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College of St. Benilde encountered stiff resistance from a lowly foe on Tuesday before gutting out an 82-77 win over Arellano that raised the Blazers' impressive opening run in Season 95 of the NCAA men's basketball tournament to five games. Seldom-used gu

대기업 기업결합 28%↓…계열사·비계열사간 합병 모두 줄어

올해 상반기 대기업집단의 기업결합 규모가 두드러지게 줄어든 것으로 나타났다. 특히 집단 내 구조조정을 위한 계열사 간 결합이 크게 줄어들었고, 신산업 진출 등을 위한 비계열사 간 결합 역
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대기업 기업결합 28%↓…계열사·비계열사간 합병 모두 줄어

올해 상반기 대기업집단의 기업결합 규모가 두드러지게 줄어든 것으로 나타났다. 특히 집단 내 구조조정을 위한 계열사 간 결합이 크게 줄어들었고, 신산업 진출 등을 위한 비계열사 간 결합 역시 금액 규모가 3년 연속 감소세를 보였다. 25일 공정거래위원회에 따르면 올 상반기 국내 기업에 의한 기업결합 건수는 270건으로 지난해 상반기(266건)와 유사한 수준을 나타냈지만 결합 금액 규모는 21조6000억원에서 12조7000억원으로 41.2% 가량 줄어들었다. 여기서 자산총액 5조원 이상 대기업집단(공시대상기업집단)의 기업결합은 작년보다 28% 감소(107건→77건)하는 등 위축된 경향을 보였다. 결합 금액도 4조2000억원으로 지난해(16조5000억원)에 비해74.5%(12조3000억원) 줄어들었다. 특히 기업집단 내 구조조정의 성격을 갖는 계열사 간 기업결합의 경우도 건수는 47.4%(27건), 금액은 76%(11조1000억원)씩 줄어들었다. 지난해 상반기의 경우 기업집단의 소유·지배구조 개편을 위

한은 “美 경제성장세 이어갈 것…日 뚜렷한 회복 어려워”

글로벌 경기 둔화 우려가 고조된 가운데 미국 경제는 양호한 성장세를 이어갈 것으로 전망됐다. 일본은 생산·수출 부진으로 둔화한 성장세가 쉽게 회복되긴 어려울 것으로 진단됐다. 25일 한국
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한은 “美 경제성장세 이어갈 것…日 뚜렷한 회복 어려워”

글로벌 경기 둔화 우려가 고조된 가운데 미국 경제는 양호한 성장세를 이어갈 것으로 전망됐다. 일본은 생산·수출 부진으로 둔화한 성장세가 쉽게 회복되긴 어려울 것으로 진단됐다. 25일 한국은행의 해외경제포커스에 실린 ‘최근 해외경제 동향’에 따르면 미국의 지난달 실업률은 3.7%로 낮은 수준을 이어가고 소매판매 증가율은 전월(0.4%)보다 확대된 0.7%를 기록하면서 양호한 성장 흐름을 이어가고 있는 것으로 나타났다. 한은은 “앞으로도 미국 경제는 소비 중심의 성장세를 이어갈 것으로 전망된다”며 “다만 미·중 무역분쟁 심화 등으로 경기하방위험은 다소 확대된 상태”라고 말했다. 일본은 대중국 수출이 부진해지면서 7월중 수출이 전월대비 0.2% 감소했다. 6월중 산업생산도 전월대비 3.3% 줄었고 가계소비도 2.9% 감소한 것으로 조사됐다. 일본 정부의 재정확대 정책이 예상되지만 미·일 무역협상, 미·중 무역분쟁 장기화 등 대외 불확실성을 비롯해 소비세율 인상 등으로 뚜렷한 회복세를 보이긴 어려

내달 年1%대 고정 주담대로 갈아타는 제2안심전환대출 나온다

다음 달에 기존 변동금리 또는 준고정금리 주택담보대출을 최저 1%대 고정금리로 갈아탈 수 있는 20조원 규모의 ‘서민형 안심전환대출’이 출시된다. 부부합산소득이 연 8500만원 이하(신혼·다
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내달 年1%대 고정 주담대로 갈아타는 제2안심전환대출 나온다

다음 달에 기존 변동금리 또는 준고정금리 주택담보대출을 최저 1%대 고정금리로 갈아탈 수 있는 20조원 규모의 ‘서민형 안심전환대출’이 출시된다. 부부합산소득이 연 8500만원 이하(신혼·다자녀 가구는 1억원)인 1주택자는 최대 30년간 향후 금리 변동과 상관없이 고정된 금액만 갚으면 돼 원리금 상환 부담이 줄어든다. 제2금융권 변동금리 대출을 고정금리 정책모기지로 전환하는 ‘더나은 보금자리론’도 다음 달부터 다중채무자가 이용할 수 있게 개선한다. 금융위원회는 지난 23일 ‘주택금융개선 TF 회의’를 열고 서민·실수요자의 금리 부담 경감을 위한 ‘서민형 안심전환대출’ 출시 계획과 ‘더나은 보금자리론’ 개선안을 발표했다. 대환을 원하는 차주는 다음 달 16일부터 20일까지 2주간 은행창구 또는 주택금융공사 홈페이지를 통해 신청하면 된다. 주금공 홈페이지와 전자약정을 모두 활용하면 0.1%p 금리 혜택을 준다. 서민형 안심전환대출 대상은 지난달 23일(안심전환대출 출시계획 발표일) 이전에 취급된 변동

Activists fight hated land-grabs in Cambodia

Spanish man freed by Phnom Penh court, but local environmental campaigners face grave dangers. The post Activists fight hated land-grabs in Cambodia appeared first on The Cambodia Daily.
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Activists fight hated land-grabs in Cambodia

Spanish man freed by Phnom Penh court, but local environmental campaigners face grave dangers. The post Activists fight hated land-grabs in Cambodia appeared first on The Cambodia Daily.

Cambodia wishes to see China’s Hong Kong return to normal: gov’t chief spokesman

Cambodian government chief spokesman Phay Siphan said that his country wishes to see the ongoing situation in China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) return to normal, noting that the kingdom supports China in ending violence in HKSAR. The
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Cambodia wishes to see China’s Hong Kong return to normal: gov’t chief spokesman

Cambodian government chief spokesman Phay Siphan said that his country wishes to see the ongoing situation in China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) return to normal, noting that the kingdom supports China in ending violence in HKSAR. The post Cambodia wishes to see China’s Hong Kong return to normal: gov’t chief spokesman appeared first on The Cambodia Daily.

Threats mount as Borei Keila holdout families protest coming eviction

Around 14 families from Phnom Penh’s Borei Keila neighbourhood gathered on Thursday outside Prampi Makara district hall to protest their imminent eviction. The post Threats mount as Borei Keila holdout families protest coming eviction appeared first on Th
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Threats mount as Borei Keila holdout families protest coming eviction

Around 14 families from Phnom Penh’s Borei Keila neighbourhood gathered on Thursday outside Prampi Makara district hall to protest their imminent eviction. The post Threats mount as Borei Keila holdout families protest coming eviction appeared first on The Cambodia Daily.

دفاع البشير يطالب بالإفراج عنه بكفالة في ثاني جلسة لمحاكمته

مثل الرئيس السوداني المعزول عمر البشير، أمس، مجدّداً في المحكمة، في ثاني جلسات محاكمته بتهم الفساد، حيث طالب محاموه More...
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دفاع البشير يطالب بالإفراج عنه بكفالة في ثاني جلسة لمحاكمته

مثل الرئيس السوداني المعزول عمر البشير، أمس، مجدّداً في المحكمة، في ثاني جلسات محاكمته بتهم الفساد، حيث طالب محاموه More...

تعزيزات للجيش السوري شمال خان شيخون

حشدت القوات السورية، أمس، تعزيزات عسكرية شمال مدينة خان شيخون الاستراتيجية جنوب إدلب، في محاولة لمواصلة تقدمها في More...
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تعزيزات للجيش السوري شمال خان شيخون

حشدت القوات السورية، أمس، تعزيزات عسكرية شمال مدينة خان شيخون الاستراتيجية جنوب إدلب، في محاولة لمواصلة تقدمها في More...

احتجاجات هونغ كونغ تدخل أسبوعها الـ 12 مع إطلاق الغاز المسيل للدموع وإغلاق مترو الأنفاق

اجتاحت شرطة مكافحة الشغب حياً سكنياً شرق هونغ كونغ في وقت متأخر أمس، فيما حاول المتظاهرون المناهضون للحكومة تأمين More...
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احتجاجات هونغ كونغ تدخل أسبوعها الـ 12 مع إطلاق الغاز المسيل للدموع وإغلاق مترو الأنفاق

اجتاحت شرطة مكافحة الشغب حياً سكنياً شرق هونغ كونغ في وقت متأخر أمس، فيما حاول المتظاهرون المناهضون للحكومة تأمين More...

Pre-Election tax cut for motorists as Boris Johnson plans to cut fuel duty

Under the plans, Chancellor Sajid Javid's Autumn Budget would give drivers a cut in the current 57.9p duty per litre for petrol and diesel.
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Pre-Election tax cut for motorists as Boris Johnson plans to cut fuel duty

Under the plans, Chancellor Sajid Javid's Autumn Budget would give drivers a cut in the current 57.9p duty per litre for petrol and diesel.

NSPCC distances itself from Prince Andrew after facing backlash

The Royals' website states that Prince Andrew is the patron of an NSPCC campaign. But Britain's largest children's charity said the royal hasn't been their patron since 2009, for their Full Stop campaign.
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NSPCC distances itself from Prince Andrew after facing backlash

The Royals' website states that Prince Andrew is the patron of an NSPCC campaign. But Britain's largest children's charity said the royal hasn't been their patron since 2009, for their Full Stop campaign.

Prime Minister rips up divorce bill as lawyers say No Deal means Britain only owes £9billion

Boris Johnson will today throw down the gauntlet to Brussels by vowing to withhold £30 billion of our 'divorce bill' to punish the EU for refusing to rip up their Brexit deal.
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Prime Minister rips up divorce bill as lawyers say No Deal means Britain only owes £9billion

Boris Johnson will today throw down the gauntlet to Brussels by vowing to withhold £30 billion of our 'divorce bill' to punish the EU for refusing to rip up their Brexit deal.

Donald and Melania Trump dine with Macrons and world leaders at G7 opener in Biarritz

Donald and Melania Trump know how to make an entrance. The couple arrived last on Saturday evening to a Biarritz dinner with world leaders, where they were greeted by the French president and his wife Brigitte.
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Donald and Melania Trump dine with Macrons and world leaders at G7 opener in Biarritz

Donald and Melania Trump know how to make an entrance. The couple arrived last on Saturday evening to a Biarritz dinner with world leaders, where they were greeted by the French president and his wife Brigitte.

Duchess and Prince Harry stayed at £108,000 a-WEEK seafront seven-bed mansion in Ibiza

Duchess of Sussex celebrated her 38th birthday with Prince Harry and their baby son Archie at the Sa Calma villa on the exclusive Vista Alegre estate.
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Duchess and Prince Harry stayed at £108,000 a-WEEK seafront seven-bed mansion in Ibiza

Duchess of Sussex celebrated her 38th birthday with Prince Harry and their baby son Archie at the Sa Calma villa on the exclusive Vista Alegre estate.

독도 방어훈련 시작…해병대, 포항서 치누크헬기로 이동

육·해·공군과 해병대, 해경이 참가하는 독도 방어훈련이 25일 시작됐다. 해군에 따르면 26일까지 실시하는 독도 방어훈련 첫날 포항공항에서 공용화기 등으로 중무장한 해병대 병력이 대형 수
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독도 방어훈련 시작…해병대, 포항서 치누크헬기로 이동

육·해·공군과 해병대, 해경이 참가하는 독도 방어훈련이 25일 시작됐다. 해군에 따르면 26일까지 실시하는 독도 방어훈련 첫날 포항공항에서 공용화기 등으로 중무장한 해병대 병력이 대형 수송헬기인 치누크(CH-47)에 탑승, 독도로 이동했다. 훈련에 참가한 병력 중 특수부대원들도 포함된 것으로 알려졌다. 해군은 “독도를 포함한 동해 수호 의지를 공고히 하기 위해 훈련 명칭을 ‘동해 영토수호훈련’으로 명명했다”고 밝혔다. 1986년부터 시작된 독도 방어훈련은 적이 우리 영토인 독도를 불법 상륙하는 다각적인 시도를 가상해 매년 2차례 실시돼 왔다. 포항에서 158km 떨어진 독도는 경북도 울릉군 울릉읍에 속해 있다. (포항=뉴스1)

北 “南, 푼수 없이 설쳐대면 비싼 대가”…무기 도입계획 비난

북한이 25일 한국군의 F-35A 스텔스 전투기 도입 등을 거론하며 “남조선호전광들이 북침 전쟁 수행능력을 높이는데 더욱 끈질기게 매달리고 있다”고 대남 비난을 계속했다. 북한 노동당 기관지
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北 “南, 푼수 없이 설쳐대면 비싼 대가”…무기 도입계획 비난

북한이 25일 한국군의 F-35A 스텔스 전투기 도입 등을 거론하며 “남조선호전광들이 북침 전쟁 수행능력을 높이는데 더욱 끈질기게 매달리고 있다”고 대남 비난을 계속했다. 북한 노동당 기관지 노동신문은 이날 ‘자멸을 부르는 분별없는 망동’이라는 제목의 정세론 해설을 통해 “군사적 대결은 북남관계 파국으로 이어지기 마련이며 분별없는 망동은 자멸을 부를 뿐”이라며 이렇게 주장했다. 신문은 “남조선군부 호전세력이 극히 도발적인 2020~2024년 국방중기계획‘을 발표하고 ’F-35A‘ 스텔스 전투기를 계속 끌어들이고 있는 것은 북남 군사분야 합의서에 대한 또 하나의 엄중한 유린인 동시에 우리와 한사코 무력으로 대결하려는 공공연한 선언”이라고 주장했다. 또 “외세와의 합동군사연습과 외부로부터의 공격형 무기반입이 그치지 않는 한 북남사이의 불신과 대립을 해소할 수 없고 평화와 안정도 실현할 수 없다”며 “그럼에도 불구하고 남조선호전광들은 대결시대의 악습을 버리지 않고 여전히 우리를 적대시하면서 동족과

“저를 내려놓겠다”…황교안의 ‘보수 통합’ 실현 가능성은

최근 보수 정치권에서는 연일 ‘보수 통합’에 대한 언급이 잦아지고 있다. 내년 총선을 앞둔 정치적 이합집산이 다시 꿈틀대는 셈이다. 자유한국당에서는 바른미래당의 특정 인사들의 실명
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“저를 내려놓겠다”…황교안의 ‘보수 통합’ 실현 가능성은

최근 보수 정치권에서는 연일 ‘보수 통합’에 대한 언급이 잦아지고 있다. 내년 총선을 앞둔 정치적 이합집산이 다시 꿈틀대는 셈이다. 자유한국당에서는 바른미래당의 특정 인사들의 실명까지 거론되고 있지만, ‘보수 통합’의 현실화에 대해서는 아직 물음표가 붙는다. 황교안 한국당 대표는 전날(24일) 서울 광화문 세종문화회관 앞에서 진행된 ‘文정권 규탄 광화문 집회’ 자리에서 보수 우파 세력의 결집을 강조했다. 그는 “지금까지 20번 총선에서 우리가 세번을 졌고, 이 앞에 선거에서 졌다. 왜 졌을까. 분열 때문”이라며 “저는 자유우파 통합을 위해서 저를 내려놓겠다. 죽기를 각오하고 앞장서겠다”고 보수 통합 의지를 천명했다. 나경원 원내대표 역시 이달 초 언론 인터뷰에서 바른미래당의 유승민 전 대표를 직접 언급하며 통합 필요성을 주장했다. 나 원내대표는 “유 의원과 통합하지 않으면 한국당의 미래는 없다”고 말했다. 한국당의 바른미래당을 향한 러브콜은 비단 유 전 대표뿐만이 아니다. 한국당은 오는 2

استدعاء الشهود وتفتيش منازل المتهمين.. أبرز سلطات النيابة الإدارية خلال التحقيقات

النيابة الإدارية هيئة قضائية مستقلة فى مباشرة رسالتها القضائية التحقيقية طبقًا للقانون، حيث تعتبر أنها هى الجهة الأمينة على الدعوى التأديبي
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استدعاء الشهود وتفتيش منازل المتهمين.. أبرز سلطات النيابة الإدارية خلال التحقيقات

النيابة الإدارية هيئة قضائية مستقلة فى مباشرة رسالتها القضائية التحقيقية طبقًا للقانون، حيث تعتبر أنها هى الجهة الأمينة على الدعوى التأديبية.. المصدر:اليوم السابعاستدعاء الشهود وتفتيش منازل المتهمين.. أبرز سلطات النيابة الإدارية خلال التحقيقات

شعبة الخضراوات والفاكهة تؤكد استقرار الأسعار.. والليمون بـ5 جنيهات

شهدت أسعار الخضراوات والفاكهة أمس السبت 24-8-2019، استقرارًا فى معظم الأصناف حسب التسعيرة المقررة بسوق العبور للجملة. المصدر:اليوم السابعشعبة ال
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شعبة الخضراوات والفاكهة تؤكد استقرار الأسعار.. والليمون بـ5 جنيهات

شهدت أسعار الخضراوات والفاكهة أمس السبت 24-8-2019، استقرارًا فى معظم الأصناف حسب التسعيرة المقررة بسوق العبور للجملة. المصدر:اليوم السابعشعبة الخضراوات والفاكهة تؤكد استقرار الأسعار.. والليمون بـ5 جنيهات

اعرف برنامج حجز تذاكر القطارات عبر الموبايل والتسهيلات الممنوحة × 13 معلومة

يقدم اليوم السابع فى 13 معلومة كل ما تريد معرفته عن برنامج حجز تذاكر القطارات عبر الموبايل والتسهيلات التى يقدمها البرنامج للركاب. المصدر:اليو
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اعرف برنامج حجز تذاكر القطارات عبر الموبايل والتسهيلات الممنوحة × 13 معلومة

يقدم اليوم السابع فى 13 معلومة كل ما تريد معرفته عن برنامج حجز تذاكر القطارات عبر الموبايل والتسهيلات التى يقدمها البرنامج للركاب. المصدر:اليوم السابعاعرف برنامج حجز تذاكر القطارات عبر الموبايل والتسهيلات الممنوحة × 13 معلومة

Pole Hurkacz lifts first ATP trophy at Winston-Salem Open

Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz outdueled top seed Benoit Paire to earn his first ATP title with a 6-3 3-6 6-3win in the Winston-Salem Open final on Saturday.
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Pole Hurkacz lifts first ATP trophy at Winston-Salem Open

Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz outdueled top seed Benoit Paire to earn his first ATP title with a 6-3 3-6 6-3win in the Winston-Salem Open final on Saturday.

Con un machete agreden a mujer en Manabí

Una mujer de 27 años se recupera en el hospital básico de El Carmen luego de que fuera atacada a machetazos la noche del viernes 23. La Policía informó que la pareja de la mujer sería el principal sospechoso. El atentado se registró en el sitio La Playi
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Con un machete agreden a mujer en Manabí

Una mujer de 27 años se recupera en el hospital básico de El Carmen luego de que fuera atacada a machetazos la noche del viernes 23. La Policía informó que la pareja de la mujer sería el principal sospechoso. El atentado se registró en el sitio La Playita, de la parroquia San Pedro de Suma, aproximadamente a las 21:00, consta en el parte de gendarmes. La agredida habría dicho a la Policía que su esposo estaba ingiriendo bebidas alcohólicas y que la atacó al llegar a la casa, en medio de una discusión. Los uniformados buscan al sospechoso. (I)  

Радостный день для Рыб, а вот Ракам будет непросто: гороскоп на 25 августа

Даже часто ссорящимся людям сегодня будет легко поладить друг с другом. Помогает чувство юмора и умение отделить главное от второстепенного:
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Радостный день для Рыб, а вот Ракам будет непросто: гороскоп на 25 августа

Даже часто ссорящимся людям сегодня будет легко поладить друг с другом. Помогает чувство юмора и умение отделить главное от второстепенного: именно благодаря им удается избежать конфликтов, пишет Dvorec.

總統府前顧問鄭紹良辭世 9月6日舉行告別式

總統府前顧問、前無任所大使鄭紹良先生赴歐洲旅遊,在維也納當地時間8月16日清晨心臟病驟逝,享壽85歲
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總統府前顧問鄭紹良辭世 9月6日舉行告別式

總統府前顧問、前無任所大使鄭紹良先生赴歐洲旅遊,在維也納當地時間8月16日清晨心臟病驟逝,享壽85歲

Final straw: How Saudi youth are winning the war on waste

Sat, 2019-08-24 23:33 JEDDAH: Today’s generation of young, environmentally conscious Saudis is turning to more sustainable alternatives in a bid to reduce plastic waste in their everyday lives. Items such as reusable straws, cups and grocery bags are becom
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Final straw: How Saudi youth are winning the war on waste

Sat, 2019-08-24 23:33 JEDDAH: Today’s generation of young, environmentally conscious Saudis is turning to more sustainable alternatives in a bid to reduce plastic waste in their everyday lives. Items such as reusable straws, cups and grocery bags are becoming commonplace at coffee shops and supermarkets in the Kingdom. According to UN Environment, manufacturers around the world produce more than 300 million tons of plastic waste every year. Taha Boksmati, 26, an environmental specialist at the Saudi General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection, is the founder of Jeddah’s Hejaz Ploggers group, which has teamed up with the British International School to source plastic materials that can be reused by the school’s artists. After discovering the growing worldwide trend of plogging, an activity that combines jogging and picking up litter, Boksmati and his team started combing the coastline near Jeddah. “We found an enormous amount of trash covering our beautiful beaches and endangering marine life,” he said. “We realized instantly the amazing number of plastic straws, caps and bottles that are consumed and thrown away every day. The awareness of reducing and reusing waste is low in our community. “We are simply used to the luxury of single-time use followed by immediate reckless disposal.” NUMBER 300 million Tons of plastic waste each year The ploggers’ group partnered with the British International School and helped plog for plastic material to be reused by the school’s artists, and also upcycled collected plastic into artistic designs suitable for display and sale. “In return, our members were given reusable items as a token of appreciation for their distinguished efforts. Reusable gifts included a stainless steel water bottle, a ceramic coffee cup, fabric shopping bags, bamboo utensil sets and a zero-waste home guide book.” Boksmati said that members of the plogging group already choose reusable items, and now he is seeking to raise awareness of the issue outside his environmental community. “I always share the benefits of reusable items as well as remind people of the consequences if we do not adopt these reusing and reducing practices,” he told Arab News. “Few people realize that plastic waste blocks the natural ability of our oceans to absorb carbon dioxide, further worsening the global warming problem, not to mention the dangers of microplastics, which are now found in almost everything we use, such as clothing and water bottles, and even in the fish we eat,” he said. FASTFACT PepsiCo. has pledged by 2025 to package its Aquafina water in aluminum cans rather than plastic bottles. Boksmati said that his team hoped to establish a junior plogging group, as well as strengthen its collaboration with international and local schools. “We want to engage with students of all ages to teach them about recycling and upcycling. We also aim to encourage alternatives to drinking water from plastic bottles as well as encourage people to reduce meat intake due to its environmental impact on water resources.” He added: “We hope to strengthen our brand auditing activity during our plogs, enabling our international partner, Breakfreefromplastic, to pressure local and international companies to make their products without plastic packaging and transition to other eco-friendly alternatives.” The food giant PepsiCo, for example, has pledged by 2025 to package its Aquafina water in aluminum cans rather than in plastic bottles, he said. Tala Al-Marbai, an 18-year-old foundation student at King Abdul Aziz University, said the Kingdom’s approach to plastic waste reduction has been improving since 2016. “Then not so many cared about our environment. But it’s the community’s job to spread awareness about the health of the environment. A video went viral on social media showing a plastic straw that was found inside a sea turtle’s nostrils. Many animals have been harmed because of our negligence toward nature,” she told Arab News Al-Marbai said this alternative is cost-efficient as well. “I bought a stainless steel cup and straw from an online store called Boutiqaat, which cost SR164 ($44) with delivery. It’s a bit expensive, but if you buy an iced coffee, that will cost SR24, so after seven times you would be spending the same amount of money,” she said. Al-Marbai said that she is the only environmentally conscious person among her group of friends, and she hopes to influence her circle.   “One person will influence another and the message will spread. Imagine one person having reusable items and, bit by bit, people surrounding them might do the same. Eventually, even companies, markets and shops will produce more environmentally friendly items and products.” She added: “I hope people remember every time they throw any plastic around, how many creatures they are going to hurt or even kill. Globally, it is estimated that more than 100 million marine creatures are killed each year by plastic waste.” Bateel Al-Saleem, 21, who is studying French at King Saud University and is a part-time barista, said that she turned to sustainable alternatives after watching videos of the harmful effects of plastic on marine life. “I was scrolling through social media one day and I saw a video of a turtle with a plastic straw stuck in its nose. It made me feel so sad. I started googling the effects of plastic on the environment and what I could do to help,” she told Arab News Al-Saleem now takes her reusable items wherever she goes. “I keep a bag of my reusable utensils in my backpack and I bring a cup with me if I’m going to a coffee shop,” she said. “Some cafes refuse to use my cup because it has another coffee shop logo and sometimes they refuse because it’s not the same size as their cups. We definitely need to spread awareness about reusable items.” She added: “My closest friends are environmentally conscious as well, but with my other friends I usually use my stuff in front of them so it can spark up a conversation.” Al-Saleem is also part of a volunteer EarthUniTeam which promotes environmental awareness in universities. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: UN environment programme Ways the Middle East is reducing food wasteLeader of biggest US organic food fraud gets 10-year jail term

Saudi Civil Defense employees hone skills in UK

Sat, 2019-08-24 22:51 RIYADH: More than 100 employees of the Saudi Civil Defense begin training in the UK on Sunday at the Fire Service College, the Saudi Press Agency reported. The Directorate General of Civil Defense said the cohort of 105 was the sevent
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Saudi Civil Defense employees hone skills in UK

Sat, 2019-08-24 22:51 RIYADH: More than 100 employees of the Saudi Civil Defense begin training in the UK on Sunday at the Fire Service College, the Saudi Press Agency reported. The Directorate General of Civil Defense said the cohort of 105 was the seventh batch of personnel to take part in such training. Brig. Gen. Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulrahman Al-Shamrani, head of the directorate general of training, expressed his gratitude to Lt. Gen. Sulaiman Al-Amro, the director-general of Saudi Arabia’s General Directorate of Civil Defense, for his support and enthusiasm during all stages of the nomination and selection process ahead of the training program. Al-Shamrani said he was confident in the ability of the Civil Defense personnel taking part in the program. He said the training would allow staff to hone their skills and experience, improving the services provided by Civil Defense when dealing with accidents. Staff completed the procedures required to enroll in the session before they left the Kingdom for the UK. They also attended a two-day meeting where they were briefed on the training program’s content and were encouraged to present a positive image of Saudi Civil Defense personnel. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Civil Defense Saudi Civil Defense steps up safety plan for Hajj 2019Saudi Civil Defense steps up safety plan for Hajj

Ukrainian pianist hits the high notes for Taif visitors

Author: Sun, 2019-08-25 01:05 TAIF: It is not unusual for musicians to aim for the stars, but organizers of the Crown Prince Camel Festival in Taif gave the Ukrainian concert pianist Olina Lukashu a head start. Visitors to the opening entertainment ev
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Ukrainian pianist hits the high notes for Taif visitors

Author: Sun, 2019-08-25 01:05 TAIF: It is not unusual for musicians to aim for the stars, but organizers of the Crown Prince Camel Festival in Taif gave the Ukrainian concert pianist Olina Lukashu a head start. Visitors to the opening entertainment events at King Faisal Garden were treated to the sight and sound of Lukashu performing 5 meters in the air, dressed in a long white gown that reached down to the ground. “It was decided to put her at the entrance of the garden, all dressed in white to welcome the visitors,” festival spokesman Saleh Al-Anzi told Arab News. “It is a new idea that was greatly enjoyed by visitors, who admired her rendition of various musical pieces.” Among the 25 events taking place in conjunction with this year’s festival is a circus presented by five Latin American countries, Al-Anzi said. There is also a free childcare service, mobile food courts, international restaurants and a live broadcasting studio.  “Visitors will be able to ride camels inside the park, and enjoy the handicrafts on display by various artisans,” he said. Dr. Sami bin Abdullah Al-Obaidi, chairman of the Council of Saudi Chambers, told Arab News the Taif Season was important in terms of generating employment opportunities for young Saudis, and creating tourist projects. “All the events are full of visitors,” he said. He said 2,000 jobs were provided during the Taif Season, and those who took up the opportunities gained skills and knowledge about the requirements of an audience. “Saudi culture has changed, and Saudis have become more aware of global challenges and requirements, and the expectations of tourists and other consumers,” he said. “Taif Season has set a high standard.” Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: TAIF SEASONCrown Prince Camel FestivalOlina LukashuKing Faisal Garden Music blooms in Saudi Arabia’s mountain resort city of Taif as rose ensemble takes a bowGirls outperform boys in games at Saudi Arabia's Taif Season

Saudi, Chinese research centers sign deal

Sat, 2019-08-24 22:55 BEIJING: The Saudi Center for Research and Intercommunication Knowledge has signed a cooperation agreement with the Economics and Technology Research Institute of the China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (Sinopec). The cooperation will
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Saudi, Chinese research centers sign deal

Sat, 2019-08-24 22:55 BEIJING: The Saudi Center for Research and Intercommunication Knowledge has signed a cooperation agreement with the Economics and Technology Research Institute of the China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (Sinopec). The cooperation will be in the fields of research, publishing, translation and scientific exchanges. The signing took place during a visit to the institute’s headquarters in Beijing by the president of the Center for Research and Intercommunication Knowledge, Dr. Yahya bin Junaid. He was welcomed by the institute’s President Dr. Dai Bao Hua and Vice President Dr. Wang Jun. Bin Junaid said scientific centers and bodies in Saudi Arabia are interested in cooperating with counterparts in China and exchanging knowledge. On Friday, three books on Saudi classical literature, which were translated into the Chinese language, were launched at a ceremony organized by the Beijing Teachers Qualification Publishing House. The event was held in cooperation with the Center for Research and Intercommunication Knowledge, and the Department of Arabic Language at Beijing University for Foreign Studies.  Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Center for Research and Intercommunication Knowledge Saudi-Chinese pact to enhance maritime industryHuawei to feature at Saudi-Chinese job fair