Archive for July, 2011

Qatar in new drive to limit traffic violations

July 12, 2011
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Qatar plans to set up 54 new hi-tech traffic enforcement cameras on its arterial roads to help check increasing traffic violations. Some of the devices will be radar detectors while others will be red light cameras to tackle the jumping of red lights, a phenomenon that reportedly did not cease despite the application of...
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Bahrain condemns Iranian leader’s statement

July 12, 2011
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Bahrain has condemned a statement by a senior Iranian official who called for the “Islamisation of the country.” “We strongly condemn the statement made by Ahmad Jannati, Secretary of the Council of Guardians in his Friday sermon at Tehran University on July 8,” the foreign ministry said.
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Decision to boost student numbers to affect education process

July 12, 2011
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Kuwait University (KU) academic staff is reportedly disappointed by the decision of the education minister to boost by 8,000 the number of student places available in the next academic year. “The minister does not seem to be aware of the fact that increasing the number of students without considering the current situation is a...
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GCC, Qatar Charity to build 12 schools in Gaza

July 12, 2011
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Qatar Charity and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries will construct 12 schools in Gaza at the cost of QR13 million ($3,570,230). The GCC countries have allocated QR9 million ($2,471,700), while Qatar Charity provided more than QR3.5 million ($961,216) for the 12 schools, Qatar Tribune reported.
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Qatar to invest $550 million to improve Internet connectivity

July 12, 2011
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Qatar will invest $550 million to accelerate the nationwide high-speed Fibre-To-The-Home (FTTH) broadband network that will reach at least 95 percent of households and businesses over the next five years. The announcement was made by Crown Prince Shaikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, who serves as Chairman of ictQATAR’s Board of Directors, in his...
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Kuwait to have media college within five years

July 12, 2011
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Kuwait is to have an independent media college within five years after the Media Department Council at Kuwait’s Faculty of Arts approved the move, a local daily said. Plans for the college have been presented to the Council of Departments, which recommended conducting more studies before showing them to the competent departments at the...
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Al Wefaq confines dialogue participation to political issues

July 11, 2011
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Al Wefaq, the largest opposition society in Bahrain, on Sunday reiterated its stance that it would boycott the social theme in the national dialogue. “Bahrain is going through a political crisis and this requires addressing specific issues,” Khalil Al Marzooq, the head of Al Wefaq team for the dialogue, said. “We do not want...
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Kuwait information minister resigns – report

July 11, 2011
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Kuwait’s newly-appointed information minister has resigned, citing health reasons, a local news portal reported. Sami Al Nasef presented his resignation in June, and despite several attempts to persuade him to withdraw it, he insisted on leaving for cabinet on the grounds of his poor health, Al Aan said.
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Women dominate in Kuwait education ministry

July 11, 2011
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Women represent more than three quarters of the employees working for the Kuwaiti education ministry, a study indicates. According to the figures, 58,455 women, 45,726 Kuwaitis and 12,729 expatriates, are employed by the ministry, a 77.5 percent of the total 76,630 force.
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Kuwaiti MP calls for women’s football tournament cancellation

July 11, 2011
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Kuwaiti MP calls for women’s football tournament cancellation

A Kuwaiti lawmaker has urged the government to cancel plans to hold a football tournament for women. “Women playing football is unacceptable and contrary to human nature and good customs,” MP Waleed Al Tabtabai said, quoted by Kuwaiti daily Al Wasat. “The government has to step in and drop the tournament.”
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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
Teaching career:
  • 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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