|The Post-Qadhafi Libya|
|WITH the death of Moamer
Qadhafi the Arab spring has
claimed a third victory. The
Libyan people have the
chance to build a just and
democratic system of governance after
42 years of autonomous rule by the
colonel, his family, his cronies and his
tribe. No wonder there are such scenes
of jubilation throughout the country.
Qadhafi´s removal will be a source of
great relief to the new government of
Libya, whatever its ultimate composition.
Qadhafi had billions of dollars at
his disposal, in cash and gold, with
which he was threatening to fund an
insurgency and derail the revolution.
Nevertheless, the new regime would
probably rather have captured Qadhafi
alive to make a show of his trial, as the
Iraqi interim government did with
Saddam Hussein in 2004. Such a trial.
|LAST month President
Obama finally unveiled a
serious economic stimulus
plan - far short of what I´d
like to see, but a step in the
right direction. Republicans, predictably,
have blocked it. But the
new plan, combined with the
Occupy Wall Street demonstrations,
seems to have shifted the
national conversation. We are, suddenly,
focused on what we should
have been talking about all along:
So what is the GOP jobs plan?
The answer, in large part, is to
allow more pollution. So what you
need to know is that weakening
environmental regulations would
do little to create jobs and would
make us both poorer and sicker.
Now it would be wrong to say
that all Republicans see increased
pollution as the answer to... |
IIS tops first leg of Project 5S contest
CATHERINE W GICHUKI
DOHA THE Ideal Indian School (IIS) topped in Leg 1 of the Project 5S (School Students Struggle for Sustainability and to Save Environment) on Saturday. Six schools participated in the second annual environmental programme and competition organised by the Institute of Engineers (India) (IEI)-Qatar chapter at Virginia Commonwealth University at Qatar (VCUQ).
It featured a quiz contest and a technical presentation in which Dr Tapas Bandhyopadhay of IEI tackled the challenges facing environment and Qatar’s initiatives to promote sustainability. The IIS scored 36.9 points, MES Indian School 32.32, Dehli Public School 30.53, Shantiniketan 30.8 and Birla Public School 25.87. However, this is not the final tally.
The overall winners will be announced after Leg 2, Leg 3 and the grand finale. Leg 2 will be held in November. All the students were awarded certificates of participation. Speaking to Qatar Tribune, Animesh Sarkar, chairman of IEI, said the key objective of the Project 5S was to prepare and mould the future generation to combat the global threat of climate change and depleting natural resources. “We want to educate and raise awareness about global warming and environment protection among the students. We want to sow the idea in their minds so that they can grow with this notion and practice to be environmentalists.
We started at the grassroots level. This will help to contribute to environmental protection and fight against environmental damage and pollution,” he said. Sarkar added that the organisation planned to involve local and international schools in the campaign. “We started with Indian schools to see how it would go. We plan to involve other schools in the near future.
“Thirty students and five teachers from each school participated in the event. The students were keen and demonstrated ability to answer questions,” Sarkar added. Manoj Thayalan, president of Ideal Indian School Eco Club, said, “This project is a good opportunity to raise awareness about environment among students. Through this opportunity, students step forward to realise their potential. The spirit of leadership is revealed.
This project has also brought us closer as friends,” he said. “As students, it is our responsibility to take care of the environment. We are learning so much about the environment from this competition,” said Mehnaz Husain, student editor of Ideal Eco Club.
“This project will help the students to start thinking on the right solutions that will save time, energy, money and preserve the environment for the future. The students will go green,” said Sana Y Kays, public relations officer of Qatar Cool, one of the companies that supported the event.