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Labour Minister: Qatar is amending Labour Law

DOHA: HE Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs Dr. Abdullah bin Saleh Al Khulaifi said Monday that the State of Qatar was working on developing labor legislation in order to protect the rights of labor and business owners. HE the Minister highlighted that HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani had recently approved necessary amendments to the labor law related to protecting wages. His Excellency...


QC allocates QR22m for Syria refugees

Yusuf Ahmed Al Kuwari, CEO, QC, addressing the conference in Istanbul. DOHA: Qatar Charity (QC) has allocated QR22m for Syrian refugees in Lebanon. The announcement was made during the third conference for the Study of Syrian Refugees’ Situation in Lebanon in Istanbul on February 5-7. The forum was organised by Federation of Relief and Development Organisations in Lebanon and sponsored by QC,...

QRC launches humanitarian initiatives for Syrian refugees

Saleh bin Ali Al Mohannadi and Ameer Al Mulla with Ghanem Mohamed Al-Moftah. DOHA: Under its Warm Winter campaign and as part of its efforts to relieve the Syrian refugees hit by the blizzard, Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) has launched an humanitarian initiative in the name of the child Ghanem Mohamed Al Moftah to relieve Syrian refugees in Jordan. The initiative targets to raise QR10m to provide basic...

Oil at $60 ‘not bad’ for Qatar

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H E Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah addressing newspersons on ‘How to Keep Opec Together Under Shrinking Market Share’ at the 5th Gulf Intelligence Doha Energy Forum 2015 at the W Hotel in Doha yesterday....

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Qatar index gains 86.94 points during past week

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Doha: Qatar Exchange index gained 86.94 points, or 0.69 percent, past week when the bourse closed yesterday at 12,607.60 points. Trading value during the week increased by 13.47 percent to reach QR3.99bn compared to QR3.51 bn last week. Trading volume increased by 45.46 percent to reach 133 million shares compared to 91 million one week earlier, while the...

Gulf Capital invests in Amana Healthcare to increase its exposure in the Gulf region

(Abu Dhabi, 15 December 2014) - Gulf Capital, one of the leading and most active alternative asset managers in the Middle East, has successfully completed an investment in Amana Healthcare. Amana Healthcare is a leading provider of long-term...

Doha Bank CEO Honoured With “ABLF Business Economist Award”

The “ABLF(Asia Business Leadership Forum) Leadership Weekend 2014” was held on December 13th and 14th, at the Armani Hotel, in the UAE’s iconic Burj Khalifa, under the patronage of H.H Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister...

Nobel Prize in Economics Awarded to Jean Tirole

Frenchman Wins for Analysis of Market Power and Regulation Jean Tirole, a French economist whose theories about the behavior of large companies underpin modern antitrust regulation, won this year’s Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences. It...

Sony struggles for inventory as PlayStation 4 sales surge in Europe

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TOKYO: The head of Sony Computer Entertainment, the Japanese electronic group’s video gaming division, said holiday sales of its PlayStation 4 gaming console in Europe were so strong that it was...

Red Bull Flying Bach returns to Doha on November 22nd

Four-times breakdance world champs dance to Johann Sebastian Bach Red Bull Flying Bach returns to Doha on November 22nd

Bach and break dance do not fit? With their fascinating Red Bull Flying Bach performance, four times break dancing world champions Flying Steps and opera director Christoph Hagel prove quite the opposite....

Blue’s outdoor terrace with private Gazebos now open at Grand Heritage Doha Hotel and Spa

3rd November 2014| DOHA Grand Heritage Doha Hotel and Spa has announced it has reopened the outdoor terrace at one of its popular restaurants, Blue. Having Doha’s cooler weather finally arrive, guests...

Unexpected ways to wake up your brain

Tea or coffee is often the favoured brew for those who are tired and in need of a caffeine boost. But is this really the best way to make ourselves more alert? Michael Mosley tested caffeine against...

22 schools in Qatar to give power conservation lessons

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Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary-General, Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, Essa bin Hilal Al Kuwari, Chairman, Kahramaa, and other officials during the press conference to launch Tarsheed 22...

23 school students attend CMU-Q Winter Institute

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School students attend the programme. DOHA: Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q) hosted Independent school students at its inaugural ‘Winter Institute: Discovering Computer Science’ programme. Twenty-three...

HEC Paris honors Class of 2014 graduates

Doha, Qatar – December 14, 2014: HEC Paris School of Management, ranked number one in Executive Education by the Financial Times in 2014, paid tribute to the latest batch of distinguished graduates...

Georgetown gets an early start on Qatar National Day with a heritage festival

The spirit of Qatar National Day was on full display at Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q) on November 30, 2014, as the University celebrated the upcoming holiday with a day of learning, food, and...

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4 Surprising Things in Your Home that are Actually a Huge Fire Hazard

Fire can do a lot of damage to your property when you’re not careful about keeping your home safe from these kinds of hazards, and it can also cause serious injury and other related accidents.
To keep this from happening, you may think about wanting to install fire alarm systems for your home complete with a smoke detector, fire alarm, and a sprinkler system.

How to Stay on Top of Fire Hazards
Whether you live in an HDB flat, a condo, or a house in Singapore, there’s always something you can do to protect your property from damage.

A fire protection system can do a lot to protect your home and property from fire hazards that could occur, especially when you’re not around to keep everything in check.

In a fire protection system, smoke detectors, alarms, and sprinklers work together. Once smoke is detected by the smoke detector, it sends signals that activate the fire protection system and activate the sprinklers to put out the fire.

However, before installing a fire protection system in Singapore, here are a few things in your home that may turn out to be surprisingly huge fire hazards waiting to happen if you’re not careful:

1. Dishwashers
While you may think that dryers or ovens are the ones that cause fires, you may be overlooking your dishwasher as a fire hazard. Fires can be caused when the water gets into the dishwasher’s circuit boards and other heating parts, and this can make the dishwasher short-circuit.

Water can get into the dishwasher’s circuit boards because it may have been damaged when it was installed, or because the dishwasher itself is quite old and needs to be replaced.

2. Messy kitchens
How could a messy kitchen be a huge fire hazard? Surprisingly, a lot of house fires can start with a really unorganized kitchen, and it can make a surprising amount of sense.

Even simple things, such as a pot holder, paper tools, or loose pieces of paper, can take a spark really well and ignite easily should they happen to be too near the kitchen stove.

3. Laptops and Extension cords
Anything that relies on electricity to run can be a potential hazard when it’s not grounded or insulated properly, and this goes especially for laptops and extension cords because we find ourselves using them more frequently all the time.

However, this doesn’t mean we shouldn’t use them – as long as your electricals and electrical appliances are insulated well and grounded properly, there’s no reason to worry.

4. Glass objects
One of the best ways to start a fire is by using a piece of glass to refract sunlight onto dry tinder during a really hot day. While this fact is great for outdoor camping, it’s not so great when you have that a glass object that can do the same thing to your wooden furniture.