Kuwait Amir receives UAE Balloon team


KUWAIT, His Highness the Amir Sheikh Meshal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah received on Tuesday at Bayan Palace the UAE Balloon team on the occasion of their visit to the country.

UAE Balloon team leader Captain Pilot Abdulaziz Naser Al-Mansouri said that he was honored to meet His Highness the Amir of Kuwait, revealing that during the meeting, they have touched on the late Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah’s Balloon, which garnered several achievements in international participations.

“His Highness Sheikh Meshal instructed us to take good care of our human resources in the GCC and to keep a strong connection between its peoples,” he said.

“During the meeting, we have inaugurated the Balloon of the GCC that will soar in the 45th GCC Summit to be held in Kuwait in December, in addition to the GCC Cup,” he noted.

“His Highness the Amir commended that the GCC Balloon should fly over all six countries of the GCC to represent our unity and firm relationship as one nation,” he added.

Source: Kuwait News
Agency

Spokesperson: EU respects ICC role in bringing justice to victims


KUWAIT, The European Union respects the independence of the International Criminal Court (ICC) as an important and international institution to prosecute the most serious crimes under international law, an EU spokesperson said Tuesday.

“The EU supports the ICC for its central role in bringing justice to victims in all situations under its jurisdiction … whose mandate is to prosecute the most serious crimes under international law,” EU spokesperson for foreign affairs and security policy, Peter Stano, told a press conference at the European Commission in Brussels Tuesday.

Yesterday, ICC Prosecutor Karim Khan announced at the Hague that there were reasonable grounds to believe that the head of the Zionist regime Benjamin Netanyahu and his defence minister Yoav Gallant “bear criminal responsibility for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed on the territory of the State of Palestine (in the Gaza strip) from at least 8 October 2023.” Peter Stano said “we took note of the announcement by the ICC pros
ecutor on the arrest warrants. It is now for the ICC pre-trial chamber to assess whether to confirm the issuance of this warrant and the charges.” A panel of judges at the ICC will now consider whether to issue the arrest warrants against Netanyahu and Gallant.

The 124 countries that have signed up the ICCĂ‚’s Rome Statute will be obliged to arrest the two Zionist leaders if they have the chance.

The ICC signatories do not include Russia, China , Israel and the US.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

Kuwait pushes for tangible progress in nuclear security efforts


VIENNA, Kuwait’s Permanent Representative to UN Office at Vienna (UNOV) Talal Al-Fassam on Tuesday underscored the importance of ensuring nuclear security which is direct relation with the denuclearization effort.

Today’s world witnesses accelerated and unprecedented developments that jeopardize the international peace and security, Ambassador Al-Fassam said in a speech to the closing session of the Ministerial Segment of the International Conference on Nuclear Security: Shaping the Future.

Over the past years, the emerging nuclear risks reached alarming levels in several parts of the world that require effective solutions, Kuwait representative pointed out.

He reiterated Kuwait call for full and effective implementation of the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material and the related amendment which are considered to be an important step towards countering counter the threat of nuclear terrorism and other malicious acts.

Recognizing the crucial importance of nuclear security, the State of
Kuwait joined the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material and the amendment in 2016, and the International Convention on the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism in March 2024, Ambassador Al-Fassam recalled.

Since 2009, Kuwait has maintained cooperation with the IAEA and developed an integrated plan for nuclear security with all national agencies taking part.

The plan constitutes a framework for effective implementation of an approach to nuclear safety that addresses the national needs and priorities in the short and long terms, Ambassador Al-Fassam said, noting that Kuwait attaches great importance to this plan.

Concluding, he voiced hope that the conference will succeed in realizing its objectives for strengthening the nuclear security efforts to in the face of emerging risks.

The two-day ICONS, held at the headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, aims to strengthen nuclear security efforts to counter the threat of nuclear terrorism and other malicious acts
.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

Hasher bin Maktoum inaugurates CABSAT; Integrate Middle East at Dubai World Trade Centre

DUBAI: H.H. Sheikh Hasher bin Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Media Incorporated, today officially inaugurated the 30th edition of CABSAT and second edition of Integrate Middle East at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC). The flagship events for content creation, production, post-production, broadcast, satellite management, distribution, satcom, space tech, and the MENA Pro AV industries, being held from 21 – 23 May 2024, are expected to bring together 18,000 and 10,000 visitors respectively.

H.H. Sheikh Hasher toured both the exhibitions, along with Abdul Rahman Obaid Abu Al Shawareb, EVP of Protocol and Security at DWTC and Mahir Abdulkarim Julfar, EVP of Venue Services Management at DWTC. His Highness visited various pavilions featuring prominent industry players from China, France, and Germany. Furthermore, during the first day of the exhibition, His Highness met with a range of exhibitors including YahSat, ArabSat, NileSat, First Gulf Company (FGC), PixoJam, Oasis Enterprises and Epson.

His Highness also watched a demonstration of the latest photorealistic set at the Virtual Production Studio by PixoJam, while First Gulf Company (FGC) presented a brief on its systems design, integration, installation and unparalleled support. Additionally, His Highness witnessed Oasis Enterprise’s showcase of its products and solutions that cater to diverse sectors including education, corporate, worship, healthcare, government organisations and agencies of all scales.

CABSAT 2024 has brought together more than 450 exhibitors from over 120 countries, and attracts a wide range of professionals including Engineers, System Integrators and Broadcasters within Digital, Content, Broadcast and Satellite; to Content Buyers, Sellers, Producers and Distributors, making it an ideal platform for networking and learning about the latest industry developments. CABSAT 2024 also boasts unique features such as the Co-Production Salon, a dedicated meeting lounge for business opportunities for investment in Arabic content.

A
cross the three days, the event’s conference offerings – the Content Congress, SATExpo Summit – will also convene over 150 globally renowned speakers and industry specialists who will lead discussions on key trends shaping the industry’s future.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to tour the world-class facilities offered by Dubai Studio City, which is the largest media, entertainment, and broadcasting hub in the region. Notably, the Dubai Studio City, a division of TECOM Group PJSC, also serves as a Strategic Partner of CABSAT 2024. The media hub is known for its superior media infrastructure, including the largest soundstage in the region, boutique studios, backlots, production offices, and recording studios.

‘Embracing digitisation and harnessing the power of local talent can transform the regional creative industry’s outlook, and Dubai is firmly at the forefront of this evolution,’ said Majed Al Suwaidi, Senior Vice President of Dubai Media City, Dubai Studio City, and Dubai Production City at TECO
M Group PJSC.

‘Dubai Studio City is accelerating the city’s vision for artistic and cultural excellence through its continued support for the Dubai Creative Economy Strategy, and as the Strategic Partner of CABSAT 2024, we are proud to advance the vital role and promising prospects of the regional entertainment, broadcasting, and media industries.’

The second edition of Integrate Middle East (Integrate ME), which is co-located with CABSAT 2024, aims to convene Pro AV and system integration tech leaders while attracting buyers from across MENA’s diverse sectors. Integrate ME 2024 features 250 exhibitors from 120 countries, showcasing an innovative lineup of Pro AV products and solutions.

With interactive offerings like digital signage, smart home simulators, multi-conference demo arenas, interactive learning zones, lighting shows, and cutting-edge educational technologies, among others, Integrate ME 2024 is also set to replicate the success of its inaugural edition held in 2023.

The IME Summit will explore
important topics pertaining to AI and Hybrid Pro AV such as immersive storytelling, digital installations, Pro AV innovation, the future of entertainment architecture, use of AI in built environment, Pro AV software integration, and the potential of mixed reality market experiences, with renowned speakers and industry experts promising remarkable insights and networking opportunities for visitors.

Abhishek Ganapathy, Director, Dubai World Trade Centre, said: ‘We are thrilled to celebrate the 30th anniversary of CABSAT 2024 along with the second edition of Integrate Middle East 2024, the flagship events uniting leading players from the media, broadcast, satellite, and Pro AV industries. The strategic co-location promises exhibitors and visitors an avenue for growth and networking. Businesses can leverage this platform to showcase their latest offerings to potential clients, while content creators and media enthusiasts can gain insights into relevant trends shaping the industry. We welcome visitors from around
the globe to visit the premier events and make the most of this unique opportunity.’

Together, the 30th edition of CABSAT and the second edition of Integrate Middle East are anticipated to facilitate a transformative platform for both visitors and exhibitors to uncover emerging business opportunities across key sectors like education, media, entertainment, hospitality, retail, communication, corporate, events, and real estate.

Source: Emirates News Agency

The Minister of Labor briefs the Dutch representative in Palestine on the Ministry’s interventions to support the labor sector


Ramallah – Ma’an – The Minister of Labor, Dr. Enas Atari, the Dutch representative to Palestine, Michel Rintnaar, highlighted the interventions and policies developed by the Ministry in order to create new job opportunities and preserve existing ones, such as opening new foreign labor markets, preparing the workforce to increase its productivity, improving the quality of its work, and raising its ability to compete.

Dr. Attari referred to the reforms that the Ministry of Labor seeks to achieve to improve the situation in the labor sector, especially amending the Palestinian Labor Law in order to protect the rights of the worker and the employer, and monitoring the application of the minimum wage in a way that contributes to achieving social protection for male and female workers.

Dr. Attari discussed with the Dutch representative current and future cooperation mechanisms to support the Palestinian labor sector, in light of the difficult economic conditions that our people are experiencing after the recent I
sraeli aggression on the Gaza Strip.

Dr. Attari pointed to the latest developments in the political and economic situation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and the impact of the ongoing Israeli aggression on Gaza since the seventh of last October and its repercussions on the labor sector, workers and the Palestinian labor market, as thousands of workers lost their job opportunities in Palestine, including workers working inside The Green Line in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and workers in the local labor market, which led to high rates of poverty and unemployment, as there are about half a million unemployed people in Palestine.

Dr. Attari stressed that our priorities in the Palestinian government are to cease fire on our people in Gaza, and to immediately begin the reconstruction process and implement relief programs to help the Gaza Strip.

In turn, the Dutch representative indicated that the events of October 7 created a difficult reality, expressing his hope to find a solid plan to get out of the curre
nt situation, noting the need to improve economic activity in Palestine and deliver relief aid urgently and immediately.

Source: Maan News Agency

Jordan, Ireland’s foreign ministers talk Gaza ceasefire


Amman: Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi and Ireland’s Foreign Minister Mihal Martin Tuesday held phone talks on regional developments and efforts to secure a ceasefire in Gaza.

Safadi urged more efforts to end the ongoing Israeli war on Gaza, violations of international law, settler violence in the occupied West Bank and military operations into embattled Rafah to protect civilians and deliver aid.

He discussed the “need” to protect iPad convoy and international and relief organisations and their employees so they can carry out their duty in providing aid to the Palestinians.

He praised Ireland for supporting the Palestinians’ right to statehood based on the two-state on the June 4, 1967 borderline with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Martin, in turn, praised Jordan’s efforts to realise a ceasefire in Gaza and deliver sufficient and sustainable humanitarian aid to all parts of the besieged enclave.

Source: Jordan News Agency

Jewish settlers breach Al-Aqsa Mosque under police escort


Some 153 Jewish settlers and 48 seminary students, escorted by heavily-armed Israeli police, stormed into the Al-Aqsa Mosque/ Haram Al Sharif compound in occupied Jerusalem on Tuesday in the latest breach of one of Islam’s holiest shrines.

The Islamic Waqf (endowments) Department in Jerusalem, which administers the holy site, said in a statement that the hardliners performed prayers and provocations in the compound’s grounds amid strict security by special police forces.

It said hundreds of police were deployed in the walled Old City and entrances to the compound, who searched Palestinian worshipers and restricted access to the site.

Source: Jordan News Agency

UPDATE: ISRAELI FORCES KILL SEVEN PALESTINIANS, INCLUDING DOCTOR, DURING ASSAULT ON JENIN


Seven Palestinian civilians, including a doctor, were killed on Tuesday morning, and nine others were injured, including three seriously, as a result of the ongoing Israeli occupation aggression against the city of Jenin and its camp.

The Ministry of Health reported that seven people were killed and nine others were injured by occupation forces, including three with serious injuries, during confrontations that broke out after the occupation forces stormed Jenin camp.

The director of Jenin Governmental Hospital, Wissam Bakr, said that among the slain civilians was the surgical specialist at Jenin Hospital, Aseed Jabareen, who was targeted in the vicinity of the hospital, teacher Allam Jaradat, who was on duty in a school, and a student on his way back home.

According to the Red Crescent, there are school students among the injured in Jenin, and the occupation army is obstructing medical crews from reaching them.

The Director of Education in Jenin, Salam Al-Taher, said that all schools in the city of Jenin
and its camp were evacuated, with the exception of some students in Al-Karama and Al-Zahraa schools due to the seriousness of the current events.

The head of the Popular Committee for Jenin Camp Services, Muhammad al-Sabbagh, explained that students from UNRWA schools are still besieged.

According to security sources, the occupation forces stormed the city of Jenin and its camp, and drove through the streets of Jenin, Haifa, Nablus, and Burqin Road, sparking confrontations, which took place in the vicinity of Jenin camp and Wadi Burqin.

With the killing of the seven civilians, the death toll in the West Bank since October 7th rises to 513.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

HALABI MEETS WITH HIS EGYPTIAN, IRAQI COUNTERPARTS AND UK MINISTER OF STATE ON SIDELINES OF WORLD EDUCATION FORUM 2024


Caretaker Minister of Education and Higher Education, Dr. Abbas Al-Halabi, on Tuesday met with Egyptian Minister of Education and Technical Education, Dr. Reda Hegazy, on the sidelines of his participation in the World Conference for Ministers of Education and Higher Education, currently taking place in London.

Discussions reportedly touched on the educational and university relations between the two countries. The two sides also discussed renewing the educational cooperation agreement between the two countries.

Minister Al-Halabi is accompanied by the Director General of Education, Imad Al-Ashqar The Director General of Education, Mr. Imad Al-Ashqar, the General Coordinator of Educational Curricula at the Educational Center for Research and Development, Jihad Saliba, and the Minister’s Advisor for Foreign Relations, Maher Al-Hassaniya.

Minister Al-Halabi also met on the sidelines of the Forum with the UK Minister of State for Development, Andrew Mitchell, with whom he discussed Lebanon’s education sector.

The close relations between Britain and Lebanon were reviewed, especially since Britain had previously provided Lebanon with the international loan S2R2 and the gift in cooperation with the World Bank.

Moreover, Minister Al-Halabi and his accompanying delegation participated in the roundtable organized by UNESCO and chaired by the UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education, Stefania Giannini, over digital transformation.

Al-Halabi then met with Iraqi Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Dr. Naeem Al-Aboudi, over the bilateral educational relations between the two countries.

Minister Al-Halabi then met with the Global Director for Education at the World Bank, Dr. Luis Benveniste, over prospects of cooperation.

Source: National News Agency – Lebanon

Israeli occupation forces kill 6 more Palestinians in Jenin


RAMALLAH, The Palestinian Ministry of Health announced on Tuesday the death of six more Palestinians and the injury of 10 others by the Israeli occupation forces in Jenin.

The Palestinians Ministry of Health said in a press release that six martyred and 10 others were injured with three in critical conditions.

According to local sources, among the martyrs were a doctor, a school teacher and a student, they were injured during the incursion of the occupation forces into the city, which coincided with the time employees were heading to their places of work and students to their schools.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

Abdullah bin Zayed meets with UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs

ABU DHABI: H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs, met today with Martin Griffiths, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator.

The meeting, which was held at the Ministry’s HQ in Abu Dhabi, discussed the prospects of cooperation and partnership between the United Arab Emirates and the United Nations and its various organisations and programmes, particularly in the humanitarian field.

The two sides also touched on a number of regional and international issues of common interest, particularly the critical developments in the Middle East region.

The UAE Top Diplomat affirmed the UAE’s support for all UN efforts carried out in cooperation with the international community to provide adequate and sustainable humanitarian support to civilians in the Gaza Strip, to ease their suffering.

Sheikh Abdullah pointed out the UAE’s keenness to work with the United Nations in support of efforts to respond to urgent humanitarian repercussions regiona
lly and globally, and to contribute to the maintenance of international peace and security, while emphasising the need to intensify efforts to end extremism, tension and escalating violence in the Middle East region and reach a sustainable ceasefire and ensure the security and safety of all civilians.

The meeting was attended by Ambassador Lana Zaki Nusseibeh, Assistant Minister for Political Affairs.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Sharjah Ruler orders to connect buildings to sewage services

SHARJAH: H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, has ordered the urgent connection of commercial residential buildings located on main roads in the emirate to the sewage network.

The directive was announced during the ‘Direct Line” programme, which is broadcasted on Sharjah Radio and Television

Source: Emirates News Agency