Using mobile phones causes more than half of fatal accidents in Qatar

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 15 Jul 2018 – 17:22

Using mobile phones causes more than half of fatal accidents in Qatar

A motorist using mobile phone while driving.

Doha: Use of mobile phones during driving causes more than half of the fatal accidents in Qatar, General Directorate of Traffic said today.

The directorate said statistics indicated that engaging in mobile phone caused 44.1 percent of the minor injuries, 52.2 percent of the serious injuries and 51.6 percent of the deaths, of the total traffic accidents recorded recently.

Under the ongoing “Accident-free summer” traffic awareness campaign, launched by the Ministry of Interior last week, the General Directorate of Traffic continues its initiative with a new theme this week under the slogan “a phone call could cost you your life”.

Head of traffic at South Security Department, Maj Muhammad bin Jassim Al-Thani, said the use of mobile phone comes second among the most common violations that cause traffic accidents, after over speeding, which ranks first.

He said that using mobile phone or other devices would affect concentration and will distract the mind, which will reflect on the performance of the driver of the vehicle and could cause deviation from the track or delay his reaction. It could also reduce the speed of the vehicle to less than normal and also the possibility of crossing traffic signals.

He added that this slogan comes in accordance with the provisions of Article (55) of the Traffic Law No. (19) / 2007, which obligates the driver of the motor vehicle not to use the mobile phone or any other device in any way that requires the use of hands for carrying or operation while driving. The law has stipulated a fine of QR 500 on the phone user while driving, using his hand, as well as on those who are engaged in watching any visible material from a television or other devices, with the objective of preserving lives and property.

In 2016 the number of violations of the use of the phone during driving was 10,654 violations, 12,651 violations in 2010 and 27,735 violations in 2015. However it has significantly decreased with 4,078 violations in the first half of this year.

The directorate called on motorists to focus on the road while driving, and not to be preoccupied with telephone or other device, as it increases the rate of traffic accidents significantly and increases the rates of deaths and injuries.


Source :  The Peninsula Qatar

Uzbekistan is interested in creating networks of hostels

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Uzbekistan is interested in creating networks of hostels

Tashkent, Uzbekistan ( — The Government of Uzbekistan is interested in increasing the number of hostels in the country. This was stated by the Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Aziz Abdukhakimov, commenting the decision to simplify the requirements for hostels.

To stimulate the development of infrastructure for low-budget tourism and hostel business in the country, as well as the formation of a modern hostel network, changes were introduced to the state standard O’z DSt 3220.

The changes made allow entrepreneurs to significantly reduce costs when creating and organizing the activities of hostels.

Some requirements for hostels were cancelled. In particular, now hostels should not have separate entrance, elevator, public and office premises, tanks with water reserves, need for a certain area per visitor. The requirements for personnel were simplified.

Aziz Abdukhakimov said that the opinions of owners of hostels and foreign experts were studied. “We held talks and expect that in the near future big hostel networks will enter the Uzbek market,” he added.

According to him, the hostel networks will be created in places where tourist attractions are located, and in mountainous areas.

The Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan urged local investors to invest in the creation of hostels. He stated that local investors can apply to the khokimiyats and get land or facilities to create hostels. “We welcome both local and foreign investors who are ready to invest in hostels,” he stressed.


Source :  UzDaily

Iran rejects Saudi energy minister’s remarks on JMMC

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Iran rejects Saudi energy minister's remarks on JMMC

Iran dismissed the recent remarks by Saudi energy minister that the Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee (JMMC) overseeing the OPEC/non-OPEC supply agreement will no longer track individual countries’ compliance with quotas.

According to Fars News Agency, Iran’s Governor at the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries Hossein Kazempour Ardebili further said on Sunday, “The remarks by Saudi energy minister are not based on an OPEC approval and are just his personal view. (OPEC) members do not have such a resolution.”

Asked if Saudi Arabia can boost oil production, he said, “Any increase in production more than the quotas is a violation of the current agreement as long as it is not approved by the OPEC conference.”

Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih told the other members that the JMMC would no longer track individual country compliance with quotas, as the deal has now shifted to a collective production ceiling.

Falih, who chairs the JMMC, said the entire coalition’s compliance with the ceiling will continue to be monitored and reported, according to a letter sent Thursday to his counterparts.

“The shift from reporting individual country conformity to reporting overall conformity will be adopted to reflect the June 23 decision of the 4th OPEC and non-OPEC Ministerial Meeting that countries will strive to adhere to the overall conformity level, voluntarily adjusted to 100 percent, as of July 2018,” Falih wrote.

Iran has insisted that the supply accord would be breached if members exceed their individual quotas and infringe on others’ market share.

The JMMC has never publicly revealed individual country performance on quotas but has used the data to privately pressure non-compliant members to do their fair share since production cuts were implemented in January 2017 to help draw down oil in storage.

With the market now rebalanced and US President Donald Trump pressuring Saudi Arabia to cool the market, OPEC agreed on June 23 in Vienna with Russia and nine other allies on a 1-mbd output boost to head off expected supply disruptions from US sanctions on Iran and Venezuela’s economic crisis.

Meanwhile, Ardebili urged US President Donald Trump not to use the nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) to push prices lower, and instead drop sanctions on Iran’s crude exports.

“My advice to you, Mr. President, is to avoid touching the SPR — to cool down and give up sanctioning Iranian oil,” Ardebili said by email.

The Trump administration is actively considering tapping into the nation’s emergency oil inventories as political pressure grows before congressional elections in November, according to people familiar with the matter.

“Mr. President, as I have foreseen earlier, it seems you are resorting to the SPR due to the fact that there is no spare capacity to cover for Iranian exports — but there will be many repercussions,” Kazempour said.

Trump is pressing Saudi Arabia and some other OPEC members to fill in any supply gap that will arise when US sanctions restrict Iranian crude exports.

“Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Russia pretended to be able to deliver 2.5 million barrels a day of Iranian exports,” Kazempour said.

“That was a miscalculation, Mr. President: You have fallen in their trap, and prices will go up.”

It’s not the first time the Iranian official has responded to Trump’s policies. Earlier this month, Kazempour said that tweets by Trump criticizing the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries had pushed oil prices up by about $10 a barrel.

“If we in Iran were to stop our exports for just one month to show what it can bring to the world economy, you would have thought twice,” Kazempour said. “But we are a civilized nation, and a responsible government.”


Source :  Iran-Daily