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KT for good: Compost your organic waste at home in UAE

Sharjah set up municipal waste management company Bee’ah (the Arabic word for environment) in 2007 in the form of a public-private partnership. The amount of waste in the UAE has increased tremendously in the last decade. Most of the waste ends up in municipal landfills or dump sites, where organic waste generates a large amount…

KT for good: Compost your organic waste at home in UAE

Sharjah set up municipal waste management company Bee’ah (the Arabic word for environment) in 2007 in the form of a public-private partnership.

The amount of waste in the UAE has increased tremendously in the last decade. Most of the waste ends up in municipal landfills or dump sites, where organic waste generates a large amount of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Currently, little of the waste is burnt and the rate of municipal waste recycling has been rapidly rising.

Can you re-use organic waste? 

With all the organic waste that is generated in households, gardening experts and practitioners have said residents can use leftover plant and vegetable waste to grow their own vegetable and fruit garden at home, using sustainable agricultural practices. Organic farming expert Sudheesh Guruvayoor has successfully created a paddy and wheat field behind his home in Sharjah.

Sudheesh’s rice cultivation attempt in 2014 was supported by his then employer, the Sharjah Electrical and Water Authority. In 2016, he opened up his paddy field to students from three schools for their first rice harvest festival.

Sudheesh swears by using natural composting materials. He said: “You can grow a drumstick plant using a bucket with holes in them. Also, commercial leafy greens have a lot of pesticides in them. It is better to grow them at home.”

Leena Maniyath, a school teacher at Sunrise English Private School, Abu Dhabi, said her school started a campaign on smart waste management in 2018. “Students collected waste from their homes and their communities on a regular basis. These were placed into a machine, which converts waste to manure within a few hours.” The manure is utilised in the school’s organic farm. The produce is sold to parents during open house meetings and the rest is given to Al Ain farms through a waste management initiative from Masdar City. She explained: “We bought the machine for the school in April 2018. The machine converts the waste from the school canteen and from homes into organic compost with minimal electricity consumption.”

Waste management in Dubai and Sharjah

The Dubai Municipality’s Waste Management Department prepared the Dubai Integrated Waste Management Master Plan in 2012, with an aim to reduce the amount of waste being sent to the landfills to zero in 20 years.

The authority announced it will establish the largest plant in the Middle East to convert solid waste into energy at a cost of Dh2 billion in the Warsan district. The move also comes in line with the National Agenda to reduce the landfill by 75 per cent by 2021, in addition to protecting the environment from methane gas emitted by the landfill.

Sharjah set up municipal waste management company Bee’ah (the Arabic word for environment) in 2007 in the form of a public-private partnership. In October 2011, Sharjah announced an ambitious plan for 100 per cent landfill diversion by 2015. To attain this goal, Bee’ah developed a state-of-the-art waste management centre to process and recycle waste.

According to an official statement from the company, “In 2012, the company introduced two-stream waste collection and a new tipping fee structure to incentivise waste reduction and to closely regulate landfill contents. Improved blue and green coloured, odour-proof bins have been deployed across the emirate.”

Tips and tricks  for the #FoodSoldier in you

Throughout the course of our campaign, Khaleej Times will reveal three food conservation tips and tricks every day. Follow these to become the number one #FoodSoldier

1-Quickly measure portions: A big chunk of household food waste arises as we prepare way more than we can eat.  For things like rice, pasta and cereals, having a simple measuring cup or scale that takes five seconds can do wonders to reduce ‘plate waste’. If you’re still feeling peckish, add a little something to the meal to feel full, so experimenting with smaller portions is a good pro tip.

2-Shop groceries online: The closer you get to the checkout, the more sweets and treats you see.  Supermarkets are great at convincing you to buy food you don’t need or isn’t good for you. Shopping while hungry is a big no-no. Thanks to the Internet, grocery shopping can be a breeze, helping you buy food you really need. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, however, giving it a shot reduces portion sizes and the big bill at the end of shopping. 

3-Upcycle your scraps: Stale bread plus garlic equals garlic bread. Old bananas make smoothies and cakes. When you have time, grab any food that looks like it is going to be wasted soon.  Put it on your kitchen bench, and invent a new meal. You will amaze yourself!

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Dhanusha Gokulan

Originally from India, Dhanusha Gokulan has been working as a journalist for 10 years. She has a keen interest in writing about issues that plague the common person, and will never turn down a human interest story. She completed her Bachelor in Arts in Journalism, Economics, and English Literature from Mangalore University in 2008. In her spare time, she dabbles with some singing/songwriting, loves travelling, and Audible is her favourite mobile application. Tweet at her @wordjunkie88

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Worker in UAE stabs roommate over wrong recipe

He allegedly stabbed him using a kitchen knife. An Asian worker was charged with insult and fighting with his roommate at the Ras Al Khaimah Criminal Court after he allegedly stabbed him using a kitchen knife leading to a permanent disability. As per the court records, the case unfolded when the duo had a heated…

Worker in UAE stabs roommate over wrong recipe

He allegedly stabbed him using a kitchen knife.

An Asian worker was charged with insult and fighting with his roommate at the Ras Al Khaimah Criminal Court after he allegedly stabbed him using a kitchen knife leading to a permanent disability.

As per the court records, the case unfolded when the duo had a heated argument over a “wrong recipe” for a dish.

The duo allegedly swore at each other and got involved in a brawl. The forensic report showed the roommate suffered a permanent disability in his hand after the accused slashed his wrist.

Both of them were referred to the public prosecution where they were charged with swearing and assaulting each other. One of them had an additional charge of causing a permanent disability. The case was referred to the RAK Criminal Court where the accused said he was angry after the victim insulted him for telling him about the incorrectly cooked dish.

However, the roommate denied the charges and said that he did not insult or assault the accused. He added that the defendant harshly insulted him for using a wrong recipe and then stabbed him.

The court ordered adjournment of the case to a later time for ruling.

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Ahmed Shaaban

Originally from Egypt, I have been in Dubai since December 2005. Before coming here, I worked as an English language instructor, chief En/Ar translator, proofreader, reporter in Egypt and Qatar. I have also worked as a reporter, correspondent and simultaneous translator with two satellite channels in Dubai. I have a masters degree in media, Cairo University, 2014, a bachelor degree in English language and translation, Ain Shams University, Cairo, 1996, and three post-graduate diplomas in English language and Instruction. With over 19 years of experience in translation, interpretation, EFL instruction, and reporting. I am interested in technology, aviation, politics, as well as community, parliament and defence issues. I enjoy reading, writing, exercising, and surfing the web.

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Video: Sheikh Mohammed spends birthday with grandkids

Sheikh Mohammed is celebrating his 70th birthday today. To celebrate his 70th birthday, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai spent his time relaxing with his family. In a video shared by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of…

Video: Sheikh Mohammed spends birthday with grandkids

Sheikh Mohammed is celebrating his 70th birthday today.

To celebrate his 70th birthday, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai spent his time relaxing with his family.

In a video shared by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai on social media, the Dubai Ruler can be seen flocked by his grandchildren as he exits a car. Sheikh Mohammed lovingly interacts with them – exchanging greetings and conversing with his grandkids.

#Family ?? pic.twitter.com/jabuoM3kDH
– Hamdan bin Mohammed (@HamdanMohammed) July 15, 2019

The video then segues to a moment when Sheikh Hamdan carries one of them and the baby is seen trying to catch Sheikh Mohammed’s attention.

Sheikh Mohammed is celebrating his 70th birthday today. He was born on July 15, 1949, at the Al Maktoum house in Al Shindagha. He is the third of Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum’s four sons. His brothers are Sheikh Maktoum, Sheikh Hamdan and Sheikh Ahmed. His mother was Sheikha Latifa bint Hamdan Al Nahyan, daughter of Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, a former ruler of Abu Dhabi.

 

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England win Cricket World Cup after Super Over drama

England were all out for 241 on the last ball of the 50th over, chasing New Zealand’s 241 for eight. England won the Cricket World Cup for the first time after New Zealand matched their 15 in a Super Over but lost on fewer boundaries scored in the match after an extraordinary final at Lord’s…

England win Cricket World Cup after Super Over drama

England were all out for 241 on the last ball of the 50th over, chasing New Zealand’s 241 for eight.

England won the Cricket World Cup for the first time after New Zealand matched their 15 in a Super Over but lost on fewer boundaries scored in the match after an extraordinary final at Lord’s was tied on Sunday.

England were all out for 241 on the last ball of the 50th over, chasing New Zealand’s 241 for eight.

England scored 14 in the last over but Mark Wood was run out seeking the second run that would have won it for the hosts.

Ben Stokes, who finished on 84 not out, came back for the Super Over with Jos Buttler amid scenes never before seen at the home of cricket.

New Zealand needed two off the last ball of Jofra Archer’s over but Martin Guptill was run out coming back for the second run and England triumphed due to hitting more boundaries on the day.

England, three-times runners-up previously, had bowled and fielded superbly to restrict 2015 runners-up New Zealand to 241-8, with Liam Plunkett and Chris Woakes each taking three wickets.

Henry Nicholls made 55 and Tom Latham 47 without ever really looking comfortable but the score began to look challenging as England slumped to 86-4 before Stokes and Buttler put on 110 to set up the amazing finale.

 

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