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Showing posts with label Saudi Arabia. Show all posts
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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

SAUDI COMIC CON: An Event Where Men and Women Mingled in Public


Saudi Arabia. A country where men and women are typically separated in public places.  But last week, more than 20,000 men, women, and families co-mingled at Saudi Comic Con, a global comics expo held in Jeddah that gave them a chance to mingle with others who share their passion for comics, movies, video games and other pop culture.  Comic book video game and anime fans celebrate the event together even they don't share the same gender.



Saudi Arabia. A country where men and women are typically separated in public places.

But last week, more than 20,000 men, women, and families co-mingled at Saudi Comic Con, a global comics expo held in Jeddah that gave them a chance to mingle with others who share their passion for comics, movies, video games and other pop culture.

Comic book video game and anime fans celebrate the event together even they don't share the same gender.


















The three-day event is a part of Vision 2030 of Saudi General Entertainment Authority with a goal to issue a wave of cultural reforms that will diversify the kingdom's economy further into entertainment and away from oil dependency.

This is another way of the Saudi government to bring more entertainment to the country where public cinemas and theater are not allowed.


Fatima Mohammed Hussein, dressed as Bat Girl in the event said, she could not believe that the event is happing in Saudi Arabia.

"When you enter into the tent, you forget that you are in Saudi Arabia," Abdul Rahman Bakhsh, 25, an engineer and an avid YouTuber, who came to the event dressed in rustic armor over a black faux suede pullover and armed with a spear, told CNN.

(WATCH:Crowds flock to Saudi Arabia's first Comic Con)



With his friend, Ameer, he documented the Comic Con experience on YouTube video, starting with their search for costumes.

In the event you can see a remarkable scene when young men and women crowded into a tent, mingling near stands for comics and video games.

(WATCH: ARAB NEWS: Saudi Comic Con gets enthusiastic response from public)




There's a long queue in front of the booth of a group of talented female artists who -- with make-up -- created scars, injuries, and anime-inspired faces. 

A separate female-only tent was set up for women who wanted to take off their traditional abayas and show off their costumes.

(Watch: Saudi Comic Con 2017)



However indecent symbols and logos that went against Islamic teachings were prohibited and at Comic Con. Also, cross-dress is not allowed.

Earlier, Saudi Arabian fans of Comic-Con had to go outside the country to attend the same event that originated in San Diego in 1970.

Saudi Gazette reported that the three-day event has a diverse and huge turnout from the public.

SEE MORE:

PICTURES AND VIDEOS: Flood ravaged Saudi Arabia, heavy rainful to continue

SAUDI ARABIA WILL HAVE MOVIE THEATERS AND CINEMA'S SOON?

A PUBLIC CONCERT WAS HELD IN SAUDI ARABIA, IS THIS THE START THAT THEY WILL BE OPEN?

19 jobs and 4 sectors that are off-limits to expats in Saudi Arabia

SAUDI EXPATS DEATH COMPENSATION








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Thursday, February 16, 2017

SAUDI EXPATS DEATH COMPENSATION

RECOMMENDED: ON JAKATIA PAWA'S EXECUTION: "WE DID EVERYTHING.." -DFA  BELLO ASSURES DECISION ON MORATORIUM MAY COME OUT ANYTIME SOON  SEN. JOEL VILLANUEVA  SUPPORTS DEPLOYMENT BAN ON HSWS IN KUWAIT  AT LEAST 71 OFWS ON DEATH ROW ABROAD  DEPLOYMENT MORATORIUM, NOW! -OFW GROUPS  BE CAREFUL HOW YOU TREAT YOUR HSWS  PRESIDENT DUTERTE WILL VISIT UAE AND KSA, HERE'S WHY  MANPOWER AGENCIES AND RECRUITMENT COMPANIES TO BE HIT DIRECTLY BY HSW DEPLOYMENT MORATORIUM IN KUWAIT  UAE TO START IMPLEMENTING 5%VAT STARTING 2018  REMEMBER THIS 7 THINGS IF YOU ARE APPLYING FOR HOUSEKEEPING JOB IN JAPAN  KENYA , THE LEAST TOXIC COUNTRY IN THE WORLD; SAUDI ARABIA, MOST TOXIC   "JUNIOR CITIZEN "  BILL TO BENEFIT POOR FAMILIES



Working away from your family can be tragic  if something untoward happened to you, (though we pray that it will never happen) . Like every expats/OFWs working in Saudi Arabia and  around the world. Nobody want anything bad to happen that may result to lost of life, can their family receive anything from the company?
There are provisions in the Saudi Labor Law but only limited to the following conditions:


1. If the worker died while on duty.
RECOMMENDED: ON JAKATIA PAWA'S EXECUTION: "WE DID EVERYTHING.." -DFA  BELLO ASSURES DECISION ON MORATORIUM MAY COME OUT ANYTIME SOON  SEN. JOEL VILLANUEVA  SUPPORTS DEPLOYMENT BAN ON HSWS IN KUWAIT  AT LEAST 71 OFWS ON DEATH ROW ABROAD  DEPLOYMENT MORATORIUM, NOW! -OFW GROUPS  BE CAREFUL HOW YOU TREAT YOUR HSWS  PRESIDENT DUTERTE WILL VISIT UAE AND KSA, HERE'S WHY  MANPOWER AGENCIES AND RECRUITMENT COMPANIES TO BE HIT DIRECTLY BY HSW DEPLOYMENT MORATORIUM IN KUWAIT  UAE TO START IMPLEMENTING 5%VAT STARTING 2018  REMEMBER THIS 7 THINGS IF YOU ARE APPLYING FOR HOUSEKEEPING JOB IN JAPAN  KENYA , THE LEAST TOXIC COUNTRY IN THE WORLD; SAUDI ARABIA, MOST TOXIC   "JUNIOR CITIZEN "  BILL TO BENEFIT POOR FAMILIES






2. Death of a Government Employee:
RECOMMENDED: ON JAKATIA PAWA'S EXECUTION: "WE DID EVERYTHING.." -DFA  BELLO ASSURES DECISION ON MORATORIUM MAY COME OUT ANYTIME SOON  SEN. JOEL VILLANUEVA  SUPPORTS DEPLOYMENT BAN ON HSWS IN KUWAIT  AT LEAST 71 OFWS ON DEATH ROW ABROAD  DEPLOYMENT MORATORIUM, NOW! -OFW GROUPS  BE CAREFUL HOW YOU TREAT YOUR HSWS  PRESIDENT DUTERTE WILL VISIT UAE AND KSA, HERE'S WHY  MANPOWER AGENCIES AND RECRUITMENT COMPANIES TO BE HIT DIRECTLY BY HSW DEPLOYMENT MORATORIUM IN KUWAIT  UAE TO START IMPLEMENTING 5%VAT STARTING 2018  REMEMBER THIS 7 THINGS IF YOU ARE APPLYING FOR HOUSEKEEPING JOB IN JAPAN  KENYA , THE LEAST TOXIC COUNTRY IN THE WORLD; SAUDI ARABIA, MOST TOXIC   "JUNIOR CITIZEN "  BILL TO BENEFIT POOR FAMILIES




End of Service Benefits on Death:
RECOMMENDED: ON JAKATIA PAWA'S EXECUTION: "WE DID EVERYTHING.." -DFA  BELLO ASSURES DECISION ON MORATORIUM MAY COME OUT ANYTIME SOON  SEN. JOEL VILLANUEVA  SUPPORTS DEPLOYMENT BAN ON HSWS IN KUWAIT  AT LEAST 71 OFWS ON DEATH ROW ABROAD  DEPLOYMENT MORATORIUM, NOW! -OFW GROUPS  BE CAREFUL HOW YOU TREAT YOUR HSWS  PRESIDENT DUTERTE WILL VISIT UAE AND KSA, HERE'S WHY  MANPOWER AGENCIES AND RECRUITMENT COMPANIES TO BE HIT DIRECTLY BY HSW DEPLOYMENT MORATORIUM IN KUWAIT  UAE TO START IMPLEMENTING 5%VAT STARTING 2018  REMEMBER THIS 7 THINGS IF YOU ARE APPLYING FOR HOUSEKEEPING JOB IN JAPAN  KENYA , THE LEAST TOXIC COUNTRY IN THE WORLD; SAUDI ARABIA, MOST TOXIC   "JUNIOR CITIZEN "  BILL TO BENEFIT POOR FAMILIES



In case of UnNatural Death:

RECOMMENDED: ON JAKATIA PAWA'S EXECUTION: "WE DID EVERYTHING.." -DFA  BELLO ASSURES DECISION ON MORATORIUM MAY COME OUT ANYTIME SOON  SEN. JOEL VILLANUEVA  SUPPORTS DEPLOYMENT BAN ON HSWS IN KUWAIT  AT LEAST 71 OFWS ON DEATH ROW ABROAD  DEPLOYMENT MORATORIUM, NOW! -OFW GROUPS  BE CAREFUL HOW YOU TREAT YOUR HSWS  PRESIDENT DUTERTE WILL VISIT UAE AND KSA, HERE'S WHY  MANPOWER AGENCIES AND RECRUITMENT COMPANIES TO BE HIT DIRECTLY BY HSW DEPLOYMENT MORATORIUM IN KUWAIT  UAE TO START IMPLEMENTING 5%VAT STARTING 2018  REMEMBER THIS 7 THINGS IF YOU ARE APPLYING FOR HOUSEKEEPING JOB IN JAPAN  KENYA , THE LEAST TOXIC COUNTRY IN THE WORLD; SAUDI ARABIA, MOST TOXIC   "JUNIOR CITIZEN "  BILL TO BENEFIT POOR FAMILIES



However, under the Muslim Sharia Law, the non-Muslim heirs of the deceased Muslim cannot take anything from the deceased even the blood money or the end of service benefits, not even  if they converted to Islam after the death of the deceased.







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PICTURES AND VIDEOS: Flood ravaged Saudi Arabia, heavy rainful to continue


One died, one is missing, 10 injured while 280 were rescued in the severe flooding in Asir Region of Saudi Arabia.  Arab News reported that the Saudi Arabian Civil Defense confirmed that they received more than 900 emergency calls due to flooding from southern cities of Abha and Khamis Mushayt.

One died, one is missing, 10 injured while 280 were rescued in the severe flooding in Asir Region of Saudi Arabia.

Arab News reported that the Saudi Arabian Civil Defense confirmed that they received more than 900 emergency calls due to flooding from southern cities of Abha and Khamis Mushayt.


The poor weather condition caused the flood in the region which resulted in road closures and schools shut down.

Civil Defense authorities said many people in Abha City were rescued after their cars submerged in the water although no injuries were reported because of the rainstorm.










Citizens were urged to take caution and avoid going near valleys that could threaten their safety.


(Runoff in Bariq, Asir)
(Photo via Arab News)

(Overcast Sky in Madani)
(Photo via Arab News)

(Rainstorm in Mahayel, Asir)
(Photo via Arab News)

(Traffic Congestion in Riyadh due to flooding)
(Photo: Arab News)

(Flooding in Riyadh)
(Photo: Arab News)

(Flooded road in Riyadh due to heavy rains)
(Photo: Arab News)

(Foggy Twilight in Asir Region)
(Photo via Arab News)









Here are some videos of rainstorm and flooding in Saudi Arabia that start Tuesday.

(Heavy rain in Saudi Arabia)

(Submerged cars in Abha City in Saudi Arabia)

(A car swallowed by severe flooding)


(Flood in the Middle East)


 

According to Jeddah-based Presidency of Meteorology and Environment (PME) the heavy rainfall and low temperatures are expected to continue through Friday before easing into light drizzle in Asir and the Eastern Province.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A PUBLIC CONCERT WAS HELD IN SAUDI ARABIA, IS THIS THE START THAT THEY WILL BE OPEN?





This Saudi Arabia public concert after many years, a public concert was staged by Rotana, a company owned mostly by Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal.

The concert venue was the majestic King Abdullah Sports City — Al-Jawhara, a magnificent stadium built and named after the last King Abdullah. The concert attendance said to consist of 8,000 young and older men. It lasted for 6 hours of singing and performance by Arab artists and singers, including the prominent Saudi star Mohammed Abdu and two other well-known singers in the Middle East, Rabeh Sager and the Iraqi-Saudi singer Majid Al-Muhandis. They will be accompanied by the Egyptian orchestra of about 60 musicians led by maestro Walid Fayed. Watch the videos below.




Saudi Arabia is known for its conservative brand of Islam, mostly because of Wahhabi scholars who control a big part of the kingdom's legal system. The state has tried for a decade to foster a more moderate reading of Wahhabi teachings - and is stepping up it's pace as economic pressure to open up the country mounts. As they held their first large concert shows that things are changing.


Saudis attended the concert in Jeddah on January 30, 2017. Saudi Arabia's 'Paul McCartney' took to the stage as the Kingdom seeks to boost entertainment despite religious warnings of 'depravity.' The performance was the first major concert in seven years in the kingdom's second city, according to Arab News. The portraits shoe King Salman bin Abdulaziz (C), Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef (R), and deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. (AMEER ALHALBI/AFP/Getty Images)


BELLO VOWS MIDDLE EAST DEPLOYMENT BAN IF ANOTHER HSW WILL BE EXECUTED

DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III has issued a statement in front of the officials of the recruiting agencies who are deploying OFWs in the Middle East that he will seriously consider to ban OFW deployment in the Middle East if another OFW will be executed.   He also belittled the effect of banning the deployment of OFWs as this will only cover the household workers, who are the most vulnerable for maltreatment, harassment and abuse. If the temporary deployment ban will take effect, Bello said that he will lift it if the employers will show more compassion to the OFWs especially the HSWs. He reiterated that the government have to make sure that the OFWs are protected and their lives are safe.     Bello said he is closely monitoring the performance of a number of Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO)  personnel in the Middle East due to numerous complaints against them by OFWs.  Filipino household service workers are in great demand not only in the Middle East but also in Europe and the neighboring countries in SouthEast Asia like Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Japan etc. If the deployment ban is imposed, may it be a temporary or permanent ban in the Middle East, our HSWs can always look for jobs and get hired in other parts of the world.  Putting Middle East out of the option will not have any effect to the OFWs as they can fit anywhere in the world as long as our embassies can make sure that they are well protected and safe. They can even start a livelihood in the country by availing the assistance offered by the government for returning OFWs. RECOMMENDED: ON JAKATIA PAWA'S EXECUTION: "WE DID EVERYTHING.." -DFA  BELLO ASSURES DECISION ON MORATORIUM MAY COME OUT ANYTIME SOON  SEN. JOEL VILLANUEVA  SUPPORTS DEPLOYMENT BAN ON HSWS IN KUWAIT  AT LEAST 71 OFWS ON DEATH ROW ABROAD  DEPLOYMENT MORATORIUM, NOW! -OFW GROUPS  BE CAREFUL HOW YOU TREAT YOUR HSWS  PRESIDENT DUTERTE WILL VISIT UAE AND KSA, HERE'S WHY  MANPOWER AGENCIES AND RECRUITMENT COMPANIES TO BE HIT DIRECTLY BY HSW DEPLOYMENT MORATORIUM IN KUWAIT  UAE TO START IMPLEMENTING 5%VAT STARTING 2018  REMEMBER THIS 7 THINGS IF YOU ARE APPLYING FOR HOUSEKEEPING JOB IN JAPAN  KENYA , THE LEAST TOXIC COUNTRY IN THE WORLD; SAUDI ARABIA, MOST TOXIC   "JUNIOR CITIZEN "  BILL TO BENEFIT POOR FAMILIES  HOTELS IN ISRAEL TO HIRE HUNDREDS OF FILIPINOS SOON




DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III has issued a statement in front of the officials of the recruiting agencies who are deploying OFWs in the Middle East that he will seriously consider to ban OFW deployment in the Middle East if another OFW will be executed.
DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III has issued a statement in front of the officials of the recruiting agencies who are deploying OFWs in the Middle East that he will seriously consider to ban OFW deployment in the Middle East if another OFW will be executed.   He also belittled the effect of banning the deployment of OFWs as this will only cover the household workers, who are the most vulnerable for maltreatment, harassment and abuse. If the temporary deployment ban will take effect, Bello said that he will lift it if the employers will show more compassion to the OFWs especially the HSWs. He reiterated that the government have to make sure that the OFWs are protected and their lives are safe.     Bello said he is closely monitoring the performance of a number of Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO)  personnel in the Middle East due to numerous complaints against them by OFWs.  Filipino household service workers are in great demand not only in the Middle East but also in Europe and the neighboring countries in SouthEast Asia like Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Japan etc. If the deployment ban is imposed, may it be a temporary or permanent ban in the Middle East, our HSWs can always look for jobs and get hired in other parts of the world.  Putting Middle East out of the option will not have any effect to the OFWs as they can fit anywhere in the world as long as our embassies can make sure that they are well protected and safe. They can even start a livelihood in the country by availing the assistance offered by the government for returning OFWs. RECOMMENDED: ON JAKATIA PAWA'S EXECUTION: "WE DID EVERYTHING.." -DFA  BELLO ASSURES DECISION ON MORATORIUM MAY COME OUT ANYTIME SOON  SEN. JOEL VILLANUEVA  SUPPORTS DEPLOYMENT BAN ON HSWS IN KUWAIT  AT LEAST 71 OFWS ON DEATH ROW ABROAD  DEPLOYMENT MORATORIUM, NOW! -OFW GROUPS  BE CAREFUL HOW YOU TREAT YOUR HSWS  PRESIDENT DUTERTE WILL VISIT UAE AND KSA, HERE'S WHY  MANPOWER AGENCIES AND RECRUITMENT COMPANIES TO BE HIT DIRECTLY BY HSW DEPLOYMENT MORATORIUM IN KUWAIT  UAE TO START IMPLEMENTING 5%VAT STARTING 2018  REMEMBER THIS 7 THINGS IF YOU ARE APPLYING FOR HOUSEKEEPING JOB IN JAPAN  KENYA , THE LEAST TOXIC COUNTRY IN THE WORLD; SAUDI ARABIA, MOST TOXIC   "JUNIOR CITIZEN "  BILL TO BENEFIT POOR FAMILIES  HOTELS IN ISRAEL TO HIRE HUNDREDS OF FILIPINOS SOON

He also belittled the effect of banning the deployment of OFWs as this will only cover the household workers, who are the most vulnerable for maltreatment, harassment and abuse.
If the temporary deployment ban will take effect, Bello said that he will lift it if the employers will show more compassion to the OFWs especially the HSWs. He reiterated that the government have to make sure that the OFWs are protected and their lives are safe.
DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III has issued a statement in front of the officials of the recruiting agencies who are deploying OFWs in the Middle East that he will seriously consider to ban OFW deployment in the Middle East if another OFW will be executed.   He also belittled the effect of banning the deployment of OFWs as this will only cover the household workers, who are the most vulnerable for maltreatment, harassment and abuse. If the temporary deployment ban will take effect, Bello said that he will lift it if the employers will show more compassion to the OFWs especially the HSWs. He reiterated that the government have to make sure that the OFWs are protected and their lives are safe.     Bello said he is closely monitoring the performance of a number of Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO)  personnel in the Middle East due to numerous complaints against them by OFWs.  Filipino household service workers are in great demand not only in the Middle East but also in Europe and the neighboring countries in SouthEast Asia like Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Japan etc. If the deployment ban is imposed, may it be a temporary or permanent ban in the Middle East, our HSWs can always look for jobs and get hired in other parts of the world.  Putting Middle East out of the option will not have any effect to the OFWs as they can fit anywhere in the world as long as our embassies can make sure that they are well protected and safe. They can even start a livelihood in the country by availing the assistance offered by the government for returning OFWs. RECOMMENDED: ON JAKATIA PAWA'S EXECUTION: "WE DID EVERYTHING.." -DFA  BELLO ASSURES DECISION ON MORATORIUM MAY COME OUT ANYTIME SOON  SEN. JOEL VILLANUEVA  SUPPORTS DEPLOYMENT BAN ON HSWS IN KUWAIT  AT LEAST 71 OFWS ON DEATH ROW ABROAD  DEPLOYMENT MORATORIUM, NOW! -OFW GROUPS  BE CAREFUL HOW YOU TREAT YOUR HSWS  PRESIDENT DUTERTE WILL VISIT UAE AND KSA, HERE'S WHY  MANPOWER AGENCIES AND RECRUITMENT COMPANIES TO BE HIT DIRECTLY BY HSW DEPLOYMENT MORATORIUM IN KUWAIT  UAE TO START IMPLEMENTING 5%VAT STARTING 2018  REMEMBER THIS 7 THINGS IF YOU ARE APPLYING FOR HOUSEKEEPING JOB IN JAPAN  KENYA , THE LEAST TOXIC COUNTRY IN THE WORLD; SAUDI ARABIA, MOST TOXIC   "JUNIOR CITIZEN "  BILL TO BENEFIT POOR FAMILIES  HOTELS IN ISRAEL TO HIRE HUNDREDS OF FILIPINOS SOON



Bello said he is closely monitoring the performance of a number of Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO)  personnel in the Middle East due to numerous complaints against them by OFWs.


Filipino household service workers are in great demand not only in the Middle East but also in Europe and the neighboring countries in SouthEast Asia like Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Japan etc.
If the deployment ban is imposed, may it be a temporary or permanent ban in the Middle East, our HSWs can always look for jobs and get hired in other parts of the world. 
Putting Middle East out of the option will not have any effect to the OFWs as they can fit anywhere in the world as long as our embassies can make sure that they are well protected and safe. They can even start a livelihood in the country by availing the assistance offered by the government for returning OFWs.


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Friday, February 10, 2017

19 jobs and 4 sectors that are off-limits to expats in Saudi Arabia



Another sector in Saudi Arabia will embrace Saudization starting July 2.  Saudi Gazette reports that all jobs related to vehicle claim administration in the motor insurance sector will be purely for Saudis starting July.  These include jobs in the branches and centers for receiving claims, debris management, and recovery, as well as surveyors, and all jobs related to the administration of customer care, jobs related to dealing with complaints, and other administrative jobs of branches of vehicle insurance firms.




Another sector in Saudi Arabia will embrace Saudization starting July 2.

Saudi Gazette reports that all jobs related to vehicle claim administration in the motor insurance sector will be purely for Saudis starting July.

These include jobs in the branches and centers for receiving claims, debris management, and recovery, as well as surveyors, and all jobs related to the administration of customer care, jobs related to dealing with complaints, and other administrative jobs of branches of vehicle insurance firms.






This is based on the directives of Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA).

SAMA also mandates insurance companies to furnish a monthly report about the progress of Saudization.

Companies are also instructed to provide training for Saudi employees working in insurance companies.


Last year, Labor Ministry of Saudi Arabia decided to off-limits 19 job titles for expatriates, including Filipinos who are applying for visas to Saudi Arabia.

This is a part of nationalization campaign that will replace expats with Saudis in any job categories.



The ministry identified 19 job titles that are off-limits to expatriates but only 11 are identified based on earlier announcement;

1. Chief administrator of human resources at government and private sector companies

2. Head of personnel department

3. Director of Labor Affairs

4. Director of Personnel Relations,

5. Employment clerk

6. Time-keeper

7. Receptionist (General)

8. Receptionist (Hotel)

9. Receptionist (Hospitals)

10. Cashier

11. Typist 



Other than vehicle claim administration in the motor insurance, the following sector are implementing or planning to implement Saudization

1. Telecom Sector - including selling mobile phones and accessories (September 2016)

2. Health Sector particularly the pharmaceutical sector, according to report, full Saudization to be implemented in 2018.

3. Automobile Sales Sector - both agencies and car rental offices, starting this 1st quarter of 2017

4. Gold and vegetable market (currently being evaluated to be Saudidized)



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Saturday, February 04, 2017

"THE AIR IN KENYA IS FRESHER THAN SAUDI ARABIA AND MIDDLE EAST COUNTRIES"--- THE ECO EXPERTS







Top on the list that takes account of least air pollution, energy consumption and renewable energy production,  Kenya has been named the world’s least toxic country.

 The renewable energy firm,The Eco Experts used the data obtained from the International Energy Agency and World Health Organization (WHO) in order to rank the most toxic countries in the world.



While the cleanest countries were largely those from Sub-Saharan Africa, countries in the Middle East dominated the other end of the list. Saudi Arabia was ranked as the most toxic country.
Top on the list that takes account of least air pollution, energy consumption and renewable energy production,  Kenya has been named the world’s least toxic country.   The renewable energy firm,The Eco Experts used the data obtained from the International Energy Agency and World Health Organization (WHO) in order to rank the most toxic countries in the world. While the cleanest countries were largely those from Sub-Saharan Africa, countries in the Middle East dominated the other end of the list. Saudi Arabia was ranked as the most toxic country.    Data released by WHO last year revealed that levels of air pollution had increased by 8% between 2009 and 2016. According to its estimates, poor air quality claims the lives of 7 million people every year.  Maria Neira, WHO’s public health chief, said the figures were indicative of a “major, major public health problem,” stressing that public awareness of the issue needed to be raised.     “We have a public health emergency in many countries,” Neira said. “Urban air pollution continues to rise at an alarming rate, wreaking havoc on human health. It’s dramatic, one of the biggest problems we are facing globally, with terrible future costs to society.  “The cost for countries is enormous. Air pollution affects economies and people’s quality of life. It leads to major chronic diseases and to people ultimately dying.”  The results of the research  conducted by The Eco Experts must serve as a warning that continued emissions of greenhouse gases could cause irreversible damage that could mean a disaster to our  planet. We must act NOW before it's too late. The time is ticking and its ticking fast.



Data released by WHO last year revealed that levels of air pollution had increased by 8% between 2009 and 2016. According to its estimates, poor air quality claims the lives of 7 million people every year.

Maria Neira, WHO’s public health chief, said the figures were indicative of a “major, major public health problem,” stressing that public awareness of the issue needed to be raised.



“We have a public health emergency in many countries,” Neira said. “Urban air pollution continues to rise at an alarming rate, wreaking havoc on human health. It’s dramatic, one of the biggest problems we are facing globally, with terrible future costs to society.

“The cost for countries is enormous. Air pollution affects economies and people’s quality of life. It leads to major chronic diseases and to people ultimately dying.”


The results of the research  conducted by The Eco Experts must serve as a warning that continued emissions of greenhouse gases could cause irreversible damage that could mean a disaster to our  planet.
We must act NOW before it's too late.
The time is ticking and its ticking fast.


Source: http://europe.newsweek.com/

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Thursday, February 02, 2017

EXPATS IQAMA RENEWAL AND TRANSFERS AFFECTED BY SHAMOON 2 VIRUS ATTACK IN SAUDI ARABIA


A destructive computer virus attack in Saudi Arabia is now bringing a great number of expats hanging on the thread while they cannot renew or transfer their iqamas as government and private agency databases are being affected the virus attack.   Executive director of the NCSC’s Strategic Development and Communication, Dr. Abbad Al-Abbad, said that counteractive measures should be sustainable and continuous to prevent the recurrence of such destructive cyber attacks, blaming the latest breach on poor adherence to security protocols. He also stressed the need for better education, such as teaching staff not to click on links in suspicious emails.  The  Saudi Ministry of Labor and Social Development has yet to recover and bring its computer network back online after the devastating  Shamoon malware attack last Jan. 23,2017. Expatriates in the Kingdom are unable to renew or transfer their residence permits (iqamas) until the issue is being resolved in maybe a week , a month, a year, nobody really knows at this point.     Saad Al-Ali, owner of a contracting firm, said that the disruption of the ministry’s computer networks has put him and other employers in an unfavorable and shameful situation.  “For the past two weeks, all my attempts to renew iqamas of four expatriates working at my firm have failed due to the disruption of Labor ministry’s services,” Al-Ali said, adding that the affected employers are afraid of incurring fine, jail term or even recruitment ban because of the issue.     According to experts, Shamoon is known to disrupt computers by overwriting the master book record, making it impossible for them to start up .  "Shamoon renders the computer unusable by overriding the hard disk with garbage," said Candid Wueest, security analyst and researcher at Symantec.  An alert from the telecoms authority earlier this month advised all parties to be vigilant for attacks from the Shamoon 2 variant of the virus that in 2012 crippled thousands of computers at Saudi Aramco. Saudi Arabia Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT)’s Abdulrahman Al-Friah confirmed that at least 22 institutions were affected by the Shamoon virus as of this writing. RECOMMENDED:  DOLE Sec. Bello in Kuwait   OFW EXECUTED IN KUWAIT  PRESIDENT DUTERTE VISITS ADMIRAL TRIBUTS    DTI ACCREDITED CARGO FORWARDERS FOR 2017   NO MORE PHYSICAL INSPECTION FOR BALIKBAYAN BOXES    BOC DELISTED CARGO FORWARDERS AND BROKERS    BALIKBAYAN BOXES SHOULD BE PROTECTED  DOLE ENCOURAGES OFW TEACHERS TO TEACH IN THE PHILIPPINES




A destructive computer virus attack in Saudi Arabia is now bringing a great number of expats hanging on the thread while they cannot renew or transfer their iqamas as government and private agency databases are being affected by the virus attack.



Executive director of the NCSC’s Strategic Development and Communication, Dr. Abbad Al-Abbad, said that counteractive measures should be sustainable and continuous to prevent the recurrence of such destructive cyber attacks, blaming the latest breach on poor adherence to security protocols. He also stressed the need for better education, such as teaching staff not to click on links in suspicious emails.

The  Saudi Ministry of Labor and Social Development has yet to recover and bring its computer network back online after the devastating  Shamoon malware attack last Jan. 23,2017.

Expatriates in the Kingdom are unable to renew or transfer their residence permits (iqamas) until the issue is being resolved in maybe a week , a month, a year, nobody really knows at this point.

A destructive computer virus attack in Saudi Arabia is now bringing a great number of expats hanging on the thread while they cannot renew or transfer their iqamas as government and private agency databases are being affected the virus attack.   Executive director of the NCSC’s Strategic Development and Communication, Dr. Abbad Al-Abbad, said that counteractive measures should be sustainable and continuous to prevent the recurrence of such destructive cyber attacks, blaming the latest breach on poor adherence to security protocols. He also stressed the need for better education, such as teaching staff not to click on links in suspicious emails.  The  Saudi Ministry of Labor and Social Development has yet to recover and bring its computer network back online after the devastating  Shamoon malware attack last Jan. 23,2017. Expatriates in the Kingdom are unable to renew or transfer their residence permits (iqamas) until the issue is being resolved in maybe a week , a month, a year, nobody really knows at this point.     Saad Al-Ali, owner of a contracting firm, said that the disruption of the ministry’s computer networks has put him and other employers in an unfavorable and shameful situation.  “For the past two weeks, all my attempts to renew iqamas of four expatriates working at my firm have failed due to the disruption of Labor ministry’s services,” Al-Ali said, adding that the affected employers are afraid of incurring fine, jail term or even recruitment ban because of the issue.     According to experts, Shamoon is known to disrupt computers by overwriting the master book record, making it impossible for them to start up .  "Shamoon renders the computer unusable by overriding the hard disk with garbage," said Candid Wueest, security analyst and researcher at Symantec.  An alert from the telecoms authority earlier this month advised all parties to be vigilant for attacks from the Shamoon 2 variant of the virus that in 2012 crippled thousands of computers at Saudi Aramco. Saudi Arabia Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT)’s Abdulrahman Al-Friah confirmed that at least 22 institutions were affected by the Shamoon virus as of this writing. RECOMMENDED:  DOLE Sec. Bello in Kuwait   OFW EXECUTED IN KUWAIT  PRESIDENT DUTERTE VISITS ADMIRAL TRIBUTS    DTI ACCREDITED CARGO FORWARDERS FOR 2017   NO MORE PHYSICAL INSPECTION FOR BALIKBAYAN BOXES    BOC DELISTED CARGO FORWARDERS AND BROKERS    BALIKBAYAN BOXES SHOULD BE PROTECTED  DOLE ENCOURAGES OFW TEACHERS TO TEACH IN THE PHILIPPINES






Saad Al-Ali, owner of a contracting firm, said that the disruption of the ministry’s computer networks has put him and other employers in an unfavorable and shameful situation.

“For the past two weeks, all my attempts to renew iqamas of four expatriates working at my firm have failed due to the disruption of Labor Ministry’s services,” Al-Ali said, adding that the affected employers are afraid of incurring fine, jail term or even recruitment ban because of the issue.




According to experts, Shamoon is known to disrupt computers by overwriting the master book record, making it impossible for them to start up .


"Shamoon renders the computer unusable by overriding the hard disk with garbage," said Candid Wueest, security analyst and researcher at Symantec.



An alert from the telecoms authority earlier this month advised all parties to be vigilant for attacks from the Shamoon 2 variant of the virus that in 2012 crippled thousands of computers at Saudi Aramco.

Saudi Arabia Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT)’s Abdulrahman Al-Friah confirmed that at least 22 institutions were affected by the Shamoon virus as of this writing.



Sources:  http://english.aawsat.com/2017/02/article55366680/saudi-cyber-security-official-shamoon2-virus-attacks-arent-yet
http://gulfnews.com/business/sectors/technology/destructive-computer-virus-shamoon-hits-saudi-arabia-for-third-time-1.1970590
http://saudigazette.com.sa/saudi-arabia/expatriates-limbo-virus-cripples-network/

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