Ammon News, Culture & Society

End of Hult Prize Competition First Round


[1/13/2019 10:31:45 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Under the patronage of Professor Mahfouz Judeh, Applied Science Private University (ASU) President, and the support of his Excellency Dr. Haitham Abu Khadija, ASU Board of Directors Vice President, the closing ceremony of Hult Prize Competition first phase was held at ASU. His Excellency Nayef Al Fayez, Minister of Environment and former Minister of Tourism, was invited as a public figure interested in entrepreneurship and youth community in Jordan. Mr. Mohammed Sammour, the Prize coordinator at the Jordanian universities, and Mr. Hamed Al-Quwaysim, Hult Prize National Director in Jordan, referees, guests of honor, deans, faculty members, and administrative staff attended the ceremony. Deanship of Student Affairs has organized and facilitated the work through coordination with Dr. Rasha al-Kurdi, the Prize supervisor at the University, and Aya Sultan, ASU Pharmacy student and Prize director. Mr. Khaled Sawafta, external observer and entrepreneurship director, was also involved. The Prize organizing and working team was coordinated by the University eight faculties, and composed of 40 regular students and 15 volunteers from the University different faculties. In unmatched twinning and cooperation endeavors, 43 teams each consisting of four students from different faculties participated in the prize. 16 teams qualified based on a scorecard evaluation by an academic team from Business and Information Technology faculties. In the Closing Ceremony held at the ASU Conference Palace, three teams were selected to qualify for the regional phase of the competition. The qualified teams were as follows: PartMan (1st place), Injizly (2nd place), and SetUp (3rd place). It is worth noting that these teams are formed from various ASU faculties; namely, Engineering, Pharmacy, Information Technology, and Business. The University participation in the Prize is part of its support of students to move towards entrepreneurship and innovation and out of its deep belief in the importance of young generation development.

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Hundreds mark Jesus baptism at historic Jordan site


[1/12/2019 9:45:52 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Hundreds of Catholic worshippers attended a special mass Friday on the banks of the Jordan River in an annual pilgrimage to the site where many believe Jesus was baptised. Before the ceremony started on the Jordanian side of the river, dozens of priests filled jugs at the water’s edge as scouts played music. Some 1,500 people attended the ceremony at the Church of Saint John the Baptist, an AFP photographer said, some 50 kilometres (30 miles) from the capital Amman. The mass was led by Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, apostolic administrator of the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem. “By celebrating today in this holy place, the place of the baptism, we we are celebrating the presence of Jesus among us,” said Pizzaballa, urging Christians worldwide to visit the site. During the ceremony the priests dipped their fingers in the water they drew from the Jordan River and used it to bless the congregation, emulating the baptism of Jesus. “Jordan is a unique example of coexistence, security and stability in the region,” Pizzaballa said, urging worshippers to pray for peace in the region. Wadi al-Kharrar, or Bethany Beyond the Jordan, is where biblical historians believe Jesus was baptised by his cousin, John the Baptist, and began his public ministry. A ceremony held by Pope John Paul II at Wadi al-Kharrar in 2000 was taken by Jordanians as confirmation that this was the original baptismal site. Another site on the Israeli-occupied western bank of the Jordan River is also venerated. The remains of several churches, baptismal pools and a sophisticated water reticulation system – some dating to the Roman era – have been discovered in Wadi al-Kharrar. In 2015, UNESCO added the site to its World Heritage List. Tens of thousands of pilgrims from around the world visit Wadi al-Kharrar and other sites in Jordan of interest to Christians each year. Christians represent six percent of Jordan’s mostly Muslim population of 9.5 million. *AFP

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UAE to Pay the Debt of 1,600 Jordanian Women


[1/2/2019 3:33:12 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Minister of Social Development Basma Ishaqat thanked the ERC initiative, which included the donation of AED2 million (JD400,000) to cover the debts of around 1,600 Jordanian women, who are either serving prison terms or wanted for failing to pay their debts, according to a Ministry of Social Development statement. The Ministry of Social Development, in cooperation with its partners, conducted studies on those listed in order to identify the characteristics of the gharimat, said Ishaqat. The minister said that they studied the nature of each case, along with the amount involved, noting that they excluded cases of fraud and breach of trust. The controls also considered the replication of debts in order to discourage a repetitious cycle, she added. Justice Minister Bassam Talhouni praised the ERC initiative, saying it is a good chance for indebted women to end a difficult period and start a new life, as this coincides with issuing the general pardon and the New Year. Talhouni said that women must consider the financial capacity that fits their circumstances and avoid signing unnecessary financial commitments. PSD Assistant Director Brig. Gen. Walid Battah said that the PSD welcomed the initiative, which has positive impacts, stressing the PSD’s preparedness to cooperate and coordinate with the initiative. The initiative is not the first of its kind launched in Jordan. In previous years, dozens of Jordanian women who were in prison for failing to repay debts were released during the month of Ramadan, following a fund raising campaign by a police radio station, and another one launched last year by the Zakat Fund.

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General Pardon law covers 5,000 criminal acts


[12/30/2018 4:04:44 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Minister of Justice Bassam Talhouni said the General Pardon draft law may include up to 5,000 criminal acts. The pardon will exclude 187 criminal acts, Talhouni said in a statement issued on Sunday, noting that about 8,000 people may benefit from the draft law.

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Interior minister attends Christmas Mass in Bethlehem


[12/25/2018 2:41:36 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Deputizing for his Majesty King Abdullah II, Interior Minister Sameer Mubaidin attended the Christmas midnight mass at Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity. The mass was attended by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah , as well as politicians, and Muslim and Christian clergymen. Mubaidin conveyed the greetings of His Majesty King Abdullah and the Jordanians people to Christians on this occasion. He underscored the strength of the deep-rooted relations between the Jordanians and Palestinians. Earlier, Palestinian Abbas received Mubaidin who conveyed His Majesty's greetings and his support to the Palestinian people in their struggle to realize their just and legitimate rights to establish a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

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EU adopts new projects to support Syrian refugees in Jordan, Iraq, Turkey


[12/17/2018 2:12:59 PM]

AMMONNEWS - The EU Trust Fund adopted projects worth €122 million to support access to education and basic health care for Syrian refugees and vulnerable local communities in Jordan, to provide livelihood opportunities in Turkey and make available critical health care services in Iraq. The Trust Fund Board said in view of the continued impact of the crisis and the current 5.6 million Syrian refugees, it confirms its commitment to continue the support to Syrian refugees and their host communities. EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn said these new projects will facilitate access to education and basic health care services for the most vulnerable people, provide livelihood opportunities and strengthen mother and child care services. "The EU is committed and determined to assist the people in need and will continue to support our partner countries providing vital help to refugees," Hahn added. With this new package, the overall value of EU regional Trust Fund in response to the Syrian crisis so far mobilised, reaches €1.6 billion. Currently 55 projects have been contracted.

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PM launches "Bekhedmetkon" platform to deal with citizens' complaints


[12/16/2018 2:32:23 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Prime Minister, Omar Razzaz, on Sunday launched "Bekhedmetkon" or "At Your Service" platform that allows the citizen to inform the government on any questions and suggestions, and submit complaints and report any malpractices. "Today, we are launching a new service that is central to the government's work priorities, which is at the heart of the different approach that the government is seeking to cement by listening to citizens' voices and communicating with them to know their issues and interests in an easy and reliable manner," the prime minister said. He pointed out that the "Bekhedmetkon" platform redefines the relationship between the public sector employee and his duty to serve the citizen. He added that the government is open to receive complaints, questions, proposals and revelations in cases of corruption. He pointed out that the ministerial team will directly follow-up requests that the platform receives, and will be held accountable for responses and solutions provided to the citizen. Razzaz indicated that the platform includes 95 government entities with direct contact with citizens to facilitate communication with them, pointing out that it includes multiple and easy to use channels that are suitable for all segments and categories of society. He called on citizens to communicate with the government through the platform. The prime minister noted that ministries and government institutions' responses and interaction with citizens' complaints and proposals will be presented to the cabinet on a monthly basis. Minister of State for Institutional Performance Development Majd Shweikeh said this is a national project for an interactive platform to hear the voice of the citizen, pointing out that for the first time the complaint systems in ministries and institutions are grouped in one platform, thus contributing to facilitating measures for citizens. The platform provides private channels through which the citizen can communicate through the "Bekhedmetkon" platform available on the App Store, Play Store, and chatbot through Messenger on the Facebook page of the (Department of Institutional Performance Development and Policy / Prime Ministry), in addition to the National Contact Center with Num. 06 5008080 and the e-government portal www.jordan.gov.jo.

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