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Let MPs take control of Brexit, Theresa May is urged

Ministers Liam Fox and Damian Hinds are the latest to call on Prime Minister Theresa May to allow the House of Commons to explore and vote on alternative options to her Brexit deal.
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Let MPs take control of Brexit, Theresa May is urged

Ministers Liam Fox and Damian Hinds are the latest to call on Prime Minister Theresa May to allow the House of Commons to explore and vote on alternative options to her Brexit deal.

Gossip Girl actress's multimillionaire ex-husband puts Cannes 'fortress' up for sale

German businessman Daniel Giersch, 44, and ex-wife, US actress Kelly Rutherford, 50, have been locked in a dispute over the custody of their children for a decade.
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Gossip Girl actress's multimillionaire ex-husband puts Cannes 'fortress' up for sale

German businessman Daniel Giersch, 44, and ex-wife, US actress Kelly Rutherford, 50, have been locked in a dispute over the custody of their children for a decade.

Worst traffic hotspots this Christmas revealed: Motorists warned to avoid the M25, M6 and M40

Thursday and Friday are set to be the worst days for congestion, with 2.5million and 2.8million vehicles driving across the country while delays are expected to be worst for motorists heading north.
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Worst traffic hotspots this Christmas revealed: Motorists warned to avoid the M25, M6 and M40

Thursday and Friday are set to be the worst days for congestion, with 2.5million and 2.8million vehicles driving across the country while delays are expected to be worst for motorists heading north.

DOMINIC LAWSON on Tony Blair's outrageous one-man mission to Brussels

DOMINIC LAWSON: 'Yesterday the Prime Minister’s preternatural patience finally snapped, with an unprecedented attack on one of her predecessors, Tony Blair.
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DOMINIC LAWSON on Tony Blair's outrageous one-man mission to Brussels

DOMINIC LAWSON: 'Yesterday the Prime Minister’s preternatural patience finally snapped, with an unprecedented attack on one of her predecessors, Tony Blair.

Saudi startups win big with business incubator Oqal

Author: Halah AlshathryID: 1544997399020945000Mon, 2018-12-17 00:55 RIYADH: An up-and-coming Saudi business incubator recently launched a new incentive program aimed at keeping the young and budding entrepreneurs it supports and advises focused “
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Saudi startups win big with business incubator Oqal

Author: Halah AlshathryID: 1544997399020945000Mon, 2018-12-17 00:55 RIYADH: An up-and-coming Saudi business incubator recently launched a new incentive program aimed at keeping the young and budding entrepreneurs it supports and advises focused “on the prize.” Oqal, which merges the Arabic word “aqel” (mind) with the Arabic word “amwal” (financial resources), helps youth with business plans and capital make the most of their resources by creating economically viable startups. The jury on the panel of this latest competition, which was for the Kingdom’s Eastern Province, narrowed down 10 emerging projects to three finalists. Five Saudi judges with experience in the business sector were tasked with selecting the finalists. Educa, an education-related initiative, won SR50,000 ($13,329) and a car. Qosoor, which rents out wedding and events venues, also won SR50,000. The third-place prize went to a real estate valuation company, which won SR25,000. The winners will also have their businesses accredited. Since its inception in 2011, Oqal, a not-for-profit online platform, has helped foster the talent and resources of more than 50 entrepreneurs whose companies are now thriving in the Saudi market. Oqal is working with Monsha’at, Arabic for startups, a government initiative attempting to empower small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to contribute more significantly to the country’s national economy. “These prizes are a motivating tool and big form of exposure for these businesses, which will need to keep up momentum on this huge initial boost,” said Yaser Al-Ahmed, one of the judges on the panel. “These businesses will continue to be guided by Monsha’at, which recently announced that the financial pledges made by young owners will be matched by other high-net-worth individuals in order to encourage future investments in startups.” The latest initiatives come amid efforts to increase the contribution of SMEs to the gross domestic product (GDP). SMEs only account for 20 percent of Saudi Arabia’s GDP, a weak figure compared with first world countries, some of which enjoy an up to 70 percent SME contribution rate. SMEs in the Kingdom continue to bear the brunt of complex administrative procedures and funding challenges. Currently, financial institutions only provide a 5 percent rate of funding to startups. Monsha’at is trying to increase funding to 20 percent by 2030. The authority responsible for SME performance is reviewing cumbersome regulations and increasing access to finance methods, as well as introducing more business incubators and helping local businesses export their products. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi SMEssaudi startups Saudi Arabia’s KAUST startups win top prizesSaudi Arabia invests in startups to achieve Vision 2030 objective

Saudi treasures at Louvre Abu Dhabi dazzle visitors

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1544990580170640700Sun, 2018-12-16 23:01 JEDDAH: The Roads of Arabia exhibition at the Louvre Museum Abu Dhabi has proved a big attraction for visitors of various nationalities. Subtitled Archaeological Treasures of Saudi Arabi
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Saudi treasures at Louvre Abu Dhabi dazzle visitors

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1544990580170640700Sun, 2018-12-16 23:01 JEDDAH: The Roads of Arabia exhibition at the Louvre Museum Abu Dhabi has proved a big attraction for visitors of various nationalities. Subtitled Archaeological Treasures of Saudi Arabia, it carries important information about the history and civilizations of the Kingdom and the Arabian Peninsula. Visitors expressed their pride that the exhibition confirms the Kingdom’s special place in the field of archaeology, in both the discovery of these treasures and the way they are preserved. “The exhibition represents the ancient desert memory when trade was the lifeblood of the world. The Arab trade route through the region was one of the world’s most famous routes at the time,” said former Director General of the French National Museums Pierre-Francois Zemmour. A similar exhibition titled Treasures of Saudi Arabia was held in the Paris Louvre in 2010 and achieved great popularity in Europe, according to Zemmour. “The exhibition hosted by Louvre Abu Dhabi this year displays 466 artifacts from the Arabian peninsula, the land of the Hijaz and the Arabian Kingdom of Kindah in 200BC,” he added. “This is a cultural and historical event of great importance which is attracting the attention of thousands of people around the world. It shows the authentic lifestyle of these ancient peoples, who were interested in riding, breeding falcons and hunting, as well as in the protection and organization of commercial convoys,” Zemmour said. “What is distinctive about the exhibition is that the museum reflects the image of the distant past from the heart of a country that still preserves the spirit of ancient civilization and lives on the spirit of authenticity in a contemporary form.” Simone Garaudy, a researcher at the National Institute of Archaeology and Heritage in Paris, said that Western and Arab archaeological missions have discovered thousands of important sites in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain over the past 10 years. “These discoveries are very important for the history of humanity. It is great to see that the UAE is particularly interested in national museums which represent the memory of the region and preserve the history of the Gulf region and the civilization of the Arabian Desert for the present and future generations,” said Garaudy. Garaudy said that the Louvre Abu Dhabi displays the great value of the past using the latest techniques of presentation, preservation and storage. “This is very important because it makes it easy for millions of people around the world to follow the exhibitions, which present Arab history to the world,” she added. Jean de Cornies, an artist and a member of the board of trustees of the Musee d'Orsay in Paris, said that the Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum has a collection of thousands of artifacts that reflect Arab lifestyle through the ages, collected from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Yemen and Oman. “The Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi works with its counterparts in other Arab countries and around the world, making the Louvre Abu Dhabi a integrated historical memory that reflects a long history of the Arabs.” Indian researcher Alimuddin said: “I can see sculptures from the Stone Age and artifacts that are tens of thousands of years old, and this makes us rethink many ideas and wonder how these pieces have been preserved, despite the difficult environmental conditions in the region.” Kabra, a visitor, stressed the importance of viewing this great heritage, noting that she did not know much about the heritage of the Arabian Peninsula, and that holding such exhibitions helps to spread cultural knowledge among the people. Main category: Saudi ArabiaArt & CultureTags: Louvre Abu DhabiUAESaudi Arabia UAE ambassador to KSA: ‘Routes of Arabia’ expo is a rich addition to Louvre Abu DhabiLouvre Abu Dhabi celebrates 1m visitors in first year

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology to manufacture vaccines

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1544990506920633200Sun, 2018-12-16 23:01 JEDDAH: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) on Saturday launched the Saudi Center for Manufacturing and Developing Medical Vaccine Proteins. The project, the firs
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King Abdullah University of Science and Technology to manufacture vaccines

Author: ARAB NEWSID: 1544990506920633200Sun, 2018-12-16 23:01 JEDDAH: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) on Saturday launched the Saudi Center for Manufacturing and Developing Medical Vaccine Proteins. The project, the first of its kind in the Middle East, will be established in partnership with Research Products Development Co. and SaudiVax. The center will manufacture vaccines, which will be the first line of defense against epidemics in the Kingdom, such as coronavirus. The new establishment will be located at KAUST research complex and is set to host several leading local and international research and development firms. Three KAUST startups were named on the “Top 10” list of the best companies in the Startup Istanbul 2018 international competition, which took place from Oct. 19-22. iyris, Oaesis and UnitX were selected from the top 100 startups out of over 90,000 applicants from over 80 countries in Asia and Europe. The university supports emerging companies on their journeys from the early stages of ideation to marketing and financial support. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: King Abdullah University for Science and Technology (KAUST)Saudi Arabia KAUST, US Lockheed Martin sign research agreement to support Vision 2030KAUST-Bruker CoE in magnetic resonance inaugurated

Saudi Arabia rejects US Senate position

Mon, 2018-12-17 02:24 JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia said it “rejects the position expressed recently by the United States Senate,” while also affirming a commitment to further develop relations with the US. The Senate’s position had been based on “ unsubstan
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Saudi Arabia rejects US Senate position

Mon, 2018-12-17 02:24 JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia said it “rejects the position expressed recently by the United States Senate,” while also affirming a commitment to further develop relations with the US. The Senate’s position had been based on “ unsubstantiated claims and allegations, and contained blatant interferences in the Kingdom’s internal affairs, undermining the Kingdom’s regional and international role,” a Saudi Foreign Ministry statement said. The Kingdom also expressed concern about the positions held by senators of “an esteemed legislative body of an allied and friendly government, a government that the Kingdom, under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and the Crown Prince, holds at the highest regard, and with whom the Kingdom maintains deep strategic, political, economic, and security ties ” the statement read. Saudi Arabia also rejected “any interference in its internal affairs, any and all accusations, in any manner, that disrespect its leadership, represented by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosque and the Crown Prince, and any attempts to undermine its sovereignty or diminish its stature.” The statement also talked of the Kingdom’s vital strategic influence in the region and beyond. “The Kingdom also emphasizes that such a position will not affect its leading role in the region, in the Arab and Muslim worlds, and internationally. The Kingdom has and will continue to fulfill its pivotal role in the Arab and Muslim Worlds, as it holds a special place for Muslims around the world.  Such a status has made the Kingdom a pillar of stability in the Middle East and the world, and a cornerstone for the efforts to achieve peace and security regionally and globally.”  Saudi Arabia also enjoys a leading role in supporting the stability of international energy markets through maintaining a balance that serves both producers and consumers, the statement said. On the fight against terror, the Kingdom has “made a great impact in the demise of terrorist organizations such as Daesh, Al-Qaida and others, saving many innocent lives around the world.  These contributions included the formation and leadership of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition, and the effective participation in the US-led Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS.” The statement also said that the Kingdom steadfastly stood by the United States of America in confronting Iran’s malign activities and continues its efforts towards achieving a political solution, by the Yemeni parties, to the situation in Yemen based on UNSC resolution 2216, the GCC initiative and its implementation mechanism, and the outcomes of the Comprehensive Yemeni National Dialogue, including the efforts by the United Nations Special Envoy that led, with the support of the Kingdom, to the agreements that were announced recently in Sweden. And on the Kingdom’s humanitarian efforts in Yemen: “The Kingdom considers the humanitarian situation in Yemen a priority and it provides, through the King Salman Center for Humanitarian Aid and Relief, significant aid to the Yemeni people in all areas of Yemen. The Kingdom cooperates with relevant international organizations and bodies to deliver aid to people in need,” the statement read. The statement also said the “murder of Saudi citizen Jamal Khashoggi is a deplorable crime that does not reflect the Kingdom’s policy nor its institutions.  Accordingly, the Kingdom reaffirms its rejection of any attempts to take the case out of the path of justice in the Kingdom.” And on the longstanding Saudi-US relationship: “The Kingdom is keen on preserving its relations with the United States of America, and will continue to work towards improving these ties in all areas. The Kingdom appreciates the prudent position taken by the United States Government and its institutions regarding the recent developments, as it realizes that this position by the US Senate sends the wrong messages to all those who want to cause a rift in Saudi-US relationship. The Kingdom hopes that it is not drawn into domestic political debates in the United States of America, to avoid any ramifications on the ties between the two countries that could have significant negative impacts on this important strategic relationship,” said the statement. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaYemen Yemeni PM: Funds from Saudi Arabia, UAE should be managed to achieve intended goalsSaudi Arabia’s Prince Turki Al-Faisal says CIA cannot be trusted on Khashoggi conclusion

Saudi Arabia joins nations in Katowice as talks adopt ‘Rulebook’ to curb climate change

Mon, 2018-12-17 02:35 DUBAI: Between December 3 and 14, about 30,000 people from around the world converged on the Polish coal city of Katowice for the United Nations Climate Change Conference. COP24 (Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention
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Saudi Arabia joins nations in Katowice as talks adopt ‘Rulebook’ to curb climate change

Mon, 2018-12-17 02:35 DUBAI: Between December 3 and 14, about 30,000 people from around the world converged on the Polish coal city of Katowice for the United Nations Climate Change Conference. COP24 (Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change) took place close on the heels of a special report by a UN panel predicting the increasingly severe effects of a 1.5C rise in global temperatures over pre-industrial levels. COP24 was the third such meeting since the adoption in 2015 of the Paris Agreement, which outlined a joint roadmap for developed and developing countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions starting from 2020. Naturally, the role of fossil fuels, greenhouse gas emissions and financial commitments in the battle against climate change were high on the Katowice agenda. Governments have adopted a robust set of guidelines for implementing the 2015 Paris Agreement. The implementation of the agreement will benefit people from all walks of life, especially the most vulnerable.  The Katowice Climate Package is designed to put into operation the climate change regime contained in the Paris Agreement. Under the auspices of the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat, it will promote international cooperation and encourage greater ambition. The Katowice agreement aims to deliver the Paris goals of limiting global temperature rises to well below 2C.  Saudi Arabia was among the major participants from the Middle East, demonstrating the seriousness with which it is taking its own energy transition and international efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change. The ambitious targets the kingdom has set for itself are being seen as a message to other countries that also face a complicated transition. “This year’s COP24 event was crucial in many ways, including its focus on people’s displacement because of extreme weather events and the impact on human lives,” said Dr. Taoufik Ksiksi, associate professor in biology at the United Arab Emirates University. “More people are now displaced as a result of climate-related extreme events than by wars and conflicts.” Dr. Ksiksi says the need to limit the rise in global temperatures to 1.5C-2C adds pressure on all the Paris Agreement signatories to act faster. “All countries that signed on, including Saudi Arabia and the UAE, are working hard to (reduce) greenhouse gas emissions, among other things,” he told Arab News. “For countries like Saudi Arabia, it is critically important to get ahead of many other countries.” Pointing to growing concern in the Middle East over the possible impact of climatic change and its excessive reliance on fossil fuels, Dr. Ksiksi said: “Some sectors, such as transportation, energy use efficiency and land use change, are more likely to be at the forefront of mitigation and adaptation schemes.” The concept of COP came from the 1992 Rio Summit where the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change was adopted, and aims to inspire countries to make good on their climate pledges. As for COP24, this is “an important year for testing the Paris model of gradually scaling up the ambition of targets through its five-year review cycle,” Emma Champion, EMEA policy analyst at BloombergNEF, told Arab News. Champion sees the financing of energy transitions as a major issue in the battle against climate change. “Developed countries are behind on their commitment to sending $100 billion a year to developing countries to help them to achieve their individual targets, while developing countries are already facing budgetary pressure amid extreme weather events,” she said. At the Katowice gathering there was a semantic disagreement over whether it should “welcome” or “note” the UN panel’s warning of dire consequences if global temperatures rise by more than 1.5C, with four oil-producing countries — the US, Saudi Arabia, Russia, and Kuwait — expressing their preference for the term “note.” By all accounts, Saudi Arabia is playing its part in the effort to achieve the Paris accord’s goals and targets. According to Raed Al-Schneiber, from the Saudi Energy Efficiency Center, despite being one of the world’s biggest energy producers the Kingdom is committed to becoming a highly energy-efficient country in order to preserve its resources for future generations. In this spirit, experts from Saudi Arabia gave presentations in Katowice highlighting home-grown innovations and advances. Saudi Aramco’s Dr. Tidjani Niass said: “The Kingdom’s national petroleum and natural gas company is making commendable progress on a wide range of carbon-dioxide utilization technologies, among other fields. The company’s work in environmental stewardship has resulted in the world’s lowest-carbon crude.”  Organizations such as KSA Climate Change gave presentations on the sidelines of COP24 highlighting efforts to tackle water and wastewater challenges, sustainable development and creating value from carbon dioxide. The subjects were energy-efficiency applications in the Gulf, research and development for climate solutions, and the use of oil and gas technologies to address climate change challenges. According to Dario Traum, a senior associate at BloombergNEF, as one of the countries whose economy will need to go through the most radical transformation as a result of climate-change mitigation efforts Saudi Arabia’s role in the negotiations is central. “Saudi Arabia is one of the countries that has an economy that is predominantly reliant on oil revenue,” he told Arab News. “We have seen in recent years the kind of shocks to government revenue and savings a fall in oil prices can have. The Saudi government has started to respond to that with reform and through investment in new sectors at home and abroad, although this clearly needs to be scaled up in the coming years.” One topic that was high on the COP24 agenda was clean energy technology, the applications of which are growing in a widening field of activities — power projects, transportation, waste management, energy efficiency and storage, and sustainable urban development, to name just five. If the trend continues, opportunities for unlocking investment in clean energy technologies will multiply, say experts. “COP24 has further clarified the scale of the opportunity,” said Bader Al-Lamki, executive director for clean energy at Masdar, a UAE-headquartered company focused on the development, commercialization and deployment of renewable energy and sustainable urban development. “The low-carbon economy is the new growth story of the 21st century. And through the initiative of countries such as the UAE and Saudi Arabia, which is wholeheartedly embracing the potential for renewables to meet its domestic power demand, it is a growth story in which emerging markets are actively participating.” The overwhelming dependence of the Arab Gulf region on desalinated water means solar-based desalination technologies have a major role to play in helping countries meet their emissions-reduction targets. In this context, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) has come up with a host of initiatives, one of them termed “green desalination.”  The need to meet the Paris Agreement targets is hardly the only worry for the Arab Gulf states, given the significant drop in rainfall received by the region in the last 20 years. “This drop will have an impact on natural vegetation, which is very much dependent on rainfall during specific seasons,” said Dr. Mohsen Sherif, director of the National Water Center in the UAE. “It will also affect the phenomenon of natural groundwater recharge. If you have less rainfall, there will be less water filtering down to the aquifer system, which will reduce the amount of available groundwater. So there is a need to assess accurately the impact of climate change on the Arab Gulf region’s underground water resources.” Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Arabiaclimate changeEditor’s Choice Nations at climate talks back universal emissions rulesUN climate talks in Poland go into overtime

South Sudanese splinter faction joins Changson's FDP

December 16, 2018 (JUBA) - Six former members of the SPLM-IO have joined the Federal Democratic Party/South Sudan Armed Forces (FDP/SSAF) under the leadership of Gabriel Changson Chang, said a joint statement released on Sunday. In a statement extended to Su
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South Sudanese splinter faction joins Changson's FDP

December 16, 2018 (JUBA) - Six former members of the SPLM-IO have joined the Federal Democratic Party/South Sudan Armed Forces (FDP/SSAF) under the leadership of Gabriel Changson Chang, said a joint statement released on Sunday. In a statement extended to Sudan Tribune, Amb. Kang G. Kang, Brig Gen Lony Reath Duol, Gen Kok Yien Ding, Col Thonk Peter Puot, Col Char Onuer and Maj Sisto Darteyo Ladu announced their decision to join the FDP. "We took this decision after serious deliberations (...) - News / South Sudan, FRONT_PAGE_SECONDARY, Federal Democratic Party (FDP)

Sudanese army conducts largest-ever military drills on Red Sea

December 16, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - The Sudanese army said it would conduct its largest military exercise on the Red Sea coast with the participation of the major land, sea and air forces. Sudan Armed Forces' (SAF) Chief of General Staff Kamal Abdel-Marouf has ch
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Sudanese army conducts largest-ever military drills on Red Sea

December 16, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - The Sudanese army said it would conduct its largest military exercise on the Red Sea coast with the participation of the major land, sea and air forces. Sudan Armed Forces' (SAF) Chief of General Staff Kamal Abdel-Marouf has checked on the completion of arrangements to conclude the military exercise dubbed “Nusrat Al-Haq” (defending the truth) at Fijab area on the Red Sea coast. The closing ceremony of the manoeuvres on Wednesday will be attended by President (...) - News / Sudan, Sudan Armed Forces (SAF)

Scattered protests erupt in Sudan over economic woes

December 16, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - Sudanese riot police on Sunday used tear gas and batons to disperse protests against price hikes and deteriorating living conditions at several parts of the country. High school students have demonstrated in El-Fasher, capital
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Scattered protests erupt in Sudan over economic woes

December 16, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - Sudanese riot police on Sunday used tear gas and batons to disperse protests against price hikes and deteriorating living conditions at several parts of the country. High school students have demonstrated in El-Fasher, capital of North Darfur State and Damzain, capital of the Blue Nile State. In El-Fasher, eyewitnesses told Sudan Tribune that residents have burnt tires and blocked major roads in protest against lack of bread roads. Also, according to Darfur (...) - News

Competency-based curriculum should not be shelved on flimsy excuses

There have been inherent weaknesses with the system and the authorities have been on a long trek towards improving on it.
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Competency-based curriculum should not be shelved on flimsy excuses

There have been inherent weaknesses with the system and the authorities have been on a long trek towards improving on it.

Somali Minister for Public Works resigns over Robow arrest

MOGADISHU (HOL) - Public Works Minister Abdifatah Mohamed Gesey has today resigned in protest of the arrest of a former Al-Shabaab militant leader, Mukhtar Robow.
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Somali Minister for Public Works resigns over Robow arrest

MOGADISHU (HOL) - Public Works Minister Abdifatah Mohamed Gesey has today resigned in protest of the arrest of a former Al-Shabaab militant leader, Mukhtar Robow.

Journalist detained over Facebook post

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) has today called for the immediate and unconditional release of a journalist arrested in Somaliland after posting a comment on Facebook.
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Journalist detained over Facebook post

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) has today called for the immediate and unconditional release of a journalist arrested in Somaliland after posting a comment on Facebook.

Somalia closes notorious prison amid abuse allegations

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Somalia has closed an underground prison where the government has held extremist suspects and journalists amid allegations of abuses against inmates, the security minister said Sunday.
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Somalia closes notorious prison amid abuse allegations

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Somalia has closed an underground prison where the government has held extremist suspects and journalists amid allegations of abuses against inmates, the security minister said Sunday.

After conquering world golf, Ariya named Thailand’s top athlete of 2018

WORLD No 1 golfer Ariya Jutanugarn beat soccer star Chanathip Songkrasin to win the Best Professional Athlete of the year at the annual Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) awards yesterday.
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After conquering world golf, Ariya named Thailand’s top athlete of 2018

WORLD No 1 golfer Ariya Jutanugarn beat soccer star Chanathip Songkrasin to win the Best Professional Athlete of the year at the annual Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) awards yesterday.

Mourinho concedes Man Utd incapable of living with Liverpool

Jose Mourinho hinted Manchester United's players are simply not good enough to compete with Liverpool after being brushed aside 3-1 at Anfield on Sunday by the Premier League leaders.
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Mourinho concedes Man Utd incapable of living with Liverpool

Jose Mourinho hinted Manchester United's players are simply not good enough to compete with Liverpool after being brushed aside 3-1 at Anfield on Sunday by the Premier League leaders.

Liverpool back on top as Shaqiri sinks United, Arsenal's unbeaten run ends

Liverpool powered back to the top of the Premier League as Xherdan Shaqiri inspired a 3-1 win over bitter rivals Manchester United, while Arsenal's 22-match unbeaten run was shattered by a shock defeat at Southampton on Sunday.
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Liverpool back on top as Shaqiri sinks United, Arsenal's unbeaten run ends

Liverpool powered back to the top of the Premier League as Xherdan Shaqiri inspired a 3-1 win over bitter rivals Manchester United, while Arsenal's 22-match unbeaten run was shattered by a shock defeat at Southampton on Sunday.

PETER HITCHENS: Does Archbishop Welby's pride matter more than an elderly lady's pain? 

PETER HITCHENS: This Christmas I would like you to think of the plight of a 94-year-old woman, who has been atrociously mistreated by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
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PETER HITCHENS: Does Archbishop Welby's pride matter more than an elderly lady's pain? 

PETER HITCHENS: This Christmas I would like you to think of the plight of a 94-year-old woman, who has been atrociously mistreated by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Mind the pay gap! London Tube drivers on £100,000-a-year salaries get more than pilots

The eye-watering figures, which include overtime, bonuses and employer pension contributions, show the highest paid London Tube driver in the year to November received £103,374.
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Mind the pay gap! London Tube drivers on £100,000-a-year salaries get more than pilots

The eye-watering figures, which include overtime, bonuses and employer pension contributions, show the highest paid London Tube driver in the year to November received £103,374.

Baby girl born smaller than her father's hand is home for Christmas

Vicky Russell, 27, and Scott Daly, 30, were told their daughter Layla wouldn't survive due to liver problems before she was born weighing just 1lb 9oz in Melksham, Wiltshire.
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Baby girl born smaller than her father's hand is home for Christmas

Vicky Russell, 27, and Scott Daly, 30, were told their daughter Layla wouldn't survive due to liver problems before she was born weighing just 1lb 9oz in Melksham, Wiltshire.

15,000 rise to applaud teenage racing ace who WALKED on stage after having both legs amputated

Billy Monger, 19, won tonight's Helen Rollason award for triumph over adversity. He had both legs amputated at 17 following a horror Formula 4 crash last year - but is already racing again.
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15,000 rise to applaud teenage racing ace who WALKED on stage after having both legs amputated

Billy Monger, 19, won tonight's Helen Rollason award for triumph over adversity. He had both legs amputated at 17 following a horror Formula 4 crash last year - but is already racing again.

Exclusive golf club faces an investigation after 'cutting down 36 protected trees'

Residents living in £1m homes that back onto Parkstone Golf Course in Dorset were horrified to find the clump of mature pines had been axed without warning.
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Exclusive golf club faces an investigation after 'cutting down 36 protected trees'

Residents living in £1m homes that back onto Parkstone Golf Course in Dorset were horrified to find the clump of mature pines had been axed without warning.

The origins of Malta’s Medical School – December 19, 1676

Although the Jesuit College of higher education had existed in Valletta since the last decade of the 16th century, for a number of years there was as yet no Maltese university or medical school wherein Maltese students could be prepared locally for a medical
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The origins of Malta’s Medical School – December 19, 1676

Although the Jesuit College of higher education had existed in Valletta since the last decade of the 16th century, for a number of years there was as yet no Maltese university or medical school wherein Maltese students could be prepared locally for a medical career. Future doctors had, therefore, to proceed abroad to obtain medical qualifications even though the Order of St John’s Sacra Infermeria – as its hospital was officially called – provided much more than acceptable medical services, as attested by various foreign visitors, including Henry Teonge in 1675 and Edward Brown in 1676. They respectively reported that the infirmary’s beds were “extremely neat, and kept clean and sweet” and that the institution was the “very glory of Malta”. This void was partly amended on December 19, 1676, when Grand Master Nicholas Cotoner founded and endowed the School of Anatomy and Surgery in the Order’s Valletta Infirmary after having, exactly two months previously, appointed Rev. Dr Joseph Zammit as lettore in Anatomy and Surgery. An entry in the Order’s Archives, Volume 262, folio 62r, of the minutes of the meetings of the Council of State, briefly records this important event by...

Muscat 'has a vested interest in not taking action' on corruption - Occupy Justice

Updated at 8.30pm Protesters accused the Prime Minister on Sunday of knowing who owned mystery company Macbridge, as they marked the 14th month since journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was assassinated. Occupy Justice activists stood on the steps of the Offic
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Muscat 'has a vested interest in not taking action' on corruption - Occupy Justice

Updated at 8.30pm Protesters accused the Prime Minister on Sunday of knowing who owned mystery company Macbridge, as they marked the 14th month since journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was assassinated. Occupy Justice activists stood on the steps of the Office of the Prime Minister at Castille and held up cards reading “Who owns Macbridge?” Ms Caruana Galizia was murdered in a car bomb explosion exactly 14 months ago, on October 16, 2017. Macbridge was named in leaked documents as one of two companies which would be sending funds to offshore companies owned by minister Konrad Mizzi and chief of staff Keith Schembri. A joint investigation by Times of Malta and Reuters subsequently revealed that the other of the companies, 17 Black, is owned by Electrogas consortium director and Tumas Group CEO Yorgen Fenech. Ms Caruana Galizia was the first person to report on 17 Black's existence and its links to offshore companies owned by minister Mizzi and Mr Schembri.  In a statement, Occupy Justice accused the Prime Minister of being complicit in wrongdoing.  “Seven months ago we asked the Prime Minister who owns 17 Black, the other company feeding money into the accounts of his top aides.

Fire breaks out at Marsa factory

Updated at 8.30pm Firefighters rushed to Marsa industrial estate on Sunday evening after a fire broke out at an animal feeds factory in the area. Two Civil Protection Department units were dispatched to the KPH plant and quickly began putting out the flames
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Fire breaks out at Marsa factory

Updated at 8.30pm Firefighters rushed to Marsa industrial estate on Sunday evening after a fire broke out at an animal feeds factory in the area. Two Civil Protection Department units were dispatched to the KPH plant and quickly began putting out the flames after the fire was reported at around 7.30pm. The fire was extinguished by 8.15pm. Nobody was injured in the incident. 

Watch: Superb Milik hands Napoli dramatic win

A stoppage-time free kick from Arkadiusz Milik gave Napoli a 1-0 win over Cagliari on Sunday to keep them eight points behind Serie A leaders Juventus and end the Sardinian team’s unbeaten home run. Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti made six changes to the si
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Watch: Superb Milik hands Napoli dramatic win

A stoppage-time free kick from Arkadiusz Milik gave Napoli a 1-0 win over Cagliari on Sunday to keep them eight points behind Serie A leaders Juventus and end the Sardinian team’s unbeaten home run. Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti made six changes to the side that lost to Liverpool on Tuesday, sealing their elimination from the Champions League, and left out key players like Marek Hamsik, Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne. He was almost left to rue his decision as his side struggled to break down the home side, but Milik’s 91st-minute strike, the Pole’s seventh goal of the campaign, made them the first team to defeat Rolando Maran’s side at the Sardegna Arena this season. Diego Farias headed over for the hosts before Milik’s header came off the underside of the bar and bounced back into play, but the striker made amends when he swept a left-foot free kick sweetly into the top corner. Napoli remained second in the standings, six points clear of Inter Milan, with the gap to Juventus remaining at eight points following the champions' 1-0 win over local rivals Torino on Saturday. Cagliari remained 13th place on 17 points, six clear of the relegation zone. Earlier on Sunday,...

Sirens U-17 place second in Syracuse

The Under-17 Sirens team have returned to Malta after taking part in the sixth edition of the Dario Aprile Memorial Tournament for youth waterpolo. The event, held at the Paolo Caldarella pool in Syracuse over three days – from December 7-9 – saw eight te
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Sirens U-17 place second in Syracuse

The Under-17 Sirens team have returned to Malta after taking part in the sixth edition of the Dario Aprile Memorial Tournament for youth waterpolo. The event, held at the Paolo Caldarella pool in Syracuse over three days – from December 7-9 – saw eight teams competing in the men’s Under-17 category. The tournament – which attracted more than 100 waterpolo players from all over Italy and Malta – consisted of three days of healthy fun, with the right competitive dose. The U-17 Sirens team played six games in just 48 hours and managed to reach the final, where they lost by just one goal to the Circolo Canottieri Ortigia. Equally spectacular was the final for the third place, which ended with the victory of hosts Sikelia over Roma Nova A after a penalty shoot-out. Beyond the sporting result, the Dario Aprile Memorial Tournament was a real sporting festival embellished by the collaboration of students from the Cagini Technical Institute of Syracuse, who made all the trophies for the event. Road to the final GroupSirens vs Nova Roma B - 9-2Sirens vs Terrasini - 13-3Sirens vs Sikelia - 12-2 Quarter finalSirens vs Palermo - 4-3 Semi-finalSirens vs Nova Roma A - 8-4 FinalSirens vs...

JOB VACANCIES: Fort Young Hotel

  VACANCIES   We are seeking candidates to fill the following positions:-   Restaurant Manager The Restaurant Manager will be responsible for upholding the image of the Palisades Restaurant by overseeing the daily operations ensuring guests receiv
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JOB VACANCIES: Fort Young Hotel

  VACANCIES   We are seeking candidates to fill the following positions:-   Restaurant Manager The Restaurant Manager will be responsible for upholding the image of the Palisades Restaurant by overseeing the daily operations ensuring guests receive quality meals and...

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