Ammon News, Jordan News

Polar front to bring rain, snow as of Thursday midnight


[1/18/2018 12:04:03 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Cold and cloudy conditions are forecast to continue on Thursday with scattered showers in the northern areas, the Jordan Meteorological Department(JMD) said. Winds will be southwesterly brisk with speed reaching 50-60 Km and gusts exceeding 85 km/h, blowing dust across many parts of the Kingdom and reducing horizontal visibility. Starting Thursday evening, the country will be affected by a very cold polar front accompanied by a depression centered over northwestern Syria, causing temperatures to tangible drop and bringing chilly conditions with heavy rainfall accompanied with hail, thunder and lightning across the country. The polar front will deepen starting Thursday night, bringing snowfall over the highlands in the northern and southern parts of the Kingdom as Ajloun and al Sharah mountains, the JMD added. As of Friday dawn, snowfall is expected on elevations over 900m above sea level as well as the hilly areas in the northern and southern regions. Chilly, cloudy and rainy conditions will remain all Friday with northwesterly brisk winds with speed reaching around 40-50 Km/h, the department explained. Temperatures will rise on Saturday, but cold weather will continue to prevail with high clouds and fog formation in the early morning hours over the hilly mountains, the JMD further said. Daytime temperatures forecast today in Amman and the southern regions will reach 12 degrees Celsius dropping down to 5 in both areas, while in the northern cities they will range between a high of 13 and a low of 7at night . The weather will be warmer in the southern port city of Aqaba with highs around 22 degrees and lows reaching11 at night, the JMD added.

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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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King urges swift public sector reform


[1/17/2018 1:49:28 PM]

AMMONNEWS - His Majesty King Abdullah II on Wednesday emphasized the need to speed up public sector reform without any delay, and said the administrative body of the state should come under continuous accountability and measurement of performance. Chairing a meeting dedicated to follow up on the implementation of government's measures and plans to develop the public sector and complete the e-government program, His Majesty stressed that the government should have clear objectives and measureable outcome and underlined the importance of an all-encompassing and coordinated effort to achieve the set goals. Prime Minister Hani Mulki delivered a briefing about the government's measures and plans to improve public sector performance and transition from bureaucracy to more efficient and robust delivery of public service. The prime minister also highlighted amendments his government has introduced to the civil service system to upgrade government performance and encourage public sector employees through a real performance evaluation. Mulki pointed out that the government will launch in the coming months an 18-month leadership training program, in addition to activating the performance monitoring unit in the Prime Ministry. He said his government will work to attract talent for leadership positions, noting that the government is also carrying out an ambitious program to develop civil service systems by specialists and experts to increase the efficiency of government institutions. Minister of Information and Communication Technology, and Minister of Public Sector Development Majd Shweikeh, said that the government has worked to build public-private partnerships in the framework of the continued implementation of the e-government program. She pointed out that about 33 government services were digitized last year, while 158 services will be digitized this year in various ministries and institutions. The government aims to digitize approximately 139 services in 2019 followed by 293 services in 2020.

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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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Al Masri takes oath before King as minister of municipal affairs, transport


[1/17/2018 8:22:36 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Waleed Al Masri on Wednesday was sworn in before His Majesty King Abdullah II as Minister of Municipal Affairs and Transport Minister . The ceremony, held at the Al Husseiniya Palace, was attended by Prime Minister Hani Mulki and Royal Court Chief Fayez Tarawneh. Earlier in the day, a Royal Decree was issued, based upon a recommendation of the prime minister, accepting the resignation of Minister of Transport Jameel Mujahed as of January 17, 2018.

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