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London buses to be powered by coffee

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 10:48

Waste coffee grounds will be used to help power London buses from Monday. A biofuel created by blending oil extracted from coffee waste with diesel is to be added to the public transport food supply. Bio-bean claims it has produced enough coffee oil to power 1 bus for a whole year (essentially 2.55 million cups of coffee.) This isn’t an unrealistic achievement as it is estimated Londoners generate 200 000 tonnes of coffee waste a year which is equivalent to powering 336 busses for the year.


Study finds dog owners lowers early death risk

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 10:40

Researchers from Uppsala University in Sweden found that single dog owners had a 33% reduction in risk of death and 11% reduction in risk of heart attack compared to single non-owners. The study was published online 17th November 2017 and according to the senior author of the study has some limitations.


Alcohol ban for US troops in Okinawa Japan

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 10:39

The US Military has banned its troops stationed in Japan from drinking alcohol and from leaving its base following a suspected drunk driving related crash on Okinawa island. On Sunday, a US soldier crashed his truck into a minivan, killing the local driver of the other vehicle.

In a statement, the US military confirmed that one of their service members was involved in the accident and said that “alcohol may have been a factor”.The military also announced, “mandatory training to address responsible alcohol use, risk management and acceptable behavior” for all its troops across Japan.


Mugabe faces resignation deadline from own party

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 10:35

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe is facing a deadline set by his own party (Zanu-PF), to hand in his resignation after his surprising speech where he refused to step down. Zanu-PF has given him time until Today (2 PM Dubai Time) to step down from his position, this is following the huge rallies by Zimbabwe’s people, demanding his resignation.


Food stampede in Morocco kills 15

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 10:33

A food aid distribution market in the Moroccan town of Sidi Boulaalam was destroyed by a stampede of hundreds of people. The annual food aid distribution market was handing out flour, which in light of drought has become scarce. The combination of a larger than expected crowd and a high-demand food source resulted in chaos. Reports claim that at least 40 people were injured and 15 have died following the incident. Those who were injured were mostly women and the elderly.


The Hunt for missing Argentine submarine halted due to bad weather.

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 10:28

44 crew members aboard an Argentine naval submarine went missing on Wednesday (15. Nov). Chile, Uruguay, Peru and Brazil, as well as the United States, have all sent help in order to locate the ARA San Juan submarine, but their search has been halted due to heavy winds, and high waves. Right now, there are no details on the whereabouts of the vessel. Navy protocols say that the submarine should have surfaced if communication was not possible.


MESAC Season 1 Positions

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 18:08

By Rishi Sharma
News Editor
The Pawprint

The Pawprint would like to congratulate all the coaches and athletes that participated in MESAC Season one. This season was incredibly successful for the DAA community as the teams brought 6 medals home! Here are the positions of our teams for MESAC Season 1:


Self-driving police to hit Dubai

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 14:44

Dubai police and a Singapore-based company are working together to create self-driving police cars. The self-driving police cars will come with cameras connected to Dubai Police Headquarters, allowing them to stream live footage from their cameras. The vehicles will have various sensors through the use of drones that identify suspects, fingerprints, places and damaged vehicles. The camera of the vehicle is able to scan faces and record registration information. Will be able to recognize people in any area around it. The Police officials plan to deploy self-driving police cars by the end of this year. The self-driving vehicle is called O-R3, and will communicate with computers at police centre.


Boy dies after eating grilled cheese

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 14:43

At a preschool in Manhattan, New York, 3-year old Elijah Silvera died after having an allergic reaction to grilled cheese that was served at his school. Even though it was documented that he had a severe dairy allergy, he was served the grilled cheese anyway. Elijah went into anaphylactic shock, and was rushed to the hospital. Sadly, they weren’t able to save him. A spokesman from the F.D.N.Y stated that the school never called an ambulance. Christopher R. Miller a spokesman from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene denies the presence of an EpiPen at the scene even though the pen was included in a thorough safety plan for Elijah.


Logan Paul in Dubai

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 14:41

On Saturday November 11, 2017, YouTube star Logan Paul came for a meet in greet at the Dubai Ice Rink, Dubai Mall. Known for his wildly popular YouTube vlogging channel, he is also one of the world’s most successful influencers. In 2015, he was ranked as the 10th most influential figure of Vine, with his six-second videos earning him hundreds of thousands of dollars in the advertising revenue. By that October, his Facebook videos alone had more than 300 million views. He currently has 15 million followers on Instagram and nearly 12 million subscribers on Youtube. On Sunday, November 12, 2017, Logan Paul will be talking in the ITP Live Conference Dubai regarding the influencer market in Middle East. He will discuss his tips on becoming a successful influencer and how they are shaping the media industry.


Mass graves found near Hawija

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 14:40

Mass graves containing at least 400 bodies have been discovered near Hawija (an Iraqi city that was occupied by Islamic State fighters until last month.) A few victims were in civilian clothes whilst other wore jumpsuits that the Islamic State used to dress people condemned to death. The bodies were found at an airbase, rumored to be an execution ground.


German nurse kills over 100 patients “out of boredom”

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 14:36

41 year old Niels Hoegel, who was convicted and sentenced to life for two murders in 2015 has now been blamed for the deaths of at least 100 according to investigators. Hoegel used lethal drugs to kill the patients “out of boredom” and to impress his colleagues. He wanted to be seen as the “hero” who resuscitated patients, but many of the patients he distressed had died. Investigators confirmed that Hoegel has killed 16, and expect higher numbers after further investigation. If he is found guilty of all of the murders, Hoegel will be one of Germany’s worst post-war serial killers.


Bahrain suspects Iran for the explosion of a major pipeline

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 14:33

On 10th November, 2017, a major oil pipeline in Bahrain exploded near Buri, a village south of Bahraini capital, Manama, resulting in a massive fire. There were no casualties reported. Bahrain suspects Iran for this “terrorist sabotage”. Iran has denied these allegations.


Mr. Ahmad Saad, New Islamic Studies Teacher

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 13:43

By Celina Abbas
Arts and Entertainment Editor
The Pawprint

DAA welcomes a new Islamic studies teacher, Mr. Ahmad Saad. He is originally from Egypt, and had previously been working at DAA for five years. Mr. Saad’s teaching journey began with his inspiration to become a teacher through his strong interest in Islamic studies and journalism. He specialized in English Islamic studies and uses his knowledge to transfer his studies into teaching. He enjoys delivering his passion for these studies to others through teaching students and sharing his knowledge. Mr. Saad loves the multicultural society, equality, respectful community within Dubai. “Dubai is one of the most loved and visited countries in the world. It is (simply) Dubai! How can you not fall in love with it?” Outside of his school work, he enjoys to spend time with his family, fishing, reading, and exercising in the outdoors.


DAA’S Perfect fit Superintendent, Ms. Tammy Murphy

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 13:40

By Celina Abbas
Arts and Entertainment Editor
The Pawprint

Coming all the way from Santa Barbara, California, Dubai welcomes DAA’s new superintendent, Ms. Tammy Murphy. This is Ms. Murphy’s first overseas job after working for the majority of her career in several American states such as, California, New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia. Although Ms. Murphy has lived in several American cities, having an opportunity to live abroad was something she always yearned to do. “I always knew I wanted to live abroad, as my husband lived in Barcelona for 15 years, I knew how impactful it can be on a person’s life to live abroad.” As she searched for possible international positions she had never considered living in Dubai before. She saw a superintendent position open in DAA and was quickly interested in learning more about the GEMS education system. After a series of interviews, Ms. Murphy visited Dubai, and after experiencing such a strong sense of diversity and acceptance within the community, she knew it would be a place she could reside. She recommends all people around the world to visit Dubai in their lifetime.

Although GEMS DAA has had a hectic start, the DAA community has given Ms. Murphy a warm welcome, “My first impression of the school was great, I was so struck by the students positive energy and I truly felt a strong sense of a culture of kindness and intelligence.” Ms. Murphy shows recognition for the school community’s continuous growth. “Every week you go back to school, you can notice the school growing better and better.”

Over the weekends and in her spare time, Ms. Murphy enjoys going to the beach, and recently took up learning surfing. She also has a personal trainer with whom she exercises with at the gym. Ms. Murphy also loves to go shopping with her family and stated that “Shopping in Dubai is phenomenal.” Her son is a part of DAA’s 8th grade class and has been settling in well. Ms. Murphy has been very involved around school, approaching as many students as she can, and truly fits perfectly with DAA’s culture of kindness.


Top 10 memes for this week

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 12:59

Jessica Loomes
Pawzfeed Editor
The Pawprint

Click here for the must see memes of the week!


Discovery of new volcanic rock gives insight to Earth’s evolution

Sun, 11/05/2017 - 11:12

A three billion-year-old piece of volcanic rock was discovered 400km deep in the Earth’s mantle, which is the layer between the crust and the outer core. Its different composition gives new insight into Earth’s evolution. The first one billion years of Earth’s evolution is not entirely known about, as rocks this old are rarely discovered. Scientists state that the rock, with further investigation, will offer new information about the development of our planet as well as the early origins of life.


Felipe Massa: Williams F1 driver to retire at the end of the season

Sun, 11/05/2017 - 11:09

Felipe Massa, a Brazilian F1 Driver, declared to retire at the end of the 2017 season after being with Williams for four years. Massa has won 11 Grand Prix and made 41 podiums in his 15 years of experience in F1. “I have now enjoyed four great years with the team, but my career in Formula 1 will finally come to an end this season”, said Massa as the Brazilian and Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be his last races.


George Bush Sr calls Trump a ‘blowhard’ and reveals he voted for Clinton

Sun, 11/05/2017 - 11:08

Former US Republican President George Bush Sr has confirmed he had voted for US Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 US election and has labeling president Donald Trump as a ‘blowhard’. A ‘blowhard’ is a common english term for ‘boastful’ or ‘blustering’ as referred in the Oxford dictionary. His son, George W Bush, said he worries that “I will be the last Republican President”, even though President Trump is a Republican. “This guy doesn’t know what it means to be president,” the younger man said. The pair’s comments come from a new book, titled The Last Republicans.


Airline begins weighing passengers

Sun, 11/05/2017 - 10:46

Finnair has just begun a new program where it weighs passengers before takeoff to help the Finnish airline collect more accurate data about the weight load on its flights. Finnair said the data of passengers weight can impact the overall weight of the aircraft which can help with the fuel levels, speed, and balance of the aircraft. The baggage of the passengers is also being taken into consideration and passengers must carry it onto the scales with them. So far, more passengers have volunteered than was expected. Finnair is keen to point out that there were many people who actually wanted to take part in this and that no one is forced on the scales.


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