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The Conscience of Bahrain’s Environment

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How many of you haven’t heard, read or seen the work of Khawla Al-Muannadi?

Like thousands like me, us Bahrainis think that she epitomizes the conscienceless of the Bahraini environment. Through her work, columns and appearances she reminds us of the dying palm groves, the soiled sea, the suffocating mangroves and the urbanization that is threatening indigenous wildlife and their habitat. Her passion alone awakens in us that yearning for times gone by and pushes us to demand that the remaining environment be protected.

Khawla Al-Muhannadi’s journey started with an epiphany in 2000 and has since achieved a lot in the short 10 years to bring environmental awareness to the fore of the public’s consciousness and to even the policymakers’ agendas. She has written many articles, started a children’s school in which the environment is a central theme and campaigned for the environment in various situations in Bahrain.

Her ways and methods raising the awareness of the need to protect the environment has been adopted in many areas of he world. So much so that when they refer to it, they now proudly call Khawla’s method “The Bahraini Environmental Experiment”. This experiment is recognised and lauded in various venues around the world and she and the Environment Friend Society – the society she inaugurated – has been invited to various high level environmental conferences around the world to share their experiences.

The lady is full of passion for the environment, extremely charismatic and a true modern Bahraini leader who is full of zest and a clear love of this country.

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Bahraini Views – Abbas Mahdi Hassan – Clear Vision

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Abbas is a fascinating person with a determined personality. He was one of the political prisoners in the 90s. He was released in ’96 with the only thing on his mind was to find a job and restart his life.

He realised that he missed out on education, so the alternatives left to him were bravery and hard work to make it on his own. He joined Mina Sulman as a labourer for 3 months, then left to Bahrain Pack where he worked for 8 months at BD90 a month. He left that company to join a carpentry firm from which he fell in love with that trade and within a year he was able to start his own carpentry shop with a friend.

The partnership disintegrated after a year so back he went to the marketplace to get a job where he was made redundant in 6 months due to the company losing its main supply contract. He elected to restart his foray into private business with his brother and brother-in-law this time in aluminium, which he says is very similar to carpentry. His partners left within a couple of years having made their money so he was left on his own to peruse his vision with determination.

He heard of the premier EDB program to help small and medium businesses which provided them with business consultancy through a friend and was lucky enough to be selected out of the first batch of 10. His company – Quality Aluminium – was the smallest of that batch.

Being on that program was the main turning point in his professional life. Since then, he increased his business to include 3 aluminium factories with approximately 40 staff and a turnover of over BD1 million annually.

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Bahraini Views – Sayed Fadhel Shubbar – Forging Ahead

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Abandoned by their father at an early age and raised by their grandmother, Sayed Fadhel and his brother worked at the Central Market gutting fish and as porters (coolies) in the weekend to eke out a living.

After dropping out from school at the first year of high school to continue to earn a wage, Sayed Fadhel took on many jobs over the years, proudly working as a driver and furniture installer. He recognised an opportunity to break-out on his own with little money, he took that chance with one of his friends. A year later, the friend left leaving him with just one employee to take care of the business.

To expand the business, Sayed Fadhel applied to and received money from the Labour Fund to purchase his first 6-wheeled truck which he uses for deliveries. He further then applied for a development loan later from the BDB, this he used to purchase more furniture making machines.

He now runs a small but successful furniture manufacturing business with 8 employees, turning over approximately BD100,000 annually.

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[NSFW] MEN: STOP SEARCHING. G-Spot doesn’t exist!

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The illustrious and ancient fount of knowledge, the BBC, reports that scientists could not find the G-Spot even after frisking 1,800 women, so what the hell chance do we mortals have?

This issue has been used to intentionally confounded us – the male species – for centuries. So we’re really happy to finally put this slippery issue to rest. No longer will we have to be lied to, and yes, bullied by pseudo-psychotic-psychologists and so called “health experts”, and worst of all, the greatest satan of them all which thrusts these thoughts into women’s psyche and support them to continue bullying us.

We now know better thanks to science.

So in payment for centuries of abuse, we men feel that it’s OUR turn to dictate the terms. So females listen up:

  • No cuddling No more. Not under any circumstances.
  • When we’re done. You’re done. Deal with it.
  • You shall be turned on by us just looking at you. It works for us.
  • No erogenous zones beyond an area of 10 square inches.
  • Erogenous zones must henceforth be clearly marked.
  • A-la St. Clinton: Oral sex is not real sex. So either learn to enjoy it or condone its vigorous pursuit
  • “Sex on the brain” is not a bad syndrome, it’s a sign of a healthy human being. You are highly encouraged to try it some time.
  • Rolling over and going to sleep shall be an acceptable behaviour and shall suffer no ill consequence.
  • Having multiple sexual partners shall be encouraged (exclusively for men of course, as this is our training regime to keep us sharp, ready and willing to please you.)

These are just some of the new rules-in-progress. I’m sure my fellow males will help add some more pointers for you to acquiesce to. If you feel aggrieved by any of the aforementioned or forthcoming points which become negated, then that shall not invalidate any of the others, which shall continue to stand as is.

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Another 1st for Dubai

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Financial crisis or not, Dubai continues to enthral the world with the tallest this, and biggest that, probably gaining exclusivity on a lot of the world records, especially when it comes to buildings.

Today, 4 Jan 2010 it will take over the following list of world records because it is officially inaugurating Burj Dubai:

  • Tallest skyscraper to top of spire: 688 m (2,257 ft) (previously Taipei 101 – 509.2 m (1,671 ft))
  • Tallest skyscraper to top of roof: 688 m (2,257 ft) (previously Taipei 101 – 449.2 m (1,474 ft) )
  • Tallest skyscraper to top of antenna: 688 m (2,257 ft) (previously the Willis Tower – 529 m (1,736 ft))
  • Tallest structure ever built: 818 m (2,684 ft) (previously Warsaw radio mast – 646.38 m (2,121 ft))
  • Tallest structure: 818 m (2,684 ft) (previously KVLY-TV mast – 628.8 m (2,063 ft))
  • Tallest freestanding structure: 818 m (2,684 ft) (previously CN Tower – 553.3 m (1,815 ft))
  • Building with most floors: 160 (previously both 1 & 2 World Trade Center – 110)
  • World’s highest elevator installation
  • Worlds fastest elevators at speed of 64 km/h (40 mph) or 18 m/s (59 ft/s)
  • [24] (previously Taipei 101 – 16.83 m/s)

  • Highest vertical concrete pumping (for a building): 605 m (1,985 ft)
  • (previously Taipei 101 – 449.2 m (1,474 ft))

  • Highest vertical concrete pumping (for any construction): 605 m (1,985 ft)
  • The first world’s tallest structure in history to include residential space
  • Highest outdoor observation deck in the world
  • Elevator with the longest travel distance in the world
  • Tallest service elevator in the world
  • Worlds highest installation of an aluminium and glass façade, at a height of 512 metres

Congratulations Dubai. I look forward to getting to the observation deck and seeing Bahrain from that height!

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New Year’s Garden Tour

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Here’s a quick tour of my garden on New Year’s Day 2010 courtesy of my iPhone 3Gs 😉 Hope you’ve had a good start to the new year and hope that continues throughout!

Happy New Year my friends.

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