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SCTH launches second phase of Old Yanbu’s Al-Sour district renovation project

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ARAB NEWS
Fri, 2017-01-27
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RIYADH: Prince Sultan bin Salman, head of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), launched the second phase of the Al-Sour district renovation project in Old Yanbu in the presence of Prince Faisal bin Salman, governor of Madinah and chairman of the Tourism Development Council, the mayor of Yanbu Engineer Mosaed Al-Salim, head of the Yanbu Municipality Fahad Al-Mash’aan, and a number of other officials, on Wednesday.
The second phase will refurbish 100 buildings over an area of 8,100 square meters, including 32 commercial buildings, six cultural buildings, 12 residential buildings and five administrative buildings. The project is funded by SABIC, ARAMCO, the Royal Commission of Jubail and Yanbu, and a number of other partners.
SCTH and project partners completed renovation and restoration of Al-Layl Market, one of the oldest markets in the kingdom. The market was reopened upon completion by the president of the SCTH and the governor of Madinah, allowing citizens to resume commercial activity after 50 years of inactivity.
The project is part of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosque’s Program for Care of National Heritage, which is being carried out by the SCTH with support from King Salman himself.
The president of SCTH said the success of restoring life to the Al-Layl Market and Al-Sour District comes in line with directives of King Salman, who strongly believes in the urgency of focusing on national heritage. He praised King Salman’s national program aimed at restoring national heritage to the heart of citizens and the country.
He noted that the success of the first phase of the project was a result of sound coordination between authorities. He also pointed to the significance of the market and district, which serve as promising and attractive location for citizens to earn a decent living.
He also addressed the budget of the SCTH and Program for Cultural Heritage, which will allow for the construction of a new museum and resumption of work on museums that were halted last year due to budgetary constraints, as well as the investments in the tourism sector as part of the national transformation program.

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Jazan govt hospital saves life of soldier injured in explosion

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Mohammed Rasooldeen
Fri, 2017-01-27
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JAZAN: Jazan’s King Fahad Central Hospital medics and paramedics removed shrapnel from soldier struck by an explosion.
The soldier sustained a direct hit from the explosion when shrapnel had pierced into his neck. The patient was rushed to the Emergency Department of the hospital where he was given treatment by inserting a ventilator tube, according to according to an official from the Ministry of Health.
It was a complicated surgery, the official said, attributing its success to the efficient surgical team of the hospital.
Meanwhile, a specialized medical team at the South Al-Qunfudah Hospital conducted a successful nephrectomy on a 23-year-old woman, who was suffering from acute kidney failure on Tuesday.
The woman had been suffering from severe lower back pain, and after making the required tests at South Al-Qunfudah Hospital; she was diagnosed with a failure of one of her kidneys and the presence of many stones. Finally, she underwent a successful nephrectomy surgery, according to the team.
The same hospital staff also conducted an operation on a patient in his 70s to remove a large prostate tumor that he had for more than six years.
Both patients are in good health and their conditions are stable, an official said.
In addition to the medical treatment given in local hospitals, the ministry also provides services for patients who cannot find treatment in the Kingdom.
The official said those patients considered for treatment abroad are individuals whose diseases cannot be treated in the Kingdom.
The Saudi government spent more than SR1 billion to treat 4,723 Saudi patients abroad, he noted. Under the scheme, the High Medical Commission approved treatment for 2,781 patients, while the remaining patients were treated abroad on royal decrees.
The decision to treat patients abroad is based on a royal decree or on a recommendation made by the High Medical Commission, which deals with these acute cases.
The health official said there is no ceiling for overseas medical allocations and all deserving patients will be given the needed opportunities for medical treatment abroad.

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IDB reaffirms commitment to support development in Gambia

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Rodolfo C. Estimo Jr.
Fri, 2017-01-27
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RIYADH: Mansour Mukhtar, vice president for sector operations for the Jeddah-based Islamic Development Bank (IDB), said the bank has several capacity building and technical assistance programs, including through its Reverse Linkage project, in which Gambia can benefit to complement its financing activities.
IDB officials said they are committed to supporting development in Gambia.
Muhammad Jameel Yusha’u, senior communications specialist, said that Mukhtar was on an official mission in Senegal.
Mukhtar stressed IDB’s commitment after Adama Barrow, new Gambian president, lauded the bank’s efforts in helping Gambia in developmental projects during their meeting.
A Saudi Press Agency report said,“President of Gambia Adama Barrow has lauded efforts exerted by the Islamic Development Bank for supporting his country in the field of development projects.”
Mukhtar led a delegation to Senegal where Adama Barrow, new Gambian president, is staying. Barrow received the IDB delegation.
He conveyed the goodwill message of IDB President Dr. Bandar Hajjar “who is committed to working with African member countries in several areas to support their social and economic development.”
Mukhtar told Barrow that IDB had been active in Gambia since 1980 and that it had received financing worth $690 million and at present there are 14 active projects totaling $158 million in the African country.
The IDB vice president said that he hoped that the implementation of bank-supported portfolio will improve and opportunities for collaboration strengthened with the support and guidance of the new Gambian president.

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Cameroonian delegation visits Kingdom in preparation for Haj

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Rodolfo C. Estimo Jr.
Fri, 2017-01-27
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RIYADH: A Cameroon delegation visited the Kingdom recently to hold talks with Saudi authorities and make arrangements for this year’s Haj pilgrimage.
An embassy spokesperson said the delegation was headed by Abdoulkarim Dewa, head of the Cameroonian Haj National Commission.
Cameroonian Ambassador Iya Tidjani and Jeddah Consul General Oumarou Issa joined the delegation to meet with State Secretary Hussein bin Mohammed Sharif of the Saudi Ministry of Haj and Umrah.
The spokesperson said that the delegation, which discussed with Saudi authorities the country’s quota for this year, signed for 4,500 pilgrims although its regular quota is 10,000.
The delegation also signed agreements on housing in Makkah and Madinah, transportation, as well as food catering with local firms.

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Makkah Criminal Court drops crane case citing lack of jurisdiction

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Mohammed Al-Sulami
Fri, 2017-01-27
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JEDDAH: Makkah Criminal Court issued on Thursday said it was dropping the case of the crane that collapsed in Makkah in September 2015 due to lack of jurisdiction over the case.
The accident resulted in 110 deaths and 209 injuries.
The court issued its ruling in the presence of the defendants on trial and the prosecutor; it came after several sessions of deliberations.
The prosecutor had interrogated the defendants before the judge decided to drop the case due to an issue of jurisdiction.
The court informed the defense team of the 13 people on trial, consisting of Ahmed Al-Qurashi, Attorney Hassan Jomaan Al-Zahrani and Abdullah Bin Laden, that it will inform them later of the date the legal decision will be formally issued.
Reports presented by the Bin Laden Group during the investigation and court sessions had shown that sudden changes in weather conditions, difficult to forecast, resulted in unusual winds, which in turn caused the collapse of the crane.
The company made a point of mentioning the fact that 50 thunderbolts were recorded on the day in Makkah within a period of only one hour due to the inclement weather conditions.
The storm was accompanied by heavy rain and thunder, as well as drop in temperature from 45 degrees to 21 degrees Celsius, the company said.
The Civil Defense Department spokesman said that the heavy rain that fell over Makkah on that day reached 40 millimeters within a very short period of time.
The 13 defendants on trial gave their affidavits to the court. They were absolved of responsibility for the collapse of the crane and the consequent damage due to insufficient evidence.
Of the three judges, two decided to drop the case; the third maintained that the court has jurisdiction over the case.
The prosecutor also insisted that the court had jurisdiction and legal competency to look into the case, based on the royal decree issued following the incident, including into charges of loss of life, property damage and negligence.
The Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution relied on the results of the investigation, which were submitted to higher authorities, and indicated that the main cause of the accident was the fact that the crane was subjected to heavy winds and had been kept idle in the wrong position, in violation of the operation instructions issued by the manufacturer.
According to the instructions, the crane’s main arm should have been lowered when not in use or during instances of heavy winds.
The bureau also pointed to the lack of compliance with safety standards in the operating procedures, no respect for the safety requirements, and poor communication and monitoring by safety officials responsible for the project during the poor weather conditions, despite warnings by the Presidency of Meteorology and Environmental Protection.
The defendants were also accused of failing to measure the speed of the wind and to respond to a number of letters from concerned authorities to review the condition of the several cranes at the site, especially the crane that fell.
The bureau called for holding the contractor, Saudi Bin Laden Group, partially responsibility for the accident, due to these reasons, as well as for reexamining the contract of Kansas Advisory Company and all cranes involved in the project, and to make sure that all safety and security conditions are met.
Following the incident, King Salman bin Abdulaziz called for referring the results of the investigation and related evidence to the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution to complete the investigation of the Bin Laden Group, as well as to prepare a list of charges to be presented to the judiciary.
The order also asked Saudi Bin Laden Group to comply with the decision reached.

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Saudi vulnerable to ‘Shamoon 2’ virus: telco chief

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Agence France Presse
Thu, 2017-01-26
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RIYADH: Saudi computer security systems are vulnerable to the “Shamoon 2” virus, a senior communications official warned Thursday, confirming reports of a fresh cyberattack on the kingdom.
The virus “has devised a new method that was unexpected by government systems,” Abdulaziz Al-Ruwais, governor of the Commission for Communications and Information Technology, told Makkah newspaper.
He said that “some bodies had been affected” by the program, and detailed measures which companies could take to try to protect their computer networks.
Local media reported early this week that Shamoon 2 hit the private sector and various government agencies including a division of the labor ministry.
Global security firm Symantec on Monday did not mention Saudi Arabia but said it was “currently investigating reports of yet another new attack in the Middle East involving the destructive disk-wiping malware used by the Shamoon group.”
The company in December said Shamoon had been used in attacks against targets in Saudi Arabia.
Arab News reported at the time that the National Cyber Security Center “detected destructive electronic strikes against several government agencies and vital establishments.”
In August, state media reported cyberattacks against government institutions and vital installations they did not identify.
Shamoon was employed in strikes against the Saudi energy sector in 2012.
At that time, US intelligence officials said they suspected a link to the kingdom’s regional rival Iran.
Ties between Riyadh and Tehran have worsened over the past year.

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King Salman inducts high-tech fighter jets into RSAF

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Arab News
Thu, 2017-01-26
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RIYADH: King Salman on Wednesday attended the 50th anniversary celebrations of the King Faisal Air Academy (KFAA).
The KFAA also marked the graduation ceremony of its 91st batch of students, as well as the launch of the new F-15SA aircraft, which has joined the fleet of the Royal Saudi Air Force.
The event was held in the presence of Omar Al-Bashir, president of Sudan.
Commander of the Air College, Air Vice Marshal Khalid Al-La’aboun, delivered a speech welcoming King Salman and Al-Bashir.
“Today we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of this ancient edifice. The beginning of the training was launched by the late King Faisal bin Abdul Aziz, may God have mercy on him, by raising the banner of the college in this field having the honor to carry his name,” he said.
Al-La’aboun pointed out that the college has become one of the best flight schools in the world. Thousands of pilots and technicians who have served their country in various fields, and participated in the protection of its airspace, have graduated from the academy.
King Salman and the audience watched a film to mark the 50th anniversary of the KFAA, which featured the most prominent achievements of the academy.
King Salman also launched the new F-15SA aircraft which recently joined the fleet of the Royal Saudi Air Force. He watched a film about the plane and its advanced technologies, followed by an air parade show.

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King Salman inducts high-tech fighter jets into RSAF

Author: 
Arab News
Thu, 2017-01-26
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1485377213332741000

RIYADH: King Salman on Wednesday attended the 50th anniversary celebrations of the King Faisal Air Academy (KFAA).
The KFAA also marked the graduation ceremony of its 91st batch of students, as well as the launch of the new F-15SA aircraft, which has joined the fleet of the Royal Saudi Air Force.
The event was held in the presence of Omar Al-Bashir, president of Sudan.
Commander of the Air College, Air Vice Marshal Khalid Al-La’aboun, delivered a speech welcoming King Salman and Al-Bashir.
“Today we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of this ancient edifice. The beginning of the training was launched by the late King Faisal bin Abdul Aziz, may God have mercy on him, by raising the banner of the college in this field having the honor to carry his name,” he said.
Al-La’aboun pointed out that the college has become one of the best flight schools in the world. Thousands of pilots and technicians who have served their country in various fields, and participated in the protection of its airspace, have graduated from the academy.
King Salman and the audience watched a film to mark the 50th anniversary of the KFAA, which featured the most prominent achievements of the academy.
King Salman also launched the new F-15SA aircraft which recently joined the fleet of the Royal Saudi Air Force. He watched a film about the plane and its advanced technologies, followed by an air parade show.

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4 women among 25 winners of prize for inventors, talented

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Mohammed Rasooldeen | Arab News Staff
Thu, 2017-01-26
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RIYADH: Four women were among 25 winners of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Prize for inventors and the talented (Takreem), which was distributed by Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Khalid A. Al-Falih at the headquarters of the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) on Wednesday.
The prize was established by ministerial decree to contribute to the development of science and technology in support of the transition to a knowledge-based society; to encourage and appreciate distinguished inventors and the gifted in science, technology and innovation; to develop a spirit of creativity, innovation and invention; and to motivate talents and abilities.
The laureates received cash prizes ranging from SR100,000 ($26,663) to SR200,000 ($53,326) to help them promote their future programs.
Congratulating the winners, the KACST’s president, Prince Dr. Turki bin Saud bin Mohammed, chairman of the council of trustees for the prize, said he hoped it would help them achieve more progress and development to build a knowledge-based society.
The prince told Arab News it is a historic occasion when the prize is given to honor winners who contribute a great deal in their field of research and skills.
He said more than SR3 billion ($800 million) has been spent on 2,000 science and technology projects under the first national plan for science, technology and innovation. “We have planned out several new projects under Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program (NTP) 2020.”
He added that the prize demonstrates the interest shown by King Salman to encourage and give honor where it is due.
Al-Falih said the intelligentsia is being encouraged by the king at a time when the government is undergoing a transformation period under Vision 2030 and NTP 2020. The Kingdom can use their talents for national prosperity, the minister said.
Secretary general of the awards committee, Dr. Abdulrahman bin Ibrahim, said the committee received 387 nominations in the inventors category and 583 in the gifted category. “We have chosen 17 winners from the first category, while seven were selected for the gifted category,” he said.
The prize for the inventors category was awarded to Dr. Muneer bin Mahmoud Al-Dsouqi, Dr. Ali bin Abdrabb Al-Rasool Al-Hamza, Dr. Fares bin Dabas Al-Sweilem, Dr. Waleed bin Fahd Allafi, Dr. Ali bin Saad Al-Ghamdi, Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Asiri, Dr. Basem bin Yousef Sheikh, Dr. Khalid bin Saad Abdukhair, Dr. Majed bin Muaala Al-Hazmi, Dr. Saeed bin Mohammed Al-Zahrani, Dr. Saad bin Abdullah Al-Jalil, Dr. Inas bin Mueen Al-Nashef, Dr. Khadija bint Mohammed Al-Zaydi, Dr. Iman bint Kamel Al-Dagas, Eng. Saleh bin Bidaiwe Al-Ruwaili, Eng. Saeed bin Mahd Al-Mubarak and Mohsen bin Jubran Hussein.

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4 women among 25 winners of prize for inventors, talented

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Mohammed Rasooldeen | Arab News Staff
Thu, 2017-01-26
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1485376948742709400

RIYADH: Four women were among 25 winners of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Prize for inventors and the talented (Takreem), which was distributed by Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Khalid A. Al-Falih at the headquarters of the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) on Wednesday.
The prize was established by ministerial decree to contribute to the development of science and technology in support of the transition to a knowledge-based society; to encourage and appreciate distinguished inventors and the gifted in science, technology and innovation; to develop a spirit of creativity, innovation and invention; and to motivate talents and abilities.
The laureates received cash prizes ranging from SR100,000 ($26,663) to SR200,000 ($53,326) to help them promote their future programs.
Congratulating the winners, the KACST’s president, Prince Dr. Turki bin Saud bin Mohammed, chairman of the council of trustees for the prize, said he hoped it would help them achieve more progress and development to build a knowledge-based society.
The prince told Arab News it is a historic occasion when the prize is given to honor winners who contribute a great deal in their field of research and skills.
He said more than SR3 billion ($800 million) has been spent on 2,000 science and technology projects under the first national plan for science, technology and innovation. “We have planned out several new projects under Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program (NTP) 2020.”
He added that the prize demonstrates the interest shown by King Salman to encourage and give honor where it is due.
Al-Falih said the intelligentsia is being encouraged by the king at a time when the government is undergoing a transformation period under Vision 2030 and NTP 2020. The Kingdom can use their talents for national prosperity, the minister said.
Secretary general of the awards committee, Dr. Abdulrahman bin Ibrahim, said the committee received 387 nominations in the inventors category and 583 in the gifted category. “We have chosen 17 winners from the first category, while seven were selected for the gifted category,” he said.
The prize for the inventors category was awarded to Dr. Muneer bin Mahmoud Al-Dsouqi, Dr. Ali bin Abdrabb Al-Rasool Al-Hamza, Dr. Fares bin Dabas Al-Sweilem, Dr. Waleed bin Fahd Allafi, Dr. Ali bin Saad Al-Ghamdi, Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Asiri, Dr. Basem bin Yousef Sheikh, Dr. Khalid bin Saad Abdukhair, Dr. Majed bin Muaala Al-Hazmi, Dr. Saeed bin Mohammed Al-Zahrani, Dr. Saad bin Abdullah Al-Jalil, Dr. Inas bin Mueen Al-Nashef, Dr. Khadija bint Mohammed Al-Zaydi, Dr. Iman bint Kamel Al-Dagas, Eng. Saleh bin Bidaiwe Al-Ruwaili, Eng. Saeed bin Mahd Al-Mubarak and Mohsen bin Jubran Hussein.

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