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‫الشارقة توسع “الجائزة الدولية لمناصرة ودعم اللاجئين” لتشمل كل المؤسسات الإنسانية في أفريقيا

تخصص 136 ألف دولار أميركي وتستقبل طلبات الترشح حتى 17 ديسمبر 2019

الشارقة توسع “الجائزة الدولية لمناصرة ودعم اللاجئين” لتشمل كل المؤسسات الإنسانية في أفريقيا

 بالتعاون مع مفوضية السامية للأمم المتحدة لشؤون اللاجئين

الشارقة، 10  نوفمبر 2019
أعلنت “القلب الكبير” المؤسسة الإنسانية العالميّة المعنية بمساعدة اللاجئين والمحتاجين حول العالم، عن توسيع النطاق الجغرافي لـ “جائزة الشارقة الدولية لمناصرة ودعم اللاجئين” ليشمل المؤسسات العاملة في قارة أفريقيا كاملةً بعد أن كانت مقتصرة على آسيا والشرق الأوسط ومنطقة شمال أفريقيا.https://prnewswire2-a.akamaihd.net/p/1893751/sp/189375100/thumbnail/entry_id/1_rn42y13x/def_height/400/def_width/400/version/100051/type/1

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وفتحت المؤسسة باب الترشيح للدورة الرابعة من الجائزة للعام 2020، التي تنظمها بالتعاون مع المفوضية السامية للأمم المتحدة لشؤون اللاجئين، حيث تستقبل -وللمرة الأولى منذ إطلاق الجائزة- الترشيحات عبر موقعها الإلكتروني بشكل مباشر www.tbhf.ae  حتى 17 ديسمبر 2019، وتتيح المجال للمؤسسات والأفراد بترشيح أي منظمة أو مؤسسة إنسانية محلية عاملة في دعم ومناصرة اللاجئين في قارتي آسيا وأفريقيا.

وتمنح الجائزة البالغ قيمتها 500 ألف درهم إماراتي (نحو 136 ألف دولار أميركي)، وهي منحة خاصة من المؤسسة وليست مقتطعة من أموال التبرعات، للمنظّمات الإنسانية التي قدّمت خدمات استثنائية للاجئين والمهجّرين قسرياً عن بلادهم في كلّ من قارتي آسيا وأفريقيا، وتركت آثاراً إيجابية مستدامة على حياتهم واحتياجاتهم بشكل عام، وقدرتهم على الوصول إلى الغذاء والرعاية الصحية والنفسية والتعليم.https://prnewswire2-a.akamaihd.net/p/1893751/sp/189375100/thumbnail/entry_id/1_6e8ye5gn/def_height/400/def_width/400/version/100051/type/1

تجسد جائزة الشارقة الدولية لمناصرة ودعم اللاجئين رؤية صاحب السمو الشيخ الدكتور سلطان بن محمد القاسمي، عضو المجلس الأعلى في الإمارات العربية المتحدة، حاكم الشارقة، وقرينته سمو الشيخة جواهر بنت محمد القاسمي، رئيسة مؤسسة القلب الكبير، المناصرة البارزة للأطفال اللاجئين لدى المفوضية السامية للأمم المتحدة لشؤون اللاجئين، للاعتراف بالمساهمات الإنسانية الاستثنائية في مناصرة اللاجئين ودعمهم وبناء المجتمع.

وتعمل الجائزة من خلال شروطها ومعاييرها على دعم وتقدير ثقافة وممارسات وآليات المؤسسات العاملة في المجال الإنساني، إلى جانب تسليط الضوء على الساحات الأكثر تضرراً والتعرف على أولويات المحتاجين فيها، وترسخ شروط الجائزة ومعايير اختيار المؤسسات الفائزة العديد من المبادئ الأساسية للعمل الإنساني، مثل استمرارية العمل ومدى اتساع نطاقه، والشفافية والحياد والموضوعية في تقديم الخدمات، والنتائج المستدامة من البرامج التي تنفذها المؤسسات، بالإضافة إلى السعي نحو التطور وتبني أفضل الممارسات وأكثرها فاعليةً.

وتعمل مؤسسة القلب الكبير التي تأسست في عام 2015، على دعم ومساعدة الفقراء والمستضعفين والمحتاجين، بهدف توفير سبل العيش الكريم، من خلال جملة من المبادرات والحملات المختلفة التي أطلقتها سمو الشيخة جواهر بنت محمد القاسمي، وعلى الرغم من أن جهود المؤسسة تركز على العالم العربي بشكل أساسي، إلا أنها تقدّم الدعم إلى المناطق المتضررة في جميع أنحاء العالم.

Qatar shooters look for glory at Asian Championship

DOHA, Qatar shooting team members ambitiously looking for spots in Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics when they compete in skeet event of the prestigious 14th Asian Shooting Championships at losail shooting Arena on Sunday.

It is worth mentioning that Qatar’s Nasser Saleh al-Attiyah stayed on course for a quota spot at next year’s Olympics with a fine display in three rounds of qualification in the skeet event at the 14th Asian Shooting Championships on Saturday.

The London Olympics bronze medallist shot 74, missing just one of the 75 targets, at the Lusail Shooting Complex and with two more rounds of 25 shots each remaining, looks set to book a place in today’s final.

Kuwait’s Abdullah al-Rashidi hit all the 75 targets to stay on top, while al-Attiyah was tied with India’s Angad Bajwa on 74. Seven shooters were in third place with 73. The final is scheduled for 1.30pm today.

Meanwhile, India won another Olympic quota yesterday thanks to Tejaswini Sawant in the women’s rifle 3-position. The Former World champion finished fifth in qualifications with a score of 1171, which was enough for a place at the next year’s Tokyo Olympics. With two Chinese and two Koreans, apart from Mongolia’s Yesugen Oyunbat who had booked a berth to Tokyo in air rifle earlier, not in the race for quota, the three spots were taken by the finalists from India, Japan and Iran.

The 39-year-old Sawant eventually finished fourth in the final, narrowly missing out on a bronze medal with a last shot of 8.8. China’s Mengyao Shi bagged the gold with a score of 457.9, while Mongolia’s Yesugen Oyunbat and Japan’s Shiori Hirata won the silver and bronze respectively. Iran’s Fatemeh Karamzadeh finished fifth.

India also won nine medals in all competitions through the day including three more gold, which took their tally to a whopping 44. Olympian Gurpreet Singh bagged the men’s standard pistol silver with 586, two points behind Han Daeyoon of Korea. While another Korean Kim Junhong took bronze. The Indian juniors continued to excel, as Jasmeen Kaur and Aadhya Tayal claimed the youth women’s rifle and pistol gold medals.

Source: Qatar Olympic Committee

Morozov, Campbell Crowned Champions in FINA Swimming World Cup

Doha, Vladimir Morozov (RUS) and Cate Campbell (AUS) lifted trophies for overall men and women’s titles as Doha wrapped up the seven-meet FINA Swimming World Cup 2019 series at the packed Hamad Aquatic Centre on Saturday.

Morozov and Campbell also won cluster 3 with 69 and 114 points respectively.

While Morozov’s (333 points) World Cup title for the second year in a row was confirmed, Campbell (357 points) sealed the overall trophy after winning the 100m freestyle to beat Katinka Hosszu (HUN), who finished second with 312 points.

Michelle Coleman (SWE) finished overall third with 174 points in women’s field, while Lithuania’s Danas Rapsys (234) and Dutchman Arno Kamminga (195) completed the top three overall rankings in men’s field.

Meanwhile, Campbell clocked 52.61 for her victory on Saturday – her second gold in Doha this year.

Campbell said: “I really pushed myself hard this year and I couldn’t ask for a better World Cup campaign. Most importantly, I am happy with my time. I want to thank all the people who helped me made this possible.”

Hosszu, who looked determined to win the overall title, clinched two more gold on the last night but fell short in the points tally.

The Iron Lady was victorious in 100m butterfly and 200m IM to complete five victories in Doha. She clocked 58.19 in the fly and 2:09.89 in the IM finals.

“This is my second best time (100m butterfly), and I am very happy about it. Winning is always special,” said Hosszu.

Danas Rapsys also grabbed the spotlight after completing a clean sweep of titles in men’s 200m freestyle, clocking 1:45.50 for the victory.

America’s Michael Andrew was another star on the final day, storming to victories in two finals. He clinched the men’s 50 butterfly in 22.94 – his second fastest time. Szebasztian Szabo (HUN) – 23.34 and Riku Poytakivi (FIN) 23.60 – claimed silver and bronze medals.

“My second sub 23, I am super happy. I will get back to training,” said Andrew.

Barely 15 minutes after winning his first gold medal, Andrew returned to the pool to capture the 100m backstroke victory – his second of the night.

In a thrilling men’s 200m breaststroke final, Chupkov edged Arno Kamminga (NED) to win gold in 2:08.37. Kamminga touched the wall in 2:08.39 for the second position.

Emily Seebohm (AUS) scooped women’s 200m backstroke gold after a close race with her team-mate Kaylee Mckeown. Seebohm clocked 2:08.54, while Grabowski was just behind, finishing the race in 2:11.31.

Seebohm also secured a bronze medal in 50m breaststroke, with Jhennifer Conceicao (BRA) claiming the title in 30.93.

In men’s 400m IM, Balazs Hollo (HUN) edged team-mate David Verraszto, securing the win in 4:15.17. Verraszto (4:15.46) was just fractions of a second behind and had to settle for a silver medal. Patrick Staber (AUT) completed the podium in 4:16.03.

The women’s 800m freestyle title was captured by Tjasa Oder (SLO) in 8:34.65 while Australia clinched victory in mixed 4x100m medley relay followed by Chinese Taipei and Poland.

Over 200 swimmers from 44 countries took part in the FINA Swimming World Cup Doha 2019, which the Qatari capital hosted for the eighth consecutive year.

Source: Qatar Olympic Committee

Qatar’s Tamimi advances to third round of PSA Men’s World Championship

Doha, World No.47 Abdulla Mohammed Al Tamimi has continued to make history as he once again scripted another upset on Saturday with the defeat of 28-ranked Mathieu Castagnet of France to book a place in the third round of the ongoing PSA Men’s World Championship.

Continuing in the fine form which saw him became the first Qatari player in history to reach the second round of the men’s championship with the defeat of World No.14 Gregoire Marche on Friday, the 24-year-old Aspire Academy graduate emphatically trounced the 33-year-old Frenchman 3-0 (12-10, 11-8, 11-8) in 43 minutes to once again send the appreciative home crowd into wild jubilation.

With the master-class performance, Tamimi has discountenanced any suggestion of his earlier win as fluke and proven that he is not a pushover at the prestigious tournament.

I’m very happy with today’s victory which is one of my best. Yesterday’s victory boosted my confidence and I approached this match with the mindset that anything can happen if I give it my best shot and that’s what has happened. I hope to go as far as possible at this tournament and I appreciate the support of the fans who rallied behind me and pushed me on,” Tamimi said.

Meanwhile, German World No.6 Simon RAlsner also moved through to round three after he defeated England’s Declan James 3-1 (11-9, 9-11, 11-8, 11-9) to set up a third round encounter with either Welshman Joel Makin or Egypt’s Mohamed ElSherbini.

The pair are two of the tallest players on the PSA Tour � RAlsner standing at six feet, two inches tall, with James coming in at six feet, three inches � and as such there were some traffic issues throughout the match which saw a number of lets and strokes halt the momentum of the match.

Second-seed Tarek Momen claims an emphatic 3-0 (11-9, 12-10, 11-5) victory against compatriot Mazen Hesham while 2016 World Champion Karim Abdel Gawad defeated Mexico’s Cesar Salazar 3-1 (10-12, 11-6, 11-5, 11-7) to advance into the third round.

Momen will next face home favourite Abdullah Mohammed Al Tamimi while Gawad faces 2010 World Championship runner-up James Willstrop who stopped the advancement of Egypt’s Youssef Ibrahim.

Source: Qatar Olympic Committee

Qatar Airways Proud to Sponsor the Qatar PSA World Squash Championship 2019

DOHA, Qatar Airways is proud to be the Official Airline Partner of the PSA World Squash Championship Qatar 2019, taking place from 8 to 15 November at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex in Doha, Qatar.

The tournament will see top players from around the world gather in Doha to compete for a championship prize amounting to $335,000.

Qatar Airways cabin crew will present the winner’s trophy at the Award Ceremony on 15 November and a ticketing booth will also be available throughout the tournament to assist spectators with any flight ticket queries.

Qatar Airways Senior Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications, Ms Salam Al Shawa, said: Qatar Airways is delighted to again be the Official Airline Partner of the PSA World Squash Championship. As an airline, we are dedicated to connecting people through a shared love of sport, and this belief is reflected in the many world-class sporting events we sponsor globally. We are honoured to welcome back to Doha the world’s best squash players as we head into an exciting winter of sport in Qatar.

Qatar PSA World Squash Championship Tournament Director Tareq Zainal said: We are very proud to host the world once again in Doha at the PSA World Championship. Hosting the event for the fifth time is a remarkable achievement and it is a testimonial to the level of confidence the PSA has in us as host of this very important event. This Championship promises to be the best so far and promises to leave a lasting impression on every participant.

Qatar Airways holds an extensive global sports portfolio, sponsoring top-level sporting events and some of the biggest football clubs around the world including AS Roma, Boca Juniors and Bayern Munich. As official FIFA partner, Qatar Airways sponsors the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019TM which is taking place in Doha from 11 to 21 December and the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM, reflecting the values of sport as a means of bringing people together, something at the core of the airline’s brand message – Going Places Together.

Qatar Airways is also the official airline sponsor of the 2020 Qatar ExxonMobil Men’s Open and the 2020 Qatar Total Ladies Open tennis tournaments.

Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of more than 250 aircraft via its hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA), to more than 160 destinations worldwide. The world’s fastest-growing airline has added several exciting new destinations to its growing network this year, including Rabat, Morocco; Izmir, Turkey; Malta; Davao, Philippines; Lisbon, Portugal; and Mogadishu, Somalia; and Langkawi, Malaysia. The airline will add Gaborone, Botswana in 2019 to its extensive route network along with Luanda, Angola; and Osaka, Japan, in 2020.

Source: Qatar Airways

Bahrain among the first countries to rollout 5G network, says minister

Manama, Bahrain is among the first countries globally to offer commercial 5G network services and consumers will reap the benefits of this technology in a rapidly changing global telecommunication landscape.

Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed, Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications, was addressing a ceremony by Zain Bahrain which selected Ericsson to deploy 5G network in the Kingdom. The minister also witnessed the completion of the 1st 5G data session during the event.

We are pleased to see Zain Bahrain deploying the 5G network and its commitment in adopting the latest technologies and innovation which in turn reflects on the Kingdom’s drive for innovation and reinforces its position as a regional leader in the telecommunications and ICT sector, he said.

The signing ceremony was attended by the minister, BAlrje Ekholm, Chief Executive Officer of Ericsson, Shaikh Ahmed bin Ali Al Khalifa Chairman Zain Board, Shaikh Nasser bin Mohammed, Acting General Director of Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), and Mohammed Zainalabedin, General Manager of Zain Bahrain.

As the 5G services expected to go live by end of 2019, consumers are set to benefit from a network equipped for next-generation mobile services, boosting digital innovation in Bahrain.

Bridging from a nationwide LTE advanced network to 5G, Zain Bahrain, has selected Ericsson’s market-leading 5G portfolio to deploy a 5G radio network in the Kingdom, allowing Zain to offer enhanced mobile broadband and fixed wireless access while providing Zain customers with a higher speed, responsiveness and reach that could unlock the full capabilities of the latest technology trends such as virtual reality, augmented reality and the internet of things (IoT) for Zain customers.

Under the terms of Zain’s Bahrain strategic agreement with Ericsson, which involves network modernization from LTE to 5G, Ericsson will provide Zain Bahrain with 3GPP standards-based 5G New Radio (NR) hardware and software from the Ericsson Radio System portfolio, including Massive MIMO solutions as well as the Ericsson Packet Core.

In addition, Zain Bahrain has successfully completed the 5G data session during the event to showcase 5G 360 degrees streaming capabilities with 4K definition.

This agreement marks a major milestone for both companie, Shaikh Ahmed said. Zain Bahrain is excited about the new strategic partnership with Ericsson to support, expand and speed up the deployment of the Kingdom 5G Network. Zain Bahrain ability to provide the latest 5G revolution services comes under the continous commitment to investing in Zain’s digitalization strategy to empower Zain Bahrain customers with solutions and services that are at the forefront of our digital future.

5G is the latest technology revolution, every new generation has primarily been defined by its increased data transmission speeds. But from an innovation perspective, each of the modern leaps in wireless network technology has brought distinct change: The second generation (2G) allowed voice transmission, the third generation (3G) opened the door to mobile data and rich content, LTE brought a speed boost that ushered in the app and mobile-streaming revolution.

5G is expected to be the connectivity infrastructure that will foster the industrial and societal transformation. It is about a network infrastructure that is easy and can be used for all sorts of different and personalized usages. It could unlock the full capabilities of the latest technology trends and become an innovation platform and an opportunity for Zain Bahrain to provide specialized network services to a series of new industry partners: from the automotive, to health to energy sectors, the Chairman of Zain Board added.

According to Fadi Pharaon, President of Ericsson Middle East and Africa, 5G promises to accelerate the digitization of industries, presenting new opportunities and enabling service providers to launch the most advanced technologies while improving the end-user experience with faster speeds and lower latency.

Deploying the 5G-ready radio access and core network infrastructure marks a new chapter of collaboration between Ericsson and Zain Bahrain.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed attends celebrations marking Prophet’s Birthday.

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Noura Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, attended an evening of performances held at the Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation in celebration of Al Mawlid Al Nabawy (Prophet’s Birthday).

Organised under the platform of ‘Al Burda’ Festival to celebrate Islamic art and culture by the Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development and held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Abdulla bin Zayed, the event featured poetry recitals by a select of folklore troupes from a number of Arab and Islamic countries, including the Emirati al-Malid, in commemoration of the Prophet’s Birthday.

The event was attended by Abdul Rahman bin Mohamed Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention, Nasser bin Thani Al Hamli, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation,Hessa bint Essa BuHumaid, Minister of Community Development, Jameela bint Salem Al Muhairi, Minister of State for Public Education, Zaki Nusseibeh, Minister of State, Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh, Minister of State, Abdullah bin Touq, Secretary-General of the UAE Cabinet, and other senior officials, ambassadors and consuls.

Al Mawlid Al Nabawy is celebrated in almost all Islamic countries. The majority of Muslims celebrate the occasion through one form or another to praise the Prophet’s values of compassion, generosity, humility, and justice. The celebrations have extended to be part of many countries’ customs and traditions, including the UAE.

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan noted the significant cultural and traditional impact of Mawlid Al Nabawy in the UAE and the Islamic world, pointing out that the UAE has strived to develop cross-national Islamic cultural dialogue through launching various initiatives and activities including Al Burda.

He said, “The Mawlid Al Nabawy celebration provides us with a platform to celebrate and appreciate Islamic culture and tradition. By understanding the various interpretations and ways of celebration for the occasion, the Islamic world engages in a dialogue that allows for Islamic cultural exchange, religious and traditional acceptance, and heightened compassion for our religion and the Prophet Muhammed, PBUH.

“Cultural initiatives surrounding Islamic arts and culture, such as the Al Burda platform, which highlights the elements, patterns and nuances of our Islamic culture, are integral for the sharing of our culture with diverse cultural backgrounds.”

Sheikh Abdullah further explained that al-Malid performances, which are recitations in remembrance of the Prophet, serve as a testament to the UAE’s commitment to encouraging the collaboration and preservation of a shared Islamic culture on a global cultural platform. “Malids were, in fact, a cultural tradition that our late Founding Father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, always encouraged at social events in commemoration of our culture,” he noted.

Noura Al Kaabi highlighted the importance of such celebrations for the growth and development of Islamic culture, particularly for the youth.

She said, “It is our duty to engage the Islamic community in exchanges that encourage them to expand on and share their knowledge of Islamic traditions and culture. It is part of the ministry’s core mandate to invite people of all backgrounds to understand and appreciate our Islamic culture, which can be done through initiatives like Al Mawlid Al Nabawy celebrations and Al Burda. Most importantly, it is our duty to expose and introduce the younger generations to the diverse traditions the Islamic world encompasses. From a young age, our children will have an understanding of the concepts of a shared culture, one that is cultivated through love, appreciation, and tolerance.”

In light of introducing and engaging younger generations to the diverse disciplines of Islamic art and culture, the Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development launched Al Burda, an international initiative focused on supporting and fostering creativity, as well as raising awareness about Islamic art and culture both locally and globally.

Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs

UAE expects “decisive” twelve months ahead, H.E. Dr Anwar Gargash tells annual Abu Dhabi Strategic Debate.

His Excellency Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, this morning addressed the sixth annual Abu Dhabi Strategic Debate, hosted by the Emirates Policy Center.

In his speech, Dr. Gargash reviewed regional developments and expressed optimism regarding the potential for significant progress over the next year, noting, We have reached critical junctures in major conflicts and challenges across our region.

On Iran, Dr. Gargash emphasized the necessity of diplomacy and deescalation. He called for policymakers to explore constructive ideas, saying that they are needed now more than ever in order to create a new, more stable regional order in which all countries will be able to thrive. He added that any process should include Arab Gulf states to ensure it is long-term and sustainable.

Turning to Yemen, following the UAE’s redeployment from Aden, Dr. Gargash confirmed that the UAE’s priorities within the Coalition will be to continue to provide humanitarian aid, counter terror threats, protect maritime security and support the UN-led political process.

He told the audience the Coalition has managed to defend its strategic priorities in Yemen, and prevent the Iran-backed Houthis and Al-Qaeda from dividing up the country. He commended the Saudi diplomatic success in concluding the Riyadh Agreement. He also stressed the importance of inclusivity to the political process, noting that the Houthis are a part of Yemeni society and they will have a role in its future.

Dr. Gargash made the case for a new regional order, underpinned by a renewal of Arab states and values, with a strong moderate core. Referring to the successful example of Sudan’s transition, he said: We need to be ready to act in unison to resolve conflicts between states, and to encourage countries to resolve any internal conflicts through political dialogue.

Dr. Gargash emphasized the need for the UAE to continue pursuing national advancement as it deals with various regional crises. He described the UAE’s national success as inspiring other states in the region to concentrate on progressive social and economic priorities. Progressive evolution, he told the audience, is vital not just for our own sake but to give others hope that life really can get better in this region.

Dr. Gargash addressed the changing nature of the international system and emphasized the necessity of a rules-based global order. In times of change the rules governing the international system are of vital importance in managing priorities and challenges.

Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs