also nearly 40 percent faster than the previous 13-inch MacBook Pro, and up to 3.3x faster for customers upgrading from a model without Apple silicon. With an active cooling system, the 13-inch MacBook Pro is designed to sustain its pro performance. Thanks to M2, the 13-inch MacBook Pro also supports up to 24GB of unified memory along with 50 percent more memory bandwidth making multitasking and working with large assets super fluid.

With support for ProRes encode and decode in the media engine of M2, users can play back up to 11 streams of 4K and up to two streams of 8K ProRes video. And they can convert their video projects to ProRes nearly 3x faster than before. With macOS Monterey and Apple silicon, MacBook Air and the 13-inch MacBook Pro deliver even more performance and productivity for users. Continuity tools like Universal Control make it easy for users to work effortlessly across Mac and iPad, while AirPlay to Mac enables users to play just about anything from their iPhone or iPad right to their Mac’s stunning Retina display. FaceTime includes audio and video features, including Portrait mode and Spatial Audio that make calls feel more natural and lifelike, while SharePlay enables Mac users to have shared experiences through FaceTime.

Live Text and Visual Look Up use intelligence to surface useful information, Safari includes powerful tab organization with Tab Groups, and Shortcuts brings the ease of automation to the Mac. macOS Ventura, coming this fall, will also take full advantage of M2, delivering new features including Stage Manager, and powerful new capabilities with Continuity Camera and Handoff coming to FaceTime. macOS Ventura also includes big updates to Safari, Mail, Messages, Spotlight, and more.

Both the new MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro minimize their impact on the environment, now using 100 percent recycled rare earth elements in the enclosure magnets. MacBook Air uses 100 percent recycled aluminum in its enclosure and is the first Apple product to use certified recycled steel. Both products meet Apple’s high standards for energy efficiency, are free of numerous harmful substances, and use wood fiber in the packaging that comes from responsibly managed forests.

Today, Apple is carbon neutral for global corporate operations, and by 2030, plans to have net-zero climate impact across the entire business, which includes manufacturing supply chains and all product life cycles. This means that every Mac Apple creates, from design to manufacturing, will be 100 percent carbon neutral.

The all-new MacBook Air and updated 13-inch MacBook Pro will be available online and in the Apple Store app. They will begin arriving to customers, and will be in select Apple Store locations and Apple Authorized Resellers, next month. MacBook Air with M2 starts at AED 4,999 and AED 4,579 for education. Additional technical specifications are available here. The 13-inch MacBook Pro with M2 starts at AED 5,499 and AED 5,079 for education. Additional technical specifications are available here.

Additional technical specifications and details on Apple accessories including the 30W USB-C Power Adapter for AED 149, 35W Dual USB-C Port Compact Power Adapter for AED 229, 35W Dual USB-C Port Power Adapter for AED 229 compatible with the World Travel Adapter Kit for AED 119, and the 67W USB-C Power Adapter for AED 229 are available online. The 35W Dual USB-C Port Compact Power Adapter is available to customers in Canada, China, Japan, Mexico, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, and the US.

Every customer who buys a Mac from Apple can enjoy a free Online Personal Session with an Apple Specialist, get their product set up in select stores including help with data transfer, and receive guidance on how to make their new Mac work the way they want. With Apple Trade In, customers can trade in their current computer and get credit toward a new Mac. Customers can visit the site to see what their device is worth.

Johnny Depp wins $15 million in defamation case against Amber Heard

Amber Heard was found guilty by a seven-member jury of libelous defamation for her remarks regarding domestic violence in a Washington Post op-ed in 2018, and she was sentenced to pay $15 million dollars in damages. In the jury’s verdict, each of the three statements in Heard’s op-ed defamed Johnny Depp. The Fairfax County Courthouse clerk announced the jury’s verdict. Additionally, the jury concluded Heard had acted with actual malice, meaning she knew her statements were false at the time she made them.

Johnny Depp wins $15 million in defamation case against Amber Heard

As the jury deliberated in Fairfax County, the attorneys gathered at the courthouse. Depp was not present and watched the proceedings from the United Kingdom. Heard was awaiting a verdict in Virginia, where she attended court. Depp has been performing at concerts in the United Kingdom. On Friday afternoon, a jury made up of five men and two women began deliberating whether Heard or Depp defamed each other in statements made about their relationship. In March 2019, Depp filed the $50 million lawsuit against his ex-wife, alleging that she had implicitly accused him of domestic violence in an op-ed in the Washington Post published in December 2018.

She referred to herself as a public figure representing domestic abuse, and spoke about the backlash that she had received for speaking out. Despite not mentioning Depp by name, he argued that the op-ed had a devastating effect on his career regardless. Her countersuit against Depp was filed in August 2020. In it, she alleged that his lawyer, Adam Waldman, had defamed her by accusing her and her friends of staging an abuse hoax. She testified that she has been harassed and threatened on social media daily since telling her story against Depp, and that her career has suffered as a result.

Over the six-week trial, the two sides presented dramatically different versions of reality. Depp alleged that Heard was the real abuser, and that she had a need for violence. He acknowledged that the couple had arguments, but denied ever hitting Heard. The jurors heard from more than 60 witnesses, including the couple’s friends, relatives, employees, agents, doctors and therapists. The two sides presented conflicting expert testimony on psychiatry and social media analysis, as well as photographs, audio clips of the couple’s arguments, and numerous emails and text messages.

Depp’s attorney, Camille Vasquez, has thanked the jury and believes the verdict confirms that the claims against Johnny Depp are defamatory and unsupported by any evidence. Another Depp attorney, Benjamin Chew, said the Depp team was “most pleased that the trial has resonated with so many people in the public who value truth and justice. Now that the jury has reached its conclusive verdict, it’s time to turn the page and look to the future,” he concluded.
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