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King chairs meeting on national human resources strategy

[1/17/2018 1:54:40 PM]

AMMONNEWS - His Majesty King Abdullah II on Wednesday, chaired a meeting to follow up on the implementation of the National Strategy for Human Resources Development 2016-2025. In the meeting held in the al-Husseineyah palace in the in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, King Abdullah was briefed on the progress in implementing the strategy's recommendations, which was launched in September 2016, with the aim of enhancing human resources capabilities and framing the work of all sectors involved in the education process from early childhood to the labor market. His Majesty underlined that coordination and integration of all efforts to follow up on implementing the strategy is necessary, and it must continue in accordance with the agreed mechanism for determining responsibilities, noting that the strategy is an important priority, and any disruption of the process of achievement and required reform is unacceptable. The King stressed the need to exert tangible effects of the reform efforts on the education process at the beginning of the next academic year (September 2018). Periodic follow-up must also be continued to ensure that things are moving in the right direction and become a solid working approach for successive governments, His Majesty added. On vocational and technical education, King Abdullah emphasized the need for a radical change in vocational education, by ensuring the quality education and output and enabling trainees to acquire skills that qualify them to compete according to the requirements of the labor market. His Majesty expressed satisfaction with the progress made in implementing the strategy's priorities and voiced his support for all efforts to ensure the achievement of its objectives, programs and projects associated with it. During the meeting, Prime Minister, Hani Mulki, said the government is working to implement royal directives to improve the level of education in schools, universities, as well as technical, and vocational education institutes. The government is also working to employ innovative and technological means of education to promote a qualitative and advanced level of education, "which is the most important and comparative advantage of our human resources," Mulki added. He highlighted the government's plan to address challenges that limit opportunities for the advancement of the vocational and technical education sector, by involving the private sector in the planning and implementation process.

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UAE: Qatari violations against Emirati planes systematic, endangers civilians

[1/17/2018 1:51:38 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Qatari violations against Emirati aircrafts have become systematic behavior that puts civilian lives at risk, a statement from UAE’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday. “Representatives of the UAE Armed Forces and the Civil Aviation Authority, in a meeting organized by the UAE’s foreign ministry at its headquarters in Abu Dhabi in the presence of ambassadors of the Security Council from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt, reviewed the reality of the Qatari escalation of the threatening civil and military aviation. A presentation was made that included coordinates and radar images documenting country violations,” a statement on state news agency WAM read. The UAE is expected to address the issue with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on serious Qatari violations for intercepting two Emirates planes on their routine journeys to Bahrain on Monday. The first incident involved Emirates Flight EK837 while the second involved Etihad flight EY23B traveling from Abu Dhabi International Airport to Bahrain International Airport. *Al Arabiya

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World's largest helicopter joins RJAF fleet

[1/17/2018 1:53:06 PM]

AMMONNEWS - The world's largest airlift helicopter, MI-26T2, arrived on Wednesday in Marka Military Airport to join the Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) fleet. The Mi-26T2 is able to carry up to 82 passengers or 20,000 kg of load on a underneath sling cable or 20,000 inside the cabin. Normally it is manned by 5 or 6 crew members. The cruise speed of the Mi-26 is 137 knots (158 mph / 255 kmh) at which it can cross 1,190 miles (1,920 km) with auxiliary tanks up to an altitude of 15,100 feet. The Mi-26T2 is the most advanced version that should be able to fly any time under the most adverse weather conditions. More Mi-26T2s will join RJAF fleet as part of a modernization and development drive designed to keep pace with technological advancements in the military domain.

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Royal Jordanian to adopt additional security measures for U.S.-bound flights

[1/17/2018 1:47:19 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Royal Jordanian Airlines said on Wednesday that it will adopt additional security measures for all U.S.-bound flights. The additional security measures, as required by the U.S. in October 2017, will include security interviews with every passenger on direct flights to the United States, Royal Jordanian said in a statement. In addition, passengers of Royal Jordanian are required to arrive at the airport three hours before their scheduled U.S.-bound flights, in order to avoid delays and allow more time for the new security procedures, the statement added. Royal Jordanian currently operates 11 weekly flights to the U.S.: five to Chicago, four to New York and two to Detroit, with a connection in Canada's Montreal. *Xinhua

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Jordan keen on Hashemite custodianship over Jerusalem holy sites: Attyah

[1/17/2018 8:24:32 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Lower House First Deputy Speaker, Khamis Attyah, said on Wednesday Jordan is keen to retain the Hashemite custodianship over the holy sites in Jerusalem and vowed to thwart occupation authorities' plans to tamper with the city's shrines. Attyah, who heads Jordan's delegation to the 13th Session of the Parliamentary Union of the OIC members (PUIC) deliberations held in the Iranian capital,Tehran, added Jordan's custodian role fosters steadfastness of Jerusalem residents and preserves Al-Aqsa Mosque, and urged Arab nations to back this historic Hashemite effort. This Tehran event, he pointed out, is held simultaneous with rigorous challenges triggered by the Mideast volatilities, and noted this tumultuous situation stresses the dire need to bolster dialogue, respect of law, and reciprocal points of view. The Us. administration's decision to relocate Washington's embassy to Jerusalem and to recognize this holy city as the capital of Israel has grave ramifications on the Palestinian cause, the Arab region and the world as well, he warned, and said this move is "a declaration of war on the international law, constitutes the crime of the century, and an infringement of the Palestinian people's rights". The world's rejection of the U.S. step showcased Washington's isolation and plans to thwart this move need a huge pan-Arab effort at international arenas, he pointed out.

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British PM May embarks on visit to Saudi Arabia, Jordan

[11/28/2017 6:26:06 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Prime Minister Theresa May left London late Tuesday for a three-day visit to the Middle East, where she will meet Saudi and Jordanian leaders in a bid to bolster regional ties. The British leader will hold talks on issues including Qatar and Yemen with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, before heading to Jordan for meetings with King Abdullah II and Prime Minister Hani Mulki. "This visit demonstrates that as the UK leaves the EU we are determined to forge a bold, confident future for ourselves in the world, a spokesman for May said. "It is clearly in the UK's security interests to support Jordan and Saudi Arabia in tackling regional challenges to create a more stable region, and in delivering their ambitious reform programs to ensure their own stability," he added. May, embattled domestically after losing her parliamentary majority in a snap election over the summer and facing division over Brexit, visited both countries in April. In Saudi Arabia, she is expected to reiterate her support for the kingdom's social reform program, which saw an end to the ban on women driving last September. Britain's largest trading partner in the Middle East, London has signed off on more than $4.4 billion worth of arms sales to Riyadh since March 2015. *AFP

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Hosting Syrian refugees cost Jordan $10bn

[10/10/2017 11:30:09 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Jordan said on Tuesday it estimates at more than $10 billion the cost of hosting thousands of refugees displaced from neighboring Syria since the civil war broke out there in 2011, AFP reports. The UN says Jordan currently houses some 650,000 Syrian refugees, while the government puts the figure at around 1.3 million people. The Foreign Ministry said that “more than $10.3 billion” had been spent on accommodating the refugees. Jordan, which shares a 370km border with Syria, estimates that it will need almost $1.7 billion to cover the refugees this year.

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