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Thursday, November 24, 2005

Bahraini Blog Contributes to Google Services' Guides

The almighty G has released a number of products and services in its seven-plus years of existence; a couple of sites have made an effort to list the services in one place. The publishers of the lists on TipMonkies and Stravinsky's Sizzlin' Shack need to get together on their Google services lists.

TipMonkies organized theirs alphabetically, but Stravinsky's has more services listed. Both do a good job of describing the services available. It's an impressive collection of nifty things Google has made available over the years.

Stravinsky's would benefit from alphabetizing its list. People tend to follow that type of organization more naturally. The only service Google seems to lack right now is some type of online productivity suite and a place to store documents created online.

Source: WebProNews

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Michael Jackson to build a mosque in Bahrain

World's top pop singer Michael Jackson, who recently settled down in Manama has donated a huge amount of money, the figure was not disclosed, for building a state-of-the-art mosque near his luxury palace in the Bahraini capital, according to his spokesman. The proposed mosque would be designated for learning the principles and teachings of Islam, as well as teaching of English language, for which high-standard teachers would be brought from United States under his personal supervision, the spokesman said.

Jackson did so as a token of appreciation to the Bahraini people, who welcomed him and treated him as if he was one of the citizens of their country. It is noteworthy that Germain Jackson, the brother of Michael had embraced Islam at the beginning of 1990s, and he was one of former Jackson Five band and the solo singer. Jermain had felt his brother Michael has great interest and study of Islamic books, the tolerance of Islam and his dealing with Arab and Muslim personalities since long years. The most prominent among those figures is Prince Al Waleed bin Talal and the Bahraini royal family.

Source: Khaleej Times Online

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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Ferrari Ends Bahrain Test

Ferrari ended their four day testing program in Bahrain today. Both Marc Gene and Luca Badoer were in action for the Scuderia, again working on engine and tyre development carried over from the previous days. Ferrari's two test drivers took to the circuit in an F2005 with a V10 configured to the new engine regulations as well as a modified F2004 with Ferrari's new V8 engine onboard.
Badoer completed a total of 56 laps of tyre testing, in a fastest time of 1'34.588. Gene ran 66 laps, setting a best time of 1'34.455 while working on V8 development.

Source: SportNetwork

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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Bush Talked of Bombing Al-Jazeera in Qatar

A civil servant has been charged under Britain's Official Secrets Act for allegedly leaking a government memo that a newspaper said Tuesday suggested that Prime Minister Tony Blair persuaded President Bush not to bomb the Arab satellite station Al-Jazeera. The Daily Mirror reported that Bush spoke of targeting Al-Jazeera's headquarters in Doha, Qatar, when he met Blair at the White House on April 16, 2004. The Bush administration has regularly accused Al-Jazeera of being nothing more than a mouthpiece for anti-American sentiments.

The Daily Mirror attributed its information to unidentified sources. One source, said to be in the government, was quoted as saying that the alleged threat was "humorous, not serious," but the newspaper quoted another source as saying that "Bush was deadly serious, as was Blair." Blair's office declined to comment on the report, stressing it never discusses leaked documents. In Qatar, Al-Jazeera said it was aware of the report, but did not wish to comment. The U.S. Embassy in London said it was making no comment. The document was described as a transcript of a conversation between the two leaders. Read More...

Source: TimesDaily & The Daily Mirror

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Kingdom of Bahrain Invites Comments on Spectrum Policy

The Ministry of Transportation (MoT) and the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of Bahrain through a joint consultation document have today invited comments on their proposals concerning the future spectrum policy of the Kingdom. The consultation takes into account the developments in wireless technologies and their needs in terms of spectrum, and seeks views so as to chart a long-term policy for Bahrain in this area.

It invites comments on the overall principles of spectrum management policy, issues of spectrum pricing such as auctions and "beauty contests", trials, and spectrum requirements for services such as WiMax, Fixed Wireless Access, and public and private mobile communications. The deadline for comments is 21 December 2005, and the full contents of the consultation can be viewed on the TRA's website. Aided by feedback, the final spectrum policy plan will be published along with a report on comments received, say officials.

Source: WirelessIQ

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Gulf Air Engineers Head 'Down Under' for Training

Eighteen of Gulf Air's brightest trainee engineers, 11 Bahrainis and seven Omanis, have headed to Australia to complete their training. The group part of the Gulf Air Gulf nationals training programme, will spend 18 months with Brisbane-headquartered Australia Aviation, one of the world's foremost aircraft engineering training establishments.

The Gulf nationals engineering programme provides young school leavers and university graduates with access to a respected and established career as a licensed aircraft engineer. The programme totals a five year investment including 36 months training, classroom and on the job training and relevant work experience to meet the assessment requirements for a JAR accreditation. These young Gulf nationals complete the programme with a globally recognised accreditation.

Aviation Australia is an E.A.S.A (European Aviation Safety Agency) Regulation Part 147 approved training facility, established by the Queensland Government to support the development and growth of the aviation and aerospace industries in the Asia Pacific region. It has, in recent years, increasingly extended into the Middle East.

Gulf Air Technical Training and Development Manager Tim De Alwis, says following recent changes to European Regulations, the trainees would have had to undergo an additional five year, practical, hands-on training programme, in-house, in order to meet the new requirements. While De Alwis leads a team to obtain the necessary new certification standards, the trainee engineers are ready for their Australian 'adventure.'

Source: Strategiy

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Microsoft will set up base in Qatar

Optimistic on the booming economy and appreciative of efforts of the leadership to keep the momentum, the global software major Microsoft will set up a base in the fast coming up Science and Technology Centre in Qatar, and hinted at introducing new products and concepts.

“We are going to move into Science and Technology Centre once it is ready and we have made a commitment,” Microsoft vice-president for Europe, Middle East and Africa Ali Faramawi, who was in Doha in connection with inauguration of its new office, told Gulf Times in an interview.

Asked about the size of the Middle East and its significance to Microsoft, he said three-four years back we were not even 1% of the total revenue and “now we are much more than that” but declined to divulge the figures. On the government programmes, he said Microsoft has signed an agreement with Qatar for co-operating in deployment of technology within government, showcasing specific E-governance projects, education and building local software economy.

Source: Gulf Times

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DJ Aqeel Spins in Kuwait

World renowned DJ Aqeel Ali’s performance at Safar Palace drew a sizzling crowd of over a thousand who danced the night away to the foot stomping trance at the DJ Aqeel Nite organized by the Hot Stepper on 4th November 2005. The event proved to be a grand success with a huge fan following from GenNow and GenNext alike. DJ Tony and DJ Aryan kept the hall smoking till the Man of the Nite hit the stage and spinned one track after another.

His personal life at a glimpse…Aqeel is married to Jewellery designer, Farah Khan Ali ( Sister of Susan Khan , wife of Hritik Roshan ). Farah is on a professional high working with Ishu and Sunil Datwani , selling signature designs of mostly bridal jewellery. Their young son, Azaan completes the trio.

This bizarre facet in the realm of music claims that it all started about eight years ago when he went to Hongkong for a holiday and met up with a few Djs. He was in complete awe of how people danced to their tunes and the way they reached to them. His unvarying desirer to become absorbed in music professionally and the opportunities knocking at his door clicked the big picture for Aqeel Ali and he decided to come to the Indian music terrain Mumbai and try it out here.

Source: Bellvision

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Aseambankers mandated by Bahrain's - The Housing Bank

Aseambankers Malaysia Bhd has been mandated to structure the issuance of mortgage-backed securities for The Housing Bank of Bahrain. In a statement on Nov 22, Aseambankers said its appointment was based on its extensive experience in developing Sukuk and conventional bonds. Aseambankers has devised and structured a large number of Sukuk and bond issues, including the structuring and issuance of mortgage-backed securities for Cagamas in October 2004 to the value of US$388 million (RM1.46 billion).

It said it had signed the Investment Consultancy Agreement with The Housing Bank in Bahrain recently for the structuring and issuance of mortgage-backed securities of the company. Aseambankers said The Housing Bank planned to invest the proceeds in expanding its real estate and investment operations that will result in the diversification of its income sources.

The Housing Bank was formed under the Government Act in 1979 to provide loans facilities to the private and corporate sectors in Bahrain. Murad said the bonds proceeds would be used in different investment and real estate projects the Housing Bank planned to initiate.

Source: The Edge Daily

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Monday, November 21, 2005

Signing FTA with US has no relation with Israel - Bahrain

Bahrain's foreign minister, Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmad Al-Khalifa underscored Monday that Israel has no relation with his country's signing of the free trade agreement (FTA) with the US.

Speaking to newsmen before flying back home he said all GCC member states are after signing an FTA with the US noting that "Israel has no relation with that ... lifting the boycott is a global principle and has nothing to do with normalization of ties with Israel."

To a question on whether his country would open door for trading with Israel he said "this is in the hand of the Bahraini businessman, he has to decide ...". Read More....

Source: KUNA

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Case against Saudi princess could be resolved before trial

The case against a Saudi princess charged with forcing two Indonesian women to be her domestic servants may settle out of court. Hana Al Jader's lawyers are planning talks with federal prosecutors to try and resolve the case before trial. Jader's lawyer made the remarks during a hearing in federal court in Boston this afternoon.

Jader is married to Prince Mohamed Bin Turki Alsaud. She's accused of confiscating the passports of two Indonesian women who worked as domestic servants at the family's homes in Arlington and Winchester. An indictment says the princess told the women they would suffer "serious harm" if they didn't perform the work. She's charged with forced labor, visa fraud and other crimes.

Source: WRGB-TV6

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Al-Jazeera in legal dispute over Web site name

Al Jazeera, which is relentless in reporting U.S. involvement in Iraq and other major stories, has so far been less forthcoming about a legal dispute involving its own Web site. An Al-Jazeera executive told United Press International Saturday the case is ongoing, but confirmed the story so far leaves two news Web sites with the same domain name -- and only one belongs to the Arab language satellite television news channel.

Aljazeera.net is the official site of the Qatar-based television company: But there is also aljazeera.com, operated by the AJ Publishing of Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, and London. In March, the Qatar channel filed a complaint at the World Intellectual Property Arbitration and Mediation Center in Geneva requesting that the Dubai/London-based site stop using the same domain name, and charging the other company with breach of copyright and "bad faith."

Satnam Matharu, Al Jazeera's chief communications executive, confirmed in Doha that the network had lost the case, and was now considering its next step, probably an appeal. He said the four-man arbitration panel in Geneva had ruled in favor of the Dubai company. News sources in Doha said Al Jazeera is challenging the rival Web site now because it plans to launch its own exclusively English-language news and commentary channel, Al-Jazeera International, next year and would like to have a clear field for its new news venture. Read More....

Source: World Peace Herald

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Oman's largest firm takes on ex-Tory MP

A former UK Shadow Solicitor-General is joining Oman's biggest law firm as it looks to swell its ranks. Former Conservative MP Nick Hawkins is joining Al Alawi Mansoor Jamal & Co (AMJ) as a senior associate specialising in banking law and business development. It is understood that the firm has recruited two other lawyers, who will be joining the firm in the near future.

Hawkins spent the past eight years as an MP representing Surrey Heath and was appointed Shadow Solicitor-General in 2003. Hawkins said he always planned to move back into private practice and after two terms in opposition did not feel up to a third. Before becoming an MP, Hawkins was group legal adviser at Lloyds Asset Life and practised at the bar for seven years from chambers in Birmingham and North-ampton. Al Alawi Mansoor is one of the biggest law firms in Oman with 24 lawyers. The firm's practice areas include capital markets, corporate, project finance and litigation and arbitration.

Source: The Lawyer

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Protesting the Personal

With the end of the holy month of Ramadan, it is protest season in Bahrain again. Thousands have taken to the streets of Manama over the past two weeks in a series of marches against a proposed new family law. The protests culminated in a march that saw around 14,000 protesters according to the Interior Ministry, and may have been much larger. The protests were called by opposition Islamic parties, lead by the al-Wefaq society, which is calling on parliament to reject the new family law on the grounds that it is un-Islamic. Religious leaders fear that the proposed law will remove sharia, or Islamic law, principles from the civil courts.

The law, however, is strongly supported by women's rights groups in Bahrain, in particular the Supreme Council for Women (SCW), which is chaired by the wife of Bahrain's King, Sheikh Sabika bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa. Women's groups say the proposed law, called the Personal Status Law, has been based on sharia principles, but will bring greater clarity to the settlement of domestic disputes, such as divorce, child custody and inheritance, and therefore greater equality and fair treatment for women. At present, the ill-defined sharia system allows too much discretion to judges, who tend to be biased towards men, say the law's supporters. Read More....

Source: Oxford Business Group

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WSIS Tunisia: Guess Who's Coming For Dinner?

Israeli foreign minister Silvan Shalom, just back from a groundbreaking visit to Tunisia, said Sunday that dialogue with Israel is the key for Arab states wanting to help the Palestinians.

Shalom said that the fact he was able to land in Tunis on an Israeli aircraft at the head of an official Israeli delegation and sit down to dinner with the heads of state of Tunisia, Lebanon, Algeria and Sudan and the prime ministers of Bahrein and Qatar was itself a sign that Israel's pariah status in the Arab and Muslim world is waning.

"You ask yourself, 'Is this really happening?"' Shalom said, adding that in the past a high-level Israeli presence at an international gathering would have prompted a walkout by Arab leaders. "For them to sit with me and eat dinner; I think we've made tremendous progress."

Shalom, who was born in Tunisia but moved with his family to Israel as a child, led the Israeli delegation to the U.N.'s World Summit on the Information Society in the Tunisian capital.

"I told them one thing, 'If you want to help the Palestinians, there's only one way. Not by declarations, not by statements, only if you have good relations with Israel,"' Shalom said Sunday.

Source: Israel Insider

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Shepparton sisters home after Damascus ordeal

This just in from The Age (Images Courtesy of ABC News):

Two Shepparton sisters caught in a security scare in Syria arrived home last night, relieved to be back in Australia. The pair, Hawra al-Moussawi, 16, and her 12-year-old sister, Zainab, were returning with relatives from Iraq when the group of seven were detained amid fears of a hijacking plot. Their father, Sadiq al-Moussawi, who did not travel overseas, said the suggestion they were planning to hijack the plane was "unbelievable".

(Some of the women held by Syrian authorities over hijacking fears are greeted at Sydney airport after the group's return to Australia)

Mr Moussawi said his three-year-old nephew had picked up an empty gun cartridge while visiting relatives in the southern Iraqi city of Najaf and it then became entangled with one of the boy's toys. The group included Mr Moussawi's mother, sister-in-law, nephew and two daughters, who are all Australian citizens, and two Iraqi women on spouse visas who married into his family. They were detained at Damascus airport on Tuesday. They had been planning to board a flight to Australia, via Bahrain. Mr Moussawi said it was ridiculous to suggest his 65-year-old mother, who had a bad heart, poor eyesight and a fear of flying, might have been involved in something like that.

The group flew in to Sydney on Sunday night, where most of the family live. Mr Moussawi drove his daughters home to Shepparton yesterday. The family are Shiite Muslims who fled Saddam Hussein's regime in 1991. Mr Moussawi runs Ammar Autos in Shepparton and is a well-known local businessman. Shepparton's Iraqi Association president, Adnan al-Ghazal, said the family had been the victims of manipulative Syrian authorities. The Syrian embassy could not be contacted late yesterday afternoon. A Gulf Air spokesman, who last week was reported as saying ammunition had been discovered in one of the women's bags, yesterday said he was misquoted.

----------------------Some points to ponder upon------------------------------

1) Gulf Air's spokesperson states he's been misquoted by the media (the GDN report indicates that last Friday 'he confirmed a dismantled gun had been found'). Furthermore, IC Wales yesterday carried a report stating: 'A spokesman for Gulf Air in Australia, David Baker, said the pieces of the gun were in the cabin luggage and there were bullets in luggage that got into the aircraft's hold'. So who's beating around the bush? MSM (Main Stream Media) or Gulf Air?

2) A war souvenir has been phrased as a dangerous weapon by airport and airline officials.

3) Earlier on, MSM and Gulf Air were quick to arrive at a ready conclusion of the possibility of plane hijacking and ammunition. Where's the reliability of reporting by MSM? Will anyone want to fly Gulf Air after this whole episode - was it their mishandling that led to the confusion or how exactly could Gulf Air have tackled this whole situation?

4) Will the GDN (Gulf Daily News), Bahrain Tribune and MSM get some honest reporting going on regarding the facts of this story? Well that remains to be seen....

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An Update on the Herman Group's Investments in Bahrain

Last Friday, we re-blogged a press release issued at Zawya by Teddie Garrigan who's the Executive Vice President of the Herman Group of Companies. The press release issued on behalf of Herman stated that the firm may be forced to abandon three master planned real estate projects in Bahrain (valued at more than $7billion) due to recent developments that have forced them (Herman) to question the wisdom of any foreign investment in Bahrain and to seek remedies that are available to them (Herman) as the original developer of these projects.

The following day, after reading about the whole Herman reaction regarding their investments having gone bad in Bahrain, a commenter at Mahmood's Den emailed the Executive Vice President of Herman (the person who had issued the press release) to find out more and revealed the following:
I sadly announce that this is true, those projects are dead. I cannot tell you how angry I am at what is happening and the reality that is Bahrain. We are really screwed, serious and let us forget about somethin called investment. Spare us the bs we hear about how great things are, honestly, just spare us.

Mahmood Al Yousif over at Mahmood's Den has shed more light on the entire Herman fiasco through a comment he posted earlier today:
There is more than meets the eye in this one. Through my cursory investigation I've found that the Herman Group are actually playing sour losers more than anything else. They've based their business plan on corruption rather than straight-forward business processes and forecasts. If they have been taken for a ride, then it's only them that are to blame as well as their naivete rather than the government of Bahrain which had nothing to do with this it seems.

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1Bln USD Deal for Saudi-Bahrain Power Link Won by Nexans & Prysmian

French cable maker Nexans, in partnership with Prysmian, has signed a 1 bln usd contract to supply the underwater cables for an electricity interconnection network between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, Les Echos newspaper reported, without naming its source.

The order is from the Gulf Corporation Council Interconnexion Authority, the organisation steering the project, the business daily said. Prysmian was formely known as Pirelli Cables, which was bought by Goldman Sachs from Pirelli earlier this year.

Source: Forbes

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Kuwait to provide loan for Bahrain's power network expansion

The Kuwait Fund for Arab and Economic Development (KFAED) will provide a 12-million-Kuwaiti dinar (about 40.8 million US dollars) loan to Bahrain to help expand its existing electric power network, the Kuwait News Agency reported on Sunday. A KFAED statement was quoted as saying that an accord will be signed to "help the Bahraini power network cope with the rising demand for electric power in areas with popular, commercial and industrial activity in Bahrain."

The project will "add more power to the network and expand it," the statement said.

It added that the project calls for launching 15 new transformers and adding power to 11 existing transformers to enable them to stand up to electrical and mechanical requirements.
The project also includes engineering services associated with the installations' small details, it said. This loan is the 15th provided by Kuwait to finance various development projects in Bahrain, with a total value of 450.5 million dollars.

Source: Xinhua via People's Daily Online

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Ex-Im Bank Supports Gulfstream Aerospace Sale of Executive Jets to Saudi Arabia

An Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) long-term loan guarantee will support the export by Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., Savannah, Ga., of three G350 business jet aircraft to National Air Services (NAS), Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Ex-Im Bank announced its approval of the financing in conjunction with the Dubai Air Show being held in Dubai November 20-24, 2005.

Gulfstream has more than 7,200 employees at seven major locations in the United States. The G350 aircraft will be manufactured in Savannah. The planes include components produced by numerous U.S. sub-suppliers including Aerostructures Corp., Nashville, Tenn.; Goodrich Avionics Systems Inc., Grand Rapids, Mich.; Honeywell International Inc., Phoenix, Ariz.; and Parker Hannifin Corp., Ogden, Utah.

Gulfstream announced last May that it had signed a letter of intent with NAS for the purchase of the G350 aircraft. The approval of the Ex-Im Bank financing for NAS has resulted in NAS and Gulfstream finalizing this purchase. The Ex-Im Bank transaction is structured as an asset-backed financing, with the aircraft serving as collateral. Arab Banking Corp., New York, N.Y., the branch office of Arab Banking Corp., Bahrain, is the guaranteed lender on the transaction. Gulfstream designs, manufactures and markets a complete line of technologically advanced business jet aircraft.

Source: Export-Import Bank of the United States via Yahoo Finance

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Direct Costs of Child Abuse Revealed in Study by Bahrain Society

Child abuse costs the world $94 billion a year, according to a recent study. The study was conducted by Be-Free, an anti-child abuse and neglect program run by the Bahrain Women Society. The study examined the direct costs that arise from child abuse, such as the cost of hospitalization in the cases of physical abuse as well as the indirect costs associated from child abuse, for example high rates of adult criminality and the resulting loss of productivity to society.

"Children don't learn by hearing but by watching," Soroor Qarooni, founder of Be-Free and a panelist at a symposium on protecting children from abuse, exploitation and violence held Friday at the World Association of NGOs' (WANGO) annual conference in Santo Domingo.

Qarooni said that children who witness acts of domestic violence are more likely to be in an abusive relationship later in life and are more likely to commit acts of abuse themselves. The importance of strong family values was cited as the most important preventative of child abuse by Qarooni and her fellow panelist, J'Lein Liese, founder of Foundation for Global Leadership, which provides training and technical assistance to governments and non-governmental organizations in the areas of post-conflict reconstruction. Read More....

Source: Dominican Today

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Sunday, November 20, 2005

Our Daily Interesting Finds Related to Bahrain

The BahrainGP website is built on top of Wordpress. For those who don't know what Wordpress is, (from the wordpress.org site) it is a state-of-the-art semantic personal publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability - WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time. Apparently, the BahrainGP website has been designed and developed by FlipCorp - a Middle Eastern Interactive agency located at the Dubai Media City and the same firm that recently revamped Air Arabia's website (which is also built upon WP).

While skimming the source code for the bahraingp site we found out that interestingly enough WP themes were being called from bahraingp.flipcorp.com while images and textual content came off the bahraingp.com url - not a big deal, just that one would usually believe in storing both content and design webparts on the same server (that's not a suggestion - just an opinion, you're free to take it as a suggestion though). ...And the BahrainGP rss feed can be accessed from here.

It was also encouraging to see that FlipCorp had launched their blog (FlipBlogSpot) earlier this month (again WP) and now we hope to see some 'real' competition on the UAE/Dubai Corporate Blogging Scene - between FlipCorp's blog and the one over at AmeInfo. It would be a WP versus Blogger scene. Obviously, each to his/her own when it comes to blogging, but both blogs have more or less categorized themselves as corporate blogs - and though AmeInfo had an early start, their blog content is not at all appealing (mostly press releases) compared to FlipCorp's blog postings on the net's ongoings.

2 new blogs from Bahrain popped up on our radar: The Flooze and Living in the Gulf. Both blogs give Bahrain a new face from the culture shock point of view and it's all power to the ladies behind these blogs plus a big welcome to them on behalf of Bahrain's Blogosphere.

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Things that have to be cleared up about Bahrain

From Ali.I.Karimi at the Int'l Football Forum on the IranKicks Football Talk website:

(Ok, im tired of fighting some of this stuff in every thread, so I'm hoping I can end it here.)

1. Bahrain spends millions on football.
Wrong. Bahrain is not the richest country in the gulf , its probably not even fourth richest. We get money from other Gulf Countries as well , so don't accuse us of bribing anyone.

2. We buy players.
Wrong. We are also the smallest gulf country (size) and second smallest in population, and the fact that every player is Bahraini is something we are proud of. Unlike Qatar, they spend alot and they buy players, all our players are Bahraini. The is one exception only , and he never plays.

3. We raised flags when Saudi won , we are Saudi's pets.
WRONG WRONG WRONG. We raised flags, but its because we were happy for Saudi. In the Bahrain Trinidad match, people from Qatar came with Bahraini flags and Qatari flags and waved both during the match. You could also see some saudi flags and some saudi players came for support as well. If you watch any arab channels you would have heard prior to the match at least one person wishing Bahrain good luck. I was watching the Qatari league when the announcer said it while talking about the quality of the league.

4. We bribed the FA to get a replay against Uzbekistan.
WRONG. They ASKED for a replay, they wanted 3-0 but the AFC wouldn't give them that. So they accepted a replay and tied. It has nothing to do with Bahrain ! 3-0 is ludicrous anyway so don't say we bribed the AFC.

5. Bahrain is oil rich , Sheik filled, desert loving, camel people land.
-Ok, Bahrain doesn't have too much oil , it has some natural gas but less than Qatar.
-We have Sheiks but a large part of our population is Shi'ite , and a good portion of Irani decent.
-Desert loving. Bahrain was a tropical island until about 50 years ago, there were palm trees and sweet water. Then the goverment digged up the sea , salt water got it and the plants died.
-Camel people. There are camels but not too many, hardly any. No one uses them to get from place to place anyway.

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Australians set free in Syria after gun investigation

Four Australian women and a young boy have been released by officials in Syria after being accused of trying to take a dismantled gun aboard a plane. The women and the boy were detained along with two Iraqi women at Damascus airport last Tuesday while attempting to board a Gulf Air flight bound for Australia, via Bahrain. A Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) spokesman said the four Australian women, who were born in Iraq, and boy had been released by Syrian officials.

The DFAT spokesman was unable to say when the group had left Syria or whether they would be interviewed if they returned to Australia. Two of the women are from Victoria and two from NSW. One was accompanied by her son. A Gulf Air spokesman last Friday confirmed a dismantled gun was found inside their hand luggage. However he would not comment on media reports that Syrian officials believed they may have thwarted a hijacking.

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

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Dubai buys Grand Buildings on Trafalgar Square

The Dubai authorities have snapped up a corner of Trafalgar Square in a deal believed to be worth around £155m. One Trafalgar Square, known as Grand Buildings, has been bought by Istithmar, an investment company indirectly controlled by the Dubai government. The site was sold by Noriba Bank, a Bahrain-based subsidiary of Swiss banking giant UBS, which acquired it from listed property group Land Securities for £140m two years ago. The 198,000sq ft site in the south east corner of the London square dates back to the 1870s and includes retail outlets and offices.

Sultan Ahmad Bin Sulayem, the chairman of Istithmar, was recently reported as saying that London was important as "it has a strong real estate market." The purchase of Grand Buildings is the latest in a string of deals by the Dubai authorities. The wealthy sheikhdom, part of the United Arab Emirates, has positioned itself as a tourist destination in recent years as well as setting itself up as an international finance centre and transport hub.

Source: The Independent

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Jamie Morrow: Thunder Arabia Championship, Bahrain - Rounds 5 and 6 Report

UK Formula Renault racer Jamie Morrow qualified on pole for rounds 5 and 6 of the inaugural Thunder Arabia championship, held at the Bahrain GP circuit on Friday, 18th November. Due to his 'guest driver' status, Morrow started at the back of the 16 car field. However, undaunted, in race 5 he sliced through the field, setting the fastest lap in the process, to take the lead on the last lap to record a well deserved win.

In race 6, qualifying on pole, but once again starting at the back of the field, his UK ZIP race winning experience counted, as he went through the field with ease and took the lead 4 laps out from the finish, crossing the finish line with a 4 second margin, and another fastest lap under his belt. Morrow will race in rounds 7 and 8 on the 24th and 25th November, before crossing to the US in the New Year to test with championship winning team, Sam Schmidt Motorsport, in anticipation of mounting a challenge for the 2006 Infiniti Pro title.

Source: Jamie Morrow's website via Formula3.cc

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Bahrainis intend to sue Washington for being tortured at Guantanamo

Three of the released Bahraini citizens who were detained in US Guantanamo detention center talked about torture they were exposed to together with other prisoners during their detention which lasted for 4 years. In a press conference in the Bahraini capital Manama, one detainee talked about the cases of defiling the Quran book saying that "the Quran copy which I had kept was stamped by the shoes of the American soldier."

Another former detainee, Adel Kalem, said he was exposed to physical and psychological torture in Qandahar and Guantanamo, noting that physical torture in Guantanamo was in different forms of beating and exposed to chilly cold and electricity current. The released men: Sheikh Salman Bin Ibrahim al-Khaleifa, Abdullah al-Nueimi and Adel Kamel expressed their determination to sue the American administration over the psychological and physical damages inflected on them.

Source: ArabicNews.com

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