10/03/14 12:30 PM
The Qatar Diabetes Association (QDA) has developed a new partnership with Occidental Petroleum of Qatar Limited (Oxy Qatar) making use of its Diabetes Education Mobile Unit to increase awareness about the condition and enhance healthcare.
QDA, a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, visited Navigation Plaza in Doha, giving more than 120 employees from Oxy Qatar and Qatar Petroleum (QP) a pep talk about preventing diabetes, living with it and managing it.
The Diabetes Education Mobile Unit is run and supervised by physicians and professional diabetes educators. It has three rooms: an education and blood sugar testing room, an eye examination room with a retinal camera, and a foot care room.
Many people with diabetes visited the mobile unit and were offered a number of tests including a foot check-up and a retinal eye examination. At Oxy Qatar’s office, QDA also provided visitors with blood sugar testing and dietary counselling.
Oxy Qatar has been a long-standing supporter of QDA and helped furnish the mobile unit with its state-of-the-art medical equipment in 2012. With encouragement from the company, more than 120 employees from Oxy Qatar and QP took advantage of QDA’s services.
Dr Abdullah Al Hamaq, QDA Executive Director, stated: “QDA is thrilled to be able to provide our mobile clinic services to Oxy Qatar’s staff members. Many of them had the chance to take the blood sugar test and the eye and feet examinations and discussed the results with our mobile unit medical team to discover news ways of following a healthy lifestyle.”
He added: “We would also like to express our gratitude to Oxy Qatar for its generous contribution to the mobile clinic, as this enables us to reach areas outside Doha and provide our services to those who need it most.”
Mr Stephen Kelly, President and General Manager of Oxy Qatar, said: “As part of our commitment to promote healthy lifestyles, Oxy Qatar encourages initiatives that help to prevent, identify and fight diabetes. We are very proud to partner with the Qatar Diabetes Association and support its efforts to address this growing heath issue. Enhancing the quality and accessibility of health care and education through projects like QDA’s mobile clinic not only contributes to the wellbeing of our workforce, it plays a critical role in creating a healthy future for Qatar.”
10/03/14 12:20 PM
(Reuters) - T he disappearance of a Malaysian jetliner is an "unprecedented aviation mystery", a senior official said on Monday, with a massive air and sea search now in its third day failing to find any confirmed trace of the plane or the 239 people aboard.
Vietnam scrambled helicopters to check reports of a floating "yellow object" that rescue teams suspected could be a life raft from the plane, but it was unclear whether the sighting would prove to be the first big breakthrough or merely the latest in a series of false alarms.
The head of Malaysia's Civil Aviation Authority, Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, said a hijacking attempt could not be ruled out as investigators explore all theories for the loss of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 en route to Beijing.
09/03/14 9:40 AM
Qatar National Library (QNL) is organising a number of events and training sessions this month for all residents of Qatar. Scheduled events include a book discussion and practical training sessions on the online databases currently offered for free for all residents of Qatar through the QNL website.
Several practical training sessions will be organised to help residents familiarise themselves with the ‘SpringerLink’ and ‘CREDO Reference’ online databases. ‘SpringerLink’ is an eBook and journal online database specialising in science, technology and medicine. It has titles in many different subjects. The ‘SpringerLink’ training sessions, offered in collaboration with Springer Publishing Company, will be held on 11 March, and will be offered in both Arabic and English.
For more information about QNL’s March events, please visit www.qnl.qa.
09/03/14 9:35 AM
Omar Al Mannai Event Director of CHI AL SHAQAB, said: “We are working around the clock to make sure that CHI AL SHAQAB 2014 sets new standards of excellence for competition and hospitality at international equestrian events.”
Accommodation is being prepared for riders and grooms which is among the best available on the international circuit. And for the horses, AL SHAQAB staff are busy building temporary stabling which rivals the permanent facilities of most other prestigious venues.
Around Doha, visitors and the local community have been treated to the fantastic artwork that is being used to promote AL SHAQAB - an exciting modern take on Qatar’s illustrious equestrian heritage. Special efforts are underway to ensure that CHI AL SHAQAB 2014 is the most media-friendly equestrian event to date – with dedicated press facilities and instant news updates delivered through the latest technological equipment.
The annual tournament remains the only CHI-level competition in the Middle East and Asia, with jumping, dressage, vaulting and endurance competitions. This year, around 160 of the world’s greatest riders and almost 200 horses will compete before royalty, VIPs and 10,000 spectators at the Gulf’s most prestigious equestrian venue.