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‘Lebanon is against any activities hostile to Gulf nations’

Hariri was responding to a question about the activities of Hezbollah in the region. The Lebanese government is against any activities hostile to the Arabian Gulf countries, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri told WAM, in an exclusive interview. “I want to emphasise as head of the government [that] I refuse any form of Lebanese involvement…

‘Lebanon is against any activities hostile to Gulf nations’

Hariri was responding to a question about the activities of Hezbollah in the region.

The Lebanese government is against any activities hostile to the Arabian Gulf countries, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri told WAM, in an exclusive interview.

“I want to emphasise as head of the government [that] I refuse any form of Lebanese involvement in the conflicts around us. Moreover, I stress that the Lebanese government refuses to intervene or participate in activities of any organisation that is hostile to the Arabian Gulf countries,” he said in response to a question about the activities of Hezbollah in the region.

“The Lebanese government has taken a decision to disassociate itself from external conflicts and interference in the internal affairs of the Arab countries. However, this decision is regrettably violated, not by the government but by a political side represented in the government,” said the prime minister who reached Abu Dhabi last night.

Hariri affirmed that “Hezbollah should be accused in its capacity as component of a regional system and not as a party” in his government.

“Lebanon is an integral part of the Arab world, and its stability is governed by the overall stability and security of the Arab world, especially in political and economic spheres,” he stressed.

Hariri is leading a delegation, including six ministers and other top officials, to attend the second UAE-Lebanon Investment Forum to be held in Abu Dhabi today.

Held under the auspices of the UAE Ministry of Economy and Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the forum will have several sessions and workshops that bring UAE investors together with their Lebanese counterparts.

“There will be discussions with high-ranking officials about the situation in the region,” the prime minister said.

This official visit is also an opportunity to meet with Lebanese expatriates in the UAE, who constitute the largest Lebanese community in the Arabian Gulf, Hariri said.

“We look at them as a strategic asset for Lebanon and the UAE. It is very important for both countries to find ways to efficiently use the Lebanese diaspora’s networks in Africa and other regions. I believe that this is a great asset that could benefit both Lebanon and the UAE,” he explained.

Hariri said that he appreciates how the Gulf has embraced the Lebanese talents, adding that this region has become a vital area for Lebanese professionals, businessmen and other stakeholders.

The Gulf countries have considered Lebanon as an Arab oasis and a centre of attraction for business and capital, and these factors have proved the depth of common interests of Lebanon and the Gulf, the prime minister pointed out.The Arabian Gulf offers strategic support to the security of Lebanon, Riyadh-born Hariri said, adding that the UAE leadership gives utmost importance to the security and stability of Lebanon.

“We look forward to the best relations with the United Arab Emirates,” he said.About the September 17 drone attacks on two oil facilities in Saudi Arabia, he said, “It was a reckless step that put the Arabian Gulf and regional peace on the brink of explosion and led to a rise in the level of tension in the region.

“We in Lebanon are betting on the wisdom of the leadership of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which has managed to shed light on the premeditated goals of aggression, and has not been dragged into the provocative attempts made by the other side.”

He suggested political solution through dialogue to deal with the situation and “international community should be called upon to shoulder its responsibilities in this regard to stop the interference in Arab internal affairs,” he explained.

The prime minister expressed hope that the investment forum would help attract the UAE investments to Lebanon, especially in four key sectors: food, infrastructure, oil and gas, and renewable energy.

“We are going to discuss with the officials how Lebanon can help meet the objectives of food security strategy in the UAE,” the prime minister revealed.

A large team with Hariri will present various investment opportunities in oil and gas sector. There will be serious discussions on renewable energy sector and other related projects, he said.

About the infrastructure sector, Hariri said Lebanon had presented a capital investment programme at the CEDRE, which is the international conference in support of Lebanon development and reforms, in Paris in 2018, to develop the infrastructure of his country with an investment of $17 billion in the coming eight to ten years.

“We hope that by presenting some of our projects, we could attract UAE investments into this sector,” the prime minister concluded.

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Margaret Atwood, Bernardine Evaristo win Booker Prize

The prolific Atwood had already received a Booker in 2000 for her novel ‘The Blind Assassin’. The judging panel for the Booker Prize in London named Canadian writer Margaret Atwood and British author Bernardine Evaristo as the winners of the prestigious literary award. Despite the fact that the rules of the competition say that the…

Margaret Atwood, Bernardine Evaristo win Booker Prize

The prolific Atwood had already received a Booker in 2000 for her novel ‘The Blind Assassin’.

The judging panel for the Booker Prize in London named Canadian writer Margaret Atwood and British author Bernardine Evaristo as the winners of the prestigious literary award.

Despite the fact that the rules of the competition say that the award may only be bestowed on a single individual each year, the judging panel decided to make an exception on this occasion and declare a tie after more than five hours of deliberations on Monday, Efe news reported.
Atwood, the author of “The Testaments,” and Evaristo, who earlier this year released “Girl, Woman, Other,” will share the cash award of 50,000 pounds sterling (57,200 euros or $63,051) that comes with the recognition.
This is the 79-year-old Atwood’s second Booker of her career, taking the honours this time for her sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale (1985), a dystopic story that has acquired new relevance in the feminist genre thanks to its popular television adaptation.
Evaristo, meanwhile, at age 60 becomes the only black woman to take home a Booker, her first, for a work exploring the lives and struggles of different black women in the modern-day United Kingdom.
The president of the judging panel, Peter Florence, said after announcing the decision at London’s Guildhall that the more the panel discussed it the more they came to the conclusion that they wanted both women to win.
The Booker Prize sponsors in 1992 had established an internal rule that just one person could win the award each year after Canada’s Michael Ondaatje and Britain’s Barry Unsworth received the prize in that year.
The prolific Atwood had already received a Booker in 2000 for her novel “The Blind Assassin,” and with this latest triumph she has become the fourth person and the second woman to receive the award twice, along with Hilary Mantel, J.M. Coetzee and Peter Cary.
In “The Testaments” Atwood returns to the imaginary totalitarian and patriarchal Republic of Gilead – which has supplanted the United States – to further the “Handmaid’s Tale” narrative from different female points of view.
So far, the book – published in September – has sold more than 100,000 copies in the UK, making it the most successful novel published in the country in the past four years.
This is Evaristo’s eighth novel, divided into 12 chapters, each one telling about the life of a character, most of them black women, whose fates are intertwined in some way.
The author said she was honoured to receive the award, and especially to share it with the likes of Atwood, but she expressed her hope that it would not be long before she would be joined by other black female authors as Booker recipients.
Also in the running for the Booker this year were Salman Rushdie, for his work “Quichotte,” an adaptation of the Don Quixote story set in the modern-day US, along with Chigozie Obioma, for “An Orchesta of Minorities,” Lucy Ellmann, for “Ducks, Newburyport,” and Elif Shafak, for “10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World.”
The Booker Prize for Fiction is open to writers of any nationality writing in English and published in the UK or Ireland.

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Cultural celebrations begin in Abu Dhabi to mark Putin’s visit

The event that runs until October 17 will feature a variety of cultural activities at the Emirates Palace. The UAE-Russia week kicked off in Abu Dhabi on the eve of the landmark visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The event that runs until October 17 will feature a variety of Emirati and Russian cultural activities…

Cultural celebrations begin in Abu Dhabi to mark Putin’s visit

The event that runs until October 17 will feature a variety of cultural activities at the Emirates Palace.

The UAE-Russia week kicked off in Abu Dhabi on the eve of the landmark visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The event that runs until October 17 will feature a variety of Emirati and Russian cultural activities at the Emirates Palace.

The inaugural day saw traditional Emirati performances like ayyala; a selection of Emirati and Russian culinary treats including qahwa coffee and Emirati dates and Russian bread and salt; a musical performance by Emirati pianist Fatima Al Hashimi; and a showcase of traditional handicrafts.

Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, inaugurated the event on Monday. Sergei Kuznetsov, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the UAE, and a number of senior officials attended the opening ceremony.

Noura Al Kaabi said: “Cultural collaborations and the sharing of our traditional heritage with one another are integral to bringing two cultures closer. It provides a strong impetus to the development of bilateral relations and injecting renewed strength in the process of UAE-Russian cooperation.

“The UAE’s relationship with Russia dates back over 47 years when our founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, laid the foundations of these bilateral ties.

“With thousands of Russian citizens residing in the UAE, our leadership is eager to strengthen our friendship and collaboration with Russia. The launch of the UAE-Russia Week is a key implementation in sharing knowledge in the field of culture between our two countries and it opens opportunities for artists and creatives to communicate,” she added.

Cultural relations between the UAE and Russia have developed rapidly over the past few years. Sharjah was the guest of honour at the 2019 Moscow International Book Fair, in celebration of its Arab and international cultural status after it was chosen as the World Book Capital.

Additionally, the UAE will be welcoming Russia as the Country of Honour for the 30th Abu Dhabi International Book Fair 2020.

reporters@khaleejtimes.com

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Doc, can we have a clean bill of service after one for health?

You’ve been there, haven’t you? Down with seasonal flu or gum problems or even that niggling migraine. Nothing that a visit or two to the doctor won’t set right. So, you take an appointment and arrive at the requested time. Yeah, you may have to still wait for your turn despite the appointment, but let’s…

Doc, can we have a clean bill of service after one for health?

You’ve been there, haven’t you? Down with seasonal flu or gum problems or even that niggling migraine. Nothing that a visit or two to the doctor won’t set right. So, you take an appointment and arrive at the requested time. Yeah, you may have to still wait for your turn despite the appointment, but let’s put a pin in that peeve (to be addressed at a later date). The doc finally examines you and comes up with a diagnosis. The medical professional then goes on to explain the treatment – the medication and any accompanying lifestyle adjustments that you might have to make – along with the duration of such a drill. All done, and you proceed to collect the prescription after making the required payment.
This is where my – and I’d believe a lot of others’ – issue begins. We make the co-payment that our insurer requires and we’re handed over the stamped prescription, which we then take to the pharmacy to collect the medicines. At the end of the day, besides the credit card counterfoils (if a card is used) and a bag of medicines, there are no tell-tale signs of our visit to the doc. We may have just walked across to a pharmacy and bought those medicines off the rack. I’ve tried the other route – of asking for an invoice from the reception, and I must confess that I’ve received it, too. But it’s done grudgingly every time I’ve insisted for one and, even then, the invoice just mentions the very basic details – like ‘doctor’s consultation’ and the amount charged, at times without even referring to the doctor by name, leave alone the diagnosis and/or a copy of the prescription.
The practice in most developed countries is that individuals do have access – both physical and online – to their own health records while parents have access to their kids’ health records until they turn 18 years of age. I’m told that my physician is obliged to share a copy of my records with me if I insist, but I’d welcome you to volunteer for such a venture and enlighten us on how it went. While the quality of medical professionals in Dubai and across the UAE is second to none, why is it that there is this cloud surrounding the billing process? You’ve given us a clean bill of health on several occasions, doc. How about a clean and transparent bill of services, too?

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