Ammon News, Jordan News

King visits army general command

[7/1/2020 8:05:19 AM]

AMMONNEWS - His Majesty King Abdullah, the Supreme Commander of the Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army, on Wednesday visited the General Command of the JAF. King Abdullah was received by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Maj. Gen. Yousef Hneiti. His Majesty met with Hneiti and was briefed on a number of operational, training, and logistical issues concerning the JAF, as well as on the progress of implementing various plans. The King commended the readiness of JAF units and formations, voicing pride in their personnel’s efforts and advanced level in terms of training, armament, and equipment.

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PM thanks students for moving to defer commencements

[7/1/2020 8:04:39 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Prime Minister Omar Razzaz on Wednesday met with a number of students from the University of Jordan and thanked them for making and publishing a video calling for postponing graduation ceremonies until the Kingdom's epidemiological status improves. Earlier, the prime minister reacted to the initiative and published a voice message voicing his full support to the proposal. In today's meeting, the prime minister said he was proud of the path those students have taken, describing the proposal as a testament to Jordan's academic output. Razzaz emphasized that dialogue and the objective assessment of all issues should be a "model for all of us at all levels in the public and private sectors".

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NCSCM earns two ISO certifications

[7/1/2020 8:03:30 AM]

AMMONNEWS - The National Center for Security and Crisis Management (NCSCM) has earned two ISO certificates related to quality and risk management, granted by DNV GL and Team International, the center announced on Wednesday. The first of these certificates is the ISO 9001:2015, an internationally-recognized standard which confirms that the applicant provides products/ services that meet the needs of customers through an effective quality management system. The second is the 2018: 32000 certification which serves as a testament to the center's application of risk management guidelines. In the statement, the center said it will continue to seek further development to maintain this achievement and ensure its work is carried out according to the highest international standards.

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Gov't extends agricultural workers' fee reduction to end of July

[7/1/2020 8:02:04 AM]

AMMONNEWS - The recruitment fees of agricultural workers will remain at the reduced rate of JD320 through the end of July, according to a decision the cabinet took on Wednesday. Upon a recommendation by the minister of labor, the Cabinet also kept delay fines for renewal or change of workplace in agriculture by 50 percent to JD100 from JD200 earlier until the end of this month. The same applies to those working in bakeries, the Cabinet said, adding that the move is intended to help these sectors withstand the ramifications of the coronavirus pandemic.

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HepA vaccine added to national immunization program

[7/1/2020 8:01:08 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Hepatitis A (HepA) vaccine is now included in the national immunization program, Minister of Health Sa’ed Jabir announced on Wednesday. The minister made the announcement at a northern Amman clinic where a ceremony was held to mark the introduction of the vaccine. "The introduction of vaccines is a Ministry of Health priority to protect future generations of Jordanians and has a positive impact in the short and long term to establish a strong and healthy community," Jabir told the ceremony at the Jubieha health center. He said that Jordan has a strong and well-established health system that has eliminated many deadly diseases and is pursuing the vaccination program along with other programs to provide a distinguished service to citizens. Director of the communicable diseases department in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Hadeel al-Sayeh, told Petra that the HepA vaccine will be administered to all children residing in the Kingdom regardless of nationality, noting that the vaccine is given to children under 6 at an annual cost of JD3 million. She explained that the vaccine is given in two doses within a six-month interval in the first year of age and is effective in 94 percent of cases.

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Normal summer weather forecast Wednesday, blistering heat Thursday

[7/1/2020 7:57:17 AM]

AMMONNEWS - A slight rise in temperatures is forecast on Wednesday, but normal summer conditions will prevail in the highlands and the plains, while it will be relatively hot in other parts of the country, with northwesterly moderate to brisk winds, the Jordan Meteorological Department (JMD) said in its daily brief. The Kingdom is expected to bake in a blazing heat wave over the next two days that will push mercury levels well above annual average by almost 7-8 degrees Celsius. The Jordan Valley, the Dead Sea and the port city of Aqaba are set to swelter in scorching weather, the Department added. In Amman and other highlands, north and south, daytime mercury levels will range between 28 and 32 degrees. In the late afternoon and evening hours, cooler weather is forecast as temperatures slide to around 21 and even 15 in the southern highlands. Highs in Aqaba will reach 41 degrees, while lows will stand at 26 at night.

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Adaileh highlights Gov't efforts to combat corruption, tax evasion

[6/30/2020 2:56:31 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Minister of State for Media Affairs, Amjad Adaileh, highlighted the government's efforts to combat corruption and tax evasion, and solidarity and social protection programs that were provided during the coronavirus pandemic. 121 cases were referred by the Prime Ministry to the Jordan Integrity and Anti-Corruption Commission (JACC) in 2019, excluding cases that were referred by other ministries and public institutes, Adaileh said in a joint press conference with Ministers of Health and Education held Tuesday at the Prime Ministry. He also pointed out that the number of cases that the Prime Ministry referred to the JACC in the first half of 2020 amounted to 35 cases so far, excluding cases that were referred by other ministries and public institutes. The minister also highlighted the number of families benefiting from solidarity and social protection programs, which amounted to 812,000 families so far. On the funding program launched by the Central Bank to support SMEs affected by the coronavirus pandemic; Adaileh said that the number of establishments and companies that benefited from it until June 25 amounted to 3,406 companies and establishments. In response to a question on reasons for keeping the defense law in force despite the improvement of the epidemiological situation in the Kingdom, Adaileh said that the government resorted to this law to protect many workers and employees in the private sector. "Without the defense orders, we wouldn't have been able to provide protection for 812,000 families, either through the Social Security Corporation, the central bank facilities, or the National Aid Fund." He underlined that the defense orders issued by the government benefited tens of thousands of employees and workers, stressing that when the defense law is no longer needed, it will be canceled.

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