Community College to set up new campuses

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Community College of Qatar

The Community College of Qatar (CCQ) is planning to set up more campuses to meet the rising demand from students for various programmes.
“We have got a 400,000sqm plot for our main building, which will be the largest,” CCQ president Dr Ibrahim al-Naimi told Gulf Times on Sunday.
The construction process will hopefully start soon. CCQ will also have two more centres, one at Wakra and the other at Al Khor. They will be coming up on plots of 150, 000sqm each.
“At present we have four campuses, the headquarters on C Ring Road, one in West Bay and two in Lusail,” he continued.
According to the official, the demand for various programmes at the college has grown many folds and the students do not get all the options they are looking for.
“The present facilities are not enough to meet the demand. We are working hard to get our own building to meet the demand. The college has become the second largest entity in
Qatar that provides higher education,” al-Naimi explained.
“When we started we were offering programmes only in English. Now we are offering English and Arabic tracks. We are the only institution in town that offers morning and evening shift as 50% of our students are working. The average age of the students is 27,” said the official.
The CCQ president said that the college started with about 300 students and one or two programmes.
“The student population has grown from 300 to 4,300 and faculty from 17 to more than 150. Similarly the number of programmes has grown to 17. Above all, we have moved from a diploma college to a college of diploma and bachelor degree programmes. The transition has been really fantastic in the last six to seven years,” he added.
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Uzbek President familiarizes with bridge in Chilanzar district

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Uzbek President familiarizes with bridge in Chilanzar district

Uzbek President familiarizes with bridge in Chilanzar district

Tashkent, Uzbekistan ( — President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev familiarized himself with new bridge, which was constructed at the intersection of Bunyodkor and Muqimi streets in Chilanzar district in Tashkent on 25 March 2017.

The length of six-lane bridge makes up 900 meters, height – 6 meters and width – 24 meters. The bridge will create additional convenience for drivers and pedestrians.

New bridge will help to solve traffic jams at the intersection of Bunyodkor and Muqimi streets, as well as ensure the safety of road traffic.

The bridge was constructed within two months. Two covered overground passages for pedestrians were constructed on two sides of the bridge.

Uzbek leader Shavkat Mirziyoyev also got acquainted with the project on construction of the bridge at intersections of Bunyodkor and Chuponota streets in Tashkent. He gave necessary orders.


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Ahn Cheol-soo lead primaries; Democrats’ first result due Monday

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With 44 days left to the May 9 presidential election, political parties are jockeying to finalize their presidential candidate. In the centrist People’s Party’s race, Ahn Cheol-soo is leading.

Although it is too early to judge the final outcome, Yoo Seong-min appears increasingly likely to be chosen as the single candidate of the conservative Bareun Party.

Ahn Cheol-soo of the People’s Party (Yonhap)

The liberal Democratic Party of Korea, home to the two most powerful contenders, Moon Jae-in and An Hee-jung, is to report the outcome of its first regional primary Monday.

Ahn scored a landslide victory over the two other presidential hopefuls — Sohn Hak-kyu and Park Joo-sun — in the People’s Party’s Gwangju-South Jeolla-Jeju region primary on Saturday.

Ahn gained 60.6 percent of the votes among the three, while some had predicted that his share of the vote would be below 50 percent. Apart from his success relative to his opponents, the high turnout in the region, a liberal stronghold, suggests he may have an edge with left-leaning voters if he becomes the party’s candidate.

Despite the rainy weather, the number of participants who voted for the three was 62,441, far exceeding the 20,000 expected. On Sunday, the People’ Party continued to draw high public interest in the North Jeolla Province primary with about 30,357 people voting as of 6 p.m. It is allowing ordinary citizens to vote in addition to party-registered supporters.

The higher-than-expected voter turnout suggests that the Honam region’s support for the People’s Party is still strong. In the 2016 general election, the minor opposition People’s Party beat the main opposition Democratic Party in South and North Jeolla provinces, the traditional home turf of the latter.

There are also spreading projections, which foresee Ahn emerging as a powerful presidential contender, even though his support rating of slightly over 10 percent lags behind the two leading candidates of the Democratic Party.

As for the conservative Bareun Party, Yoo Seong-min is securing a steady lead over runner-up Nam Kyung-pil after winning the primaries in four regions. However, Yoo’s overall support rating in the polls is below 3 percent.

Rather than Yoo, Hong Joon-pyo of the Liberty Korea Party has come into the spotlight among conservative hopefuls with a nationwide support rating of about 8 percent.

Moon Jae-in of the Democratic Party of Korea (Yonhap)

The first round primary of the Democratic Party in which three aspirants — Moon Jae-in, An Hee-jung and Lee Jae-myung — are competing started Saturday.

The party will announce the three-day voting result in the Honam region on Monday.

Political watchers are waiting to see whether leading contender Moon would grab a majority in the region, which includes Gwangju. He has said that he will not run for the presidency if Honam voters do not support him.

Uncertainty has grown over Moon’s support rating in the wake of his recent remarks that he received an award during his drafted duties in the military by then-army general Chun Doo-hwan, who later become president through a military coup. His remarks could be heard to some citizens as boasting. In addition, allegations have been raised that a company gave irregular favors in employment to Moon’s son.

Moon’s support rating hovers at around 33 percent. This figure, however, is a retreat from the previous poll result, which saw him with nearly a 40 percent support rating when citizens’ fury at the Park Geun-hye scandal peaked in Gwanghwamun Square last winter.

Political analysts pick voter sentiment in Jeolla provinces as one of the two major barometers — along with that in the Seoul-Gyeonggi — to single out the liberal candidate.

By Kim Yon-se (

Source : The Korea Herald

Third Airbus plane purchased by Iran lands in Tehran

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Third Airbus plane purchased by Iran lands in Tehran

Iran’s third of the 100 planes it purchased from Airbus following a landmark nuclear deal with world powers landed at Mehrabad International Airport in Tehran on Saturday afternoon.

The Iran Air A330 jet landed in Tehran after a flight from Toulouse, France, home to the headquarters of the European consortium, IRNA reported.

It has 32 business and 206 economy class seats.

Iran Air received its first and the second planes from Airbus in January and March.

Iran’s flag carrier sealed a deal with Airbus in December for 100 planes. It separately reached an agreement to buy 80 planes from Boeing.

Most of Iran’s 250 commercial planes were purchased before the 1979 Islamic Revolution.


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