Labor minister holds induction meeting for Citizens Account Program

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Arab News
Sat, 2017-01-28
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RIYADH: Minister of Labor and Social Development Dr. Ali bin Nasser Al-Ghafis held the induction meeting for the Citizens Account Program, briefing those present on the latest preparations for the launch of the electronic portal for the program, which will be the only platform to receive registration applications.
The general supervisor at the ministry’s Social Development Sector, Eng. Majed Al-Osaimi, presented the goals of the program, its importance and methods of registration during the meeting.
He said registration in the program will be available 24/7 starting on Feb. 1.
The main beneficiaries of the program are Saudi families, families carrying mobility cards, families of Saudi women married to non-Saudis, non-Saudi wives of Saudi nationals, unmarried individuals, widows and widowers, divorcees (male and female) living in separate residences, and people with no dependents.
The program is one of the most important tools to support the Kingdom’s national and economic transformation objectives, as it helps government work and provides the necessary infrastructure to achieve Vision 2030.
As per the Citizens Account Program’s implementation plan, the files of beneficiaries will be examined upon registration and civil reports will be presented accordingly.
All those who qualify will be automatically registered in the support system and payments will be made to beneficiaries via cash transfer.
Al-Osaimi said that the program will be subject to period review in order to ensure maximum support, to reflect changes in energy prices and other needs that may pose burdens on families.

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Saudi National Campaign continues to provide relief aid to displaced Syrians on Turkish border

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ARAB NEWS
Sat, 2017-01-28
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1485554570732152000

RIYADH: The Saudi National Campaign continues to send basic relief aid to support Syrian refugees displaced from their city of Aleppo, and residing on the Syrian-Turkish border in Bab Al-Salameh camps, within the framework of the initiative “For you, O Aleppo.”
This campaign specifically targets Al-Shaheed District. The aid includes 2,500 blankets, 2,240 winter suits, 2,960 sweaters, 2,960 jackets, 900 children’s clothes, and 950 women’s shawls.
Khaled Al-Salama, the head of the Saudi National Campaign’s office in Turkey, confirmed that the distribution of the aid inside Syria is systematic and organized through a predefined mechanism for the Syrian brothers to benefit from this aid equitably, and to be of help to them to endure the bitter cold in this area.
He praised the efforts of the Turkish government and civil society organizations, and the main partner in this program, the IHH organization.
The campaign’s regional manager, Dr. Badr bin Abdul Rahman Al-Samhan, said the relief aid provided by the campaign comes to alleviate the suffering of Syrians who are experiencing shortages of humanitarian aid and services, especially the newly displaced population.

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‘Joint responsibility between home, school and media to combat drugs’

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Arab News
Sat, 2017-01-28
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1485554556122144900

RIYADH: Maj. Gen. Saad Bin Hassan Al-Jabari, commander of the Facilities Security Forces (FCF) inaugurated on Thursday the educational forum for the prevention of drug abuse in work environments at the headquarters of the FSF in Riyadh.
The forum aims to educate its staff and to equip them with the appropriate skills for the prevention of drugs abuse. It also hopes to create a drug-free environment through the dissemination of a culture of prevention through various media means, and to provide correct and documented information based on the statistics. In addition, the forum will explore media advertising to promote positive values and encourage them.
Abdulilah bin Mohammed Al-Sharif, secretary-general of Nebras and chairman of the National Commission for Narcotics Control (NCNC) said in a speech: “We are going through a critical and inflamed stage experienced by the Arab region and the whole world, where the nation, especially Saudi Arabia, are being targeted by enemies.”
He noted that Saudi Arabia is facing terrorist threats targeting civilians, in addition to the proliferation of drugs targeting young people.
“We all, whether individuals or institutions, should firmly confront this dangerous scourge on the society, which aims to destroy the sons of the nation,” Al-Sharif said.
He added that the drug war would continue against drug traffickers.
Al-Sharif pointed out that the National Project for the Prevention of Narcotics (Nebras) is based on studies and the experiences of 12 Arab and foreign countries.
Al-Sharif has added the project was initiated by Saudi Basic Industries Corp (SABIC) and contains eight programs for the family. The project contains media programs, a plan for international communication with experts and specialized organizations through Global Information Network about Drugs (GINAD) and the program of new media for quick access to the largest segment of society.
Major General Al-Jabari said that joint responsibility between home, school and the media in addition to all state institutions is required.
He called on young people to stick to the rightly religion and to recognize the plots of the enemy against them.

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2 expats infected with MERS in critical condition

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Mohammed Rasooldeen
Sat, 2017-01-28
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1485554556182145800

RIYADH: Two expatriates are among six people infected with the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirus in the past six days.
The two men, 27 and 48 years old in Jubail and Jeddah respectively, are in critical condition, said Health Ministry doctors.
The other four patients, including two women, are from Turbah, Taif, Riyadh and Al-Qararah. The patient from Al-Qararah was infected directly from camels, according to doctors.
Since July 2012, 1,546 people have been infected throughout the Kingdom, of which 641 have died, 896 have recovered and nine are being treated.
The Health Ministry has repeatedly issued warnings to stay away from camels. Those working in farms have been advised to take maximum precautions by wearing face masks, isolating infected animals and following basic principles of hygiene.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), studies have found MERS antibodies in camels across Africa and the Middle East. Human and camel genetic sequence data demonstrate a close link between the virus found in camels and that found in people.
As a general precaution, anyone visiting farms, markets, barns or other places where animals are present should regularly wash their hands before and after touching animals, and avoid contact with sick animals.
Consumption of raw or under-cooked animal products, including milk and meat, carries a high risk of infection from a variety of organisms that may cause disease in humans.
Animal products processed appropriately by cooking or pasteurization are safe for consumption, but should also be handled with care to avoid cross‐contamination with uncooked foods.
Camel meat and camel milk are nutritious products that can be consumed after pasteurization, cooking or other heat treatments.
Three major hospitals in Dammam, Riyadh and Jeddah have been designated as centers of excellence to treat MERS patients. The Health Ministry has assigned 20 other well-equipped hospitals to look after infected patients.
In December, the ministry conducted a survey among 160 camels in Jeddah, 50 of which were found to be carrying the virus.

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Arab States Broadcasting Union publishes book on new media age

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ARAB NEWS
Sat, 2017-01-28
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1485554556152145200

TUNIS: The Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) has published a new book titled “The New Media Age” which addresses the issues of media and information in the digital era, and its different and advanced uses.
The book contains 160 pages, which include a set of comparatives and opinions by a number of researchers, professionals, and experts in the media and information fields on the new challenges of the changes experienced in this current age, and its accelerating developments.
Abdul Rahim Suleiman, director general of the ASBU, said in the introduction of the book that it comes under the continuous interests of the ASBU in the new and social media, and to keep pace with the successive rapid advances in communication technologies, and what it emits as evident reflections on the content.
He stressed that the union will always remain proactive in exploring the future through the different angles of the media sector, and in discussing the latest developments on the Arab and international media scene.
Researchers also wrote introductions on the definition of social media, and the role of this electronic platform today, as well as the other social networking sites like Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter in various fields, bypassing the traditional media outlets in stages.
The book implicitly criticizes the role of the new social media in promoting terrorism because terrorist organizations have exploited these sites to disseminate their violent and deviant ideas, and to attract supporters, especially since the professional media closed its doors in the face of any attempts to promote these terrorist organizations.
The authors suggested through the research conducted by Al-Sadiq Al-Hamami, the director of the African Center for the Training of Journalists and Communicators (CAPJC) in Tunisia, that traditional media recognized the competition imposed by new media, especially with the expansion of the audience, prompting professional media institutions to employ the new media as a source of information, or develop relationship with the public.
The book reviewed the experiences of a number of TV channels and radio stations, in both the public and private sector in Arab countries, in dealing with social media.
Researchers specializing in the media and information fields, who participated in drafting the book, noted that citizens found in these modern electronic spheres an opportunity to express their concerns at the political, economic and social levels.
The book, which is considered one of the most important productions in the Arab world on the challenges imposed by the new media, summarizes the discussions and opinions about social media in its modern form, in the light of the evolution of the electronic media.

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A ‘Jazz night’ in Riyadh

Author: 
Arab News
Sat, 2017-01-28
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1485552047631881600

RIYADH: A cultural event called “Cultural Melodies” was held on Thursday night at Riyadh-based King Fahd Cultural Center, featuring a jazz gig attended by women as well as men, seated in a separate section.
The free event included various treats that attracted a large number of music, poetry and art lovers in the Kingdom.
Singers and poets like Rami Abdullah, Nayef Al-Faisal, Faisal Saud, Mohanad Al-Saleh and Abdulaziz Abdullah took part in the event, which also included an exhibition by artist Al-Anoud Al-Jarallah.
Cultural Melodies precedes a highly anticipated concert by Rabeh Saqr, Khaled Abdulrahman and Majed Madany, to be held in Riyadh on Feb. 4.
Social media was abuzz with comments about the event, which was met with both approval and criticism by commentators.
Videos and photos shared on different social media showed a large number of attendees of different ages and genders enjoying the event.

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