PH brings home 91 repatriated Filipinos from Saudi

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday said it is bringing home 91 Filipinos under the Saudi Amnesty Program.

“This is the first batch of Filipinos in Saudi whose repatriation was facilitated by the Philippine Government,” it said in a statement.

The agency said Undersecretary for Migrant Workers’ Affairs Jesus I. Yabes and Senior Special Assistant Ricardo M. Endaya already distributed tickets to the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

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DFA said the Interior Ministry of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia starting March 29 this year allowed undocumented migrant workers to leave the country without penalties under its amnesty program.

It said the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has already discussed with the repatriates the different OWWA programs they can avail upon returning to the Philippines.

DFA said they are expecting thousands to be repatriated in the coming weeks.

“All Filipinos who have irregular status in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are encouraged to avail of the amnesty,” it said, adding that those interested may visit the website of the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. KS/JE


Croatia’s Rimac Set for €30 Million Investment

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China’s Camel Group have signed a framework agreement to invest 30 million euros in Croatian company Rimac Automobili, Reuters reported.

The agreement will see Camel Group invest 27 million euros in Rimac Automobili and 3 million euros in Rimac’s Greyp Bikes.

Founded by Mate Rimac, who made the Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list for 2017, Rimac Automobili has been one of Croatia’s recent success stories, developing and producing high-performance electric vehicles, including the Concept One, the world’s first electric supercar, drivetrains and battery systems.

Rimac’s Greyp Bikes are the producers of the world’s most advanced electric bicycle.

Camel Group is a high-tech company which researches, develops, produces, and sells batteries in China, Europe, the United States, Africa, Southeast Asia, and internationally.

They have sold nearly 400 types of batteries used in cars, agricultural vehicles, vessels and other equipment.

Rimac is currently exhibiting at the New York International Motor Show. Check out the video below:



Source : Croatia Week

Dutch railway operators fined and warned by minister

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April 13, 2017

Train operator Dutch Rail NS and ProRail which manages and maintains the rail infrastructure have been admonished and fined by caretaker junior infrastructure minister Sharon Dijksma for failing to operate the high-speed rail (HSL) network as agreed.

Dijksma fined NS €1.25m and issued her final warning to the state-owned company that if it fails to improve performance this year, it will have to face competition on the Dutch rail network, the Algemeen Dagblad reported on Thursday.

ProRail was fined €1.05m for failing to fulfill agreements with the minister. The HSL remains the Achilles heel of the Dutch railway operators. Dijksma said performance in 2016 was ‘on the whole better than in the previous year’ but warned that HSL operations must improve.

‘Passengers traveling on this line have the right to expect the train will leave on time and that they have a good chance of obtaining a seat,’ she said.

Dijksma demands that 97.5% of passengers have a seat or standing place within 15 minutes of boarding a train. But NS scores only 87.6% It was also agreed that 94% of trains should depart on time. In 2016, the NS figure was 93.7%.

The junior minister operates on a ‘three strikes and you’re out’ principle, and NS has failed to meet the agreement for two years running at this point. Therefore NS has to face possible competition on rail routes in the Netherlands next year, the paper said. 14 Share 2 Share Share Tweet Share

Source :  DutchNews

Copenhagen ‘extremely well prepared’ for terror threat: mayor

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