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When is Eid al-Fitr this year?

Al Jazeera

The first day of Eid Al Fitr is expected to fall on Friday, June 15, in most Islamic countries, according to the International Astronomical Centre (IAC), including Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Libya, Egypt, Kuwait and Qatar. The official announcement depends on the moon sighting, if the new moon can be seen on June 14, then Ramadan will end on Thursday and Friday will be the first day of Eid. The International Astronomical Center expects the crescent moon to be visible from all Islamic countries with the naked eye or through a telescope on the night of June 14. Official Eid announcements are usually made within two hours from sunset because when the moon is new, it rises and sets with the sun (or within an hour). According to the IAC this year, the crescent is expected to rise 49 minutes after sunset in Rabat, 46 minutes after sunset in Mogadishu, Khartoum, Tripoli and Algeria, 45 minutes in Djibouti and Tunisia, 44 minutes in Sanaa, 43 minutes in Cairo, 42 minutes in Riyadh, Amman and Jerusalem, 41 minutes in Beirut, Doha, Damascus, Manama and Abu Dhabi, and 40 minutes in Baghdad, Kuwait and Muscat.


Lenovo offers surveillance security solutions at Intersec 2020

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Video surveillance systems are evolving and are using artificial intelligence (AI) to inspect and analyse video footage, interpret patterns and flag unusual activity. Lenovo DCG and Pivot3 provide a state-of-the-art upgraded infrastructure solutions that aim to enhance current technology required to support these systems rather than entrusting the preservation of crucial data to outdated NVR technology. Commenting on the partnership, Dr. Chris Cooper, General Manager for Lenovo DCG, Middle East, Turkey and Africa, said, "We are delighted to showcase our partnership with Pivot3 at one the world's leading technology trade shows. The Middle East is exhibiting tremendous growth in terms of adopting smart solutions. The UAE in particular is investing heavily in implementing the latest innovations in their technological infrastructure; therefore, we see great potential from our partnership with Pivot3 as we work together to supply the appetite for next generation computing products and services."


Artificial intelligence to add $182bln to UAE's economy by 2035

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"The level of growth that AI stands to bring to the UAE's economy is unparalleled. The nation's leaders already understand the impact of this powerful technology, evidenced by the appointment of the first Minister of AI last year. While AI-led growth will be felt across a wide variety of industries, the financial services sector has the most to gain -- which isn't surprising, given that many of its jobs can be significantly augmented with AI and machine learning. In addition, Accenture reports have already shown that banking executives globally are taking action to transform their businesses through the use of AI," said Amr El Saadani, managing director of Accenture's Financial Services practice in the Middle East and Turkey. The report identifies five key strategies for policy makers to consider when looking to implement AI: growing the local talent pipeline using AI; advocating for a code of ethics for AI; becoming the global testbed for social AI; preparing the next generation of workers for the AI future; and minimising the impact of labour market dislocation.


Counting Americans: A new Mideast box on census is sensitive

Associated Press

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Zahraa Ballout isn't "white," and she certainly isn't "some other race." If the government gives her the choice of checking a new "Middle East/North Africa" box on a census form, would she?


Counting Americans: A new Mideast box on census is sensitive

Associated Press

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Zahraa Ballout isn't "white," and she certainly isn't "some other race." If the government gives her the choice of checking a new "Middle East/North Africa" box on a census form, would she?