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IN BRIEF.

Complaints regarding water bills pouring in

Several people have complained to the Qatar Electricity and Water corporation (Kahram) recently for being asked to pay thousands of riyals as water charges in spite of the fact that the water meters have remained out of order for years on end.

A local Arabic daily said the public had informed the Kahram officials about the dysfunction of the meters but nothing was done to repair them. Now after they have been set right Kahram has slapped on them bills for huge amounts to cover the period when the meters were out of order.

The dispute is being sorted out between the two sides but ultimately the consumer will have to deal with the amount for no fault of his, says the report.

Health insurance scheme

The Supreme Council for Health (SCH) will implement a health insurance scheme in mid-2012 on an experimental basis. It will initially cover only the maternity sector and Qatari women on the assumption that it will serve as an indicator of the extent of success of the scheme, a report in a local Arabic daily said. According to the assistant secretary general for policy matters at the SCH, Dr. Faleh Mohamed Husain, the SCH is planning to set up a firm of its own to handle the scheme

Study on distribution of freshwater algae

Findings of a study on the distribution of non-marine diatom - freshwater algae - populations in the streams of Socotra Island, Yemen, has been published in the Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Journals "Qscience Connect".

Qscience Connect is a new open-access, peer-reviewed publication from Bloomsbury, which places emphasis on correctness and validity of results, rather than any subjective opinion of the reviewers.

The study was done by Dr Mohamed A al-Wosabi and Dr Abdelfattah Zalat from Hodiedah University and Sana'a University, respectively.

Diatoms and their population distributions serve as indicators of water conditions and changes that might be taking place therein.

Diatoms, who existence dates back to the time of dinosaurs, are single-celled organisms that rely on photosynthesis processing of the sun's rays as an energy source to live and reproduce.

SEEF employees in clean-up drive

Employees of SEEF Limited participated in a cleaning day programme as part of company's commitment to a clean and sustainable environment.

The main aim of this initiative was to allow everybody to get involved in the upkeep of the plant in addition to their own office space, a company spokesman said.

Employees were divided into different teams which carried out cleaning, weeding, and collecting trash throughout the day.

Ahmed al-Hitmi, general manager, said the participation of all employees "demonstrates our commitment to social responsibility and the duty of care to our environment".

SEEF was established in 2004 as a joint venture with 80% shares held by Qatar Petroleum and 20% by United Development Company. Its main product is linear alkyl benzene (LAB) which is an ingredient in the manufacture of environmentally-friendly detergents.

Gulf Times Newspaper 2011

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