Daily Archives: August 25, 2012

Qatari Flag to Be Hoisted at Paralympic Village in London

London, August 25 (QNA) – The Qatari flag will be hoisted tomorrow, Sunday, at the Olympic Village of the Paralympic Games to be hosted by the British capital London during the period from 29 August to 2 September. The flag-hoisting ceremony will be attended by a number of the Paralympic Games’ Organizing Committee members and delegates from the Qatari Embassy in London, along with Abdulqader Al-Mutawaa, head of the Qatari delegation participating in the Paralympic Games
 Meanwhile, Qatar’s Abdulrahman Abdulqader has intensified his training sessions before participation in the London 2012 Paralympic Games that will take place between 29 August and 9 September, 2012.
Abdulqader will compete in the Shot Putting and Javelin Throw competitions.
The Qatari delegation to the Games arrived in London on Friday. The delegation is chaired by Abdulqader Al-Mutawaa, Assistant Secretary General of the Qatar Paralympic Committee and includes Abdulrahman Abdulqader (athlete), Ahsan Abu Thalja (Coach), Hussan Uribzani (Physiotherapist) and Mohammad Suheil (Technical Expert). 
The Games will be the biggest Paralympic Games ever featuring more than 4,200 athletes from 166 countries who will compete in 20 sports including; Archery, Athletics, Boccia, Cycling Road, Cycling Track, Equestrian, Football 5-a-side, Football 7-a-side, Goalball, Judo, Powerlifting, Rowing, Sailing, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis, Sitting Volleyball, Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Fencing, Wheelchair Rugby, and Wheelchair Tennis.
The London 2012 Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games’ (LOCOG) vision is that rather than making them different from previous Paralympics, they want to take the best aspects of previous Games and bring them together. (QNA)

Mawashi Announces End of Sale of Subsidized Livestock

Doha, August 25 (QNA) – Qatar Company for Meat and Livestock Trading (Mawashi) has announced the end of sale of livestock from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Jordan, which it had offered at subsidized prices during the holy month of Ramadan and for the duration of Eid Al Fitr, as the subsidized quantity almost finished. The subsidized prices initiative is running for the third consecutive year through the fruitful collaboration amongst the Ministry of Business and Trade, Qatar Development Bank and Mawashi and has been continuously well-received by Qataris owing to the role it plays in securing high-quality meat and livestock during Ramadan’s peak season at affordable prices.
A Mawashi official stated that this step strongly highlights the company’s steadfast commitment to cement well-measured fundamentals and methodologies for food pricing during Ramadan and throughout the year.
Mawashi has additionally brought to market meat and livestock from Australia amongst wide acclaim from the population of Qatar. The company has also imported different types of fresh livestock and chilled meat from Sudan, India, Pakistan, Somalia, Georgia and Ethiopia. Furthermore, Mawashi received livestock for the first time in Qatar from Armenia in line with the company’s long-term vision to become a key player in the country’s food security endeavors and its image as an exemplar of quality and competitiveness within its industry.
Mawashi was founded with the aim of meeting Qatar’s market needs in meat and livestock. The company transports livestock, fodder, and meat products to facilitate trade; manages the automatic and national slaughterhouses; and uses the latest technology in processing its products according to international standards and specifications. (QNA)

HH the Emir Congratulates Uruguay’s President on National Day

Doha, August 25 (QNA) – HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani has sent a cable of congratulations to the President of the Republic of Uruguay on the occasion of his country’s National Day.  (QNA)

HH the Deputy Emir Congratulates President of the Republic of Uruguay

Doha, August 25 (QNA) – HH the Deputy Emir and Heir Apparent Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, has sent a cable of congratulations to the President of the Republic of Uruguay on the occasion of his country’s National Day.  (QNA)

HE the Prime Minister Congratulates Uruguay’s President on National Day

Doha, August 25 (QNA) – HE the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor Al Thani has sent a cable of congratulations to the President of the Republic of Uruguay on the occasion of his country’s National Day.  (QNA)

Failure is no longer an option for Egypt, says paper

ABU DHABI: As Egyptians look forward to a better future, its government should ensure that funds are spent well in a transparent way to improve the country’s economy, a local newspaper said Saturday.

“However, the government should also fast-track economic reforms that will help the return of the domestic investors, attract foreign direct investment and generate employment a ticking bomb that has been a key ingredient in the Arab Spring,” the English language Gulf News daily said in an editorial comment on Egypt’s negotiation for a US$4.8 billion five-year loan agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) An IMF deal would help Egypt to add credibility to economic reforms needed to restore investor confidence, the paper noted.

Failure is no longer an option for Egypt, it said, as Egyptian people took to the streets at the beginning of the last year to overthrow the three-decade-old regime of Hosni Mubarak, “not just to change the old guard, but to elect a democratic government that will unlock potential for economic growth, social development and eventually improve living conditions of the millions who have been ignored by the previous regimes.

Egypt faces considerable challenges, including the need to restart growth and reduce budget and balance of payments deficits, IMF Managing Director Christian Lagarde was quoted as saying following her meeting with Egyptian leaders.

Getting the country’s economy back on track and raising the living standards for all will not be an easy task, according to the paper which said the Egyptian people have legitimate expectations for a better life and greater social justice.

Britain deeply concerned over Israel’s decision on Har Homa settlement

JERUSALEM: British Minister for the Middle East and North Africa Alistair Burt on Friday expressed deep concern over the Israeli government’s decision to build 130 housing units in Har Homa settlement south of East Jerusalem, according to a statement released by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on Friday.

“The recent announcement by the Israeli authorities to tender for the construction of 130 new housing units in the illegal settlement of Har Homa is extremely worrying,” Burt said in the statement.

“We have expressed deep concern following previous announcements of construction in Har Homa and I am very disappointed that the construction of this illegal settlement has continued,” he added.

“We condemn the systematic settlement construction that is undermining the possibility of a two state solution. I call for this decision to be rescinded,” the statement said.

Ambitious plans in Ajman to woo investors, tourists

ABU DHABI: The municipality of Ajman has undertaken several projects to improve the infrastructure in the emirate and attract investors and tourists.

The demand for licenses to start industrial, commercial and entertainment businesses in the emirate has picked up, Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of the Ajman Department of Municipality and Planning, stated.

In view of this, the civic body is speeding up work on several road projects to improve traffic movement. “The roads and road improvements would be of the best international standards,” he said in an interview with Khaleej Times.

The municipality has just completed the construction of Shaikh Jaber Al Sabah Road, Al Nuaimia Main Road and College Street in the Al Nuaimia area. In the same area, a number of internal streets have been paved and made two-way, several parking lots constructed, and street lighting and drainage installed at a cost of AED29 million.

The municipality currently is working on the designs of road improvements in Al Zahra and Al Muwyhat areas, where the internal streets would be paved for two-way traffic. The streets would have 2.5-metre-wide hard shoulders, according to the paper.

This project is estimated to cost Dh16 million, which includes street lighting to ensure the safety of the residents, Shaikh Rashid said. He pointed out that the municipality has also finalized the designs for developing areas like Al Nakheel, Al Rameelah and Al Bustan. Work is on to revive heritage tourism by constructing Salih Souq, reviving the old city areas and improving the Ajman Museum.