Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Wind-Down Wednesday and Smoking Shows on Nightline

Here they are 2 very different Nightline programs.

In hour 1 it was all about Indie music in the Middle East and we had a chance to listen to 4 bands.

1 - Mashrou Leila - Wa Nueid (We Repeat) (Album: Raqasuk - ‘We Made You Dance’)

Good story here - raised $66kUSD in a crowdsource activity to promote their album and tour it and do records, launches tonight in the Music Hall. They were on Bassem Youssef (Egyptian Jon Stewart).

2 - Maii & Zeid -  Mesh Men Hana (I’m Not From Here)
Zeid Hamdan is no stranger to collaborations. Through his past work with Soap Kills (one of the region’s earliest indie rock bands) and a multitude of other projects he has cemented a role for himself as a musical instigator on the underground Lebanese scene. On this record, he collaborates with Egyptian singer/songwriter Maii Waleed.

Collaborations between two stand-alone artists can be tricky. Luckily, this record proves otherwise. 'Moga' beautifully intertwines the best qualities of both artists into one of the more fresh-sounding releases to come out of the region in recent times.

Think PJ Harvey or Blonde Redhead, only in Arabic! 'Moga' is probably the most accomplished “indie rock/pop” (as in the genre) when it comes to creating a unique sound attributed to the region’s indie efforts. Zeid’s genius lies in his ability to produce melodies that fuse so many elements – indie rock, new wave, electro, shoegaze – into a rather homogenous mix encapsulating Maii’s intimate vocals perfectly.

Title track 'Moga', is akin to an electronic lullaby. Waleed’s voice is simply haunting on this track, and bounces off precisely against the minimalist synth backdrop. 'Hasafer B’eed' exudes an edgier cut reminiscent of the grunge era. There is variation of styles and genres on the album, which is also packed with delicate surprises. Songs such as 'Eswad Ramadi', a gorgeous rich ballad with very catchy pop undertones and 'Warda w Nahla', a captivating, waltz-y down tempo number, which quickly transforms into an experimental electronic piece, really take center-stage and shine.

'Moga' is a completely thought-provoking record in its musical ambition and stylistic direction. A release like this only signifies another (exciting and collaborative!) triumph for the underground music scene in the region. We are definitely spinning this again and again.

3 - The Relocators - I’m Afraid of Things Like You

5 - Nikotin - Decide

Smoking is a big issue and the UAE is making it harder to buy and sell tobacco.

We asked if you are are going to give up the habit and what about youth?

Here are the show notes.

Are you a smoker, a friend or a family member a smoker? What will it take to get people to butt out?

-how do you discourage people?
-how did you quit

Residents in the emirate – both smokers and non-smokers — have welcomed the passing of the anti-tobacco law but some feel the January enforcement is too long.
“This is very good news... but they need to do it as soon as possible,” said Farida Ahmad Siddiqui, from Canada. The social activist was the 2007 recipient of the Abu Dhabi Awards.
Farida Ahmad Siddiqui
The 65-year old is a vocal supporter of non-smoking and has been campaigning for years about its bad effects especially at schools.
She said that in her residence area in Khalidiya, she often sees group of teenagers smoking while sitting on the footpath “hiding behind cars”.
“The grocery shops around the corner, they should not sell cigarettes at all,” she stressed.
She said that on many occasions, she complained to the municipality about smoking in one of the nearby coffee shops but nothing has been done about it.
“It is a very small coffee shop and they are blowing smoke to the poor waitresses,” she pointed out.
To make enforcement effective, she suggested having plainclothes officials to patrol areas “to catch” and issue fines. Norman Manalo from the Philippines, a smoker, also said that the six-month wait enforcement is a long time as this further prolongs the problem of smoking in public.
“They’ve already passed the law, why wait?” he asked.
Norman Manalo
He said he smokes in public because nothing deters him yet, however, he was hopeful that with the anti-tobacco law, he would be compelled to limit and eventually quit the habit.
“In Mussafah, I see guys smoking in public and they leave the cigarette butts where they sit and smoke. It would be ideal if there is a smoking facility, like a booth, erected in public places,” Manalo said.  
The anti-tobacco law, which was approved by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in the Cabinet’s Resolution No. 24 issued on July 21, covers the sale and usage of cigarettes. It will come into effect six months from the date of issuance.
The law bans smoking in vehicles if a child younger than 12 years is present, any content that advertises tobacco products, importation of tobacco products that are not in line with technical standards set by the UAE and forbids growing or producing tobacco for commercial purposes. Current manufacturing plants were given a 10-year grace period while tobacco farms two years to abide by the law.
The law also aims to reduce smoking among youth. According to the law, tobacco products cannot be displayed near items marketed for children or sportswear, health, food and electronic products. Tobacco products are also forbidden to be sold within 100 metres of places of worship, and 15 metres of kindergartens, schools, universities and colleges.
Shisha cafes will also have to be at least 150 metres away from residential areas and should operate from 10am to 12pm. Shishas will not be served to customers younger than 18 years, and the cafes will be forbidden from delivering shishas to apartments.
The law also provides specifications on the packaging of tobacco products with a large warning label on the front to raise awareness on the dangers of tobacco.
Violators will be fined Dh100,000 to Dh1 million, and the fines can be doubled if the offence is repeated.
“The regulations are part of the government’s efforts to establish an effective national anti-tobacco strategy to protect public health,” state news agency Wam reported on Tuesday. “I definitely support this. Any adult should not smoke when their child is in the car,” said Maetaze Agha, a marketing manager from the US.
He said more campaigns should be carried out about the dangers of smoking to one’s health in order to influence smokers to quit.
He suggested feature shows screened at malls during the weekend, as well as, the use of broadcast media.
Janna Berezikova has stopped smoking two months ago and commended the resolution on smoking. “I have been smoking for a very long time and I said enough. This is affecting my body, face, skin and health. I realised when I stopped that I feel much better than before.”
The sales consultant from Russia admitted she has never liked the smell of smoke even when she was smoking.
According to the World Health Organisation, tobacco use remains a major cause of many of the world’s top killer diseases, including cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive lung disease and lung cancer. In total, tobacco use is responsible for the death of about one in 10 adults worldwide. Smoking is often the hidden cause of the disease recorded as responsible for death.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

August 27 Doc and Med Talk

In this episode of Nightline we talk medicine in hour 1 and then we move on to technology!

First up are Dr Shereen Habib of the Well Woman Clinic and Dr Sean Petherbridge of Keith Nicholl Medical Centre.

Next Andrew Thomas the MD at Nexa, , joins us to talk tech!

1. Balmer Good, Bad, No real issue?

2. Jawbone UP fitness band

Nice comparison review

been wearing the nike fuel band for 2 weeks now, having to adjust my daily goal for Dubai

3. portable speaker (turns any surface into a speaker)
PowerPod360 Vibrational Speaker

4. Tumblr/twitter?

Tumblr was nearly as busy as Twitter during MTV's Video Music Awards on Sunday when it came to the sheer number of content contributors, per Union Metrics, a company that offers analytics for both platforms.
The San Francisco tech firm says 1.1 million Tumblr users posted content with VMA-related keywords yesterday, while 1.3 million folks on Twitter did the same. Those figures may surprise marketers who view Twitter as the dominant, social-media companion for TV watchers.

5. beware of over sharing on social media!
If there’s one neologism that encapsulates the weird dynamics of our modern techno-society, it has to be “oversharing,” with its strange combination of cloying therapy-speak (“sharing is caring!”) and dismissive disinterest, all wrapped up in a euphemistic gerund: truly, an awkward word for an awkward age.

6. Intel Toshiba power in side videos on youtube, 2nd instalment is up!


Monday, August 26, 2013

CarTalk and Bottled Water

Nightline's highly anticipated informative and entertaining automotive show was back and there was nothing out of bounds! We even had a chat about energy drinks.

Bottled water is one of those sleeper issues in the UAE. The issue is not bottled water itself but the price and the fact that a hotel can charge 22 Dhs for a bottle of water that can be bought at the grocery store for 90 Fils! Why?
Here are the notes we used to talk about the issue.
About 22 billion liters of water are consumed outside theircountry of origin.In the USA about 3% of bottled water is imported, a quantitygrowing at 20% per year.

Global about 160 Billion Liters a year, Growing at 10% per annumAmericans spent an estimated $11 billion last year drinking 31.4 billionliters of bottled water.That means the average American consumed almost 106 liters of Dasani,Aquafina, Evian and hundreds of other brands --more than any othercommercial beverage except soda.More than milk.More than coffee.More than beer.Average Price of $1.80 per liter (premium imports up to $6 per liter).Three times the cost of gasolinePerhaps 1,000 times the cost of tap water?Each year, about 2 million tons of PET bottles end up in landfills in theUnited States.

In 2006 the big fourmultinational bottledwater companies
spent $37.34 billionon advertising and marketing.


Fiji Water
Filtered through untouched virgin tropical volcanic rainforest, 3,000miles from the nearest city.1200 jobs for

But manufacture andtransport of one liter of
Fijiwater to the USA uses 81gof fossil fuels, 720g of water, and emits 153g of green
house gasses

Great stats

Dubai: Food outlets and restaurants in the UAE are charging exorbitant amounts for bottled water as the government price caps are applicable only to groceries and supermarkets.
While the cost of a small bottle of water costs 90 fils in supermarkets, the price in restaurants can be from Dh8 to Dh22, a Gulf News survey found. The big difference was also found in the prices of soft drinks – a Dh1 drink in a supermarket was Dh20 in high-end restaurants in Dubai.
Abdul Aziz Bin Hathboor, Director of Consumer Protection at the Department of Economic Development (DED) in Dubai said the Ministry of Economy’s price cap is not applicable to cafeterias and restaurants. He said supermarkets and groceries are penalised for overcharging or violating the ministry-approved price list.
“Cafeterias and restaurants are service providers and the consumer has the choice to accept the prices specified in their menus, which the consumer should check before placing an order” Bin Hathboor said.
But Dr Hashim Al Nuaimi, Director of Consumer Protection Department at the Ministry of Economy, said the huge difference in prices should not be allowed and the Supreme Committee for Consumer Protection would intervene if complaints are raised.
The price variation in dining establishments is, however, linked to several factors, said Dr Al Nuaimi. Depending on the location, rent, and the year at which the prices were issued and approved, prices tend to vary, he added.
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He added that the Supreme Committee for Consumer Protection reviews all submitted proposals. Dr Al Nuaimi also said that specific factors play a role in the price range of products, which include the location of the restaurant and its rent.
A small variation in prices of the same or similar products, such as water, can also be seen in the market as the year in which prices were fixed for each restaurant vary, added Dr Al Nuaimi.
Year-round campaign
In efforts to control price increases of food and drink, the ministry has launched a year-round campaign to monitor prices. Mohammad Ahmad Bin Abdul Aziz Al Shehi, Undersecretary, Ministry of Economy, pointed out that a special team is working in cooperation with Dubai Municipality and development departments to launch regular campaigns to regulate prices. The campaigns also aim to guarantee consumer rights.
The Commercial Compliance and Consumer Protection sector in the Department of Economic Development has established guidelines to resolve consumer complaints.
Consumers can submit their complaints by calling Ahlan Dubai on 600 54 5555.
Price check
Prices for a bottle of water
500ml: Prices range from 90 fils to Dh22
Supermarkets: Prices range between 75 fils to Dh1
Fast-food joints: Prices range from Dh1 to Dh4
Restaurants and cafes: Prices range from Dh5 to Dh20
Hotels: Prices range from Dh15 to Dh18
1.5 litre: Prices range from Dh1.50 to Dh35
Supermarkets: Prices range from Dh1.50 to Dh2
Fast-food joints: (Small bottles only)
Restaurants and cafes: Prices range from Dh12 to Dh15
Hotels: Prices range from Dh25 to Dh35

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Nightline is Back August 25th

Nightline is back with 2 hours of talk.

Hour 1 was GetFit radio with Marcus Smith of

Hour 2 we talked traffic!