Hi-tech Japan gets low-tech Subbuteo

Updated 16 April 2013

Hi-tech Japan gets low-tech Subbuteo

YOKOHAMA, Japan: Fans of Subbuteo from around the world have brought their low-tech table-top sport to high-tech Japan, in the hope of persuading a nation of video gamers to get offline. Frenchman Cedric Garnier, a one-time runner-up in the world championships, led the field at the annual Yokohama Tournament in the city south of Tokyo on Sunday.
A small crowd of spectators clapped with appreciation as he flicked his two-centimeter plastic players into a ball around the same size. The biggest cheer was reserved for an astounding move by his forward, who leapt a line of defenders and slammed into the ball, knocking it past the stunned — plastic — goalkeeper and planting it safely in the back of the net.

TWITTER POLL: Firing up of UAE’s Barakah power plant to usher new age of nuclear energy

Updated 04 August 2020

TWITTER POLL: Firing up of UAE’s Barakah power plant to usher new age of nuclear energy

  • Also an indirect endorsement for a move away from fossil fuels

DUBAI: The UAE firing up of the Barakah power plant’s first nuclear reactor will usher in a new era of clean energy, according to an Arab News straw poll.

Nearly 70 percent of those who responded said they believed the launch of the Barakah facility was the beginning of a new era of energy production.

But one third of those polled said they doubted there would be any change in the current energy regime.

The UAE became the first nuclear energy capable nation in the Arab world after switching on the country’s first nuclear reactor at the Barakah plant in Abu Dhabi emirate.

Unit 1 is set to be connected to the UAE power grid and supply electricity in the next testing phase.

The Barakah facility, tucked 280 kilometers away from Abu Dhabi in the Al-Dhafra region, is expected to add 5,600 megawatts of electricity to the UAE power grid when all of its four reactors become operational as the country works to improve its environmental reputation.

“If the younger, educated ones are allowed to speedily take charge of modern tech, this can rapidly bring Arab countries into the realm of Singapore, Israel, South Korea etc.,” according to Twitter user @winstonmaraj.