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Saudi Energy Ministry, KACST sign MoU to coordinate in carbon fields

Author: Thu, 2020-09-24 01:41 RIYADH: The Ministry of Energy and the King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) inked on Wednesday a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to establish the Joint Center for Research on Carbon Capture, Storage an
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Saudi Energy Ministry, KACST sign MoU to coordinate in carbon fields

Author: Thu, 2020-09-24 01:41 RIYADH: The Ministry of Energy and the King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) inked on Wednesday a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to establish the Joint Center for Research on Carbon Capture, Storage and Use Technologies, with the aim of providing scientific support for the Kingdom’s carbon emissions commitments. The MoU was signed by Prince Abdul Aziz bin Salman, minister of energy, and the head of KACST, Dr. Anas bin Fares Al-Faris. It aims to maximize local content in this field, provide a research environment to address carbon emissions and turn them into products of economic value, develop national research and development capabilities in cooperation with advanced global centers through technology transfer and marketing, and promote global leadership in the field of carbon capture, storage and use technologies. Under the MoU, the two parties will work to develop a general framework to encourage research and development in the field of carbon capture, storage and use research techniques, unite efforts among research entities, cooperate with global centers, and focus on the Kingdom’s priorities, thus contributing to the diversification of its economic resources. The memorandum includes promoting the exchange of statistical information and data for the implementation of research and joint ventures, and the exchange of scientific and research expertise and technical advice between the parties. It also includes research and development in carbon capture techniques at fixed sources of emissions such as power plants and cement plants, and seeks to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) and nitrogen oxide emissions using oxygen combustion technology, and the development of carbon dioxide-to-solar photovoltaic conversion systems. Other objectives of the MoU include the development of CO2 injection techniques with polymeric materials and fly ash in reservoirs, and the development of chemical catalysts for converting captured CO2 into high-performance polycarbonate. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: saudi energy ministryKACST Saudi energy ministry signs cooperation deal with Neom KACST pavilion in spotlight at global economic forum

Dr. Sultan bin Zaid Al-Amri, vice dean of Taiba University

Author: Thu, 2020-09-24 01:56 In addition to his duties as vice dean of Taiba University (TU), Dr. Sultan bin Zaid Al-Amri has been tasked to take over the administrative responsibilities of former Rector Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Sarani. Education Minister D
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Dr. Sultan bin Zaid Al-Amri, vice dean of Taiba University

Author: Thu, 2020-09-24 01:56 In addition to his duties as vice dean of Taiba University (TU), Dr. Sultan bin Zaid Al-Amri has been tasked to take over the administrative responsibilities of former Rector Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Sarani. Education Minister Dr. Hamad bin Mohammed Al-Sheikh issued the order after Al-Sarani’s services had come to an end. Al-Amri attained a bachelor’s degree from the College of Education at King Abdul Aziz University in 1993.  Nine years later, he received a master’s in numerical analysis from Newcastle University in the UK, where he also obtained a Ph.D. in applied mathematics in 2009. Since then, Al-Amri has held various academic and administrative positions. He became a deputy rector three years ago. He has been TU’s acting vice dean for business and knowledge creativity, and is a board member of the university. He is a member of the board of directors of Taibah Valley Co., which was established by TU in 2018 with the aim of developing its investments in various fields according to Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 reform plan and Digital Transformation Program. Al-Amri has served as dean of TU’s Applied Sciences College, and then a dean at the College of Science, before he was appointed as an assistant to the university’s president for educational affairs. Al-Amri has chaired many committees inside and outside TU, and has participated in many scientific meetings, symposiums and conferences.  He has submitted valuable scientific research, and supervised a number of master’s and Ph.D. dissertations. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Who's Who Naif Al-Harbi, head of research quality management at King Abdullah International Medical Research CenterFahd Hamzh Cynndy, CEO of the Saudi Ground Services

DiplomaticQuarter: Saudi student a ‘true hero’ for river rescue: Australian ambassador

Author: Thu, 2020-09-24 03:42 RIYADH: Australian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Ridwaan Jadwat has hailed as a “true hero” a student from the Kingdom who risked his life to save a stranger from drowning. Jadwat said he had been “delighted” to welco
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DiplomaticQuarter: Saudi student a ‘true hero’ for river rescue: Australian ambassador

Author: Thu, 2020-09-24 03:42 RIYADH: Australian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Ridwaan Jadwat has hailed as a “true hero” a student from the Kingdom who risked his life to save a stranger from drowning. Jadwat said he had been “delighted” to welcome Ahmed Al-Mohaimeed to the Australian Embassy in Riyadh to congratulate him on the courageous act. “Ahmed received an Australian Bravery Award for his heroism in January 2018, when he jumped into the Yarra River (in Victoria) and rescued a man who was drowning. Ahmed is a true hero,” the envoy tweeted. Al-Mohaimeed had been studying for a master’s degree in accounting at Monash University in Melbourne when the incident took place. In another tweet on Aug. 28, Jadwat said: “Thrilled to hear about Saudi student Ahmed Al-Mohaimeed’s receipt of an Australian Bravery Award. We salute him for his courage.” Speaking to Australia’s 9News about the dramatic rescue, Al-Mohaimeed, who is in his 20s, said: “I didn’t think so much about myself. I would do it again.” After gaining his degree, Al-Mohaimeed returned to the Kingdom, and last month spoke to Saudi media about his bravery award. “What I have done constitutes part of the morals and principles of Saudi society. I felt proud when I received a written approval from the governor general of Australia to award me the Australian Medal of Courage. God willing, I will receive the medal after the end of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic,” he said. The Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission in Australia has also honored Al-Mohaimeed for the river rescue.   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: DiplomaticQuarter DiplomaticQuarter: Saudi-Indian Business Network relaunch marks major expansion in KingdomDiplomaticQuarter: Pakistan envoy, KFCRIS chief discuss stronger ties

Umrah app will increase competition, enrich pilgrim experience, says Saudi official

Thu, 2020-09-24 04:12 MAKKAH: The Kingdom’s new Umrah app will create a competitive business environment that will improve pilgrim services and enrich the pilgrim experience, according to a senior ministry official. I’tamarna is aimed at enforcing healt
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Umrah app will increase competition, enrich pilgrim experience, says Saudi official

Thu, 2020-09-24 04:12 MAKKAH: The Kingdom’s new Umrah app will create a competitive business environment that will improve pilgrim services and enrich the pilgrim experience, according to a senior ministry official. I’tamarna is aimed at enforcing health standards amid the COVID-19 pandemic and making it easier for people to book their journeys. It also offers booking services that pilgrims can use ahead of their arrival in Makkah for accommodation, transport and recreation. Dr. Amr Al-Maddah, chief planning and strategy officer at the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, said that the app’s launch should push companies to provide people with a broader and better range of services. “When we provide high quality services at competitive prices, the pilgrim will find himself drawn to these companies, especially when companies work hard to provide the best services at a competitive price to local pilgrims,” Al-Maddah told Arab News. He added that external agents who used to control everything related to Umrah will no longer do so as they were just agents and did not own facilities. Their job was to represent and market Umrah companies abroad. According to Al-Maddah, new measures had fixed this problem and organized the relation between Umrah companies and their external agents to be strictly marketing-based. “The newly adopted measures will free Umrah companies and motivate them, especially at a time when bookings are being performed through several electronic platforms. This allows foreign pilgrims to directly deal with Umrah companies through the phone, the app and additional means other than the external agents. This will liberate the Umrah companies and improve their performance, allowing them to market their services inside and outside the Kingdom.” Saudi Arabia said earlier this week that it would start allowing pilgrims to perform Umrah in phased return, while taking the necessary precautions. The decision was made after assessing the developments of the pandemic and in response to the desire of Muslims around the world to perform the ritual. FASTFACT I’tamarna offers booking services that pilgrims can use ahead of their arrival in Makkah for accommodation, transport and recreation. Pilgrims can download the app on Sept. 28. “The launch of the app came due to the coronavirus pandemic, its repercussions and preventive measures that require specifying the number of pilgrims,” Al-Maddah said. “There is a capacity that should not be exceeded. This is what prevents the overcrowding of holy sites and limits the spread of the virus among pilgrims.” He said that the operational capacity was calculated through the Ministry of Health’s Tawakkalna app, with the pilgrim using I’tamarna to book an Umrah appointment that was time-specific and accompanied by anti-coronavirus preventive measures. The first phase of the gradual return will include allowing citizens and expatriates from within the Kingdom to perform Umrah at a capacity of 30 percent from Oct. 4, the equivalent of 6,000 pilgrims per day. The second will increase the capacity of the Grand Mosque to 75 percent, which would include 15,000 pilgrims and 40,000 worshippers a day from Oct. 18. In the third phase, pilgrims from abroad would be allowed to perform Umrah from Nov. 1 with a capacity of 20,000 pilgrims and 60,000 worshippers per day. The fourth stage will see the Grand Mosque return to normal, when all COVID-19 risks have gone away. Pilgrims can download the app on Sept. 28. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaUmrah Saudi Arabia to gradually resume Umrah pilgrimage from Oct. 4

Hi-tech warehouse opens in Saudi Arabia to serve health sector

Author: Thu, 2020-09-24 04:20 JEDDAH: The Public Investment Fund’s National Unified Procurement Co. (NUPCO) has opened a new automated warehouse in King Abdullah Economic City that provides comprehensive distribution and storage for the state health s
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Hi-tech warehouse opens in Saudi Arabia to serve health sector

Author: Thu, 2020-09-24 04:20 JEDDAH: The Public Investment Fund’s National Unified Procurement Co. (NUPCO) has opened a new automated warehouse in King Abdullah Economic City that provides comprehensive distribution and storage for the state health sector. This is part of NUPCO’s efforts to support the health sector and provide smart supply chains and high-quality logistical services in a partnership agreement with a pioneering private company. The warehouse is one of NUPCO’s largest warehouses in the Kingdom, with an area covering 300,000 square meters. It is fully automated, with the latest technologies and advanced logistical services. Fahd bin Mohammed Al-Shebel, the CEO of NUPCO, said that the warehouse represented the strategic partnership between NUPCO and private sector companies for public health facilities at its best. It will provide advanced medical services and contribute to the health of the Saudi community. He noted that after the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic NUPCO equipped the warehouse in record time to increase the level of support for health facilities. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Arabia Saudi PIF unit SEVEN to build theme parks and entertainment centers across the KingdomSaudi investment fund PIF ‘has $300bn in assets and counting’

Singapore to trial business traveller pass as virus curbs ease

SINGAPORE  - Singapore will pilot a new travel pass for senior executives in the city-state who need to travel regularly for business, authorities said Wednesday, as they further eased some coronavirus-related restrictions. The number of passes will be limi
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Singapore to trial business traveller pass as virus curbs ease

SINGAPORE  - Singapore will pilot a new travel pass for senior executives in the city-state who need to travel regularly for business, authorities said Wednesday, as they further eased some coronavirus-related restrictions. The number of passes will be limited initially, and travellers must stick to their declared itinerary, the government said. Upon return, pass holders must self-isolate while awaiting results of a swab test, instead of undergoing the mandatory 14-day quarantine at home or at a hotel. The country has recorded over 57,000 coronavirus cases overall, mostly among workers living in dormitories. The vast majority of those infected have since recovered. Singapore, a regional travel hub, is home to the Asian headquarters of many global companies whose executives have long relied on the city-state’s connectivity. It has reciprocal business travel arrangements with a handful of countries, including China, Japan and neighbouring Malaysia.

Giant to lower prices of daily essentials by 20 per cent for 6 months

From today, supermarket chain Giant will lower the prices of 650 daily essentials for six months by 20 per cent, on average. It will also refresh its brand, with its 53 Singapore stores incorporating new features including in-store bakeries and Guardian phar
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Giant to lower prices of daily essentials by 20 per cent for 6 months

From today, supermarket chain Giant will lower the prices of 650 daily essentials for six months by 20 per cent, on average. It will also refresh its brand, with its 53 Singapore stores incorporating new features including in-store bakeries and Guardian pharmacies. The price reduction is costing Giant around $17 million and is prompted by its consumer research finding that cost of living concerns are top on people's minds during the ongoing pandemic, said Dairy Farm's chief executive officer for its South-east Asia food business Chris Bush yesterday. «The one thing that they told us loud and clear is they would like cheaper prices, they'd like greater value and they'd also like more stable prices, particularly on those essential products that they buy most often,» he told reporters during a media conference. The price reductions will apply to products across Giant's own brands, fresh products as well as national brands like Dove. Vannamei prawns, for example, will be sold for $1 per 100g, down from $1.89 previously. A box of 50 green tea bags by OSK will retail for $5, down from $6.95.

Buckingham Palace washes its hands of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said it refused to comment on 'not a working member of the Royal Family' in a stinging response to the couple.
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Buckingham Palace washes its hands of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said it refused to comment on 'not a working member of the Royal Family' in a stinging response to the couple.

8-month-old drowns in Clarendon

A probe has been launched into the death of an eight-month-old-boy, who is suspected to have drowned at his home in the rural community of Broomwell in Clarendon this morning. The infant has been identified as Aiden Rattray.  The police...
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8-month-old drowns in Clarendon

A probe has been launched into the death of an eight-month-old-boy, who is suspected to have drowned at his home in the rural community of Broomwell in Clarendon this morning. The infant has been identified as Aiden Rattray.  The police...

Missouri governor, opponent of mandatory masks, has COVID-19

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, a Republican who has steadfastly refused to require residents to wear masks, tested positive for the coronavirus, his office said Wednesday. Parson was tested after his wife, Teresa,...
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Missouri governor, opponent of mandatory masks, has COVID-19

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, a Republican who has steadfastly refused to require residents to wear masks, tested positive for the coronavirus, his office said Wednesday. Parson was tested after his wife, Teresa,...

Drivers will need ‘Kent Access Permit’ to get into UK once Brexit transition ends, Michael Gove says

British ports could face up to 7,000 lorry queues if businesses do not cooperate and get proper paperwork to make it through the county of Kent, according Minister for Cabinet Office Michael Gove. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Drivers will need ‘Kent Access Permit’ to get into UK once Brexit transition ends, Michael Gove says

British ports could face up to 7,000 lorry queues if businesses do not cooperate and get proper paperwork to make it through the county of Kent, according Minister for Cabinet Office Michael Gove. Read Full Article at RT.com

Nature holds one of the keys to tackling climate change, say G20 thinkers

Author: Zaynab KhojjiID: 1600870122050777400Wed, 2020-09-23 17:28 JEDDAH: The G20’s Think 20 (T20) engagement group hosted an online event on Tuesday to discuss the threats and challenges posed by climate change, and consider possible solutions.
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Nature holds one of the keys to tackling climate change, say G20 thinkers

Author: Zaynab KhojjiID: 1600870122050777400Wed, 2020-09-23 17:28 JEDDAH: The G20’s Think 20 (T20) engagement group hosted an online event on Tuesday to discuss the threats and challenges posed by climate change, and consider possible solutions. In particular, they examined ways in which carbon emissions can be reduced or offset. The Task Force 2: Climate Change and Environment webinar, organized in corporation with the Institute of Energy Economics in Japan, was the second virtual T20 event in the run-up to the main G20 meeting in Riyadh in November. The sessions included discussions about the circular carbon economy; the blue carbon economy; ways to encourage cooperation on climate action; conservation and the restoration of biodiversity; and how climate concerns might affect post-pandemic economic recovery and vice versa. The aim was to identify strategies and develop recommendations that can be presented during the main G20 Summit for actions that can be taken to curb climate change and achieve the goals of the 2016 Paris Agreement. “Climate change is at the heart of global issues,” said Dr. Noura Mansouri, a research fellow at King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC), and lead co-chair of TF2. “It’s an urgent global challenge and requires urgent action — not just individual action but a coordinated approach — and the G20 is an important platform for that to happen. In fact, if the G20 does not use its platform for climate change, I don’t think any other platform will be as powerful and impactful for climate action.” About 30 percent of global CO2 emissions come from carbon-intensive industries such as iron and steel, petrochemicals and transport. Experts believe the best way to effectively tackle the issue and achieve the Paris Agreement targets is by adopting a circular carbon economy. “Embracing all energy technologies under the ‘four Rs’ of the circular carbon economy is important: to reduce, reuse, recycle and remove carbon,” Mansouri said during a panel discussion. “It is an essential means to (achieve) a low-carbon future through coordinated G20 efforts to support carbon-management and technology innovations. “The Saudi G20 presidency is proposing the circular carbon economy as an integrated and inclusive approach to transition toward a more comprehensive, resilient, sustainable and climate-friendly energy system.” Decarbonization is vital to achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement, and nature-based solutions can help, experts say. “The circular carbon economy makes sense because it’s how nature manages carbon, through a close balance between emissions and removal of carbon dioxide,” said Prof. Carlos Duarte, who holds the Tarek Ahmed Juffali Research Chair in Red Sea Ecology at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. Discussions and debates about climate change and its effects on the environment have been going on for some time, but investment in nature-based solutions is increasingly in the spotlight, especially since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Blue carbon is another way in which nature can help tackle emissions. It refers to carbon that is captured by marine and coastal ecosystems, such as mangroves, tidal marshes and seagrass meadows. They are capable of storing more carbon than land-based ecosystems, such as forests, and are increasingly recognized for the vital role they can play in mitigating the effects of climate change. “Rather than finding new technologies, not knowing their side effects, we have nature-based solutions — let nature recuperate,” said Ralph Chami, assistant director of the Institute for Capacity Development at the International Monetary Fund. As evidence grows that many of the same human activities that are fueling climate change have also contributed to the spread of the coronavirus, including the growing popularity of air travel, one key option explored during the webinar was to place a transition to green energy at the heart of post-pandemic economic-recovery plans. The discussion focused heavily on the role of the private sector in facilitating such a transition and the need for more accurate data on fossil fuels. The session was moderated by Dr. Aisha Al-Sarihi, a research associate at KAPSARC, and the panelists included Dr. Leila Dagher, an associate professor of economics at the American University of Beirut; Jonathan Stern, a distinguished research fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies; and Mari Luomi, an independent expert on climate, energy policy, politics and environmental sustainability. By giving more than 160 experts from around the world the chance to work together to produce 24 policy briefs, T20 Saudi Arabia presented a golden opportunity to highlight pressing global issues to the leadership of the G20. “When it comes to our journey as the T20, and over the past year of bringing together global think tanks to think with us and provide the ideas bank for the G20 Saudi presidency, we can’t but appreciate the efforts that went into it,” said Mansouri. “We must see the COVID-19 crisis as a lesson in how to address climate change quickly and cooperatively. Coordinated G20 efforts are vital in pursuing this goal. Post-pandemic economic-recovery stimulus packages should not derail climate actions, and must utilize a circular carbon economy framework to simultaneously address social and environmental concerns while stimulating economic prosperity for a more inclusive and sustainable future.” Saudi Arabia holds the presidency of the G20 this year and the group’s annual summit is due to be held in Riyadh in November. The T20, a network of think tanks and researchers, is one of several independent G20 engagement groups, led by organizations from the host country. They focus on different sections and sectors of society and develop policy recommendations that are presented to G20 leaders for consideration. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: G20climate change G20 trade and investment ministers discuss COVID-19 response under Saudi Arabia's presidencyG20 ministers discuss preserving environment

Study reveals psychological toll of COVID-19 on Saudis

Wed, 2020-09-23 17:14 RIYADH: Research conducted in Saudi Arabia on the psychological effects of the global lockdown caused by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) shows that symptoms of depression and anxiety ranging from mild to severe, particularly in women
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Study reveals psychological toll of COVID-19 on Saudis

Wed, 2020-09-23 17:14 RIYADH: Research conducted in Saudi Arabia on the psychological effects of the global lockdown caused by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) shows that symptoms of depression and anxiety ranging from mild to severe, particularly in women, are commonplace. Dr. Deemah Alateeq, assistant professor of psychiatry at Princess Noura bint Abdulrahman University, conducted the study in March when the first cases of COVID-19 were detected and the country went into lockdown. “The main objective is to assess the psychological well being of different samples of Saudi people during the pandemic,” said Alateeq. “There were three different samples; the first was health care providers working during the pandemic, in the Saudi centers of COVID-19, under the umbrella of the Ministry of Health (MoH). “The other samples were people under quarantine in multiple hotels in March during the beginning of the pandemic, under the supervision of the MoH, and students from different levels — intermediate schools, secondary schools and university students.” Dr. Deemah Alateeq, assistant professor of psychiatry at Princess Noura bint Abdulrahman University, conducted the study in March. (Supplied) The findings of the research showed levels of depression and anxiety were prevalent among health care providers and also among the people under quarantine. More than half of the subjects for the research had symptoms of depression and anxiety ranging from mild to severe. The students, meanwhile, expressed moderate to high levels of stress during the pandemic. Alateeq also said in all the three samples, women had higher level of anxiety, depression and distress than men. “This could be due to multiple reasons: The biological differences, (such as) fluctuation of the estrogen hormone, and also it could be because females usually tend to express their emotions more than males,” said Alateeq. The findings also showed that nurses reported higher levels of anxiety and depression compared to other health care providers, such as physicians, pharmacists and administrators working during the pandemic. Women showed higher levels of anxiety and depression than men during COVID-19 in Saudi Arabia. (Shutterstock) “I think this is due to the high demand on their work compared to others,” said Alateeq. “It was also interesting that one of the findings was that university students have a higher level of anxiety and depression compared to high school and intermediate school students.” Among the people in quarantine and among health care providers, younger adults showed higher levels of depression and anxiety compared to older adults. Alateeq was surprised to receive a lot of positive responses from health care providers. “They were proud of themselves, and they report they feel that it is a great opportunity to serve their country,” she said. “A lot of health care providers reported workplace-centered needs, which were financial support, psychological support and also physical support at the workplace itself.” Alateeq said there were similarities in her findings to research conducted in other countries during the pandemic. “It was interesting that we have similar findings compared to Italy or China, or even the UK, but there were lower levels of anxiety and depression compared to other countries in the Arab world,” she added. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: SaudiNationalDay2020 Prince Khalid says Saudi Arabia’s 90th national day renews pride How Saudi Arabia kept COVID-19 at bay

Pompeo wishes Saudi Arabia a “joyous” National Day

Wed, 2020-09-23 18:56 RIYADH: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wished Saudi Arabia a “joyous” National Day on Wednesday. “On behalf of the United States, I wish to extend to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Saudi people a joyous National Day …
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Pompeo wishes Saudi Arabia a “joyous” National Day

Wed, 2020-09-23 18:56 RIYADH: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wished Saudi Arabia a “joyous” National Day on Wednesday. “On behalf of the United States, I wish to extend to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Saudi people a joyous National Day … I wish the Saudi people peace, prosperity, and good health as you celebrate your National Day,” Pompeo said.  He said the US and Saudi Arabia earlier this year celebrated the 75th anniversary of the historic meeting between President Franklin D. Roosevelt and King Abdul Aziz aboard the USS Quincy.  Pompeo said the meeting has “laid the foundation for the strong strategic partnership the United States and Saudi Arabia enjoy today.” He said this partnership has contributed to progress on many shared priorities, including the stability of the Gulf region, energy security, and economic growth and prosperity in both the US and Saudi Arabia. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Arabia Pompeo says Hezbollah weapons risk torpedoing French efforts in LebanonUN General Assembly: Saudi Arabia's King Salman calls for Hezbollah to be disarmed

King Salman congratulates nation on Saudi National Day

Author: Zaynab KhojjiID: 1600885560432470200Wed, 2020-09-23 21:44 RIYADH: King Salman expressed his pride in the Kingdom and its loyal citizens as Saudi Arabia marked its 90th National Day. As part of a tweet to congratulate the Saudi nation, the
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King Salman congratulates nation on Saudi National Day

Author: Zaynab KhojjiID: 1600885560432470200Wed, 2020-09-23 21:44 RIYADH: King Salman expressed his pride in the Kingdom and its loyal citizens as Saudi Arabia marked its 90th National Day. As part of a tweet to congratulate the Saudi nation, the king said that he is looking forward to a “more beautiful” future. He also thanked God for security and stability in the Kingdom. Earlier, the King addressed the 75th UN General Assembly where he said that the Kingdom has chosen the “path of the future” through its Vision 2030 and called for peaceful coexistence and solidarity between countries. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaSaudiNationalDay2020King Salman Pompeo wishes Saudi Arabia a “joyous” National DayPrince Khalid says Saudi Arabia’s 90th national day renews pride 

Misk journeys into the past to celebrate Saudi Arabia’s national day

Author: Wed, 2020-09-23 21:36 JEDDAH: In celebration of the 90th Saudi National Day, the Misk Foundation has launched a campaign highlighting the Kingdom’s heritage, featuring a video, cinema advertisement and a bicycle race through some of the countr
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Misk journeys into the past to celebrate Saudi Arabia’s national day

Author: Wed, 2020-09-23 21:36 JEDDAH: In celebration of the 90th Saudi National Day, the Misk Foundation has launched a campaign highlighting the Kingdom’s heritage, featuring a video, cinema advertisement and a bicycle race through some of the country’s key historical sites. The campaign will shed light on historical locations and the influential people who helped build the Kingdom. It also aims to highlight the country’s current development and prosperity. The foundation, represented by Manga Productions, has collaborated with the King Abdul Aziz Foundation for Research and Archives and the Japanese advertising agency Centean to produce “Al-Auja” video, which tells the history of the Kingdom by highlighting heroic figures from the past. As a first-of-a-kind project, it also documents the Kingdom's history for future generations, including efforts by the founder King Abdul Aziz to unify the country.  Misk Foundation also released a video clip, “Rasimeen Auloumana,” which focuses on the growth, prosperity and mega-projects in the Kingdom today, while also documenting the population’s achievements and hopes. The video takes viewers on an imagined journey by the nation’s founder as he discovers the Kingdom’s modern achievements. The journey begins at dawn from Turaif district in Diriyah, the historical and geographical center of Saudi Arabia, where the first Saudi state was established. King Abdul Aziz visits cities including King Abdullah Economic City, Umluj, Al-Ula and Jeddah before returning to Riyadh as he did in the past when he conquered the city with an army of only 63 men. The campaign logo features King Abdul Aziz riding his horse, Obayya, and an imitation of the ruler’s handwriting based on his signature. The title of the video clip is a quote from the poem of the Saudi traditional dance “Najd Shamat.” The foundation’s celebrations will end next Wednesday with a bicycle race through key historical sites that the founder passed through during the conquest of Riyadh. Participants will begin the journey from four sites — Abu Makhrouq Mountain, Manakh King Abdul Aziz Park, the Red Palace and Diriyah governorate — before meeting at the final gathering station, Al-Masmak Fortress. Abu Makhrouq Mountain was a landmark for trade convoys heading to Riyadh, as well as being a park for the founder and local people. Films produced for the national day are part of Misk’s visual productions on cultural and national events. The foundation released several popular films, such as “Hal Al-Auja” and “Kol Meter Murabba’,” for last year’s national day, in addition to “Khuddam Al-Haram” and “Misk Al-Masha’ir” during the last two Hajj seasons. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: MISKMISK FoundationSaudi heritage Misk Fellowship competition challenges Saudi youthSaudi Arabia’s MiSK launches second annual entrepreneurship world cup

St James police optimistic about further crime reductions

With the latest data from the police force on serious crimes in St James showing a decline in all areas when compared with 2019, cops are optimistic that this year will see an even greater reduction. Murders have seen a 19 per cent decline, falling...
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St James police optimistic about further crime reductions

With the latest data from the police force on serious crimes in St James showing a decline in all areas when compared with 2019, cops are optimistic that this year will see an even greater reduction. Murders have seen a 19 per cent decline, falling...

Private school teachers to receive salary support

Teachers and support staff at private schools will benefit from financial assistance from the Government to help cushion the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Minister of Education, Youth and Information Fayval Williams made the...
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Private school teachers to receive salary support

Teachers and support staff at private schools will benefit from financial assistance from the Government to help cushion the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Minister of Education, Youth and Information Fayval Williams made the...

No driver's license renewal, no fitness certificate for unruly drivers – Minister Chang

Minister of National Security, Dr Horace Chang, says motorists with outstanding traffic tickets will soon be barred from renewing their driver’s licence, as well as acquiring fitness certificates and similar services...
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No driver's license renewal, no fitness certificate for unruly drivers – Minister Chang

Minister of National Security, Dr Horace Chang, says motorists with outstanding traffic tickets will soon be barred from renewing their driver’s licence, as well as acquiring fitness certificates and similar services...

Koffee gets Mastercard brand ambassadorship

Mastercard today announced that it is partnering exclusively with Grammy winning reggae artiste Koffee as its official brand ambassador in Jamaica. “Koffee is one of Jamaica’s youngest and most gifted musical talents and she...
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Koffee gets Mastercard brand ambassadorship

Mastercard today announced that it is partnering exclusively with Grammy winning reggae artiste Koffee as its official brand ambassador in Jamaica. “Koffee is one of Jamaica’s youngest and most gifted musical talents and she...

Militants stage chemical attack in Idlib to accuse Syrian government — center

ccording to the Syrian Foreign Ministry, militants have prepared two tonnes of toxic agents which they are keeping in an inhabited locality in the southwest of Idlib province
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Militants stage chemical attack in Idlib to accuse Syrian government — center

ccording to the Syrian Foreign Ministry, militants have prepared two tonnes of toxic agents which they are keeping in an inhabited locality in the southwest of Idlib province

WHO response to pandemic was timely, professional, appropriate — Russian premier

The head of government hailed Russia’s interaction with the WHO and its Regional Committee for Europe
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WHO response to pandemic was timely, professional, appropriate — Russian premier

The head of government hailed Russia’s interaction with the WHO and its Regional Committee for Europe

Chennai, Bengaluru had ‘cleanest air’ in lockdown

Chennai, Bengaluru and Mumbai turned out to be among the best three cities in terms of having clean air during the first 40 days of the coronavirus-triggered lockdown, shows an analysis of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), released on Wednesday.
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Chennai, Bengaluru had ‘cleanest air’ in lockdown

Chennai, Bengaluru and Mumbai turned out to be among the best three cities in terms of having clean air during the first 40 days of the coronavirus-triggered lockdown, shows an analysis of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), released on Wednesday.

Didi ready for PM-Kisan, but wants funds moved to state

The West Bengal government has finally agreed to implement the Centre’s flagship ‘income support’ scheme for farmers — PM-Kisan — but with a rider. Chief minister Mamata Banerjee has demanded that the money be transferred to the state exchequer. Bu
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Didi ready for PM-Kisan, but wants funds moved to state

The West Bengal government has finally agreed to implement the Centre’s flagship ‘income support’ scheme for farmers — PM-Kisan — but with a rider. Chief minister Mamata Banerjee has demanded that the money be transferred to the state exchequer. But the Centre has made it clear that it would not tweak its rule of direct transfer to farmers’ bank accounts under the scheme.

Acquitted ex-maid Parti Liyani seeks probe into prosecution

Ms Parti Liyani is seeking leave from the Chief Justice for a disciplinary tribunal to look into the conduct of her prosecutors. The 46-year-old is the former domestic helper of businessman Liew Mun Leong. Initially convicted of stealing from her ex-employe
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Acquitted ex-maid Parti Liyani seeks probe into prosecution

Ms Parti Liyani is seeking leave from the Chief Justice for a disciplinary tribunal to look into the conduct of her prosecutors. The 46-year-old is the former domestic helper of businessman Liew Mun Leong. Initially convicted of stealing from her ex-employer in the District Court, the Indonesian was acquitted earlier this month of all five charges following an appeal to the High Court. Yesterday, her lawyer Mr Anil Balchandani attended a pre-trial conference at the High Court in relation to her application. The hearing was for an originating summons under the Legal Profession Act. Mr Tan Wee Hao and Ms Tan Yingying, the Deputy Public Prosecutors who had handled her trial, have been identified as the respondents in the case. They are being represented by Ms Kristy Tan Ruyan, Mr Jeyendran Jeyapal and Ms Jocelyn Teo Meng Hui from the civil division of the Attorney-General's Chambers.

‘Joint statements aimed at LAC standstill’

The recent understandings between India and China — by the foreign ministers in Moscow on September 10 and military commanders on Tuesday — are intended to begin the process of a limited disengagement and ensure a continued ‘standstill’ at the Line o
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‘Joint statements aimed at LAC standstill’

The recent understandings between India and China — by the foreign ministers in Moscow on September 10 and military commanders on Tuesday — are intended to begin the process of a limited disengagement and ensure a continued ‘standstill’ at the Line of Actual Control amid a deep trust deficit between the two sides.

MoS Railways Suresh Angadi 1st Union minister to die of Covid-19

Union minister of state for railways and Karnataka BJP MP Suresh Angadi, 65, passed away on Wednesday, days after he tested positive for Covid-19. Angadi is the first Central minister to die of coronavirus. Angadi passed away around 8 pm at the AIIMS trauma c
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MoS Railways Suresh Angadi 1st Union minister to die of Covid-19

Union minister of state for railways and Karnataka BJP MP Suresh Angadi, 65, passed away on Wednesday, days after he tested positive for Covid-19. Angadi is the first Central minister to die of coronavirus. Angadi passed away around 8 pm at the AIIMS trauma centre, which has been converted into a dedicated Covid-19 facility, sources at the hospital said.

Florida AG urges FBI to probe Mike Bloomberg’s pro-Biden effort to pay fines of 32,000 felons so they can vote

Florida’s attorney general has called on the FBI and state law enforcement to probe potential violations of election law after billionaire Michael Bloomberg raised $16 million to help felons in the state become eligible to vote. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Florida AG urges FBI to probe Mike Bloomberg’s pro-Biden effort to pay fines of 32,000 felons so they can vote

Florida’s attorney general has called on the FBI and state law enforcement to probe potential violations of election law after billionaire Michael Bloomberg raised $16 million to help felons in the state become eligible to vote. Read Full Article at RT.com

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