Archive for July, 2011

Al Wefaq urged to reconsider pullout option; dialogue will not be suspended

July 18, 2011
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Al Wefaq Islamic Society should reconsider its decision to pull out of the national dialogue and rejoin the talks on Bahrain’s future, the dialogue spokesman has said. The largest opposition society which has complained that it was under-represented in the talks on Sunday said that its delegates to the national dialogue had recommended a...
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Waste-based electricity to power homes in Qatar

July 18, 2011
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Qatar households will use electricity produced from domestic waste with the country’s first integrated waste management centre becoming operational by the end of the year. The Domestic Solid Waste Management Centre (DSWMC) will supply 34.4 mega watt (MW) of electricity daily to the national power grid, an environment ministry official said.
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Kuwait to recruit domestic helpers from Africa

July 18, 2011
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Kuwait is mulling recruiting more domestic helpers from Africa in a major shift from traditional Asian providers, a local daily said. The decision is attributed to the attitudes of some Asian countries that included imposing conditions and, at times bans, on their nationals taking up work in Kuwait and insisting on specific clauses in...
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Qatar diabetics to receive full assistance in Ramadan

July 18, 2011
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Qatar Diabetes Association (QDA) has lined up a series of programmes to help diabetic patients to fast during Ramadan, the fasting month for Muslims. The initiatives include a hotline, awareness programmes in mosques and instruction workshops for the needy families, as well as continuous awareness messages through the media.
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Bahrain’s main opposition quits national dialogue

July 18, 2011
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Al Wefaq Islamic Society on Sunday said that it was pulling out of the national dialogue, the talks launched to help overcome Bahrain’s worst crisis in modern times. The society attributed its decision to recommendations by its delegates to the talks launched on July 2.
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Bahrain dialogue agreements reach high level

July 18, 2011
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Agreements on political issues among participants in Bahrain’s national dialogue reached 69 per cent, officials overseeing the talks have said. However, the agreement on economic visions to boost competitiveness was 96 per cent while there was a 72 per cent accord on visions on the rights of women, children and people with special needs.
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Demand for domestic helpers increasing in Bahrain

July 18, 2011
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Demand for female domestic helpers in Bahrain is more than three times that for males, figures from the labour ministry indicate. “We have received 16,203 applications to hire foreign domestic helpers between April and June,” Subah Al Dossari, the labour undersecretary, said. “We have accepted 13,709 and rejected around 2,140,” he said.
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Qatar Bedouin’s dialect losing status

July 18, 2011
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Bedouin mothers prefer to use urban Arabic in public places rather than their native dialect to avoid being left out in the Qatari society, a study by Qatar University students indicates. The research, conducted by Jawaher Ahmad Al Mansouri and Yasmin Saleem, revealed that Bedouin mothers would rather speak urban Arabic to gain prestige...
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Qatar women keen on promoting leadership development networking group

July 18, 2011
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A networking group for Qatari and expatriate professional women is planning to formalise in order to ensure its continuity, its founder has said. The Qatar Professional Women’s Network (QPWN), formed in February 2010, aims to help its members “enrich their network and refine their professional capabilities.”
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Qatar detains 32 Bahrain-based Indian fishermen

July 18, 2011
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More than 32 Bahrain-based Indian fishermen were held by Qatar in June for reportedly straying into Qatari waters, prompting the New Delhi envoy in Doha to issue strong warnings to fellow citizens. Addressing the media following a monthly community forum, Deepa Gopalan Wadhwa, the Indian ambassador in Doha, said that fishermen should be aware...
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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
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Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
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  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
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  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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