Abdul Hussein al-Mutaghawi (standing-L), an MP representing Bahrain's Shiite opposition Islamic National Accord Association (INAA) or Al-Wefaq Party, addresses fellow parliament members during a session in Manama on March 25, 2008. Shiite opposition MPs in Bahrain called in today's parliamentary session for a government minister from the ruling Sunni dynasty to be questioned for allegedly concealing information about the country's population. Opposition groups have long accused the Sunni-controlled government of secretly naturalising Sunni residents in a bid to alter the demographic balance of the tiny Gulf state, which has a Shiite majority. AFP PHOTO/ADAM JAN
Abdul Hussein al Mutaghawi, an MP representing Al Wefaq, addresses parliament in Manama in 2008. The party is an Islamist Shiite opposition political grouping.

Bahraini sheikh hails role of upper house

MANAMA // Bahrain's royally appointed upper house of parliament is necessary to prevent legislators from passing laws, such as a ban on alcohol, that could hurt the economy, a member of the royal family has said.

The 40-seat Consultative Council, together with the popularly elected 40-member Chamber of Deputies, make up Bahrain's legislature. Without the checks the council provides on the lower house, "this country would be taken back to the Middle Ages", said Sheikh Abdulaziz Al Khalifa, a former ambassador to the United Kingdom who serves as an adviser to the government's information authority.

"If you've got a religious bloc gaining the most seats in the Chamber of Deputies, then where do the bankers go, where do the lawyers, where do the ethnic minorities go?" he asked.

Sheikh Abdulaziz said the bicameral system "ensured people from all walks of life were covered". Bahrain's two-chamber parliament has been a major source of contention since the constitution came into effect in 2002. Under the constitution, legislation must be approved by both houses to become law. Critics say this gives the Consultative Council, and the king that appoints its members, an undemocratic veto on legislation proposed by the lower house.

In an interview, Sheikh Abdulaziz said that if both chambers were elected, Islamists could introduce measures such as an alcohol ban, which would damage the country's economy. In contrast, Sheikh Abdulaziz said, the Consultative Council is full of forward-thinking members "who know what we need to create foreign direct investment, to create jobs". He predicted that voters would realise one day that the legislators who serve them best should not be selected on the basis of their "religious background".

One former member of parliament for a religious party, Adel al Maawdah, of the Salafi political society Al Asalah, said his party's main concerns were housing shortages, pensions, teachers' rights and the distribution of state land. He acknowledged, however, that "alcohol is an issue that people are very annoyed with, and I blame the government". Some hotels "are just for prostitutes and liquor, that's all", he said. "It's very ugly. At least clean the country of these hotels."

He said the country loses money because of the extra spending on alcohol-related traffic accidents and policing. Sheikh Abdulaziz said Islamists tried to ban alcohol before the summer, and the Consultative Council proposed a compromise under which alcohol would only be served to foreigners. He said the lower house rejected the proposal because "they wanted all or nothing".

Khalil al Marzooq, a former member of parliament representing Al Wefaq, an Islamist Shiite opposition political society, said that when the people voted in favour of the bicameral parliamentary system, the royal family had given clear indications that "the second chamber, the appointed chamber, would be only for consultation, would have no voting on legislation".

Al Wefaq boycotted elections in 2002 because it was unhappy with the powers of the Consultative Council. But, Mr Marzooq said, because there were opposition members in parliament, it passed legislation that hinder "people from practising their human rights". He cited the counterterrorism law, which has been criticised for defining terrorist crimes too broadly and restricting freedom of assembly and expression.

As a result, the society participated in the 2006 election. "We will continue participating not because we like the democratic structure that we've been given. We're fighting to change the parliament to what we agreed in the national charter," Mr Marzooq said. For some of Bahrain's politicians, the power of the Consultative Council makes participation in the system pointless.

"The elected chamber has no teeth because of the existence of the other one. They may discuss any matter they like, but it is in the end in the hands of the appointed one," said Ali Qassim Rabia, who was a member of a parliament that was dissolved in 1975.

"I was not happy with the new constitution when I read it. I thought it is useless to participate in something feeling that you can do nothing for the people," he said. Mr Rabia, a Sunni, joined the Al Haq Movement, a coalition of Shiite Islamists and liberals who oppose the political process. Mr Rabia said the realisation by some in the opposition that they were powerless to effect change has led to street violence. "They express their discontent by blocking the roads in the villages and making clashes with security, unfortunately," he said. "A political solution is far, far better than a security solution."


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Maradona Award for Best Goal Scorer of the Year: Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)

TikTok Fans’ Player of the Year: Robert Lewandowski

Top Goal Scorer of All Time: Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)

Best Women's Player of the Year: Alexia Putellas (Barcelona)

Best Men's Club of the Year: Chelsea

Best Women's Club of the Year: Barcelona

Best Defender of the Year: Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus/Italy)

Best Goalkeeper of the Year: Gianluigi Donnarumma (PSG/Italy)

Best Coach of the Year: Roberto Mancini (Italy)

Best National Team of the Year: Italy

Best Agent of the Year: Federico Pastorello

Best Sporting Director of the Year: Txiki Begiristain (Manchester City)

Player Career Award: Ronaldinho


Director: Nikhil Nagesh Bhat

Starring: Lakshya, Tanya Maniktala, Ashish Vidyarthi, Harsh Chhaya, Raghav Juyal

Rating: 4.5/5


Juventus 1 (Dybala 45')

Lazio 3 (Alberto 16', Lulic 73', Cataldi 90+4')

Red card: Rodrigo Bentancur (Juventus)


Engine: 4-litre V8 twin-turbo
Power: 630hp
Torque: 850Nm
Transmission: 8-speed Tiptronic automatic
Price: From Dh599,000
On sale: Now

Diriyah project at a glance

- Diriyah’s 1.9km King Salman Boulevard, a Parisian Champs-Elysees-inspired avenue, is scheduled for completion in 2028
- The Royal Diriyah Opera House is expected to be completed in four years
- Diriyah’s first of 42 hotels, the Bab Samhan hotel, will open in the first quarter of 2024
- On completion in 2030, the Diriyah project is forecast to accommodate more than 100,000 people
- The $63.2 billion Diriyah project will contribute $7.2 billion to the kingdom’s GDP
- It will create more than 178,000 jobs and aims to attract more than 50 million visits a year
- About 2,000 people work for the Diriyah Company, with more than 86 per cent being Saudi citizens

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Directed by: RS Prasanna
Starring: Ayushmann Khurrana, Bhumi Pednekar

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Top tips

Create and maintain a strong bond between yourself and your child, through sensitivity, responsiveness, touch, talk and play. “The bond you have with your kids is the blueprint for the relationships they will have later on in life,” says Dr Sarah Rasmi, a psychologist.
Set a good example. Practise what you preach, so if you want to raise kind children, they need to see you being kind and hear you explaining to them what kindness is. So, “narrate your behaviour”.
Praise the positive rather than focusing on the negative. Catch them when they’re being good and acknowledge it.
Show empathy towards your child’s needs as well as your own. Take care of yourself so that you can be calm, loving and respectful, rather than angry and frustrated.
Be open to communication, goal-setting and problem-solving, says Dr Thoraiya Kanafani. “It is important to recognise that there is a fine line between positive parenting and becoming parents who overanalyse their children and provide more emotional context than what is in the child’s emotional development to understand.”


Dubai Sports City Eagles 7 Bahrain 88


Try: Penalty


Tries: Gibson 2, Morete 2, Bishop 2, Bell 2, Behan, Fameitau, Sanson, Roberts, Bennett, Radley

Cons: Radley 4, Whittingham 5


Director: Carla Gutierrez

Starring: Frida Kahlo

Rating: 4/5

The specs

Engine: 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8
Power: 620hp from 5,750-7,500rpm
Torque: 760Nm from 3,000-5,750rpm
Transmission: Eight-speed dual-clutch auto
On sale: Now
Price: From Dh1.05 million ($286,000)


Stage seven

1. Tadej Pogacar (SLO) UAE Team Emirates, in 3:20:24

2. Adam Yates (GBR) Ineos Grenadiers, at 1s

3. Pello Bilbao (ESP) Bahrain-Victorious, at 5s

General Classification

1. Tadej Pogacar (SLO) UAE Team Emirates, in 25:38:16

2. Adam Yates (GBR) Ineos Grenadiers, at 22s

3. Pello Bilbao (ESP) Bahrain-Victorious, at 48s

If you go

The flights

Emirates flies from Dubai to Seattle from Dh5,555 return, including taxes. Portland is a 260 km drive from Seattle and Emirates offers codeshare flights to Portland with its partner Alaska Airlines.

The car

Hertz (www.hertz.ae) offers compact car rental from about $300 per week, including taxes. Emirates Skywards members can earn points on their car hire through Hertz.

Parks and accommodation

For information on Crater Lake National Park, visit www.nps.gov/crla/index.htm . Because of the altitude, large parts of the park are closed in winter due to snow. While the park’s summer season is May 22-October 31, typically, the full loop of the Rim Drive is only possible from late July until the end of October. Entry costs $25 per car for a day. For accommodation, see www.travelcraterlake.com. For information on Umpqua Hot Springs, see www.fs.usda.gov and https://soakoregon.com/umpqua-hot-springs/. For Bend, see https://www.visitbend.com/.

How Filipinos in the UAE invest

A recent survey of 10,000 Filipino expatriates in the UAE found that 82 per cent have plans to invest, primarily in property. This is significantly higher than the 2014 poll showing only two out of 10 Filipinos planned to invest.

Fifty-five percent said they plan to invest in property, according to the poll conducted by the New Perspective Media Group, organiser of the Philippine Property and Investment Exhibition. Acquiring a franchised business or starting up a small business was preferred by 25 per cent and 15 per cent said they will invest in mutual funds. The rest said they are keen to invest in insurance (3 per cent) and gold (2 per cent).

Of the 5,500 respondents who preferred property as their primary investment, 54 per cent said they plan to make the purchase within the next year. Manila was the top location, preferred by 53 per cent.

UAE squad

Rohan Mustafa (captain), Ashfaq Ahmed, Ghulam Shabber, Rameez Shahzad, Mohammed Boota, Mohammed Usman, Adnan Mufti, Shaiman Anwar, Ahmed Raza, Imran Haider, Qadeer Ahmed, Mohammed Naveed, Amir Hayat, Zahoor Khan


Time; race; prize; distance

4pm: Maiden; (D) Dh150,000; 1,200m
Winner: General Line, Xavier Ziani (jockey), Omar Daraj (trainer)

4.35pm: Maiden (T); Dh150,000; 1,600m
Winner: Travis County, Adrie de Vries, Ismail Mohammed

5.10pm: Handicap (D); Dh175,000; 1,200m
Winner: Scrutineer, Tadhg O’Shea, Ali Rashid Al Raihe

5.45pm: Maiden (D); Dh150,000; 1,600m
Winner: Yulong Warrior, Richard Mullen, Satish Seemar

6.20pm: Maiden (D); Dh150,000; 1,600m
Winner: Ejaaby, Jim Crowley, Doug Watson

6.55pm: Handicap (D); Dh160,000; 1,600m
Winner: Storyboard, Richard Mullen, Satish Seemar

7.30pm: Handicap (D); Dh150,000; 2,200m
Winner: Grand Dauphin, Gerald Mosse, Ahmed Al Shemaili

8.05pm: Handicap (T); Dh190,000; 1,800m
Winner: Good Trip, Tadhg O’Shea, Ali Rashid Al Raihe


Director: Sofia Coppola

Starring: Cailee Spaeny, Jacob Elordi

Rating: 3/5

The specs

Engine: 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6

Power: 540hp at 6,500rpm

Torque: 600Nm at 2,500rpm

Transmission: Eight-speed auto

Kerb weight: 1580kg

Price: From Dh750k

On sale: via special order

Friday's schedule at the Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

GP3 qualifying, 10:15am

Formula 2, practice 11:30am

Formula 1, first practice, 1pm

GP3 qualifying session, 3.10pm

Formula 1 second practice, 5pm

Formula 2 qualifying, 7pm


Stage 7:
1. Adam Yates (GBR) UAE Team Emirates – 3hrs 29min 42ses
2. Remco Evenepoel (BEL) Soudal Quick-Step – 10sec
3. Geoffrey Bouchard (FRA) AG2R Citroen Team – 42sec
General Classification:
1. Remco Evenepoel (BEL) Soudal Quick-Step
2. Lucas Plapp (AUS) Ineos Grenaders – 59se
3. Adam Yates (GBR) UAE Team Emirates –60sec
Red Jersey (General Classification): Remco Evenepoel (BEL) Soudal Quick-Step
Green Jersey (Points Classification): Tim Merlier (BEL) Soudal Quick-Step
White Jersey (Young Rider Classification): Remco Evenepoel (BEL) Soudal Quick-Step
Black Jersey (Intermediate Sprint Classification): Edward Planckaert (FRA) Alpecin-Deceuninck


Arsenal 2-2 Crystal Palace (Oct 27, PL)

Liverpool 5-5 Arsenal  (Oct 30, EFL)

Arsenal 1-1 Wolves (Nov 02, PL)

Vitoria Guimaraes 1-1 Arsenal  (Nov 6, Europa)

Leicester 2-0 Arsenal (Nov 9, PL)

Arsenal 2-2 Southampton (Nov 23, PL)

Arsenal 1-2 Eintracht Frankfurt (Nov 28, Europa)

Norwich 2-2 Arsenal (Dec 01, PL)

Arsenal 1-2 Brighton (Dec 05, PL)

Brief scores:

Manchester United 4

Young 13', Mata 28', Lukaku 42', Rashford 82'

Fulham 1

Kamara 67' (pen),

Red card: Anguissa (68')

Man of the match: Juan Mata (Man Utd)

The biog

Name: Younis Al Balooshi

Nationality: Emirati

Education: Doctorate degree in forensic medicine at the University of Bonn

Hobbies: Drawing and reading books about graphic design

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Several girls started playing football at age four

They describe sport as their passion

The girls don’t dwell on their condition

They just say they may need to work a little harder than others

When not in training, they play football with their brothers and sisters

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