Newspaper Review: UAE govt. adviser urges education reforms; Libya cabinet formed

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The National’s headline says ‘Poor quality education failing our children’ as top ministry adviser has called for reforms. The paper quoted Dr. Abdulla Al Amiri, adviser to the Minister of Education, as saying that public school system with no clear vision and accountability fail to produce acceptable results.

Gulf News and Khaleej Times have announced the formation of a new cabinet after weeks of bitter political bickering. Gulf News says NTC will declare liberation after Sirte is captured from the hands of pro-Gaddafi forces while quoting NTC Head Mustafa Abdul Jalil as saying: “We have signed a pledge that we will not take part in any future government in any way.”

NEW OIL FIELD

Khaleej Times reported Dubai’s Al Jalila oilfield is on schedule. “God willing it will start this year,” Shaikh Ahmed told the KT correspondent.

Gulf News’ business editor says Al Jalila oilfield should notably increase the production of crude in Dubai whose current oil reserves are about 4 billion barrels. The paper added that according to the International Energy Agency, UAE’s average sustainable crude oil production capacity is set to increase 12.5 per cent to 3.06 million barrels per day by 2014.

ABU DHABI CENSUS

The National has highlighted the use of tablet computers in the ongoing census in Abu Dhabi emirate to ensure accuracy and accessibility. “The 2011 Census is the first time that people across the emirate will be providing their census information to enumerators using iPads,” the Abu Dhabi-based newspaper quoted Dr. Yousif Al Hammadi, the project’s methodology team leader as saying.

The Statistics Centre Abu Dhabi (SCAD) says it is developing online tools for users to access data on regional and local levels.

EDITORIALS

“Consumers must be able to choose remedy,” says today’s Gulf News editorial while welcoming the initiative taken by Dubai’s Department of Economic Development to publish “Blue Book”, a guide that details consumer protection laws in different sectors. “It is good that the new Blue Book clarifies how the choice between replacement, repair and refund should work in different sectors like vehicles textile, clothing and electronics,” the editor says while listing few conditions on sales and returns of goods. He concludes that the ‘Blue Book’ has now made clear the rights of the consumer who have long suffered at the hands of unscrupulous agents.

The National, on the other hand, flayed the recent taxation on fatty foods in Denmark. “A tasteless tax on fatty foods” says the title of the editorial which mentions the results of a survey in which the people of Denmark said they take pride in Lurpak butter and consider it a national symbol. The editor mentions the latest tax on foods high in saturated fat which the Danish government insists it was taken in good faith and for the better of the people. The article notes that Danes are currently among the least obese people on the planet but despite this fact, their government has taken a step that will “improve” their lives by limiting their choices.

By Moign Khawaja ~ Editor – Arabian Gazette

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