Thursday, October 30, 2014

1, US Embassy issues warning for teachers //2, silly prank video on Oman Air

1, The US Embassy issued a warning that western teachers could be targeted by extremists; no specific threat mentioned for Oman but for Saudi and Egypt.

October 29, 2014
The Embassy wishes to notify the American community of a recent anonymous posting on an extremist website which encouraged attacks against American and other western teachers in the Middle East. The website specifically referenced teachers at schools in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) and Maadi (Egypt) as examples of locations with high concentrations of potential targets.  The Embassy is unaware of any specific, credible threat against any American or western school or individuals in Oman. 

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2, This was going around the last few days. re Oman Air

video

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

No Women Fans Allowed / Gulf Cup 2014 @ Riyadh

It was announced today no women will be able to attend the football matches (be in the stadium) of the Gulf Cup 2014 to be held in Saudi Arabia in November. Apparently, an Omani official agreed with the decision. The reasoning being it will cut down on 'soft sex'. Oman won the Gulf Cup in 2009.

http://shabiba.com/News/Article-61425.aspx  (In Arabic)



Monday, October 27, 2014

Operation Oman

A new film about the Dhofar Rebellion and Britain's involvement is coming out. It looks interesting with old footage of Oman and perspectives of veteran British fighters. There will be several screenings in the UK in November.

http://www.operationoman.com/#!info/co58

'More than 40 years have passed since Britain fought a secret war in Oman.  Major Nicholas Ofield has returned for the first time since his involvement in the conflict to retread his battlegrounds and reflect on what the conflict meant personally, and in the wider socio-political context.  Supported with rare archive footage and interviews from Colonel Mike Ball and Major Mike Austin, who also fought in the conflict, Operation Oman is the gripping true story of one of the most successful
counter-insurgency campaigns ever fought.'

video
'Desert People'






Saturday, October 25, 2014

UPDATES ***US Navy (JTWC) / High Potential Cyclone development & heading toward Oman

Due to conflicting reporting in Oman, to see updates for this cyclone and to track with various models see link below and scroll to nilofar:
http://www.tropicaltidbits.com/storminfo/

Current Satellite : http://wxug.us/1lcul

As of 28 Oct 7pm Omani timing



As of 27 Oct

 Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC)

Click to enlarge
From Muscat Daily /27Oct
“There is nothing to worry about the storm like it was reported a few days ago. Even if it strikes, it will be hardly anything and there will be no destruction,” a Met official said, adding that going by the latest reading, the storm would not last long.

Read more: http://www.muscatdaily.com/Archive/Oman/No-major-threat-from-tropical-storm-Nilofar-yet-Met-dept-3jql#ixzz3HKeirNcG 


OmanNew News  27/Oct

Ferry Shina to Maseera halted from 9am 27Oct - High waves




As of 25 Oct


Follow updates here': http://www.usno.navy.mil/NOOC/nmfc-ph/RSS/jtwc/ab/abioweb.txt



ABIO10 PGTW 242230
MSGID/GENADMIN/JOINT TYPHOON WRNCEN PEARL HARBOR HI//
SUBJ/SIGNIFICANT TROPICAL WEATHER ADVISORY FOR THE INDIAN OCEAN
/REISSUED/242230Z-251800ZOCT2014//
REF/A/MSG/JOINT TYPHOON WRNCEN PEARL HARBOR HI/242151OCT2014//
AMPN/REF A IS A TROPICAL CYCLONE FORMATION ALERT.//
RMKS/
1. NORTH INDIAN OCEAN AREA (MALAY PENINSULA WEST TO COAST OF AFRICA):
   A. TROPICAL CYCLONE SUMMARY: NONE.
   B. TROPICAL DISTURBANCE SUMMARY:
      (1) THE AREA OF CONVECTION PREVIOUSLY LOCATED NEAR 11.2N 
61.3E, IS NOW LOCATED NEAR 11.6N 61.1E, APPROXIMATELY 730 NM SOUTH-
SOUTHEAST OF MUSCAT, OMAN. ANIMATED INFRARED SATELLITE IMAGERY 
DEPICTS A FAIRLY BROAD AREA OF ORGANIZING DEEP CONVECTION AROUND A 
WIDE LOW-LEVEL CIRCULATION CENTER (LLCC) THAT IS SLOWLY BECOMING 
BETTER DEFINED. A 241705Z AMSU-B AND 241837Z TRMM (PARTIAL) 
MICROWAVE IMAGE REVEALS WEAK AND FRAGMENTED BANDING SHOWING 
CONSOLIDATION ALONG THE NORTHEASTERN PERIPHERY OF THE AREA WITH SOME 
CONVECTION AROUND THE WESTERN PORTION OF THE LLCC. ADDITIONALLY, A 
241758Z PARTIAL ASCAT SHOWS SOME 25 KNOT WIND BARBS ALONG THE 
EXTREME NORTHWEST OF THE AREA. UPPER-LEVEL ANALYSIS INDICATES A 
FAVORABLE ENVIRONMENT OF MODERATE (10 TO 20 KNOT) VERTICAL WIND 
SHEAR OFFSET BY GOOD POLEWARD OUTFLOW PROVIDED BY UPPER LEVEL 
TROUGHING OVER NORTHERN INDIA. MULTIPLE GLOBAL MODELS ARE DEVELOPING 
THIS DISTURBANCE INTO A BROAD TROPICAL SYSTEM AFFECTING THE 
NORTHWEST ARABIAN SEA OVER THE NEXT 48 HOURS.  MAXIMUM SUSTAINED 
SURFACE WINDS ARE ESTIMATED AT 23 TO 27 KNOTS. MINIMUM SEA LEVEL 
PRESSURE IS ESTIMATED TO BE NEAR 1003 MB. THE POTENTIAL FOR THE 
DEVELOPMENT OF A SIGNIFICANT TROPICAL CYCLONE WITHIN THE NEXT 24 
HOURS IS UPGRADED TO HIGH. SEE REF A (WTIO21 PGTW 242200) FOR 
FURTHER DETAILS.
      (2) NO OTHER SUSPECT AREAS.
2. SOUTH INDIAN OCEAN AREA (135E WEST TO COAST OF AFRICA):
   A. TROPICAL CYCLONE SUMMARY: NONE.
   B. TROPICAL DISTURBANCE SUMMARY: NONE.
3. JUSTIFICATION FOR REISSUE: UPGRADED AREA 1.B.(1) TO HIGH.//
NNNN


http://www.tropicaltidbits.com/analysis/models/navgem/2014102412/navgem_mslp_pcpn_ind.html

projected path

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Ma salama Nawras

Nawras is being rebranded as 'Ooredoo', the Qatari telecom group, by this December. They announced it in September, and this month an aggressive marketing campaign has begun to prepare users for the change. The new branding is being purported to bring international recognition to Oman's phone service.  

The change is in name only; the service will still be the same which I had hoped would be the thing that would be enhanced. I like the 'seagull' logo of Nawras and will miss seeing it compared to this alternate 'red' logo of ooredoo ('I want' in Arabic).


Monday, October 20, 2014

PDO Camp Oman - Before/After Photos

In case you haven't been through Ras Al Hamra lately, PDO is in the process of developing a new residential complex for their employees; it's probably about time. The construction of the project started about two years ago and the results are quite elegant.

PDO CAMP (apologies for the margin overage)
OldNew

2014 - New villas
Something's low key and relaxing about the old styles; some with view of sea - private outside entrances

2014 - Modern, attractive completed housing - you can see who's home from the main drag


2014 - New street with housing
New flats under construction

2014 - Almost completed


Ras Al Hamra-1960s when it was a 'camp'
New housing

 2014 - Mosque leading into the brand-new development



Existing rec club
2014 -Behind the fence - a new golf course



Sunday, October 19, 2014

Omani students give zakat in honour of His Majesty

Omani students of wilayet samail wishing for HM a speedy recovery

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