Sheikh Mohamed, Hamdan join ‘Walk Together’ march

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Filed on January 27, 2018
Sheikh Mohamed said that he was pleased to see the positive participation of volunteers.- Wam

The initiative aims to support people of determination and empower them to be integrated into the community.

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, today joined community members in the ‘Walk Together’ march, organised by the Higher Committee for the Special Olympics World Games 2019, at the Umm Al Emarat Park in Abu Dhabi.

The initiative aims to support people of determination and empower them to be integrated into the community, especially in sports, while raising awareness about the importance of voluntary work.

Sheikh Mohamed, who was joined by his sons and grandchildren at the event, expressed his happiness at participating with the people of determination and members of the public in the key initiative, which, he said, “motivates activity and vibrancy in us, and urges us to adopt sports as a lifestyle.”

“The initiative is a message and an eye-opener to the community that sports can bring entertainment, harmony and healthy lifestyles together,” he stressed.

Sheikh Mohamed said that he was pleased to see the positive participation of volunteers. “Volunteerism is a civilised value and human instinct, which reflects the essence of the human being, as well as his giving and dedication to do good for people. Due to Almighty Allah, this instinct is deeply embedded in the UAE community, and we are seeking to deepen it through a series of national programmes. The Walk Together event calls for solidarity, love and volunteerism,” he added.

He highlighted the fact that practicing a healthy lifestyle starts with conviction and desire, and should be instilled by families and schools during early childhood.

The march will be held every Friday from 3:00pm to 6:00pm, until March 1.

Those who joined the walk included Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, Sheikh Khalid bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Department of Transport-Abu Dhabi, and Sheikha Al Jalila bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, along with other officials.

The march aims to engage community members in sporting activities and promote a healthy lifestyle, in the run-up to the Special Olympics World Summer Games, which will be hosted by Abu Dhabi between March 14and 21, 2019.

 

Source :  The Khaleej Times

‘A chance to come together’: early birds stake out Skyworks hot spots in Perth

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JANUARY 26 2018 – 12:05PM

Kate Hedley

It’s scrawled in big red letters on the Perth foreshore – ‘ABOLISH AUS DAY’.

But Doreen Nelson won’t have a bar of the sentiment.

Graffiti painted along the Perth foreshore.

Having snapped up her prime spot ahead of the Australia Day Skyworks tonight, the Aboriginal mum and grandmother will wait all day for the rest of her family to join her to see the Swan River light up.

“Everyone loves fireworks,” Doreen says.

“It’s a lovely day out.”

 Without a trace of bitterness, Doreen refers to today as “Survival Day”.
“Today should be all about reconciliation,” she says.

“It’s a chance for everyone to come together – all cultures – with no hard feelings.”

Doreen is one of dozens who staked their claim on a foreshore spot before midday.

With the Skyworks set to kick off at 8pm, it will be a long day for the keen spectators, but “worth it”, according to Doreen, who plans to check out the nearby Birak Concert, which will celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.

Ahead of the show

Director of pyrotechnics displays with Howard & Sons Pyrotechnics, Andrew Howard, told 6PR listeners this morning to expect the “biggest Skyworks to date”.

“It’s going to be a great show,” he said.

“The final checks have been completed.”

Andrew said with the fireworks being shot from 19 barges between Heirisson Island and the Narrows Bridge, this year’s event would be the “widest and biggest” Perth had ever seen.

The fireworks show had also been choreographed “100 per cent, to the millisecond” to the soundtrack that will ring out over the river.

And with a special – and “huge” – finale, spectators are in for a treat.

Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi also spoke to 6PR and said she expected about 300,000 people to attend tonight’s event.

In terms of the arguments surrounding the Australia Day ‘change the date’ discourse, Ms Scaffidi said she did not support a change.

“I recognise for a minority of people it offends them, but I think as a community we have come together,” she said.

“I just say let’s not get hung up on the date.”​

 

Source :  WA Today

Two drown in north Queensland dam during Australia Day party

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By Toby Crockford

A woman and a teenage boy have drowned in a far north Queensland dam at an Australia Day party, with investigations suggesting alcohol was a factor in the deaths.

Police were called to the property on Mossman Mount Molloy Road in Julatten, about 85 kilometres north-west of Cairns, just after 4pm on Friday.

The rural property in far north Queensland where the two bodies were found on Australia Day.

The rural property in far north Queensland where the two bodies were found on Australia Day. Photo: Sunrise – Twitter

Upon arrival, officers were told a 15-year-old boy had been found dead in the dam and a 23-year-old woman was missing.

One of the attending officers found the woman’s body in the water soon after arriving.

Despite “extensive efforts” to revive the pair, both were declared dead at the scene, according to police.

“It’s a typical Australia Day event where everyone is enjoying themselves. Unfortunately, there is alcohol that’s mixed with water and we have the tragic deaths of a 23-year-old and 15-year-old,” Queensland Police Service spokesman Duane Amos told Sunrise.

Police said a waterslide had been set up at the water’s edge. The two deceased were not related and it is not believed the woman drowned while trying to rescue the teenager.

A crime scene was declared and police investigations into the circumstances around the deaths were continuing, with an incident centre established at Mareeba police station.

Source :  The Brisbane Times

Qantas to transfer two Jetstar A320s to WA-based Network Aviation unit for charter flights

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Qantas plans to replace two Boeing 737-800s with two Airbus A320s for FIFO flights in Western Australia. (Seth Jaworski)

Qantas plans to replace two Boeing 737-800s with two Airbus A320s for FIFO flights in Western Australia. (Seth Jaworski)

Qantas’s Network Aviation subsidiary will operate Airbus A320 narrowbodies on intra-Western Australia charter services, taking over some flying currently operated by Boeing 737-800s.

The two A320s are being sourced from the Jetstar fleet and are expected to start flying with Network Aviation from April, Qantas said in a statement to Australian Aviation.

Jetstar’s A320s are configured with 180 seats in an all-economy layout versus the 174 seats (12 business, 162 economy) of Qantas’s 737-800s.

Further, the A320s offers superior takeoff performance in the hot weather conditions often experienced on fly-in/fly-out (FIFO) services to WA’s remote mining destinations compared with the 737-800.

As a result, it is estimated the A320s can carry up to 30 additional passengers on FIFO flights.

The two 737-800s released from charter-related flying will be used elsewhere on the Qantas network, including extra nonstop flights between Perth and Singapore.

Qantas resumed Perth-Singapore flights in June 2015, following a one-year absence on the route, with five flights a week using 737-800s. The route was lifted to daily a few months later and currently operates 11 times a week.

However, Qantas said in November 2017 it would offer double-daily flights between Perth and Singapore from April 8 2018, while its Singapore-based low-cost carrier (LCC) unit Jetstar Asia would withdraw from the route from March 25 2018.

Qantas acquired Network Aviation, which at the time was a charter and FIFO operator, in February 2011.

Since then Perth-based subsidiary has expanded its role within the Qantas Group to also fly some regular public transport (RPT) services in WA with its fleet of Fokker 100 aircraft.

Meanwhile, Virgin Australia Regional Airlines also operates two Airbus A320s on FIFO services in WA.

The first Network Aviation Fokker 100 in QantasLink colours VH-NHY. (Qantas)

The two A320s will join Network’s Fokker 100 fleet. (Qantas)

Source :  Australian Aviatio

Families enjoy day of sledding as snow drapes Saudi Arabian mountains

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TABUK— Winter has made its presence in the Gulf on Friday when it draped the Al-Lawz mountains (Almond Mountains) in the North of Saudi Arabia.

Locals in the kingdom took to the mountains to mark and enjoy the annual occasion in the icy caps. Adults and children alike took the opportunity to enjoy a range of activities including sledding down the slopes and building a fire to keep warm with family and friends.

Al-Lawz mountains stand 2,580 meters above sea level. The snowy presence covers the valleys and northern regions of Tabuk every year.

To ensure the safety of visitors in the elevated white-wonderland, various officials from security to traffic, roads and border guards were stationed and on duty in the case of an emergency. — Al Arabiya English

Source :  Saudi Gazette

Premier Indian award for Saudi yoga guru

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Indian Consul General Md. Noor Rahman Sheikh presents a bouquet to Dr. Nouf Marwaai on her being awarded the Padma Shri., with Consulate officials in attendance — SG photo
Ramnarayan Iyer
Saudi Gazette
PERSISTENT buzz of her mobile phone with unknown numbers from India had renowned Saudi yoga trainer Dr. Nouf Marwaai in a bit of a tizzy Friday morning, but her trepidation gave way to exultation once she willed herself to respond.

Not knowing why or who was calling, Nouf, on getting connect, heard the good news of being awarded Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India, after Bharat Ratna, Padma Vibhushan and Padma Bhushan. The list of awardees is revealed every year on India’s Republic Day, Jan. 26. “People were calling from India and I was not sure why… I was a bit afraid to answer unknown Indian numbers… Once the news got out, friends from India and here, began texting and congratulating me on receiving this award,” Nouf said.

“I was really surprised. I feel really honored but am also scared of the responsibility this award brings with it,” Nouf, the first certified yoga instructor in Saudi Arabia and founder of Arab Yoga Foundation, added. “This will definitely be a very big fillip for yoga, and it’s a great recognition for a lifetime achievement.”

On being a cultural ambassador for both India and Saudi Arabia, Nouf said, “For years now I’ve been promoting the Indian culture, especially yoga, and I’ve always spoken to people about this meditating practice, and how beautiful is Indian culture. My propagation of yoga among friends, made them more involved in the Indian culture, adopting some of it, while having the best of both cultures. They made Indian friends, and now we have a lot of Indian friends and this is very important for the youths in both the countries to collaborate together, for both countries have a lot to offer.

Stressing that yoga changed her life, Nouf stressed, “I’ve seen lots of people coming to yoga with so many issues. Even if I did not target these issues through yoga, it was taken care through lifestyle measures. But yoga can really help your body, for in yoga, unlike other sports, you are very aware of what you feel. So this creates awareness within body and mind as well, and I’ve seen people improving, coming out of a lot of health issues, and that’s why yoga is expanding all over the world with 300 million yoga practitioners. And that’s a huge number.”

Both the Indian Ambassador Ahmad Javed and Consul General Md. Noor Rahman Sheikh expressed their happiness at Nouf’s award.

“In recognition of her remarkable services in popularizing yoga in Saudi Arabia and the Arab World, Nouf has been recognized. It is a matter of privilege for all of us that for the first time a Saudi woman has been chosen for this honor.

“Ms. Nouf has been associated with the Embassy of India, Riyadh and Consulate General of India, Jeddah, for past few years and participated in our programs on the occasion of International Day of Yoga. This recognition enhances the historical socio-cultural and people-to-people relationship between India and Saudi Arabia,” Javed said.

Sheikh said that when he was told about the award early Friday morning he felt immensely happy at the recognition. “Someone who is so closely associated with us and Nouf has received the fourth highest civil award of India, is surely a great honor for us. My heartiest congratulations to her, for truly she is the face of yoga revolution in the Kingdom,” he said.

“Of course as you know, the Kingdom has recognized yoga as a sports activity in November last year. And we would like to thank Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman and the people of the Kingdom for the approval of propagating yoga and recognizing it. Of course most of the credit goes to Ms. Nouf for her active role in boosting yoga that got her this milestone achievement.

“Nouf is a known personality in India too. And fortunately for the consulate she has been cooperating with us, along with her yoga foundation, in propagating yoga as well as being part of our celebrations of the International Yoga Day here in our mission. For three years we have been organizing yoga demos and lectures and events.

“In our partnership with her, we have been very enriched with her insights. As you know there were lots of inhibitions in this part of the world with regard to yoga. She is the one who actually broke these inhibitions by practically explaining the benefits of yoga while also proving that it was not harmful to our body.

“What made it more vivid was how she related the benefits of yoga with personal experiences… so getting this award which we feel, is very natural for her. And we are very sure that this will only add to the movement that she has already started, with the Kingdom’s recognition of this sport activity. She has already trained and certified over 3,000 here and that’s a huge number,” Sheikh said.

On the award following the status of guest of honor for India in this year’s Janadriyah festival, Sheikh said it is another addition of the soft diplomacy. “Of course our embassy in Riyadh is dealing with this, but they have also planned demonstration of yoga in the Janadriyah, and I believe this will add to the growing momentum in our ties.”

He said that the consulate is planning to celebrate her achievement and as a practitioner of yoga, he added, “I too will demonstrate the sir shaasan (head stand) posture in the event.”

Dr. M. Karimuddin, veteran pediatrician, said, “I’m very glad and pleased to hear about the Padma Shri award given to Nouf, who I can easily say is the ‘guru’ of yoga here. I had a long association with her as a founding member of the Indo-Saudi Medical Forum, which was inaugurated by the then HRD Minister Arjun Singh. Her dedication in practicing yoga led to the recognition of the sports by the Saudi government and since it is being promoted as an international event she fully deserves this award.”

Source :  Saudi Gazette

Misk’s focus on equipping the youth with rightskills

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Saudi Gazette report

MISK Global Forum, the flagship global platform of the Misk Foundation, a non-profit philanthropic foundation established by Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman to empower Saudi youth, on Friday hosted a breakfast discussion in Davos on the theme ‘Disrupt to Stabilize: how youth are shaping a fractured world’.

CNN’s Richard Quest guided the lively and informative discussion among a panel of young entrepreneurs, experienced business leaders, a senior Saudi minister and the audience, which included youth leaders from around the world. They discussed how young people are increasingly disrupting the world and testing and questioning existing structures to overcome challenges. It focused particularly on how they can navigate challenges and prosper amid the rapid technological change that is transforming jobs and economic prospects.

Introducing the packed event, Misk Global Forum Executive Manager, Shaima Hamidaddin, said: “The disruptive attitude of the millennial cohort and Generation Z mirrors the Misk Foundation’s mission of equipping young people with the right skills to embark on careers as yet undefined. The Misk Global Forum takes this mission internationally, meeting the challenge of change by creating partnerships and global exchange that will be vital in preparing us all for the future that is coming over the horizon.

“This event addresses how youth are shaping a fractured world, in which the key challenge is how to enhance the forces of sharing and engagement to further drive innovation and global progress, maintain and encourage trusted sources of information, and mitigate and reduce the potential for misuse and division. This is central to our agenda at the Misk Global Forum.”

Saudi Energy Minister Khalid A. Al-Falih spoke optimistically about the “confluence of globalization, rapid economic development and amazing technology that is enabling people to take forward their careers and lives”. He mentioned that Saudi Arabia is building “bridges over the fractures in economics and politics…not through oil, but through young people — the new energy.”

The minister emphasized the need for the private sector, government and young people themselves to work together and spoke of his hope for the future, saying that “young people are amazingly enterprising and technology savvy and are going to create a better future for themselves and the next generation.”

Leila Hoteit, partner and managing director at The Boston Consulting Group in Dubai, spoke of the importance of engaging with young people more deeply. She noted that the rapid speed of technological advance requires speedier responses from government and the private sector. She also argued that “for youth to care about technology, they need to trust technology” and suggested that there could be a need for “a universal set of values” to assure them that technology will not operate against their interests. Ms Hoteit Emphasized the need for the education system to better reflect the needs of the labor market, equipping young people with skills of “empathy, critical thinking, ICT and lifelong learning.”

Sir Martin Sorrell, founder and CEO of WPP, said that the next generation is “more capable than the older generation” due in part to the access they have to technology. He referenced recent survey work done by his company on the views of Arab youth, which included concerns about unemployment, waning optimism and that

education systems are not doing enough to prepare them for the jobs of the future. Sir Martin noted the challenge that technology is “raising expectations” in less developed countries in an unprecedented way.

Sona Mirzoyan, founder and CEO of start-up SonaSola, said that her generation is “optimistic…willing to cooperate” and that young people “cannot imagine a world without globalization”. She argued that young people are capable of “building on weaknesses and making them strengths” and that they are “purpose driven and not afraid to fight for what we believe in”. Ms Mirzoyan praised the youth of Saudi Arabia, who she said are starting to take up new opportunities. She urged governments around the world to “give youth those opportunities.”

David M. Rubenstein, co-founder and Co-CEO of the Carlyle Group, noted that each generation has said that the next generation is not ready to succeed it, but that “we shouldn’t worry”. He said that Artificial Intelligence is actually “enhanced human intelligence” and will not take away jobs but provide different ones. However, he raised a concern that unlike in the past, the young generation of today must compete globally and needs to be technology literate as well as literate in the traditional sense. He noted his concern that without access to the right kind of education, young people who are not technology literate will be “left behind”.

The highly-engaged audience asked questions about why young voices are not given greater weight by decision makers. Al-Falih pointed to young political leaders around the world, such as the Canadian prime minister, and noted said that Crown Prince Muhammad “thinks like his generation and dreams with his generation”. The minister noted that Misk is creating the tools and the ecosystem to enable youth. The minister also noted his decision as CEO of Saudi Aramco to create a young leaders’ advisory board who explained where the strategy should be for their generation.

The audience included entrepreneur, philanthropist and former musician, will.i.am, who spoke about the “obligation for each of us to protect as many 9-year-olds as you can protect” to ensure that when they are 29 years old they are able to “lead the world”. He noted his frustration that it is easier for him to raise money for Artificial Intelligence than to “educate kids.” He said it is important to give young people a goal and make them “believe that they can solve their own problems with these skill sets.” He spoke optimistically about new technology, saying that “it is a race to the human age.”

The audience included a Misk Foundation delegation of eight young Saudis, including Hamad Al-Draaei, a 23-year-old junior doctor and entrepreneur, who said that he wanted to “reshape” the view that the power is all in hands of the older generation by noting the value of the experience of the older generation, that young people “have the skills to take that [experience] and make it a reality” and that he and his generation want this “enabling environment” to become a reality in Saudi Arabia. Another young Saudi, Lama Al-Ghalib, CEO and Founder of Shababuna, spoke of the need to enable social enterprises to register in the Kingdom so that they can make a profit and also improve society.

The event ended with the moderator, CNN’s Richard Quest, informing the audience that Misk Global Forum’s third annual meeting is being held on November 14-15 in Riyadh. He added that “every time I do a Misk event, it is open, transparent, free flowing and nothing is left off the table.”

 

Source :  Saudi Gazette

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