Saudi Electricity Company warns against using electric towers in sacrificial slaughter

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Arab News
Tue, 2017-08-29 03:00
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RIYADH: The Saudi Electricity Co. (SEC) has warned against the abuse of its high-voltage towers and equipment for improvised sacrificial slaughter.
It said the practice is extremely dangerous, and a violation of the regulations and health requirements for sacrificial slaughter outside regular slaughterhouses.
The SEC said field teams have been assigned, in cooperation with security authorities and other relevant bodies, to detect the abuse of the electrical towers during Eid Al-Adha, and all legal procedures will be taken in this regard.
The company praised the growing awareness of citizens and residents of the danger of such violations, saying this has led to a significant reduction in indiscriminate slaughter. The SEC urged citizens and residents to report all violators to the relevant bodies, including the company.

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24.3 million Saudi work permits issued for private sector employment in 3 years

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Arab News
Tue, 2017-08-29 03:00
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RIYADH: The number of work permits issued to private sector employees in Saudi Arabia reached about 24.3 million in the last three years.
Professional services and engineering accounted for about 45 percent of the issued licenses.
According to statistics issued by the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, 2016 witnessed a decline in the number of licenses issued by 3 percent, with 8.25 million licenses issued, compared with 8.52 million work permits issued in 2015. In 2014, 7.52 million work permits were issued and renewed, Al-Eqtisadiah reported.
Foreign workers in Riyadh, Makkah and the Eastern Province registered the highest number of work permits, up by 65 percent over the past three years.
The ministry announced the prohibition of issuing permanent, temporary or seasonal work visas for a number of professions in the Saudi market, as well as preventing new licenses from being issued to a number of other professions, which are now prohibited for expatriate workers in the Kingdom.
The ministry halted renewing licenses of registered expatriates to jobs restricted to Saudis, and obliged the enterprises not to transfer labor services to them.
Nineteen professions have been dedicated to Saudi-only employees. These professions include senior human resources managers in government and private establishments; director of personnel; director of labor and workers affairs in enterprises; director of personnel relations; as well as personnel specialist.
The list of prohibited professions also included personnel clerk; employment clerk; attendance time clerk; general receptionist; hotel receptionist; patient receptionist; complaint clerk; treasurer; private security guard; interpreter; transcriber or key repairman; clearing agent; as well as female workers in the shops selling women’s supplies.
The ministry explained that “this comes in light of the government’s orientation by the leadership to place Saudis in the jobs in which expatriates work, in order to Saudize jobs with national competencies.”

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1,735,391 Hajj pilgrims arrived in Saudi Arabia

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Mohammad Al-Sulami
Tue, 2017-08-29 03:00
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JEDDAH: The General Directorate of Passports announced on Monday that up till now, the number of guests of Allah coming from abroad has reached 1,735,391.
Maj. Gen. Sulaiman Al-Yahya explained during a press conference held in Jeddah that the number of pilgrims coming by air was 1,631,979; 88,585 by land; and 14,585 by sea. He said that the Saudi leadership was keen on facilitating the entrance of pilgrims by land, sea and air.
He added that the directorate has set up a plan to process pilgrims on their arrival and is using advanced technical devices to ensure speed and accuracy in the arrival procedures of every pilgrim.
He pointed out that special administrative committees were formed and are currently located at the entrances of Makkah, notably in Ash Shimaisi, Taniim, Bouhaita and Karr.
“The directorate is also getting ready for the second phase of Hajj in the coming days regarding the departure of the guests of Allah and their safe return to their homeland.”
He also called upon foreign pilgrims not to overstay their Hajj visa so they will not be detained, interrogated or punished.

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Forum aims to achieve qualitative leap in Saudi energy sector

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RASHID HASSAN
Tue, 2017-08-29 03:00
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RIYADH: The Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources will host the Saudi Electricity Forum 2017 in Riyadh to set objectives which will address the challenges facing the electricity sector and suggest appropriate solutions within the framework of Saudi Vision 2030.
To be held under the patronage of Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih at Al-Faisaliah Hotel from Oct. 10 to 12, the forum will include an expanded exhibition with international pavilions showcasing their expertise in this field.
With the government working at various levels with ambitious plans to upgrade, expand and transform the power sector, the forum aims to achieve a set of objectives, including addressing issues and challenges facing the electricity sector; suggesting appropriate solutions within the framework of Saudi Vision 2030; coping with cutting-edge technologies and developments in the electricity industry; attracting investment and the localization of industries and consultative services; and providing practical and applicable recommendations for the development of the electricity sector in Saudi Arabia.
The forum will highlight the National Transformation Plan’s objectives related to the energy and power sector, an official from the Oxford Business Group said on Monday.
The forum will be attended by key industry players and decision makers locally and internationally, including Saudi Electricity Company, Saudi Aramco, Acwa Power, Siemens, King Abdullah Petroleum Studies And Research Center, King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy, Electricity and Co-generation Regulatory Authority, ABB and Lucy Electric.
The event is expected to attract more than 90 exhibitors and more than 3,000 visitors, while about 300 delegates will attend the conference and workshop to be held alongside the upcoming forum to discuss the policies and plans for the electricity sector, electricity efficiency system, development of the electricity market, privatization, and renewable energy in the Kingdom.
The exhibition will be open to the public on Oct. 11 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The event will represent an opportunity for senior officials, experts and investors to exchange experiences and enrich knowledge in the field of electricity, and keep abreast of the latest technologies and developments.
The exhibition will provide opportunities for the local and international companies to directly market their innovative technologies and expertise to decision makers, participants, and visitors, and also provide a chance to conduct meetings with companies, businessmen, and officials during the event.

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MWL allocates SR7m for Eid sacrifices in 47 countries

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RASHID HASSAN
Tue, 2017-08-29 03:00
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RIYADH : The Muslim World League (MWL), the international non-governmental Islamic organization engaged in the peaceful propagation of Islam, has allocated SR7,250,000 ($1,933,205) for this year’s sacrificial animal projects in several countries to help poor families celebrate Eid Al-Adha.
“The MWL is preparing, through the International Islamic Relief Organization (IIROSA), for its annual project of sacrificial meat for the year 1438H in 47 countries from Asia, Africa and Europe… benefiting more than 130,000 poor families, while the number of beneficiaries stands at 420,000,” said IIRO Secretary-General Hassan Shaabar in a statement.
“This project is one of the most important public welfare schemes by the MWL, and the IIRO always pays great attention during the Hajj season for its implementation,” he added. The program has been continuously running for 20 years.
The main objectives of the annual program include alleviating the burdens and obligations of poor families; contributing to the enhancement of social ties and the principle of solidarity; and strengthening and sharing the happiness of Eid Al-Adha with poor families and orphans.

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Podesta Group Subpeonaed By Special Counsel Mueller In Russia Probe

Just over a year ago we wrote about Paul Manafort resigning from the Trump campaign amid outrage over his consulting firm’s ties to a lobbying campaign designed to sway American public opinion in favor of the Ukraine’s pro-Russsian government (see: FBI Probes Firm Belonging To Brother Of Clinton Campaign Chair For Ukraine Corruption Ties). 

The top political news on Friday was the unexpected resignation of Trump campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, which was the result of emerging revelations that his political consulting firm, DMP International, had orchestrated a covert Washington lobbying operation in the period 2012-2014 on behalf of Ukraine’s then ruling political party, attempting to sway American public opinion in favor of the country’s pro-Russian government (which was overthrown in a CIA-orchestrated coup in early 2014).

 

As the AP reported yesterday, the lobbying included attempts to gain positive press coverage of Ukrainian officials in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Associated Press. Another goal: undercutting American public sympathy for the imprisoned rival of Ukraine’s then-president. At the time, European and American leaders were pressuring Ukraine to free her. Furthermore, under the U.S. Foreign Agents Registration Act (or FARA), US entities who lobby on behalf of foreign political leaders or political parties must provide detailed reports about their actions to the Justice Department.

Now, fast forward one year and it seems as though an honest attempt to destroy Trump’s campaign may ensnare another rather unlikely victim, namely The Podesta Group.  As our readers are undoubtedly aware by now, The Podesta Group (PG) was co-founded by Hillary Clinton’s former campaign chairman, John Podesta, and is still run by his brother, Tony Podesta.  Now, according The Daily Caller, PG, one of six lobbying firms that worked on Manafort’s campaign to get Ukraine into the European Union between 2012 to 2014, finds itself directly in the crosshairs of Special Counsel Mueller’s Russia probe.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller issued subpoenas seeking testimony from executives who worked on a campaign organized by Paul Manafort – including the Podesta Group — an NBC exclusive report published Friday revealed.

 

An executive, whose firm received a subpoena, said Mueller’s team is particularly interested in taking a close look at the lobbying campaign that included the Podesta Group.

 

“We think they are trying to figure out, was this a legitimate project?” the executive told NBC News. “From our perspective it was — we did a lot of work. We took it seriously.”

 

The unnamed executive told NBC News that six firms participated in the campaign that Manafort coordinated, which was paid for by the European Center for a Modern Ukraine, a non-profit based in Brussels.

 

The report states that two groups, the Podesta Group and Mercury LLC, worked in Washington with Manafort’s partner Rick Gates, according to lobbying disclosure records.

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All of which puts the deep state and MSM in a rather conflicted position since it’s looks increasingly likely that their efforts to expose the Trump administration could turn the spotlight back on their favorite failed candidate and her allies.

Meanwhile, Special Counsel Mueller’s interest in PG comes just as the Washington Examiner noted that the firm belatedly filed numerous new disclosures regarding their ‘pro-Russia’ work.

The Podesta Group belatedly filed multiple new disclosures with the Department of Justice (DOJ) related to their work in the Ukraine during Manafort’s campaign, the Washington Examiner reported on Thursday.

 

The recent August 17 filings by the Podesta Group include registration statements for six Podesta Group employees and a list of political contributions made by “relevant employees” throughout 2013.

 

The Podesta Group’s most recent belated filing with the DOJ on August 17 came just one day after Politico reported that a “Ukrainian member of parliament requested a criminal investigation into possible meddling by his country’s government into last year’s U.S. presidential elections.”

What is that saying about people who live in glass houses?

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