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Medical report declaring MP murder suspect sane for trial challenged

Lawyers for murder suspect in the late legislator, J.B. Danquah-Adu’s Daniel Asiedu are challenging a medical report that declared him sane to stand trial.

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

Lead roles for Saudi stars as Okaz Nights concerts begin

Sun, 2019-08-25 05:08 TAIF: The Okaz Nights series of concerts began with a wonderful evening featuring Saudi stars Abadi Al-Johar and Dalia Mubarak at the Okaz Main Theater, which has been given a new look. The concerts are part of Taif Season, which is p
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Lead roles for Saudi stars as Okaz Nights concerts begin

Sun, 2019-08-25 05:08 TAIF: The Okaz Nights series of concerts began with a wonderful evening featuring Saudi stars Abadi Al-Johar and Dalia Mubarak at the Okaz Main Theater, which has been given a new look. The concerts are part of Taif Season, which is presenting events throughout August. The concert with Al-Johar and Mubarak, which sold out quickly, was well received by the audience of more than 2,500. The evening began at 9.30 p.m. with a collection of new and old songs from Mubarak, supported by 27 musicians. Al-Johar then greeted her with beautiful and famous songs. Emirati singer Hussain Al-Jasmi also performed at the theater, which will host Syrian musical artist Asala Nasri on Aug. 28 and Ahlam Al-Shamsi on Aug. 30. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: TAIF SEASONSouk Okaz 13th edition of Souk Okaz begins as part of Taif SeasonSaudi Arabia's Souq Okaz festival deemed a 'cultural incubator'

Lightning strikes golf course, injures several people at PGA Tour in Atlanta (VIDEO)

Multiple people were rushed to the hospital after lighting struck a pine tree during a PGA Tour Championship in Atlanta. Video captured the shinning pillar of light that sent debris flying everywhere as if it was a blast. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Lightning strikes golf course, injures several people at PGA Tour in Atlanta (VIDEO)

Multiple people were rushed to the hospital after lighting struck a pine tree during a PGA Tour Championship in Atlanta. Video captured the shinning pillar of light that sent debris flying everywhere as if it was a blast. Read Full Article at RT.com

Rallying: Tanak on verge of victory in Germany as Neuville and Ogier slip

Championship leader Ott Tanak ended on Saturday (Aug 24) with a 32.4 second lead at the Rally of Germany as his title rivals Thierry Neuville and Sebastien Ogier suffered untimely punctures on the dreaded Panzerplatte stages.
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Rallying: Tanak on verge of victory in Germany as Neuville and Ogier slip

Championship leader Ott Tanak ended on Saturday (Aug 24) with a 32.4 second lead at the Rally of Germany as his title rivals Thierry Neuville and Sebastien Ogier suffered untimely punctures on the dreaded Panzerplatte stages.

Israeli jets hit targets in Syria to prevent Iranian drone attack: Army

The Israeli air force struck in Syria to prevent an Iranian force from launching an attack on the Jewish state with drones armed with explosives, the army said Sunday.
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Israeli jets hit targets in Syria to prevent Iranian drone attack: Army

The Israeli air force struck in Syria to prevent an Iranian force from launching an attack on the Jewish state with drones armed with explosives, the army said Sunday.

Американскую астронавтку заподозрили во взломе банковского счета с борта МКС

Бывшая супруга астронавта Энн Макклейн выяснила, что та уже после развода заходила в ее банковский аккаунт, находясь в космосе. Сама Макклей
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Американскую астронавтку заподозрили во взломе банковского счета с борта МКС

Бывшая супруга астронавта Энн Макклейн выяснила, что та уже после развода заходила в ее банковский аккаунт, находясь в космосе. Сама Макклейн уверяет, что проверяла, достаточно ли у экс-жены денег на оплату счетов и воспитание сына.

Met Service keeping track of new tropical depression

The National Meteorological Service says it is keeping track of a tropical depression which formed over the Atlantic Ocean Saturday morning. The Met Service, in a message posted on Twitter shortly after 10 o’clock, said Tropical Depression...
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Met Service keeping track of new tropical depression

The National Meteorological Service says it is keeping track of a tropical depression which formed over the Atlantic Ocean Saturday morning. The Met Service, in a message posted on Twitter shortly after 10 o’clock, said Tropical Depression...

UPDATE: It's now Tropical Storm Dorian

Tropical Depression number five has “quickly developed” into Tropical Storm Dorian, the National Meteorological Service has confirmed. According to the Met Service, Dorian could enter the Caribbean on Tuesday as a hurricane. However, it...
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UPDATE: It's now Tropical Storm Dorian

Tropical Depression number five has “quickly developed” into Tropical Storm Dorian, the National Meteorological Service has confirmed. According to the Met Service, Dorian could enter the Caribbean on Tuesday as a hurricane. However, it...

Al-Bashir defence team calls for his release on bail

August 24, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - A lawyer of the ousted President Omer al-Bashir called for his release on bail, pointing that the remand is not justified. Al-Bashir has been detained after his removal by the army last April but he is facing charges of corruptio
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Al-Bashir defence team calls for his release on bail

August 24, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - A lawyer of the ousted President Omer al-Bashir called for his release on bail, pointing that the remand is not justified. Al-Bashir has been detained after his removal by the army last April but he is facing charges of corruption and money laundering charges. Also, he acknowledged receiving over 90 millions of dollars mainly from Saudi Arabia. The trial which is held at the Judicial and Legal Science Institute in Khartoum was witnessed by al-Bashir supporters (...) - News / FRONT_PAGE_DISPLAY

Caspian seals population shrinking alarmingly

TEHRAN – Caspian seals, the sole marine mammals inhabiting the Caspian Sea, have faced a sharp decline in population over the past three decades, pushing the species towards extinction, Davood Mirshekar, deputy chief of the Department of Environment for mar
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Caspian seals population shrinking alarmingly

TEHRAN – Caspian seals, the sole marine mammals inhabiting the Caspian Sea, have faced a sharp decline in population over the past three decades, pushing the species towards extinction, Davood Mirshekar, deputy chief of the Department of Environment for marine ecosystems, has stated.

More foreign tourists spectate religious rituals while in Yazd

TEHRAN – Over the past couple of years, religious rituals have attracted more foreign travelers as spectators to Iran’s Yazd province, CHTN reported on Saturday.
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More foreign tourists spectate religious rituals while in Yazd

TEHRAN – Over the past couple of years, religious rituals have attracted more foreign travelers as spectators to Iran’s Yazd province, CHTN reported on Saturday.

Wildfire haunting Arasbaran forest extinguished

TEHRAN – Wildfire burning Arasbaran forest, northwestern Iran, since Monday, has been finally extinguished, head of East Azarbaijan’s department of environment (DOE) has announced.
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Wildfire haunting Arasbaran forest extinguished

TEHRAN – Wildfire burning Arasbaran forest, northwestern Iran, since Monday, has been finally extinguished, head of East Azarbaijan’s department of environment (DOE) has announced.

Chinese, Hong Kong travel agencies to launch fam tour across Iran

TEHRAN - A group of travel marketers and tour operators form southern China and Hong Kong will soon launch a weeklong familiarization tour across Iran with the aim of acquainting with its tourist destinations.
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Chinese, Hong Kong travel agencies to launch fam tour across Iran

TEHRAN - A group of travel marketers and tour operators form southern China and Hong Kong will soon launch a weeklong familiarization tour across Iran with the aim of acquainting with its tourist destinations.

32nd national crafts exhibit opens today in Tehran 

TEHRAN – Crafters and artisans from every corner of Iran are scheduled to promote skills in the 32nd national crafts exhibition, which opens today at the Tehran Permanent International Fairground, Mehr reported.
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32nd national crafts exhibit opens today in Tehran 

TEHRAN – Crafters and artisans from every corner of Iran are scheduled to promote skills in the 32nd national crafts exhibition, which opens today at the Tehran Permanent International Fairground, Mehr reported.

Israel says it struck targets southeast of Damascus

Israeli Defense Forces said they struck several targets outside Damascus. Syrian TV reported the country's air defenses intercepted «hostile targets» over the capital before they could reach their aim. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Israel says it struck targets southeast of Damascus

Israeli Defense Forces said they struck several targets outside Damascus. Syrian TV reported the country's air defenses intercepted «hostile targets» over the capital before they could reach their aim. Read Full Article at RT.com

'I dedicate this fight to Dadashev': Champion Kovalev honors deceased boxer after WBO title defence

WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev dedicated his 11th round KO win over Anthony Yarde on Saturday to Maxim Dadashev, a Russian boxer who died of injuries sustained during a fight in July aged 28. Read Full Article at RT.com
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'I dedicate this fight to Dadashev': Champion Kovalev honors deceased boxer after WBO title defence

WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev dedicated his 11th round KO win over Anthony Yarde on Saturday to Maxim Dadashev, a Russian boxer who died of injuries sustained during a fight in July aged 28. Read Full Article at RT.com

Squabbles & strife kick off G7 summit in France

As leaders of the world’s seven most developed countries descended on Biarritz for their annual summit, there was more disagreement than harmony among the group, and more petty squabbling than in a soap opera. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Squabbles & strife kick off G7 summit in France

As leaders of the world’s seven most developed countries descended on Biarritz for their annual summit, there was more disagreement than harmony among the group, and more petty squabbling than in a soap opera. Read Full Article at RT.com

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