Multistory Fire In Dubai's Torch Tower Extinguished Without Injuries        
Authorities in Dubai say they have put out a multistory blaze that engulfed one of the world's tallest residential skyscrapers shortly after midnight, affecting more than 40 floors. Dubai Police and Civil Defense quickly evacuated the structure, and firefighters brought the flames under control within about two hours, officials of the United Arab Emirates said. There were no reports of serious injuries, though a few people were treated for smoke inhalation. Gulf News reports that plumes of smoke were seen rising into the air and that flaming debris fell to the ground from the tower, which is variously reported to be either 79 stories or 86 stories tall. The Telegraph quoted residents as saying they were awakened by the fire alarm and "people screaming." "The fire was very strong at that time, about 1 a.m. Then it started calming down over the next two hours. It started on the 67th floor, that's what we were told," the unnamed resident said, according to the newspaper. The skyscraper
          Waiting for Obama: The Arab World and Intervention         

This article originally appeared in Syria Deeply, and can be found here

On Aug. 2, 1990, a Saddam Hussein-led Iraq launched a bombing campaign and invasion of Kuwait. Part of the decision was the thought that the U.S., facing its own economic issues at home and a perceived passivity towards disputes in the Arab world, would not react with force. 

Almost five months later, Operation Desert Storm, led by a broad international coalition under the direction of then President George Bush (who had secured a resolution from the U.N. Security Council), began with aerial attacks and ended with the capitulation of Saddam’s forces after just five weeks.
Two things became clear: that the U.S. would take decisive action to enforce peace and security in the region when a “red line” was crossed; and secondly, that it would be methodical in building a strong coalition.
The countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have been waiting for a similar moment from President Barack Obama on the Syrian conflict.  After months of endless prodding, with only a series of half-steps coming from the U.S., the Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack near Damascus (allegedly carried out by the Assad regime) finally seemed to have pushed Obama to take robust action on Syria.
But initial urgency by the U.S. to act has since subsided, or so it appears. With the passing of each day, Saudi Arabia and Qatar are left increasingly in the lurch, waiting for Obama, wondering if the U.S. has reversed its approach to the region that was heralded by the Gulf War over two decades ago.
In 1991, when military action was mobilized against Iraq, it was done so under the auspices of a U.N. resolution. And while the Arab world was divided on the intervention, the six GCC countries, along with Egypt and Syria, were part of the armed coalition that was formed. Twenty years later, the situation is markedly different as the Arab world contemplates involvement in military strikes against Syria.
Outside of Saudi Arabia and Qatar, enthusiasm to participate in a military coalition is weak at best. While Jordan will have to be involved due to its reliance on both Saudi Arabia and the U.S. for economic support, Syria’s other Arab neighbors, Lebanon and Iraq, have voiced staunch opposition to external intervention.
In an unambiguous statement, Egypt, under its new military leadership, also voiced its objections to “aggression in Syria.” Even the United Arab Emirates may not get involved without broad international legitimacy; unlike in Libya in 2011, this would constitute a military strike by Arab countries allied with the U.S. without any other legal or symbolic cover.
Obama’s initial enthusiasm for military action, juxtaposed with his subsequent hesitation, has furthered the Arab world’s reluctance to participate. Staunch Western allies like the United Kingdom have indicated a lack of desire to be involved, and it is still in doubt whether action would be approved by NATO or the U.N. In the current atmosphere, a broad coalition involving multiple regional actors is unlikely, especially from a military standpoint. Most of the “diplomacy” to build a coalition has so far been limited to public speeches by high-level U.S. officials, rather than effective diplomatic engagement in the region. It indicates to the Arab world that the U.S. is not serious about a response, and is itself perhaps buying time.
In Sunday’s Arab League meeting in Cairo, rhetoric was high. But it was clear that beyond Qatar and Saudi Arabia, the appetite for intervention had dissipated. Following two years of bluster, including countless meetings of the Friends of Syria, the moment for a decision finally came, and the U.S. blinked. The hawkish stance of the Arab League and even the GCC must, to Assad, have looked hollow. In the end, the statement by the Arab League called for “deterrent measures” by the U.N., without calling for military or unilateral action.
While we may yet see strikes on Syria or the symbolic contribution of military hardware (like fighter jets) by Saudi Arabia and Qatar, the process has already overshadowed whatever the result may be. In many ways, whatever happens now in response will be far too little and far too late. All the while, the conflict in Syria will continue without any end in sight.


          10 Questions on the Conflict in Syria        
A potential military strike by Western powers on Syria now appears to be a fait accompli and is being touted as long overdue. Given the spiralling humanitarian disaster that has overtaken the country during the last two years of conflict, continued inaction appears to be an untenable reality. The death toll is now well over 100,000 (although the proportion of civilians to combatants is unclear). There are 2 million refugees, half of whom are children, and over 4 million more internally displaced persons (IDPs), amounting to a quarter of the country's overall population. Yet, it was the apparent chemical weapons attack in the suburbs around Damascus known as Ghouta last week that has served as the impetus for international military intervention into the conflict. Amidst the rhetoric and war rehearsals, clarity on what is really happening seems to be cast aside in the media, in favor of faux-spontaneous leaks, retired generals, and trumpeters of past wars. Here are ten questions to try to set the record straight.


1. Were chemical weapons used in Syria?

When the initial attack unfolded last Wednesday, August 21 in the suburbs in Damascus known as Ghouta (near the town/suburb of Jobar), news quickly spread to local, regional and international media. Claims were made of hundreds of deaths, with some activists claiming the death toll was 1,300. Moreover, the Government of Syria immediately denied responsibility and has continued to do so. However, the attack did unfold amidst a series of army strikes on Jobar, which is a rebel-held area, and has been for quite some time. The Government conversely claimed to find chemical weapons supplies in tunnels in the same area, and it is alleged that some Hezbollah fighters were also exposed to chemical toxins.

A week on, it appears incontrovertible that chemical weapons were used, not just from YouTube videos but also from visits by independent journalists, and of course by a report by Médecins Sans Frontières that has documented at least 355 deaths from local hospitals. It is likely that the chemical agent used was a neurotoxin or nerve gas, most likely sarin gas. What is still not clear, is how they were delivered (i.e. in what form and carried on what type of weapon) and from where.

It should also be kept in mind that this was not the first attack that has been alleged. There have been numerous claims by rebels, and counter-claims by the government on the use of chemical weapons in the conflict. Here's a map of those events. In fact, this is precisely why the team of UN inspectors had arrived in the country, the day before this latest incident (and massacre) took place. In fact, what is interesting is that their investigation of other sites has now been put on the back-burner due to the latest developments.

2. Do we know who actually used the chemical weapons? 

The United States, United Kingdom, and France have all stated they are certain that the Government of Syria has undertaken the attack last week. On the U.S. side, at the forefront of the rhetoric has been Vice President Biden - who has said there is 'no doubt' - and Secretary of State John Kerry, who made an evocative plea for action several days ago. Of course, the next speech is the most important, and it would be one made by President Barack Obama. In light of this certainty, it would be difficult to question the attribution of blame. A leak from the US government also claims to have intercepted a murky call between commanders in the Syrian army that supposedly is evidence of culpability on the Syrian side.

There is tremendous reason to doubt U.S. claims. Firstly, it should not be forgotten that then Secretary of State Colin Powell presented ironclad evidence to the United Nations Security Council of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) that Saddam Hussein possessed, a finding that was later proven to be utterly false, but which was the basis of a war that continues until today. Secondly, the U.S. claimed that there was incontrovertible proof that the Government of Syria was responsible for earlier chemical attacks this year, but that finding has been contested, and some experts apportioned blame to the rebels fighting the government. And finally, in this case, no evidence has been presented, as of yet to make such a determination, at least not conclusively.

Does that mean the Assad and his regime are not responsible? No. It is very likely given the ongoing military operations in the same area that the Syrian government launched such an attack. Yet, more evidence needs to be presented to make a definitive conclusion. The other scenarios that could be possible are:

- Extremists groups like Jubhat al-Nusra, who have previously seized advanced weaponry and possibly chemical weapons from Syrian army bases and positions, were attempting to use them on Syrian soldiers (or conversely to cast blame on the Syrian army);

- The Government of Syria inadvertently hit a stockpile of sarin gas releasing the toxins (although unclear if this would lead to the effects that we've seen); or

- Rogue elements within the chain of command used chemical weapons intentionally or inadvertently.

Russia, Iran and China have of course cast doubt on western claims but that is to be expected.

3. What would be the basis or justification for US intervention?

The U.S. intervention would likely be on the basis of Obama's previously stated red line on Syria, which would be the mass use/movement of chemical weapons. It is not in fact about humanitarian intervention and the Responsibility to Protect framework, developed in the 1990s to prevent genocide and mass civilian deaths. If it was, then the humanitarian case for intervention has been present for some time, and other massacres by the Syrian regime, such as in Houla in 2012, would have provided sufficient pretext. Obviously, the U.S. and other Western powers, and regional countries, have their own interests at play that are much more geopolitical in nature, but the justification or casus belli being offered is around the issue of chemical weapons, and chemical weapons alone.

4. Will anybody else be involved in the military strikes besides the US and will this affect whether they are 'legal'?

Given Russian and Chinese opposition, and a likely veto of any resolution by the United Nations Security Council supporting such a military strike on Syria - especially in light of the intervention in Libya, which Russia regretted supporting - a 'coalition of the willing' will need to be developed. This coalition would be broader than the Iraq War in 2003, and would be similar to the coalition carrying out the strikes against Serb positions vis-a-vis Kosovo in 1999. While the U.S., U.K. and France will likely lead an effort, Turkey would also be critical as a staging ground (as it borders Syria from the North), and thus there will be an attempt to launch such an attack under the auspices of NATO. Despite its reluctance, Jordan, given its reliance on the U.S. and Saudi Arabia politically and economically, will have no choice but to support . The two other neighbours of Syria, Iraq and Lebanon are squarely against any military strike. And of course, the other neighbor - Israel - would sit this one out but would provide intelligence to the U.S. and other parties on Syrian positions, given that it has already undertaken a number of air strikes on Syria in the past two years.

Further afield, it is likely the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) will support military intervention, with Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates possibly sending fighter jets to participate in a strike to give it regional cover and credibility. Finally, while many groups within the Arab and Muslim world, and the 'left' of the West, will oppose military intervention, many others will support it, because of the spiralling humanitarian situation in Syria.

Technically speaking if the military intervention is not sanctioned by the United Nations Security Council, and there is no imminent threat that the U.S. and other parties can point to towards its own territory or its assets, it would be illegal under international law. However, that has not stopped NATO or other countries (i.e. Russia in Georgia) form undertaking military action in the past. And before the Iraq War, some scholars claimed that while such an attack would be illegal it would be legitimate, and demonstrated retroactively to be legal. Given the state of world affairs, 'legality' is likely not a determining factor for a strike on Syria.

5. Are we seeing a repeat of Iraq in 2003? 

No. The situation today with Syria is different than it was in 2003 in Iraq, for many reasons, despite some passing similarities. In Iraq, the U.S. claimed that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction while in Syria, we already know Bashar al-Assad possesses chemical weapons, and the question is whether he used them (small aside, it was released this week that thirty years ago, the U.S. obstructed a UN investigation when it knew Saddam Hussein had used chemical weapons). In Iraq, the U.S. alleged that Saddam Hussein had links with Al Qaeda (and related groups), while in Syria, Bashar al Assad is widely acknowledged to be fighting Al Qaeda (and related groups) in addition to the 'Free Syrian Army' (and in addition to crushing peaceful demonstrators). In Iraq, there was no active state of conflict that was leading to a spiralling humanitarian catastrophe (and the potential use of WMDs), while in Syria there is not just a violent conflict, but also WMDs have been used by somebody (even if the culprit is not yet clear).

What should be noted, however, is that both Iraq in 2003 and Syria in 2013, are in complex environments, and any removal of government or sustained military intervention would have dramatic unforeseen consequences. It seems like the media debate in the U.S. is also similarly anaemic (but slightly better) this time around.

6. What is the real motivation for the United States and other powers?

As with all things in this world when it comes to international relations, the primary interest is not humanitarian but geopolitical. This is not absolute, however, and it could be argued that Turkey has been insisting on humanitarian intervention from an early stage. However, the regimes (not peoples) in the Gulf, most notably Saudi Arabia, are exclusively concerned with dislodging Syria from the Iranian orbit, and severing connections between Syria and Hezbollah. Humanitarian concerns are a by-product. And for the United States, something similar is at play. As noted above, if this was about humanitarian concerns, action would have been taken long before 100,000 deaths had occurred.

For the U.S. it has been looking for regime change in Syria for a while. However, these strikes if they occur, will be about sending a message and asserting America's position in the Middle East, given the red line that Obama drew. Ultimately, it may tip the scales in the rebels favour or improve the U.S.'s negotiating position vis-a-vis Iran. The chemical weapons attack in a morbid way, opened a door of opportunity for Western powers (with GCC support) to do something limited without a full-scale intervention.

7. Will military intervention solve the Syrian conflict?

No. Military intervention no matter how small or how big will not solve the Syrian conflict. In fact, it could very much exacerbate the situation on the ground even further (if that can be imagined). What is being reported currently is that the U.S. and allies will undertake a series of 'surgical strikes', a euphemism for a large-scale assault on key military and strategic installations, such as army positions, air bases, radar installations, communications infrastructure, supply routes, and, where appropriate, power stations (among other targets). More than anything this will be intended to send a message to the regime and weaken its capabilities. Yet, it would not be a fatal blow. And it would not necessarily tip the scales in favor of the rebels. It may in fact mobilize certain parties to support the regime, if there are civilian casualties from the intervention.

The solution to the Syrian situation has to be political, if it is going to lead to stability or peace. Yet, if the military intervention escalated and led to the removal of the Syrian regime, that would still not be the end of the conflict. After the Soviets were booted out of Afghanistan, the country devolved into a civil war for five years until the rise of the Taliban in 1996. Somalia has only recently stabilised (somewhat), more than 20 years after the assassination of its leader, President Siad Barre. And neighboring Lebanon, took 15 years of conflict (1975-1990) to reach an end, which was brought about by ironically Syrian military intervention (which committed its own crimes), that produced a - audible gasp - political settlement.

8. What could potentially go wrong?

Everything. The potential for disaster following military intervention in any country is great (see Black Hawk Down, Iraq, Afghanistan and the list goes on). Yet, in Syria it could be apocalyptic. Here is a list of what that could entail:

- Chemical weapons are used by Syria against its neighbors such as Jordan and Turkey, or U.S. military positions in those countries;
- U.S. planes/helicopters are shot down leading to an escalation of U.S. involvement requiring boots on the ground;
- Syria sends a volley of missiles into Tel Aviv and other places in Israel, leading to a regional war;
- Proxy forces of Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah, launch a sustained campaign against Israel/U.S. interests, including attacks embassies within Lebanon/Palestine/Israel but also in other countries, in the short and medium-term;
- Al Qaeda forces in the region, while opposing the Assad regime, oppose U.S. intervention especially if there are masses of civilian casualties, and use it as a pretext for attacks in places such as Yemen;
- Russia objects to the U.S. strike, and mobilizes warships to the Mediterranean, leading to a standoff with Europe and the U.S.;
- Negotiations with Iran, still in embryonic stages are suspended irrevocably;
- Six party talks with North Korea are suspended by Russia, China, and North Korea irrevocably;
- The Syrian regime goes all out in its conflict and begins to bomb with even more abandon civilian areas controlled by rebels, leading to thousands of casualties, and counter-massacres by enraged rebel fighters;
- The Syrian regime is removed by force from power by the intervention, leading to a power vacuum sinking the country further into civil war for over a decade of even more violent strife and a possible Al Qaeda style government;
- Tensions rise in the Middle East, especially in places of sectarian division (i.e. Lebanon, Yemen, Bahrain, Eastern Province in Saudi Arabia, and Iraq) leading to civil strife and attacks on governments, and counter-attacks on populations; and
- World War 3.

9. What could potentially go right?

It may seem that what is written above is slightly alarmist and that's true. Many things can go wrong (most of which, to be honest, are hard to predict as they will be unforeseen consequences or as Donald Rumsfeld, ironically calls them, unknown unknowns). However, the U.S.-led strikes could be quite effective. Firstly, if they are limited in scope, they can be completed in one day, reducing the risk for a military entanglement and civilian casualties. Secondly, if they are from the air, there is limited risk for casualties on the side of the intervening forces. Thirdly, an attack that is forceful and hits Syrian military positions, will send a message to Assad that there is a limit to what he can do, which thus far has not been the case, and may entice him to reach a political settlement. Fourthly, it is unlikely that the Syrian regime would retaliate, for a short strike on positions, against Israel, knowing that they cannot afford to fight a war on so many fronts (and thus far they have yet to retaliate to any Israel air strike). Finally, the systematic destruction of Assad's air capabilities could be instrumental in limiting civilian casualties by the regime in the future.

All of this is one possibility of what could occur.

10. Let's cut to the chase - should I support or not support military intervention?

There is no clearcut answer. Ultimately, military intervention should not be supported as a solution to the Syrian conflict. It is not, and whether we like it or not, a political solution/settlement is the only way the current situation moves towards peace and stability. The U.S. is negotiating with the Taliban. The Vietnamese negotiated with the U.S. The Lebanese negotiated with each other. The Dayton Accords to end the Bosnian War were signed with Slobodan Milosevic. It may not be easy, it may be unlikely, and it will not work perfectly, but political discussions involving all parties is the only way to find a real solution.

That being said, if a case is made with overwhelming evidence by independent parties (not U.S. conjecture) that chemical weapons were used by the Syrian regime, then military intervention on a limited scale, and for a period of 1-2 days only, should be undertaken, ideally with UN support - and if not with broad support of half of the members, i.e. 90, of the UN General Assembly to demonstrate legitimacy - against military targets only, which will both send a message about the use of these weapons and damage the capabilities of Assad.

What is clear is that whatever happens, there are no clear answers with regards to the conflict in Syria.

          Why Dubai is the best (biggest, tallest, and coolest) candidate for Expo 2020        
In 1968 when then ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed al Maktoum (father of the current ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid) and the ruler of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan, agreed to form a federation of what were then then The Trucial States, a British protectorate, hardly anyone could have envisioned what the United Arab Emirates would have become today, nearly 45 years after that historic meeting [eventually seven of the nine 'sheikhdoms' joined the union]. For all intents and purposes, at inception in 1971, the United Arab Emirates could be described as a desolate backwater, despite a strong history of local traditions, and legacy as a trading post. Today, Dubai and the UAE bring forth images of economic strength and progress in an increasingly volatile and definitively confused region. Dubai's development, specifically, is a once-in-a-generation global phenomenon, and the city is unique like no other. As the bid committee for Expo 2020 look to decide on the host city for the world event seven years from now, there really is no other choice but Dubai - and let me tell you why.

1. The other candidate cities are Izmir, Sao Paulo, Yekaterinburg, and Ayutthaya...

There is nothing wrong with Izmir, Sao Paulo, Yekaterinburg, and Ayutthaya but do they really measure up to Dubai? Now before anyone gets in a tizzy or their 'socks' in a twist, they are all great cities! Izmir is Turkey's third-largest city and home to a great literary tradition.  Sao Paulo is one of the five largest metropolitan areas on the planet. Yekaterinburg (in Russia), well it's Yekaterinburg and they have a monument to Michael Jackson. And Ayutthaya was the historical capital of the Kingdom of Siam. Let's just say the final three are likely Izmir, Sao Paulo and Dubai. Izmir is certainly a great city but does not have the global resonance of Dubai. And Sao Paulo...well Brazil has both the Olympics (2016) and the World Cup (2014); are you telling me that they really need the pesky Expo 2020 as well!?

2. The Expo needs a city of significance to make the event significant

Do you remember where the last Expo was held (or even that there is an Expo!)? You could be forgiven for not recalling that it was Yeosu, South Korea. Where was the one in 2010? That's right Shanghai. The Expo 2010 attracted a staggering 73 million visitors and was the most visited exhibition of its kind and brought together 189 different expositions from around the world. While in 2015 the Expo will be held in Milan and in 2017 in Astana (Kazakhstan) it is likely that it would take the Expo 2020 in Dubai to bring the event back to the international spotlight (the governing body regards the Expos held every 5 years to be 'World' Expos). In fact, it normally requires an emerging or new city of a transformative nature to inspire the type of attention that Shanghai in 2010 did (or Osaka in 1970 etc).

3. The entire ethos of Dubai is synonymous with what Expo 2020 would be about

Dubai is a global city by its very nature. It is home to over 2 million residents - and growing - from all over the world and from every socio-economic background, representing over 200 nationalities. The city is at once a home to and meeting-ground for people from the the Middle East, Subcontinent, Central Asia, Africa (especially East Africa) and Europe, North America, and Australia. There are even an estimated 180,000 Chinese residents in Dubai.  With the tourist profile of the city, Dubai has in fact become the 8th most visited city in the world (in 2012). It's cultural diversity is on constant display with a burgeoning arts scene (that is driven at the grassroots level), international film festivals, culinary celebrations, and so much more that you might as well just visit Timeout magazine.

4. Dubai inspires the imagination as the Expo event is meant to do

The landmark World Expo (or Great Exhibition) was organized under the auspices of Queen Victoria's husband, Prince Albert, all the way back in 1851, in Hyde Park. It was an inspiring event that showcased the burgeoning city of London - the world's city at the time - and the promise of a future driven by technology and industrialization.  In a region too full of dark pessimism and cynicism, Dubai represents optimism and opportunity. And it will represent that even more so in 2020, as the city, albeit far along the way, is only at the beginning of its journey in my view of what it will become. Think about it. Who would have said twenty years ago that the world's tallest building would be built in the (Arabian) Gulf? Who would have said only several years ago after the 9/11 attacks that the world's leading airline would be from an Arab country? Who would have thought that the 3rd largest ports operator in the world, handling over 33 million containers annually, would be from Dubai? Today, when you look at the volatile, unstable, and stagnant Middle East, there is one destination for entrepreneurs and innovators to go to - and that is Dubai.

5. Expo 2020 would drive Dubai and the UAE to improve

Before I even write this sentence, I'm sure several of London's finest are in a huff-and-puff that I have not yet mentioned jailed Islamists or tourists having sex in a taxi Better yet, given the refusal-of-entry for a scholar from LSE this past week, shouldn't I be talking about the closure of the academic environment (I mean I masquerade as an intellectual from time to time as well)? Whether or not I believe in liberal democracy (I do - shock!), is it really a matter of discussion for Expo 2020? Well, in that case, we should reject Izmir's candidacy because of Turkey's campaign against Kurdish militants, Ayutthaya's candidacy because of Thailand's campaign in Malay Pattani, Yekaterinburg's candidacy because of Russia's crackdown on political opposition, and Sao Paulo's candidacy because of Brazil's anti-slum raids. Such nullification would leave no one left to host the event! Now beyond the two issues I mentioned above there are a number of continuing issues of concern in the UAE, allow me to list some of them: labor rights (even though this is improving); integration of stateless residents (i.e. bidoons); and increased confusion around cyber surveillance. Hosting the Expo 2020 would not exacerbate but more than likely shed more light on and ameliorate these challenges. In fact, the event would serve as a target-date for when Dubai and the UAE will be (even more so) on the world stage, and that attention would drive improvements on areas of concern.

There are more reasons than the five I've listed here on why Dubai should be the host for Expo 2020, but I like the number 5 (it's the former consultant in me - I almost went with three). Whether you live here or plan to visit, I look forward to seeing you in Dubai in 2020! Until then:

Rouhani tells the crowd:

"All of us…. we seek change…. prudence and hope [the slogan of the Rouhani campaign].

Presidential Election Watch: Jalili Edition

Saeed Jalili has commented on Iran's sovereignty over three disputed islands in the Persian Gulf --- Abu Musa and the Greater and Lesser Tunbs --- saying that they are an integral part of Iran.

The islands are disputed with the United Arab Emirates.

Jalili also cautioned Iranians about the dire consequences of doubt and cynicism, saying that the enemy was attempting to undermine the country's strengths after realizing their "anti-Iran propaganda" was going nowhere.

BBC Persian reported that in his television documentary, Jalili revealed details of the arrest of Jundallah leader Abdul Malik Rigi.

Fars: Guardian Council May Disqualify Moderate Rouhani

In an indication of growing concern over the campaign of moderate Hassan Rouhani, Fars News --- close to the Revolutionary Guards --- has declared, from an "informed source", that the Guardian Council will discuss the candidacy tomorrow.

The source said the Council will re-examine Rouhani's qualifications, considering charges that he is being supported by leaders of "sedition" and lawlessness.

"Issues Protesters Raised Are Still Very Much Alive"

EA WorldView's Scott Lucas concludes a Washington Post feature, "Iran's Fragmented Opposition":

Is there still an organized Green Movement? No. Whatever was there, the authorities have been successful in breaking it up with detentions and crackdowns.

But the issues the protesters raised --- accountability, political transparency, reforms, openness --- are still there and very much alive. They just have no cohesive [means for expression.

Authorities Block Memorials for Ayatollah after Isfahan Protests

Following last week's outburst of protest during a funeral march, memorial services for reformist Ayatollah Jalaleddin Taheri have been cancelled in Tehra and Qom.

The Qom service was scheduled for Friday, but was blocked by authorities. The opposition Kaleme website said the memorial will now only take place in Najafabad.

In Isfahan, some mourners broke into chants calling for freedom for detained opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi and, referring to the Supreme Leader, shouted, "Death to the dictator."

Ayatollah Taheri critised the regime's response to protests after the Presidential election in 2009, which he said was fraudulent.

Abrar Newspaper Raided, Suspended

The Abrar daily newspaper has stopped publication after its office was raided and sealed.

The last post on the Abrar website is from Monday.

Conservative Clerics Support Velayati?

According to Fars, Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi has said that the Society of Seminary Teachers of Qom supports the Supreme Leader's senior advisor Ali Akbar Velayati for the Presidency.

However, according to Radio France International's Persian channel, Ayatollah Rajabi has said that "not even 1/3" of the Seminary's members endorse Velayati.

Rezaei: Youth Are Asset And Resource

Independent Presidential candidate Mohsen Rezaei said Saturday that Iran's youth an "asset and a resource" for running the country.

In an interview on State television, Rezaei said that if elected he also planned to prepare Iranian youth for the country's future.

Rezaei also discussed a creative plan to help young people to marry by providing them with dowries of up to 23 million romans. The former IRGC commander said that his campaign team had identified factories in Iran that produce home appliances and which could provide young people with such dowries.

According to Rezaei's plan, his administration would provide these factories with money to boost their production of home appliances. In return, the factories would contribute to dowries as well as providing young people with coupons.

The full interview, in Persian, can be seen below.

Rouhani Posts Video Of Tehran Rally

Hassan Rouhani's campaign team continues to portray the moderate candidate as attracting a large amount of popular support, posting another video this morning of Saturday's rally in a Tehran stadium.

The Rouhani campaign also tweeted a link to a set of photographs taken at the event by ISNA. The photographs include this image of two women supporters, one if whom holds a picture of Rouhani with former President Hashemi Rafsanjani, while the second woman holds a folded newspaper, with a photo of Rouhani.

Credit: ISNA

Will There Be A Fourth Presidential Debate?

In the wake of Friday's third --- and supposedly final --- televised Presidential debate on State TV, the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting has said it may hold a fourth event, if it gets approval.

Press TV reports that IRIB's public relations MD, Taqi Sohrabi, said that the Presidential candidates themselves as well as Iranians had asked for more debates.

Some of the Presidential candidates, however, have slammed IRIB over the debate. Independent candidate Mohsen Rezaei complained about being censored and moderate candidate Hassan Rouhani criticized the format of the debates:


          Sport - Cricket;Pakistan to host Australia ODI series in UAE        
Karachi, Feb 6 (IANS) Pakistan will host Australia in a one-day series from April 24 to May 7 at neutral venues in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the PCB said here Friday.
PCB chairman Ijaz Butt told reporters on his return from Australia that the series has been moved away from Pakistan to offshore venues - Abu Dhabi and Dubai - because of security reasons.
'Pakistan will play the five-match one-day series against Australia in Dubai and Abu Dhabi,' Butt said.
The PCB chief said the decision was taken after the Aussies raised security concerns about touring Pakistan.
According to the schedule, the first two matches will be played in Dubai followed by the next three ODIs in Abu Dhabi. The two teams will then return to Dubai for the Twenty20 international.
Butt also revealed that Pakistan may be forced to play a home Test series against Australia in England because of security reasons.
'If Australia do not play the Tests in Pakistan, there is a possibility of playing the Test series in England,' said Butt who added that the PCB has carried out negotiations with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) about hosting its matches in England.
Australia refused to tour Pakistan in 2008 because of safety fears but later agreed to tour the country in 2009 for one-dayers and 2010 for Tests. However, in spite of repeated requests from the PCB, the Aussies declined the invitation to tour Pakistan.
Butt said Cricket Australia has no problems in sending its team to Pakistan but acted on the advise of its government. 'The Australian government believes that since its soldiers are fighting in (neighboring) Afghanistan, their cricketers might be at risk in Pakistan,' said Butt.
          Opinion: Why Morocco chose to be neutral on the Gulf crisis        
The attempts to blockade Qatar are an extraordinary exercise in opportunism, brought about in part by the ineptitude of President Trump. While the situation drags on, the citizens of Qatar are being supported by a group of nations, including Morocco. Not only has the Kingdom despatched plane loads of food, but have also offered to moderate in the dispute. Samir Bennis is a political analyst with more than eight years of experience as a political adviser with an Arab mission to the United Nations in New York. In a recent article he examines Morocco's stance.

Why Morocco chose to be neutral on the Gulf crisis

In the past week, Morocco's decision to send planes loaded with food to Qatar has been criticised in light of the internal problems the North African country has recently been facing. People accused the Moroccan government of trying to aid a foreign country before responding to the grievances of its own people. Such a critique, however, is superficial and fails to take the historical context of regional relations and Morocco's foreign policy ambitions into consideration.

Certainly, Moroccan government is currently facing serious problems in several regions of the country and it needs to address them efficiently without further delay. To solve these problems, the government needs to embark on several large-scale projects.

The Moroccan government must address the needs of the citizens who have been protesting in Al Hoceima and elsewhere in the country. It needs to acknowledge the need to listen to the oppressed and work seriously to improve their living conditions. A weak response to the demands of these protesters will surely precipitate additional problems.

A humanitarian decision

However, the state's commitment to addressing internal problems cannot come at the expense of its foreign policy interests. Putting their emotions and hasty judgements on the issue aside, Moroccans should be proud of this symbolic, yet humanitarian, decision demonstrating Morocco's political savoir-faire.

By announcing that it would be sending food supplies to Qatar, Morocco showed that it would not take part in an unwise dispute among the Gulf countries. Instead, it confronted the crisis with a well-reasoned and balanced approach calculated to reflect its leadership on the world stage.

Morocco's decision to play the card of neutrality in the Qatar-GCC rift is strategic and the country may soon take up a bigger role in this crisis by acting as a mediator.

By staying neutral and deciding not to follow countries' that are blockading Qatar, Morocco is preserving the balanced relationship between King Mohammed VI and the other kings and princes of the Gulf.

In so doing, the country is preserving the independence of its foreign policy decisions, and proving that its moves in the international arena are not based on the agendas and stratagems of other countries. The decision is courageous as it distinguishes Morocco's foreign policy from Saudi Arabia.

Morocco's decision to send food aid to Qatar, which came only days after the king offered to mediate between the parties, demonstrates that the country has learned its lesson from its hasty 2009 decision to sever relations with Iran because of Bahrain.

Not only was Morocco's decision to aid the people of Qatar politically wise, but it will likely be beneficial to Morocco, in the short, medium and long terms. Morocco is in urgent need of foreign investment to embark on necessary large-scale infrastructure projects. Qatar and its people will never forget Morocco's symbolic humanitarian gesture in their time of need.

Strong relations with Saudi Arabia and the UAE

Morocco's decision to send food to Qatar is unlikely to harm its relations with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Relations between Morocco's king and the leaders of these two countries are currently too strong to be affected by a decision like this.

Saudi Arabia and the UAE's strong relations with Algeria also influenced Morocco's decision to continue its relations with Qatar. Algeria has been trying to destabilise Morocco and establish an independent state in the Western Sahara for over four decades. Yet King Mohammed VI has not asked the Gulf countries, particularly Saudi Arabia and the UAE, to sever their ties with Algeria. In fact, both countries are working towards strengthening their relations with Algeria and the UAE is among the largest foreign investors in Algeria.

Its renewed ties with Iran were also influential over Morocco's decision to stay neutral in this crisis. Morocco restored its diplomatic relations with Iran last October, after more than six years of severed ties due to Iran's conflict with Bahrain. The decision to renew ties came at the height of tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran, because of Iran's nuclear ambitions and the war in Syria. Despite this, Morocco's decision to restore ties with Iran did not affect its relations with its Gulf allies.

Similarly, in Egypt, Morocco did not immediately recognise General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi's presidency after the coup against Mohamed Morsi, although Saudi Arabia and the UAE did so. Since Sisi seized power, relations between Morocco and Egypt have not returned to the same level as before 2011 and remained tense. Yet, while relations between the two countries have not improved, this has not affected relations between Morocco and its Gulf allies.

In the past month, King Mohamed VI cancelled a trip to a summit in Riyadh and a visit to Egypt at the last moment and these decisions were neither arbitrary nor coincidental. It is far more likely that Morocco received intelligence that the outcome of the conference would not serve its interests. Therefore, by cancelling these visits, the King aimed to avoid being trapped in regional calculations of the Gulf states.

Morocco's decision to play the card of neutrality in the Qatar-GCC rift is strategic and the country may soon take up a bigger role in this crisis by acting as a mediator.

Samir Bennis is a political analyst with more than eight years of experience as a political adviser with an Arab mission to the United Nations in New York. 

He is the co-founder of Morocco World News, and an expert on Morocco's foreign policy, UN-related issues and the Maghreb.


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          U.S. Troops Flow Into Yemen and More Are Probably on the Way        

Aden (GPA) – More U.S. troops entered Yemen this week escalating ground operations against al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). And according to the Pentagon, additional troops are likely to follow.

Pentagon spokesman Jeff Davis has not ruled out sending additional troops to Yemen shortly, possibly even in a matter of weeks.

U.S. and U.A.E. Troops Push AQAP Out of Oil and Gas Fields

Emirate officials greeted U.S. forces at an airport in Hadramaut province on Friday as they entered Yemen. Mainstream media is wishy-washy describing the role that the troops will play which indicates that their activity is likely much more involved than officials would like to admit. BBC even whitewashed over the presence, using the term “US-backed troops” instead. Yemeni media, on the other hand, has been crystal clear in their reporting, insisting that the fields are directly under control of U.A.E. and U.S. troops.

According to Yemen’s Saba News Agency, U.S. and Emirate forces swiftly expelled AQAP from oil and gas fields in Shabwah province. This operation led many Yemeni’s to worry about the U.S. and their allies intentions and possible looting of Yemen’s resources; especially so considering that the United Arab Emirates relies heavily on Qatar for gas.

Yemen was the “War on Terror” Test Kitchen

The U.S. is already conducting air strikes targeting in AQAP-controlled areas of Shabwah and Hadramout. Yemen has long been a testing ground for the U.S.-led “War on Terror.” President George Bush used Yemen to test various rehabilitation techniques on inmates at Yemeni prisons. We now know that extreme torture was also taking place at 18 U.S.-supported prisons in Yemen.

President Obama turned to Yemen as a real-life test field for his drone operations.

For decades, Yemen has been a thoroughfare for takfiri militants looking to carry out their intolerant version of jihad throughout the region.

Unfortunately, since the Saudi-backed forces in Yemen frequently fight along side AQAP against Yemen’s resistance, it’s hard to understand how pushing the militants out of a few oil fields will solve anything in the long-run.

U.S. and Saudi Forces Won’t See Success Against AQAP– But Yemen’s Resistance Will

Yemen’s resistance, including Ansarullah and the Republican Guard, are the only forces genuinely fighting AQAP both militarily and ideologically. Their concept of pluralism and inclusion stands in direct contrast to AQAP and many Saudi-backed forces. Areas controlled by Yemen’s resistance rarely have problems with terror attacks from AQAP or ISIS because security forces routinely monitor checkpoints. Many residents have actually fled southern portions of Yemen for this reason: the resistance forces provide a level of security that doesn’t exist in the Saudi or U.A.E.-controlled territory.

As of now, the Pentagon states that their objective in Yemen is to fight AQAP– not Ansarullah (aka “the Houthis”). And the public should feel compelled to believe them at this point. The U.S. has not expressed any interest in sending troops to help Saudi forces fight Yemen’s resistance. In fact, they’ve adamantly stated that this is the Saudi’s war, not the United States’. No, the U.S. is more concerned with money.

The Saudi war against Yemen is profitable because the Saudis and all of their allies buy weapons from the United States. Defense officials must know that waging war– themselves– against Yemen’s resistance would just create a money pit. And it’s a war they certainly won’t win easily.
http://www.blacklistednews.com/U.S._Troops_Flow_Into_Yemen_and_More_Are_Probably_on_the_Way/60169/0/38/38/Y/M.html

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, August 9th, 2017.]
          Couple Accused Of Trying To Smuggle 5-Month-Old Son In Luggage At Airport        
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          Apple begins selling the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in more than 20 new countries        

Fresh from a record 10 million iPhone sales over launch weekend, Apple’s new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are going on sale in 20 more countries today. The list of countries that will begin selling the new iPhones from Friday include: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey and United Arab Emirates The devices initially debuted in eight markets, but Apple plans to expand sales to 115 counties before the end of the year. China remains an absentee at this point, which has led to a surge in…

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          Industry Efforts to Censor Pro-Terrorism Online Content Pose Risks to Free Speech        

In recent months, social media platforms—under pressure from a number of governments—have adopted new policies and practices to remove content that promotes terrorism. As the Guardian reported, these policies are typically carried out by low-paid contractors (or, in the case of YouTube, volunteers) and with little to no transparency and accountability. While the motivations of these companies might be sincere, such private censorship poses a risk to the free expression of Internet users.

As groups like the Islamic State have gained traction online, Internet intermediaries have come under pressure from governments and other actors, including the following:

  • the Obama Administration;
  • the U.S. Congress in the form of legislative proposals that would require Internet companies to report “terrorist activity” to the U.S. government;
  • the European Union in the form of a “code of conduct” requiring Internet companies to take down terrorist propaganda within 24 hours of being notified, and via the EU Internet Forum;
  • individual European countries such as the U.K., France and Germany that have proposed exorbitant fines for Internet companies that fail to take down pro-terrorism content; and,
  • victims of terrorism who seek to hold social media companies civilly liable in U.S. courts for providing “material support” to terrorists by simply providing online platforms for global communication.

One of the coordinated industry efforts against pro-terrorism online content is the development of a shared database of “hashes of the most extreme and egregious terrorist images and videos” that the companies have removed from their services. The companies that started this effort—Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, and Google/YouTube—explained that the idea is that by sharing “digital fingerprints” of terrorist images and videos, other companies can quickly “use those hashes to identify such content on their services, review against their respective policies and definitions, and remove matching content as appropriate.”

As a second effort, the same companies created the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, which will help the companies “continue to make our hosted consumer services hostile to terrorists and violent extremists.” Specifically, the Forum “will formalize and structure existing and future areas of collaboration between our companies and foster cooperation with smaller tech companies, civil society groups and academics, governments and supra-national bodies such as the EU and the UN.” The Forum will focus on technological solutions; research; and knowledge-sharing, which will include engaging with smaller technology companies, developing best practices to deal with pro-terrorism content, and promoting counter-speech against terrorism.

Internet companies are also taking individual measures to combat pro-terrorism content. Google announced several new efforts, while both Google and Facebook have committed to using artificial intelligence technology to find pro-terrorism content for removal.

Private censorship must be cautiously deployed

While Internet companies have a First Amendment right to moderate their platforms as they see fit, private censorship—or what we sometimes call shadow regulation—can be just as detrimental to users’ freedom of expression as governmental regulation of speech. As social media companies increase their moderation of online content, they must do so as cautiously as possible.

Through our project Onlinecensorship.org, we monitor private censorship and advocate for companies to be more transparent and accountable to their users. We solicit reports from users of when Internet companies have removed specific posts or other content, or whole accounts.

We consistently urge companies to follow basic guidelines to mitigate the impact on users’ free speech. Specifically, companies should have narrowly tailored, clear, fair, and transparent content policies (i.e., terms of service or “community guidelines”); they should engage in consistent and fair enforcement of those policies; and they should have robust appeals processes to minimize the impact on users’ freedom of expression.

Over the years, we’ve found that companies’ efforts to moderate online content almost always result in overbroad content takedowns or account deactivations. We, therefore, are justifiably skeptical that the latest efforts by Internet companies to combat pro-terrorism content will meet our basic guidelines.

A central problem for these global platforms is that such private censorship can be counterproductive. Users who engage in counter-speech against terrorism often find themselves on the wrong side of the rules if, for example, their post includes an image of one of more than 600 “terrorist leaders” designated by Facebook. In one instance, a journalist from the United Arab Emirates was temporarily banned from the platform for posting a photograph of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah with a LGBTQ pride flag overlaid on it—a clear case of parody counter-speech that Facebook’s content moderators failed to grasp.

A more fundamental problem is that having narrow definitions is difficult. What counts as speech that “promotes” terrorism? What even counts as “terrorism”? These U.S.-based companies may look to the State Department’s list of designated terrorist organizations as a starting point. But Internet companies will sometimes go further. Facebook, for example, deactivated the personal accounts of Palestinian journalists; it did the same thing for Chechen independence activists under the guise that they were involved in “terrorist activity.” These examples demonstrate the challenges social media companies face in fairly applying their own policies.

A recent investigative report by ProPublica revealed how Facebook’s content rules can lead to seemingly inconsistent takedowns. The authors wrote: “[T]he documents suggest that, at least in some instances, the company’s hate-speech rules tend to favor elites and governments over grassroots activists and racial minorities. In so doing, they serve the business interests of the global company, which relies on national governments not to block its service to their citizens.” The report emphasized the need for companies to be more transparent about their content rules, and to have rules that are fair for all users around the world.

 Artificial intelligence poses special concerns

 We are concerned about the use of artificial intelligence automation to combat pro-terrorism content because of the imprecision inherent in systems that automatically block or remove content based on an algorithm. Facebook has perhaps been the most aggressive in deploying AI in the form of machine learning technology in this context. The company’s latest AI efforts include using image matching to detect previously tagged content, using natural language processing techniques to detect posts advocating for terrorism, removing terrorist clusters, removing new fake accounts created by repeat offenders, and enforcing its rules across other Facebook properties such as WhatsApp and Instagram.

This imprecision exists because it is difficult for humans and machines alike to understand the context of a post. While it’s true that computers are better at some tasks than people, understanding context in written and image-based communication is not one of those tasks. While AI algorithms can understand very simple reading comprehension problems, they still struggle with even basic tasks such as capturing meaning in children’s books. And while it’s possible that future improvements to machine learning algorithms will give AI these capabilities, we’re not there yet.

Google’s Content ID, for example, which was designed to address copyright infringement, has also blocked fair uses, news reporting, and even posts by copyright owners themselves. If automatic takedowns based on copyright are difficult to get right, how can we expect new algorithms to know the difference between a terrorist video clip that’s part of a satire and one that’s genuinely advocating violence?

Until companies can publicly demonstrate that their machine learning algorithms can accurately and reliably determine whether a post is satire, commentary, news reporting, or counter-speech, they should refrain from censoring their users by way of this AI technology.

Even if a company were to have an algorithm for detecting pro-terrorism content that was accurate, reliable, and had a minimal percentage of false positives, AI automation would still be problematic because machine learning systems are not robust to distributional change. Once machine learning algorithms are trained, they are as brittle as any other algorithm, and building and training machine learning algorithms for a complex task is an expensive, time-intensive process. Yet the world that algorithms are working in is constantly evolving and soon won’t look like the world in which the algorithms were trained.

This might happen in the context of pro-terrorism content on social media: once terrorists realize that algorithms are identifying their content, they will start to game the system by hiding their content or altering it so that the AI no longer recognizes it (by leaving out key words, say, or changing their sentence structure, or a myriad of other ways—it depends on the specific algorithm). This problem could also go the other way: a change in culture or how some group of people express themselves could cause an algorithm to start tagging their posts as pro-terrorism content, even though they’re not (for example, if people co-opted a slogan previously used by terrorists in order to de-legitimize the terrorist group).

We strongly caution companies (and governments) against assuming that technology will be the panacea in identifying pro-terrorism content, because this technology simply doesn’t yet exist.

Is taking down pro-terrorism content actually a good idea?

Apart from the free speech and artificial intelligence concerns, there is an open question of efficacy. The sociological assumption is that removing pro-terrorism content will reduce terrorist recruitment and community sympathy for those who engage in terrorism. In other words, the question is not whether terrorists are using the Internet to recruit new operatives—the question is whether taking down pro-terrorism content and accounts will meaningfully contribute to the fight against global terrorism.

Governments have not sufficiently demonstrated this to be the case. And some experts believe this absolutely not to be the case. For example, Michael German, a former FBI agent with counter-terrorism experience and current fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice, said, “Censorship has never been an effective method of achieving security, and shuttering websites and suppressing online content will be as unhelpful as smashing printing presses.” In fact, as we’ve argued before, censoring the content and accounts of determined groups could be counterproductive and actually result in pro-terrorism content being publicized more widely (a phenomenon known as the Streisand Effect).

Additionally, permitting terrorist accounts to exist and allowing pro-terrorism content to remain online, including that which is publicly available, may actually be beneficial by providing opportunities for ongoing engagement with these groups. For example, a Kenyan government official stated that shutting down an Al Shabaab Twitter account would be a bad idea: “Al Shabaab needs to be engaged positively and [T]witter is the only avenue.”

Keeping pro-terrorism content online also contributes to journalism, open source intelligence gathering, academic research, and generally the global community’s understanding of this tragic and complex social phenomenon. On intelligence gathering, the United Nations has said that “increased Internet use for terrorist purposes provides a corresponding increase in the availability of electronic data which may be compiled and analysed for counter-terrorism purposes.”

In conclusion

While we recognize that Internet companies have a right to police their own platforms, we also recognize that such private censorship is often in response to government pressure, which is often not legitimately wielded.

Governments often get private companies to do what they can’t do themselves. In the U.S., for example, pro-terrorism content falls within the protection of the First Amendment. Other countries, many of which do not have similarly robust constitutional protections, might nevertheless find it politically difficult to pass speech-restricting laws.

Ultimately, we are concerned about the serious harm that sweeping censorship regimes—even by private actors—can have on users, and society at large. Internet companies must be accountable to their users as they deploy policies that restrict content.

First, they should make their content policies narrowly tailored, clear, fair, and transparent to all—as the Guardian’s Facebook Files demonstrate, some companies have a long way to go.

Second, companies should engage in consistent and fair enforcement of those policies.

Third, companies should ensure that all users have access to a robust appeals process—content moderators are bound to make mistakes, and users must be able to seek justice when that happens.

Fourth, until artificial intelligence systems can be proven accurate, reliable and adaptable, companies should not deploy this technology to censor their users’ content.

Finally, we urge those companies that are subject to increasing governmental demands for backdoor censorship regimes to improve their annual transparency reporting to include statistics on takedown requests related to the enforcement of their content policies.


          Blockaded Qatar Takes Saudi, UAE to WTO        
Of course Qatar knows the WTO. The current [?] WTO negotiations were initiated in the capital of Doha.
I am fascinated with the blockade on Qatar by fellow Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain, supposedly for supporting "terror." For the country where most 9/11 attackers came from and which has funded fundamentalist education throughout the world, Saudi Arabia is particularly noteworthy. My belief is closer in line with those who believe Qatar acts more as a neutral ground for those wary of Middle East authoritarianism--even if these folks may include Hamas and Hezbollah who have representative offices in Qatar.

There is also the not-so-small issue of broadcast network al-Jazeera, which is widely viewed not just in the region but throughout the world. Its continuous criticism of other GCC countries rankles the others, and I must also point out that Qatar is not entirely faultless in its media coverage. After all, Qatar is just like the rest of them: As yet another absolute monarchy, Qatar is hardly a bastion of democracy. As al-Jazeera viewers would note, Qatar's leaders--who set up the network in the first place--are never criticized.

Having failed so far diplomatically in resolving this dispute--the United States which has bases in Qatar but nonetheless was bashed by Trump as a state sponsor of terror has been of little use--Qatar now turns to international organizations to help its cause:
Qatar has lodged a formal complaint with the World Trade Organisation against the “illegal siege” imposed by four Arab neighbours that have accused the Gulf state of sponsoring terrorism. The complaint, lodged with the WTO’s dispute-settlement body, described the embargo as “unprecedented”, accusing Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain of “violating the WTO’s core laws and conventions on trade of goods and services, and trade-related aspects of intellectual property,” the ministry of economy and commerce said in a statement on Monday.

On June 5, the quartet of Arab allies cut off air, sea and land links to their gas-rich neighbour, closing off airspace to Qatar-bound flights, refusing to handle goods bound for the gas-rich state and cutting diplomatic ties. While Qatar has shifted supply chains, bringing in food from Turkey and Iran and using Omani ports, its imports nonetheless slumped 40 per cent in June as the embargo hit home. “The arbitrary measures taken by the siege countries are a clear violation of the provisions and conventions of international trade law,” said Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassem bin Mohammed Al Thani, the minister of economy and commerce. “Furthermore, the illegal siege is unprecedented in the framework of economic blocs.”
The complaint at the ICAO will also mirror the WTO complaints since Qatar has had a very hard time sending and receiving Qatar Airlines and other flights with the likes of UAE closing their airspace to Qatar. While I have little doubt that Qatar's case is a fairly good one against such a wide range of sanctions without apparent cause--especially trade-related ones--you have to wonder: Given that WTO cases are usually resolved over a year's time, will there still be much of a commercial center left of Qatar if things take that long to resolve?

Ultimately, I believe that a diplomatic solution, whoever may broker it, will need to be found. Litigation will only get you so far and may leave a bad aftertaste besides.

          How Trump Made the Qatar Situation Worse        

Why are five of the largest Arab states ganging up on Qatar? And should we care? These are reasonable questions for the crisis-soaked news reader upon learning that Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, and the United Arab Emirates have cut off ties—diplomatic as well all travel and trade—with this tiny constitutional monarchy.

A few things worth knowing about Qatar. It holds the world’s fourth-largest oil and natural gas reserves. It hosts the Middle East’s largest U.S. military base, including the headquarters of Central Command’s air combat center. A fairly cosmopolitan place, the nation was chosen—controversially—as the setting for the 2022 World Cup. As with the countries now opposing it, Qatar is led by Sunnis who are active in the fight against the Houthi rebels in Yemen and Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria. Yet they are also friendly with Iran, Hezbollah, Hamas, and some of the most hardcore Islamist militias.

In short, like many of the problems that President Trump has confronted or aggravated, Qatar is a lot more complicated than anyone knew.

And, though tensions between Qatar and the other Arab countries have been simmering for nearly a decade, Trump—perhaps accidentally—triggered this new escalation.

Trump thought he would unify and strengthen the Sunni leaders when he spoke to them in Saudi Arabia last month. That visit, his first stop on his first trip abroad as president, was more enthusiastically greeted than his later stops in Europe. But Trump’s speech there, too, was a disaster, though of a different sort, heralding a new U.S. policy of taking the Sunni powers’ side in their sectarian wars against Shiite powers, especially Iran. What Trump clearly did not foresee was that his speech would also deepen a wedge among the Sunnis—and, possibly, intensify the conflicts in the region.

The emir of Qatar—Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, whose family has ruled the country for almost two centuries—has tried to carve out a separate foreign policy in the past decade, courting one side in the region’s sectarian feuds, then the other side, depending on his own interests. He could do this because his country has enormous wealth for such a small population—its 2.2 million people, most of whom are foreign expats, enjoy the world’s highest per-capita income, dampening the political fissures that plague many of the region’s monarchies. During the Arab Spring, the emir supported the rebel protesters, using the state-owned TV network, Al-Jazeera, as a propaganda organ for their cause. He also moved closer to Iran, the Shiite neighbor just across the Persian Gulf.

Faysal Itani, an analyst at the Atlantic Council in Washington, says that the Qataris’ approach made sense.* “They made the best of their position and tried to carve out a special sphere to be relevant in the region’s politics.”

But in recent years, Qatar’s approach has gone awry. After the Arab Spring faded and the rebels were supplanted by jihadis, Qatar swung its media and money to support these new movements —which its fellow Sunni states loathed and feared. Similarly, as the Sunni–Shiite wars intensified, Qatar moved closer to the leading Shiite government in Iran. In his fellow Sunnis’ eyes, the emir’s strategy looked more and more like a ploy to bring down their regimes—and to expand his own power. In short, he started alienating everyone: the Sunnis by supporting Iran and its allies in the various militias; the Shiites by continuing to host the U.S. military and helping the Saudis in Yemen.

“The Qataris tried to be the Hong Kong of the region,” says Joyce Karam, Washington bureau chief of Al-Hayat, a major pan-Arab newspaper. “It isn’t working anymore.”

The tipping point came with Trump. President Obama kept lines open to all the powers in the region, including Iran, because he did not want to entangle the United States into the sectarian wars any more than it already was. He particularly steered clear of the brewing tensions between Qatar and the other Sunni powers, figuring it would be better to let them work out their own balancing act. Trump’s visit changed the calculus. His speech emboldened the main Sunni powers not only to step up their confrontation with Iran and its “proxies” but also to cut off Qatar.

Now Qatar is vulnerable. Though very wealthy and diplomatically nimble, Qatar relies on Saudi Arabia for 40 percent of its food. Hence the photos of long lines Monday in the grocery stores of the capital, Doha. More than half of the country’s workers come from other countries in the region—and as part of the sanctions, they have now been called home. Even Qatar’s foreign policy has been circumscribed; for instance, the cut-off of air routes prevents Qatar from flying humanitarian aid to Gaza. Saudi Arabia in particular is all but pushing Qatar’s military to take control. A Saudi newspaper headline says of Qatar on Monday: “5 Coups in 46 Years—and 6th Coup Not Far Away.”

An analysis in Jane’s 360, which specializes in defense and intelligence, predicts that the Qatar will have no choice but to give in and to sharply reduce its support for Islamist movements, especially in Syria. Whether it can part company with Iran is another question. Those relations have grown very close; the two countries even share a natural gas field.

Meanwhile, the fissure’s effect on the American-led anti-ISIS campaign is uncertain. As recently as last week, U.S. officials were singing Qatar’s praises for its role in combating terrorism. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Monday that he would try to mediate the new tensions between Qatar and the other powers—though, given the dearth of second- and third-tier officials in the State Department and an emptied diplomatic corps, it’s unclear how he might do this. It’s alarming enough that the rupture seems to have taken the Trump administration by surprise—perhaps another result of the president’s failure to nominate any under or assistant secretaries in the departments of state and defense.

Over the long haul, this rupture is likely to strain relations within and between the Arab countries. Then again, pan-Arabism unity has long been a bit of a fantasy. It’s possible that this new twist could have some productive consequences. If Qatar ends its support for Islamist fighters, that could speed up the war against ISIS and other extremists in the region. But if, at the same time, Qatar—whether through accession or coup—folds itself completely into the Sunni camp, this will further harden the sectarian divide. For all its flippancy and risk-taking, Qatar’s foreign policy did provide some gray zones and safe harbors in this conflict; it defused some crises, helped free hostages, offered a figment of a third way. Those things are now likely to be shut down and closed off. War will come closer to subsuming the entire region.

*Correction, June 5, 2017: This article originally misspelled Faysal Itani’s last name. (Return.)


          Netanyahu Came to Washington to Hear One Thing        

President Trump’s meeting on Wednesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu showed that he has no understanding of Middle East politics or of what a peace treaty with the Palestinians would require.

Trump believes that his desire for a deal puts him halfway toward achieving one and that his close friendship with Netanyahu moves him a bit closer still. He doesn’t get that Netanyahu doesn’t need or want a peace deal with the Palestinians at this point. Nor do the Palestinians; nor do the Sunni Arab countries—Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, and the United Arab Emirates—that Trump wants to drag along to the table.

Israel has improved its security in the past year by forming an alliance with the Sunni Arab leaders, who share a loathing for Iran and Shiite militias. This alliance is on the verge of strengthening its bonds by agreeing to a deal in which Israel would share intelligence about their common enemies. For that reason, though, the last thing that any of them wants is to start up talks with the Palestinians. The Arab leaders must maintain at least rhetorical support for the Palestinians, lest they spark protests by many of their own people. For the same reason, they can’t be seen as signing with Israel too openly. For them to take a seat at Israeli–Palestinian peace talks—as Trump wants them to do in an idea he calls an “outside-in” approach—would risk raising all the issues that they want to avoid discussing.

At the press conference, Netanyahu couldn’t have been clearer about his hesitance to get into the whole business. Trump, at one point, said excitedly, “I think we’re going to make a deal. It might be a bigger and better deal than people in this room even understand, so that’s a possibility.”

He turned to Netanyahu, who said nothing. Trump went on: “So let’s see what we do!”

Netanyahu replied, almost inaudibly, “Let’s try.”

Trump laughed off the reticence. “That doesn’t sound too optimistic,” he said, adding, in his own optimistic spin, “Good negotiator.”

Netanyahu recited the longstanding preconditions for any kind of serious talks—that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state and cede the security and control over the West Bank.* In an ideal world, those might be the final points of a peace negotiation. In the real world, no Palestinian would accept them as the first points.

Another sign of, let us say, Trump’s unfamiliarity with the region’s politics was his answer to a reporter who asked whether he supported a two-state solution—to which the last several U.S. presidents have paid allegiance or at least lip service. His reply:

So I’m looking at two states and one state. And I like the one that both parties like. I’m very happy with the one that both parties like. I can live with either one … To be honest, if Bibi and the Palestinians, if Israel and the Palestinians, are happy, I’m happy with the one they like the best.

Trump may have thought that his answer was shrewd and pragmatic, but in fact it was neither. First, the Palestinians are not going to enter into any negotiations that don’t set their own state as a goal. Second, on the few occasions when these peace talks have borne fruit, they do so only because the United States—usually the president himself—has pushed both sides to a common position. The United States must do this because the two parties are incapable of doing it themselves. This means that the United States must have a strategic vision going into the talks. Trump clearly doesn’t have one. The fact that he’s indifferent about the outcome is proof of that.

There are several reasons Trump doesn’t have a strategic goal. First, he may not think he needs one. He seems to believe that, in general, international relations aren’t much different from the real-estate transactions that made him rich and famous; it’s all about the deal. He doesn’t recognize that in real-estate transactions the basic premises of the deal—the existence of a capitalist society, the body of statutes pertaining to property rights and contract law, the various city and state building codes—are accepted by all parties. Much about peace talks, especially Middle East peace talks, concerns wrangling over the basic premises.

The second reason he doesn’t have a strategic goal is that the National Security Council and its interagency bodies don’t yet exist. The NSC’s Deputies Committee tees up issues and lays out options, but Trump hasn’t yet appointed any of the officials who make up the Deputies Committee—the deputy or undersecretaries of the Departments of State, Defense, Treasury, and so forth. So far, Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson have spent much of their time assuring allies that Trump doesn’t mean some of the things he’s said and that America’s commitment to their security is rock-solid. They haven’t got around to making or discussing policy—not just about the Middle East but about much of anything.

Trump did say, at the press conference, that both Israel and the Palestinians would have to compromise, turning to Netanyahu and saying, “You know that, right?” He also told Netanyahu, “I’d like to see you hold back on settlements for a little bit,” adding, “We’ll work something out.” Netanyahu looked a little nonplussed, though Palestinians aren’t likely to view the exchange with glee. To “hold back” for “a little bit” is vague, if not disingenuous, given Israel’s vast settlements, its new law legalizing even small confiscations of land, and Trump’s appointment as Israel envoy of David Friedman—his bankruptcy lawyer, whose views about settlements veer far to the right of even Netanyahu’s. Still, those looking for the slightest glimmer of light may find some in that line.

One curiosity of the Trump–Netanyahu press conference—their first meeting since Trump became president—was that it took place just after the Israeli leader’s car pulled up to the White House driveway, before any meeting between the two men. Usually, these sorts of press conferences take place after a meeting, so the two heads of state can say what they talked about.

But really the two had nothing to discuss at this point. Netanyahu came to Washington for one reason: to hear the new American president say, “I love you, I love you, I love you” and “I hate Iran, I hate Iran, I hate Iran.” Trump did all that, and Netanyahu beamed. But Trump is kidding himself if he sees this as a harbinger of peace. Netanyahu, who rarely kids himself, knows that it’s no such thing, and he beams all the more because of it.

*Correction, Feb. 15, 2017: This article originally misstated that Benjamin Netanyahu said that Palestinians must recognize Israel before any peace talks. Palestinians recognized Israel in the Oslo Accords but did not recognize Israel as a Jewish state. (Return.)


          What Happened Behind the Scenes Before the Yemen Raid?        

The Jan. 28 raid on an al-Qaida outpost in Yemen, which resulted in the deaths of a Navy SEAL fighter and several civilians, was approved by President Trump with no advice or consultation from intelligence officers or military commanders, according to officials familiar with the chain of events.

As the New York Times reported on Wednesday, Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, presented the plan over dinner at the White House, on Jan. 25, to Trump, his son-in-law Jared Kushner, and his political strategist Steve Bannon.

Officials told me that Trump approved the plan then and there. The next day, the National Security Council’s Deputies Committee—an interagency group of deputy and undersecretaries from various Cabinet departments—held a meeting to discuss the plan. But, as one official put it, the meeting was “pro forma and irrelevant,” as the decision had already been made.

The raid—which involved several dozen commandos from the U.S. Navy’s SEAL Team 6 and from the United Arab Emirates’ elite forces—was the first operation in a new policy, proposed by the Pentagon, to step up joint ground attacks against al-Qaida militias in Yemen. Military officials briefed President Obama on the policy proposal, which would give lower-level officers broad latitude to carry out such attacks without going through the sluggish process of seeking authority from higher-ups. Since this would mean a significant escalation of America’s military involvement in Yemen, Obama deferred the issue to his successor, according to a former White House official.

Given its significance, one might also have thought that Trump would vet the issue through the Deputies Committee and possibly the Principals Committee, which bring in the perspectives, interests, and unique expertise of senior civilian, military, and intelligence officials.

Trump is known for making decisions with the small group of his trusted advisers, mainly Kushner and Bannon, sometimes with the addition of his national security adviser, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn. But this latest snap decision is raising eyebrows from many observers.

A Reuters story about the raid quoted “U.S. military officials” as saying that the assault—Trump’s first covert counterterrorism operation—went forth “without sufficient intelligence, ground support, or adequate backup preparations.” As a result, according to “three officials,” the attacking SEAL team “found itself dropping onto a reinforced Al Qaeda base defended by landmines, snipers, and a larger than expected contingent of heavily armed Islamist extremists.”

It’s unfair to blame all this on Trump, as the Reuters sources appear to do. Instead it’s worth asking why Pentagon officials were pushing for the raid, and the broad authority that went with it, if the preparations were so flimsy. Or were they pushing for it? Usually, in these situations, military briefers outline a whole set of risks, contingencies, and caveats involved in a combat operation, if just to spread the blame if things go south. Did they do this with Mattis and Dunford? Did Mattis and Dunford do it with Trump, Bannon, and Kushner?

Either way, it’s likely that questions would have been asked, the scenarios spelled out, the odds of success at least somewhat measured, in an interagency meeting that included senior officials from the State Department and the intelligence agencies as well as input from the NSC’s professional staff. Trump didn’t avail himself of these resources.

True, there are scant resources at the moment. The Senate hadn’t yet confirmed Rex Tillerson as secretary of state by the time Trump had that fateful dinner. No deputy or undersecretaries of state or defense have, even now, so much as been nominated. All the acting deputy and undersecretaries are hangovers from the Obama administration. Trump wouldn’t take their views seriously, in any case.

But what happens after the new national-security team is fully in place? Will its members perform their usual functions, or will Trump continue to make the big decisions huddled with Bannon and Kushner? Mattis will probably learn lessons from the raid’s downside—he is famously a serious student of history and strategy who seeks guidance from chronicles of past successes and failures—but will Trump? Is he capable of learning—of changing his mind or broadening his perspective after exposure to unfamiliar ideas or unexpected events? The answer will shape the course of his presidency. So far, the prospects seem dim.


          Lelaki Asal Arab Targetkan 100 Anak Tahun 2015        
Di zaman seperti ini, ternyata masih ada orang yang bercita-cita memiliki anak banyak. Tidak tanggung-tanggung, laki-laki asal Uni Emirat Arab ini menargetkan memiliki 100 anak pada tahun 2015. Daad Mohammed Murad Abdul Rahman [60] saat ini memiliki 78 anak. Untuk memenuhi targetnya memiliki 100 anak, dia berencana akan mengawini dua perempuan.

Menurut laporan Emirates Today, Senin [20/8], Abdul Rahman telah mengawini 15 perempuan. Namun, mereka semua telah diceraikan agar dia bisa kawin lagi dan kawin lagi. Hukum setempat menetapkan, seorang laki-laki hanya diperbolehkan memiliki paling banyak empat istri. "Pada tahun 2015 saya akan berumur 68 tahun dan saya akan memiliki 100 anak. Setelah itu saya akan berhenti kawin. Saya setidaknya harus kawin tiga kali lagi untuk mengguncang negeri ini," ujar Abdul Rahman seperti dikutip tabloid lokal.

Surat kabar The United Arab Emirates mengisi halaman depannya dengan gambar Abdul Rahman yang dikelilingi anak-anaknya. Anak tertuanya berusia 36 tahun dan yang termuda 20 hari. Dua dari tiga istrinya yang sekarang sedang mengandung
          Dubai: Worth a Stopover?        

When flying with Qantas or Emirates to Europe, the Middle East or Africa, you’ll probably fly via Dubai. Both Qantas and Emirates offer free stopovers in Dubai, and Emirates even offers discounted stopover and holiday packages. So, is it worth breaking up the trip with a few days in the United Arab Emirates? That’s the […]

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          New DNA Test        
I had another DNA test done in July 2013.  Some more interesting information about our ancient heritage. I always suspected Clifford Hullinger was part Neanderthal - now we know.



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My general DNA information below is of course a 50 / 50 mix of Louise Liffengren Hullinger and Clifford Hullinger, so your DNA will be somewhat different.  Still, it give someone who is a Hullinger a little insight into their DNA.  They find that my DNA is most like a Finn - who knew?  Don't tell our Norwegian relatives. Of course we can blame some of this on the Hullinger side.  And since I am part Neanderthal, you likely are also.


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WHO AM I?

We are all more than the sum of our parts, but the results below offer some of the most dramatic and fascinating information in your Geno 2.0 test. In this section, we display your affiliations with a set of nine world regions. This information is determined from your entire genome so we’re able to see both parents’ information, going back six generations. Your percentages reflect both recent influences and ancient genetic patterns in your DNA due to migrations as groups from different regions mixed over thousands of years. Your ancestors also mixed with ancient, now extinct hominid cousins like Neanderthals in Europe and the Middle East or the Denisovans in Asia. If you have a very mixed background, the pattern can get complicated quickly! Use the reference population matches below to help understand your particular result.  VIEW THE "WHO AM I" VIDEO

YOUR RESULTS

map

44%

NORTHERN EUROPEAN

This component of your ancestry is found at highest frequency in northern European populations—people from the UK, Denmark, Finland, Russia and Germany in our reference populations. While not limited to these groups, it is found at lower frequencies throughout the rest of Europe. This component is likely the signal of the earliest hunter-gatherer inhabitants of Europe, who were the last to make the transition to agriculture as it moved in from the Middle East during the Neolithic period around 8,000 years ago.
Note: In some cases regional percentages may not total 100%.

WHAT YOUR RESULTS MEAN

Modern day indigenous populations around the world carry particular blends of these regions. We compared your DNA results to the reference populations we currently have in our database and estimated which of these were most similar to you in terms of the genetic markers you carry. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you belong to these groups or are directly from these regions, but that these groups were a similar genetic match and can be used as a guide to help determine why you have a certain result. Remember, this is a mixture of both recent (past six generations) and ancient patterns established over thousands of years, so you may see surprising regional percentages. Read each of the population descriptions below to better interpret your particular result.

YOUR FIRST REFERENCE POPULATION: FINNISH

This reference population is based on samples collected from people native to Finland. The dominant 57% Northern European component likely reflects the earliest settlers in Europe, hunter-gatherers who arrived there more than 35,000 years ago. The 17% Mediterranean and 17% Southwest Asian percentages arrived later, with the spread of agriculture from the Fertile Crescent in the Middle East, over the past 10,000 years. As these early farmers moved into Europe, they spread their genetic patterns as well. Today, northern European populations retain the links to both earliest Europeans and these later migrants from the Middle East. The 7% Northeast Asian component reflects mixing with native Siberian populations, particularly the reindeer-herding Saami people of far northern Scandinavia.

FINNISH

  • NORTHERN EUROPEAN

    57%

  • SOUTHWEST ASIAN

    17%

  • MEDITERRANEAN

    17%

  • NORTHEAST ASIAN

    7%

YOU

  • 44%

    NORTHERN EUROPEAN

  • 34%

    MEDITERRANEAN

  • 20%

    SOUTHWEST ASIAN

YOUR SECOND REFERENCE POPULATION: GREEK

This reference population is based on samples collected from the native population of Greece. The 54% Mediterranean and 17% Southwest Asian percentages reflect the strong influence of agriculturalists from the Fertile Crescent in the Middle East, who arrived here more than 8,000 years ago. The 28% Northern European component likely comes from the pre-agricultural population of Europe—the earliest settlers, who arrived more than 35,000 years ago during the Upper Paleolithic period. Today, this component predominates in northern European populations, while the Mediterranean component is more common in southern Europe.

GREEK

  • MEDITERRANEAN

    54%

  • NORTHERN EUROPEAN

    28%

  • SOUTHWEST ASIAN

    17%

YOU

  • 44%

    NORTHERN EUROPEAN

  • 34%

    MEDITERRANEAN

  • 20%

    SOUTHWEST ASIAN


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Y Chromosome Information - passed from father to son. It is not clear how our ancestors got to Switzerland, although with more people getting the test and more research a detailed path may yet be found.


BRANCH: L26

AGE: TO BE DETERMINED

LOCATION OF ORIGIN: WEST ASIA

Today, the distribution and frequency of this lineage’s members echoes the origins of their ancestor. It is 10 to 11 percent of the male population of Tunisia. It is about 5 percent of modern Macedonian male lineages. It is 4 to 5 percent of the male population of Cyprus. It is 1 to 2 percent of male lineages in Switzerland. Geneticists have found this lineage at trace frequencies of less than 1 percent through most of Western and Central Europe.
Note: This branch is not accompanied by a major movement on the map, and research on this branch is continuing.

The map below shows the path and cocentrations of our male ancestors and their descendants.


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Craig Hullinger recently had a DNA test done with National Geographic. The graphic above shows that I am 1.8% Neanderthal - I always suspected it. His mother Louise Liffengren Hullinger is convinced that the Neanderthal could not have come from the Liffengren side of our family - it must be from the Hullingers.

My MtDNA Haplogroup - the DNA passed from mother to child - is H13ala.  All the women descended from Barbo Tronrud and their descendants and all of their maternal ancestors share this MtDNA Haplogroup.


The H MtDNA is the dominant Haplogroup in Europe. About 1/2 of European women are of this group.


The H13ala is a subgroup of H and is far more rare. About 3% of the maternal lineages in Norway are this Haplogroup. The map below shows the path that our maternal ancestors took when leaving from Africa and migrating to Europe.



BRANCH: H13

AGE: 17,500 ± 4,200 YEARS AGO

LOCATION OF ORIGIN: CENTRAL ASIA

Groups containing this lineage lived in the harsh climate of the Caucasus. From there, some have migrated to Europe and West Asia.
Today, this line is present at low frequency in both Asia and Europe, but its highest population frequency and diversity is present in the Caucasus. There, it is prominent in Dagestan (15 percent) and in Georgia (13.3 percent).
In West Asia, it is over 18 percent of some population groups in Iraq and about 13 percent of the population in United Arab Emirates.
In Europe, it is 3 to 4 percent of maternal lineages in Italy, 3 percent of maternal lineages in Norway, and about 2 percent of maternal lineages in Turkey.
Note: This branch is not accompanied by a major movement on the map, and research on this branch is continuing.





          No Prisoners, No Mercy - Show 62        

Welcome to Show 62! This time author Dedra Stevenson comes to us all the way from the United Arab Emirates to talk to us about The Hakima’s Tale Trilogy (now in print in the UAE and being released here). Come share the fun and laughter as we talk to Ms. Stevenson about her works, her life, what life is really like in the UAE and more.


          IDAL Organizes Media Tour of Projects Launched Under Investment Law 360 Incentives        
PRZOOM - Newswire (press release) - 2006/06/13, Dubai, UAE United Arab Emirates - Itani: Achievements a testament to economic strength and increasing investor confidence in Lebanon’s business environment.
          Louis Berger Wins Engineering Excellence Awards for Sheikh Zayed Street/Tunnel Project        

Louis Berger recently gained national accolades for the Sheikh Zayed Street/Tunnel Project in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

(PRWeb March 11, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/03/prweb11659306.htm


          UAE – Quit The Job & Land in Trouble        
WASHINGTON — The conundrum was simple enough. An employee of a company in the United Arab Emirates, while on vacation outside the country, received a job offer in India that was too good to pass up. He sent a resignation letter to his UAE employer, and upon their acceptance of his resignation, started up a […]
          U.S., Panama, United Arab Emirates among countries undermining global action on tax dodging        

U.S., Panama, United Arab Emirates among countries undermining global action on tax dodging

Oxfam harshly criticized the United States, the United Arab Emirates, Panama and other countries for undermining a landmark global initiative to tackle corporate tax dodging unveiled today.


          Countries in Asia        
 Asia is the world's largest and most populous continent in the world with 50 Countries.Here is the list of 50 countries in  Asia and their capitals. 
Asia





S.no
Countries
Capitals
1.
Afghanistan
Kabul
2.
Armenia
Yerevan
3.
Azerbaijan
Baku
4.
Bahrain
Manama
5.
Bangladesh
Dhaka
6.
Bhutan
Thimphu
7.
Brunei
Bandar Seri Begawan
8.
Cambodia
Phnom Penh
9.
Cyprus
Nicosia
10.
East Timor
Dili
11.
Egypt
Cairo
12.
Georgia
Tbilisi
13.
India
New Delhi
14.
Indonesia
Jakarta
16.
Iran
Tehran
17.
Iraq
Baghdad
18.
Israel
Jerusalem
19.
Japan
Tokyo
20.
Jordan
Amman
21.

Kazakhstan
Astana
22.
Kuwait
Kuwait City
23.
Kyrgyzstan
Bishkek
24.
Laos
Vientiane
25.
Lebanon
Beirut
26.
Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur
27.
Maldives
Malé
28.
Mongolia
Ulaanbaatar
29.
Myanmar
Naypyidaw
30.
Nepal
Kathmandu
31.
North Korea
Pyongyang (P'yŏngyang)
32.
Oman
Muscat
33.
Pakistan
Islamabad
34.
The People's Republic of China
Beijing
35.
The Philippines
Manila
36.
Qatar
Doha
37.
The Republic of China
Taipei
38.
Russia
Moscow
39.
Saudi Arabia
Riyadh
40.
Singapore
Singapore
41.
South Korea
Seoul
42.
Syria
Damascus
43.
Tajikistan
Dushanbe
44.
Thailand
Bangkok
45.
Turkey
Ankara
46.
Turkmenistan
Ashgabat
47.
The United Arab Emirates
Abu Dhabi
48.
Uzbekistan
Tashkent
49.
Vietnam
Hanoi
50.
Yemen
Sanaá

          Dynaflex appointed authorized representative for TGI ILMADUR gauge & sight glasses in Middle East & Africa        
TGI's factory in Ilmenau

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          The US Military's Bloody "Successes": Training Foreign Militaries to Start Coups        

Winning! It's the White House watchword when it comes to the U.S. armed forces. "We will give our military the tools you need to prevent war and, if required, to fight war and only do one thing -- you know what that is? Win! Win!" President Donald Trump exclaimed earlier this year while standing aboard the new aircraft carrier U.S.S. Gerald R. Ford.

Since World War II, however, neither preventing nor winning wars have been among America's strong suits.  The nation has instead been embroiled in serial conflicts and interventions in which victories have been remarkably scarce, a trend that has only accelerated in the post-9/11 era. From Afghanistan to Iraq, Somalia to the Philippines, Libya to Yemen, military investments -- in lives and tax dollars -- have been costly and enduring victories essentially nonexistent. 

But Amadou Sanogo is something of a rare all-American military success story, even if he isn't American and his success was fleeting.  Sanogo learned English in Texas, received instruction from U.S. Marines in Virginia, took his intelligence training in Arizona, and underwent Army infantry officer basic training in Georgia.  Back home in his native Mali, the young army officer was reportedly much admired for his sojourn, studies, and training in the United States.

In March 2012, Sanogo put his popularity and skills to use when he led a coup that overthrew Mali's elected government. "America is [a] great country with a fantastic army. I tried to put all the things I learned there into practice here," he told Der Spiegel during his tenure as Mali's military strongman. (He eventually lost his grip on power, was arrested, and in 2016 went on trial for "complicity in kidnapping and assassination.")

Since 9/11, the United States has spent more than $250 billion training foreign military and police personnel like Sanogo.  Year after year, a sprawling network of U.S. programs provides 200,000 of these soldiers and security officers with assistance and support.  In 2015, almost 80,000 of them, hailing from 154 countries, received what's formally known as Foreign Military Training (FMT). 

The stated goals of two key FMT programs -- International Military Education and Training (IMET) and the Combating Terrorism Fellowship Program (CTFP) -- include promoting "international peace and security" and increasing the awareness among foreign military personnel of "internationally recognized human rights."  In reality, these programs focus on strengthening U.S. partner and proxy forces globally, though there's scant evidence that they actually succeed in that goal. A study published in July, analyzing data from 1970 to 2009, finds that FMT programs are, however, effective at imparting skills integral to at least one specific type of armed undertaking. "We find a robust relationship between U.S. training of foreign militaries and military-backed coup attempts," wrote Jonathan Caverley of the U.S. Naval War College and Jesse Savage of Trinity College Dublin in the Journal of Peace Research.  

Bad Actors

Through nearly 200 separate programs, the State Department and the Department of Defense (DoD) engage in what's called "security cooperation," "building partner capacity," and other assistance to foreign forces.  In 2001, the DoD administered about 17% of security assistance funding. By 2015, that figure had jumped to approximately 60%. The Combating Terrorism Fellowship Program, a post-9/11 creation indicative of this growth, is mostly run through the DoD and focuses on training mid- and senior-level defense officials from allied militaries in the tenets of counterterrorism. The State Department, by contrast, is the driving force behind the older and larger IMET program, though the Defense Department implements the training.

Under IMET, foreign personnel -- like Sanogo -- travel to the U.S. to take classes and undergo instruction at military schools and bases. "IMET is designed to help foreign militaries bolster their relationships with the United States, learn about U.S. military equipment, improve military professionalism, and instill democratic values in their members," wrote Joshua Kurlantzick in a 2016 Council on Foreign Relations memorandum aimed at reforming the program.

However, in an investigation published earlier this year, Lauren Chadwick of the Center for Public Integrity found that, according to official U.S. government documents, at least 17 high-ranking foreigners -- including five generals -- trained through IMET between 1985 and 2010 were later accused and in some cases convicted of criminal and human rights abuses. An open-source study by the non-profit Center for International Policy found another 33 U.S.-trained foreign military officers who later committed human rights abuses. And experts suggest that the total number of criminal U.S. trainees is likely to be far higher, since IMET is the only one of a sprawling collection of security assistance programs that requires official reports on human rights abusers.

In their Journal of Peace Research study, Caverley and Savage kept the spotlight on IMET because the program "explicitly focuses on promoting norms of civilian control" of the military.  Indeed, it's a truism of U.S. military assistance programs that they instill democratic values and respect for international norms. Yet the list of U.S.-trained coup-makers -- from Isaac Zida of Burkina Faso, Haiti's Philippe Biamby, and Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia to Egypt's Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, Mohammad Zia-ul-Haq of Pakistan, and the IMET-educated leaders of the 2009 coup in Honduras, not to mention Mali's Amadou Sanogo -- suggests an embrace of something other than democratic values and good governance. "We didn't spend, probably, the requisite time focusing on values, ethics, and military ethos," then chief of U.S. Africa Command, Carter Ham, said of Sanogo following his coup. "I believe that we focused exclusively on tactical and technical [training]."

In 2014, two generations of U.S.-educated officers faced off in The Gambia as a group of American-trained would-be coup-makers attempted (but failed) to overthrow the U.S.-trained coup-maker Yahya Jammeh who had seized power back in 1994. The unsuccessful rebellion claimed the life of Lamin Sanneh, the purported ringleader, who had earned a master's degree at National Defense University (NDU) in Washington, D.C. (Two other coup plotters had apparently even served in the U.S. military.) "I can't shake the feeling that his education in the United States somehow influenced his actions," wrote Sanneh's former NDU mentor Jeffrey Meiser. "I can't help but wonder if simply imprinting our foreign students with the 'American program' is counterproductive and unethical."

Caverly warns that Washington should also be cautious about exporting its own foreign and domestic policy imperatives, given that recent administrations have left the Defense Department flush with funding and the State Department's coffers so bare that generals are forced to beg on its behalf.   "Put more succinctly," he explained, "you need to build up multiple groups within civil society to complement and sometimes counterbalance an empowered military." 

Caverley and Savage identified 275 military-backed coups that occurred worldwide between 1970 and 2009.  In 165 of them, members of that country's armed forces had received some IMET or CTFP training the year before the coup. If you add up all the years of such instruction for all those countries, it tops out at 3,274 "country years."  In 165 instances, a takeover attempt was carried out the next year. "That's 5%, which is very high, since coups happen rarely," Caverley told TomDispatch. "The ratio for country-years with no U.S. training is 110 out of 4101, or 2.7%."

While U.S. training didn't carry the day in The Gambia in 2014 (as it had in 1994 when U.S. military-police-training alumnus Yahya Jammeh seized power), it is nonetheless linked with victorious juntas. "Successful coups are strongly associated with IMET training and spending," Caverley and Savage noted.  According to their findings, American trainees succeeded in overthrowing their governments in 72 of the 165 coup attempts.

Train Wreck

There is significant evidence that the sprawling patchwork of America's military training programs for foreign forces is hopelessly broken.  In 2013, a State Department advisory board found that American security aid had no coherent means of evaluation and no cohesive strategy. It compared the "baffling" array of programs to "a philanthropic grant-making process by an assemblage of different foundations with different agendas." 

A 2014 RAND analysis of U.S. security cooperation (SC) found "no statistically significant correlation between SC and change in countries' fragility in Africa or the Middle East." A 2015 report from U.S. Special Operations Command's Joint Special Operations University noted that efforts at building partner capacity have "in the past consumed vast resources for little return." That same year, an analysis by the Congressional Research Service concluded that "despite the increasing emphasis on, and centrality of, [building partner capacity] in national security strategy and military operations, the assumption that building foreign security forces will have tangible U.S. national security benefits remains a relatively untested proposition." 

"There are no standard guidelines for determining the goals of [counter-terrorism] security assistance programs, particularly partner capacity-building training programs, or for assessing how these programs fit into broader U.S. foreign policy objectives," reads a 2016 Center for a New American Security report. "And there are few metrics for measuring the effectiveness of these programs once they are being implemented." And in his 2016 report on IMET for the Council on Foreign Relations, Kurlantzick noted that the effort is deeply in need of reform. "The program," he wrote, "contains no system for tracking which foreign military officers attended IMET… [a]dditionally, the program is not effectively promoting democracy and respect for civilian command of armed forces."

Studies aside, the failures of U.S. training efforts across the Greater Middle East have been obvious for years. From the collapse of the U.S.-built Iraqi army in the face of small numbers of Islamic State militants to a stillborn effort to create a new armed force for Libya, a $500 million failed effort to train and equip Syrian rebels, and an often incompetent, ghost-soldier-filled, desertion-prone army in Afghanistan, large-scale American initiatives to build and bolster foreign forces have crashed and burned repeatedly. 

One thing stateside U.S. training does seem to do, according to Caverley and Savage, is increase "human capital" -- that is, foreign trainees' professional skills like small unit tactics and strategic planning as well as intangibles like increased prestige in their home countries. And unlike other forms of American aid that allow regimes to shuttle state resources toward insulating the government from coups by doing anything from bribing potential rivals to fostering parallel security forces (like presidential guards), FMT affords no such outlet. "If you give assets to a group with guns and a strong corporate identity within a country lacking well-developed institutions and norms, you create the potential for political imbalance," Caverley told TomDispatch. "An extreme example of that imbalance is an attempt to take over the entire government."

Strength and Numbers

The United States has a troubled past when it comes to working with foreign militaries. From Latin America to Southeast Asia, Washington has a long history of protecting, backing, and fostering forces implicated in atrocities. Within the last several months alone, reports have surfaced about U.S.-trained or -aided forces from the United Arab Emirates, Syria, Cameroon, and Iraq torturing or executing prisoners. 

Some U.S.-trained figures like Isaac Zida in Burkina Faso and Amadou Sanogo in Mali have experienced only short-term successes in overthrowing their country's governments.  Others like The Gambia's Yahya Jammeh (who went into exile in January after 22 years in power) and Egypt's president -- and former U.S. Army War College student -- Abdel Fattah el-Sisi have had far more lasting tenures as strongmen in their homelands.

Any foreign military training provided by the U.S., write Caverley and Savage, "corresponds to a doubling of the probability of a military-backed coup attempt in the recipient country." And the more money the U.S. spends or the more soldiers it trains via IMET, the higher the risk of a coup d'état.

In 2014, the U.S. resumed IMET support for Mali -- it had been suspended for a year following the insurrection -- and even increased that funding by a modest $30,000.  That West African nation has, however, never recovered from the coup crisis of 2012 and, half a decade later, remains wracked by an insurgency that Sanogo, his successors, and a French- and U.S.-backed military campaign have been unable to defeat. As the militant groups in Mali have grown and metastasized, the U.S. has continued to pour money into training local military personnel. In 2012, the year Amadou Sanogo seized power, the U.S. spent $69,000 in IMET funds on training Malian officers in the United States.  Last year, the figure reached $738,000.

For the better part of two decades from Afghanistan to Iraq, Yemen to Pakistan, Somalia to Syria, U.S. drone strikes, commando raids, large-scale occupations and other military interventions have led to small-scale tactical triumphs and long-term stalemates (not to mention death and destruction). Training efforts in and military aid to those and other nations -- from Mali to South Sudan, Libya to the Philippines -- have been plagued by setbacks, fiascos, and failures.

President Trump has promised the military "tools" necessary to "prevent" and "win" wars.  By that he means "resources, personnel training and equipment... the finest equipment in the world."  Caverley and Savage's research suggests that the Pentagon could benefit far more from analytical tools to shed light on programs that cost hundreds of billions of dollars and deliver counterproductive results -- programs, that is, where the only "wins" are achieved by the likes of Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia and Egypt's Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi. 

"Warfighters focus on training other warfighters. Full stop. Any second order effects, like coups, are not the primary consideration for the training," Caverley explains. "That's why security cooperation work by the U.S. military, like its more violent operations, needs to be put in a strategic context that is largely lacking in this current administration, but was not much in evidence in other administrations either."


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          Schapelle's home, but 170 Australians are in jail or facing charges overseas for drug crimes        
Source: The Sydney Morning Herald (28 May 2017)


Nearly one third of the 545 Australians currently imprisoned or facing charges overseas were convicted or arrested for drug-related crimes, according to the latest figures from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Many are in countries where conviction on drug charges may attract the death penalty.

DFAT figures on open consular cases show that as of May 24, 102 (or 41 per cent) of the 246 Australians languishing in overseas jails were convicted on drug charges, and 68 (or 23 per cent) of the 299 Australians arrested overseas were arrested on drugs charges. They come as convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby returns to Australia, having completed her sentence in an Indonesian jail.

While Corby's is perhaps the most high-profile case of an Australian facing the death penalty, a Fairfax Media analysis shows that since 1980 at least 92 Australians have been charged with crimes that attract the death penalty.

Of these, 33 were handed a death sentence, although 20 of these were later commuted to life sentences. Six have been executed, including Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran who faced a firing squad in Indonesia in 2015. One death row inmate in Thailand, Donald Tait, had his conviction overturned in 1988.

The remaining six are on death row or were on death row at last report. Three are in Thailand and Vietnam: Antonio Bagnato, convicted of murder in Thailand in February this year; and Tran Minh Dat and Pham Trung Dung, separately convicted in Vietnam in 2014 on heroin trafficking charges.

A further three on death row in China have had their sentences suspended: Henry Chhin, who was handed a the death penalty suspended for two years in 2005 and whose whereabouts is unknown; Bengali Sherrif, understood to have been given the death penalty suspended for two years in 2015; and Anthony Bannister, who received a suspended death sentence in 2015. All three were convicted for trafficking ice.

Also included in the 92 are three Australians either awaiting trial or a verdict: Peter Gardner and Ibrahim Jalloh are in China and Maria Pinto Exposto is in Malaysia. All three were arrested in separate cases in 2014, on charges of trafficking methamphetamine.

These figures, based on media reports, underestimate the true number of Australians held on charges that could attract the death penalty.

Separate numbers, obtained through freedom of information laws, hint at the sizeable gap between the two data sets. They show that since 2015, Australian Federal Police have assisted in nearly 130 foreign investigations involving more than 400 people, where a successful prosecution could potentially lead to a death sentence.

"That's an extraordinary number," said Stephen Blanks, President of the NSW Council for Civil Liberties. "If that's correct then publicly-sourced information is only scratching the surface."

Amnesty International's latest report on the death penalty, released last month, highlighted the secrecy surrounding the use of capital punishment in countries such as China, Vietnam and Malaysia.

As many as a dozen Australians – including Sherrif, Bannister, Gardner and Jalloh – are believed to be held in a single city in southern China, Guangzhou, putting estimates of the number of Australians on or facing death row as high as 17.

"China keeps its grotesque use of the death penalty a 'state secret', but our research shows that thousands of people are sentenced to death and executed each year," said Amnesty International Australia's Rose Kulak.

"China executes more people than all other countries in the world put together."

In 2016, at least 1032 people were executed worldwide, excluding in China, according to the latest Amnesty International figures.

DFAT annual reports tracking statistics on Australians arrested overseas for any offence show the rate of arrest rose to its highest level in six years in 2015-16, with 15.2 arrests per 100,000 departures. The largest number of arrests were in the US (262), followed by Thailand (107) and the United Arab Emirates (100).

"DFAT has long provided clear and consistent messaging to Australians that they must respect the laws of the countries in which they work, live or travel," a departmental spokesperson said.

Mr Blanks said the death was not appropriate for any crime, for "many reasons apart from the barbarity".

"There is always the possibility that errors in the judicial process have been made. There is always the possibility that criminals can reform themselves – and the examples of the two Australians executed in Indonesia, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, stand out in that regard," he said.

"In practice, the death penalty operates in a discriminatory way against those least able to defend themselves. Typically, it will be the drug mules that are caught and executed, rather than the organisers of the drug trade."

          Entries open for ninth annual MEPRA Awards        

The Middle East PR Association Awards will celebrate region’s ‘Super Stories, Super Storytellers’ on 6 November
Entries to be judged by expanded jury of top regional PR industry leaders

Dubai, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 10 August, 2017 – Entries open today for the ninth annual Middle East Public Relations Association Awards.
MEPRA is the regional trade association for communicators. MEPRA’s annual awards are the ultimate recognition by the regional industry of its best communications work.
The 2017 awards will be judged by a newly-expanded jury of the leading public relations professionals in the Middle East.
Public relations agencies and in-house teams will compete in 20 campaign categories, including for the first time a Crisis Communications category and an award for Best Use of Influencers.
MEPRA will also recognise the best communications campaigns in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon and the regional Young Communicator of the Year.
The top awards are for Public Relations Agency of the Year and In-House Team of the Year.
Commenting on the launch of the 2017 MEPRA Awards, Ray Eglington – Chairman of MEPRA said, “The MEPRA Awards is the moment each year when our industry stops to recognise its best. Public relations is important to the success of companies and public sector organisations across the Middle East and is a vibrant and growing industry in its own right. At the MEPRA Awards we celebrate what we have achieved and inspire each other to do even better. I look forward to seeing the groundbreaking entries this year.”
The deadline for submitting entries to the 2017 MEPRA Awards is 6pm UAE time on 12 October.
Winners will be announced at a gala event at the JW Marriott Marquis in Dubai on 6 December.
MEPRA has over 1,500 members including most leading public relations consultancies, many corporate in-house public relations departments, and individual industry professionals. The organisation was founded in 2001 and is headquartered in the UAE.
MEPRA’s goals are to drive growth of the industry and set regional standards for excellence and professionalism.

For more information, please visit http://www.mepra.org/mepra-awards/

          Panasonic announces ‘WIN THE BEST FOR YOUR HOME’ Contest Winner        


Dubai United Arab Emirates

Panasonic Marketing Middle East and Africa is pleased to announce the winner of its Ramadan competition ‘WIN THE BEST FOR YOUR HOME’, which was organized during the month on website and social media pages. The winner, Ms. Maura Hales, a Dubai resident, took home a mega hamper consisting of Panasonic's products for the kitchen, home entertainment, and grooming.

The winner was selected though raffle draw from customers participating from all over the Middle East, who submitted entries to the competition page.  The competition, which ran for a month, invited consumers across the region to submit a selfie with their favorite Panasonic product to the contest page in order to qualify for the draw. The complete prizes in the hamper are 55-inch Full HD LED TV, Urban Audio Hi-Fi, Juicer 25L Microwave Oven, 1600W Bagless Vacuum Cleaner, Steam Iron, 1200W Hair Dryer, 6-in-1 body grooming kit, Cordless Phone and Headphone from Panasonic.

Ms. Maura Halesexpressed, “This comes as a pleasant surprise. I have had the Panasonic Hair Styler for years now and have known the brand since childhood. It is fantastic to receive so many awesome products from Panasonic. I Thank Panasonic for giving me such a great Eid gift.”

“Panasonic products have been an integral part of many homes over the years and this special competition gave us another good opportunity to be in touch with our valuable customers. ‘WIN THE BEST FOR YOUR HOME’ contest was very well received and generated more than the desired response in the digital media” said Mr. Anthony Peter, Director – Corporate Communications Division, PMMAF.


Caption: Ms. Maura Hales (centre), winner of the ‘WIN THE BEST FOR YOUR HOME’ Contest with representatives from Panasonic and Al Futtaim Panatech.

باناسونيك تعلن اسم الفائز بمسابقة اربح أفضل المنتجات لمنزلك

دبي، الإمارات العربية المتحدة : أعلنت ’باناسونيك الشرق الأوسط وأفريقيا للتسويق‘ عن اسم الفائز بمسابقة ’اربح أفضل المنتجات لمنزلك‘ التي نظمتها الشركة خلال شهر رمضان المبارك عبر شبكة الإنترنت وصفحات التواصل الاجتماعي. وفازت الآنسة مورا هايلز، المقيمة في دبي، بباقة واسعة من منتجات وأجهزة ’باناسونيك‘ المتميزة والمخصصة للمطبخ والترفيه المنزلي والعناية بالجسم.

وتم اختيار الفائزة من خلال سحب شمل مجموعة كبيرة من العملاء المشاركين في المسابقة من مختلف أنحاء الشرق الأوسط، والذين قدموا مشاركاتهم عبر صفحة المسابقة على شبكة الإنترنت. وأتيحت فرصة المشاركة في المسابقة، التي استمرت على مدى شهر كامل، للعملاء في مختلف أنحاء المنطقة من خلال التقاط صورة سيلفي مع منتجات ’باناسونيك‘ المفضلة لديهم وتقديمها عبر صفحة المسابقة لدخول السحب. وشملت باقة الجوائز المقدمة شاشة تلفزيون ’إل سي دي‘ قياس 55 بوصة بالدقة الكاملة، ومجموعة صوت مزودة بنظام ’هاي فاي‘، وعصارة، وفرن مايكروويف بسعة 25 ليتر، ومكنسة كهربائية بدون أكياس بقوة 1600 واط، ومكواة بخار، ومجفف شعر باستطاعة 1200 واط، وآلة للعناية بالجسم ٦ في ١، وهاتف لاسلكي، وسماعة للرأس.

وأعربت الآنسة مورا هايلز عن سعادتها بالفوز قائلة: "لقد كان الفوز بالجائزة مفاجأة سارة جداً بالنسبة لي. وأنا أقتني جهاز ’باناسونيك‘ لتصفيف الشعر منذ سنوات طويلة، وأعرف مدى جودة منتجات ’باناسونيك‘ منذ نعومة طفولتي. وأود أن اغتنم هذه الفرصة لأتوجه بجزيل الشكر إلى ’باناسونيك‘ على هدية العيد الرائعة".

بدوره، قالأنطوني بيتر، مدير قسم العمليات والاتصال المؤسسي لدى ’باناسونيك الشرق الأوسط وأفريقيا للتسويق‘: "لطالما شكّلت منتجات ’باناسونيك‘ عنصراً أساسياً في منازل عدة على مر السنين. وأتاحت مسابقة ’اربح أفضل المنتجات لمنزلك‘ فرصة رائعة لنا للتواصل مع عملائنا الكرام، حيث لاقت إشادة واسعة وإقبالاً فاق جميع التوقعات من قبل العملاء على وسائل الإعلام الرقمية". 


          Mideast Faces Coming Changes to Its Old Guard         

The most popular videotape at Jordan's Royal Palace today may be one from 1992.

When King Hussein returned home after a month away, having won a bout with illness, tens of thousands of cheering Jordanians lined the long route from the airport to the palace, sometimes stopping the impromptu royal procession.

But even as the monarch last week marked 46 years as ruler of the Hashemite Kingdom, he was in Minnesota undergoing treatment that will most likely keep him out of the country until the end of the year.

The situation has Jordanians looking at the question of succession. It also underscores a string of leadership changes likely to occur across the region in the coming years as the men who for decades have ruled - often with iron fists - and defined the modern Middle East give way to a younger generation.

The coming changes also highlight how autocratic Mideast regimes are bucking the democratic trend that has swept Eastern Europe, crept through Africa and Latin America, and shown glimmers in Asia.

For Crown Prince Hassan, brother of the king and designated heir to the throne, Jordan's future holds many problems that have already stretched the talents of the charismatic King Hussein.

The economy is depressed, democratic progress of recent years has regressed on some critical fronts, and the near-total collapse of the Arab-Israeli peace process has meant Jordan's 1994 peace treaty with Israel has yielded few dividends and a lot of public antipathy.

After so many years on the throne, up to 80 percent of the population knows no other leader.

But the crown prince's job, and his eventual role as king, will require deft handling to overcome these problems, analysts say, and to ensure that US-ally Jordan continues to play a big regional role.

"You don't want a manager," says a well-placed Jordanian, regarding the complexities. "What you need is an alchemist."

The brothers are in almost daily contact. "[The king] is not a man who is disengaged and fighting for his life," says a Western diplomat. "He may be ailing, but he is still very involved."

The king had earlier tried to calm anxieties back home by television: "Rest assured," he told Jordanians. "I am not over and done with."

Still, Jordanians and diplomats say that Hassan - though often portrayed as an aloof intellectual with little common touch - has the necessary support from the three groups that count: the Army, the security services, and Bedouins, who have long been loyal to the Hashemite family, which is directly descended from the Prophet Muhammad. He speaks as deliberately as his brother, and with tones almost as deep. But his humorous side is rarely seen in public.

"It's unfair to assess what kind of king Hassan is going to be, because he hasn't been able to strut his stuff," says the Western diplomat. "His cross will be living in the shadow of an all-embracing, generous, charismatic man about whom no Jordanian can think of life without."

Casting long shadows

That shadow applies to other long-surviving Mideast leaders as well, whose departure could mean major changes in the political landscape. The spate of coups and countercoups that plagued the region in the 1950s and 1960s - King Hussein himself survived at least a dozen assassination attempts in his first 25 years in power - are now more likely to be replaced by attrition.

* Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, for example, has been buffeted by Mideast politics since the 1960s, and negotiated the 1993 Oslo peace accord with Israel against the will of hard-line groups. The collapse of the peace process - and subsequent rise in the fortunes of Mr. Arafat's toughest Palestinian opponents - seems to have taken a heavy toll on his health.

"Arafat is the big one," says Mustafa Hamarneh, director of the Center for Strategic Studies at the University of Jordan. "If he goes, you have a problem, because he's the only one who can negotiate and deal with the Israelis."

* King Fahd of Saudi Arabia, who has been frail and ailing for years, underwent major surgery this month. Crown Prince Abdullah is believed to be less pro-West than King Fahd, which could complicate American military arrangements in the Persian Gulf.

Even the assassination of King Faisal by a junior member of the Saud family in 1975 reportedly did not shake the political system, but the still-unsolved Khobar Towers bombing against US servicemen in 1996 points toward some internal dissent.

There have also been hints that Saudi exile Osama bin Laden was involved in that attack. He has made numerous threats against Americans and is suspected of having financed the US Embassy bombings in Africa. He has been stripped of his citizenship and is believed to be hiding in Afghanistan.

Aging sheikhs are also at the helm in Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates. When Qatar's reform-minded young prince, Hamad bin Khalifa, ousted his father the emir in 1995, he transformed the country overnight with a new foreign policy and did away with many internal restrictions.

* In Syria, President Hafez al-Assad's health has been an issue many times since he came to power in a 1970 coup. Only Mr. Assad, analysts say, would be able to forge a peace deal with Israel that required giving up any concessions at all on the Golan Heights, which Israel occupied in 1967. Since favored son Basil was killed in a 1994 car crash, Assad has groomed his second son, Bashar, to ensure that their ethnic Alawite minority keeps its grip on power.

* Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak is in good health, but has ruled with an authoritarian hand since he came to power after Anwar Sadat's 1981 assassination. Mr. Mubarak survived an assassination attempt in 1995, but has refused to appoint a vice president, a move that might ensure a smooth succession.

* The demise of Iraq's Saddam Hussein, in power since 1979, has been anticipated since the 1991 Gulf War sparked uprisings in the country. An assassination attempt against son Uday in Baghdad in 1996 injured the likely heir and left the succession picture uncertain.

"If [Saddam Hussein] dies or collapses, it could be a bloodbath," Mr. Hamarneh says.

Congress has directed President Clinton to take more active measures to undermine Saddam Hussein's rule. The White House recently proposed a broad covert operation and listed 73 opposition groups to turn into a "viable" replacement regime. But despite eight years of United Nations sanctions and occasional US military strikes, Saddam Hussein is firmly in charge.

Islam and democracy

Though all these regimes follow the Islamic faith, Islam is not incompatible with democracy. Mideast analysts more often attribute authoritarian rule to historical tradition. Both Iran and Turkey are democracies, with limits. But secular regimes interfering to stymie budding Islamist power - witness the violence in Algeria - only follow democratic norms when it suits them.

Back in Jordan, which has made some democratic progress, the intrigues of all these Mideast actors sometimes play themselves out in the form of assassination attempts, murders, and intelligence and diplomatic head-butting, to the point where some suggest that Jordan is becoming like Beirut in the 1970s: a place where Mideast groups settle their scores.

Clues to the crown prince's future may be on display when King Hussein returns, and compares the reception with his tumultuous 1992 welcome home.

"It has always been a balancing act - the king had a civil war in his time, but was able to draw the line and bring people back to him," says another Western diplomat. "The transition will be smooth, then there will be a proving time."

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Renewable Energy Group Receives Overweight Rating from Piper Jaffray (REGI)
The Utah People's Post
Renewable Energy Group Inc. logo Piper Jaffray reiterated their overweight rating on shares of Renewable Energy Group (NASDAQ: REGI) in a research report sent to investors on Wednesday morning, Stock Ratings Network reports. The firm currently has a ...
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Frost & Sullivan: Renewable Energy Targets Help Sustain European Biopower ...
Wall Street Journal
LONDON, July 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Europe's aim to produce 20 percent of its total power from renewable sources by 2020 will sustain the region's biomass and biogas power market. Although biomass and biogas installed capacity will widen as a new ...
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Renewable energy hits landmark 1GW target
This is Cornwall
A surge in renewable energy solar parks in Cornwall has helped push the total electricity generating capacity in the South West past a landmark 1GW target. Green power production in the region grew by more than 50% over the past year, a new annual ...
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Titanium dioxide, a boon for renewable energy: Researchers
Zee News
Titanium dioxide, a boon for renewable energy: Researchers Melbourne: Australian scientists are currently studying the use of titanium dioxide, a chemical widely used as a whitening pigment, which could help store energy produced by renewable sources.
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'Renewable energy' to gain district plan stamp
Otago Daily Times
The new plan will be adopted after the local authority elections in October, but work already under way on the renewable energy section suggests an easier ride for those wanting to install photovoltaic panels or solar hot-water heating. According to an ...
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Renewable Energy Planning Decisions Increase 90%
4ni.co.uk
Minister Attwood said: "It is encouraging to note that there has been an increase of 90% in renewable energy application decisions. This is good news for developing our green economy, which is one of my key objectives. Renewable electricity and ...
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Saudi Arabia Starts Survey Assessing Renewable Energy Potential
Businessweek
Saudi Arabia started a program to assess its potential for generating renewable energy, part of an effort to lure $109 billion for building a solar industry that will free up more of its crude oil for export. King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable ...
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South West renewable energy output 'grows 50%'
BBC News
Renewable energy production in the South West has grown by 50% in the last year, a report has said. The region is generating more than one gigawatt (GW) a year, about 7% of the region's needs, according to energy experts Regen South West (RSW).
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Renewable Energy Group Lowered to Neutral at Zacks (REGI)
The Utah People's Post
Renewable Energy Group Inc. logo Zacks cut shares of Renewable Energy Group (NASDAQ: REGI) from an outperform rating to a neutral rating in a research note issued to investors on Tuesday, Analyst Ratings Network reports. The firm currently has $15.90 ...
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Fitch: Renewable energy projects carry the highest downgrade risk
Balkans.com Business News
Fitch Ratings says in a new report that renewable energy projects, particularly those located in Southern and Eastern Europe, carry the highest downgrade risk within Fitch's portfolio of EMEA energy project finance ratings due to the possibility of ...
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American renewable energy Is powering the American energy transformation
The Hill (blog)
But for some policymakers on Capitol Hill, there is a need for a much better understanding that renewable energy is a significant and rapidly growing catalyst driving the American energy transformation. Across the country, the renewable energy industry ...
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Greens' renewable energy plan outlined
Ballarat Courier
Stephanie Hodgins-May yesterday announced a long-term plan to have Ballarat and the surrounding region invest more heavily in renewable energy. She also slammed the federal opposition leader and Liberal members of parliament for denying the ...
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Saudi Arabia pushes forward in renewable energy
Al-Bawaba
The centers will assess all renewable sources, including solar, wind, waste-conversion, and geothermal energies and collect ground readings from different parts in a step to build a database that will help implementation of renewable energy projects ...
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3 Buys in This Year's Renewable Energy Rally
TheStreet.com
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Over the last two decades, the U.S. has seen major moves forward in the renewable energy space. Subsidies and government mandates have created a supportive environment for everything from biofuels to wind and solar energy ...
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Renewable Energy Group Downgraded by Zacks to "Neutral" (REGI)
Daily Political
Renewable Energy Group Inc. logo Renewable Energy Group (NASDAQ: REGI) was downgraded by Zacks from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report issued on Tuesday, AnalystRatings.Net reports. They currently have a $15.90 price objective ...
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Bringing Renewable Energy to Alaskan Villages
Mother Earth News
The Department of the Interior is proud of the work that has been done to exceed President Obama's goal of approving more than 10,000 megawatts of utility-scale renewable energy projects on our public lands over the past four years. The President has ...
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Marine renewable energy debated
This is Cornwall
THE ECONOMIC potential of the emerging marine renewable energy sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and neighbouring Brittany was debated at an industry workshop at the Green Cornwall Show recently. Guest speakers painted an optimistic picture ...
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Gulf Cooperation Council's Renewable Energy Targets — Considerable Or Weak?
CleanTechnica
Much has been made of renewable energy growth targets recently made by key Middle Eastern countries such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Clearly, when oil-rich nations start pouring money into renewable energy, a global ...
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Azerbaijan determines investors for alternative energy projects
MENAFN.COM
Jul 05, 2013 (Menafn - Trend News Agency - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --The State Agency on Alternative and Renewable Energy Sources of Azerbaijan has made a decision on the sources of funding of projects through external ...
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Output of Renewable Energy in the South West Increases Nearly 50 Percent
Electric.co.uk
The UK has been slammed recently for its failure to stay on track with its renewable energy goals. That being said, not all areas of the UK are having a hard time producing renewable energy. Take the South West for example. This region just announced ...
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South West renewable energy capacity hits 1 Gigawatt
Click Green
Renewable energy capacity in South West England has grown by almost 50% in the last year. The region now generates 7.3% of its electricity from renewable sources - more than 1 GW annually - but this growth is not enough to meet the Government's target ...
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Kuwait: New renewable energy project in the works
Oxford Business Group
Despite holding substantial oil reserves, Kuwait is stepping up its efforts to develop alternative sources of energy. In mid-June the government announced it was inviting bids for the construction of Shagaya, a renewable energy park, as part of its ...
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Scale-up renewable energy worldwide, report says
eco-business.com
Challenges to upscale the implementation of renewable energy (RE) projects must be immediately addressed if the global goal of 100% renewable power by 2050 is to be achieved. Power harnessed from the sun, water, wind, thermal vents and biomass ...
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RENEWABLE ENERGY DEVELOPERS, INC. Price Target Lowered to C$1.20 at ...
The Utah People's Post
RENEWABLE ENERGY DEVELOPERS, INC. logo Equities research analysts at National Bank AG lowered their target price on shares of RENEWABLE ENERGY DEVELOPERS, INC. (OTCMKTS: STWPF) from C$1.40 to C$1.20 in a research note issued to ...
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Concerns that gas could undermine renewable-energy development
Creamer Media's Engineering News
Increasing the role of gas may be one answer to a low-carbon economy, but it could also undermine support for renewable energy, Mac Consulting principal consultant Dave Collins has argued. He explains that, for the last decade, the gradual rise of ...
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Renewable energy store launches franchise opportunity
H&V News
Renewable energy store Green Square has announced the launch of a franchise operation, encouraging entrepreneurs to facilitate the UK-wide expansion of the brand, Startups.co.uk reported. Green Square supplies and installs renewable energy products ...
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Capstone Infrastructure acquires Renewable Energy Developers, power facilities
GlobalPost
TORONTO - Capstone Infrastructure Corp. (TSX:CSE) has signed a deal valued at $68.9 million, plus debt, to acquire Renewable Energy Developers Inc. The agreement, which has been approved by the board of directors at both companies, expands ...
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Alternative energy agency faces executive staff shortage
Azerbaijan Business Center
Baku, Fineko/abc.az. The State Agency for Alternative and Renewable Energy (ABEMDA) of Azerbaijan has not achieved success in the competitive collection of managerial personnel. ABEMDA deputy chairman Jamil Melikov says that only three applications ...
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UK falls badly behind on renewable energy targets
Click Green
“By 2020, 2.7 million people in the EU could be employed by the renewables sector. In 2012, there were 5.7 million jobs worldwide in renewable energy industries, and the potential for job creation continues to be a main driver for renewable energy ...
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Recurrent Energy Begins Construction on Ontario's Renewable Energy Projects ...
MarketWatch
SUGAR LAND, TX, Jul 02, 2013 (Marketwired via COMTEX) -- Researched by Industrial Info Resources (Sugar Land, Texas) -- Recurrent Energy (San Francisco, California), a subsidiary of Sharp Corporation (Osaka, Japan), is on target to construct nearly 53 ...
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Farmers embrace renewable energy, survey shows
H&V News
Yet, while the survey shows a shift towards farmers becoming energy producers as well as food producers, 76 per cent still don't believe the potential for renewable energy is being met. The survey participants identified a number of hurdles towards ...
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Amended Renewable Energy Plan Yields Rate Reductions
The National Law Review
DTE Energy has filed an amended renewal energy plan with the Michigan Public Service Commission that proposes $90 Million in rate reductions. These are reductions to the renewable energy surcharge imposed under state law requiring a 10 percent ...
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Philippines gets aggressive on renewable energy
Hydrogen Fuel News
As nations become more environmentally and economically conscious, renewable energy has begun to attract a great deal of interest. For some, renewable energy represents liberation from fossil-fuels, effectively mitigating the costs associated with ...
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New EU support for renewable energy policy in Nigeria
Newstime Africa
EU BRUSSELS, Kingdom of Belgium, July 4, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ – Today, the European Commission announced €27 million of financial support to help improve the renewable energy policy in Nigeria. Currently, a large part of the ...
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Azerbaijan defines lenders for alternative energy projects
AzerNews
Azerbaijan's State Agency for Alternative and Renewable Energy Sources has determined the sources of funding for projects through external borrowing. According to the Agency's Deputy Director Jamil Melikov, at present it is working jointly with the ...
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Blogs

Goldman Ups Renewable Energy Investment - June 6, 2013 - Zacks ...
By Zacks Equity Research
Following the announcement of its plans to invest about ??50 billion ($487 million) in the Japan Renewable Energy Co. unit, a solar power generation company in Japan over the next 5 years, The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.'s private equity ...
Zacks Investment Research - All...

Google Signs Renewable Energy Deals For Finnish Data Center ...
By Chris Crum
Google announced on Tuesday that it has signed agreements with O2 and Allianz, which will will power its Finnish data center with renewable energy for the next ten years. This marks Google's fourth long-term agreement for renewable ...
WebProNews

Interior Department Approves New Renewable Energy Projects
By SilvioMarcacci
DOE has been considered the catalyst of renewables in America, but two major announcements by the Interior Department may have just served notice it could be the real driver of clean energy growth during President Obama's second term.
The Energy Collective - The world's...

China Has Invested Billions Of Dollars In Renewable Energy ...
By Mridul Chadha
China has invested at least $40 billion, mostly in developed countries, to support 6000 MW of renewable energy projects over the last 10 years.
CleanTechnica

GLREA's Michigan Energy Fair Highlights Renewables « CBS Detroit
By Matt Roush
If you wanted to learn more about the business case for renewable power, the Michigan Energy Fair in West Michigan's Ludington was the place to be Friday.
CBS Detroit

Renewable Energy in Australia | The Energy Collective
By SilvioMarcacci
Australia may be one of the most coal-dependent economies in the world, but a new analysis of government data compiled finds Australia on track to not only hit 22% renewables by 2020, but an unprecedented 51% of all electricity by 2050.
The Energy Collective - The world's...

Secretary Jewell Announces Approval of Three Renewable Energy ...
Secretary Jewell Announces Approval of Three Renewable Energy Projects in Arizona and Nevada.
ExcitingAds! DOI

Renewable energy electrcity sales rise 2012 led by Portland and ...
Renewable energy sales for the top 10 green power utility programs was up 8 percent to 4.2 million MWs in 2012, the National Renewable Energy Lab reports.
Denver Post: All Blogs

Tea Party and Renewable Energy | The Energy Collective
By JosephRomm
The fight to bring cheaper, clean energy to Georgia is uniting some unlikely allies. Renewable energy advocates and leaders of the Atlanta Tea Party are taking on utility giant Georgia Power.
The Energy Collective - The world's...

Renewable Energy Rolls On – Drawing Support From Industry and Ag
By greenman3610
Renewable energy lobbyists are undefeated this year in defending the state-level purchasing mandates that have helped fuel explosive growth in industries like wind and solar, and that streak looks set to remain intact as part-time state ...
Climate Denial Crock of the Week

FAIR Coalition Forms to Level the Playing Field for Renewable ...
Renewable energy companies across the US formed FAIR to lobby for passage of the Master Limited Partnerships Act. ... It would simply extend Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs) to renewable energy projects as well. Believe it or not, ...
SustainableBusiness.com Investor News

Interior approves 3 renewable energy sites in West - 8 News NOW
The Interior Department has approved three renewable energy projects in Nevada and Arizona that officials say will generate enough electricity to power nearly 200000 homes. The projects are the...
Las Vegas News from 8NewsNow.com

Renewable Energy Mandate in California | The Energy Collective
By HermanTrabish
A just-proposed California law would do away with the state's 33 percent renewables mandate in favor of a coherently procured greentech future. The plan is backed by renewables advocates and approved by grid operator leadership.
The Energy Collective - The world's...

Vermont's Standard Offer Renewable Energy Program: Episode 10 ...
By John Farrell
“A lot of the utilities don't totally understand this new paradigm that's coming.” David Blittersdorf of AllEarth Renewables has been working to advance renewable energy in Vermont for years, and was instrumental in getting the state's standard ...
Institute for Local Self-Reliance...

Fuel Fix » Colorado officials talk secession over renewable energy ...
By Associated Press
Colorado officials talk secession over renewable energy law, other issues.
Fuel Fix

Commentary: MLPs a powerful tool to boost renewables | Midwest ...
By guest contributor
It's time to allow renewable energy access to this important market tool, which has spurred tremendous investment in the nation's energy infrastructure.
Midwest Energy News

Interior Department Approves Up To 4GW In New Renewables ...
By Silvio Marcacci
Interior Department approves 3 major renewable energy projects & announces first offshore wind lease auction, totaling up to 4GW in new renewable capacity.
CleanTechnica

Hickenlooper to Sign Renewable Energy Bill Today - Colorado Pols
By Colorado Pols
Fox 31's Eli Stokols has the story: After nearly a month of deliberation, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is expected to take action Wednesday on a handful of controversial bills that remain unsigned.
ColoradoPols.com - ColoradoPols.com

US Military and Renewable Energy Goals | The Energy Collective
By TinaCasey
National Renewable Energy Laboratory announced a switchgrass-based jet biofuel process that is expected to involve 95 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than conventional jet fuel production.
The Energy Collective - The world's...

5 MW Lithium-Ion Energy Storage System Unveiled In Oregon -- Will ...
By Nathan
The new energy storage system — which is a demonstration project — will allow the storage of the excess electricity occasionally produced by some intermittent renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, as well as providing other ...
CleanTechnica

Renewable energy and Realpolitik - Scots Politics
By Ross Garner
In the week after Scotland misses its green emissions target, ROSS GARNER untangles the tricky web surrounding the deceptively-simple notion of fighti.
Scots Politics

US Navy Renewable Energy News | The Energy Collective
By TinaCasey
The Navy got its first ever solar powered electric vehicle charging station last week, in yet another demonstration of a slow but steady transition out of petroleum dependency by the US military.
The Energy Collective - The world's...

Nebraska Ethanol Plant Sold to Green Plains Renewable Energy ...
By Meghan Sapp
In Nebraska, Green Plains Renewable Energy Inc. and Choice Ethanol Holdings LLC have signed an agreement to purchase the former Nedak Ethanol plant in Atkinson. The deal includes an ethanol plant with an annual production capacity ...
Biofuels Digest

Provide Equal Benefits for Renewable Energy Producers ! PLEA ...
By Cher C.
Provide the same tax benefits and financing to renewable energy producers that coal, oil and natural gas producers have received for decades.
Care2 News Network

The Trouble with Renewable Energy Forecasting | The Energy ...
By robertwilson190
Adding 1200 GW of new solar to electricity grids each year will quickly see solar power saturating. Will we figure out how to store electricity on a multi gigawatt scale within a decade?
The Energy Collective - The world's...

DoD Buzz | Green Energy Deal Tops $23 Billion in May Awards
By Brendan McGarry
The Army plans to buy the renewable energy from privately developed power plants, according to the May 7 announcement. The facilities are to be built, operated and maintained by companies under an agreement hailed by service officials ...
DoD Buzz

Natural Gas Stock Alert: Clean Energy (CLNE ... - InvestorIdeas.com
Natural Gas Stock Alert: Clean Energy (CLNE) and Covanta (CVA) Open First CNG Fueling Station in Nationwide Partnership to Transition Garbage Truck Fleets to Cleaner Natural Gas.
Investorideas.com renewable energy...

Legislation is key for renewables in Libya – Khairy Agha, REAoL ...
By Sami Zaptia
Speaking on Wednesday at the third and final day of the MEED “Libya Projects 2013” conference in Tripoli, Khairy Agha, Chairman of the Renewable Energy Authority of Libya (REAoL) said that legislation was the key to Libya's policy in this ...
Libya Herald

Powering our Finnish data center with Swedish wind energy ...
By Green Blog
We've just inked agreements with O2 and Allianz to supply our Finnish data center with renewable energy for the next 10 years—our fourth long-term agreement to power our data centers with renewable energy worldwide, and our first in ...
Google Green Blog

NLP Solar Sales Training June 12 & 13 - New Bonus for Contractors ...
By Rich Hessler
The World's #1 Renewable Energy Network for News & Information. Sign In or Register · Renewable Energy World Logo. Friday, June 07, 2013. Sections · Home · News · Opinion & Commentary · Featured Blogs · Research & Reports · Video ...
Renewable Energy News - RenewableEner...

A Significant Win for Clean Energy in Colorado | Noah Long's Blog ...
By Noah Long
With today's signature, Senate Bill 252, increases Colorado's Renewable Energy Standard for co-operative associations that provide wholesale electricity in the state, and for large electric associations that provide service to at least 100,000 ...
Switchboard, from NRDC › Noah...

What Happens When California's 33 Percent Renewables Mandate ...
By Herman K. Trabish
Assembly Bill 177 (AB 177), authored by Assemblyman V. Manuel Perez (D-56th District), describes a new way for California to approach the procurement of renewables like solar, wind and geothermal, along with energy efficiency (EE) tools ...
Greentech: Other Energy

DTE Energy requests drop in surcharge for customers : News ...
By Roxanne Werly
DTE Energy has filed an amended renewable energy plan with the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) that proposes to lower the monthly renewable energy surcharge paid by residential customers from $3 to 43 cents.
Up North Live - Local News

Why A National Energy Policy Would Benefit the Insurance Industry ...
By Christine Hertzog
Some insurance companies already offer insurance products for renewable energy projects. But it hasn't really gone mainstream yet, with most insurance being custom-designed for projects. Typically, insurance companies provide ...
Smart Grid Library

Mainstream Renewable Power, Actis Announce 600 Mw Solar, Wind ...
CLEANTECHNICA - Attracted by the aggressive renewable energy planned in Chile, project developer Mainstream Renewable Power and investor Actis have announced plans to set a joint venture in the South American country. The joint ...
solarplaza.com latest news

California's Renewable Restrictions May Slow Arizona Solar Plant ...
By Chris Clarke
The Interior Department approved three new renewable energy projects on public lands in Arizona and Nevada on Monday. But one of those plants probably won't be built until the developer finds a California utility to buy the power, and that ...
KCET Feed

ARENA's big regional boost for renewable energy | Eco News
By David Twomey
The Australian Labor government's Resources and Energy Minister Gary Gray has announced a major program expected to generate 150 megawatts (MW) of electricity from renewable energy sources in regional and remote locations within ...
Eco News

Bristol MPs back South West green energy manifesto - Bristol24-7
By Christopher Brown
Renewable energy not-for-profit group Regen SW are the drivers behind the new pledge. Their research suggests the region is not on track to hit government renewable energy targets of 15% by 2020, despite some 10,000 people being ...
Bristol24-7

Investorideas.com Newswire - SURVEY: THE GREENER THE ...
WASHINGTON, D.C. - June 6, 2013 (Investorideas.com renewable energy newswire) Three out of four small businesses responding to a recent survey reported that, unlike much of the economy, sales for green products and services actually ...
Investorideas.com renewable energy...

Community Solar Concept A Big Hit At Michigan Energy Fair « CBS ...
By Matt Roush
It may just be the way solar energy finally fulfills its promise of cheap, clean electricity. The dedication of a new community solar installation in Traverse City Friday was the buzz on Saturday at the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association's ...
CBS Detroit

Stand Firm | War on Subsidies: Brussels Questions German Energy ...
By Sarah
Since 2000, Germany has used the EEG to promote the expansion of renewable forms of energy. To ensure that the construction of expensive solar and wind farms is worthwhile for private individuals and investors, they receive a guarantee ...
Stand Firm

Investorideas.com - Surging Demand for CIGS Solar in Japan ...
Point Roberts, WA - June 10, 2013 (Investorideas.com newswire) Investorideas.com, an investor research portal specializing in investing ideas in leading sectors including renewable energy stocks, reports on recent news and developments ...
Investorideas.com renewable energy...

State imposes 'double standard' for green energy - WND
By Jack Minor
While wind and solar are defined as renewable energy that count towards the goal, hydro power, which many rural electric associations use, does not. Democrats specifically rejected an amendment by Saine that would have included hydro ...
WND

Alistair Carmichael writes…We should be talking about how Lib ...
By Alistair Carmichael MP
Yesterday I voted against the inclusion in the Energy Bill of a target for decarbonisation to be met by 2030. In truth I think that the setting of a target would have been sensible and that is why I am content with it being party policy. So why vote ...
Liberal Democrat Voice

Governor Sides With Green Lobby On Rural Energy Mandate | The ...
By Valerie Richardson
DENVER--Rural Coloradans lost a tug-of-war with their urban counterparts Wednesday as Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a divisive renewable-energy mandate expected to increase electricity costs for farming and ranching communities.
The Colorado Observer

Google Powering Finnish Server Farm with Swedish Wind Farm ...
By Jason Verge
“As a carbon neutral company, we're always looking for ways to increase the amount of renewable energy we use,” said Urs Hoelzle, Senior Vice-President of Technical Infrastructure at Google. “This long term agreement, our fourth globally, ...
Data Center Knowledge

MPs pledge renewables support - Business Cornwall
By Nick Eyriey
Twenty three MPs have proclaimed their support for the development of a “world-leading” renewable energy industry in the south west by signing up to the UK's first regional renewable energy manifesto at Westminster.
Business Cornwall

When renewable subsidies fail - The CLIMATE SCEPTICS Blog
By Geoff Brown
When renewable subsidies fail. When inefficient renewable energy power sources need to be subsidised, power users get ripped off. Although there are plentiful supplies of cheap coal and gas for power creation, the Greens don't approve of ...
The NO CARBON TAX Climate Sceptics Blog

Rural Energy Investment Act Introduced | Hoosier Ag Today
By Andy Eubank
The legislation would provide more than a billion-dollars in mandatory funding over the next five years for renewable energy programs. Kaptur says the legislation would invest in programs with a proven track record of developing renewable ...
Hoosier Ag Today

Dominion's Energy Conservation Blog: NREL Lists Dominion ...
By Courtney@dom
The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released its assessment of leading utility green power programs, and for the first time since the program launched in 2009, Dominion Green Power® was ranked ...
Dominion's Energy Conservation Blog

News

Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners to Begin Trading on New York Stock ...
MarketWatch
HAMILTON, BERMUDA, Jun 06, 2013 (Marketwired via COMTEX) -- Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners L.P. (TOR:CA:BEP.UN) ("Brookfield Renewable") today announced that it expects its L.P. units to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange ...
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Renewable Energy Vital for Myanmar's Development
Huffington Post
While much of the energy demand will be met in the long term through large-scale hydropower, natural gas and coal-fired plants powering the national grid, the case for off-grid renewable energy solutions can't be ignored, particularly in the short term ...
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Renewable energy sources in focus
Times of Oman
Muscat: The Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) projects utilise huge amounts of energy in its operations and, therefore, it is important to consider using renewable energy sources. Producing steam for thermal EOR requires large amounts of natural gas.
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Google expands renewable energy sourcing
Financial Times
The electricity that technology companies need for their data centres has made them a target of environmental campaigners and has prompted some, such as Apple, to start to run their centres on renewable energy. But few match Google's investment in new ...
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DTE Energy files amended renewable energy plan; surcharge to lower
MarketWatch
DETROIT, June 4, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- DTE Energy has filed an amended renewable energy plan with the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) that proposes to lower the monthly surcharge paid by residential customers to 43 cents ...
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Renewable-energy deal tops May defense awards
Washington Post
Renewable-energy deal tops May defense awards. The Defense Department announced 247 awards in May with a combined maximum value of $19.4 billion, a 2.1 percent increase from the $19.0 billion in contracts disclosed in April. Read related article.
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Renewable energy projects get increased local control
The Chronicle Journal
The new Ontario government is making key changes to increase local control over the siting of renewable energy projects. As a former mayor and regional chair, I understand how important it is for communities to be involved in decision making from the ...
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Interior approves 3 renewable energy sites in West
The Seattle Times
The Interior Department has approved three renewable energy projects in Nevada and Arizona that officials say will generate enough electricity to power nearly 200,000 homes. The projects are the first renewable energy projects on public lands approved ...
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State renewable energy laws survive repeal attempts — so far
Midwest Energy News
Renewable energy lobbyists are undefeated this year in defending the state-level purchasing mandates that have helped fuel explosive growth in industries like wind and solar, and that streak looks set to remain intact as part-time state legislatures ...
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Mongolia eyes renewable energy as climate warms
Sydney Morning Herald
Mongolia, which is banking on a mining-led investment boom to develop its economy, is aiming to turn itself into a regional renewable energy hub as it tries to fight off the pressures of global warming, the country's president said. "Mongolia is ...
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Renewable Energy Gets a Rural Boost in Colorado
Energy Collective
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed legislation that will double the amount of energy that his state's large rural electric coops and the utilities that provide them power must get from renewable sources to 20% by 2020. Enactment of the ...
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SA joins renewable energy club
iAfrica.com
Apart from South Africa, the founding members of the Renewables Club include China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Morocco, Tonga, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the UK — along with International Renewable Energy Agency director-general Adnan ...
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'Renewable Energy' as a PPKS subject
The Borneo Post
As part of the preparation for the new subject for the engineering school of iCATS, PPKS held intensive training for lecturers and tutors of School of Engineering on Green & Renewable Energy Training recently at its newly completed Green Technology Lab.
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Three Big Renewable Energy Projects Approved on Public Lands
SustainableBusiness.com
Heliostats focus the sun's energy onto a central tower, where liquid molten salt captures and stores the sun's thermal energy, which can be used as needed to drive steam turbines to generate electricity. Its dry-cooling technology requires hardly any ...
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Review: 'Power Surge' says oil, gas and renewable energy all part of America's ...
Washington Post
“The Power Surge: Energy, Opportunity, and the Battle for America's Future” (Oxford University Press), by Michael Levi. In recent years, the seemingly dry subjects of oil and gas drilling and renewable energy have become fodder for Hollywood movies, ...
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Renewable Energy Projects Announced in Nevada, Arizona
Mesquite Citizen Journal
WASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of President Obama's all-of-the-above energy strategy to continue to expand domestic energy production, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced the approval of three major renewable energy projects that, when built, ...
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Alternative Energy Schemes Share Same Drawback: Ratepayer Subsidies
NJ Spotlight
Environmental groups were unhappy, arguing that any ratepayer subsidies should be solely dedicated to promoting renewable energy, and not ones that produce greenhouse gas emissions. Still, the bills had their proponents, especially a measure (S-2651) ...
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Renewable energy supports transportation in UK and Hong Kong
Hydrogen Fuel News
Supporting renewable energy is not always a financial issue. In many ways, ensuring that renewable energy has a future means working to integrate clean technologies and clean forms of power into society. If renewable energy can be made an integral part ...
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Goldman Sachs lifts investment in Indian renewable energy
Financial Times
Goldman Sachs's private equity arm will add to its investment in an Indian wind farm company, putting another $135m into ReNew Wind Power, in a sign of the increasing interest in Asian renewables. The planned investment follows last month's pledge from ...
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Renewable Energy workers assured of safety
Philippine Information Agency
CEBU CITY, June 7 (PIA) -- The Department of Energy (DOE) recently conducted a public consultation on the Code of Practice of Renewable Energy Safety, Health and Environment Rules and Regulations (RESHERR), which according to a DOE official, will ...
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SADC Renewable Energy Strategy Key to Sustainable Energy for All
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Tees Renewable Energy Plant is hit by policy delays
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Renewable Energy Use Hits Record Heights in Australia
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Renewable energy influencing global grid storage market
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          Dubai        
In recent years, Americans have grown familiar with Dubai, the most populous state within the United Arab Emirates (UAE). We easily can identify with their free trade, tourism, and open markets.
          America’s Largest Airlines Received Taxpayer Benefits Worth $71.48 Billion        

Research commissioned by Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has quantified a range of government and court-sanctioned benefits and concessions received by the three biggest US carriers, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and American Airlines Group, and other airlines with which they have merged


          Rap and Metal on Planet Islam        

Nabyl Guennouni, 30, is a heavy metal singer and band manager in Morocco. He also sits on a jury that selects rising talents to perform at Casablanca’s annual L’Boulevard des Jeunes Musiciens, a six-day extravaganza in two soccer stadiums that has become North Africa’s largest underground music festival, with some 160,000 visitors each year. This marks a dramatic change for Guennouni. When he and 13 other black-shirted, baseball-capped, middle-class headbangers tried to organize a music festival seven years ago, the police dragged them from their homes and charged them with wooing young Moroccans into Satanism, with a bonus count of promoting prostitution. Morocco’s legal system allows a maximum sentence of three years for such attempts to convert Muslims to another faith.

Egged on by conservative Islamist politicians, who six months earlier had doubled their number of seats in parliament, prosecutors produced as evidence against Guennouni fake skeletons and skulls, plaster cobras, a latex brain, T-shirts depicting the devil, and “a collection of diabolical CDs,” which they described as “un-Islamic” and “objects that breach morality.” In cross-examination, the government attorneys asked the defendants such questions as, “Why do you cut the throats of cats and drink their blood?” Al Attajdid, a conservative daily, depicted the musicians as part of a movement that “encourages all forms of delinquency, alcohol and licentiousness which are ignored by the authorities.” One of the trial judges maintained that “normal people go to concerts wearing suits and ties” and that it was “suspicious” that some of the musicians’ lyrics had been penned in English.

During the trial, some of the defendants recited sections of the Koran to prove they were good Muslims. It didn’t work. In a verdict that divided the nation, Guennouni was sentenced to one month in jail; the others received sentences ranging from six months to a year. Outside the courthouse, protesters organized concerts, waged an Internet campaign, and criticized King Muhammad VI for presiding over a travesty of justice. 

Yet as dark as that moment was for Casablancan rockers, the trial was a turning point that set Morocco on a path to becoming one of the Arab world’s more liberal societies when it comes to accepting alternative lifestyles. A month after the sentencing, prosecutors, unnerved by the degree of popular support the musicians had attracted, urged an appeals court to overturn the verdicts. The appeals court acquitted 11 of the defendants and reduced the sentences of three others. The decision constituted a rare example of successful civic protest in the Arab world.

Weeks after the appeals court decision, Casablanca was rocked by a series of Islamist suicide bombings that killed 45 people. Musicians responded with a Metal Against Terrorism concert that boosted what Moroccans call Al Nayda, the Awakening, a movement for greater cultural freedom that is topped every year by the L’Boulevard festival. “We needed to channel the aspirations and frustrations of young people in Morocco,’ ” Guennouni tells me. “Al Nayda is a community of spirit,” adds Mohammed “Momo” Merhar, co-founder of the festival. “Moroccan youth was holding its breath for 40 years. A wind of freedom is blowing now, and creativity is exploding.”

Today L’Boulevard attracts metal, rap, and jazz performers from around the globe. King Muhammad donated $250,000 to the event last year. Marie Korpe, executive director of Freemuse, a Copenhagen-based organization funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency that advocates freedom of expression for musicians and composers worldwide, notes that “as musicians push the boundaries of acceptable musical performance in their countries, it is clear that, wittingly or not, they are helping to open their cultures and potentially their political systems.”

With L’Boulevard, Morocco is doing something new in a part of the world where repression and censorship are the norm. The cultural awakening nonetheless operates within a narrow band in a country where human rights groups, independent media outlets, and critical artists continue to live a precarious existence. Moroccan radio stations, acting on government instructions, recently boycotted a collection of rap songs that was appropriately titled Forbidden on the Radio. Invincible Voice (I-Voice), a Beirut-based Palestinian duo that fuses hip-hop with classical Arab music, was forced to cancel an Arab world tour when Morocco and other Arab countries denied them visas. Yasin Qasem, a 21-year-old freelance sound engineer and half of I-Voice, was subsequently denied entry to lead a sound engineering workshop in Casablanca. Qasem and his partner, TNT, a.k.a. Mohammed Turk, a 20-year-old construction foreman whose songs lament the sorry state of political, cultural, and economic affairs in the Arab world, finally obtained visas for the United Arab Emirates to finish production of their upcoming album, only to be declined entry when they landed at the Dubai airport.

Across a swath of land stretching from Morocco’s Atlantic coast to the Persian Gulf, underground musicians are playing a continuous game of cat and mouse with authorities to evade harassment and arrest. Musicians in Iran endure forced haircuts, beatings in jail, and threats to their families. Egypt bans heavy metal from radio and television. Earlier this year, Islamist police stormed a crowded auditorium in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, where the hip-hop musicians B Boy Gaza had just started performing. “The show is over,” the officers announced before confiscating equipment and arresting six musicians, who were eventually released after signing a pledge not to hold further performances without police permission. The rapping Emirati brothers Salem and Abdullah Dahman have had their music banned in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia because their lyrics contrast the Arab world’s multiple problems with the glorious Muslim past. Last summer, police in the Saudi capital Riyadh broke up a metal concert in a residential compound attended by 500 mostly Saudi fans.

Civilian and religious authorities across the Middle East and North Africa have accused heavy metal musicians of threatening public order, undermining Islam, and performing the devil’s music. Metalheads are also singled out because of their music’s highly charged and often politically, socially, and sexually suggestive lyrics. As a result, their music flourishes mostly in underground clubs, basements, and private homes, and only occasionally on stage when a regime decides that banning a public performance is not worth the political risk.

Underground musicians pose a challenge to Middle Eastern and North African regimes because they often reflect in their lyrics pent-up anger and frustration about unemployment, corruption, and police tyranny. “We play heavy metal ’cause our lives are heavy metal,” says Reda Zine, one of the founders of the Moroccan headbanger scene.

With the growing realization that the region’s authoritarian regimes and controlled economies are unable to offer opportunity to their predominantly young populations, metal and rap have been elevated as channels to express discontent. Their role is enhanced by the Internet and other technologies for mass distribution that make government control difficult and allow musicians and their fans to carve out autonomous spaces that shield them from intrusion by censors and other cultural scolds.

In a recent report for Freemuse, Mark LeVine argues that music plays a role in the Middle East and North Africa similar to the role rock played in the velvet revolutions that toppled regimes in Eastern Europe. LeVine has a good vantage point for studying the subject: He is both a professor of Middle Eastern history at the University of California at Irvine and a musician who has performed with the likes of Mick Jagger and Albert Collins. The struggle and success of underground music, he says, “reminds us of a past, and offers a model for the future, in which artists—if inadvertently at first—helped topple a seemingly impregnable system of rule.” LeVine describes underground musical communities as “avatars of change or struggles for greater social and political openness,” saying “they point out cracks in the facade of conformity that is crucial to keeping authoritarian or hierarchical and inegalitarian political systems in power.”

Nowhere is that more evident than in Iran, where all rock music is forced underground. Musicians risk harassment and imprisonment by a regime that frowns on all music and routinely tortures dissidents. In May 2009, a heavy metal concert in Shiraz was raided by an Islamist militia that arrested some 100 people on charges of consuming alcohol and worshiping the devil. Musicians are forced into exile or onto the Internet to carve out creative spaces of their own.

Coming under particular scrutiny are Iranian underground musicians who replicate American accents, indulge in obscene lyrics, and use female singers—all viewed as symbols of Western decadence by the authorities. Most CD shop owners refuse to sell underground music, fearing raids, imprisonment, and hefty fines. Concerts in private gatherings are often canceled because of threats from neighborhood vigilantes. Kalameh, an Iranian rapper, recently uploaded one of his latest songs to YouTube in response to the regime’s crackdown on the country’s reform movement: “This nation says No / Says NO to autocracy / Says NO to censorship / Says NO to sedition / Says NO to beating and killing / Says NO to injustice / Says NO to democracy / This constant pain of mine, emanates from being a human / Because one night, they stole my light of hope / If I stay silent, if I stay still / Who is gonna right? Who is gonna say? / If I leave it that way?”

Yet hip-hop’s lyrical style and heavy metal’s pounding beat may be natural fits in a world where poetry is a popular art form and praying often involves rhythm and bobbing. Some Muslim religious figures, particularly practitioners of more mystical forms of Islam, recognize an affinity with metal, even though some of the genre’s most popular forms in the region are its most extreme. “I don’t like heavy metal,” a Shiite cleric in Baghdad told LeVine. “Not because it’s irreligious or against Islam; but because I prefer other styles of music. But you know what? When we get together and pray loudly, with the drums beating fiercely, chanting and pumping our arms in the air, we’re doing heavy metal too.” Cyril Yarboudi of Lebanon’s Oath to Vanquish agrees. “You can practice your religion; you can go pray in a mosque and listen to metal,” he says. “What’s the problem?”

In a 1997 crackdown that put its stamp on much of the heavy metal scene in the Middle East and North Africa, police in Cairo arrested 100 heavy metal fans. The arrests followed publication of a photo from a metal concert allegedly showing someone carrying an upside-down cross. One newspaper reported that the house raided by the police was “filled with tattooed, devil-worshiping youths holding orgies, skinning cats, and writing their names in rats’ blood on the palace’s walls.”

Muslim and Christian clerics were up in arms. Cartoons in newspapers depicted scruffy, marijuana-smoking musicians with T-shirts emblazed with the Star of David who play guitar while being seduced by scantily dressed blond women. The musicians’ critics portrayed them as Zionist agents subverting Muslim society and blamed their emergence on a government that, in their view, was in cahoots with the Zionists in allowing Western culture to undermine Egypt’s social and religious values. Interestingly, this criticism was expressed by many in the underground music community as well. A broad segment of Egyptians, cutting across political, ideological, religious, and social fault lines, accuses the government of failing to effectively support the Palestinians, acquiescing in the Israeli control of Palestinian territories, and supporting unpopular U.S. policies in the region.

Emotions peaked when Sheikh Nasr Farid, Egypt’s mufti at the time, demanded that those arrested repent or face the death penalty for apostasy. In response, intimidated musicians and fans destroyed their guitars and shaved off their beards to avoid the worst. A decade later, many Egyptian musicians remain reluctant to publicly discuss their music or lyrics, even though government policy has become somewhat more relaxed. (The regime of President Hosni Mubarak is currently more concerned about the Muslim Brotherhood and dissident bloggers than it is about underground music.)

“You can’t get arrested for being a metalhead so easily now,” an Egyptian heavy metal fan tells me. “They can still stop you in the streets, or stop your car if you listen to very loud heavy music. But when it comes to arresting they can’t now unless you have some sort of drugs on you. It’s not that the law is more liberal now. Rather, it’s because the whole media is not so interested to know about us anymore.” 

Morocco’s bow to popular pressure and Egypt’s recent shift of focus highlight a lesson most Arab regimes have yet to learn: The velvet glove is often more effective than the baton. The more mainstream underground music becomes and the less censorship it endures, the less socially and politically potent it may become.

But as long as there is discontent to be expressed, there will be musicians eager to channel it. Even if metal and hip-hop lose their bite, LeVine predicts, the “cultural avant-garde of youth culture will naturally search for other genres of music to express the anger, anxieties, and despair that originally made the music so powerful.” 

James M. Dorsey (jmdorsey@questfze.com), a former Wall Street Journal foreign correspondent, writes about social trends in the Muslim world as well as ethnic and religious conflict. This column first appeared at Reason.com.


          Sanctions and Restrictions in Qatar        
Earlier this month several countries, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain, severed diplomatic and economic relations with Qatar. This is an important issue for the shipping industry to monitor. In our recent client alert we explained the position to date and looked at what shipping companies trading Qatar need to consider...… Continue Reading
          DynCorp International Awarded AFCAP Task Order to Provide Engineering Design and Support Services in the UAE        
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          Business Game Changers Radio with Sarah Westall: On the Brink of WWIII - Why the U.S. is in Syria and How it Dominates Militarily with Space Technology        
EpisodeWorld War III is building up in the Middle East as 20 countries participate in a military “exercise” dubbed “Northern Thunder”. The exercise includes 350,000 soldiers, 20 thousand tanks, 2450 warplanes, and 460 military helicopters supplied by Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Bahrain, Senegal, Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Sudan, Kuwait, the Maldives, Morocco, Pakistan, Chad, Tunisia, Comoro Islands, Djibouti, Malaysia, Egypt, Mauritania, and Mauritius. While this is occurring, Turkey has been bom ...
          Milan Emerges as Italy's Commercial Property Investment Hotspot        

Milan's commercial real estate sector attracted significant interest from foreign wealth funds throughout 2015, with investor interest in Italy's business capital expected to continue into 2016 and beyond.

A number of historic buildings have attracted foreign investments in Milan on the strength of low rates, international liquidity and structural reforms on the way in Italy .

In January, the State Oil Fund of the Republic of Azerbaijan (Sofaz) reached a deal to buy a historic property in the city centre which was the home of the Milan chamber of commerce until 2011, according to the local press.

The Palazzo Turati, recently used as a conference centre, is reported as being sold to Sofaz for €97m in the fund's first real-estate purchase in Italy.

Meanwhile Abu Dhabi Investment Authority reportedly agreed to buy a 1960s building in the northern Italian city, which Milan-based Corriere della Sera newspaper said will be demolished and replaced by a new tower.

At the end of December, Qatar Investment Authority completed a deal to acquire another historic building that housed a subsidiary of BNP Paribas, also in the Milan city centre.

Paolo Bellacosa, Managing Director at CBRE Capital Markets - a worldwide real estate services firm - in Italy, noted that since the end of 2012 the Qatar, Abu Dhabi and lastly the Azerbaijan sovereign funds have been the most active international investors in Milan, showing a long-term approach.

The Unites States and China have also played a key role; he pointed out, with last summer's purchase of the former Milan headquarters of Italian bank UniCredit, Palazzo Broggi in the heart of Milan, by Fosun, one of China's leading privately-owned groups.

" Actually this case will be about urban regeneration of a historic square of Milan which will also involve the national postal service former palace bought by the U.S. fund Blackstone as well as other properties, " he added highlighting the role of these renewal operations as a driver of economic growth in Italy.

Bellacosa estimated that the volume of commercial real estate investments increased to around €8bn at the end of 2015, more than 45% up on 2014, of which over €4bn was invested in the Milan metropolitan area.

Mr Bellacosa is of the opinion that there is much more space in Milan for urban development operations, from requalification of former railway yards to the post world exposition project.

Several important deals with strong interest not only in core investments but also in development projects are a sign of confidence in the Italian market in the middle and long term, noted Andrea Faini, Managing Director at World Capital Real Estate , a Milan-based group specialised in real estate consultancy and investment.

" Countries such as the United States, the United Arab Emirates and China after careful market research have invested their capitals in environments which can offer interesting prospects of future appreciation, " Faini said.

He added that Italy is seen as a " safe country " which in the past did not suffer collapses or bubbles as most of other European countries and with a solid real estate sector, where the ownership rate exceeds 70%.

Antonio Zagaroli, managing director at Knight Frank Commercial in Italy, explained that last year - transactions for commercial real estate in the country likely amounted to an estimated €7bn - foreign investors were involved in as much as over 70% of the deals.

The latest investments in Milan, he underlined, were only the tip of the iceberg of a market where all type of investors, from core to speculative, are present.

" The increasing stability of Italy makes investing here more and more attractive, especially since it is still possible to find opportunities not present in markets that have been more stable during the crisis, " Zagaroli said. " Yields are still interesting, even if we are seeing a great compression, another sign of interest from buyers, and prices still competitive in the European market, " he added.


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          Bank of China to Expand its Presence In UAE        
Earlier this year in March, Bank of China opened a branch in Abu Dhabi, with an aim of having its presence in the economy of UAE and boost the trade ties between China and UAE. Bank of China is the second bank to have received license from the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and the UAE Central Bank. The Bank of China also finances projects under One Belt, One Road strategy, adopted by China to revive the old Silk Route representing the trade relations of the country with dozens of other countries located across Europe and Central Asia.  China shares a prospering bilateral relation with the United Arab Emirates, and the volume of their bilateral trade reached to a whopping US$54.8 billion last year, according to the latest reports published in this regard. As the ties between the countries became stronger, the Bank of China wanted to expand their finance and network across Chinese as well as local companies in the UAE. This information was shared by the General Banaher of the Abu Dhabi Branch of the Bank of China, Tian Jun.  Bank of China boasts the longest history of operations in China. It has its networks spread across different industry verticals such as insurance, commerce, investment, and aircraft leading sectors and through its operations the bank has listed two billion Chinese Yuan worth of bond on Nasdaq Dubai last week.  According to sources, the capital raised by the bank will be used to support the cross border trade and infrastructure activities of China across the regions encompassed within the “One Belt, One Road” strategy of the country.  The Bank aims to provide financial services along the stretch of countries covered under China’s “One Belt, One Road”. Currently the bank has a total of 17 subsidiaries, branches, and offices along the belt and it has plans to expand considerably in the near future. Inside sources revealed that the Bank of China has plans to extend its operation across 50 per cent of the 65 countries located under the Belt. 

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          North Africa Healthcare Market Attracting Private Equity Groups        
Private equity groups have been focusing on the numerous opportunities in the health care market in North Africa, a region that seems to be attracting attention with its expanding populations increasing its spending on private medical services. Such is the situation in countries where health care provisions of the state are either underfunded or inadequate. Abraaj, the private equity investing company based in United Arab Emirates, has around US$ 9 billion in the form of assets under management. This year, the firm has partnered with three development institutions to set up a health care investment platform worth US$ 200 million. The North Africa Hospital Holdings Group will be focusing on Tunisia and Egypt. Abraaj already possesses stakes in hospitals in both the countries and is considered to be the largest contributor to the fund, donating around US$ 145 million. Ahmed Badreldin, Middle East and North Africa head of Abraaj said that even though the focus today is on hospitals in Tunisia and Egypt, the group hopes to move forward into Algeria and Morocco. These markets are without institutional corporate companies that help in operating hospitals and also bring in the best synergies, practice, and efficient management teams. The three partners that join the group in the fund are France’s development financial institution PROPARCO, Germany’s DEG (German Investment and Development Corporation), and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Government provided health care across North Africa is lagging behind, according to information cited by Abraaj. This shows that the total health care expenditure went up by an average of 5.1 per cent of the GDP in 2011, which rose from 2005’s 4.2 per cent. The global average is pegged at 9.7 per cent. The expenditure on health care in 2013 in Egypt was roughly around 5 per cent of the nation’s GDP.

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          More Funding Required for Making Green Energy Program Affordable        
The plan called Global Apollo Programme is generating a lot of interest in the renewable energy community. This Programme is aimed to cut down on the costs of renewable power dramatically and is attracting interest from the globe’s leading economies. However, to make this goal a possibility more financial backing is required. The spending of €5.5 billion which the government spend on the renewable research and development is quite low and it compares insufficiently with the €90 billion spending globally on the production subsidies for renewables. Furthermore, not to mention the massive €500 billion spending on fossil fuel energy, stated David King who is one of the chief scientist of U.K. government and author. According to him, there has been a considerable interest from a wide range of countries. These include the United States, Korea, Japan, Mexico, India, United Arab Emirates, and China. According to the scientist, by November the program should have more commitments. Though the cost of renewable energy has been declining in the past few years, especially in the sector of solar PV this trend needs to accelerate to cut down on the high carbon emissions and air pollutions resulted from coal and diesel plants. The Global Apollo Programme is an internationally blended scheme of research and development targeted on smart grids, electricity storage technology, and renewables as per the report prepared by a group of economists, scientists, and previous academics, and former chief executives. The aim of this program is to make renewable energy cheaper than new coal plants in the sunny regions of the world in a duration of 10 years and globally by 2025, according to the top climate experts.

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          No near-term Sales of F-35 War Planes in the Gulf: Pentagon        
The United States has stated that it is not expecting any near-term sales for the F-35 jet planes in the Gulf region, stating that the fourth-generation models in current military aircraft, with new upgrades, are capable enough of effectively handling the threats currently faced by the region.  Frank Kendall, the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisitions, Technology and Logistics of the U.S. stated that he does not anticipate any sales in the near term for the fighter jets F-35. He added that the sales would be a very sensitive sale for trying and bringing about for many reasons. The F-35 is a fifth-generation war plane designed by the company Lockheed Martin Corp, featuring the ability to be nearly invisible to radars of the enemy. Kendall stated that the threats that the Gulf currently faces can be effectively dealt with the current war planes in United Arab Emirates stores – of the 80 Block 60 F-16 jet planes.  United Arab Emirates has requested that these planes to be upgraded to Block 61 which would be able to carry stand-off arms and ammunitions. United Arab Emirates has also requested for an additional 30 Block 61 jet planes. French company Dassault Aviation has sold twenty four Rafale fighter jets to in this month to Egypt alone, prompting industry sources in saying that other regional governments might also place demand for the aircraft. A senior French source stated in the last week that Qatar was also planning to buy 36 Rafale jets, and that the talks were in the final stage of their negotiations. The UAE has also been considering the jet plane Typhoon, built by Eurofighter, the defense products manufacturing company based in Germany, Britain, Spain, and Italy.

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          How Long Is Lauren Londons Weave        
16-John Manuel Traimond the Guest of December 23, 2010


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This guest on Thursday December 23, 2010, Jean Manuel Traimond. He had already come on RL in our show, a few years ago, to discuss his book entitled "Treasure of wickedness. "Anthology of humor to the use of anarchists.
As there are only a few hours before Christmas, we hope to receive from him a new gift. Hopefully it considers that we have put into practice his treatise useful humor to Anar. In case of disappointment, does he not leave with our new date?

This curious traveler (it seems that according to him, the anarchists are champions of curiosity ... still a compliment ...), would the United Arab Emirates with a lot of "Suras"! We do not know what it is, but surely it's worth its weight in oil.

And we'll ask him about his plans, his informative walks on "Water Thieves," the crimes of capitalism whose victims have only increased in number since the "untouchables" Japan, Pakistanis in Dubai and many more.

During his travels and translations of "anarchists", he met a character who died in February 2010, a writer, English architect, editor of "Anarchy", Colin Ward. And new access to "curiosity" is going to lend an ear if John Manuel willing to talk about that English anarchist who had devised a new form of rudder for a mutual company, federalist-based anarchist organization in which units organizing are small, temporary and limited powers, free and voluntary action. And he described, very in tune with the new technologies of networks, the organization of "cyber-anarchy", as opposed to capitalism, "mechanical" and disposer of the individual.
Colin Ward

And John Traimond manual, a book mentions of Colin Ward in which the "anarchism is compared to the seeds under the snow." The snow is here, in December, up to us to grow this "seed" of Anarchy.

So, dear listeners Chronicle Weekly ... Listen ...



          Cyber Security Market Research Reports and Industry Analysis        
In 2013, the cyber security market [ http://www.marketresearchreports.biz/analysis/207523 ] was the largest sector of the global homeland security market. With rising incidences for security products and solutions to counter cyber threats, the market accounted for 39.31% of the total shares and is further expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.8% till 2020.  The prime objective of cyber security is to ensure confidentiality and protect vital cyber data or information shared across the network. The cyber security market is high in demand because it enables effective protection from unauthorized attacks, injection of codes, hacking, or any other illegal activities such as incoming of Trojans or virus. Most of the computer devices and applications are vulnerable to threats from the cyber world and thus, the cyber security market is increasing to combat the advanced, harmful and sophisticated threats created by professional adversaries.  The dynamic nature of cyber threats and increased dependence of information technology are some of the key market drivers anticipated to drive the market over the forecast period. In addition, wireless communication, rapid adoption of cloud-based services, increasing cyber-crime rates, and strict government mandates in public utilities are major forces driving the market for cyber security services and solutions. Some of the cyber security solutions include firewalls, anti-viruses, secure wireless connections, and secure wired connections.   The cyber security market does not only find its application in defense and aerospace, or government and public utility sectors, but are also critical for the IT domain, as well as other industrial, telecommunications equipment, manufacturing, Banking, Financial Services and Insurance (BFSI), healthcare, retail, and education sectors.  Due to rapid adoption of computer devices and enterprise mobility, the North American region is expected to be the largest market in cyber security, in terms of revenue contribution. However, Asia-Pacific and many regions in the Middle-East countries are also beginning to recognize the efficacy of cyber security systems. Amongst the Middle-East countries, due to expanding BFSI sector, The United Arab Emirates (UAE) accounts for the largest demand for advanced cyber security solutions.   Find the best market information of cyber security market, its current trends in the market, industry growth drivers, statistics, detailed value-chain analysis and more on Marketresearchreports.biz.

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          Qatar waives visas for 80 nationalities amid Gulf boycott        

Qatar waives visas for 80 nationalities amid Gulf boycottQatar announced on Wednesday a program to allow visa-free entry for citizens of 80 countries to encourage air transport and tourism amid a two-month boycott imposed on the Gulf state by its neighbors. "The visa exemption scheme will make Qatar the most open country in the region," Hassan al-Ibrahim, Chief Tourism Development officer at Qatar Tourism Authority told reporters at a press conference in Doha. Oil giant Saudi Arabia along with Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates imposed a boycott on Qatar on June 5 and cut off all transport links with the country after accusing it of supporting terrorism and of close ties to Iran.



          First zero-carbon city to rise out of the desert        
One of the world's largest oil producers has begun construction on the first zero-carbon city, powered entirely by renewable energy. Officials from Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, touted plans for a $22 billion development known as the Masdar Initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of...
          Anti-Trump Rallies Prepaid and Predictable          

Anti-Trump Rallies Prepaid and Predictable Just look at the hysterical reaction to President Trump’s long anticipated executive order to limit the admission of refugees from seven countries. How do leaders in Muslim countries see it? According to United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, “The vast majority of Muslims and Muslim countries have […]

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By Tom Arnold, Hadeel Al Sayegh and Tanvi Mehta

DUBAI/BANGALORE (Reuters) - JBF RAK, a United Arab Emirates subsidiary of Indian polyester maker JBF Industries, expects to resume production of PET resin as soon as next month after financial problems in the group disrupted operations, a senior company official said.

“Restructuring talks with banks are ongoing and the outcome will be for the benefit of all stakeholders,” JBF RAK's Chief Operating Officer Rohit Maindwal told Reuters by telephone on Thursday.

The firm is in talks with banks about renegotiating around 2 billion dirhams ($544.6 million) of debt, banking sources told Reuters earlier this week. Maindwal declined to confirm the amount or comment on progress in the talks with banks.

JBF RAK, which exports around the world, has a 45 percent share of the market for PET chips in the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, according to the website of JBF Industries, which is among the top five global producers of PET chips.

PET, or polyethylene terephthalate, is used as a raw material for making packaging materials such as bottles and containers for packaging a wide range of food products and other consumer goods.

JBF RAK stopped PET production at its plant in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah at the end of June after the company experienced a shortage of working capital, Maindwal said.

"PET was put under a temporary stoppage at the end of June as we are expecting our raw material supplies from our Indian client to start some time in September, and then we will restart," he said.

Before the stoppage, JBF RAK produced about 350,000 tonnes of PET annually. The company has continued to make polyester film, Maindwal added.

In a statement earlier on Thursday, parent JBF Industries said it was working with its lenders to resolve cashflow issues and that all its plants were running "satisfactorily".

Its shares closed 5.9 percent higher on the National Stock Exchange of India after hitting a three-year low earlier in the day. They have dived more than 20 percent this week because of concern about the company's debt.

JBF's board is due to meet on Friday to discuss the company's earnings and the sale or restructuring of overseas units to cut debt. India Ratings and Research, which cut the company's rating to 'D', said last month that the downgrade was due to "significant deterioration in the group's financial risk profile, resulting from losses in overseas operations".

In its statement on Thursday, JBF said some of its payments to Indian lenders had been delayed, complaining that recent policy changes by the Indian government had hurt its cashflow.

Bankers in the UAE told Reuters that JBF RAK had requested fresh working capital to help it restart PET resin production. In addition to the 2 billion dirhams of debt being renegotiated, the firm owes an additional 1 billion dirhams to international lenders, they said.

Maindwal said JBF RAK's chief executive Cheerag B. Arya, a prominent Indian businessman known for his collection of Ferrari cars, was out of the country. Banking sources said B.C. Arya, chairman of the parent firm, was cooperating with banks in discussing the debt. The two could not be reached for comment.

Banks with exposure to JBF RAK include Mashreq, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, United Arab Bank, Ajman Bank and National Bank of Fujairah, according to the bankers and Thomson Reuters data. Private equity firm KKR took a 20 percent stake in JBF Industries by investing $150 million in 2015.

(Additional reporting by Devidutta Tripathy in Mumbai; Editing by Andrew Torchia and Adrian Croft)


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          Etisalat Nigeria Recruitment @ www.etisalat.com.ng - Latest Vacancies        
Founded in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in nineteen seventy six (1976), Etisalat has over its thirty five years of experience, pioneered various innovative technologies in emerging markets and extended the reach of millions of subscribers globally.

ETISALAT NIGERIA

Emerging Markets Telecommunication Services (EMTS), trading as Etisalat, is a Nigerian company duly incorporated under the laws of Nigeria in partnership with Mubadala Development Company and Etisalat of the United Arab Emirates.

For more information about Etisalat’s vision, mission and more… you can visit at the website www.etisalat.com.ng.

ETISALAT CAREERS

Etisalat Nigeria Jobs April 2013

1) Diesel and Utility Administrator Specialist

Etisalat Nigeria is needed a Diesel and Utility Administrator Specialist to its technical department. The job holder will work in Abuja.

Job Description
Process diesel (AGO) invoices and maintain comprehensive database of AGO deliveries and costs
Monitor generator capacity and run hours

The Diesel and Utility Administrator Specialist must have the following requirements to achieve this role:
  • Bachelor’s degree in a numerate discipline
  • Candidate must have 4 years directly relevant post-NYSC work experience
  • Ideal candidate must be able to demonstrate:
  • Proficiency in MS Office applications Excel, PowerPoint, Word and Visio
  • Ability to take the initiative
  • Excellent problem-solving and communication skills
2) Senior Engineer - Circuit Switch and Value Added Service

Etisalat Nigeria is needed a Senior Engineer - Circuit Switch and Value Added Service to its technical department. The job holder will work in Abuja.

Job Description
Operate, maintain and administer VAS platforms/ systems to ensure 24/ 7 availability and stability
Work closely with vendors in the testing, implementation and maintenance of services as required by the business (commercial and marketing requirements)

The Senior Engineer - Circuit Switch and Value Added Service must have the following requirements to achieve this role:
  • Bachelor’s degree or HND in Electrical, Electronics, Communications, or Computer Engineering
  • Postgraduate/ professional qualifications in related fields will be an added advantage
  • At least 4 years directly relevant post-NYSC work experience working in VAS domain
  • Ideal candidate must be able to demonstrate:
  • Strong customer-focus skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Good understanding of VAS call flows and connectivity with external networks
  • Good knowledge of CS VAS and hands-on experience with VAS platforms such as: SMSC and SMSGW, CRBT, VMSC, Voice SMS, USSDC, IVR, MCN, OTA services and SS7
  • Solid experience in UNIX and LINUX
  • Good knowledge of RDMS such as Oracle, DB2 and MySQL
3) Shop Manager - Experience Centre

Etisalat Nigeria is needed a Shop Manager - Experience Centre and Value Added Service to its retail department. The job holder will work in Asaba.

Job Description
Ensure the effective and efficient operations of assigned Experience Centre

The Shop Manager - Experience Centre must have the following requirements to achieve this role:
  • First degree or equivalent in any discipline
  • Between 3 and 5 years directly relevant post-NYSC work experience, preferably in a service environment
4) Analyst - Retail Operations

Etisalat Nigeria is needed a Analyst - Retail Operations to its retail department. The job holder will work in Lagos.

Job Description
Manage Retail Operations databases and provide up-to-date data on Experience Centre activities and status

The Analyst - Retail Operations must have the following requirements to achieve this role:
  • First degree
  • At least 2 years directly relevant post-NYSC work experience
5) Head - Regional Government Relations

Etisalat Nigeria is needed a Head - Regional Government Relations to its Government And Regulatory department. The job holder will work in Lagos.

Job Description
Oversee activities of the Government Relations team in maintaining effective relationships with relevant federal, state and local government departments and aganecies to ensure an enabling environment for Etisalat Nigeria's activities

The Head - Regional Government Relations must have the following requirements to achieve this role:
  • First degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline
  • Relevant postgraduate/ professional qualifications in related fields will be an added advantage
  • Between 9 and 12 years directly relevant post-NYSC work experience, with at least most recent 3 years in a managerial role
6) Analyst - Credit Control

Etisalat Nigeria is needed a Analyst - Credit Control to its Government And Regulatory department. The job holder will work in Lagos.

Job Description
Provide support on credit vetting and credit management allocated postpaid accounts

The Analyst - Credit Control must have the following requirements to achieve this role:
  • First degree or equivalent in relevant Finance, Accounting or related disciplines
  • Between one and three years directly relevant post-NYSC work experience
  • Part/ full qualification in a relevant professional certification will be an added advantage
7) Specialist - Loyalty and Retention

Etisalat Nigeria is needed a Specialist - Loyalty and Retention to its Customer Care department. The job holder will work in Lagos.

Job Description
Implement retention strategies and develop initiatives aimed at maintaining and growing current high-value customers in support of budgeted business goals

The Specialist - Loyalty and Retention must have the following requirements to achieve this role:
  • First degree
  • At least 5 years directly relevant post-NYSC work experience in Customer Service, with at least most recent two (2) years in a Customer Loyalty and Retention role
  • Ideal candidate must demonstrate technical and behavioural competencies in the following areas:
  • Ability to co-ordinate projects and daily work schedules
  • Strong service orientation and basic-to-intermediate knowledge of Customer Experience and Customer Lifetime Value Management
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills
  • Proven experience in Customer Experience Measurement, Customer Segmentation, and design of Loyalty and Retention initiatives
8) Specialist - Internal Audit

Etisalat Nigeria is needed a Specialist - Internal Audit to its Internal Audit department. The job holder will work in Lagos.

Job Description
Carry out audit assignments and make adequate recommendations based on findings that positively impact the business process

The Specialist - Internal Audit must have the following requirements to achieve this role:
  • First degree in a relevant discipline preferably Computer Science, MIS, Accounting or Finance
  • Between 3 and 5 years of directly relevant post-NYSC work experience
  • Ideal candidate must be able to demonstrate:
  • Solid experience in internal audit/ control and financial accounting/ reporting
  • Excellent communication and problem solving skills
  • High levels of professionalism and integrity
9) Specialist - Marketing and General Procurement

Etisalat Nigeria is needed a Specialist - Marketing and General Procurement to its Procurement department. The job holder will work in Lagos.

Job Description
Procure quality materials and services on time, efficiently and at competitive prices

The Specialist - Marketing and General Procurement must have the following requirements to achieve this role:
  • Bachelor's degree in a numerate discipline
  • At least 4 years directly relevant post-NYSC work experience
  • Ideal candidate must be able to demonstrate:
  • Excellent communication and stakeholder engagement skills
  • Proficiency in use of ERP Applications such as iProcurement and MS Office applications in particular, Word and Excel
10) Specialist - Storage Admin Network

Etisalat Nigeria is needed a Specialist - Storage Admin Network to its IT department. The job holder will work in Lagos.

Job Description
Assist with the design and maintenance of Etisalat Nigeria’s organization-wide data storage systems

The Specialist - Storage Admin Network must have the following requirements to achieve this role:
  • First degree or equivalent in relevant disciplines, such as IT or Computer Engineering
  • Between 2 and 2 years directly relevant post-NYSC work experience
11) Specialist - Shop Management

Etisalat Nigeria is needed a Specialist - Shop Management to its retail department. The job holder will work in Lagos.

Job Description
Effectively co-ordinate day-to-day operations of Etisalat Experience Centres with the objective of ensuring and enhancing operational efficiencies and compliance with stipulated policies, processes and procedures

The Specialist - Shop Management must have the following requirements to achieve this role:
  • First degree in relevant disciplines
  • Between 3 and 5 years directly relevant post-NYSC work experience, preferably in a service environment
12) Shop Manager - Experience Centre

Etisalat Nigeria is needed a Shop Manager - Experience Centre to its retail department. The job holder will work in Port-Harcout.

Job Description
Ensure the effective and efficient operations of assigned Experience Centre

The Shop Manager - Experience Centre must have the following requirements to achieve this role:
  • First degree or equivalent in any discipline
  • Between 3 and 5 years directly relevant post-NYSC work experience, preferably in a service environment
13) Account Manager - Regional Corporate Sales

Etisalat Nigeria is needed a Account Manager - Regional Corporate Sales to its Indirect Channels and Corporate Sales department. The job holder will work in Port-Harcout.

Job Description
Assist in the achievement of defined corporate sales target in assigned industry/ sector and maintain relationships with existing customers

The Account Manager - Regional Corporate Sales must have the following requirements to achieve this role:
  • First degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline
  • Between 3 and 5 years directly relevant post-NYSC work experience selling to major corporates, preferably within the telecoms business environment
  • Ideal candidate must be able to demonstrate solid territorial knowledge of the entire South-South Region
Interested and qualified candidates are requested to apply online through Etisalat's careers page http://careers.etisalat.com.ng.

          Economic War Against Qatar Backfires On Saudi Arabia And United Arab Emirates        
The pampered petro-states of Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates expected a quick victory after imposing a quasi-blockade
          Gulf States to 'detect' gays on entry        

Admittedly the story's in the Daily Mail, but apparently Gulf Cooperation Countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates) are to use a medical test developed by Kuwait to supposedly 'detect' homosexuals and prevent them from entering their respective country.

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          Apple Pay to Become Available in Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and UAE Later This Year        
Apple announced Tuesday that it will make its Apple Pay mobile payment and digital wallet service available in four additional countries before the end of 2017. The four countries will be Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and the United Arab Emirates. The service first became available in 2015 in the United States and it is also available in Australia, Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, ...
          Russia’s Salenko reportedly selling his Golden Boot to pay off debts        

The 1994 World Cup’s joint top goalscorer Oleg Salenko is prepared to sell his Golden Boot award for US$500,000 to pay off his debts, local media reported on Thursday.

"I received a good offer from the United Arab Emirates," Kiev-based Salenko was quoted as saying by Blik newspaper.

"I had a small business but after the [global] crisis everything is down and I need to pay off some debts," added the former Russia striker, who played for various clubs including Zenit, Dynamo Kiev, Valencia and Rangers before retiring in 2001.

"I’m not totally broke or anything like that so I have to sell everything, but the offer was hard to resist. I was told wealthy Arab sheikhs would take good care of the award by putting it in a local museum."

Salenko notched a World Cup record five goals in Russia’s 6-1 thrashing of Cameroon in their final group game at the 1994 finals in the U.S. He and Bulgaria’s Hristo Stoichkov both scored six goals in the tournament to finish joint top scorers.

"Of course, I would prefer for the boot to stay in Russia or Ukraine, so if I get the same offer here I wouldn’t have to sell it abroad," Salenko said.

© Thomson Reuters 2010


          Trump Wants Money Of Saudi Arabia, while Saudis want His Daughter        

The middle eastern nations are set to contribute to a World Bank fund for women entrepreneurs, which was the brainchild of Ivanka Trump.  Oil-rich Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have pledged to donate a combined $100 million to an Ivanka Trump cause. Just two days into President Donald Trump debut foreign trip, a member of his inner-circle has already reaped benefits to the tune of $100 million. In a sunlit ballroom Sunday morning at the Tuwaiq Palace in Saudi Arabia, Ivanka Trump’s proposed Women Entrepreneurs Fund — a concept she first shared during her own inaugural international trip

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          Child camel jockeys return home        
UNICEF New York correspondent Kun Li talks with some of the children who once worked as camel jockeys in the United Arab Emirates.
          CompEx Ex01-04 Gas & Vapors - Intertek , United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi         
The course is intended to give awareness to the candidate with regard to working in explosive atmospheres formed by gases, vapours & mists. It covers basic elements of application design as well as a more detailed review of the specific requirement for equipment selection, installation, inspection and maintenance of electrical installations in explosive atmospheres. The course will give an understanding and awareness of the requirements of working safely in a potentially explosive atmosphere.
As the persons attending the course are predominately practitioners, the course covers elements of the installation requirements from a practical viewpoint. This includes but is not limited to electrical protection concepts, selection of equipment, cabling and cable glands etc.

Module Breakdown:

EX01: The preparation & installation of Ex 'd', 'n', 'e' and 'p' apparatus in potentially explosive gas atmospheres.
EX02: The maintenance and inspection of Ex 'd', 'n', 'e' and 'p' apparatus in potentially explosive gas atmospheres.
EX03: The preparation & installation of Ex 'i' apparatus in potentially explosive gas atmospheres.
EX04: The maintenance and inspection of Ex 'i' apparatus in potentially explosive gas atmospheres.

Course Agenda:

1. DSEAR - ATEX 1999/92/EC
2. Explosive atmospheres
3. Area Classification
4. Ingress Protection
5. ATEX 94/9/EC- Equipment and equipment marking.
6. Equipment Protection Levels.
7. Cables
8. Cable Glands
9. Installation Practices (Electrical and concepts )
10. Inspection Practices and guidance.

Cost:

Certified


          Online Trading Psychology Part 1 - Professional Traders DMCC , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
The Trader's Mind - Psychology & Profitable Trading. Ask for your Complimentary Voucher!

You are hereby invited to the Professional Traders Group Trading Floor to attend a Trading Psychology Class. Details Below:

Topic: The Traders Mind - Psychology & Profitable Trading
Speaker: CEO- Professional Traders Group - Experienced Trader with 20+ years experience
Location: JLT, Cluster W, Liwa Heights, 3108 - Dubai
Time: 3:00pm - 4:30pm

This event is by invitation only. Limited free vouchers available, please call us to reserve your seat. The free vouchers will be provided on first come first serve basis only.

Cost:

Certified


          Organization Development and Change - Caliber Academy , United Arab Emirates         
This unique MasterClass for the region on organization development and change aims to give the practical tools and methodologies needed to implement sustainable change. The three day program looks at both top-down and bottom up change and the various techniques needed to implement them successfully. This is done through a deep dive into OD, Change Management, and Appreciative Inquiry. This certified training is delivered by one of USA's top ranked universities in the field of OD & Change.

Cost:

Certified


          Strategy Implementation 2.0 - Caliber Academy , United Arab Emirates         
This is a hands on training in strategy execution heavily focused on case studies and practical applications. Participants are asked prior to the event to identify their strategy execution pain points and gain access to tools and methodologies to tackle them during the training itself. Participants will learn proven as well as next generation techniques to implement strategy, and a post training consulting session will be conducted to check on the application of the learnings.

Cost:

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          Workforce Planning and Sucession - Caliber Academy , United Arab Emirates         
85% of organizations say that their talent management programs and policies need an overhaul. This unique 3 day MasterClass aims at helping your organization build the right succession management and workforce planning systems to ensure business continuity and talent optimization. This certified training from one of USA's top ranked universities aims at giving you the right tools to institutionalize workforce planning and succession in your organizations.

Cost:

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          Adobe Photoshop - Rolla Computer and Management Training , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
  • Interface And Layout Setting
  • Introducing The Tool Box
  • Using The Marquee Tools
  • Layers
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  • Colour Modes
  • Introduction To The Drawing Tools
  • Colour Adjustment
  • Introduction To The Painting Tools
  • Modifying Path
  • Working With Type
  • Exploring Type Effects
  • Understanding Filters
  • Working With Filters , Retouching Images
  • Preparing To Publish
  • Different Types Of File Format
  • Using Save For Web And Devices
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Cost:

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          IELTS Exam Preparation Course - Eatimad Training Institute , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
The IELTS exam is known to be a test of four; the IELTS exam preparation course in Dubai covers the four language skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking). 

Enroll and pass the Exam.

There are 5 main types of essay questions in IELTS writing task 2 (opinion essays, discussion essay, advantahe/ disadvantage essays, solution easy and direct question essays.
 

Cost:

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          Arabic Language Course - Beginner Level - Eatimad Training Institute , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         

Speak Arabic in one month. We teach Arabic in simplified and interesting methods. You will easily learn to speak Arabic and the various terms and vocabulary used by different Arab countries.

At the end of the course learners should be able to communicate on a basic level with Arabic speakers. The curriculum is designed to provide learning experiences based on real life situations.

Cost:

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          Spoken Arabic Classes - Eatimad Training Institute , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         

HALA MARHABA! Learn Arabic Language for one month!

Learning points:

  • Introduction to Arabic;
  • Greeting;
  • Performing simple introductions;
  • Introducing your family;
  • Identifying and asking about people and things;
  • Talking about professions;
  • Identifying and asking about places;
  • Asking and identifying belongings;
  • Describing things;
  • Talking about likes and dislikes;
  • Asking for locations;
  • Identifying and asking about places and things;
  • Talking about nationalities;
  • Describing geographical position;
  • Counting things;
  • Shopping at a market.

Cost:

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          PMP Certification Training Course - Eatimad Training Institute , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
100% Money-Back Guarantee, attend first three hours for Free and register only if you were satisfied by training quality and class environment.
Topics Covered:
  •  Project Management Concepts
  •  PM Process Groups and Knowledge Areas
  •  Project Integration Management
  •  Project Scope Management
  •  Project Time Management
  •  Project Cost Management
  •  Project Quality Management
  •  Project Human Resource Management
  •  Project Communications Management
  •  Project Risk Management
  •  Project Procurement Management
  •  Project Stakeholder Management 

Cost:

Discount: AED 1,700 for Laimoon users. Code: PMLM 1.

Next Session:

Duration: 35 Hours

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          SAP Extended Warehouse Management - Avensis Technologies FZC , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
SAP Extended Warehouse Management (EWM) is designed to aid companies in organizing, managing, and improving the efficiency of warehousing environments.

The SAP WM ( Warehouse Management) application provides flexible, automated support to assist you in processing all goods movements and in maintaining current stock inventories in your warehousing handles the warehousing processes like Define and manage complex warehousing structures, Optimize material flow using advanced put away and picking techniques, Process goods receipts, goods issues and stock transfers quickly and easily etc.

Cost:

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          SAP Basis Administration - Avensis Technologies FZC , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
SAP Basis Training is structured to discuss about the environment for R/3 applications, data directory, RDBMS, GUI and monitoring tools. This training course will introduce different features of Basis in an easily understandable manner.

  • Live Interactive training
  • Certified & industry expert Trainers
  • On Demand Dedicated Cloud lab access
  • 24x7 Support & Assistance
  • Fast-track / Regular / Weekend

Cost:

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          Tally ERP9, Complete Advance Course - Avensis Technologies FZC , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
Do you belong to an Accounting field? Are you in search of a Tally Course which shines your career bright? Then we would take the privilege in introducing an Accounting package named Tally. It is popularly known as an accounting program which indeed helps a small and medium business. It does all the functions of accounting that a particularly midsized business has. Most of the people who know about tally think that Tally may only function for a small or midsized business but it actually does much than that. Tally is not just accounting software its much more detailed.

If single software is required for a business then tally is the one which I would recommend. The reason for this recommendation is because Tally does all the things that a business at a time of stat up requires.

Features:
  • Accounting
  • Billing.
  • Sales and profit analysis.
  • Banking.
  • Inventory.
  • Taxation (VAT)

Cost:

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          VAT-Value Added Tax Implementation in UAE - Avensis Technologies FZC , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         

]GCC (Gulf Co-operation Council) countries have agreed 'in principle' to the GCC VAT Agreement to levy VAT (Value Added Tax) in the region. It is agreed by all the GCC countries that VAT will be introduced in every country latest by 1st January 2019. However, UAE decided to implement VAT likely 1st January 2018.

We believe the decision to implement VAT would cause a paradigm shift in the business dynamics of the country as well as the region. Like most of the countries across the world, businesses in the Gulf region also will now have to adhere to stringent VAT regulatory and statutory compliances and report the same on a periodic basis.

So it becomes important for accountants and finance heads to understand VAT for the smooth implementation and operations after that.

Cost:

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          Finance for Non-Finance Managers, Business Owners - Avensis Technologies FZC , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         

Finance impacts everyone and every business. And that is why understanding it is important.

This program helps develop a basic appreciation of Accounting and Finance. This program provides a unique model for learning. Delivered over 40 hrs, it allows for smooth learning and easy assimilation of the subject.

Course Structure:

  • Basic Accounting Concepts, Principles and Policies
  • Analyzing Financial Statements
  • Accounting Mechanics
  • Cost of Production
  • Risk Return Analysis and Financial Markets
  • Investment Decisions
  • Financing Decisions
  • Working Capital Decisions
  • Share Market and Derivatives: A primer

Cost:

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          Master of Business: Management - University of Wollongong in Dubai , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
As part of UOWD's Master of Business (MBus) range of programs, the Master of Business (Management) specialisation offers a compulsory industry-based research project which will prepare you for your current or future management role and will be a highlight of your time at ; Our strong links with and support from a broad range of industry partners in the UAE and across our global network will allow you to investigate a real business problem as part of your program of study, giving you real world experience and the opportunity to develop and apply the skills you have learnt throughout your postgraduate degree.

Because we're licensed by the UAE Ministry of Education - Higher Education Affairs, through the Commission of Academic Accreditation, our students and graduates can be assured that our degrees are recognised throughout the UAE and internationally. All MBus programs are also quality assured by UOW Australia, which is registered with the Australian Tertiary Education and Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA), the national regulator of higher education in Australia. Upon graduation, students can choose either a degree certificate from UOWD or a degree certificate from the University of Wollongong Australia.

The Master of Business program also offers specialisations in Human Resource Management, International Business, Marketing, Financial Management and Innovation and Entrepreneurship.  If you decide you would like to complete two MBus specialisations when you enrol at UOWD, there are arrangements in place that mean you can do this in in minimal time. Connect with us to find out more.

The maximum requirement to graduate from a single specialisation MBus program is twelve (12) subjects. However, if you have completed a Bachelor degree in a relevant area or a UOWD Graduate Certificate in Business, or you have extensive professional work experience in a related area alongside a Bachelor degree, you may be able to complete the MBus program in a total of ten (10) subjects in line with UOWD's policy on Credit for Prior Learning. Your eligibility for Credit for Prior Learning will be decided in consultation with UOWD's Faculty of Business office prior to the beginning of the program.
A single specialisation MBus program will normally take you five or six semesters to complete (based on three semesters per year with summer as an optional semester and two subjects per semester). At this rate, the degree can be completed in two years or less. Classes are held 6:00pm - 9:30pm, Sunday to Thursday. Each subject requires one evening of attendance for 13 weeks.

Cost:

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          Executive MBA - University of Wollongong in Dubai , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         

Based on the top-ranking course designed and delivered by Sydney Business School, UOWD's Executive MBA is a unique program that will significantly enhance your professional potential. If you have more than five years experience in senior management and a strong motivation to succeed, the Executive MBA will provide you with the knowledge and skills to deliver practical, applicable solutions to real-world commercial challenges, based upon a business lifecycle approach.

As an industry leader you will need to have a solid understanding of the global business landscape and the Executive MBA program gives you the opportunity to gain valuable international ; As part of the program you will undertake a component of your learning based in one of several international business hubs.

Our Executive MBA is a challenging, high-demand program and therefore operates a comprehensive, highly selective admissions process. Please review the program selection criteria for more information.

Cost:

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          Master of Business: Innovation and Entrepreneurship - University of Wollongong in Dubai , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
The MBus (I&E) program has been designed in conjunction with key industry stakeholders to equip graduates with the required business foundation knowledge in innovation and entrepreneurial skills to lead and manage the process of innovation and entrepreneurship. Our compulsory professional practice based research project will allow you to investigate a problem relevant to Entrepreneurship and Innovation, giving you a real world understanding and the opportunity to develop and apply the skills you have learnt throughout your postgraduate degree.

Because we're licensed by the UAE Ministry of Education - Higher Education Affairs, through the Commission of Academic Accreditation, our students and graduates can be assured that our degrees are recognised throughout the UAE and internationally. All MBus programs are quality assured by UOW Australia, which is registered with the Australian Tertiary Education and Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA), the national regulator of higher education in Australia. Upon graduation, students can choose either a degree certificate from UOWD or a degree certificate from the University of Wollongong Australia.

The Master of Business program also offers specialisations in Human Resource Management, Financial Management, Marketing, International Business and ;If you decide you would like to complete two MBus specialisations when you enrol at UOWD, there are arrangements in place that mean you can do this in in minimal ;Connect with us to find out more.

The maximum requirement to graduate from a single specialisation MBus program is twelve (12) subjects. However, if you have completed a Bachelor degree in a relevant business area or a UOWD Graduate Certificate in Business, or you have extensive professional work experience in a related area alongside a Bachelor degree, you may be able to complete the MBus program in a total of ten (10) subjects in line with UOWD's policy on Credit for Prior Learning. Your eligibility for Credit for Prior Learning will be decided in consultation with UOWD's Faculty of Business and Management office prior to the beginning of the program.
A single specialisation MBus program will normally take you five or six semesters to complete (based on three semesters per year with summer as an optional semester and two subjects per semester). At this rate, the degree can be completed in two years or less. Classes are held 6:00pm - 9:30pm, Sunday to Thursday. Each subject requires one evening of attendance for 13 weeks.

Cost:

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          Masters of Business: Financial Management - University of Wollongong in Dubai , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
As part of UOWD's Master of Business (MBus) range of programs, the Master of Business (Financial Management) specialisation offers a compulsory industry-based research project which will prepare you for your current or future management role and will be a highlight of your time at ; Our strong links with and support from a broad range of industry partners in the UAE and across our global network will allow you to investigate a real business problem as part of your program of study, giving you real world experience and the opportunity to develop and apply the skills you have learnt throughout your postgraduate degree.

Because we're licensed by the UAE Ministry of Education - Higher Education Affairs, through the Commission of Academic Accreditation, our students and graduates can be assured that our degrees are recognised throughout the UAE and internationally. All MBus programs are also quality assured by UOW Australia, which is registered with the Australian Tertiary Education and Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA), the national regulator of higher education in Australia. Upon graduation, students can choose either a degree certificate from UOWD or a degree certificate from the University of Wollongong Australia.

The Master of Business program also offers specialisations in Human Resource Management, International Business, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Marketing and ; If you decide you would like to complete two MBus specialisations when you enrol at UOWD, there are arrangements in place that mean you can do this in in minimal ;Connect with us to find out more.

The maximum requirement to graduate from a single specialisation MBus program is twelve (12) subjects. However, if you have completed a Bachelor degree in a relevant area or a UOWD Graduate Certificate in Business, or you have extensive professional work experience in a related area alongside a Bachelor degree, you may be able to complete the MBus program in a total of ten (10) subjects in line with UOWD's policy on Credit for Prior Learning. Your eligibility for Credit for Prior Learning will be decided in consultation with UOWD's Faculty of Business office prior to the beginning of the program.
A single specialisation MBus program will normally take you five or six semesters to complete (based on three semesters per year with summer as an optional semester and two subjects per semester). At this rate, the degree can be completed in two years or less. Classes are held 6:00pm - 9:30pm, Sunday to Thursday. Each subject requires one evening of attendance for 13 weeks.

Cost:

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          HR Analytics - Manipal Executive Education , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
Topics Covered
  • Introduction
  • Configure the right kind of metrics to measure results across the HR value chain (Understanding the HR Domain)
  • Build a strong foundation to champion and implement analytics (Introduction to HR Analytics)
  • Foundation for analytical thinking in situations of uncertainty (Core Statistical Learning)
  • Introduction to Hypothesis Testing(Core Statistical Learning)
  • Apply critical thinking to frame hypothesis and deploy data visualizations  (Data Analysis)
  • Uncover and communicate insights to provide tangible benefits (Driving Insights)
  • Introduction to Predictions(Core statistical learning)
  • Build a data driven HR organization by embedding analytics  (Implementing Analytics)
  • Panel Discussions
  • Assessments

 

Cost:

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          Master of Business: Marketing - University of Wollongong in Dubai , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         

As part of UOWD's Master of Business (MBus) range of programs, the Master of Business (Marketing) specialisation offers a compulsory industry-based research project which will prepare you for your current or future management role and will be a highlight of your time at ; Our strong links with and support from a broad range of industry partners in the UAE and across our global network will allow you to investigate a real business problem as part of your program of study, giving you real world experience and the opportunity to develop and apply the skills you have learnt throughout your postgraduate degree.

Because we're licensed by the UAE Ministry of Education - Higher Education Affairs, through the Commission of Academic Accreditation, our students and graduates can be assured that our degrees are recognised throughout the UAE and internationally. All MBus programs are also quality assured by UOW Australia, which is registered with the Australian Tertiary Education and Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA), the national regulator of higher education in Australia. Upon graduation, students can choose either a degree certificate from UOWD or a degree certificate from the University of Wollongong Australia.

The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) based in the UK, is the leading professional body for marketers worldwide and exists to develop the marketing profession, maintain professional standards and improve the skills of marketing practitioners. Through the Graduate Gateway scheme, the UOWD's MBus (Marketing) has been accredited by CIM. As per this accreditation, students graduating from the MBus (Marketing) program are given direct entry to the Diploma in professional marketing of CIM, with exemption. CIM qualifications are highly sought after by employers and map alongside our own degrees which ensures we are equipping students with the best opportunities for a successful marketing career.

The Master of Business program also offers specialisations in Human Resource Management, Financial Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, International Business and Management. If you decide you would like to complete two MBus specialisations when you enrol at UOWD, there are arrangements in place that mean you can do this in in minimal ;Connect with us to find out more.

The maximum requirement to graduate from a single specialisation MBus program is twelve (12) subjects. However, if you have completed a Bachelor degree in a relevant area or a UOWD Graduate Certificate in Business, or you have extensive professional work experience in a related area alongside a Bachelor degree, you may be able to complete the MBus program in a total of ten (10) subjects in line with UOWD's policy on Credit for Prior Learning. Your eligibility for Credit for Prior Learning will be decided in consultation with UOWD's Faculty of Business office prior to the beginning of the program.

A single specialisation MBus program will normally take you five or six semesters to complete (based on three semesters per year with summer as an optional semester and two subjects per semester). At this rate, the degree can be completed in two years or less. Classes are held 6:00pm - 9:30pm, Sunday to Thursday. Each subject requires one evening of attendance for 13 weeks.

Cost:

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          The Financial Program - Policies, VAT, Budgeting - Brown Consulting Group DWC , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
Why Attend

The financial program provides the best tool for implementing an effective internal control model in the organization. It set the standards when dealing with accounting and finance matters and set the controls that will govern the accounting and finance functions. It sets the authorities and limits of the decision makers. In addition, it provides the timely preparation of financial reports and audit trials for compliance with authorities.

Moreover, the program provides practical advice on how budgeting provide the best tool for management to plan and monitor the operations of the company in order to acheive the goals through guiding opeation,integrating various functions, communicating results, and providing mechanism for appraisals and ; 

In addition, participants will examine the rules and standards of VAT and what controls have to be in place in order to ensure VAT returns are completed accurately and on time.

Workshop Methodology

Subject matter expert will explain how to write policies and procedures and what to include in them. Examples will be shown and participants will be asked and assisted to write policies and procedures covering key financial and accounting , subject matter experts will explain how to have an effective ;
Key aspects of VAT will be explained and explain how VAT is calculated. Participants will be give practical examples and will be asked and assisted to draft the procedures for VAT implementation.

Our subject matter experts hold MBA and CPA and have worked at top finance positions in companies in UAE.

Cost:

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          Budgeting - Brown Consulting Group DWC , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
Why Attend

Budgeting provide the best tool for management to plan and monitor the operations of the company in order to acheive the goals. Budget are effective tool for guiding opeation,integrating various functions, communicating results, and provides mechanism for appraisals and evaluation.  

Workshop Methodology

Subject matter expert will explain how to have an effective budgets. Examples will be shown and participants will be asked and assisted to put forward budget policies and produce effective budgets.

Our subject matter experts hold MBA and CPA and have worked at top finance positions in companies in UAE.

Cost:

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          Somber Scenes as World Mourns Pakistani Children Slain in Peshawar Attack        
Students of Army Public School, members of Civil Society, Pak Army staffs and large numbers of citizens held a candle light vigil to mourn the innocent victims. Image by ppiimages. Copyright Demotix (19/12/2014)
Students of Army Public School, members of Civil Society, Pak Army staffs and large numbers of citizens held a candle light vigil to mourn the innocent victims. Image by ppiimages. Copyright Demotix (19/12/2014)
A group of Taliban gunmen dressed in military uniforms entered an Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan, on December 16 and shot students and teachers walking from classroom to classroom. At least 148 people, 132 of them children, lost their lives in the attack and scores of the students were injured.

The following day, vigils were held in Karachi, Islamabad and other major cities throughout the country, which can be seen in these pictures.

There have also been numerous vigils across the world:
People at those vigils remembered the victims, protested against the barbarism, voiced their anger at the Taliban and echoed that children should be spared from such atrocities.

Here are images of some of those vigils:

A collection of candles and votives lit as part of a vigil in Trafalgar Square, London, to remember the dead school children and teachers killed by the Pakistani Taliban in Pakistan. Image by Emma Durnford. Copyright Demotix (17/12/2014)
A collection of candles and votives lit as part of a vigil in Trafalgar Square, London, to remember the dead school children and teachers killed by the Pakistani Taliban in Pakistan. Image by Emma Durnford. Copyright Demotix (17/12/2014)
A Candlelight vigil for the children of Peshawar is held in Longsight, Manchester outside the Pakistani Community Centre. Image by Barbara Cook. Copyright Demotix (20/12/2014)
A Candlelight vigil for the children of Peshawar is held in Longsight, Manchester outside the Pakistani Community Centre. Image by Barbara Cook. Copyright Demotix (20/12/2014)
Two hundred people gathered in front of the CNN Center in Atlanta for a candlelight vigil to honor victims killed during a Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar, Pakistan. Image by Steve Eberherdt Copyright Demotix (17/12/2014)
Two hundred people gathered in front of the CNN Center in Atlanta for a candlelight vigil to honor victims killed during a Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar, Pakistan. Image by Steve Eberherdt Copyright Demotix (17/12/2014)
Columbia students and other members of the community joined a campus candlelight vigil to support the victims of the Peshawar attacks. Image by Mansura Khanam. Copyright Demotix (17/12/2014)
Columbia students and other members of the community joined a campus candlelight vigil to support the victims of the Peshawar attacks. Image by Mansura Khanam. Copyright Demotix (17/12/2014)
Indian congress workers and children pay tribute to those killed in the Taliban attack in Peshawar, Pakistan at a candle vigil in Allahabad, India. Image by Ritesh Shukla. Copyright Demotix (17/12/2014)
Indian congress workers and children pay tribute to those killed in the Taliban attack in Peshawar, Pakistan at a candle vigil in Allahabad, India. Image by Ritesh Shukla. Copyright Demotix (17/12/2014)
A candle light vigil and were held at the Pakistan High Commission in Bangladesh, this evening in remembrance of the innocent victims of the massacre at the Army public School peshawar.
A candle light vigil and were held at the Pakistan High Commission in Bangladesh, this evening in remembrance of the innocent victims of the massacre at the Army public School peshawar.
Indian people lit candles as they took part in a candle-light vigil in memory of victims killed in a Taliban attack on a military-run school in Peshawar, in Amritsar. Image by Sanjeev Syal. Copyright Demotix (17/12/2014)
Indian people lit candles as they took part in a candle-light vigil in memory of victims killed in a Taliban attack on a military-run school in Peshawar, in Amritsar. Image by Sanjeev Syal. Copyright Demotix (17/12/2014)
Childrens in Sivasagar, Assam lighting candles protesting the attack of Talibans in a school of Pakistan,  image by Neelam Kakoty Majumdar. Copyright Demotix (18/12/2014)
Childrens in Sivasagar, Assam lighting candles protesting the attack of Talibans in a school of Pakistan, image by Neelam Kakoty Majumdar. Copyright Demotix (18/12/2014)
Burdwan District Press Club organised a Candlelight Rally in At Burdwan, West Bengal, India, protesting against Taliban terror attack on Army Public School in Peshawar.  Image by Sanjoy Karmaker (18/12/2014)
Burdwan District Press Club organised a Candlelight Rally in At Burdwan, West Bengal, India, protesting against Taliban terror attack on Army Public School in Peshawar. Image by Sanjoy Karmaker (18/12/2014)
Children holding solidarity messages at the candle light vigil in Lahore, Pakistan. Image by Fatima Arif. Copyright Demotix  (18/12/2014)
Children holding solidarity messages at the candle light vigil in Lahore, Pakistan. Image by Fatima Arif. Copyright Demotix (18/12/2014)
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          Business Analytics - Manipal Executive Education , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         

This course has been designed to help the participants understand the statistical tools & techniques used to examine and solve business problems within the data collected.

TOPICS COVERED

  • What is Business Analytics
  • Case for Business Analytics
  • Understanding Data
  • Business Analytics, Business Intelligence and Data Mining
  • Analytics Decision Making
  • Analysing Business problems using Key questions
  • Skills of a good Business Analyst
  • Future of Business Analytics
  • Big Data Analytics in the Enterprise
  • Social Media Analytics
  • Basic Statistical Concepts and Types of Data
  • Sampling Techniques
  • Frequency Distributions and Measures of Central Tendency
  • Variability and Shape
  • One-way Analysis of Variance
  • Correlation
  • Linear Regression
  • Linear Programming
  • Linear Programming - Allocation Models
  • Linear Programming - Covering Models

Cost:

Certified


          Camera and Lighting Bootcamp - SAE Institute , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
Working and understanding lighting and camera plays an integral role in achieving quality visual digital content. The intensive week-long course will provide you with the substantial knowledge and requisite training in the lighting and camera work that multiple skills the industry demands need today. The course is very 'hands-on' in its approach.

Target Audience
  • Media professionals who want to learn new techniques and broaden their skill set using lighting and camera equipment.
  • Individuals interested in understanding various types of shot and lighting types to enhance their video quality.
Entry Requirements
There are no academic requirements to participate in this programme. Courses cater to two different age groups; 14-17 years and 18 years and above.

Cost:

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          Enterprise Risk Management - Al Atta Consulations & Admin Studies Est , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
 ENTERPRISE RISK MANAGEMENT

  • Explanation of ERM and why it is not fully understood
  • The current economic crisis and how ERM can provide a lifeline
  • The role and responsibilities of directors and senior management with respect to ERM
  • Evaluating risks within these relationships
  • Risk indicators (KRI's)
  • Auditing the risk management programme
  •  Risk awareness for staff
  • Sharing output with partners
 

Cost:

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          Interior designing - Rolla Computer and Management Training , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
Adobe Photoshop
  • Interface And Layout Setting
  • Introducing The Tool Box
  • Using The Marquee Tools
  • Layers
  • Layer Masking
  • Colour Modes
  • Introduction To The Drawing Tools
  • Colour Adjustment
  • Introduction To The Painting Tools
  • Modifying Path
  • Working With Type
  • Exploring Type Effects
  • Understanding Filters
  • Working With Filters , Retouching Images
  • Preparing To Publish
  • Different Types Of File Format
  • Using Save For Web And Devices
  • Create Image Slices
3D Studio Max
  • Animation
  • Geometric Primitives
  • Lights & Camera
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • AutoCAD 3d
VRay for Architects & Interior Designers
  • Global Illumination in VRay
  • VRay Lights
  • VRay Camera
  • Rendering Test Scenes

Cost:

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          Microsoft Office Specialist Exam - 2010, 2013, 2016 - International Training Institute , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
There are three levels of certification: SpecialistExpert, and Master. Each certification level propels a student further on the path to greater achievements and advancement. Students can certify at all three levels, and should try to obtain the highest level possible. The market demands, and caters to, those who possess the most education and skills.

Becoming a Specialist is good. Becoming an Expert is better. And becoming a Master is best.

Cost:

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          CCNA Routing & Switching- 200-125- V-3 - Emtech Computer Institute , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
Description:

As Enterprises migrate toward controller based architectures, the role and skills required of a core network engineer are evolving and more vital than ever. To prepare for this network transition, the CCNA Routing and Switching certification will not only prepare you with the knowledge of foundational technologies, but ensure you stay relevant with skill sets needed for the adoption of next generation technologies. This exam tests a candidate's knowledge and skills related to network fundamentals, LAN switching technologies, IPv4 and IPv6 routing technologies, WAN technologies, infrastructure services, infrastructure security, and infrastructure management.

1.0 Network Fundamentals (15%)
  1. Compare and contrast OSI and TCP/IP models
  2. Compare and contrast TCP and UDP protocols
  3. Describe the impact of infrastructure components in an enterprise network
    1. Firewalls
    2. Access points
    3. Wireless controllers
  4. Describe the effects of cloud resources on enterprise network architecture
    1. Traffic path to internal and external cloud services
    2. Virtual services
    3. Basic virtual network infrastructure
  5. Compare and contrast collapsed core and three-tier architectures
  6. Compare and contrast network topologies
    1. Star
    2. Mesh
    3. Hybrid
  7. Select the appropriate cabling type based on implementation requirements
  8. Apply troubleshooting methodologies to resolve problems
    1. Perform and document fault isolation
    2. Resolve or escalate
    3. Verify and monitor resolution
  9. Configure, verify, and troubleshoot IPv4 addressing and subnetting
  10. Compare and contrast IPv4 address types
    1. Unicast
    2. Broadcast
    3. Multicast
  11. Describe the need for private IPv4 addressing
  12. Identify the appropriate IPv6 addressing scheme to satisfy addressing requirements in a LAN/WAN environment
  13. Configure, verify, and troubleshoot IPv6 addressing
  14. Configure and verify IPv6 Stateless Address Auto Configuration
  15. Compare and contrast IPv6 address types
    1. Global unicast
    2. Unique local
    3. Link local
    4. Multicast
    5. Modified EUI 64
    6. Autoconfiguration
    7. Anycast
 
  1.   LAN Switching Technologies (21%)
 
  1. Describe and verify switching concepts
    1. MAC learning and aging
    2. Frame switching
    3. Frame flooding
    4. MAC address table
  2. Interpret Ethernet frame format
  3. Troubleshoot interface and cable issues (collisions, errors, duplex, speed)
  4. Configure, verify, and troubleshoot VLANs (normal/extended range) spanning multiple switches
    1. Access ports (data and voice)
    2. Default VLAN
  5. Configure, verify, and troubleshoot interswitch connectivity
    1. Trunk ports
    2. Add and remove VLANs on a trunk
    3. DTP, VTP (v1&v2), and 802.1Q
    4. Native VLAN
  6. Configure, verify, and troubleshoot STP protocols
    1. STP mode (PVST+ and RPVST+)
    2. STP root bridge selection
  7. Configure, verify and troubleshoot STP related optional features
    1. PortFast
    2. BPDU guard
  8. Configure and verify Layer 2 protocols
    1. Cisco Discovery Protocol
    2. LLDP
  9. Configure, verify, and troubleshoot (Layer 2/Layer 3) EtherChannel
    1. Static
    2. PAGP
    3. LACP
  10. Describe the benefits of switch stacking and chassis aggregation
 
3.0 Routing Technologies (23%)
  1. Describe the routing concepts
    1. Packet handling along the path through a network
    2. Forwarding decision based on route lookup
    3. Frame rewrite
  2. Interpret the components of a routing table
    1. Prefix
    2. Network mask
    3. Next hop
    4. Routing protocol code
    5. Administrative distance
    6. Metric
    7. Gateway of last resort
  3. Describe how a routing table is populated by different routing information sources
    1. Admin distance
  4.  Configure, verify, and troubleshoot inter-VLAN routing
    1.  Router on a stick
    2. SVI
  5. Compare and contrast static routing and dynamic routing
  6. Compare and contrast distance vector and link state routing protocols
  7. Compare and contrast interior and exterior routing protocols
  8. Configure, verify, and troubleshoot IPv4 and IPv6 static routing
    1. Default route
    2. Network route
    3. Host route
    4. Floating static
  9. Configure, verify, and troubleshoot single area and multi-area OSPFv2 for IPv4 (excluding authentication, filtering, manual summarization, redistribution, stub, virtual-link, and LSAs
  10. Configure, verify, and troubleshoot single area and multi-area OSPFv3 for IPv6 (excluding authentication, filtering, manual summarization, redistribution, stub, virtual-link, and LSAs)
  11. Configure, verify, and troubleshoot EIGRP for IPv4 (excluding authentication, filtering, manual summarization, redistribution, stub)
  12.  Configure, verify, and troubleshoot EIGRP for IPv6 (excluding authentication, filtering, manual summarization, redistribution, stub)
  13. Configure, verify, and troubleshoot RIPv2 for IPv4 (excluding authentication, filtering, manual summarization, redistribution)
  14. Troubleshoot basic Layer 3 end-to-end connectivity issues

 
4.0 WAN Technologies (10%)
  1. Configure and verify PPP and MLPPP on WAN interfaces using local authentication
  2. Configure, verify, and troubleshoot PPPoE client-side interfaces using local authentication
  3. Configure, verify, and troubleshoot GRE tunnel connectivity
  4. Describe WAN topology options
    1. Point-to-point
    2. Hub and spoke
    3. Full mesh
    4. Single vs. dual-homed
  5. Describe WAN access connectivity options
    1. MPLS
    2. Metro Ethernet
    3. Broadband PPPoE
    4. Internet VPN (DMVPN, site-to-site VPN, client VPN)
  6. Configure and verify single-homed branch connectivity using eBGP IPv4 (limited to peering and route advertisement using Network command only)
  7. Describe basic QoS concepts
    1. Marking
    2. Device trust
    3. Prioritization
      1. Voice
      2. Video
      3. Data
    4. Shaping
    5. Policing
    6. Congestion management

5.0 Infrastructure Services (10%)
  1. Describe DNS lookup operation
  2. Troubleshoot client connectivity issues involving DNS
  3. Configure and verify DHCP on a router (excluding static reservations)
    1. Server
    2. Relay
    3. Client
    4. TFTP, DNS, and gateway options
  4. Troubleshoot client- and router-based DHCP connectivity issues
  5. Configure, verify, and troubleshoot basic HSRP
    1. Priority
    2. Preemption
    3. Version
  6. Configure, verify, and troubleshoot inside source NAT
    1. Static
    2. Pool
    3. PAT
  7. Configure and verify NTP operating in a client/server mode

6.0 Infrastructure Security (11%)
  1. Configure, verify, and troubleshoot port security
    1. Static
    2. Dynamic
    3. Sticky
    4. Max MAC addresses
    5. Violation actions
    6. Err-disable recovery
  2. Describe common access layer threat mitigation techniques
    1. 802.1x
    2. DHCP snooping
    3. Nondefault native VLAN
  3. Configure, verify, and troubleshoot IPv4 and IPv6 access list for traffic filtering
    1. Standard
    2. Extended
    3. Named
  4. Verify ACLs using the APIC-EM Path Trace ACL analysis tool
  5. Configure, verify, and troubleshoot basic device hardening
    1. Local authentication
    2. Secure password
    3. Access to device
      1. Source address
      2. Telnet/SSH
    4. Login banner
  6. Describe device security using AAA with TACACS+ and RADIUS

 
7.0 Infrastructure Management (10%)
  1. Configure and verify device-monitoring protocols
    1. SNMPv2
    2. SNMPv3
    3. Syslog
  2. Troubleshoot network connectivity issues using ICMP echo-based IP SLA
  3. Configure and verify device management
    1. Backup and restore device configuration
    2. Using Cisco Discovery Protocol or LLDP for device discovery
    3. Licensing
    4. Logging
    5. Time zone
    6. Loopback
  4. Configure and verify initial device configuration
  5. Perform device maintenance
    1. Cisco IOS upgrades and recovery (SCP, FTP, TFTP, and MD5 verify)
    2. Password recovery and configuration register
    3. File system management
  6. Use Cisco IOS tools to troubleshoot and resolve problems
    1. Ping and trace route with extended option
    2. Terminal monitor
    3. Log events
    4. Local SPAN
  7. Describe network programmability in enterprise network architecture
    1. Function of a controller
    2. Separation of control plane and data plane
    3. Northbound and southbound APIs

Cost:

Certified


          Lean Six-Sigma Green Belt Certification Programme - Symbios Consulting Group , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         

Lean Six Sigma is a management philosophy that attempts to improve customer's satisfaction to near perfection.

Amongst the plethora of management techniques that exist today, Symbios Consulting has adopted a strategic, tactical and cultural component to

Six Sigma as an effective approach to the transformation of business process.

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt training course is for: Quality Managers-Production Managers-Supply Chain Managers-Production supervisors-Process Improvement Teams-Business Transformation Teams-Improvement Leaders

All Symbios Consulting Six Sigma and Lean Six Sigma trainings are accredited from "The Council For Six Sigma Certification".


Cost:

Certified


          Certified Business Manager - Infonet Institute , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         

Business Manager is the leader in the organisation who will be a role model inspiring, motivating, overseeing, guiding, decimating information and sharing, the bridge between the upper management, mandatory authorities and the team and much more.

An ideal manager will be well-versed in all matters business. He will be the leader who will be able to provide guidance that enhances performance in a manner which incorporates the company's vision and culture and of course profitability.
 

Cost:

Certified


          ICDL - International Training Institute , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
The ICDL is an end-user standard out-and-out. No programming is taught. However, obtaining the ICDL is not trivial. To obtain the ICDL a student must demonstrate practical proficiency in each of the most commonly used software tools.

The student has to pass all seven modules at a very high level, as high as 75%. The standards for the ICDL have been set jointly by the major European Computer Societies
In Europe it is known as the European Computer Driving License. The ICDL is the only European Union recognized IT qualification at present. Worldwide it is administered by the European Computer Driving License Foundation.

Cost:

Certified


          IC3 - International Training Institute , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
The IC3 Digital Literacy suite of products includes solutions that range from assessment to certification. And, as a truly global standard, IC3 is as comprehensive as it is diverse. With learning and practice solutions, assessment tools, and certifications specifically designed for a variety of ages and occupations, the IC3 Digital Literacy program is simply the best way to ensure that students and employees are prepared to succeed in a technology-based world.

Cost:

Certified


          Help Desk - International Training Institute , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
A help desk is a resource intended to provide the customer or end user with information and support related to a companies or institution's products and services. The purpose of a help desk is usually to troubleshoot problems or provide guidance about products such as computers, electronic equipment, food, apparel, or software. Corporations usually provide help desk support to their customers through various channels such as toll-free numbers, websites, instant messaging, or email. There are also in-house help desks designed to provide assistance to employees.

Cost:

Certified


          Financial Data Using Advanced Excel - International Training Institute , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet application developed by Microsoft for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS. Financial data consists of pieces or sets of information related to the financial health of a business. The pieces of data are used by internal management to analyze business performance and determine whether tactics and strategies must be altered.

It features calculation, graphing tools, pivot tables, and a macro programming language called Visual Basic for Applications. It has been a very widely applied spreadsheet for these platforms, especially since version 5 in 1993, and it has replaced Lotus 1-2-3 as the industry standard for spreadsheets.

Cost:

Certified


          Ethical Hacker - International Training Institute , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
The CEH certification was created to offer a wide-ranging certification, in the sense that it's intended to certify competence with many different makers/vendors. This certification is designed for security officers, auditors, security professionals, site administrators, and anyone who deals with the security of the network infrastructure on a day-to-day basis.

The goal of ethical hackers is to help organizations take preemptive measures against malicious attacks by attacking systems themselves, all the while staying within legal limits. This philosophy stems from the proven practice of trying to catch a thief by thinking like a thief.

Cost:

Certified


          CompTIA N+ - International Training Institute , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
CompTIA Network+ certification is an industry-wide, vendor-neutral certification program developed and sponsored by the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA). The CompTIA Network+ certification shows that you have a basic competency in the physical support of networking systems and knowledge of the conceptual aspects of networking. To date, many hundreds of thousands of technicians have become CompTIA Network+ certified.

Cost:

Certified


          CompTIA Security+ - International Training Institute , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
The CompTIA Security+ course is designed to help you prepare for the SY0-301 exam. Students will implement and monitor security on networks, applications, and operating systems, and respond to security breaches.

CompTIA Security+ certification covers network security, compliance and operation security, threats and vulnerabilities as well as application, data and host security. Also included are access control, identity management, and cryptography.

Cost:

Certified


          CompTIA A+ - International Training Institute , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
CompTIA A+ certification is an industry-wide, vendor-neutral certification program developed and sponsored by the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA). The CompTIA A+ certification shows that you have a basic competence in supporting microcomputers. You achieve this certification by taking two computer-based, multiple-choice exams. The tests cover what technicians should know after 12 months of hands-on work on PCs, either from a job or as a student in the lab.

Cost:

Certified


          Cloud Computing - International Training Institute , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
Cloud computing can be difficult to understand at first, but the cost-saving possibilities are great and many companies are getting on board. If you've been put in charge of implementing cloud computing, this straightforward, plain-English guide clears up the confusion and helps you get your plan in place.

You'll learn how cloud computing enables you to run a more green IT infrastructure, and access technology-enabled services from the Internet ("in the cloud") without having to understand, manage, or invest in the technology infrastructure that supports them. You'll also find out what you need to consider when implementing a plan, how to handle security issues, and more.

Cost:

Certified


          CCNP - International Training Institute , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) validates the ability to plan, implement, verify and troubleshoot local and wide-area enterprise networks and work collaboratively with specialists on advanced security, voice, wireless and video solutions. The CCNP certification is appropriate for those with at least one year of networking experience who are ready to advance their skills and work independently on complex network solutions.

Cost:

Certified


          CCTV Training - International Training Institute , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
Closed-circuit television (CCTV) is the use of video cameras to transmit a signal to a specific place, on a limited set of monitors. It differs from broadcast television in that the signal is not openly transmitted, though it may employ point to point (P2P), point to multipoint, or mesh wireless links. Though almost all video cameras fit this definition, the term is most often applied to those used for surveillance in areas that may need monitoring such as banks, casinos, airports, military installations, and convenience stores. Video Telephony is seldom called "CCTV" but the use of video in distance education, where it is an important tool, is often so called.

Cost:

Certified


          Computer & Network Security - International Training Institute , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
Network security consists of the provisions and policies adopted by a network administrator to prevent and monitor unauthorized access, misuse, modification, or denial of a computer network and network-accessible resources. Network security involves the authorization of access to data in a network, which is controlled by the network administrator. Users choose or are assigned an ID and password or other authenticating information that allows them access to information and programs within their authority.

Cost:

Certified


          Build Network Systems - International Training Institute , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
This training aims to serve as a help for designers and implementers of networking technology, networking students, and networking researchers.

The goal of the training is to present the systems issues of network systems, approaching them from the architecture, design, and implementation point of view.

Considering that network systems are embedded systems that implement network protocols, readers of the book would benefit from being familiar with the basic concepts of networking, embedded systems, and computer systems organization and architecture.

Cost:

Certified


          Avaya Training - International Training Institute , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
An Authorized Avaya Learning Partner delivers top-tier learning solutions designed to create consistent value, unmatched quality, and innovation every step of the way. We deliver training through a number of methods including Classroom, Virtual, Self-paced and Blended Delivery. In addition to our business wide Avaya experience, we have knowledgeable instructors that would provide world class learning experience to the students.

Avaya has enhanced its strategic position in providing business communication solutions and services for enterprise customers. The integration of product portfolio has further defined Avaya's vision of communications systems powering enhanced business effectiveness.

Cost:

Certified


          WordPress - International Training Institute , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
Learn to use WordPress to manage your website in this comprehensive 2 day, hands-on training class. You'll learn to use and customize templates, add extensive functionality through the most-important Plug-ins, add and manage content in an organized way, and more.

Who Should Attend: This course is designed for people who have the ability to work in a PC and/or Mac OS environment.

Prerequisites: We recommend that students are comfortable using a mouse, opening and saving files, and the general operations of computers as well as a basic knowledge of HTML and CSS.

Cost:

Certified


          Service Oriented Architecture - International Training Institute , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
Faced with the most challenging business climate in decades, business leaders are demanding effective solutions that can help them achieve business results while doing more with less. They also recognize that now more than ever, driving business efficiency alone is not enough. Successfully navigating today's turbulent economic climate also requires agility. 

Cost:

Certified


          Microsoft Office Specialist 2016 - International Training Institute , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
There are three levels of certification: Specialist, Expert, and Master. Each certification level propels a student further on the path to greater achievements and advancement. Students can certify at all three levels, and should try to obtain the highest level possible. The market demands, and caters to, those who possess the most education and skills.
Becoming a Specialist is good. Becoming an Expert is better. And becoming a Master is best.

Cost:

Certified


          City & Guilds Level2 in Colouring & Lightening Hair - Gloss Academy , United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Jumeirah, Dubai         
This course os for those looking to learn foundation skills to colour hair.  You need no experience in hairdressing or thought prior to taking this course your will need to attend the dressing hair course to accure blowdrying and styling skills.  This course is also suitable for junior stylists or assistants already working in a salon looking to gain an internationally recognised qualification.

This course covers practical and theory of colouring, including colour selection to achive the best results on your clients.

Cost:

Certified


          Internet of Things - International Training Institute , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
Analysts predict that new Internet of Things (IoT) products and services will grow exponentially in next years. I firmly believe that the Commission will continue to support research in IoT in Horizon 2020, the forthcoming EU research and innovation framework program starting in 2014.

In order to enable a fast uptake of the IoT, key issues like identification,  privacy and security and semantic interoperability have to be tackled. The interplay with cloud technologies, big data and future networks like 5G have also to be taken into account.

Open and integrated IoT environments will boost the competitiveness of  SMEs and make people's daily life easier. For instance, it will be easier for patients to receive continuous care and for companies to efficiently source components for their products. This will lead to better services, huge savings and a smarter use of resources.

To achieve these promising results, I think it is vital to enhance users' trust in the Internet of Things. The data protection legislation and the cybersecurity strategy proposed by the European Commission clearly go in this direction.

Cost:

Certified


          Implementing EA Solutions - International Training Institute , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
Enterprise Architecture is a strategic initiative that enables business transformation of an enterprise. Businesses achieve agility, optimization and higher efficiency, shedding overheads and latency by developing Enterprise Architectures. The intensive hands-on workshop is designed to prepare the IT professionals to take on the challenges of solving business problems through architectural thinking.

The Enterprise Architecture training will provide you an opportunity to learn fundamentals of Enterprise Architecture and interact with the industry EA practitioners to gain practical knowledge on how to develop successful EA solutions for your customer's business problems. The Workshop is based on real customer case studies.

With highly interactive sessions supported by real life case studies, tips and examples, the participants will learn quickly on how to align business issues to IT solutions through architectural efforts.

Cost:

Certified


          Basic / Manual Accounting - CyberModo , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
Learn Accounting with career-based course. Specially designed for beginner, professional and growing kids.
This course will cover mastering the principles in accounting, recording and presenting financial data, non-routine transactions and audit preparations, and financial tools for effective management.
It offers the following features:

- Certificate included at the end of the program.
- Study materials in the form of printed materials and handouts included
- You will learn from qualified and experienced instructors
- You have the option to choose any time at your convenience

Cost:

Certified


          Accounting Software Package (Tally, Quickbooks, Peachtree) - CyberModo , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
Give yourself a competitive edge with these three accounting softwares in demand in the market.

In this course, we will cover three courses as a combo package Tally ERP 9 , Quickbooks , and Peachtree.

The course will generously cover basic Accounting principles and help you categorize business events of Financial accounting cycle.

 Tally ERP 9

- Learn Accounting Fundamentals and their relevancy in Tally.
- Configure a company account and its groups.
-  Learn how to create journal entries in Tally.
- Learn how to create inventory in Tally.
- Learn how to configure vendors in Tally.
- Learn how to create and manage customer accounts.
- Learn how to configure Manufacturing process system.
- Learn how to configure and administer Payroll.
- Learn how to Backup and Restore a company configuration in tally.
- Learn to install of tally software package.

Peachtree

- Learn how to create a company in Peachtree
- Learn to create Journal entries in Peachtree
- Learn to create Inventories in Peachtree
- Learn to Create a Vendors in Peachtree
- Learn to Create a Customers In Peachtree
- Learn to configure manufacturing system Fundamentals
- Learn to create a payroll in Peachtree
- Learn to Backup And Restore a company in Peachtree
- Learn to Manage Centre
- Learn to create reconciliation and check printing

QuickBooks

- Learn how to create a company in QuickBooks
- Learn to create Journal entries in QuickBooks
- Learn to create Inventories in QuickBooks
- Learn to Create a Vendors in QuickBooks
- Learn to Create a Customers In QuickBooks
- Learn to configure manufacturing system Fundamentals
- Learn to create accounts payables
- Learn to create accounts receivables
- Learn Assignments for trial balance
- learn Balance sheet preparation
- How to set a company in a multi-user way

Cost:

Certified


          Hadoop Ecosystem - International Training Institute , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         

Hadoop is an open-source software framework for storing data and running applications on clusters of commodity hardware enormous processing power and the ability to handle virtually limitless concurrent tasks or jobs. It provides massive storage for any kind of data.

Hadoop was created by Doug Cutting and Mike Cafarella in 2005. Cutting, who was working at Yahoo! at the time, named it after his son's toy elephant. It was originally developed to support distribution for the Nutch search engine project.

Cost:

Certified


          CCNA - International Training Institute , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) is an information technology certification from Cisco. CCNA certification is an associate-level Cisco Career certification.
The Associate level of Cisco Certifications can begin directly with CCNA for network installation, operations and troubleshooting or CCDA for network design. Think of the Associate Level as the foundation level of networking certification.

CCNA Routing and Switching
Required Exam(s)Recommended Training
  • 100-105 ICND1Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 (ICND1)
  • 200-105 ICND2Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 2 (ICND2)

Cost:

Certified


          3G & Wireless Technologies - International Training Institute , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
3G, short form of third Generation, is the third generation of mobile telecommunications technology.This is based on a set of standards used for mobile devices and mobile telecommunications use services and networks that comply with the International Mobile Telecommunications-2000 (IMT-2000) specifications by the International Telecommunication Union. 3G finds application in wireless voice telephony, mobile Internet access, fixed wireless Internet access, video calls and mobile TV.

3G telecommunication networks support services that provide an information transfer rate of at least 200 kbit/s. Later 3G releases, often denoted 3.5G and 3.75G, also provide mobile broadband access of several Mbit/s to smartphones and mobile modems in laptop computers. This ensures it can be applied to wireless voice telephony, mobile Internet access, fixed wireless Internet access, video calls and mobile TV technologies.

A new generation of cellular standards has appeared approximately every tenth year since 1G systems were introduced in 1981/1982. Each generation is characterized by new frequency bands, higher data rates and non-backward-compatible transmission technology. The first release of the 3GPP Long Term Evolution (LTE) standard does not completely fulfill the ITU 4G requirements called IMT-Advanced. First release LTE is not backward-compatible with 3G, but is a pre-4G or 3.9G technology,[citation needed] however sometimes branded 4G by the service providers. Its evolution LTE Advanced is a 4G technology. WiMAX is another technology verging on or marketed as 4G.

Cost:

Certified


          SolidWorks - Optimizer Middle East Accountants Management Consultants and Training , United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Deira         
This course introduces Parametric, Feature Based, Associative 3D Modeling capabilities of SolidWorks.
         Mechanical Product Design application creating parts, assemblies and drawings
         Bring Ideas from Concept to Production with a coordinated and a consistent model based approach
         More easily model, edit and document designs of products;

Course Outline:
 
    SolidWorks Overview 3D CAD Attributes
  1.  Standard Terminology
  2. The SolidWorks Interface
  3. Starting SolidWorks Session
  4. Viewing and Navigating SolidWorks Projects
     Sketch Tools
  1.   Opening a SolidWorks Part
  2.   General Sketching Tools
  3.   Editing Elements in a Sketch
     Sketch Dimensions
  1.   Smart Dimension
  2.   Reference Dimensions
  3.   Dimension Names and their use
 
     Sketch Relations
  1.   Automatic Relations
  2.   Constraining Sketch Geometry
  3.   Fully Define Sketches
  4.   Resolving Sketch errors
 
     Solid/Part/Component Modeling
  1.   Sketch Based Features (Extrude, Revolve, Sweep, Loft)
  2.   Datum Plane/Point/Axis
  3.   Engineering Features (Hole, Fillet, Chamfer, Rib, Shell, Draft)
  4.  Transformation Features (Mirror, Pattern-Linear, Circular, Sketch, Fill, Curve)
  5.   Mass Properties/Part Analysis
  6.   SolidWorks Part Configurations
  7.   Exporting SolidWorks Models to Iges, Step, SAT, Parasolid
     Surface Modeling
  1.   Creating Splines (Normal Spline, Style spline, Fit spline)
  2.   Creating 3D Curves (Split Line, Curve through point, Helix/Spiral)
  3.   Simple surfaces
  4.   Advanced surfaces (Boundary, Loft, Sweep, Ruled)
  5.   Surface Editing (Knit, Offset, Trim/Untrim, Replace)
  6.   Converting Surface to Solid
 
     Creating Assemblies/Products
  1.   Bottom-Up Assembly Design Vs Top-Down Assembly Design
  2.   Inserting Components in an Assembly
  3.   SolidWorks Basic Mates (Coincident, Parallel, Angle, Concentric, Tangent, Distance)
  4.   SolidWorks sub-assemblies
  5.   Creating Exploded States
  6.   Assembly Features (Hole series, Weld Bead, Belt/Chain)
  7.   Assembly Patterns (Chain, Component Driven, Pattern Driven)
  8.   Assembly Visualization and Analysis (Interference, Clearance)
  9.   SolidWorks Assembly Configurations
  10.   SolidWorks Motion/Animation
    Creating Production Drawings
  1.   Creating Drawing Templates and Title Block
  2.   Linking SolidWorks Custom properties
  3.   SolidWorks Drawing views (Orthographic, Projection, Auxiliary, Detail, Section, Alternate position)
  4.  Annotating SolidWorks views with dimensions, notes, symbols, GD&T
  5.  SolidWorks Bills of Material and BOM Balloons
  6.  Exporting SolidWorks to AutoCAD dwg/dxf
 
     SolidWorks F-16 Project (Creating F-16 Airplane in SolidWorks)

Cost:

Certified


          Safety Officer Training Course - Optimizer Middle East Accountants Management Consultants and Training , United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Deira         
This course prepares any individual wanting to pursue or shift to another career in EHS in the field of manufacturing, construction, oil & gas, petro-chemicals, logistics, airline industry etc.

The course gives a general overview of what do Safety Officers do in their chosen field of work. Also this course is a very good backbone for those wanting to take Safety Professional Certifications like OSHA, IOSH and NEBOSH.
 
WHO IS IT FOR?

This program is designed for those who want to have a working background and develop soft and technical skills as a Safety Officer or Safety Inspector.

Skilled Laborers/ Engineers who want certifications/ Nurses/ graduates of non-engineering courses/ or any one searching for better career opportunities or professional development.

PROGRAM CONTENT:

- how to be a safety officer/what is/who is a safety officer
- making a workplace risk assessment and environment impact mitigation
- making job-hazard analysis
- preparing legal documentation
- making safety audits and inspection
- emergency preparedness planning
- making inspection and audit reports
- preparing toolbox meetings
- preparing for internal and external (3rd party) audits
- 365 days of health and safety

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

1. To understand the roles and responsibilities of the employee-employer that each must perform to achieve
a safe, quality and efficient operation.

2. To coordinate activities of contractor, sub-contractors, visitors and clients working in any given organization.

3. To be able to identify hazards and mitigate or suggest solutions for risk management to lessen if not to totally
eliminate or prevent incident and accidents.

Cost:

Certified


          Microsoft Office - Highline Institute , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         

Knowledge is being constantly updated and so is technology. Computers have become the heart and soul of every professional's life. Gain a decisive edge in computer knowledge with our courses that are specially designed for professionals. 

  • Introduces the basic features of Microsoft Office, Windows basics, and file management. 
  • Develops familiarity with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, email, and Internet basics.

 At work or at home, Microsoft Office is an integral part of life!!! With the technological advance and transformation of education systems across the world. Excellence combines all these aspects to training that ensures sufficient support for different levels in MS Office as required by our customers. We have basic and advanced packages each covering MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Cost:

Certified


          Advanced SEO and SEM Course - AMC Institute , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
About SEO & SEM:

Although search engine optimization (SEO) is a part of search engine marketing, this topics is a very important segment of internet marketing, which is why this course is developed to explain you the essence of search engine optimization and how to use it to improve your online business. (copied)

Course Outline:
  • Introduction to  SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
  •      Understanding Search Engines
  •      Search Engine Friendly Site Design and Development
  •      Basics of Keyword Research
  •      Google Rankings
  •      Google Panda and Other Algorithm Updates
  •      Link Building
  •      Search Engine Tools and Services for Webmasters
  •      Steps to Optimize Your Website
  •      SEO Recommendations
 
  • Introduction to SEM (Search Engines Marketing)
  •      Google AdWords
  •      Google AdWords account
  •      Google AdWords Account Structure
  •      Keywords
  •      Bidding and budget
  •      Creating campaigns and ads
  •      Optimization of the campaign
  •      Campaign tracking
  •      Advertising with Bing / Yahoo! network
  •      Setting up SEM Strategy
  •      Analyzing the Efficiency of the SEM Strategy
What we provide:
  • Real-time Project oriented training
  • Experienced and Certified Trainer
  • Customized training materials
  • Recorded videos of complete training sessions
  • Certificate of Completion approved by Ministry of Education
Who should attend?
  • Fresh Graduates in Any Stream Business
  • Owners/Marketing Heads
  • Web Designers
  • Online Marketers
  • Professionals in their early Careers
  • Marketing Professionals

Why we are different:

We provide classroom training (face-to-face) with theory and practicals. Training material & recorded sessions of classroom videos for practice and free revision of course any time in our any future batch makes us different from other institutes.

Cost:

Certified


          Digital Marketing & Social Media Strategy - AMC Institute , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
Digital Marketing & Social Media Strategy:
Digital Marketing course can provide you with an introduction to key digital marketing specialism, from mobile marketing and social media marketing to Email marketing, PPC marketing and SEO. This Course is perfect for either digital or traditional marketers looking to validate their skills with a globally recognized certification. This Real-time training is delivered by high-caliber digital marketing experts equipped with the most up-to-date tools, trends, and practical insights within the industry.

What we provide:
  • Real-time Project oriented training
  • Experienced and Certified Trainer
  • Customized training materials
  • Recorded videos of complete training sessions
  • Certificate of Completion approved by Ministry of Education

Course Outline:
  • Website Planning & Development
  • Google Analytics
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Search Campaigns
  • Digital Display Campaigning
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook
  • Content Marketing
  • Email Marketing & Going Mobile
  • Tracking & Measuring ROI of Online Advertising

Why Digital Marketing?
  • Learn the concepts of Digital Marketing and its Potential.
  • Discover and understand the online marketing Tools and Tactics.
  • Understanding of SEO, SEM, Social Media, Lead Generation & Web Analytics.
  • Comprehensive Practical Training will give you exposure of various methods of Digital Marketing.
  • Start Using Techniques learned to boost your business & get ready to learn advanced concepts.
  • Helps you to enhance your skills and get lots of Job opportunities in Booming Industry.

Who should attend?
  • Fresh Graduates in Any Stream Business
  • Owners/Marketing Heads
  • Web Designers
  • Online Marketers
  • Professionals in their early Careers
  • Marketing Professionals

Why we are different:
We provide classroom training (face-to-face) with theory and practicals. Training material & recorded sessions of classroom videos for practice and free revision of course any time in our any future batch makes us different from other institutes.

Cost:

Certified


          Certified Public Accountant (CPA) - Evanson Training , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         

CPA(USA) - Certified Public Accountant

 
  • Stands for Certified Public Accountant  - A certification awarded by AICPA (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants)
  • Trusted financial advisor who helps individuals, businesses, and other organizations plan and reach their financial goals

All CPAs are accountants, but not all accountants are CPAs

 

To Become a CPA

 
  • 3 E's are required for licensure:
    • Education
    • Exam or Uniform CPA Examination
    • Experience
    • 55 states in US having their own criteria for licensure
    • State Boards of Accountancy determine the laws and rules for each state/jurisdiction

Evaluation (Internal & External Evaluation to determine eligibility for CPA)

Evaluation of educational documents for assessing the eligibility for CPA Exam is two folds;

  •  Internal Evaluation - Carried out by the NAIS internal evaluator
  •  External Evaluation - Documents are then sent to external evaluator in USA for final assessment;
    •  NASBA - National Association of State Board of Accountancy
    •  IERF - International Education Research Foundation
    •  FACS - Foreign Academics credentials service

This evaluation process normally takes 4 - 8 weeks.

Course of Study

  • Part-I              BEC (Business Environment & Concepts)   
  • Part-II             AUD (Auditing & Attestations)
  • Part-III            FAR (Financial Accounting & Reporting)
  • Part-IV           REG (Regulations & Taxation)

Every state has its own criteria but in general it requires at least a minimum of Bachelor's degree with Subjects in Accounting, Finance, Taxation, Cost & Management Accounting and Business courses.

  • 3/4 years B.Com 
  • 4 years Bachelor of Business Administration 
  • 2 years Master of Commerce (M.Com) 
  • 2 years Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Cost:

Certified


          VAT Training - Evanson Training , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         

Course Overview

The course examines the rules and regulations of VAT and clearly demonstrates the procedures and controls that should be in place to ensure VAT returns are submitted accurately and on time.
 
This seminar will give you a complete understanding of VAT, covering all the essentials topics and giving you the confidence to know if you are dealing with VAT correctly.
 
Key Learning Outcomes
Upon the successful completion of this course the participants should be able to:
 

  • Understand the concept of VAT and its impact on the economy
  • Understand the impact of VAT on the operational and the financial performance of the business
  • Differentiate various types of supplies with reference to VAT
  • Differentiate Input VAT and Output VAT
  • Categorize the supplies for VAT calculation
  • Understand the impact of VAT on the Imports and Exports to the member countries (gulf region) and non-member countries (rest of the world)
  • Prepare the invoices including VAT
  • Understand the VAT registration process and prepare required documents for VAT registration 
  • Understand VAT administration, fines and penalties related to VAT filing
  • Identify common errors in VAT calculation
AGENDA

VAT Concept
Concept and motive of VAT Input and Output VAT Supplies, Goods and Services Categories of supplies
Taxable Supplies Reduce rated Supplies Zero rated Supplies Exempt Supplies
Zero Rated Vs. Exempt

VAT and UAE
Reason behind VAT implementation Impact of VAT on UAE Economy Why VAT in UAE is different in UAE? Gulf VAT Framework

VAT Registration
Rules for VAT registration Rules for VAT De-registration VAT Calculation
When should VAT be accounted for? Calculating Input VAT (Sales, Services and Gifts) Calculating Output VAT (Purchases)

VAT Administration Filing VAT returns VAT Schemes
Timing for VAT Filing Substantial traders Claim for VAT Refunds VAT Penalties
Late payment/ submission penalties Error and penalties
Default interest rate

VAT On Imports/Exports Calculating output VAT on Imports Calculating input VAT on Export
(Member countries and non-member countries)

VAT Invoices and Records Layout of the VAT Invoice Charging VAT on Invoice price VAT invoices Record Keeping VAT Errors
Pre-registration input VAT Calculation Relief Calculation Valuation of Supplies

Target Audience:

  • Accounting  
  • Compliance 
  • Finance 
  • Commercial 
  • Treasury 
  • Sales 
  • Procurement 
  • And Logistics Department 

Key Take aways :

  • Update on current position and timeline for VAT introduction in the GCC 
  • Overview of the main VAT characterized and compliance requirements 
  • Specific issues for business operating across the region with an industry focus road map for VAT implementation - what  should businesses be doing now 

Cost:

Certified


          Digital Media - Evanson Training , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         

Learning Methodology:

Typically, delivery of the program will incorporate action centered, reflective and experiential learning approaches, including the following techniques to maximize and promote ownership of the learning process:

  • Facilitator led discussions
  • Case studies & samples of writing for evaluation
  • Practice writing exercises
  • Action planning activities
Day 1

  • Create and/or improve a strategy for measuring and improving digital media effectiveness
  • How do you know if your social media activities are effective?
  • How do you decide what metrics you should be monitoring?
  • How do you calculate those metrics?
  • How do you interpret the numbers once you have them?
  • Review current approaches and identify areas for improving performance
  • Commercial measures
  • Tactical measures
  • Brand measures
  • Combining measurements and social media optimisation
  • Actionable analytics for content marketing
  • Search engine optimization (SEO), pay per click (PPC) marketing including Google AdWords,
  • LinkedIn Ads and Facebook Ads
  • SEM For Beginners
  • Pay Per Click Advertising Tips & Tactics
  • What Are the Differences Between Google AdWords and Facebook Ads?
  • Google AdWords: Paid Search
  • Facebook Ads: Paid Social
  • The Strengths and Advantages of Google AdWords
  • The Strengths and Advantages of Facebook Ads
  • Google AdWords and Facebook Ads: Which Should You Be Using?

Day 2 

  • Social media including Facebook, Twitter, blogging, etc.
  • The Difference Between Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Google+, YouTube, & Pinterest
  • Tools to Utilize: Facebook for Marketing
  • Tools to Utilize: Twitter for Marketing
  • Tools to Utilize: LinkedIn for Marketing
  • Tools to Utilize: Google+ for Marketing
  • Tools to Utilize: YouTube for Marketing
  • Tools to Utilize: Pinterest for Marketing
  • Online advertising including ad networks and behavioral targeting
  • What made behaviour targeting possible?
  • What are exact information that are tracked?
  • What data is used to select the relevance of Highly productive anonymous visitor profile?
  • Three main benefits from behaviour Targeting
  • Privacy Concern
  • Site content and copy
  • Content marketing
  • Content without copywriting is a waste of good content
  • Copywriting without content is a waste of good copy
 
  • Digital Marketing Strategy and Planning
  • 5 Steps to a Powerful Digital Marketing Strategy
  • How to Write a Digital Marketing Plan?
This course is for anyone (marketers, managers and individuals) who wants to understand the key elements of building an effective digital marketing campaign. Covering best practice and using case studies throughout, the session offers a practical guide to the core techniques in digital marketing. 

Cost:

Certified


          IT Diploma Training - Vision Institute , United Arab Emirates, Ajman         

International Diploma in IT Skills is divided into two levels: Foundation and Standard. The Foundation Level is mainly designed for students, employees and trainees who wish to develop their practical IT skills and those who wish to receive recognition for basic IT competence they may already possess such as using word processing programs, managing files and Internet skills.

The candidate who successfully completes the tests is awarded the International Diploma in IT Skills at the level he/she attended the training for.

Applications

Application 1: Introduction to IT
This application is designed to introduce the candidate to the basic commands regarding the use of PC, its peripherals and the Internet, as well as to transmit the importance of IT in all aspects of our daily life.

 Application 2: Using the Computer and Managing Files
This application is designed to build on the computing and file management skills acquired at Foundation level.
The candidate should possess the skills and knowledge required to understand and perform standard operations on a computer, including the ability to use and control a mouse.

 Application 3: Word Processing
This application is designed to build on the word processing skills acquired at Foundation level. The candidate should possess the skills and knowledge required to understand and perform everyday uses of a word processing package to display information in both electronic and paper form.

 Application 4: Spreadsheets
This application is designed to build on the spreadsheet skills acquired at Foundation level. The candidate should possess the skills and knowledge required to understand and perform everyday uses of a spreadsheet package to create a spreadsheet, arrange data and make simple calculations.

Application 5: Databases
This application is designed to build on the database skills acquired at Foundation level. The candidate should possess the skills and knowledge required to understand and perform everyday uses of a database package to build a simple database and create simple queries and reports from an existing database.

Application 6: Electronic Communication
This application is designed to build on the electronic communication knowledge acquired at Foundation level.
The candidate should understand what is meant by electronic communication and possess knowledge of the principles involved in obtaining information from network information services.

Application 7: Presentations
This application is designed to build on the presentation software skills acquired at Foundation level. The candidate should possess the skills and knowledge required to understand and perform everyday uses of a presentation package to display information in electronic form for presentation and in paper form for handouts.

Cost:

Certified


          C , C++ Training - Vision Institute , United Arab Emirates, Ajman         
C/C++
C is a programming language originally developed for developing the Unix operating system. It is a low-level and powerful language, but it lacks many modern and useful constructs. C++ is a newer language, based on C, that adds many more modern programming language features that make it easier to program than C. Basically, C++ maintains all aspects of the C language, while providing new features to programmers that make it easier to write useful and sophisticated programs. For example, C++ makes it easier to manage memory and adds several features to allow "object-oriented" programming and "generic" programming. Basically, it makes it easier for programmers to stop thinking about the nitty-gritty details of how the machine works and think about the problems they are trying to solve. C++ is a powerful general-purpose programming language. It can be used to create small programs or large applications. It can be used to make CGI scripts or console-only DOS programs. C++ allows you to create programs to do almost anything you need to do.
C++ makes it easier to manage memory and adds several features to allow "object-oriented" programming and "generic" programming.
VISUAL BASIC
This tutorial is geared to teach individuals who are brand new to Visual Basic 2008 and want to create their first program in the language. The tutorial will cover proper naming styles, transferring information to a label, creating the code to execute the program on a button click, creating shortcuts, commenting, managing the tab order, and exiting an application. Visual Basic (VB) is a very powerful language, that makes creating programs quick and simple. VB has a GUI interface that allows the user to drag and drop tools that they want to use, such as a textbox, or label. A major advantage is that this saves a lot of time, in C++ or other languages you would need to hard code a date-time picker, yet VB provides that for you with customizable options and presents it in a pleasant way. Another great feature is that VB recognizes where you have placed other items and can automatically align your next item with previous ones.

Cost:

Certified


          Negotiating Skills - Quintessential 4 Media , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         

Learning Outcomes

The one-day course will cover:

- your values and how they impact on your negotiations

- understanding the nature of the gap between you and the other party

- what does win:win really mean?

- preparing for a negotiation

  • know yourself and your preferred negotiation style 
  • being clear about your aims, setting objectives 
  • finding out as much as you can about the other party's needs and aspirations 
  • developing a strategy for success 
  • framing 

- conducting a negotiation

  • establishing a productive environment 
  • your negotiating team and their roles 
  • opening a negotiation 
  • five top tips for negotiators 
  • recognising and dealing with 'underhand' tactics and manipulation 
  • finding imaginative solutions rather than beating the other party into the ground 

- skills you will need

  • assertiveness - how to be assertive, but not aggressive, in negotiations 
  • questioning skills 
  • listening skills 
  • summarising and synthesising skills 

Prerequisites

Good level of English. Attendance is limited to 10 participants per session to permit the maximum interaction and

practical experience.


Group Class - AED 1500 / participant

Private - AED 2800 / participant

Cost:

Discount: Discounted Price: 1350 AED

Next Session:

Duration: 1 Day

Certified


          Communication Skills - Quintessential 4 Media , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         

Course Outline

+ INTRODUCTION

a. Brain and stimulus receiver relationship

b. Requirements for effective communication results and rules for successful interactions

+ COMMUNICATION PROCESS

a. Prepare the message, match the message and deliver the message

b. Barriers to communication

+ LISTENING SKILLS

a. Active Listening Skills

b. Providing feedback for clarication

c. Five levels of listening

d. Playback technique - checking for understanding

e. Dealing with negative feedback

f. Questioning techniques / the power of questioning

+ NON-VERBAL COMMUNICATION

a. Apply the right body language at the right time

+ PRESENTATION SKILLS

a. Setting objectives

b. Structuring Your Presentation: The Beginning, the Middle & the End

c. Generation of Ideas for Your Presentation

d. Exercises to build confidence and warm up your voice

e. Creating an immediate impression

f. The final touches

g. The Use of Questions in Presentations

h. Use effective and appropriate visual aids

+ PERSONAL ACTION PLAN


Group Class - AED 1500 / participant

Private - AED 2800 / participant

Cost:

Discount: Discounted Price: 1350 AED

Next Session:

Duration: 1 Day

Certified


          Time Management and Organization - Quintessential 4 Media , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         

You seem to spend your days stressed, disorganised or frustrated at the "lack" of time you encounter. Intensive and time-effcient, this course will give you practical and applicable tools and skills to help you be more organised, focused and productive in the workplace. Whilst not being able to "make" more time, you will be shown how to use  the time available eciently. If you use these skills well, you will be able to function effectively, even under intense pressure. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon course completion, participants will be able to:

Identify the way the you currently use your time

Appropriate workplace behavior

Functions of Organizational Behavior

Crystallise your personal life vision, goals and objectives

Describe the difference between urgent and important tasks

Prioritise your tasks

Apply a range of time management techniques to your life

Examine how technology can help you manage your time


Diagnostic clinic 

  • Consequences of ineffective time management 
  • Identify what runs your life 
  • Your time management style 
  • Time Management style quiz 
  • Describe what is working and what is not 

Sharpen your focus

  • Clarify your personal and professional vision 
  • Sharpening your focus - goals and objectives 


Planning for performance

  • Urgent or important? 
  • Covey's time management matrix 
  • Prioritising 
  • Time and your energy levels 
  • Breaking tasks down 
  • Planning - getting things scheduled 
  • Yearly planner 
  • Weekly planner 
  • Defrag your diary 

Living your plan

  • Learning to say 'No' 
  • When you have to say 'Yes' 
  • Managing interruptions 
  • Successful delegation 
  • Goldmine your minutes 
  • Running eective meetings 
  • How to handle paperwork 
  • Technology as tool or terror 
  • How to use email eectively 

Planning into action


Group Class - AED 1500 / participant

Private - AED 2800 / participant

Cost:

Discount: Discounted Price: 1350 AED

Next Session:

Duration: 2 Days

Certified


          Mandarin Language - Quintessential 4 Media , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         

Our Mandarin language training course will improve your business and personal relations and will help you to participate more actively and with increased condence in meetings, discussions and negotiations held in  Mandarin. It will also provide you with more awareness of Mandarin speaking cultures and improve your  cross-cultural competence. 

Knowing Mandarin is greatly benecial in several career elds. China is the world's most populous country, with over 1.38 billion people, and the second-largest country by land area. Learning Mandaring will open up more  opportunities to work, live, communicate, and understand a country that will continue to play an important role in  the world's future. 

We provide the best course materials designed by experts' suggestions. Our Training comprises of: 

+ Introduction to the Structure of the Language in contrast to other Languages 

+ Mandarin Grammar

+ Construction of basic sentences.

+ Learning numbers from 0 to 10,000

+ Talking about your job

+ At a hotel, airport restaurant, coee shop, food and drinks

+ Training on Mandaring Vocabulary and Pronunciation

+ Asking questions and polite requests

+ Learning the days of the week,greetings, colours etc

+ Developing the listening and speaking skills in Mandarin + Conversation lessons and group interaction in

Mandarin + Reading and writing Mandarin

+ Neutralizing language interference.

+ International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) opinions, interaction, professional long turns,

+ Interacting in social and professional situations


Group Class - AED 1500 / participant

Private - AED 4200 / participant

Cost:

Certified


          Japanese Language - Quintessential 4 Media , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         

Our Japanese language training course will improve your business and personal relations and will help you to participate more actively and with increased condence in meetings, discussions and negotiations held in  Japanese . It will also provide you with more awareness of Japanese speaking cultures and improve your  cross-cultural competence. 

Japan is a prosperous country and has the most diverse economy in Asia. The leading Japanese companies are among the largest, most eciently run, and most well-known rms in the world. 

We provide the best course materials designed by experts' suggestions. Our Training comprises of: 

+ Introduction to the Structure of the Language in contrast to English 

+ Training on Japanese Vocabulary and Pronunciation

+ Construction of basic sentences

+ Learning numbers from 0 to 10,000

+ Japanese Grammar

+ Asking questions and polite requests

+ Learning the days of the week,greetings, colours etc

+ Developing the listening and speaking skills in Japanese

+ Conversation lessons and group interaction in Japanese

+ Reading and writing Japanese

+ Neutralizing language interference

+ International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA)


Group Class - AED 1500 / participant

Private - AED 4200 / participant

Cost:

Certified


          Digital Marketing and Metrics - S P Jain Global School of Management , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
Comprehensive 10 month, part time (weekend based) professional program with autonomous SP Jain School of Global Management certificate. Aims at bridging the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical application of digital marketing. Combines in-class learning with mentorship training by industry experts. Practice based, designed to develop modern marketing, hands-on & market ready specialists, able to apply digital media technologies and strategies.

Comprising of 4 tracks (buyer persona & customer journey, website & paid media, lead nurturing & owned media, analytics & evaluation), allows to explore, learn and develop major tools and channels of digital marketing. Adds valuable skills & knowledge, that will help you to succeed.

Targeted to working professionals, willing to grow within their organization, future SME owners, and digital marketing enthusiasts. Digital Marketing and Metrics Program will teach them how to do the digital marketing: boost website traffic, generate potential leads & increase sales revenue with better brand awareness.

Cost:

Certified


          ERP SAP MM Implementation Course - AMC Institute , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
About SAP MM:
SAP Material Management is part of logistics area and helps to manage the procurement activity of an organisation from procurement. SAP MM training credits individuals with the ability to execute all material management tasks with ease. Candidates get equipped with functionalities pertaining to Vendor Selection and Comparison of Quotations; Purchase Order Follow-up and Invoice Verification. It works closely with other SAP modules towards effective process work.

What we provide:
  • Real-time Project oriented training
  • Experienced and Certified Trainer
  • Customized training materials
  • Recorded videos of complete training sessions
  • Certificate of Completion approved by Ministry of Education

SAP MM is one of the highly demanded & highly paid Module of SAP in the world.

Appearance Criteria:
SAP Material Management is essential to run an inventory small enough to save space and time yet large enough to keep production rolling at all times. This course is valuable to anyone who wants to build a career as an SAP Functional Consultant or SAP Functional Analyst in Materials and Manufacturing. Students who want to take this course should have basic understanding of business processes.

Why we are different:
We provide classroom training (face-to-face) with theory and practicals. Training material & recorded sessions of classroom videos for practice and free revision of course any time in our any future batch makes us different from other institutes.
 

Cost:

Certified


          Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) (ISC2) - Aja dwc , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
The vendor-neutral CISSP certification is the ideal credential for those with proven deep technical and managerial competence, skills, experience, and credibility to design, engineer, implement, and manage their overall information security program to protect organizations from growing sophisticated attacks.

Outline:

1 - Information Systems Access Control
Data Access
Principles System Access and
Authentication Penetration Tests

2 - Security Architecture and Design
Security Models
Security Modes
System Assurance

3 - Network and Telecommunications Security
Data Network Design
Remote Data Access
Data Network Security
Data Network Management

4 - Information Security Management Goals
Organizational Security
The Application of Security Concepts

5 - Information Security Classification and Program Development
Information Classification
Security Program Development

6 - Risk Management and Ethics
Risk Management
Ethics

7 - Software Development Security
Software Configuration Management
Software Controls
Database System Security

8 - Cryptography
Ciphers and Cryptography
Symmetric-Key Cryptography
Asymmetric-Key Cryptography
Hashing and Message Digests
Email, Internet, and Wireless Security
Cryptographic Weaknesses

9 - Physical Security
Physical Access Control
Physical Access Monitoring
Physical Security Methods
Facilities Security

10 - Operations Security
Operations Security Control
Operations Security Auditing and Monitoring
Operational Threats and Violations

11 - Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning
Business Continuity Plan Fundamentals
Business Continuity Plan Implementation
Disaster Recovery Plan Fundamentals
Disaster Recovery Plan Implementation

12 - Legal, Regulations, Compliance, and Investigations
Computer Crime Laws and Regulations
Computer Crime Incident Response

Cost:

Certified


          Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) - Aja dwc , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         

CEH is the world's most advanced certified ethical hacking course that covers 18 of the most current security domains any individual will ever want to know when they are planning to beef-up the information security posture of their organization. The accredited course provides the advanced hacking tools and techniques used by hackers and information security professionals.

Course Outline:

  1. Introduction to ethical hacking
  2. Foot printing and reconnaissance
  3. Scanning networks
  4. Enumeration
  5. Sniffing
  6. System hacking
  7. Malware threats
  8. Social engineering
  9. Denial of service
  10. Session hijacking
  11. Hacking web applications
  12. SQL injection
  13. Hacking wireless networks
  14. Hacking web servers
  15. Hacking mobile platforms
  16. Evading IDS, Firewalls, and Honeypot
  17. Cloud computing
  18. Cryptography

Course Objectives:

Exposure to threat vectors and counter measures

Addresses emerging areas of cloud and mobile hacking

Prepares you to combat Trojans, malware, backdoors and more

Enables you to hack using mobile

Cost:

Certified


          Course on 3DS Max - Rolla Computer and Management Training , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         

The 3ds Max training courses provides a thorough introduction to 3ds Max software that will help new users make the most of this sophisticated application as well as broaden the horizon of existing self- taught users. The practices in this training course are geared towards real-world tasks encountered by the primary users of 3ds Max: Professional in Architectural, Interior Design, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Production Design Industries.

Objective of the Course:

3ds Max is a robust and powerful program that can be challenging to learn. This Course provides thorough introduction to 3ds Max that will new users make the most the sophisticated application as well as broaden the horizon of existing self- taught users.

Who Should Attend:

The practices in this course are geared towards real-world tasks encountered by the primary users of  3ds Max: Professional in Architectural, Interior Design, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Production Design Industries.

Prerequisites:

It is recommended that delegates have a working knowledge of one or more of the following:

  • Drafting design or engineering principles
  • Experience with 3D Modeling is recommended
  • Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows 7 or  Microsoft Windows 8

Structure of the Course:  

  • Introduction
  • Interface -  About Menu Bar, Main toolbar, windows, Grid, Attributes, Command Panel, Shoe Ribbon, Time Line, User coordinate system ,Gizmo (x,y,z)
  • Views - Top, Bottom, Frond, Left, Perspective,  Camera, Layout Setting
  • Modeling: Polygon Modeling - Standard Primitives, Extended Primitives, Compound Object, (Morph, Scatter, Conform, Connect, Shape Merge, Boolean, Pro Boolean, ProCutter, loft, Blob Mesh, Terrain, Masher), Particle System, NURBS Surface, Path Grid, Dynamic Objects, AEC Extended, Stair, Door, Window, Railing, Spacing tool Etc.
  • Shapes - Spline modeling- Line, Rectangle, Circle, Ellipse, Arc, Donut, Njon, Star, Text, Helix, Section, Donut
  • Hierarchy Center Point Setting.
  • Modify List - Bend, Displace, Edit Patch, FFd 2x2x2, FFD 3x3x3, FFD 4x4x4, Melt, Mesh Smooth, Mirror, Noise, Relax, Ripple, Skew, Slice, Spherify, Squeeze, Stretch, Symmetry, Taper, Twist,Lattice, Turbo Smooth, Face Extrude, Map Scaler, Subdivide, Wave, Shell, Lathe, Cloth, Edit mesh, UVW Map, Wind, Gravity Etc..
  • TexturingAnisotropic, Blinn, Metal, Multi-Layer, Oren-Nayar-Blinn, Phong, Strauss, Translucent Shade, Gradient, Material, Unwrap UVW, Raytrace, Bitmap, Architectural Etc.
  • Importing from Photoshop to 3ds max,
  • Importing from AutoCAD Drawing File
  • Motion - Biped (Walk, Run, Jump)
  • AnimationObject Animation, Camera Animation Walk Through, Cloth Animation, Attach Constraint, Surface Constraint, Path Constraint, Position Constraint, Link constraint, Look at constraint, Orientation Constraint
  • Lighting - Standard,Photometric
  • RenderingRender setting, key frame setting.
  • Exterior & Interior DesigningLiving Room, Bed Room, Kitchen, Sit Out, Dining room Etc., LCD Monitor, Table Lamp, Ceiling Fan, Table Fan Etc.
  • Project work 

Cost:

Certified


          Object Oriented Programming with C++ - Rolla Computer and Management Training , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         

1.      Introduction to Object oriented programming

         Languages- Low Level, Middle Level, High Level

         Procedural and Non-Procedural Languages

          Object oriented and Event driven Programming

         Difference between Object Oriented and Conventional Languages.

2.      Programming Structure

         Including Header files

         Code Blocks, and Function oriented structure,

         Flow of Coding-  Sequential, Conditional, Iteration, Jumping

3.      Defining Variables

         Kinds of Variables & its Use -Public, Private, Constant

         Naming and initiating the Variables

         Size of Variables- Signed, Unsigned.

         Keywords

4.      Assigning Variables & Printing commands

        Assignment Operator

         Basic input Output Commands- Cin, Cout

         Escape Sequences

5.      Programming Constructs

Sequential

             String Functions
             Strcpy( ) , Strrev( ), Gets( ) , Puts( )
             I/O Function
             Printf( ), Scanf( ), Getc( ), Putc( ), Getch( )
             Standard Library Function

    Conditional

               If Statements
               Case tools

      Looping Constructs

                 For Loop
                 While Loop
                 Do While

        Function

                   Call by Value
                   Call by Reference

          6.      Pointers & Array
                   Assigning Pointers using single and multidimensional arrays
                   Using pointers for arrays
                   Pointer to a Function

          7.      Structure and Union
           
                Defining user defined Data types
                Accessing different file formats using Structure defining Union

          8.      Defining Object

          What is Object?

                     Abstract Data
                     Data Encapsulation methods

            Defining an Object

                       Initiating the Variables using Constructor
                       Destructor function
                       Scope resolution operator

              9.      Function and Operator Overloading
                       Overloading Different functions to the Operator and Function.

              10.  Inheritance and polymorphism of Object
                       Using Existing Classes in new application
                       Code Reusability Technique.

              Cost:

              Certified


                        Windows 10 - Aja dwc , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
              Course Outline
              Course 20697-2B: Deploying and Managing Windows 10 Using Enterprise Services
              • Module 1: Managing Desktops and Devices in an Enterprise Environment
              • Module 2: Deploying Windows 10 Enterprise Desktops
              • Module 3: Managing User Profiles and User State Virtualization
              • Module 4: Managing Desktop and Application Settings by Using Group Policy
              • Module 5: Managing Windows 10 Sign-In and Identity
              • Module 6: Managing Data Access for Windows-based Devices
              • Module 7: Managing Remote Access SolutionsThis module explains how to configure a virtual private network (VPN) and DirectAccess in Windows 10. This
              • Module 8: Managing Windows 10 Devices by Using Enterprise Mobility Solutions
              • Module 9: Managing Desktop and Mobile Clients by Using Microsoft Intune
              • Module 10: Managing Updates and Endpoint Protection by Using Microsoft Intune
              • Module 11: Application and Resource Access by Using Microsoft Intune
              • Module 12: Configuring and Managing Client Hyper-V
              Course 20697-1C: Implementing and Managing Windows 10
              • Module 1: Overview of Windows 10 Module 2: Installing Windows 10
              • Module 3: Configuring Your Device
              • Module 4: Configuring Network Connectivity
              • Module 5: Managing Storage
              • Module 6: Managing Files and Printers
              • Module 7: Managing Apps in Windows 10
              • Module 8: Managing Data Security
              • Module 9: Managing Device Security
              • Module 10: Managing Network Security
              • Module 11: Troubleshooting and Recovery
              • Module 12: Maintaining Windows 10

              Cost:

              Certified


                        Microsoft Dynamics CRM - Aja dwc , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         

              Course Outline

              Course 80539A: Installation and Deployment in Microsoft Dynamics® CRM 2013

              • Module 1: System Requirement and Required Technologies
              • Module 2: Install Microsoft Dynamics CRM Server
              • Module 3: Install Microsoft Dynamics CRM Reporting Extensions
              • Module 4: Manage Microsoft Dynamics CRM with the Deployment Manager
              • Module 5: Upgrade to Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013t Dynamics CRM for Outlook.
              • Module 6: Email Management
              • Module 7: Microsoft Dynamics CRM for Microsoft Office Outlook
              • Module 8: Configure an Internet-Facing Deployment
              • Module 9: Maintain and Troubleshoot a Deployment
              • Module 10: High-Availability Options
              Course 80542A: Customization and Configuration in Microsoft Dynamics® CRM 2013

              • Module 1: Introduction to Customizing Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013
              • Module 2: Building a Security Model in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013
              • Module 3: Customizing Entities
              • Module 4: Customizing Fields
              • Module 5: Managing Relationships
              • Module 6: Customizing Forms
              • Module 7: Configuring Business Rules
              • Module 8: Customizing ViewsLessons
              • Module 9: Customizing Charts and Dashboards
              • Module 10: Additional Security Options
              Course 80545A: Customer Service in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013

              • Module 1: Introduction
              • Module 2: Cases
              • Module 3: Knowledge Base
              • Module 4: Queue Management
              • Module 5: ContractsMicrosoft Dynamics CRM provides many features that organizations can use to manage the services they provide to customers. This
              • Module 6: Analysis, Reports and Goals
              • Module 7: Service Scheduling
              Course 80546A: Sales Management in Microsoft Dynamics® CRM 2013

              • Module 1: Introduction to Sales Management
              • Module 2: Lead Management
              • Module 3: Working with Opportunity Records
              • Module 4: Working with the Product Catalog
              • Module 5: Sales Order Processing
              • Module 6: Metrics and Goals
              • Module 7: Sales Analysis
              This course is intended for implementation consultants, system integrators, or support professionals who need to install, deploy, customize, configure, manage customer service and Manage sales using Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013.

              Cost:

              Certified


                        Website Designing - Rolla Computer and Management Training , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
              Design your website using the latest technologies: multimedia, scripting & animation.
              Structure of the course:
              ADOBE PHOTOSHOP
              • Interface and Layout Setting
              •  Layers
              • Tools
              • Filters & Effects
              • Image Editing & Compression
              • Blending option
              • Creating Button and Text
              • Publish the image for Web 
              FLASH
              • Interface and Layout Setting
              • Tools
              • Motion Tween
              • Shape Tween
              • Masking
              • Motion Path Animation
              • Graphic, Button and Movie Clip
              • Adding Sound file
              • Basic Action Script
              • Publish your movie to web 
              HTML
              • Introduction
              • HTML Syntax
              • Primary Tags
              • Using Table
              • Image Importing and Links
              • Hyperlinks
              • Adding Background Sound
              • Publish your page in Browser 
              DREAM WEAVER
              • Interface and Page Properties
              • Code, Split and Design
              • Hyperlink, Email Link, Tables, Named Anchor, Div Commands etc.
              • Imports images, flash movie, and Videos.
              • Forms, Text Field, Text Area, Check Box, Radio Group, List/Menu, File Field and Button.
              • Basic Java Script.
              • Template Design using Tables.
              •  Publish your Page in Browser. 
              CSS STYLES
              • Introduction
              • CSS Rule-Class, Tag and ID
              • Change Property
              • Apply and Remove CSS Styles
              • Internal and External Style Sheet
              • Import External Style Sheet
              • Insert Div Tag Using CSS Rule
              • Template Design using CSS
              HOSTING YOUR WEBSITE

              Cost:

              Certified


                        Object Oriented Programming (OOPS) using C - Rolla Computer and Management Training , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
              Introduction to C
              • What is C?
              • Execution of C Program
              • History
              • Structure of C Program
              Variables and Keywords :
              • Character Set
              • Identifier
              • Variable
              • Keywords
              • Escape Sequence Characters
              Constants :             
              • Real Constant
              • Integer Constant
              • Character Constant
              • String Constant
              Data Types :          
              • Data Types
              • Qualifier
               Operators :         
              • Assignment Operator
              • Arithmetic Operators
              • Logical Operators
              • Relational Operators
              • Shorthand Operators
              • Unary Operators
              • Conditional / Ternary Operator
              • Bitwise Operators
              • Operator Precedence and Associativity
              Conditional Statements           
              • If Statement
              • If-Else Statement
              • Nested If-Else
              • Switch Case
              Looping Statements         
              • Looping / Iterative Statements
              • While
              • Do While
              • For Loop
              • Break Statement
              • Continue Statement
              Functions :        
              • Function call by passing value
              • Function call by returning value
              • Function call by passing and returning value
              • Recursion
              Array :       
              • Array
              • Single / One Dimensional Array
              • Two Dimensional Arrays
              String Manipulations (with/without Library Functions) :              
              • Strlen
              • Strcpy
              • Strcat
              • Strrev
              • Strcmp
              • Strcmpi
               Structure :
              • Structure
              • Array in Structures
              • Structure with Array
              • Difference between array and structure
              • Pointer
              Union :
              • Union
              • Difference between structure and union
              Header Files:
              • Dos.h
              • Ctype.h
              • Math.h
              • Process.h
              • String.h

              Cost:

              Certified


                        MS Office Classes - Vision Institute , United Arab Emirates, Ajman         

              Beginners Computer Course

              Beginners Computer Course offers training on how to work on computers for the beginners. After learning this course you can be easily operate the computers and daily office work like writing documents, accounting work, creating databases you can easily do. Now if you want to do office job then you have to learn basic courses. It is almost impossible that you can find the job without these much computer knowledge. These programs are commonly used in offices. Day to day office routine work is done with the help of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access.

              MS Office

              Office packages are bundles of programs that help you with daily 'Office' chores, such as writing documents, making extensive calculations, preparing presentations, maintaing database etc. Microsoft Office is a software suite that consists of different applications that complete these different activities. MS Office is by far the most widely recognized software suite in the world.Microsoft Office can be found in most office environments and a technical proficiency in this software is often required for employment.Step-by-step learning labs cover real world projects in Excel, Word, Access & Power Point.

              E Office

              An executive officer is generally a person responsible for running an organization, although the exact nature of the role varies depending on the organization.The application of modern technology advancements has brought a revolution and greater effectiveness in day to day working of the offices.Office packages are bundles of programs that help you with daily 'Office' chores, such as writing documents, making extensive calculations, preparing presentations, maintaining database etc. The course includes Excel, Word, Access, Power Point and Outlook.

              Cost:

              Certified


                        Dutch Language - Beginners Trio - Skyrocket Training , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
              An interactive class focused mainly conversation and communication using Dutch language in different situation to improve their grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.

              Who is this Course for?
              Students and professionals on Beginner's Level of Dutch Language.

              Course Overview:
              • Tenses, auxiliary verbs, short answers, social expressions
              • Present tense, simple or continuous, passive, sports, numbers and dates
              • Past tense, passive, art and literature, giving options
              • Modal verbs, obligation and permission, nationality words, request and offers
              • Future forms, weather, travelling around
              • Like, verb patterns, describing food, towns and people, signs and sounds
              • Present perfect active and passive, phrasal verbs, on the phone
              • Conditionals, time clauses, base and strong adjectives, making suggestions
              • Modal verbs, probability, character adjectives, so do I, neither do I
              • Present Perfect continuous, time expressions, compound nouns, quantity
              • Indirect Questions, question tags, the body, informal English
              • Reported Speech, reporting verbs, birth, marriage and death, saying sorry
              Benefits of this Course:
              • Learners can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization. 
              • Learners can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party 
              • Learners can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
              Guidelines:
              • No charges for registration.
              • Books and materials to be purchased separately by the student.
              • Full payment of the course is required within 15 days of first class. Payment is accepted by cash,credit card, cheques in favor of Skyrocket Training
              • Cancellation and/or reschedule requests must be received in writing by email or fax. You are responsible for ensuring that Skyrocket Training receives your written request. Skyrocket Training will reply with a written acknowledgement.
              • Client will not directly or indirectly recruit any trainer of Skyrocket Training therefore all transactions regarding the class/course should be made between the client and training coordinator only. 
              REFUND POLICY: If the student wishes not to continue, 50% is refundable within the 1st week. No refund after the 2nd week and credit voucher is given.

              Cost:

              Certified


                        MEWP Scissors & Boom Lift Operator - Mirdif Security and Safety Consultants-Tasneef Asset Integrity , United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Abu Dhabi         
              COURSE OUTLINE
              • Man Lift /Scissor lift/boom lift Safety Results in Accident Reduction.
              • Elimination of Workplace Injuries & Illnesses Where Possible.
              • Reduction of Workplace Injuries & Illnesses Where Possible.
              • Development of Efficient Elevated Work Safety Techniques
              COURSE OBJECTIVES
              • Accident Prevention. 
              • Discuss the Safety Requirements of Man Lift Operations.
              • Discuss Operator Safety Requirements. 
              • Discuss Refueling and Battery Charging Requirements. 
              • Discuss Energized Overhead Line Safety Requirements.
              • Discuss Personnel Protection Requirements.
              • Discuss Case Studies Where Accidents Have Occurred. 
              • Introduce Basic Concepts and Techniques of Electrical Safety Related Work Practices as They Relate to Lifts. 
              • Provide Awareness Electrical Safety Skills for Ground Personnel Working Near Lift Operations.

              Cost:

              Certified


                        Confined Space Entry Training - Mirdif Security and Safety Consultants-Tasneef Asset Integrity , United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Abu Dhabi         
              This course is intended to provide a general overview of the safety related work practices typically employed to provide a safe and healthful working environment for company employees, visitors and subcontractors regarding the control of hazardous energy. It provides training in the safe-work concepts and techniques required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to ensure workplace safety.
              This training helps improve safety, morale, productivity and employee well being.

              Cost:

              Certified


                        Basic Arabic - Svarna Training Institute , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         

              The UAE being cosmopolitan world hub, bilingual ability has become a watch word for all. With many nationalities converging and burgeoning growth opportunities in every sector, languages are becoming vehicle for forging robust business and personal relationships. Living in a new country and learning it language is the best tribute that we can give to its people and its culture. Our program aim is to make you proficient in these languages with correct guidance from accomplished.

              WHY DO I NEED THIS?

              • Are you in sales & marketing/customer service/ relationship management?
              • Do you lose out on opportunities due to lack of language proficiency.
              • Do you want to increase your social and professional circle.
              WHAT WILL THIS DO FOR ME?

              • This will provide assimilation with people from all walks of life
              • Will help gain strong acceptance in professional and personal spheres.
              • It will increase your efficiency & output in relationship management, which leads to better results.
              • These will help you muscle in your way in to the market and the social diaspora.

              Cost:

              Certified


                        IELTS Preparation - Svarna Training Institute , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
              PREPARATION FOR IELTS

              Preparing for The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) significantly increases your chance of getting the score you need and as co-creators of IELTS, no one is better placed than we are to help.Our IELTS preparation courses are specially designed to optimise your test potential.

              Svarna training institute offers IELTS preparation courses in intensive modes.

              • Grammar and how to use it in authentic situations
              • Speaking skills: pronunciation, fluency and appropriacy
              • Writing skills, both formal and informal
              • Reading and listening skills
              • Use of vocabulary
              • Techniques for answering exam questions
              • Practice exams and interviews
              WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
              People who want to study or work where English is used as the language of communication

              COURSE OUTCOME
              The course helps them to prepare for IELTS by discussing, practicing and analyzing each section of the test.

              Cost:

              Certified


                        Basic Spoken English - Svarna Training Institute , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         

              Communicative competence in English has become imperative for getting around anywhere in the world. It's an effective wedge for socialization process & for getting noticed and recognized in our professional & personal life. Our program is aimed at non native speakers who aim to neutralize accented English ,build every day vocabulary & learn smart phrases for everyday parlance.

              WHY DO I NEED THIS?

              • Do you face problems in your daily life in speaking English?
              • Do you lack confidence in conservation & communication skills?
              • Do you work at multi nationalities work place?
              WHAT WILL THIS DO FOR ME?

              • It will provide fluency accuracy in your daily conversation
              • It will help in you leverage your personality & allow for assimilation & acceptance
              • It will make robust your professional & personal communications at work place.

              Cost:

              Certified


                        Accounting Classes - Vision Institute , United Arab Emirates, Ajman         
              Manual Accounting
              You need to understand the operation of the underlying accounting entries for use in either a Manual or a Computerized Accounting System. You may have studied these principles in school and now need to bring your knowledge up to date. You may be using a computerized accounts package and find that you do not fully understand the postings that occur. Accounting is a language: a language that provides information about the financial position of an organization. When you study accounting you are essentially learning this specialized language. By learning this language you can communicate and understand the financial operations of any and all types of organizations. This is because the information required by most organizations is very similar and can be broken down into three main categories: Operating Information Financial Accounting Information Managerial Accounting Information

              Tally
              There are many accounting packages are available in the market, Tally remains the undisputed king of all financial accounting packages. Tally is capable of handling any kind of transaction you would need, whatever your business. In order to use tally, you neither need to learn new accounting methods nor should change your existing style of handling accounts. The information can be fed as well retrieved at random and all human errors can be corrected. A transaction in accounting terminology means transfer of money or money's worth from one party to another, for example sale of goods, purchase of furniture etc. are examples of transactions. Fundamentally there are two systems of transactions: Pre transaction and post transaction.Tally is a post transaction system. It follows the traditional methods of accounting, that is, the payment is first made on the basis of existing accounting methods (i.e., against a voucher or a cash bill) and that information is fed into the Tally. The simple fact that your existing system of accounting remains untouched by Tally is a big reason behind the success of this package.

              Peachtree
              Peachtree provides investment banking services on growth and smaller middle market transactions in the media and information industries. Capital Raise Peachtree has a substantial amount of experience helping media companies raise growth and acquisition financing from venture capital and private equity firms. Mergers and Acquisitions Peachtree maximizes value for sell side clients as well as strategic and financial buyers seeking add-on or platform acquisitions. Sales and Divestitures Peachtree maximizes value on the sale of properties or the divestiture of non-strategic assets through a controlled auction process. Valuations Peachtree has the ability to combine operational insight, market trends and technical analysis in determining thorough and well-documented valuations. Strategic Partner/Business Development. With unprecedented insight into end user needs, an ability to navigate niche markets and analyze revenue models, Peachtree is able to assist lower-middle market companies in developing strategic relationships in order to drive revenue growth.

              Cost:

              Certified


                        Certified Human Resource Management Professional (HRMP) - Infonet Institute , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         

              Employment Relationship Phases

              • The Acquisition Phase
              • The Maintenance Phase
              • The Termination Phase
              • The Research And Development Phase

              The Acquisition Phase

              • DISC Behaviour Assessment Tool
              • DISC Job Characteristics
              • Identification of Vacancy
              • Job Description
              • Job Advertisement
              • CV Screening Process
              • Short Listing
              • Great Interview Questions to Ask Potential Job Candidates
              • Interview Tips for Interviewer
              • Final Selection Round and Job Offer
              • Induction Process
              • Final Selection Round and Job Offer
              • Hiring and Induction Process
              • UAE Official Offer Letter
              • Limited and Unlimited Contract
              • End of Service Calculation
              • UAE Working Hours
              • UAE Overtime Pay Calculation
              • UAE Mandatory Personnel Record

              The Maintenance Phase

              • Employee Retention Strategies
              • Performance Appraisal
              • Training and Development
              • Compensation and Benefits

              The Termination Phase

              • Retirement
              • Resignation
              • Redundancy
              • Retrenchment
              • Dismissal

              The Research & Development Phase

              • Exit Interview
              • Employee Opinion Survey

              Cost:

              Certified


                        Pastry, Chocolate & Ice Cream - Richemont Masterbaker , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
              This Program exposes students to the diverse world of Swiss confectionery (cakes, cream cakes), ice creams and fine chocolate production. Although fast paced & compact, this program provides a complete introduction to Modern pastry making, Chocolate & Ice cream production and advanced pastry techniques and knowledge.

              Furthermore, if requested we can also provide a customized  course in chocolate making for a group of six or more.

              Cost:

              Certified


                        Bread and Baking Course - Richemont Masterbaker , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
              This Professional European Bread and Baking Program is for professional bakers who want to upgrade their baking knowledge. They will learn how to create special breads and understand the underlying science of making great breads.

              A focused 40 hour, hands on bakery program is pushed in one working week. It can be noted that a batch of only 16 students are taught in a week.Classes are from 9am to 5pm, Sunday to Thursday. Saturday and Friday is a weekly holiday.
              Courses can be made flexible in terms of duration. Please get in touch with our admin department for more information on course customization.

              The bakery program costs AED 5500 per student for a week, however, prices may differ if beginner course or due to promotions.

              Cost:

              Certified


                        Forklift Operator Training - Mirdif Security and Safety Consultants-Tasneef Asset Integrity , United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Abu Dhabi         
              This course is intended to provide a general overview of the forklift safety program and the operational concepts and safety related work practices typically employed regarding forklift operations safety. it provides training in the safe-work concepts and techniques typically required by the occupational safety and health administration (OSHA) to ensure employee safety regarding powered industrial trucks.
              To be company-certified as a powered industrial truck operator you must complete the forklift operations and driving safety training contained in module 2. also recommended for supervisors.
              Site-specific training: additionally, to be company-certified as a powered industrial truck operator you must also complete hands-on training on the vehicle models you will be operating in the course of your work and demonstrate the required level of proficiency in its operation.
              Course objective:
              • Understand safety regulations regarding forklift operation.  
              • Understand the hazards involved with forklifts.  
              • Be familiar with common forklift injury statistics.  
              • Be familiar with the overall forklift safety program.  
              • Understand the need for site planning and assessment.  
              • The critical dangers associated with forklift usage. 

              Cost:

              Certified


                        Infection Control - Bact Education , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         

              Infection Control 7.75 credit hours accredited by DHA

              It is designed to reduce and identify risks of transmitting and acquiring infections among healthcare professionals, visitors, patients and staff. It focuses on main infection control practices such as:

              - Disinfection
              - Sterilization
              - Chain of infection
              - Transmission-based precautions
              - MRSA
              - EBOLA
              - Waste management 
              - And so many others 

              Cost:

              Certified


                        ASP.NET Training - Vision Institute , United Arab Emirates, Ajman         
              ASP.NET is an open-source server-side web application framework designed for web development to produce dynamic web pages.

              VB.NET The Microsoft .NET Framework is a software framework that can be installed on computers running Microsoft Windows operating systems. It includes a large library of coded solutions to common programming problems and a virtual machine that manages the execution of programs written specifically for the framework. The .NET Framework is a Microsoft offering and is intended to be used by most new applications created for the Windows platform.

              PHP is an excellent alternative to such similar programming solutions as Microsoft's proprietary scripting engine ASP and Allaire's rather expensive ColdFusion. As mentioned before, PHP is a cross-platform language. This doesn't stop with the core PHP code but can be extended to all of PHP's libraries and all code written in PHP. Neither ASP nor ColdFusion can make this claim.

              Cost:

              Certified


                        JAVA Classes - Vision Institute , United Arab Emirates, Ajman         
              Java is an object-oriented programming language with a built-in application programming interface (API) that can handle graphics and user interfaces and that can be used to create applications or applets. Because of its rich set of API's, similar to Macintosh and Windows, and its platform independence, Java can also be thought of as a platform in itself. Java also has standard libraries for doing mathematics. Much of the syntax of Java is the same as C and C++. One major difference is that Java does not have pointers. However, the biggest difference is that you must write object oriented code in Java. Procedural pieces of code can only be embedded in objects. In the following we assume that the reader has some familiarity with a programming language. In particular, some familiarity with the syntax of C/C++ is useful. In Java we distinguish between applications, which are programs that perform the same functions as those written in other programming languages, and applets, which are programs that can be embedded in a Web page and accessed over the Internet. Our initial focus will be on writing applications. When a program is compiled, a byte code is produced that can be read and executed by any platform that can run Java.
               

              Cost:

              Certified


                        SAP MM (Material Management) Training - Rolla Computer and Management Training , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
              SAP Materials Management (MM) is a part of Logistics area which helps to manage the procurement activity of an organization. It supports all aspects of material management. It deals with managing the materials (products and or services) resources of an organization with the aim of accelerating productivity, reducing costs and increase improvement and at a similar time be versatile to accommodate changes in day to day life. It is the backbone of the Logistics area which incorporates modules like SD, PP and PM etc. Upon completion of this course you will be able to create, change and display purchasing documents, identify and use reporting and analysis tools and make settings in Material Management. We will make you fully Market-ready so that you can use your knowledge to directly work as a consultant at your workplace.

              Structure of the course:
              • Sap Overview and Introduction
              • Overview of Material Management and Enterprise
              • Master Data in Material Management
              • Procurement Process
              • Purchase Order
              • Goods Receipt
              • Invoice Verification
              • Stock Transfer
              • Subcontracting Process
              • Contracts & Scheduling Contracts
              • Physical Inventory Process
              • Price Determination Process in SAP
              • Split Valuation
              • Release Procedure for Purchasing Order
              • Automatic Account Determination

              Cost:

              Certified


                        SAP SD (Service and Distribution) Training - Rolla Computer and Management Training , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
              The SAP SD module is one of the primary ERP module developed by SAP. SAP service and distribution deals in better management of sales and customer distribution data and processes in organizations. It works closely with other SAP modules like FICO, MM and PP etc. towards effective process work. Our expert teachers focus on the fact that you get adequate training in order to build a strong base on SAP SD user. This will help you to integrate different processes within the job area. Upon completion of this course you will be able to track the sales and distribution and also record the required data. We at Rolla Academy make sure that each student makes the maximum from the course offered and is confident about solving real-time problems at the workplace.

              Structure of the course:
              • Module 1: Introduction- Learn about SAP and its Organizational Structure
              • Module 2: SAP SD Master Data (MD) - Learn to track transaction data regarding customer, material, price etc.
              • Module 3: SAP SD Basic Functions (BF) - Learn about all basic functions involved in this area.
              • Module 4: SAP SD Sales (SLS) - Learn to keep record of all the information regarding sales like product, customer and feedback details.
              • Module 5: SAP SD Shipping (SHP) - Learn about different methods of shipping and tracking.
              • Module 6: SAP SD Transportation (TBA) - Learn about different courier methods.
              • Module 7: SAP SD Foreign Trade (FTT) - Learn about foreign trade including both export and import.
              • Module 8: SAP SD Billing (BIL) - Learn how to keep a record of all billing information and also about different payment methods.
              • Module 9: SAP SD Sales Support (CAS) - Learn about dealing with customers and maintaining data related to them.

              Cost:

              Certified


                        SAP FICO (Financial Accounting) Training - Rolla Computer and Management Training , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
              SAP FICO stands for Financial Accounting (FI) and Controlling/Management Accounting (CO). SAP FI helps to analyze the financial conditions of a company in the market while SAP CO includes managing and configuring master data that covers cost and profit centers, internal orders, and other cost elements and functional areas. FI and CO are the core center module of the SAP ERP system. They are firmly integrated with other ERP modules such as Sales and Distribution (SD), Material Management (MM) and Human Resources Management etc.
              This course is extremely useful for professionals who aspire to learn the ropes of SAP FICO and implement it in practice. It is especially going to help you if you are mainly responsible for implementing Financial Accounting and Cost Accounting with SAP ERP Financials. SAP builds a strong technical support for your organization and our teachers make sure that you get adequate knowledge and training to draw maximum benefits from it. Our trainers also focus on the point that you gain fundamental knowledge and also learn required strategies and skills in the area of SAP Financial Accounting to clear SAP FICO Examination.

              Structure of the course:
              • Introduction to ERP
              • Introduction to SAP
              • SAP Organizational Structure
              • SAP FICOEnterprise Structure and Global Settings
              • General Ledger Accounting
              • Accounts Receivable
              • Accounts Payable
              • Asset Accounting
              • Controlling
              • Cost Element Accounting
              • Cost Center Accounting
              • Internal Order Accounting
              • Profit Center Accounting
              • Product Costing (MM, PP, FICO)
              • Profitability Analysis

              Cost:

              Certified


                        SAP HCM (Human Capital Management) - Rolla Computer and Management Training , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
              Human Capital Management allows organizations to see people as assets (human capital) whose current value can be measured and whose future value can be enhanced through investment. This course is a vital part of Human Resource (HR) as it teaches you the concepts of managing people after their recruitment. SAP HCM professionals are some of the most demanded professionals in today's corporate world. Our staff will start your training right from the scratch by familiarizing you with the basics of HCM modules. This course will help you to organize a structure HR process system in a work station. Our experienced staff will also train you how to maximize the recruitment process and adjust the new SAP developments within the existing process in a highly effective and efficient manner.  Upon completion of this course, you will be able to manage the workforce of your office with great expertise.

              Structure of the course:
              • Module 1: Organizational Management-Learn how to manage time and resources in an organization.
              • Module 2: Personnel Administration- Learn how to manage human resources in an organization starting from the recruitment of employees.
              • Module 3: E-Recruitment- Learn the automated web-based recruitment process which will help you while hiring people.
              • Module 4: Time Management-Learn how to plan, record and evaluate the effect of employees presence or absence in an organization. Also learn about attendance management, calculation of wages, log-in log-out reports etc.
              • Module 5: Payroll-Learn about the calculations of pay scale and compensations given to employees.
              • Module 6: ESS and MSS-Learn about Employee Self Service (ESS) and Management Self Service (MSS).
              • Module 7: Reporting-Learn how to prepare comprehensive and up-to-date information of the organization for the employees.

              Cost:

              Certified


                        Executive Secretarial Management Program - Rolla Computer and Management Training , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
              An executive secretary is the integral part of the workforce of any company and he/she needs to have certain skills in order to manage the flow of work in an office. We at Rolla Academy focus on the point that each company has different way of working and thus the executive secretary must have a wide range of skills and should be able to handle various situations strategically.  This course is designed to train you with all the basic skills required to run an office or an organization. Upon completion of this course you will be able to plan and organize meetings, meet the clients, make appointments and make reports. 

              Structure of the course:
              • Module 1: Introduction- Concept and importance of Executive Secretary
              • Module 2: Learning about Business Processes and Operations
              • Module 3: Strategies for managing the office and the boss
              • Module 4: Development of communication skills
              • Module 5: Do's and Don'ts of Organizing a business meeting
              • Module 6: Learning about making Spreadsheets, Databases and Presentations
              • Module 7: Email and diary management
              • Module 8: Writing Reports, Memoranda and Minutes of meetings

              Cost:

              Certified


                        Quickbooks Accounting - Rolla Computer and Management Training , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
              This course focuses on exploring the new features and options of QuickBooks through which you can set up your accounting company, keep the track of accounting and inventory transactions and can generate the final statement of the company easily. All the new features of QuickBooks are explained in this course.

              Structure of the course:

              Company information
              • Getting started
              • Introduction to QuickBooks
              • Create, modify, open, delete company
              • QuickBooks administrator and users
              Managing accounts
              • Account  types in QuickBooks
              • Adding and deleting accounts
              • Accounting reports
              • Registers of QuickBooks
              Transaction / general journals
              • General journals  entries
              • Accounting reports
              Introduction to lists
              • Types of items
              • Price level lists and QuickBooks items
              • Other names list and others
              Vendor center
              • Introduction to vendor center
              • New vendors
              • Purchase and order
              • Enter bills and vendors
              • Outstanding payment
              • Receiving inventory in QuickBooks
              • Inventory adjustments
              • Assembling productions
              Customer care
              • Introduction to customer center
              • New customers in QuickBooks
              • Sales order overview
              • Working with invoices
              • Sales receipts from customers
              • Statement charges and customers
              • Statement overview
              • Finance charges for customers
              • Customer payments in QuickBooks
              • Credit memos or sales returns
              • Time ticket for customers
              Banking transactions
              • Customer deposits
              • Transferring funds
              • Account reconciliation in QuickBooks
              Employee
              • Introduction to employee center
              • New employee and payroll options
              Features of QuickBooks
              • Planning and budgeting
              • Backup and restore, export and import
              • Remainders and alert managers
              • Memorized transaction in QuickBooks

              Cost:

              Certified


                        TALLY - Rolla Computer and Management Training , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
              This course teaches setting up and maintaining computerized financial accounting system using TALLY. Setting  up the company information, financial year and each account head for each ledger. This course starts from learning how to enter Vouchers to updating ledgers and generating reports like trail balance sheet etc.  It also teaches to maintain accounts of a single company and/or multiple companies.
               
              Structure of the course:

              Setting up
              • General ledger
              • Account
              • Payable /supplier /creditors
              • Stock/inventory
               
              Transactions
              • Journal vouchers
              • Payment  voucher
              • Receipt  voucher
              • Purchase
              • LPO
              • Sales order
              • Invoices
              • Payroll
              • Job costing
               
              Reports
              For customers
              • Statement of account
              • List of all customers with balance
              • Aging report of customers
              • Pay slip
              • Cash and bank details
              • Other  reports
              For vendors
              • Statement of account
              • List of customers with balance
              • Aging report of customers
               
              Inventory
              • List of stock items
              • List of recorder items
              • Report for physical stock checker
              • Transfer of material
              • Other reports
              General ledger
              • Statement of account
              • Trail balance
              • Income statement
              • Balance sheet
              • Cash flow report
              • Chart of accounts
              • Active interest calculations
               
              Additional features
              • Maintenance of separate fixed assert schedule linked with general ledger
              • Implementation of  user right of security
              • Backup and restore
              • Updating readymade chart of accounts for different nature of companies
              • Manufacturing details
              • Managing  Godown

              Cost:

              Certified


                        Peach tree - Rolla Computer and Management Training , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
              This course focuses on teaching the software Peachtree which helps the users to maintain small businesses. The course will start from the basics and will help students learn the billing and invoicing process, inventory management, security and analytics/reporting. After taking this course the students will be able to solve industry problems for a variety of business segments, including construction, distribution, manufacturing, nonprofit and accounting.

              Structure of the course:
              • Introduction to Peachtree
              • Integrating with Microsoft Excel, Outlook and Word
              • Creating company in Peachtree
              • Creating  Journal entries in Peachtree
              •  Creating  Inventories in Peachtree
              •  Creating  Vendors in Peachtree
              •  Creating  Customers In Peachtree
              • Setting out fundamental manufacturing systems
              • Creating  payroll in Peachtree
              •  Managing  a center in Peachtree
              • Creating  reconciliation and check printing

              Cost:

              Certified


                        Manual Accounting - Rolla Computer and Management Training , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         

              • Introduction to Accounting
              • Posting to Ledger Accounts
              • Getting started
              • Account Balances
              • Account Definitions
              • Summarizing Transactions
              • Branches of Accounting
              • Balances of Real, Personal & Nominal A/cs
              • Advantages of Financial Accounting
              • Generation of Trial Balance
              • Basic Accounting Concepts
              • Financial Statements
              • Introduction to Transactions
              • Ascertaining Profit or Loss
              • Principles of Accounting
              • Introduction to Trading & Profit & Loss
              • Basic Accounting Concepts
              • Generation Profit & Loss Account
              • Double & Single Entry Systems
              • Construction of Profit & Loss Account
              • Types of Accounts
              • Combined Trading & Profit & Loss Account
              • Groups in Accounting
              • Consideration of Individual Items
              • Accounting Steps or Functions
              • Manufacturing Account
              • Accounting Types & Rules
              • Balance Sheet - A Statement of Position
              • Recording Transactions
              • Characteristics of Balance Sheet
              • Introduction to Journals
              • Distinction between Revenue & Capital
              • Journalising & Journal Entries
              • Construction of Balance Sheet
              • Types of Journal Entries
              • Adjusting & Closing Entries
              • Discounts & Banking Transactions
              • Adjustments in Final Accounts
              • Opening Balances of Accounts
              • Closing Stock Entries
              • Return of Goods & Withdrawals
              • Prepaid & Outstanding Expenses
              • Classifying Transactions
              • Accrued & Unearned Incomes
              • Introduction to Ledgers
              • Depreciation, Bad Debt & Accidental Losses
              • Types of Ledgers
              • Interest on Capital & Drawings
              • Form of an Account
              • Summary of Accounts

              Cost:

              Certified


                        IELTS Preparation Coaching - Rolla Computer and Management Training , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
              Why I should take the test?
              IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is the test designed for individuals who want to study or work in countries where English is the mode of communication. It's the world's most popular English language test which is recognized by over 10,000 organizations in more than 140 countries.

              How will we help you prepare for the test?
              While preparing for IELTS exam it is important that you understand what the examiners expect and for that you need to have a clear idea about the test format. We have highly qualified and experienced teachers who will help you brush up your skills and also give you exam preparation tips. With the latest extensive study material, our teachers will guide you and help you to develop strategies for the test. Regular sample tests and respective feedback will help you learn time management during the test and also enhance your performance.

              Structure of the course:
              The test has four parts: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The test has two versions: IELTS Academic exam and IELTS General Training exam. We will be taking each section separately under this course and will focus on strengthening each section for every student. You will learn the following things under each category.

              Reading
              ·         Skim through the text while reading it thereby increasing your reading speed.
              ·         Scan the text for specific information.
              ·         Recognize the argument of the text and draw inferences from it.
              ·         Identify the text structure and write the summary.
              ·         Organize the ideas in paragraphs.

              Writing
              ·         Summarize and interpret the information presented in graphs, charts, tables, diagrams etc.
              ·         Write an essay in the formal format in response to a situation or argument.
              ·         Write a letter (personal or formal) based on the situation presented.

              Speaking
              ·         Introduce yourself and speak on personal topics like family, studies, interests etc.
              ·         Speak on the given topic and answer the related question.
              ·         Learn correct pronunciations, rhythms and stress.
              ·         Speak correctly and confidently on the spot.

              Listening
              ·         Learn general listening skills and finding out specific information.
              ·         Learn effective note-taking and note-making strategies.
              ·         Identify the opinion, attitude and main idea of the speakers.
               

              Cost:

              Certified


                        Business English Training Program - Rolla Computer and Management Training , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
              This program is designed for both experienced professionals who come from a wide range of corporate business environment and also the individuals who are in the early stage of their business careers or jobs. Our trainers are highly experienced and they understand the need of different businesses. So no matter on whichever language or experience level you are, we will give you skills and confidence to use your knowledge immediately and effectively.

              Who needs this Course?
              • HR Professionals
              • Sales and Marketing Professionals
              • Individuals studying business
              • MBA aspirants
              • Individuals in early stages of business or job
              • Non-native English speakers
              • Anyone who wants to improve his communication and writing skills.
              Structure of the course:
              • Module 1: Introduction and importance of communication skills in Business environment.
              • Module 2: Politeness in Business - Importance, structure, expressions and practical application.
              • Module 3: Grammar in communication.
              • Module 4: Writing professional emails, CVs and Resumes
              • Module5: Job interview - skills and etiquettes.
              • Module 6: Application of Business English in Customer Care
              • Module 7: Basics of Business writing
              • Module 8: How to say negative things in a positive way.
              • Module 9: Professional telephone etiquettes.

              Cost:

              Certified


                        Lifting Supervisors Safety Course (LSSC) - Mirdif Security and Safety Consultants-Tasneef Asset Integrity , United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Abu Dhabi         
              This course aims to train and familiarize the participants with their roles and responsibilities as a Lifting Supervisor, the legal requirements of lifting operations, and the preventive measures to be taken for all lifting operations to be carried out properly and safely.
               
              • Introduction
              • Hoisting and Rigging Hazards
              • Procedures and Precautions
              • Determining Load and Weights
              • Weights of Common Materials

              Cost:

              Certified


                        ITIL Training - Vision Institute , United Arab Emirates, Ajman         
              The ITIL abbreviation stands for IT Infrastructure Library. Originally, ITIL was developed by the Central Computer and Telecommunications Agency (CCTA) as a set of comprehensive and iter-related codes of practice. In IT community such code of good practice was / is very useful in terms of achieving the efficient support and delivery of high quality, cost effective IT services. CCTA, renamed the Office of Government Commerce (OGC) maintains the library and releases all updated related to ITIL. 

              Cost:

              Certified


                        Mind Mapping in Business - Excellence Training Centre , United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, JLT         
              Mind Mapping in Business
               
              Over the last few years mind mapping has been recognized by companies as an effective communication tool that improves brainstorming and collaboration sessions. By visualizing concepts and connections in a , people can follow conversations better and contribute more during meetings. Mind mapping is often seen as an alternative to traditional linear presentations such as PowerPoint or flip charts.
               
              Key Outcomes
               
              •   Be able to read and produce mind maps
              •   Know how to use mind maps to brainstorm, make decisions, solve problems, plan and prioritise, take and make notes, write reports and other documents,
              communicate information and deliver presentations
               
              What You Will Learn
              •   How to produce your own mind maps
              •   Brainstorm new ideas using mind maps
              •   Use mind maps to:
              •   – make decisions
              •   – organise your thoughts
              •   – take notes in meetings
              •   – make notes from printed material
              – present information
               
              Agenda
              •   Thinking About Thinking – The brain and radiant thinking
              •   Mind Mapping Technique – How to read and create mind maps
              •   Mind Maps At Work – Using mind maps to think, learn and communicate
              Practical Mapping – Make mind maps for your work
               
              1. Mind Mapping Technique
              During this session, you will learn how to read and produce mind maps. You will learn the technique to build a map from start to finish and explore how to enhance your map for memory and learning purposes. You will also learn how to do quick-think maps which will be of benefit in the work environment.
               
              2. Mind Maps at Work
              This session focuses on how to use mind maps to brainstorm new ideas, make decisions, plan and prioritise, solve problems, take notes in meetings, make notes from printed materials, prepare and present information. You will create several mind maps to enable you to practice your new skills.
               
              3. Practical Mapping
              This session gives you the opportunity to work on your own mind mapping project e.g., brainstorming new ideas, planning a project etc. You will create your own mind map(s) from materials e.g., reports, documents, books, newspapers and magazines, creative briefs, project briefs.
               

              Cost:

              Certified


                        CRISC - Aja dwc , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
              CRISC is the only certification that prepares and enables IT professionals for the unique challenges of  IT and enterprise risk management, and positions them to become strategic partners to the enterprise.

              CRISC Certification:   
              • Denotes a prestigious, lifelong symbol of knowledge and expertise as a risk professional
              • Increases your value to your organization as it seeks to manage IT risk 
              • Gives you a competitive advantage over peers when seeking job growth
              • Gives you access to ISACA's global community of knowledge and the most up-to-date thinking on IT risk management
              • Helps you achieve a high professional standard through ISACA's requirements for continuing education and ethical conduct

              Cost:

              Certified


                        CGEIT - Aja dwc , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
              CGEIT recognizes a wide range of professionals for their knowledge and application of enterprise IT governance principles and practices. As a CGEIT certified professional, you demonstrate that you are capable of bringing IT governance into an organization—that you grasp the complex subject holistically, and therefore, enhance value to the enterprise. 

              Cost:

              Certified


                        Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) - Aja dwc , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
              The uniquely management-focused CISM certification promotes international security practices and recognizes the individual who manages, designs, and oversees and assesses an enterprise's information security.
              CISM Certification:
              • Demonstrates your understanding of the relationship between an information security program and broader business goals and objectives
              • Distinguishes you as having not only information security expertise, but also knowledge and experience in the development and management of an information security program
              • Puts you in an elite peer network
              • Is considered essential to ongoing education, career progression and value delivery to enterprises.

              Cost:

              Certified


                        Managing Multiple Tasks, Priorities & Deadlines - PetroKnowledge , United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Abu Dhabi         

              Are you under pressure from an ever-growing task list, conflicting demands and constantly changing priorities? Productive working practices are valuable skills in today's work environment. Competition is intense and companies need people who can organise their time effectively, collaborate with others to achieve goals, and who constantly strive to better meet customer and stakeholder needs.

              This Task Management training course will support you to develop practices and techniques to manage this pressure proactively, allowing you to meet deadlines and deliver against your objectives. You will also develop skills in working well with others to ensure success.

              This training course will feature:

              • Managing assigned tasks effectively
              • Evaluating and establishing priorities to meet crucial deadlines
              • Effective planning and project management techniques
              • Task leadership and collaboration skills
              • Influencing and stakeholder management skills

              This PetroKnowledge course is designed for persons who desire to learn practical management techniques that will assist them in tasks, establishing priorities and meeting deadlines for work and projects.

              Cost:

              Certified


                        Global Procurement and Supply Chain - PetroKnowledge , United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Abu Dhabi         

              Maintaining best practice in procurement and supply chain management is a core requirement for those operating in the global oil and gas industry. Supplier/operator relationships are now so very crucial since the drop in oil prices is causing real monetary concern across the industry. It is now vital that the procurement and supply chain functions collaborates its efforts and expertise to cope with the complexity of the present operating environment. Procurement and supply chain management are being relied upon to make a difference to the depressed market and are under constant pressure to make dynamic and meaningful contributions to the bottom line operating costs and capital expenditure.


              This innovative training course will assist delegates to reassess their organization's procurement and supply chain strategies beyond short term cost cutting.  It will focus on real time issues to counteract the downturn and think differently about global procurement. This PetroKnowledge training course has been designed to provide delegates with practical approaches for transforming their organization's procurement team to become more competitive and resilient.

              This PetroKnowledge training course is suitable to a wide range of professionals but will greatly benefit:

              • Procurement Professionals 
              • Supply Chain Professionals 
              • Tender or Bidding Managers 
              • Contract Administrators 
              • Contracting Unit Supervisors 
              • Project Engineers and Project Managers

              Cost:

              Certified


                        SAP FICO with VAT Training - Vision Institute , United Arab Emirates, Ajman         

              Learn SAP-FICO with VAT (Value Added Tax) 1st Time in UAE

              Career Alert for Accountants in United Arab Emirates

              Learn SAP-FICO with VAT (Value Added Tax) 1st time in UAE along with Free Software Installation in your Laptop.

              Prepare yourself for UAE VAT 2018. Join our SAP-FICO Training with VAT.

              Benefit of Our Training.

              • Basic Implementation Level + End User Level Training.
              • 144 Lectures with 30 Credit Hours.
              • Free Study Material & Blue Print of SAP-FICO Configuration.
              • Real Time Business Scenarios.
              • Interview Preparations.
              • Fast Track Training.
              • Flexible Timings.
              • Certificate from Ministry of Education UAE.
              Learn from Experts Accounting Professional and Consultants having more than 8 years of experience in Accounting, Finance and trainings.

              Cost:

              Certified


                        Project Strategy in Oil & Gas - PetroKnowledge , United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Abu Dhabi         

              Today, large projects in the oil and gas industry face daunting challenges as they become increasingly complex, innovative and technologically demanding.  Project decision and strategy making allows the determination of the basic long-term goals and objectives of an enterprise.  It is more and more important that the correct project selection is made, that the benefits are clearly set out and understood at the outset and that the project is planned appropriately to support good delivery.

              "If you will begin with certainties, you shall end in doubts, but if you will content to begin with doubts, you shall end in almost certainties"

              -- Francis Bacon

              Making good, solid project decisions is extremely important task for organisations, but not an easy thing to do. This PetroKnowledge training course offers an insight into decision-making procedures in a step-by-step manner.  It presents decision-analysis, using different decision criteria, different types of information, and information of varying quality. It covers the analysis of decision alternatives and choices, as well as the goals and objectives that guide decision-making.   We will take time to cover the key issues related to a decision-maker's preferences regarding alternatives, criteria for choice, and choice modes, together with relevant risk assessment tools.   All key information that will make delivering projects in the oil and gas industry more successful, from the viability of a project to recognising how to measure it with emphasis on timely delivery, cost benefit and value addition, will be discussed.

              Key areas covered include:

              • Project Sanctioning and approval Process (PSAP)
              • Understand structural and systematic aspects of project planning and execution used on Oil and Gas projects
              • Identify with and understand reasons for project failures and successes (using examples)
              • Comprehend how project success is identified and measured
              • Gain familiarisation with project financing methods & Financial modelling   
              • Understanding the need for continual decision-making through the project life cycle

              This training course will highlight:

              • The need to undertake Front End Design & Survey in an Oil & Gas environment
              • How to establish the key requirements necessary to support Oil& Gas project approval
              • How Oil & Gas organisations ascertain the strategic fit and relevant options for project delivery
              • Appropriate decision-making tools & techniques that have been tried and tested
              • The importance of behavioural skills in a highly technical environment

              This PetroKnowledge training course is suitable to a wide range of professionals but will greatly benefit:

              • Project Management Professionals 
              • Senior Management Decision Makers 
              • Commercial Management 
              • Financial Management 
              • Senior business services professionals who hold responsibility for projects and costs in client and contracting companies

              Cost:

              Certified


                        The Competent Supervisor - PetroKnowledge , United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Abu Dhabi         

              This training course has been specifically designed to develop the competency of supervisory personnel in the oil and gas sectors by equipping them with the knowledge, skills and understanding to achieve Supervisory Excellence in this critical, high hazard industry.  It has long been recognized that the Supervisory level is the leverage that ensures that management decisions are acted on.

              On this Supervisory training course you will learn about utilising management and leadership techniques to problem solve day-to-day problems and workforce issues, pro-actively delegate, provide clear communication and direction, effectively develop yourself and others, control your team, your work environment; as well as create a climate and culture for improved safety.  This course is essential development for supervisors operating and working in the oil and gas industry.

              This training course will feature:

              • The unique and important role of the supervisor for organizational success and development
              • Practical analysis of risks, creative problem solving techniques to provide effective decisions
              • Powerful motivation and delegating skills to control teams
              • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills techniques, as well as lead meetings and team briefs
              • Developing people, coaching skills and increasing team performance
              • Methods in achieving the safety culture and target zero

              This PetroKnowledge training course is suitable to a wide range of professionals but will greatly benefit the following individuals who belong in the Oil, Gas & Petrochemicals Industry:

              • New & Experienced Supervisors 
              • Team Leaders & Line Managers 
              • Projects & Process Engineers & Managers 
              • Senior Engineers

              Cost:

              Certified


                        SQL Server - Aja dwc , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         

              MCSA SQL Server 2012

              • Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012
              • Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases
              • Implementing a Data Warehouse with Microsoft SQL Server 2012
              MCSE Data Platform

              • Developing Microsoft SQL Server Databases
              • Designing Database Solutions for Microsoft SQL Server
              MCSE Business Intelligence

              • Implementing Data Models and Reports with Microsoft SQL Server
              • Designing Business Intelligence Solutions with Microsoft SQL Server

              Cost:

              Certified


                        Office 365 - Aja dwc , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         

              MCSA Office 365

              • Managing Office 365 Identities and Requirements
              • Enabling Office 365 Services
              MCSE Communication

              • Core Solutions of Microsoft Lync Server 2013
              • Enterprise Voice & Online Services with Microsoft Lync Server 2013
              MCSE Messaging

              • Core Solutions of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013Advanced Solutions of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013

              Cost:

              Certified


                        Windows Server - Aja dwc , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         

              MCSA Windows Server 2012

              • Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012
              • Administering Windows Server 2012
              • Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services
              MCSE Server Infrastructure
              • Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure
              • Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure
              MCSE Private Cloud
              • Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud with System Center 2012
              • Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud with System Center 2012

              Cost:

              Certified


                        JBoss Certified Application Administrator (JBCAA) - Aja dwc , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
              JBCAA is a certification that focuses on managing the JBoss Enterprise Application Platform. To achieve the JBCAA certification the student must pass EX248, a four-hour hands-on lab exam. There is no prerequisite for the exam, but Red Hat recommends preparing for the exam by taking course JB248, a four-day course in JBoss application administration.

              Cost:

              Certified


                        Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA) - Aja dwc , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
              Self-titled "the capstone certificate", RHCA is the most complete certificate in the program, adding an enterprise-level focus.
              There are concentrations inside the RHCA:
              • Datacenter: skills with tasks common in an on-premise datacenter
              • Cloud: skills with tasks common to cloud infrastructure
              • Devops: skills and knowledge in technologies and practices that can accelerate the process of moving applications and updates from development through the build and test processes and on to production
              • Application Development: skills in enterprise application development, integration, and architecture
              • Application Platform: skills with tasks common for building and managing tools and applications

              Cost:

              Certified


                        Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) - Aja dwc , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
              An RHCE is capable of RHCSA tasks plus the following:
              • Configuring static routes, packet filtering, and network address translation
              • Setting kernel runtime parameters
              • Configuring an Internet Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI) initiator
              • Producing and delivering reports on system utilization
              • Using shell scripting to automate system maintenance tasks
              • Configuring system logging, including remote logging
              • Configuring a system to provide networking services, including HTTP/HTTPS, File Transfer Protocol (FTP), network file system (NFS), server message block (SMB), Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP), secure shell (SSH) and Network Time Protocol (NTP)

              Cost:

              Certified


                        Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) - Aja dwc , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
              A Red Hat® Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) is able to perform the following tasks:
              • Understand and use essential tools for handling files, directories, command-line environments, and documentation
              • Operate running systems, including booting into different run levels, identifying processes, starting and stopping virtual machines, and controlling services
              • Configure local storage using partitions and logical volumes
              • Create and configure file systems and file system attributes, such as permissions, encryption, access control lists, and network file systems
              • Deploy, configure, and maintain systems, including software installation, update, and core services
              • Manage users and groups, including use of a centralized directory for authentication
              • Manage security, including basic firewall and SELinux configuration

              Cost:

              Certified


                        Red Hat Certified Virtualization Administrator (RHCVA) - Aja dwc , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         

              An RHCVA is capable of the following tasks:

              • Installing Red Hat Virtualization Manager
              • Creating data centers, clusters, pools, and templates in Red Hat Virtualization Manager
              • Installing and configuring Red Hat Virtualization hypervisors to support Linux® and manage them using Red Hat Virtualization Manager
              • Performing essential management tasks
              All in-lab with high end hardware and professional instructors

               

              Cost:

              Certified


                        Mind Mapping Worshop - Kids - Excellence Training Centre , United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, JLT         
              Mind mapping workshop for kids (Tony Buzan Method)
               
              Mind Mapping is the shortcut to success that puts kids one step (and sometimes miles!) ahead.
               
              Mind Mapping is a breakthrough system of planning and note-taking that cuts homework time in half and makes schoolwork fun.
               
              Mind Maps for Kids is based on Tony Buzan's method specially for a younger audience, suitable for ages 7 to 14 and Tony Buzan's method has proved that Mind Maps are the magic formula in the classroom: remembering facts and figures all over the world for the past thirty years
               
              In Mind Maps for Kids, Tony Buzan method explains this amazing system using step-by-step examples in every subject across the curriculum. He shows just how easy Mind Mapping is and how it can help kids to
               
              remember things and concentrate better
              make clearer and better notes
              revise and ace exams!
              come up with ideas and unlock the imagination
              save time
               
              Introduction to Mind Mapping
              Mind mapping is a visual form of note taking that offers an overview of a topic and its complex information, allowing students to comprehend, create new ideas and build connections. Through the use of colors, images and words, mind mapping encourages students to begin with a central idea and expand outward to more in-depth sub-topics.
               
              Definition of a Mind Map
              A mind map is a visual representation of hierarchical information that includes a central idea surrounded by connected branches of associated topics.
               
              Benefits of Mind Maps

                 Help students brainstorm and explore any idea, concept, or problem
                 Facilitate better understanding of relationships and connections between ideas and concepts
                 Make it easy to communicate new ideas and thought processes
                 Allow students to easily recall information
                 Help students take notes and plan tasks
                 Make it easy to organize ideas and concepts
               

              Cost:

              Certified


                        Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) - Aja dwc , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
              The CISA designation is a globally recognized certification for IS audit control, assurance and security professionals. Being CISA-certified showcases your audit experience, skills and knowledge, and demonstrates you are capable to assess vulnerabilities, report on compliance and institute controls within the enterprise.

              Why Employers Hire CISAs:

              With a growing demand for individuals possessing IS audit, control and security skills, CISA has become a preferred certification program by individuals and organizations around the world.
              CISA employees:
              • Are highly qualified, experienced professionals
              • Provide the enterprise with a certification for IT assurance that is recognized by multinational clients, lending credibility to the enterprise
              • Are excellent indicators of proficiency in technology controls
              • Demonstrate competence in five domains, including standards and practices; organization and management; processes; integrity, confidentiality and availability; and software development, acquisition and maintenance
              • Demonstrate a commitment to providing the enterprise with trust in and value from your information systems
              • Maintain ongoing professional development for successful on-the-job performance 

              Cost:

              Certified


                        Project Management Professional (PMP) - Aja dwc , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
              The Project Management Professional (PMP)® is the most important industry-recognized certification for project managers.

              You can find PMPs leading projects in nearly every country and, unlike other certifications that focus on a particular geography or domain, the PMP® is truly global. As a PMP, you can work in virtually any industry, with any methodology and in any location.

              The PMP can also provide a significant advantage when it comes to salary and earning potential. Among survey respondents to PMI's Earning Power Salary Survey, those with a PMP certification garner a higher salary (20% higher on average) than those without a PMP certification.

              Employers benefit as well. When more than one-third of their project managers are PMP-certified, organizations complete more of their projects on time, on budget and meeting original goals. (Pulse of the Profession® study, PMI, 2015.)

              The PMP signifies that you speak and understand the global language of project management and connects you to a community of professionals, organizations and experts worldwide. Become a PMP and become a project hero.

              Cost:

              Certified


                        Cisco Cybersecurity Essentials - Aja dwc , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         

              Cybersecurity Essentials course develops foundational understanding of cybersecurity and how it relates to information and network security. The course introduces students to characteristics of cyber crime, security principles, technologies, and procedures to defend networks. Through interactive, multimedia content, lab activities, and multi-industry case studies, students build technical and professional skills to pursue careers in cybersecurity.

              • Learn procedures to implement data confidentiality, integrity, availability and security controls on networks, servers and applications.
              • Understand security principles and how to develop security policies that comply with cybersecurity laws.
              • Apply skills through practice, using labs and Cisco Packet Tracer activities.
              • Get immediate feedback on your work through built-in quizzes and tests.
              • Connect with the global Cisco Networking Academy community.

              Cost:

              Certified


                        Cisco Introduction to Cybersecurity - Aja dwc , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         

              Introduction to Cybersecurity course explores the broad topic of cybersecurity in a way that matters to you. Learn how to protect your personal data and privacy online and in social media, and why more and more IT jobs require cybersecurity awareness and understanding.

              • Learn what cybersecurity is and what it means for you personally and professionally.
              • Learn how to be safe online by understanding the most common threats, attacks and vulnerabilities.
              • Find out how businesses protect their operations from cyber attacks and why jobs are growing.
              • Study at your own pace and reinforce your understanding with activities and quizzes.
              • Connect with the global Cisco Networking Academy community.

              Cost:

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                        Cisco Mobility Fundamentals - Aja dwc , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         

              Mobility Fundamentals is a series of modules that builds on concepts presented in IT Essentials and the first two CCNA Routing and Switching courses. Course modules are 1.5 hours each and cover a variety of mobile and wireless topics such as technologies, standards, and setting up a simple home network.

              • Learn about mobile and wireless concepts, technology, standards, security, and applications.
              • Learn about wireless local area network (LAN) design and configuration best practices.
              • Gain troubleshooting expertise.
              • Practice what you learn using both real equipment and Cisco Packet Tracer, a network configuration simulation tool.
              • Connect with the global Cisco Networking Academy community.

              Cost:

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                        Cisco Packet Tracer Know How - Aja dwc , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         

              Cisco Official Course Curriculum in Packet Tracer Know How helps new users become familiar with the network configuration simulation tool before they need to use it in courses.

              Points covered are:

              • Learn to navigate the main user interface
              • Understand the difference between logical and physical views
              • Build a simple network topology
              All in-lab with high end hardware and professional instructors.

              Cost:

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                        Cisco Networking Essentials - Aja dwc , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
              Networking Essentials covers basic networking concepts within the context of the networks you encounter every day. In this 70-hour course, students will develop hands-on networking skills and understand the role networks play in our lives.
              • Learn how to plan and install a network using real equipment and connect it to the Internet.
              • Practice verifying and troubleshooting network and Internet connectivity.
              • Learn how to recognize and mitigate security threats to a home network.
              • Configure common Internet applications, set up sharing between computers, and configure basic IP services.
              • Get immediate feedback on your work through built-in quizzes and tests.
              • Connect with the global Cisco Networking Academy community.

              Cost:

              Certified


                        CCNA Security - Aja dwc , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
              CCNA Security prepares you to design, implement, and support security for networked devices. The course builds on the first 2 CCNA Routing & Switching courses and prepares you for Cisco Security certification. Add a security specialty to your CCNA networking skills and expand your career opportunities.
              • Develop a working knowledge of network security principles, tools, and configurations.
              • Study with an instructor in the classroom and access expert content online anytime.
              • Practice what you learn using both real equipment and Cisco Packet Tracer, a network configuration simulation tool.
              • Get immediate feedback on your work through built-in quizzes and tests.
              • Prepare for the workplace with collaborative projects and presentations.
              • Connect with the global Cisco Networking Academy community.

              Cost:

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                        CCNP SP Operations - Aja dwc , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
              CCNP Routing and Switching builds on the CCNA curriculum with in-depth study of advanced routing and switching for converged voice, video, and data enterprise networks. The CCNP Routing and Switching curriculum consists of three 70-hour courses: ROUTE, SWITCH, and TSHOOT.
              • Develop an in-depth understanding and theoretical knowledge of advanced routing and switching.
              • Study with an instructor in the classroom and access expert content online anytime.
              • Practice what you learn using real equipment, and get immediate feedback on your work through quizzes and tests.
              • Prepare for the workplace with collaborative projects and presentations.
              • Connect with the global Cisco Networking Academy community.

              Cost:

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                        CCNA Routing and Switching - Aja dwc , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
              The CCNA Routing and Switching curriculum is a gateway to entry-level networking jobs and IT careers. The curriculum consists of 4, 70-hour courses: Introduction to Networks, Routing and Switching Essentials, Scaling Networks, and Connecting Networks. The first 2 courses prepare you for the Cisco CCENT certification exam or to study CCNA Security. All 4 courses are recommended before taking the Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching certification exam.
              • Develop a working knowledge of routing, switching, network applications, protocols, and services.
              • Study with an instructor in the classroom and access expert content online anytime.
              • Practice what you learn on both real equipment and Cisco Packet Tracer, a network configuration simulation tool.
              • Get immediate feedback on your work through built-in quizzes and tests.
              • Prepare for the workplace with collaborative projects and presentations.
              • Connect with the global Cisco Networking Academy community.

              Cost:

              Certified


                        Lead Scada Security Manager - Optimizer Middle East Accountants Management Consultants and Training , United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Deira         

              This five-day intensive course enables participants to develop the necessary expertise to plan, design, and implement an effective program to protect SCADA systems. Participants will be able to understand common Industrial Control System (ICS) threats, vulnerabilities, and risks related to ICS systems and how they can be managed. This training focuses on a mix of knowledge and skills related to SCADA/ICS security.

              The course has been designed by industry experts with in-depth experience in SCADA and Industrial Control Systems Security. Unlike other certifications, this course focuses specifically on the knowledge and skills needed by a professional looking to advise on, or manage risks related to SCADA environments and systems. Given the high profile nature, and the significant impacts associated with such environments, a holistic professional approach to security is needed and that is exactly what this course is designed to provide.

              In addition to presenting the theoretical knowledge needed by a Lead SCADA Security Manager, a comprehensive methodology for the implementation is presented. Thus, at the end of this course, participants will gain knowledge on how to effectively implement a security program for SCADA/ ICS systems.

              Cost:

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                        VAT Training - Vision Institute , United Arab Emirates, Ajman         

              This course is designed for non-VAT professionals who are involved in making key commercial, real-world business decisions that have a VAT consequence. This course is designed to give accounting, finance, sales and purchasing departments and logistics professionals a comprehensive overview of the VAT system.

              The course examines the rules and regulations of VAT and clearly demonstrates the procedures and controls that should be in place to ensure VAT returns are submitted accurately and on time.

              This course is our most comprehensive VAT training course on offer and covers a wide range of VAT topics. Better trained staff makes better decisions which result in minimized VAT costs, more accurate VAT returns and reducing VAT penalties for errors. Many VAT decisions are taken without knowing so, and their impact can often be overlooked. With comprehensive VAT training and online VAT tools on-demand, staff will become more confident and make better VAT decisions.

              Cost:

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                        Risk in Financial Services - Nasdaq Dubai , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
              About the Course
              Successfully managing risk is a fundamental requirement for any effective business. In financial services it is a critical component. Part of the responsibility for the credit crisis is widely attributed to a poor understanding of risk.
              The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) Risk in Financial Services qualification is a comprehensive global introduction to all the major risk areas in financial services. It provides a sound grounding in the principles of the risk management framework and corporate governance and risk oversight. It covers specific techniques used in identifying, reducing and managing operational risk, credit risk, market risk, investment risk, liquidity risk and model risk.
              The objective of the examination is to ensure that candidates have a broad understanding of the general principles of risk in business, the key risks that arise within the financial services industry, the influence of corporate governance, regulation and codes of conduct, and the approaches that are typically used to identify, reduce and manage specific aspects of risk.
              Key Benefits 
              • Covers all key risks in financial services - operational, credit, market, investment and liquidity
              • Globally portable - addresses international issues, reflecting the needs of a worldwide market
              • Addresses techniques used to identify, reduce and manage specific aspects of risk
              • Free CISI student membership - become associated with a chartered professional body and
              • take advantage of an extensive range of benefits
              • Flexible study options - take it as a stand-alone qualification or combined with other units to achieve the full Certificate in Risk in Financial Services or Investment Operations Certificate (IOC)
              • ACSI designatory letters
              What you will learn | Course Outline
              • Principles of Risk Management
              • International Risk Regulation
              • Operational Risk
              • Credit Risk
              • Market Risk
              • Investment Risk
              • Liquidity Risk
              • Corporate Governance and Risk Oversight
              • Model Risk
              • Risk Oversight and Corporate Governance
              • Enterprise Risk Management (ERM)
              Course Fee Includes:
              • 32 hours instructor-led training
              • Training slide pack
              • Lunch and beverages
              • Participation certificate
              Exam Registration Fee:GBP 325 / person (Exam & Workbook £295.00+£30.00 CISI registration for new students)
              Includes:
              • One exam sitting
              • Workbook in PDF format
              • Access to Revision Express elearning product unless otherwise indicated.

              Cost:

              Discount: 25% Discount Available

              Next Session:

              Duration: 5 Day

              Certified


                        International Certificate in Wealth & Investment Management - Nasdaq Dubai , United Arab Emirates, Dubai         
              ABOUT THE COURSE
              The International Certificate in Wealth & Investment Management (ICWIM) qualification is designed for wealth managers and financial advisors in order to help them understand the range of assets and investment products that are available in the market. It equips them with the best practices to provide financial advice and appropriate solutions for clients' investments, retirement and protection planning.

              WHO SHOULD ATTEND | TARGET AUDIENCE
              The qualification is appropriate for people working or aspiring to work in private banking, financial advisory and wealth management roles.

              KEY BENEFITS | ICWIM
              • Global recognition
              • ACSI designatory letters
              • Requires no previous qualifications
              • Demonstrates to clients a high level of competence amongst staff
              • Test centers available across the world
              • Exam can be taken any time of the year
              • Free CISI Student membership
              • Provides a sound foundation for those who wish to further develop their abilities by undertaking the CISI's Masters Program in Wealth Management
              WHAT YOU WILL LEARN | COURSE OUTLINE
              • The Financial Services Industry
              • Industry Regulation
              • Asset Classes
              • Collective Statements
              • Fiduciary Relationship
              • Investment Analysis
              • Investment Management
              • Lifetime Financial Provision
              COURSE FEE INCLUDES: 
              • 32 hours instructor-led training
              • Training slide pack
              • Lunch and beverages
              • Participation certificate
              • Free access to Tadawul's elearning portal 
              EXAM REGISTRATION FEE: GBP 325 / person  (Exam & Workbook £295.00+£30.00 CISI registration for new students)Includes: 
              • One exam sitting
              • Workbook in PDF format and ebook (where applicable)
              • Access to Revision Express elearning product unless otherwise indicated.

              Cost:

              Discount: 25% Discount Available

              Next Session:

              Duration: 5 Days

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                        Executive Secretary Training - Vision Institute , United Arab Emirates, Ajman         

              SECRETARIAL PRACTICE

              'Secretarial Practice' in VISION includes imparting knowledge, skills, procedure and methods of work to be performed by a Private Secretary. Persons with Secretarial Skills find employment in all types of offices e.g., govt., public or private etc. The application of modern technology advancements has brought a revolution and greater effectiveness in day to day working of the offices. Due to this, procedures have become more streamlined and office work has become more interesting and challenging. Course contents are,

              1. Windows
              2. MS Word
              3. MS Excel
              4. MS PowerPoint
              5. Internet
              6. Office Correspondence (Letters, Emails)
              7. Filing
              8. Office Etiquette

              Cost:

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                        3D Max Training - Vision Institute , United Arab Emirates, Ajman         
              '3D MAx' in VISION offers training to create rich and complex design visualization and generate realistic characters for a top-selling game. Bring 3D effects to the big screen. Autodesk 3ds Max supports 3D modeling, animation, and rendering software helps design visualization professionals, game developers, and visual effects artists maximize their productivity by streamlining the process of working with complex scenes. Common tasks and operations-selection, material assignment, transform, grouping, cloning, and many more-are now significantly faster, making 3ds Max the most streamlined version of the software ever.

              Cost:

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                        Graphic Design (Photoshop, Illustrator, In-Design) - Vision Institute , United Arab Emirates, Ajman         

              Graphic Designing

              'Graphic Designing' in Vision offers visual solutions to the communication needs of clients, using a mix of creative skills and commercial awareness. Designers need imaginative flair, awareness of current fashions in the visual arts, working knowledge of the latest computer packages and an understanding of material costs and time limits, all of which can impact on the design.

              Flash

              'Flash' in VISION offers vector graphic development program that allows you to develop powerful and interactive graphics and web based content. Flash can be used to develop content of various levels, from basic animated drawings to interactive web sites.

              Photoshop

              'Photoshop' in VISION offers a standard training in graphic design for web use, print layout, and more. Recognized world-wide as the industry-standard, Photoshop offers one of the most robust graphics editing experiences available. Learn tips and tricks, cool effects, and how to use the Photoshop tools more effectively.

              Illustrator

              'Illustrator' in VISION offers a comprehensive vector graphics environment with new transparency in gradients and multiple artboards that invite you to explore more efficient ways to design. Illustrator provides results in the typesetting and logo graphic areas of design.

              Cost:

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                        ICDL (International Computer Driving License) - Vision Institute , United Arab Emirates, Ajman         
              European Computer Driving License (ECDL) also known as International Computer Driving License (ICDL) is a computer literacy certification program provided by the ECDL Foundation, a non for profit organization.

              The ECDL / ICDL certification is a globally recognized Information and Communication Technology and digital literacy certification. According to ECDL Foundation, the ECDL / ICDL certification is recognized and supported by governments, computer societies (BCS), international organizations and commercial corporations. 

              To achieve an ECDL / ICDL certification, the Candidate must successfully pass a test in all seven modules. 

              1. Concepts of Information Technology 
              2. Using the Computer & Managing files 
              3. Word Processing 
              4. Spreadsheets 
              5. Database 
              6. Presentation 
              7. Information & Communication 


               

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                        Customer Service: Delivering Customer Service - Optimizer Middle East Accountants Management Consultants and Training , United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Deira         
              Customer Service is one of the largest, popular and rewarding job functions in the world and is an essential part of all business. Effective customer service very often can define an organization and plays a key role in its success or lack of it. Our comprehensive and updated customer service training program equips the participants with all the essential skills and competencies, to become a high performing Customer service professional.

              Cost:

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                        Cross Culture Intelligence and Communication - Optimizer Middle East Accountants Management Consultants and Training , United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Deira         

              Cross culture intelligence is one skill all globalized work places require. With advances in travel and communication, the average office is globalized and comprises of individuals from varied cultures and countries. Organizations operate across different countries with diverse staff with diverse cultural back grounds. In order to work effectively as a team, and achieve business objectives, diverse staff need to understand each other in terms of culture and communicate effectively. Our comprehensive and updated Cross cultural training course equips the 21st century managers and executives with the necessary skills and competencies to work in a diverse multicultural work place and an international destination like UAE.

              Topics Covered

              • Defining Culture, identify the major constituent factors in defining a particular culture including norms, customs, values and beliefs.
              • Defining Cross cultural intelligence, awareness, communication and sensitivity and the need for it from a personal and professional point of view
              • Concept of Cross cultural intelligence and Communication and its role and importance from a personal and professional point of view
              • The Iceberg Concept of culture- Fallacy of Stereotyping people
              • Concept of culture shock, the common contributors to it, and primary coping strategies
              • Understanding Lewis model for cross cultural analysis and its role as an analytical tool in defining behavior, International communication, Management, Business functions across countries.
              • Steps and strategies in establishing rapport and building trust in a multicultural work place
              • Practical Cross cultural communication- concept of high context and low context cultures and how communication is affected.
              • Interpretation and usage of Verbal skills, Body language and Active listening for effective cross cultural communication
              • Preparing yourself for an international and diverse work place. Techniques and factors to consider.
              • Building trust, rapport and cooperation between staff in a culturally diverse workplace.
              • Who is this training for:
              • All prospective and current managers, executives who operates in multicultural office and business environment.
              • All managers and executives, frequently travelling to various international destinations with specific business objectives.
              Objectives

              • Understand the role and importance Cross culture intelligence, sensitivity and communication in a globalized work place.
              • Understand and define cross cultural sensitivity, awareness, intelligence and communication and its implications in global business and work place.
              • Understand the need for and learn techniques to foster trust, rapport and cooperation at work place through cultural understanding
              • Understand various cross cultural models including Lewis and Hofstede models and its practical usage.
              • Identify the various styles of verbal and nonverbal communication across cultures, and its significance from a social and business point of view along with techniques to overcome the communication barriers, arising out of cultural differences.

              Cost:

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                        Advance Business Presentation - Optimizer Middle East Accountants Management Consultants and Training , United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Deira         

              A well done presentation is a visual as well as aural treat, at the same it has the capacity to educate and influence the decision making capacity and perception of the audience. Whether you are new comer or a seasoned presenter, our Advanced Business Presentations course helps you to deliver effective, result oriented presentation optimized for intended message and demanded action.

              Course Outcome

              • Participants to identify their strength and weaknesses in presentation skills and creating visual aids
              • To understand and practice the step by step process involved towards making an effective and interactive business presentation along with visual aids
              • Equip the trainees, with a level of competence where he/she can analyze the facts involved in a given idea/concept, arrange points logically and make a presentation about it for a reasonable duration; in a confident, coherent and clear manner with proper body language; optimized for message and audience.
              • Acquire and practice a set of essential skills and qualities with importance given to AVK Model, pertinent to presentations and visual aids.
              Course Details

              • Self-assessment exercise by trainees to gauge their presentation skills.
              • The benefits of being a good presenter
              • What makes a good presentation and Process involved in delivering an effective presentation:
              • Types and Styles
              • Researching the subject and the audience
              • Venue and facilities
              • The concept of 'message'.
              • Structure of presentation and delivery- verbal skills  and  body language
              • Confidence, Control, and physiological factors.
              • Tips to alleviate Stage fear
              • Model presentation outline-Packaging the  presentation
              • Use of multimedia- PowerPoint and beyond, Tips for effective visual aids creation
              • Role of videos in presentations
              • Body language and effective use of space during the presentation.
              • Engaging the audience-Demanding action at the end.
              • Confidence and Control-Importance of practice and preparation.
              • Techniques: Top 5 rhetorical devices, use of humor, pausing for effect.
              • Handling Q&A sessions, Objections, and Difficult audience.
              • Training methodology
              • The Training will be delivered in line with the latest adult learning principles.
              • The training program is highly interactive in nature with training delivered with a combination of lectures, Prezi-presentations, practical examples, activities, role-plays, video presentations, discussions and energizers in between.
              • Each session will have activities involving; mock sessions/role-plays/group tasks, followed by discussion and debrief, Q&A and re-cap sessions.
              • Trainees will be provided with courseware which includes, study material, handouts, and activity sheets etc.
              • Trainees to conduct presentations from scratch, as part of the learning and evaluation process.

              Cost:

              Certified


                        Human Resource Management Training - Optimizer Middle East Accountants Management Consultants and Training , United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Deira         
              Course overview
              Human Resource management has evolved from over the years and is now one of the most management function for a modern organization. From finding the best talents and retaining them to deriving the best in productivity and employee satisfaction HR function vary and is one of the most challenging business function. Our modern and dynamic HRM course enable all prospective and existing professionals with all the skills and tools required to be a successful HR professional.
               
              Topics Covered
               
              Introduction to Human resource management
              Staffing, Recruitment, and Orientation-Staffing Plan, Job Descriptions, Recruitment and Hiring, Selection techniques and methods, Orientation and On-boarding
              Compensation and Benefits-Create an Overall Salary Scale, Determine Salary Offers, and Determine Salary Increases, Institute Benefits, Timekeeping, Payroll Administration
              Performance Management- Performance and Development Planning, Coaching and Feedback, Performance Review and Assessment, Rewards and Recognition, Staff Development and Learning
              Employee Relations- Establish a Code of Conduct, Monitor Staff Satisfaction, Address Conflict between Staff Members, Mechanisms for Representing and Protecting Employer and Employee Rights, Ensuring Confidentiality
              Staff Care and Safety- Safety and Security,Risk Management,
              Separations-Resignation, Retirement, Fixed Term Contract, Redundancy, Termination for Cause, Death
              Role of MIS, ERP, and Payroll administration Software, Role of social media in recruitment process
                
              Who is it for:
              All prospective and current HR professionals who wish to gain more insights and practical knowledge in HR functions, policies and procedures.
               
              Objectives:
              Understand the role and importance of HR and HRM in the modern business world
              Understand and learn the various HR functions and roles, from recruitment planning to separations of personals.
              Develop human resources policies and procedures for HR Functions like staffing, compensation, performance management, employee relations, separations etc.
               
              Training methodology
              The Training will be delivered in line with the latest adult learning principles.
              The training program is highly interactive in nature with training delivered with a combination of lectures, Prezi-presentations, practical examples, video presentations, discussions, mock sessions/role-plays/group tasks, writing exercises etc., each followed by discussion and debrief sessions if required.
              Participants to design and write various policy documents pertaining to HR functions
               

              Cost:

              Certified


                        Event Management Planning and Organization - Optimizer Middle East Accountants Management Consultants and Training , United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Deira         
              Course overview

              From Olympics to Birthday parties, the success of an event is determined by the effectiveness in its planning, organizing and management. Our comprehensive event management course covers all the practical steps involved in the successful management of events and functions and equip the trainees with skills and competencies to make the events and functions a success.
               
              Topics Covered

              • Introduction to Events and Event Management
              • Role of Events in a Public Relations or as Marketing Strategy
              • Assessment of event needs, message and objectives, researching the Attendees
              • Different types of events
              • Event Planning, step by step process
              • Introduction to Budget and resource planning
              • Scheduling - The Outline- Scheduling Team meetings
              • Consideration for Scope- Size- Scale and Capacity of events
              • Drawing up Event running order, time lines, check lists and contingency plans
              • Formulation and allocation of Budget and control measures
              • Event staffing plan, Identifying and Managing suppliers
              • Venue considerations- Suitability for event - support for the message and objectives
              • Managing Access control and provision of security- Crowd management
              • Health and safety considerations- Conducting risk assessment and remedial actions
              • Statutory compliance- communicating health, safety and hygiene considerations
              • Managing logistics- Accommodation, transportation and allied services
              • Layout and space management- Seating plan, stage management, specific facilities etc
              • Ensuring General signage's, Corporate identity, Event message and promotional literature ; are clearly displayed and communicated
              • Essential Cultural sensitivity and Soft skills for event management professionals
              • Welcome desk - set up and management- Meeting and Greeting
              • Selecting Suitable food and beverage services- Dining protocol - formal dinner, informal eating- Choosing catering suppliers
              • Entertainment and music at your event- Managing entertainers at events
              • Generating news through an event- Pre, ongoing and Post publicity- Effective use of social media for promotion,
              • Media participation - invitations and press releases- The press office - Staffing, setting up and running it- The press pack and gifts-Managing filming and photography  on site
              • General Invitation process for different types of event-Invitation protocols and the concept of RSVP
              • Working with VIP and Celebrities
              • Hosting, MS, Compeering and Farewell functions
              • Post event Functions
              • Follow up and  post event de-briefing and Reporting
              Objectives:

              • Understand and acquire a theoretical as well as practical framework for the successful planning and conducting of a managed event.
              • Understand and learn the different types of events in terms of scope, size and complexity and learn the step by step process involved in the successful planning and conducting of the events.
              • Understand and acquire s specific set of skills required to effectively lead and/or contribute in a team, engaged in planning and organizing various events
              Training methodology:

              • The Training will be delivered in line with the latest adult learning principles.
              • The training program is highly interactive in nature with training delivered with a combination of lectures, Prezi-presentations, practical examples, video presentations, discussions, mock sessions/role-plays/group tasks, writing exercises etc., each followed by discussion and debrief sessions if required.
              • Participants to design and write a working plan for a specific event/function and to deliver a short presentation as part of the learning and evaluation process

              Cost:

              Certified


                        Effective Office Administration and Management - Optimizer Middle East Accountants Management Consultants and Training , United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Deira         
              Course Overview
              In a dynamic and challenging business world office administrators and managers with the right set of skills and qualities can make all the difference. Our dynamic and modern office administration and management course, equips all existing and prospective professionals to face the challenge of meeting 21st century International work place like Middle East.
               
              Topics covered:
              Introduction to Office administration
              Concept of professionalism
              Identifying essential Skills of an efficient office administrator
              Identifying personal strengths and detecting areas for improvement
              Concept of Global workplace and connectivity- Cultural awareness, sensitivity and Business etiquettes
              Essential soft skills for Administrators- Confidence, Attitude, Assertiveness, Situational awareness etc..
              Essential Emotional intelligence for administrators
              Interpersonal communication skills- Verbal skills- Voice, tone pace clarity articulation etc.. Non-verbal skills including Body language, Para-language and listening skills
              Business English Communication- Telephone skills, Business letters, and Memos; Organizational charts, Effective phrasal verbs for Professionals, Email writing and etiquettes
              Understanding Business/Company objectives, Administrative Office Procedures and Responsibilities of the office professional
              Records and Document management process, Filing and archiving, Statutory compliance documents and concept of need for confidentiality
              Introduction to MIS and ERPS, electronic Data management systems
              Administrator as leader and team member- leadership and team working skills
              Time management- Setting SMART goals, Improving productivity, Multitasking,  Prioritization techniques, Covey's Model and beyond
              Stress and Conflict management-Creating an efficient and productive work place and positive work culture, Dealing with difficult people and situations, coping strategies Conflict Resolution through Kilmann's model
              Organizing and attending effective meetings- process and procedures and Fundamentals of presentations
               
              Objectives:
              Understand and explain the roles and responsibilities of a competent and efficient administrator
              Acquire and enhance a set of soft, emotional and Communication skills essential for office administrator functions
              Understand the role of MIS, ERPs, Productivity suites and Social Media in relation to administrative functions.
              Acquire and enhance effective leadership and team working skills, so as to lead, motivate, and contribute the co-workers
              Acquire and enhance a set of professional skills like day today office procedures, people management, time management, so as to improve productivity and compliance to business objectives
              Learn and acquire strategies and techniques to deal with difficult people and situations and also manage stressful situations.
               
              Training methodology:
              The Training will be delivered in line with the latest adult learning principles
              The training program is highly interactive in nature with training delivered with a combination of lectures, Prezi-presentations, practical examples, activities, role-plays, mock sessions, video presentations, discussions, energizers, Q&A and re-cap sessions etc.
              Trainees will be provided with courseware which includes, study material, handouts, and activity sheets etc.

              Cost:

              Certified


                        Teacher Training Program - Optimizer Middle East Accountants Management Consultants and Training , United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Deira         
              Course Overview
              This teacher development training program aims at equipping future Teachers/Trainers with all the necessary skills so that they can deliver a fulfilling and engaging learning experience. It aims at providing them with proven strategies for better student engagement and class room management through the application of inter-personal and social skills. The program also aims to equip the participants to apply techniques of self assessment, management, social skills in successful delivery of L&D process.

              Topics covered:
              Fundamentals of learning and Development
              Managing the learning process
              Managing Young learners
              Pedagogy Vs Andragogy
              Effective presentation and facilitation skills.
              AVK Model and beyond
              Integrating formative and summative assessments.
              Building positive relationships with learners.
              Motivating learners
              Tackling behavioral issues
              Effective class room management through intervention
              Cultural and Socio-Economic sensitivity teaching delivery
              Four pillars of emotional intelligence and its application in L&D
              Introduction to interpersonal communication skills
              Communication styles-Verbal Vs non-Verbal
              Effective speaking- Message, meaning, clarity, pace, pitch, tone, accent etc.
              Non-verbal communication- Body language- posture, gesture, facial expressions, and para-language.
              Effective listening- Tips and traits.
               
              Objectives:
              Understand and learn novel techniques in teaching/training delivery thereby enhancing the L&D process.
              Understand the concept and learn to create an inclusive L&D environment.
              Learn effective and specific classroom management strategies
              Learn practical usage of inter-personal communication skills for effective teaching delivery
              Learn and understand the concept of emotional intelligence and its practical usage in teaching delivery
               
              Training methodology:
              The Training will be delivered in line with the latest adult learning principles.
              The training program is highly interactive in nature with training delivered with a combination of lectures, Prezi-presentations, practical examples, activities, role-plays, mock sessions, video presentations, discussions, energizers, Q&A and re-cap sessions etc.
              Trainees will be provided with courseware which includes, study material, handouts, and activity sheets etc.

              Cost:

              Certified


                        Adobe Illustrator - Optimizer Middle East Accountants Management Consultants and Training , United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Deira         
              Course Overview:

              Held over two days this entry-level course offers an introduction to the essential tools, techniques and operation of Adobe Illustrator. Delegates will gain the skills needed to create, edit and style a wide range of vector based artwork for print or screen. Topics include fundemental vector drawing and editing skills, vector tracing imported images, and understanding options for export and use with other software.
               
              Course requirements: Basic IT skills. No previous Illustrator experience required.
              Designed for:
              Professionals who want to learn graphic design through visual communication and arts and those who wants to expand their horizon by creating effective design for logos, business cards and other publications. Web developers, Publishers, and individuals who are interested in learning Web / Graphic designing  as a career, Marketing & Communication professionals.
               
              Welcome to Illustrator
              Vectors v Bitmaps
              Structure and appearance
              Interface and palettes
              Zooming and navigation
              Measurements, guides and info Basic preferences
               
              Shapes, selections and transformations
              Drawing with basic shapes
              Selection tools and methods
              Basic transformations
              Duplicating and combining objects
               
              Essential fill, stroke, layers and appearance
              Colour, gradients and patterns Fill, stroke and appearance
               
              Path editing, free-form drawing and the pen tool
              Editing paths
              Basic warping and distortion Pencil, eraser and blob brush Drawing with the Pen tool
               
              Blends and masks
              Clipping masks and drawing modes Blends
               
              Essential type
              Basic type formatting
              Type on a path and in a shape Creating outlines for editing
               
              Effects - styling your vectors
              Vector v raster effects
              The Effects menu
               
              Brushes and symbols
              Calligraphic, art, scatter and pattern brushes
              Basic symbols
               
              Live trace and live paint
              Auto tracing images with live trace
              Colouring objects with live paint
               
              File formats, printin
              AI, PDF and EPS file formats
              Printing and saving optionsg and saving

              Cost:

              Certified


                        Spanish Language - Optimizer Middle East Accountants Management Consultants and Training , United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Deira         
              Original from Castilla, Spanish or Castellano is an Ibero-latin language that developed after the fall of the Roman Empire. Spanish is the First official language in terms of number of countries (22 countries) and the second in terms of population (470 million). It has an influence in USA and Europe (Latino Music, Dance and most of all Sports, Bara vs Real Madrid).
              Spanish is a fun warm and interactive language; It is also a passionate, exotic and colourful language easy to learn and easy to speak.
              This course is designed carefully to enable you to speak, read and write Spanish correctly. After 4 levels of this course, you will be able to communicate in Spanish with correct sentences grammatically, lexically and in terms of vocabulary thanks to our special method using different supports (Audio, video and written) and our very qualified and professional teachers.

              Learning outcomes

              By the end of the course, you should:
              • understand the basic sounds and fundamental aspects of the Spanish language
              • be able to greet both formally and informally in Spanish
              • ask and answer simple questions about yourself, others and objects
              • be able to tell the time and give personal information
              • be able to talk about your nationality, about your job, and about daily routines
              • be familiar with basic grammar properties of the language.
              • you will learn cultural approach, different language levels and best practices that will allow you speak Spanish fluently.
              Who should enroll

              This course is open to those with no or little experience in Spanish and wishing to learn the language for personal enjoyment, for travel or for professional reasons.
              Course materials included

              Cost:

              Certified


                        Russian Language - Optimizer Middle East Accountants Management Consultants and Training , United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Deira         
              Course Overview

              Basic Russian Course Curriculum for Beginner's
              Alphabets in Russian & their Pronunciation and writing (Vowels and constant voices).

              Unit-1
              Greeting
              Saying simple phases first meeting
              Good morning, good evening.
              Hello, how are you?

              Unit-2
              Get acquainted
              Getting acquainted with friends, girlfriend and colleagues.
              Greeting with different people.

              Unit-3 
              Questions
              Asking about people.
              Asking about occupation
              Asking where they live
              Asking where they work

              Unit-4
              Calling of things
              Calling of people
              Specifying them
              Asking about them

              Unit-5
              How to ask whose are these things?
              Possessive pronoun
               
              Target groups:
              All people wanted to learn Russian for purpose of academic or practical use. The full courses will give the learners the background to start easily life, business or study in Russian speaking community.

              Russian ( ) is a beautiful  ]language spoken as a first language by more 147 million people worldwide and total of around 113 million speak it as second, or foreign language. It considers to be one of the UN official languages.
              The course lays down the foundations of the spoken language by introducing learners to the pronunciation of alphabet (Cyrillic), words and phrases through text and audio. Short audio segments let you hear how the words and phrases are pronounced. These are reinforced with longer videos, including transcripts and translations to English or Arabic, using related interviews with Russian speakers. You will learn how to greet people and address them correctly, both formally and informally. How to call things and to ask whose are they. This course will be of great interest to anyone who wants to learn to speak Russian for the use in business, social or academic occasions, and for those wanting to travel to any Russian speaking country or region.

              Cost:

              Certified


                        Programming in C++ - Optimizer Middle East Accountants Management Consultants and Training , United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Deira         
              C++', a general-purpose programming language, is an extension of 'C' Language with the additional built in features
              C++ language is used to create different kinds of software such as server software, general systems software, embedded software, application software and also used in creating video games in different environments like Linux, Unix and Windows.
              Course Outline
              C++ Environment Setup
              C++ Basic Syntax
              C++ Data Types
              C++ Variable Types
              C++ Operators
              C++ Loop Types
              C++ Decision Making
              C++ Functions
              C++ Numbers
              C++ Arrays
              C++ Strings
              C++ Pointers
              C++ References
              C++ Basic Input/Output
              C++ Object Oriented
              C++ Classes & Objects
              C++ Inheritance
              C++ Overloading
              C++ Polymorphism
              C++ Abstraction
              C++ Encapsulation
              C++ Interfaces
              C++ Advanced
              C++ Files and Streams
              C++ Exception Handling
              C++ Dynamic Memory
              C++ Templates

              Cost:

              Certified


                        Android App Development - Optimizer Middle East Accountants Management Consultants and Training , United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Deira         
              Android tutorial or android development tutorial covers basic and advanced concepts of android technology. Our android tutorial is developed for beginners and professionals.
              Android is a complete set of software for mobile devices such as tablet computers, notebooks, smartphones, electronic book readers, set-top boxes etc.
              It contains a linux-based Operating System, middleware and key mobile applications.
              It can be thought of as a mobile operating system. But it is not limited to mobile only. It is currently used in various devices such as mobiles, tablets, televisions etc.
              COURSE OUTLINE
              What is Android
              History and Version
              Android Architecture
              Core Building Blocks
              Android
              Emulator
              Install Android
              Setup Eclipse
              Android example
              Internal Details
              Dalvik VM
              Android Manifest.xml
              R.javaHide
              Title Bar
              Screen Orientation
              Android Widgets
              UI Widgets
              Working with Button
              ToastToggleButton
              CheckBox
              Alert Dialog
              Spinner
              AutoComplete
              TextView
              RatingBar
              WebView
              SeekBar
              DatePicker
              TimePicker
              Analog and Digital
              ProgressBar
              Activity and Intents
              Activity LifeCycleImplicit
              IntentExplicit
              IntentStartActivity
              ForResult
              Android Fragments
              Android Fragments
              Android Menu
              Option Menu
              Context
              Menu
              Popup Menu
              Android Service
              Android Service
              Android Alarm
              Android Storage
              Android Preferences
              Internal Storage
              External Storage
              AndroidSQLite
              SQLite Tutorial
              SQLite
              Spinner
              XML and JSON
              XML Parsing SAXXML Parsing DOM
              XMLPullParser
              JSON Parsing
               

              Cost:

              Certified


                        You are (most likely) a descendant of the Prophet Muḥammad        
              NJ Bridgewater
              4 January 2015

              Introduction

              The Mosque of the Prophet in Medina, Arabia

















              Mecca with the Kaaba in centre












              If you a Western European, or a North American or, perhaps, from the Western world in some way, shape or form, you are most likely a descendant of the Prophet Muḥammad ibn‘Abdu’llāh (c. 570 – 632 AD), the Revealer of the Qur’ān, the Messenger of God and Seal of the Prophets (peace and prayers be upon Him and His family and companions). In my case, He is my 45th-great-grandfather (or, in other words, my great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great- great-great-great-great-great- great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great- great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great- great-great-great-great-great-Grandfather, with a capital ‘G’), through a rather circuitous line via New England settlers, the Plantagenets and the Spanish royal family). In fact, anyone with any connection to Edward III of England or to the Spanish Royal Family is also descended through the same European route to antiquity, including Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince George.[i] Cole, a Middle East scholar, even goes so far as to call it ‘common knowledge to anyone interested in genealogy’.[ii] In an article published in the Guardianon 24 May 2015 (Sunday), Adam Rutherford  argues that every living European is a descendant of Charlemagne, the first Holy Roman Emperor.[iii]While this claim might appear astonishing to the layman, to the enthusiastic genealogist, it is a matter of common sense. Every human being has two parents—that is clear enough—and four grandparents. Very few of us, with the exception of genealogists, consider the generations which must inevitably precede these forebears. You probably know your parents and most, if not all, of your grandparents, and most or all of them will still be alive. In my case, both my parents and one grandparent (my maternal grandmother) are still alive. I knew three of my grandparents but never knew my paternal grandfather, even though he did sit me on his lap when I was a toddler. Nevertheless, I know the names, birth dates and marriage dates of all my grandparents and, for those that have died, their death dates. Furthermore, I know the names of all of my great-grandparents—there are 8 of these. It is fairly easy to get that far back in one’s family tree, at least in countries such as Britain and America where records of births, marriages and deaths, as well as census records, exist for the last century.

              The Genealogy of the Prophet Muhammadin calligraphic form (Arabic) by Ä°smaÊ¿il 
              b. Ä°brahim Bosnavi (d. 1748)

























              When you get beyond that generati