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29,000 medical practitioners to serve Hajj pilgrims this year

Author: 
Mohammed Rasooldeen
Thu, 2017-08-03 02:46
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RIYADH: The Health Ministry has deployed 29,000 medics and paramedics to serve local and foreign Hajj pilgrims this year.
The ministry said it has also launched a campaign to vaccinate all individuals involved in Hajj against meningitis and influenza.
As in the past, the ministry has created an integrated plan to offer the best medical services to Hajj pilgrims.
The health of arriving pilgrims will be monitored in accordance with the standards of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Health centers at Saudi points of entry will work on a 24-hour basis to supply vaccines, preventive drugs and medicines in case pilgrims need them.
The ministry supplied medical guidelines to pilgrims at the time of their visa application at Saudi embassies in their respective countries.
Vaccination against meningitis is mandatory for all pilgrims, and vaccination against influenza is advised.
The ministry has 25 hospitals — in Arafat, Minah, Makkah, Madinah and King Abdullah Medical City — to serve pilgrims, as well as more than 155 seasonal primary health care centers.
These facilities have 5,000 beds, including 500 for intensive-care units and 550 for emergencies, in addition to the Holy Mosque’s hospital for emergency cases.
There are 100 mini-ambulances that will be spread out through the holy cities to transport the sick to the nearest hospitals.

Saudi youths can apply
for Hajj-related work
The Ministry of Labor and Social Development has launched a portal for Saudis seeking temporary jobs during this year’s Hajj season.
Those interested can apply via www.ajeer.com.sa. Opportunities include working in Hajj-related offices or worksites, and working during the pilgrimage season.
“The work will be on a contractual term that will be valid only for the season,” said ministry undersecretary Ahmed Qattan. “The website will list categories and requirements for the respective jobs.”
Applicants are asked to attach their CVs, and inquiries can be directed to the ministry’s toll-free number: 920002866.

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Red Sea project to attract global tourism companies: Al-Qassabi

Author: 
MOHAMMED RASOOLDEEN
Thu, 2017-08-03 03:00
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RIYADH: The Red Sea project will pave the way for partnerships with the world’s leading tourism companies, Commerce and Investment Minister Majid Al-Qassabi said Wednesday.
The project was launched Tuesday by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, deputy premier, interior minister and chairman of the Public Investment Fund (PIF).
Al-Qassabi said the project “is the first of its kind,” adding that it “will provide great investment opportunities and open the way for partnerships with the world’s leading companies in the tourism sector, boosting the national economy according to Vision 2030.”
Minister of Culture and Information Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad said The Red Sea project will serve the country and its citizens, and will help diversify the economy.
Ahmed bin Sulaiman Al-Rajhi, chairman of the board of the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI), said the project will significantly support Vision 2030 by attracting quality investments, diversifying sources of national income and driving the economy.
It will also contribute to developing the Saudi entertainment infrastructure, he said, pointing out that special tourist resorts will be developed on more than 50 natural islands between the cities of Umlaj and Al-Wajh, allowing visitors to discover the hidden treasures of the Red Sea region.
Al-Rajhi said the project reflects great confidence in the Saudi investment climate, and the importance and multiplicity of investment opportunities in various fields.

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First women’s sports camp in Madinah launched

Author: 
RODOLFO C. ESTIMO JR.
Thu, 2017-08-03 03:00
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RIYADH: Prince Muqrin bin Abdul Aziz University (PMAU) has launched the first women’s sports camp in Madinah, with various activities lined up between July 31 and Aug. 15.
The sporting activities are for girls aged 5-15, boys aged 5-9 and young women aged 16 and above, local media reported.
Courses offered include taekwondo for boys and girls, and fitness sessions for females. There are also football and basketball tournaments for boys and girls.
An integrated building with basketball and badminton courts can accommodate more than 100 fans, and includes a sports club and changing rooms.
A gym with state-of-the-art equipment has been opened, and sports coaches with international certificates from Canada and Germany will be present.
The sports camp comes on the heels of increased interest in sports for women in the Kingdom in general, and in Madinah in particular.
A PMAU official said the university has been supporting women’s sports since its launch three years ago.
The sports coordinator said the university runs women’s courses in accordance with Shariah regulations.
The PMAU is looking forward to qualifying students to represent it in women’s tournaments soon, she added.

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3rd phase of women’s shop feminization to begin Oct. 21

Author: 
ARAB NEWS
Thu, 2017-08-03 03:00
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JEDDAH: The Ministry of Labor and Social Development will start the third phase of the drive to employ female workers in shops selling women’s accessories on Oct. 21.
The aim is “to prepare a suitable, motivating, stable and productive environment for women to work in, and to increase job opportunities for Saudi women,” said ministry spokesman Khaled Aba Al-Kheil.
Activities targeted for this phase include the sale of women’s perfumes, shoes, handbags, socks, hosiery, clothing and fabrics, he added.
Pharmacy sections in malls that sell women’s accessories and makeup will also be targeted, he said.

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Over 3,500 books registered this year

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Arab News
Wed, 2017-08-02 03:00
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JEDDAH: Nearly 3,500 books have been registered in the Kingdom so far this year, as part of a service developed by the Ministry of Culture and Information to issue licenses to release and print books and publications.
Via the service, electronic publishing can be processed, observations and modifications made if necessary, and other electronic procedures allowed until the issuance of print permission.
The ministry’s efforts regarding e-services have sped up the print-permission process. Statistics showed that this year, the system of permitting books and publications was able to release 52 percent of books awaiting permission in less than a week.
There are 2,400 registered authors and more than 1,000 registered publishers in electronic form. Print permission for a book currently takes on average about a week.

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Unravelling the truth behind NASA naming an asteroid after a Saudi student

Author: 
Essam Al-Ghalib
Wed, 2017-08-02 02:18
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JEDDAH: Fatima bint Abdulmoneim Al-Sheikh, 19, has gone down in history as the second Saudi woman to have an asteroid named after her.
Arab News has confirmed with the International Astronomical Union (IAU) that the asteroid is called Al-Sheikh 33535, and is registered with the official international governing body for naming celestial objects.
 Al-Sheikh received the honor of having an asteroid named after her for her research entitled: “Determining the Effect of the Novel Carl 2 Strigolactone Analog on the Seed Germination of Parasitic Weeds.”
She was a second runner-up for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) in 2016, and was awarded $1,500 at the time.
 In recognition of her achievements in science, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) on July 23 published a two-part report headlined: “NASA Names One of its Asteroids After Talented Saudi Fatima Al-Sheikh.”
The report was carried by numerous Arab newspapers and websites, and a Twitter hashtag created in her name became popular. But part of that report was not entirely true.
NASA did not name the asteroid after her, nor did it recognize her achievement nor that of any other teenage scientist that has had an asteroid named after him or her by winning the Intel ISEF competition.
Other winners who had asteroids named after them include Saudis AbdulJabbar Al-Humood and Sarah Al-Rabiah. Other Arab winners who had asteroids named after them came from Egypt and Jordan.
 Arab News contacted the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Lincoln Laboratory Near Earth Asteroid Research (LINEAR) program, which discovered 1999 HS9, the asteroid’s original name before its new name was registered in honor of Al-Sheikh.
“The LINEAR program submitted the proposal (to the IAU) to name asteroid 33535 in honor of Fatima Al-Sheikh in recognition of her excellent work” at the Intel ISEF, said J. Scott Stuart, a technical staff member in the Space Control Systems Group at LINEAR.
 The website (www.ll.mit.edu/outreach/ceres.html) has information on how and why some asteroids are named after winners of international science competitions, and their teachers or mentors. NASA is not mentioned.
 Winners of the Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge and the Intel Science Talent Search also have asteroids named after them.
 Newly detected minor planets or asteroids get a provisional designation. If the object’s orbit is confirmed, it receives a permanent number and the discoverer is invited to suggest a name for it.
Some websites Arab News found online, such as Cosmic Registry, falsely claim that you can have an asteroid, comet or small planet named after you or anyone you want.
Prices for an asteroid begin at $24.95. The website will also “sell” you land on the Moon, Venus and Mars.  
 Cosmic Registry claims that its registration certificates are certified by the UN Office of Outer Space Associations and registered with the International Astronomy Union — a play on the names of the official bodies: The International Astronomical Union and the UN Office for Outer Space Associations.
 “Registering an Asteroid name for a loved one is a unique and heartfelt gift, and a perfect way to celebrate a memorable event or special occasion,” the Cosmic Registry website says.
 What you will receive is a cheap certificate in a bad frame that means nothing more than the adoption certificate that comes with a child’s toy.

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Kingdom donates $33m to UNICEF to combat cholera in Yemen

Author: 
MOHAMMED RASOOLDEEN
Wed, 2017-08-02 03:00
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RIYADH: On instructions from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, deputy premier and interior minister, the Kingdom donated $33 million to UNICEF to combat cholera in Yemen.
Some 332,000 have been affected by this deadly disease in Yemen, according to the latest figures from the World Health Organization (WHO).
In June, the crown prince pledged to donate $66.7 million to UNICEF and the WHO to prevent the spread of cholera in Yemen.
On Sunday, the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) signed a deal with UNICEF to offer $33 million to fulfill the pledge.
The agreement was signed by Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, KSRelief supervisor general, and Shahida Azfar, UNICEF’s Gulf representative based in Riyadh.
Speaking after the ceremony, Al-Rabeeah said the contribution was from the crown prince to fight the disease and ease the suffering of those affected in Yemen.
The remaining $33.7 million will be donated to the WHO in due course, he added. This “is in addition to the projects amounting to $8.2 million recently signed with the WHO and KSRelief,” he said.
KSRelief said it has provided 550 tons of medicine, medical supplies, and intravenous and oral solutions, as well as implemented health and sanitation projects. Azfar thanked the crown prince and KSRelief for their cooperation to help Yemenis.
According to the latest statistics, 1,817 people have died of cholera in less than three months.
There have been 363,000 cases reported in 21 of Yemen’s 22 governorates since April 27.
A cholera outbreak will probably have infected more than 300,000 people by September, the UN said.
Cholera is a highly contagious bacterial infection spread via contaminated food or water.
Although it is easily treatable, doing so in conflict-torn Yemen has proved particularly difficult.
UN reports indicate that almost 19 million people — more than two-thirds of Yemen’s total population — are in need of humanitarian assistance, and that 14.5 million people lack access to clean water and sanitation.

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Shoura member urges 20% tax on Saudi investments abroad

Author: SHARIF M. TAHAWed, 2017-08-02 03:00ID: 1501618975727816700RIYADH: A Shoura Council member has called for a 20 percent tax on Saudi investments abroad, as is the case with foreign investments in the Kingdom, local media reported.The pr…


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Hajj terminal in Jeddah can handle 175,000 pilgrims at a time

Author: 
MOHAMMED RASOOLDEEN
& SHARIF M. TAHA
Wed, 2017-08-02 03:00
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RIYADH: The Hajj terminal in Jeddah can accommodate 175,000 pilgrims at a time — 91,000 at the arrival lounge and 84,000 in the departure lounge.
These figures were revealed during the visit of Prince Abdullah bin Bandar bin Abdul Aziz, deputy governor of the Makkah region, to the Hajj and Umrah Complex at King Abdul Aziz International Airport on Sunday.
Under new arrangements, the airport facilities and personnel will be able to clear 3,800 arriving pilgrims and 3,500 departing ones in an hour. The waiting areas can accommodate 7,000 pilgrims at a time.
The prince reviewed airport upgrades and operational plans to receive pilgrims. He was received by Sulaiman Al-Hamdan, transport minister and chairman of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), among others.
The prince was briefed on government services for receiving pilgrims, including those by the Health Ministry, GACA, and the passports and customs departments.
The Hajj and Umrah Complex covers 510,000 square meters. There are 26 aircraft parking spaces, 10 skyways, 18 travel gates and 143 counters for immigration formalities.
The General Directorate of Passports has issued a warning to those transporting pilgrims without licenses, local media reported.
Penalties include a fine of SR50,000 ($13,333) for every passenger carried, a six-month jail sentence and confiscation of the vehicle transporting the unauthorized pilgrims, Al-Madinah daily reported.
Expatriates violating the rules will be deported after they serve their sentences and pay the fines.
Their vehicles will be confiscated, and they will be banned from re-entering the Kingdom.
During Hajj season last year, the passport authorities issued 101 administrative decisions against 574 violators.
In total, they were fined SR5.8 million with prisons terms of 1,425 days, while 18 vehicles were confiscated.
Performing pilgrimage without a permit is illegal in the Kingdom, and every year authorities launch campaigns for citizens and expatriates about the importance of complying with the regulations.
The aim is to control the number of pilgrims at the holy sites in Makkah and Madinah to enable government agencies and legitimate Hajj firms to provide the best services.

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