Ammon News, Culture & Society

Public school teachers on strike for a third day

[9/10/2019 8:24:01 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Classrooms at public schools across the Kingdom were deserted for the third day in a row Tuesday as tens of thousands of teachers pressed on with an open strike to demand a salary raise. Most schools in the country's various governorates were almost empty of students this morning as teachers heeded a strike called for by the Jordan Teachers Association (JTA). The syndicate had failed to reach a deal with the Ministry of Education in a series of mediation bids, the latest of which was yesterday by the Lower House of Parliament's education and culture committee. The government has called for dialogue to reach a solution and forwarded a series of alternative proposals to the 50 percent wage hike demanded by the JTA, but the syndicate was dug in its heels and vowed to press ahead with the strike until their demand is met. Parents and grassroots organisations have urged the government and JTA to reach a compromise to settle the dispute and ensure the return to classrooms.

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Jordan, Germany agree on proposal to cooperate in groundwater resources management

[9/10/2019 5:47:15 AM]

AMMONNEWS - A preliminary proposal on the 2020-2023 Jordanian-German technical cooperation project has been approved, the Ministry of Water and Irrigation said Tuesday. The project is set to develop the mechanisms of managing and protecting groundwater wells, as well as the strategies for optimal use of wells sources. It will also work on monitoring the quality of groundwater and raise community awareness. A statement by the ministry's Secretary-General, Ali Sobh, said that the German Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) has submitted a detailed proposal to the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development on the project's implementation agreement and the joint work plan with the Ministry of Water and Irrigation in Jordan. The Jordanian official pointed out the importance of continuous cooperation between the Ministry and the German Institute, through which fruitful results have been achieved, especially in providing technical support and finding sustainable solutions for the water sector. A workshop was held at the Water Ministry yesterday to present the results and recommendations of the evaluation of the Jordanian-German technical cooperation project, "Groundwater Resources Management" carried out by the BGR, to make sure it was handled in accordance with the standards of the Development Assistance Committee in terms of relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact, sustainability and importance.

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King attends morning assembly on first day of school at Amman school

[9/1/2019 3:04:53 PM]

AMMONNEWS - His Majesty King Abdullah on Sunday attended the morning assembly at Al Hussein College Secondary School for Boys, marking the first day of the academic year. Upon arrival at the school, King Abdullah was received by Minister of Education and Minister of Higher Education Walid Maani and school principal Alaa Daaja. His Majesty greeted the students, stressing that young Jordanians are the hope of the future. The King wished the students success, urging them to contribute to the progress of the country. The morning assembly began with the national anthem and a flag raising ceremony followed by a recital of verses from the Holy Quran. Students from Al Hussein College Secondary School for Boys and girl guides from the ministry of education also sang a poem titled "Anthem for the Homeland" (Nasheed Watan) by poet Hussein Al Gharaibeh with music composed by Talal Abu Al Ragheb. The poem celebrates the homeland and instils a sense of pride in national achievements, focusing on the values and principles of the national Jordanian identity. Royal Hashemite Court Chief Yousef Issawi, Adviser to His Majesty for Communication and Coordination Bisher Khasawneh and His Majesty’s Adviser for Policies and Media Kemal Al Nasser accompanied His Majesty on this visit. Al Hussein College Secondary School for Boys was established in 1920. In 1949, King Abdullah I issued a Royal Decree to name the school after Sharif Hussein bin Ali. More than 2 million students began classes around the Kingdom on Sunday with the beginning of the new school year 2019-2020.

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Queen Rania Visits ‘Live Your Dream’ Annual Carnival at King Hussein Parks

[8/26/2019 12:32:16 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah visited the ‘Live Your Dream’ annual carnival held by the Eye on the Future voluntary initiative at the King Hussein Parks on Monday, to learn about their efforts in guiding students towards a suitable university major. At the carnival, Her Majesty was welcomed by Founder of Eye on the Future, Malek Abu Ghanimeh, who showed her around and explained the work of the initiative in support of prospective university students. Launched in 2011, Eye on the Future is an initiative, which aims to help Jordanian students pursue a college degree that is in line with their skills and ambitions. Since its inception, Eye on the Future has been organizing a yearly carnival, Live Your Dream, to introduce high school students to different academic disciplines taught at Jordanian universities. Sponsored by several local ministries and private companies, the carnival attracts thousands of students and their families each year. The carnival hosts booths and stations introducing academic majors to students and parents, with the participation of universities, training centers, sponsors, partners and other participating organizations.

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Saturday announced as public holiday to mark Hijri New Year

[8/25/2019 4:21:03 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Prime Minister Omar Razzaz announced that Saturday will be an official holiday for ministries, official departments, institutions and public bodies on the occasion of the Hijri New Year. The announcement excluded public bodies whose nature of work require otherwise. It called on all ministries, official departments, institutions and public bodies to celebrate the occasion and highlight its importance.

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Medical Tourism World Summit opens

[8/25/2019 12:46:37 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Minister of Health Saad Jabir on Sunday opened the World Medical Tourism Summit, under the title: "Future of Medical Tourism" organized by the Jordan Tourism Board (JTB) in cooperation with the Pioneers Road Event Management. Jabir, who deputized for the prime minister, said that the government is pursuing a structured medical tourism product and further promoting this key sector of the national economy. He indicated that medical services in the Kingdom rise to the highest international criteria and are run by highly-qualified multidisciplinary cadres. Director General of the JTB Abdul Razak Arabiyat said that medical tourism in the Kingdom boasts many advantages that encourage foreign patients to come to receive treatment, noting that a total of 34,443 medical visitors have arrived since the beginning of the current year.

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Queen Rania Visits Amman Design Week Offices in Run-up to Event’s Upcoming Third Edition

[8/25/2019 12:42:57 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah visited the offices of Amman Design Week (ADW) in Jabal Amman on Sunday, where she was briefed on final preparations for the upcoming nine-day citywide event. Launched in 2016 with the support of Her Majesty, ADW aims to showcase the designs and talents of local, regional, and international designers, and establish Amman as a regional hub for innovation, expression, and experimentation. It also empowers designers and craftspeople year-round through learning programs, direct mentorship, and personalized guidance. ADW Director, Rana Beiruti, explained that the program’s third edition, taking place from October 4 to 12, will be centered in three main districts; Ras El Ain, Jabal Amman, and Jabal Al-Weibdeh. Held under the theme of "Possibilities," ADW 2019 will also include events and exhibitions at more than 50 participating spaces across Amman. Ras El Ain’s Hangar Exhibition, curated by Noura Al Sayeh-Holtrop, will showcase the diverse works of 55 multi-disciplinary designers from Jordan and the region. ADW’s Student Exhibition and open-air Future Food/Future City Exhibition, which explores ways to transform public city spaces into agricultural hubs, will also take place in Ras El Ain, as will a series of pop-up shops operated by Dezain, Design Institute Amman, and Takween. Meanwhile, Jabal Amman will be home to this year’s Crafts District, a recurrent celebration of traditional and contemporary forms of "making." Featuring 30 exhibitors, the space provides Jordanian craftspeople and makers with a platform for exchanging knowledge and experience. Following her visit, Her Majesty took a tour of the nearby area, stepping into a number of offices, shops, and small businesses.

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