Salfit Governorate monitored 217 violations by the occupation army during May

Salfit – Ma’an – The Governor of Salfit, Major General Dr. Abdullah Kamil, said that the governorate institution monitored during the month of May 2024 that the Israeli occupation committed 217 violations against citizens and their property in the towns and villages of the governorate.

Kamil explained that the policy of raids, checkpoints, closures, home raids, and settler attacks was the highest, against citizens and their property.

Kamil pointed out that the occupation army targets the villages and towns of the governorate on a daily basis, carrying out 67 raids and erecting 41 temporary checkpoints. The report monitored 27 closures of the entrances to towns with iron gates repeatedly, under false pretexts, and raided 17 homes and facilities.

Noting that the number of detainees last May reached 7 detainees during passage through checkpoints and raids, in addition to 6 attacks carried out by the army against citizens and their property, and the confiscation of 6 vehicles under the pretext of working in ar
eas classified as ‘C,’ indicating that the aim of these practices is to prevent citizens From accessing their lands and thus expanding and establishing settlements on them.

Kamil stated that the report monitored the bulldozing of citizens’ lands, as the occupation bulldozers bulldozed approximately 10 dunums of citizens’ lands in the areas of Salfit and Sarta in order to expand its settlements, in addition to a notice to stop work and construction.

The report documented the orgy of settlers against citizens, their property, and agricultural lands. There were 22 attacks, and these violations included vandalizing agricultural lands, burning their property, and throwing stones at vehicles.

Regarding the monitoring of abuse operations, Kamil said that the report monitored approximately 10 citizens sustaining various injuries, during the settlers and army assaults, as a result of which they were transferred to hospitals and clinics to receive treatment. The report monitored 10 sabotage and theft operations of c
itizens’ property, and the uprooting and crushing of 50 olive trees from the lands of the village of Haris. .

Source: Maan News Agency

Dubai Government Human Resources Department reviews capacity of key projects to improve workforce efficiency

DUBAI: Dubai Government Human Resources Department (DGHR) recently conducted a meeting with human resources managers and executive directors from several government entities in the emirate, which was chaired by Abdullah Ali bin Zayed Al Falasi, Director General of the department.

The meeting was held at Al Ittihad Museum with a goal to acquaint attendees with major ongoing and proposed projects of the department to improve workforce efficiency and performance and integrate best practices in the government’s work system.

During the meeting, the DGHR team highlighted several projects that align with the framework of the department’s agenda to upgrade human resources in Dubai and lay the optimal foundation for developing methodologies to empower the cadres of the government work system.

Iman bin Khatam, Director of Policy and Programme Support at DGHR, said, ‘At DGHR, we recognise the significance of cooperation, coordination, and collaborative efforts between the department and various stakeholders of Dubai
government and this meeting comes in line with this belief. The key goal of the meeting is to enhance human resource capabilities in the emirate and swiftly attain the desired outcomes, further shaping a better future for this sector. We seek to adopt innovative approaches and integrate global best practices in our efforts to enhance the Emirati workforce as well as to support them to seamlessly adapt to rapid changes and meet future requirements. These ambitious projects aid us to establish a cohesive and supportive work environment that improves employee productivity, contributes attaining Dubai Economic Agenda ‘D33′ goals, and reinforces Dubai’s prominent position in the global economy.’

Additionally, the department’s team discussed the dynamic role of the project for Measuring Workforce Productivity in the Government of Dubai in offering concise and accurate data and indicators in the field of workforce productivity across government entities that provide key services. The team further underscored that t
he framework seeks to evaluate performance to improve the efficiency of the government sector through optimal use of human resources in the government, ensuring the attainment of objectives of ‘We the UAE 2031’ and sustainable development goals.

The meeting also investigated the progress of the ‘Dubai Government Jobs Engineering’ project, which aims to support and reinforce human resource practices, including compensation and wages systems, learning and career development, workforce planning, and others, thus addressing these entities’ present and future workforce requirements. Furthermore, the meeting focused on the ‘Empowering Human Resources Departments in Government Entities’ project, which seeks to provide departments with the resources to stay updated on changes in the local and global workplace, as well as to create strategies for improving knowledge and abilities of human resource professionals through specialised training courses and the provision of resources for the application of best practices i
n the field.

The meeting then focused on the ‘General Framework for Government Human Resources Training – Future Skills Dubai’ project, especially considering its vital role in creating a competitive workforce equipped with key skills to keep pace with future changes, encouraging strategic sectors through digital transformation and supporting the UAE’s national economy. It will connect the training, advisory, and academic entities through a smart platform, which facilitates the exchange of knowledge and expertise and improves the effectiveness of training and development programmes. In addition, the meeting discussed the ‘Review of Human Resources Law, Policies, and Regulations’ project, which is a leading initiative to develop a unified framework and tool for integrated government human resource management that is effective and resilient enough to address difficulties while also providing updated and flexible policies based on modern best practices and trends.

Furthermore, the meeting witnessed discussions
revolving around the ‘Financial Allocations Decision Review’ project for Dubai Government employees, to evaluate the level of competitiveness of compensation and allowances that are required to ensure that remarkable competencies are attracted and retained. The meeting further provided information on the ‘Employee Experience’ project, which attempts to improve the working conditions for government employees in Dubai by analysing the way their work experience affects productivity and happiness as well as identifying areas that can be improved to guarantee the highest possible levels of job satisfaction and an improved work environment overall.

During the meeting, DGHR’s team shed light on its various projects that are designed to elevate human resources capacity in Dubai and lay the groundwork for strategies to empower government workforce. Furthermore, the team highlighted the ‘Future Features of Government Human Resources’ project and its vital role in raising the adaptability of Dubai with rapid strategic
changes locally and globally. The project aims to create a future-ready Emirati workforce in both public and private sectors, in line with the goals of Dubai Economic Agenda ‘D33’ to double the size of the emirate’s economy by 2033, making it one of the top three economies globally.

The key goal of these projects is to ensure Dubai’s capabilities and preparedness to encounter unanticipated future challenges and reinforce the emirate’s position as a global talent hub, which offers an ideal and integrated work environment for government employees. Additionally, it reflects the unwavering commitment of DGHR to create innovative policies and initiatives that boost the efficiency and productivity of the government workforce while making significant contributions to the sustainable development of Dubai.

DGHR Department aims to guarantee quality and leadership in human resources management globally, as well as a significant overhaul of the government’s work environment through these innovative initiatives and proj

Source: Emirates News Agency

Full-fledged digital school launched at Emirati-Jordanian Refugee Camp in Mrajeeb Al Fhood

DUBAI: The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives’ (MBRGI) Digital School has partnered with Jordan’s Ministry of Education to transform the Emirati-Jordanian Refugee Camp’s school in Mrajeeb Al Fhood into a full-fledged digital school, serving grades 1-12.

The Digital School Initiative has been created primarily to empower refugees and underserved students. The initiative caters to young people irrespective of their social, economic and educational backgrounds. It aims to provide certified online education to students across the world, primarily those belonging to underserved communities.

Omar Sultan AlOlama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy, and Remote Work Applications, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Digital School, said in a recorded speech that turning the Camp’s school into a fully integrated digital one represents a new milestone in the fruitful cooperation between the United Arab Emirates and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

‘The launch marks a ne
w success story for a humanitarian education project that reflects the visionary vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to provide educational opportunities for the least fortunate students in the world and to provide a modern and distinguished educational experience for the Syrian refugees,’ said the minister.

The launch was attended by Hamoud Al Junaibi, Deputy Secretary-General of the Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) along with senior officials from the Jordanian Ministry of Education, the UAE Embassy, the Digital School and the Emirati-Jordanian Refugee Camp’s school in Mrajeeb Al Fhood.

The School fosters a dynamic learning environment for approximately 2,500 students. By implementing a comprehensive digital transformation model, the school has demonstrably enhanced the student experience. All its 45 classrooms are now equipped with state-of-the-art technology to support digital learning, including interactive displays and reliable in
ternet access.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Mohammed bin Rashid, Mansour bin Zayed congratulate Kuwait’s new Crown Prince

ABU DHABI: His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Presidential Court, sent cables to His Highness Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah, congratulating him on the occasion of his appointment as Crown Prince of Kuwait.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Abdullah bin Zayed visits National Institute of Education in Singapore

SINGAPORE: H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs, visited the National Institute of Education (NIE) in Singapore today, as part of his working visit to the Republic of Singapore.

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed was accompanied during the visit by Jamal Abdullah Al Suwaidi, UAE Ambassador to the Republic of Singapore, and Saeed Mubarak Al Hajeri, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for Economic and Commercial Affairs. Upon his arrival at the institute’s headquarters, he was received by Professor Christine Goh, Director of the NIE.

During the visit, His Highness Sheikh Abdullah toured the facilities of the institute, which was founded in 1950 and offers comprehensive programs based on modern scientific methods and future forecasting.

H.H. also learned about the institute’s leading role in shaping and developing the educational system and modern teaching methods in Singapore.

H.H. praised the NIE, which is one of the world’s leading academic institutions in the field of excel
lence and leadership in education and educational research, stressing that this prominent educational institution reflects Singapore’s rich and leading educational system, which is a fundamental pillar of the state’s development efforts in all fields.

Sheikh Abdullah affirmed the UAE’s keenness to strengthen cooperation with Singapore in the education sector within the framework of the comprehensive partnership between the two countries, noting that education is the cornerstone of sustainable development, progress and the protection of national gains.

Source: Emirates News Agency

NATO wraps up its largest exercise since the Cold War

BRUSSELS: NATO’s largest exercise in decades, ”Steadfast Defender 2024”, concluded after four months of intensive, pan-Alliance training.

During the four-month exercise, allies demonstrated how they can deploy forces from both sides of the Atlantic rapidly across the Alliance. Approximately 90,000 troops, over 80 aircraft, 50 ships and 1,100 combat vehicles took part in the exercise.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Writers and Critics to QNA: Heritage is Never-Ending Source for Qatari Theatrical Works

Doha: The Qatari heritage is a never-ending source and will remain inspirational for theatre players and dramatists, writers and critics have affirmed.

Speaking to Qatar News Agency on the margin of the 36th Doha Theatrical Festival currently organized by the Ministry of Culture, these writers and critics stated that the Qatari heritage still abounds with treasures that can be inspired by epochal theatrical works, especially that the current festival obviously pays tribute to multiple art works that are inspired by heritage, they added, such as many Qatari theatrical works created by Saad Burshid, Ali Hassan and Hamad Al Rumaihi.

Professor of drama theories at the Community College Dr. Marzouq Bashir bin Marzouq, affirmed that heritage is obviously inspired by theatrical works and is not employed or transferred, highlighting that inspiration is to directly go and evoke that heritage in order to approach it with reality, since dramatists derive incidents from the heritage and history they deem appropriate t
o reality and they do not transmit history or heritage, he said, because dramatists are neither historians nor documentarians, but rather dramaturges who obviously deal with history and patrimony with their own art tools.

Dr. Marzouq added that playwriting debuted with inspiration from heritage, history, myths and epics, especially that in the ancient Greek era, the tragedians had been inspiring heritage and epics from the ancient Greek poet Homer in their quest for selecting the incidents and reformulating them to the reality and approaching them with people with the objective of conveying messages and not the messages of the past.

The Qatari theatre inspires works from culture whether positive or negative, particularly the land and sea as one environment, he highlighted, adding that Qatari playwriters inspired many epochal works from patrimony such as Abdul Rahman Al Mannai and Hamad Al Rumaihi, Dr. Marzouq said. He added that Qatari playwriters also inspired their works from history of the Arabs as the t
wo writers Abdul Rahman Al Mannai and Hamad Al Rumaihi resorted to heritage as a source of inspiration for their ideas and derived the stories and myths of the past to be projected onto reality. The matter seems more obvious in Hamad Al Rumaihi who tried to employ the patrimony of the past to project it onto contemporary issues.

Writer and director Hamad Al Rumaihi told QNA that most theatrical movements in the Gulf and Arab region have been primarily focused on heritage and subsequently inspired critical topics from patrimony, in addition to deriving works from history, as well.

Al Rumaihi stated that following the remarkable evolution of the Gulf and Arab theatrical movement, numerous art works have been inspired from patrimonial works, highlighting that the Gulf and Qatari patrimony still abounds with massive treasures that be inspirational for innovators, but the foremost work lies in the method of essentially capturing these treasures and present them to the audience.

Writer and director Saad Burshid,
faculty member in the theater arts program at Community College stated that the Qatari patrimony is one of the most consequential elements of inspiration for theatrical works and innovators as demonstrated in plays since the inception of the Qatari theatre in the 1960s and heretofore, affirming that the current festival features some plays inspired from heritage.

The Qatari heritage is conceived as evolutionary, he said, and it is particularly important for the Qatari innovators to highlight their culture and heritage through these plays that obviously set acculturation and creativity in motion. Burshid pointed out that there is an opportunity for innovators to join the theatrical works whether through writing or directing to ensure the continuity of generations in knowledge and culture, as well as heritage and history, thus giving hope that this patrimony will continue to provide theatrical creativity.

Source: Qatar News Agency

Sharjah Consultative Council discusses policy of Islamic Affairs Department

SHARJAH: The Consultative Council of Sharjah, during its eleventh session held at the council’s headquarters, focused on the Islamic Affairs Department in discussions and the presentation of questions and proposals.

The session, convened in Sharjah as part of its regular proceedings for the eleventh legislative term, was chaired by Dr. Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi, the council’s Chairman.

Abdullah Khalifa Yaroof Al Sabousi, Head of the Islamic Affairs Department in Sharjah emphasised the recent rapid development of the department, citing increased numbers and improved quality of mosques, expanded religious and educational outreach, and enhanced community collaboration. He affirmed the department’s developmental role within society, positioning it as a distinguished institution that has received substantial support and has contributed significantly to Sharjah’s progress and growth.

The Head and Deputy of the Islamic Affairs Department responded to all inquiries from council members, emphasising their importan
ce as vital inputs for the Islamic Affairs Department’s activities.

At the end of the session, the Secretary-General of the Council announced the receipt of a letter from the Executive Council’s General Secretariat regarding the referral of a draft law amending certain provisions of Law No. (2) of 2018 regarding the Sharjah Quran and Sunnah Establishment. The Chairman proposed referring it to the Legislative and Legal Affairs Committee for review. The upcoming (concluding) session is scheduled for June 13, 2024, to discuss the aforementioned draft law and the Council’s recommendations regarding the Islamic Affairs Department’s policy, concluding the first regular session of the eleventh legislative term for the Sharjah Consultative Council.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Doha Theatrical Festival Continues

Doha: June 01 – The thirty-sixth edition of Doha Theatrical Festival presented on Saturday the play ‘Sikkat Bin Assi’ as part of the competing performances in the festival. The Festival is organized by the Ministry of Culture and continues until June 4.

The play is written and directed by Saad Burshid, and its scenography by Ibrahim Lari. Its actors are Saad Bakhit Abdullah Al Assam, Shuail Al Kuwari, Hassan Saqr, Sarah, Rashid Ahmed, Juma Al Ahmad, Retaj, Ahmed Rawani, and it is produced by Al Wakra Artistic Production Company.

The festival embodies the goals of the Ministry of Culture in activating and developing the theatrical movement by presenting distinguished theatrical performances in which there are many intellectual and directing trends and artistic treatments; developing the theatrical awareness of young theater artists through intellectual and artistic seminars; and supporting and encouraging distinguished local theater experiences.

Source: Qatar News Agency

WHO’s Member States to complete negotiations on a global pandemic agreement within a year

GENEVA: In an historic development, the World Health Assembly, the annual meeting of its 194 member countries, today agreed a package of critical amendments to the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR), and made concrete commitments to completing negotiations on a global pandemic agreement within a year, at the latest. These critical actions have been taken in order to ensure comprehensive, robust systems are in place in all countries to protect the health and safety of all people everywhere from the risk of future outbreaks and pandemics.

These decisions represent two important steps by countries, taken in tandem with one another on the final day of the Seventy-seventh World Health Assembly, to build on lessons learned from several global health emergencies, including the COVID-19 pandemic. The package of amendments to the Regulations will strengthen global preparedness, surveillance and responses to public health emergencies, including pandemics.

Countries agreed to continue negotiating the propos
ed Pandemic Agreement to improve international coordination, collaboration and equity to prevent, prepare for and respond to future pandemics.

WHO’s Member States decided to extend the mandate of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Body, established in December 2021, to finish its work to negotiate a Pandemic Agreement within a year, by the World Health Assembly in 2025, or earlier if possible at a special session of the Health Assembly in 2024.

‘There was a clear consensus amongst all Member States on the need for a further instrument to help the world better fight a full-blown pandemic,’ said Ms Precious Matsoso of South Africa, Co-Chair of both the Pandemic Accord Intergovernmental Negotiating Body (INB) and the Drafting Group on the INB and IHR agenda items at the WHA.

The historic decisions taken today demonstrate a common desire by Member States to protect their own people, and the world’s, from the shared risk of public health emergencies and future pandemics,’ said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO
Director-General. ‘The amendments to the International Health Regulations will bolster countries’ ability to detect and respond to future outbreaks and pandemics by strengthening their own national capacities, and coordination between fellow States, on disease surveillance, information sharing and response. This is built on commitment to equity, an understanding that health threats do not recognize national borders, and that preparedness is a collective endeavor.”

Dr Tedros added: The decision to conclude the Pandemic Agreement within the next year demonstrates how strongly and urgently countries want it, because the next pandemic is a matter of when, not if. Today’s strengthening of the IHR provides powerful momentum to complete the Pandemic Agreement, which, once finalized, can help to prevent a repeat of the devastation to health, societies and economies caused by COVID-19.

Source: Emirates News Agency

Jordanian, Palestinian Pilgrims Praise Services Provided at Halat Ammar Crossing

Tabuk, The Pilgrims City at the Halat Ammar Crossing continues to welcome pilgrims and offer a comprehensive set of services provided by various government entities operating in the city under the direct supervision of Governor of Tabuk and General Supervisor of Hajj Operations in the region Prince Fahd bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz.

The Saudi Press Agency observed the arrival of pilgrims from Jordan and Palestine who praised the facilities and services provided at the crossing, and expressed gratitude to the government of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister, for the care given to pilgrims and the services provided by agencies dealing with pilgrims’ affairs.

The Pilgrims City at the Halat Ammar Crossing operates around the clock to serve pilgrims upon their arrival and until they leave for the holy sites.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

Kuwait social affairs minister prioritizing digitizing all sectors

Kuwaiti Minister of Social Affairs, Children and Family Affairs, and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Amthal Al-Huwaila said Sunday digitizing all the Ministry of Social Affairs’ sectors is necessary to offer outstanding services to citizens.

Al-Huwaila made the statement during a meeting she held with the ministry’s development and planning sector to discuss the plan of digital transformation, said a statement by the ministry, adding that Acting Undersecretary Dr. Khaled al-Ajmi was present.

The minister stressed the need of accelerating digital transformation at all sectors and modernizing e-gate as well as providing a plan of action, in line with a pacific timetable, it stated.

The move aims to transform all services provided to citizens into smart applications connected directly with “Sahel” app., in accordance with the country’s plan for digital transformation, it noted.

Speaking to KUNA in a statement, the minister also stressed that she is keen on providing support to overcome obstacles through
activating the plan of implementing digital transformation, calling for concerted efforts at the ministry’s sectors.

Al-Huwaila further urged accelerating the transformation of services and action mechanisms into digitization, in implementation of the directives of the Cabinet Council regarding digital transformation in all State’s sectors.

Source: Kuwait News Agency