UAE: Hands-free calls to be banned in UAE?

Hands-free calls while driving could soon be banned as the Ministry of Interior is working on regulations to limit use of smartphones and other electronic gadgets in cars, Gulf News can confirm.

A top ministry official confirmed to Gulf News on Monday that the new regulations would ban both Bluetooth-enabled calls as well as speaking on phone through earphones while a vehicle is on the move.

Singapore: Travel update

It’s illegal to drink alcohol in public places (eg beyond the premises of bars and restaurants) from 10.30pm to 7am and all day at weekends in certain areas. Offenders will be fined. 

Don’t become involved with drugs of any kind. Possession of even very small quantities can lead to imprisonment, corporal punishment or the death penalty.

The offence of ‘outrage of modesty’ (molestation) can result in a fine, jail or corporal punishment. Scams involving false claims of molest are thought to exist.

News from Mozambique


Gas for development or just for money?

Mozambique's gas can be used to promote industrialization and rural development, but only if key choices are made now.  Current priorities are for export based mega-projects promising high revenues, but like past mega-projects doing little to create jobs or reduce poverty. Mega-projects costing tens of billions of dollars are essential, but the Council of Ministers can instruct that negotiations give a higher priority to using the gas to create a domestic industry and jobs, even if it reduces short term income.

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Mozambique to grow fastest among lusophone countries

The World Bank said in its Global Economic Prospects – released last week – that Mozambique’s gross domestic product is expected to grow by 7.2 percent this year before reaching 7.3 percent expansion annually in the following two years.

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Cycle of Italian Cinema

The cycle of Italian cinema has begun on June 16th and will close on June 20th.  Teatro Avenida, Italian school Giovanni Falcone and Instituto de Audiovisuais will be venues to the 2nd edition of this festival.

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Mozambique decriminalizes homosexuality from June 29

The previous penal code had been in place, aside from some amendments, since Mozambique was a Portuguese colony, and was written in 1887.  From June 29th the new legislation comes into effect.

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Daily living

The school year is almost over in some international schools

In June some international schools are wrapping up their school year and children are preparing for Summer.  Some will continue in Mozambique, some will start their life elsewhere in the world.  It is a very emotional month for expat children as some will stay and some will go.  Some children embrace moving as an opportunity to make new friends and to learn new things; others get anxious or develop behaviour problems.  It may take children and adults months to adjust after a move.  For many children and adolescents, giving up the familiar—friends, favourite places, and routines—can be difficult.  As parents focus on coordinating the moving process, some children react negatively to the decrease in attention. Children may experience anxiety and grief before, during, and after a move.

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Courtesy of Maputo Relocation.