Daily Archives: August 26, 2012

Qatari Aid to Iran’s Earthquake Victims Continue

Doha, August 26 (QNA) – Upon lofty directives, the second flight of the air bridge established by the State of Qatar, for assisting the victims of the earthquake that hit a number of towns and villages in northern Iran, left Sunday afternoon. The flight carried 15 tons of foodstuff being the second batch of the Qatari assistance to Iranian people, to make a total of 74 ton of relief items.
The Qatari search and rescue team (Lekhwiya), recently, delivered 55 tons of foodstuff and 4 tons of medicines in addition to tents and electricity generators. (QNA)

Al-Attiyah Finishes Eighth in Rally Germany

Treves (Germany),  August 26 (QNA) – Racer Qatar’s Nasser Al-Attiyah came in eighth place 12.50,4 minutes behind the leader Sebastien who won his ninth title in  Rally of Germany timing 3.41.52,4 hours, in Phase IX of the World Rally Championship, which was held here over 3 days. Loeb won his ninth straight at the15 stages world championships, and the seventy. He finished 2.00,1 minutes ahead the Finish Jari-Matti Latvala and 2.31,4 minutes ahead of his Citroen team mate, Mikko Hirvonen.
The top 5 after 15 rounds are 

1. Sebastien Loeb (Citroen DS3)           3hours 41mins 52.4secs
2. Jari-Matti Latvala (Ford Fiesta)           +02mins 00.1secs
3. Mikko Hirvonen (Citroen DS3)            +02mins 31.4secs
4. Mads Ostberg (Ford Fiesta)               +03mins 24.4secs
5. Chris Atkinson (Citroen DS3)              +09mins 10.4secs.  (QNA)

Qatar Stock Exchange Up 0.07%

Doha, August 26 (QNA) – Qatar Exchange was pursued its upswing trend Sunday adding 6.06 points (or 0.07%) to advance to 8,509.70 points from 8,503.64 Thursday. The volume of the shares traded was up to 51,356,165 from 49,844,764 on Thursday and the value of shares increased to QR1,114,924,801.01 from QR1,044,586,073.25 Thursday. Among the top gainers were Doha Insurance which was up 1.43% to QR28.40, Gulf warehousing Co rose 1.95% to QR41.90, General Insurance gained 2.27% to QR45.00 and Qatar Fuel up by 2.57% to QR259.00.
The Banking and Financial sector index was dropped 2.84 points while Consumer Goods and Services sector index added by 72.36 points. The industrial sector was gained by 11.94  points while insurance sector up 6.15 points.(QNA)

Barwa Affirms Invalidity of News on Inauguration of Park House Project Next Nov

Doha, August 26 (QNA) – Barwa Real Estate, a Qatari joint stock company, has announced the invalidity of news reports circulated vis some media organs recently regarding Barwa’s Inauguration of Park House in London in November. This came in a press release issued on the qatar exchange e-website in which the said company has fully denied its intention to inaugurate such a park house project in the british capital by next November.
Barwa Real Estate Co. announced earlier in 2010 that it will buy Park House development in London’s fashionable West End district for £250 million ($369 million), as Qatari investors continue to snap up prime real estate in the city.
“Qatar has emerged as a new global powerhouse and is expected to be the largest source of cross-border real-estate capital during 2010,” said property adviser Jones Lang LaSalle.
Qatar’s wealth is based on the rapid expansion of its gas industry over the past 10 years and, in response to a windfall of revenue, the government has created a number of major investment vehicles including Qatar Investment Authority, Qatar Holding, Qatari Diar and Barwa, which have been buying up prime London properties and stakes in companies. (QNA)

Neil Armstrong, first man ever on the Moon dies at age 82

Washington: Neil Armstrong, the first man ever to walk on the moon, has died aged 82 as the result of cardiovascular complications following surgery.

The former US astronaut, who will go down on history as the most famous pioneer of space exploration. As commander of the Apollo 11 mission, he became the first person to set foot on the moon, on 20 July 1969, fulfilling the long held dream of the United States to get there before the Soviet Union.

His first words as he stepped on to the surface of the moon: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” – instantly became one of the most recognisable phrases ever uttered.

Armstrong underwent heart bypass surgery earlier this month on 5 August, to relieve blocked arteries.

Paying a tribute to Armstrong, the family said, “For those who may ask what they can do to honour Neil, we have a simple request. Honour his example of service, accomplishment and modesty, and the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink.”

Don’t ignore Syria’s humanitarian crisis, UAE Paper

Abu Dhabi: There seems to be no ready-made solution to the Syrian crisis. The regime and its opponents, including international and regional players, obviously don’t have a clue about how to end the bloodshed and restore stability without compromising the popular demands that sparked the revolution nearly 18 months ago, commented a UAE daily.

The revolution has moved on from a peaceful uprising to an armed struggle. The regime, meanwhile, has been consistent in its one track solution military intervention.

The new negotiator, Algerian diplomat Lakhadar Brahimi, started his mission with scepticism. He says that his chances of bringing about an acceptable peaceful settlement are not encouraging.

“The crisis has entered a critical phase and western powers are now hinting at military intervention, Libya style. This will most probably be imposing a no-fly zone over Syria to deny the government the ability to use its airpower in its heavy-handed campaign to eradicate its opponents. Then those countries may use their own airpower to target the regime’s forces and military facilities,” Gulf News said in its today’s editorial.

“The immediate focus today should be on addressing the humanitarian situation as the number of refugees and the displaced grow by the minute. Secondly, the insistence of the regime and its opponents on the military solution is partly influenced by the support of their respective allies. International efforts must focus on those allies to persuade Damascus and the opposition to revive the United Nations-sanctioned Kofi Annan plan.

“The longer the crisis continues unaddressed, the more complex and dangerous it will become,” the paper added.

Sheikh Zayed Book Award receives 65 nominations in Children’s Literature category

Abu Dhabi: The Sheikh Zayed Book Award announced today it received a total of 65 nominations in the “Children’s Literature” category in the Award’s seventh session of 2012 / 2013 currently running.

The category aims at encouraging children and adolescent’s literature, which seeks to develop this important segment of society, and their aesthetic taste, and construct their cultural identity on the foundation of creative interaction between the past and present. The nominations phase will close by end of coming September.

Over the past six years since its inception, five literary figures were named winners of this category. Professor Mohammad Ali Ahmad from Egypt was the first to win in 2007, for his book “A Journey On Paper”, followed by Huda Al-Shawwa Qadoumi from Kuwait for her book entitled “The Journey of Birds to Qaf Mountain” in 2008 and Qais Sedki from the United Arab Emirates for his book “The Gold Ring” in 2010. In 2011, Afaf Tabbalah from Egypt won for her book “Al Bayt Wal Nakhlah”, while Abdo Wazen was named winner of the category’s 2012 prize for his book “The Boy who saw the Color of Air”.

According to Professor Mohammad Ali Ahmad, his win back in 2006 crowned his hard work and dedication to children’s literature: “I felt I was on the right track in my career, working to make sciences enjoyable and simple to youngsters of all ages”. Professor Ahmad won the prize for his book “A Journey on Paper” which uses images and text to develop children’s understanding of the world around them.

As for Qais Siddiqi, his winning book “The Gold Ring” gained instant attention on an international level as soon as he was named winner in 2010: “I got immediate attention from regional and international media to cover my journey in writing “The Gold Ring”. This book is dear to my heart, not only for the honor it won me but for the royal name it has been tied to; the late Sheikh Zayed whose legacy will always live in each one of us”.

Sidqi is the first Emirati to win Sheikh Zayed Book Award. His winning book provides an excellent introduction for children to Falconry as a well-known sport in the Gulf region since early generations. The book smartly employs this interesting topic to stress the deeply-rooted Arab Culture and heritage; The Arab virtues of family values, hospitality, respect for others and pride in traditions. Sidqi presented his story in the form of a comic book in cooperation with renowned Japanese Manga Artists, the manga team of Akira Himekawa who has been producing manga adaptations of the “Astro Boy” video games in addition to many other TV and video game productions.

Over the past six years the Sheikh Zayed Book Award has recognized the creative literary and cultural achievements of more than 40 entities, including the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization – UNESCO which was named the “Cultural Personality of the Year” in the Award’s last session.

UNESCO joined The Award’s hall of fame alongside Brill Publishing House, Paju Book city, H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohamed Al-Qasimi; Novelist Wacini Laredj; Professor Pedro Martinez Montavez; Novelist Ibrahim al-Kouni; Orientalist Chung Jikon, and many more.

Rulers, Crown Princes felicitate VP for winning FEI World Endurance Championship

Sharjah: H. H. Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council member and ruler of Sharjah, H. H. Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Supreme Council member and ruler of Ajman, H. H. Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Supreme Council member and ruler of Fujairah, H. H. Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mu’alla, Supreme Council member and ruler of Umm al-Qaiwain have congratulated Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum for winning the individual gold medal of the Longines FEI World Endurance Championship staged at Euston Park in Suffolk, UK.

They also greeted him for leading the UAE team to win the first position. 152 riders representing 38 riders worldwide took part in the event.

Meanwhile, H. H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, deputy ruler of Sharjah, H. H. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, crown prince and deputy ruler of Sharjah and H. H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Salem bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Deputy Ruler of Sharjah and Deputy Chairman of the Executive Council congratulated Sheikh Mohammed on the feat.

H. H. Sheikh Ammar bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, crown prince of Ajman, H. H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, crown prince of Fujairah and H.H. Sheikh Rashid bin Saud bin Rashid Al Mu’alla, crown prince of Umm al-Qaiwain also greeted the Vice President on the achievement.