Daily Archives: December 7, 2019

Bahraini player delays honeymoon until after Gulf Cup

Manama, Amid jubilations and congratulations in Bahrain after the football national team beat all odd and reached the final of the Gulf Cup, one player has been praised for delaying his honeymoon.

Abdulwahab Al Malood has just got married and he and his wife were planning to jet off for a honeymoon at the start of their new life.

However, following the decision of Bahrain to take part in the Gulf Cup in Qatar, the couple delayed their trip abroad so he can contribute to the success of the national team and hopefully win the much-coveted trophy.

Bahrainis have appreciated Abdulwahab for making himself available to the squad and demonstrating ahigh level of patriotism and a deep sense of commitment.

It is a great honour for me to represent my country and to play for the national team, Abdulwahab told Bahrain News Agency (BNA).

Postponing the honeymoon despite its significance to both of us is the least I can do for my country.

Earlier this year, a Bahraini player was with the national handball team in Qatar when he got news that his father had passed away.

However, Mahdi Saad opted not to return home and preferred to stay with his teammates to play the final that Bahrain won.

Sometimes, we are faced with difficult choices, especially when they include deep emotions, Mohammed Basri, a social media figure, said. The sense of patriotism and the desire to accomplish a new achievement for the country and bring smiles to thousands of people are stronger than your own feelings. We salute such players for their dedication and devotion to the national team.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

Qatar Cricket League Kicks Off Saturday

DOHA, The Qatar T10 Cricket League starts Saturday at the Asian City Stadium in Doha for the first time in the region with the participation of the best international players.

The 10-day event is organized by the Qatar Cricket Association (QCA) under President Yousef Jeham Al Kuwari and with the supervision of the International Cricket Council (ICC).

The league will feature six teams including Falcon Hunters, Desert Riders, Flying Oryx, Heat Stormers, Pearl Gladiators, and Swift Gallopers.

The T10 league is the latest in the ICC’s calendar to promote the shorter formats of the game.

The participating teams include international cricketers from nearly all the major Test-playing nations besides top string cricketers from Qatar and other Gulf nations.

In remarks on Friday, QCA President Yousef Jeham Al Kuwari said that the organization of the big cricket event in conjunction with the Arabian Gulf Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup confirms Qatar’s ability to host more than one international event at one time, adding that this strengthens Qatar’s global sports position.

QCA President added that T10 Cricket League is the first its kind in Doha and the region, pointing out that the tournament will contribute to raising the popularity of the sport of cricket to a greater level and open a door for developing the game in Qatar.

Source: Qatar Olympic Committee

DERASAT to mark tenth anniversary

Manama, Under the patronage of the Royal Court Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa, Minister of the Royal Court, the Bahrain Center for Strategic, International and Energy Studies Derasat will celebrate its tenth anniversary on December 14th.

Bahraini officials, Arab and International diplomats, the media, and representatives of a number of regional think tanks, coinciding with the National Day celebrations in the Kingdom will attend.

Celebrations will be held under the theme from vision to reality, set to include a demonstration of a decade’s achievement, including conferences, publications, seminars, and survey polls, in the reign of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, and His Majesty’s comprehensive reform program and Bahrain’s 2030 Economic Vision.

We are truly grateful to His Excellency Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa, Minister of the Royal Court, for his gracious patronage of Derasat’s decade celebration, for which all staff feel honored.said DERASAT Board of Trustees’ Chairman Dr. Shaikh Abdulla bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa.

We strived for ten years to make Derasat a beacon of thought and knowledge in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The Center is a virtue of His Majesty’s wisdom, with whose blessings it was founded, anticipating its support in government decision making, and increasing national gains for Bahrain’s future., he added.

His Majesty’s wisdom identified the urgent need to supplement the Kingdom’s building process, based on a solid foundation of knowledge that benefits from world developments to realize visions, study trends, identify priorities, and research policies; all through seminars, research workshops, and conferences that present ideas, solutions, and treatments for many local and regional challenges, He said.

The Center always made every effort to be objective when pursuing facts, through its several instruments, aiming to increase the understanding of current and emerging international issues, said Dr. Shaikh Abdulla, adding that, this is a contribution by the Center to achieve world peace, and the message of the Kingdom’s wise leadership and people, utilizing research, dialog, and survey polls to measure trends in public opinion; conducting accurate, objective, and impartial studies and field surveys on various local, regional, and international issues, and use the data and results to serve researchers, decision-makers, and society.

He underlined Derasat success in assuming renewable roles to rise up to His Majesty’s vision to increase dependence on scientific research in addressing society’s issues and citizens’ wellbeing, contributing to regional security and stability, and spreading the values of tolerance and coexistence.

Derasat has become a prominent think tank on a global scale; considered among the top five research centers in the Middle East, with a wide and comprehensive outreach of partnerships with numerous centers and international organizations, the foremost of which is the United Nations; having also organized and participated in prestigious international events, said Dr. Shaikh Abdulla.

Dr. Shaikh Abdulla concluded his statement by commending Derasat’s team of researchers, administrators and affiliates for their cooperation and perseverence, asserting that Derasat has the confidence, will and aspiration to continue in its pursuit of leadership and achievements.

Derasat was formed as a specialized center through Royal Decree 52/2009, to contribute to evolving an open, objective and independent environment; and to conduct studies and research in strategic, international and energy domains; as well as cooperating with research centers and scientific organizations.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

Pearl Harbor shooting unfolded in 23 seconds in packed area

Honolulu, The U.S. Navy sailor who fatally shot two people at Pearl Harbor before killing himself was unhappy with his commanders and had been undergoing counseling, a military official said Friday.

Gabriel Romero, 22, also faced non-judicial punishment, which is a lower-level administrative process for minor misconduct, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss personnel matters not made public. He used his two service weapons in the attack, the official said.

Romero also wounded a 36-year-old man in the attack Wednesday at the naval shipyard within the storied military base before turning the gun on himself, authorities said. That victim is in stable condition at a hospital, The Associated Press reported.

In a second attack at a Navy base this week, a shooter opened fire in a classroom building Friday at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida � leaving four people dead, including the assailant, and multiple people wounded.

The Pearl Harbor shooting came just days before a ceremony to remember those who perished in the Japanese bombing 78 years ago that propelled the U.S. into World War II.

Security will be beefed up as usual for the annual event that is expected to draw survivors, veterans, dignitaries and others Saturday to honor the more than 2,300 Americans killed on Dec. 7, 1941.

According to the AP, military officials said Friday at a news conference that they had not found a motive yet for the shooting but that there’s no evidence of domestic terrorism. They said the isolated attack, witnessed by shipyard employees in an area with thousands of workers, unfolded in about 23 seconds.

Romero, who was from Texas and enlisted in the Navy two years ago, was dead when authorities arrived, and he was armed for his job standing watch and providing security for the fast attack submarine USS Columbia, which is at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for maintenance, officials said.

Retired Army Col. Gregory Gross, a former military judge, said that just because Romero faced non-judicial punishment doesn’t automatically mean he should have been taken off watch duty.

It could have been something as simple as you were late for work, said Gross, who presided over part of the court-martial for the 2009 shooting at Fort Hood in Texas.

But if the misconduct were something like assault, then it would have been easy to take Romero off watch duty and take away his weapons, Gross said.

All it takes is for the commander to say, ‘You’re not getting a weapon,’ and he would be taken off that watch, he said.

It was not known if Romero knew his victims, Roldan Agustin, 49, and Vincent Kapoi Jr., 30.

Agustin was born in Laoag City, Philippines, and moved to Hawaii when he was 2, according to his mother, Aida Agustin.

He’s a good man, she told The Associated Press through tears.

I’m so sorry, anak ko, I’m still shaking, she added Friday, using the phrase my child in Ilocano, a Filipino language.

Family members said Roldan Agustin served in the Navy and retired from the Army National Guard, then became a metals inspector at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard.

In a statement, his brother said Agustin enjoyed working on cars with his friends and spending time with family.

We will forever remember Roldan to be humble and honest, and a generous and patient man, the statement said.

Tara Kapoi said her husband, Vincent, grew up in Waianae, a town on the west side of Oahu.

We don’t know what happened, she said Thursday, asking for privacy.

A family statement described him as an easy-going, fun-loving, ‘let’s do this’ man. Services were scheduled for Dec. 15.

He was a metals inspector apprentice, the Navy said.

College roommate Daniel Vu described Kapoi as a soft-spoken and hardworking family guy who woke up at 3 a.m. to work at the fishing docks to pay for tuition. Kapoi graduated from the University of San Francisco in 2011 and was proud of his Native Hawaiian and Filipino heritage, Vu told news website Honolulu Civil Beat.

He was very giving, very generous and willing to sacrifice a lot, Vu said.

Jamie Hiranaka, president of the union representing the three workers, said they were all inspectors who checked welding and other work.

The union, the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers Local 121 Hawaii, said it’s trying to help employees get through the shooting that produced fear, terror, sadness and grief.

Some were witnesses, others heard the gunshots, others locked down into the closest building they could find, but most were locked in their offices not knowing (what) was happening, a union statement said.

Mass shootings and gun violence are rare in Hawaii. The state had the lowest gun death rate among U.S. states in 2017, according to the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. The islands have strict firearms laws, including a ban on assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition magazines.

The Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard repairs, maintains and modernizes the ships and submarines of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, which is headquartered at Pearl Harbor. The base is the home for 10 destroyers, 15 submarines and Air Force units.

Source: Bahrain News Agency