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Greeted with protests & ‘Tr*mp Trump’ crop circle, US leader feels ‘unwelcome’ in UK (VIDEOS)

US President has received a lukewarm welcome on the first day of his official visit to the UK. Besides a crowd of protesters, a massive ‘Tr*mp Trump’ crop circle farmland sign, visible from his plane, greeted the US leader. Read Full Article at RT.com

Jordan makes reservations on the Arab refugee convention

AMMONNEWS - Jordan has expressed reservations over the draft of Arab Convention on Regulating Status of Refugees in the Arab Countries during the 5th meeting of the ad hoc joint committee composed of experts and representatives of justice and interior ministr
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Jordan makes reservations on the Arab refugee convention

AMMONNEWS - Jordan has expressed reservations over the draft of Arab Convention on Regulating Status of Refugees in the Arab Countries during the 5th meeting of the ad hoc joint committee composed of experts and representatives of justice and interior ministries in the Arab world to study the bill.

Israeli Knesset to vote on Jewish Nation-State Bill

AMMONNEWS - The Israeli parliament is due on Wednesday evening to vote on a controversial bill that seeks to define Israel exclusively as «the nation-state of the Jewish people», local media reported.On Monday, a parliamentary committee approved t
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Israeli Knesset to vote on Jewish Nation-State Bill

AMMONNEWS - The Israeli parliament is due on Wednesday evening to vote on a controversial bill that seeks to define Israel exclusively as «the nation-state of the Jewish people», local media reported.On Monday, a parliamentary committee approved the final draft of the bill. It has since been fas

DARPA Researching Mind-Controlled Troops Connected to Weapons Systems

By now it’s not exactly news that the U.S. military would love nothing more than to create mind-controlled soldiers. Since the inception of Activist Post we’ve been reporting about technologies such as transcranial magnetic stimulation that could be a
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DARPA Researching Mind-Controlled Troops Connected to Weapons Systems

By now it’s not exactly news that the U.S. military would love nothing more than to create mind-controlled soldiers. Since the inception of Activist Post we’ve been reporting about technologies such as transcranial magnetic stimulation that could be added to soldiers’ helmets as a way of altering their brain activity.

Parker looks to get career back on track with hometown Bulls

CHICAGO --- Jabari Parker recalled playing on the court with the Chicago Bulls' logo as a young child. It was at the James Jordan Boys and Girls Club where his dad was a supervisor and not the nearby United Center. But it sure felt big time to him. &laq
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Parker looks to get career back on track with hometown Bulls

CHICAGO --- Jabari Parker recalled playing on the court with the Chicago Bulls' logo as a young child. It was at the James Jordan Boys and Girls Club where his dad was a supervisor and not the nearby United Center. But it sure felt big time to him. «It was like our United Center, that gym,» he said. Now, the United Center is his home arena. Parker agreed Saturday to a $40 million, two-year contract with the Bulls, hoping he can get his promising career back on track after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee two times in four seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks. "No better way to live a dream as a kid than playing down the street from where I grew up --...Keep on reading: Parker looks to get career back on track with hometown Bulls

Asian Games torch goes on month-long relay through Indonesia

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia --- The Asian Games torch is headed out on an 18,000-kilometer journey around Indonesia after ceremonies at an ancient temple where its flame was combined with a sacred Javanese fire. Jakarta and the Sumatran city of Palembang are hos
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Asian Games torch goes on month-long relay through Indonesia

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia --- The Asian Games torch is headed out on an 18,000-kilometer journey around Indonesia after ceremonies at an ancient temple where its flame was combined with a sacred Javanese fire. Jakarta and the Sumatran city of Palembang are hosting the games from Aug. 18 to Sept. 2. About 9,000 athletes and several thousand officials and journalists are expected to take part. In a ceremony Wednesday at the 1,000-year-old Prambanan temple, the torch was touched with the Mrapen eternal flame that comes from a natural gas fire in a Javanese village. Local lore says the flame, used in annual Buddhist ceremonies, has burned since the 15th century. The organizing co...Keep on reading: Asian Games torch goes on month-long relay through Indonesia

‘Inday’ almost stationary; rains to persist in NCR, most of Luzon

  Tropical Storm «Inday» remained almost stationaryon Thursdaymorning, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said.   Inday was last spotted 840 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes
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‘Inday’ almost stationary; rains to persist in NCR, most of Luzon

  Tropical Storm «Inday» remained almost stationaryon Thursdaymorning, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said.   Inday was last spotted 840 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes. It packed maximum sustained winds of 64 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 80kph. Pagasa said the tropical storm will not hit land and might be out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Saturday.   Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Bataan, Zambales, Batanes and Babuyan Group of Island will still experience monsoon rains enhanced by the storm, according to the government weather agency...Keep on reading: ‘Inday’ almost stationary; rains to persist in NCR, most of Luzon

Dear Kourtney Kardashian’s BF, please don’t body-shame her

Body shaming sucks but it's even worse when it comes from someone close to you. That is what happened to Kourtney Kardashian. If you follow her on Instagram, you'll know that she likes to show off her body once in a while and there's nothing wrong with that.
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Dear Kourtney Kardashian’s BF, please don’t body-shame her

Body shaming sucks but it's even worse when it comes from someone close to you. That is what happened to Kourtney Kardashian. If you follow her on Instagram, you'll know that she likes to show off her body once in a while and there's nothing wrong with that. A few days ago she posted a bikini picture where she was sitting on the grass with her butt exposed in a cheeky bottom. She was even all smiles. A post shared by Kourtney Kardashian (@kourtneykardash) on Jul 16, 2018 at 11:18am PDT However, her boyfriend Younes Bendjima did not approve. In a now-deleted comment he said, «That's what you need to show to get likes?» Wrong move, buddy. her man in the comments fed ...Keep on reading: Dear Kourtney Kardashian’s BF, please don’t body-shame her

IOC adds 7 medal events to 2022 Beijing Winter Games program

LAUSANNE, Switzerland --- Planning for its next three Olympic Games on Wednesday, the IOC added seven medal events to the 2022 Beijing Winter Games, published a 2020 Tokyo Olympics schedule with no agreement on when to race swimming finals, and set a timetabl
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IOC adds 7 medal events to 2022 Beijing Winter Games program

LAUSANNE, Switzerland --- Planning for its next three Olympic Games on Wednesday, the IOC added seven medal events to the 2022 Beijing Winter Games, published a 2020 Tokyo Olympics schedule with no agreement on when to race swimming finals, and set a timetable to add new sports to the 2024 Paris Olympics. The next Winter Olympics will now include: women's monobob, Big Air freestyle skiing for men and women, plus mixed team events in short track speed skating, ski jumping, ski aerials and snowboardcross. The addition of gold medals to a 109-event program was combined with a reduction in how many athletes will compete. In an attempt to cut organizing costs, amid recent failu...Keep on reading: IOC adds 7 medal events to 2022 Beijing Winter Games program

Study - Global Trendometer - Essays on medium- and long-term global trends - July 2018 - 18-07-2018

The EU faces challenges from the outside and the inside. Most of those are the symptoms of big underlying trends, and handling them needs foresight. The Global Trendometer tries to provide foresight for decision makers in the EU by analysing the changes in th
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Study - Global Trendometer - Essays on medium- and long-term global trends - July 2018 - 18-07-2018

The EU faces challenges from the outside and the inside. Most of those are the symptoms of big underlying trends, and handling them needs foresight. The Global Trendometer tries to provide foresight for decision makers in the EU by analysing the changes in these long-term trends. This publication does not offer answers or make recommendations. It presents summarised information derived from a range of carefully selected sources. This issue of the Global Trendometer analyses long-term trends on India, the labour-share of income, and democracy and artificial intelligence. It also features two-pagers on geoengineering, remittances, food security in China, economic waves, the US after Trump, public procurement and deep fakes. Source : © European Union, 2018 - EP

In-Depth Analysis - Seven economic challenges for Russia: Breaking out of stagnation? - 18-07-2018

This publication describes the current condition of the Russian economy, which has suffered recently from external shocks, such as a collapse in oil prices and Western sanctions. However, it argues that poor economic performance has more to do with long-term
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In-Depth Analysis - Seven economic challenges for Russia: Breaking out of stagnation? - 18-07-2018

This publication describes the current condition of the Russian economy, which has suffered recently from external shocks, such as a collapse in oil prices and Western sanctions. However, it argues that poor economic performance has more to do with long-term internal problems, including a lack of competitive markets, low levels of investment, an absence of innovation and excessive dependence on natural resources. Finally, it discusses President Putin's promises of economic reforms to tackle such issues, and evaluates the prospects for major change. Source : © European Union, 2018 - EP

Briefing - European Regional Development Fund and Cohesion Fund 2021-2027 - 18-07-2018

In preparation for the upcoming Multiannual Financial Framework for 2021-2027, the European Commission published a proposal for a regulation on the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Cohesion Fund (CF) on 29 May 2018. The new single regulation
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Briefing - European Regional Development Fund and Cohesion Fund 2021-2027 - 18-07-2018

In preparation for the upcoming Multiannual Financial Framework for 2021-2027, the European Commission published a proposal for a regulation on the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Cohesion Fund (CF) on 29 May 2018. The new single regulation on the ERDF and CF (previously covered by two separate regulations) identifies the specific objectives and scope of support for both funds, including non-eligible activities. In line with evidence regarding impact, investments will focus on activities with the highest added value, such as support for SMEs, smart specialisation, the low carbon economy, sustainable urban development and regional cooperation. The ERDF will focus mainly on smart growth and the green economy, and the CF on environmental and transport infrastructure. A special approach is adopted for territories such as urban areas and outermost regions. The indicator framework for monitoring progress will include new common results indicators. At the European Parliament, the file has been allocated to the Committee on Regional Development, with Andrea Cozzolino (S&D, Italy) as rapporteur. The rapporteur's draft report is expected in the autumn. Source : © European Union, 2018 - EP

Briefing - Introducing the definitive VAT system for B2B cross-border trade - 18-07-2018

Value added tax (VAT) is an important source of revenue for national governments and the European Union (EU) budget and, from an economic point of view, it is a very efficient consumption tax. However, the existing rules governing intra-Community trade are 2
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Briefing - Introducing the definitive VAT system for B2B cross-border trade - 18-07-2018

Value added tax (VAT) is an important source of revenue for national governments and the European Union (EU) budget and, from an economic point of view, it is a very efficient consumption tax. However, the existing rules governing intra-Community trade are 25 years old and the current common EU VAT system presents such problems as vulnerability to fraud, high compliance costs for businesses and also a heavy administrative burden for national authorities. The reform of the system is planned in several consecutive steps, first for goods and then for services, and will take some years. This proposal introduces the basic features of the definite VAT system for business-to-business (B2B) transactions of goods and aims to harmonise and simplify certain rules of the current VAT system, by amending the VAT Directive (Directive 2006/112/EC). Source : © European Union, 2018 - EP

Briefing - Women in the Western Balkans: Gender equality in the EU accession process - 18-07-2018

Equality between women and men, or gender equality, is a fundamental right and a common value, recognised by the EU. It has been a component of the European integration project from its outset. Enshrined in the EU Treaties, gender equality forms part of the a
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Briefing - Women in the Western Balkans: Gender equality in the EU accession process - 18-07-2018

Equality between women and men, or gender equality, is a fundamental right and a common value, recognised by the EU. It has been a component of the European integration project from its outset. Enshrined in the EU Treaties, gender equality forms part of the accession conditions with which candidate and potential candidates from the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia) have to comply. Investing in gender equality, however, is essential not only as an EU requirement, but for an equal society. Although progress has been noted in these countries as regards gender equality, more work is still required. Equal opportunities would allow EU candidate countries to better tap into the potential and skills of women, and underpin achievements in areas such as economic growth, employment and social cohesion, as well as in peace-building. As part of their preparation for an EU future, the Western Balkan countries have taken steps to advance women's rights in recent years. These include adopting or amending relevant legislation (e.g. criminal and labour laws), elaborating national strategies and action plans, and establishing institutional mechanisms to carry out and monitor relevant policies. Nevertheless, promoting gender equality is often sidelined, and the action taken in this respect is insufficient. Ensuring equality between women and men remains 'unfinished business' in a region where traditional gender roles are deep-rooted and social attitudes and lack of awareness of women's rights are at the core of the problem. This Briefing aims to highlight the EU's efforts to promote gender equality as part of EU enlargement policy, and the way the EU strives to mainstream equality across the board. It also aims to cast light on some major challenges that women face in the Western Balkans, such as their weaker roles in economy and politics, and widespread gender-based violence. This follows up the June 2017 briefing on 'Rights and empowerment of women in the Western Balkans'. Source : © European Union, 2018 - EP

From October 2, govt to free many jailed for non-heinous crimes

The government has decided to release a large number of convicts serving time for non-heinous crimes in three phases, with senior citizens, women, transgenders, physically challenged and terminally ill inmates who have completed at least half their terms bein
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From October 2, govt to free many jailed for non-heinous crimes

The government has decided to release a large number of convicts serving time for non-heinous crimes in three phases, with senior citizens, women, transgenders, physically challenged and terminally ill inmates who have completed at least half their terms being eligible. The first batch will be freed on October 2, Gandhi Jayanti.

EU FTA almost dead, India now eyes post-Brexit UK

The EU has asked for two weeks to decide whether to go back to the table at all after India wrote to them. Sources say they are close to the conclusion that resumption of negotiations would be a fruitless exercise.
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EU FTA almost dead, India now eyes post-Brexit UK

The EU has asked for two weeks to decide whether to go back to the table at all after India wrote to them. Sources say they are close to the conclusion that resumption of negotiations would be a fruitless exercise.

Assam BJP MP’s daughter among 19 held for job scam

The daughter of Assam BJP MP RP Sharma, was among 19 Assam government officers who were arrested on Wednesday in connection with a cash-for-job scam in the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC).
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Assam BJP MP’s daughter among 19 held for job scam

The daughter of Assam BJP MP RP Sharma, was among 19 Assam government officers who were arrested on Wednesday in connection with a cash-for-job scam in the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC).

Even President's vehicle must have number: Delhi HC

Vehicles carrying VVIPs in Delhi will now have to display their registration number-plates. The Delhi high court on Wednesday said that every vehicle, including those of top constitutional authorities, must be registered as per the Motor Vehicles Act and disp
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Even President's vehicle must have number: Delhi HC

Vehicles carrying VVIPs in Delhi will now have to display their registration number-plates. The Delhi high court on Wednesday said that every vehicle, including those of top constitutional authorities, must be registered as per the Motor Vehicles Act and display the registration number.

Section 377 verdict nears, wife wants man booked for oral sex

At a time when the Supreme Court has reserved its verdict on pleas for decriminalisation of Section 377 of IPC, a woman has moved the SC seeking fastening of the stringent provision against her husband for forcing her to perform «unnatural» oral s
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Section 377 verdict nears, wife wants man booked for oral sex

At a time when the Supreme Court has reserved its verdict on pleas for decriminalisation of Section 377 of IPC, a woman has moved the SC seeking fastening of the stringent provision against her husband for forcing her to perform «unnatural» oral sex during their four years of marriage.

French Embassy celebrates Bastille Day in Riyadh

Author: Wed, 2018-07-18 22:25 RIYADH: The French Embassy in Riyadh celebrated Bastille Day with great zeal, holding a reception organized by Ambassador Francois Gouyette to honor French-Saudi friendship. Bastille Day is the common name in English-spea
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French Embassy celebrates Bastille Day in Riyadh

Author: Wed, 2018-07-18 22:25 RIYADH: The French Embassy in Riyadh celebrated Bastille Day with great zeal, holding a reception organized by Ambassador Francois Gouyette to honor French-Saudi friendship. Bastille Day is the common name in English-speaking countries for the National Day of France, which is celebrated on July 14 every year. On behalf of Prince Mohammed bin Abdulrahman, acting governor of Riyadh , Aloush bin Fares Al-Subaie, acting assistant undersecretary of the governorate of Riyadh for security, attended the national day ceremony. Speaking at the reception, the ambassador highlighted the achievements of the past few months, saying Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to France in April was the beginning of a new era in the bilateral historical relationship. The opening of the first French Consulate in Jeddah in 1839 and the visit of the late King Faisal are testament to this friendship and the trust upon which this relationship was built. France and Saudi Arabia are determined to reinforce the strategic relationship in many fields. “I would like to express my appreciation toward the new bilateral partnership in the cultural, tourist, educational and research fields,” the envoy said, adding that the intergovernmental agreement signed for the development of the site of Madain Saleh, home of the Nabataean civilization, symbolizes this collaboration. The agreement, he said, “confirms our will to highlight the value of the Saudi culture that originates from the ancient civilizations.” The Kingdom abounds with priceless archaeological treasures and France is proud to contribute to the valorization of this great heritage, he said. On this occasion, the envoy greeted French residents and congratulated their national team on reaching the FIFA World Cup final. France won the final and the cup, beating Croatia on Sunday. The embassy made an elaborate arrangement with big screens and refreshments for people to come and watch the final. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: BASTILLE DAYDIPLOMATIC QUARTERAloush bin Fares Al-SubaieAmbassador Francois Gouyette Saudi foreign minister meets French envoySaudi crown prince and French armed forces minister review bilateral cooperation

KSA sets bar for quality of service in communications, IT sector

Author: Wed, 2018-07-18 22:29 RIYADH: The Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) has released an update to regulate the quality of services by telecommunications service providers (TSP) in the Kingdom.  The update includes standa
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KSA sets bar for quality of service in communications, IT sector

Author: Wed, 2018-07-18 22:29 RIYADH: The Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) has released an update to regulate the quality of services by telecommunications service providers (TSP) in the Kingdom.  The update includes standards and indicators that assess the quality of service and enables consumers to view comparative quality-of-service information on the following services: Internet, mobile phones and landlines, while the CITC categorizes providers on the volume of complaints that subscribers bring to the commission. The CITC shared a sample complaint report for the fourth quarter 2017 that indicates a variation in the number of complaints posted on all services.  Two crucial businesses elements are on the line: Reputation and customers’ loyalty. The new indicator should encourage all carriers in Saudi Arabia — STC, Mobily, Zain, Go, Lebara and Virgin — to strategically build customer-centricity across the sector by creating a new unit for customer quality management and connect it to all other departments. Telecommunication providers who intend to invest in enhancing the quality of service and problem-solving strategies will gain a broader market share than what they have today, and possibly increase their rates.  Providers not able to compete in service quality enhancement due to lack of know-how or resources will try new approaches to attract and retain clients from a marketing angle such as decreasing rates, promotions and offering new plans. Disseminating a comparative data of service providers highlights two new significant values in the Saudi corporate market — transparency and quality customer service. The emergence of these two values will empower users, individuals and establishments to make informed decisions before purchasing any of the providers’ services listed on the indicator.  The new regulation aims to meet the following objectives: Develop services in telecommunication and information technology, provide consumers with a high quality of telecommunication services, and to motivate competitiveness among service providers, along with urging transparency among their registered users. The telecommunication and information sectors play a significant role in all aspects of a country, and legislating a service quality indicator as part of the digital transformation in Saudi Arabia will create an environment that attracts new international service provider to enter the Saudi market.  Saudi Arabia is capitalizing on information technology. Dashboards to deal with challenges and monitor businesses performance, starting with the TCC execution plan to use data by the fourth quarter of 2018, will set the bar for quality of service in the telecommunication sector and force providers to be more customer-centric. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: CITCSTCMobilyZainGoLebaravirgin CITC chief says Saudi Arabia to harness Chinese expertise to develop IT sectorITC signs SR3.5bn broadband agreement with CITC

World’s leading young violinist to give two concerts in Saudi Arabia

Wed, 2018-07-18 23:17 JEDDAH: Chloe Chua, junior winner of this year’s world-renowned Menuhin competition, is to perform in Riyadh and Jeddah. The performances, organized by the General Authority for Culture (GAC) in Saudi Arabia, will take place on Satu
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World’s leading young violinist to give two concerts in Saudi Arabia

Wed, 2018-07-18 23:17 JEDDAH: Chloe Chua, junior winner of this year’s world-renowned Menuhin competition, is to perform in Riyadh and Jeddah. The performances, organized by the General Authority for Culture (GAC) in Saudi Arabia, will take place on Saturday, July 21 at King Fahd Cultural Center in Riyadh, while Dar Al-Hekma University in Jeddah will host the second concert on Monday, July 23 when Saudi pianist Eman Gusti will also perform. Chua, the 11-year-old from Singapore, won the competition, considered a major international contest for young violinists. Her talent began to be recognized when at the age of four she joined the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore. She also came first in the Andrea Postacchini International Violin Competition last year. She will be accompanied at the Riyadh concert by pianist Gordon Back, artistic director of the Menuhin competition. Back is a key contributor to major international violin competitions including the Queen Elizabeth in Brussels, the Carl Flesch in London, the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis in the US, and the Menuhin Competition in the UK.  His recordings include Bach and Schumann sonatas for violin and piano with French violinist Jean-Jacques Kantorow, a series with British clarinetist Emma Johnson, and in 2011 he recorded all of 19th-century Moravian composer Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst’s works with Czech violinist Josef Spacek. The fact that these two concerts have been organized displays the GAC’s commitment to featuring internationally renowned artists in the Kingdom. This type of event raises awareness of classical music, and is part of the GAC’s drive to provide diverse artistic experiences to audiences in the Kingdom. Main category: Saudi ArabiaArt & CultureTags: Saudi entertainmentChloe ChuaKing Fahd Cultural CenterGeneral Authority for Culture (GAC)Nanyang Academy of Fine ArtsDar Al-Hekma UniversityEman Gusti Saudi National Music Band a hit in debut performanceVision expands as Saudi cinemas reopen in 2018

Meet Cherine Magrabi, a talented businesswoman and inspiration to young designers

Author: Wed, 2018-07-18 23:26 JEDDAH: Cherine Magrabi began as a store manager and worked her way up to become creative and communications director at Magrabi Optical, a well-known family brand in the Middle East. Born and brought up in Saudi Arabia,
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Meet Cherine Magrabi, a talented businesswoman and inspiration to young designers

Author: Wed, 2018-07-18 23:26 JEDDAH: Cherine Magrabi began as a store manager and worked her way up to become creative and communications director at Magrabi Optical, a well-known family brand in the Middle East. Born and brought up in Saudi Arabia, Magrabi is also the curator and founder of House of Today in Beirut, a non-profit organization that helps to launch Lebanese designers onto the global scene. “I was born in Jeddah and moved at the age of 16 to Switzerland for schooling with four of my best friends. I keep having fine memories related to my life in Jeddah ... my father used to take me fishing in the Red Sea.” She said: “Moving to Switzerland was a good preparation for life.” While there, she felt it was important to reflect a good image as a Saudi, while adjusting to her new environment and learning to do things by herself for the first time. “It was also a good preparation for college, and I don’t think I would’ve done it any other way,” she added. Magrabi went to study at Chelsea College of Art in London, where she met her future husband. After they married they moved to Beirut in 2002 and she started working for Magrabi Optical. “We were just opening our first store in the Lebanese market and my brother asked me to help set it up and manage it.” She worked as a store manager, which helped her to understand the family business and learn about their customers’ needs. “It gave me the opportunity to learn from the store level, understanding our weaknesses and opportunities directly from the market,” she said. “Today, as creative and communications director at Magrabi, I relate to what’s really happening on the ground.”  She made a significant stamp on the firm when it came to rebranding the company, changing its logo, and reworking the display and merchandising. The rebranding stressed how the company’s products marry fashion and medical expertise. The company’s marketing campaign focuses on empowering women, a move which was led by her vision. The eyewear business inspired her to found House of Today in 2012. She said: “I was always in the search for great designers in Beirut and faced difficulties in reaching out to them. I saw great potential in Lebanon, but there was no supporting system to introduce them to the world. It happened quite organically that I decided to showcase their work as an active member of the art scene.”  She works closely with designers. House of Today identifies, nurtures, mentors, curates and showcases local Lebanese designers and to help them raise their profile. It also gives promising young designers — between the ages of 17 and 34 — a chance to study product design at a university in Lebanon or abroad under its scholarship program. She said: “We are helping designers to develop their own business plan, connecting them to galleries and in creating sustainable images for themselves while supporting the next generation of designers through our scholarship program.”  Every two years, HoT curates an exhibition showcasing the collaboration between experts and emerging designers. So far four exhibitions have been organized, including at Athr Gallery, the Jeddah art gallery, in 2015. Exhibitions aim to present a stellar collection highlighting the best work of young Lebanese designers.  Commenting on the reform in Saudi Arabia, she said: “I’m happy to witness my country taking real steps toward long-overdue social reform. I think there would be a grace period with people waiting to see the true results of the ongoing changes.” Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Cherine MagrabiMagrabi OpticalHouse of TodayBeirutChelsea College of Art Role of young Saudi businesswomen laudedSaudi businesswoman to open city’s first cooking academy

Fantastic four: Saudi women fly the flag for cycling

Thu, 2018-07-19 00:56 JEDDAH: Before Saudi Arabia’s women drivers there were Saudi women cyclists. Thousands of women around the Kingdom have taken to two wheels in the past few years, and groups of female cyclists are a common sight on city streets. No
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Fantastic four: Saudi women fly the flag for cycling

Thu, 2018-07-19 00:56 JEDDAH: Before Saudi Arabia’s women drivers there were Saudi women cyclists. Thousands of women around the Kingdom have taken to two wheels in the past few years, and groups of female cyclists are a common sight on city streets. Now four young women have taken cycling to a new level by becoming the first Saudi female cycling team to join the Global Biking Initiative (GBI) European tour, an annual seven-day ride that highlights the sport and raises money for a range of charitable causes. Sisters Fatimah and Yasa Al-Bloushi, Dina Al-Nasser and Anoud Aljuraid — founder members of the HerRide cycling group — joined hundreds of cyclists from all over the world earlier this month when the tour kicked off from Gothenburg in Sweden before heading through Denmark and on to the port of Hamburg in northern Germany. More than 70 Saudi cyclists took part in the tour, including the four HerRide members.  The dynamic HerRide team shares a passion for adventure, and a love of outdoor activities and sports. Fatimah Al-Bloushi, the team captain, told Arab News that when she started the group in July, 2017, “we were a group of amateur cycling enthusiasts and our idea was to train to be the first Saudi female team to participate in GBI Europe 2018.”  This year was Fatimah’s second time in the GBI tour. Last year she was the first and only Saudi woman to take part in the event.  “I want to empower Saudi women and encourage cycling,” she said. Fatimah also enjoys skydiving, surfing, abseiling and climbing, and is also the first woman member of the Saudi Cycling Federation. In her hometown of Alkhobar, she organizes women’s gatherings twice a week to cycle together along the beachfront. She also volunteers to teach cycling for beginners.  Like all sports events and tours, training plays a crucial role in preparing for the GBI tour. Team member Anoud Aljuraid, an accomplished hiker and technical climber, met Fatimah two years ago while climbing the Ol Doinyo Lengai, or “Mountain of God,” volcano in Tanzania. “For me the challenge was sitting on the bike for up to eight hours while riding up to 100 kilometers a day,” Aljuraid said. “It was also hard to maintain a certain speed to reach the next destination or nutrition point on time, but my training helped me get over those challenges.” Although the number of women cyclists on the streets of Saudi Arabia is growing, challenges remain for those joining the sport. Team member Dina Al-Nasser lives in Riyadh and enjoys long-distance cycling as well as hiking and boxing. Her biggest challenge during the GBI tour was cycling alongside cars. “I mostly trained at home, but it’s hard for me to train in areas where men usually train, such as Wadi Hanifa and Ammariyah,” she said. “However, I was able to get over my fear and by the third day on the tour I was riding alongside trucks and didn’t even notice.” Al-Nasser said that cycling is challenging not only for women in Saudi Arabia but for professional cyclists in general. “We hope that the streets will be more bike friendly, and that people can adopt the same infrastructure for cyclists that we have seen on the tour — such as special paved paths and traffic lights — here in the Kingdom,” she said.  “Hopefully, cycling will become a lifestyle in Saudi Arabia and we will see people cycling to work one day.”  The Saudi HerRide women’s team celebrate a challenging stage finish on the GBI European tour. (Supplied photo) Despite the challenges, the HerRide team say they are hoping to join the next GBI tour. “It was a great experience to cross three countries by bicycle,” Yasa Al-Bloushi said. “Of course, we got some bruises and had falls here and there, but I look at that as a sign of accomplishment.” The team members gained valuable skills from watching other riders during the tour. “I learned how to be a part of a team and to look out for each other. It was important to listen to my team-mates and focus on their needs,” said Dina Al-Nasser.  Fatima Al-Bloushi said that the support of her team made her second tour more special than the first. “We knew each other’s weaknesses from day one and we always had each other’s back. If our energy levels were low, someone would provide nutrition. When our spirits were down, we had music to give us a boost, and when someone was nervous, we reminded each other to have fun,” she said. “I experienced GBI twice. The first time I went alone and came back with a family of friends. The second time I went with friends and came back with family.” The woman said the spirit of cooperation among cyclists on the tour was empowering. “What made this experience even more amazing, besides the beautiful scenery, was the quality of people we met,” said Fatima. “If we were struggling, they would pass by with a smile, give you a pat on the back and tell you that you were strong enough to push through — it really did make us feel stronger.”  In future, the group plans to hire a professional trainer and offer cycling workshops for Saudi women. They also hope long-distance cycling events, such as the GBI, will one day be held in Saudi Arabia.  “Under Vision 2030, I’m sure there will be a lot of local events for cyclists in the Kingdom, including women,” said Al-Nasser. The four cyclists have some words of encouragement for Saudi women hoping to fulfil their dreams. “You will always find people who will give you negative comments, but as long as you are doing what you love and are not hurting anyone, just keep going,” said Al-Nasser.  Fatimah said: “Two years ago I was looking to join a cycling team, but as a woman in Saudi Arabia I was unable to — now things have changed. My advice to all women out there is never say ‘no,’ always say ‘yes’ to opportunities.” Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi womenSaudi female cycling teamGlobal Biking Initiative (GBI)Vision 2030GBI Tour Saudi women at the wheel: the first 24 hoursThree million Saudi women ‘on the roads by 2020’

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FG seeks to reduce N183bn sugar import bill

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