Bahrain to hold parliament vote in November

Bahrain’s King Hamad chairs a session of the Council of Ministers in Manama. (BNA)
Updated 10 September 2018

Bahrain to hold parliament vote in November

MANAMA: Bahrain’s King Hamad has set a November 24 date for Bahrain’s parliamentary elections, after issuing a Royal Order No. 36 of 2018 concerning the date of election and nomination for membership of the Council of Representatives.
The first article of the decree states that: “Voters whose names are listed in the voter lists, in accordance with the provisions of Decree Law No. (14) for the year 2002 on the exercise of political rights, are invited to attend the polling stations for the election of members of the House of Representatives on Saturday, Nov. 24 2018 from 8 am to 8 pm, and in cases where reelection is required, the Saturday Saturday, 1 December 2018, will be held from 8 am to 8 pm. Elections will be held at Bahraini embassies, consulates and diplomatic missions abroad on Tuesday, Nov. 20 2018 and in the event of a re-election, it will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 27 2018.”
Article 2 states that “the nomination for membership of the House of Representatives shall open from Wednesday, Oct. 17 until Sunday, Oct. 21. Applications for candidacy in the various electoral districts shall be submitted to the relevant committees.”
Speaking at a cabinet meeting on Monday, King Hamad stressed keenness to continue to develop the political and democratic life in the Kingdom, highlighting the importance of the next stage in the national march of action.
He said the forthcoming parliamentary election will write a new chapter of the march of democratic development and a new start in which the National Action Charter was laid down and launched by the reform project.
The king reiterated his firm determination to continue to preserve the democratic gains, expressing pride and honor in the role and contributions of the legislative authority.
The Minister of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments, Sheikh Khalid Bin Ali Al-Khalifa, affirmed that the upcoming elections for the fifth legislative term are the “impetus for further development and enhancing the democratic gains in light of the comprehensive development renaissance.”
Meanwhile, King Hamad issued Decree No. (44) of 2018 to set up a general committee for vote counting.


Yoga can help corona patients breathe easy, says Egyptian expert

Updated 21 min 53 sec ago

Yoga can help corona patients breathe easy, says Egyptian expert

  • "Yoga can actually help to avoid injury and to stay stable in every position"

CAIRO: It is well documented that the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) can have severe effects on the respiratory system, causing difficulty in breathing as well as chest pains.

With no specific cure discovered yet, it has been suggested that yoga techniques can help breathe easy.

According to yoga experts, breathing is the most important part of yoga.

“When it comes to a productive yoga routine, settling your mind, relaxing, centering yourself, and breathing are the most important steps to master," Egyptian yoga instructor Rana Moustafa told Arab News.

Pharmacologist Louis J. Ignarro, Nobel Prize winner in Physiology in 1998, and Professor of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology in the University of California, Los Angeles, wrote an article recently explaining how breathing properly can help to fight COVID-19

"Inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth. It’s not just something you do in yoga class; breathing this way actually provides a powerful medical benefit that can help the body fight viral infections.

"The reason is that your nasal cavities produce the molecule, nitric oxide, which chemists abbreviate as NO. It increases blood flow through the lungs and boosts oxygen levels in the blood. Breathing in through the nose delivers NO directly into the lungs where it helps fight coronavirus infection by blocking the replication of virus in the lungs. The higher oxygen saturation of the blood can make one feel more refreshed and provide greater endurance," he wrote.

Rana explained that deep breathing "lowers stress levels by decreasing heart rate. When you breathe correctly, it redirects the flow of energy within your body, and also boosts your immunity, and improves both lung function and respiratory endurance."

"The things that happen when you are stressed, such as increasing heart rate, fast breathing, and high blood pressure all decrease as you breathe deeply to relax the whole body," the Egyptian yoga instructor emphasized.

"The most beautiful thing about yoga is that it’s available to anyone and everyone. Yoga is for any age and fitness level. The poses can be easily modified for different skill levels or if someone has an injury or condition. Not only that, but there are several types of yoga to choose from," said Rana.

"Yoga can actually help to avoid injury and to stay stable in every position."