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Iran's supreme leader has blasted as "foolishness" a decision by Bahrain's leaders to strip a top Shi'ite Muslim cleric of his citizenship, and said it could provoke violence from Shi'ites, who make up the majority in the Sunni-ruled Gulf kingdom.

The speech by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, carried by state media, came after Bahrain's Sunni authorities stepped up measures against the island's Shi'ites and stripped their spiritual leader, Ayatollah Isa Qassim, of his citizenship.

"This is blatant foolishness and insanity. When he still could address the Bahraini people, Sheikh Isa Qassim... would advise against radical and armed actions," Khamenei said in remarks carried by state television on Sunday.

"Attacking Sheikh Isa Qassim means removing all obstacles blocking heroic Bahraini youths from attacking the regime."

Bahrain in 2011 put down an uprising led by Shi'ites demanding reforms. Since then, there have been almost daily skirmishes between Shi'ite youths and security forces, as well as several bomb attacks.

Bahrain accuses Iran of fomenting unrest among its Shi'ite population and providing financial and material support, a charge Tehran denies.

In a series of moves over the past three weeks, authorities also closed down the main Shi'ite opposition al-Wefaq Islamic Society, doubled the prison sentence on the group's leader, Sheikh Ali Salman, and detained prominent rights campaigner Nabeel Rajab.

(Story refiles to remove extraneous word 'island' in second paragraph.)

(Reporting by Dubai newsroom; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)

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General Discussion / What are you doing this weekend?
« on: March 20, 2015, 07:28:31 AM »
What are you doing this weekend?
May be we could meet each other?

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Accommodation in Bahrain / 3 bedroom semi furnished flat for bd 500
« on: February 03, 2015, 06:30:40 AM »
Flat for rent
 Spacious 3 bedroom semi furnished flat for bd 500.
 - 3 bedroom,3 bathroom, 1 guest toilet, large hall,2 dining room, closed big kitchen, store room, big balcony with 4 split unit,3 window air condition, curtains, fridge, cooker, washing machine and dryer, ward robe.
Facilities: reserved covered car parking
 NOTE: only 3 flats in the building, available 1st floor with lift.



For inquiries please call: 37700617,33603544 thanks.

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Buy/Sell in Bahrain / For sale expat leaving
« on: June 15, 2014, 01:56:18 AM »
For sale expat leaving. For pick-up only. For more info call 36151226. Thanks

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MANAMA — A Bahraini court has sentenced 12 men to life in prison for spying, receiving training from Iran's Revolutionary Guard and processing weapons and explosives, a defense lawyer and rights activist said on Tuesday.

Bahrain accuses Shi'ite power Iran of fuelling unrest in the country since a 2011 uprising led by the Shi'ite Muslim community demanding reforms and more share in running the kingdom ruled by the Sunni Muslim al-Khalifa dynasty.

Some of the men were tried in absentia.

Tehran denies the accusation, but defends the cause of Bahrain's Shi'ite opposition.

Three years on and Bahrain, home to the US Fifth Fleet, remains deeply divided and demonstrators frequently clash with security forces in Shiite villages outside the capital.

Last year, authorities increased the penalties for those convicted of violence, introducing the death penalty or life sentences in certain cases.


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Internet in Bahrain started in 1995, and is being regulated by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA). The country has around 694,000 Internet users as of 2010, and its online community is slowing growing. There are various ISP providers allowed in Bahrain, which include Mena Telecom, Lightspeed Communications, and the largest among them, Batelco. The country is currently the leader in information and communications technology in the region.

Social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter are not blocked in Bahrain. Nevertheless, the country’s Ministry of Information has formed a unit to monitor online activities on daily basis and block websites that do not follow its rules and regulations. However, there are still some sites that cannot be accessed in the country. Besides pornography, authorities have also blocked some news sites reporting sensitive issues, blogs around religion, human rights, and even humor.

It is common knowledge that VPN (Virtual Private Network) is the best way to unblock websites in Bahrain. Unlike proxy sites that are not 100% reliable, VPN works like a firewall and offers different levels of security. Among the most common security protocols of VPN are IP security (IPSec), Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS), and Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP). To help you better understand how VPN secures your data, you should first know how it works.



First of all, you need to make sure that you choose a reputable VPN service provider (http://vpn-account.com/unblocksitesinbahrain.html ). Although there are tons of free VPN services around, it is highly recommended that you get the premium ones. With paid VPNs, you can be sure that your personal data and information are well-protected. Premium VPNs also offer faster connection and excellent customer service. The service fees are very reasonable, too.

Once you are connected via VPN, you launch a VPN client on your computer. This is usually being done by clicking a link on the dedicated website. You log in your information and your computer will be connected to another computer via a VPN server. After the verification process, your online activities will be encrypted. Therefore, your identity will be anonymous and secured even if you are in a Wi-Fi zone such as coffee shops and train stations.

VPN hides your geo location and actual IP address, where even hackers will find it difficult to hack your accounts. With VPN, you can assign yourself a new IP address from another country where those sites are permitted. So, if you are in Bahrain and you want to visit restricted sites in the country, you can easily do it because it will appear that you are outside Bahrain, or in countries that do not block these sites. You do not even need a dial-up connection, your IP address is more than enough.



Source: http://vpn-account.com/blog/articles/8/how-vpn-works-to-unblock-websites-in-bahrain

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FRENCH WINEflight @ BUSHIDO LOUNGE

Date :
    19th March 2014
Venue :
    Bushido Lounge

Join us on Wednesday 19th March for an exceptionally French wine tasting experience at Bushido Lounge celebrating French Week in Bahrain. A selection of premium French wines will be available, served with a selection of cheese, canap?s and live-music performed by Bushido Lounge's DJ Alberto.

7pm until 10pm
BD12++ per person

For further details please call (+973) 1758 3555

Experience the art of wine-tasting; awaken the senses with this tradition that dates back to 5000BC. The art of wine-tasting has gradually progressed into an enjoyable science since the 14th century. Acquaint yourself with the formal terminology of modern practise in the relaxed and social setting of Bushido Lounge, and become familiar with the varying characteristics of wine. What better excuse for a tipple?

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Bahrain News and Events / Comedy Night At Ibrida March 19th
« on: March 18, 2014, 03:57:45 AM »
Have fun and great mood on March 19th in Ibrida

Comedy night - standup comedy a shot or simply sit back & enjoy the show.

Date: 19th March 2014
Time: 7:30 PM
Venue: Ibrida - Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa
Entry Fee: BD5 (Includes 1 Free Drink)
Dress Code: no shorts, no slippers

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Sport in Bahrain / Fitness centers in Bahrain
« on: March 13, 2014, 04:03:54 AM »
Dear friends! Let's discuss fitness centers in Bahrain.
What are your favorite fitness centers?

I will start the discussion.

Life-Fit Family Fitness Centre



Life-Fit offers the very first and only “Lifestyle Practice” in the Kingdom of Bahrain. A service provided by qualified, fitness & lifestyle professionals highly certified in their own areas of expertise.

The Life-Fit Lifestyle Practice is based on the concept of Personal Training, with the additional support of other important Health & Fitness Experts offering services which compliment the role of the Personal Fitness Trainer .

Personal Training is an extremely popular activity at present with virtually every celebrity claiming to have improved their physique with the guidance of a Personal Trainer. However the level of service offered with Life-Fit is far more extensive than merely a session with a Personal Trainer.

What can a Life-Fit Professional do for their client that a regular trip to the gym or exercise class can not?

The role of a Life-Fit Professional is to identify a client’s needs in order to get them to where they want to be in a realistic time frame, in the safest possible way. To educate the client to make sure they have made a lifestyle change that allows them to maintain their goal once it has been attained.

Life-Fit is a one-stop shop for health, fitness, sports and wellbeing for the whole family. Offering a full spectrum of activity for all ages, to ensure there is something to suit everyone. It is not about working out tirelessly every day, it’s about finding an activity, ANY activity that you can enjoy and actively participate in regularly to keep you and your family active. Therefore we have activities available starting from as young as 3 years.

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Bahrain News and Events / GEO 2014 March 9 - 12
« on: March 07, 2014, 04:43:26 AM »
11th Middle East Geosciences Conference and Exhibition will take place on

9-12 March in Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre (BIECC)

Conference: 9 - 12 March 2014
Exhibition: 10 - 12 March 2014

Inaugurated in 1994, the GEO exhibition is the premier showcase of oil & gas exploration technology and services in the Middle East, attracting NOCs, IOCs and major operating companies.

Under the theme ‘Taking Geoscience Beyond the Conventional’, the GEO 2014 conference will address the following topics:

1. Engaging Future Generations

    The Talent Crisis and Strategies to Engage the “Gaming Generation”
    Improved Utilisation of Existing Staff and Methods to Accelerate the Development of Geologists Geophysicists
    Major Forces Impacting the Global Competition for Talent
    Partnerships with Academia

2. Reservoir Characterisation

    New Approaches to Reservoir Characterisation and Modeling
    Advancements in Geostatistical Methods
    Recovering and Identifying By-passed Hydrocarbons and Reservoir Compartments
    Developments in Reservoir Modeling
    Fluid Identification
    Reservoir Quality Prediction
    Rock Properties, Rock Typing
    Reservoir Quality and Outcrop Analogues
    Naturally Fractured Reservoirs
    Low Matrix Porosity Reservoirs
    Identifying and Recovering (EOR)
    Case Studies

3. Advances in Seismic

    Near Surface Challenges
    Multi-Component Seismic
    Seismic Attributes – Move to 3
    Simultaneous Seismic Data Acquisition
    Passive and Microseismic
    Thin Reservoir Detection – Move to 3
    Seismic Acquisition
    Processing and Imaging
    Quantitative Seismic Interpretation
    Seismic Inversion
    VSP & Well Bore Seismic
    4D Seismic/Time Lapse

4. Advances in Non Seismic Technologies

    Joint Inversion
    Gravity and Magnetics
    Electro Magnetics

5. Integration and Next Generation Technologies

    Remote Sensing
    Multidisciplinary Studies
    Data Management & Integration
    Geosteering
    Reservoir Monitoring
    GIS Systems
    Real Time Visualisation (Advanced)
    Real-time Decision Making
    Accelerating the Transfer from R&D to Production

6. Petrophysics

    Lab Core Studies
    Rock Properties, Rock Typing
    Core to Log Calibration
    Reducing Uncertainty of Hydrocarbon Saturation
    LWD – Logging While Drilling
    Fracture Identification and Analysis
    Borehole Imaging
    Low Resistivity Pay
    Upscaling

7. Geological Studies and Basin Modeling

    Advances in Organic Chemistry
    Basin Modeling
    Petroleum Systems Analysis
    Models for Developed Fields
    Middle East: Tertiary, Mesozoic, Paleozoic Hydrocarbon Systems
    Middle East: Salt Exploration Plays
    Regional Geology of the Middle East
    Recent Depositional Systems
    Middle East Source Rock Systems
    Tectonic History
    Sequence Stratigraphic Studies

8. Exploration & Production

    New Exploration Concepts
    Risk and Portfolio Management in Exploration
    New Discoveries in the Middle East
    Breakthroughs in Reservoir Prediction
    Managing HP/HT Reservoirs
    Stratigraphic Traps
    Correlating Non-Fossiliferous Beds
    Analogues
    Carbonate and Clastic
    Stratigraphic Tools and Techniques
    New Geochemical Techniques

9. Harvesting Unconventional and Challenging Resources

    Tight Gas Reservoirs
    Heavy Oil
    Oil Shale
    Coal Bed Methane
    Basin Centered Gas (Deep Gas)
    Fractured Shale
    Shale Gas
    Fractured Basement
    Shale Oil
    Tight Oil Reservoirs
    Sour Gas

10. Roles and Responsibilities of Geoscience in the Environment and Safety

    CO2 Sequestration
    Waste Disposal
    Water Disposal and Acquisition
    Hazardous Waste
    H2S
    Shallow Drilling Hazards
    Pore Pressure Prediction
    Modern Marine Environments
    Well Tests and Flaring

11. Rift Basin Exploration

    Subsalt Imaging
    Structural Controls
    Outcrops to Subsurface
    Red Sea Drilling
    Red Sea Hydrocarbon Plays
    Rift Basin Analogues

12. Rock Physics

    Digital Rock Physics
    Carbonate Rock Physics
    Unconventional Rock Physics
    Mechanical Rock Properties

13. Integrated Case Studies

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 Annual public art festival -  ALWAN 338 will took place  in Bahrain  from March 3 till April 19.



Venue :
    Al Riwaq Art Space, Block 338

The theme of festival is "foundations" and it is focused on the neighborhood of Adlya. Alwan338 offers a packed schedule of exhibitions, workshops, screenings, talks, food, music and more!


Check the project's blog for daily updates and further information:
alwanfestival.wordpress.com and www.alriwaqartspace.com

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Sport in Bahrain / Swimming Classes in Bahrain
« on: February 06, 2014, 02:56:36 AM »
Do you like swimming?

Dear ladies, especially for you swimming classes for ladies by certified, expert female trainer!

At Dolphin Swimming Center you become a swimming expert within a short time.
Styles you can swim:

 - Freestyle
 
 - Breaststroke

 - Backstroke

 - Butterfly

 - Diving

There are swimming Lessons for Gents, ladies and kids.


Are you a woman/girl who needs privacy and prefer to learn swimming separately? At Doplhin Swimming Center you can get exclusive training for ladies by lady trainers!

Evening class


Too busy to go swimming in Daytime? Take evening swimming lessons.

Why Swimming?

Swimming is on of the most essential and important skills that everybody must can. Any one from kid who is capable of independent motion to old people, age is no bar for swimming. Learning to swim is a LIFE TIME GIFT!!

Benefits for Kids

 - Safety

 - Discipline

 - Confidence

 - Social skills
 
 - Better Health

Other Common benefits for Men, women and kids

Physical Health Benefits
 
Swimming builds flexibility, endurance, muscle strength and cardiovascular health. Water adds 12 times more resistance than air, so it takes more work to move through water than air. Swimming not only helps strengthen muscles, it also helps builds lean, flexible muscles
 
Mental Benefits

For many swimmers, swimming is like a form of mediation. This is because swimming is a focused activity that cannot be combined with distractions like reading or watching television. Swimming forces you to regulate your breathing, and allows you to focus on nothing but the rhythm of your stroke

Recreation

Swimming is a lot of fun and can be a great way to socialize. Whether at the beach or a pool, it is fun to swim with other people. You can join a water aerobics class or a master’s swim practice, and socialize while you workout

Swimming helps you live longer. Recent studies have shown that swimmers have longer life span than walker or runners.
 

Cross training
Whether at the beach or a pool, it is fun to swim with other people. You can join a water aerobics class or a master’s swim practice, and socialize while you workout
 
Weight Loss

Swimming is highly effective for weight loss. Swimming involves workout of complete muscles and tha involves burning wuite lot of calories. Swimming is highly recommended for weight loss by Fitness trainers especially when combined with other weight loss programs like weight training.
 


Where:


Villa No 28, Road No 3801
Block No 338, Near Gulf Hotel, Bahrain

e-mail: info@dolphinswimmingclass.com
Phone: +973 33204703

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Bahrain News and Events / Detained journalists and bloggers appear in court
« on: February 04, 2014, 06:54:42 AM »
Reporters Without Borders reiterates its condemnation of the arbitrary behaviour of the Bahraini judicial system, which has postponed the trials of several detained news and information providers in the past two weeks.

The judicial authorities must abandon all the trumped-up charges they have brought against journalists just because they covered anti-government street protests, the media freedom organization said.

Reporters Without Borders also calls on the authorities to systematically order independent investigations whenever torture and mistreatment in detention is alleged. Failure to investigate violates article 12 of the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

RWB and nine other human rights groups wrote to Frank La Rue, the UN special rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, and Juan M?ndez, the UN special rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, on 15 December asking them to investigate the arrests, detention and torture of three Bahraini journalists.

Arrested for covering recent protests, the three journalists – reporter Mohamed Hassan, freelance photographer Hussain Hubail and freelance cameraman Qassim Zain AlDeen – all say they were tortured. Hassan has been released but Hubail and Deen are still held.

In the latest act of judicial foot-dragging, a judge yesterday postponed the well-known photographer Ahmed Humeidan’s trial until 26 March, when a verdict is supposed to be issued. He has been held since December 2012 on a charge of attacking a police station in Sitra in April 2012, although he was not even there at the time.

His trial began last February but the prosecution kept on postponing hearings because it had difficulty producing witnesses. His lawyer has repeatedly but unsuccessfully requested an independent investigation into his client’s allegations of torture. His requests to the prison authorities to let his client be examined by a doctor have also been unsuccessful.

On 27 January, the trial of the freelance photographer Hussain Hubail and the blogger Jassim Al-Nuaimi were postponed until 16 February for the final defence statements.

Winner of the independent newspaper Al-Wasat’s prize in May 2013 for a photo of protesters in a cloud of teargas, Hubail was arrested on 31 July and was charged on 21 August with “managing (electronic) accounts calling for the government’s overthrow,” “promoting and inciting hatred against the government,” “inciting others to disobey the law,” and calling for illegal demonstrations.

He was also charged with “contributing to the Twitter account of the 14 February media network.” During the 27 January hearing, he accused a certain Lt. Fawaz Al-Sameem of torturing him and threatening him and the women in his family with rape.

Nuaimi, who was a very active blogger during the uprising, was arrested at his home by masked plainclothesmen on 31 July 2013 on charges of using social media to incite anti-government hatred and call for illegal demonstrations.

After being held for several days at the General Directorate of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), he was transferred to Dry Dock prison on 3 August, only to be transferred back to the CID and then taken before a prosecutor. He says he was tortured and forced to sign a confession.

During the 27 January hearing, Nuaimi testified that he was not in Bahrain when the offending messages were posted and that he had sold his computer before they were posted, so he could not have been responsible.

According to information received by Reporters Without Borders, Hubail and Nuaimi reported that Red Cross representatives examined them earlier this month in connection with their claims of mistreatment.

Abdullah Salman Al-Jerdabi, a photographer who was arrested on 13 September 2013, was sentenced on 22 January to six months in prison on charges of participating in an illegal demonstration and misuse of social networks.

The freelance cameraman Qassim Zain AlDeen, who was arrested at his home on 2 August 2013 in the run-up to the “Tamarod” demonstrations in mid-August, was sentenced in December to three months in prison on a charge of participating in an illegal demonstration.

He was sentenced to an additional six months in prison on 15 January on another charge of participating in an illegal demonstration and a charge of “vandalism.” He is due to be tried on 16 February on a charge of “vandalism” inside the prison where he is being held.

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Sport in Bahrain / Myths about Formula 1 drivers
« on: January 15, 2014, 08:29:00 AM »
Many people believe that drivers should not be real athletes. Is it true?



In reality Formula One drivers are some of the most highly conditioned athletes on earth, their bodies specifically adapted to the very exacting requirements of top-flight single-seater motor racing.

All drivers who enter Formula One need to undergo a period of conditioning to the physical demands of the sport: no other race series on earth requires so much of its drivers in terms of stamina and endurance. The vast loadings that Formula One cars are capable of creating, anything up to a sustained 3.5 g of cornering force, for example, means drivers have to be enormously strong to be able to last for full race distances. The extreme heat found in a Formula One cockpit, especially at the hotter rounds of the championship, also puts vast strain on the body: drivers can sweat off anything up to 3kg of their body weight during the course of a race.

Physical endurance is created through intensive cardio-vascular training: usually running or swimming, although some drivers prefer cycling or even roller-blading! But the unusual loadings experienced by neck and chest muscles cannot be easily replicated by conventional gym equipment, so many drivers use specially designed 'rigs' that enable them to specifically develop the muscles they will need to withstand cornering forces. Strength here is especially important, as the neck must support the weight of both the driver's head and helmet under these intense loadings. Powerful arm muscles are also required to enable the car to be controlled during longer races.

In terms of nutrition, most F1 drivers control their diets in much the same way as track and field athletes, carefully regulating the amount of carbohydrate and protein they absorb. During race weekends most drivers will be seen eating pasta or other carbohydrate-rich foods to provide energy and give the all-important stamina for the race itself. It is also vitally important that drivers take in large amounts of water before the race, even if they do not feel thirsty. Failure to do so could bring on dehydration through sweating - not surprising given that the physical endurance required to drive a Formula One race is not dissimilar to that required to run a marathon.

from http://www.formula1.com

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Let's meet! Please introduce yourself / Hello everybody!
« on: January 10, 2014, 04:42:58 AM »
Hello! I am cleo. I am from Spain and now live in Manama. I like traveling and like meeting new friends.

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