Daily Archives: September 20, 2012

HH Sheikha Moza Visits QFI Arabic Class at Harlem Elementary School

New York, September 20 (QNA) – HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development visited elementary school students studying Arabic at a public school in Harlem today, as just two weeks into the new school year, the students of P.S. 368 were able to welcome Her Highness to the classroom in Arabic.
 “I enjoyed hearing the children speak in Arabic so enthusiastically” said HH Sheikha Moza adding, “and it was lovely to see that most of them are not of Arab origin, which means the language reaches families and communities who have not been exposed to our culture previously.”
She also joined an interactive cultural program put on by Al Bustan Seeds of Culture, which gave students the opportunity to sing in Arabic while accompanied by a group of professional musicians playing traditional Arabic instruments. HH Sheikha Moza is in New York in her capacity as a global education advocate and will be attending and launching a number of high-level meetings and initiatives respectively during the week of the 67th Session of the UN General Assembly.
Qatar Foundation International (QFI) sponsors the Arabic Language and Culture program in Harlem, which is managed by the NYC-based educational non-profit Global Language Project (GLP). Harlem’s P.S. 368 is the first public elementary school in New York City to offer Arabic Language classes that reach more than 200 students, in grades K-5. QFI is a U.S.-based member of Qatar Foundation.
Founded by HH Sheikha Moza, QFI’s mission is to promote education as a force that facilitates collaboration across geographic, social, and cultural boundaries. QFI’s partner Al Bustan Seeds of Change is a non-profit based in Philadelphia dedicated to presenting and teaching Arabic language, arts, and culture. This year, a QFI grant to the Al Bustan Digital Education program supports the development of online resources with interactive learning and playing to further elementary and secondary educators’ and students’ understanding and appreciation of the Arabic language, arts, culture, and history. (QNA)

Qatari Envoy Meets Egyptian Officials

Cairo, September 20 (QNA) – Egyptian presidency’s Chief of Staff Ambassador Rifaa El-Tahtawy on Thursday met with HE Qatar’s Ambassador to Egypt and its Permanent Delegate to the Arab League Saif bin Muqaddam Al-Buainein. The meeting discussed bilateral ties and means of enhancing and developing them, in addition to issues of mutual concern.
Al-Buainein also met with Egyptian Finance Minister Momtaz El-Said and Minister of Housing and Urban Communities Tariq Wafiq.
During the two meetings, they reviewed aspects of cooperation between Qatar and Egypt, and discussed a number of issues of mutual interest. (QNA)

Qatar: Empowering Women Central to MDGs Progress

Geneva, September 20 (QNA) – Qatar has underlined that progress in empowering women and providing them with fair opportunities, and gender equality are central to any progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and to achieve sustainable development.
The remarks were made by Noor al-Sada, Second Secretary at The permanent mission of Qatar at UN Geneva, as she addressed the Geneva-based 21st session of the Human Rights Council. Al-Sada added that providing more opportunities for women in the different areas of work, agriculture, finance and other sectors accelerate economic growth, which helps mitigate the effects of the current and future financial crises.
Speaking about the evolution of Qatari women’s participation in practical life, al-Sada explained that the State of Qatar deals with women issues in a context that promotes their status along with all family members, through supporting woman in order to balance family and work duties.
Al-Sada added that the great development the Qatari society saw in the last two decades, and the spread of education among women in particular, have empowered women and increased their contribution to the various aspects of life. (QNA)

Nepal’s Labor and Employment Minister Meets HE Qatar’s Ambassador

Kathmandu, September 20 (QNA) – Nepal’s Minister for Labor and Employment, Kumar Belbase, met here on Thursday with HE Qatar’s ambassador to Nepal, Ahmed Jassim Al Hamar. Both sides, discussed bilateral ties and means of enhancing them, during the meeting, with an emphasis on the relations in labour and employment-related issues. (QNA)

Qatar Exchange Index Gains 36.46 Points This Week

Doha, September 20 (QNA) – Qatar Exchange index gained 36.46 points (0.43%) this week when the bourse closed Thursday at 8,599.65 points. From the 42 listed companies, 16 ended this week higher while 23 fell and three remained unchanged.
The traded value during this week decreased by 43.95% to reach QR 1,181,467,877.81 compared to QR
2,107,965,155.75 the previous week.
The traded volume decreased by 62.19% at 29,149,481 shares compared to 77,100,524 shares while the number of transactions fell by 1.00% to reach 17,857 compared to 18,037 transactions last week.
The market capitalization was up by 0.20% to reach QR 473,381,181,588.22 compared to QR 472,452,021,207.91 at the end of previous week.
Banks and financial services led the traded value this week with 33.87% of the total traded value. Real Estate sector accounted for 23.49%. Consumer goods and services sector accounted for 17.93% and industries accounted for 11.77%.
Real Estate led the traded volume this week with 35.83% of the total traded volume. Banks and financial services accounted for 25.56%. Consumer goods and services accounted for 12.60% and telecoms accounted for 11.72%.
Banks and financial services led the number of transactions this week with 30.21% of the total number of transactions. Real Estate accounted for 20.02%. Consumer goods and services accounted for 18.93% and industries accounted for 12.62%.
Barwa Real Estate led the traded value this week with 17.94% of the total value. Qatar National Bank accounted for 9.76% and Commercial Bank accounted for 8.53%.

Qatar Exchange Down 0.06%
The Qatar Exchange was down on Thursday 5.17 points or 0.06% to 8,599.65 points from the previous closing of  8,604.82. The volume of shares traded was up to 4,847,650 from 4,717,705 Wednesday, and the value of shares down to QR192,213,799.64 from QR203,216,337.94  Wednesday.
 Among the top losers were Commercial Bank of Qatar whose share dropped 0.80% to QR74.40, International Islamic Bank lost 0.57 to QR52.30, Electricity and Water fell 0.74% to QR134.40 and Doha Insurance down 3.64% to QR29.10.
Today the Qatar Banking and Financial sector dropped 1.14 points while the Insurance sector down 56.49 points. The Qatar industrial sector added 0.37 points and the Services sector lost 1.62 points. (QNA)

German Chancellor Receives Message from HH the Emir

Berlin, September 20 (QNA) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel has received a written message from HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani. The message was delivered by HE Dr. Khalid Bin Mohamed Al-Attiyah, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, during his meeting with Dr. Christoph Heusgen, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Foreign and Security Policy Advisor.   (QNA)

Call for Free Media to promote Peace

Lahore, September 20, 2012 / –

Journalist play very crucial role in building bridges amongst rivals and finding commonalities amongst adversaries by adhering to basic principles of morality and commonly held code of ethics was the consensus of the participants of a three day workshops on Peace Building held at a local hotel of Lahore.

This capacity building exercise was organized Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) in collaborative partnership with Search for Common Grounds (SFCG) and Danish development agency (DANIDA) from September 18 to 20. Print media Journalists from 23 districts of Pakistan, AJK, FATA and Gilgit Baltistan participated in the workshop which was conducted by senior journalist Saeed Minhas in collaboration with PPF Coordinator Lala Hassan and SCG program officer Sheryar Khan.

Senator Kamran Michele of PML-N, chief guest in the concluding ceremony of the program, urged the participants to play a positive role in the society to quell differences and promote harmony by resorting to facts-based reporting and writings. He said that journalists were backbone of any healthy democratic and tolerable society and a weaker spinal cord is neither in the interest of state nor any government and society. Appreciating the organizers for developing the capacities of the participants, the Senator urged the participants to spread the gained skills and knowledge from this workshop to their respective areas to strengthen democratic and tolerable society.

Master trainer Saeed Minhas urged the participants to ensure impartiality and objectivity in their reporting and article writing without compromising on the basic tenants of journalism.
Participants of an advanced Training workshop on Peace Building said that media can play a pivotal role in promoting Peace and harmony in the society. They said that all stake holders should work on common ground approach to bring positive change in the society.

Print media journalists from North Waziristan, Rawalakot, Mirpur, Muzaffarabad, Quetta, Karachi, Sukkur, Gujrat, Lahore, Gwadar, Mastung, Multan, Bahawalpur, D.I Khan, Bannu, Sahiwal, Swabi, Mansehra, Mirpur, Larkana, Hyderabad, Swat, Swabi, Multan and other districts shared their views on Peace and conflict reporting.

The project is aimed to enhance the capacity and sustainability of Pakistani media, both electronic and print, to play a more active role in the creating peace and in promoting tolerance co-existence and non extremist’s approaches.

The training was aimed at developing skills in reporting on contentious political and social issues by introducing print journalists to peacebuilding skills and tools and to provide an opportunity to exchange lessons learned and strengthen collaboration for Peace building in Pakistan.

The work shop has enhanced the technical and operational capacities of the participants to produce programmes promoting reconciliation, with more balanced reporting, reduced sensationalism, and increased creativity. The participants wrote 23 articles during the workshop.

1. www.pakistan.um.dk/en/danida-en/
2. www.sfcg.org/programmes/pakistan/index.html
3. www.pakistanpressfoundation.org/about-ppf

QMSF Competes in 32nd Annual Key West World Championships in Florida on Nov.4

Doha, September 20 (QNA) – HE Sheikh Hassan bin Jabor Al-Thani, the president of the Qatar Marine Sports Federation (QMSF), has confirmed that the Spirit of Qatar Team will take part in the 32nd Annual Key West World Championships in Florida on November 4-11.
Sheikh Hassan and throttleman Steve Curtis will challenge for honours in the world famous American boating festival at the helm of the spare Spirit of Qatar 96, the Class 1 racing catamaran that they are using on select rounds of this year’s UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship.
 “We had the idea in mind to compete at Key West for some time,” enthused Sheikh Hassan. “We reviewed the current calendar and we have upgraded the engines to give us the maximum power possible so that we can compete with the more powerful boats in the series and show how competitive we can be.
“We carried out a test of the boat in Doha before Ramadan, but it was in very hot conditions, so maybe that will have been an ideal test environment.”
Shipping partner Peters & May has handled the logistics of transporting the hull and equipment from Doha to Key West.
The team last took part in the 29th Annual Key West World Championships in November 2009, with Abdullah Al-Sulaiti and Matteo Nicolini joining Sheikh Hassan and Steve Curtis in a two-boat team.
On that occasion, Al-Sulaiti and Nicolini won the opening Superboat 850 class race in Spirit of Qatar 95 from second-placed HE Sheikh Hassan in Spirit of Qatar 96.
HE Sheikh Hassan bin Jabor Al-Thani won the second of the week s 850 races and Al-Sulaiti finished third. HE Sheikh Hassan, the president of  QMSF then won the third race of the series to claim outright victory in the Superboat 850 Extreme class and clinch the 2009 Superboat 850 Extreme World Championship.
The Key West festival consists of a week of maritime racing activities and three actual racing days. Registration takes place on November 4th and testing will take place on November 6th after further administration and technical checks.
The actual races will take place on November 7th, 9th and 11th with the intermediate days being used for testing, marketing and boat displays.
“I actually prefer the longer and more social events,” added Sheikh Hassan. “It gives you more time to be available for competitors and fans and enables everyone to create an even bigger fan base. Key West is a one-off race. It s where any racer needs to be at. It’s a fun event and very challenging,” he said in conclusion. (QNA)